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Favorite Albums of All Time?

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Being a huge dork & former radio show host, I've naturally gotten around to putting my favorite albums into some sort of an ordered list. I find it changes every few years I've done it. Let's hear what you all have! Feel free to include any sort of ranking system (or lack thereof), or any number of albums.
Here's how mine shook out:
10. Neil Young - Harvest
9. Wire - Pink Flag
8. Judee Sill - Judee Sill
7. The Beach Boys - Smile Sessions
6. Sun Ra - The Antique Blacks
5. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
4. Can - Ege Bamyasi
3. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
2. Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
1. Joanna Newsom - Divers
BONUS NERD ROUND: Ok, this is silly, but what are your favorite years in music? I had this conversation recently with some friends after going through the RateYourMusic album charts: https://rateyourmusic.com/charts/top/.
5. 1970
4. 1968
3. 1991
2, 1988
1. 1977
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Probably something along the lines of:
  1. Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
  2. Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
  3. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
  4. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's
  5. Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
  6. Modest Mouse - The Moon and Antarctica
  7. Iceage - Plowing Into the Field of Love
  8. The Jesus Lizard - Goat
  9. Can - Future Days
  10. Can - Tago Mago
If I really put a lot of thought into it, I'd probably realize just how much stuff I left out lol. These are definitely some of the first records that come to mind though.
If you opened me up you'd find Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures Joy Division - Closer Beatles - Anything out of Hard Days Night, Help, Revolver, Abbey Road Bonnie Prince Billy - I See A Darkness  Neil Young - Harvest Bonnie Prince Billy - Master And Everyone St Etienne - Foxbase Alpha The Cure - Faith New Order - Power Corruption & Lies Beasty Boys - Licensed To Ill special mention to Pillows and Prayers Vol1 (Cherry Red Compilation 1982-1983)
Brother to Brother - Gino Vannelli Kind of Blue - Miles Davis You Send Me - Roy Ayers Salt - Lizz Wright Love Deluxe - Sade Illmatic - Nas Aja - Steely Dan Thriller - King of Pop Royal Scam - Steely Dan Romantic Warrior - RTF Ready to Die - Biggie Zapp 2 - Zapp Don't Let Go - George Duke First Circle - Pat Metheny Group
Tough call to only pick 10.... Genesis- The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway TV on the Radio- Dear Science Steven Wilson- Hand. Cannot. Erase Jimi- Electric Ladyland Miles- Kind of Blue Caravan- In the Land of Grey & Pink Hatfield & North- The Rotters Club Peter Gabriel- So (and tied w Security) Pink Floyd- Wish You Were Here Beatles- Abbey Road The Soft Machine - Vol II
Everything Zeppelin Everything Eagles DSOTM Everything Dire Straits Shitload of jazz Shitload of classical Everything Slayer Everything Pantera Everything Deep Purple Everything Dream Theater
kawmic
SLAYER!!!!! 🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽
kawmic
Nice. Pretty sure, we'd be friends with that kinda list.
I can't believe that the "So What" album by Joe Walsh hasn't been mentioned. And I haven't seen anything by Springsteen on here either. But...👍
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I don't think I could agree more with You about Springsteen. The last 5 or 6 years I've heard more of Him TALKING about things that have nothing to do with the MUSIC. Shut Up and play the guitar, Dude.
Not sure if Springsteen is most overrated musician of 20th century, or Dylan. On the other hand...I believe Steve Winwood is the most underrated.
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What a fantastic thread! Thanks to everyone sharing a little piece of their love, taste & history here. Reading through these posts has served me two-fold; discovering new music and bringing albums that slipped out of memory back on my radar. And bless these times with Tidal & Co, having almost all of this music goodness just a click away… Since I have been especially enjoying the discovery aspect - plus favorites like “The Dark Side of the Moon” or “Revolver” don’t need further support to get anyone’s attention - I am listing albums (10+4 if that’s a thing) that I really love and/or that were important at some point in time that can use the shout-out. Maybe of interest to some in this context: I was born 1968 and grew up in Germany (sorry, no German music recommendations…):
  • Strawbs - Hero & Heroine
  • Cat Stevens - Teaser and the Firecat 
  • Peter Gabriel - Birdy: Music from the film
  • Chet Baker - Sings and Plays from the film “Let’s get lost”
  • Joan Armatrading - Joan Armatrading
  • Spirit - Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (+ their cover of “Like a Rolling Stone”)
  • The Durutti Column - The Return of the Durutti Column
  • Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
  • Manu Dibango - B Sides
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Tender Prey
  • E.L.O. - Time
  • John Lee Hooker/Taj Mahal/Miles Davis - The Hot Spot (Original Movie Soundtrack)
  • David Sylvian - Secrets of the Beehive
  • Kruder & Dorfmeister - The KD Sessions
I am aware there are THREE soundtracks on here, but they are in my humble opinion legit albums, not some random “Various Artists jumble”.
5 from the 80’s & 5 from the 90’s, no order. 80’s Joshua Tree - U2 Pretty Hate Machine - NIN License to Ill - Beastie Boys Voices Carry - Til Tuesday Appetite - GnR (I can no longer promote or enjoy Thriller, or else it would be on there) 90’s Jar of Flies - Alice in Chains Homework - Daft Punk Doggystyle - Snoop & Dre Ten - Pearl Jam Use Your Illusion - GnR Honorable mentions: Siamese Dream from Smashing Pumpkins & No More Tears from Ozzy. Picking 5 from the 60’s & 70’s would take too much thought for a Sunday, but The Wall from Pink Floyd is, IMO, the best album of all time by a wide margin. Cheers & thanks for the lists everyone!
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Let’s put this another way. How do you think his victims feel when they see people promoting his works today? Do you think that the separation you describe exists for them? I actually care about the feelings of his victims more than I care about the legacy of his music. Plus every time I hear his music now I think about what he did, at least a little bit, and yeah that really does take the joy out of it. Based on your writing you’re obviously educated and intelligent, but if you can’t see that connection then you’re just being willfully ignorant.
nwmusicman
There's a difference between being ignorant of the connection between a record and its creator's transgressions, and allowing that knowledge to shape your opinion of a work of art that you know is amazing. I can, simultaneously, know that MJ was a sick bastard, and still appreciate the music he's responsible for. It's really, really sad to me that you can't. If I let the knowledge of a hardship faced by of a group of people, whom I've never known nor will ever be connected with, permanently affect my enjoyment of one of my favorite records, then shame on me. I don't know you, but I can tell you with certainty that your "martyrdom" and your empathy that you express from behind your keyboard on a Massdrop forum does not set you apart from anyone else in any meaningful way. You keep on fighting for those victims that probably don't even know you exist, and I'll keep on loving Thriller.
Harry Partch: Delusion of the Fury Michael Gielen: Mahler Symphonies
My record-buying days were basically the 1970's, and 80's, so if I stick to LP's: Beatles: Revolver Steely Dan: Katy Lied Stevie Wonder: (hard to pick one, but top two): Fullfillingness First Finale, and Innervisions Todd Rundgren: Tortured Artist Effect Genesis: Seconds Out Gino Vanelli: Brother to Brother (was cool to see this was an influence on Thundercat) Mike Stern: Upside Downside John Scofield: Blue Matter Pat Metheny Group: Still Life (Talking), and/or 80/81 Michael Brecker: Michael Brecker (still gives me goosebumps) Keith Jarrett: Facing You Joni Mitchell: Shadows and Light
BillyRD
Dude your list is DOPE
Does it depend on what I heard growing up? If so my favorite album is Journey Frontiers. I was 12 when I got it. It's been with me everywhere I've been since.
I consider Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd to be the best album of all time.
rocketmx
I expect to always believe this too....
In no order. Subject to change Good kid mad city by Kendrick Lamar Midnight Marauders by a Tribe called Quest Blunderbuss by Jack White What's Going On by Marvin Gaye Eyes Open by Snow Patrol 59 Sound by Gaslight Anthem *Name a Beatles album* Mozaik by the Phony People Glass Houses by Screaming Females Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park
wmedina1991
Always love to see it when people have pretty diverse tastes
GibsonBrash
Thanks. I just love albums that you can play the whole way through without skipping a track.
I’m too young and broke to have records or a record player, but “The Strange Case of...” and “Into the Wild Life” by Halestorm are my current favorite albums. I’d have trouble buying most other albums since I generally don’t like a lot of the songs on an album, but I’d buy every Halestorm album in a heartbeat 😅
In no particular order... Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd) Rumours (Fleetwood Mac) Hunky Dory (David Bowie) Who's Next (The Who) Reel Life (Boy Meets Girl) Slippery When Wet (Bon Jovi) Live in Atlantic City (Heart)
My top fifteen (in no order and subject to change before the pixels on my screen are dry): John Coltrane - My Favorite Things Stooges - Fun House David Bowie - Low Joy Division - Closer Curtis Mayfield - Curtis Public Image Limited - Metal Box Hank Williams Sr. - 40 Greatest Hits Gang of Four - Entertainment! Mayhem - De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas Ramones - Rocket to Russia Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand Iggy Pop - Lust for Life The Jam - This is the Modern World Buzzcocks - Singles Going Steady
TonyT_718
Entertainment is impeccable for its time, even if there were already contemporaries doing similar things before them.
BlackandWhite
Bought it when it came out and 40 years later, it remains one of my favorite albums. Absolutely thrilling and at 15, I had never heard anything like it. Got me in to the Fast records stuff and I really loved the first few Mekons things, but I didn't hear Dr. Feelgood, Bush Tetras, Au Pairs, Delta 5, etc until later.
Good to see people aren't too jaded for this. Also cool to see newer albums in all-time lists. I can't honestly put anything from last decade in my top ten, though I definitely am against any idea that music has gone downhill. Everyone prefers the stuff from their youth.
  1. Stooges - Fun House
  2. Mingus - Black Saint
  3. Coltrane - Love Supreme
  4. Beatles - Revolver
  5. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
  6. Talking Heads - Remain In Light
  7. Television - Marquee Moon
  8. Black Sabbath - Master Of Reality
  9. Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
  10. Velvet Underground & Nico
Mine goes to 20,000+ ;) http://fastnbulbous.com/list-search/
  1. Times - David August
  2. Nymphs - Nicolas jaar
  3. Caribou - Swim
  4. Space is Only Noise - Nicolas Jaar
  5. Ibrahim Maalouf - Red & Black Light
  6. Zhu - Generationwhy
  7. Olafur Arnalds - Island Songs
  8. Luxury Elite - World Class
  9. Bon Iver - 22, A Million
  10. Vulfpeck - The Beautiful Game
  11. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Flying Microtonal Banana
a very mixed up list, hope you find something interesting.
Until yesterday I might have named about 50 from 1967 to 1975 but now it Marylin Mansons Portrait of an American Family followed by Vivaldi’s Four Sesons London Philharmonic
  1. The Who - Live at Leeds
  2. Deep Purple - Made in Japan
  3. Pink Floyd - Echoes
  4. The Crystal Method - Vegas
  5. Tiesto - Live at the bridge.
  6. Robin Trower - Bridge of Sighs
  7. Genesis - Seconds out
  8. The Clash - London Calling
  9. The Stranglers - Rattus Norvegicus
  10. AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
ggillies
I connected to Seconds Out three years ago and it is quite the live album. I guess #3 is Meddle?
My top 10 as a 66 year old who has been buying vinyl albums since 1966.....and still does..... in no particular order but each one carries resonance, meaning and has been listened to 100s of times...... Stand Up - Jethro Tull Abbey Road - Beatles Zeppelin 1 - Led Zeppelin Two 7s Clash - Culture Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear King Tubby's Prophesy of Dub - King Tubby and Yabby You London's Burning - The Clash Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix DJ Kicks - Kruger & Dorfmeister Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath It isn't easy choosing 10 and if you asked me tomorrow I would include The Who, Can, Neu, Charlie Parker, Lee Perry, Metallica, John Grant, Steely Dan, Grateful Dead, Pink Floyd, Frank Zappa and the Fall etc etc....
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Islwynpaul
Your list is spot on with my current album rotation!!!
Islwynpaul
Great list !! but you should swap DJ Kicks - Kruder & Dorfmeister for K&D sessions, and this one would be the first on my list.
Some albums you can always sit down chill out and listen to ( i choose one per band) I cannot put them in order AC/DC - Back in Black Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals Rammstein - Reise, Reise Five Finger Death Punch - American Capitalist Muse - Origin of Symmetry Halestorm - The Strange case of Airbourne - No guts no glory Steal panther - balls out sabaton - carolus rex theory of dead man - savages Three days grace - human Skillet - awake Disturbed - immortalized
niki755BG
Wow, didn't know other people liked reise, reise ! Such a great album!
If you asked me this question on five consecutive days, you'd get five different lists, without much overlap. I'm not sure I'd even have much style or artist overlap day to day. For me, music is very much "love the one you're with." I think a lot of it is because last five years I've added more new artists to my listen lists than in any other five year period. Listening to Radio Paradise a couple hours a day means I meet a couple new artists each day - some from decades ago that I'd never heard of. Qobuz' new albums keep me completely off guard. The ability to stream radio stations from several countries in Africa, Brazil, Spain, Jamaica, Korea has blown open my music library. I have a tendency to binge-listen. I'm into a Bokante, Afro Celt Sound System, Koffee, several Ragga groups, and Antibalas stage, with a chaser of classical percussion ensembles. That's coming off of a Sun Ra, GoGo Bands, any album with artists that make up Snarky Puppy, Metropole Orkest's collaborations, with a chaser of wind orchestras. I don't even really have a stable musical equivalent to "comfort food", stuff I listen to over and over again. Too much great music, way too little time.
Another person posting used "most played."  I really like that idea, so here are mine. For most artists on this list, I like the majority of their catalog, but these are the most played albums in no particular order: System of a Down - Steal this Album Queens of the Stoneage - Songs for the Deaf Kate Bush - Hounds of Love Miles Davis - Miles Smiles Shakti - Remember Shakti Cowboy Junkies - Black Eyed Man Junior Wells - Hoodoo Man Blues Radiohead - Ok Computer Andrew Bird - Armchair Apocrypha Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts Angel Olsen - My Woman Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Sérgio & Odair Assad Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation Portishead - Portishead Patti Smith - Horses
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For me it has to be Live/Dead from the Grateful Dead, their first official live album recorded in 1969. Dark Star playing for 23 minutes going to St. Stephen is the greatest piece of music I've ever heard.
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Cheap Trick at Budokan is also an awesome live recorded album of the band's 1976 show in Tokyo. I'm into live recordings, as you can probably tell :)
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Amazing. I have thousands of CDs and hundreds of LP records and some of the lists I have everything listed. Others I have absolutely none on the lists.
No comment but KDVS is the shit. It's basically the reason DJ Shadow/Solesides/Blackalicious/Latryx existed in mid/late 90's.
The complete albums I regularly listen: Rubies- Destroyer Junkyard jazz- Trudy and the romance And one that I used to listen was: has a good home and he poos clouds-final fantasy(a Canadian dude not the games)