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 421 albums (so far).

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151

Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
Deerhunter
(2009)

152

Mother Juno
The Gun Club
(1987)

153

Ambient 1: Music for Airports
Brian Eno
(1978)

154

Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
(1973)

155

The Days of Wine and Roses
The Dream Syndicate
(1982)

156

Short Sharp Shocked
Michelle Shocked
(1988)

157

13 Songs
Fugazi
(1989)

158

The Ragged School
Jacobites
(1986)

159

Another Green World
Eno
(1975)

160

Are You Experienced?
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
(1967)

161

Unknown Pleasures
Joy Division
(1979)

162

Pornography
The Cure
(1982)

163

And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
Yo La Tengo
(2000)

164

Building
Sense Field
(1996)

165

Headsparks
Seam
(1992)

166

Appetite for Destruction
Guns n’ Roses
(1987)

167

Axis: Bold as Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
(1967)

168

Rumours
Fleetwood Mac
(1977)

169

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
(1971)

170

Raw Power
Iggy and The Stooges
(1973)

171

Bossanova
Pixies
(1990)

172

Hunky Dory
David Bowie
(1972)

173

Pink Flag
Wire
(1977)

174

Lust for Life
Iggy Pop
(1977)

175

Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
(1995)

176

The Sophtware Slump
Grandaddy
(2000)

177

Let It Bleed
The Rolling Stones
(1969)

178

Violator
Depeche Mode
(1990)

179

The Wall
Pink Floyd
(1979)

180

Horses
Patti Smith
(1975)

181

Children of God
Swans
(1987)

182

Nevermind
Nirvana
(1991)

183

Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
(1980)

184

The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem
(2000)

185

Straight Outta Compton
N.W.A
(1988)

186

Beggars Banquet
The Rolling Stones
(1968)

187

Amnesiac
Radiohead
(2001)

188

Fire of Love
The Gun Club
(1981)

189

Meat Puppets II
Meat Puppets
(2012)

190

Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Stereolab
(1996)

191

Telepathic With the Deceased
Xasthur
(2004)

192

This Nation’s Saving Grace
The Fall
(1985)

193

Skylarking
XTC
(1986)

194

The Argument
Fugazi
(2001)

195

Surfer Rosa
Pixies
(1992)

196

Arise!
Amebix
(1987)

197

Purple
Baroness
(2015)

198

Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols
Sex Pistols
(1977)

199

Harvest
Neil Young
(1972)

200

Half Dead and Dynamite
Lifter Puller
(1997)


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