Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The A Lists: 1985 (57)

  • Franco & Rochereau: Omona Wapi (Shanachie)
  • Double Dee & Steinski: The Payoff Mix/Lesson Two/Lesson 3 (Tommy Boy)
  • Mekons: Fear & Whiskey (Sin import)
  • The Pogues: Rum Sodomy & the Lash (Stiff import)
  • Aretha Franklin: Who's Zoomin' Who? (Arista)
  • Hüsker Dü: New Day Rising (SST)
  • Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill (A&M)
  • The Velvet Underground: VU (Verve)
  • The Blasters: Hard Line (Slash)
  • Willie Nelson & Hank Snow: Brand on My Heart (Columbia)
  • Talking Heads: Little Creatures (Sire)
  • Minutemen: 3-Way Tie for Last (SST)
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson: In Concert With the Dub Band (Shanachie)
  • The Replacements: Tim (Sire)
  • Go Go Crankin' (4th & B'way)
  • Dele Abiodun: It's Time for Juju Music (Super Adawa import)
  • Joe Higgs: Triumph (Alligator)
  • Scritti Politti: Cupid & Psyche 85 (Warner Bros.)
  • Dele Abiodun: Adawa Super Sound (Shanachie)
  • Dramarama: Cinema Verité (New Rose import)
  • Professor Longhair: Rock 'n' Roll Gumbo (Dancing Cat)
  • Yabby You: Fleeing from the City (Shanachie)
  • The Dead Milkmen: Big Lizard in My Backyard (Fever)
  • Rosanne Cash: Rhythm and Romance (Columbia)
  • Hüsker Dü: Flip Your Wig (SST)
  • George Clinton: Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends (Capitol)
  • The Descendents: Bonus Fat (SST)
  • The Go-Betweens: Metal and Shells (PVC)
  • Robert Cray Band: False Accusations (Hightone)
  • Billy Joel: Greatest Hits: Volumes 1 & II (Columbia)
  • Marti Jones: Unsophisticated Time (A&M)
  • Katrina and the Waves: Katrina and the Waves (Capitol)
  • The Cars: Greatest Hits (Elektra)
  • UB40: Little Baggariddim (A&M)
  • Elvis Costello and the Attractions: The Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions (Columbia)
  • George Strait: Greatest Hits (MCA)
  • Camper Van Beethoven: Telephone Free Landslide Victory (Independent Project)
  • Steve Arrington: Dancin' in the Key of Life (Atlantic)
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: In Praise of Older Women and Other Crimes (Sire)
  • Marshall Crenshaw: Downtown (Warner Bros.)
  • Phranc: Folksinger (Rhino)
  • Willie Nelson: Me and Paul (Columbia)
  • Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Army Arrangement (Celluloid)
  • John Anderson: Tokyo, Oklahoma (Warner Bros.)
  • Mofungo: Frederick Douglass (Coyote/Twin/Tone)
  • Nile Rodgers: B-Movie Matinee (Warner Bros.)
  • Alex Chilton: Feudalist Tarts (Big Time)
  • The Rattlers: Rattled (PVC)
  • Phezulu Eqhudeni (Carthage)
  • Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City (Manhattan)
  • George Strait: Something Special (MCA)
  • Ruben Blades y Seis del Solar: Escenas (Elektra)
  • David Byrne: Music for the Knee Plays (ECM)
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus: Rally Round (Shanachie)
  • The Silos: About Her Steps (Record Collect)
  • The Rave-Ups: Town & Country (Fun Stuff)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Ulwandle Oluncgwele (Shanachie)

Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s, 1990

The A Lists: 1984 The A Lists: 1986