(1992, Warner Bros.)

What more can be said about this album? A towering giant of alternative music, one whose greatness is never really in doubt. Pick any song off this album and you’ll find a million online treatises as to why it’s the greatest song on the album, and they’d all probably be right.

LISTEN: The album on Spotify

ALSO LISTEN: Arguaby the best episode of the Pop, Collaborate & Listen podcast to date on this album.

READ: This 10/10 review on Drowned in Sound, and this 9.3 review of the reissue on Pitchfork

WATCH: I adore this video of Mills and Stipe doing Nightswimming on Jools, so much so that I’m breaking my rules of only posting videos from the time. Find yourself someone who looks at you the way that Michael Stipe looks at Mike Mills during this video.