1. Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders, and R. Kelly’s 12 Play all came out on Nov. 9, 1993.
This may be the single most amazing release date in the history of rap and R&B.
2. The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde both came out on May 16, 1966.
Oh, no big deal, just two of the most important and acclaimed records of the 20th century.
3. Alanis Morrissette’s Jagged Little Pill and Björk’s Post both came out on June 13, 1995.
Epic, career-defining albums by two very different ’90s divas.
4. Whitney Houston’s Whitney Houston and The Smiths’ Meat Is Murder both came out on Feb. 11, 1985.
Well, now you know that “The Greatest Love of All” and “How Soon Is Now?” came out in the United States on the same deeply confusing day in the mid-’80s.
5. Nirvana’s Nevermind, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and A Tribe Called Quest’s The Low End Theory all came out on Sept. 24, 1991.
This is an era-defining day for music, and even more so when you toss in the fact that Primal Scream’s Screamadelica also came out on this day.
6. Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? and Mariah Carey’s Daydream both came out on Oct. 3, 1995.
These two albums have almost nothing in common aside from both selling a LOT of CDs.
7. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Television’s Marquee Moon both came out Feb. 8, 1977.
This may be one of the greatest days in the history of guitars.
8. Talking Heads’ Remain in Light and Prince’s Dirty Mind both came out on Oct. 8, 1980.
Two very different funk classics.
9. Elastica’s Elastica and Radiohead’s The Bends both came out on March 14, 1995.
A good day for Britpop.
10. Weezer’s Weezer and Sunny Day Real Estate’s Diary on May 10, 1994.
…and then a thousand emo bands were born!
11. Green Day’s Dookie and Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain both came out on Feb. 2, 1994.
The albums that defined pop punk and ’90s indie rock, respectively.
12. Jay-Z’s Vol. 2…Hard Knock Life and Outkast’s Aquemini both came out on Sept. 29, 1998.
OK, maybe not the classic by either, but both are definitely major rap records from the late ’90s.
13. The Beatles’ White Album and The Kinks’ Village Green Preservation Society both came out on Nov. 22, 1968.
Two of the most ambitious British rock records of the ’60s.
14. U2’s The Unforgettable Fire and The Replacements’ Let It Be both came out on Oct. 1, 1984.
A pivotal day in the history of ’80s college rock.
15. The Postal Service’s Give Up and R. Kelly’s Chocolate Factory both came out on Feb. 17, 2003.
In other words, “Such Great Heights” and “Ignition Remix” hit stores on the same day.
16. Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral and Soundgarden’s Superunknown both came out on March 8, 1994.
Two of the most iconic records of ’90s hard rock!
17. Cat Power’s The Covers Record and NSYNC’s No Strings Attached both came out on May 21, 2000.
Can you guess which one sold more?