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This is the title of a book published by Cassell Illustrated in 2005, and revised for 2008.

Thought it would be useful to list all of the albums it mentions, and see if UG can add to the list to produce a definitive "must-have" music collection

That said, don't take it as a command that you actually must hear these albums while you're here on Earth - that's just the title of the book to make it sell. See it as recommendations of the perceived "best of the best". These are albums that have changed the direction of music.

NOTE : This is not meant to be a complete list of good albums from every genre - that's for the various sub-forums of Bands & Artists to decide. This is for the absolute cream of the crop from each decade. Only add an album if you think it deserves to be ranked as such.


eg. Guns n Roses - Appetite For Destruction (1987)


Suggestions can be found in post #245 (p. 7 at 40ppp)

Italics = Added by a UGer

Due to character limits (10,000 per post as it turns out), eponymous albums are just called by the band alone.

eg. Boston's debut, "Boston" is listed as:

o Boston

Here's the list:


o Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours

o Fats Domino – This is Fats
o Duke Ellington – At Newport
o Louvin Brothers – Tragic Songs of Life
o Elvis Presley
o Louis Prima – Wildest
o Frank Sinatra – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!

o Count Basie – Atomic Mr Basie
o Crickets – Chirping…
o Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool
o Little Richard – Here’s…
o Machito – Kenya
o Sabú [Martínez] – Palo Congo
o Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners

o Jack Elliott – Jack Takes the Floor
o Billie Holiday – Lady in Satin
o Tito Puente & His Orchestra – Dance Mania
o Sarah Vaughan – At Mister Kelly’s

o Dave Brubeck – Time Out
o Ray Charles – Genius of…
o Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
o Ella Fitzgerald – Sings the Gershwin Song Book
o Marty Robbins – Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs
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o Joan Baez
o Everly Brothers – A Date with the…
o John Coltrane - Giant Steps
o Miriam Makeba
o Elvis Presley – Elvis is Back!
o Jimmy Smith – Back at the Chicken Shack
o Muddy Waters – At Newport

o Bill Evans – Sunday at the Village Vanguard

o Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions
o Ray Charles - Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music
o Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba
o Ray Price – Night Life

o Beatles – With the…
o James Brown – Live at the Apollo
o Sam Cooke – Live at the Harlem Square
o Bob Dylan – Freewheelin’…
o Stan Getz & Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto
o Charles Mingus – Black Saint & the Sinner Lady
o Phil Spector – A Christmas Gift for You

o Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night
o Jacques Brel – Olympia 64
o Solomon Burke – Rock ‘n’ Soul
o Rolling Stones
o Dusty Springfield - A Girl Called Dusty

o Beach Boys – Today!
o Beatles – Rubber Soul
o Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man
o John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
o Bob Dylan – Bringing it All Back Home
o Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
o Bert Jansch
o B.B. King – Live at the Regal
o Jerry Lee Lewis – Live at the Star Club, Hamburg
o Buck Owens – I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail
o Otis Redding – Otis Blue… Sings Soul
o Sonics – Here Are the…
o Who – My Generation

o Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
o Beatles – Revolver
o Byrds – Fifth Dimension
o Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde
o John Mayall’s Blues Breakers – With Eric Clapton
o Kinks – Face to Face
o Mamas & The Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears
o Monks – Black Monk Time
o Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
o Fred Neil
o Paul Revere & The Raiders – Midnight Ride
o Nina Simone – Wild is the Wind
o Rolling Stones – Aftermath
o Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
o 13th Floor Elevators – Psychedelic Sounds of the…
o Yardbirds – Yardbirds [aka Roger the Engineer]

o Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
o Beau Brummels – Triangle
o Tim Buckley – Goodbye & Hello
o Buffalo Springfield – Again
o Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe as Milk
o Country Joe & The Fish – Electric Music for the Mind & Body
o Cream – Disraeli Gears
o Donovan – Sunshine Superman
o Doors
o Electric Prunes – I Had too Much to Dream (Last Night)
o Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
o Astrud Gilberto – Beach Samba
o Merle Haggard – I’m a Lonesome Fugitive
o Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
o Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
o Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love
o Kinks – Something Else by the…
o Love – Da Capo
o Love – Forever Changes
o Loretta Lynn – Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)
o Moby Grape
o Monkees – Headquarters
o Nico – Chelsea Girl
o Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn
o Sharma/Kabra/Chaurasia – Call of the Valley
o Frank Sinatra - Frank Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim
o Velvet Underground & Nico
o Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
o Who – Sell Out
o Young Rascals – Groovin’

o Band – Music from Big Pink
o Beatles [aka White Album]
o Jeff Beck – Truth
o Big Brother & the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills
o Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum
o Byrds – Notorious Byrd Brothers
o Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
o Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison
o Leonard Cohen – Songs of…
o Dr John – Gris Gris
oAretha Franklin – Lady Soul
o Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
o Incredible String Band – Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter
o Iron Butterfly – In a Gadda da Vida
o Kinks – Village Green Preservation Society
o Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in it for the Money
o Laura Nyro – Eli & the Thirteenth Confession
o os Mutantes
o Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow
o Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
o Ravi Shankar – Sounds of India
o Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
o Small Faces – Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake
o Traffic
o United States of America – United States of America
o Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
o Caetano Veloso
o Scott Walker – Scott 2
o Zombies – Odessey & Oracle

o Band
o Beatles – Abbey Road
o Bee Gees – Odessa
o Blood, Sweat & Tears
o Tim Buckley – Happy Sad
o Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica
o Johnny Cash – At San Quentin
o Chicago Transit Authority [Chicago] - Chicago Transit Authority
o Leonard Cohen – Songs from a Room
o Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country
o Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River
o Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash
o Miles Davis – In a Silent Way
o Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
o Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief
o Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking
o Flying Burrito Brothers – Gilded Palace of Sin
o Grateful Dead – Live/Dead
o Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul
o King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
o Kinks – Arthur: Or the Decline & Fall of the British Empire
o Led Zeppelin
o Led Zeppelin II
o MC5 – Kick Out the Jams
o Neil Young – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere
o Pentangle – Basket of Light
o Elvis Presley – From Elvis in Memphis
o Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails
o Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed
o Sly & the Family Stone – Stand
o Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence – Oar
o Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphi
o Stooges
o Temptations – Cloud Nine
o Velvet Undergrounds
o Scott Walker – Scott 4
o Who – Tommy
o Youngbloods – Elephant Mountain
o Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
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o Syd Barrett – Madcap Laughs
o Beatles - Let It Be
o Black Sabbath
o Black Sabbath – Paranoid
o Carpenters – Close to You
o Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory
o Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Déjà vu
o Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
o Deep Purple – In Rock
o Derek & the Dominos – Layla
o Doors – Morrison Hotel
o Nick Drake – Bryter Layter
o Grateful Dead – American Beauty
o George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
o Led Zeppelin III
o John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band
o Paul McCartney – McCartney
o Santana – Abraxas
o Ananda Shankar
o Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
o Soft Machine – Third
o Spirit – Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus
o Stephen Stills
o Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman
o Rod Stewart – Gasoline Alley
o Stooges – Fun House
o Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die
o Van Morrison – Moondance
o Who – Live at Leeds
o Neil Young – After the Gold Rush

o Allman Brothers – At Fillmore East
o Beach Boys – Surfs Up
o Bee Gees – Trafalgar
o David Bowie – Hunky Dory
o Can – Tago Mago
o Gene Clark – White Light
o Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love & Hate
o David Crosby – If Only I Could Remember My Name
o Doors – LA Woman
o Emerson Lake & Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition
o Emerson Lake & Palmer – Tarkus
o Faces – A Nod is as Good as a Wink To a Blind Horse
o Flamin Groovies – Teenage Head
o Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
o Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody Nelson
o Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
o Isaac Hayes – Shaft
o Jethro Tull – Aqualung
o Elton John – Madman Across the Water
o Janis Joplin – Pearl
o Carole King – Tapestry
o Fela Kuti - With Ginger Baker Live
o Led Zeppelin IV
o John Lennon – Imagine
o Don McLean – American Pie
o Joni Mitchell – Blue
o Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson
o Dolly Parton – Coat of Many Colors
o John Prine
o Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story
o Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
o Sly & the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
o T.Rex – Electric Warrior
o Who – Whos Next
o Yes
o Yes – Fragile

o David Ackles – American Gothic
o Big Star – #1 Record
o Black Sabbath – Vol 4
o David Bowie – Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
o Tim Buckley – Greetings from LA
o Alice Cooper – Schools Out
o Miles Davis - On The Corner
o Deep Purple – Machine Head
o Deep Purple – Made in Japan
o Nick Drake – Pink Moon
o Eagles
o Genesis - Foxtrot
o Al Green – Lets Stay Together
o Hugh Masekela – Home is Where the Music Is
o Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
o Milton Nascimento & Lo Borges – Clube da Esquina
o Randy Newman – Sail Away
o Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
o Lou Reed – Transformer
o Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St
o Roxy Music
o Todd Rundgren – Something/Anything
o Paul Simon
o Slade – Slayed?
o Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill
o Stephen Stills – Manassas
o T Rex – Slider
o Temptations – All Directions
o War – World is a Ghetto
o Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
o Yes – Close to the Edge
o Neil Young – Harvest

o David Bowie – Aladdin Sane
o John Cale – Paris 1919
o Can – Future Days
o Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies
o Faust – IV
o Marvin Gaye – Lets Get it On
o Genesis – Selling England by the Pound
o Hawkwind – Space Ritual
o Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters
o Iggy & the Stooges – Raw Power
o Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock
o Isley Brothers – 3 + 3
o Waylon Jennings – Honky Tonk Heroes

o Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
o King Crimson – Larks Tongues in Aspic
o Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
o Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd
o Bob Marley & the Wailers – Catch a Fire
o John Martyn – Solid Air
o Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run
o Mott the Hoople – Mott
o New York Dolls
o Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells
o Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
o Lou Reed – Berlin
o Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure
o Todd Rundgren – A Wizard, a True Star
o Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Next
o Steely Dan – Countdown to Ecstasy
o Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
o ZZ Top – Tres Hombres

o 10cc – Sheet Music
o Bad Company
o Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard
o Gene Clark – No Other
o Brian Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets
o Genesis – Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
o George Jones – Grand Tour
o Kraftwerk – Autobahn
o Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread
o Joni Mitchell – Court & Spark
o Randy Newman – Good Old Boys
o Shuggie Otis – Inspiration Information
o Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel
o Queen – II
o Queen – Sheer Heart Attack
o Roxy Music – Country Life
o Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – Winter in America
o Sparks – Kimono My House
o Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic
o Supertramp – Crime of the Century
o Tangerine Dream – Phaedra
o Thompson Richard & Linda – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight
o Van Morrison – It’s Too Late to Stop Now
o Stevie Wonder – Fullfillingness First Finale
o Robert Wyatt – Rock Bottom
o Neil Young – On the Beach

o Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic
o David Bowie – Young Americans
o Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey
o Rahul Dev Burman – Shalimar
o Dictators – Go Girl Crazy
o Dion – Born to Be With You
o Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
o Earth Wind & Fire – Thats the Way of the World
o Brian Eno – Another Green World
o Emmylou Harris – Pieces of the Sky
o Keith Jarrett – Köln Concert
o Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffit
o Curtis Mayfield – Theres No Place Like America Today
o Joni Mitchell – Hissing of Summer Lawns
o Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger
o Neu! – 75i
o Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
o Queen – A Night at the Opera
o Patti Smith – Horses
o Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
o Neil Young – Tonights the Night

o ABBA – Arrival
o Aerosmith – Rocks
o Joan Armatrading
o Jorge Ben – África Brasil
o Boston
o David Bowie – Station to Station
o Eagles – Hotel California
o Peter Frampton – Frampton Comes Alive!
o Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene
o Kiss – Destroyer
o Fela Kuti – Zombie
o Joni Mitchell – Hejira
o Modern Lovers
o Parliament – Mothership Connection
o Penguin Café Orchestra – Music from the Penguin Café
o Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
o Ramones
o Rush – 2112
o Peter Tosh – Legalize It
o Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life

o David Bowie – Heroes
o David Bowie – Low
o Clash
o Elvis Costello – My Aim is True
o Dixie Dregs - Free Fall
o Ian Dury – New Boots & Panties
o ELO – Out of the Blue
o Brian Eno – Before & After Science
o Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
o Peter Gabriel
o Iggy Pop – The Idiot
o Iggy Pop – Lust for Life
o Billy Joel – The Stranger
o Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express
o Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus
o John Martyn – One World
o Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell
o Rush - A Farewell To Kings
o Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the…
o Steely Dan – Aja
o Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus
o Suicide
o Talking Heads – 77
o Television – Marquee Moon
o Muddy Waters – Hard Again
o Weather Report – Heavy Weather
o Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue
o Wire – Pink Flag

o AC/DC - Let There Be Rock
o Adverts – Crossing the Red Sea with the…
o Big Star – Third
o Blondie – Parallel Lines
o Cars
o Chic – C’est Chic
o Willie Colón & Rubén Blades – Siembra
o Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model
o Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
o Dire Straits
o Joe Ely – Honky Tonk Masquerade
o Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports
o Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove
o Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear
o Jam – All Mod Cons
o Kraftwerk – Man Machine
o Magazine – Real Life
o Willie Nelson – Stardust
o Only Ones
o Public Image Ltd – Public Image
o Elis Regina – Vento de Maio
o Residents – Duck Stab/Buster & Glen
o Saints – Eternally Yours
o Siouxsie & the Banshees – The Scream
o Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
o Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings & Food
o Thin Lizzy – Live & Dangerous
o Throbbing Gristle – DOA: Third & Final Report
o Pere Ubu – Dub Housing
o Pere Ubu – Modern Dance
o Van Halen
o X-ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents

o AC/DC – Highway to Hell
o B52s
o Cheap Trick – At Budokan
o Chic – Risqué
o Clash – London Calling
o Elvis Costello – Armed Forces
o Crusaders – Street Life
o Holger Czukay – Movies
o Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette
o Marianne Faithfull – Broken English
o Fall – Live at the Witch Trials
o Fleetwood Mac – Tusk
o Gang of Four – Entertainment
o Germs – GI
o Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
o Japan – Quiet Life
o Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
o Gary Numan – Pleasure Principle
o Pink Floyd – The Wall
o Police – Reggatta de Blanc
o Public Image Ltd – Metal Box
o Sister Sledge – We Are Family
o Slits – Cut
o Specials
o Talking Heads – Fear of Music
o Undertones – Undertones
o Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps
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o AC/DC – Back in Black
o Adam & the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier
o Circle Jerks – Group Sex
o Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us
o Cure – Seventeen Seconds
o Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables
o Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
o Dixie Dregs - Dregs of The Earth
o Echo & the Bunnymen – Crocodiles
o Peter Gabriel
o Iron Maiden
o Jam – Sound Affects
o Joy Division – Closer
o Judas Priest – British Steel
o Killing Joke
o Motörhead – Ace of Spades
o Pretenders
o Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight
o Specials – More Specials
o Talking Heads – Remain in Light
o Teardrop Explodes – Kilimanjaro
o Tom Waits – Heartattack & Vine
o UB40 – Signing Off
o Undertones – Hypnotised
o Steve Winwood – Arc of a Diver

o ABBA – Visitors
o Bauhaus – Mask
o Black Flag – Damaged
o Einstürzende Neubauten – Kollaps
o Brian Eno & David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
o Go-Gos – Beauty & the Beat
o Gun Club – Fire of Love
o Heaven 17 – Penthouse & Pavement
o Human League – Dare
o Motörhead – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith
o Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Architecture & Morality
o Psychedelic Furs – Talk, Talk, Talk
o Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
o Rush – Moving Pictures
o Siouxsie & the Banshees – Juju
o Soft Cell – Non Stop Erotic Cabaret
o Tom Tom Club
o Bobby Womack – Poet
o X – Wild Gift

o ABC – Lexicon of Love
o Associates – Sulk
o Birthday Party – Junkyard
o Kate Bush – The Dreaming
o Elvis Costello – Imperial Bedroom
o Cure – Pornography
o Dexys Midnight Runners – Too Rye Ay
o Donald ***en – Nightfly
o Duran Duran – Rio
o Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five – The Message
o Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West
o Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
o Michael Jackson – Thriller
o Madness – Rise & Fall
o Orange Juice – Rip it Up
o Prince – 1999
o Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84)
o Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
o Venom – Black Metal
o Violent Femmes

o Blue Nile – A Walk Across the Rooftops
o Culture Club – Colour by Numbers
o Def Leppard – Pyromania
o Echo & the Bunnymen – Porcupine
o Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
o Hanoi Rocks – Back to Mystery City
o Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
o Malcolm McLaren – Duck Rock
o Meat Puppets – II
o Metallica - Kill 'Em All
o Police – Synchronicity
o REM – Murmur
o Paul Simon – Hearts & Bones
o The The – Soul Mining
o Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
o U2 – War
o Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood
o ZZ Top – Eliminator

o Black Flag - My War
o Cocteau Twins – Treasure
o Lloyd Cole & the Commotions – Rattlesnakes
o Echo & the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain
o Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome
o Minor Threat – Out of Step
o Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime
o Prince – Purple Rain
o Replacements – Let it Be
o Run DMC
o Sade – Diamond Life
o Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA
o Style Council – Café Bleu
o Tina Turner – Private Dancer
o Van Halen – 1984
o Youssou N’Dour – Immigrés

o a-ha – Hunting High & Low
o Big Black – Atomizer
o Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
o Dexys Midnight Runners – Don’t Stand Me Down
o Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
o Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace
o Abdullah Ibrahim – Water from an Ancient Well
o Iron Maiden - Live After Death
o Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy
o Mekons – Fear & Whiskey
o New Order – Low Life
o Pogues – Rum, Sodomy & the Lash
o Scritti Politti – Cupid & Psyche 85
o Simply Red – Picture Book
o Smiths – Meat is Murder
o Prefab Sprout – Steve McQueen (aka Two Wheels Good)
o Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair
o Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega
o Tom Waits – Rain Dogs

o Bad Brains – I Against I
o Anita Baker – Rapture
o Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock: The Album
o Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
o Billy Bragg – Talking with the Taxman About Poetry
o Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
o Elvis Costello – Blood & Chocolate
o Steve Earle – Guitar Town
o Peter Gabriel – So
o Nanci Griffith – Last of the True Believers
o Megadeth – Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?
o Metallica – Master of Puppets
o Run DMC – Raising Hell
o Paul Simon – Graceland
o Slayer – Reign in Blood
o Smiths – Queen is Dead
o Sonic Youth – Evol
o Talk Talk – Colour of Spring
o The The – Infected
o Throwing Muses – Throwing Muses
o XTC – Skylarking

o Anthrax – Among the Living
o Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician
o Cult – Electric
o Def Leppard – Hysteria
o Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses
o Dinosaur Jr – You’re Living All Over Me
o Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
o Hüsker Dü – Warehouse: Songs & Stories
o Michael Jackson – Bad
o Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands
o King Diamond - Abigail
o Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Shaka Zulu
o Laibach – Opus Dei
o George Michael – Faith
o Napalm Death – Scum
o Dolly Parton with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – Trio
o Pet Shop Boys – Actually
o Astor Piazzolla & Gary Burton – New Tango
o Prince – Sign O’ the Times
o REM – Document
o Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien
o Sisters of Mercy – Floodland
o Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come
o Sonic Youth – Sister
o Terence Trent D’Arby – Introducing the Hardline According to…
o Triffids – Calenture
o U2 – Joshua Tree

o American Music Club – California
o Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
o Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Session
o Dagmar Krause – Tank Battles
o Dinosaur Jr – Bug
o Fishbone – Truth & Soul
o Marty Friedman - Dragon's Kiss
o Go Betweens – 16 Lovers Lane
o Happy Mondays – Bummed
o Idlewild - Everything But the Girl
o Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking
o KD Lang – Shadowland
o Living Colour - Vivid
o Metallica – And Justice for All
o Morrissey – Viva Hate
o Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff
o My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything
o Pixies – Surfer Rosa
o Pogues – If I Should Fall from Grace with God
o Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
o Queensryche - operation: mindcrime
o REM – Green
o Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
o Sugarcubes – Life’s Too Good
o Tracy Chapman
o Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues
o Dwight Yoakam – Beuenas Noches from a Lonely Roomn

o 808 State – 808:90
o Barry Adamson – Moss Side Story
o Aerosmith – Pump
o Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
o Neneh Cherry – Raw Like Sushi
o Coldcut – What’s That Noise?
o Cure – Disintegration
o De La Soul – 3 Feet High & Rising
o Faith No More – Real Thing
o Firehouse - From Ohio
o Fugazi – Repeater
o John Lee Hooker – The Healer
o Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814
o Jungle Brothers – Done by the Forces of Nature
o Lenny Kravitz – Let Love Rule
o Baaba Maal & Mansour Seck – Djam Leelii
o Madonna – Like a Prayer
o Steve Morse - High Tension Wires
o New Order – Technique
o Nirvana - Bleach
o NWA – Straight Outta Compton
o Pixies – Doolittle
o Queen Latifah – All Hail the Queen
o Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time
o Soul II Soul – Club Classics: Vol One
o Spacemen 3 – Playing with Fire
o Stone Roses
o Young Gods – l'Eau Rouge
o John Zorn – Spy vs Spy: Music of Ornette Coleman
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o Black Crowes – Shake Your Money Maker
o Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas
o Deee Lite – World Clique
o Depeche Mode – Violator
o Digital Underground – Sex Packets
o Happy Mondays – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches
o Ice Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
o Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual
o La’s
o LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out
o Megadeth – Rust in Peace
o George Michael – Listen Without Prejudice: Vol 1
o Sinéad O'Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got
o Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
o Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour
o Pixies – Bossanova
o Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet
o Ride – Nowhere
o Shamen – En-Tact
o Sonic Youth – Goo
o Suicidal Tendencies -!
o Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm
o Neil Young – Ragged Glory

o Julian Cope – Peggy Suicide
o Crowded House – Woodface
o Cypress Hill
o Death - Human
o Gang Starr – Step in the Arena
o Ice T – OG: Original Gangster
o Jah Wobble – Rising Above Bedlam
o KLF – White Room
o MC Solaar - Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempo
o Massive Attack – Blue Lines
o Metallica [aka Black Album]
o Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge
o My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
o Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile
o Nirvana – Nevermind
o Pearl Jam – Ten
o Primal Scream – Screamadelica
o Public Enemy – Apocalypse 91… Enemy Strikes Back
o Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
o Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha
o Sepultura – Arise
o Slint – Spiderland
o Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger

o Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque
o Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory
o U2 – Achtung Baby

o Alice in Chains – Dirt
o Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
o Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-92
o Arrested Development – 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of…
o Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Henry’s Dream, by…
o Daisy Chainsaw - Eleventeen
o Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury
o Dr Dre – The Chronic
o Dream Theater - Images and Words
o Faith No More - Angel Dust
o Ice Cube – Predator
o KD Lang – Ingénue
o Kyuss - Blues For The Red Sun
o Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray
o Baaba Maal – Lam Toro
o Ministry – Psalm 69 (Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs)
o Morrissey – Your Arsenal
o Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Devotional Songs
o Koffi Olomidé – Haut de Gamme: Koweït, Rive Gauche
o PJ Harvey – Dry
o Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power
o Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted
o Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II the…
o Rage Against the Machine
o REM – Automatic for the People
o Sonic Youth – Dirty
o Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies
o Stereo MCs – Connected
o Sugar – Copper Blue
o Tom Waits – Bone Machine

o Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen
o Auteurs – New Wave
o Björk
o Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish
o Boo Radleys – Giant Steps
o Sheryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club
o Cynic - Focus
o Death - Individual Thought Patterns
o Fall – Infotainment Scan
o Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy
o Jamiroquai – Emergency on Planet Earth
o Aimee Mann – Whatever
o Nirvana – In Utero
o William Orbit – Strange Cargo: III
o Orbital [aka Brown Album]
o PJ Harvey – Rid of Me
o Pet Shop Boys – Very
o Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
o Sebadoh – Bubble & Scrape
o Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
o Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle
o Suede
o Paul Weller – Wild Wood
o Wu Tang Clan – Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)

o Beastie Boys – Ill Communication
o Beck - Mellow Gold
o Frank Black – Teenager of the Year
o Blur – Parklife
o Bush - Sixteen Stone
o Jeff Buckley – Grace
o Elvis Costello – Brutal Youth
o Drive Like Jehu – Yank Crime
o G Love & Special Sauce
o Girls Against Boys – Venus Luxure No 1 Baby
o Hole – Live Through This
o Jeru the Damaja – Sun Rises in the East
o Kyuss - Welcome To Sky Valley
o Manic Street Preachers – Holy Bible
o Massive Attack – Protection
o Method Man – Tical
o Morrissey – Vauxhall & I
o Nas – Illmatic
o Nine Inch Nails – Downward Spiral
o Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York
o Notorious BIG – Ready to Die
o Oasis – Definitely Maybe
o Offspring – Smash
o Orbital – Snivilisation
o Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
o Portishead – Dummy
o Sabres of Paradise – Haunted Dancehall
o Soundgarden – Superunknown
o Suede – Dog Man Star
o TLC – CrazySexyCool
o Ali Farka Touré – Talking Timbuktu
o Weezer

o 2Pac – Me Against the World
o At The Gates - Slaughter of the Soul
o Bjork - Post
o Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust
o D’Angelo – Brown Sugar
o Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons
o Elastica
o Foo Fighters
o Garbage
o Genius GZA – Liquid Swords
o Goldie – Timeless
o Green Day – Dookie
o Guided by Voices – Alien Lanes
o Iced Earth - Burnt Offerings
o Femi Kuti
o Leftfield – Leftism
o Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill
o Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight
o Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
o Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation
o Pulp – Different Class
o Radiohead – The Bends
o Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
o Rocket from the Crypt – Scream, Dracula, Scream
o Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness
o Supergrass – I Should Coco
o Tricky – Maxinquaye
o Verve – A Northern Soul

o Barry Adamson – Oedipus Schmoedipus
o Fiona Apple – Tidal
o Ash – 1977
o Beck – Odelay
o Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
o Belle & Sebastian – Tigermilk
o Cardigans – First Band on the Moon
o Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads
o Charlatans – Tellin’ Stories
o DJ Shadow – Endtroducing
o Divine Comedy – Casanova
o Dr Octagon – Dr Octagonecologyst
o Eels – Beautiful Freak
o Everything But the Girl – Walking Wounded
o Fatboy Slim – Better Living Through Chemistry
o Fugees – The Score
o Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Come Find Yourself
o LTJ Bukem – Logical Progression
o Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go
o Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar
o Maxwell – Urban Hang Suite
o Reel Big Fish - Turn The Radio Off
o Screaming Trees – Dust
o Sepultura – Roots
o Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Now I Got Worry
o Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
o Super Furry Animals – Fuzzy Logic
o Tool - Ænima
o Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die
o Underworld – Second Toughest in the Infants
o Weezer - Pinkerton
o Wilco – Being There
o Zakk Wylde - Book of Shadows

o Bjork - Homogenic
o Blur
o Buena Vista Social Club
o Mariah Carey – Butterfly
o Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Boatman’s Call
o Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
o Cornershop – When I was Born for the 7th Time
o Daft Punk – Homework
o Dandy Warhols
o David Holmes – Let’s Get Killed
o Deftones - Around the Fur
o Divine Comedy – A Short Album About Love
o Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind
o Foo Fighters - The Colour and the Shape
o Missy Elliott Misdemeanor – Supa Dupa Fly
o Pavement - Brighten the Corners
o Primal Scream – Vanishing Point
o Prodigy – Fat of the Land
o Finley Quaye – Maverick a Strike
o Radiohead – OK Computer
o Roni Size & Reprazent – New Forms
o Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out
o Elliott Smith – Either/Or
o Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentlemen, We are Floating in Space
o Supergrass – In it for the Money
o Robbie Williams – Life Thru a Lens
o Robert Wyatt – Shleep
o Verve – Urban Hymns

o Air – Moon Safari
o Beta Band - The Three EP's
o Blind Guardian - Nightfall in Middle-Earth
o Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children
o Billy Bragg & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue
o Jeff Buckley - Sketches for my Sweetheart the Drunk
o Manu Chao – Clandestino
o Bob Dylan – Bootleg Series Vol 4: Live 1966
o Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby
o David Gray – White Ladder
o Lauryn Hill– Miseducation of…
o Hole – Celebrity Skin
o Cheb Khalèd – Kenza
o Kid Rock – Devil Without a Cause
o Korn – Follow the Leader
o Madonna – Ray of Light
o Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs
o Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane over the Sea
o Pulp – This is Hardcore
o Queens of the Stone Age
o Talvin Singh – OK
o Squarepusher - Music Is Rotted One Note
o System of a Down
o Turbonegro – Apocalypse Dudes
o Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road

o At the Drive-In - Vaya
o Basement Jaxx – Remedy
o Bonnie Prince Billy – I See a Darkness
o Death in Vegas – Contino Sessions
o Dream Theater - Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes from a Memory
o Eminem – Slim Shady LP
o Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin
o Incubus – Make Yourself
o Le Tigre
o Les Rhymes Digitales – Darkdancer
o Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
o Metallica – S&M
o Moby – Play
o Beth Orton – Central Reservation
o Rage Against The Machine - Battle of Los Angeles
o Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication
o Nitin Sawhney – Beyond Skin
o Shack – HMS Fable
o Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun
o Skunk Anansie – Post Orgasmic Chill
o Slipknot
o Britney Spears – Baby One More Time
o Suba - São Paulo Confessions
o Travis – Man Who
o Tom Waits - Mule Variations
o XTC – Apple Venus: Volume 1
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o Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
o Air – Virgin Suicides
o At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command
o Avalanches – Since I Left You
o Badly Drawn Boy – Hour of Bewilderbeast
o Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun
o Coldplay – Parachutes
o MJ Cole – Sincere
o Common – Like Water for Chocolate
o Doves – Lost Souls
o Electric Wizard - Dopethrone
o Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP
o Giant Sand – Chore of Enchantment
o Bebel Gilberto – Tanto Tempo
o Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
o Emmylou Harris – Red Dirt Girl
o PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
o Iron Maiden - Brave New World
o Mike Ladd – Welcome to the Afterfuture
o Lambchop – Nixon
o Ute Lemper – Punishing Kiss
o Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog Flavored Water
o Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
o Madonna – Music
o Mudvayne - LD50
o OutKast – Stankonia
o Radiohead – Kid A
o Red Snapper – Our Aim is to Satisfy
o Elliott Smith – Figure 8
o U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind

o Ryan Adams – Gold
o Beta Band – Hot Shots II
o Björk – Vespertine
o Daft Punk - Discovery
o Destiny’s Child – Survivor
o Drive-By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera
o Gorillaz
o Gotan Project – La Revancha del Tango
o Jay Z – Blueprint
o Muse - Origin Of Symmetry
o Opeth - Blackwater Park
o Radiohead – Amnesiac
o Röyksopp – Melody AM
o Silver Jews – Bright Flight
o Strokes – Is This It?
o Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World
o System of a Down - Toxicity
o Tool - Lateralus
o Gilian Welch – Time (The Revelator)
o White Stripes – White Blood Cells

o Agalloch - The Mantle
o Audioslave
o Beck – Sea Change
o Bees – Sunshine Hit Me
o Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
o Johnny Cash – American IV: Man Comes Around
o Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
o Coral
o Doves – Last Broadcast
o Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
o Isis - Oceanic
o Norah Jones – Come Away with Me
o Jurassic 5 – Power in Numbers
o Missy Elliott – Under Construction
o Ms Dynamite – A Little Deeper
o Porcupine Tree - In Absentia
o Queens of the Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf
o Red Hot Chili Peppers - By The Way
o Roots – Phrenology
o Sigur Ros - ( )
o Sleater-Kinney - One Beat
o Bruce Springsteen – The Rising
o Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

o Children of Bodom - Hate Crew Deathroll
o Coheed & Cambria - In Keeping Slients of Silent Earth 3
o Darkness - Permission to Land
o Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
o Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner
o Dream Theater - Train of Thought
o Fall of Troy
o Lightning Bolt – Wonderful Rainbow
o Mars Volta - De-loused In The Comatorium
o OutKast – Speakerboxxx/Love Below
o Rufus Wainwright - Want One
o White Stripes - Elephant
o Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell

o Arcade Fire – Funeral
o Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing in the Hands
o Björk – Medúlla
o Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus
o Cee-Lo Green – Is the Soul Machine
o Chevelle - This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
o Death From Above 1979 - You're A Woman, I'm A Machine
o Franz Ferdinand
o John Frusciante - Shadows Collide With People
o Green Day - American Idiot
o Icarus Line – Penance Soirée
o Killers – Hot Fuss
o Liars – They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
o Morrissey – You Are the Quarry
o Mylo – Destroy Rock & Roll
o N*E*R*D - Fly Or Die
o Ozomatli - Street Signs
o Scissor Sisters
o Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
o Streets – A Grand Don’t Come for Free
o TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
o Rufus Wainwright – Want Two
o Kanye West – College Dropout

o Antony and the Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
o Audioslave - Out of Exile
o Avenged Sevenfold - City of Evil
o Between the Buried and Me - Alaska
o Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
o Coheed and Cambria - GAIB IV, Vol 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness
o Common - Be
o Fall of Troy - Doppelgänger
o Richard Hawley - Coles Corner
o Nevermore - The Godless Endeavor
o Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth
o Protest The Hero - Kezia
o Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise
o White Stripes - Get Behind Me Satan
o Wolfmother

o Agalloch - Ashes Against The Grain
o Christina Aguilera - Back To Basics
o Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
o Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor
o Killswitch Engage - As Daylight Dies
o Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
o John Mayer - Continuum
o Muse - Black Holes & Revelations
o Joanna Newsom - Ys
o Tool - 10,000 Days
o Ali Farka Toure - Savane
o Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

o Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
o Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
o Between The Buried And Me - Colors
o Dimmu Borgir - In Sorte Diaboli
o Electric Wizard - Witchcult Today
o The Good, The Bad & The Queen
o Interpol - Our Love To Admire
o Justice - Cross
o Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future
o LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
o Machine Head - The Blackening
o MIA - Kala
o Radiohead - In Rainbows
o Symphony X - Paradise Lost
o Kanye West - Graduation

o Coldplay - Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends
o Crystal Castles
o Foals - Antidotes
o MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
o Muse - Live At HAARP
o Vampire Weekend

2000s list edited to match the 2008 edition of the book.

Credit goes to Steve Parker for typing out the 2005 version of the list.

General Editor of the book was Robert Dimery.

If you want to find out more about each of these albums, I suggest that you buy the book (UK , US) or consult Wikipedia.

Downloading the Albums

Most of the albums can be found on BT Junkie.

BitTorrent Clients

uTorrent for Windows
Transmission for Mac

Audio Quality

In the torrent title, there's usually a mention of the quality of the audio. MP3s generally come in 192kbps, 256kbps or 320kbps - the higher, the better. An MP3 album is generally between 70MB and 120MB in size.

The best quality you'll find is in FLAC files. When converted to WAV by a program like FreeRip for Windows or xACT for Mac, these come out at 1411kbps; which is basically CD quality. However, this means they will be bigger files, so a FLAC album can be anything upwards of 200MB in size.
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I nominate for sticky, just because I know this will be posted in quite a bit.... and its a good thread....
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o NWA – Straight Outta Compton

"a young n!gger named eazy!", NWA f*ckin rule

for 90's thrash i'd definitely go with Suicidal Tendencies -!
Yay. Venom get some recognition. I may not have read It properly but it seems they swapped Iowa for Slipknot's debut instead. Oh well. It's good to see a wide range of genres represented though.

EDIT: I reckon they should've put The Colour and the Shape instead of the Foo Fighter's debut.
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Trust me man, it's Smoke on the Water. Deep Purple only wrote one song.
I don't like most of the 2000 list...
Do we really need someone telling us we MUST appreciate those albums? I understand recommendations, but why make it look like they're absolutely essential?
yes mc solaar !
da vinci claude is an awesome song, even though i dont think its on this album.
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Metal sucks
Man that's a one bad, bad list. That's pretty much rock, blues, punk n' ****... where are all the metal albums? WHERE ARE ALL OF THE GODDAMN BUCKETHEAD ALBUMS?!
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LOL, for some reason the impression I get from you is like some wacky Frank Zappa of metal pulling pranks at the Grammys and telling crude jokes during interviews.
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I don't like most of the 2000 list...
Do we really need someone telling us we MUST appreciate those albums? I understand recommendations, but why make it look like they're absolutely essential?

It's hype to make the book sell. Here, it's just recommendations. There are millions of albums out there, and this list aims to give a good starting point for the uninitiated.
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Man that's a one bad, bad list. That's pretty much rock, blues, punk n' ****... where are all the metal albums? WHERE ARE ALL OF THE GODDAMN BUCKETHEAD ALBUMS?!

List some "essential" metal albums, and Buckethead's best; and I'll add them.
I think I've seen this book before - I was disappointed not to see Bruce Springsteen's The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle on it. It's an amazing album that just doesn't seem to be recognised as much as it's better than Born To Run.
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I don't like most of the 2000 list...
Do we really need someone telling us we MUST appreciate those albums? I understand recommendations, but why make it look like they're absolutely essential?

"must hear" not appreciate... there is a difference
indeed great to see kind of blue. Tattoo you by The Stones is missing though
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Man that's a one bad, bad list. That's pretty much rock, blues, punk n' ****... where are all the metal albums?

is Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Venom, Anthrax, Napalm Death, Sepultra and Pantera not enough for you???
there's a whole lotta decent metal on there
I've been trying to collect all of these, I printed out the list too, but the 00s suck.
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I'm glad to see the list isn't just ALL pop. But I didn't see Cynic's Focus. Whether or not you like metal, I think everyone should hear this album in their lifetime.

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you missed acdc black ice

Back in Black shouldn't've even been on there. AC/DC is hardly "must-hear" music.
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Back in Black shouldn't've even been on there. AC/DC is hardly "must-hear" music.


I'm glad to see Joan Baez in the list.
sometimes I see us in a cymbal splash or in the sound of a car crash
Some of these aren't great choices IMO. Some of the bands are must listen, but they've picked the wrong album (eg Cypress Hill, Korn, the Streets)
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AC/DC is hardly "must-hear" music.

I take it you don't own/have listened to Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap or Powerage then
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I take it you don't own/have listened to Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap or Powerage then

Don't own, but have listened through both. Their stuff is all completely unimaginative and boring, and they've always had obnoxious singers who wrote stupid lyrics.
What about Tool-Aenema or Lateralus?
Any Opeth album
Good list though
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Don't own, but have listened through both. Their stuff is all completely unimaginative and boring, and they've always had obnoxious singers who wrote stupid lyrics.

But they embodied sex drugs and rock n roll IMO, I mean the gravely singing of bon scott and brian johson may be annoying to some but to me it's f'in great, and how are the songs unimaginative? who else wrote songs like that? plus Angus kicks ass
/ ac/dc fanboyism
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Oh either Blood mountain by mastodon or leviathan both of those kicked ass
um practice what you preach by testament peace sells...but who's buyin? by megadeth I didn't see screaming for vengance judas priest, I dunno what else should be on there

Practice What You Preach added.

Peace Sells... is already in there.

British Steel is in there; decide if SFV equals or exceeds it.

Any votes on Mastodon?
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Some of these aren't great choices IMO. Some of the bands are must listen, but they've picked the wrong album (eg Cypress Hill, Korn, the Streets)

Which would you suggest?

Also, votes on an Opeth album or two?
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Don't own, but have listened through both. Their stuff is all completely unimaginative and boring, and they've always had obnoxious singers who wrote stupid lyrics.

Okay some of the lyrics are odd (Big Balls), but some of their lyrics are really though-provoking like 'Ride On', 'Gimme A Bullet' and 'Gone Shootin''

and Bon Scott was voted 'Best Frontman Ever' in Classic Rock magazine, above Robert Plant, Freddie Mercury etc
Hull City A.F.C

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Any votes on Mastodon?
Lifesblood>Remission>Blood Mountain>Leviathan

I think Kyuss - Blues for the Red Sun should be on that list, and Maxinquaye by Tricky.
For 90's: Wowee Zowee and Brighten the Corners.
Both by Pavement.