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What Are the Best Indie Rock Albums Ever?


Half the time, we music fans can't even decide what indie rock is — so naturally, Blender magazine's list of the 100 greatest indie rock albums of all time is bound to be fodder for debate (starting with No. 1, Pavement's Slanted and Enchanted). So I'm tempted to put it to you guys sans commentary and just say, "Have at it!"

But, let's be real: I can't resist making just a few comments. I'm pleased to see one of my favorite bands, the Mountain Goats, represented, but I would have picked Tallahassee instead of We Shall All Be Healed (No. 72). On the other hand, I support their pick of Rilo Kiley's More Adventurous (No. 50). And I've never considered The Velvet Underground an indie band — but maybe that's just me.

You can read Blender's full list with explanations, or if you're just raring to go, you can see the list if you read more

100. The Shaggs - Philosophy Of The World
99. Dream Syndicate - The Days Of Wine And Roses
98. Palace Music - Viva Last Blues
97. The Mekons - Rock 'N' Roll
96. TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
95.The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
94. Half Japanese - Greatest Hits
93. Big Black - Atomizer
92. Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
91. The Chills - Kaleidoscope World
90. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
89. Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock & Roll
88. Daniel Johnston - Yip/Jump Music
87. Wolf Parade - Apologies To The Queen Mary
86. Flipper - Album - Generic Flipper
85. The Clean - Anthology
84. Beat Happening - You Turn Me On
83. The Misfits - Walk Among Us
82. The Embarrassment - Heyday 1979-83
81. The Vaselines - The Way Of The Vaselines
80. Feist - The Reminder
79. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
78. The 13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds Of The 13th Floor Elevators
77. Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
76. Le Tigre - Le Tigre
75. Galaxie 500 - Today
74. The Fall - 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong
73. Meat Puppets - Up On The Sun
72. The Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed
71. Stereolab - Refried Ectoplasm
70. Mudhoney - Superfruzz Bigmuff Plus Early Singles
69. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
68. Descendents - Milo Goes To College
67. Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising
66. Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
65. Various Artists - No New York
64. Cat Power - The Greatest
63. Nirvana - Bleach
62. The Feelies - Crazy Rhythms
61. LCD Soundsystem - LCD Soundsystem
60. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
59. Nine Inch Nails - Pretty Hate Machine
58. Built To Spill - There's Nothing Wrong With Love
57. Bikini Kill - Pussy Whipped
56. Archers Of Loaf - Icky Mettle
55. Bad Brains - Bad Brains
54. Unrest - Imperial F.F.R.R.
53. Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
52. Bright Eyes - Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground
51. Interpol - Turn On The Bright Lights
50. Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
49. Spoon - Kill The Moonlight
48. Mission Of Burma - Vs.
47. Green Day - Kerplunk
46. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
45. Fugazi - Repeater
44. Various Artists - Wanna Buy A Bridge?
43. Black Flag - Damaged
42. Brian Eno - Another Green World
41. Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
40. New Order - Power Corruption & Lies
39. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
38. The Strokes - Is This It
37. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
36. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
35. Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville
34. Superchunk - On The Mouth
33. The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
32. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
31. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
30. Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
29. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
28. The Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
27. M.I.A. - Arular
26. Belle And Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
25. Sebadoh - III
24. The New Pornographers - Mass Romantic
23.Yo La Tengo - Painful
22. Meat Puppets - Meat Puppets II
21. The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers
20. The Hold Steady - Separation Sunday
19. Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
18. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
17. The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
16. Slint - Spiderland
15. X - Wild Gift
14. De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising
13. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
12. Dinosaur Jr - You're Living All Over Me
11. Minutemen - Double Nickels On The Dime
10. The Smiths - The Smiths
9. Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers
8. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
7. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground
6. Arcade Fire - Funeral
5. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
4. R.E.M. - Murmur
3. The Replacements - Let It Be
2. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
1. Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted

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