A riff on the classic ranking your desert island discs formula, it induced a full-on office meltdown when posed to the editorial team. We love a meme, but no one wants to choose between Kanye records. Or Avril Lavigne ones, for that matter.
Still, we tried our best, and like to think the brutal honesty present here (Shrek soundtrack; The Essential Bob Dylan) is indicative of our music critic credibility, rather than lack thereof.
Below, in no particular order, the PAPER team's painstaking, Gwen Stefani-heavy lists. Don't judge too harshly!
Under My Skin - Avril Lavigne The Essential Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan Chuck - Sum 41 Music From the Motion Picture Juno - Various Artists The Year of Hibernation - Youth Lagoon Bury Me at Makeout Creek - Mitski CTRL - SZA
The Flying Club Cup - Beirut Blond - Frank Ocean Treats - Sleigh Bells Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! - The Rolling Stones Chronicle: the 20 Greatest Hits - Creedence Clearwater Revival Dying Is Your Latest Fashion - Escape the Fate The Velvet Underground & Nico -The Velvet Underground & Nico
Let Go - Avril Lavigne Carrie & Lowell - Sufjan Stevens The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do - Fiona Apple The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan Yeezus - Kanye West Mid-thirties Singles Scene - Scott & Charlene's Wedding
David Waxman Pres. Ultra Electro - Various Artists Manners - Passion Pit Worlds - Porter Robinson Platform - Holly Herndon PC Music Vol. 1 - Various Artists The Suburbs - Arcade Fire Yeezus - Kanye West
Is This It - The Strokes Let go - Avril Lavigne The Stylistics (Debut Album) - The Stylistics Rumours - Fleetwood Mac Blackout - Britney Spears Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson It's Not Me, It's You - Lily Allen
Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morissette Cold World: The Sideline Story - J. Cole 1975 - 1975 blink-182 - blink-182 good kid, m.A.A.d city - Kendrick Lamar Frank - Amy Winehouse Light Me Up - The Pretty Reckless