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My Top 100 Albums Of All Time 
23rd-Mar-2008 12:55 pm
My Top 100 Albums Of All Time
The following is a list of my most favorite albums of all time. This is the music I grew up on, and music I will always have with me until the day I die. These all IMHO are must-owns. I made this list while going through my collection, which at times is alphebetized, sometimes organized according to genre, year, phase of my life associated with music, you get the idea. In no way is this list made in order of importance, as all of this music is equally important to me. I must also say that paring this list down to 100 albums has been a task I've worked on for almost 2 weeks now, and I still don't feel completely comfortable with all of my choices - as there were many others - but set a goal for 100, so here they are.
1. Mary Chapin Carpenter - Come On Come On
2. Morrissey - Viva Hate
3. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
4. Bad Brains - I Against I
5. Jeff Buckley - Grace
6. Sade - Love Deluxe
7. Angie Aparo - The American
8. Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
9. Billie Holiday - Lady In Satin
10. Patti Smith - Easter
11. Dead Can Dance - Spleen And Ideal
12. Love And Rockets - Seventh Dream Of Teenage Heaven
13. Insane Jane - A Green Little Pill
14. David J - Crocodile Tears And The Velvet Cosh
15. Dif Juz - Soundpool
16. Dixie Chicks - Taking The Long Way
17. Fuel - Sunburn
18. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
19. Hole - Live Through This
20. Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls
21. Jennifer Nettles Band - Story Of Your Bones
22. Soul Miner's Daughter - The Sacred And Profane
23. Joni Mitchell - Blue
24. Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel
25. Lone Justice - Shelter
26. 4AD - Lonely Is An Eyesore
27. New Order - Substance
28. Metallica - Master Of Puppets
29. Pearl Jam - Ten
30. Peter Gabriel - So
31. Pink Floyd - The Division Bell
32. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
33. Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
34. Rush - Signals
35. Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
36. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Hyaena
37. Sisters Of Mercy - A Slight Case Of Overbombing
38. Sigur Rós - ( )
39. Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion And The Cobra
40. Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
41. Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind
42. This Mortal Coil - Filigree And Shadow
43. Toad The Wet Sprocket - Fear
44. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
45. Lords Of The New Church - Killer Lords
46. The Damned - Machine Gun Ettiquette
47. Bauhaus - Mask
48. Sting - Dream Of The Blue Turtles
49. The Bolshoi - Friends/Giants
50. The Replacements - Pleased To Meet Me
51. The Jazz Butcher Conspiracy - Distressed Gentlefolk
52. Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees
53. Toto - Past To Present
54. Jackson Browne - Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using)
55. The Carpenters - The Singles 1969-1973
56. Little River Band - Sleeper Catcher
57. Olivia Newton-John - Have You Never Been Mellow
58. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
59. The Who - The Ultimate Collection
60. Anita Baker - Compositions
61. Brenda Russell - Brenda Russell
62. George Benson - The Very Best of George Benson
63. Maxwell - Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite
64. Oleta Adams - The Very Best of Oleta Adams
65. The Commodores - Greatest Hits
66. Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
67. Otis Redding - The Otis Redding Anthology
68. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - American Beauty (Thomas Newman)
69. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - The Shawshank Redemption (Thomas Newman)
70. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Fried Green Tomatoes (Thomas Newman)
71. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Some Kind Of Wonderful (Various Artists)
72. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - The Hunger (Various Artists)
73. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - The Color Purple (Quincy Jones)
74. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Schindler's List (John Williams, Various Artists)
75. Pete Townshend - All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
76. Peter Murphy - Love Hysteria
77. Fugazi - 13 Songs
78. Eva Cassidy - Songbird
79. Glen Campbell - That Christmas Feeling
80. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
81. Cocteau Twins - Treasure
82. Heart - Greatest Hits
83. A Perfect Circle - Mer De Noms
84. Bread - Anthology Of Bread
85. Ani Difranco - Not A Pretty Girl
86. Coldplay - A Rush Of Blood To The Head
87. George Michael - Listen Without Prejudice, Vol. 1
88. INXS - Listen Like Thieves
89. James Taylor - Greatest Hits
90. Jennifer Warnes - Platinum & Gold Collection
91. Duran Duran - Seven And The Ragged Tiger
92. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
93. Melissa Etheridge - Brave and Crazy
94. Minor Threat - Complete Discography
95. Pat Benetar - Best Shots
96. Nina Simone - The Definitive Collection
97. Sam Cooke - Portrait Of A Legend
98. Roberta Flack - Softly with These Songs: The Best of Roberta Flack
99. The Cure - The Head On The Door
100. Jeff Buckley - Live At Glastonbury
23rd-Mar-2008 05:09 pm (UTC)
31, 87,92 &99...YES!

I'm curious, did Hole's "Celebrity Skin" even come close?
23rd-Mar-2008 05:34 pm (UTC)

Celebrity Skin (the song) is wonderful, but the album didn't compare to Live Through This. It was also the timing of that album for me that really made it remarkable - I was going through a long-term relationship break-up, and that album validated a lot of my anger at the situation.
23rd-Mar-2008 05:17 pm (UTC) - Top 100
Great list! Will keep this list in mind the next time I am in HMV
23rd-Mar-2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
Terrific list!!

These are some of my faves:

3. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
8. Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
19. Hole - Live Through This
30. Peter Gabriel - So
31. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
32. Prince & The Revolution - Purple Rain
34. Rush - Signals
36. Siouxsie & The Banshees - Hyaena
39. Sinéad O'Connor - The Lion And The Cobra
44. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
58. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
99. The Cure - The Head On The Door

I like a bunch of others listed as well, but I think the above are my faves from the list.

I'm tempted to try my hand and doing my own list! It would be a daunting task, heh.... so many great albums.
23rd-Mar-2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
Excellent choices as well.

I recommend it, even though this post took me 2 agonizing weeks to complete - it gave me a chance to revisit some treasures and relive some interesting moments.
23rd-Mar-2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
I'm particularly glad to see "Hyaena" on your list. I have great affection for that album. I prefer "Peepshow" overall, but back in the day I played the shit out of "Hyaena."

"Bring Me the Head of the Preacher Man".... "Swimming Horses"... "Dazzle".... ahhh such greatness :)
23rd-Mar-2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
It was between Hyaena and Tinderbox. Peepshow did nothing for me.
23rd-Mar-2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
You are friends with Jennifer Nettles, correct?
23rd-Mar-2008 10:33 pm (UTC)
24th-Mar-2008 12:00 am (UTC)
I thought it was your recommendations that brought her to my attention. I think she's one of the best female vocalists who've ever lived. I can't even make it all the way through "Stay" without crying. I owe you a drink if we ever meet because I learned about her through you.
24th-Mar-2008 01:31 am (UTC)
I concur wholeheartedly! Have you seen the video for Stay? THAT'S what I can't see without crying, especially because that's my friend there bawling while she sings.

Have you heard her solo stuff?
24th-Mar-2008 01:34 am (UTC)
I saw the video over at my massage therapist's house while we were chatting before an appointment. I totally broke down. I've only gotten a few of her songs (one with Jon Bon Jovi) on my ipod but I want to get more. Any recommendations?
24th-Mar-2008 01:55 am (UTC)
OMG - she has 7 other albums, man - 2 with Soul Miner's Daughter (her first band), 3 with Jennifer Nettles Band, and 2 live albums. I also have 2 JNB live bootlegs.

http://jennifernettles.com/ for more...
23rd-Mar-2008 08:41 pm (UTC)
Anything by Mary Chapin Carpenter would be on my list.
23rd-Mar-2008 10:34 pm (UTC)
She's one of my favorite singer/songwriters. It was between this and Time * Sex * Love. My favorite song by her is on that album, the magnificent "The Dreaming Road".
24th-Mar-2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
100 (more) reasons why I love you.

I would have trouble doing such a thing because I have such music ADD, but I always enjoy reading the lists of others.
6th-Jun-2008 11:03 am (UTC)
Wow, Morrissey, Bad Brains and Sade all within a few place of each other - that's eclectic!

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