These 25 Classic Albums Are Celebrating Important Anniversaries In 2015

On this day in music history, the Sex Pistols played their first concert on U.S. soil and…well, that’s about it. It’s not a particularly memorable “it was 25 years ago…” day, though I’m sure the Beatles did something notable, because every day is the anniversary of something Beatles-related (“May 4, 1964: John Lennon drew a penis on George Harrison’s forehead using a Sharpie”).

Fortunately, there are better music birthdays to come: here are 25 classic albums that are celebrating their 50th, 40th, 30th, 20th, or 10th anniversaries in 2015.


1. A Love Supreme by John Coltrane (February)

2. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan (August 30th)

3. Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul by Otis Redding (September 15th)

4. Rubber Soul by the Beatles (December 3rd)

5. My Generation by the Who (December 3rd)


6. Physical Graffiti by Led Zeppelin (February 24th)

7. Red Headed Stranger by Willie Nelson (May)

8. Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen (August 25th)

9. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd (September 12th)

10. Horses by Patti Smith (December 13th)


11. Fables of the Reconstruction by R.E.M. (June 10th)

12. Rum Sodomy & the Lash by Pogues (August 5th)

13. Hounds of Love by Kate Bush (September 16th)

14. Rain Dogs by Tom Waits (September 30th)

15. Tim by the Replacements (October)


16. The Infamous by Mobb Deep (April 25th)

17. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… by Raekwon (August 1st)

18. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis (October 2nd)

19. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins (October 24th)

20. Different Class by Pulp (October 30th)


21. LCD Soundsystem by LCD Soundsystem (January 24th)

22. Arular by MIA (March 22nd)

23. Be by Common (May 24th)

24. Illinois by Sufjan Stevens (July 4th)

25. Late Registration by Kanye West (August 30th)