The Best Albums of 1961


1. Robert JohnsonKing of the Delta Blues Singers


2. Bill EvansSunday at the Village Vanguard


3. Bill EvansWaltz for Debby


4. Oliver NelsonThe Blues and the Abstract Truth


5. John ColtraneOlé Coltrane


6. Max RoachWe Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite


7. Patsy ClineShowcase


8. Ornette ColemanFree Jazz


9. Stan GetzFocus


10. Bobby BlandTwo Steps From the Blues


11. John ColtraneAfrica/Brass


12. João GilbertoJoão Gilberto


13. Eric DolphyAt the Five Spot


14. Nina SimoneNina Simone at Newport


15. George RussellEzz-thetics


16. Grant GreenGrantstand


17. Hank MobleyRoll Call


18. Cecil TaylorThe World of Cecil Taylor


19. Lee KonitzMotion


20. Charles MingusPresents Charles Mingus


21. Milt Jackson & John ColtraneBags & Trane


22. Ella FitzgeraldClap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!


23. Miles DavisSteamin’ With the Miles Davis Quintet


24. Ray CharlesThe Genius Sings the Blues


25. Freddie HubbardReady for Freddie

The Best Albums of 1960


1. Charles MingusBlues & Roots


2. Eric DolphyOut There


3. John ColtraneGiant Steps


4. Muddy WatersMuddy Waters at Newport 1960


5. Bill EvansPortrait in Jazz


6. Karlheinz StockhausenKontakte


7. Thelonious MonkThelonious Alone in San Francisco


8. Lonnie Johnson & Elmer SnowdenBlues & Ballads


9. Tina BrooksTrue Blue


10. Bobby TimmonsThis Here is Bobby Timmons


11. Ornette ColemanChange of the Century


12. Hank MobleySoul Station


13. Ella FitzgeraldElla in Berlin: Mack the Knife


14. Yusef LateefThe Centaur and the Phoenix


15. Art BlakeyThe Big Beat


16. Miles DavisSketches of Spain


17. Duke EllingtonBlues in Orbit


18. Ella FitzgeraldLet No Man Write My Epitaph


19. Etta JamesAt Last!


20. Wes MontgomeryThe Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery


21. Joan BaezJoan Baez


22. Bo DiddleyBo Diddley is a Gunslinger


23. Lightnin’ HopkinsLightnin’ and the Blues


24. Duke JordanFlight to Jordan


25. Stanley TurrentineLook Out!

Guest List: The Best Albums of 2010 – John Macintosh

1. Joanna NewsomHave One on Me

2. Beach HouseTeen Dream

3. Twin ShadowForget

4. The NationalHigh Violet

5. Flying LotusCosmogramma

6. Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz / All Delighted People EP

7. DeerhunterHalcyon Digest

8. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening

9. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today

10. GirlsBroken Dreams Club

11. How To Dress WellLove Remains

12. Matthew DearBlack City

13. The WalkmenLisbon

14. No AgeEverything in Between

15. Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles (II)

16. CaribouSwim

17. Arcade FireThe Suburbs

18. The Morning BendersBig Echo

19. Pantha du PrinceBlack Noise

20. Four TetThere Is Love in You

21. SpoonTransference

22. Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid

23. Erykah BaduNew Amerykah, Part 2

24. Magic ManReal Live Color

25. LiarsSisterworld

The Best Albums of 2010


1. KvelertakKvelertak


2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today


3. Carbon Based LifeformsInterloper


4. EnslavedAxioma Ethica Odini


5. The Black CrowesCroweology


6. Arcade FireThe Suburbs


7. Joanna NewsomHave One on Me


8. Scissor SistersNight Work


9. AlcestÉcailles de lune


10. Flying LotusCosmogramma


11. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


12. The Tallest Man on EarthThe Wild Hunt


13. Misery IndexHeirs to Thievery


14. Blind GuardianAt the Edge of Time


15. GrindermanGrinderman 2


16. The NationalHigh Violet


17. Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz


18. DeerhunterHalcyon Digest


19. Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh


20. Gil Scott-HeronI’m New Here


21. Laura MarlingI Speak Because I Can


22. AgallochMarrow of the Spirit


23. Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid


24. SwansMy Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky


25. OceansizeSelf Preserved While the Bodies Float Up

The Best Albums of 2009


1. MastodonCrack the Skye


2. AmorphisSkyforger


3. Fuck ButtonsTarot Sport


4. Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post Pavilion


5. Group BombinoGuitars From Agadez


6. MegadethEndgame


7. Natural Snow BuildingsShadow Kingdom


8. Bill CallahanSometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle


9. RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx… Pt II


10. Bat For LashesTwo Suns


11. PhoenixWolfgang Amadeus Phoenix


12. The AntlersHospice


13. Antony & The JohnsonsThe Crying Light


14. Grizzly BearVeckatimest


15. KylesaStatic Tensions


16. The Flaming LipsEmbryonic


17. Gui BorattoTake My Breath Away


18. David SylvianManafon


19. Atlas SoundLogos


20. The Black CrowesBefore the Frost…


21. Mos DefThe Ecstatic


22. CobaltGin


23. Dinosaur Jr.Farm


24. AncestorsOf Sound Mind


25. Charlotte GainsbourgIRM