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Everone luvs a list. With the "Best of the Year" list burnout now a distant memory (happy Spring, all!), the time seem right to ooh and ahh and quibble over another ranked list. This one comes from Entertainment Weekly, of all places, and gives a year by year account of the top 25 indie releases ever.

Here's that list… via the hat-tipped stereogum:

1984: The Replacements – Let It Be
1985: The Smiths – Meat Is Murder
1986: R.E.M. – Life's Rich Pageant
1987: Dinosaur Jr. – You're Living All Over Me
1988: Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
1989: The Pixies – Doolittle

1990: Fugazi – Repeater
1991: My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
1992: Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
1993: Built To Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers
1994: Guided By Voices – Bee Thousand
1995: Archers Of Loaf – Vee Vee
1996: Belle And Sebastian – If You're Feeling Sinister
1997: Modest Mouse – Lonesome Crowded West
1998: Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
1999: Sleater-Kinney – The Hot Rock
2000: Yo La Tengo – And then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
2001: The Shins – Oh, Inverted World
2002: Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
2003: The White Stripes – Elephant
2004: Arcade Fire- Funeral
2005: Bright Eyes – I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
2006: The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America
2007: Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
2008: Radiohead – In Rainbows

It's a pretty strong list. I was particularly impressed with 1986. I might have picked Nothing's Shocking in 1988 (and replaced Daydream Nation with Goo in 1990). And my bias for 1999 would be 69 Love Songs. (I was alwas partial to SK's Dig Me Out in 1997… but good luck toppling Modest Mouse). 2000 is Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea all the way. It also seems weird to already have a winner for 2008 when it's only March.

Overall though — the list is pretty impressive, I think. What say all of you?

Head to EW for the full report.