Friday, January 3, 2020

Dave’s Faves: My Top 100 Albums of All Time

First posted 6/16/2011; updated 8/7/2020.

Dave’s Faves:

My Top 100 Albums

Here are my personal top 100 favorite albums. This list focuses only on studio albums; live recordings and other compilations such as box sets or greatest hits collections are not included. Links will take you to dedicated pages for albums on the DMDB blog or website. You can also check out Dave’s Faves: My Favorite Albums by Decade. Enjoy!

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.

1. Marillion Misplaced Childhood (1985)
2. The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
3. Styx Paradise Theater (1981)
4. Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)
5. Kevin Gilbert The Shaming of the True (1996)
6. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
7. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
8. Styx The Grand Illusion (1977)
9. Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (1985)
10. The Rainmakers The Rainmakers (1986)

11. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
12. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (1984)
13. Marillion Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
14. The Who Who’s Next (1971)
15. The Police Synchronicity (1983)
16. Marillion Clutching at Straws (1987)
17. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
18. Indigo Girls Indigo Girls (1989)
19. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967)
20. Various Artists Some Kind of Wonderful (soundtrack, 1987)

21. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
22. Olivia Newton-John/Electric Light Orchestra Xanadu (soundtrack, 1980)
23. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II (1969)
24. The Beatles Please Please Me (1963)
25. Eagles Hotel California (1976)
26. Tears for Fears The Hurting (1983)
27. Boston Boston (1976)
28. Sting Nothing Like the Sun (1987)
29. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
30. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)

31. Peter Gabriel So (1986)
32. Journey Escape (1981)
33. Tori Amos Little Earthquakes (1992)
34. The Who Tommy (1969)
35. The Doors The Doors (1967)
36. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
37. Billy Joel The Stranger (1977)
38. The Police Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)
39. Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985)
40. Van Halen Van Halen I (1978)

41. Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
42. Terence Trent D’Arby Introducing the Hardline (1987)
43. Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (1988)
44. Alan Parsons Project The Turn of a Friendly Card (1980)
45. Marillion Fugazi (1984)
46. Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here (1975)
47. The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969)
48. Melissa Etheridge Melissa Etheridge (1988)
49. Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles (1985)
50. David + David Boomtown (1986)

51. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
52. Crowded House Crowded House (1986)
53. Toy Matinee Toy Matinee (1990)
54. The Beatles Revolver (1966)
55. Lyle Lovett Pontiac (1988)
56. Marillion Season’s End (1989)
57. Pearl Jam Ten (1991)
58. Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young Déjà Vu (1970)
59. Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (1975)
60. Squeeze East Side Story (1981)

61. Tears for Fears The Seeds of Love (1989)
62. Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett and His Large Band (1989)
63. The Police Outlandos D’Amour (1978)
64. U2 War (1983)
65. David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
66. Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (1983)
67. Fish Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990)
68. The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers (1971)
69. Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell (1977)
70. The Beatles Rubber Soul (1965)

71. Yes Fragile (1971)
72. John Cougar Mellencamp The Lonesome Jubilee (1987)
73. Genesis Genesis (1983)
74. Sheryl Crow Tuesday Night Music Club (1993)
75. Paul Simon Graceland (1986)
76. Yes 90125 (1983)
77. XTC Skylarking (1986)
78. The Police Regatta De Blanc (1979)
79. Alan Parsons Project I, Robot (1977)
80. Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy (1973)

81. Kevin Gilbert Thud (1995)
82. John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (1985)
83. Styx Pieces of Eight (1978)
84. Various Artists K-Tel: High Energy (1979)
85. Styx Crystal Ball (1976)
86. Styx Equinox (1975)
87. Asia Asia (1982)
88. The Beatles Help! (1965)
89. Pat Benatar Crimes of Passion (1980)
90. Crowded House Woodface (1991)

91. Toni Childs Union (1988)
92. The Cars The Cars (1978)
93. The Williams Brothers The Williams Brothers (1991)
94. U2 Rattle and Hum (1988)
95. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
96. Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995)
97. Mike + the Mechanics Mike + the Mechanics (1985)
98. David Baerwald A Fine Mess (1999)
99. The Rainmakers 25 On (2011)
100. Hooters Nervous Night (1985)


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