Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Kowalski, Aug 5, 2022.
Well, then I suggest giving yourself 150 slots. Make it your personal 150 top albums.
I've long said there are probably 200 albums in my top 100, but it looks like it is more like 350
Mendelssohn 3--Peter Maag, LSO
Dvorak 9--Istvan Kertesz, VPO
Borodin 2 and 3--Ernst Ansermet
Tchaikovsky 4-6--Yvgeny Mravinsky
Tchaikovsky Swan Lake--Seiji Ozawa Boston SO
Thanks. I made the list a couple years ago based on my favorite albums over the years, rather than trying to think of “best”. It isn’t a diverse list because it’s really just the people I like. Consequently, there are albums listed that wouldn’t be on anyone’s list. It started as a project for my son - basically telling him that these are my favorite albums.
Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, Reiner, Chicago SO
Dvorak 7-9, Constantin Silvestri
Led Zeppelin II
Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed
Cat Stevens, Teaser and the Firecat
Jake and the Family Jewels was reissued on CD by Big Pink Music !
For now my top 50 favourite albums of any genre of music, the ones I love the most !
1.Rubber Soul (1965) - The Beatles
Hounds Of Love” (1985) - Kate Bush
Purple Rain (1984) - Prince And The Revolution
A Rush Of Blood To The Head (2002) - Coldplay
Tango In The Night (1987) - Fleetwood Mac
Exile on Main Street (1972) - The Rolling Stones
IV (1971) - Led Zeppelin
Days Of Future Passed (1967) - The Moody Blues
What's Going On (1971) - Marvin Gaye
10.Blue (1971) – Joni Mitchell
Ok Computer (1997) - Radiohead
Achtung Baby (1991) - U2
Born To Run (1975) - Bruce Springsteen
Blue Lines(1991) - Massive Attack
Violator (1990) - Depeche Mode
The Beatles (The White Album) 1968 - The Beatles
Discovery (2001) - Daft Punk
Moon Safari (1997) - AIR
The Suburbs (2010) - Arcade Fire
20.Daiana (1980) - Daiana Ross
So (1986) - Peter Gabriel
Post (1995) - Bjork
Transformer (1972) - Lou Reed
Automatic For The Peolple (1992) - REM
Thriller (1982) - Michael Jackson
Back To Black (2006) - Amy Winehouse
Dare (1981) - The Human League
Ray Of Light (1998) - Madonna
The Best Of - Bob Dylan
30.The Best Of - Sly & The Family Affair
The Joshua Three (1987) - U2
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (1998) – Lauryn Hill
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972) - David Bowie
A Night at the Opera (1975) - Queen
White On Blond (1997) - Texas
News of the World (1977) - Queen
The Man Machine (1978) - Kraftwerk
This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours (1998) - Manic Street Preachers
The Man Who (1999) - Travis
40.Urban Hymns (1997) - The Verve
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) - Elton John
Different Class (1995) - Pulp
American Idiot (2004) - Green Day
The Doors (1967) - The Doors
Closer (1980) - Joy Division
Parallel Lines (1980) - Blondie
Superunknown (1994) - Soundgarden
Nevermind (1991) - Nirvana
Disintegratio (1989) - The Cure
50.Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me (1987) - The Cure
It just takes a little time..
There are a lot of great ''forgotten'' albums here, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Roger Waters , The Kinks : Ray and Dave — two extraordinary talents ! , Van Morrison.
Great list and variety of genres : The Beatles , Metallica, Pixies , Angelo Badalamenti , Boards of Canada , The Cure , Depeche Mode , Led Zeppelin , William Basinski , Nirvana , Kraftwerk !
Thanks a lot , great stuff !
I particularly appreciate the richness of genres .
Rush , Genesis , The Cure , Pink Floyd , The Beatles , Dawid Bowie , Depeche Mode , The Smiths, The Doors , Enya !
I really like FM’s Tango in the Night, but just could not find room for it, although would be on my list of Top 200. Same for Different Class & Urban Hymns.
A few other Albums I forgot to consider were War-U2 and Agaetis Byrjun-Sigur Ros.
Great stuff !
I particularly appreciate the richness of genres : Roxy Music , Talk Talk , Nirvana , The Cars , Doves , Peter Gabriel , David Bowie ,Kate Bush , Suede , Radiohead , Elton John , Muse ,Blondie , The Cure etc.
I will confess that occasionally I look hard at the 3% that I’ve allocated for the Daredevils (especially when I’m trying to free up a spot for something else). But…I suppose it’s a comfort food thing as I love all three of those albums.
I scribble a list of candidates, as well…all champing at the bit to knock off an album from the list:
U2 ‘War’ ‘82?’
Simon & Garfunkel
Boz Scaggs s/t
The Kinks ‘Lola’
The Kinks ‘Arthur’
I debated whether to list one album per artist, as I prefer that balance on song/year threads. However, it would have meant too many core albums omitted, so I've allowed myself three.
To save space and as I can't upload a document, my 100 are in the spoiler tags below. Around 60 of these would feature if I did the list again at a later point, the others are likely subject to change depending on listening habits at the time. If we widened the criteria to 250 albums, I would expect there to be a more diverse selection, more room for ancillary genres to flourish.
Alphabetical order, rather than by preference.
Spoiler: Top 100 albums
Agreed. I can't imagine reading someone's favorite 100 list, nor compiling one for myself. That's not enjoyable.
Wow, your choices prior to 2000 have some parallels to mine. Specifically, Interiors, Darkness, Pirates, Born to Run, and some others.... Interiors and Pirates don't get much attention it seems, but they are world class for sure. 2 of the very few albums I can spin anytime.
Me too.... 1967 is a difficult year for me to choose a single favorite, and it generally changes between Sgt. Pepper, but Days usually edges out in front for me.
This would be different tomorrow but here we go for today:
Abba- The Visitor
ABC-The Lexicon of Love
Alison Krauss-Paper Airplane
Antonio Carlos Jobin-Wave
Beach Boys- Summer Days
Beatles-A Hard Days Night
Beatles-Rubber Soul (US)
Bee Gees-Main Course
Bing Crosby-Bing With A Beat
Bruce Springsteen-Born To Run
Bruce Springsteen-The Wild, The Innocent
Burton Cumming-My Own Way to Rock
Camera Obscura-Lets Get Out Of This Country
Carly Simon-Hot Cakes
Carly Simon-Another Passenger
Chris Connor-A Jazz Date With
Count Basie and His Orchestra-88 Basie Street
Creedence-Willie and the Poor Boys
Daft Punk-Random Access Memories
Death Cab For Cutie-Plans
Del Lords-Johnny Comes Marching Home
Diana Krall-The Look Of Love
Dire Straits-Making Movies
Dire Straits-Love Over Gold
Doobie Brothers-Livin' On the Fault Line
Eliane Elias-Sings Jobin
Eliane Elias-I Thought About You
Ella Fitzgerald-Ella Swing Brightly With Nelson
ELO-Out of the Blue
Elvis Costello-This Years Model
Elvis Costello-Get Happy
Everything But the Girl-Amplified Heart
Fleetwood Mac-Fleetwood Mac
Frank Sinatra-Songs For Swingin' Lovers
Frank Sinatra-Come Dance With Me
Frank Sinatra-In the Wee Small Hours
Frank Sinatra-September of My Years
Go Betweens-16 Lovers Lane
Grass Roots-Move Along
Harry Styles-Fine Line
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass-Ninth
Jackson Browne-Jackson Browne
Jackson Browne Late For the Sky
Jackson Browne-The Pretender
James Taylor-Mudslide Slim
Jethro Tull-Songs From the Wood
Jethro Tull-Thick As A Brick
John Denver-Rocky Mountain High
Joni Mitchell-Court and Spark
Joni Mitchell-For the Roses
Kacey Musgraves-Golden Hour
Kevin Mahogany-Big Band
Led Zeppelin-Houses Of The Holy
Linda Ronstadt-Hasten Down the Wind
Lionel Richie-Can't Slow Down
Loggins & Messina-Mother Lode
Loggins & Messina-Full Sail
Marshall Crenshaw-Marshall Crenshaw
Melissa Manchest-Better Days, Happy Endings
Monkees- Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones
Moody Blues- A Question Of Balance
Mumford and Sons-Wilder Mind
Neil Diamond-Tap Root Manuscript
Neil Young-Comes A Time
Oscar Peterson Trio- A Jazz Portrait of Frank Sinatra
Paul Desmond-Tale Ten
Paul McCartney-Band on the Run
Paul Revere and the Raiders- Spirit of '67
Paul Simon- There Goes Rhymin Simon
Paul Simon-Rhythm Of the Saints
Pink Floyd-Wish You Where Here
Pure Bathing Culture-Night Pass
Rolling Stone-Aftermath (UK)
Rolling Stones- Beggars Banquet
Rolling Stones-Between the Buttons (UK)
Roseanne Cash- Kings Record Shop
Simon& Garfunkel- Bookends
Whoops, I hit post before I was done but this is a good start.
My 5th post, with 34 more choices.
So far I am up to 55 choices, this brings me up to 89 total.
I'm going to add notation about the type of music, since my tastes run toward the obscure, avant-garde and progressive, and lesser known artists.
Arti e Mestieri - Tilt (1974) Italian prog with some fusion
Cynic - Traced in Air (2008) Prog, technical-metal.
Iceberg - Sentiments (1977) Fusion band from Spain.
Joseph Schwantner - ...And the Mountains Rising Nowhere (1977) Contemporary classical.
Le Orme - Felona e Sorona (1973) Italian classic prog
Hiromi Uehara - Time Control (2007) Japanese fusion keyboardist
Sammla Mammas Mana - Matild (1973) Avant-prog from Sweden
Setna - Guerison (2013) Zeuhl, like a jazzier Magma
Bruford - One of a Kind (1979) Fusion
U.K. - S/T (1978) Prog
Allan Holdsworth - i.o.u. (1982) Fusion at its best
Elliott Carter - Violin Concerto (1990) Avant-garde classical
Elliott Carter - Three Occasions for Orchestra (1989) Avant-garde classical
Milton Babbitt - Composition for 12 instruments (1954) Serial classical
Joan Tower - Silver Ladders (1986) Contemporary classical
PFM - L'isola di niente (1974) Italian classic prog
ELP - Tarkus (1973) Prog
King Crimson - ItCotCK (1969) Prog
Magma - Köhntarkösz (1974)
Magma - Ëmëhntëhtt-Ré (2009) Zeuhl
Area - Arbeit Macht Frei (1973)
Area - Maledeiti (1977) Italian prog, fusion
Thinking Plague - In Extremis (1998) Avant-garde prog
Azimuth - Départ, with Ralph Towner (1980) Chamber-jazz
Jean luc Ponty - Imaginary Voyage (1976)
Jean luc Ponty - Enigmatic Ocean (1977)
Genesis - Selling England (1973)
Genesis - Foxtrot (1972)
Yes - Going for the One (1977)
Hatfield and the North - Rotter's Club (1975)
Hatfield and the North - Hatfield and the North (1974)
Banco - As in the Last Supper (1976) Italian prog
Banco - Di Tera (1978)
The Contortionist - Language (2014) Progressesive technical-metal
I'd like to make my list, but beyond the top 5 I'd struggle to rank them.
But still... A playlist of my top 100 albums would be nice to work through, one or two a day, for a couple of months or so. Revisit some old faves I haven't played in a while.
Can't imagine it'd make an interesting read for anyone but me, being stuffed with my favourite bands and probably not much variety. Having just one album per band would mean it's not really all my fave albums.
To rank them I'm thinking of looking at Last.Fm data. Scrobbling since 2006 it gives a good insight into most played albums. I'd have to weight some stuff for albums from the decades before digital...
It's the kind of boring music library related task/project that I'd probably enjoy, being the anorak I am.
I've been making lists and charts since the 80s, so it's almost second nature to me.
Here's my latest, just-updated Top 100. I'll split it into two lots of 50.
Numbers in brackets are the album's ranking on my previous list of 2016. A (-) means a first appearance in my Top 100. (RE) obviously means it's a re-entry, an old favourite returning to the list.
THE TOP 100 ALBUMS OF ALL-TIME (7/8/2022)
1 (1) HATS The Blue Nile 1989
2 (4) SONGS FROM THE BIG CHAIR Tears For Fears 1985
3 (2) HUMAN'S LIB Howard Jones 1984
4 (3) SO Peter Gabriel 1986
5 (5) INTO THE GAP Thompson Twins 1984
6 (8) TANGO IN THE NIGHT Fleetwood Mac 1987
7 (7) HOUNDS OF LOVE Kate Bush 1985
8 (6) ACTUALLY Pet Shop Boys 1987
9 (11) ACHTUNG BABY U2 1991
10 (26) THE NIGHTFLY Donald Fagen 1982
11 (87) 24 YEARS OF HUNGER Eg & Alice 1991
12 (10) A WALK ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS The Blue Nile 1984
13 (21) BLACK LIGHT Groove Armada 2010
14 (16) SIGN O' THE TIMES Prince 1987
15 (17) THE LEXICON OF LOVE ABC 1982
16 (9) DARE! The Human League 1981
17 (-) BLADERUNNER (O.S.T.) Vangelis 1982
18 (RE) CHALK MARK IN A RAIN STORM Joni Mitchell 1988
19 (13) NEW GOLD DREAM (81-82-83-84) Simple Minds 1982
20 (12) PURPLE RAIN O.S.T. Prince & The Revolution 1984
21 (14) RUMOURS Fleetwood Mac 1977
22 (-) BECOMING X Sneaker Pimps 1996
23 (25) FROM LANGLEY PARK TO MEMPHIS Prefab Sprout 1988
24 (36) A SECRET WISH Propaganda 1985
25 (20) THE WILD HEART Stevie Nicks 1983
26 (58) IT'S BETTER TO TRAVEL Swing Out Sister 1987
27 (31) NOW AND ZEN Robert Plant 1988
28 (29) THE COLOUR OF SPRING Talk Talk 1986
29 (18) HEJIRA Joni Mitchell 1976
30 (44) BLACK TIE, WHITE NOISE David Bowie 1993
31 (-) WORLD MACHINE Level 42 1985
32 (RE) HOTEL CALIFORNIA Eagles 1976
33 (23) SECRET OF THE BEEHIVE David Sylvian 1987
34 (-) THE LUXURY GAP Heaven 17 1983
35 (37) BLACK CELEBRATION Depeche Mode 1986
36 (30) SOLITUDE STANDING Suzanne Vega 1987
37 (-) SPIRIT OF EDEN Talk Talk 1988
38 (-) HEAVEN OR LAS VEGAS Cocteau Twins 1990
39 (33) ARCHITECTURE & MORALITY O.M.D. 1981
40 (41) NIGHT RIDE HOME Joni Mitchell 1991
41 (19) HUNTING HIGH AND LOW a-ha 1985
42 (-) EVERY OPEN EYE Chvrches 2015
43 (-) INFORM. EDUCATE. ENTERTAIN. Public Service Broadcasting 2014
44 (RE) THE SEEDS OF LOVE Tears For Fears 1989
45 (32) ROCK A LITTLE Stevie Nicks 1985
46 (15) REVOLVER The Beatles 1966
47 (38) BORN TO DIE Lana Del Rey 2012
48 (27) CUPID & PYSCHE 85 Scritti Politti 1985
49 (RE) CLUTCHING AT STRAWS Marillion 1987
50 (75) NOTORIOUS Duran Duran 1986
I'll start with my favorite bands/artists and their albums that would make it into my top 100....
Down on the Upside
Dark Side of the Moon
Wish You Were Here
The Lion and the Cobra
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
And Justice For All
Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Elastica - Elastica
M.I.A. - Kala
Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss
Mad Season - Above
Alice In Chains - Facelift
Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
David Lee Roth - Eat Em and Smile
The Four Horsemen - Nobody Said It Was Easy
Live - Throwing Copper
Heart - Dog and Butterfly
New Radicals - Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too
Queensryche - Empire
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Megadeth - Rust In Peace
INXS - Kick
Don Henley - The End of the Innocence
Luscious Jackson - Natural Ingredients
Portishead - Third
U2 - The Joshua Tree
AC/DC - Highway to Hell
Black Crowes - Shake Your Moneymaker
I almost made it to the halfway point. I gotta go to the store. Even if I had finished, tons would've been left out. Hard to narrow it down...
Separate names with a comma.