The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985-2014) - SPIN
SPIN's editors rank the finest releases since the publication's beginning in 1985
SPIN hit a milestone this year: Our 30th birthday. To celebrate, we caught up with some of the artists behind our past picks for Album of the Year, held a readers’ poll, reminisced with former staffers, and now, we’ve ranked the 300 best albums of the past 30 years.
Drawing on ballots from more than a dozen contributors, the editors whittled a roster of just under 1,000 nominees to a list of undisputed masterpieces, longtime pleasures, and new favorites — all of them classics (well, according to us)...
182. The Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come
5. The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead