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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201

Half Dead and Dynamite
Lifter Puller
(1997)

202

In Utero
Nirvana
(1993)

203

Specials
The Specials
(1979)

204

English Settlement
XTC
(1982)

205

Ultravox!
Ultravox!
(1977)

206

A Moon Shaped Pool
Radiohead
(2016)

207

A Taste of Pink!
The Prisoners
(1982)

208

Germfree Adolescents
X-Ray Spex
(1978)

209

Wild Planet
The B-52’s
(1980)

210

Crazy Rhythms
The Feelies
(1980)

211

Det som engang var
Burzum
(1993)

212

The Clash
The Clash
(1977)

213

Perverted by Language
The Fall
(1983)

214

Welcome to Sky Valley
Kyuss
(1994)

215

Tonight and Forever
Sense Field
(2001)

216

Let It Be
The Replacements
(1984)

217

Rock Collection
Pond
(1997)

218

Exile in Guyville
Liz Phair
(1993)

219

When Your Heartstrings Break
Beulah
(1999)

220

Entertainment!
Gang of Four
(1979)

221

The Doors
The Doors
(1967)

222

Disintegration
The Cure
(1989)

223

Wakin on a Pretty Daze
Kurt Vile
(2013)

224

New Day Rising
Hüsker Dü
(1985)

225

Strawberries
The Damned
(1982)

226

Filosofem
Burzum
(1996)

227

Under the Sign of the Black Mark
Bathory
(1987)

228

Nightcrawler
Pete Yorn
(2006)

229

Channel Orange
Frank Ocean
(2012)

230

There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Sly & The Family Stone
(1971)

231

Bergtatt: Et eeventyr i 5 capitler
Ulver
(1995)

232

Purple Rain
Prince and The Revolution
(1984)

233

Surrealistic Pillow
Jefferson Airplane
(1967)
I can not imagine how cool this album must have sounded in 1967.

234

Master of Puppets
Metallica
(1986)

235

Island of Jewels
The Legendary Pink Dots
(1986)

236

Pink Moon
Nick Drake
(1972)

237

Blue Bell Knoll
Cocteau Twins
(1988)

238

Telepathic Surgery
The Flaming Lips
(1989)

239

Treasure
Cocteau Twins
(1984)

240

Substance
New Order
(1987)

241

Second Edition
PiL
(1980)

242

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Public Enemy
(1988)

243

Chairs Missing
Wire
(1978)

244

Screaming for Vengeance
Judas Priest
(1982)

245

Live Through This
Hole
(1994)

246

Ferment
Catherine Wheel
(1992)

247

Screamadelica
Primal Scream
(1991)

248

Relationship of Command
At the Drive-In
(2000)

249

Gris-Gris
Dr. John, The Night Tripper
(1968)

250

Marquee Moon
Television
(1977)


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