Jan 24, 201812710 views

Favorite Albums of All Time?

[Pictured: KDVS in Davis]
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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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!
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
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.
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
Always love to see it when people have pretty diverse tastes
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
Entertainment is impeccable for its time, even if there were already contemporaries doing similar things before them.
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
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....
Your list is spot on with my current album rotation!!!
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
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
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.
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 :)
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
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
Love that you included Animals, top 2 Pink Floyd albums IMO and highly underrated by your average listener.
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 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.
You like Rush? :)
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
You're living in my Brain!! Stop it some more!! Great list. Excellent tast!
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
+1 for Obscured by Clouds. Terribly overlooked album.
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
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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!
Let me adjust that for you: All Collins did as frontman was turn them into a fucking pop band... ...that went on to release seven #1 singles in seven years (some list it at 6, but regardless). Check out the company at the 6/7 #1’s level; it’s legit. Regardless of style or taste, you have to respect success at that level.
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!
RY X is a fantastic artist. Love the atmosphere he creates.