Here are mine (Limit one album per artist).
I want to contribute a number of albums to this thread, but let’s just start with one that I love so very much:
Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life. Perfection.
I can’t pick one favorite album of all time. That’s impossible with the amount of music I love, but if I get to pick one per artist, I can do some of that. So here’s my first choice.
Gaudi by Alan Parsons Project (mostly for the main track “La Sagrada Familia” but I like all of it a lot and have listened to it many many times)
Bright eyes, cursive, at the drive in, neutral milk hotel. Hell yea, I like your taste.
#1 - Revolver, The Beatles (1966)
#2 - Forever Changes, Love (1967)
#3 - Rubber Soul, The Beatles (1965)
#4 - Bringing it all Back Home, Bob Dylan (1965)
#5 - Abbey Road, The Beatles (1969)
#6 - Odessey and Oracle, The Zombies (1967)
#7 - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, Neutral Milk Hotel (1998)
#8 - Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon (1970)
#9 - Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan (1965)
#10 - Kon Tiki, Cotton Mather (1997)
#11 - Are We Not Men? Devo (1978)
#12 - Jesus Christ Superstar, Soundtrack (1970 & 73)
#13 - Love it to Death, Alice Cooper (1971)
#14 - Security, Peter Gabriel (1982)
#15 - Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
#16 - Pinkerton, Weezer (1996)
#17 - Nevermind, Nirvana (1991)
#18 - Meet the Beatles, The Beatles (1963)
#19 - Black Sea (80) and/or Big Express (89), XTC
#20 - Rocket to Russia, Ramones (1977)
#21 - Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Simon and Garfunkel (1970)
#22 - A Hard Days Night, The Beatles (1964)
#23 - Live At Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash (1968)
#24 - Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles (1967)
#25 - Surfer Rosa, The Pixies (1988)
Just missing the top 25… Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme, Simon and Garfunkel (1966) and The La’s, The La’s (1990)
Jeff Buckley “Grace”. There’s never been anything more before or after.
I’m also picking one per artist, and I’m organizing them by artist as well, just to make this easier.
I’ve given this some thought over the years…
I’m totally with you on OK Computer. Amazing stuff!
My list surprises even me:
Radiohead OK Computer
Pearl Jam Ten
Elton John Too Low for Zero
Creedance Clearwater Revival Chronicle (Is a “Best Of” album cheating?)
The Decemberists The Hazards of Love
The Mountain Goats The Sunset Tree
Wheetus (self-titled album)
I reserve the right to edit this list as my memory catches up with my typing fingers.
Arcade Fire’s Funeral.
Several years ago, a friend of mine once said that as a favor to her, I needed to check that album out. So I did. I blind-bought it, even though I never heard of the group or the album.
I loved it. It got under your skin. You felt it more than you heard it.
This friend and I gradually drifted apart after some time, but she’s mentally inseparable from that album for me. And that’s a good thing, with how masterful that album is.
Oh, I absolutely love Holst’s Planets! That’s the first classical music album I purchased for myself after seeing it performed. Such amazing music. I can listen to it over and over.
CCR? Yes please!
Also the hazards of love is so good!
Hard to narrow it down but thinking of the ones I have sat down to listen to the most over my entire life they would probably be:
The Beatles: The Beatles (white album)
Pink Floyd: Animals
Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon
David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Jethro Tull: Stormwatch
Fleetwood Mac: Rumors
And any random Led Zeppelin album except Coda.
I’ve probably listened to Dark Side Of The Moon on the most formats: quadraphonic 8 Track , cassette, vinyl, CD, MP3.
My favorite rock vocalist of all time.
Narrowing it down to my Top 5, it would be:
- Macalla by Clannad
- Murmur by R.E.M.
- The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
- Dubnobasswithmyheadman by Underworld
- Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
@THE_DEEP_DIVE mentioned this at the top of the thread, and I’ll second that…
I dove deep into this album once upon a time. Even after all these years, it’s still a hard-hitting journey, and it stands as a longstanding reminder of how much that the amazing Chris Cornell is missed.
My favorite album changes over time, but it is definitely currently Pet Sounds. I’m listening to it regularly at the moment.
I love that album and band. I saw Arcade Fire on that first tour right when Funeral came out. They played the top floor of a bowling alley in detroit. Later I saw them fill Verizon Center (stadium) in DC on the Reflector Tour. So great to see a band like get so popular.