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Your Top 10 Albums of All Time... Go!

Issun

Chumpy
(He/Him)
10) Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
9) The Battle at Garden's Gate - Greta Van Fleet
8) Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
7) The Bridge - Ace of Base
6) Goodbye Alice in Wonderland - Jewel
5) Hotel Paper - Michelle Branch
4) Load - Metallica
3) Ride the Lightning - Metallica
2) Throwing Copper - Live
1) Garbage - Garbage
 

Torzelbaum

????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
Do greatest hits albums or other compilations count or does they go against the spirit of this?

*And thumbs up for having Load and Ride on your list.*
 

Johnny Unusual

(He/Him)
10) Death of a Ladies Man - Leonard Cohen
9) Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon
8) Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
7) Sheer Heart Attack - Queen
6) Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player - Elton John
5) "Awaken My Love!" - Childish Gambino
4) Q: Are We Not Me? A: We Are Devo - Devo
3) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
2)Abbey Road - The Beatles
1) Hunky Dory - David Bowie
 

zonetrope

(he/him)
This is a toughie. Just gonna pick 10 I love, more or less at random, and not look back.

The Beatles, Abbey Road
The B-52's, Wild Planet
The Dukes of Stratosphear, Chips from the Chocolate Fireball
Earth, Wind & Fire, All n' All
The Foreign Exchange, Connected
GZA, Liquid Swords
Helium, The Magic City
Curtis Mayfield, Curtis
They Might Be Giants, Lincoln
Underworld, Dubnobasswithmyheadman
 

Adrenaline

Post Reader
(He/Him)
The Beatles by The Beatles
The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me by Brand New
Doolittle by Pixies
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
Pink Moon by Nick Drake
The Suburbs by Arcade Fire
To Pimp a Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar
The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground and Nico
 

Becksworth

Aging Hipster Dragon Dad
No particular order...

The Bends - Radiohead
Summerteeth - Wilco
Blur - Blur
Yoshimi vs. the Pink Robots - The Flaming Lips
Guerilla - Super Furry Animals
Cure for Pain - Morphine
Little Lucid Moments - Motorpsycho
Ruby Vroom - Soul Coughing
Pshychic - Buffalo Daughter
Heroes - David Bowie
 

4-So

Spicy
An impossible task but imma try it anyway. Off the top of my head, and a self-imposed limit of one album per artist (otherwise my list would be half Smashing Pumpkins):

Failure, Fantastic Planet
Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness
Alice in Chains, Dirt
Tori Amos, Boys For Pele
Descendents, Hallraker
Samiam, You Are Freaking Me Out
Sleigh Bells, Reign of Terror
Rush, Moving Pictures
Mastodon, Blood Mountain
Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral


Really need like a Top 50 albums. I keep thinking, "OH! What about <band>!".


7) Sheer Heart Attack - Queen

Yeeeessss. I came this close to picking a Queen album but I couldn't decide between Queen II or A Day At The Races.
 

Behemoth

Dostoevsky is immortal!
(he/him/his)
At the risk of getting too navel-gazey, I've had my Desert Island Five locked down for years, but I'm not sure that's quite the same thing as favorite five? That said, in the absence of a better alternative I'll start with my Desert Island Five and see what additional albums I would add to the mix. I'm also limiting myself to one album per artist.

UPDATE: Oof, this is tough. I'm having a hard time balancing old stuff v. newer(ish) stuff. For example, Sadness is a band I discovered last year and immediately became super important to me in a deeply personal way, to the point that they may be my favorite band ever, but I've also only had their music bouncing around in my head for less than a year, so do they deserve a spot over Sunset Rubdown (or Spencer Krug generally), or Godspeed You! Black Emperor, or Beach House, or any number of other perennial favorites? This is why I both love and hate making lists.

UPDATE 2: Okay, this is where I've ended up. I reserve the right to update and modify this as my whims may dictate.

1. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
2. Paul Simon - Graceland
3. Pixies - Doolittle
4. Mountain Goats - Tallahassee
5. Panda Bear - Person Pitch
6. Arcade Fire - Funeral
7. Animal Collective - Strawberry Jam
8. The Knife - Tomorrow in a Year
9. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
10. Deafheaven - Sunbather
 

Torzelbaum

????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
Hmm... I'm having a hard time making cuts from my "top" 12/13 albums to get down to 10. :(
 
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conchobhar

What's Shenmue?
Tough, very tough. Ten albums is really not a lot. I tried to make this vaguely representative, which meant a hard limit of one album per artist as well as trying to include a wider selection of genres. So this isn't quite my ten favourite albums… but I stand by it as a "top 10" for being a decent overview of my taste.
  1. Scott Walker - The Drift
  2. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
  3. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven
  4. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
  5. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
  6. NEU! - NEU!
  7. Tangerine Dream - Rubycon
  8. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
  9. The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground & Nico
  10. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake

Still a lot of tough cuts! Including, uh, my favourite band.
 
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WildcatJF

Beyond (Art @dice9633)
(he / his / him)
  1. Spiritual Machines, Our Lady Peace
  2. The Colour and the Shape, Foo Fighters
  3. Decomposer, The Matches
  4. Beneath the Skin, Of Monsters and Men
  5. Jubilee, Japanese Breakfast
  6. Gambling with God, Magneta Lane
  7. technicolor, covet
  8. Automatic for the People, R.E.M.
  9. Swoon, Silversun Pickups
  10. Soviet Kitsch, Regina Spektor
I feel this is pretty accurate, if a little out of order, for me right this moment.
 

Torzelbaum

????? LV 13 HP 292/ 292
(he, him, his)
So just like Spinal Tap's amps my list goes to 11. (In alphabetical order because choosing these albums was hard enough alredy.)
  • 16 Greatest Hits, Steppenwolf ‡
  • Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits, Creedence Clearwater Revival ‡
  • Chronicles, Rush ‡
  • Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple, Deep Purple
  • Greatest Hits, Queen (1992 US edition cover) ‡
  • Master of Puppets / Kill 'Em All, Metallica *
  • Sailing the Seas of Cheese, Primus
  • Skynyrd's Innyrds: Their Greatest Hits, Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • The Best of The Guess Who, The Guess Who
  • The Ultimate Experience, Jimi Hendrix
  • "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D, "Weird Al" Yankovic
So I have a challenge for you, Talking Time - choose one of those albums to remove from my list (since I'm not able to) - but you can only remove an album if you're familiar with it or the corresponding band.

(Using compilations / greatest hits albums still feels like cheating but Issun said to go for broke so I went for it.)

‡ Most of the compilation albums I picked are what I consider to be the minimum essential songs to listen to for those bands. The albums I have marked are ones that still leave out one or two other songs that I also consider to be essential. Also, I think that is the case for the Queen album but I can't exactly remember.

* To be honest Ride is probably my actual top 11 10 pick but it was already chosen so I decided to go with the albums that are tied for second behind it.
 
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4-So

Spicy
If given my choice, I'm removing Primus from that list. Fantastic band - I've seen them twice - but top ten material, especially considering the company, is fairly questionable to me.
 

Behemoth

Dostoevsky is immortal!
(he/him/his)
So I have a challenge for you, Talking Time - choose one of those albums to remove from my list (since I'm not able to) - but you can only remove an album if you're familiar with it or the corresponding band.
I would get rid of Metallica because I hate Metallica.
 
Off the top of my head, and a self-imposed limit of one album per artist (otherwise my list would be half Smashing Pumpkins):
Gish and Siamese Dream would be on my list as well if I didn't limit the Smashing Pumpkins to one album.

Smashing Pumpkins. Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness.
Pearl Jam. Ten.
Guns N' Roses. Appetite for Destruction.
The Hold Steady. Killer Parties.
Weezer. Blue Album.
Low. The Great Destroyer.
Sleater Kinney. The Woods.
Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin I.
The Misfits. Walk Among Us.
Madonna. The Immaculate Collection.
 

4-So

Spicy
Yeah, if I was not limiting myself to only one album per artist the list would look something like:

Failure, Fantastic Planet
Smashing Pumpkins, Mellon Collie and The Infinite Sadness
Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
Smashing Pumpkins, The Aeroplane Flies High*
Alice in Chains, Dirt
Tori Amos, Boys For Pele
Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes
Rush, Moving Pictures
Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral
Nine Inch Nails, Broken

*
All of the songs on Aeroplane are included in the expanded/anniversary release of Mellon Collie, along with some additional b-sides and demos, turning the two-disc album into a five-disc album. I'm using the original releases on my list, otherwise I assume the anniversary release of Mellon Collie and switch out Aeroplane for...something else. Not quite sure what. I really like GIsh but Adore has grown on me substantially since its release.
 
ground zero - consume red
menace ruine - cult of ruins
ved buens ende - written in waters
blut aus nord - mystical beast of rebellion
havohej - kembatinian premaster
boredoms - vision creation newsun
space streakings - hatsu koi
thunderdome - the final exam - 20 years of hardcore from hell
the dillards - live!!! almost!!!
dj assault - straight up detroit shit vol 5
 
No Order
GWAR - This Toilet Earth
Skinny Puppy - Rabies
KMFDM - Nihil
Salem - Salem
Immortal - Sons of Northern Darkness
Municipal Waste - The Art of Partying
Turbonegro - Ass Cobra
The Hip Priests -Stand For Nothing
Peaches - The Teaches of Peaches
The Hives - The Black and White Album
 
Big Star - Radio City
Husker Du - Zen Arcade
Iron Maiden - Seventh Son
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Aerosmith - Rocks
Rolling Stones - Goats Head Soup
Tortoise - TNT
Def Leppard - Pyromania
U2 - Achtung Baby
Jawbreaker - Dear You
 

Issun

Chumpy
(He/Him)
After listening to Dreamland again, I'm revising my list:

10) The Battle at Garden's Gate - Greta Van Fleet
9) Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
8) Dreamland - Glass Animals
7) The Bridge - Ace of Base
6) Goodbye Alice in Wonderland - Jewel
5) Hotel Paper - Michelle Branch
4) Load - Metallica
3) Ride the Lightning - Metallica
2) Throwing Copper - Live
1) Garbage - Garbage
 

Aurelia

duff mcwhalen megafan
(she/her)
10) kinokoteikoku - フェイクワールドワンダーランド (Fake World Wonderland)
9) Black Sabbath - Heaven & Hell
8) Slowdive - Slowdive
7) Daoko - anima
6) Wakusei Abnormal - 私は怒りでできている (I Am Made Up of Anger)
5) TV on the Radio - Nine Types of Light
4) Japanese Breakfast - Jubilee
3) David Bowie - "Heroes"
2) Thundercat - It Is What It Is
1) Peter Gabriel - Melt
 

zonetrope

(he/him)
Love Jubilee. I'm seeing Japanese Breakfast in a couple weeks, with Yo La Tengo as opener(??!!!), covid permitting.
 

Aurelia

duff mcwhalen megafan
(she/her)
Love Jubilee. I'm seeing Japanese Breakfast in a couple weeks, with Yo La Tengo as opener(??!!!), covid permitting.
Have fun! Extremely jealous!!

Jubilee is probably one of my favorite albums of all time, was tempted to rank it as #1 but I moved the numbers around a lot for this list lol.
 
Joanna Newsom - Ys
Talking Heads - Fear of Music
David Bowie - 1. Outside
The Scary Jokes - Burn Pygmalion!!! A Better Guide to Romance
Paul Simon - Graceland
Orion Rigel Dommisse - What I Want from You Is Sweet
The Beatles - The Beatles (the white album)
XTC - Skylarking
Bis - Social Dancing
Hair (Broadway cast album)
 
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