List your favorite record from every year you’ve been alive.
You can do it based purely on hindsight, or you can do it by listing the answer you would’ve given in that year (assuming you were aware of pop music at the time).
If you choose to do this silly thing you may find it useful to consult the Pazz & Jop archive to remember what even came out in each year.
To save some space i took out his list, which you can check out here. This was kinda hard, at least the early years (which is why i have three Elvis Costello records in a row, though i do genuinely love those records). I cheated on a few years and put two cause there was just no way i could pick.
1979 - Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
1980 - Elvis Costello - Get Happy
1981 - Elvis Costello - Trust
1982 - Dead Kennedys - Plastic Surgery Disasters
1983 - New Order - Power, Corruption & Lies
1984 - Prince - Purple Rain
1985 - Dead Milkmen - Big Lizard in My Backyard
1986 - The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
1987 - The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
1988 - Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
1989 - Beastie Boys - Paul’s Boutique / Pixes - Doolittle
1990 - Sonic Youth - Goo
1991 - De La Soul - De La Soul is Dead
1992 - Sonic Youth - Dirty
1993 - Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
1994 - Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain / Sebadoh - Bakesale
1995 - Ol’ Dirty Bastard - Return to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version
1996 - DJ Shadow - Endtrodducing …
1997 - Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
1998 - Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Areoplane Over the Sea
1999 - Bonnie Prince Billy - I See A Darkness / Beck - Midnite Vultures
2000 - Outkast - Stankonia
2001 - The Avalanches - Since I Left You
2002 - Broken Social Scene - You Forget it in People
2003 - Prefuse 73 - One Word Extinguisher / Four Tet - Rounds
2004 - The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightening, Strike / Madvillian - Madvilliany
2005 - The National - Alligator
2006 - J Dilla - Donuts
2007 - The National - Boxer
Let’s hear your’s. It’s not like you want to work today.