One of the many great things about America is that you can vote from the ripe young age of 18. Yes, that’s younger than the age when you can legally buy a beer, but that’s beside the point. And scores of 18 year olds will be heading to the polls today to make their voices heard in the most cataclysmic election in modern history. And what better to soundtrack this historic day than a whole bunch of albums that also turned 18 this year?!
The folks over at NPR (whose taste is more than refined) have come up with an excellent list of 18 albums just old enough to vote. In other words, 18 albums that are celebrating 18 years on this planet. And as it turns out, 1998 was one hella strong year for music.
The list of works celebrating this milestone is diverse to say the least. Several of these albums were the ones that served as their respective artist’s breakout moment, such as Marilyn Manson’s Mechanical Animals, Rufus Wainwright’s self-titled debut and Elliott Smith’s XO. There are also high points in iconic artists’ careers, like Beck’s Mutations and Beastie Boys’ Hello Nasty, as well as some of the greatest albums period, like Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill and OutKast’s Aquemini.
Be sure to head over to NPR to get their take on each one of the 18 chosen albums, and Happy Election Day!
In related news, take a look and see how some of the biggest musicians are supporting Hillary Clinton by getting out the vote.
- Cover Image: Marilyn Manson