IMO Song and Album of the Year 1967-2006 (Warning: bias toward metal and prog)


24 Jul 2009, 14:32

Below I have chosen a favourite album and favourite song from 40 separate years ('67-'06). This is just my opinion and based on the music I've actually heard. The favourite track does not have to come from the year's corresponding favourite album. In cases where the track does happen to come from the year's favourite album it is usually either an indicator of a weak year (1993) or an incredibly strong album (1982). However, I do tend to change my mind quite a bit, so I may return to this journal to update my preferences, particularly when I discover new albums and new tracks to love. In most cases the decision was incredibly close with many runners up in extremely close contention


Album: The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love
Song: The Who - I Can See for Miles
Album: Cream - Wheels Of Fire
Song: Cream - White Room
Album: Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
Song: King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King


Album: Deep Purple - In Rock
Song: Deep Purple - Speed King
Album: Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Song: The Who - Won't Get Fooled Again
Album: Deep Purple - Machine Head
Song: Yes - Siberian Khatru
Album: The Who - Quadrophenia
Song: Genesis - The Battle Of Epping Forest
Album: Blue Öyster Cult - Secret Treaties
Song: Yes - The Gates of Delirium
Album: Scorpions - In Trance
Song: The New Tony Williams Lifetime - Red Alert
Album: Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
Song: Rush - 2112
Album: Judas Priest - Sin After Sin
Song: Thin Lizzy - Dancing in the Moonlight
Album: Judas Priest - Killing Machine
Song: Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
Album: Thin Lizzy - Black Rose: A Rock Legend
Song: Thin Lizzy - Roisin Dubh (Black Rose)


Album: Diamond Head - Lightning to the Nations
Song: Iron Maiden - Running Free
Album: Rush - Moving Pictures
Song: Van Halen - Unchained
Album: Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast
Song: Iron Maiden - Children of the Damned
Album: Dio - Holy Diver
Song: Iron Maiden - Where Eagles Dare
Album: Van Halen - 1984
Song: Iron Maiden - Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Album: Allan Holdsworth - Metal Fatigue
Song: Allan Holdsworth - Devil Take the Hindmost
Album: Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time
Song: David Lee Roth - Goin' Crazy
Album: Joe Satriani - Surfing With The Alien
Song: Racer X - Scarified
Album: iron maiden] - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son
Song: Cacophony - Images
Album: Overkill - The Years of Decay
Song: Overkill - Playing With Spiders/Skullkrusher


Album: Steve Vai - Passion And Warfare
Song: Megadeth - Tornado Of Souls
Album: Overkill - Horrorscope
Song: Soundgarden - Jesus Christ Pose
Album: Joe Satriani - The Extremist
Song: Extreme - Everything Under The Sun
Album: Anthrax - Sound of White Noise
Song: Anthrax - Room For One More
Album: Freak Kitchen - Appetizer
Song: Dream Theater - A Mind Beside Itself (i. Erotomania / ii. Voices / iii. The Silent Man)
Album: Marty Friedman - Introduction
Track: Shadow Gallery - Alaska
Album: Angra - Holy Land
Track: Freak Kitchen - Taste My Fist
Album: Psycho Motel - Welcome to the World
Song: Dream Theater - Lines in the Sand
Album: Bruce Dickinson - The Chemical Wedding
Song: Freak Kitchen - Mr. Kashchei and the 13 Prostitutes
Album: Racer X - Technical Difficulties
Song: Racer X - Technical Difficulties


Album: Racer X - Superheroes
Song: Spock's Beard - The Great Nothing
Album: Devin Townsend - Terria
Song: Devin Townsend - Earth Day
Album: Spock's Beard - Snow
Song: Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
Album: Muse - Absolution
Song: Firewind - The Fire And The Fury
Album: Balance Of Power - Heathen Machine
Song: Derek Sherinian - Day Of The Dead
Album: Sieges Even - The Art Of Navigating By The Stars
Song: Frameshift - I Killed You
Album: Iron Maiden - A Matter of Life and Death
Song: Guthrie Govan - Ner Ner


  • final_alert

    Excellent list.

    28 Jul 2009, 12:37
  • GrantRS

    Why thank you.

    28 Jul 2009, 16:01
  • hurricanea7x

    Nice man . You really know good music . But to be honest , i would've chosen more of the history-makers , like Paranoid in '70 , Appetite for Destruction in '87 or Painkiller in '90 . Still awesome list , this is just my opinion :D

    3 Ago 2009, 10:38
  • GrantRS

    Well that's up to you but I'd dispute the implication that [i]In Rock[/i], [i]Surfing With The Alien[/i] and [i]Passion & Warfare[/i] aren't 'history-makers'. SwtA in 1987 transformed the face of instrumental rock music. [i]In Rock[/i] in 1970 contained the vocal masterclass of Child in Time and arguably the first ever speed metal song in opener Speed King. 1990 was the hardest year of the lot to pick an album for. Priest's Painkiller, Megadeth's Rust in Peace and Anthrax's Persistence of Time were all fantastic releases that in many of the other years in this span could have walked over the competition.

    3 Ago 2009, 12:20
  • bushyguitar

    2004: Album: Balance of Power - Heathen Machine Song: Derek Sherinian - Day of the Dead yussss

    18 Ago 2009, 5:25
  • GrantRS

    Day of the Dead just rules over everything. I nearly gave the album slot to Derek as well, I may yet decide to reverse the decision not to.

    18 Ago 2009, 8:11
  • GrantRS

    The rule I was sticking to in my head was to only consider official studio releases...nevertheless, I haven't heard this Scandinavian Nights. I'm sure I'll have to do something to right that wrong. Thanks.

    22 Oct 2009, 15:12
  • BigJohnson90

    Suggestion for 1994: Soundgarden: Superunknown ..?

    23 Oct 2009, 1:16
  • GrantRS

    It nearly went that way. Check my overall chart if you don't believe me. I love Superunknown, I've played it enough to put it on the brink of my top 50 by overall playcount. Still, I prefer Badmotorfinger, and the albums that I picked over both of those for their respective years. The fact that a Soundgarden track made top spot for 1991 gives some indication of how close my decision was both years.

    23 Oct 2009, 12:06
  • rafael_freitas

    Awesome list!

    15 Dic 2011, 22:47
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