Your Top 20 Albums

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Don't worry about trying to put them in order. It's impossible. Just list them.

Tool - Lateralus

Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes

A Perfect Circle - Thirteenth Step

Metallica - Ride the Lightning

Portishead - Dummy

Jem - Finally Woken

Tool - Ænima

PJ Harvey - Rid of Me

Rage Against the Machine - Self-titled

Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full

Metallica - Master of Puppets

Stabbing Westward - Wither Blister Burn & Peel

Fugees - The Score

Talking Heads - Remain in Light

Peter Gabriel - So

Nine Inch Nails - The Fragile (yes, I like it more than The Downward Spiral)

Faith No More - Angel Dust

The B-52's - Self-titled

Aerosmith - Pump

Jurassic 5 - Feedback

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Because I didn't want to use the same artists more than once, my list doesn't reach 20. But here you go:

Appetite for Destruction by Guns N' Roses

The Crow soundtrack

It's Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Metallica by Metallica

The Dresden Dolls by The Dresden Dolls

American IV: The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash

Mechanical Animals by Marilyn Manson

Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails

The Teaches of Peaches by Peaches

Garbage by Garbage

Wither Blister Burn & Peel by Stabbing Westward

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Prodigy- Fat of the Land

Cardigans- Gran Turismo

Placebo- Placebo

Red Hot Chilli Peppers- Californication

Ash- 1977

The Beta Band- The Three EP's

Bluetones- Expecting to Fly

British Sea Power- Open Season

Death Cab for Cutie- Plans

Feeder- Comfort in Sound

Foo Fighters- Foo Fighters

Green Day- Dookie

Hope of the States- The Lost Riots

Idlewild- The Remote Part

Manic Street Preachers- Everything Must Go

Roddy Woomble- My Secret is my Silence

Skunk Anansie- Stoosh

Smashing Pumpkins- Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Super Furry Animals- Rings Around the World

The Postal Service- Give Up

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The Beatles - Revolver

The Beatles - The Beatles

Blue Oyster Cult - Agents of Fortune

Cat Stevens - Harold and Maude Soundtrack

The Clash - London Calling

Clint Mansell and The Kronos Quartet - The Fountain Score

The Doors - The Doors

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova - Once Soundtrack

Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction

Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Streetcore

The Judy's - The Moo Album

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV

Metallica - Metallica

The Ramones - Ramones Mania

The Replacements - Let It Be

Social Distortion - Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

Styx - The Grand Illusion

Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy

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Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Hank Williams Jr. - The New South

Lightnin' Hopkins - Lightnin'!

Mississippi John Hurt - The Best of (Not really a best of, just a live show called best of for some reason.)

Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic

Marilyn Manson - Antichrist Superstar

Norah Jones - Come Away With Me

Jude - King of Yesterday

Buckethead - Colma

Jonathan Edwards - Self-Titled

Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison

Chuck Mangione - Feels So Good

System of a Down

Jethro Tull - Crest of a Knave

Ghost of the Robot - Mad Brilliant

Nirvana - MTV Unplugged

Prince - Purple Rain

Eagles of Death Metal - Peace Love Death Metal

Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass - Whipped Cream & Other Delights


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I assume this is "favorites" and not "best"...

Metallica - S&M

Metallica - Master of Puppets

Royal Crown Revue - Mugsy's Move

Flogging Molly - Swagger

Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies

Green Day - Insomniac

Green Day - Warning

Alice in Chains - Dirt

Alice in Chains - self-titled, a.k.a. "Tripod"

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

The Cure - Galore

R.E.M. - Automatic for the People

Rammstein - Mutter

Neil Young - Sleeps with Angels

Soundgarden - Superunknown

The Used - self-titled

The Xenogears videogame soundtrack

A Day to Remember - What Separates Me From You

Gene Loves Jezebel - Heavenly Bodies

Gorillaz - Demon Days

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The Beatles - Sgt Pepper

Blondie - Parallel Lines

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

Pixies - Doolittle

The Stone Roses - Self-titled

Green Day - Dookie

Space - Spiders

Radiohead - The Bends

The Coral - Self-titled

QOTSA - Songs for the Deaf

The Rapture - Echoes

The White Stripes - Elephant

Electric Six - Fire

Desert Sessions - Volumes 9 & 10

The Futureheads - Self-titled

The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow

Kaiser Chiefs - Employment

Muse - Black Holes and Revelations

The Young Knives - Voices of Animals and Men

The Long Blondes - Someone to Drive You Home

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I could have guessed about half of Mike's.

Any reasoning for the groups, Tom?

Honestly, it was just to keep the numbers straight and I forgot to remove the gaps.

Sod it, I've missed half a dozen things off this list in my haste. No Radiohead? No Clint Mansell? (Good calls Ian and Koete)

Switch out Hope of the States, Feeder and British Sea Power for Radiohead's The Bends and OK Computer. Then throw in Mansell's Fountain. I'd switch out the Cardigans for Radiohead's Hail to the Thief but it's a sentimental favourite and I'm already overstocked with Radiohead. It's already killing me not to have any Dire Straits, REM, White Stripes, Pixies, Blur, Muse, Darkness, Aimee Mann, or B*Witched in there.

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I cheated. I did 21 and used a couple of greatest hits albums. Oh well.

Nightwish - Once

Lady Gaga - The Fame Monster

Jonathon Larson - Rent: OBC Recording

The Beetles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Green Day - Dookie

David Bowie - Changesonebowie

Queen - A Night at the Opera

Eurythmics - Eurythmics

Fleetwood Mac - Rumours

Hans Zimmer - Inception

Him - Razorblade Romance

The Who - Tommy

Julee Cruise - Floating into the Night

Kamelot - The Fourth Legacy

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow

Madonna - True Blue

Michael Jackson - Thriller

Barbra Streisand - The Broadways Album

Within Temptation - Mother Earth

Yoko Shimomura - Kingdom Hearts 2 OST

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In no order:

Alestorm -- Captain Morgan's Revenge


Pirate Metal, just a band and an album that kick inordinate amounts of ass. Favorite tracks:"Over The Seas" "Wenches and Mead"

Flogging Molly -- Within a Mile of Home


Probably my favorite band of all time. Dave King is an incredible vocalist. This album tends to lean a little further from the rock direction the band can take and is a bit more of a quiet experience. Not that there aren't some driving songs, of course. Lucinda Williams does guest vocals on "Factory Girls", which are fucking incredible. Favorite Tracks: "Factory Girls" "Tobacco Island" "With a Wonder and Wild Desire"

Flogging Molly -- Float


The second entry from Flogging Molly on my list. Unlike the last album, this is almost all high energy stuff, and it's awesome. Not to say it's one note, the songs range from celebratory to mournful. Favorite Tracks: "Punch Drunk Grinning Soul" "Between a Man and a Woman" "The Lightning Storm" "Man with No Country"

Audioslave -- Audioslave


Probably the only album that I loved in high school that I still love now. It's Chris fuckin' Cornell singing with the RATM guys. It's a shame the next two albums kind of sucked. Tom Morello is a bass god, though. Favorite Tracks: "Cochise" "Bring 'Em Back Alive"

O Brother Where Art Thou Soundtrack


Just a really nice collection of old folk songs. Favorite Tracks: "I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow" "Didn't Leave Nobody but the Baby"

The Pogues -- Rum, Sodomy and the Lash


Is there a bigger twat in the history of music than Shane McGowan? Probably not. But the motherfucker can sing. Again, another fusion of Irish Folk and Punk, as it's kind of my joint. "Dirty Old Town" might be my favorite love song, ever. Favorite tracks: "A Pair of Brown Eyes" "Dirty Old Town" "Body of an American"

Gorillaz -- Demon Days


The only album on here that isn't entirely guitar/piano/vocally driven. Gorillaz is the rare band that can work for me, outside of my normal comfort zone, mostly due to Damon Alburn. The rappers brought in all kill it, though, so that's a plus. Also, the narrator on "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head" is Dennis fucking Hopper. Awesome. Favorite Tracks: "Dirty Harry" "Feel Good Inc." "Dare"

A Perfect Circle -- eMOTIVe


Great album, which is much more cohesive than an album entirely made of covers has any right to be. Favorite Tracks: "Imagine" "Passive" "Counting Bodies Like Sheep to the Rhythm of the War Drum" "The Fiddle and the Drum"

Modest Mouse -- Good News for People Who Love Bad News


Most people will tell you that "Moon and Antarctica" is better. Most people are wrong. Yes, this album is infinitely less complex and more poppy than Modest Mouse's previous efforts, but that's what keeps it from disappearing entirely up its own ass. Favorite Tracks: "Float On" "Bukowski" "Satin in a Coffin"

Korpiklaani -- Korven Kunnigas


I don't speak Finnish, so a good 90% of the lyrics go right over my head. What I do know is this is some rocking folk metal. Favorite Tracks: "Keep On Galloping" "Gods on Fire"

The White Stripes -- Get Behind Me Satan


Probably the hardest choice on this list, because all of the White Stripes albums rank about the same with me. Jack White is really among the last real rockstars, and can do about zero wrong as far as I'm concerned. Favorite Tracks: "My Doorbell" "Take, Take, Take" "Blue Orchid"

Johnny Cash -- American V: A Hundred Highways


I don't care who you are, you have to respect Johnny Cash. Like his music or not, his talent is undeniable. This album is very much a collection of his coming to terms with his own mortality, and though it's mournful, it's in its way, uplifting. Favorite Tracks: "God's Gonna Cut You Down" "Further On Up The Road" "Rose of My Heart"

Johnny Cash -- American VI: Ain't No Grave


Even more than American V, this is just simply uplifting. Even for someone like me, who doesn't sign on to Cash's Christian ideology, this album just makes me feel the beauty of being alive. Favorite Tracks: "Ain't No Grave" "Cool Water" "Aloha Ae"

Jet -- Get Born


This album showed the world that classic rock can still be made in 2003, and can still sell. Just a great album, evocative of the Rolling Stones at their best. Favorite Tracks: "Roll Over DJ" "Cold Hard Bitch"

The Beatles -- Abbey Road


There have been essays written about this album, frankly, there's nothing I can add. Favorite Tracks: "Come Together" "Here Comes the Sun" "Because"

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Soundtrack


Just a collection of songs I would probably never listen to alone, that work very, very well together. Favorite Tracks: "We Are Sex Bob-Omb" "Black Sheep" "Garbage Truck" "Under My Thumb"

The Book of Mormon Original Broadway Cast Album


Proof that musicals don't have to suck. Hilarious. Favorite Tracks: "Hello!" "Hasa Diga Eebowai" "Man Up" "All American Prophet"

Dropkick Murphys -- The Warrior's Code


Probably the easiest Dropkick album to just listen to. Favorite Tracks: "Green Fields of France" "Shipping Up to Boston"

Hayley Westenra -- Pure


A super talented young lady with an incredible voice. Favorite Tracks: "Amazing Grace" "Hine E Hine"

The Flaming Lips -- Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots


Just plain fun. Love this one. Favorite Tracks: "Fight Test" "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1" "Do You Realize?"

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In no particular order with reasoning, and broken up into groups of five to keep count. Please note that most of my music skews more instrumental. :P

Flogging Molly, Float - why helo thar soundtrack of my life.

Battlestar Galactica Season 4 soundtrack - some of Bear McCreary's best work. Just saying.

Streetlight Manifesto, 99 Songs of the Revolution - really fun ska covers.

The Book of Mormon cast recording: DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUH.

Avenue Q soundtrack - my life's soundtrack lately, take 2.

Coraline soundtrack - holy fuck creepy ass music

The Fountain soundtrack - see Chris' reasoning.

Angela Aki, Home - album that holds a lot of meaning for me.

Marie Antoinette soundtrack - anachronistic? Absolutely. Great songs? Fuck yeah.

Scott Pilgrim (soundtrack and score and yes damnit it counts) - see Preston's reasoning.

Sting, Songs from the Labyrinth - partially only on here because of that year I spent studying Renaissance music for Academic Decathlon

Keane, Under the Iron Sea - great band, kind of a breakup album, but still good none theless

Zack and Miri Make a Porno soundtrack - again, great collection of songs that I probably wouldn't listen to on any other album

500 Days of Summer soundtrack - some of my favorite all time songs are on here

Sabrina takarazuka soundtrack - Sabrina, as a musical, sung entirely by Japanese chicks. Logical? Not really. Having seen it? Pretty damn fun, especially when the lead male player can pull a pretty good Bogart despite having tits.

Wall-E soundtrack: probably one of my favorite parts of the movie, except for the preachy vocal song

Weird Al Yankovic, Alpocalypse: Probably my favorite album of his, ever

Flogging Molly, Drunken Lullabies: highest concentration of my favorite songs of theirs

Great Big Sea, Sea of No Cares: fun folk rock and just a lot of songs that cut close for me

Kingdom Hearts II soundtrack: Fuck you, it's a good soundtrack.

Honorable mentions to the Muppets Green Album, the soundtrack for Gankutsuou, and anything involving Joe Hisaishi and/or Yuki Kajiura.

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-The Clash's "London Calling" (greatest punk record of all time, hands down. Strummer is a Golden God and the band is on top here. I love the Clash but this is their opus)

-Fantomas "Director's Cut" (I love movie music. I love Mike Patton's Naked City brand of thrash jazz. How about Mike Patton's thrash jazz covers of classic movie themes? Yes please.)

-Natural Born Killers Soundtrack (could have chosen Judgement Night here, but this is the most eclectic collection of music ever put to CD. PLus it has the audio of Robert Downey Jr.'s best line in the film and it was the first time I ever heard Lard, to which I quickly replied "why the fuck have I never heard them before?")

-Guns N Roses' "Appetite for Destruction" (One of, if not the best rock records of all time. Fuck the haters, this is what rock and roll is.)

-Faith No More's "King For a Day...Fool For a LIfetime" (I go back and forth on almost all of the FNM Patton-era records as favorites, but this one has Gentle Art of Making Enemies which is my favorite song from them so I pick this now)

-Metallica's "Master of Puppets" (Metallica's best album. THE best metal album ever)

-Corrosion of Conformity's "Wiseblood" (Southern metal meltdown. Love this shit. Pepper Keenan is everything I ever aspired to as a singer.)

-Johnny Cash's "Live at San Quentin" (Live at Folson is the more popular one but this is way bette for me. The Carter Family guests on some brilliant gospel and Cash plays the song San Quentin TWICE...IN A FUCKING ROW! Ballsiest live album move in history. Plus, Boy named Sue.)

-Alice Cooper's "Billion Dollar Babies" (from 71-73 the Alice Cooper band released five amazing albums, this was the best as an album)

-Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" (besides the weird psychedelic beach bum answer to Sgt. Pepper, this has some of the best BB songs. I grew up on this shit. Wouldn't it be Nice and God Only Knows are two of the best love songs ever and Sloop John B is one of their signature songs. If Good Vibrations made it on this record it may have been the greatest record of all time)

-Rolling Stones' "Let it Bleed" (again, from 68-72 the Stones released four of the best rock records ever made, but this one has two things those ones don't: Gimme Shelter and Midnight Rambler)

-Bad Religion's "Recipe for Hate" (Probably the best punk record in my lifetime. American jesus, All Good Soldiers, Kerosene, Man on a goes on and on.)

-The Misfits "Static Age" (speaks for itself. the collection of non-horror movie related songs for the most part before everything was named after a horror movie.)

-Clutch's "Elephant Riders" (I loved Clutch in high school, but this bizarre concept album fucked my shit up. I remember saying out loud in math class listening to this for the first time when I should have been paying attention: is that a fucking trumpet?!"

-Roadrunner United "The All-Star Sessions" (One of the greatest musical accomplishments a record label ever commissioned. Look it up. If you're a metalhead, you need this record.)

-Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" (epic and beautiful. I love Floyd but this is the pinnacle of their creativity. No flashy movie, no floating pig, just beautiful music.)

-Ennio Morricone's "Danger: Diabolik" (one of the most insane superhero movies ever with the swankiest score ever. Italian pop music as score. Amazing!)

-Turbonegro's "Scandinavian Leather" (these guys are rock and roll. This is their best record.)

-Tom Waits' "Mule Variations" (this was another shot in the dark, could have been Bone Machine or Alice or Swordfishtrombone, but this one won tonight)

-Nick cave & the Bad Seeds "Let Love In" (Fucking menacing and sexy. Most would choose Murder Ballads but this is my psychosexual music masterpiece)

There could have been another 20 albums but I chose these.

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no order (actually if you look close you can see that most of it i just went through artist on my ipod)

Gorilaz - Gorilaz

various - oh brother where art though soundtrack

various - scott pilgrim soundtrack

Andrew W.K. - I Get Wet

Alien Ant Farm - ANThology

various - Beck: mongolian chop squad

Big and Rich - horse of a different color

bowling for soup - the great burrito extortion case

Boys like girls - Boys like girls

kings of leon - only by the night

seatbelts - cowboy bebop soundtrack

dr. horrible cast - dr. horrible's sing along blog soundtrack

everclear - songs from an american movie parts one and two (i count them as one album)

pink floyd - the wall

various - jet set radio future

my chemical romance - three cheers for sweet revenge

nicki minaj - pink friday

queens of the stone age - songs for the deaf

red hot chilli peppers - by the way

tool - 10,000 days

i'm gonna add a twenty first cause oi completely forgot about this one

various - the soundtrack to disney's hurcules

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  • 2 years later...

It's been a couple years, so I thought it would be interesting to see what our lists look like now. Just going to do a top 10 this time, with my absolute favorite in bold.

Clint Mansell and The Kronos Quartet - The Fountain Score

Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow

Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Streetcore

The Judy's - The Moo Album

The Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck

The Ramones - Ramones Mania

The Replacements - Let It Be

The Replacements - Pleased to Meet Me

Social Distortion - Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy

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