Best Albums of all time


9 May 2012, 0:29

In no particular order: an attempt at listing some of the best all round albums in my opinion, no fillers, no compilations, no hype, just pure quality.

Some albums cross over genres so the labels are more guidelines, sometimes merging depending on how the list evolves.

If I missed anything blatantly important, please tell me.

An ongoing list, please stay put!

Rock / Prog / Heavy
Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
The Wall by Pink Floyd
The Doors by The Doors
L.A. Woman by The Doors
Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
Hunky Dory by David Bowie
All That You Can't Leave Behind by U2
Songs for the Deaf by Queens of the Stone Age

Alternative / Post-punk
Is This It by The Strokes
A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay
Elephant by The White Stripes
Beautiful Freak by Eels
Odelay by Beck
Demon Days by Gorillaz
OK Computer by Radiohead
Blur by Blur
Grace by Jeff Buckley
Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division

Metal / Hardcore / Industrial
Visual Audio Sensory Theater by Vast
Master of Puppets by Metallica
Paranoid by Black Sabbath
Rage Against the Machine by Rage Against the Machine
Toxicity by System of a Down
The Downward Spiral by Nine Inch Nails
Killing Joke by Killing Joke

Ten by Pearl Jam
Dirt by Alice in Chains
Nevermind by Nirvana
Superunknown by Soundgarden

Rap / Hip-Hop
Moment Of Truth by Gang Starr
Madvillainy by Madvillain
Check Your Head by Beastie Boys
Illmatic by Nas
The Chronic by Dr Dre
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
Body Of The Life Force by Afu-Ra
Late Registration by Kanye West
Black Sunday by Cypress Hill
3 Feet High and Rising by De La Soul

Turntableism / Sample
Endtroducing..... by DJ Shadow
The Audience's Listening by Cut Chemist
Since I Left You by The Avalanches
Keep It Unreal by Mr. Scruff

Electronic / Ambient / IDM / Trip-hop
Play by Moby
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin
Violator by Depeche Mode
Cross (†) by Justice
Melody A.M. by Röyksopp
Discovery by Daft Punk
Moon Safari by Air
Invaders Must Die by The Prodigy
The Fat of the Land by The Prodigy
This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem
Mezzanine by Massive Attack
The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Train by Whitey
Swim by Caribou
Night Must Fall by Padded Cell
The Last Resort by Trentemøller
Music Has the Right to Children by Boards of Canada

Punk / Hardcore
London Calling by The Clash
Never Mind the Bollocks by Sex Pistols
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables by Dead Kennedys
The Warrior's Code by Dropkick Murphys
American Idiot by Green Day
...And Out Come The Wolves by Rancid

Time Out by The Dave Brubeck Quartet

Reggae / Dub
Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires by Scientist
Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers


Thriller by Michael Jackson

Instrumental / Soundtrack
Furious Angels by Rob Dougan
Music From The Motion Picture Ocean's Thirteen by David Holmes
Donnie Darko by Various Artists (Michael Andrews)

Singer-songwriter / Acoustic / Folk / Country
White Ladder by David Gray
In Between Dreams by Jack Johnson
Liege & Lief by Fairport Convention
Life for Rent by Dido
Back to Bedlam by James Blunt
I Started Out With Nothin And I've Still Got Most Of It Left by Seasick Steve
R.L. Burnside by R.L. Burnside


  • awesomesaucer12

    Well, one of MY favorite albums is Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by Smashing Pumpkins, some people say it's a lot of filler and few good tracks, I think it's all amazing, except for Cupid De Locke, that one kinda sucks, but it's an ok track.

    21 May 2012, 21:27
  • anarchyO

    What about ....And Out Come The Wolves by Rancid for punk? Umm and maybe Fear Of A Black Planet by Public Enemy or some Beastie Boys? Just some suggestions haha. Also will you be making an R&B list?

    24 May 2012, 14:14
  • mattdabest

    Im adding R&B although I'm not that experienced in that area, yep Im adding rancid and Public Enemy and Beastie Boys, sorta compiling hiphop as its so vast.

    24 May 2012, 15:23
  • Nellybfreshz

    Not bad some great albums listed here, soundtrack albums needs more:)

    25 May 2012, 7:02
  • or0gaz0man

    Jeff Buckley - Grace

    25 May 2012, 12:53
  • masodikgalamb

    Richard D. James album? Selected Ambient Works?

    26 May 2012, 22:55
  • mattdabest

    Notice it says Folk slash country lol Still compiling some soundtrack albums

    2 Jun 2012, 19:16
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