The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Classic Albums

CLASSIC ’00s: The xx – ‘xx’

Minimalist, crystalline and intimate, The xx’s debut album contains the DNA of a subsequent decade of brilliant pop.

CULT ’70s: Talking Heads – ‘Fear Of Music’

Turning his neuroses inwards, David Byrne and Talking Heads delivered their first proper masterpiece in 1979 with third album ‘Fear Of Music’.

CULT ’80s: Beastie Boys – ‘Paul’s Boutique’

Derided at the time, Beastie Boys’ kaleidoscopic second album ‘Paul’s Boutique’ helped to turn sampling into a fine art form.

CLASSIC ’00s: Florence & The Machine – ‘Lungs’

Presenting a fully formed 21st century pop icon to the world in the form of Florence Welch, ‘Lungs’ is one of the Noughties’ great debut albums.

CULT ’60s: Nick Drake – ‘Five Leaves Left’

A timeless and transportive cult classic that passed under the radar in 1969, Nick Drake’s debut album ‘Five Leaves Left’ is still incredibly powerful.

CULT ’00s: Dirty Projectors – ‘Bitte Orca’

Out of step with the great majority of what passed for alternative rock in the late Noughties, ‘Bitte Orca’ by Dirty Projectors has quietly shaped the subsequent decade.

CLASSIC ’90s: Red Hot Chili Peppers – ‘Californication’

Following some years out of favour, ‘Californication’ saw Red Hot Chili Peppers and John Frusciante completely restore their critical and commercial fortunes.

CLASSIC ’60s: The Who – ‘Tommy’

It’s far from perfect, but The Who’s fourth album ‘Tommy’ helped restore their reputation and established the archetype of the rock opera.

CLASSIC ’70s: David Bowie – ‘Lodger’

The final part of the fabled Berlin trilogy, ‘Lodger’ is under-appreciated in David Bowie’s discography but provided a bridge to his glittering pop future.