The List So Far …


NOTE Albums by The Beatles are ineligible. Here’s why. 

9 – Countdown to Ecstasy, Steely Dan.
10 – The Bends, Radiohead.
11 – Damn the Torpedoes, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.
12 – Give the People What They Want, The Kinks.
13 – American Idiot, Green Day.
14 – You Gotta Sin to Get Saved, Maria McKee.
15 – Exile on Main St., The Rolling Stones.
16 – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams.
17 – Flood, The April Skies.
18 – Get Happy!!, Elvis Costello and The Attractions.
19 – Hey, Babe, Juliana Hatfield.
20 – Ghost in the Machine, The Police.
21 – War, U2.
22 – Tim, The Replacements.
23 – We Love the City, Hefner.
24 – Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin.
25 – The Fine Art of Surfacing, The Boomtown Rats.
26 – The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd.
27 – Van Halen, Van Halen.
28 – Star, Belly.
29 – Automatic For The People, R.E.M.
30 – Doolittle, The Pixies.
31 – Moving Pictures, Rush.
32 – Girlfriend, Matthew Sweet.
33 – Sign O’ the Times, Prince.
34 – The Cars, The Cars.
35 – Bee Thousand, Guided By Voices.
36 – Life, Love and Leaving, The Detroit Cobras.
37 – Who’s Next, The Who.
38 – Paranoid, Black Sabbath.
39 – Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
40 – Two Shoes, The Cat Empire.
41 – … And Out Come The Wolves, Rancid.
42 – Making Movies, Dire Straits.
43 – The Royal Scam, Steely Dan.
44 – Learning To Crawl, The Pretenders.
45 – Stay Positive, The Hold Steady.
46 – This Year’s Model, Elvis Costello and The Attractions.
47 – Fair Warning, Van Halen.
48 – Animals, Pink Floyd.
49 – Godspeed The Shazam, The Shazam.
50 – Axis: Bold as Love, The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Intermission – Some Other Records That Might Have Made The List.
51 – If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry, Marah.
52 – Superunknown, Soundgarden.
53 – Riot Act, Pearl Jam.
54 – Rumours, Fleetwood Mac.
55 – The Decline and Fall of Heavenly, Heavenly.
56 – Blood & Chocolate, Elvis Costello and The Attractions.
57 – When I Was Born for the 7th Time, Cornershop.
58 – OK Computer, Radiohead.
59 – Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin.
60 – Z, My Morning Jacket.
61 – Songs For The Deaf, Queens of the Stone Age.
62 – Pretenders, The Pretenders.
63 – Turns Into Stone, The Stone Roses.
64 – Nevermind, Nirvana.
65 – Close to the Edge, Yes.
66 – Aja, Steely Dan.
67 – Skylarking, XTC.
68 – The Clash, The Clash.
69 – Jailbreak, Thin Lizzy.
70 – Imperial Bedroom, Elvis Costello and The Attractions.
71 – Purple Rain, Prince and the Revolution.
72 – Let It Be, The Replacements.
73 – Extraordinary Machine, Fiona Apple.
74 – Nothing’s Shocking, Jane’s Addiction.
75 – Astoria, The Shys.
76 – Band of Gypsys, Jimi Hendrix.
77 – Dirty, Sonic Youth.
78 – Good Old Boys, Randy Newman.
79 – Zenyatta Mondatta, The Police.
80 – Freedom, Neil Young.
81 – The Wall, Pink Floyd.
82 – The Joshua Tree, U2.
83 – News of the World, Queen.
84 – Moondance, Van Morrison.
85 – 90125, Yes.
86 – Made in USA, Pizzicato Five.
87 – Blunderbuss, Jack White.
88 – Dig Me Out, Sleater-Kinney.
89 – At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash.
90 – Appetite for Destruction, Guns N’ Roses.
91 – Some Girls, The Rolling Stones.
92 – Fly By Night, Rush.
93 – Songs in the Attic, Billy Joel.
94 – New York Dolls, The New York Dolls.
95 – Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones.
96 – De Nova, The Redwalls.
97 – Empty Glass, Pete Townshend.
98 – Chutes Too Narrow, The Shins.
99 – Back in Black, AC/DC.
100 – Boys and Girls in America, The Hold Steady.


10 responses to “The List So Far …

  1. It’s not fair for the rest of us readers and listeners for you to eliminate albums by the Beatles just because they’re your favorite band. So what if they’re your favorite band ? They are mine too, and the fact is that they recorded one masterpiece after another – yet, it remains interesting to rank them. And as far as ranking ‘Some Girls’ by the Stones above ‘Sticky Fingers’…c’mon ! ‘Some Girls’ is a very good Stones album, but
    ‘Sticky Fingers’ is not only one of the best Stones albums but one of the best rock albums period. As far as Billy Joel is concerned, I personally could not include anything by him in the list. Other places so far where I disagree: I was never a big Yes fan and when it came to prog-rock, I always thought that the albums by Emerson, Lake and Palmer were superior to anything that Yes released. I also could never understand the fascination people have with Guns & Roses. The best description I’ve ever read about Axl Rose’s voice was when a critic said that he sounded like Katherine Hepburn on acid ! LOL !

    • Thanks for reading, Bob!!

      I appreciate you delving into the list. It makes me very happy.

      I’m not trying to list the best records ever – only my favorites!! There are many albums that aren’t very good that I really love – 90125, for example.

      Thanks for reading! Music is very important to me, and very personal. If you like my blog, please tell your friends!


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  4. Very interesting list. We are missing on only about 22 albums between collections- that is to say I know and enjoy (at some level) 50 of the 70 or so you’ve selected so far.
    In fact, three of these made a list of “25 Perfect Albums” I assembled- not necessarily my all time favorites, because I like some imperfection- but “not a note I would change/golly that’s good” albums: Automatic for the People, Who’s Next and Aja.
    I think even without f I made a list like this one, it would change- but I love the effort you have put into capturing your favorite albums.
    Great job!

    • Thanks for the feedback, Ed. It’s been fun to put together. Is your “25 Perfect Albums” list somewhere on the internet? I’d be interested in reading it.


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