Payn's Ponderings... Top 10 Essential Albums

payn

Legend
Greetings,

So, local public radio channel The Current is doing their spring drive. They collect ballots from listeners and the public and compile a list to play on the radio/stream for a week as they count down. It's a lot of fun listening to see when your songs/albums drop. In the past they have done; top 893 debut albums, top 893 songs of all time, top 893 bands, etc...

This year it is top essential albums of all time. The ballot only allows 10 (which is very very difficult to come down to for me...) so for this thread that's our rule. What are your top 10 essential albums of all time. (By essential I'm guessing it's albums you cant live without. What are you taking to your deserted island?) This is about albums so keep that in mind as the complete work and not just folks you really like!

Mine.
  1. Tom Waits-Rain Dogs
  2. George Harrison-All Things Must Pass
  3. Led zeppelin II
  4. Beastie Boys-Paul's Boutique
  5. Pharcyde-Bizarre Ride II
  6. Wilco-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  7. Buena Vista Social Club
  8. Johnny Cash-American Music Vol. IV
  9. Dwight Yokham Guitars, Cadillacs, etc...etc...
  10. B-52's-Self Titled
*I reserve the right to change this for the next week or so while I have time to change my Current ballot.

Cheers!

Complied playlist
 
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Jacob Lewis

Ye Olde GM
Sure, I'll play.

These are the albums I go back to year after year and keep in the rotation. I never tire of hearing them, and I always get the same emotional response and/or satisfaction when I listen to them. (And in no particular order.)
  1. Megadeth - Rust in Peace
  2. Skid Row - Slave to the Grind
  3. Amon Amarth - Twilight of the Thunder God
  4. Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
  5. Judas Priest - Painkiller
  6. AC/DC - Fly on the Wall
  7. Lamb of God - Sacrament
  8. Fear Factory - Genexus
  9. Suicidal Tendencies - Suicidal for Life
  10. Anthrax - Sound of White Noise
Damn! I knew 10 wouldn't be enough... we're gonna need a bigger island.
 

Hex08

Adventurer
Not necessarily in order, and not using any greatest hits albums:
1. Nirvana - Nevermind
2. Metalica - The Black Album
3. Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies
4. Billy Joel - Glass Houses
5. Ramones - Ramones
6. Guns n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
7. Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic
8. U2 - Rattle and Hum
9. Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies (almost went with From the Inside)
10. Fleetwood Mac - Rumors

Honestly, there are so many albums I love that a top 10 list is hard to come up with
 




Cadence

Legend
Supporter
Kinda, but if a particular greatest hits album is so good its on your top 10 best albums go for it. I'll blow a raspberry if all 10 on your list are greatest hits tho ;)
Probably half the albums I ever owned (CD, Cassette, etc...) were greatest hits ones. But I can see which originals had the highlights. :)
 

payn

Legend
Probably half the albums I ever owned (CD, Cassette, etc...) were greatest hits ones. But I can see which originals had the highlights. :)
As a good exercise, perhaps start with your favorite greatest hits and then look through that artist's catalogue. Find the album that has the most songs you like. Give it a listen and see if that a good selection.

I know its out of fashion now, but I'm a big fan of the album.
 



Cadence

Legend
Supporter
1. U2 - Rattle and Hum
2. Pink Floyd - The Wall
3. Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
4. U2 - Joshua Tree
5. Billy Joel - Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & II (go with The Stranger if you make me pick one)
6. Lost Boys (Soundtrack)
7. Queen - Greatest Hits (I don't think any one of their usual albums would make the list for me)
8. Randy Newman - Sail Away
9. Eagles - Hotel California (would go greatest hits vol. II except trying to avoid those)
10. Chicago - 17
 
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Mannahnin

Scion of Murgen (He/Him)
First attempt:

Massive Attack- Mezzanine
Nine Inch Nails- The Fragile
Portishead- Dummy
Black Sabbath
Pearl Jam- Ten
Alice in Chains – Dirt
Radiohead- A Moon-Shaped Pool Sinead O'Connor, The Lion and the Cobra
Led Zeppelin- Mothership (yes, picking a GH album)
Beatles- Abbey Road
Bjork, volumen 1993-2003 (one more GH album)
The latter probably edging out Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, Explosions in the Sky- The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place or another Beatles album. Or, damn; Violent Femmes.

If I was going to select soundtracks.., Ugh. Singles, Scott Pilgrim vs the World, The Royal Tenebaums, Velvet Goldmine, Romeo + Juliet, Cool World, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Crow, Tank Girl.... There are a lot of classics out there.
 
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payn

Legend
Now reading other people's lists I'm tempted to go back and edit mine, so much good stuff especially if we can count soundtracks.

Last year I got a turntable and have slowly been buying vinyl again. Hunting down stuff at used record stores is tons of fun.
Getting down to 10 is so very very difficult!

I got about 300 vinyl records of various condition. Vinyl hunting is fun, but gotten tougher in recent years. Lots of hand me down stuff from the old man (Allman Brothers, Lynrd Skynrd) and the step father (Kiss, Motely Crew). Funny how about 5 years a difference makes.
 



Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Oh.

Oh no. Um ... okay, @payn you really need to come up with better rules!

Here are my rules for answering this-
1. No "Best of" Albums.
2. It has to be an actual album that the artist wanted released.
3. No more than one album by any artist.
4. I will try to use a combination of what the album means to me (I like it) with what the album means generally (overall importance).
5. No soundtracks.
6. No music prior to 1966.
7. No jazz (although the 1966 barrier excludes some of the best, like The Shape of Jazz to Come, it's just to hard to compare), no classical, no country. This is strictly pop/rock/hip hop.

This is not in order.

1. Low, David Bowie. Tough one. Station to Station is more listenable. Ziggy Stardust has the most hits. Hunky Dory is a sneaky favorite. But Low is the sound of the future crashing into the present.

2. Doolittle, Pixies. If you want to explain the early 90s, you don't start with Nevermind. You start here. Still, arguably, the best 90s album ... and it was 1989.

3. Yeezus, Kanye. I know that Ye is more of a punchline than an artist today, but the run from 2004 (College Dropout) to 2016 (Life of Pablo) is right there with any artist you can name. And Yeezus is abrasive, flawed, alienating ... and Ye at his best.

4. Kid A, Radiohead. It is nearly impossible to believe that this album was controversial when it was released as the followup to their second-best album (OK Computer), yet ... it was. Timeless and magic.

5. The Velvet Underground & Nico, Velvet Underground. One of the few albums that can never sounds dated; it always sounds like it's coming from some impossibly cool party occurring three years in the future.

6. Aja, Steely Dan. Technically, doesn't violate the "no jazz" rule. Steely Dan is what would happen if Joan Didion and William S. Burroughs had an unholy love child that loved jazz and studio perfection.

7. Hatful of Hollow, The Smiths. Okay, this is skirting the "no best of," but it was a contemporaneous compilation originally released in 1984 from BBC sessions. Say what you will about Morrissey, The Smiths were amazing.

8. Dummy, Portishead. I wanted to go with Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk for its importance, but ... I love Portishead. Three albums, three stone-cold classics.

9. Random Access Memories, Daft Punk. Do you remember when a French Electronica band was the biggest thing in the world? I do, and they deserved it. I wanted to put in Human After All, or even Homework ... but this is just a stone-cold classic album, with every single track being amazing.

10. Blonde, Frank Ocean. If you're not living too much, maybe you're not living at all.
 

payn

Legend
Oh.

Oh no. Um ... okay, @payn you really need to come up with better rules!

Here are my rules for answering this-
1. No "Best of" Albums.
2. It has to be an actual album that the artist wanted released.
3. No more than one album by any artist.
4. I will try to use a combination of what the album means to me (I like it) with what the album means generally (overall importance).
5. No soundtracks.
I like it.
6. No music prior to 1966.
7. No jazz (although the 1966 barrier excludes some of the best, like The Shape of Jazz to Come, it's just to hard to compare), no classical, no country. This is strictly pop/rock/hip hop.
No can do, my OP breaks all of these happily.
 

GreyLord

Legend
1. Metallica - The Black Album
2. U2 - Joshua Tree
3. The Greatest Classical Hits - The Complete Collection (it had 4 different sets each with 2 or 3 dvd's each).
4. The Complete Beethoven
5. The Complete Bach
6. My selfmade 80s collection album
7. Greatest hits of enya
8. Metallica - S&M
9. Metallica - Master of Puppets
10. Metallica - Death Magnet
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
I like it.

No can do, my OP breaks all of these happily.

No worries. It's a nearly impossible list to make. Even with the restrictions I placed on myself, I still didn't put in any albums by the Beatles or Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd, I didn't have Nirvana or Hole, I didn't have Neutral Milk Hotel or Modest Mouse, I incorporated Brian Eno by reference but missed out on some of his classics, I didn't get any classic hip hop in there (Jay Z, Snoop, Dre, Tupac, Eminem), I didn't get Kedrick Lamar in, there isn't any 80s new wave, or 70s punk, and I couldn't list the Strokes or Cage the Elephant or Vampire Weekend and barely touched on Electronica and some 80s synth-pop revival.....

10 Albums is HARD.
 

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