Most Influential Year of the Rat Albums

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With the Chinese New Year taking place later this month, and with 2020 being the Year of the Rat, we thought we’d celebrate a little early with a list of some of the most influential albums from the past 5 Years of the Rat. Like those born during these years, the following albums demonstrate the clever, thoughtful, and at times, introspective personality of the rat.

 

1960

Giant Steps

John Coltrane

released: January 1960

Atlantic Records

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At Last!

Etta James

released: November 1960

Argo Records

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Elvis is Back!

Elvis Presley

released: April 1960

RCA Victor

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Joan Baez

Joan Baez

released: October 1960

Vanguard

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Sketches of Spain

Miles Davis

released: July 1960

Columbia Records

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Miriam Makeba

Miriam Makeba

released: May 1960

RCA Victor & Gallo Africa

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1972

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

David Bowie

released: June 1972

RCA Records

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Pink Moon

Nick Drake

released: February 1972

Island Records

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Exile on Main St.

The Rolling Stones

released: May 1972

Rolling Stones Records

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Harvest

Neil Young

released: February 1972

Reprise Records

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Transformer

Lou Reed

released: November 1972

RCA Records

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Amazing Grace

Aretha Franklin

released: June 1972

Atlantic Records

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1984

Purple Rain

Prince and the Revolution

released: June 1984

Warner Bros. Records

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Ride the Lightning

Metallica

released: July 1984

Megaforce Records

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The Smiths

The Smiths

released: February 1984

Rough Trade Records

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Born in the USA

Bruce Springsteen

released: June 1984

Columbia Records

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Legend

Bob Marley and the Wailers

released: May 1984

Island Records

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1984

Van Halen

released: January 1984

Warner Bros. Records

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1996

Odelay

Beck

released: June 1996

EGC Records

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Endtroducing…

DJ Shadow

released: September 1996

Mo’ Wax Records

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Reasonable Doubt

Jay-Z

released: June 1996

Roc-A-Fella Records & Priority Records

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Sublime

Sublime

released: July 1996

MCA Records

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Globe

Globe

released: March 1996

Avex Globe

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Evil Empire

Rage Against the Machine

released: April 1996

Epic Records

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The Score

Fugees

released: February 1996

Columbia Records

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Illadelph Halflife

The Roots

released: September 1996

Geffen Records

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2008

For Emma, Forever Ago

Bon Iver

released: February 2008

Jagjaguwar

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Only By the Night

Kings of Leon

released: September 2008

The Control Group, RCA

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Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends

Coldplay

released: June 2008

Parlophone

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Best Fiction

Namie Amuro

released: July 2008

Avex Trax

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Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

released: January 2008

XL Recordings

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EXILE Love

EXILE

released: January 2008

Rhythm Zone

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808s & Heartbreak

Kanye West

released: November 2008

Def Jam Records & Roc-A-Fella Records

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