The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Classic Albums

CULT ’70s: The Flamin’ Groovies – ‘Teenage Head’

Out of step with its time, The Flamin’ Groovies’ 1971 album ‘Teenage Head’ ended their first, less famous iteration with obscurity, but has become an alt-rock classic.

CLASSIC ’00s: Gorillaz – ‘Gorillaz’

A low-key album of pop, dub and rap experimentation, ‘Gorillaz’ is a compelling but imperfect origin story of one of music’s most enduring bands.

CLASSIC ’00s: Daft Punk – ‘Discovery’

One of the most perfectly realised and presented albums of all time, Daft Punk’s 2001 album ‘Discovery’ is the cornerstone of their massive popularity and enduring legacy.

CULT ’90s: Underworld – ‘Second Toughest In The Infants’

Sophisticated and cool but also hedonistic and primal, Underworld’s ‘Second Toughest In The Infants’ is one of British dance music’s finest album-length achievements.

CULT ’70s: Nick Drake – ‘Bryter Layter’

The ornate, orchestrated folk and jazzy details of 1971’s ‘Bryter Layter’ are at odds with Nick Drake’s image and legacy, but an important part of his story.

CLASSIC ’70s: Carole King – ‘Tapestry’

A commercial phenomenon that boosted the paradigm of the confessional singer-songwriter, Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ turns 50.

CLASSIC ’10s: Adele – ’21’

A commercial juggernaut, Adele’s heartbreak epic ’21’ was seismic enough to instigate a sea change in the music industry.

CULT ’70s: Vashti Bunyan – ‘Just Another Diamond Day’

Selling virtually nothing on release in 1970 but having a huge influence on freak folk, Vashti Bunyan’s beautiful debut album ‘Just Another Diamond Day’ turns 50.