Like my hometown Hoosier hero W Axl Rose, I'm calling out the punks over at Spin magazine for this crappy list supposedly representing the 100 greatest albums of the last two decades. Get in the ring. This has to be the worst, plain stupidest such list I've seen since the time some years ago when Spin picked "It Takes Two" by Rob Base as the greatest single. When was the last time any of y'all actually listened to that bit of effluvia?
What exactly are the qualifications to write for Spin? Judging by this list, it doesn't have anything to do with knowing or appreciating anything about music. One has to suspect that it has more to do with who's shtupping who at biz parties than with actually listening to the recordings.
Now, on the same general principles by which it is understood that a stopped clock is right twice a day, Spin picked out maybe half a dozen or so records out of the 100 that actually deserved to be there. There's no arguing against Sign O the Times, certainly. Of course, Appetite for Destruction continues to rule. White Blood Cells has actual outstanding SONGS. Fear of a Black Planet may be the greatest rap album ever. I put up Amazon links here for their decent picks.
Most of the rest of this crap is just tuneless nonsense hardly worth a listen even once. Certainly, there exists plenty of room for arguing aesthetic principles and matters of tastes. If you want to argue that the Stones were better than the Beatles or that U2 beats the Who, you might could make a reasonable case.
However, if you say that The Blueprint by Jay Z is superior to Macy Gray preaching On How Life Is (not on the list), then you're just wrong. And if you say that Master of Puppets rates over anything that Paul Simon's done, then obviously you are an idiot regarding music.
Hell, half the people on this list are not really musicians at all in any meaningful sense of the word. Is Courtney Love really even a musician? She could not begin to try to compete against, say, Alicia Keys (also not on the list) just on the basis of basic professional knowledge and skills. Time at the conservatory doesn't necessarily mean you've got anything to say, but basic musical competence is something of a prerequiste. If Courtney Love actually had something significant to say, she wouldn't have the musical fluency to express it.