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Top 5 Albums of All Time

Discuss. I need new/more music to download. If you have time, please include your favorite tracks and why it's your favorite album.


5. Blue October - History For Sale (2003)
--This album is sweeping and immaculate. It has no song that I dislike, although there are true standouts on this album. The one gripe against this album is that I would have changed the order of the songs, but other than that...it's flawless in terms of quality and depth.
Standout Tracks: Ugly Side, Razorblade, Calling You, Inner Glow, Somebody, Amazing, Calling You (acoustic)

4. Radiohead - The Bends (1995)
--Everything about this album is classic. From the sweeping introductory song "Planet Telex" to the slow diminuendo of "Street Spirit," this album is everything I love --- cohesive, innovative, and has no bad songs. They have released some great albums since then --- Ok Computer, Amnesiac, and Hail to the Thief would be in my top 30, but The Bends is the classic, unforgettable album.
Standout Tracks: The Bends, High and Dry, Fake Plastic Trees, My Iron Lung, Black Star, Street Spirit (Fade Out)

3. System of a Down - Toxicity (2001)
--This is the requisite "modern classic" --- I feel like this would be included on lots of people's top 100 list of the millenium or something like that. This album is awesome --- it tackles so many issues and was a big part of me being an angsty, yet privileged teen. No bad songs and it's totally cohesive.
Standout Tracks: Prison Song, Chop Suey, Toxicity, Forest, Psycho, Aerials, ATWA

2. Muse - Origin of Symmetry (2001)
--This is an AWESOME, AWESOME CD. It has this futuristic vibe that you'd have to understand for yourself. It's very epic and I love epic, concept based albums (if it manages to be cohesive). Plus, the videos from this CD is awesome. When Muse first broke through in the states, it was with "Time is Running Out" and while I love that CD and the others, this is the standout classic that will stand the test of time.
Standout Tracks: New Born, Bliss, Hypermusic, Plug in Baby, Citizen Erased, Feeling Good

1. Silverchair - Diorama (2002)
--This CD has been my favorite CD since I first listened to it. It's been over 4 years since its release and I still listen to it at least once a month. It's just a timeless classic that sounds completely different from their other albums. It's another great epic CD that shows the progression of the band over time. Their first CD was pretty horrible, but they made this progression. I hope they release the next one soon, because I can't wait to hear it. But it won't top this one. Pure perfection, although it's a grower.
Standout Tracks: Across the Night, The Greatest View, Without You, World Upon Your Shoulders, One Way Mule, Tuna in the Brine, Too Much of Not Enough, Luv Your Life, My Favourite Thing, The Lever, After All These Years (it's the whole album and it's just THAT GOOD).

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5. Björk- Vespertine:
Every song on Vespertine is like a whisper. Introverted, delicate, and ethereal, the album plays as if Björk is sitting next to you, quietly singing her deepest emotions into your ear. As a work of art, Vespertine is perfectly composed. Björk keeps herself hidden, but, with subtle power, reveals the firestorm at the center of every song.
Tracks: Hidden Place, Cocoon, It's Not Up To You, Pagan Poetry, Aurora, Heirloom, Unison

4. The Beatles- Abbey Road:
Abbey Road was the last album that the Beatles recorded, so they had finished all their revolutionizing and history-making and what-not by this point. Abbey Road is just really, really good. A magnificent final project for the most important rock band ever.
Tracks: All of them!

3. Garbage- Version 2.0:
Every single song could be a single. The entire album is just so satisfying to listen to without ever being typical. Garbage stuck to their trademark obsessively meticulate production style, and created an album that was, simply, perfectly produced. Every song is so rich, filled with layer upon layer of sound, addictive beats, witty, biting lyrics, and, of course, Shirley Manson's undeniable presence.
Tracks: Temptation Waits, I Think I'm Paranoid, Special, Push It, The Trick Is To Keep Breathing, Wicked Ways, You look So Fine

2. Neutral Milk Hotel- In the Aeroplane Over the Sea:
Jeff Mangum is probably the best lyricist ever. The written verses for this album stand as art on their own, but with the simple, emotionally rife instrumentals and Jeff Mangum's audibly pained voice, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea leaves you almost uncomfortably moved. If only we could figure out what it all meant.
Tracks: You need to listen to all of them in order.

1. Kate Bush- Hounds of Love:
Far and away the greatest album of all time. Everything in Hounds of Love is perfectly done, perfectly placed, perfectly produced. The first five songs are some of the best straight-up pop songs ever released, but the last seven songs- forming a mini concept album called "The Ninth Wave"- form the pinnacle of Kate Bush's career, and probably the pinnacle of rock music.
Tracks: ALL!

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Well, I am kind of getting into actual good music at the moment, so my expertise is limited so far, but here are some of my favourite albums...

5. Metric - Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?
Incredible indie album, great vocals, great lyrics, and beautiful melodies. Everything you could want out of an CD. Definitely my favourite Metric album, I find myself listening to it over, and over.
Favourite songs... Hustle Rose, IOU, Dead Disco, Love is a Place, The List

4. Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it In People
Indie collaboritive to perfection, I don't know about their other albums as much, but this one was too good. You can't go wrong with it.
Favourite songs...Lover's Spit, Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl, Cause=Time, KC Accidental

3. Stars - Heart
Great canadian indie band (again indie, yes I know), their vocals accent each other's perfectly, with the male's vs. females in most songs. I also love their other CD Set Yourself On Fire, so the choice was tough between these two. Definitely a must-listen.
Favourite songs...Elevator Love Letter, Look Up, Don't Be Afraid to Sing

2. The Decemberists - Picaresque
My new favourite (well, almost favourite) band, his voice is so good, with its flaws it works. Their new album is great too, "The Crane Wife", but this one had more substance to it I think. These songs have so many different instruments, and piercing lyrics (not as in screamo, but just really great lyrics). A lot of acoustic guitar and stuff.
Favourite songs...Engine Driver, On the Bus Mall, Of Angels and Angles, Sixteen Military Wives

1. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
Okay, I know they may have seemed to sold out by going with a big record company, but they are still amazing musicians, and this CD gets me everytime. Which is a lot, because I listen to it all the time! They are definitely my favourite band. His voice is my favourite male vocal of all time, and their lyrics, stunning.
Favourite songs...Transatlanticism, The New Year, Tiny Vessels, We Looked Like Giants, Title and Registration

My other favourite albums that I didn't have room to mention...
Asobi Seksu - Citrus
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise and Greeting From Michigan
Bloc Party - Silent Alarm
Alexi Murdoch - Four Songs
Belle and Sebastien - If You're Feeling Sinister

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5. Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
Probably the most underrated prog rock album ever, there's a story behind it, you should get the whole album to understand, it's pretty damn good
Favorite Songs: Eyes Of A Stranger, Revolution Calling, and Spreading the Disease

4. Rush - Moving Pictures
A great album, just lacking in quantity. Shows the great technical skills of the band especially drummer Neil Peart and Bassist/Keyboard Geddy Lee
Favorite Songs: YYZ, Limelight, and Tom Sawyer

3. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Great Album, as it says on amazon it was Sabbath's "Breakthrough Album" it includes one of the most famous guitar riffs of all time.
Favorite Songs: Iron Man, War Pigs, Paranoid, and Electric Funeral

2. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
What else can be said, great album, great technical skills and the greatest song ever IMHO
Favorite Songs: Stairway To Heaven, Black Dog, and Rock & Roll

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1. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
This is what an album is supposed to sound like IMO, great lyrics, great technical skills (again) and has the coolest album cover ever
Favorite Songs: Time, Money, and Brain Damage/Eclipse

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Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill: Need I say more? It's the largest solo female artist debut ever in the US. She's pissed off, and a bit crazy, and that's why we love her.
Standout Tracks: You Learn, You Oughta Know, Maryjane, Ironic, Not The Doctor

TLC - Fanmail : One of the greatest female groups of all time, and IMO this is their best album. Not a single song on here I didn't like, and many that I loved. I think this might have been their last album too before Lisa's accident (correct me if I'm wrong).
Standout tracks: No Scrubs, Unpretty, Fanmail, Lovesick, So Good at Being Bad

Northern State - All City: First full-length album from little known band creating some great music. Female rap/hip-hop group singing about real issues and dodging the shallowness and gangster-style rap prevalent today.
Standout Tracks: Girl For All Seasons, Think Twice, Don't Look Down, Speaking For Me

Moloko - Things to Make and Do: Just recently started listening to her, but WOW is she amazing. Just picked this record since I had to pick one, and it does contain one of my most favorite songs. Crazy, British, Indefinable.
Standout Tracks: Absent Minded Friends, Pure Pleasure Seeker, Indigo, Time is Now, Sing it Back

Alanis Morissette - Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie: Yes, this is the second Alanis album. Deal with it. As the follow-up to her record-breaking debut, many fans saw this album as a disappointment - mostly because it wasn't angry anymore. It *did* sell less than JLP but was still a very successful album. Even without her anger, this is still pure Alanis, and pure gold.
Standout Tracks: Thank U, Would Not Come, Front Row, Unsent, Sympathetic Character

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If you want the best albums of "all time", you don't ask an audience who on average has only been alive 20 years, and listening to music for 5.



Here is time.com's recently published list (notably going back to the 1950's).

http://www.time.com/time/2006/100albums/index.html

Here is the Rolling Stone list (top 500)
http://www.rollingstone.com/news/sto...s_of_all_time/

with a Wikipedia article containing a lot of detailed info.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_500...ms_of_All_Time



Of course, if you want input on new stuff people like, that is great; ask for it that way! Just don't be the classic myopic teenager who thinks anything that happened before his consciousness formed is unimportant.
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5. Don't Say No by Billy Squire

4. Parallel Lines by Blondie

3. Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam & The Ants

2. Revolver by The Beatles

1. Songs In The Key Of Life by Stevie Wonder

I could put "Gold and Platinuim" by Lynyrd Skynyrd and every Led Zep CD in the top 5 as well, but...
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ThreadDatePosted ByCommentTop 5 Albums of All TimeDec 15th, 2006 01:21 AMKing of PrussiaIf you're not interested in the input of the audience here, why do you
You completely miss my point. Is that because of reading skill level, or was it on purpose?

As I said in my post, it's great to get the input of the board, as I do frequently on many topics. My point was that this will not result in a list anywhere close to resembling the greatest albums "of all time", and if you look at the albums listed in the posts before mine you will surely see that already reflected. I would draw some parallels for you, but it's probably not worth the effort.
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1. Kate Bush- Hounds of Love
that's my no. 1 as well. i don't really have the time for elaborate comments, but here's my list anyway:

1. kate bush: hounds of love
2. pixies: doolittle
3. the smiths: the queen is dead
4. david bowie: hunky dory
5. blondie: parallel lines
6. nirvana: nevermind
7. radiohead: ok computer
8. prince & the revolution: parade
9. patti smith: horses
10. pj harvey: dry


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If you want the best albums of "all time", you don't ask an audience who on average has only been alive 20 years, and listening to music for 5.



Here is time.com's recently published list (notably going back to the 1950's).

http://www.time.com/time/2006/100albums/index.html

Here is the Rolling Stone list (top 500)
http://www.rollingstone.com/news/sto...s_of_all_time/

with a Wikipedia article containing a lot of detailed info.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_500...ms_of_All_Time



Of course, if you want input on new stuff people like, that is great; ask for it that way! Just don't be the classic myopic teenager who thinks anything that happened before his consciousness formed is unimportant.

Don't you think it works both ways though? There are many people I know who claim to feel some of the albums listed on those sites are the very best ever, and that's perfectly fine with me. But many of the people who feel that way also fail to give new music a chance, and to acknowledge that many of it is indeed very good and worthy of being considered someone else's 'best'. I find it very patronizing of them to have that attitude towards other people's opinions of what is the best music, yet get so bent out of shape when their 'classics' aren't mentioned.

I'm not familiar with most of those classic albums, I know a number of individual songs though and they are not my taste of music. I don't go out of my way to say that it's 'bad' music though just because it's not my preference. I'm sure to many the lyrics, the vocals, and the instrumentals are excellent, and I completely respect that. Music is about an emotion it brings out of you. Some people enjoy music that is angry, some like sad music, some like happy music. If someone likes Weird Al Yankovic albums and feels they are the greatest albums ever made, who is anyone else to call them stupid or wrong for that?

I personally like a lot of pop and dance music, that's what I enjoy most. The majority of music I like is happy and upbeat, and many of those songs have no real lyrical importance to them. They're not political anthems, or groundbreaking confessionals, but who cares? If the music is serving its purpose in what I'm looking for in an album or song (make me laugh, make me cry, make me happy, whatever) then it's entirely worthy of being considered as a best album *in my opinion* whether anyone else agrees or not. Every single list is completely subjective because they are all based on opinion, there is no literal, factual, definitive list to what is the best.

"Religion has actually convinced people that there is an invisible man living in the sky who watches everything you do, every minute of every day. And the invisible man has a special list of ten things he does not want you to do. Any if you do any of these ten things, he has a special place, full of fire and smoke and burning and torture and anguish, where he will send you to live and suffer and burn and choke and scream and cry forever and ever 'til the end of time!

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I look at that rolling stone list and on the first page it seems to be a club of a few bands with no one else getting a look in. Lists like this, especially from specific magazines are never objective. A lot less objective than gattering opinions from a variety of diverse sources, i.e here.

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shared 5. Nathalie Imbruglia - left of the middle
i know for many she is just a one-hit-wonder, but i really love her Debut-Album. i love Intuition, pigeons and crumbs, wishing i was there, city, and Torn is still one of my all-time favorit songs

shared 5. Cranberries - No need to Argue
many great songs on it, and i love to listen the album when i´m in a bad mood
my fav song is Daffodil Lament

4. Jewel - Spirit
this album has sich a special feeling who i love
my fav songs are Innocent Maintained, Deep Water and Life uncommon

3. Sinead O´Connor - I do not want what i haven´t got
it´s the album that got sold because her big hit Nothing Compares
but i love the other songs more. my absolut fav from this album is The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance

2. Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
i don´t know what to say about this album, i just love it.
i think i can the text from each song - lol.
my favs are Redemption day, every day is a winding road, sad sad world and specially The book

1. Alanis Morisette - Jagged little Pill
just two words - perfect Album
my favs are - Head over Feet and Wake Up

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1. My Morning Jacket: At Dawn (2001)
2. Todd Rundgren: Todd (1974)
3. Jeff Beck Group: Beck-Ola (1969)
4. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (1969)
5. Pink Floyd: Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)
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ThreadDatePosted ByCommentTop 5 Albums of All TimeDec 15th, 2006 01:21 AMKing of PrussiaIf you're not interested in the input of the audience here, why do you
You completely miss my point. Is that because of reading skill level, or was it on purpose?

As I said in my post, it's great to get the input of the board, as I do frequently on many topics. My point was that this will not result in a list anywhere close to resembling the greatest albums "of all time", and if you look at the albums listed in the posts before mine you will surely see that already reflected. I would draw some parallels for you, but it's probably not worth the effort.
Speakin of reading skill (you apparently have none), the thread starter mentionned: "If you have time, please include your favorite tracks and why it's your favorite album." That's right, the poster asked for people personal all-time top 5. It's normal teenagers mention albums of their time.

And besides Randy is right. A lot of people over 30 are systematically dismissing most or all of new music, so they aren't exactly a perfect reference.

And that Rolling Stone list is a joke.
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