We set out to compile a playlist of the essential albums of our generation on the Sunday Grill. Orla Rapple gathered a group of music critics, music programmers and Beat DJs and over the course of the year and revealed the 50 Albums To Try Before You Die.

Whilst many of these albums are from the Beat years (2003-2016), important albums from the 80s and 90s were also included. The list below is alphabetical and in no particular order!

1 Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
2 Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
3 Arcade Fire – Funeral
4 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
5 Basement Jaxx – Remedy
6 Beck – Odelay
7 Beyonce – Dangerously In Love
8 Blur – Parklife
9 Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA
10 Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
11 Coldplay – Parachutes
12 Counting Crows – August And Everything After
13 Damien Rice – O
14 Destiny’s Child – The Writing’s On The Wall
15 Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
16 Foo Fighters – There Is Nothing Left To Lose
17 Fugees – The Score
18 Gorillaz – Demon Days
19 Green Day – American Idiot
20 Jack White – Blunderbuss
21 Justin Timberlake – Justified
22 Kanye West – The College Dropout
23 Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.D.D City
24 Kylie Minogue – Body Language
25 Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of
26 Madonna – The Immaculate Collection
27 M.I.A. – Kala
28 Michael Jackson – Bad
29 Nicki Minaj – Pink Friday : Roman Reloaded
30 Nirvana – Nevermind
31 No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
32 Oasis – What’s the Story, Morning Glory?
33 Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
34 Pink – I’m Not Dead
35 Pixies – Doolittle
36 Queens Of The Stone Age – Songs For The Deaf
37 Radiohead – The Bends
38 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
39 Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad
40 Spice Girls – Spice
41 Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
42 The Frames – Fitzcarraldo
43 The Killers – Hot Fuss
44 The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
45 The Strokes – Is This It
46 TLC – CrazySexyCool
47 U2 – Achtung Baby
48 Villagers – Becoming A Jackal
49 Weezer – Weezer (Blue Album)
50 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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