Meme madness: albums/years of my life

Favorite album of each year of my life; meme started by Nate Patrin.
Some artists are missing because one album beat them in a given year: Prince and the Smiths are my two favorite artists of all-time, but their best albums got beat by other albums in individual years. But that said, for example, The Queen Is Dead would’ve won plenty of the years on here, just not 1986, as it happens.
Also: no greatest hits, no comps of old material (which kept Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story out of 2006 — it would’ve won easily — and prevented at least one of Dylan’s Bootleg Series from showing up). Year is year of US release.
1970: Velvet Underground, Loaded
1971: Aretha Franklin, Aretha Live at Fillmore West
1972: Miles Davis, On the Corner
*so close: Aretha Franklin, Amazing Grace
1973: Daryl Hall & John Oates, Abandoned Luncheonette
1974: Bob Dylan/The Band, Before the Flood
1975: Smokey Robinson, A Quiet Storm
1976: Marvin Gaye, I Want You
1977: Steely Dan, Aja
1978: Chic, C’est Chic
*so close: Marvin Gaye, Here, My Dear
1979: Tom Browne, Browne Sugar
1980: Diana Ross, diana
1981: Grace Jones, Nightclubbing
1982: ABC, The Lexicon of Love
*so close: Daryl Hall & John Oates, H2O
1983: Madonna, Madonna
1984: Rush, Grace Under Pressure
*so close: Prince and the Revolution, Purple Rain
*so close: Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Welcome to the Pleasuredome
1985: Amy Grant, Unguarded
1986: Anita Baker, Rapture
*so close: Prince and the Revolution, Parade
*so close: the Smiths, The Queen Is Dead
1987: Pat Metheny Group, Still Life (Talking)
*so close: Alexander O’Neal, Hearsay
*so close: the Smiths, Strangeways, Here We Come
1988: Public Enemy, It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
*so close: Morrissey, Viva Hate
1989: Sandra Bernhard, Without You I’m Nothing
1990: Kitchens of Distinction, Strange Free World
*so close: Sonic Youth, Goo
1991: Electronic, Electronic
*so close: John Mellencamp, Whenever We Wanted
1992: Mary J. Blige, What’s the 411?
*so close: Madonna, Erotica
1993: Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Plantation Lullabies
*so close: Liz Phair, Exile in Guyville
1994: Various Artists, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool
*so close: Various Artists, Rhythm, Country and Blues
*so close: Madonna, Bedtime Stories
1995: PJ Harvey, To Bring You My Love
1996: Everything But The Girl, Walking Wounded
*so close: Manic Street Preachers, Everything Must Go 
*so close: Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Peace Beyond Passion
1997: Nuyorican Soul, Nuyorican Soul
1998: Various Artists, Paris Is Sleeping, Respect Is Burning Vol. 2
*so close: New Radicals, maybe you’ve been brainwashed too.
1999: Mary J. Blige, Mary
*MJB is the only artist with two year-winning albums on this list.
2000: D’Angelo, Voodoo
*The only year that felt like a “default” pick; I simply couldn’t find an album from 2000 I liked better.
2001: Daft Punk, Discovery
2002: DJ/rupture, Minesweeper Suite
*so close: Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Cookie: The Anthopological Mixtape
2003: The Postal Service, Give Up
*so close: Richard X, Presents His X-Factor Vol. 1
2004: Various Artists, DJ-Kicks: Erlend Øye
2005: Robin Guthrie & Harold Budd, Music from the Film Mysterious Skin
*so close: Billy Corgan, TheFutureEmbrace
*so close: Lee Ann Womack, There’s More Where That Came From
2006: Roll Deep, In at the Deep End
*so close: Jerry Lee Lewis, Last Man Standing
2007: Jay-Z, American Gangster
2008: Zomby, Where Were U in ’92?
2009: Dam-Funk, Toeachizown
2010: Diddy – Dirty Money, Last Train to Paris
2011: Destroyer, Kaputt
2012: Lone, Galaxy Garden
2013: Kanye West, Yeezus
2014: Toni Braxton & Babyface, Love, Marriage & Divorce
2015: dumblonde, dumblonde
*so close: Carly Rae Jepsen, EMOTION
2016: Bonnie Raitt, Dig In Deep
*so close: Solange, A Place at the Table



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