The Student Playlist

Showcasing the Best New Music, Curating the Classics

Category Classic Albums

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.

CULT ’80s: The Clash – ‘Sandinista!’

A bold, creative blowout sprawling across a triple album, The Clash’s 1980 epic ‘Sandinista!’ demonstrated how broad punk’s church could be.

CLASSIC ’00s: The Avalanches – ‘Since I Left You’

The album that fulfilled the promise of the original vision for the art of sampling, The Avalanches’ 2000 debut ‘Since I Left You’ is an expression of wonderment and infinite possibilities.

CLASSIC ’10s: Kanye West – ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’

Kanye West’s endlessly eclectic and inventive magnum opus, 2010’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ continues to influence new artists and silence his critics a decade later.

CULT ’70s: The Velvet Underground – ‘Loaded’

Thought of as an outlier in their discography, 1970’s ‘Loaded’ speaks to the truth that, at heart, The Velvet Underground was a pop outfit.