100 Greatest Albums of All Time

Ah, albums…much better than songs in isolation, don’t you agree? I think so, anyway. This is not my attempt at canonizing the best music. It’s not really a “greatest albums” list, but, like my other lists, it’s a list of personal favourite albums (not including classical, jazz, and blues).

1. After the Gold Rush (1970) – Neil Young

2. The Queen is Dead (1986) – The Smiths

3. Astral Weeks (1968) – Van Morrison

4. Abbey Road (1969) – The Beatles

5. Remain in Light (1980) – Talking Heads

6. Pet Sounds (1966) – The Beach Boys

7. OK Computer (1997) – Radiohead

8. Blood on the Tracks (1975) – Bob Dylan

9. Loaded (1970) – The Velvet Underground

10. Stand By Your Man (1969) – Tammy Wynette

11. Blue (1971) – Joni Mitchell

12. Harvest (1972) – Neil Young

13. All Things Must Pass (1970) – George Harrison

14. Otis Blue (1965)  – Otis Redding

15. Highway 61 Revisited (1965) – Bob Dylan

16. Nebraska (1982) – Bruce Springsteen

17. Marquee Moon (1977) – Television

18. Curse Your Branches (2009) – David Bazan

19. Twice Removed (1994) – Sloan

20. Transformer (1972) – Lou Reed

21. Hunky Dory (1971) – David Bowie

22. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002) – Wilco

23. Only Visiting this Planet (1972) – Larry Norman

24. Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968) – The Byrds

25. More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978) – Talking Heads

26. Sgt. Pepper’s  Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) – The Beatles

27. The Velvet Underground (1969) – The Velvet Underground

28. Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (1969) – Neil Young and Crazy Horse

29. Moondance (1970) – Van Morrison

30. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962) – Ray Charles

31. Murmur (1983) – R.E.M.

32. At Folsom Prison (1968) – Johnny Cash

33. The Village Green Preservation Society (1967) – The Kinks

34. Time of the Last Persecution (1971) – Bill Fay

35. What’s Going On (1971) – Marvin Gaye

36. Loveless (1991) – My Bloody Valentine

37. Grievous Angel (1974) – Gram Parsons

38. Music from Big Pink (1968) – The Band

39. D-I-V-O-R-C-E (1968) – Tammy Wynette

40. Illinois (2005) – Sufjan Stevens

41. Tonight’s the Night (1975) – Neil Young

42. Revolver (1966) – The Beatles

43. Meat is Murder (1985) – The Smiths

44. The Bends (1995) – Radiohead

45. London Calling (1979) – The Clash

46. Judy at Carnegie Hall (1961) – Judy Garland

47. Who’s Next (1971) – The Who

48. The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967) – The Velvet Underground and Nico

49. Horses (1975)  – Patti Smith

50. Call Me (1973) – Al Green

51. #1 Record (1972) – Big Star

52. Desire (1976) – Bob Dylan

53. Expensive Shit (1975) – Fela Kuti and Africa 70

54. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972) – David Bowie

55. MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) – Nirvana

56. Funeral (2004) – Arcade Fire

57. Mermaid Avenue (1998) – Billy Bragg and Wilco

58. Doolittle (1989) – The Pixies

59. Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) – Leonard Cohen

60. Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) (1993) – Digable Planets

61. Low (1977) – David Bowie

62. Trans-Europe Express (1977) – Kraftwerk

63. Jonathan Goes Country (1990) – Jonathan Richman

64. In Rainbows (2007) – Radiohead

65. Blank Generation (1977) – Richard Hell and the Voidoids

66. Different Class (1995) – Pulp

67. American Beauty (1970) – The Grateful Dead

68. Homogenic (1997) – Bjork

69. The Boy With the Arab Strap (1998) – Belle and Sebastian

70. Van Lear Rose (2004) – Loretta Lynn

71. The Low End Theory (1991) – A Tribe Called Quest

72. My Aim is True (1977) – Elvis Costello

73. Psychocandy (1986) – Jesus and Mary Chain

74. Off the Wall (1979) – Michael Jackson

75. Hounds of Love (1985) – Kate Bush

76. Nevermind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977) – The Sex Pistols

77. Everything I Long For (1995) – Hayden

78. High Violet (2010) – The National

79. Fear of Music (1979) – Talking Heads

80. The Modern Dance (1978) – Pere Ubu

81. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998) – Neutral Milk Hotel

82. Recovering the Satellites (1996) – Counting Crows

83. The Harder They Come (1972) – Jimmy Cliff

84. Some Great Reward (1984) – Depeche Mode

85. Freedom of Choice (1980) – Devo

86. Paid in Full (1987) – Eric B. and Rakim

87. Purple Rain (1985) – Prince

88. Odelay (1996) – Beck

89. Actor (2009) – St. Vincent

90. Imagine (1971) – John Lennon

91. Exodus (1977) – Bob Marley and the Wailers

92. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980) – Dead Kennedys

93. I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990) – Sinead O’Connor

94. Solid State Survivor (1979) – Yellow Magic Orchestra

95. What’s the Story (Morning Glory) (1995) – Oasis

96. Cut (1979) – The Slits

97. Tago Mago (1971) – Can

98. Raising Hell (1985) – Run DMC

99. Fly (1970) – Yoko Ono

100. Squeezing Out Sparks (1979) – Graham Parker

*subject to significant change

See also: 100 Film I Love and 50 Greatest Non-Fiction Books

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  1. erinkoopunger

    Reblogged this on miss adventurer and commented:
    Good music!

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  2. Andrew J. Bergman

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