Brian Eno Another Green World

100 Best Albums of All Time

Here are my 100 favourites from the albums that I’ve reviewed on this site to date. A few longtime favourites are missing because I haven’t reviewed them yet. My top 30 doesn’t tend to change much, so I’ve presented those albums in fancy formatting. As you can probably tell from the list, my tastes run towards sophisticated pop music. Even though I was born in 1979, a lot of my favourites come from between 1966 and 1990.

The list is limited to one album per artist, which is bad news for Randy Newman’s Sail Away and The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street.

yes-close-to-the-edge

#1 – Close To The Edge – Yes

1972
Progressive rock excess.

Yes Album Reviews
The Beach Boys Pet Sounds

#2 – Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys

1966
Brian Wilson’s baroque masterpiece.

The Beach Boys Album Reviews
Big Star Radio City

#3 – Radio City – Big Star

1974
Skewed power-pop.

Big Star Album Reviews
Joni Mitchell Court and Spark

#4 – Court & Spark – Joni Mitchell

1974
Singer-songwriter turns jazzy pop.

Joni Mitchell Album Reviews
Brian Eno Another Green World

#5 – Another Green World – Brian Eno

1975
Beautiful art-rock.

Brian Eno Album Reviews
Talk Talk The Colour of Spring

#6 – The Colour of Spring – Talk Talk

1986
Transition between early 1980s synth-pop and late 1980s post-rock, but brilliant in its own right.

Talk Talk Album Reviews
XTC Skylarking

#7 – Skylarking – XTC

1986
Todd Rundgren shapes the Swindon trio’s sophisticated songs into a Beatles-esque concept album about the passing of a day.

XTC Album Reviews

#8 – Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan

1966
A double album of absurdist beat poetry.

Bob Dylan Album Reviews
Fairport Convention Liege and Lief

#9 – Liege & Lief – Fairport Convention

1969
Folk-rocking versions of traditional English songs.

Fairport Convention Album Reviews
The Beatles Revolver

#10 – Revolver – The Beatles

1966
The psychedelic peak of the Fab Four

The Beatles Album Reviews

R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant

#11 – Lifes Rich Pageant – R.E.M.

1986
Jangly southern band reach their apex

R.E.M. Album Reviews
Crowded House Together Alone

#12 – Together Alone – Crowded House

1993
Neil Finn’s expert tunesmithery is dressed up more exotically than usual

Crowded House Album Reviews

16 Lovers Lane The Go-Betweens

#13 – 16 Lovers Lane – The Go-Betweens

1988
Jangly southern band reach their apex

The Go-Betweens Album Reviews
The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America

#14 – Boys and Girls in America – The Hold Steady

2006
Wordy bar band

The Hold Steady Album Reviews

Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town

#15 – Darkness On The Edge Of Town – Bruce Springsteen

1978
The Boss delivers his leanest and toughest rock album

Bruce Springsteen Album Reviews

Zombies Odessey and Oracle Review

#16 – Odessey And Oracle – The Zombies

1968
Gorgeous psychedelic pop

The Zombies Album Reviews

#17 – Remain In Light – Talking Heads

1980
New wave band find their groove with Brian Eno

Talking Heads Album Reviews

#18 – Imperial Bedroom – Elvis Costello And The Attractions

1982
Declan McManus turns his attention to Beatlesque pop

Elvis Costello Album Reviews

Husker Du Zen Arcade

#19 – Zen Arcade – Hüsker Dü

1984
Minneapolis hardcore trio deliver an impressively eclectic double album

Hüsker Dü Album Reviews

#20 – The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin

1999
The weird Oklahomans record a lush art-rock masterpiece

1990s Album Reviews

#21 – Sound Of Silver – LCD Soundsystem

2007
James Murphy’s indie dance

LCD Soundsystem Album Reviews

#22 – Hounds Of Love – Kate Bush

1985
English art-rock queen’s magnum opus

Kate Bush Album Reviews

Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness First Finale

#23 – Fulfillingness’ First Finale – Stevie Wonder

1974
The overlooked gem between Innervisions and Songs in the Key of Life

Stevie Wonder Album Reviews

#24 – Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd

1975
Art-rock band’s tribute to former leader Syd Barrett

Pink Floyd Album Reviews

#25 – Illmatic – Nas

1994
Debut album of inner-city narratives

1990s Album Reviews

#26 – Ágætis byrjun – Sigur Rós

1999
Icelandic post-rock

Sigur Rós Album Reviews

#27 – Twin Cinema – The New Pornographers

2005
Canadian power-pop collective hit the perfect balance of energy and sophistication

New Pornographers Album Reviews

#28 – Red – King Crimson

1974
Reduced to a three-piece, the progressive rock band deliver a hard-edged record.

King Crimson Album Reviews

The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers

#29 – Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones

1971
1960s blues band deliver a sleazy 1970s rock record.

The Rolling Stones Album Reviews

#30 – Jordan: The Comeback – Prefab Sprout

1990
Paddy McAloon’s double album song cycle about mortality, God, and Elvis.

Prefab Sprout Album Reviews

  1. Tom Waits Rain Dogs
    Rain Dogs – Tom Waits – 1985
  2. A Wizard A True Star Rundgren review
    A Wizard, A True Star – Todd Rundgren – 1973
  3. Be The Cowboy – Mitski – 2018
  4. Good Old Boys – Randy Newman – 1974
  5. carrie-and-lowell-sufjan-stevens
    Carrie & Lowell – Sufjan Stevens – 2015
  6. Van Morrison Into The Music
    Into The Music – Van Morrison – 1979
  7. Fleetwood Mac Rumours
    Rumours – Fleetwood Mac – 1977
  8. Station To Station – David Bowie – 1976
  9. Hats – The Blue Nile – 1989
  10. I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It – The 1975 – 2016
  11. The Joshua Tree – U2 – 1987
  12. Singles Going Steady – Buzzcocks – 1979
  13. Marquee Moon – Television – 1977
  14. Makkuro – Tricot – 2020
  15. Modern Vampires Of The City – Vampire Weekend – 2013
  16. Let It Be – The Replacements – 1984
  17. The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths – 1986
  18. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Wilco – 2002
  19. The Band – The Band – 1969
  20. Paris 1919 – John Cale – 1973
  21. The Mollusk – Ween – 1997
  22. After The Gold Rush – Neil Young – 1970
  23. The Clash – The Clash – 1977
  24. Eli And The Thirteenth Confession – Laura Nyro – 1968
  25. Deja Vu – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – 1970
  26. Bryter Layter – Nick Drake – 1971
  27. Foxtrot – Genesis – 1972
  28. Houses Of The Holy – Led Zeppelin – 1973
  29. The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers – 1976
  30. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses – 1989
  31. Trompe Le Monde – Pixies – 1991
  32. To Our Children’s Children’s Children – The Moody Blues – 1969
  33. Kid A – Radiohead – 2000
  34. Graceland – Paul Simon – 1986
  35. Future Days – Can – 1973
  36. Here Come The Miracles – Steve Wynn – 2001
  37. 1989 – Taylor Swift – 2014
  38. EMOTION – Carly Rae Jepsen – 2015
  39. Slanted And Enchanted – Pavement – 1992
  40. Wrecking Ball – Emmylou Harris – 1995
  41. Ten Easy Pieces – Jimmy Webb – 1996
  42. Dummy – Portishead – 1994
  43. Can You Fly – Freedy Johnston – 1992
  44. Our Mother The Mountain – Townes Van Zandt – 1969
  45. Southeastern – Jason Isbell – 2013
  46. U.F.O.F. – Big Thief – 2019
  47. Queen II – Queen – 1974
  48. Mental Notes – Split Enz – 1975
  49. Spilt Milk – Jellyfish – 1993
  50. Dusty In Memphis – Dusty Springfield – 1969
  51. One World – John Martyn – 1977
  52. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight – Richard & Linda Thompson – 1974
  53. Cosmo’s Factory – Creedence Clearwater Revival – 1970
  54. Funeral – Arcade Fire – 2004
  55. Titanic Rising – Weyes Blood – 2019
  56. Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves – 2018
  57. Aja – Steely Dan – 1977
  58. Preservation – Nadia Reid – 2017
  59. The ArchAndroid – Janelle Monae – 2010
  60. Legacy! Legacy! – Jamila Woods – 2019
  61. For Your Pleasure – Roxy Music – 1973
  62. No Other – Gene Clark – 1974
  63. After Laughter – Paramore – 2017
  64. Fisherman’s Blues – The Waterboys – 1988
  65. Guppy – Charly Bliss – 2017
  66. The Madcap Laughs – Syd Barrett – 1970
  67. Stranger In The Alps – Phoebe Bridgers – 2017
  68. Lady Soul – Aretha Franklin – 1968
  69. Tea For The Tillerman – Cat Stevens – 1970
  70. Tapestry – Carole King – 1971
  71. Island – Owen Pallett – 2020

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: