The 100 Essential Albums

For about 6 months I researched and put together a list of albums everybody should hear at least once in their lives.  The list is a combination of numerous other lists from books and websites of greatest albums of all time.  The results may surprise you.  It’s an interesting mix of genres from different eras.  My final list contains 277 titles; these are the top 100.  Everyone should take a listen.  I certainly am.

  1. OK Computer – Radiohead
  2. The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
  3. Revolver – The Beatles
  4. Abbey Road – The Beatles
  5. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
  6. Nevermind – Nirvana
  7. The Beatles (The White Album) – The Beatles
  8. Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin
  9. London Calling – The Clash
  10. Kid A – Radiohead
  11. Funeral – Arcade Fire
  12. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
  13. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico
  14. The Bends – Radiohead
  15. In Rainbows – Radiohead
  16. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
  17. Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
  18. Rubber Soul – The Beatles
  19. Doolittle – Pixies
  20. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars – David Bowie
  21. Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
  22. The Queen is Dead – The Smiths
  23. The Joshua Tree – U2
  24. The Wall – Pink Floyd
  25. Who’s Next – The Who
  26. Is This It – The Strokes
  27. Exile on Main Street – The Rolling Stones
  28. Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  29. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
  30. The Doors – The Doors
  31. Ten – Pearl Jam
  32. Loveless – My Bloody Valentine
  33. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis
  34. Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan
  35. Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin
  36. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
  37. Grace – Jeff Buckley
  38. Appetite for Destruction – Guns n’ Roses
  39. Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
  40. Daydream Nation – Sonic Youth
  41. In Utero – Nirvana
  42. Let it Bleed – The Rolling Stones
  43. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac
  44. Automatic for the People – R.E.M.
  45. Achtung Baby – U2
  46. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols – The Sex Pistols
  47. A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay
  48. Elephant – The White Stripes
  49. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
  50. Marquee Moon – Television
  51. Astral Weeks – Van Morrison
  52. Closer – Joy Division
  53. A Night at the Opera – Queen
  54. Thriller – Michael Jackson
  55. Electric Ladyland – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  56. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
  57. Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin
  58. Hunky Dory – David Bowie
  59. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not – Arctic Monkeys
  60. Back in Black – AC/DC
  61. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Wilco
  62. Remain in Light – Talking Heads
  63. Disintegration – The Cure
  64. Master of Puppets – Metallica
  65. Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine
  66. Surfer Rosa – Pixies
  67. Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins
  68. Forever Changes – Love
  69. Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
  70. Bringing it All Back Home – Bob Dylan
  71. Blood Sugar Sex Magik – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  72. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
  73. Dummy – Portishead
  74. Low – David Bowie
  75. Blue – Joni Mitchell
  76. Pink Moon – Nick Drake
  77. After the Gold Rush – Neil Young
  78. Unplugged in New York – Nirvana
  79. Amnesiac – Radiohead
  80. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon
  81. Rain Dogs – Tom Waits
  82. Beggar’s Banquet – The Rolling Stones
  83. A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
  84. Purple Rain – Prince
  85. American Idiot – Green Day
  86. Harvest – Neil Young
  87. Transformer – Lou Reed
  88. Californication – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  89. Odessey and Oracle – The Zombies
  90. Slanted & Enchanted – Pavement
  91. Metallica – Metallica
  92. Tommy – The Who
  93. Ramones – Ramones
  94. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
  95. The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem
  96. Dookie – Green Day
  97. Trout Mask Replica – Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band
  98. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon and Garfunkel
  99. Odelay – Beck
  100. Innervisions – Stevie Wonder

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