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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151
Psychocandy
The Jesus and Mary Chain
(1985)
152
Keep It Like a Secret
Built to Spill
(1999)
153
De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta
(2003)
154
Diary
Sunny Day Real Estate
(1994)
155
Forever Changes
Love
(1967)
156
Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
(2008)
157
Beautiful Freak
Eels
(1996)
158
Steve McQueen
Prefab Sprout
(1985)
159
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animal Collective
(2009)
160
Doolittle
Pixies
(1989)
161
Blue Lines
Massive Attack
(1991)
162
Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
Deerhunter
(2009)
163
Mother Juno
The Gun Club
(1987)
164
Ambient 1: Music for Airports
Brian Eno
(1978)
165
Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
(1973)
166
The Days of Wine and Roses
The Dream Syndicate
(1982)
167
Short Sharp Shocked
Michelle Shocked
(1988)
168
13 Songs
Fugazi
(1989)
169
The Ragged School
Jacobites
(1986)
170
Another Green World
Eno
(1975)
171
Are You Experienced?
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
(1967)
172
Unknown Pleasures
Joy Division
(1979)
173
Pornography
The Cure
(1982)
174
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
Yo La Tengo
(2000)
175
Building
Sense Field
(1996)
176
Headsparks
Seam
(1992)
177
Appetite for Destruction
Guns n' Roses
(1987)
178
Axis: Bold as Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
(1967)
179
Rumours
Fleetwood Mac
(1977)
180
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
(1971)
181
Raw Power
Iggy and The Stooges
(1973)
182
Bossanova
Pixies
(1990)
183
Hunky Dory
David Bowie
(1972)
184
Pink Flag
Wire
(1977)
185
Lust for Life
Iggy Pop
(1977)
186
Sunny Day Real Estate [LP2]
Sunny Day Real Estate
(1995)
187
Epic
Sharon Van Etten
(2010)
188
Let It Bleed
The Rolling Stones
(1969)
189
Violator
Depeche Mode
(1990)
190
The Wall
Pink Floyd
(1979)
191
Horses
Patti Smith
(1975)
192
Children of God
Swans
(1987)
193
Nevermind
Nirvana
(1991)
194
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
(1980)
195
The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem
(2000)
196
Straight Outta Compton
N.W.A
(1988)
197
Beggars Banquet
The Rolling Stones
(1968)
198
Fire of Love
The Gun Club
(1981)
199
Meat Puppets II
Meat Puppets
(2012)
200
Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Stereolab
(1996)

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