The Final Countdown… of the Last 40 Years on KEXP

Thank you so much to everyone who supported KEXP in our successful Fall Fundraising Drive! You all truly power KEXP and allow us to continue to foster music discovery by listeners all over the world!

As you heard last week, we counted down the top albums of the past 40 years — since the station began as KCMU in 1972 — as voted on by you, our listeners. Finishing the Drive on Friday, we ended with the top album, Nirvana‘s Nevermind, an undeniable hallmark of Seattle’s music history. Here’s the rest of the Top 20 albums:

Rank Artist Album
1 Nirvana Nevermind
2 Radiohead OK Computer
3 Pixies Doolittle
4 The Clash London Calling
5 U2 The Joshua Tree
6 Arcade Fire Funeral
7 David Bowie The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
8 Radiohead Kid A
9 Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon
10 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
11 Bob Dylan Blood On The Tracks
12 Sex Pistols Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
13 Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique
14 The Rolling Stones Exile On Mainstreet
15 Michael Jackson Thriller
16 Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
17 Pearl Jam Ten
18 Prince and the Revolution Purple Rain
19 The Cure Disintegration
20 Pixies Surfer Rosa

You can see what else made the full list of 650 albums here, and while the 2012 Fall Fundraising Drive may be over, it’s never too late to support listener powered KEXP!

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