R&P: albums you consider the zenith of their genre?

Here's a couple that come to mind... not very well thought out, but I'm just gonna get the ball rolling...I'd actually prefer sub-genres tbh

Jane Doe - Converge (Metalcore)


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Untrue - Burial (Dubstep)


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Is a Real Boy - Say Anything (Pop Punk)


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Lift Your Skinny Fists - GY!BE (Post Rock)


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American Football - American Football (Emo)


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Hvis Lyset - Burzum (Black Metal)


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yeah... basically albums that IYO encompass everything you like about a certain genre, and maybe a couple reasons why, if you feel like sharing.


@braxton - it means the best, or the pinnacle... thought that was common knowledge

Update 2:

@brax - f***... can't believe I didn't catch that... Lol

5 Answers

  • 6 years ago
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    Dear You by Jawbreaker (Emo)

    Repeater by Fugazi (Post-Hardcore)

    Hello Bastards by Lifetime (Melodic Hardcore)

    Kill em All by Metallica (Thrash Metal) pretty much the beginning of thrash but it's been on a downhill slope since

    Ascendancy by Trivium (Metalcore)

    Energy by Operation Ivy (Ska Punk)

    Let's Go by Rancid (Punk Rock)

    Illmatic by Nas (Hip-Hop)

    Surfer Rosa by Pixies (Indie Rock)

    Loveless by My Bloody Valentine (Shoegaze)

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  • 6 years ago

    Radiohead - OK Computer(Alternative Rock)

    Husker Du - Zen Arcade(Hardcore Punk)

    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures(Post-Punk)

    Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica(Indie Rock)

    Ramones - Rocket to Russia(Punk Rock)

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  • 6 years ago

    Ramones-Ramones (their first album...) for punk rock. They essentially created punk without trying o, they wanted to play stripped down rock n roll and it made punk. This album was their start which is why I picked it and from there they went on to inspire thousands. If I were to pick another (as punk is my favorite genre) I'd need to say London calling for the clash, the were able to grasp the energy of punk and make meaningful energetic songs and then had the nerve to move on and incorporate other genres. And what more badass then a punk band being able to play pop and disco while having bands in Jamaica covering their reggae songs

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  • Future Sequence-Between the Buried and Me (progressive metal)

    The End of Heartache-Killswitch Engage (metalcore)

    Hypnotize/Mesmerize-System of a Down (alt. metal)

    Damnation-Opeth (progressive metal)

    Californication-Red Hot Chili Peppers (rock/funk)

    Hollywood Town Hall-The Jayhawks (folk/rock)

    Moving Pictures-Rush (prog. rock/classic rock)

    ...And Justice for All-Metallica (metal)

    The Eminem Show (rap)

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  • 6 years ago

    Panopticon - ISIS (Post Metal)


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    Most consider Oceanic (the ISIS album released a couple of years before Panopticon) as the definitive genre-establishing album, but I would go with Panopticon, because it represents the full progression and maturity of the genre. Both albums are masterpieces but Panopticon defines the genre for me.

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