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Retrology
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Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time?

Postby Retrology » May 16th, 2017, 1:43 am

Straightforward, give me your 10 favorite albums ever.

For my list, I'm taking it further and making it top 25 (bear with me). These span from the last 3 decades as this is my primary taste in music, but if I had to decide, these would be my top 25 favorite albums (#1 being my favorite of course)

1. Mezzanine-Massive Attack
2. OK Computer-Radiohead
3. Fleet Foxes-Fleet Foxes
4. Angel Dust-Faith No More
5. Violator-Depeche Mode
6. White Pony-Deftones
7. Nocturne-Wild Nothing
8. Aquemini-Outkast
9. Modern Vampires of the City-Vampire Weekend
10. Automatic for the People-REM
11. Select Ambient Works 85-92-Aphex Twin
12. Foundations of Burden-Pallbearer
13. Koi No Yokan-Deftones
14. Good Kid Maad City-Kendrick Lamar
15. California-Mr. Bungle
16. Rage Against the Machine-Rage Against the Machine
17. Siamese Dream-Smashing Pumpkins
18. Lateralus-Tool
19. Garbage-Garbage
20. The Money Store-Death Grips
21. Bon Iver, Bon Iver-Bon Iver
22. The Bends-Radiohead
23. 40 oz. to Freedom-Sublime
24. The Blue Album-Weezer
25. Sepalcure-Sepalcure

Thoughts on my list? What are your 10 favorite albums?

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time?

Postby velcrozombie » May 16th, 2017, 12:09 pm

There's definitely some overlap in our tastes, and I lot of stuff in your list (REM, Depeche Mode, Deftones, Garbage, Tool, RATM, Faith No More) almost made my list as well. I just noticed the Pallbearer album - haven't heard that one yet but I loved "Sorrow and Extinction". I don't know what to think of the Death Grips - I think Exmilitary is the best thing they've put out and everything else has sounded like diminishing returns to me.
Top 25 for me as well - too much music to cover in a Top 10. Trying to keep this up to my more current tastes - I'm I haven't listened to an album in a long time I dropped it unless it has a very special place in my musical memory.
I'll end up looking at what I wrote an hour later, getting mad that I forgot something and wanting to edit this list, but I'm going to try and get it right the first time and not meddle too much.
In no particular order:

1. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
2. Metallica - ...and Justice for All
3. Pig Destroyer - Prowler in the Yard
4. Radiohead - Kid A
5. Cryptopsy - None So Vile
6. Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
7. Beck - Mellow Gold
8. Captain Beefheart - Safe as Milk
9. Slayer - Reign in Blood
10. Nothing - Guilty of Everything (if you like shoegaze, give these guys - this album especially - a listen)
11. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
12. Godflesh - A World Lit Only by Fire (if you like industrial music, give this album - along with "Streetcleaner" - a listen)
13. Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
14. Massive Attack - Mezzanine
15. Megadeth - Rust in Piece
16. Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
17. Dr. Octagon - Octagonecologyst
18. Aesop Rock - Skelethon
19. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
20. Tom Waits - Bone Machine
21. Mr. Bungle - California
22. Death Grips - Exmilitary
23. Gang of Four - Entertainment!
24. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
25. The Locust - Plague Soundscapes

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time?

Postby David » May 16th, 2017, 6:07 pm

Interesting lists. Retro - I love Radiohead as well, and certainly like some more of your bands on your list, but not to the extent that you do. Velco - Other than Radiohead and The Smashing Pumpkins, I don't think we have much in common musically. I should check out My Bloody Valentine though, as they were an inspiration for Billy Corgan if I remember correctly.

1. Radiohead - OK Computer
2. The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs
3. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
4. Joni Mitchell - Blue
5. The Beatles - The White Album
6. Suede - Dog Man Star
7. Paul Simon - Graceland
8. U2 - Achtung Baby
9. Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory?
10 a. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
10 b. Jeff Buckley - Grace
10 c. Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps
10 d. Weezer - Pinkerton

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time?

Postby Voor » May 16th, 2017, 9:50 pm

David wrote:Interesting lists. Retro - I love Radiohead as well, and certainly like some more of your bands on your list, but not to the extent that you do. Velco - Other than Radiohead and The Smashing Pumpkins, I don't think we have much in common musically. I should check out My Bloody Valentine though, as they were an inspiration for Billy Corgan if I remember correctly.

1. Radiohead - OK Computer
2. The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs
3. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
4. Joni Mitchell - Blue
5. The Beatles - The White Album
6. Suede - Dog Man Star
7. Paul Simon - Graceland
8. U2 - Achtung Baby
9. Oasis - What's the Story Morning Glory?
10 a. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
10 b. Jeff Buckley - Grace
10 c. Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps
10 d. Weezer - Pinkerton


Awesome. I've never seen another person list HotH as their favorite Zep album. Mine too. Rust never sleeps is great, but Harvest is still my favorite Young album.

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time?

Postby BanjoPickles » May 16th, 2017, 11:42 pm

My picks change all the time, but here goes:

1) Blood on the Tracks/Desire/Street Legal/Time Out of Mind-Bob Dylan (a four way tie is a cheat, but I can never pick one over the other three)
2). Yield-Pearl Jam (such a great album for a summer drive in the country!)
3). Cat Stevens-Mona Bone Jakon
4). Beck-Sea Change
5). Zwan-Mary, Star of the Sea
6). Beach Boys-Sunflower/Wild Honey (once again, choosing is impossible!)
7). Screaming Trees-Dust (how this band never took off is beyond me!)
8). Love-Forever Changes (this album took me through a painful divorce)
9). Belle and Sebastian-If You're Feeling Sinister/Tigermilk/Write About Love
10). Duck Tales-The Flower Lane

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time?

Postby rockofhysteria » May 17th, 2017, 12:33 am

I couldn't possibly limit my list to 10 lol so I'll do my top 25 as well. Here goes


1-Bon Jovi-Keep The Faith
2-Def Leppard-X
3-The Eagles-The Long Run
4-Bon Jovi-These Days
5-Foreigner-4
6-Styx-Edge of the Century
7-Stevie Ray Vaughan and Doublt Trouble-In Step
8-Rush-Counterparts
9-Tall Stories-Tall Stories
10-Journey-Trial By Fire
11-Metallica-Kill Em All
12-Black Sabbath-Heaven and Hell
13-Talisman-Talisman
14-W.E.T. Rise Up
15-Queen-The Miracle
16-Def Leppard-Hysteria
17-Journey-Raised on Radio
18-Richie Sambora-Stranger In This Town
19-Pantera-Cowboys From Hell
20-Alabama-Southern Star
21-Rod Steward-Out Of Order
22-Travis Tritt-It's All About To Change
23-Aaron Tippin-Read Between The Lines
24-Whitesnake-Slip of The Tongue
25-Journey-Arrival
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Re: Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time?

Postby velcrozombie » May 17th, 2017, 10:45 am

David wrote:Interesting lists. Retro - I love Radiohead as well, and certainly like some more of your bands on your list, but not to the extent that you do. Velco - Other than Radiohead and The Smashing Pumpkins, I don't think we have much in common musically. I should check out My Bloody Valentine though, as they were an inspiration for Billy Corgan if I remember correctly.


I like everyone on your list - U2 was my favorite band for a while (although I haven't listened to anything they put out after "Pop") and I especially like Dylan, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Neil Young. My Bloody Valentine is an acquired taste for some people - I've heard some of the guitar sounds on "Loveless" described as "Whales having sex on drugs" - but I find it to be blissful, gorgeous music. If you have some experience with Sonic Youth you'll probably be fine. You might like the band Nothing as well - they're probably closer in style to the Pumpkins than My Bloody Valentine is (even though they come from a punk background).

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time?

Postby wolfdragon89 » May 17th, 2017, 1:50 pm

1. Radiohead- The Bends

2. Echo and the Bunnymen- Ocean Rain

3. Nirvana- In Utero

4. The Smiths- The Queen is Dead

5. Joy Division- Unknown Pleasures

6. David Bowie- Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

7. Led Zeppelin- Houses of the Holy

8. Tool- Lateralus

9. Catherine Wheel- Ferment

10. Hum- Downward is Heavenward

11. Radiohead- In Rainbows

12. R.E.M.- Reckoning

13. Alice in Chains- Dirt

14. Radiohead- Ok Computer

15. Soundgarden- Superunknown

16. Jeff Buckley- Grace

17. Ride- Nowhere

18. The Orb- Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld

19. Marvin Gaye- What's Going On

20. King Crimson- In the Court of the Crimson King

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time?

Postby Retrology » May 17th, 2017, 6:52 pm

Just listened to Grace in its entirety. Two things: 1) The mixing and mastering are crystal clear. Every instrument and vocal take sounds so three dimensional on good headphones. 2) Dream Brother is one of the best album closers ever. Love how haunting it is.

I love this album. Would probably move it up in my top 20 somewhere.

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Re: Top 10 Favorite Albums of all time?

Postby Stalvern » May 18th, 2017, 1:05 pm

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1. A Love Supreme (John Coltrane, 1965)
Perfect.

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2. Sonic Seasonings (Wendy Carlos, 1972)
This is barely music, but it's the most gorgeous thing I've ever heard.

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3. Bitches Brew (Miles Davis, 1970)
An ocean of lava.

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4. Ommadawn (Mike Oldfield, 1975)
George Harrison's guitar gently weeps. Mike Oldfield's sobs in ecstasy.

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5. Whatever You Love, You Are (Dirty Three, 2000)
More ecstatic sobbing, here from a violin.

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6. Exile on Main St. (The Rolling Stones, 1972)
A big, fat, sloppy, perfect rock album.

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7. The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd, 1973)
The opposite of Exile on Main St. and very nearly its equal.

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8. Kaddish (Towering Inferno, 1993)
An avant-garde concept album about the Holocaust, alternately tender and grotesque.

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9. Oxygène (Jean-Michel Jarre, 1976)
French guy makes the perfect synthesizer album in his kitchen, becomes zillionaire.

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10. Шабаш (Алиса, 1991)
As awesome as it is Russian.

BanjoPickles wrote:7). Screaming Trees-Dust (how this band never took off is beyond me!)

Have you heard Mark Lanegan's solo album Whiskey for the Holy Ghost? It's probably my favorite album of 1994.


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