Top 80 Albums of the ’80s

1. Doolittle, Pixies (1989)
Essential Track: “Here Comes Your Man”
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2. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths (1986)
Essential Track: “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”
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3. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses (1989)
Essential Track: “I Am the Resurrection”
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4. The Joshua Tree, U2 (1987)
Essential Track: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”
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5. Remain in Light, Talking Heads (1980)
Essential Track: “Once in a Lifetime”
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Top 70 Albums of the ’70s

1. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd (1973)
Essential Track: “Time”
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2. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin (1971)
Essential Track: “Stairway to Heaven”
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3. London Calling, The Clash (1979)
Essential Track: “Train in Vain”
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4. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd (1975)
Essential Track: “Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V”
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5. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie (1972)
Essential Track: “Starman”
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Top 60 Albums of the ’60s

1. Revolver, The Beatles (1966)
Essential Track: “Tomorrow Never Knows”
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2. Abbey Road, The Beatles (1969)
Essential Track: “Something”
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3. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (1967)
Essential Track: “A Day in the Life”
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4. The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground (1967)
Essential Track: “Venus in Furs”
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5. The Beatles (The White Album), The Beatles (1968)
Essential Track: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
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The 21 Best Films of the 2010s (so far)

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50/50 (2011)
IMDb: 7.7
Metascore: 72

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

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A Separation (2011)
IMDb: 8.4
Metascore: 95

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.

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Birdman (2014)
IMDb: 7.9
Metascore: 88

A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of his Broadway play.

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Black Swan (2010)
IMDb: 8.0
Metascore: 79

A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

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Drive (2011)
IMDb: 7.8
Metascore: 78

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

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Six Underrated Albums of 2015

Other Lives, Rituals
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Stillwater, Oklahoma-based atmospheric indie rockers invoke names like Alt-J, Fleet Foxes, and early Radiohead.
 

Ultimate Painting, Green Lanes
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Formed by James of Veronica Falls and Jack of Mazes, this duo crafts simple and true ’60s and ’70s-inspired guitar pop.
 

Ryley Walker, Primrose Green
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An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist/songwriter whose music bridges similarities with Tim Buckley’s, Sandy Bull’s, Davey Graham’s and John Martyn’s.
 

Zun Zun Egui, Shackle’s Gift
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Bristol-based band blending an eclectic mix of genres.
 

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
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Freaked-out psychedelic madness by way of Melbourne, Australia.
 

Bop English, Constant Bop
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Colorful retro pop from White Denim frontman James Petralli’s solo project.

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My dad told me to check these guys out. A quirky musical collaboration between National vocalist/lyricist Matt Berninger and multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls.