Favorite Albums of Every Year Since 1975

Years ago, possibly even before I began my 100 Albums project, I participated in a then-popular meme where one would pick their favorite albums of each year since birth. Now that I’ve recently completed another trip around the sun, here is an update along with links to all the albums I wrote about in that project and elsewhere. Not too many changes, although Grace Jones’ Nightclubbing is one of my best discoveries in the past decade (checked it out after reading her memoir, I’ll Never Write My Memoirs which quotes the album track “Art Groupie”); other records such as Bad GirlsPurple Rain and Cosmic Thing continue to grow in my estimation and endure, even if I didn’t originally include them among my 100 favorite albums:

1975: Brian Eno, Another Green World

1976: Joni Mitchell, Hejira

1977: Brian Eno, Before and After Science

1978: Blondie, Parallel Lines

1979: Donna Summer, Bad Girls

1980: Talking Heads, Remain In Light

1981: Grace Jones, Nightclubbing

1982: Kate Bush, The Dreaming

1983: Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes

1984: Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain

1985: Kate Bush, Hounds of Love

1986: XTC, Skylarking

1987: Prince, Sign O’ The Times

1988: The Go-Betweens, 16 Lovers Lane

1989: The B-52’s, Cosmic Thing

1990: Concrete Blonde, Bloodletting

1991: Seal, Seal

1992: R.E.M., Automatic For The People

1993: Pet Shop Boys, Very

1994: Everything But The Girl, Amplified Heart

1995: Pizzicato Five, The Sound of Music By Pizzicato Five

1996: Belle and Sebastian, If You’re Feeling Sinister

1997: Ivy, Apartment Life

1998: Saint Etienne, Good Humor / Fairfax High

1999: The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs

2000: The Avalanches, Since I Left You

2001: Sam Phillips, Fan Dance

2002: Stew, The Naked Dutch Painter (…and Other Songs)

2003: Calexico, Feast of Wire

2004: Kings of Convenience, Riot On An Empty Street

2005: Saint Etienne, Tales From Turnpike House

2006: Charlotte Gainsbourg, 5:55

2007: Imperial Teen, The Hair, The TV, The Baby and The Band

2008: Sam Phillips, Don’t Do Anything

2009: Florence + The Machine, Lungs

2010: Laura Marling, I Speak Because I Can

2011: Emm Gryner, Northern Gospel

2012: Jens Lekman, I Know What Love Isn’t

2013: Daft Punk, Random Access Memories

2014: Future Islands, Singles

2015: Roisin Murphy, Hairless Toys

2016: The Radio Dept., Running Out of Love

2017: Saint Etienne, Home Counties

2018: Tracy Thorn, Record

2019: Andrew Bird, My Finest Work Yet

2020: Jessie Ware, What’s Your Pleasure?

2021: Aimee Mann, Queens of the Summer Hotel

2022: Beth Orton, Weather Alive