An Album for Each Year

Posted on 16th of July 2023 | 312 words

I stumbled upon a fun-sounding challenge from Werner Vogels' blog so I wanted to partake in it personally. The challenge was to list your favourite album for every year of your life with a restriction of only one album per year and no repeats of artists.

Here is my list:

1995: Alice in Chains, Alice in Chains
1996: Type O Negative, October Rust
1997: Deftones, Around the Fur
1998: Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
1999: Sleep, Jerusalem (Dopesmoker)
2000: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
2001: B.R.M.C., Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
2002: Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf
2003: Songs: Ohia, The Magnolia Electric Co.
2004: MF DOOM, MM...FOOD
2005: Boris, Pink
2006: Tool, 10,000 Days
2007: Porcupine Tree, Fear of a Blank Planet
2008: Have a Nice Life, Deathconsciousness
2009: Them Crooked Vultures, Them Crooked Vultures
2010: Nails, Unsilent Death
2011: Gillian Welch, The Harrow & the Harvest
2012: Death Grips, The Money Store
2013: Jason Isbell, Southeastern
2014: Swans, To Be Kind
2015: Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
2016: Gojira, Magma
2017: Slowdive, Slowdive
2018: Anna Von Hausswolff, Dead Magic
2019: Justin Townes Earle, The Saint of Lost Causes
2020: Lianne La Havas, Lianne La Havas
2021: Silk Sonic, An Evening with Silk Sonic
2022: Weyes Blood, And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow
2023: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, PetroDragonic Apocalypse (as of July 2023)

Challenge turned out to be quite hard for me since most of my favourite artists and albums are from time before my birth, but I managed to find something for each year. Especially difficult aspect was leaving great albums out. Rule of no repeats of artists didn’t make it easier either. Most likely I missed some great artists/albums so this list most likely just represents how I currently feel.