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FGM13    705

I was listening to music today when I came across a song off an album I had been listening to my entire life, American Idiot. I noted to myself again that it’s one of my all time favourites, and it got me to thinking about what my top ten would be, and how interesting it would be to see others’ as well.

 

The only rule is this isn’t what you consider the ten best albums of all time, that’s different. This is a list of albums that you love or mean a lot to you, they don’t necessarily have to pass the test for greatness.

 

Mine is as follows (order doesn’t really matter here other than Zeppelin IV at the top):

 

  1. Led Zeppelin-Led Zeppelin IV
  2. Foo Fighters-Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace
  3. The Lumineers-The Lumineers
  4. The Gaslight Anthem-American Slang
  5. Bob Dylan-Bringing It All Back Home
  6. Green Day-American Idiot
  7. Foo Fighters-Wasting Light
  8. Tragically Hip-Fully Completely
  9. The Beatles-White Album
  10. Barr Brothers-Sleeping Operator

 

Honourable Mentions:

The Gaslight Anthem-The ‘59 Sound

The Lumineers-Cleopatra

Bob Dylan-Highway 61 Revisited

Sam Roberts-We Were Born In A Flame

Avett Brothers-I and Love and You

White Stripes-Icky Thump

Tragically Hip-Up To Here

Sublime-Sublime

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OnWis97    2,309

I'll go with a one-per-artist limit...These are not in order, except for #1, which has not wavered in over 20 years, now.

 

  1. Soundgarden: Superunknown
  2. Pearl Jam: Yield
  3. K's Choice: Cocoon Crash
  4. Alice in Chains: (Self-titled)
  5. Temple of the Dog
  6. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
  7. Ani DiFranco: Reveling/Reckoning
  8. Three 5 Human: A Swig from the Acid Bottle
  9. Stone Temple Pilots: Purple
  10. Chris Cornell: Higher Truth

    (I guess you can tell I was at the right age for 90s "Seattle" music)

Others: Ride the Lightning (Metallica), Blood on the Tracks (Dylan), Pearl Jam's catalog, Wasting Light (Foo Fighters), Rocks (Aerosmith), Californication (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and many more I'm not thinking of.

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In no particular order (because how could I rank these?):

 

The Beatles-The Beatles (Disc 1)

Bob Dylan-Blonde on Blonde (duh)

Billy Joel-The Stranger

Pink Floyd-The Wall

Beatles-Abbey Road

Joel-The Nylon Curtain

Beatles-Sgt. Pepper

Yes-Drama

Floyd-Dark Side of the Moon

Beatles-Let it Be

 

My problem is that, for a lot of albums, I've only heard one or two songs.  Take Who's Next.  I've heard two songs from it (Baba O'Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again).  Both are superb, but I haven't heard the rest of the album.  Other similar ones (Electric Light Orchestra-A New World Record, Oasis-Be Here Now, Beatles-Rubber Soul) may join the list as I hear them.

 

If we're listing double albums as single discs, Disc 1 of the White Album is absolutely my favorite disc of all time.  Disc 2 is rather subpar, though.  Combined, it may not be my favorite Beatles album.  I could go so in-depth on this, but I'll save it.

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Shumway    746

Not really in any order....

 

1. "Echoes Silence Patience & Grace" by Foo Fighters (good call @FGM13...by far my favorite album by my favorite band)

2. "Songs for the Deaf" by Queens of the Stone Age

3. "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" by Public Enemy

4. "Permission to Land" by The Darkness

5. "Be" by Common

6. "Bigger and Deffer" by LL Cool J

7. "In Your Honor" by Foo Fighters

8. "...Like Clockwork" by Queens of the Stone Age

9. "Them Crooked Vultures" by Them Crooked Vultures

10. "Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" by Lauryn Hill

 

Honorables/could probably be in this list most days:

- "The Score" by The Fugees

- "Royal Blood" by Royal Blood

- "Illmatic" by Nas

- "Cracked Rear View" by Hootie and the Blowfish

- "Apocalypse '91" by Public Enemy

- "By The Way" by RHCP

- "The Tipping Point" by The Roots

- "Low End Theory" by A Tribe Called Quest

- "Wasting Light" by Foo Fighters...again, solid call @FGM13 and @OnWis97

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In no order:

 

Fall Out Boy- Infinity On High

Tom Petty- Full Moon Fever

Cage the Elephant- Cage the Elephant

Linkin Park- Hybrid Theory

Logic- The Incredible True Story

Maroon 5- It Won't Be Soon Before Long

Eminem- Relapse

Fall Out Boy- Folie a Deux

Fall Out Boy- From Under the Cork Tree

Our Lady Peace- Clumsy

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Griffinmarlins    619

In no particular order...

 

Odelay - Beck

The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem

Melophobia - Cage the Elephant

Wasting Light - Foo Fighters

Aim and Ignite - FUN.

Torches - Foster the People 

Everybody Wants - The Struts

Babel - Mumford and Sons

Good News for People Who Love Bad News - Modest Mouse

Funeral - Arcade Fire

 

Edit: Honorable Mentions

 

Neon Bible - Arcade Fire

The Defamation of Strickland Banks - Plan B

The Moon and Antarctica - Modest Mouse

Young the Giant - Young the Giant

Voyeur - Saint Motel

Thank You, Happy Birthday - Cage the Elephant

Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys

They Want My Soul - Spoon

This is All Yours - Alt-J

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Germanshepherd    563

Top 10 for me 

 

1. Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 

2. Justice-Cross

3. Travis Scott-Rodeo

4. Kendrick Lamar- To Pimp a Butterfly 

5. Ariel Pink- Pom Pom

6. Danny Brown- Atrocity Exhibition 

7. OutKast- Stankonia

8. Arctic Monkeys- AM

9. Lupe Fiasco- Food & Liqour

10. Tame Impala- Currents 

 

Lengthy List of Honorable Mentions: Chance the Rapper- Coloring Book, J. Dilla- Donuts, Frank Ocean- Blonde, Lorde- Melodrama, The Bravery- The Bravery, Flying Lotus- Cosmogramma, N.E.R.D.-In search of..., The Neighborhood- I Love You., Death Grips- The Money Store, clipping.-CLPPNG, Phoenix- Its Never Been Like That, Godspeed You! Black Emperor- Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven, A$AP Rocky- Long. Live. A$AP (Deluxe Edition) and of course my profile pic Brockhampton-Saturation 

 

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The Six    490

Butthole Surfers - Electriclarryland

Judy and Mary - The Power Source

Shiina Ringo - Shouso Strip

Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica

The Presidents of the United States of America - The Presidents of the United States of America

Sugar - Beaster

Failure - Fantastic Planet

Alice in Chains - Jar of Flies

Core of Soul - 3

Foo Fighters - Foo Fighters

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the admiral    10,665
5 hours ago, Danny the Sheeb said:

My problem is that, for a lot of albums, I've only heard one or two songs.  Take Who's Next.  I've heard two songs from it (Baba O'Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again).  Both are superb, but I haven't heard the rest of the album.

 

You haven't heard "Bargain," "Going Mobile," or "Behind Blue Eyes" yet? Make sure to get to those. The rest isn't that great but I'll admit I've never gone too deep on the Who or solo Townshend. I typically love three or four songs per album but never an entire one. Who's Next at 5/8 is about as close as I get.

 

How have five different Foo Fighters albums been listed in this thread?

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CS85    5,402

10.  Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

9.  Fun - Some Nights

8.  My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

7.  Angels & Airwaves - I-Empire

6.  Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End

5.  Green Day - Dookie

4.  Metallica - Load

3.  Box Car Racer

2.  Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American 

1.  Blink-182 - Neighborhoods 

 

Honorable mention:



 

 

AFI - Winterunderground

Jesus Christ Superstar (original cast)

Green Day - Nimrod 

Linkin Park - Living Things

blink-182 (self titled)

Bad Meets Evil - Hell, The Sequel

New Found Glory - Resurrection

Owl City - Ocean Eyes

Panic At The Disco - Vices & Virtues

Red Hot Chili Peppers - I’m With You

 

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the admiral    10,665

With the proviso that if you ask me again in a week or even a day, the "bottom" five of this list could be completely different:

 

Brian Eno - Another Green World

Radiohead - Kid A

The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead

The Beatles - Revolver

Camper Van Beethoven - Key Lime Pie

New Radicals - Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site

XTC - Skylarking

Arcade Fire - Funeral

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the admiral    10,665
2 hours ago, Griffinmarlins said:

Odelay - Beck

Melophobia - Cage the Elephant

Wasting Light - Foo Fighters

Aim and Ignite - FUN.

Torches - Foster the People 

 

What's life like as the program director of a Cumulus-owned modern alternative station


EDIT: I'm sorry. That was rude.

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CS85    5,402
5 hours ago, the admiral said:

 

What's life like as the program director of a Cumulus-owned modern alternative station


EDIT: I'm sorry. That was rude.

 

*swats with broom*

 

Beauty of music is finding more.  I’m curious what you’d recommend for somebody who likes Fun’s Aim & Ignite, but is more along the lines of stuff you’ve enjoyed.   

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Griffinmarlins    619
7 hours ago, the admiral said:

 

What's life like as the program director of a Cumulus-owned modern alternative station


EDIT: I'm sorry. That was rude.

Hey I'm still pretty young compared to the rest of you. Scrolling through my music library and looking at the albums I know I've listened to all the way through, these were some of my top 10. Obviously my list will change in the future. 

 

BTW "Aim and Ignite" is FUN.'s first album, which is far superior to "Some Nights".

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OnWis97    2,309
8 hours ago, CS85 said:

10.  Daft Punk - Random Access Memories

9.  Fun - Some Nights

8.  My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade

7.  Angels & Airwaves - I-Empire

6.  Weezer - Everything Will Be Alright In The End

5.  Green Day - Dookie

4.  Metallica - Load

3.  Box Car Racer

2.  Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American 

1.  Blink-182 - Neighborhoods 

 

Honorable mention:

 

 

Interesting choice.  I don't know if I know anyone who would rank a Metallica album from outside the first five as their #1.  I have no music cred, so I'm asking out of curiosity (not because you're "wrong")...is Load about when you started getting into them?  Are you familiar with the early stuff.  Again, I'm not criticizing (I'd never do that after posting my list of mainstream); I've just never seen someone consider anything post "Black Album" as their #1.  I may have to pull that one out...I think I only have Bleeding Me (which is great) and Until It Sleeps on my Ipod.

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CS85    5,402
6 minutes ago, Griffinmarlins said:

BTW "Aim and Ignite" is FUN.'s first album, which is far superior to "Some Nights".

 

I don't really regard one as better than the other.  A&I is almost like a mini musical production in some regards, with big sweeping orchestration and tons of variety.  Some Nights I feature in my top 10 because of how important that album is to me personally.  "Stars" is my favorite Fun song.  A&I is a better album front to back, but Some Nights means more to me, so on the list it goes.

 

2 minutes ago, OnWis97 said:

Interesting choice.  I don't know if I know anyone who would rank a Metallica album from outside the first five as their #1.  I have no music cred, so I'm asking out of curiosity (not because you're "wrong")...is Load about when you started getting into them?  Are you familiar with the early stuff.  Again, I'm not criticizing (I'd never do that after posting my list of mainstream); I've just never seen someone consider anything post "Black Album" as their #1.  I may have to pull that one out...I think I only have Bleeding Me (which is great) and Until It Sleeps on my Ipod.

 

Hell, I know Load is mostly uninspired dreck.  Metallica's 80's output is timeless, black album has all kinds of hits, and I love certain songs from Death Magnetic & Hardwired, but I didn't grow up with any of those.  Load and Dookie were the two albums that basically defined my childhood, so when I put Load on, I immediately am transported back to the house where I grew up in and with each successive song more memories spill out.  So I mean if we're talking "Best" album as far as amazing mind blowing stuff, then yeah, Load wouldn't be on there.

 

But if we're talking about albums with most personal importance, Load would be on my list, for sure.

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sc49erfan15    899

I'll go with this in a somewhat particular order. Like everyone else, you could probably shuffle the bottom half (and sub in some of the top "cuts") given my mood on any particular day. Same goes for 2/3 and 4/5. I almost wanted to list them 2a/2b and 4a/4b because it's so hard to decide.

 

10. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - The Main Ingredient

9. Eminem - The Slim Shady LP

8. Big Boi and Dre Present... Outkast

7. Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance

6. Kanye West - The College Dropout

5. Masta Ace - Disposable Arts

4. Masta Ace - A Long Hot Summer

3. A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight Marauders

2. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory

1. Nas - Illmatic

 

Didn't make the cut, but came to mind:

 

Nelly - Country Grammar
Asamov - And Now...
Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Mos Def & Talib Kweli are Black Star
Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full
Jurassic 5 - Quality Control
GZA - Liquid Swords
Pete Rock & CL Smooth - Mecca and the Soul Brother
A Tribe Called Quest - People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
Digable Planets - Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)
Reflection Eternal - Train of Thought

 

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Webhamster    45

I'll definitely be showing my age with my list (in no particular order).

 

10,000 Maniacs - MTV Unplugged

Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend

Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting

Pearl Jam - Ten

Glass Tiger - The Thin Red Line (my first ever music purchase)

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

Pink Floyd - Animals

The Age of Faith - Pinned To The Willow (an indie Ottawa band from the 90's)

Howard Jones - Dream Into Action

Portishead - Dummy

Queensryche - Operation: MIndcrime

The Tragically Hip - Day For Night

Furnaceface - Just Buy It (another indie Ottawa 90's band)

Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska

R.E.M. - Document

 

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the admiral    10,665
7 hours ago, CS85 said:

I’m curious what you’d recommend for somebody who likes Fun’s Aim & Ignite, but is more along the lines of stuff you’ve enjoyed.   

 

I like that album! I guess from there I'd try to go to BeirutFinal Fantasy/Owen Pallett (some of the more baroque elements), and the New Pornographers (for the more power-pop elements).

 

 

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