Going, Going, Gone! Best “Grand Slam” Artists of All Time

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With people flooding baseball stadiums all over the country for their favorite teams opening day, we thought we would kick this season off with a grand slam list of our own. The rules were a bit tricky on this one, but we decided to pick artists that had four great albums in succession. Thus being the grand slam of their career. This idea was taken from music podcast Sound Opinions, who offered their favorite musical grand slams last year. Which is actually surprisingly more rare than one would think. A lot of great artists don’t even have four great albums to their name, let alone, four great albums in a row.  And when we say great, we mean damn near perfect! So this is our list in tribute for those who have accomplished such heights in the breath of their career. As always, feel free to give us your qualms:
10. Roxy Music
Roxy Music
The Grand Slam Albums:
For Your Pleasure (1973)
Stranded (1973)
Country Life (1974)
Siren (1975)

Roxy Music has always seemed to be a bit of an underrated gem in music. This incredible four album stretch spanning over the course of only 3 years is  a great example of stellar grand slam.

 

9. Black Keys
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The Grand Slam Albums:
Magic Potion (2006)
Attack and Release (2008)
Brothers (2010)
El Camino (2011)
This four album stretch is arguably the most diverse entry on our list. It begins with Magic Potion, the last of their simplistic lo-fi blues recordings, and ends with what they have transformed into today. Each album has a drastically different sound and feel, and every one is fantastic.

 

8. Beastie Boys
Beastie-Boys
The Grand Slam Albums:
Licensed to Ill (1986)
Paul’s Boutique (1989)
Check Your Head (1992)
Ill Communication (1994)

 

 

It’s no secret that the Beasties are one of the “greats of music” in general. Beginning their career with four albums of this caliber was just the tip of the iceberg as to why that is.

 

7. Radiohead
Radiohead
The Grand Slam Albums:
OK Computer (1997)
Kid A (2000)
Amnesiac (2001)
Hail to the Thief (2003)

 

 

Really, any four album stretch of Radiohead’s albums after Pablo Honey could be land on this list. We landed on the stretch that includes their biggest transformation, and one of the biggest impacts on modern music of recent history.

 

6. Stevie Wonder
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The Grand Slam Albums:
Talking Book (1972)
Innervisions (1973)
Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974)
Songs in the Key of Life (1976)

 

 

It’s no superstition that Motown’s favorite funky soul guy belted out 4 great albums in a row. If only we looked half as cool rocking sunglasses all the time.

 

5. Pink Floyd

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The Grand Slam Albums:
The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
Wish You Were Here (1975)
Animals (1977)
The Wall (1979)

 

 

Like em, love em, hate em, whatever. This four album stretch is undeniably one of the best career stretches of any band ever.

 

4. White Stripes
White Stripes
The Grand Slam Albums:
White Blood Cells (2001)
Elephant (2003)
Get Behind Me Satan (2005)
Icky Thump (2007)

 

 

Another band that could easily make the list with any four albums you could stick on a lineup. The White Stripes really did no wrong. These four albums happened to be what we considered the highlight of their career.

 

3. Talking Heads
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The Grand Slam Albums:
Talking Heads: 77 (1977)
More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978)
Fear of Music (1979)
Remain In Light (1980)

 

 

Talking Heads are no stranger to our list. Beginning with their debut album and stretching to one of the best albums of all time (Remain In Light), it’s obvious that they were destined to appear on this list as well.

 

2. Rolling Stones
Rolling Stones
The Grand Slam Albums:
Beggars Banquet (1968)
Let it Bleed (1969)
Sticky Fingers (1971)
Exile on Main Street (1972)

 

 

Again, not a surprising entry for the list, but a necessary one. What is surprising is that their arch rivals, The Beatles, didn’t make the list. I guess these guys had the “stones” to string together perfect albums on a more consistent basis.

 

1. Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
The Grand Slam Albums:
Led Zeppelin I (1969)
Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Led Zeppelin III (1970)
Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

 

 

I, II, II, IV. There couldn’t be a more appropriate ending to this list than glorifying one of the best career debuts in history, followed by three incredible albums of perfection.

 

The “just missed our list” list:

Austin – Neil Young
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The Grand Slam Albums:
Time Fades Away (1973)
On the Beach (1974)
Tonight’s the Night (1975)
Zuma (1975)

Knepp’s eternal hard-on for Neil continues. As usual though, it is justified.

 

Todd – Bright Eyes
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The Grand Slam Albums:
Lifted or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002)
I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)
Digital Ash in a Digital Urn (2005)
Cassadaga (2007)

Call me emo, but like I said earlier, it is hard to find four albums of this caliber to be released in succession. Conor’s career may have subsided a bit since Cassadaga, but man was he on fire for that stint.

 

Wes – Fiona Apple

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The Grand Slam Albums:
Tidal (1996)
When the Pawn… (1999)
Extraordinary Machine (2005)
The Idler Wheel… (2012)

 

 

Wes loves his Apple. For only having four albums to her name, she certainly is a woman of consistent quality.

Author: Todd

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