Best Albums of All Time

MichelleMichelle California
edited September 2017 in General
I started thinking about this after falling down a YouTube rabbit hole and watching a few The Doors vids.   I would say there are many albums from incredible artists that would qualify, but one of the top 5 of all time, in my opinion, would have to be The Doors first album.  So many classics came from this album, songs that helped define a generation yet are so timeless.  Which albums are on your list?



  • Morning View by Incubus
  • CretanBullCretanBull Toronto
    edited September 2017

    Nothing shocking here, it makes just about every 'top album' list but The Beach Boys 'Pet Sounds' is the best thing that I've ever heard.  I've listened to it hundreds of times (maybe more?) and each time my ear picks out something new.

  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    edited September 2017
  • Angie I've never heard of them.  I listened to the first song though and it's pretty good.

    Another on my list:  Damien Rice - O  (*love* this one)

  • The Wall-Pink Floyd
    OK Computer-Radiohead
    The Suburbs-Arcade Fire
    Plans-Deathcab for Cutie
    Abbey Road-The Beatles
  • FlashGordonFlashGordon Leeds, UK
    edited September 2017
    Notorious B.I.G - Ready to Die
    Radiohead - Kid A
    LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
    Bon Ivor - For Emma, Forever ago
    Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

  • amyja89amyja89 Oxford, England
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
    Luther Vandross - Never Too Much
    Prince - Purple Rain
    The Fugees - The Score
    Carole King - Tapestry

    I could go on and on!
  • dEUS - In a bar under the sea
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    edited September 2017
    Objective best, I'd say Thriller by Michael Jackson.

    But it's not my favourite. That honour goes to Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars, I reckon.
  • wasiwasi Melbourne, AU
    1. AEnima - Tool
    2. Appetite For Destruction - Guns N Roses
    3. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
    4. OK Computer - Radiohead
    5. Nevermind - Nirvana
    6. Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
    7. Ten - Pearl Jam
    8. And Justice For All - Metallica
    9. Throwing Copper - Live
    10. Balance 005 - James Holden
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    @wasi 90s kid ;-)
  • wasiwasi Melbourne, AU
    Indeed... my impressionable, teen angst years :)
  • wasiwasi Melbourne, AU
    Hit me @Dee ..I can sense some Split Enz, Queen, Aussie Crawl, Pet Shop Boys, Spandau Ballet... Foreigner?
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    @wasi Spandau Ballet was my favourite band in the 80s - I had a scrapbook full of pictures cut out of NME and Smash Hits.

    They don't belong in this list, though - their albums were pretty shit, haha.

    (Start a "what music did you like as a teen" thread and I bet I won't be the only one with some embarrassing shockers.)
  • wasiwasi Melbourne, AU
    edited September 2017

    Hmm.. ok, well I remember Smash Hits (not just for the only place you could get 5-6 song lyrics from) but for the George Michael pictures I used to cut out and plaster all over my walls... :o My first ever cassette tape 'Faith'. Ahhhhh :)

    Embarrassing for a red blooded straight male...

    *mic drop*

    Edit: and the gold cross earring once I turned 13.

  • Dee said:


    (Start a "what music did you like as a teen" thread and I bet I won't be the only one with some embarrassing shockers.)

    *Reads this, eyes glance up to the Poison CD on the shelf above his computer, looks away pretending he didn't see it there*
  • DeeDee Adelaide
    HAHAHAHA! I'm starting the thread so as not to do another Aussie invasion on Michelle's.
  • wasiwasi Melbourne, AU
    Do it! :)
  • Dee said:

    @wasi Spandau Ballet was my favourite band in the 80s - I had a scrapbook full of pictures cut out of NME and Smash Hits.

    They don't belong in this list, though - their albums were pretty shit, haha.

    Their first album, Journeys to Glory, was pretty good imo. But unfortunately it's the later stuff they became known for.
  • MurderbearMurderbear Cold Spring, Ky
    My Top 10 right now. Ask me next week and it will be different but here goes: (in no particular order)

    The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
    Mastodon - Crack the Skye
    Baroness - Yellow and Green
    Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
    Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
    Sepultura - Roots
    Gorillaz - Gorillaz
    Refused - The Shape of Punk to Come
    The Mars Volta - Deloused in the Comatorium
    Moby - Animal Rights

    That's hard. As soon as I make lists like that there are already fifty more albums I can think of that deserve a spot ha
  • wasiwasi Melbourne, AU
    Roots and Chaos AD are amazing :)
  • Sepultura rule!
  • Man this is very tough. A few of my personal favorites in no particular order:

    "In Rainbows" by Radiohead
    "The Archandroid" by Janelle Monae
    "Black on Both Sides" by Mos Def
    "Actor" by St. Vincent
    "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" and "Yeezus" by Kanye West
    "American IV" by Johnny Cash
  • Mine does change based on mood and situation but as of now, here it is (in no particular order)
    "Sounds of Silence" - Simon and Garfunkel
    "The Velvet Underground and Nico" - The Velvet Underground
    "Magical Mystery Tour" - The Beatles
    "Fleet Foxes" - Fleet Foxes
    "Funeral" - Arcade Fire
    "OK Computer" - Radiohead
    "Return to Cookie Mountain" - TV on the Radio
    "Doolittle" - Pixies
    "The Queen is Dead" - The Smiths
    "Benji" - Sun Kil Moon

    I like to keep a mix of oldies and current classics. If I could include all of the music of the 40s on one album, it would be number one.
  • cdrivecdrive Houston, TX
    edited September 2017
    I messed up and did mine as "Damn near perfect albums from start to finish", not Best Albums of all Time. The first two in my opinion definitely deserve to be on a Best Albums of All Time list.

    Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
    The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground

    Cornelius - Fantasma
    Sloan - One Chord To Another
    Pink Floyd - Meddle ....also... Animals
    The Sword - Age of Winters
    Oh No - Ohnomite
    Freestyle Fellowship - Innercity Griots
    Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield Again

  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    Wait a sec. If we're doing top 10... I'm gonna have to revise my answer.
  • MichelleMichelle California
    edited September 2017
    They could actually go hand in hand, as an album you consider your favorite or in your top 10 would also most likely be one that you think of as a Best of All Time. It's all subjective. I'll add to my Best list:

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
    Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
    Nirvana - Unplugged
    U2 - The Joshua Tree
    Elton John - Greatest Hits 1970 - 1974
    The Beatles - Rubber Soul
    The Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
    Depeche Mode - Songs of Faith and Devotion

  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    dang, this is tough.. 10 off the top of my head trying to add a little something of what i mostly like..

    Radiohead - OK Computer
    Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
    Michael Jackson - Thriller
    Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
    The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
    Talking Heads - Remain In Light
    David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy…
    Ottis Redding - Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul
    Dre Dre - The Chronic

    @Walnut Frey and @cdrive - i like your jive.

    i dig @Travis music tastes so looking forward to his 'list'.
  • akritenbrinkakritenbrink Lynnwood, WA (Seattle area)
    In no particular order... and these are all from my lifetime...not "all time" but whatever haha

    I chose them because they are my favorites as well as being great albums from start to finish rather than just a collection of songs.

    Son Volt-Trace

    I'm also a huge fan of Ani Difranco, on a personal level and also what she adds to the musical community, her evolution over time and her authenticity, but it's impossible for me to pick a best album of hers that encapsulates all that, so I present to you Living in Clip, because it has a lot of her 90's songs, she's really a live performer, and that's where she's at her best. You can't really limit her to the whole "90's feminist folksinger" thing, but it sort of represents her place in music history the best.

    I found something weird when I was compiling this- It's probably been 10 years since I listened to a whole album other than older albums I have already listened to. IDK if this is because of streaming or just because I don't seek out as much new music but I don't wanna become that type of old person!! 

  • ChinaskiChinaski Santa Cruz, CA
    'Le Tigre-Le Tigre'  - nice!
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