10 albums celebrating big anniversaries in 2016
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Every year brings new music and several new artists who change the sounds on the radio — or, rather, the countless devices people use to access music.
But sometimes fans like to look back at albums celebrating a special anniversary.
Here are just a few that albums that can expect to see get the anniversary treatment in 2016:
Taylor Swift, “Taylor Swift” (10 years old)
The current front-runner for the world’s most famous musician came from somewhat humble country roots.
The Pennsylvania-born singer and songwriter took Nashville by storm on her self-titled debut with hits like “Tim McGraw” and “Teardrops on My Guitar,” as more mainstream audiences began to take notice of her.
Justin Timberlake, “FutureSex/LoveSounds” (10 Years Old)
Any lingering thoughts of whether Timberlake would just be “the guy from N*SYNC” were completely destroyed with this more adult-sounding, largely Timbaland-produced pop record.
The record spawned three No. 1 hits and went platinum in a dozen countries.
Weezer, “Pinkerton” (20 years old)
The story behind this record is fascinating, as the band were steadfastly behind the follow-up to their self-titled debut, but after it completely flopped, they went on an extended hiatus and somewhat disavowed it.
However, the album slow-burned to become one of the top 100 albums of the 1990s by Spin, Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, and hugely influential toward punk and emo bands of the early 2000s.
Weezer eventually reconnected with it by playing it in its entirety on a 2010 tour.
Jay Z, “Reasonable Doubt” (20 years old)
Mr. Carter’s first album is one of his lowest-selling, and features few of the chart-topping hits that would lead to building his eventual empire.
However, Rolling Stone put it on their list of “500 Greatest Albums of All-Time,” and it’s important to remember that the guy who now owns clubs, music streaming services and a sports agency had to start somewhere, too.
Nirvana, “Nevermind” (25 years old)
One of the few albums to completely change the music industry has been celebrated to death, but few will care.
A 20th anniversary reissue in 2011, a reunion of the two surviving members who made it, and countless tributes have been written (and played) by musicians and pop culture figures whose lives were changed once Dave Grohl’s drums kicked in on “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
The album is No. 17 on Rolling Stone’s list of greatest albums and is in the Library of Congress.
Beastie Boys, “Licensed to Ill” (30 years old)
The Brooklyn-bred hip-hop group eventually outgrew many of the massive hits of this album — including “Fight For Your Right to Party,” “No Sleep till Brooklyn” and “Paul Revere” — but it remains one of the many records that brought rap to suburban America.
The Rick Rubin-produced album went No. 1 in the U.S. and sold over 10 million copies.
Madonna, “True Blue” (30 years old)
Madonna doesn’t do anniversary tours or promote herself as a legacy act, so often her earlier work is ignored in favor of the various image changes and sound evolution she’s made.
However, this 25-million selling blockbuster features “Papa Don’t Preach,” which dealt with teenage pregnancy. It was just one of five top five hits on the album.
Metallica, “Master of Puppets” (30 years old)
While the Beastie Boys were bringing hip-hop to the masses and Madonna was becoming the most famous singer on earth, Metallica similarly brought metal to a bigger audience.
Despite never rising past No. 29 on the Billboard charts, the record sold six million copies and brought the Bay Area metal heroes to arenas, paving the way to the successive albums (“…And Justice For All” and the black album) that would make them superstars.
Queen, “A Day at the Races” (40 years old)
A semi-sequel to the band’s 1975 hit, “A Night at the Opera,” “Races” widens the band’s style even further.
Everything from “Tie Your Mother Down” to “Somebody to Love” became a hit both in the band’s native UK and here in the United States, where it went platinum.
The Ramones, “The Ramones” (40 years old)
Recorded in the heart of the band’s New York City home, the self-titled classic brought punk into the American mainstream.
The group reportedly recorded the album (which features the all-time stadium sing-along “Blitzkrieg Bop” as well as “Beat on the Brat” and “Judy is a Punk”) in just seven days and for just $6,400.
It went on to become the band’s best-selling album in America.