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 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. Even though I was born in 1979, a lot of my favourites come from between 1966 and 1990. It tends to be tough for newer artists to break in ahead of longtime established favourites – it, unfortunately, means the top of the list is dominated by white males.

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

Rank TitleBandYear
1yes-close-to-the-edgeClose To The EdgeYes1972
2The Beach Boys Pet SoundsPet SoundsThe Beach Boys1966
3Big Star Radio CityRadio CityBig Star1974
4Joni Mitchell Court and SparkCourt And SparkJoni Mitchell1974
5Brian Eno Another Green WorldAnother Green WorldBrian Eno1975
6Talk Talk The Colour of SpringThe Colour Of SpringTalk Talk1986
7XTC SkylarkingSkylarkingXTC1986
8Blonde On BlondeBob Dylan1966
9Fairport Convention Liege and LiefLiege & LiefFairport Convention1969
The Beatles Revolver
RevolverThe Beatles1966
11Lifes Rich PageantR.E.M.1986
12Together AloneCrowded House1993
1316 Lovers LaneThe Go-Betweens1988
14Boys And Girls In AmericaThe Hold Steady2006
15Darkness On The Edge Of TownBruce Springsteen1978
16Odessey And OracleThe Zombies1968
17Remain In LightTalking Heads1980
18Imperial BedroomElvis Costello And The Attractions1982
19Zen ArcadeHüsker Dü1984
20Sound Of SilverLCD Soundsystem2007
21Hounds Of LoveKate Bush1985
22Fulfillingness' First FinaleStevie Wonder1974
23Wish You Were HerePink Floyd1975
25Ágætis ByrjunSigur Rós1999
26Twin CinemaThe New Pornographers2005
27RedKing Crimson1974
28Sticky FingersThe Rolling Stones1971
29Jordan: The ComebackPrefab Sprout1990
30Rain DogsTom Waits1985
31A Wizard, A True StarTodd Rundgren1973
32Be The CowboyMitski2018
33Good Old BoysRandy Newman1974
34Carrie & LowellSufjan Stevens2015
35Into The MusicVan Morrison1979
36RumoursFleetwood Mac1977
37Station To StationDavid Bowie1976
38HatsThe Blue Nile1989
39I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of ItThe 19752016
40The Joshua TreeU21987
41Singles Going SteadyBuzzcocks1979
42Marquee MoonTelevision1977
43真っ黒 [Makkuro]Tricot2020
44Modern Vampires Of The CityVampire Weekend2013
45Let It BeThe Replacements1984
46The Queen Is DeadThe Smiths1986
47Yankee Hotel FoxtrotWilco2002
48The BandThe Band1969
49Paris 1919John Cale1973
50The MolluskWeen1997
51After The Gold RushNeil Young1970
52The ClashThe Clash1977
53Eli And The Thirteenth ConfessionLaura Nyro1968
54Déjà VuCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young1970
55Bryter LayterNick Drake1971
57Houses Of The HolyLed Zeppelin1973
58The Modern LoversThe Modern Lovers1976
59The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses1989
60Trompe Le MondePixies1991
61To Our Children's Children's ChildrenThe Moody Blues1969
62Kid ARadiohead2000
63GracelandPaul Simon1986
64Future DaysCan1973
65Here Come The MiraclesSteve Wynn2001
661989Taylor Swift2014
67E•MO•TIONCarly Rae Jepsen2015
68Slanted And EnchantedPavement1992
69Wrecking BallEmmylou Harris1995
70Ten Easy PiecesJimmy Webb1996
72Can You FlyFreedy Johnston1992
73Our Mother The MountainTownes Van Zandt1969
74SoutheasternJason Isbell2013
75U.F.O.F.Big Thief2019
76Queen IIQueen1974
77Mental NotesSplit Enz1975
78Spilt MilkJellyfish1993
79Dusty In MemphisDusty Springfield1969
80One WorldJohn Martyn1977
81I Want To See The Bright Lights TonightRichard & Linda Thompson1974
82Cosmo's FactoryCreedence Clearwater Revival1970
83FuneralArcade Fire2004
84Titanic RisingWeyes Blood2019
85Golden HourKacey Musgraves2018
86AjaSteely Dan1977
87PreservationNadia Reid2017
88The ArchAndroidJanelle Monáe2010
89Legacy! Legacy!Jamila Woods2019
90For Your PleasureRoxy Music1973
91No OtherGene Clark1974
92After LaughterParamore2017
93Fisherman's BluesThe Waterboys1988
94ValentineSnail Mail2021
95GuppyCharly Bliss2017
96The Madcap LaughsSyd Barrett1970
97Stranger In The AlpsPhoebe Bridgers2017
98Lady SoulAretha Franklin1968
99TapestryCarole King1971
100IslandOwen Pallett2020


  1. I didn’t know you had this!! A Top 100 albums. I really like at least half of it a lot. I’m real surprised at some of it, like Yes at number one. I’m surprised that you like Yes that much. And it’s so cool that you have Court and Spark so high. I have it high too, but not that high. I’ve got Summer Lawns even higher. You need to move Tapestry up though. I don’t see much Led Zeppelin or David Bowie though. lol

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