By all accounts, we really should have died (sympathyxo) wrote in highfidelity5,
By all accounts, we really should have died
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Til the radio plays something familiar ...

Today someone asked me what I would consider the five albums that every hipster should own. I ran home, looked through my iTunes library, was totally unable to narrow it down to five, so I split it up into three categories:

Top 5 albums that anyone and everyone, hipster or not, should own
1) Let It Be--the Beatles
2) Blood on the Tracks--Bob Dylan
3) Sticky Fingers--the Rolling Stones
4) London Calling--the Clash
5) The Velvet Underground and Nico--Velvet Underground and Nico (obviously)

Top 5 historical* albums that every hipster should own (Okay, I'm slightly ashamed to be using the word "hipster" in a positive context, so let's just say that these are albums that everyone who wishes to consider him/herself well informed about music should own.)
1) Surfer Rosa--the Pixies
2) The Queen is Dead--the Smiths
3) Horses--Patti Smith
4) Pink Moon--Nick Drake
5) Psychocandy--the Jesus & Mary Chain

Top 5 current albums that every hipster/well informed person should own
1) Yankee Hotel Foxtrot--Wilco
2) If You're Feeling Sinister--Belle & Sebastian
3) Dig Me Out--Sleater-Kinney
4) Rid of Me--PJ Harvey
5) Either/Or--Elliott Smith

*"Historical" isn't the right word, but I can't think of the right word. The distinction to me is that the historical albums have already proven their influence and staying power, while current albums, while clearly awesome musically, may not prove to be that important in the grand scheme of things.

So if you can condense your list to five albums, damn good for you. Otherwise, let me know what your top five in each subcategory are.
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