List Of Essential Albums

A great album is an assemblage of songs that collectively form a body of music that is more enjoyable than the individual songs.  The great ones will even reveal something new with each listen.  This is a list of albums that fit that criteria. 

This list contains 437 albums (so far).
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1
London Calling
The Clash
(1979)
2
Exile on Main St.
The Rolling Stones
(1972)
3
Soundtracks for the Blind
Swans
(1996)
4
Kind of Blue
Miles Davis
(1959)
5
Spanish Dance Troupe
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
(1999)
6
The Soft Bulletin
The Flaming Lips
(1999)
7
Remain in Light
Talking Heads
(1980)
8
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
(1967)
9
Zen Arcade
Hüsker Dü
(1984)
10
Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys
(1966)
11
Swing Easy
Frank Sinatra
(1962)
12
Deja entendu
Brand New
(2003)
13
The Slider
T. Rex
(1972)
14
Trout Mask Replica
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
(1969)
15
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Mingus
(1995)
16
OK Computer
Radiohead
(1997)
17
The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground
(1967)
18
New Values
Iggy Pop
(1979)
19
Laughing Stock
Talk Talk
(1991)
20
Faith
The Cure
(1981)
21
Tago Mago
Can
(1971)
22
Eskimo
The Residents
(1979)
23
Mount Eerie
The Microphones
(2003)
24
Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd
(1973)
25
Clouds Taste Metallic
The Flaming Lips
(1995)
26
Souvlaki
Slowdive
(1993)
27
What's Going On
Marvin Gaye
(1971)
28
Cassadaga
Bright Eyes
(2007)
29
Spirit of Eden
Talk Talk
(1988)
30
Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
Frank Sinatra
(1956)
31
Spiderland
Slint
(1991)
32
Heaven or Las Vegas
Cocteau Twins
(1990)
33
Spike
Elvis Costello
(1989)
34
The Bends
Radiohead
(1995)
35
Let Love In
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
(1994)
36
Automatic for the People
R.E.M.
(1992)
37
TNT
Tortoise
(1998)
38
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel
(1998)
39
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
David Bowie
(1972)
40
...On The Subject Of Mortality
Panopticon
(2011)
41
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Wilco
(2002)
42
Chill Out
The KLF
(1990)
43
Nowhere
Ride
(1990)
44
Rot Forever
Sioux Falls
(2016)
45
The Queen Is Dead
The Smiths
(1986)
46
Tao of the Dead
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
(2011)
47
Fear of Music
Talking Heads
(1979)
48
Paul's Boutique
Beastie Boys
(1989)
49
Kid A
Radiohead
(2000)
50
Abbey Road
The Beatles
(1969)

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