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

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