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Old 06-02-2015, 07:09 AM   #1
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Spin Names the 300 Best Albums in Their Thirty Year History

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Re: Spin Names the 300 Best Albums in Their Thirty Year History

OMG Spin sucks
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Too many of those picks are simply dreadful, and some very good albums released in the last thirty years by long established artists are missing. I'll make sure I don't even pick up the magazine by accident.

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A lot of good albums on there but way too biased to newer acts. I may have missed it, but is there even one single artist in the top 100 that formed before 1980?
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Re: Spin Names the 300 Best Albums in Their Thirty Year History

I dont agree with the list but the more controversial the list the more traffic it gets.
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A lot of good albums on there but way too biased to newer acts. I may have missed it, but is there even one single artist in the top 100 that formed before 1980?
The list is only acts in the last 30 years (SPINS existence)
still very bad list, lots of great albums but lots missing and lots that don't belong.
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The list is only acts in the last 30 years (SPINS existence)
still very bad list, lots of great albums but lots missing and lots that don't belong.
No, by my understanding, it lists albums released in the last 30 years, which could include albums by older artists e.g., Dylan
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Wasn't SPIN a bit more alternative oriented?
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No, by my understanding, it lists albums released in the last 30 years, which could include albums by older artists e.g., Dylan
Paul Simon's Graceland is at 107, proving that older artists are on the list.
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Re: Spin Names the 300 Best Albums in Their Thirty Year History

Most of the albums listed are the critical darlings you'd expect to find on one of these lists. A lot of it doesn't surprise me.

Still any list that doesn't have Pearl Jam or Soundgarden in the top 100 and who has Kanye West in the top 10 is immediately suspect.

Also, who the heck is Wu Tang Clan?
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I didn't make past number 14 before I left.
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I saw the #1 and #2 choices and closed the link as I knew how the rest was going to go.
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Re: Spin Names the 300 Best Albums in Their Thirty Year History

There is a lot of hip-hop and rap artists which is probably why us Classic rock purists don't like the list. I own 126 of those albums but I still see that some great albums thatwere overlooked.
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Re: Spin Names the 300 Best Albums in Their Thirty Year History

Nevermind? Bah. It was revelatory when I was 15 but it's hard to find anything interesting about that record today.... it's just In Utero but without the maturity that came with age. Not sure there's an album in my collection that has aged more poorly for me, it's just such a tinny sounding record.

I don't mind that veteran acts like Dylan and Springsteen are left out... they had their day. Are their 90s records better than their 70s records? Not even close. I mean, my personal 1985-2015 list would be full of 30 or 40 Neil Young and Tom Petty albums but you have to let Spin be Spin... except... they're not even being Spin, here. Ignoring more recent acts in favor of 90s veterans? That's not the Spin I know.

List seems pretty darn limited. Almost exclusively early 90s & late 80s. Even within the frame given you'd expect, say, Neutral Milk Hotel or Animal Collective to make the top 100.
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I don't mind that veteran acts like Dylan and Springsteen are left out... they had their day. Are their 90s records better than their 70s records? Not even close. I mean, my personal 1985-2015 list would be full of 30 or 40 Neil Young and Tom Petty albums but you have to let Spin be Spin... except... they're not even being Spin, here. Ignoring more recent acts in favor of 90s veterans? That's not the Spin I know.
Nonetheless Spin ostensibly picked the three hundred best albums of the last thirty years. Therefore whether old time bands such as the Rolling Stones topped their best efforts from previous decades is beside the point. Sure, none of the five albums the Stones released in the past thirty years would rank among their top five of all time. And maybe none of them should be among the top thirty albums of the last thirty years. But I'd argue that two or three of them anyway should be among the top 300 albums of the last thirty years, particularly given some of the dross that Spin put on the list.

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Nonetheless Spin ostensibly picked the three hundred best albums of the last thirty years. Therefore whether old time bands such as the Rolling Stones topped their best efforts from previous decades is beside the point. Sure, none of the five albums the Stones released in the past thirty years would rank among their top five of all time. And maybe none of them should be among the top thirty albums of the last thirty years. But I'd argue that two or three of them anyway should be among the top 300 albums of the last thirty years, particularly given some of the dross that Spin put on the list.

The Stones have two or three post-85 albums that deserve to be on a list like this?? That's an opinion I certainly have never heard before.

I mean, me I actually really like A Bigger Bang and Voodoo Lounge. But top albums of the last 30 years? That's an exceedingly, exceedingly fringe perspective, probably even among diehard Stones fans. I'd absolutely rank Bigger Bang among my top albums of the 00s but I think that's primarily based on nostalgia, I'm not sure I could say it deserves it purely on practical merits.

I think it's much, much more important to look at these lists in context. What point is it to hold every magazine to our personal, idiosyncratic taste? We already have our own list, and no magazine is going to concur with it. More interesting to look at the demographic that Spin is coming from and assessing the list from that angle.

So, yeah, I definitely agree that something like Sleeps With Angels should be included as one of the best albums of the last 30 years, regardless of whether it's as good as Everybody Knows This is Nowhere. But as Spin is a magazine that rarely includes legacy acts to begin with, that'd be quite a bit much to ask of them.

And from an editorial perspective it really does make more sense to focus on the best works of any individual artist, and looking at them primarily in their peak. That serves two nifty editorial functions, you get a wider variety of artists (like how they limited it to 3 albums per artist) and you get lists that are more representative of their era (in most cases, since legacy acts often don't have the cultural impact they did in their heyday, although occasionally they can break through).
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(in most cases, since legacy acts often don't have the cultural impact they did in their heyday, although occasionally they can break through).
But the Stones specifically still have enormous cultural impact. Their concerts are an event anywhere they're held and make the news across at least a continent.

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