Here's an idea for a music-related list I got from today's Steve Hyden post at the Onion AV Club. Hyden apparently got the idea from Idolator. The idea is to pick one album from each year you've been alive. Sounds simple, but it took me the better part of an afternoon to compile my list.
I imposed the following rules on myself: No double albums, no greatest hits compilations, and no using the same artist more than once. Others may decide not to be so stringent.
Here's my list.
1974: Crime of the Century, Supertramp
1975: Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
1976: Fly Like an Eagle, Steve Miller Band
1977: Little Queen, Heart
1978: Van Halen, Van Halen
1979: Rust Never Sleeps, Neil Young and Crazy Horse
1980: Bad Luck Streak in Dancing School, Warren Zevon
1981: Tattoo You, The Rolling Stones
1982: Thriller, Michael Jackson
1983: Eliminator, ZZ Top
1984: Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen
1985: Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits
1986: Raising Hell, Run DMC
1987: Appetite for Destruction, Guns N' Roses
1988: Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, Traveling Wilburys
1989: New York, Lou Reed
1990: Shake Your Money Maker, The Black Crowes
1991: Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Red Hot Chili Peppers
1992: Automatic for the People, R.E.M.
1993: In Utero, Nirvana
1994: Wildflowers, Tom Petty
1995: Fight for Your Mind, Ben Harper
1996: Plays Metallica by Four Cellos, Apocalyptica
1997: The Virginian, Neko Case and Her Boyfriends
1998: Ophelia, Natalie Merchant
1999: Reload, Tom Jones
2000: Fragments of Freedom, Morcheeba
2001: I Get Wet, Andrew W.K.
2002: American IV: The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash
2003: Elephunk, Black Eyed Peas
2004: Back to Bedlam, James Blunt
2005: Devil's Playground, Billy Idol
2006: Loose, Nelly Furtado
2007: La Cucaracha, Ween