Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Consequence of Sound: The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time

First posted 9/15/2010; updated 8/5/2020.

Consequence of Sound:

The Top 100 Albums

The website describes this as “a definitive ranking voted and debated by our editors, staff writers, and contributors.” Then Michael Roffman, the President/Editor-in-Chief, offers up a long essay on the pros and cons of lists pretty much hitting on points which the reader already knows. The reader then has to click through multiple pages to see the full list (and comments on each album) so the full list is provided for you here on ONE page.

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

1. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
2. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966)
3. The Clash London Calling (1979)
4. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
5. The Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
6. Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (1975)
7. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
8. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
9. Talking Heads Remain in Light (1980)
10. Radiohead OK Computer (1997)

11. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (1966)
12. The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969)
13. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
14. Pixies Doolittle (1989)
15. Joy Division Unknown Pleasures (1979)
16. The Who Who’s Next (1971)
17. Kate Bush Hounds of Love (1985)
18. David Bowie Hunky Dory (1971)
19. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971)
20. Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)

21. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (1968)
22. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
23. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
24. Neil Young After the Gold Rush (1970)
25. Peter Gabriel So (1986)
26. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (1968)
27. Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967)
28. Joni Mitchell Blue (1971)
29. AC/DC Back in Black (1980)
30. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

31. Ramones Rocket to Russia (1977)
32. Nirvana Nevermind (1991)
33. Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
34. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
35. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987)
36. Stevie Wonder Talking Book (1972)
37. The Police Synchronicity (1983)
38. Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)
39. Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell (1977)
40. The Beatles Revolver (1966)

41. Patti Smith Horses (1975)
42. Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
43. David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
44. Miles Davis Bitches Brew (1970)
45. Nick Drake Pink Moon (1972)
46. The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (1972)
47. Dr. Dre The Chronic (1992)
48. The Stooges Raw Power (1973)
49. Black Sabbath Paranoid (1970)
50. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (soundtrack, 1984)

51. Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (1988)
52. The Replacements Let It Be (1984)
53. Bob Marley & The Wailers Exodus (1977)
54. The Strokes Is This It (2001)
55. Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen (aka “Two Wheels Good”) (1985)
56. The Who Quadrophenia (1973)
57. Genesis Genesis (1983)
58. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
59. My Bloody Valentine Loveless (1991)
60. The Band Music from Big Pink (1968)

61. Green Day Dookie (1994)
62. Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
63. R.E.M. Document (1987)
64. The Doors The Doors (1967)
65. Arcade Fire Funeral (2004)
66. Devo Duty Now for the Future (1979)
67. Leonard Cohen The Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
68. Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
69. The Smiths The Smiths (1984)
70. The Beatles Rubber Soul (1965)

71. Tom Waits Rain Dogs (1985)
72. Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
73. Radiohead Kid A (2000)
74. Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (1975)
75. Jay-Z The Blueprint (2001)
76. Sigur Rós Ágaetis Byrjun (1999)
77. Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
78. Sly & the Family Stone There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1972)
79. Björk Post (1995)
80. Paul Simon Graceland (1986)

81. Neil Young Harvest (1972)
82. Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream (1993)
83. John Lennon Imagine (1971)
84. The Who Tommy (1969)
85. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)
86. Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
87. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1989)
88. Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral (1994)
89. Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (1989)
90. Refused The Shape of Punk to Come (1998)

91. The Clash The Clash (1977)
92. Pavement Slanted and Enchanted (1992)
93. Parliament Mothership Connection (1975)
94. Metallica Kill ‘Em All (1983)
95. Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here (1975)
96. Beck Midnite Vultures (1999)
97. Elliott Smith Either/Or (1997)
98. Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (1975)
99. Talking Heads Fear of Music (1979)
100. Kanye West The College Dropout (2004)


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