Oh boy, a list

So, my brother invited me to put together my own personal list of the 50,75 or 100 top albums of all time. Someone he knows is going to compile lists from a bunch of people and then the lists will be compiled, ranked, weighted and otherwise munged into a final definitive list, or something. Being a total sucker for rankings and lists and ranked lists of albums, I jumped at the chance.

So, here they are:

  1. Sonic Youth : Daydream Nation
  2. Pavement : Slanted and Enchanted
  3. Joni Mitchell : Blue
  4. Liz Phair : Exile In Guyville
  5. My Bloody Valentine : Loveless
  6. Miles Davis : Kind Of Blue
  7. Talking Heads : Remain In Light
  8. Neutral Milk Hotel : In An Aeroplane Over The Sea
  9. Pixies : Surfer Rosa
  10. Pink Floyd : Dark Side Of The Moon
  11. Led Zeppelin : II
  12. Beatles : Abbey Road
  13. Fleetwood Mac : Rumors
  14. The Beatles : Revolver
  15. Rolling Stones : Let It Bleed
  16. AC/DC : Back In Black
  17. Pink Floyd : Wish You Were Here
  18. The Cure : Disintegration
  19. U2 : The Joshua Tree
  20. The Beatles : The Beatles (white album)
  21. Pavement : Crooked Rain Crooked Rain
  22. Big Star : #1 Record
  23. The Pretenders : The Pretenders
  24. Cowboy Junkies : The Trinity Sessions
  25. The Cure : Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me
  26. Led Zeppelin : Houses Of The Holy
  27. Van Morrison : Moondance
  28. REM : Reckoning
  29. Nirvana : Nevermind
  30. Sonic Youth : Sister
  31. Sea And Cake : Nassau
  32. Yo La Tengo : Electr-O-Pura
  33. Violent Femmes : Violent Femmes
  34. Elliot Smith : XO
  35. A Tribe Called Quest : Midnight Marauders
  36. Bauhaus : In The Flat Field
  37. Jimi Hendrix : Axis: Bold As Love
  38. Stereolab : Emperor Tomato Ketchup
  39. Led Zeppelin : Physical Graffiti
  40. Black Sabbath : Paranoid
  41. The Beastie Boys : Ill Communication
  42. Crosby Stills and Nash : Crosby Stills and Nash
  43. Robyn Hitchcock : Eye
  44. Dave Brubeck : Time Out
  45. Pavement : Wowee Zowee
  46. Pink Floyd : Animals
  47. The Beatles : Rubber Soul
  48. Rolling Stones : Exile On Main Street
  49. The Doors : The Doors
  50. Cream : Disraeli Gears
  51. Peter Gabriel : So
  52. Fleetwood Mac : Fleetwood Mac
  53. The Doors : Strange Days
  54. Big Star : Radio City
  55. Bob Dylan : Highway 61 Revisited
  56. Slint : Spiderland
  57. Pixies : Doolittle
  58. Jane’s Addiction : Nothing’s Shocking
  59. Nick Drake : Pink Moon
  60. King Crimson : Discipline
  61. Yes : The Yes Album
  62. Rush : Moving Pictures
  63. ZZ Top : Tres Hombres
  64. Stevie Ray Vaughan : Texas Flood
  65. The Cars : The Cars
  66. REM : Murmur
  67. U2 : War
  68. Pixies : Come on Pilgrim
  69. Steely Dan : Aja
  70. The Cure : Seventeen Seconds
  71. The Feelies : Crazy Rhythms
  72. Replacements : Let It Be
  73. The Police : Zenyatta Mondatta
  74. Yo La Tengo : Fakebook
  75. Stereolab : Peng
  76. Gillian Welch : Time, The Revelator
  77. PJ Harvey : Rid Of Me
  78. Lilys : A Brief History of Amazing Letdowns
  79. Spoon : Girls Can Tell
  80. Superchunk : No Pocky For Kitty
  81. Dinosaur Jr. : You’re Living All Over Me
  82. Gillian Welch : Revival
  83. Sunny Day Real Estate : Diary
  84. The Shins : Chutes Too Narrow
  85. Big Black : Songs About Fucking
  86. Codeine : Frigid Stars
  87. Tortoise : Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  88. Wilco : Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
  89. The Flaming Lips : The Soft Bulletin
  90. Robyn Hitchcock : I Often Dream of Trains
  91. Gastr Del Sol : Camofleur
  92. A Tribe Called Quest : Low End Theory
  93. Son Volt : Trace
  94. Grandaddy : The Sophtware Slump
  95. Death Cab For Cutie : Transatlanticism
  96. Modest Mouse : The Lonesome Crowded West
  97. Polvo : Cor-Crane Secret
  98. Buena Vista Social Club : Buena Vista Social Club
  99. Archers of Loaf : Icky Mettle
  100. Beck : Mutations

I made this Friday and Saturday. And looking at it now, while everything’s probably within 5 spots of where it oughtta be I can see a few things I’d change; like, I’d probably move Midnight Marauders down a few spots and Pink Moon up a few, and I’m a little ambivalent about some of the lower spots. But I’ll just go with this, because I know that overall it’s mostly right. I’d probably never be 100% happy with it – it’s something I could fine-tune forever. Maybe I’ll revisit it in a year.

3 thoughts on “Oh boy, a list

  1. marklow

    Yeah that’s what we’re doing, taking a look at the list after a year has passed. Bryan has changed his list I think three separate times in a year, and expanded it to 250. Its a futile pursuit, but when you put ‘#1 Record’ in the top 25, you increase the chances someone else will come to the realization that the world is a much smaller place.

  2. Gordon

    Jeeminy! Quite a list. I’ve only even heard of a few of those. Glad you had Gillian Welch on it. There’s hope for you yet, youngster.

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