List of favorite albums by year

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This is a list of my favorite albums based on the year they were released. For a list broken down by month, see my list of favorite albums by month. This list will include some albums that are not included in the monthly list because the monthly list excludes all albums where the month in which they were released is unknown.

For years where I have many favorite albums, only my most favorite will be listed. This gives a more temporal view of my music that isn't so obvious when viewing my albums ranked simply by how much I like them.

Year Album Artist
1956 My Fair Lady: Original Cast Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner
1957 Elvis' Christmas Album Elvis Presley
1958 Buddy Holly Buddy Holly
1959 An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer Tom Lehrer
1960
1961 Breakfast At Tiffany's: Music From the Motion Picture Henry Mancini, Johnny Mercer
1962 Don't Play That Song! Ben E. King
1963 My Son, the Nut Allan Sherman
1964 Allan In Wonderland Allan Sherman
1965 Rubber Soul The Beatles
1966 Sounds of Silence Simon and Garfunkel
1967 Days of Future Passed The Moody Blues
1968 Bookends Simon and Garfunkel
1969 My Way Frank Sinatra
1970 Tea For the Tillerman Cat Stevens
1971 Who's Next The Who
1972 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars David Bowie
1973 Queen Queen
1974 Queen II Queen
1975 A Night At the Opera Queen
1976 A Day At the Races Queen
1977 News of the World Queen
1978 Jazz Queen
1979 The Wall Pink Floyd
1980 The Game Queen
1981 Bella Donna Stevie Nicks
1982 Hot Space Queen
1983 An Innocent Man Billy Joel
1984 The Works Queen
1985 Les Misérables: Original London Cast Various
1986 A Kind of Magic Queen
1987 Lies Guns 'N Roses
1988 Mega Man II soundtrack
1989 Storm Front Billy Joel
1990 Heading For Tomorrow Gamma Ray
1991 Innuendo Queen
1992 Gordon Barenaked Ladies
1993 Back to the Light Brian May
1994 Weezer (blue album) Weezer
1995 Made In Heaven Queen
1996 RENT: Original Broadway Cast Recording Jonathan Larson
1997 Firecracker Lisa Loeb
1998 Eve 6 Eve 6
1999 Rilo Kiley Rilo Kiley
2000 Horrorscope Eve 6
2001 Take Offs and Landings Rilo Kiley
2002 The Execution of All Things Rilo Kiley
2003 Liz Phair Liz Phair
2004 American Idiot Green Day
2005 Introducing... Hello Saferide Hello Saferide
2006 Casino Twilight Dogs Youth Group
2007 Under the Blacklight Rilo Kiley
2008 More Modern Short Stories From Hello Saferide Hello Saferide
2009 Crossing the Rubicon The Sounds
2010 PPPPPP: The VVVVVV Soundtrack SoulEye
2011 Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra Tim Minchin
2012 Speak In Code Eve 6
2013 Heartthrob Tegan and Sara
2014 The Voyager Jenny Lewis
2015 Hamilton: And American Musical - Original Broadway Cast Recording Lin-Manuel Miranda
2016 Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various