48. Neutral Milk Hotel, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea"
Jeff Mangum's opus was divisive at the time –
people loved to argue whether it was pure poetic folk beauty or a gratingly
precious outburst of quavery goat-croak. (And that was before anybody suspected
it was meant as a concept album about the Holocaust.) Yet its legend has just
grown over the years, as it's become one of the Nineties' most-loved albums.
Especially the title track, a waltz for two lovers in no hurry for the world to
end: "But for now we are young, let us lie in the sun and count every
beautiful thing we can see."