Five times. Didn't really live anywhere where I could see them for a long time. Have missed a couple tours. But each time I've seen them has been incredible.
Laugh Track by The National
I've heard it a few times since it dropped. It rules. Way more accessible and immediate than First Two Pages of Frankenstein.
Their most driving closer since "Mr. November." And it rules.
Thanks! Happy cake day!
NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT, BABYYYYY!!!
Look, I love The National. I've loved every album of theirs, even the divisive First Two Pages of Frankenstein. But it's so nice to hear them strip things back to Alligator/Boxer-era production. Just no-frills sonics that allow the kickass performances and songwriting do everything. Laugh Track is punchy, full, and the most immediate The National have been since High Violet. Two albums in one year and not a step missed.
I would generally agree with most of the OP's picks, with the exception of Pink Floyd and Interpol. "Wish You Were Here" not in PF's top 25, although "Evil" does rule and is up there for Interpol.
Depeche Mode's "Enjoy the Silence." Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit." Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love." The Strokes... "Reptilia"? I could live with that or "Hard to Explain." The Beach Boys have a few contenders with "Good Vibrations," "Wouldn't It Be Nice," and "God Only Knows," but then again, they also have "Kokomo" and "Surfin' USA."
It's certainly unworthy of a group like The Velvet Underground.