December 10, 2021

My AOTY for each year 1985-2021

To begin, earlier this year I created an Apple Music playlist with a song I love from each calendar year, 1960 to the present. And as always with my lists, no repeat artists.  


Next, both for my own reference, and for a "better" way to consolidate all the year-end lists I have written over the years, here is a list of all Albums of the Year and their corresponding list, if there is one. I need to write more 80's lists at some point and have been researching them. Note that some of my lists have changed of course, and the AOTY I write below may be different at the corresponding link.

My #1 album of the year for:

1985: Tears for Fears- Songs from the Big Chair

List coming soon

1986: R.E.M.- Lifes Rich Pageant

Full list

1987: U2- Joshua Tree

Full list

1988: Amy Grant- Lead Me On

List coming soon

1989: The Innocence Mission- The Innocence Mission

List coming soon

1990: The Connells- One Simple Word

Full list

1991: Smashing Pumpkins- Gish

Full list

1992: Seventy Sevens- Pray Naked

Full list

1993: Mortal- Fathom

Full list

1994: Poor Old Lu- Sin

Full list

1995: Sixpence None the Richer- This Beautiful Mess

Full list

1996: Mineral- The Power of Failing

Full list

1997: Sixpence None the Richer- Sixpence None the Richer

Full list

1998: Sunny Day Real Estate- How It Feels To Be Something On

Full list

1999: Jimmy Eat World- Clarity

Full list

2000: Sunny Day Real Estate- The Rising Tide

Full list

2001: The Appleseed Cast- Low Level Owl Volumes 1 + 2

Full list

2002: The Gloria Record- Start Here

Full list

2003: Fountains of Wayne- Welcome Interstate Managers

Full list

2004: Brandtson- Send Us a Signal

Full list

2005: Sufjan Stevens- Illinois(e)

Full list

2006: mewithoutYou- Brother, Sister

Full list

2007: Thrice- The Alchemy Index

Full list

2008: Mates of State- Re-Arrange Us

Full list

2009: The Appleseed Cast- Sagarmatha

Full list

2010: Arcade Fire- The Suburbs

Full list

2011: The Spirit That Guides Us- Innocent Blood

Full list

2012: mewithoutYou- Ten Stories

Full list

2013: Tegan and Sara- Heartthrob

Full list

2014: Luxury- Trophies

Full list

2015: Wolf Alice- My Love is Cool

Full list

2016: The Avett Brothers- True Sadness

Full list

2017: Manchester Orchestra- A Black Mile to the Surface

Full list

2018: Neko Case- Hell-On

Full list

2019: Great Grandpa- Four of Arrows

Full list

2020: Taylor Swift- folklore

Full list

2021: The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die- Illusory Walls

Full list coming soon!