List Your Top 20 Albums, Of All Time, By 20 Different Artists

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by JFSebastion, Feb 13, 2018.

  1. JFSebastion

    JFSebastion Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Maricopa Arizona
    We have all seen lists of everyone's favorite albums before. It's fun to do. However I thought a twist to this kind of listing. Only one album per band or artist. Why? Well for one it broadens the list allowing more artists to be on the list. I mean, I could put up a list that would have 5 Beatles albums, 3 Who albums etc...and the list although true to each one's heart. It doesn't allow for a better mix of artists. I will give you my list and you will see all of mine are Rock albums, but because I am limited to one per artist, there are some surprises. I did allow that if an artist was in a band, but released a solo album that both of those would not hurt variety of the list itself. I think however if a band, let's say AC/DC has two different lead singers, it is still AC/DC and thus shouldn't be allowed. It can also be any genre of music. The lists should prove interesting and give insight into what music compels us, challenges us, and gets our motor running. Have some fun.
    1. The Beatles : Abbey Road
    2. The Who: Who's Next
    3. Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde
    4. George Harrison: All Things Must Pass
    5. Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
    6. S.T.P.: Purple
    7. The Cars: (self titled debut)
    8. R.E.M.: Murmur
    9. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedos
    10. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
    11. Dire Straits: (self titled debut)
    12. David Bowie: Heathens
    13. Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers
    14. Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced (U.S. version)
    15. Led Zeppelin: II
    16. Peter Gabriel: So
    17. Screaming Trees: Sweet Oblivion
    18. Fleetwood Mac: Then Play On (U.S. version)
    19. Talking Heads: Fear of Music
    20. Soundgarden: Super Unknown

    LEONPROFF Forum Resident

    U2 - Joshua Tree
    Metallica - Ride The Lightning
    Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
    Pat Benatar - Wide Awake in Dreamland
    Pete Townsend - Empty Glass
    Pink Floyd - The Wall
    Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
    Annie Lennox - Diva
    Def Leppard - Hysteria
    Cars - I
    Led Zeppelin - IV
    Black Sabbath - Heaven and Hell
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    GTR - GTR
    Journey - Frontiers
    Dream Theater - Systematic Chaos
    The Who - Who’s Next
    AlisonKrauss - New Favorite
    Supertramp - Breakfast In America
    Van Halen - I
  3. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Great to see some puff for GTR. Thought it was only me & Steve Hackett's mum that liked it!

    LEONPROFF Forum Resident

    Bought it for “When the heart Ruled The Mind” and liked every other song just as much. Lucky to see them in concert which was one of the best two or three shows I ever saw.
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  5. Isaac McHelicopter

    Isaac McHelicopter Forum Resident

    Cumbria, UK
    Today's choice:

    HQ - Roy Harper
    Rock Bottom - Robert Wyatt
    Performance: Rockin' the Fillmore - Humble Pie
    It’s Too Late to Stop Now - Van Morrison
    Dalek I - Compass Kumpass
    Jack Bruce - Jet Set Jewel
    Led Zeppelin - Live on Blueberry Hill
    Herbert Von Karajan - Mahler Symphony No. 9
    Love - Forever Changes
    Procol Harum - Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
    Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow
    David Bowie - Low
    Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate
    The Enid - Six Pieces
    ELP - Pictures at an Exhibition
    Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
    Stanley Clarke - Journey to Love
    Jan Hammer - The First Seven Days
    Jerry Reed Smith - The Strayaway Child
    Never Never Band - Live at the Horn of Plenty

    (It will be different tomorrow!)
  6. john lennonist

    john lennonist There ONCE was a NOTE, PURE and EASY...

    #1: BEATLES: “The White Album”

    #2: THE WHO: “Who’s Next”


    ERIC CLAPTON: “461 Ocean Blvd.”

    ELVIS COSTELLO: “This Year’s Model”

    DEREK & THE DOMINOS: “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs”

    THE DOORS: “Strange Days” (“The Doors” gives it a run for its money, as does “L.A. Woman”)

    BOB DYLAN: “Blonde on Blonde” (“Blood on the Tracks” gives it a run for its money, as does “Bringing It All Back Home”)

    ELASTICA: “Elastica”

    GRATEFUL DEAD: “American Beauty”

    JIMI HENDRIX: “Are You Experienced”

    JEFFERSON AIRPLANE: “Surrealistic Pillow”

    JETHRO TULL: “Benefit” (“Thick as a Brick” gives it a run for its money)

    THE KINKS: “Something Else by the Kinks”

    LED ZEPPELIN: “IV” (“Led Zep I” is right up there with it)

    JOHN LENNON: “Plastic Ono Band”

    NIRVANA: “Nevermind”

    PINK FLOYD: “The Dark Side of the Moon” (“Meddle” is pretty damn close)

    THE ROLLING STONES: “Sticky Fingers”

    SANTANA: “Abraxas”

    SOUNDTRACK: “Woodstock”


    NEIL YOUNG: “On the Beach”

    (and, though he was from an era and in a genre that never made albums, I’d add a good collection of singles I could compile of… HOWLIN’ WOLF)

  7. Tord

    Tord Forum Resident

    Kungsbacka, Sweden
    Frank Sinatra - Swing Easy (1954)
    The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
    Sergio Mendes ft. Antonio Carlos Jobim - The Swinger from Rio (1966)
    Julie London - Julie (1957)
    Dean Martin - Pretty Baby (1957)
    The Beach Boys - Smiley Smile (1967)
    Doris Day - Hooray for Hollywood Vol. 1 (1958)
    Astrud Gilberto - The Astrud Gilberto Album (1965)
    Brian Wilson Presents SMiLE (2004)
    Tamba 4 - We and the Sea (1968)
    Stan Getz & João Gilberto with Antonio Carlos Jobim - Getz/Gilberto (1963)
    Herbie Mann - At the Village Gate (1962)
    The Coasters - s/t (1957)
    Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim - Elis & Tom (1974)
    Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella and Louis (1956)
    Elvis Presley - s/t (1956)
    Count Basie & Joe Williams - The Greatest!! Count Basie Plays... Joe Williams Sings... (1956)
    Mel Tormé Loves Fred Astaire (1956)
    Harry Nilsson - Aerial Ballet (1968)
    Chuck Berry Is on Top (1959)
  8. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Steve Hackett has resurrected the song recently. There's a you tube clip from earlier in the year of him playing it with Steve Rothery also on guitar. It's a fine version.

    My apologies. I don't have the computer chops to link the clip!
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  9. Malc

    Malc Forum Resident

    Chelmsford, UK
    In no particular order, and probably missing out many artists who I've simply forgotten...

    BEACH BOYS Sunflower
    MONKEES Pisces Aquarius...
    ASSOCIATION Birthday
    10CC How Dare You
    MOODY BLUES To Our Children's CC..
    POCO Indian Summer
    EAGLES Desperado
    GENESIS Trick Of The Tail
    OSMONDS The Plan
    BREAD Baby I'm-A Want You
    ABBA The Visitors
    BYRDS Notorious Byrd Bros.
    DENNIS WILSON Pacific Ocean Blue
    AMERICA Homecoming
    CHICAGO Hot Streets (XII)
    MARIA McKEE Maria McKee (debut)
    FLEETWOOD MAC Tango In The Night
    LAKE Paradise Island
    CAMEL The Snow Goose
  10. OptimisticGoat

    OptimisticGoat Taking the Great Leap Forward

    Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
    Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
    Genesis - Genesis
    Toto- IV
    Boston - Third Stage
    Peter Gabriel - So
    Little Feat - The Last Record Album
    Cold Fact - Rodriguez
    Gold - Ryan Adams
    August and Everything After - Counting Crows.
    Mislplaced Childhood - Marillion
    Back in the High Life - Steve Winwood
    Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan
    Raised on Radio - Journey
    Late for the Sky - Jackson Browne
    Chicago Transit Authority - Chicago
    Sports - Huey Lewis and the News
    Scarecrow - John Mellencamp
    The Way It Is - Bruce Hornsby & The Range
    5150 - Van Halen
    Hotel California - The Eagles
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  11. a customer

    a customer Forum Resident

    Ill get back to my list later but for now
    Blind faith
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  12. Pier

    Pier Well-Known Member

    Fano - Italy
    Triage - David BAERWALD
    Magical Mistery Tour - BEATLES
    Boston - BOSTON
    Hunky Dory - David BOWIE
    In Rock - DEEP PURPLE
    The Captain and Me - DOOBIE BROTHERS
    Desperado - EAGLES
    Tumbleweed Collection - ELTON John
    Selling England by the Pound - GENESIS
    Three Friends - GENTLE GIANT
    Faith Hope & Love - KING'S X
    Roll'em Smoke'm Put Another Line Out - PATTO
    Power Windows - RUSH
    Worlds Apart - SAGA
    Breakfast in America - SUPERTRAMP
    The Seventh One - TOTO
    Who's Next - WHO
    Close to the Edge - YES
  13. tim_neely

    tim_neely Forum Hall Of Fame

    Central VA
    Alphabetically, because it's hard for me to rank 'em. (We just did a Top 10 list recently, and I intentionally did only one album per artist. I've copy/pasted that list and added 10 more.)

    Band on the Run, Paul McCartney & Wings
    Beauty and the Beat, Go-Go's
    Bee Gees' 1st, Bee Gees
    Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel
    The Cars, The Cars
    A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records (a.k.a. Phil Spector's Christmas Album and A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector), various artists
    Crowded House,
    Crowded House
    Frank Sinatra Sings for Only the Lonely, Frank Sinatra
    George Harrison, George Harrison
    Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
    John Lennon Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon
    Just the Beginning, Grace VanderWaal
    Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
    Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen
    Out of the Blue, Electric Light Orchestra
    Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
    Rubber Soul (US version), The Beatles
    Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
    Stardust, Willie Nelson
    Traveling Wilburys, Volume One, Traveling Wilburys
    Tusk, Fleetwood Mac
  14. The7thStranger

    The7thStranger Part of the Rhythm Nation

    An der Lahn...
    June Christy // Something Cool
    Queen // Queen II
    Janet Jackson // The Velvet Rope
    Buddy Holly and the Crickets // Buddy Holly
    Tele // Jedes Tier
    Frank Sinatra // Watertown
    Duran Duran // Rio
    Alanis Morissette // Jagged Little Pill
    Björk // Homogenic
    Yes // Drama
    10,000 Maniacs // Blind Man's Zoo
    The Doors // The Doors
    Billy Joel // Glass Houses
    Grace Jones // Living My Life
    Madonna // True Blue
    Tom Tom Club // Dark Sneak Love Action
    V V Brown // Samson & Delilah
    Mylène Farmer // Anamorphosée
    Joni Mitchell // Song to a Seagull
    Joe Jackson // Night and Day
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  15. danielbravo

    danielbravo Forum Resident

    Caracas. DC
    The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway Genesis
    London Calling The Clash (But I really like Sandinista too !)
    The Joshua Tree U2
    Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones
    Vol.4 Black Sabbath
    Machine Head Deep Purple
    Everydody Knows This Is Nowhere Neil Young
    Outlandos D'Amour The Police
    So Peter Gabriel
    Transformer Lou Reed
    Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd
    Deja Vu CSN&Y
    Van Halen Van Halen
    The Dream Of The Blue Turtles Sting
    Blow By Blow Jeff Beck
    The Doors The Doors
    Heroes David Bowie
    Songs For The Big Chair Tears For Fears
    Hero & Heroine Strawbs
    The Yes Album Yes
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  16. Ted Dinard

    Ted Dinard Forum Resident

    Boston suburb
    rock and roll only, chronological:

    Here's Little Richard
    Little Richard
    Blue Jean Bop Gene Vincent
    Bo Diddley Bo Diddley
    Live at the Star Club Jerry Lee Lewis
    Here are the Sonics The Sonics
    No Way Out The Chocolate Watch Band
    Fun House The Stooges
    Teenage Head Flamin' Groovies
    #1 Record Big Star
    The New York Dolls The New York Dolls
    Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era Various
    Ramones The Ramones
    L. A. M. F. Heartbreakers
    Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash, or Let It Be, or Tim, or Pleased to Meet Me The Replacements
    Double Nickels on the Dime Minutemen
    Flip Your Wig Hüsker Dü
    Surfer Rosa Pixies
    Guitar Romantic The Exploding Hearts
    Almost Killed Me The Hold Steady
    Blisters in the Pit of My Heart Martha
  17. Almost Simon

    Almost Simon Forum Resident

    George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
    Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard
    Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
    The Beatles - Abbey Road
    Pink Floyd - Dark side of the moon
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    Pixies - Doolittle
    U2 - The Joshua Tree
    Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
    Anthrax - For All Kings
    Black Crowes - Southern Harmony and Musical companion
    Stephen Stills - Manassas
    Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene
    Neil Young - On The Beach
    Air - Moon Safari
    Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
    Joni Mitchell - Hejira
    Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    Portishead - Dummy
    George Michael - Older

    Tempted to replace George Michael with Derek and the Domino's but that is effectively Clapton already mentioned and not trying to break the rules (for once!) I'll stick with this 20.
  18. Spinmeout

    Spinmeout Forum Resident

    Something for Kate - Elsewhere for 8 minutes
    Grinspoon - Guide to better living
    The Streets - A grand don't come for free
    Beastie Boys - In sound from way out
    Tumbleweed - Return to earth
    Primus - Antipop
    The Mark of Cain - Ill at ease
    The Soft Pack - The Soft Pack
    Miles Davis - Live evil
    Alice in chains - Jar of flies
    Fifty foot hose - Cauldron
    King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Microtonal flying banana
    Captain Beefheart - Strictly Personal
    Dom - Edge of time
    Messer chups - Spooky Hook
    Dzyan - Electric silence
    Mazzy Star - So tonight that i might see
    Lunar Dunes - From above
    Neil Young - Rust never sleeps
    Harry Nilsson - The Point
  19. Parachute Woman

    Parachute Woman Forum Resident

    There are actually some really interesting picks so far!

    01. Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St.
    02. Genesis: A Trick of the Tail
    03. Yes: Fragile
    04. Joni Mitchell: For the Roses
    05. Bob Dylan: The Times They Are A-Changin'
    06. Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (Melt)
    07. Kate Bush: Hounds of Love
    08. Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left
    09. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III
    10. Elton John: Madman Across the Water
    11. Steely Dan: Countdown to Ecstasy
    12. Eddie Vedder: Into the Wild
    13. Robert Plant: Now and Zen
    14. John Lennon: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
    15. Bjork: Vespertine
    16. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo's Factory
    17. Dan Fogelberg: Nether Lands
    18. Leonard Cohen: Songs of Leonard Cohen
    19. Fiona Apple: When the Pawn...
    20. Yoko Ono: Approximately Infinite Universe
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  20. gkella

    gkella Forum Resident

    Toronto, Canada
    Aqualung Jethro Tull
    Sgt Peppers The Beatles
    Blonde On Blonde Bob Dylan
    The rest in any order you please.....
    Allman Brothers Live At The Fillmore
    Layla Derek and The Dominos
    Rides Again James Gang
    Hand Cannot Erase Steven Wilson
    Parachute The Pretty Things
    Astral Weeks Van Morrison
    Beggars Banquet Rolling Stones
    Electric Ladyland Jimi Hendrix
    The Band The Band
    For Everyman Jackson Browne
    Truth Jeff Beck
    Roger The Engineer The Yardbirds
    American Beauty Grateful Dead
    Surrealistuc Pillow Jefferson Airplane
    Led Zeppelin One Led Zeppelin
    Barnstorm Joe Walsh
    Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus Spirit
  21. chrisblower

    chrisblower Forum Resident

    An alternative list

    Here's 20 greats I don't own but admire and with infinite pocket money ...

    Songs In the Key of Life;
    Crime of the Century - Supertramp;
    Kiss and Tell - Martin Taylor;
    Sleepwalker - Kinks;
    I Spider - Web;
    Fairfield Parlour;
    The Impossible Gentlemen;
    Mammal Hands;
    Waiting for Columbus - Little Feat;
    One of a Kind - Bruford;
    Smile - Laura Nyro;
    Handful of Earth - Dick Gaughan;
    We are ever so clean - Blossom Toes;
    What Color is love - Terry Callier;
    Home free - Dab Folgelberg;
    Manfred Mann Chapter 111 Vol1;
    Sgt Pepper - Andy Timmons;
    In and Out of Focus - Focus;
    Club Da Esquina - Milton Nascimento;
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  22. AGimS

    AGimS Forum Resident

    Oslo, Norway
    Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
    The Band - s/t
    Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    Paul Simon - There Goes Rhymin' Simon
    Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
    Joni Mitchell - Heijra
    Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    The Beatles - Abbey Road
    David Bowie - Low
    Steely Dan - The Royal Scam
    Lucinda Williams - Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
    Cat Stevens - Teaser And The Firecat
    Yes - The Yes Album
    Warren Zewon - Excitable Boy
    Elvis Presley - Elvis Is Back
    Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
    Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
    Kate Bush - Never For Ever
    Dire Straits - s/t
  23. scompton

    scompton Forum Resident

    Arlington, VA
    Frank Zappa - The Grand Wazoo (1973)
    Steve Tibbets - YR (1980)
    Pierre Moerlen's Gong - Gazeuze (1976)
    John Zorn - O'o (2009)
    Zero 7 - Simple Things (2001)
    Céu - Céu (2005)
    Colin Stetson - New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges (2011)
    Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light, Vol. 1 (2011)
    Portishead - Dummy (1994)
    Ekova - Heaven's Dust (1998)
    Massive Attack - Mezanine (1998)
    Paul Jacobs - Debussy: Image & Estampes (1979)
    Archipelago - Archipelago (2001)
    Neneh Cherry & The Thing - The Cherry Thing (2012)
    Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree (2008)
    Mike Oldfield - Incantations (1978)
    Kate Bush - The Dreaming (1982)
    Jimi Hendrix - Axis: Bold as Love (1967)
    Leo Kottke - 6 and 12 String Guitars (1971)
    Morphine - Cure for Pain (1993)
  24. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    Oradell NJ
    I’m sure this will change tomorrow but right now:

    1-Traffic; Traffic
    2-The Byrds-Younger than Yesterday
    3-The Beatles-Revolver
    4-Love-Forever Changes
    5-Moby Grape-Moby Grape
    6-Jimi Hendrix-Electric Ladyland
    7-Fairport Convention-Unhalfbricking
    8-The Band-Live at the Academy of Music
    9-Steely Dan-Pretzel Logic
    10-R.E.M.-Life’s Rich Pageant
    11-Pink Floyd-Piper at the Gates of Dawn
    12-Miles Davis-Kind of Blue
    13-John Coltrane-A Love Supreme
    14-Spirit-12 Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
    15-Pretty Things –SF Sorrow
    16-Zombies –Odessey & Oracle
    17-Gram Parsons-Return of the Grevious Angel
    18-Beach Boys-Pet Sounds
    19-The Who-Live at Leeds
    20-Ben Folds Five-1st
  25. villiers terrace

    villiers terrace Forum Resident

    The Doors - The Doors
    The Beatles - Revolver
    David Bowie - Station To Station
    Echo & The Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here
    Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
    The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
    Kraftwerk - Trans Europe Express
    The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico
    Wings - Band On The Run
    Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See

    Wah! - Nah=Poo: The Art Of Bluff
    The Smiths - The Smiths
    Portishead - Dummy
    Small Faces - There Are But Four Small Faces
    Scott Walker - Scott IV
    Roxy Music - Roxy Music
    Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X
    Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
    U2 - Boy
    The La’s - The La’s

    I think we should have a ‘self titled’ list next ;)

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