Cards on the table - we adore Mojo
magazine. More than just one of the best-selling publications, it has remained a shining light of quality writing and, above all else, a real love for music.
We're also massive fans of nearly all the albums spread over two lists in this month's 20th anniversary issue
, made up from reader votes. Some of our all-time favourites are there - records we go back to again and again.
Radiohead, with three albums across Mojo's two lists
But when there's so much newsprint and so many pixels competing for your attention, "Your favourite albums" just doesn't cut it as a headline, apparently.
These lists have been billed as '20 Albums That Shook the Last 20 Years', or, by the accompanying press release, as nothing less than "The Most Influential Albums Of The Last 20 Years".
On those terms, the lists fall far short. Elephant
is wonderful, but world-shaking? Hardly. It's not even the most shaking album The White Stripes released during that time.
We love, love
Bob Dylan's Time Out of Mind
, but the only thing it really shook is the cobwebs out of Dylan's 'fro. Compare it to Britney's Blackout
for example, which made a massive splash at the time, and whose robopop production is stamped on both "credible" and proper pop to this day.
Let England Shake
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and The Soft Bulletin
are both remarkable, but their influence on the last 20 years, musically, socially, culturally, is more than debatable.
We know that Mojo
has a reputation for being the middle-aged white rocker mag of choice, and its front covers certainly don't help contradict that notion, but the mag itself is much, much more eclectic (if old-fashioned) than these lists will have you believe.
But the almost-exclusively white, male-led (just Portishead and PJ Harvey over both lists), guitar-heavy angle doesn't do a fair job of reflecting the breadth of the publication, which is a shame.
Hip-hop? Soul? Dance? Proper pop? All music covered (if not front-covered) by Mojo
, but with the crossover exception of Kid A
, it simply doesn't exist on these lists.
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So, in response Digital Spy
have collected our own most 'Albums That Shook the Last 20 Years'. We've decided to just mimic the annual list, restricting ourselves to one album per year.
Just one rule - we've not allowed ourselves to pick an album that features on either of Mojo
's own lists, necessarily reducing our own representation of guitar rock.
We're not trying to be more "alternative" than Mojo
, or cooler. Far from it. We know how absurdly obvious every album on this list is. That's sort of the point.
We don't expect you to agree with all (or any) of our list, but we hope to look a little wider, and pick out some records that really
shook things up in the last 20 years, either though their sheer impact or continued influence.1993 -
Snoop Doggy Dogg: 'Doggystyle'1994 -
Oasis: 'Definitely Maybe'1995 -
Take That: 'Nobody Else'1996 -
The Fugees: 'The Score'1997 -
Daft Punk: 'Homework'1998 -
Fatboy Slim: 'You've Come A Long Way, Baby'1999 -
Destiny's Child: 'The Writing's On The Wall'2000 -
Eminem: 'The Marshall Mathers LP'2001 -
Kylie Minogue: 'Fever'2002 -
Coldplay: 'A Rush of Blood To The Head'2003 -
Outkast: 'Speakerboxxx/The Love Below'2004 -
Green Day: 'American Idiot'2005 -
Kanye West: 'Late Registration'2006 -
Amy Winehouse: 'Back To Black' 2007 -
Britney Spears: 'Blackout'2008
- MGMT: 'Oracular Spectacular' 2009 -
Lady Gaga: 'The Fame Monster'2010 -
Rihanna: 'Loud'2011 -
Adele: '21'2012 -
Taylor Swift: 'Red'
And of the Mojo
list? Well, it's got us talking and sparked us into writing our own list and this feature.
If the lists like theirs reminds people that Mojo
is still out there, and, no matter how stuck in its ways, still brilliant, we can't blame them for it.What do you think of Mojo's list and Digital Spy's alternative? What are your albums that shook the last 20 years? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.