What is your List of favorite top 10 songs? Favorite groups? Albums?

I know that similar polls have been done before but I thought I would start a fresh one. Anyone wanting to link in the old ones is cool by me.



  1. Imagine John Lennon
  2. Kashmir Led Zeppelin
  3. Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin
  4. And you and I Yes
  5. Guinnevere CSN&Y
  6. American Pie Don McLean
  7. Allman Brothers Whipping Post
  8. What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
  9. The Times They Are A Changin’ Bob Dylan
  10. The Battle of Evermore Led Zeppelin
  11. Led Zeppelin
  12. Pink Floyd
  13. Beatles
  14. Yes
  15. CSN&Y
  16. Allman Brothers
  17. Stevie Ray Vaughan
  18. James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix
  19. Jethro Tull
  20. David Bowie
    Perfect Albums
  21. Wish you were here Pink Floyd
  22. Zeppelin I Led Zeppelin
  23. Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin
  24. The White Album Beatles
  25. Abbey Road Beatles
  26. Close to the Edge Yes
  27. Crosby, Stills & Nash CSN
  28. Are You Experienced Jimi Hendrix
  29. Aqualung Jethro Tull
  30. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust Bowie

All of the above is subject to change based on a song coming on the radio.

In no particular order, and certainly subject to change…

Visions of Johanna - Bob Dylan
Spike Drivers’ Blues - Mississippi John Hurt (or a multitude of covers that are almost as good)
Cowboy Junkies’ Lament - Townes van Zandt
Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
Southern Cross - Crosby Stills & Nash
Veronica - Elvis Costello
Waiting Room - Fugazi
Return of the Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons
The Road to Ensenada - Lyle Lovett
1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Richard Thompson

Groups or solo artists
Doc Watson
Bob Dylan
Grateful Dead
Richard Thompson
Allman Brothers
Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers
Steve Earle
Townes van Zandt
Bruce Springsteen
The Pogues

Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan
Graceland - Paul Simon
London Calling - The Clash
Live as I’ll Ever Be - Chris Smither
Rain Dogs - Tom Waits
Arkansas Traveler - Michelle Shocked
If I Should Fall From Grace With God - The Pogues
El Corazon - Steve Earle
Trouble No More - John Mellencamp
Red on Blonde - Tim O’Brien

The Beatles - Come Together
ZZ Top - Cheap Sunglasses
Frank Zappa - Don’t Eat The Yellow Snow
Max Webster and Rush - Battlescar
Sugarloaf - Green Eyed Lady
Styx - Medley: Put Me On / Mademoiselle
The Beach Boys - Surf’s Up, tied with Heroes And Villains
Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) (live Stockholm 1-09-69)
Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working
Led Zeppelin - Nobody’s Fault But Mine

The Beatles
The Kinks
The Guess Who
The Beach Boys
Jimi Hendrix
Led Zeppelin
Muddy Waters
ZZ Top
Frank Zappa
Dave Edmunds

Perfect Albums:
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Paul McCartney - Flowers In The Dirt
Max Webster - High Class In Borrowed Shoes
The Guess Who - So Long Bannatyne
Tom Waits - Nighthawks At The Diner
Dave Edmunds - Rockpile
Deaf School - Second Honeymoon
REM - Fables Of The Reconstruction
Brian Wilson - Smile
King Crimson - Discipline

ask me tomorrow and most of them will be different…

Quite a bit of overlap between the three.


  1. U2
  2. Pink Floyd
  3. Green Day
  4. The Who
  5. Queen
  6. REM
  7. Ten Mile Tide
  8. Tenacious D
  9. Oasis
  10. The Killers (They’d be higher if they had more albums out)


  1. The Joshua Tree U2
  2. The Wall Pink Floyd
  3. All That You Can’t Leave Behind U2
  4. Achtung Baby U2
  5. Tenacious D Tenacious D
  6. Automatic for the People REM
  7. Bullet in a Bible Green Day
  8. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory Oasis
  9. 40 Licks The Rolling Stones
  10. The Unforgettable Fire U2


  1. Running to Stand Still U2
  2. Won’t Get Fooled Again The Who
  3. One U2
  4. All These Things That I’ve Done The Killers
  5. Kite U2
  6. Karate Tenacious D
  7. Everybody Hurts REM
  8. Nightswimming REM
  9. Baba O’Riley (Teenage Wasteland) The Who
  10. Go West Pet Shop Boys

Off the top of my head, in no particular order:


  1. Poe
  2. Aimee Mann
  3. Radiohead
  4. Tenacious D
  5. Ween
  6. Stevie Wonder
  7. The Cure
  8. Annie Lennox
  9. Fleetwood Mac
  10. Sublime


  1. Haunted Poe
  2. Rumours Fleetwood Mac
  3. Lost In Space Aimee Mann
  4. OK Computer Radiohead
  5. Disintegration The Cure
  6. The Mollusk Ween
  7. Innervisions Stevie Wonder
  8. The Top The Cure
  9. Live at Folsom Prison Johnny Cash
  10. Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac


  1. Amazed Poe
  2. Subterranean Homesick Alien Radiohead
  3. Primitive Annie Lennox
  4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps The Beatles
  5. Gold Dust Woman Fleetwood Mac
  6. Candlebright Stevie Nicks
  7. Untitled The Cure
  8. Cry to Me Otis Redding
  9. Mutilated Lips Ween
  10. Chica Mi Tipo Sublime

I’ll have to come back for the other two topics, but since I’ve been doing Top Ten Songs in my head recently, here’s that. If you think of “I Wish I Knew” as a Nina Simone song, this would pretty much be my Top Ten artists anyway. When I do these lists, I always limit myself to one song per artist to make it more interesting.

I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free (Billy Taylor/Dick Dallas)
Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
Moanin’ at Midnight (Howlin’ Wolf)
Catfish Blues (Muddy Waters)
Clair de Lune (Debussy)
Redemption Song (Bob Marley)
The Bends (Radiohead)
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan)
Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I) (Ray Charles)
This Sky (Derek Trucks Band)

Led Zeppelin
Bad Company
Pink Floyd
Deep Purple
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Alice In Chains

Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin
Comes Alive, Peter Frampton
Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
Back In Black, AC/DC
One More From The Road, Lynyrd Skynyrd
Nevermind, Nirvana
Breakfast In America, Supertramp
Van Halen, Van Halen
Made In Japan, Deep Purple
Live At Budokan, Cheap Trick

Do You Feel Like We Do, Peter Frampton
Smoke On The Water, Deep Purple
Green Grass and High Tides, The Outlaws
Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin
Money, Pink Floyd
Soul Stripper, AC/DC
Radar Love, Golden Earring
Freebird, Lynyrd Skynyrd
I Don’t Believe In Love, Queensryche
You Could Be Mine, Guns & Roses

Groups (which I choose to interpret as excluding solo artists, to make things easier)
The Beach Boys
The Beatles
Daniel Amos
The Kinks
Lost Dogs
The Moody Blues
Something Fierce
They Might Be Giants
Trip Shakespeare

Albums (limited to no more than one per group)
Adam Again: Dig
The Beatles: Abbey Road
David Bowie: The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars
Daniel Amos: Motor Cycle
The Kinks: The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
Madness: Keep Moving
Sam Phillips: Martinis and Bikinis
The Swirling Eddies: Outdoor Elvis
Trip Shakespeare: Lulu
Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life

Songs - I wouldn’t know where to begin. And these two lists could be radically different if I gave myself 10 more minutes to think them over…

groups/artists: (I’m assuming solo acts are OK…)
King Crimson
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Mike Keneally and Beer For Dolphins
Genesis (pre-1977)
Adrian Belew
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (back on tour next month!!!)
Jean-Luc Ponty
The Beatles
Jethro Tull
Chick Corea and Return to Forever

The Universe Will Provide, Mike Keneally and the Metropole Orkest
Absent Lovers, King Crimson
Ommadawn, Mike Oldfield
Starless and Bible Black, King Crimson
One Size Fits All, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
Roxy and Elsewhere, Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention
The Beatles (White Album), The Beatles
Brain Salad Surgery, Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Time Out, Dave Brubeck Quartet
Dancing, Mike Keneally and Beer for Dolphins
Fracture, King Crimson
Starless, King Crimson
Echidna’s Arf/Don’t You Ever Wash That Thing, Frank Zappa / Mothers
Ommadawn Part 1, Mike Oldfield
Supper’s Ready, Genesis
Sartori in Tangier. King Crimson
The Return of the Giant Hogweed, Genesis
Aquatarkus (live version), Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Waka/Jawaka, Frank Zappa / Mothers
Four Slices of Toast, Mike Keneally and the Metropole Orkest

Moving thread from IMHO to Cafe Society.

There are too many for me to make a definitive list, but here is what is coming to me right now (all in no particular order) …


  1. VNV Nation Beloved
  2. Depeche Mode Enjoy the Silence
  3. Mesh I can’t imagine how it hurts
  4. Anything Box An Ending
  5. Death Cab for Cutie Passenger Seat
  6. The Cure Just Like Heaven
  7. Depeche Mode One Caress
  8. Dead Can Dance Yulunga (Spirit Dance)
  9. REM Nightswimming
  10. The Echoing Green December


  1. Depeche Mode Black Celebration
  2. Depeche Mode Violator
  3. Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
  4. Dead Can Dance Toward the Within
  5. The Cure Disintegration
  6. Anything Box Worth
  7. Death Cab for Cutie Transatlanticism
  8. Chris Isaak Forever Blue
  9. Mesh Who Watches Over Me?
  10. Iris Awakening


  1. Depeche Mode
  2. Dead Can Dance
  3. Anything Box
  4. Death Cab For Cutie
  5. Nine Inch Nails
  6. The Echoing Green
  7. Mesh
  8. VNV Nation
  9. Tool
  10. Erasure

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel
Surfer Rosa - The Pixies
Oddesey & Oracle - The Zombies
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco
Kill the Moonlight - Spoon
Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
Illinois - Sufjan Stevens
Freewheelin’ - Bob Dylan
London Calling - The Clash
Village Green Preservation Society* - The Kinks

The Beatles
Bob Dylan
The Kinks
The Zombies
The White Stripes
Sufjan Stevens
Mission of Burma
The Clash

Songs are too hard to figure out. My favorites at the moment are The Sporting Life by The Decemberists and about half of Wold Parade’s album Apologies to the Queen Mary.

*This album was one of many by the Kinks that were recommended to me in a thread on the Dope. I am aboslutely in love with Village Green Preservation Society, and they have other amazing albums as well, so thanks to you all.

I don’t have time to do this right. Just assume that my list would be similar to the other Zeppelin / Allman Brothers / Pink Floyd lists but heavier on the Santana (especially Lotus).
Some names off the top of my head that would have to be considered:
Return To Forever (Romantic Warrior or Where Have I Known You Before)
moe. (no doy)
Jeff Beck (Blow By Blow)
Ted Nugent (Ted Nugent) and Lou Reed (Rock And Roll Animal) even though I don’t really like much else by either of them.
Screaming Cheetah Wheelies (Magnolia)
Gov’t Mule
Derek Trucks Band (just bought Songlines today and it already has to be considered)
Widespread Panic (Bombs And Butterflies or Space Wrangler)
Tommy Bolin (Teaser)
See, no way I can do this justice when I should be doing something else, anyway.
And I’ll think of ten more as soon as I post. Enough.)

It’s hard to chose - but (in no particular order):

1 No Sugar Tonight/New Mother Nature
2 Undun
3 Ballroom Blitz
4 Big Man On Mulberry Street
5 Theme from Casino Royale
6 Rhythm Of Life (from Sweet Charity)
7 Birdland
8 Grapefruit Diet
9 Highway 61 Revisited
10 Happy Feet
1 The Beatles
2 Santana
3 Manhattan Transfer
4 Moody Blues
5 The Guess Who
6 The Monkees
7 Bette Midler
8 Billy Joel
9 Glenn Miller
10 Uncle Bonsai
1 Abbey Road
2 Time And Tide
3 Company
4 There Goes Rhymin’ Simon
5 Stranger
6 Flood
7 Apology
8 Dare To Be Stupid
9 Brasil
10 The Mason Williams Phonograph Record


  1. Statesboro Blues
  2. Rosalita
  3. They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  4. Anything Goes
  5. Hey Jude
  6. Sympathy for the Devil
  7. Guitar and Pen
  8. My Pink Half of the Drainpipe
  9. Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
  10. Shine On You Crazy Diamond


  1. The Beatles
  2. The Bonzo Dog Band
  3. The Allman Brothers Band
  4. Pink Floyd
  5. The Who
  6. Traffic
  7. Soft Machine
  8. Lyle Lovett
  9. The Band
  10. Procul Harum


  1. Allman Brothers Live at Fillmore East
  2. The Who Live at Leeds
  3. Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die
  4. Lambert, Hendrix, and Ross – Everybody’s Boppin
  5. Abbey Road
  6. Lyle Lovett – Live in Texas
  7. Procol Harum (their first album)
  8. Led Zeppelin I
  9. Chicago Original Broadway Cast Album
  10. Soft Machine – Third.


  1. The Divine Comedy - Tonight We Fly
  2. Husker Du - Celebrated Summer
  3. The Replacements - Unsatisfied
  4. The Clash - Complete Control
  5. Gang Of Four - Natural’s Not In It
  6. Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians - Airscape
  7. The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
  8. XTC - Mayor Of Simpleton
  9. R.E.M. - Perfect Circle
  10. The Beatles - Tomorrow Never Knows


  1. Husker Du
  2. The Beatles
  3. The Clash
  4. The Replacements
  5. Robyn Hitchcock
  6. Prince
  7. Ramones
  8. XTC
  9. Otis Redding
  10. Sleater-Kinney


  1. Husker Du - New Day Rising
  2. The Clash - The Clash
  3. The Beatles - Revolver
  4. Gang Of Four - Entertainment!
  5. The Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
  6. Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
  7. Belle & Sebastian - If You’re Feeling Sinister
  8. The Replacements - Let It Be
  9. New Order - Substance
  10. R.E.M. - Murmur

Okay, back at it now…

Bob Marley
Nina Simone
Derek Trucks Band
Howlin’ Wolf
Stevie Wonder
Tori Amos
The Beastie Boys
Jimi Hendrix
Carlos Santana

Allman Brothers Band - At Fillmore East
Howlin’ Wolf- His Best
Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
The Beatles - Abbey Road
Radiohead - OK Computer
R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Live at the Roxy
Los Lobos - Colossal Head
Derek Trucks Band - At Georgia Theatre [my copy of Songlines came in the mail today, and I thought the same thing DfrntBreign did - I’m sure if we did this thread in a month or two, it’d make my Top Ten. I’ve already got a song from the album on my list.]
Santana - Santana

In no particular order; and as always, subject to change due to mood, whim, planetary alignment or simply remembering something better:


  1. Orion - Metallica
  2. Face to Face - Sevendust
  3. Will You Smile Again? - …and You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
  4. Don’t Let Me Die Nervous - Califone
  5. Weary Memory - Iron and Wine
  6. 3 Days - Jane’s Addiction
  7. Aenima - Tool
  8. 3 Libras - A Perfect Circle
  9. Not An Addict - K’s Choice
  10. Gravity Rides Everything - Modest Mouse


  1. Sigur Ros
  2. Modest Mouse
  3. TV On the Radio
  4. Built to Spill
  5. Sevendust
  6. Soul Coughing
  7. Iron and Wine
  8. Nine Inch Nails
  9. Songs: Ohia
  10. Autechre

Perfect Albums

  1. This is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About - Modest Mouse
  2. The Real Thing - Faith No More
  3. Among the Living - Anthrax
  4. Stay Hungry - Twisted Sister
  5. The Moon and Antarctica - Modest Mouse
  6. The Lonesome Crowded West - Modest Mouse
  7. Aenima - Tool
  8. The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
  9. A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay
  10. Antichrist Superstar - Marilyn Manson
    And oh so many more…

Like everyone else’s, this list would change with each typing.

1 Songs for Swingin Lovers- Sinatra
2 Pet Sounds- Beach Boys
3 Crooked Rain Crooked Rain- Pavement
4 Surfer Rosa/ Come On Pilgrim- Pixies
5 Exile On Main Street- Rolling Stones
6 Exile in Guyville- Liz Phair
7 New York- Lou Reed
8 London Calling- The Clash
9 Paul’s Boutique- Beastie Boys
10 My Aim is True- Elvis Costello

1 Sing Sing Sing- Benny Goodman
2 Summer Babe- Pavement
3 Been Caught Stealin’- Jane’s Addiction
4 Shake Rattle and Roll- Bill Haley and his Comets
5 If You Want Blood- AC/DC
6 Peggy Sue- Buddy Holly
7 You Make Me Feel So Young- Frank Sinatra
8 Head On- Pixies (cover of Jesus and Mary Chain)
9 Heart Shaped Box- Nirvana
10 Billie Jean- Micheal Jackson

1 Pavement
2 Pixies
3 Beastie Boys
4 Frank Sinatra
5 Elvis Costello
6 Johnny Cash
7 Beach Boys
8 Pogues
9 Tragically Hip
10 Elvis

The following lists were put together off the top of my head in about fifteen minutes while watching Law & Order. They will change as soon as I turn on the radio and think “ARGH! How could I hve forgotten **that **one?!?”

Pink Floyd
Led Zeppelin
The Grateful Dead
Bob Marley
Bruce Springsteen
Tom Petty
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Paul Simon (with or without Art Garfunkel)
The Beatles

Dark Side if the Moon - Pink Floyd
Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
War - U2
Back in Black - AC/DC
Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Revolver - The Beatles
American Beauty - The Grateful Dead
Pyromania - Def Leppard
Who’s Next - The Who
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
Fearless - Pink Floyd
Landslide - Fleetwood Mac
Back in the Saddle - Aerosmith
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Ripple - The Grateful Dead
Bell Bottom Blues - Derek and the Dominoes
Thunder Road - Brice Springsteen
Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan
War Pigs - Black Sabbath