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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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I consider Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd to be the best album of all time.
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
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)
It's a Beautiful Day-Today, Nothing like the It's a Beautiful Day first album(also great listening) David Bromberg-In My Own House J J Cale-Troubador Van Morrison-Hard Nose the Highway John Prine-Diamonds in the Rough Amazing Rhythm Aces-Too Stuffed to Jump
Hillbilly
White bird...in a golden cage...
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon Pink Floyd - Animals Def Leppard - Hysteria Robert Plant - Pictures At Eleven Stone Temple Pilots - Thank You Aerosmith - The Big Ones
Nailzer
Love that you included Animals, top 2 Pink Floyd albums IMO and highly underrated by your average listener.
Nailzer
Big Ones was my childhood.. probably one of my all-time favorite albums
Jeff Buckley - Grace
this is sort of easy actually.... my top seven ever: 7. Rush - Farewell to Kings 6. Rush - Presto 5. Rush - Permanent Waves 4. Rush - Hemispheres 3. Rush - 2112 2. Rush - Moving Pictures 1. Rush - Fly By Night
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you could try “Half the World”, “The Color of Right” and perhaps the instrumental “Limbo” from the Test for Echo album and you might feel differently.
JamesForte
You could be right, but I'm a stubborn old twat who had his formative years in the 70s so most stuff post 1980 I hate listening to lol.
A nearly impossible task. But I’ll give it a go. I approached this with the “deserts island disc” mindset. Try as I might to get it down to a top ten, I simply couldn’t. So here’s my top 15 that I could live with forever, alone on a desert island, if this was all I could listen to till my dying day! In no particular order — Little Feat - Waiting for Columbus The Band - Rock of Ages Allman Brothers - Fillmore East Led Zeppelin - BBC Sessions Jethro Tull - Aqualung Bob Dylan - Bring it all Back Home Miles Davis - Kind of Blue Buddy Guy - Blues Singer CSN - CSN Talking Heads -The Name of This      Band is the Talking Heads Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers  Tedeschi Trucks - Live  Tom Petty - Wildflowers  Wood Brothers - Live at the Barn
Melbergall
You're living in my Brain!! Stop it some more!! Great list. Excellent tast!
Melbergall
Clever adding that Talking Heads as it is an incredible double live album. Kudos.
Band of Gypsies - Jimi Hendrix (my clapping and whistling is in there somewhere) Duke - Genesis Obscured by Clouds - Pink Floyd Innervisions - Stevie Wonder Aftermath - Rolling Stones Hot Rats - Frank Zappa Freak Out - Mothers (First album I ever bought in 1967) Ahead Rings Out - Bloodwyn Pig Its A Beautiful Day - Its A Beautiful Day Will the Circle be Unbroken - Dirt Band and many great musicians
BillBradley58
+1 for Obscured by Clouds. Terribly overlooked album.
WordsandMusic
Agreed - another +1 for Obscured by Clouds
  1. Pink Floyd - The Wall
  2. The Cure - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
  3. Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Sabotage (I always listen to this as a double album)
  4. Yes - Relayer (best Yes album IMO, peak of prog rock)
  5. Genesis - Seconds Out (live) (peak of classic Genesis)
  6. Dead Can Dance - Anastasis
  7. Tangerine Dream - Encore (live) (peak of classic TD)
  8. Sasha - Airdrawndagger (best techno album I have heard)
  9. Rancid - Rancid (my fav street punk)
  10. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (out of this world electronic / techno / ambient)
runners up: Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral, Judas Priest - Point of Entry, Simple Minds - One Upon a Time, The Clash - London Calling, Peter Murphy - Deep, Billy Idol - Whiplash Smile, The Police - Regatta de Blanc, Deep Purple - In Concert (BBC, 1970, 1972), Janis Joplin - Pearl, Rush - All the World's a Stage
teandro
In a similar exercise to this three years ago, I had two or three friends reference Seconds Out, and they were right. Amazing live album.
teandro
Genesis with Phil Collins doing anything other than drumming is NOT classic Genesis. All Collins did as frontman was turn them into a fucking pop band!
There are tons in my collection. I can listen to these albums on repeat from start to finish. No specific order...my top 40 for today: Marvin Gaye - What’s Going On? Marvin Gaye - I Want you Marvin Gaye - Let’s Get It On Radiohead - Kid A Radiohead - Amnesiac Radiohead - OK Computer NWA - Straight Outta Compton Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness Alice In Chains - MTV Unplugged U2 - The Joshua Tree U2 - The Unforgettable Fire Sade - Love Deluxe Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace Anohni - Hopelessness Ella Fitzgerald - Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! Billie Holiday - Last Recording Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - Shooting Rubber Bands at the Stars Portishead - Dummy David Bowie - Blackstar James Brown - Hot Pants Deadmau5 - where’s the drop? Ryuichi Sakamoto - The Revenant RY X - Unfurl RY X - Dawn The Antlers - Familiars Benjamin Clementine - At Least For Now The Blaze - Dancehall Boards of Canada - Twoism Boards of Canada - Geogaddi Bobby Bland - Dreamer Lakuta - Brothers & Sisters The Breath - Let the Cards Fall Marika Hackman - We Slept at Last Slowdive - Slowdive The Beastie Boys - Paul’s Boutique The Beastie Boys - Liscensed to Ill Curtis Mayfield - Curtis Sting - Nothing Like the Sun Sting - The Soul Cages Bjork - Vespertine
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Yeah, I didn't love it immediately - it kept growing on me until at some point I realized I was hooked!
KESM
RY X is a fantastic artist. Love the atmosphere he creates.
Can't say these are my "favorite" albums as that list changes from time to time. Here are the 10 albums that had the most impact on me...in no particular order: The Doors - The Doors Harvest - Neil Young Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix Slow Train - Dylan Exile on Mainstreet - The Rolling Stones Blues Deluxe - Joe Bonamassa Shangri-La - Mark Knopfler Tommy - The Who Sgt. Peppers - The Beatles
Dano1151
Bout time someone said Exile on Main Street!
Dano1151
Bout time someone said Mark Knopfler/Dire Straits!
Hard task...and gets harder the longer you live and the more new (or old) stuff you discover and embrace. Dark Side will always be #1 for me...the lyrics, the production, the precision of the music. The rest is not really in order...and I did 15: 1.       Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd 2.       Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd (best 5.1 mix my ears have heard) 3.       And the Glass Handed Kites, Mew 4.       Close To The Edge, Yes 5.       Tales of Topographic Oceans, Yes 6.       Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin 7.       Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin 8.       The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, Allman Brothers (cheating here a bit) 9.       Achtung Baby, U2 10.   Fate of Nations, Robert Plant 11.   On An Island, David Gilmour 12.   Exit...Stage Left, Rush 13.   Songs from the Big Chair, Tears for Fears 14.   The Beatles, The Beatles 15.   Blade Runner Trilogy (soundtrack), Vangelis I could easily have two or three more Zeppelin albums in that...I did name a daughter Paige after all. Six or seven years ago I think it would have been Zeppelin's first album rather than Houses, but tastes and ears change I guess. And...while I always enjoyed The White Album, it's just recently with Giles Martin's recent remastering that I find I really love it and appreciate it's special genius. Strict top 10 if limited to one per artist and also prohibiting solo works from listed artists: 1.       Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd 2.       And the Glass Handed Kites, Mew 3.       Close To The Edge, Yes 4.       Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin 5.       The 1971 Fillmore East Recordings, Allman Brothers 6.       Achtung Baby, U2 7.       Exit...Stage Left, Rush 8.       Songs from the Big Chair, Tears for Fears 9.       The Beatles, The Beatles 10.   Blade Runner Trilogy (soundtrack), Vangelis Best year for music: 1971. Who's Next, Zeppelin's fourth album, The Yes Album AND Fragile(!), Meddle, aforementioned Allman Brother's at Fillmore, L.A. Woman, Sticky Fingers, Electric Warrior (T Rex), Imagine, Stormcock (Roy Harper)....wow, what a year!
Most played: Robin Trower, Caravan to Midnight Moving Targets, Burning in Water The Wipers, Follow Blind Led Zeppelin, House of the Holy Soft Machine, l THE WHITE ALBUM The Chameleons‎, Strange Times The Cars, Candy-O Spirit, Spirit Steely Dan,Katy Lied Wore out: Stooges, Raw Power
Tin-eared
I am glad to see Spirit on your list. I bought the first album all those years ago and it has always been on my favorites list. Do you know that Jimi Hendrix gave Randy California his name? The story I heard goes that the two met and Jimi was impressed with teenage Randy's playing but could only remember that he was from California, hence Randy California. I don't know if it is true but a nice story anyway. Also they took a pass on performing at Woodstock, a very bad career decision. Imagine what might have been with that kind of exposure. I am so glad to see that many people acknowledge their greatness, one of the best "unkown" bands ever.
This is just about my favorite game - I'm forever doing favorite/best lists in my head. Here's one: 1 - Mal Waldon/Update 2 - Archie Shepp/Horace Parlan - Goin' Home 3 - (cheating here - I think of these two as a double album that should have been) David Murray/ New Life - Morning Song 4 - Bob Dylan/ World Gone Wrong 5 - Duke Ellington/Such Sweet Thunder 6 - Stereolab/Dots and Loops 7 - Mississippi John Hurt/D.C. Blues: The Library of Congress Recordings, Vol. 1 8 - Mitsuko Uchida Plays Schubert 9 - Sun Ra/Jazz in Silhouette - though really, I can't pick among three or four early albums 10 - Air Roland Hanna/Duke Ellington Piano Solos
satkinsn
That last should be "Sir Roland Hanna." But it reminds me, I didn't put Air Lore on the list, and it probably belongs. s.
satkinsn
And some honorable mentions... Allman Brothers Band/Live At Fillmore East Beach Boys/The Smile Sessions Bob Dylan/Tell Tale Signs (Bootleg Sessions Volume 8) Captain Beefheart/Lick My Decals Off Baby Miles Davis/Miles Ahead Andrew Hill/Passing Ships Tony Bennett/The Art Of Excellence Air/Air Lore Bruce Springsteen/The Wild, The innocent & The E Street Shuffle ...and a couple of after the fact collections... Miles Davis/Complete In A Silent Way Sessions Duke Ellington/Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band
In no particular order and subject to change :-) 1/ Depeche Mode: Violator/ Music for the Masses 2/ Vangelis: 1492 - Conquest of Paradise/Blade Runner 3/ Front 242: Front by Front 4/ Jean-Michel Jarre: Oxygene/Equinoxe 5/ Indochine: L'aventurier 6/ Pet Shop boys: Actually 7/ Front Line Assembly: Tactical Neural Implant 8/ Yazoo: Upstairs at Eric's 9/ Ennio Morricone: The good, The bad and the ugly/Once Upon a time in the West/For a fistfull of dollars/A few dollars more/My name is nobody 10/ Erasure: The Innocents 11/ Nitzer Ebb: That Total age/Belief ...