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Greatest albums of all time (preferably rock-ish)?

Asked by eambos (8894points) May 27th, 2009

I’m looking to build my music collection, and need suggestions. My father has a massive vinyl collection that I am in the process of digitizing, but I wanted suggestions on what I should make sure to have.

I like such a wide variety of music that I can’t really say who my favorite artists are. I love almost all kinds of rock, although I am a little iffy on southern rock and heavy heavy metal. I’ll listen to almost anything from the early 60’s until today. Although I feel music quality has really sucked in the last decade.

It might help you to see my page, just to get a glimpse at what I like. My tastes are rather “eclectic,” I guess you could say.

If any fellow Flutherite suggests an album, I’ll be sure to check it out. You all seem to have great taste in music in many other threads!

EDIT: I should add that I have the entire discographies of The Beatles, NIN, Van Halen, Kiss and Aerosmith but since I asked for great albums, feel free to suggest any made by those bands if you feel they belong =)

I feel so weird actually asking instead of answering

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Ivan's avatar

The Downward Spiral

Dog's avatar

Live “Throwing Copper”
The Crow Soundtrack
UFO- lights out

MrGV's avatar

Not a rock album but T.I. Urban Legendz

SmokeDatFatSpliff's avatar

In this order

Young Jeezy Thug Motivation 101
Young Jeezy: The Inspiraton
Young Jeezy: The recession

So fcking tuff,. Beats all your emo bullshit

Grisaille's avatar

Alive 2007 – Daft Punk. Ain’t a rock album, but it’s one of the best I’ve ever heard.

You said you had the entire discography of NIN, but I’m going to say Still, just in case.

Any Led Zepplin, Black Sabbath and Hendrix album, of course.

FrankHebusSmith's avatar

Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness OR Siamese Dream
A Perfect Circle – Mer de Noms

I can’t think of many right now, there’s a lot of bands though that would be good, 311, Tool, Incubus, etc

Holmic's avatar

The Jesus and Mary Chain “Psychocandy”. The Smashing Pumpkins “Gish”.

tinyfaery's avatar

The Queen is Dead by The Smiths
The Joshua Tree U2
Under The Table and Dreaming by DMB
The Velvet Underground and Nico
August and Everything After by The Counting Crows

I’m trying to stay away from the obvious. I think all of the above are great albums. They create a mood and flow together, almost telling a story.

tinyfaery's avatar

@Holmic You just got added to my fluther! :)

eambos's avatar

Wow, I havent checked for a while. I promise that I did not listen to one bad 800 times in the last 6 months. It must have double scrobbled a lot.

Great suggestions so far, thanks!

Grisaille's avatar

@SmokeDatFatSpliff Of all the hip hop artists, you choose Young Jeezy?

2pac, Eminem, Jay-z, Rakim, Mos Def, and Common are below Jeezy?

Hell, I’d even take Ludacris, Lil Wayne and Kanye over him.

What makes you even more offensive is that you’re calling rock “emo”. Ugh.

god, I’m feeding the troll


SuperMouse's avatar

Hot Fuss The Killers
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen
March Michael Penn
Who’s Next The Who
Brothers in Arms Dire Straits
The End of the Innocence Don Henley
Shake Your Moneymaker The Black Crowes
Live at Budokon Cheap Trick
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys Traffic
2112 Rush
The Completion Backwards Principle The Tubes

@Dog, lurve for UFO! I saw them 12th row floor @ the Long Beach Arena way back in the day!

Cool, WTF is crafting a response!

Aethelwine's avatar

Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking

Tink's avatar

@Grisaille – I agree with you 200% and not all rock is emo
—Moster in me too now—

RandomMrdan's avatar

Incubus – “Make Yourself”
AFI – “Sing the Sorrow”
Jimmy Eat World – “Futures”
The Killers – “Hot Fuss”

loser's avatar

Dark Side of the Moon-Pink Floyd!

eambos's avatar

Just checked the vinyl – My Father loves UFO and has all their albums! =D

Tink's avatar

@RandoMrdan – Nice music dude!! ;)

I think a great album is Absolution by Muse

Grisaille's avatar

Everyone pretty much has good choices here, good work.

‘Cept that guy.

Tink's avatar

I think these guy are gonna have a huge list

eambos's avatar

After reading the list of concerts that WTF has attended, I can’t wait to see what he has to add!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Yes, yes, Are You Experienced?, Nevermind, Velvet Underground and Nico, Blonde on Blonde. Here’s some more:

The Beatles – Abbey Road & Revolver (my favourite Beatles and my favourite albums period)
R.E.M. – Murmur
Led Zeppelin IV
XTC – Skylarking
Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
James Brown – Live at The Apollo 1968
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Elvis Presley – 50 Greatest Hits
Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now & Lady Soul
Big Brother & The Holding Company (w/Janis Joplin) – Cheap Thrills
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
Radiohead – OK Computer
The Pixies – Doolittle
Violent Femmes (1983)
The Clash – London Calling
Muse – Absolution
Beck – Odelay
The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I
Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas

…for starters.

DarkScribe's avatar

Impossible to answer. I have more than twenty thousand songs on iTunes/iPod and of them, about twelve hundred have been played more than a hundred times. It depends on my mood as to what I like best on any occasion.

I collect songs, have nine hundred CDs. four hundred vinyl LPs, hundred of singles, EPs and cassettes – plus I even have some old eight tracks that belonged to my father. I have every song that has charted (using Rolling Stone as a guide) between 1954 and 1988 – with only about fifteen exceptions.

Grisaille's avatar

Also, Appetite for Destruction – Guns N’ Roses.


Aethelwine's avatar

The Cars The Cars

eambos's avatar

@DarkScribe Let’s simplify the question, for you or anyone else who feels they can’t answer: What are some great albums at this point in time?

whatthefluther's avatar

I’ll try to be selective (exc those you have full catalogs):
3 Doors Down: The Better Life
Ryan Adams: Cold Roses
Arcade Fire: Funeral
Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
Blue October: Argue With a Tree (live)
Boston: Don’t Look Back
James Blunt: Back to Bedlam
David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars
Jeff Buckley: Grace
Richard Buckner: bloomed
Buffalo Springfield: Retrospective
Church: Starfish
Coldplay: Parachutes
Cranberries: Bury the Hatchett
Crosby Still & Nash: CS&N
The Cure: Greatest Hits

Hell , that’s just A through C. Perhaps I will return….wtf

DarkScribe's avatar

@whatthefluther I’ll be difficult again. I like very few albums, the reason I like iPod/iTunes so much is that I pick only the songs I like, not the albums. But to try and oblige – by using iTunes to rate albums by songs that I have played this week. I doubt that you will be impressed, I am mostly sixties seventies and Jazz. Most of my real favourites are singles – not released on albums.

Here are the albums with songs played more than once this week, or really, since Sunday.

All For You – Diana Krall
The Girl in the Other Room – Diana Krall
Blue Light Til Dawn – Cassandra Wilson
Tapestry – Carole King
Startrax – Capenters
Scène de Vie – Patricia Kaas
Piano Bar – Patricia Kaas
Sexe Forte – Patricia Kaas
Reflections – Carly Simon
Les Chansons D’amour – Françoise Hardy
Enchanted Evening – Jane Olivor

I do play a lot of sixties stuff, but it is original, not on modern release albums – it has been taken from vinyl to wave, then MP3 AAC. I still have a studio quality turntable and all the old valve amps etc. I love them.

tinyfaery's avatar

Is it time to start another ipod shuffle thread?

Tink's avatar

Yes it it ;)

whatthefluther's avatar

@eambos .,..It took serious restraint to limit A – C to 16 albums and I already feel I slighted Alphaville, America, Animals, Bad Company, Pat Benatar, Black Sabbath, Byrds Tracy Chapman, Chicago, Clapton, Clash, Cream, Counting Crows, Jim Croce, among others. I guess I should stay away from compiling lists of favorites/greatest….I love music (all types) so much! But those are all outstanding albums and artists (I have the full catalog of at least half those artists). D through Z is pending….I’ll try to be more selective but it is going to be tough: D alone has Depeche Mode, Dave Matthews Band, Deep Purple, Nick Drake, dredg, etc.. I think I better quit…wtf

curioscamel's avatar

Three days Grace- One X
Avenged Seven Fold- City of Evil
System Of A Down- Hypnotize
Mindless Self Indulgence- If
Red Hot Chili Peppers- Californication
Eminem- Encore
Seether-Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces
Queensryche- The Warning
Those are some of my favorite albums

Capt_Bloth's avatar

Pink Floyd-Ummagumma
13 Floor Elevators-Easter Everywhere
Captain Beefheart-Trout Mask Replica
Frank Zappa- Cheap Thrills
Can- Tago Mago
Jethro Tull- Aqualung
Savoy Brown- Raw Sienna

DeanV's avatar

Odelay- Beck
Guero- Beck
Favorite Worst Nightmare- Arctic Monkeys
Icky Thump- The White Stripes
London Calling- The Clash
Out of Exile- Audioslave
Unknown Pleasures- Joy Division
Out of Exile- Audioslave
Silent Alarm- Bloc Party
13— Blur
Comfort Eagle- Cake
A New World Record- ELO
All Things Must Pass- George Harrison
Demon Days- Gorillaz
Antics- Interpo
†- Justice
Hot Fuss- The Killers
LCD Soundsystem- LCD Soundsystem
About any Led Zeppelin album
All Pink Floyd albums
Oracular Spectacular- MGMT
This Is A Long Drive For Someone With Nothing To Think About- Modest Mouse
Black Holes And Revelations- Muse
Z- My Morning Jacket
Drag It Up- Old 97’s
Graceland- Paul Simon
OK Computer- Radiohead
In Rainbows- Radiohead
Rage Against The Machine- Rage Against The Machine
Ratatat- Ratatat
Mothers Milk- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Californication- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Beggars Banquet- The Rolling Stones
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga- Spoon
Is This It- The Strokes
Speaking In Tongues- Talking Heads
Dear Science- TV on the Radio
Who’s Next- The Who
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot- Wilco
Discovery- Daft Punk

But as far as I’m concerned Abbey Road has them all beat.
Granted, not all of those are great albums by critic’s standpoints, but these are just my favorite albums, ones I can listen to all the way through, and still enjoy.
And they’re not all rock albums… Oh well.

steve6's avatar

Radiohead – The Bends
Cracker – Cracker
The Beatles – Abbey Road
Bob Marley and the Wailers – Exodus
XTC – Drums and Wires

Bagardbilla's avatar

Top (rockish):
1) Pink Floyd, Wish you were here.
2) Dire Straits, self titled.
3) The Doors, best of…
4) U2, the Jashua Tree.
5) Bob Marley, catch a fire.

whatthefluther's avatar

@DarkScribe….Great list. You seem partial to women vocalists….I like that! Unfortunately, I’ve not yet replaced poor quality cassettes of some of my favorite women (several are on your list): Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Martha Davis (Motels), Kim Carnes, etc, most of whom I have had the pleasure to meet and visit with backstage (yes, I’ve been spoiled by having several excellent industry connections). I love jazz but don’t give it enough attention…I’m spread pretty thin.
@dvehey…you already know I lurve you…14 years old? wtf? You rock, kid. I can’t imagine what your collection is going to look like when you reach my age (40+ years from now). Thank goodness for the iPod! See ya…wtf

wenn's avatar

Yes – Tormato

Jude's avatar

Dark Side of the Moon – Floyd
In Rainbows – Radiohead
White Album – The Beatles
London Calling – The Clash
Abbey Road – The Beatles
The Velvet Underground & Nico – VU
Ziggy Stardust – Bowie
The Doors – The Doors
After the Goldrush – Neil Young
OK Computer – Radiohead
The Wall – Pink Floyd
Sticky Fingers – The Stones
The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths

SeventhSense's avatar

Pink Floyd- Animals
Yes- Fragile
Rolling Stones-Through the Past, Darkly (Big Hits Vol. 2)
Beatles-Abbey Road
David Bowie-Changes One
Doors-The Doors
Jimi Hendrix-Are You Experienced
U2— War
Clash-Combat Rock
Queen- A Night at the Opera
Black Sabbath-Paranoid
Led Zeppelin-Physical Graffiti

DeanV's avatar

Damn. dalepetrie is writing a novel. This could be intersting…

Tink's avatar

Damn it’s been an hour

dalepetrie's avatar

My all time favorite albums (note almost all of these artists I’d recommend the entire discography, but I’m limiting myself to my favorites:

AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Back in Black*
Anthrax – The Sound of White Noise
Anvil – Metal on Metal
Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine*
Bad Religion – Stranger Than Fiction
Beastie Boys – License to Ill, Check Your Head
Beck – Mellow Gold, One Foot In The Grave
Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath, Paranoid
Body Count – S/T
Brian Setzer Orchestra – Guitar Slinger
Johnny Cash – American Recordings, Unchained, American III
Coal Chamber – S/T
The Dandy Warhols – Thirteen Tales from Urban Bohemia
Danko Jones – I’m Alive and On Fire, Born A Lion, We Sweat Blood*
Dixie Chicks – Taking The Long Way
Dokken – Back for the Attack
The Donnas – Spend the Night, Bitchin’*
Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True, King of America, This Year’s Model, Blood and Chocolate
Eminem – The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP
Enuff Z’Nuff – Strength*, Animals with Human Intelligence, 1985, Tweaked, Peach Fuzz
Everclear – World of Noise, Sparkle and Fade
Faith No More – The Real Thing*, Angel Dust
Fishbone – The Reality of My Surroundings
The Fratellis – Costello Music
Garbage – S/T, Version 2.0
Gogol Bordello – Gypsy Punks, Super Taranta!
Green Day – Dookie, American Idiot
Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction*, Use Your Illusion I
Helmet – Meantime
The Hives – Veni Vidi Vicious, The Black and White Album
Hole – Live Through This
House of Pain – S/T, Same as it Ever Was*
Ice T- OG: Original Gangster
Infectious Grooves – The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move, Sarsippius’ Ark
INXS – Kick*
Korn – S/T, Life is Peachy
Kyuss – Blues for the Red Sky
Led Zeppelin – I, II and In Through The Out Door (IV is great, but not my favorite)
Life, Sex & Death – The Silent Majority
Living Colour – Times Up, Stain
Louix XIV – The Best Little Secrets are Kept
Ludacris – Back for the First Time
Megadeth – Rust in Peace*, Symphony of Destruction
Mr. Bungle – California
Nirvana – Bleach, Nevermind*, Incesticide, In Utero
Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power*, Far Beyond Driven
The Pixies – Doolittle, Bossanova
Prince – Dirty Mind, Controvery, 1999, Purple Rain, Sign O The Times, Symbol Album
Queen – A Night At The Opera*, Sheer Heart Attack, Innuendo
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magic
Reverend Horton Heat – It’s Martini Time
Rush – Counterparts
Skid Row – Slave to the Grind
Slipknot – S/T & Vol 3
The Smithereens – Especially For You, Green Thoughts*
Tom Waits – Bone Machine, Mule Variations
The White Stripes – S/T, De Stijl, White Blood Cells, Elephant*, Get Behind Me Satan, Icky Thump
They Might Be Giants – Flood, Apollo 18
Travelling Wilburys – Vol I, Vol III
Urge Overkill – Saturation
Suzanne Vega – 99.9 Fahrenheit Degrees

This represents just over 100 of my all time favorite albums. You will note there are 15 albums with asterisks, just to give you an idea of my tastes, these are my all time favorite albums, the 15 I’d rather have with me on a desert island than food or clothing. You will also note that I’ve left off the 5 artists you had already, they are all great, but no point in recommending anything I know you already have.

Jude's avatar

aaand, fade to black.

SeventhSense's avatar

No need to give us the abridged version. ~_~

steve6's avatar

@dalepetrie I thought you were a guy but I don’t know many guys with The Donnas on their desert island. Good list.

DeanV's avatar

@dalepetrie: Oh gosh! I forgot all about The Fratellis. Both of their albums are amazing.

dalepetrie's avatar

I’m a guy, and the Donnas are one of the BEST bands I’ve ever seen live. Their newest album shot right up to the top, becoming one of my 15 favorite albums of all time.

dalepetrie's avatar

And if I could actually have the artists themselves on a desert island, you KNOW the Donnas would be there!

@SeventhSense – I’m up to the letter M in digitizing my music collection, I have 1500+ albums and 25k songs, over 500 artists (and that’s just the CDs) If I didn’t give the abridged version I’d be here until Sunday.

steve6's avatar

I would settle for two of them.

steve6's avatar

How many is 70 gb?

SeventhSense's avatar

I know..And I’m realizing that avatar is your actual eyeball on massive doses of coffee. :)
But the Donnas? Suzanne Vega? All time? The END by the Doors was a masterpiece and it was 328th on Rolling Stones 500 best of all times. Condense, edit,purify and burn off the dross to find the gold.

Grisaille's avatar

@jmah That isn’t Shirley Manson.

That’s Catherine Weaver.

R.I.P. Sarah Connor Chronicles

dalepetrie's avatar

@SeventhSense – I love The Doors, but I’m talking albums, not songs. For an album to be an all time favorite, I have to love every single song, and the way the album is constructed. None of the Doors albums qualifies, though I really enjoy them all.

@steve6 – I have about 1,900 albums encoded @ 128mps totalling 107GB, so about 1,250 albums at 128, if you want to use a different bit rate, just divide 1250 by whatever big rate you want to use and multiply it by 128.

Jude's avatar

@Grisaille Shirely Manson as Catherine Weaver. It’s all good,.

She’s gorgeous.

lillycoyote's avatar

God, it’s so hard to choose and there have been so many great suggestions already but you gotta have some Tom Petty, John Hiatt, Al Green and maybe some Bruce Hornsby in there somewhere. And one of the all time greatest albums, So, by Peter Gabriel.

dalepetrie's avatar

and I don’t drink coffee

Also, I don’t trust Rolling Stone to tell me what the best anything is. This is the magazine that listed the latest Jonas Brothers album as a “Buy This Now” a couple months ago. And if that were their ONLY offense, it would be one thing, but they’re constantly throwing out props to things like Gossip Girl, Lady Gaga and Katie Perry (I defy you to find an issue in the last 3 months where they don’t mention at least 2 of these things). And it was SICKENING to see how they drooled all over themselves over the latest U2 album, which most U2 fans I’ve spoken to say is a decent album but not a great one.

One thing about me, many of the things “true” rock fans are “supposed” to like, I don’t. My list of bands that are in my opinion HIGHLY overrated:

The Rolling Stones
The Cure
Neil Young
Bruce Springsteen
Steely Dan
Lil Wayne
Pearl Jam

awaits the outrage

steve6's avatar

Radiohead is all that and more.

Jude's avatar

Oh no, you di-ent. “In Rainbows” one of the top ten albums of all time.

SeventhSense's avatar

Agree with you on the Rolling Stones blurb but
Steely Dan Asia- Brilliant

SeventhSense's avatar

But some bands are hugely popular because they are just solid. The Rolling Stones are just a great band and it’s just uncommon in this day and age to have bands like the Stones, Floyd, Zeppelin who just make great albums and not just singles. An album is not what it used to be.

dalepetrie's avatar

Matters of taste are impossible to defend, so I won’t even try, just throwin’ it out there to give you a bit more perspective on what does it for me, think it makes one able to evaluate the list more properly. The artists I listed just bore me, not to say none of them has a song or two I don’t like, and their music is for SOMEBODY…that somebody just isn’t me.

cyn's avatar

i love ROCK

tegan and sara-the con
the killers-human
coldplay-viva la vida
the cure- all the albums
jefferson starship
Blink 182
Angels and airwaves- I-Empire

and the rest are pretty much taken by the people that answered before me

DarkScribe's avatar

@whatthefluther You seem partial to women vocalists….I like that! Unfortunately, I’ve not yet replaced poor quality cassettes of some of my favorite women (several are on your list): Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Martha Davis (Motels), Kim Carnes, etc,

That was just on my most played albums this past week. I have all on your list and yes, I do favour woman but still have quite a few guys. Jim Croce, Leonard Cohen, Bob Seger, J.J. Cale, Billy Joel, Eric Clapton, Cat Stevens, Roy Orbison, Neil Diamond, plus groups and/or bands CCR, Steely Dan, Supertramp, Boney M, Boston, Bread – even old seventies stuff like Dr Hook and Gerry Rafferty. It depends on mood, but I am always playing something. I am playing Helen Shapiro at the moment – early sixties.

whatthefluther's avatar

I’m back. Continuing where I left off (excluding first entry which somehow got erased while typing…its amazing how much trouble one can get into with one working finger):

Beck: Odelay
Dave Matthews Band: Under the Table and Dreaming
Deep Purple: Machine Head
Depeche Mode: Violator
Nick Drake: Bryter Layter
dredg: el cielo
Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery
Jay Farrar: Stone, Steel & Bright Lights (live)
Five for Fighting: America Town
Flaming Lips: Clouds Taste Metallic
Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac
Foo Fighters: The Colour And the Shape
Foreigner: Foreigner
Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive
Fray: How to Save a Life
Fuel: Sunburn
Genesis: Lamb Lies D9own on Broadway
Green Day: Dookie
Grifters: Crappin’ You Negative
Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced?
Incubus: Morning View
Jet: Get Born
Jethro Tull: Benefit
Journey: Greatest Hits
Damien Jurado: I Break Chairs
Keane: Under the Iron Sea
Killers: Hot Fuss
John Lennon: Plastic Onoo Band
Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory
Margot & The Nuclear So & So’s: Animal
Maroon 5: Songs About Jane
Joni Mitchell: Court & Spark
Modest Mouse: Good News…
Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed
New Pornographers: Twin Cinema
Nirvana: Unplugged in New York
No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom
Oasis: Definitely Maybe

Time out. Since I knew the list would be rather long, I restricted myself to one album by artist, but there are no one-album-wonders here, except Jeff Buckley…wtf.

whatthefluther's avatar

P.O.D.: Satellite
Pearl Jam: Ten
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
Pixies: Doolittle
Prince: Purple Rain
Radiohead: Kid A
Gerry Rafferty: Baker Street
RHCP: Californication
Shins: Oh, Inverted World
Sigur Ros: ( )
Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie…
Elliott Smith: Figure 8
Snow Patrol: Final Straw
Steely Dan: Showbiz Kids
Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman
Sufjan Stevens: Illinoise
Al Stewart: Year of the Cat
Stone Temple Pilots: Purple
Sublime: Sublime
Supertramp: Crime of the Century
James Taylor: Sweet Baby James:
Third Eye Blind: Third Eyer Blind
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits
Toto: Essential Toto
Traveling Wilburys: Volume I
Uncle Tupelo:March 16–20, 1992
Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico
Wallflowers: Breach
Weezer: Weezer
Whiskeytown: Faithless Street
Who: Who’s Next
Wilco: Summerteeth
Neil Young: Harvest

There is the short list. There are omissions. There are typos. If this list brings back memories and has you dusting off some gem you haven’t played for awhile or inspires you to try something new, then my effort was worthwhile. If you feel this is merely the rambling words of an old fart, you are probably closer to the truth than you may have even imagined. Good night…wtf.

cyndyh's avatar

Patti Smith -Horses (her first), Twelve (a great cover album of some wonderful classics), and Trampin’ (one I just find myself listening to more than others) in that order

Pearl Jam – Most people are more familiar with their first few albums -which are great – but I like a lot of their later stuff better. Riot Act and Binaural are my current favorites.

Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material. If you like any of that Irish rock these guys probably influenced it to no end. It’s also a great listen.

aprilsimnel provided some great R&B artists (James Brown, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye) that really should not be overlooked. I’d add Parliament and Funkadelic.

Critter38's avatar

Rockish….(some of the ones that had serious trouble leaving the stereo)
Led Zeppelin I,II,IV
Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream
Stone Roses Second Coming
Pink Floyd The Wall
AC/DC Back in Black
Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking
Pearl Jam Ten
Offspring Smash
GunsN’Roses Appetite for Destruction
Van Halen I
Soundgarden Superunknown
Jimi Hendrix Live at Winterland
Queen Greatest Hits

But out of all of them I’d say that Led Zeppelin, Queen and Pink Floyd are the most timeless. Some rock suits a brief intensive stage in a life, others stay with you for life. I listened to Led Zeppelin II when I was five years old (thanks to an older brother), and I still love to listening to it. Such range, such original riffs…brilliant!

shrubbery's avatar

Sorry if any of these are repeats, there are too many here to read through!
Alphaville – Forever Young
Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank
Boston – Greatest Hits
Dire Straits – Money for Nothing
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle
The Police – Every Breath You Take: The Singles
Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon + Wish You Were Here + The Wall

eambos's avatar

Wow! I leave overnight, and look at this! There are some amazimg albums I hadent even thought of.

I knew all you flutherites would suggest great music! Now I have to see which if these albums we already own, and which we’ll need t buy.

Critter38's avatar

@shrubbery Excellent addition with Boston. That first album was a masterpiece

Jack79's avatar

I did not read other suggestions, so some of these may have already been mentioned:

The entire Dire Straits if you can afford them, if not, at least “Love over Gold”, “Alchemy” and “Brothers in Arms”.

The entire Queen, or at least the “Greatest Hits” album (though they’re not meant to be heard individually). “Innuendo” is a great Queen album if you want to start collecting that.

You don’t have any Deep Purple? Or Rainbow? I’d at least get a Rainbow album.

Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” which is a must in any collection, plus “The Dark Side of the Moon” for measure.

I have Chris De Burgh’s “Crusader” which I think is one of the best albums of all time (he has written several amazing songs over the years, but you have to look through piles of lukewarm serenades to find them).

Billy Joel’s “Piano Man”.

Bob Dylan’s “Desire” and “Modern Times”. It’s ok if you don’t buy absolutely everything by Dylan, they’re too many and you probably won’t listen to them anyway. Maybe get the “Greatest Hits” vols 1&2.

Some Jethro Tull, I’d actually start with “Crest of a Knave”.

U2’s “Joshua Tree”.

Bruce Springsteen’s “The River”

There are many Eric Clapton albums I like, but if you can just afford two, I’d go with “One Night” (I have it on vinyl and it’s a double, so I assume it will be 2 CDs now) and his “Unplugged” on MTV.

Get some Tracy Chapman and Norah Jones out of the younger generation. Amy McDonald too.

“The Singles” by the Pretenders has some really good music.

There are probably another 100 albums I forgot to mention, but that’s what everyone else is here for :)

zephyr826's avatar

Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street

Aethelwine's avatar

@dalepetrie Great list! It seems we have the same taste in music. I am surprised that I haven’t seen The Ramones yet.

Lupin's avatar

Thriller by Michael Jackson
Yes he’s a freak, yes he’s a pedophile, etc… But that album sure was good!
And the Moonwalk is cool!

dalepetrie's avatar

@jonsblond – I like the Ramones, but I can’t think of a particular album that is consistent enough to be one of my all time favorites. And let’s face it, the Ramones have a very tight, specific sound…ever see them in concert? Every song starts 1–2-3–4…then a fast wall of sound for a minute and a half, repeat. They were great, don’t get me wrong, but I get bored halfway through a Ramones album.

Aethelwine's avatar

@dalepetrie True. I couldn’t think of a specific album to list either. Their music just reminds me of a carefree time in my life.

boffin's avatar

Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans
Porcupine Tree – Stupid Dream

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Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger
Queens Of The Stone Age – Lullabies To Paralyze
Marylin Manson – Antichrist Superstar
Faith No More – Angel Dust
Stone Temple Pilots – Purple

dalepetrie's avatar

@Blondesjon – wow, someone else put FNM’s Angel Dust on their list. Also, see you’re a QOTSA fan, do you have any Kyuss (that was the first band Josh Homme and Nick Oliveri were in together)? They were unlike anything before or since, and I was lucky enough to see them live one time at a small club opening for Fishbone and Biohazard. Unfortunately, I missed the boat on seeing both FNM and Mr. Bungle live, but I did get to see Mike Patton’s latest band Peeping Tom about 2 years ago now I think. I caught Soundgarden on Lollapalooza ‘96, Manson on Ozzfest ‘97, and STP headlining a show in ‘95. Good times, good tunes, great list.

aprilsimnel's avatar

Josh Homme. Mwrowr! The kind you don’t take home to Mother. MMM, MMM, MMMMM!

Uh, sorry, what were we talking about? Oh, right, rocking great albums.

DEVO – Freedom of Choice
Funkadelic – The Electric Spanking of War Babies
The Replacements – Pleased to Meet Me
Soul Coughing – Ruby Vroom

Aethelwine's avatar

@dalepetrie Did you see Lollapalooza 96 in Illinois? Blondesjon and I were there but we don’t remember too much.

We were pretty wasted.

dalepetrie's avatar

@jonsblond – actually, close…it was Iowa. Hell of a show, though for some reason the Shaolin Monks didn’t make that performance. But it was the first place I ever saw Ben Folds, Beth Hart, Psychotica and Cornershop. Also, looking back on it, That was the last tour for The Screaming Trees, The Ramones and Soundgarden, within a few years 3 of the Ramones and Waylon Jennings were dead. I got there before the first band, but left about 1/3 to 1/2 way through Metallica’s set, I just wanted to be able to say I saw them, but that whole period between their Black Album and St. Anger I just didn’t find them at all compelling.

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@dalepetrie…I drank a twelve before ten a.m. and ate an eighth of bogus shrooms. Woke up on the ground in front of a row of porta-potties. Missed Rancid and Soundgarden. :(

Aethelwine's avatar

@dalepetrie I missed Rancid and Soundgarden looking for my sweet husband. ;)

dalepetrie's avatar

Hehehehe…I forgot Rancid was there too! I saw everybody on both stages, I had to travel from St. Paul, MN to Des Moines, IA, and I was going to get my money’s worth, dammit! I still have a couple of programs somewhere. Don’t think I drank at all, believe it or not….I’m too damn cheap to pay festival prices for booze.

dalepetrie's avatar

@jonsblond & @Blondesjon – Funny thing is, wanted to get my money’s worth, I just the other day grabbed my concert ticket album, face price was $37.50. I’m guessing Lars and James wouldn’t even sell you an obstructed view seat for that nowadays! And gas was what, 80 cents a gallon in ‘96? I think I got WAY more than my money’s worth in retrospect.

cyndyh's avatar

@Jack79 : If you’re going with Bob Dylan, I’d second Desire. I’d also add Street Legal and Slow Train Coming.

I love Springsteen, too. If you’re going with one album by him I wouldn’t put The River on the top of that list, though. I’d go with Born to Run and then Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J. Then I’d go with The River, but that’s me. Cheers!

steve6's avatar

Siamese Dream

wilhel1812's avatar

Led Zeppelin IV

MagsRags's avatar

Some of these have already been mentioned, but not all. I don’t think there’s anything on my list that is less than 20 years old, so I guess that’s classic. I own these all in LP version, and they’re what I would take to that desert island.

Talking Heads “Stop Making Sense”
Bruce Springsteen “Born To Run”
Bob Marley & the Wailers “Legend”
Rolling Stones “Let It Bleed”
Paul Simon “Graceland”
Crosby Stills Nash & Young “Deja Vu”
Frank Zappa “Hot Rats”
Eric Clapton “Journeyman”
Michael Jackson “Thriller”

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