In their August issue, GQ waxes nostalgic about the music industry and albums. They remember the time when we use to buy entire albums (or CDs) and listen to the whole thing. When was the last time you bought an entire album? For me, it’s been YEARS. If I can’t buy the single I like, then I pass. GQ decided to create a list of Best Albums of the Century. RELATED: Kanye West addresses rumors and compares being a celebrity to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
GQ gave the #1 spot to Kanye West for his album ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ from 2010.
Because: It could’ve been any one of the seven albums West released this century, as fascinating a catalog of celebrity, triumph, love, loss, terrible puns, pretty decent puns, that was ever f**king put together by a single artist. MBDTF was just the record where he talked about all those things at once—a portrait of a man seizing the spotlight, drowning in it, and then somehow finding a way to turn that harrowing experience into art. Anybody who wants to be famous or make music for a living—or do both at the same time—should be forced to listen to MBDTF first. The rest of us are free to enjoy it for the bloody, hard-won, titanic achievement that it is.
Then GQ turned to some other artists and asked them for their nominations.
Daft Punk nominated: “The Strokes’ aforementioned Is This It. “Julian and his bandmates followed in the footsteps of the Velvet Underground, Television, Suicide, the Ramones, and Blondie, creating the fresh, distinctive sound we’d been waiting for for over a decade.”
Justin Timberlake nominated: “D’Angelo’s Voodoo and Radiohead’s Kid A. It may seem ironic that I’d pick two albums released in the first year of the twenty-first century, with all the great music that has come since then. But I was 19. I was ready to listen to music in a different way. Not only were they filled with great songs, but the sound of them really affected me. They were complete pieces of work—progressive and retro at the same time. They transformed whatever world I was in at the time. And eventually led to my desire to make my first solo record. I’ll always reference them as the inspiration that got me off of my a**. I always go back to them, and they still do (get me off of my a**).”
You can read GQ’s entire list in the August issue, which is on newsstands now.
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