It's a common practice among music critics and fans alike to make lists. Here, in tribute to the Seattle label's 20 years of not going out of business, are my favorite 20 releases from Sub Pop from the past two decades. I encourage you to check out their catalog and provide yours, too.
For my list, I mostly considered full-lengths save for a few key exceptions. You of course don't have to do the same. And this list is of favorites. Feel free to take a different spin, like "most important" or "most influential" or whatnot.
Mine are listed alphabetically by artist so that I didn't have to pick between a few of my favorite records of all time.
Let the discussion begin.
The Constantines Tournament of Hearts SP669
Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes SP777
Frausdots Couture, Couture, Couture SP642
Friends of Dean Martinez The Shadow of Your Smile SP306
Grand Archives Grand Archives SP754
Green River Dry as a Bone 011
Hot Hot Heat Make Up the Breakdown SP599
The Murder City Devils The Murder City Devils SBL9001
Mudhoney Superfuzz Bigmuff SP021
Mudhoney "Touch Me I'm Sick/Sweet Young Thing" SP018
Nirvana Bleach SP034
Nirvana "Love Buzz"/"Big Cheese" SP023
The Postal Service Give Up SP595
Rogue Wave Out of the Shadow SP650
Seaweed Despised SP110
The Shins Chutes Too Narrow SP625
Soundgarden Screaming Life/Fopp SP12
Sunny Day Real Estate Diary SP246
The Thermals The Body ,The Blood, The Machine SP703
Velocity Girl Simpatico! SP247
Honorable Mention Artists:
Red Stars Theory