A selection of almost 1000 albums I consider essential, from 1963 to the present. Click the decade link to view the whole decade in one page or click the single year.
The lists include 10 main albums per year (at least starting from 1965) plus a variable number of other albums listed after. They are sorted by release date unless specification indicates otherwise.
The lists are focused on rock and derivative genres. They don’t cover: compilations; rock&roll and rockabilly from the 50s (however from that period there are mostly singles and compilations); straight blues (covered here), soul, rap, hip hop, folk and jazz (although there are few exceptions).
The lists are to be considered as a work in progress.
- Best albums of the 60s
- Best albums of the 70s
- Best albums of the 80s
- Best albums of the 90s
- Best albums of the 2000s
- Best albums of the 2010s
Albums selected from the lists above, one for each year: