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A selection of more than one thousand albums/recordings I consider essential, from 1923 to the present. Click the decade link to view the whole decade in one page or click the single year.

The lists:

Notes about the lists:

  • They are focused on rock music, including roots and derivative genres. So they cover other genres as well, even if not extensively, in those cases where the content is considered influential for rock music. The following acronyms are used to identify some genres/nationality:
    • (AMBIENT) – Ambient
    • (BLUES) – Blues
    • (BM) – Black metal
    • (FLAMENCO) – Spanish flamenco
    • (HIP-HOP) – Hip Hop / Rap
    • (INDIA) – Indian
    • (ITALIA) – Italian
    • (JAZZ) – Jazz
    • (LATIN) – Latin American
    • (LEBANON) – Lebanese
    • (PORTUGAL) – Portuguese
    • (REGGAE) – Reggae
    • (TECHNO) – Techno / Electronica
  • The first section (Early blues, jazz, folk and rock ‘n’ roll) includes mostly compilations. The other lists include albums only, although there are few exceptions.
  • They include 10 main albums per year (at least starting from 1964) plus a variable number of notable albums listed after. They are sorted by release date unless specification indicates otherwise.
  • Straight blues is covered more extensively here: Blues recordings selection.
  • This selection is a work in progress.

 

Album covers selected from the lists above, one for each year:

 

Mar 032016
 

Release date order:

  1. Ghost – Hypnotic Underworld (January 27)
  2. Blonde Redhead – Misery Is A Butterfly (March 15)
  3. Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender (March 23)
  4. Wilco – A Ghost Is Born (June 22)
  5. Wovenhand – Consider The Birds (September 20)
  6. Man Man – The Man in a Blue Turban with a Face (October 19)
  7. Drudkh – Autumn Aurora (November 28)(BM)
  8. Piano Magic – The Troubled Sleep Of Piano Magic (December 15)
  9. Robert Rich – The Open Window (?)
  10. Marissa Nadler – Ballads Of Living And Dying (?)

Others:

  • Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (February 9)
  • Charalambides – Joy Shapes (May 10)
  • Arcade Fire – Funeral (September 14)
  • Dresden Dolls – Dresden Dolls (September 26)
  • Black Tape For A Blue Girl – Halo Star (?)
  • Bark Psychosys – Codename:Dustsucker (?)

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Mar 032016
 

Release date order:

  1. Supersilent – 6 (January 20)
  2. Cat Power – You Are Free (February 18)
  3. Calexico – Feast of Wire (February 18)
  4. Dirty Three – She Has No Strings Apollo (February)
  5. Radio Dept. – Lesser Matters (March 4)
  6. M83 – Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (April 14)
  7. Mogwai – Happy Songs For Happy People (May 21)
  8. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief (June 9)
  9. Elbow – Cast Of Thousands (August 13)
  10. Drudkh – Forgotten Legends (August 18)(BM)

Others:

  • Massive Attack – 100th Window (February 10)
  • Okkervil River – Down The River Of Golden Dreams (September 2)
  • Robert Wyatt – Cuckooland (October)
  • Richard Youngs – Airs of the Ear (?)

Released posthumously:

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Live at Berkeley (September 16; recorded: May 30, 1970)

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