Only the Good Stuff

All albums/EPs graded A- to A+, sorted chronologically and ranked within each year:

1956

  1. Charles Mingus – Pithecanthropus Erectus – A-

1963:

  1. Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady – A
  2. Johann Sebastian Bach – The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book I (Glenn Gould) – A-

1964:

  1. Bob Dylan – Another Side of Bob Dylan – A
  2. Herbie Hancock – Empyrean Isles – A
  3. John Coltrane – Coltrane’s Sound – A
  4. Charles Mingus – Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus – A-

1965

  1. Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home – A
  2. The Beatles – Rubber Soul – A

1966:

  1. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds – A-
  2. The Byrds – Fifth Dimension – A-
  3. Bobby Hutcherson – Components – A-
  4. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – Slightly Latin – A

1967

  1. Love – Forever Changes – A
  2. Ludwig van Beethoven – Sonatas: No. 8 – 10 (Glenn Gould) – A-
  3. Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding – A-

1968

  1. The Kinks – The Village Green Preservation Society – A+
  2. Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends –  A

1969

  1. Miles Davis – In a Silent Way – A+
  2. The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed – A+
  3. The Beatles – Abbey Road – A-
  4. Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere – A-

1970:

  1. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew – A-
  2. The Beatles – Let It Be – A-

1971

  1. Miles Davis – A Tribute to Jack Johnson – A
  2. The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers – A-
  3. John Coltrane – Sun Ship – A-

1972:

  1. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.Exile on Main St. – A+
  2. Lou Reed – Transformer – A
  3. Genesis – Foxtrot – A-
  4. Ornette Coleman – Science Fiction – A-

1973:

  1. Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure – A+
  2. Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters – A-
  3. Genesis – Selling England by the Pound – A-
  4. Roxy Music – Stranded – A-

1974:

  1. Genesis – The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – A-
  2. Big Star – Radio City – A-

1975:

  1. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti – A-
  2. Lou Reed – Coney Island Baby – A-
  3. Rahsaan Roland Kirk – The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color – A-

1977:

  1. David Bowie – Low – A-
  2. Brian Eno – Before and After Science – A-

1978:

  1. Big Star – Third / Sister Lovers – A+
  2. Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food – A
  3. Various Artists – No New York – A-

1979:

  1. Fleetwood Mac – Tusk – A
  2. Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps – A-

1980:

  1. The Sound – Jeopardy – A-
  2. Japan – Gentlemen Take Polaroids – A-

1982:

  1. The Cure – Pornography – A-
  2. X – Wild Gift – A-
  3. R.E.M. – Chronic Town [EP] – A

1983:

  1. R.E.M. – Murmur – A+
  2. U2 – War – A-

1984:

  1. Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime – A
  2. R.E.M. – Reckoning – A
  3. Erik Satie – 3 Gymnopedies & Other Piano Works (Pascal Roge) – A-

1985

  1. The Replacements – Tim – A
  2. R.E.M. – Fables of the Reconstruction – A-

1986:

  1. R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant – A-
  2. Peter Gabriel – So – A-
  3. New Order – Brotherhood – A-

1987:

  1. The Replacements – Pleased to Meet Me – A
  2. Sonic Youth – Sister – A-
  3. The Smiths – Strangeways, Here We Come – A-

1988:

  1. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation – A+
  2. Pixies – Surfer Rosa – A-
  3. Claude Debussy – Preludes Volume 2 (Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli) – A-

1989:

  1. Pixies – Doolittle – A

1990:

  1. Various Artists – The Best of the Girl Groups Volume 2 – A
  2. Sonic Youth – Goo – A-
  3. Pixies – Bossanova – A-

1991:

  1. Slint – Spiderland – A

1992:

  1. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People – A-

1993:

  1. Nirvana – In Utero – A+
  2. Slowdive – Souvlaki – A-

1994:

  1. Suede – Dog Man Star – A
  2. Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star – A-
  3. Blur – Parklife – A-
  4. Nas – Illmatic – A-

1995:

  1. Pavement – Wowee Zowee – A
  2. The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – A
  3. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… – A-

1996:

  1. Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister – A+

1997:

  1. Radiohead – OK Computer – A+
  2. Blur – Blur – A-
  3. Pavement – Brighten the Corners – A-

1998:

  1. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – A
  2. Sonic Youth – A Thousand Leaves – A-

1999:

  1. The Roots – Things Fall Apart – A
  2. Blur – 13 – A-

2000:

  1. Reflection Eternal – Train of Thought – A-
  2. OutKast – Stankonia – A-

2001:

  1. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells – A-

2002:

  1. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – A+
  2. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights – A+
  3. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People – A
  4. The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots – A
  5. The Roots – Phrenology – A-

2003:

  1. Blur – Think Tank – A-
  2. The White Stripes – Elephant – A-

2004:

  1. Kanye West – The College Dropout – A
  2. Madvillain – Madvillainy – A-

2005:

  1. Wilco – Kicking Television: Live in Chicago – A
  2. The Mountain Goats – The Sunset Tree – A

2007:

  1. Radiohead – In Rainbows – A
  2. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible – A
  3. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam – A-
  4. Panda Bear – Person Pitch – A-
  5. Miles Davis – The Complete On the Corner Sessions – A
  6. Laura Marling – My Manic and I [EP] – A

2008

  1. The Roots – Rising Down – A-

2009:

  1. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion – A
  2. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix – A
  3. Grizzly Bear – Veckatimest – A-

2010:

  1. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz – A
  2. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me – A
  3. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest – A-
  4. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach – A-
  5. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross – The Social Network – A-

2011:

  1. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80 – A-
  2. Jay Z and Kanye West – Watch the Throne – A-
  3. Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost – A-
  4. The Weeknd – Echoes of Silence – A-

2012:

  1. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city – A+
  2. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange – A
  3. Nas – Life is Good – A-
  4. Grizzly Bear – Shields – A-
  5. Big K.R.I.T. – Live From the Underground – A-
  6. ScHoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions – A-

2013:

  1. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City – A
  2. Drake – Nothing Was the Same – A
  3. Kanye West – Yeezus – A-
  4. Pusha T – My Name is My Name – A-
  5. Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience – A-
  6. Nils Frahm – Spaces – A-
  7. Yo La Tengo – Fade – A-
  8. James Blake – Overgrown – A-
  9. Burial – Rival Dealer [EP] – A
  10. J. Cole – Truly Yours 2 [EP] – A

2014:

  1. Taylor Swift – 1989 – A-
  2. Tinashe – Aquarius – A-
  3. Freddie Gibbs – Pinata – A-
  4. Azealia Banks – Broke With Expensive Taste – A-
  5. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers – A-
  6. Royksopp & Robyn – Do It Again [EP] – A-

2015

  1. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell – A
  2. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly – A
  3. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf – A
  4. Joanna Newsom – Divers – A
  5. Yo La Tengo – Stuff Like That There – A
  6. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit – A-
  7. Vince Staples – Summertime ’06 – A-
  8. Miguel – Wildheart – A-
  9. DJ Richard – Grind – A-
  10. Le1f – Riot Boi – A-
  11. Nicholas Jaar – Nymphs III [EP] – A

2016

  1. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial – A+
  2. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo – A
  3. Anderson .Paak – Malibu – A
  4. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition – A
  5. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book – A-
  6. ScHoolboy Q – Blank Face – A-
  7. Jack DeJohnette / Ravi Coltrane / Matthew Garrison – In Movement – A-
  8. Olga Bell – Tempo – A-
  9. Vince Staples – Prima Donna [EP] – A-

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