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The Most Relevant Records Since 1980

R.P. Tristram Coffin IV "Handle Your Business."
The list author says: "(still building)

Ok, so, (like you) I do a lot of listening to music. I ask a lot of questions, and listen to more music. I can shake the realization that there was some kind of marker in late 1979, and early 1980, when the Clash released London Calling. It appears as this midpoint in rock history. That record kind of heralded everything that had happened before it and forecast everything that has happened since, in one moment. And that is easily profound, but, this list is not about London Calling.

This list recognized that marker and chronicles the most relevant, vital (pick your adjective) records since then. Because, if this marker exist, other than in my mind, what came before it is covered, ad nauseum. And, what has come out since may be covered, but certainly not in this context. So, this is what I am doing here. This is my take on the most impressive records since 1980. Your cheers, jeers and comments are welcome and encouraged."
OK Computer
OK Computer
"It is such a cliche now that I have tried to exorcise myself from belief that this is the most profoundly important record of the modern rock era. FAIL. 15 years on it still reveals new discovery. It's simply a juggernaut of a record."
Daydream Nation
Daydream Nation
"The most purely significant invention of the last 32 years is  the fact hip-hop exists and predominates our consciousness. So, it's with a certain degree of irony that even a record this perfect crashes the Public Enemy, 1988-and since-party."
Thriller
Thriller
"No, I'm not still stalling out the obvious. In fact, what could be more obvious than Michael Jackson. This record blueprinted an entire aeon of pop music, and no one has matched it since."
It Takes A Nation
It Takes A Nation
"Ok, here it is, and with no resignation or consternation. PE was the last relevant conscious rap act and what allowed Dre, Eminem and Kanye the luxury of being so decidedly not conscious. Its more than that but I'm limited regarding characters."
Nevermind
Nevermind
"Am I being cavalier to resign the monolith out of the top 3? No. Maybe. I do not withhold from Nirvana their legacy. It's infinite and well documented. However, and in fact, I'd be willing to bet the principles would be more than willing to accept this placement."
Kid A
Kid A
The Chronic
The Chronic
"LA hip hop. What is it? It is the realization of its station. It's the acknowledgment of gangtsa culture and the awareness a legacy has been afforded to wallow in it. It's strife, but born of malaise from fighting the same losing battles, and so decadence, and this is its most strident moment."
Dare\Love & Dancing
Dare\Love & Dancing
Elephant
Elephant
Closer
Closer
Murmur
Murmur
Psychocandy
Psychocandy
Reign in Blood
Reign in Blood
Loveless
Loveless
Appetite For Destruction
Appetite For Destruction
Odelay
Odelay
Achtung Baby
Achtung Baby
The Joshua Tree
The Joshua Tree
Graceland
Graceland
Beauty and The Beat
Beauty and The Beat
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Kill Em All
Kill Em All
Singles
Singles
Graceland
Graceland
Disintegration
Disintegration
Immaculate Collection
Immaculate Collection
Dummy
Dummy
Definitely Maybe
Definitely Maybe
Endtroducing
Endtroducing
In the Aeroplane over the Sea
In the Aeroplane over the Sea
The Marshall Mathers LP
The Marshall Mathers LP
The Blueprint
The Blueprint
Is This It?
Is This It?
Funeral
Funeral
Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Merriweather Post Pavilion