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I'm gonna go on a limb and say 1997.

I'll join you on that limb and mention Either/Or - Elliot Smith, Life After Death- Notorious BIG, Dig Your Own Hole – The Chemical Brothers and Ok Computer – Radiohead.

This is really subject to the kind of music one likes but these years were good IMO, I couldn't honestly single out one as the best overall.


Today – Beach Boys

Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan

Having a Rave Up – The Yardbirds

Help! And Rubber Soul – The Beatles

Debuts from the Sonics, the Lovin Spoonful and the Byrds

The Kink Kontroversy – The Kinks

The Who Sings My Generation - The Who

Self-titled albums from the Pretty Things, Them and the Zombies

Out of Our Heads – The Rolling Stones


Abbey Road - Beatles

Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones

Led Zeppelin I and II

Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere - Neil Young

Arthur or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire - The Kinks

The Band (self-titled)

Blind Faith (self-titled)

Five Leaves Left - Nick Drake

Monster Movie - Can

Nashville Skyline - Bob Dylan

The Stooges (self-titled)

The Velvet Underground (self-titled)

Tommy - The Who

1971 as mentioned


The Clash (self-titled)

Even In The Quietest Moments – Supertramp

Lust For Life – Iggy Pop

Frampton Comes Alive – Peter Frampton

No More Heroes – Stranglers

Pink Flag - Wire

Rocket To Russia – Ramones

My Aim Is True – Elvis Costello

Never Mind the Bollocks Here the Sex Pistols – The Sex Pistols

Exodus – Bob Marley and the Wailers

Let There Be Rock – AC/DC

Marquee Moon - Television

Trans Europe Express - Kraftwerk

Low and Heroes – David Bowie


Yo Bum Rush the Show – Public Enemy

Warehouse Songs and Stories - Husker Du

The Joshua Tree – U2

The Perfect Prescription – Spacemen 3

Pleased to Meet Me – The Replacements

Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me – The Cure

Sister – Sonic Youth

Appetite For Destruction - Guns N’ Roses

Bad – Michael Jackson

Document – REM

Strangeways Here We Come – The Smiths

Come on Pilgrim EP – Pixies

Darklands – The Jesus and Mary Chain

Kick – INXS

You’re Living All Over Me – Dinosaur Jr.


3 Feet and Rising – De La Soul

Doolittle – Pixies

Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty

The Stone Roses (self-titled)

Paul’s Boutique – Beastie Boys

Mother’s Milk – RHCP

Freedom – Neil Young

Automatic – Jesus and Mary Chain

Pretty Hate Machine – NIN

I also agree with 1991

Gish – Smashing Pumpkins

Blue Lines – Massive Attack

Cypress Hill (self-titled)

Ten – Pearl Jam

Nevermind – Nirvana

Trompe le Monde – Pixies

Blood Sugar Sex Magik – Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Low End Theory – A Tribe Called Quest

Screamadelica – Primal Scream

Loveless – My Bloody Valentine

Achtung Baby – U2

Spiderland – Slint

Green Mind – Dinosaur Jr.


Jar of Flies – Alice in Chains

Dookie – Green Day

Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain – Pavement

Mellow Gold – Beck

The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails

Superunknown – Soundgarden

Smash – The Offspring

Let Love In – Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Parklife – Blur

Blue Album – Weezer

Ill Communication – Beastie Boys

Music for the Jilted Generation – The Prodigy

Grace – Jeff Buckley

Definitely Maybe – Oasis

Dummy – Portishead

Protection – Massive Attack

Purple - STP


About A Boy and Have You Fed the Fish – Badly Drawn Boy

The Last Broadcast – Doves

18 – Moby

Maladroit – Weezer

A Rush of Blood To The Head - Coldplay

By The Way – RCHP

Songs For The Deaf – Queens of the Stoneage

Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots – The Flaming Lips

Sea Change – Beck

() – Sigor Ros

Phrenology – The Roots

Quality – Talib Kweli

...a few good debuts:

The Music (self-titled)

Peter Bjorn John (self-titled)

Make Up The Breakdown – Hot Hot Heat

Turn on the Bright Lights - Interpol

Castaways and Cutouts – The Decemberists

Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone – The Walkmen

The Big Come Up – Black Keys

Original Pirate Material – The Streets

Highly Evolved – The Vines

Up The Bracket - Libertines


Rubber Factory – Black Keys

Good News For People Who Love Bad News – Modest Mouse

Absolution – Muse

Desperate Youth Blood Thirsty Babes – TV on the Radio

Franz Ferdinand (self-titled)

Hopes and Fears- Keane

A Grand Don’t Come For Free – The Streets

Final Straw – Snow Patrol

Tyrannosaurus Hives – The Hives

Kasabian (self-titled)

Funeral – Arcade Fire

Welcome to the North – The Music

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wow, this is an old thread. I'm gonna guess that Batman's favourite year for music is no longer 1967.

Yeah it's kinda weird looking back at my older posts. But then, it's not that weird I guess. What 14 year old white male isn't obsessed with classic rock for at least a year?

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What about the worst year in music?

I'd pick 1999 :P

Boy-band pop got all the attention and rock was very dismal, with Creed, Limp Bizkit and Kid Rock being the most popular acts. That year also marked a significant change in commercialized mainstream

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