Ultimate Album List

This is a countdown of (what I believe to be) the greatest albums ever made.

  1. Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning. Conor get it’s so perfect on this album, a great balance of upbeat and slow songs with piercing lyrics: “we might die from medication but we sure killed all the pain”.
  2. Bruce Springsteen – Born In The USA. Brucie changed direction leaning to a more pop orientated album that moved on from his darker records.
  3. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses. This band changed the music scene when this came out, fusing together dance, rock and pop this is the pioneering album of the ‘madchester’ scene.
  4. Kate Bush – Directors Cut. Her latest release saw Ms. Bush revisiting The Red Shoes and The Sensual World to create one hell of an album.
  5. Neil Young – Harvest Moon. This is the album that got me interested in Young and it sees him returning to a more acoustic sound.
  6. Nina Simone – I Put A Spell on You. Creating over 40 albums it’s hard to choose one album but this one seems slightly more upbeat and polished than some of her other records.
  7.  The Libertines – Up The Bracket. They gave life back into a music scene that seemed happy churning out Brit Pop copy cats (I’m looking at you Coldplay) and gave a generation their voice back.
  8. The Smiths – The Smiths. The production is flat and dreary, Morrissey’s voice is moany and the album is about child abuse, yet it all fits and works so well together.
  9. The Strokes – Is This It. The Strokes, just like The Libertines brought life back into a repetitive music scene.
  10. Jeff Buckley – Grace. That voice.
  11. Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
  12. Pulp – Different Class
  13. Sigur Rós – ( )
  14. Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
  15. Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
  16. Bright Eyes – Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil, Keep Your Ear To The Ground
  17. Chet Baker – (Chet Baker Sings) It Could Happen To You
  18. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  19. Beck – Mellow Gold
  20. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That Is What I Am Not
  21. The Clash – The Clash
  22. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Methadrone
  23. The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
  24. Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
  25. Gomez – Bring It On
  26. James Vincent McMorrow – Early In The Morning
  27. Nirvana – Nevermind
  28. Radiohead – The Bends
  29. Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman
  30. Blur – The Great Escape
  31. Primal Scream – Screamadelica
  32. Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line
  33. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
  34. Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
  35. Kate Bush – Never For Ever
  36. The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
  37. The Beta Band – Hot Shots II
  38. The Fall – Live At The Witch Trials
  39. Elliott Smith – Elliott Smith
  40. Sigur Rós – Takk…
  41. Muse – Origins of Symmetry
  42. Interpol – Turn on the Bright Lights
  43. Conor Oberst – Conor Oberst
  44. David Bowie – Diamond Dogs
  45. The Vines – Highly Evolved
  46. Richard Hawley – Lady’s Bridge
  47. Loudon Wainwright III – History
  48. Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
  49. Happy Mondays – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches
  50. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Take It From The Man!
  51. The Cure – The Head on the Door
  52. Elliott Smith – Figure 8
  53. Suede – Dog Man Star
  54. Beck – Guero
  55. Doves – The Last Broadcast
  56. Villagers – Becoming a Jackal
  57. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
  58. Heatmiser – Cop And Speeder
  59. The Kinks – Kinks
  60. Pixies – Doolittle
  61. The Clash – London Calling
  62. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – B.R.M.C
  63. Ryan Adams – Gold
  64. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever To Tell
  65. Arcade Fire – Funeral
  66. The Who – Tommy
  67. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It In People
  68. Biffy Clyro – Only Revolutions
  69. The Jam – In The City
  70. The Rolling Stones – Their Satanic Majesties Request
  71. The Dandy Warhols – Come Down
  72. Damien Rice – O
  73. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasure
  74. Simon Joyner – The Cowardly Traveller Pays His Toll
  75. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
  76. Built To Spill – There’s Nothing Wrong With Love
  77. Daniel Johnston – Retired Boxer
  78. The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  79. Thomas Dybdahl – Science
  80. Radiohead – Ok Computer
  81. Damien Rice – 9
  82. Kasabian – Kasabian
  83. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
  84. Sportfreunde Stiller – Burli
  85. Death Cab For Cutie – We Have The Facts and We’re Voting Yes
  86. Belle and Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap
  87. Dead Man’s Bones – Dead Man’s Bones
  88. The Smiths – The Queen is Dead
  89. Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out Of This Country
  90. The Felice Brothers – The Felice Brothers
  91. The Subways – Young For Eternity
  92. Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
  93. Ray LaMontagne – Till The Sun Turns Black
  94. The White Stripes – Elephant
  95. The Hold Steady – The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me
  96. Interpol – Antics
  97. Cat Stevens – Teaser and The Firecat
  98. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
  99. Cage The Elephant – Thank You Happy Birthday
  100. Bloc Party – Silent Alarm
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  1. kylewcdb

     /  22/10/2011

    good list, I made a top 75 list during the summer on a forum and we share some similarities(I had I’m Wide Awake and Is This It in my top 10, The Bends as my favorite Radiohead album). You seemed to go with a lot of classic artists that I avoided because I wasn’t sure how to rate them in comparison to today’s albums(though when I revise the list I’m going to consider all full length albums), but it’s always awesome to read lists like these. solid work

  2. Thanks alot.

  3. I love this list. Which isn’t to say I agree with everything on it, but I love that it’s not just a bunch of Beatles and Bob Dylan. It seems like you put a lot of thought into it, rather than just copying Rolling Stone. It’s also nice to know there is someone else out there who believes in the possibility that the best album ever WASN’T created in the ’60s.

    I once tried to make a top 50 list. I spent days on it, but I don’t think I ever finished…

  4. Thanks,

    I know what you mean, I do get sick of knowing when I read a countdown list it will be filled with The Beatles; I also get sick of people who are also stuck in the 60’s, we have had 52 years of music since then, there was also great music played before the 60’s.

    I think it would be interesting to see your top 50. It took a long time to create and there are some albums I would like to change with the release of new albums, but that will take far too much time.

    • Exactly! I think it’s just that so many of those lists are created by people who grew up in the ’60s and ’70s. So to them, nothing can top music from that era. In the same way, I’m partial to music from the early ’90s to today. The difference is that I don’t work for Rolling Stone…

      I’ve started making my top 50 again. I think I have it down to… 103. Baby steps…

      • So very true. I have to admit that the 90’s was a really good decade for music and has produced some of my favourite artists, it is just a shame that i spent the early 90’s as a child, I would have loved to have grown up when The Stone Roses were playing.

  5. It’s creepy that you’re like reading my mind… I say that same thing all the time. I wish I was a teenager in the early or mid-’90s so I could have experienced all that guitar rock when it first came out instead of having to discover it after the fact. Context is so important to me when listening to music.


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