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11 hours ago, Lucas32 said:

Ooh nice list. Only skimmed through but right away: no Appetite for Destruction from Guns N' Roses?

Hey bb. I can certainly add it :celestial4:If you have any more recs, feel free to drop them!

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OP, you got bamboozled into some of these picks. :priceless: For example...Mase's Harlem World isn't even an essential Bad Boy Records album, or even from its year of release, let alone from an entire decade.

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On 12/15/2020 at 12:07 PM, vinKC said:

What about Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway? Definitely an iconic masterpiece in the 2000’s. :allears:

Gonna put this one in the OP now!

 

On 12/17/2020 at 1:33 AM, Aerosol said:

OP, you got bamboozled into some of these picks. :priceless: For example...Mase's Harlem World isn't even an essential Bad Boy Records album, or even from its year of release, let alone from an entire decade.

I have to put faith in the people giving suggestions, cuz I can only go off of critic list which does leave a lot of stuff out. And I don't want to question people too much since that'll make me look like some sort of gatekeeper :laugh: 

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Was going to add Shania, Sophie Ellis, Aaliyah & Hole to my submissions but looks like they were already added :)

Some suggestions that just popped up in my head:

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70s

"Kim Carnes" by Kim Carnes (Country) (This one isn't on streaming plaforms, can be found on YouTube)

 

80s

"Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol

"Café Racers" by Kim Carnes (This one isn't on streaming plaforms, can be found on YouTube)

[^Most people know her from "Betty Davis Eyes" off her another 80s record "Mistaken Identity" but imo this album is miles better than that both lyrically and sonically so this might be my biased suggestion but anyway :keir:]

"Bella Donna" by Stevie Nicks

 

90s

Celine Dion - "Falling Into You"

 

00s

"Long Gone Before Daylight" by The Cardigans

"Lovers Rock" by Sade

"The Fray" by The Fray

"Five Star Motel" by Andy Stochansky

"Return To Saturn" by No Doubt

"Lifehouse" by Lifehouse

"Eyes Open" by Snow Patrol

"Into The Rush" by Aly & AJ

"Fallen" by Evanescence

 

10s

"For All We Know" by NAO

"Take Me Apart" by Kelala

"Zeros" by Declan McKenna

"U.F.O.F" by Big Thief

"Nothing Happens" by Wallows

"Now, Not Yet" by half•alive

 

 

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On 1/7/2021 at 6:58 PM, despy said:

Was going to add Shania, Sophie Ellis, Aaliyah & Hole to my submissions but looks like they were already added :)

Some suggestions that just popped up in my head:

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70s

"Kim Carnes" by Kim Carnes (Country) (This one isn't on streaming plaforms, can be found on YouTube)

 

80s

"Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol

"Café Racers" by Kim Carnes (This one isn't on streaming plaforms, can be found on YouTube)

[^Most people know her from "Betty Davis Eyes" off her another 80s record "Mistaken Identity" but imo this album is miles better than that both lyrically and sonically so this might be my biased suggestion but anyway :keir:]

"Bella Donna" by Stevie Nicks

 

90s

Celine Dion - "Falling Into You"

 

00s

"Long Gone Before Daylight" by The Cardigans

"Lovers Rock" by Sade

"The Fray" by The Fray

"Five Star Motel" by Andy Stochansky

"Return To Saturn" by No Doubt

"Lifehouse" by Lifehouse

"Eyes Open" by Snow Patrol

"Into The Rush" by Aly & AJ

"Fallen" by Evanescence

 

10s

"For All We Know" by NAO

"Take Me Apart" by Kelala

"Zeros" by Declan McKenna

"U.F.O.F" by Big Thief

"Nothing Happens" by Wallows

"Now, Not Yet" by half•alive

 

 

Thank you for the suggestions! I'll add them to the OP.

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On 12/15/2020 at 10:07 AM, vinKC said:

What about Kelly Clarkson’s Breakaway? Definitely an iconic masterpiece in the 2000’s. :allears:

That album is essential to the pop rock movement :clap3:

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Recommendations:

 

Boards of Canada's Music Has the Right to Children (1998) is iconic and has been consistently referenced and emulated among electronic musicians for 20+ years. Pitchfork gave it a 10 and also gave it its own feature article a few years ago.

 

https://pitchfork.com/features/article/why-boards-of-canadas-music-has-the-right-to-children-is-the-greatest-psychedelic-album-of-the-90s/

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/838-music-has-the-right-to-children/

 

Aphex Twin: Richard D. James Album is a cute girl, for sure, but nowhere near as impactful/iconic as Selected Ambient Works 85-92 or Selected Ambient Works Vol. II.

While SAW Vol. II absolutely changed ambient music as a genre, SAW 85-92 is more accessible and basically invented IDM (intelligent dance music). I think either are a better contender for essential Aphex album over RDJA. 33 1/3 even wrote a book about SAW Vol. II

 

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/223-selected-ambient-works-85-92/

https://www.factmag.com/2017/02/12/paul-white-aphex-twin-selected-ambient-works-85-92/

https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/aphex-twins-selected-ambient-works-volume-ii-9781623568900/

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On 1/17/2021 at 3:29 PM, Everest said:

Recommendations:

 

Boards of Canada's Music Has the Right to Children (1998) is iconic and has been consistently referenced and emulated among electronic musicians for 20+ years. Pitchfork gave it a 10 and also gave it its own feature article a few years ago.

 

https://pitchfork.com/features/article/why-boards-of-canadas-music-has-the-right-to-children-is-the-greatest-psychedelic-album-of-the-90s/

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/838-music-has-the-right-to-children/

 

Aphex Twin: Richard D. James Album is a cute girl, for sure, but nowhere near as impactful/iconic as Selected Ambient Works 85-92 or Selected Ambient Works Vol. II.

While SAW Vol. II absolutely changed ambient music as a genre, SAW 85-92 is more accessible and basically invented IDM (intelligent dance music). I think either are a better contender for essential Aphex album over RDJA. 33 1/3 even wrote a book about SAW Vol. II

 

https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/223-selected-ambient-works-85-92/

https://www.factmag.com/2017/02/12/paul-white-aphex-twin-selected-ambient-works-85-92/

https://www.bloomsbury.com/us/aphex-twins-selected-ambient-works-volume-ii-9781623568900/

Thank you for the recommendations! I just added the Boards of Canada album and switched the Aphex Twin album to SAW 85-92.

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