Thursday, June 14, 2018

The Top 101 Albums of All Time

After careful consideration, here are my top 101 albums of all time. As lists go, this one is more personal than professional. This is truly MY list and not at all an objective list. For example, I'm not going to include a Wilco album just because it should be on the list. These are albums that have meant and still mean a great deal to me. They have been the soundtrack to my 51 years on this planet and I consider them essential listening for any serious music devotee.

I will be adding to this list in terms of hyperlinks which dive deeper into each album. Note that #7 (Dreamboat Annie by Heart) already has such a link. I will also be adding #102-200 at some point as well. My goal is to get to the 500 best albums of all time IMHO.

Here is the list, starting at #1.

  1. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys 
  2. Abbey Road by The Beatles 
  3. Love Is Hell (2 EP UK Edition) by Ryan Adams 
  4. Just Enough Education To Perform by Stereophonics
  5. Paul Weller (Japanese Edition) by Paul Weller 
  6. Costello Music by The Fratellis 
  7. Dreamboat Annie by Heart
  8. All or Nothing by The Subways
  9. Skylarking by XTC
  10. Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not by The Arctic Monkeys
  11. Aja by Steely Dan
  12. The Beatles (White Album) by The Beatles 
  13. Confessions of a Pop Group by the Style Council 
  14. Unforgettable by Nat King Cole
  15. The Nightfly by Donald Fagan
  16. Revolver by The Beatles 
  17. Inside In/Inside Out by The Kooks
  18. Healing by Todd Rundgren
  19. Diamonds and Pearls by Prince
  20. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
  21. Stone Roses by Stones Roses 
  22. Definitely Maybe by Oasis 
  23. Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
  24. What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
  25. Blood Sugar Sex Magic by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  26. Quadrophenia by The Who 
  27. Chips From The Chocolate Fireball by The Dukes of Stratosphear 
  28. Smile by Brian Wilson 
  29. The Man Who by Travis 
  30. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory by Oasis 
  31. Urban Hymns by The Verve
  32. You Gotta Go There To Come Back by Stereophonics 
  33. The Yes Album by Yes 
  34. October by U2
  35. Pink World by Planet P Project 
  36. Let’s Dance by David Bowie 
  37. After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
  38. How Dare You! By 10cc
  39. The Secret Migration by Mercury Rev
  40. Let It Be (Phil Spector Mix) by The Beatles
  41. Something/Anything by Todd Rundgren
  42. Rubber Soul by The Beatles
  43. Heartbreaker by Ryan Adams 
  44. Purple Rain by Prince
  45. Who’s Next by The Who
  46. Achtung Baby by U2
  47. A Hundred Million Suns by Snow Patrol 
  48. Language Sex Violence Other by Stereophonics 
  49. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
  50. Pandemonium by The Time 
  51. The Balcony by Catfish and the Bottlemen 
  52. Damn The Torpedoes by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 
  53. Hopes and Fears by Keane
  54. Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan 
  55. The Gift by The Jam
  56. The Joshua Tree by U2
  57. Help by The Beatles
  58. Young for Eternity by The Subways
  59. I Just Can’t Stop It by The English Beat 
  60. Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
  61. Final Straw by Snow Patrol 
  62. Crowded House by Crowded House
  63. Cafe Bleu by The Style Council
  64. Best Crazy by Joe Jackson 
  65. Fish Out of Water By Chris Squire 
  66. A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles 
  67. Utopia (1982) by Utopia 
  68. Purple by Stone Temple Pilots
  69. Up The Bracket by The Libertines
  70. Songs From The Big Chair by Tears for Fears
  71. Jordan The Comeback by Prefab Sprout 
  72. The La’s by The La’s 
  73. Stronger Than Pride by Sade
  74. Is This It? By The Strokes
  75. Getz Au Go Go by Stan Getz
  76. Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell
  77. Tim by The Replacements 
  78. Fisherman’s Blues by The Waterboys
  79. Past Masters by The Beatles 
  80. Another Live by Utopia 
  81. Time Out by Dave Brubeck 
  82. Odelay by Beck
  83. War by U2 
  84. Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
  85. Tonight by David Bowie
  86. Zooropa by U2
  87. 1999 by Prince
  88. Sound Affects by The Jam
  89. Rumors by Fleetwood Mac 
  90. Look Sharp! By Joe Jackson 
  91. Murmur by REM
  92. Beatles For Sale by The Beatles
  93. Finisterre by Saint Etienne
  94. Couldn’t Stand the Weather by Stevie Ray Vaughn
  95. Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  96. Zenyatta Mondatta by The Police 
  97. Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots
  98. If I Should Fall From Grace With God by The Pogues
  99. HARRP Live by Muse
  100. In Thru the Out Door by Led Zeppelin
  101. The Age of the Understatement by The Last Shadow Puppets 

1 comment:

  1. Am thinking, we are due for an epic album from someone/some group this year. Given all of the introspection and isolation, there's gotta be a great one in the works...glad to see Fish Out of Water made your list!