My 100 Favorite Albums of All Time

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1.
The Beatles
Soundtrack, The Social Network
The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas of love...
“ The White Album ” - abbeyroad992
 
2.
Pink Floyd
Soundtrack, Doctor Strange
David Gilmour was asked by the members of Pink Floyd to join the band to supplement the guitar work of the increasingly erratic Syd Barrett. When Barrett's mental breakdown made it impossible for him to continue with the group, Gilmour became a permanent, contributing member in time for their second album...
“ Dark Side of the Moon ” - abbeyroad992
 
3.
Frank Zappa
Composer, Baby Snakes
Of all the qualities that typified Frank Zappa, perhaps the most striking is that he was a paradox. A workaholic perfectionist rock star who eschewed the hippie culture of the 1960s, deploring its conformism, spurious ideals and drug use, Zappa was not only a brilliant rock guitarist but an orchestral composer...
“ We're Only In It For The Money ” - abbeyroad992
 
4.
“ Pet Sounds ” - abbeyroad992
 
5.
Bob Dylan
Soundtrack, Forrest Gump
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota; his father Abe worked for the Standard Oil Co. Six years later the family moved to Hibbing, often the coldest place in the US, where he taught himself piano and guitar and formed several high school rock bands. In 1959 he entered the University of Minnesota and began performing as Bob Dylan at clubs in Minneapolis and St...
“ The Times They Are A-Changin' ” - abbeyroad992
 
6.
Neil Young
Soundtrack, Philadelphia
Neil Young is one of the most respected and prolific rock/folk guitarists of the late 20th century. Raised in Canada, he first became well-known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band's breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has spent more than 30 years performing with the super-group Crosby Stills Nash & Young...
“ Tonight's The Night ” - abbeyroad992
 
7.
The Who
Music Department, American Beauty
Roger Daltrey formed the Detours in 1962, with several member changes and role swaps abound, John Entwistle joined. Sometime later, on John's recommendation, Pete Townshend was added to the line up. In the meantime, The Detours had become a four-piece band; the drummer was changed with Keith Moon during early 1964...
“ Live At Leeds (Deluxe Edition) ” - abbeyroad992
 
8.
The Velvet Underground
Soundtrack, Juno
The Velvet Underground had its origins, oddly enough, in the world of manufactured pop music, around 1965. Long Island native songwriter/singer/guitarist Lou Reed had gone from college at Syracuse University to a day job as a staff composer and musician for Pickwick Records, whose specialities...
“ The Velvet Underground and Nico ” - abbeyroad992
 
9.
David Bowie
Actor, Labyrinth
David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of popular music. Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones (lead singer of The Monkees). The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist...
“ The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust ” - abbeyroad992
 
10.
Yes
Soundtrack, Almost Famous
“ Close to the Edge ” - abbeyroad992
 
11.
“ Buffalo Springfield Again ” - abbeyroad992
 
12.
“ Safe As Milk ” - abbeyroad992
 
13.
The Beatles
Soundtrack, The Social Network
The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas of love...
“ Abbey Road ” - abbeyroad992
 
14.
Bob Dylan
Soundtrack, Forrest Gump
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota; his father Abe worked for the Standard Oil Co. Six years later the family moved to Hibbing, often the coldest place in the US, where he taught himself piano and guitar and formed several high school rock bands. In 1959 he entered the University of Minnesota and began performing as Bob Dylan at clubs in Minneapolis and St...
“ Blonde on Blonde ” - abbeyroad992
 
15.
The Who
Music Department, American Beauty
Roger Daltrey formed the Detours in 1962, with several member changes and role swaps abound, John Entwistle joined. Sometime later, on John's recommendation, Pete Townshend was added to the line up. In the meantime, The Detours had become a four-piece band; the drummer was changed with Keith Moon during early 1964...
“ Quadrophenia ” - abbeyroad992
 
16.
Marvin Gaye
Soundtrack, Se7en
“ What's Going On ” - abbeyroad992
 
17.
George Harrison
A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold Harrison and Louise Harrison. Like his future band mates...
“ Concert For Bangladesh ” - abbeyroad992
 
18.
David Bowie
Actor, Labyrinth
David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of popular music. Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones (lead singer of The Monkees). The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist...
“ Hunky Dory ” - abbeyroad992
 
19.
Neil Young
Soundtrack, Philadelphia
Neil Young is one of the most respected and prolific rock/folk guitarists of the late 20th century. Raised in Canada, he first became well-known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band's breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has spent more than 30 years performing with the super-group Crosby Stills Nash & Young...
“ After The Goldrush ” - abbeyroad992
 
20.
The Beatles
Soundtrack, The Social Network
The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas of love...
“ Revolver ” - abbeyroad992
 
21.
“ The Fine Art of Surfacing ” - abbeyroad992
 
22.
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Music Department, The Phantom of the Opera
Andrew Lloyd Webber is arguably the most successful composer of our time. He is best known for stage and film adaptations of his musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats (1994), Evita, and The Phantom of the Opera. He was born on March 22, 1948, in South Kensington in London, England, the first of two sons of William Lloyd Webber...
“ Jesus Christ Superstar (Original 1970 Album) ” - abbeyroad992
 
23.
Bob Dylan
Soundtrack, Forrest Gump
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota; his father Abe worked for the Standard Oil Co. Six years later the family moved to Hibbing, often the coldest place in the US, where he taught himself piano and guitar and formed several high school rock bands. In 1959 he entered the University of Minnesota and began performing as Bob Dylan at clubs in Minneapolis and St...
“ Highway 61 Revisited ” - abbeyroad992
 
24.
“ Thick as a Brick ” - abbeyroad992
 
25.
“ Lola Versus Powerman And The Moneygoround, Part One ” - abbeyroad992
 
26.
“ Leon Live ” - abbeyroad992
 
27.
John Lennon
John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School...
“ Plastic Ono Band ” - abbeyroad992
 
28.
Neil Young
Soundtrack, Philadelphia
Neil Young is one of the most respected and prolific rock/folk guitarists of the late 20th century. Raised in Canada, he first became well-known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band's breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has spent more than 30 years performing with the super-group Crosby Stills Nash & Young...
“ Everybody Knows This is Nowhere ” - abbeyroad992
 
29.
“ Song Cycle ” - abbeyroad992
 
30.
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin are a popular British band best known for their iconic "Stairway to Heaven" as well as for co-creating the music genre of heavy metal. Since their nine albums were recorded between 1968 and 1979, Led Zeppelin has been one of the most popular bands of all time, having sold more than 300 million records and millions of concert tickets worldwide...
“ Houses of the Holy ” - abbeyroad992
 
31.
The Velvet Underground
Soundtrack, Juno
The Velvet Underground had its origins, oddly enough, in the world of manufactured pop music, around 1965. Long Island native songwriter/singer/guitarist Lou Reed had gone from college at Syracuse University to a day job as a staff composer and musician for Pickwick Records, whose specialities...
“ Loaded ” - abbeyroad992
 
32.
The Beatles
Soundtrack, The Social Network
The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas of love...
“ Magical Mystery Tour ” - abbeyroad992
 
33.
Neil Young
Soundtrack, Philadelphia
Neil Young is one of the most respected and prolific rock/folk guitarists of the late 20th century. Raised in Canada, he first became well-known as a guitarist and occasional vocalist for the band Buffalo Springfield. After the band's breakup, Young became a solo performer. However, he also has spent more than 30 years performing with the super-group Crosby Stills Nash & Young...
“ Live Rust ” - abbeyroad992
 
34.
“ I Robot ” - abbeyroad992
 
35.
Janis Joplin
Soundtrack, Watchmen
Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta...
“ Pearl ” - abbeyroad992
 
36.
“ Tubular Bells ” - abbeyroad992
 
37.
The Beatles
Soundtrack, The Social Network
The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas of love...
“ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band ” - abbeyroad992
 
38.
The Rolling Stones
Soundtrack, The Departed
The Rolling Stones are the legendary British rock band known for many popular hits, such as Paint it Black, Lady Jane, Ruby Tuesday, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Almost everyone who attended their shows is quick to comment on their ability to start you up and shake your hips. Their song "Satisfaction" (1965) was composed by Keith Richards in his sleep...
“ Let It Bleed ” - abbeyroad992
 
39.
“ Aerial Ballet ” - abbeyroad992
 
40.
“ Surf's Up ” - abbeyroad992
 
41.
Pink Floyd
Soundtrack, Doctor Strange
David Gilmour was asked by the members of Pink Floyd to join the band to supplement the guitar work of the increasingly erratic Syd Barrett. When Barrett's mental breakdown made it impossible for him to continue with the group, Gilmour became a permanent, contributing member in time for their second album...
“ The Wall ” - abbeyroad992
 
42.
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin are a popular British band best known for their iconic "Stairway to Heaven" as well as for co-creating the music genre of heavy metal. Since their nine albums were recorded between 1968 and 1979, Led Zeppelin has been one of the most popular bands of all time, having sold more than 300 million records and millions of concert tickets worldwide...
“ Physical Graffiti ” - abbeyroad992
 
43.
Frank Zappa
Composer, Baby Snakes
Of all the qualities that typified Frank Zappa, perhaps the most striking is that he was a paradox. A workaholic perfectionist rock star who eschewed the hippie culture of the 1960s, deploring its conformism, spurious ideals and drug use, Zappa was not only a brilliant rock guitarist but an orchestral composer...
“ Apostrophe ” - abbeyroad992
 
44.
The Doors
Soundtrack, Forrest Gump
“ The Doors ” - abbeyroad992
 
45.
George Harrison
A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold Harrison and Louise Harrison. Like his future band mates...
“ All Things Must Pass ” - abbeyroad992
 
46.
Tom Waits
Soundtrack, Fight Club
Thomas Alan Waits was born in Pomona, California, to schoolteachers Alma Fern (Johnson) and Jesse Frank Waits. Described as one of the last beatniks of the contemporary music, Waits in fact has two separate careers. From 1973 (LP "Closing Time") to 1983 ("One From The Heart" soundtrack), he recorded nine LPs for Asylum Records...
“ Small Change ” - abbeyroad992
 
47.
“ Pretzel Logic ” - abbeyroad992
 
48.
Lou Reed
Soundtrack, Trainspotting
He formed the group The Velvet Underground with Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, second guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker in New York in 1965. The group soon became a part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene, which housed a great number of the most freaked and experimental artists at the time...
“ Take No Prisoners (Live) ” - abbeyroad992
 
49.
“ More of The Monkees ” - abbeyroad992
 
50.
“ God In Three Persons ” - abbeyroad992
 
51.
Supertramp
Soundtrack, Magnolia
“ Crime of the Century ” - abbeyroad992
 
52.
Yes
Soundtrack, Almost Famous
“ Yessongs ” - abbeyroad992
 
53.
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin are a popular British band best known for their iconic "Stairway to Heaven" as well as for co-creating the music genre of heavy metal. Since their nine albums were recorded between 1968 and 1979, Led Zeppelin has been one of the most popular bands of all time, having sold more than 300 million records and millions of concert tickets worldwide...
“ Led Zeppelin ” - abbeyroad992
 
54.
Todd Rundgren
Soundtrack, American Hustle
Considered by many to be the "Ultimate Rock Cult Hero", Todd Rundgren has maintained a legion of fans through four decades, rivaled only by Grateful Dead. Todd was raised in the Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) area, and his first professional bands, Money and Woddy's Truckstop, achieved much regional success...
“ Something/Anything? ” - abbeyroad992
 
55.
“ The Stooges ” - abbeyroad992
 
56.
Tom Waits
Soundtrack, Fight Club
Thomas Alan Waits was born in Pomona, California, to schoolteachers Alma Fern (Johnson) and Jesse Frank Waits. Described as one of the last beatniks of the contemporary music, Waits in fact has two separate careers. From 1973 (LP "Closing Time") to 1983 ("One From The Heart" soundtrack), he recorded nine LPs for Asylum Records...
“ Rain Dogs ” - abbeyroad992
 
57.
“ Nilsson Schmilsson ” - abbeyroad992
 
58.
Pink Floyd
Soundtrack, Doctor Strange
David Gilmour was asked by the members of Pink Floyd to join the band to supplement the guitar work of the increasingly erratic Syd Barrett. When Barrett's mental breakdown made it impossible for him to continue with the group, Gilmour became a permanent, contributing member in time for their second album...
“ Meddle ” - abbeyroad992
 
59.
Black Sabbath
Soundtrack, Iron Man
“ Paranoid ” - abbeyroad992
 
60.
David Bowie
Actor, Labyrinth
David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of popular music. Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones (lead singer of The Monkees). The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist...
“ Heroes ” - abbeyroad992
 
61.
Frank Zappa
Composer, Baby Snakes
Of all the qualities that typified Frank Zappa, perhaps the most striking is that he was a paradox. A workaholic perfectionist rock star who eschewed the hippie culture of the 1960s, deploring its conformism, spurious ideals and drug use, Zappa was not only a brilliant rock guitarist but an orchestral composer...
“ Freak Out! ” - abbeyroad992
 
62.
Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin are a popular British band best known for their iconic "Stairway to Heaven" as well as for co-creating the music genre of heavy metal. Since their nine albums were recorded between 1968 and 1979, Led Zeppelin has been one of the most popular bands of all time, having sold more than 300 million records and millions of concert tickets worldwide...
“ How the West Was Won ” - abbeyroad992
 
63.
The Beatles
Soundtrack, The Social Network
The Beatles were an English rock band that became arguably the most successful act of the 20th century. They contributed to music, film, literature, art, and fashion, made a continuous impact on popular culture and the lifestyle of several generations. Their songs and images carrying powerful ideas of love...
“ Rubber Soul ” - abbeyroad992
 
64.
J. Geils
Actor, Hancock
“ "Live" Full House ” - abbeyroad992
 
65.
“ Brain Salad Surgery ” - abbeyroad992
 
66.
Prince
Soundtrack, Batman
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth...
“ Purple Rain ” - abbeyroad992
 
67.
Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School...
“ Elvis Ultimate Gospel ” - abbeyroad992
 
68.
Frank Zappa
Composer, Baby Snakes
Of all the qualities that typified Frank Zappa, perhaps the most striking is that he was a paradox. A workaholic perfectionist rock star who eschewed the hippie culture of the 1960s, deploring its conformism, spurious ideals and drug use, Zappa was not only a brilliant rock guitarist but an orchestral composer...
“ Over-Nite Sensation ” - abbeyroad992
 
69.
“ Deja Vu ” - abbeyroad992
 
70.
“ Schoolboys In Disgrace ” - abbeyroad992
 
71.
“ Aqualung ” - abbeyroad992
 
72.
“ Trout Mask Replica ” - abbeyroad992
 
73.
“ In the Court of the Crimson King ” - abbeyroad992
 
74.
“ Cheap Thrills ” - abbeyroad992
 
75.
The Velvet Underground
Soundtrack, Juno
The Velvet Underground had its origins, oddly enough, in the world of manufactured pop music, around 1965. Long Island native songwriter/singer/guitarist Lou Reed had gone from college at Syracuse University to a day job as a staff composer and musician for Pickwick Records, whose specialities...
“ The Velvet Underground ” - abbeyroad992
 
76.
“ Are You Experienced? ” - abbeyroad992
 
77.
“ Europe '72 ” - abbeyroad992
 
78.
Roxy Music
Soundtrack, Casino
“ Roxy Music ” - abbeyroad992
 
79.
The Doors
Soundtrack, Forrest Gump
“ In Concert ” - abbeyroad992
 
80.
Édith Piaf
When one thinks of Edith Piaf, one thinks of love, sorrow and music. One did not breathe without the other two. Born in Paris practically on the streets on December 19, 1915, she struggled from day one, the daughter of street performers. The mother, a singer, eventually abandoned both Edith and her father for a solo career...
“ A L'Olympia 1961 ” - abbeyroad992
 
81.
“ The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society ” - abbeyroad992
 
82.
Prince
Soundtrack, Batman
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth...
“ Dirty Mind ” - abbeyroad992
 
83.
Lou Reed
Soundtrack, Trainspotting
He formed the group The Velvet Underground with Welsh multi-instrumentalist John Cale, second guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Maureen Tucker in New York in 1965. The group soon became a part of Andy Warhol's Factory scene, which housed a great number of the most freaked and experimental artists at the time...
“ Rock and Roll Animal ” - abbeyroad992
 
84.
Manfred Mann
Soundtrack, Kick-Ass
“ My Little Red Book ” - abbeyroad992
 
85.
The Rolling Stones
Soundtrack, The Departed
The Rolling Stones are the legendary British rock band known for many popular hits, such as Paint it Black, Lady Jane, Ruby Tuesday, and (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Almost everyone who attended their shows is quick to comment on their ability to start you up and shake your hips. Their song "Satisfaction" (1965) was composed by Keith Richards in his sleep...
“ Beggar's Banquet ” - abbeyroad992
 
86.
The Velvet Underground
Soundtrack, Juno
The Velvet Underground had its origins, oddly enough, in the world of manufactured pop music, around 1965. Long Island native songwriter/singer/guitarist Lou Reed had gone from college at Syracuse University to a day job as a staff composer and musician for Pickwick Records, whose specialities...
“ White Light/White Heat ” - abbeyroad992
 
87.
“ Bridge Over Troubled Water ” - abbeyroad992
 
88.
“ Ys ” - abbeyroad992
 
89.
“ Head Hunters ” - abbeyroad992
 
90.
“ Vol 1 ” - abbeyroad992
 
91.
“ Made In Japan ” - abbeyroad992
 
92.
Genesis
Soundtrack, American Psycho
One of the most successful British bands of all time, Genesis made their mark in the 1970s as a progressive rock band influenced by classical music, folk and even jazz fusion, before becoming a huge stadium band in the 1980s with a series of big pop hits fronted by a singer who was also a solo superstar...
“ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway ” - abbeyroad992
 
93.
“ Tapestry ” - abbeyroad992
 
94.
Bruce Springsteen
Soundtrack, Jerry Maguire
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen was born September 23, 1949 in New Jersey, USA. His father, Douglas Frederick Springsteen, worked as a bus driver, and was of Irish and Dutch ancestry. His mother, Adele Ann (Zerilli), worked as a legal secretary, and was of Italian ancestry. He has an older sister...
“ Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ ” - abbeyroad992
 
95.
The Band
Soundtrack, The Departed
“ Music From Big Pink ” - abbeyroad992
 
96.
Bob Marley
Bob Marley was born on February 6, 1945, in Nine Miles, Saint Ann, Jamaica, to Norval Marley and Cedella Booker. His father was a Jamaican of English descent. His mother was a black teenager. The couple planned to get married but Norval left Kingston before this could happen. Norval died in 1955, seeing his son only once...
“ Exodus ” - abbeyroad992
 
97.
Elton John
Soundtrack, American Hustle
Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (unsuccessfully) as lead singer for the progressive rock bands King Crimson and Gentle Giant...
“ Madman Across the Water ” - abbeyroad992
 
98.
Dexys Midnight Runners
Dexys Midnight Runners are a British New Wave pop/soul band from Birmingham, England. The group was first formed in 1978 by singer/guitarist/songwriter Kevin Rowland and singer/guitarist Kevin Archer. The other original members were: Jim Paterson (trombone), Geoff Blythe (saxophone), Steve Spooner (alto saxophone)...
“ Too-Rye-Ay ” - abbeyroad992
 
99.
“ Camembert Electrique ” - abbeyroad992
 
100.
Curtis Mayfield
Soundtrack, Taken
Rhythm and blues performer/songwriter credited with defining 1960's Chicago sound in hits like "It's All Right" and "Gypsy Woman." His style influenced other artists from pop to hip hop. Has been a quadriplegic ever since he was struck by lighting rig during outdoor concert in New York, 1990. Member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whose 1968 hit "We're A Winner...
“ Curtis! ” - abbeyroad992