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. 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.

RankTitleBandYear
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
10The Beatles RevolverRevolverThe Beatles1966
11REM Lifes Rich PageantLifes Rich PageantR.E.M.1986
12Crowded House Together AloneTogether AloneCrowded House1993
13Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane16 Lovers LaneThe Go-Betweens
1988
14The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in AmericaBoys And Girls In AmericaThe Hold Steady2006
15Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of TownDarkness On The Edge Of TownBruce Springsteen1978
16Zombies Odessey and Oracle ReviewOdessey And OracleThe Zombies1968
17Remain In LightTalking Heads1980
18Imperial BedroomElvis Costello1982
19Husker Du Zen ArcadeZen ArcadeHüsker Dü1984
20Sound Of SilverLCD Soundsystem2007
21Hounds Of LoveKate Bush1985
22Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness First FinaleFulfillingness' First FinaleStevie Wonder1974
23Wish You Were HerePink Floyd1975
24IllmaticNas1994
25Ágætis ByrjunSigur Rós1999
26Twin CinemaThe New Pornographers2005
27RedKing Crimson 1974
28The Rolling Stones Sticky FingersSticky FingersKing Crimson 1971
29Jordan: The ComebackPrefab Sprout 1990
30Tom Waits Rain DogsRain DogsTom Waits1985
31A Wizard A True Star Rundgren reviewA Wizard, A True StarTodd Rundgren1973
32Be The CowboyMitski 2018
33Good Old BoysRandy Newman1974
34carrie-and-lowell-sufjan-stevensCarrie & LowellSufjan Stevens2015
35Van Morrison Into The MusicInto The MusicVan Morrison1979
36Fleetwood Mac RumoursRumoursFleetwood Mac1977
37David Bowie Station to StationStation 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
41Buzzcocks Singles Going SteadySingles Going SteadyBuzzcocks1979
42Television Marquee MoonMarquee MoonTelevision1977
43真っ黒 [Makkuro]Tricot2020
44Modern Vampires Of The CityVampire Weekend2013
45The Replacements Let It BeLet It BeThe Replacements1984
46the-smiths-the-queen-is-deadThe Queen Is DeadThe Smiths1986
47Wilco Yankee Hotel FoxtrotYankee Hotel FoxtrotWilco2002
48The Band 1969 AlbumThe BandThe Band1969
49John Cale Paris 1919Paris 1919John Cale1973
50Ween The MolluskThe MolluskWeen1997
51Neil Young After The GoldrushAfter The Gold RushNeil Young 1970
52The Clash 1977 Debut AlbumThe ClashThe Clash1977
53Eli And The Thirteenth ConfessionLaura Nyro1968
54Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Deja VuDéjà VuCrosby, Stills & Nash1970
55Nick Drake Bryter LayterBryter LayterNick Drake1971
56Genesis FoxtrotFoxtrotGenesis1972
57Led Zeppelin Houses of the HolyHouses Of The HolyLed Zeppelin1973
58The Modern Lovers Jonathan RichmanThe Modern LoversThe Modern Lovers1976
59The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses1989
60Pixies Trompe Le MondeTrompe Le MondePixies1991
61To Our Children's Children's ChildrenThe Moody Blues1969
62Radiohead Kid AKid ARadiohead2000
63Paul Simon GracelandGracelandPaul Simon1986
64Future DaysCan1973
65Here Come The MiraclesSteve Wynn2001
661989Taylor Swift2014
67E•MO•TIONCarly Rae Jepsen2015
68Pavement Slanted and EnchantedSlanted And EnchantedPavement1992
69Wrecking BallEmmylou Harris1995
70Jimmy Webb Ten Easy PiecesTen Easy PiecesJimmy Webb1996
71Portishead DummyDummyPortishead1994
72Can You Fly Freedy JohnstonCan You FlyFreedy Johnston1992
73Townes Van Zandt Our Mother The MountainOur Mother The MountainTownes Van Zandt1969
74Jason Isbell SoutheasternSoutheasternJason Isbell2013
75Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In YouBig Thief2022
76Queen IIQueen IIQueen1974
77Split Enz Mental NotesMental NotesSplit Enz1975
78Jellyfish Spilt MilkSpilt MilkJellyfish1993
79Dusty in Memphis Dusty SpringfieldDusty In MemphisDusty Springfield1969
80One WorldJohn Martyn1977
81I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight Richard and Linda ThompsonI Want To See The Bright Lights TonightRichard and 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
90Roxy Music For Your PleasureFor Your PleasureRoxy Music1973
91No OtherGene Clark1974
92After LaughterParamore2017
93 Fisherman's BluesThe Waterboys1988
94ValentineSnail Mail2021
95GuppyCharly Bliss2017
96The Madcap LaughsSyd Barrett 1970
97Stranger In The AlpsPhoebe Bridgers2017
98Lady SoulAretha Franklin1968
99Carole King TapestryTapestryCarole King1971
100IslandOwen Pallett2020

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19 Comments

  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

      • I was wrong about how many albums in common, it’s four not three. Houses of the Holy, Court and Spark, Station to station and Tapestry. And I was way off about the artists in common also. It’s not 7 but more like 14. Those four right there plus Husker Du, Pink Floyd, Stevie Wonder, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Moody Blues, Credence and Fleetwood Mac. I think Joy division too if you had that.

        • There are a few things on yours that might sneak onto mine eventually, since I only include things I’ve reviewed already. Endtroducing is a good record that I’m nowhere near getting to.

          • I didn’t know that you only put things that you reviewed already.
            Yeah Endtroducing is great. Too bad he never followed it up with anything as good. Although eventually I started to like the album after that. It was really different though because it had hardly any Hip Hop type music like Endtroducing. It was closer to the kinds of dance music that was coming out at the time, and more Rock-ish instead of Hip Hop. Kind of along the lines of something like Fatboy Slim. But I kind of like it now though. I have no idea what he sounds like nowadays.

  2. Why did it send my reply back to me as Anonymous?? Did I sign myself out of wordpress by accident or something? I wonder why it did that.

      • I think I know what I did. Ya know that little thing where it says “you are commenting as..”. and you’re supposed to fill in your email address? Well, I think it wasn’t filled in because I was using a new phone so it wasn’t automatically there. Normally it’s just always filled in already. I guess we’ll see what happens now.

  3. Great Stuff to sum up your tastes, even if limited to one album per artist.

    A suggestion: have you tought about doing your Favourite Album per Year? Since the early 60s. The results are often quite interesting!

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