Amazon Asks You to Buy Their Version of the “100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of All Time”

    List fight time! Amazon, that site where you buy Crocs, has compiled a list of the "100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of All Time" that is as much a way for them to sell you indie rock albums (check the inclusion of "Deluxe Editions" of some of these albums) as way to inspire you to fight their inclusions. Here’s how they prefaced the list:

    The term "Indie Rock" is undeniably tricky. We challenge anyone to definitively define what is and what is not indie rock–you will fail. For the purposes of compiling this list we’ve decided to use a combination of hard and fast rules and gut instinct. Our hard and fast rules are listed below, but as for gut instinct–you just kind of have to know. For example: John Oates put out a rock record called Phunk Shui on an indie label, however, in no way should Phunk Shui be mistaken for indie rock. Likewise, Black Flag put out many seminal punk albums on SST, but we’re not talking about punk or grunge or classic post-kraut-rock, we’re talking about indie rock. Are Black Flag really indie rock? Not to our ears.

    Amazon also adheres to the one album per artist rule. There are a handul of "whaaaaa?" moments here (Postal Service at 18? Whaaa? Unrest at 5? Whaaaa? Any album by Joan as Police Woman or The Promise Ring? Whaaaa?), but overall there are some inclusions that are often overlooked (like Deerhoof, Destroyer, Jawbreaker, Yo La Tengo, Superchunk) on lists like this. I don’t really agree with their number one (Guided by Voices’

    Bee Thousand

    ), but I’m cool with it.

     

    Here’s the full list:

     

    100

    Dangerous Magical Noise

    – The Dirtbombs

    99

    Passover

    – The Black Angels

    98

    To Survive

    – Joan As Police Woman

    97

    Ultimate Alternative Wavers

    – Built To Spill

    96

    Trans Am

    – Trans Am

    95

    The Discovery Of A World Inside…

    – The Apples In Stereo

    94

    Waiter: ‘You Vultures!’

    – Portugal The Man

    93

    Alligator

    – The National

    92

    Horses In The Sky

    – Silver Mt. Zion

    91

    Gallowsbird’s Bark

    – The Fiery Furnaces

    90

    Louden Up Now

    – (!!! Chk Chik Chick)

    89

    The Milk-Eyed Mender

    – Joanna Newsom

    88

    The Power Out

    – Electrelane

    87

    Cure For Pain

    – Morphine

    86

    Worn Copy

    – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

    85

    Vivian Girls

    – Vivian Girls

    84

    Hearts Of Oak

    – Ted Leo/Pharmacists

    83

    Save Yourself

    – Make Up

    82

    The Last Match

    – The Aislers Set

    81

    The Sea and the Bells

    – Rachel’s

    80

    The Ugly Organ

    – Cursive

    79

    De Stijl

    – The White Stripes

    78

    Nothing Feels Good

    – The Promise Ring

    77

    The Smell Of Our Own

    – The Hidden Cameras

    76

    Jane From Occupied Europe

    – Swell Maps

    75

    Furnace Room Lullaby

    – Neko Case

    74

    The Curtain Hits The Cast

    – Low

    73

    The R&B Of Membership

    – The Delta 72

    72

    II & III

    – Camper Van Beethoven

    71

    Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating…

    – Spiritualized

    70

    The Fawn

    – The Sea And Cake

    69

    Feast of Wire

    – Calexico

    68

    Oh, Inverted World

    – The Shins

    67

    Will You Find Me

    – Ida

    66

    Milk Man

    – Deerhoof

    65

    Coquelicot Asleep In The Poppies…

    – Of Montreal

    64

    Rejoicing in The Hands

    – Devendra Banhart

    63

    Destroyer’s Rubies

    – Destroyer

    62

    TNT

    – Tortoise

    61

    Neon Golden

    – The Notwist

    60

    Daddy’s Highway

    – The Bats

    59

    Set Yourself On Fire

    – Stars

    58

    Fabulous Muscles

    – Xiu Xiu

    57

    Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes

    – TV On The Radio

    56

    The Decline And Fall Of Heavenly

    – Heavenly

    55

    The Mysterious Production of Eggs

    – Andrew Bird

    54

    Pussy-Whipped

    – Bikini Kill

    53

    Sing No Evil

    – Half Japanese

    52

    Liberty Belle And The Black Diamond Express

    – The Go Betweens

    51

    Emperor Tomato Ketchup

    – Stereolab

    50

    And Don’t The Kids Just Love It

    – Television Personalities

    49

    Wild Love

    – Smog

    48

    Agaetis Byrjun

    – Sigur Ros

    47

    Red House Painters I

    – Red House Painters

    46

    Advisory Committee

    – Mirah

    45

    How Memory Works

    – Joan Of Arc

    44

    On Fire

    – Galaxie 500

    43

    On

    – Imperial Teen

    42

    Mass Romantic [Remastered]

    – The New Pornographers

    41

    Gulag Orkestar

    – Beirut

    40

    This Nation’s Saving Grace

    – The Fall

    39

    You Forgot It In People

    – Broken Social Scene

    38

    I Am A Bird Now

    – Antony & The Johnsons

    37

    When Your Heartstrings Break

    – Beulah

    36

    Our Endless Numbered Days

    – Iron & Wine

    35

    Person Pitch

    – Panda Bear

    34

    Let’s Get Out of This Country

    – Camera Obscura

    33

    Merriweather Post Pavilion

    – Animal Collective

    32

    Let It Be [Expanded Edition]

    – The Replacements

    31

    Repeater + 3 Songs

    – Fugazi

    30

    Zen Arcade

    – Hüsker Dü

    29

    24 Hour Revenge Therapy

    – Jawbreaker

    28

    Lift Your Skinny Fists…

    – godspeed you black emperor!

    27

    Yellow House

    – Grizzly Bear

    26

    The Glow Pt. 2

    – The Microphones

    25

    Black Candy

    – Beat Happening

    24

    Funeral

    – Arcade Fire

    23

    Moon Pix

    – Cat Power

    22

    Diary

    – Sunny Day Real Estate

    21

    Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil…

    – Bright Eyes

    20

    I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One

    – Yo La Tengo

    19

    Kill the Moonlight

    – Spoon

    18

    Give Up

    – The Postal Service

    17

    Dig Me Out

    – Sleater-Kinney

    16

    No Pocky for Kitty

    – Superchunk

    15

    I See A Darkness

    – Bonnie "Prince" Billy

    14

    We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes

    – Death Cab For Cutie

    13

    Michigan

    – Sufjan Stevens

    12

    Daydream Nation

    – Sonic Youth

    11

    69 Love Songs Volume 1

    – The Magnetic Fields

    10

    Bakesale

    – Sebadoh

    09

    Either/Or

    – Elliott Smith

    08

    Surfer Rosa

    – Pixies

    07

    If You’re Feeling Sinister

    – Belle & Sebastian

    06

    Slanted & Enchanted

    – Pavement

    05

    Imperial f.f.r.r. (Deluxe Edition)

    – Unrest

    04

    Exile In Guyville

    – Liz Phair

    03

    Spiderland

    – Slint

    02

    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

    – Neutral Milk Hotel

    01

    Bee Thousand

    – Guided by Voices

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