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 436 albums (so far). 1 > 50 51 > 100 101 > 150 151 > 200 201 > 250 251 > 300 301 > 350 351 > 400 401 > 436
The cultural impact that this album had on the world can not be overstated. This is what music is all about.
Exile on Main St.
The Rolling Stones
Sounded a bit derivative at first but one day it suddenly clicked. I now listen to this at least once each week to stay grounded.
Soundtracks for the Blind
Intended to be a "soundtrack for a non-existent film" but ended up being one of the greatest recordings of all time.
Kind of Blue
The stars aligned when this album was made. Every single aspect of it is firing on all cylinders.
Spanish Dance Troupe
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
Much like Exile, this album did not make an impression on me at first. I still remember the moment when it hit me.
The Soft Bulletin
The Flaming Lips
Wildly creative yet laser focused. Wayne Coyne once stated while recorded this album, that he didn't play an instrument, he played a studio.
Remain in Light
This level of talent and musicianship on this album is absolutely staggering. Yet, the great songs remain the focal point.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
To be honest, I like the Beatles but they are not really my cup of tea. However, I can not deny the brilliance of this album.
In addition to a surprising grasp of music composition, production, orchestration and history, they also had TWO outstanding songwriters.
The Beach Boys
This is such a complex recording. Levels upon levels of fine details to discover and enjoy.
Give yourself a real treat and listen to this outside on a sunny afternoon while relaxing with a cocktail. Beautiful.
This is my personal favorite. It has everything I love. Great songs, an intense band, mind-blowing harmonies and just the right balance of emotion and humor
Simple, tasteful songs with a loads of ultra-cool attitude. The music might sound dated now but Marc Bolan's swagger and guitar sound will never get old.
Trout Mask Replica
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
These 'experiments' by Don Van Vliet might seem a little deranged on the surface but there is some astonishingly creative music played by some seriously talented musicians on this album.
The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
The orchestration in this recording is a mind-blowing. Layers and layers of subtle details.
These songs are great on their own but there is something about this album that makes them sound better together.
The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Velvet Underground
How can music be so simple and basic yet so creative and abstract at the same time. Another album whose cultural impact can not be overstated.
Iggy recorded this while living in Germany and it has a really cool, unique vibe. There is nothing else like it.
Mark Hollis ventured into a whole new creative realm on this awesome album. There is virtually nothing else to compare it to.
Unlike a lot of goth and metal music, this is not music made to sound dark. It just plain is. The most atmospheric album I have ever heard.
There are 'concept' albums and then there is Eskimo. This is basically a story told via sounds which seems far-fetched but that is where the Residents reside. They make it work.
Dark Side of the Moon
Clouds Taste Metallic
The Flaming Lips
What's Going On
Spirit of Eden
Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
Heaven or Las Vegas
Let Love In
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Automatic for the People
Tortoise employs a vast array of instruments, samples and electronics to paint beautiful, complex sonic images on this recording. Headphones, lounge chair and a glass of wine recommended.
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Neutral Milk Hotel
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
...On The Subject Of Mortality
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
The Queen Is Dead
Tao of the Dead
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Fear of Music
Wish You Were Here
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