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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Treasure
Cocteau Twins
(1984)
252
Channel Orange
Frank Ocean
(2012)
253
Substance
New Order
(1987)
254
Second Edition
PiL
(1980)
255
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Public Enemy
(1988)
256
Chairs Missing
Wire
(1978)
257
Screaming for Vengeance
Judas Priest
(1982)
258
Live Through This
Hole
(1994)
259
Ferment
Catherine Wheel
(1992)
260
Screamadelica
Primal Scream
(1991)
261
Relationship of Command
At the Drive-In
(2000)
262
Gris-Gris
Dr. John, The Night Tripper
(1968)
263
Marquee Moon
Television
(1977)
264
Fun House
The Stooges
(1970)
265
Pinkerton
Weezer
(1996)
266
This Year's Model
Elvis Costello
(1978)
267
The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails
(1994)
268
Selling England by the Pound
Genesis
(1973)
269
Burner
Breadwinner
(1994)
270
The Smiths
The Smiths
(1984)
271
Walk Among Us
Misfits
(1982)
272
1977
Ash
(1996)
273
Me
Biff Bang Pow!
(1991)
274
Locust Abortion Technician
Butthole Surfers
(1987)
275
C I V I L W A R
Dillinger Four
(2008)
276
The Ponzi Scheme
Firewater
(1998)
277
United by Fate
Rival Schools
(2001)
278
Ten
Pearl Jam
(1991)
279
The Power of Failing
Mineral
(1997)
280
Lightning to the Nations
Diamond Head
(1981)
281
The Scream
Siouxsie and The Banshees
(1978)
282
Girlfriend
Matthew Sweet
(1991)
283
Kimono My House
Sparks
(1974)
284
When Your Heartstrings Break
Beulah
(1999)
285
Hairway to Steven
Butthole Surfers
(1988)
286
Merzbild Schwet
Nurse With Wound
(1980)
287
The Stooges
The Stooges
(1969)
288
International Pop Overthrow
Material Issue
(1991)
289
Lifes Rich Pageant
R.E.M.
(1986)
290
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pavement
(1994)
291
Gish
Smashing Pumpkins
(1991)
292
The Low End Theory
A Tribe Called Quest
(1991)
293
EndSerenading
Mineral
(1998)
294
Flip Your Wig
Hüsker Dü
(1986)
295
Vs.
Pearl Jam
(1993)
296
If You're Feeling Sinister
Belle and Sebastian
(1996)
297
Achtung Baby
U2
(1991)
298
New Miserable Experience
Gin Blossoms
(1992)
299
Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
The Pogues
(1985)
300
Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes
(1984)

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