I have had this conversation with my brother on a semi-regularly revisited schedule for the last 20 years or so... and for ages, I had been convinced that 1989 was absolutely the best year for music (at least from my personal perspective). I've brought this up in a few forums on Kinja in the last couple of months and it resurfaced during the 80's mixtape contest over on ObservationDeck.
After posting my 1989 mix, my brother came over a couple of nights later and we, yet again, posited arguments for certain years (1990, 1993 and 1994 get some serious consideration from our age brackets).
And after a lot of rather passionate debate, I conceded that 1992 was the best year for my brand of musical taste and aesthetics.
Then last night Mrs Gideon tossed a little comment out that we should discuss this and pick the three best representative releases from the year that we have selected. The issue with this is just choosing three. From a year that saw Tori Amos release Little Earthquakes, Nine Inch Nails' Broken, Alice In Chains' Dirt, Curve's Doppelgänger, INXS' Welcome To Wherever You Are, Annie Lennox's Diva, The Cure's Wish, Peter Gabriel's Us and so many others... You want me to choose three *songs*?
So, I'm going to try... but be warned, these three songs are selected for extremely personal reasons, and not because I believe that they will convince others. I can't see the forest for the trees in this particular situation. I can't fathom that there would be better songs to represent the year from my perspective.
Curve - Fait Accompli
Were I limited to only one song, I would have to choose this. Heck, were I limited to only one song I could ever listen to again for the rest of my life, this would be quite hard for me to choose anything other than this. This is Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia at their absolute finest, as produced and mixed by flood and Alan Moulder. This song has a direct line to my cerebral cortex.
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
Are there more expected tracks from Little Earthquakes for a lot of people? Absolutely (and to be honest, I'm still battling myself on this one, because there are two b-sides from 1992 which I feel an equal connection to - Flying Dutchman and Here. In My Head). But Little Earthquakes hits on everything. It has the anger, the passion, the beauty and possibly most importantly, it has the grace to tie them all together and move on.
And now, I'm left with one additional song in my argument for why 1992 is the greatest year for music. And I'm going to let this one speak for itself.
Spiritualized - Medication
So, I expect some disagreement here. In fact I expect passionate disagreement. We all have our own tastes in music. And this would be a really boring topic if we all agreed. So... can you guys refine why you think any given year is the best, in three songs (or less)?