75. Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True (1977)
74. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black (2006)
73. Various Artists, The Harder They Come Soundtrack (1972)
72. Beastie Boys, Paul's Boutique (1989)
71. The Kinks, The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968)
Though considered a British Invasion band, the Kinks never yearned for musical imperialism like some of their louder, showier peers. Instead, their prettily crafted pop looked inward, simultaneously lampooning and honoring the English culture that made them, like the best kind of satirists.
70. Iggy and the Stooges, Raw Power (1973)
”I’m a streetwalking cheetah with a heart full of napalm,” the inimitable rock animal Iggy Pop snarls at the beginning of this ferocious blast of proto-punk energy (a brief sampling of parent-terrifying song titles: ”Search and Destroy,” ”Penetration,” ”Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell”). Nihilism doesn’t get any better.
69. Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation (1988)
68. Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
67. Neil Young, After the Gold Rush (1970)
66. Hole, Live Through This (1994)
65. Love, Forever Changes (1967)
64. Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral (1994)
63. Television, Marquee Moon (1977)
62. The Replacements, Let It Be (1984)
61. De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
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