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MAGNET’s Steve Klinge Picks His 30 Favorite LPs Of The Past 30 Years

To celebrate our 30th anniversary and all the great music that made the past three decades special, MAGNET contributors past and present chose their 30 favorite albums released between 1993 and 2022. The only rules were that each record has to be a full-length and that no artist could be represented more than once in the same incarnation. We’re posting these lists throughout the rest of the year.

Steve Klinge, contributing writer
1) The Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (Merge), 1999
2) Belle And Sebastian If You’re Feeling Sinister (Jeepster/The Enclave), 1997
3) Yo La Tengo Painful (Matador), 1993
4) Sigur Rós Ágætis Byrjun (PIAS), 2001
5) PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love (Island), 1995
6) Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds Push The Sky Away (Bad Seed), 2013
7) Drive-By Truckers Southern Rock Opera (Lost Highway), 2002
8) Lucinda Williams Car Wheels On A Gravel Road (Mercury), 1998
9) Sleater-Kinney Dig Me Out (Kill Rock Stars), 1997
10) Pulp Different Class (Island), 1995 
11) M.I.A. Arular (XL), 2005
12) Bob Dylan Time Out Of Mind (Columbia), 1997
13) Big Thief Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You (4AD), 2022
14) Ali Farka Touré With Ry Cooder Talking Timbuktu (Hannibal), 1994
15) Marah Kids In Philly (Artemis), 2000
16) The Notwist Neon Golden (Domino), 2002
17) The xx The xx (XL/Young Turks), 2009
18) Purple Mountains Purple Mountains (Drag City), 2019
19) Tom Waits Mule Variations (Anti-), 1999
20) TV On The Radio Dear Science (DGC/Interscope), 2008
21) Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Raising Sand (Rounder), 2007
22) The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam), 2010
23) Neko Case Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (Anti-), 2006
24) LCD Soundsystem LCD Soundsystem (DFA/Capitol), 2005
25) The Walkmen Heaven (Fat Possum), 2012
26) Arcade Fire Funeral (Merge), 2004
27) Destroyer Kaputt (Merge), 2011
28) The New Pornographers Mass Romantic (Mint), 2000
29) Allo Darlin’ We Come From The Same Place (Slumberland), 2014
30) Sturgill Simpson A Sailor’s Guide To Earth (Atlantic), 2016