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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Blender Magazine's 100 Greatest American Albums

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In October 2008, Blender Magazine created a list of the 100 Greatest American Albums. I’m sure Canada will surprised to learn that two of their favorite singers – Neil Young and Joni Mitchell – have been declared American by Blender. With flaws and all, here’s the list:

1. Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (1990)
2. Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill (1986)
3. Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
4. Stevie Wonder: Innervisions (1973)
5. Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction (1987)
6. Ramones: Ramones (1976)
7. Blondie: Parallel Lines (1978)
8. Chuck Berry: The Great Twenty-Eight (1965)
9. Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)
10. Joni Mitchell: Blue (1971)

11. Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
12. Metallica: Metallica (aka 'The Black Album') (1991)
13. Michael Jackson: Off the Wall (1979)
14. Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (1966)
15. Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On (1973)
16. Ray Charles: Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
17. Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
18. Prince & the Revolution: Purple Rain (1984)
19. Neil Young: Rust Never Sleeps (1979)
20. James Brown: Sex Machine (1970)

21. Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (1966)
22. Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers (1936-37)
23. R.E.M.: Murmur (1983)
24. Parliament: Mothership Connection (1976)
25. The Notorious B.I.G.: Life after Death (1997)
26. Van Halen: Van Halen (1978)
27. Al Green: Call Me (1973)
28. Aerosmith: Rocks (1976)
29. Beck: Odelay (1996)
30. Little Richard: Grooviest 17 Original Hits! (1955-59)

31. Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (1928)
32. Curtis Mayfield: Superfly (1972)
33. Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits (1953)
34. Steely Dan: Katy Lied (1975)
35. The B-52s: The B-52s (1979)
36. Chic: Risque (1979)
37. Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique (1989)
38. Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
39. Elvis Presley: The Sun Sessions (1955)
40. Hole: Live Through This (1994)

41. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland (1968)
42. Patti Smith: Horses (1975)
43. Sly and the Family Stone: There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)
44. Dr. Dre: The Chronic (1992)
45. Pearl Jam: Vs. (1993)
46. Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell (1986)
47. Various Artists, produced by Phil Spector: Back to Mono (1958-69)
48. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (1959)
49. Eminem: The Slim Shady LP (1999)
50. Kiss: Destroyer (1976)

51. Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (1974)
52. Randy Newman: 12 Songs (1970)
53. A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory (1991)
54. Frank Sinatra: In the Wee Small Hours (1955)
55. Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes (1967)
56. Rage Against the Machine: Evil Empire (1996)
57. Mary J. Blige: My Life (1994)
58. Grateful Dead: American Beauty (1970)
59. Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
60. Paul Simon: Graceland (1986)

61. The Coasters: 50 Coastin’ Classics (1954-68)
62. Bruce Springsteen: Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
63. Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison (1968)
64. Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (1974)
65. Billie Holiday: Lady in Satin (1958)
66. The Modern Lovers: The Modern Lovers (1973)
67. Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted (1992)
68. TLC: Crazy Sexy Cool (1994)
69. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (1969)
70. Prince: Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)

71. LL Cool J: Radio (1985)
72. Carpenters: Singles – 1969-1981 (1969-81)
73. Pixies: Surfer Rosa (1988)
74. Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul (1968)
75. Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
76. Muddy Waters: At Newport (1960)
77. Jane’s Addiction: Nothing’s Shocking (1988)
78. Elvis Presley: From Elvis in Memphis (1969)
79. Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads (1940)
80. Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral (1994)

81. Various Artists: Nuggets – Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era (1965-68)
82. De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
83. The Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)
84. Buddy Holly: Greatest Hits (1955-59)
85. Willie Nelson: Red-Headed Stranger (1975)
86. Neil Young: After the Gold Rush (1970)
87. R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (1992)
88. DJ Shadow: Endtroducing… (1996)
89. Talking Heads: Remain in Light (1980)
90. Weezer: Weezer (1994)

91. Eagles: Hotel California (1976)
92. Lucinda Williams: Lucinda Williams (1988)
93. Tori Amos: Under the Pink (1994)
94. Nirvana: In Utero (1993)
95. Nilson: Nilson Schmilsson (1972)
96. Kid Rock: Devil Without a Cause (1998)
97. The Doors: The Doors (1967)
98. The Replacements: Let It Be (1984)
99. Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974)
100. Otis Redding: Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)


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