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  • Top 10 Essential Albums

    What are 10 (or whatever number) albums that you think every music listener should have? They can be either based upon your recommendation, the album's influence to the world of music, and whether or not it will be remembered 50 years from now.

    The Beatles - Rubber Soul, Abbey Road

    Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here, Animals, Atom Heart Mother, or Dark Side of the Moon

    Rush - A Farewell to Kings, 2112

    John Lennon - Imagine

    Queen - Get a greatest hits album

    The White Stripes - De Stijl, White Blood Cells, Elephant, the rest

    De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising (essential to any hip hop listener)

    Radiohead - OK Computer, Kid A

    Nirvana - Nevermind

    Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

  • #2
    I like your list. So I will add my own...

    Soundgarddn - A-sides

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon / The Wall / Wish you were here.

    Alice in Chains - Facelift, Dirt or Jar of Flies

    Queensyrhce - Operation Mindcrime

    Pearl Jam - Ten

    Rush - Probably 2112

    The Who - Who's Next?

    Tool - 10,000 days

    Temple of the Dog (Chris Cornell project) - Temple of the Dog

    Alice Cooper - Brutal Planet /or Stone Temple Pilots - Core

    This seems like a good list for me right now, I wouldn't necessarily recommend these to all listeners but to me it doesn't get much better than these ten right here. Other then the last line of the two bands on there they are pretty much all musically brilliant.


    • #3
      Don't forget: 50 Cent - Get Rich or Die Tryin'


      • #4
        Just a list of albums I could never tire of.... deserted island (with electricity, apparently) scenario

        The Beatles --
        Meet the Beatles

        Beach Boys --
        Pet Sounds
        Best of the Beach Boys Vol. 2
        Endless Summer

        Ramones --
        Leave Home
        Rocket to Russia
        It's Alive
        Loco Live

        Judas Priest --
        Unleashed in the East
        Screaming for Vengeance

        Defenders of the Faith

        Black Sabbath --
        Mob Rules

        Mercyful Fate --
        Don't Break the Oath

        King Diamond--

        Epicus Doomicus Metallicus
        Ancient Dreams
        Tales of Creation
        King of the Grey Islands

        Exodus --
        Bonded By Blood
        Shovelheaded Kill Machine
        The Atrocity Exhibition... Exhibit A

        Iron Maiden --

        Rigor Mortis --
        Rigor Mortis
        Rigor Mortis vs. the Earth

        Venom --
        Black Metal

        Bathory --
        Blood Fire Death
        Last edited by keithbishop; 03-10-2008, 02:22 PM.
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        • #5
          Nas- Illmatic

          No one comes close to it.


          • #6
            I like the lists so far. Some of mine would be:

            Led Zeppelin - How the west was won

            Guns n Roses - Appetite For Destruction

            Pearl Jam - VS.

            Stone Temple Pilots - Purple

            Bob Marley - Legend

            Pink Floyd - Dark Side

            Eric B & Rakim - Paid in Full

            Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique

            Stevie Wonder - Songs in The Key Of Life

            Prince - Sign of the Times

            Just a few to start with.


            • #7
              just a few metal classics

              Slayer-reign in blood and seasons in the abyss

              metallica-master of puppets and kill 'em all


              Pantera- Vulgar and Far beyond driven

              Black sabbath-paranoid

              testament- The new Order

              Cannibal Corpse-The Bleeding

              Behemoth-The Apostasy
              the space that is mine

              We miss 'ya brother dime. We know your up there jamming with Cliff and Chuck. Stay metal :salute: :rockon:


              • #8
                Why isnt Michael Jacksons "Thriller" or "Bad" getting any props?? There are so many hits on those 2 Albums.

                Disclaimer: I don't support MJ's life outside of music.


                • #9
                  1. Smashing Pumpkins-Siamese Dream
                  2. Oasis-Definitely Maybe
                  3. Pearl Jam-Vitalogy
                  4. Radiohead-Pablo Honey
                  5. Nine Inch Nails-The Downward Spiral/or Year Zero
                  6. Stone Temple Pilots-Purple
                  7. Weezer-the blue album
                  8. Talking Heads-Sand in the Vasoline Greatest Hits
                  9. Nirvana-Nevermind
                  10. Guns N' Roses- Use Your Illusion I and II

                  (guess what decade I went to high school in!)


                  • #10
                    Everyone should have Thriller. i actually don't know anyone who doesn't have it


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Jazzman1987 View Post
                      Everyone should have Thriller. i actually don't know anyone who doesn't have it
                      I guess its one of those that goes without saying.


                      • #12
                        2-Pac.. All Eyes on Me

                        Has to be one of the best Cd's ever made.

                        and I also happen to love Rascal Flatts .. Me and my gang.


                        • #13
                          i also want to add Beauty and the Beast soundtrack. best musical ever made imo, its my favorite. the music is just awesome


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jazzman1987 View Post
                            Everyone should have Thriller. i actually don't know anyone who doesn't have it
                            It was just re released for it's 25th anniversary and they have the original recordings plus some have been redone with guest stars.
                            :usa: *** God Bless Our Military Men And Women*** :usa:



                            • #15
                              De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising
                              Gangstarr - Daily Operation
                              The Beatles Anthology
                              Marvin Gaye - I Want You
                              Diana Ross - The Boss
                              Billy Joel - 57th Street
                              Best of The Doobie Brothers
                              Janet Jackson - Rhythm Nation 1814
                              Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
                              Michael Jackson - Off The Wall - people mentioned Thriller, but this album would be ranked higher on people's list if Thriller wasn't so damn good. It was great.

                              This list needs to be expanded since I have to thrown in a Guns and Roses, Steviw Wonder, Queen, U2, more Marvin Gaye & Billy Joel and A Tribe Called Quest's first two albums.
                              Last edited by DevilSpawn; 03-13-2008, 03:26 PM.