Your Personal Top 100 Albums of All Time ?

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  1. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Planet Earth
    I can't post 100 albums but my Top Twenty at the moment - one album per act:

    Kate Bush: "The Dreaming"
    Neu!: "Neu!"
    Ramones: "Ramones"
    Kraftwerk: "Die Mensch Maschine"
    Roxy Music: "Country Life"
    Bowie: "Low"
    The Velvet Underground: "The Velvet Underground"
    My Bloody Valentine: "Loveless"
    The Afghan Whigs: "Black Love"
    Suede: "Dog Man Star"

    The Rolling Stones: "Exile On Main Str."
    The Stooges: "Fun House"
    Cocteau Twins: "Heaven Or Las Vegas"
    The Sisters Of Mercy: "First & Last & Always"
    Tangerine Dream: "Atem"
    Harmonia: "Deluxe"
    Motörhead: "Overkill"
    Nico: "The Marble Index"
    Siouxsie & The Banshees: "Tinderbox"
    The Kinks: "Muswell Hillbillies"

    I could go on..... :whistle:
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  2. Fred1

    Fred1 Forum Resident

    Way too busy for coming up with a Personal Top 100 Album list right now. :)

    However one comes quickly to my mind:

    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Into The Great Wide Open

    Thanks Tom, thanks Jeff!
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  3. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Planet Earth
    Another album that has recently entered my Top 100 is UFOs "Lights Out". For the life of me I don't get how this 1978 album continues to be so overlooked.

    It's extremely energetic, supremely well produced, as fresh as fresh raspberries and I probably don't need to tell you that it has some really solid guitar playing. :whistle:

    The whole thing is a fascinating missing link between 70's heavy rock and 80's metal, some of Mogg's lyrics and vocal delivery are genuinely angry and the title track has to be a comment on then new musical trends. The thing is: In form like that, UFO didn't need to fear anyone or anything. They totally don't sound like a band that was formed in 1969 and is now trying to come to terms with the Sex Pistols. This is a full on assault and act of defiance and one of the ten most energetic albums made by a 60's band during the late 70's.

    In fact this album points the way forward by combining 70's rock with punky energy.

    In short: Whoever has never heard "Lights Out" should know what to do.
  4. Roger Thornhill

    Roger Thornhill Forum Resident

    Ilford, Essex, UK
    I had a go at getting to a top 100 a few years ago and wasn't surprised by the fact that 52/100 came from the 1970s but was a bit dismayed that I didn't have anything from 2000 onwards. Could that be right - that for all of the albums that I've listened to in the past 20 years, none of them made my favourites?

    Anyway, two years ago I started to have another go including the many albums I'd bought since. I've got it down to 220 of which exactly 100 come from the 70s but I do have 20 that date from 2000 or later.

    Does anyone else find that - that their list is dominated by the decade they first began listening and buying?

    And how do I judge rock vs jazz vs reggae vs soul vs classical etc?

    Edit - just found that I started to do another one...but the first pass gave me 541...a long way to go I think.
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  5. sunking101

    sunking101 Forum Resident

    Yorkshire, England
    The older I get tbe harder it is to compile 'Top 10s' and the like but a Top 100 would be a much simpler, if laborious task. Trouble is, who would want to read it?:D
  6. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Yes, and "Force It" is another good one. However, UFO is best live. If you listen to "Strangers In The Night", you will never go back
    to their studio albums, they sound thin comparatively (imo).
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  7. pig bodine

    pig bodine God’s Consolation Prize

    Syracuse, NY USA
    I could do it, but since there’d only be around 5 rock albums on it, and it wouldn’t include Who’s Next or anything by the Beatles, nobody would care.
  8. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    I read "Top 100" (or "Top whatever") lists to see if there are any listed that are unusual, and may peak my interest. Ideas can be a good thing.
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  9. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    Lets hear your picks! You don't HAVE to have "100". I only listed 1. :laugh::sigh:
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  10. Fred1

    Fred1 Forum Resident

    UFO were at their best with guitarist extraordinaire Michael Schenker.
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  11. mark winstanley

    mark winstanley Certified dinosaur, who likes physical product

    I have been thinking about this in the back of my mind.... reading people's posts, and thinking a bit more....

    I could only approach this alphabetically, it would be completely impossible to put the albums in some kind of order for me...

    The other thing that strikes me, obviously purely from my perspective, is I don't think my "Top Albums Of All Time" list would be 100 albums.. it would likely be many more, because of all the variables involved in such a task...

    Anyway, I'm still going to give it a go, but I may slip outside the guidelines a bit... or I may just end up being overwhelmed at the prospect and fail to launch lol
  12. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Planet Earth
    This album is actually from 1977!
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  13. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    Planet Earth
    "Strangers In The Night" is a fantastic live album but for me it can't replace the magic of "Phenomenon" or "Lights Out". Apples/ Oranges you know. :cheers:
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  14. t213

    t213 Forum Resident


    Joy Division-Closer
    Listened to this a lot over many years..
  15. t213

    t213 Forum Resident

    Nicest looking post of the group-I would include these on my list too.
  16. dalecooper

    dalecooper Forum Resident

    Athens, GA
    Thinking about doing this just for fun. I always thought of your-favorite-whatever threads on forums as a bit of a circle jerk--everyone's having fun but there's no interaction going on. But a couple of counter-arguments here have me thinking differently. I'm especially swayed by the idea that lists like these can be helpful to others, like, "Hey, this guy likes fifty albums that I like--now about these other fifty I've never heard..."

    Will report back.
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  17. TheSeldomSeenKid

    TheSeldomSeenKid Forum Resident

    Here is my attempt for my Favorite Top 100 List(probably forgetting a Few Albums, and really could have considered another 50 Albums as ones to potentially make my Top 100, as I own a lot of Albums, mostly on CDs, and love most of Collection):

    1. OK Computer(by far my All Time Favorite Album, as bought the CD on release date(US) on July 1, 1997 at the Best Buy in Mission Viejo, CA. I played it at least 5 days per week for the next 6 months, yet would never get tired of hearing it. It took a few weeks to reveal it’s layers over multiple listens, like is the case for several other Great Albums, My Favorite Song on this Album would change every week that year. 1997 ended with Radiohead playing the MTV At the Ten Spot, which culminated my fandom for OK Computer, and that concert included several Songs from The Bends(their prior Album).

    The remaining selections are not in any particular order(I am just making a line break, so will be easier for me to count my total numbers). I noticed a lack of FUNK and R & B Albums(except for a few of the typical popular ones I have seen mentioned on this Forum) on lists here mentioned prior to my post, so will rectify that problem for the Rawk Fans.

    Songs in the Key of Life-Stevie Wonder
    Dog Man Star-Suede
    Self Titled-The Doors
    For Your Pleasure-Roxy Music
    The Colour of Spring-Talk Talk
    The Holy Bible-The Manic Street Preachers
    Self Titled-The Cars
    Stone Jam-Slave
    The Name of This Band is Talking Heads-Talking Heads

    Quadrophenia-The Who
    Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space-Spiritualized
    Gratitude-Earth, Wind & Fire
    Signify-Porcupine Tree
    Ocean Rain-Echo and the Bunnymen
    Rumours-Fleetwood Mac
    The Last Broadcast-Doves
    3(Melt)-Peter Gabriel
    Origin of Symmetry-MUSE
    Disintegration-The CURE

    Candy-O-The Cars
    The Seldom Seen Kid-Elbow
    III-The Gap Band
    Live in Australia-Elton John
    To The Bone-Steven Wilson
    Station to Station-David Bowie
    Strange Days-The Doors
    Bitches Brew-Miles Davis
    Real Life-Magazine
    Blaze of Glory-Joe Jackson

    Blood Sugar Sex Magik-Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Self Titled-Broken Bells
    The Queen is Dead-The Smiths
    Back on the Block-Quincy Jones
    The Downward Spiral-NIN
    Self Titled-The Velvet Underground
    Zenyatta Mondatta-The Police
    Grace-Jeff Buckley
    Spirit of Eden-Talk Talk

    Passion(Soundtrack)-Peter Gabriel
    The Bends-Radiohead
    Light Up the Night-The Brothers Johnson
    Self Titled-Suede
    Who’s Next-The Who
    The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society-The Kinks
    Moving Pictures-RUSH
    Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me-The Cure
    Night and Day-Joe Jackson

    Scary Monsters and Super Creeps-David Bowie
    In Rainbows-Radiohead
    Gentlemen-The Afghan Whigs
    Stranded-Roxy Music
    Ghosts in the Machine-The Police
    Attack of the Grey Lantern-Mansun
    Self Titled-Elton John
    Waiting for the Sun-The Doors

    Innervisions-Stevie Wonder
    The Hounds of Love-Kate Bush
    Low-David Bowie
    Let It Come Down-Spiritualized
    Halcyon Digest-Deerhunter
    Hand Cannot Erase-Steven Wilson
    Siamese Dream-Smashing Pumpkins
    Animals-Pink Floyd
    Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus-Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
    Kiss in the Dreamhouse-Siouxsie and the Banshees

    Parallel Lines-Blondie
    The Greatest Show on Earth-Airbag
    Guardian of the Light-George Duke
    The Correct Use of Soap-Magazine
    London Calling-The Clash
    4(Security)-Peter Gabriel
    Songs From the Big Chair-Tears For Fears
    Black Holes and Revelations-MUSE
    Big World-Joe Jackson

    Pornography-The CURE
    In a Silent Way-Miles Davis
    Remain In Light-Talking Heads
    That’s The Way of the World-Earth, Wind & Fire
    UP-Peter Gabriel
    Modern Life is Rubbish-BLUR
    Lonerism-Tame Impala
    New Gold Dream-Simple Minds
    Self Titled-The B52s
    Self Titled-Fleetwood Mac

    The Good, The Bad and The Ugly(Soundtrack)-Ennio Morricone
    Lost Souls-Doves
    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway-Genesis
    Rio-Duran Duran
    Self Titled-Roxy Music
    Now Here is Nowhere-The Secret Machines
    Starfish-The Church
    Knights of the Sound Table-Cameo
    SO-Peter Gabriel
    After Bathing at Baxters-Jefferson Airplane

    This was difficult, as can think of the next 15 Albums(Let’s Call these Bonus Picks), which could have made my Top 100 including:

    Sweet Heart, Sweet Light-Spiritualized
    Night Thoughts-Suede
    Born to Run-Bruce Springsteen
    Country Life-Roxy Music
    Viva!(Live)-Roxy Music
    Madman Across the Water-Elton John
    Captain Fantastic-Elton John
    Dreamboat Annie-Heart
    Love Over Gold-Dire Straits
    The Dreaming-Kate Bush
    Z-My Morning Jacket
    Panorama-The Cars
    Faces-Earth, Wind & Fire
  18. dance_hall_keeper

    dance_hall_keeper Forum Resident

    Let’s not drag him into this.
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  19. Kowalski

    Kowalski Forum Resident Thread Starter

    No matter what obstacles you face nothing is impossible .:D
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  20. Jana L

    Jana L Well-Known Member

    Kansas City
    What I like about this “exercise” is that I see stuff on other people’s lists that I may have forgotten about, and think - “Wow, that really is a great album”. It’s a great memory jogger, and gets me to listen to music I haven’t heard in years. A lot of good musical taste on this board.
  21. Kowalski

    Kowalski Forum Resident Thread Starter

    A very good idea , thank you very much , I see a lot of excellent albums there : The Beatles , Bob Dylan , Bruce Springsteen , K D Lang , The Who , Tom Waits .:righton:
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  22. dover1968

    dover1968 Forum Resident

    John Hicks "Something to live for " John Hicks plays the music of Billy Strayhorn.
    Dire Straits Brothers in Arms.
    U2 joshua tree
    Mark Knopfler shangri la
    Steve wynn here come the miracles
    Most anything by Oscar Peterson, Kenny Baron or Mulgrew Miller
    Joseph Bonner Impressions of Copenhagen.
    Steely Dan countdown to ecstacy, Aja
    The Who quadrophenia
    The Band self titled 2nd album
    Interview big oceans
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  23. maui jim

    maui jim Forum Resident

    West of NYC
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  24. malco49

    malco49 Forum Resident

    no way i have it figured out to 100.
    i have had a top ten or so for a while.
    1.muswell hillbillies-the kinks
    2.chelsea girl-nico
    3.taking tiger mountain(by strategy)-brian eno
    4.after the gold rush-neil young
    5.rough mix-pete townshend/ronnie lane
    6.wrong way-up-brian eno/john cale
    7.neon golden-the notwist wheels on a gravel road-lucinda williams
    9.raw power-iggy and the stooges
    10.that's about it for my list. i tend to have favorite artists where i like the vast majority of their output ala lou reed or john cale , the kinks (up until 1976) tujiko noriko , califone , linton kwesi johnson and on and on. i also like a bit of jazz and contemporary classical music.
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  25. Kingsley Fats

    Kingsley Fats Forum Resident

    I wouldn't be able to put it in order & I would'nt be a able to narrow it down anywhere near 100 albums.
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