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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harrisonjr98
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Jul 15, 2019
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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.
Jul 15, 2019
jassal
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Jul 15, 2019
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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)
Jul 15, 2019
tchalla2
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Jul 10, 2019
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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
Jul 10, 2019
Bombadil101
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Jul 2, 2019
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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
Jul 2, 2019
kawmic
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Jun 27, 2019
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Everything Zeppelin Everything Eagles DSOTM Everything Dire Straits Shitload of jazz Shitload of classical Everything Slayer Everything Pantera Everything Deep Purple Everything Dream Theater
Jun 27, 2019
Snake0IL415
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Jun 27, 2019
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SLAYER!!!!! 🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽
Jun 27, 2019
phil_enn
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Jul 15, 2019
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Nice. Pretty sure, we'd be friends with that kinda list.
Jul 15, 2019
613Member
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Jun 25, 2019
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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...👍
Jun 25, 2019
613Member
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Jul 10, 2019
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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.
Jul 10, 2019
WordsandMusic
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Aug 1, 2019
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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.
Aug 1, 2019
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Jun 24, 2019
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Sx70nk
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Jun 9, 2019
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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”.
Jun 9, 2019
nwmusicman
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Jun 9, 2019
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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!
Jun 9, 2019
nwmusicman
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Jul 2, 2019
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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.
Jul 2, 2019
Anon_Ymous
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Jul 2, 2019
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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.
Jul 2, 2019
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