Commercial radio sucks: 50 better albums to get you started

Call me a snob, but it’s hard to believe anyone is still listening to commercial radio. There’s so much great music out there today, and the internet makes it so easy to explore and find.

I assume most people reading blogs like this one have already broken away from commercial radio to discover what they really like. But I’m sure you know someone who listens to the radio every day! PLEASE send them this list so that they can begin to explore some of the wonderful music out there. There is more to modern music than Justin Timberlake and Coldplay!

Please add your suggestions in the comments.

Here we go… 50 albums to get you started. If you made a mix of the best of these, you’d never go back to commercial radio again.

In alphabetical order by artist. Click on links to preview in itunes.

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Beck: Sea Change
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Beck: The Information
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Belle & Sebastian: Dear Catastrophe Waitress
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Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit
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Ben Folds: Rockin’ the Suburbs
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Blur: Parklife
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Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
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Cake: Pressure Chief
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Cake: Prolonging the Magic
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David Byrne: Look Into the Eyeball
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Death Cab for Cutie: Plans
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Death Cab for Cutie: Transatlanticism
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Decemberists: Castaways and Cut-Outs
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Dido: No Angel
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Eels: Blinking Lights
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Elliott Smith: Either/Or
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Elvis Costello: When I Was Cruel
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Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin
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Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Robots
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Fugees: The Score
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John Linnell: State Songs
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Johnny Cash: Unearthed
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Kaiser Chiefs: Employment
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Los Lobos: Kiko
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M.I.A.: Arular
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Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs
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Morrissey: You Are the Quarry
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Mountain Goats: Get Lonely
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Mountain Goats: Sunset Tree
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Mountain Goats: Tallahassee
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Natalie Merchant: Tigerlily
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Nellie McKay: Get Away From Me
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Postal Service: Give Up
34. Radiohead: OK Computer
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Ron Sexsmith: Other Songs
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Scissor Sisters: Scissor Sisters
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Shins: Chutes Too Narrow
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Shins: Oh Inverted World
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Sly & The Family Stone: The Essential
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Stephen Stills: Manassas
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Sufjan Stevens: Illinoise
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Sufjan Stevens: The Avalanche
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The Band: Stage Fright
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The Streets: A Grand Don’t Come for Free
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They Might Be Giants: Factory Showroom
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They Might Be Giants: The Spine
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Tom Petty: Highway Companion
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White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan
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Wilco: A Ghost is Born
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Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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