The Best Albums in Pigeons & Planes History

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Covering music for the past five years has been very interesting. We've seen entire genres come and go, trends fade out of style before most people can even define them, and the consumption of music has reshaped the entire industry built around it. Instead of all these pieces working together to help evolve the music world, it seems more like a giant fight most of the time. Artists fight with labels, big businesses fight with illegal downloaders, old media fights new media, major labels fight new rules, and Kanye West fights stereotypes, media, and the bloodsucking mosquito bullies that sneak on his property to take pictures of him at four in the morning. Things are tense.

But history has shown that unrest yields creativity, and there has been plenty of that. While LP sales dropped and digital singles seemed like the way to go, Kendrick Lamar put out Good Kid, m.A.A.d. City, an album whose "singles" didn't seem to matter as much as the album as a whole. Death Grips decided to give the middle finger to their label and leak their entire album themselves. And everyone toyed with different ideas for releases: cheap albums, free albums, overpriced albums, under-marketed albums, over-marketed albums, corporate sponsored albums. In the midst of all this chaos and confusion, there has been some great art. Just look at the albums.

Pigeons & Planes was born at the end of 2008. Here are our favorite albums that have been released since then.

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  • http://twitter.com/#!/PancakeMcKennz pancakemckennz

    I can’t even imagine how difficult it was for you guys to put this list together.

  • Imani Mintz

    agreed but they were pretty much on point with it all.

  • Chase

    I feel like people will jump on the Haim pick, but I completely agree that the album feels classic and holds up as one of the best albums of the year for me

  • DiG

    Not 1 Cudi album? Wow. This list lost all credibility for me

  • Renan Ribeiro

    Number 1 is on point IMO. I can’t think of another album that had similar impact on me.

  • Renan Ribeiro

    Number 1 is on point IMO. I can’t think of another album that had similar impact on me.

  • James Branley

    Someone is feeling dramatic

  • Al

    Excellent #1 Choice

  • RBS

    Losing credibility because of no Cudi… In what world has Cudi put out a classic, let alone great album? Cudi peaked in ’08 with his first mixtape…

  • Glengarry Ricky Ross

    Get yeezus off this list.

  • Santiago Torres Z

    My #1 would be Channel Orange.

  • Bryan

    Fiona Apple is a goddess

  • physiks_VA

    love this website.. it helps me discover new sounds.. one of the best things in life ( to me) is discovering new music.. thanks whoever is behind this site. you help make me just a little more cooler due to my musical taste!. shh.. dont tell my friends and associates lol..

  • physiks_VA

    if your favorite artists or albums aren’t on this list… fuck it.. why be sour. this is their site. you have your own taste and they have theirs. me personally, i like having my personal favorites undercap.. i dislike when my favorite shit that noone knows about is paraded around like a whore. just saying

  • some guy

    Very agreeable list. MBDTF, GKMC and CO have also been my top 3 since 2010.
    Appreciate the effort on P&P’s part.

  • Rob J Hyland Monks

    Great list guys, wouldn’t have put Yeezus and Take Care so high myself though. Throwing in Purity Ring was a good shout, I think many lists of a similar nature wouldn’t.

  • Crunch

    Very solid list. I would’ve put James Blake LP above Overgrown. But that’s just me. Nice top 5 picks. So many people bitch about Yeezus. I agree with it’s inclusion. Of course MBDTF at #1

  • Franko Sinatra

    man on the moon 2 is a classic.

  • Franko Sinatra

    no love for fleet foxes?

  • CastlesInTheSnow

    Wrong Twin Shadow album for me, Forget is a million times better. Apart from that yeah decent picks

  • Ben Crisp

    Don’t get me wrong. Kayne West is a groundbreaking artist and despite it not being my thing I enjoyed Beautiful Dark. But he did not produce 4 of the best 35 albums of the last 5 years, bit of diversity would be nice. Just look at The National – High Violet, Youth Lagoon – Year of Hibernation (or Wonderous Bughouse), Phosphorescent- Muchacho, The Roots – Undun, Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know, Beach House – Teen Dream (though Bloom is good Teen Dream is on another level), King Creosote & Jon Hopkins – Diamond Mine. How Haim got in ahead of any of them is ridiculous in itself. Though guess that’s the point of lists, everyone is always going to disagree.

  • Justin Greenside

    some really good stuff on here, but this thing has some bogus entry’s…not having that last fleet foxes album yet having 4 kanye albums…and Haim?

  • truth

    Only good pick is tame impala, kanye can blow me

  • Garrett Wilson

    I would have put the new My Bloody Valentine album on there, but good list.

  • Andres Perdomo

    Personally I would have put Beach House’s Teen Dream on the list,probably over Bloom.

  • Andres Perdomo

    Love the list though.

  • Karl Hungus

    LOVE the site with a passion and love the thought behind the list – especially considering nobody will EVER be happy – it creates discussion: the very point. With that said not only does “Yeezus” suck as an album (and this coming from a massive Kanye fan…artistically…), but the rationale for having it on here (and as high as it is no less) elicits absolutely no merit. I “have to hear this art b/c it’s so extreme” holds no artistic weight whatsoever, I can put an upside down crucifix in a jar of piss all the same.

    Keep doing your thing though…

  • Karl Hungus

    LOVE the site with a passion and love the thought behind the list – especially considering nobody will EVER be happy – it creates discussion: the very point. With that said not only does “Yeezus” suck as an album (and this coming from a massive Kanye fan…artistically…), but the rationale for having it on here (and as high as it is no less) elicits absolutely no merit. I “have to hear this art b/c it’s so extreme” holds no artistic weight whatsoever, I can put an upside down crucifix in a jar of piss all the same.

    Keep doing your thing though…

  • mixmason

    excellent list. i’d have some strong opinions on re-ordering several entries, but as a whole, stellar representation of past 5 yrs