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The 30 Best Texas Albums

Ranking the 30 best Texas albums of the past 30 years seemed like an impossible task. We did it anyway.

chris.gray@houstonpress.com

THE VOTERS

Neph Basedow, Houston Press

Jim Beal Jr., San Antonio Express-News

Tom Buckley, Texas Music

Jason Cohen, Texas Monthly

Michael Corcoran, Austin American-Statesman/Texas Monthly

Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle

Kelly Dearmore, Dallas Observer

Doug Freeman, Austin Chronicle

Chris Gray, Houston Press

Eric Grubbs, Dallas Observer

Raoul Hernandez, Austin Chronicle

Craig Hlavaty, Houston Press

John Nova Lomax, Houston Press

Rick Mitchell, Houston International Festival/ex-Houston Chronicle

Margaret Moser, Austin Chronicle

Joe Nick Patoski, author of Selena: Como la Flor and Willie Nelson: An Epic Life(among others)

Austin Powell, Austin Chronicle

Hector Saldana, San Antonio Express-News

Shea Serrano, Houston Press

Audra Schroeder, Dallas Observer

Richard Skanse, Lone Star Music

William Michael Smith, Houston Press/Texas Music

Mario Tarradell, Dallas Morning News

HOW THEY VOTED

Voters were asked to choose their 30 favorite Texas albums recorded and released between 1982 and 2012, to rank them in descending order and to be as clinical (or not) as they wanted to be about how they defined "favorite." We defined "Texas album" as a full-length original album released by an artist born in Texas (or a band formed in Texas), someone who got here as soon as he or she could, or a native who has since moved away but qualifies under the "once a Texan, always a Texan" rule. The results were entered into a Google spreadsheet and calculated with the invaluable assistance of Houston Press Web Editor Brittanie Shey. Not all voters listed 30 albums, but each score was calculated using 30 points as the top value.

Watch our Rocks Off music blog for much, much more on the Texas 30.

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8 comments
Jake.
Jake.

All White Boy bullshit. Who cares?

marimar568one
marimar568one

Great article, no matter the situation SPM is a great Artist and his Free SPM movement is bigger then all the "intelligent" individuals who are always telling other people how to be,'and where to go. I define Ignorance by assuming ones opionion is fact.

FattyFatBastard
FattyFatBastard topcommenter

The fact that ArcAngels (formed after your #1 passed by Sexton and Bramhall) didn't even make the top 30 shows that you kids don't have a clue what you're talking about.

Simply pathetic that so many would forget such an obvious omission, and it's also very telling that SRV is simply a pity vote by voters who didn't actually listen back in the day.

Eric Walters
Eric Walters

Black Angels- Passover, nowhere in the top 60, but plenty o' Dixie Chicks? WTF ever.......

Houston Press Rocks Off
Houston Press Rocks Off

It's No. 42, impressive considering most people have probably never heard of Zeitgeist or the Reivers.

Caleb Fraid
Caleb Fraid

Zeitgeist/The Reivers * Translate Slowly is a gem.

 
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