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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51
Hiss Spun
Chelsea Wolfe
(2017)
52
Illinois
Sufjan Stevens
(2005)
53
Home, Like Noplace Is There
The Hotelier
(2014)
54
Ocean Beach
Red House Painters
(1995)
55
Geek the Girl
Lisa Germano
(1994)
56
Homogenic
Björk
(1997)
57
Everything Is Wrong
Moby
(1995)
58
Astral Weeks
Van Morrison
(1968)
59
Louder Than Bombs
The Smiths
(1987)
60
In Rainbows
Radiohead
(2008)
61
Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan
(1965)
62
A Tribute to Jack Johnson
Miles Davis
(1971)
63
Curtis
Curtis Mayfield
(1970)
64
Quadrophenia
The Who
(1973)
65
Morning Phase
Beck
(2014)
66
I Often Dream of Trains
Robyn Hitchcock
(1986)
67
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips
(2002)
68
Rubber Soul
The Beatles
(1965)
69
No More Shall We Part
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
(2011)
70
Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan
(1966)
Bob Dylan's lyrics are in prime form on this album and the band is absolutely astounding.
71
Carrie & Lowell
Sufjan Stevens
(2015)
72
Good Morning Spider
Sparklehorse
(1998)
73
The B-52's
The B-52's
(1979)
74
Houses of the Holy
Led Zeppelin
(1973)
75
Endtroducing.....
DJ Shadow
(1996)
76
In the Wee Small Hours
Frank Sinatra
(1955)
77
A Love Supreme
John Coltrane
(1965)
78
Mingus Ah Um
Charles Mingus
(1959)
79
Faust
Faust
(1972)
80
The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
Brand New
(2006)
81
How I Long to Feel That Summer in My Heart
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci
(2001)
82
Who's Next
The Who
(1971)
83
Sea Change
Beck
(2002)
84
Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan
(1965)
85
Planxty
Planxty
(1973)
86
Swordfishtrombones
Tom Waits
(1983)
87
The Suburbs
Arcade Fire
(2010)
88
The Who Sell Out
The Who
(1967)
89
The Beatles [White Album]
The Beatles
(1968)
90
Rain Dogs
Tom Waits
(1985)
91
Superfly
Curtis Mayfield
(1972)
92
Revolver
The Beatles
(1966)
93
24 Hour Revenge Therapy
Jawbreaker
(1994)
94
I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
Yo La Tengo
(1997)
95
Oh, Inverted World
The Shins
(2001)
96
The Band
The Band
(1969)
97
Low
David Bowie
(1977)
98
Seventeen Seconds
The Cure
(1980)
99
Tommy
The Who
(1969)
100
For Emma, Forever Ago
Bon Iver
(2008)

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