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100 Albums

I'm writing about my favorite albums. Explainer here.

Master List:

  1. Vienna Teng - Dreaming Through The Noise
  2. Portugal. The Man - Evil Friends
  3. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
  4. Toad The Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea
  5. R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
  6. Now Now - Threads
  7. Charisma.com - Not Not Me
  8. Radiohead - Amnesiac
  9. Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf
  10. Sixpence None The Richer - This Beautiful Mess
  11. Alice In Chains - MTV Unplugged
  12. Hamilton, Original Broadway Cast Recording
  13. Nirvana - Nevermind
  14. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Greatest Hits
  15. The B-52's - Cosmic Thing
  16. Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
  17. Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
  18. The Beatles - Help!
  19. Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  20. The Kickstand Band - Puppy Love
  21. Moby - Play
  22. Smash Mouth - Astro Lounge
  23. July Talk - Touch
  24. Hair, Original Broadway Cast Recording
  25. Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
  26. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  27. Foo Fighters - The Colour And The Shape
  28. Incubus - Light Grenades
  29. Ramin Djawadi - Game Of Thrones, Season 3
  30. N.E.R.D. - Seeing Sounds
  31. Led Zeppelin - untitled (IV/Zoso)
  32. Mike Doughty - Yes And Also Yes
  33. Ace Of Base - The Sign
  34. St. Vincent - Masseduction
  35. Tool - Lateralus
  36. The Brothers Four - The Big Folk Hits
  37. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
  38. Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
  39. The Wallflowers - Bringing Down The Horse
  40. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
  41. Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
  42. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon
  43. "Weird Al" Yankovic - Even Worse
  44. Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind
  45. Johnny Marr - Playland
  46. Seal - Seal (1994)
  47. Crocodiles - Crimes Of Passion
  48. Green Day - Dookie
  49. Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine
  50. The Transformers The Movie: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  51. Counting Crows - August And Everything After
  52. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (Soundtrack from & Inspired by the Motion Picture)
  53. Beck - Odelay
  54. They Might Be Giants - Flood
  55. Will Butler - Policy
  56. Cake - Fashion Nugget
  57. Madonna - Music
  58. Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs
  59. The Dresden Dolls - Yes, Virginia...
  60. Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
  61. Moxy Früvous - Bargainville
  62. A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step
  63. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
  64. Gone In 60 Seconds: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
  65. Laura Veirs - Warp And Weft
  66. OutKast - Stankonia
  67. Broken Bells - Broken Bells
  68. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
  69. Pspazz - Missile Toe
  70. of Montreal - Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
  71. Nikka Costa - Everybody Got Their Something
  72. The Eagles - Hotel California
  73. Jonathan Coulton - Thing-A-Week Two
  74. Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts - Cowboy Bebop Blue
  75. Lost Highway
  76. Lit - A Place In The Sun
  77. Five Iron Frenzy - Our Newest Album Ever!
  78. Pearl Jam - Vs.
  79. Grimes - Art Angels
  80. System Of A Down - Mezmerize
  81. Weezer - Weezer (The Blue Album)
  82. Evanescence - Fallen
  83. The Strokes - Is This It
  84. Redd Kross - Researching The Blues
  85. Failure - Fantastic Planet
  86. The New Christy Minstrels - Today
  87. Afroman - The Good Times
  88. The History Of Apple Pie - Feel Something
  89. Wild Beasts - Boy King
  90. Jethro Tull - M.U. The Best Of Jethro Tull
  91. Electric Six - Fire
  92. Wednesday Campanella - Watashi Wo Onigashima Ni Tsuretette
  93. deadmau5 - Random Album Title
  94. Collective Soul - Hints, Allegations, & Things Left Unsaid
  95. The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Love Everybody
  96. Curtis Harding - Soul Power
  97. Korn - Issues
  98. Doctor Octoroc - 8-Bit Jesus
  99. Paint Your Wagon (1969 film) Soundtrack
  100. ...
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