Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The A Lists: 1987 (63)

  • Sonny Rollins: G-Man (Milestone)
  • Prince: Sign 'O' the Times (Paisley Park)
  • Culture: Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie)
  • Ornette Coleman: In All Languages (Caravan of Dreams)
  • Sonic Youth: Sister (SST)
  • New Order: Substance (Qwest)
  • Pretenders: The Singles (Sire)
  • Sly & Robbie: Rhythm Killers (Mango)
  • The Sonny Sharrock Band: Seize the Rainbow (Enemy)
  • R.E.M.: Document (I.R.S.)
  • Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel of Love (Columbia)
  • Go-Betweens: Tallulah (Big Time)
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Winterland (Rykodisc)
  • Ian Dury: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (Demon import)
  • The Angry Samoans: Gimme Samoa: 31 Garbage-Pit Hits (PVC)
  • Professor Longhair: Houseparty New Orleans Style (Rounder)
  • Pet Shop Boys: Actually (EMI-Manhattan)
  • Dramarama: Box Office Bomb (Questionmark)
  • Stella Chiweshe: Ambuya? (GlobeStyle import)
  • The Replacements: Pleased to Meet Me (Sire)
  • The Tanzania Sound (Original Sound)
  • Kool Moe Dee: How Ya Like Me Now? (Jive)
  • Johnny Cash: Columbia Records 1958-1986 (Columbia)
  • Marianne Faithfull: Strange Weather (Island)
  • Madonna: You Can Dance (Sire)
  • Kool Moe Dee: Kool Moe Dee (Jive)
  • Rosanne Cash: King's Record Shop (Columbia)
  • Reba McEntire: Greatest Hits (MCA)
  • Stevie Wonder: Characters (Motown)
  • John Cougar Mellencamp: The Lonesome Jubilee (Mercury)
  • The Housemartins: The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death (Elektra)
  • Tom Verlaine: Flash Light (I.R.S.)
  • Great Plains: Sum Things Up (Homestead)
  • French Frith Kaiser Thompson: Live, Love, Larf and Loaf (Rhino)
  • David Behrman: Leapday Night (Lovely Music)
  • That Petrol Emotion: Babble (Mercury)
  • Ray Stevens: Greatest Hits Vol. 2 (MCA)
  • The Cucumbers: The Cucumbers (Profile)
  • Culture: Culture at Work (Shanachie)
  • A Flock of Seagulls: The Best of a Flock of Seagulls (Jive)
  • Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society: When Colors Play (Caravan of Dreams)
  • Minutemen: Ballot Result (SST)
  • Rosie Flores: Rosie Flores (Reprise)
  • Motorhead: Rock 'n' Roll (Enigma/GWR)
  • A Very Special Christmas (A&M)
  • Bunny Wailer: Rootsman Skanking (Shanachie)
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: I, Too, Have Seen the Woods (Sire)
  • Mekons: New York (ROIR)
  • Warren Zevon: Sentimental Hygiene (Virgin)
  • Marshall Chapman: Dirty Linen (Tall Girl/Line import)
  • Black Uhuru: Positive (RAS)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Shaka Zulu (Warner Bros.)
  • Sinéad O'Connor: The Lion and the Cobra (Chrysalis)
  • The Best Part of the Fat Boys (Sutra)
  • Meat Puppets: Huevos (SST)
  • Big Black: Songs About Fucking (Touch and Go)
  • Tom Robinson: The Collection 1977-87 (EMI import)
  • Al Green: Soul Survivor (A&M)
  • Camper Van Beethoven: Vampire Can Mating Oven (Pitch-a-Tent)
  • Reggae Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag)
  • Hüsker Dü: Warehouse: Songs and Stories (Warner Bros.)
  • Age of Chance: Crush Collision (Virgin)
  • Aztec Camera: Love (Sire)
  • Los Lobos: By the Light of the Moon (Slash)

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

The A Lists: 1986 The A Lists: 1988