Wednesday, February 21, 2007

100 Albums

Jason suggested that we come up w/ a list of the 100 most influential albums. Obviously, no list will be perfect and no one will agree, but here is the list I posted on his site. It must be understood though that many influential musicians didn't really release albums in the 1950s, so I'm not including collections from people like Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, or Hank Williams. Here is the list, in chronological order. You might notice that there are a couple changes from the list I posted on Jason's site, and I also just edited this list again and made a couple more changes. Finally, remember that this wasn't done by some panel of experts or by people in the music business. Fuck them!
Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley
Howlin' Wolf: The Rocking Chair Album
Bob Dylan: The Times They are a Changin'
Dick Dale: The Silver Sounds of Surf
The Beatles: Meet the Beatles
Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited
The Beatles: Revolver
The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
Simon and Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence
Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde
The Mamas and the Papas: If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
The Beatles: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles: The White Album
Pink Floyd: A Saucerful of Secrets
Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul
Johnny Cash: Live from Folsom Prison
The Band: Music from Big Pink
The Byrds: Sweetheart of the Rodeo
Frank Zappa: We're only in it for the Money
The Rolling Stones: Let it Bleed
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin
Grateful Dead: Live Dead
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew
King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King
Grateful Dead: American Beauty
James Brown: Sex Machine
Black Sabbath: Paranoid
Carol King: Tapestry
Mahavishnu Orchestra: The Inner Mounting Flame
Allman Brothers: Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East
Marvin Gaye: What's Going On
Grateful Dead: Skull Fuck
Frank Zappa: Waka Jawaka
Lou Reed: Transformer
Stevie Wonder: Talking Book
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street
Hot Tuna: Burgers
Waylon Jennings: Honky Tonk Heroes
The Stooges: Raw Power
Patti Smith: Horses
Parliament: Chocolate City
Brian Eno: Before and After Science
Rush: 2112
Peter Tosh: Legalize It
Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive
Fleetwood Mac: Rumors
Soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever
The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
Townes Van Zandt: Live at the Old Quarter
Weather Report: Heavy Weather
Bob Marley: Exodus
Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove
Frank Zappa: Joe's Garage
Tony Rice Unit: Manzanita
The Clash: London Calling
Talking Heads: Remain in Light
Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard of Ozz
Duran Duran: Rio
Prince: 1999
Motley Crue: Shout at the Devil
Michael Jackson: Thriller
The Police: Synchronicity
The Violent Femmes: The Violent Femmes
Metallica: Ride the Lightening
Madonna: Like A Virgin
Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain
Afrika Bambaataa: Planet Rock
The Smiths: The Queen is Dead
Run DMC: Raising Hell
Paul Simon: Graceland
U2: The Joshua Tree
The Smiths: Louder than Bombs
The Cure: Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
Guns and Roses: Appetite for Destruction
Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Phish: Junta
New Kids on the Block: Hangin' Tough
Eddie Brickell and the New Bohemians: Shooting Rubber Bands at Stars
NWA: Straight Outta Compton
The Pixies: Doolittle
Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet
Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine
De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising
Garth Brooks: No Fences
Uncle Tupelo: No Depression
Nirvana: Nevermind
Pearl Jam: 10
A Tribe Called Quest: The Low End Theory
Sinead O'Connor: I Don't Want What I Haven't Got
Dr. Dre: The Chronic
Sarah McLachlan: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
Nas: Illmatic
Ani Difranco: Not a Pretty Girl
Moby: Everything is Wrong
Beck: Odelay
The Fugees: The Score
Radiohead: OK Computer
Eminem: The Slim Shady LP
Britney Spears: Oops... I did it Again
Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

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