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Which albums released in the past decade did you connect with most?

Instead of going for a ranked list of a set number of albums (e.g. Top 100), I'm starting with a tier list grouping albums into similar levels of personal importance. As you go down the tier list, albums get less consistent (I might only like a handful of tracks), get less personal (more generically "good" albums), or just made less of an impact in my life.

Click here to see my full tier list

 

A+ Tier

  • Big Thief - Capacity
  • Bon Iver - 22, a Million
  • Bon Iver - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
  • Laura Stevenson - The Big Freeze
  • Mitski - Puberty 2
  • Oneohtrix Point Never - Garden of Delete
  • Phoebe Bridgers - Stranger in the Alps
  • Sufjan Stevens - Carrie and Lowell

 

A Tier

  • Big Thief - Masterpiece
  • Billie Marten - Writing of Blues and Yellows
  • Gregory and the Hawk - On the Orange Mountain
  • James Blake - James Blake
  • Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
  • Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid m.A.A.d City
  • Local Natives - Hummingbird
  • Sky Sailing - An Airplane Carried Me To Bed
  • Stars - The Five Ghosts
  • Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
  • The Paper Kites - States
  • The Radio Dept. - Clinging to a Scheme
  • The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt
  • Tokyo Police Club - Champ
  • Vampire Weekend - Contra

 

A- Tier

  • Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
  • Beach House - Bloom
  • Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm
  • Bombay Bicycle Club - So Long, See You Tomorrow
  • Frank Ocean - Blonde
  • FKA Twigs - EP2
  • Half Waif - Lavender
  • Hundred Waters - The Moon Rang Like a Bell
  • Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
  • Mitski - Bury Me at Makeout Creek
  • Pinegrove - Cardinal
  • Sufjan Stevens - All Delighted People
  • The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It
  • The National - Trouble Will Find Me
  • The Staves - Dead & Born & Grown
  • The Tallest Man on Earth - There's No Leaving Now
  • Tomberlin - At Weddings
  • TR/ST - Joyland
  • Wilsen - I Go Missing In My Sleep

 

B+ Tier

  • Adrienne Lenker - Hours Were the Birds
  • Alvvays - Antisocialites
  • Beach House - Teen Dream
  • Blood Orange - Cupid Deluxe
  • Boygenius - Boygenius
  • Caravan Palace - <|°_°|>
  • clipping - CLPPNG
  • Empress Of - Me
  • Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear
  • Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
  • Florist - If Blue Could Be Happiness
  • Frankie Cosmos - Vessel
  • Gregory and the Hawk - Come, Now
  • Gregory and the Hawk - Leche
  • Grimes - Art Angels
  • Hot Hot Heat - Future Breeds
  • Hundred Waters - Communicating
  • Jay Som - Everybody Works
  • Keaton Henson - Dear...
  • Kero Kero Bonito - Bonito Generation
  • Mother Mother - Eureka
  • Mutual Benefit - Love's Crushing Diamond
  • Mutual Benefit - Skip a Sinking Stone
  • S. Carey - Hundred Acres
  • Said the Whale - Hawaiii
  • Snail Mail - Lush
  • St. Vincent - Strange Mercy
  • Studio Killers - Studio Killers
  • Tame Impala - Currents
  • The National - High Violet
  • The National - Sleep Well Beast
  • TR/ST - TRST
  • Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History

 

B Tier

  • Adrienne Lenker - Abysskiss
  • Alvvays - Alvvays
  • Animal Collective - Painting With
  • Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Before Today
  • Baths - Obsidian
  • Beach House - 7
  • Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
  • Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
  • Caribou - Our Love
  • Carly Rae Jepsen - Emotion (Side A/Side B)
  • Chairlift - Something
  • Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
  • Deftones - Diamond Eyes
  • Destroyer - Kaputt
  • DIIV - Deceiver
  • Disclosure - Settle
  • Foals - Total Life Forever
  • Hand Habits - Placeholder
  • iamamiwhoami - kin
  • Julie Byrne - Not Even Happiness
  • Kisses - Heart of the Nightlife
  • Kishi Bashi - 151a
  • Lucy Dacus - Historian
  • Mac DeMarco - 2
  • Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend
  • Mayhem - Torpedo Torpedo
  • Memphis - Here Comes A City
  • Noname - Telefone
  • Now, Now - Saved
  • Said the Whale - As Long As Your Eyes Are Wide
  • Said the Whale - Little Mountain
  • Sleigh Bells - Treats
  • Snowmine - Laminate Pet Animal
  • Soccer Mommy - Clean
  • STRFKR - Reptilians
  • Sun Kil Moon - Benji
  • Tame Impala - Lonerism
  • Tei Shi - Saudade
  • The Range - Potential
  • The National - I Am Easy to Find
  • Tokyo Police Club - Forcefield
  • Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
  • Washed Out - Paracosm
  • Yeasayer - Odd Blood

 

I'm curious about what your A+/A albums were! :)