My top ten favourite music albums

See Getting personal: A few top ten lists for the background on this series of top ten posts (this is the first post in the series).

So. Music albums. Some people can listen to whatever happens to be on the radio and be happy with that. I’ve never been that way – music has been too important to me, especially since my early teens. As you’ll see on this list my taste spans multiple genres.

The list is ordered alphabetically, which means I have not ranked these albums. Picking just ten is hard enough as it is.

Of course this sort of list is always changing – ask me next month and the list will probably be quite different.

Now it’s your turn – which are your ten favourite music albums? If you want to share, do so either by posting a comment with your list or by posting a link to a list on your own blog.

Posted on July 4, 2007 in Life

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    • Dirty Mind by Prince
    • Sign O’ The Times by Prince
    • Angel Dust by Faith No More
    • What’s Goin’ On by Marvin Gaye
    • Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones
    • Fresh by Sly and the Family Stone
    • They Say I’m Different by Betty Davis
    • Axis: Bold as Love by Jimi Hendrix
    • Revolver by The Beatles
    • Headhunters by Herbie Hancock
  1. July 4, 2007 by nick

    at the time my list looks like that (not in any particular order):

    radiohead – amnesiac radiohead – ok computer radiohead – the bends radiohead – airbag / how am i driving? radiohead – com lag pixies – come on pilgrim the breeders – pod pixies – surfer rosa pixies – doolittle the breeders – head to toe

  2. July 4, 2007 by nick

    oops i messed it up :) sorry

    • radiohead – amnesiac
    • radiohead – ok computer
    • radiohead – the bends
    • radiohead – airbag / how am i driving?
    • radiohead – com lag
    • pixies – come on pilgrim
    • the breeders – pod
    • pixies – surfer
    • rosa pixies – doolittle
    • the breeders – head to toe
    1. Alchemy - Dire Straits
    2. Appetite For Destruction - Guns N’ Roses
    3. Bleeding Star - The Jean Paul Sartre Experience
    4. Dummy - Portishead
    5. Five Man Acoustical Jam - Tesla
    6. Live At The Social Vol 1 - Chemical Brothers
    7. Long Player - Hollie Smith
    8. Nothings Shocking - Janes Addiction
    9. Ten - Pearl Jam
    10. Wish - The Cure

    The two with links are both from New Zealand - Bleeding Star I recommend to anyone who like Cure style melancholy guitar, and Hollie Smith to anyone who loves sweet soulful femal vocals in the style of Norah Jones. There are samples at the end of both links.

  3. Writing these lists are damn hard! I’ll give it a quick try though..

    • Public Enemy: “It takes a nation of millions to hold us back”
    • Eric B & Rakim: “Paid in Full”
    • Run DMC: “Raising Hell”
    • Life of Agony: “River Runs Red”
    • Depeche Mode: “Violator”
    • The Cure: “Mixed Up”
    • Nas: “Illmatic”
    • Big Daddy Kane: “It’s a Big Daddy thing”
    • NWA: “EFIL4ZAGGIN”
    • and another 200 albums goes here..
  4. mine own top X in no particular order

    • deja vu - crosby, stills, nash & young
    • man with a movie camera - cinematic orchestra
    • 1 giant leap - 1 giant leap
    • amorica - black crowes
    • songs in the key of life - stevie wonder
    • mad dogs and english men - joe cocker
    • when it falls - zero 7
    • mezzanine - massive attack
    • come down - dandy warhols
    • ten - pearl jam
  5. Dummy’ seems to be the ideal Graphic Designers soundtrack and there seems to be a Gothic bent to the list.

    I suppose you could say these are the ones that blew my mind and still stay with me. Pure comfort food…

    • Red House Painters - Songs for Blue Guitar
    • Roxy Music - Country Life
    • Van Morrison - St.Dominic’s Preview
    • Aphex Twin - Richard D. James
    • James MacMillan - Seven last words from the Cross
    • Led Zeppelin - Zeppelin 2
    • Billy MacKenzie - Beyond the Sun
    • Mogwai - Ten Rapid
    • Deus - The Ideal Crash
    • David Bowie - Hunky Dory
  6. Boy, I wouldn’t dare making a top ten. Just like you said: “next month it’s probably quite different” :)

    But my list would probably contain artists like DJ Shadow, DJ Krush, RJD2, Scratch Perverts, Fila Brazillia, and/or St Germain.

    Also, I can’t wait for Uffie’s first official album.

  7. July 4, 2007 by Vincent Pickering
    1. A Night On Earth - Crazy P
    2. 24 Hour Psychedelic Freakout - Crazy P
    3. The Wicked is Music - Crazy P
    4. Soundboy Rock - Groove Armada
    5. Sonic Purpose EP - Hard Rock Sofa
    6. Strychnine and Soda Ep - Deltawave
    7. Gabriel & Dresden - Gabriel & Dresden
    8. Today - Junkie XL
    9. The Mirror Conspiracy - Thievery Corporation
    10. Bossa Per Due - Nicola Conte
  8. July 4, 2007 by Erik Töyrä

    Without a specific order, here it comes:

    • Surfer Rosa - The pixies
    • London Calling - The Clash
    • Land - Patti Smith
    • Kid A - Radiohead
    • Oh My God! What Have I Done? - Hell on Wheels
    • Debut - Björk
    • Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - Flaming Lips
    • After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
    • Boys don’t Cry - The Cure
    • Woven Hand - Woven Hand

    This will probably change if you ask me again next week. ;)

  9. I don’t really do albums… I tend to just put everything I have into a big playlist and stick it on random. Still, there are some things I like most of the time:

    • Lost In Space (Aimee Mann)
    • David Bowie (most. Got Changes, Heathen and Reality in terms of studio albums, but also various other tracks and live sessions)
    • Disgraceful (Dubstar)
    • Fallen (Evanescence)
    • Very Best of Fleetwood Mac
    • Bleed Like Me (Garbage - well, anything by Garbage, really, I suppose)
    • Tragic Kingdom (No Doubt)
    • Stadium Arcadium (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)
    • Red Book (Texas)
    • Metasexual (Joydrop)
  10. July 4, 2007 by madr
    • A Night at the Opera by Queen
    • Nightfall in Middle-Earth by Blind Guardian
    • Puritanical Euphoric Misanthropia by Dimmu Borgir
    • Ride the Lighting by Metallica
    • Salvation by Cult of Luna
    • Storm of the Light’s Bane by Dissection
    • The Angel and the Dak River by My Dying Bride
    • The Shape of Punk to Come by Refused
    • The Wall by Pink Floyd
    • Theater of Salvation by Edguy
  11. This is my list, in no particular order:

    • Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
    • Olivia Tremor Control - Dusk At Cubist Castle
    • Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
    • Ved Buens Ende - Written In Waters
    • Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - I See A Darkness
    • Iron & Wine - The Creek Drank The Cradle
    • Circulatory System - S/T
    • Khanate - Things Viral
    • Gorgoroth - Under The Sign Of Hell
    • The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
  12. July 4, 2007 by Johan

    My Belgian Top 10 music

    NoordKaap Telex Red Zebra Ashbury Faith dEUS X-legged Sally Betty goes green Wizards of Ooze Ozark Henry The Neon Judgement

  13. July 4, 2007 by André
    • Hadeskade by Alex Roeka (Dutch)
    • Next Exit by Grover Washington Jr.
    • A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
    • Blue Train by John Coltrane
    • “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman”
    • In a Silent Way by Miles Davis
    • Birth of the Cool by Miles Davis
    • Kind of Blue by Miles Davis
    • Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins
    • Getz Plays Jobim by Stan Getz
  14. Interesting selection there Roger. Mine in no particular order is as follows.

    • Ryan Adams - Gold
    • Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
    • Ryan Adams - Easy Tiger
    • Guns N Roses - Use Your Illusion 1
    • Guns N Roses - Use Your Illusion 2
    • Oasis - Definitely Maybe
    • Silverchair - Neon Ballroom
    • Nirvana - MTV Unplugged
    • Pete Yorn - Music For The Morning After
    • The Beatles - Rubber Soul
  15. After a little thinking here’s my latest top 10 albums…

    • Tapestry by Carole King
    • Rage Against The Machine by Rage Against The Machine
    • Funeral by Arcade Fire
    • 29 by Ryan Adams
    • White Pony by Deftones
    • Recovering the Satellites by Counting Crows
    • American III by Johnny Cash
    • Illinois by Sufjan Stevens
    • Kid A by Radiohead
    • Takk by Sigur Rós
  16. July 4, 2007 by Luciano
    • The Longest Line (NOFX)
    • Anesthesia (Fun People - from Argentina)
    • Riches to Rags (Rich Kids on LSD)
    • Transistor (311)
    • Punk in Drublic (NOFX)
    • Never Mind the Bollocks (here’s the - Sex Pistols)
    • Rocket to Russia (Ramones)
    • And Out Come the Wolves (Rancid)
    • All Ages (Bad Religion)
    • Unknow Road (Pennywise)

    No special order.

  17. July 4, 2007 by 2-Pack

    Kraftwerk: Man Machine Kraftwerk: Computer World Kraftwerk: Minimum-Maximum Dead Can Dance: Within the Realm of a Dying Sun Joy Division: Closer Depeche Mode: Violator Air: Moon Safari Goldfrapp: Supernature Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotten Vegetables Trans Am: Futureworld

  18. I’ll stick mine on my own site later- but I’d just like to say Roger that you’re going up in my estimation.

    I had already thought you were a top bloke, but to then go and have albums by Sisters of Mercy and Ministry on there…

    well, mate, I think that next time (if) I ever meet you in person, I’ll definitely have to buy you a beer. With a ding-a-ling-a-dang-a-da-da-ding-dong-ding-a-lang-a-dong-waah-waah-waah-waah on the side.

  19. Chronologically thinking:

    • Miles Davis, Kind of Blue
    • Jimi Hendrix, BBC Sessions
    • Jimi Hendrix, Electric Ladyland
    • Allman Bros, Beginnings
    • Guns ‘n’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction
    • Pixies, Doolittle
    • Sublime, 40oz. to Freedom
    • Soul Coughing, Ruby Vroom
    • Pearl Jam, Vs
    • Ben Folds Five, Ben Folds Five
  20. Chronologically:

    • Rush by Rush
    • Boy by U2
    • War by U2
    • Rattle And Hum by U2
    • Dookie by Green Day
    • Absolution by Muse
    • Plans by Death Cab For Cutie
    • Sam’s Town by The Killers
    • Yours Truly, Angry Mob By Kaiser Chiefs
    • Snakes & Arrows by Rush
  21. In no order:

    • Soda Stereo - El Último Concierto
    • The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
    • Ursula 1000 - All Systems Are Go Go
    • Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
    • Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
    • The Who - Tommy
    • Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
    • Pearl Jam - v.s.
    • The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
    • Pearl Jam - Vitalogy
    • J. S. Bach: Goldberg Variations (Glenn Gould, 1981 version)
    • Beck: Mutations
    • Deep Purple: Made in Japan
    • Gil Evans: The Individualism of Gil Evans
    • Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys
    • Antonio Carlos Jobim & Elis Regina: Elis & Tom
    • Curtis Mayfield: Curtis
    • Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
    • Weather Report: (any)
    • Led Zeppelin: (any)

    I always go back to these. In no particular order.

  22. July 4, 2007 by James Leslie

    In no particular order:

    1) Biosphere - Patashnik 2) Massive Attack - Mezzanine 3) Radiohead - I Could Be Wrong 4) Dream City Film Club - Dream City Film Club 5) Elvis - In Memphis 6) Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith & Devotion 7) Glen Hansard/Marketa Irglova - The Swell Season 8) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads 9) Brian Jonestown Massacre - Methodrone 10) Thom Yorke - The Eraser

    If you haven’t heard it yet, i’m loving the new UNKLE album - highly recommended

  23. July 4, 2007 by Johan

    Good choice: New Gold Dream by Simple Minds

    Simple Minds at their best! Synthpop with a deep twist!

  24. the mind is a terrible thing to taste is my favourite ministry album. thieves is awesome.

  25. 1) Nine Inch Nails: The Fragile
    2) Rasputina: Thanks for the Ether
    3) Elastica: Elastica
    4) Skinny Puppy: Too Dark Park
    5) Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth
    6) Soundgarden: Superunknown
    7) Einsturzende Neubauten: Ende Neu
    8) Depeche Mode: Black Celebration
    9) Ohgr: Welt
    10) Rasputina: How We Quit The Forest

  26. July 4, 2007 by caroline
    • The Decemberists – The crane wife
    • Arcade fire – Funeral
    • Bedouin soundclash – Sounding a mosaic
    • Weezer – Pinkerton
    • Flogging molly – Within a mile of home
    • Social Distortion - White Light, White Heat, White Trash
    • NOFX – Punk in drublic
    • Sloan – Smeared
    • The Breastfeeders – Les matins de grands soirs
    • Tha Clash – London calling
    • The Levellers - Levelling the land
  27. Discipline - King Crimson

    The Color Of Spring - Talk Talk

    The Sky’s Gone Out - Bauhaus

    Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me - The Cure

    Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd

    Ten - Pearl Jam Robbie Robertson (1987) - Robbie Robertson

    Led Zeppelin III - Led Zeppelin

    Back To Me - Kathleen Edwards

    Variations for Woods, Strings & Keyboards - Steve Reich

    As with others… this list could change tomorrow… ;-)

  28. Big Calm is a good choice! My top 10, right now:

    • Mr Scruff - Keep It Unreal
    • DJ Marky - The Brazilian Job
    • Massive Attack - Blue Lines
    • Muse - Origin Of Symmetry
    • Goldfrapp - Black Cherry
    • Reprazent - New Forms
    • Beth Orton - The Other Side of Daybreak
    • Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not
    • The Cure - Greatest Hits
    • The Streets - Original Pirate Material
  29. Here goes… unordered:

    • Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
    • Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
    • Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
    • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
    • Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
    • Extreme - Pornograffitti
    • Various Artists - Living the Blues
    • Green Day - American Idiot
    • The Killers - Sam’s Town
    • The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - The Secret of Life
  30. July 5, 2007 by shelby

    Agreed that this may be totally different next month …

    Pink Floyd - Pulse

    Green Day - American Idiot

    Damien Rice - 9 or 0 (or anything by him really)

    Nine Inch Nails - With Teeth

    Tool - Aenima

    A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step

    Flaming Lips - Yoshima Battles the Pink Robots

    Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen

    Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Like Bad News

    Chevelle - This Type of Thinking (Could do us in)

  31. About my top ten: a mix of “right now” and “all times”. Between [], the year and genre.

    Uuuf… that list was a hard task…

    A bit of metadata: Señor Coconut, Lisa Carbon, The Stereonerds are some of the aliases of Uwe Schmidt (aka Atom Heart), a genius.

  32. Your list is TOPS. Seriously, I couldn’t agree with your top 10 more…although, In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up (live) by Ministry is my favorite of theirs. Otherwise…tops! Ahoy.

  33. In no particular order:

    • Hot Fuss by The Killers
    • The Backroom by The Editors
    • Stone Roses by the Stone Roses
    • Whiplash by James
    • Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division
    • You Could Have Had It So Much Better by Franz Ferdinand
    • Eyes Open by Snow Patrol
    • Abbey Road by The Beatles
    • Tellin’ Stories by The Charlatans
    • The Bends by Radiohead
  34. July 5, 2007 by GIH

    Tough, I’m just me - Maia Hirasawa And then there were three - Genesis Sheik Yerbouti - Frank Zappa Steve McQueen - Prefab Sprout Aerial - Kate Bush Sunshine on Leith - The Proclaimers Platinum - Mike Oldfield Rebel - John Miles Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd Mija & Greta - Mija & Greta

  35. Haha, didn’t know any of your listed albums. Think that says more about me that you, Roger ;)

  36. July 5, 2007 by Peeter

    Oh! Tear Garden! Sisters! The Cure! - they all went when I sold all my LPs - six crates… - because I just couldn’t see myself listening to LPs that were stored in the attic when I have a baby (two now) to take care of, and I needed the money…

    But the Tear Garden is available on iTunes so maybe it’s time to revisit old friends…

  37. Off the top of my head:

    • 30 Seconds to Mars - A Beautiful Lie
    • 30 Seconds to Mars - Self Titled
    • Saosin - Self Titlted
    • Senses Fail - Still Searching
    • Kill Hannah - Until There’s Nothing Left of Us
    • Shiny Toy Guns - We Are Pilots
    • Coheed and Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3
    • Rx Bandits - The Resignation
    • Smashing Pumpkins - Machina
    • System of a Down - Hypnotize
    • System of a Down - Mesmerize
    • A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay

    • Play - Moby

    • Mirrorball - Sarah McLachlan

    • Recurring Dream - Crowded House

    • Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morisette

    • Human Clay - Creed

    • The Very Best Of - Neil Diamond

    • Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman

    • Holidays In Eden - Marillion

    • MCMXC A.D. - Enigma

  38. I didn’t get ten but I did get six. And, some songs.

  39. July 6, 2007 by Sam

    No particular order….

    1. Amnesiac-Kid A (sorta 1 album right) - Radiohead

    2. Turn on the Bright Lights - Interpol

    3. Grace - Jeff Buckley

    4. Victorialands - Cocteau Twins
    5. How We Operate - Gomez
    6. Some Great Reward - Depeche Mode
    7. Laid - James
    8. Splendor Solis - Tea Party
    9. Club Classics Vol. One - Soul II Soul
    10. Power Corruption and Lies - New Order
    11. Blue Sunshine - The Glove (and ANYTHING Cure related really)
  40. July 6, 2007 by Dan Boland

    Superunknown is my all-time favorite album. Just astoundingly good. The rest are in no particular order:

    1. Soundgarden - Superunknown
    2. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
    3. The Beatles - Rubber Soul
    4. Alice in Chains - Dirt
    5. Deftones - Around the Fur
    6. Nirvana - Bleach
    7. Tool - Aenima
    8. Weezer - Weezer
    9. Melvins - 10 Songs
    10. Hole - Live Through This
  41. Good grief - 9 out of 10 released in the 1990s … and the other in 2000!!

    1. Hourly, Daily - You Am I
    2. Mezzanine - Massive Attack
    3. Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
    4. Whipsmart - Liz Phair
    5. Vs - Pearl Jam
    6. I’m With Stupid - Aimee Mann
    7. Sunset Studies - Augie March
    8. Last Splash - The Breeders
    9. So Tonight That I Might See - Mazzy Star
    10. Grandslam - Spiderbait
  42. July 7, 2007 by Pelle

    Top 10

    • Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions “Bavarian
    • Fruit Bread”
    • Portishead “Dummy”
    • Anna Ternheim “Demo EP”
    • Nick Drake “Pink Moon”
    • Radiohead “OK Computer”
    • Leonard Cohen “Songs of Leonard Cohen”
    • Burning Spear “Hail H.I.M.”
    • Sophie Zelmani “Sing and dance”
    • Jill Scott “Who is Jill Scott?”
    • Stan Getz “Getz/Gilberto”

    “Bubblare”

    • Israel Vibration “The same song”
    • Erykah Badu “Baduizm”
    • Juana Molina “Tres Cosas”
  43. Some of my favorites include:

    • Boards of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children
    • Tricky - Maxinquaye
    • Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
    • Blue Rodeo - Five Days In July
    • Tragically Hip - Fully Completely
    • The Clash - London Calling
    • Wilco - Being There
    • Jawbox - For Your Own Special Sweetheart
    • Metallica’s - Kill Em All
    • Radiohead - The Bends

    More great favorites here

  44. July 18, 2007 by Screamo // hardcore // rock // alternative mix

    this decision was very hard as there are so many bands that produce top quality music.. these include :- Hellogoodbye, taking back sunday, the used, underoath, panic!, paramore, KILL HANNAH, coheed and cambra, cute is what we aim for, afi, a change of pace, alexisonfire and AIDEN.

    my top 10 are::

    1. Senses Fail - still searching

    2. Saosin - Saosin

    3. Plus 44 - When Your Heart stops beating

    4. Motion City soundtrack - commit this to memory // i am the movie.

    5. Bullet For my valentine - the poison

    6. story of the year - page avenue

    7. Funeral For A friend - Hours // Casually dressed // tales dont tell themselves.

    8. Red Jumpsuit apparatus - don’t you fake it

    9. hawthorne heights - if only you were lonely

    10. enter shikari - take to the skies

  45. In no particular order- and in a few cases the artist has been so consistent in quality I could have easily gone with a different album, but here we go with some recommendations:

    “We Love Katamari OST” “California” Mr Bungle “In Rainbows” Radiohead “Endtroducing” DJ Shadow “Fear of a Black Planet” Public Enemy “Mit Gas” Tomahawk “Real Gone” Tom Waits “Spirit of Eden” Talk Talk “Somnambulista” Brazzaville “Glassworks” Phillip Glass

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