Published Jan 04, 20123. Notorious B.I.G. - Life After Death
Artist death: March 9, 1997
Album release: March 25, 1997
Of all the albums on the list, this prophetically titled LP came the soonest after the passing of its creator, as it arrived on shelves a mere two weeks after Biggie was gunned down in 1997. It was already completed and ready for release, and serves as an exact document of Christopher Wallace's vision. Of course, it went on to become one of the biggest-selling and best-loved rap albums ever.
2. Nirvana - MTV Unplugged in New York
Artist death: April 5, 1994
Album release: November 1, 1994
Nirvana's stripped-down TV performance for MTV Unplugged aired several months before Kurt Cobain died, but it wasn't until after his death that the band chose to release it. We're sure glad they did, since this performance captures Nirvana at their most harrowing and beautifully fragile. With a slew of brilliant covers and reinvented back catalogue cuts like "Pennyroyal Tea" and "About a Girl," MTV Unplugged in New York is a record that grunge enthusiasts, folk lovers and average radio listeners can all agree on.
1. Joy Division - Closer
Artist death: May 18, 1980
Album release: July 18, 1980
When singer Ian Curtis committed suicide in 1980, the talented young artist was just 23 years old. He never knew just how influential his work would go on to be; the non-LP single "Love Will Tear Us Apart" became a hit after his death, and the haunting post-punk sound of Closer went on to become a touchstone for innumerable bands ever since. This isn't simply our favourite posthumous albums ever, it's one of the best albums ever -- period.