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
101
Darkness on the Edge of Town
Bruce Springsteen
(1978)
102
Kentucky
Panopticon
(2012)
103
Funeral
Arcade Fire
(2004)
104
The Boatman's Call
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
(1997)
105
Halcyon Digest
Deerhunter
(2010)
106
Lost in the Dream
The War on Drugs
(2014)
107
Electro-Shock Blues
Eels
(1998)
108
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
Wu-Tang Clan
(1993)
109
Debut
Björk
(1993)
110
Ege Bamyasi
Can
(1973)
111
Play
Moby
(1999)
112
Hospice
The Antlers
(2009)
113
Sign o' the Times
Prince
(1987)
114
The Glow Pt. 2
The Microphones
(2001)
115
Everybody Digs Bill Evans
Bill Evans Trio
(1959)
116
Double Nickels on the Dime
Minutemen
(1984)
117
The River
Bruce Springsteen
(1980)
118
Red House Painters [Rollercoaster]
Red House Painters
(1993)
119
Camper Van Beethoven III
Camper Van Beethoven
(1986)
120
Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea
PJ Harvey
(2000)
121
Armed Forces
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
(1979)
122
Pretenders
Pretenders
(1980)
123
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
Devo
(1978)
124
Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
The Smashing Pumpkins
(1995)
125
The Holy Bible
Manic Street Preachers
(1994)
126
...And Don't the Kids Just Love It
Television Personalities
(1981)
127
Thank Christ for the Bomb
Groundhogs
(1970)
128
Daydream Nation
Sonic Youth
(1988)
129
Cardinal
Pinegrove
(2016)
130
The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld
Orb
(1991)
131
Tonight's the Night
Neil Young
(1975)
132
Ágætis byrjun
Sigur Rós
(1999)
133
After the Gold Rush
Neil Young
(1970)
134
Chutes Too Narrow
The Shins
(2003)
135
Black Love
The Afghan Whigs
(1996)
136
69 Love Songs
The Magnetic Fields
(1999)
137
Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
(1975)
138
Illmatic
Nas
(1994)
139
Siamese Dream
Smashing Pumpkins
(1993)
140
Twice Removed
Sloan
(1994)
141
Yanqui U.X.O.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
(2002)
142
Loveless
My Bloody Valentine
(1991)
143
Dummy
Portishead
(1994)
144
Moving Pictures
Rush
(1981)
145
Dear You
Jawbreaker
(2003)
146
The Joshua Tree
U2
(1987)
147
Portrait in Jazz
Bill Evans Trio
(1960)
148
Yerself Is Steam
Mercury Rev
(1991)
149
Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band
(1978)
150
Psychocandy
The Jesus and Mary Chain
(1985)
This album requires concentration and it needs to played loud. Also keep in mind that this album predates shoegaze.

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