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
151
Keep It Like a Secret
Built to Spill
(1999)
152
De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Mars Volta
(2003)
153
Diary
Sunny Day Real Estate
(1994)
154
Forever Changes
Love
(1967)
155
Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
(2008)
156
Beautiful Freak
Eels
(1996)
157
Steve McQueen
Prefab Sprout
(1985)
158
Merriweather Post Pavilion
Animal Collective
(2009)
159
Doolittle
Pixies
(1989)
160
Blue Lines
Massive Attack
(1991)
161
Microcastle / Weird Era Cont.
Deerhunter
(2009)
162
Mother Juno
The Gun Club
(1987)
163
Ambient 1: Music for Airports
Brian Eno
(1978)
164
Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
(1973)
165
The Days of Wine and Roses
The Dream Syndicate
(1982)
166
Short Sharp Shocked
Michelle Shocked
(1988)
167
13 Songs
Fugazi
(1989)
168
The Ragged School
Jacobites
(1986)
169
Another Green World
Eno
(1975)
170
Are You Experienced?
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
(1967)
171
Unknown Pleasures
Joy Division
(1979)
172
Pornography
The Cure
(1982)
173
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out
Yo La Tengo
(2000)
174
Building
Sense Field
(1996)
175
Headsparks
Seam
(1992)
176
Appetite for Destruction
Guns n' Roses
(1987)
177
Axis: Bold as Love
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
(1967)
178
Rumours
Fleetwood Mac
(1977)
179
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin
(1971)
180
Raw Power
Iggy and The Stooges
(1973)
181
Bossanova
Pixies
(1990)
182
Hunky Dory
David Bowie
(1972)
183
Pink Flag
Wire
(1977)
184
Lust for Life
Iggy Pop
(1977)
185
Sunny Day Real Estate [LP2]
Sunny Day Real Estate
(1995)
186
Epic
Sharon Van Etten
(2010)
187
Let It Bleed
The Rolling Stones
(1969)
188
Violator
Depeche Mode
(1990)
189
The Wall
Pink Floyd
(1979)
190
Horses
Patti Smith
(1975)
191
Children of God
Swans
(1987)
192
Nevermind
Nirvana
(1991)
193
Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel
(1980)
194
The Marshall Mathers LP
Eminem
(2000)
195
Straight Outta Compton
N.W.A
(1988)
196
Beggars Banquet
The Rolling Stones
(1968)
197
Fire of Love
The Gun Club
(1981)
198
Meat Puppets II
Meat Puppets
(2012)
199
Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Stereolab
(1996)
200
Telepathic With the Deceased
Xasthur
(2004)

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