What are your 10 favourite albums and WHY?

Rolling Stones-Some Girls- I really dig the Stones, and this one has Loving Cup and Casino Boogie, two great tunes.

Sorry, but no. Loving Cup and Casino Boogie are on “Exile on Main Street.”

“Some Girls” does, however, have “When the Whip Comes Down.”

No list to speak of, just wanted to comment on Cub.

I read a lot about them and wound up seeing them open up for a show I went to many years ago (I’m guessing it was Fugazi’s In on the Kill Taker Tour, but I could be very wrong).

Cub was very boring and unimpressive. Have any of you caught them live? Did I just catch them on a bad night?

Hmmm, only 10. Okay, in no particular order…

Billy Bragg & Wilco - Mermaid Avenue Vol. 1
Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed
Pink Floyd - The Wall.
The Pogues - Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash
Run DMC - The King or Rock
Nirvana - Nevermind
The Clash - London Calling
The Beatles - Abbey Road
U2 - Zooropa
The Grateful Dead - Workingman’s Dead

That’s it. Tune in tomorrow for a completely new list.

In no real order:

Radiohead - The Bends - Every track is a winner. The album is just amazing. Great moves through the melodic spectrum.

Pink Floyd - The Wall - Same reasons as above.

Foo Fighters - There is Nothing Left To Lose - One of the really good current rock bands out there. Very solid musically.

Nick Drake - Pink Moon - Beautiful & haunting. Great to listen to as you blast through the back roads of Texas late at night.

Carl Orf - Carmina Burana - There is just something about good choral classical music. Although it is overused a bit in movies & tv.

Genesis - Lamb Lies Down on Broadway - My first real concept album. Some of the earlier Genesis may be better, but this one just sticks with me. Genesis after P.G. is good, but not Genesis.

Nirvana - Nevermind - The band and album that brought us out of the RATT/Warren/Journey musical Titanic we were headed for. Showed that you didn’t have to be happy and in love to write a song.

Nine Inch Nails - Broken - Pure unadulterated anger and unhappiness.

Aphex Twin - Come to Daddy - Great ambient techno.

Pharcyde - BizarreRide II - Amazing hip-hop album. Mixes jazz/blues beats with tight, well thought out lyrics.

And that’s 11, so sue me! (although I really need a top 15 or 20. So many good albums & bands…)

First let me say Lisa you are right. I will admit I haven’t listened to a VU album in a long time. I burned the songs onto CDs and which album each track is from kind of got mixed up in the process.

Second let me say I LOVE your list. See Robyn Hitchcock above. Underwater Moonlight is a stunning and beautiful album. It sounds amazingly fresh to this day. I have seen Robyn six or seven times on tour and he puts on a wonderful live show.

I saw Cub live in Boston years ago. They were good, but not great. A little sloppy and unfocused. I am so glad to hear I am not the only Cub fan out there though. Box of Hair is also a great album. Still I listened to “Magic 8 Ball” today and can’t believe they never got any radio play.

The Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground & Nico This is probably the best debut album ever made. Ridicolously ahead of its time, can you imagine them writing “Heroin” and “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “European Son” while the rest of the world is listening to Sgt. Pepper’s? What’s even more amazing is how well the album has aged, there are almost no duds on it even though it’s really eclectic and kind of experimental.

Radiohead - OK Computer Already been mentioned a couple of times, for good reason. No other album sounds like this, and I don’t think any album will sound like this either.

Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted One of the best pop albums ever, IMO. Every song is a little masterpiece, and they somehow make it sound like they came up with it all on the spot. Amazing.

The Clash - London Calling PUNK RAWK! And ska. And r’n’b. And reggae. And sometimes even really catchy pop music. But mostly punk.

Slint - Spiderland This album kickstarted the whole post-rock scene in the early 90’s, it’s easy to see how you’d be influenced by the unnerving stop-starts and the mumbled vocals. Sometimes it sounds dense and paranoid, other times hauntingly beautiful.

**Can - Ege Bamyasi ** Pink Floyd’s much cooler cousins from Germany, they did the same thing except Can listened to free jazz and avant-garde instead of classical. Pinch is probably my favorite song ever, or at least in the top three.

Belle & Sebastian - If You’re Feeling Sinister Happy songs for happy people. :cool:

The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album) Yes, here comes the Beatles album. It’s a pretty amazing task they picked for the album, trying to fit in as many genres as possible on two vinyls. It’s even more impressive how well the manage to pull the whole thing off. It has a few songs I usually skip, but it doesn’t really matter compared to all the good stuff that’s on here.

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation The one album where they got the balance between thier artsy jams, occasional noise bursts and punky college rock just right. Now, I love Goo, Sister, EVOL, Dirty, Murray Street, etc. but this album is so much… MORE than those. The whole album is greater than the sum of its songs, you know.

Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left I had a hard time choosing between this and Pink Moon, but this wins though it might be for sentimental reasons. It’s so horribly beautiful and melancholic and I’m stuck between crying and smiling like an idiot.


  1. “Out of the Blue” - Elelctric Light Orchestra - ELO is my favorite group and this is one of their best.

  2. “A New World Record” - Electric Light Orchestra - Very Beatle-istic. Great from end to end.

  3. “Time”- Electric Light Orchestra - If there’s ever been an album that deserved the Japanimation treatment, it’s this one. Generally overlooked.

  4. “The Kick Inside” - Kate Bush - Stunning vocals albeit odd song subjects.

  5. “Love Stinks” - J. Geils Band - Substantially better than the more sucessful follow-up "Freeze Frame. Wicked guitar and drum work.

  6. “52nd Street” - Billy Joel - Nice mix of pop and jazz.

  7. “Plastic Letters” - Blondie - All pop albums should be this good.

  8. “Abbey Road” - Beatles - It’s got “Here Comes the Sun” - 'nuff said!

  9. “ABBA” - ABBA - The Swedish foursome at their best.

  10. “Genesis” - Genesis - The last good Genesis album before Phil Collins lost his mind.

Depeche Mode “Black Celebration” - The first album to really introduce me to dark electronic music. Still their best.

Nine Inch Nails “Broken” - Doesn’t let up for a second.

Mesh “Who Watches Over Me?” - Their next album will have to really kick ass to even get near this one.

Anything Box “Worth” - Extremely poignant and sad.

Delerium “Karma” - Perfect for relaxation.

VNV Nation “Empires” - Excellent lyrics coupled with kickass music.

Loreena McKennitt “Book of Secrets” - Great celtic/world music.

Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits - All their best stuff all in one place.

And then about a million cd’s tie for the next couple of places.

In no order:

Cloud 9 - George Harrison: Probably my favorite solo Beatles album. Every song a gem. Well, except maybe “I Got My Mind Set on You,” which went to #1 anyway.

Disintegration - The Cure: It’s the mood of it that gets me. Perfect for driving on a clear, cold night, with the stars just little white pinpricks in all that dark.

Off the Wall - Michael Jackson: By contrast, perfect for driving on a sunny day. Crank it, dance along, and suddenly even gridlock is bearable. It’s a shame he went so insane.

Stereotype A - Cibo Matto: Weird and wonderful. I can go for ages without listening to it, then I pop it in and remember how much fun it is.

Doolittle - the Pixies: It’s because of “Here Comes Your Man.” And “Monkey Gone to Heaven.” And “Debaser.” And…

Little Earthquakes - Tori Amos: A great album, and the first decent album I ever owned. I had really bad taste in music until eleven or so.

Fumbling for Ecstasy - Sarah McLachlan: Mildly embarrassing, a purely sentimental choice. I listened to it nonstop while in the early stages of a massive crush, and it still reminds me of that happily melancholy lovestruck mood.

If I Should Fall From Grace with God - The Pogues: Just a really, really good album.

Love is a Dog From Hell - Maggie Estep: It’s sort of rock, it’s sort of poetry, but most of it is hysterically funny, especially “Stalk Me,” and “Emotional Idiot.” And “Fire Eater” is sweet, in an odd way.

The Beatles: I can’t choose one album, much as I try, so I’ll just slap them all on the list, which is cheating, but I don’t really care.

Even though a top 1000 would have been easier, here’s the top ten as of today.

  1. The Stooges - Funhouse. What’s better than 35 minutes of this record? Seven hours of this record. Anyway, this is the album that is the reason I don’t play in a band - the album I would want to make has already been made.

  2. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat. My favourite band, and their most distinctive album. Yes, I do like this to be pretentious and like something most people don’t.

  3. The Dictators - Go Girl Crazy. Politically incorrect, funny, brilliant, and has the line “I think Lou Reed is a creep!” Members went on to Manowar and Twisted Sister, just to confuse the issue even more.

  4. The Electric Eels - Eyeball of Hell. The first real punk band, and the greatest.

  5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Let Love In. Great songs. Really, that’s the only reason I like this.

  6. Ornette Coleman - Live at the Golden Circle. The peak of free jazz - swings like nothing else, and is melodic yet completely free. I could listen to this all day.

  7. Johnny Cash - American Recordings. Hard to pick just one from Johnny, but this is a killer from start to finish. There’s some great collections of his 1960’s work which together make a body of work better than this.

  8. Robert Johnson - Complete Recordings. As someone who hates most of the Blues, this has it all. Great lyrics, a fantastic voice, haunting guitar. As good as everyone says it is.

  9. Fates Warning - Awaken the Guardian. A forgotten album by an almost forgotten band. Progressive heavy metal as it was meant to be - epic, overblown and heartfelt.

  10. The Dirty 3 - Horse Stories. One of these days this band will be famous. Maybe they already were and I missed it. Anyway, this is a record that changed my life, and even though it’s served its purpose for me, it still deserves to be in the top ten.

Guns-n-Roses- Appetite for Destruction

Guns-n-Roses- Use Your Illusion I & II

Pink Floyd- The Wall

Collective Soul- Dosage

Prince- Sign O’ the Times

Prince- 1999

The Beatles- Revolver

The Rolling Stones- Exile on Main Street

Beck- Odelay

Saturday Night Fever- Soundtrack

AC/DC- Back in Black

The Clash- London Calling

Red Hot Chilli Peppers- BloodSugarSexMagic

Abba- Gold

Fleetwood Mac- Rumors

Steve Earle- Guitar Town
O dear, it appears I have gone over 10…O well. :wink:

In no particular order…

Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks. Angry, bitter, wistful, accepting, and sweetly sentimental
Paul Simon - Graceland. Fantastic from start to finish
Doc & Merle Watson - Live On Stage. Traditionals, country blues, silly children’s songs, spirituals, Doc’s stories, and some of the best pickin’ ever recorded.
The Clash - London Calling. For the same reasons it’s on everyone else’s list
Beatles - Abbey Road. Because I had to pick one
Johnny Cash - Live at Folsom. Maybe prison wouldn’t be so bad…
Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed/Sticky Fingers. I won’t decide and you can’t make me
Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska. So what? It’s my list.
Gram Parsons - Grievous Angel. Gram Parsons single-handedly continues to improve country-rock
Chris Smither - Live As I’ll Ever Be. Chris Smither puts on as good a show as I’ve ever seen, and this album lives up to its name
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs.

If you disagree with any of these, don’t worry too much about it. They’ll all change tomorrow.

  1. Big Star - Third/Sister Lovers #1 Record and Radio City are the greatest “power pop” albums off all time, but this is still my favorite Big Star recording. Listen to this when it’s raining.

  2. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea Unbelievably good. “Oh Comely” is perhaps the greatest song I’ve ever heard.

  3. Radiohead - OK Computer My favorite band, their best album. I’ll never forget borrowing this and hearing it for the first time.

  4. Nirvana - In Utero Better than Nevermind. Nirvana wanted to do something harsher, and they succeeded, but this is even more deeply moving and powerful.

  5. Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works Vol. II What I always wanted to hear, but had no idea.

  6. Nina Simone - Verve Jazz Masters 17 This is the first I heard of Nina Simone, and still the one I listen to most often.

  7. Pixies - Surfer Rosa Just look at the songs: Cactus, River Euphrates, Where is my Mind?, Gigantic, Bone Machine, Tony’s Theme…

  8. PJ Harvey - Is This Desire? The best PJ Harvey album, which is saying a lot.

  9. Rasputina - Thanks for the Ether I love their sound and their sense of humor. Also a sentimental favorite; my first girlfriend was obsessed with Rasputina for a while.

  10. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left I like this a little more than Pink Moon, if only because I find myself singing more songs from this one.

Unknown - Tim Buckley - Starsailor From what I have heard of this album, it would very likely be in my top ten. However, as far as I know it is out of print and I can’t get it.

Kate Bush - The Sensual World
King Crimson - Red
King Crimson -Starless and Bible Black
King Crimson - Lark’s Tongues in Aspic
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
YES - Tormato
Radiohead - Ok Computer
Radiohead - The Bends
Yes - Going For the One
Jeff Buckley - Grace
LZ- In through the Out Door
Rush - Permanent Waves
Peter Gabriel - So
Peter Gabriel - Us
NIN - Pretty Hate Machine
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Sarah Mclaughlin - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

why ? because, to me, I am the ultimate arbitor of what is good, and I’m always right :smiley:

I seem to have figured out the rules to this list: 1 Beatles record, 1 Pink Floyd record, 1-3 punk rock records, a jazz/soul record, and then whatever left is personal preference. That said, I will not break the trend in any way at all.

  1. ** Operation Ivy - Energy ** If anyone can listen to this record honestly and not put it in their top 10, they’re crazy. This record is not only musically revolutionary, but the lyrics mean a helluva lot and that takes it a long way.

  2. ** Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon ** This is the best album as an album in the history of music. Each song leans on that preceding it and that following it as though they were crutches, but they aren’t. Each song could stand alone as a great piece of music, it’s that they flow so well that makes this a great record.

  3. ** Ramones - Rocket to Russia ** What a kick in the pants this record is. It has such high energy and great intensity for something so light and fluffy. It’s a fun listen but not boring musically.

  4. ** Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band ** You saw it coming: the Beatles record. Well, this is the best of them and that’s all there is to say. The consistent high quality peaks with this gem.

  5. ** Rancid - Let’s Go ** Rancid is awesome, and once again, this is their best record. I think the overall quality of this record is better than * …And Out Come the Wolves*. I think that AOCTW has the better single songs (Daly City Train, Roots Radicals, Ruby Soho). That said, Let’s Go gets the edge for being consistent and high-energy throughout.

  6. ** Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True ** This record just kicks my ass up and down every time I hear it. Elvis is so intense on the guitar and the vocals that this record can do nothing but rock.

  7. ** Weezer - Maladroit ** This record was undoubtedly the best of 2002 and the more I hear it, the better I like it. It flows like butter from “Take Control” through “December”. That’s roughly 80% of the record.

  8. ** Green Day - Kerplunk! ** I’m a big Green Day fan and this record just talks to me. Worth whatever you pay for just the song “Who Wrote Holden Caulfield?” let alone the other gems. This record is them before they got huge, but it shows a nice crossover in songwriting style from their first records into Dookie.

  9. ** Creedence Clearwater Revival - Chronicle ** I swore to myself I wouldn’t put any Greatest Hits junk on here, but this record is too good not to. It has all the good ones and a few of the more regrettable, but I love it.

  10. ** Dropkick Murphys - Live on St. Patrick’s Day ** This is the best live record you can buy. The band interacts a lot with their fans and plays to the intenstiy of the crowd. What maeks this a great record is that the quality is great and the song selection and ordering are superb (the cover of “Fortunate Son” and the rendition of “Finnegan’s Wake” are my favorites).

This is my “most-heavy-rotation-as-of-late” list (no order):

Brendan Benson Lapalco

Wes Cunningham 12 Ways to Win People to Your Way of Thinking

Guster Lost and Gone Forever

Beulah The Coast is Never Clear

New Pornographers Mass Romantic

Veruca Salt Eight Arms to Hold You

Flaming Lips Soft Bulletin

Belle and Sebastian If You’re Feeling Sinister

Ednaswap Wacko Magneto

Ben Kweller Sha Sha

Doh! As soon as I hit “submit” I realized I needed to list:

Brad Interiors

EELS Electroshock Blues

I am obsessed with these CD’s at the moment.

Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter - The Incredible String Band

Ladies of the Canyon - Joni Mitchell

American Beauty - The Grateful Dead

Surrealistic Pillow - Jefferson Airplane

Doc Watson On Stage 1970 - Doc & Merle Watson

Stand Up - Jethro Tull

The Lady and the Unicorn -** John Renbourn**

Katy Lied - Steely Dan

Liege And Lief - Fairport Convention

Highway 61- Bob Dylan

Bonus: Rubber Soul - The Beatles

These are all old (like me) and played so often that the LPs were scratched all to hell and gone and eventually got replaced with CDs. They are my all time favorites and there isn’t a bad song on any of 'em.

The Who - Who’s Next.
One of the best rock and roll albums of all time. Not a weak song on the entire disc.

Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
My favorite Stones album. Again, not a weak song on the entire thing, and some true classics.

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Normally, I wouldn’t consider saying an album was one of my all-time favorites without giving it a few years to percolate in my brain. But this one has that feel. It is an ambitious album, and that makes hitting the target of their ambition all the more impressive. This was the best album of 2002.

Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon could sell 20 million copies of his albums, and he’d still be under-appreciated. But he only sells 50-100,000 of them, and that’s a shame. His songs should be heard by everyone.

John Prine - John Prine
John Prine’s first album was the strongest collection of his work he ever recorded. The track list reads like a set of folk-rock standards. In my opinion, this is the best folk-rock album ever made.

Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
His best-selling album, due almost entirely to the success of “Werewolves of London” - which is actually one of the weaker songs on the album. Worth it just for “Desperadoes Under the Eaves”.

Pink Floyd - The Wall
The pinnacle of art rock. And a great album.

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Street Survivors
This could be any one of about four Skynyrd Albums. They go through my normal CD rotation one at a time, randomly. No one ever rocked harder than Skynyrd.

The Beatles - Abbey Road
This could be any one of the Beatles Albums, because they are all still in constant play in our house. But if I had the chance to save only one of my Beatles albums from destruction, this’d probably be it. But what a tough choice.

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
'Cause damnit, they deserve to have more than one spot on this list. The Beatles still tower over everything in modern music.

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles - Abbey Road

The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon

Billy Joel - Glass Houses

Supertramp - Breakfast in America

Queen - A Night at the Opera

Queen - Queen II

The Manhattan Transfer - Mecca for Moderns

Worth to mention, also:
Queen, News of the World; Led Zeppelin, IV; Marillion, Fugazi; Michael Jackson, Thriller; Paul McCartney & Wings, London Town; John Lennon, Some Time in New York City; Pink Floyd, The Wall; Jesus Christ Superstar Original Movie Soundtrack; Motley Crue, Too Fast For Love; Led Zeppelin, Presence; Tomita, Mussorgsky Pictures At An Exhibition.