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Feb 062018
 

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.

New! View it in Google Sheets.

The lists:

Notes about the lists:

  • This is a work in progress.
  • The lists 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 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 (I’m more “generous” in the last decade). The release date is reported between the parenthesis and the albums are sorted by that date, unless specification indicates otherwise.
  • Straight blues is covered more extensively here: Blues recordings selection.
  • The following acronyms are used to identify some minority genres or nationalities:

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

 

Jan 012018
 

Release date order:

  • First Aid Kit – Ruins (January 19)
  • Xylouris White – Mother (January 19)
  • Yhdarl – Loss (January 19)(BM)
  • The Limiñanas – Shadow People (January 19)
  • Calexico – The Thread That Keeps Us (January 26)
  • Fire! – The Hands (January 26)
  • Portal – ION (January 26)(DEATH)

Upcoming:

  • Drudkh – They Often See Dreams About the Spring (March 9)(BM)
  • A Place to Bury Strangers – Pinned (April 13)
  • Vampire Weekend – ?
  • My Bloody Valentine – ?
  • Deafheaven – ?
  • Mount Eerie – ?
  • Nothing – ?
  • Sylvaine – ?

Released posthumously:

  • Frank Zappa – The Roxy Performances [box set] (February 2; recorded: December 8–10, 1973)

« Best albums of 2017

Dec 102017
 

Rank order:

  1. Bell Witch – Mirror Reaper (October 20)(DOOM)
  2. Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async (April 28)
  3. Fen – Winter (March 10)(BM)
  4. Wolves in the Throne Room – Thrice Woven (September 22)(BM)
  5. Drudkh / Paysage d’Hiver – Somewhere Sadness Wanders (August 25)(BM)
  6. Rosalía – Los Ángeles (February 10)(FLAMENCO)
  7. Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spoon (September 22)
  8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers (September 22)
  9. Ulver – The Assassination of Julius Caesar (April 7)
  10. Auðn – Farvegir Fyrndar (November 10)(BM)

Others, release date order:

  • The xx – I See You (January 13)
  • Piano Magic – Closure (January 20)
  • Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol 1 (February 3)
  • Tinariwen – Elwan (February 10)(AFRICA)
  • Lawrence English – Cruel Optimism (February 17)(AMBIENT)
  • Grails – Chalice Hymnal (February 17)
  • Dool – Here Now, There Then (February 17)
  • Vagabon – Infinite Worlds (February 24)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Don’t Get Lost (February 24)
  • Jay Som – Everybody Works (March 10)
  • Planning For Burial – Below The House (March 10)
  • Yasmine Hamdan – Al Jamilat (March 17)(LEBANON)
  • Mount Eerie – A Crow Looked at Me (March 24)
  • Falls of Rauros – Vigilance Perennial (March 31)(BM)
  • Robyn Hitchcock – Robyn Hitchcock (April 21)
  • The Black Angels – Death Song  (April 22)
  • Mark Lanegan Band – Gargoyle (April 28)
  • Flowers Must Die – Kompost (April 28)
  • Slowdive – Slowdive (May 5)
  • Perfume Genius – No Shape (May 5)
  • Hampshire & Foat – Galaxies Like Grains of Sand (May 26)(JAZZ)
  • Big Thief – Capacity (June 9)
  • Flotation Toy Warning – The Machine That Made Us (June 16)
  • Offa Rex – The Queen of Hearts (July 7)(BRITISH)
  • Lana Del Rey – Lust For Life (July 21)
  • Oh Sees – Orc (August 25)
  • Der Weg Einer Freiheit – Finisterre (August 25)(BM)
  • LCD Soundsystem – American Dream (September 1)
  • The Dream Syndicate – How Did I Find Myself Here? (September 8)
  • Gregg Allman – Southern Blood (September 8)
  • The National – Sleep Well Beast (September 8)
  • Motorpsycho – The Tower (September 8)
  • Myrkur – Mareridt (September 15)(BM)
  • The Horrors – V (September 22)
  • UUUU – s/t (October 6)
  • Yellow Eyes – Immersion Trench Reverie (October 20)(BM)
  • Julien Baker – Turn Out the Lights (October 27)
  • Converge – The Dusk in Us (November 3)
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest (November 17)(FRANCE)

Reissues/Compilations:

  • Radiohead – OK Computer OKNOTOK 1997 2017 (Compilation, June 23)

EPs:

  • VANUM – Burning Arrow (EP, April 1)(BM)
  • Oranssi Pazuzu – Kevät / Värimyrsky (EP, April 12)(BM)

« Best albums of 2016
» Best albums of 2018

Dec 272016
 

Rank order:

  1. Oranssi Pazuzu – Värähtelijä (February 26)(BM)
  2. Alcest – Kodama (September 30)(BM)
  3. Sylvaine – Wistful (May 12)(BM)
  4. Emma Ruth Rundle – Marked For Death (September 30)
  5. Ash Borer – The Irrepassable Gate (December 2)(BM)
  6. Marissa Nadler – Strangers (May 20)
  7. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Third World Pyramid (October 8)
  8. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (October 21)
  9. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (May 8)
  10. King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (April 29)

Others, release date order:

  • David Bowie – Blackstar (January 8)
  • The Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum (January 22)
  • Atlanter – Jewels Of Crime (January 22)
  • Emma Pollock – In Search of Harperfield (January 29)
  • Amute – Bending Time In Waves (February 5)
  • DIIV – Is the Is Are (February 5)
  • Aluk Todolo – Voix (February 5)(BM)
  • Cavern Of Anti-Matter – Void Beats / Invocation Trex (February 19)(ELECTRONIC)
  • Mogwai – Atomic (April 1)
  • Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow (May 13)
  • Cool Ghouls – Animal Races (August 19)
  • Andrea Schroeder – Void (August 26)
  • Angel Olsen – My Woman (September 2)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (September 9)
  • Drudkh / Grift – Betrayed By The Sun / Mirages (September 16)(BM)
  • Winterfylleth – The Dark Hereafter (September 30)(BM)
  • TOY – Clear Shot (October 28)
  • Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions – Until the Hunter (November 4)
  • Jamie Smith’s Mabon – The Space Between (?)(CELTIC)

Released posthumously:

  • Pink Floyd – The Early Years 1965-1972 [box set] (Compilation, November 11)

« Best albums of 2015
» Best albums of 2017

Mar 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (February 3)
  2. Austere – To Lay Like Old Ashes (February 27)(BM)
  3. Marissa Nadler – Little Hells (March 3)
  4. Oranssi Pazuzu – Muukalainen Puhuu (April 22)(BM)
  5. Sunn O))) – Monoliths and Dimensions (May 18)(DRONE)
  6. Natural Snow Buildings – Shadow Kingdom (September)
  7. The Black Heart Procession – Six (October 6)
  8. A Place to Bury Strangers – Exploding Head (October 6)
  9. The Flaming Lips – Embryonic (October 13)
  10. Piano Magic – Ovations (?)

Other albums:

  • Bat For Lashes – Two Suns (April 3)
  • Horrors – Primary Colours (April 21)
  • Japandroids – Post-Nothing (April 28)

 

« Best albums of 2008
» Best albums of 2010

Mar 052016
 

Release date order:

  1. Of Montreal – Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (January 23)
  2. Deerhunter – Cryptograms (January 29)
  3. Besnard Lakes – Are The Dark Horse (February 20)
  4. Odawas – Raven And The White Night (March 6)
  5. Marissa Nadler – Songs 3: Bird On The Water (March 12)
  6. Low – Drums and Guns (March 20)
  7. Alcest – Souvenirs D’Un Autre Monde (August 3)(BM)
  8. Wolves in the Throne Room – Two Hunters (September 25)(BM)
  9. Radiohead – In Rainbows (October 10)
  10. Strawfoot – Chasing Locusts (?)

Others:

  • Tinariwen – Aman Iman (March 13)(AFRICA)

Released posthumously:

  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Live at Monterey (October 16; recorded: June 18, 1967)

« Best albums of 2006
» Best albums of 2008

Mar 042016
 

Release date order:

  1. Wolves In the Throne Room – Diadem Of 12 Stars (February 7)
  2. Tenhi – Maaäet (February 10)
  3. Man Man – Six Demon Bag (February 21)
  4. Mogwai – Mr Beast (March 6)
  5. Drudkh – Blood in Our Wells (March 23)(BM)
  6. Built To Spill – You In Reverse (April 11)
  7. The Black Heart Procession – The Spell (May 9)
  8. Negură Bunget – OM (October 20)(BM)
  9. Joanna Newsom – Ys (November 14)
  10. The Ruins Of Beverast – Rain Upon The Impure (?)(BM)

Others:

  • Destroyer – Destroyer’s Rubies (February 21)
  • Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (October 27)

 

« Best albums of 2005
» Best albums of 2007

Mar 042016
 

Release date order:

  1. LCD Soundsystem – LCD Soundsystem (January 24)
  2. Low – The Great Destroyer (January 25)
  3. The Mars Volta – Frances The Mute (March 1)
  4. Drudkh – The Swan Road (March 14)(BM)
  5. Okkervil River – Black Sheep Boy (April 5)
  6. Piano Magic – Disaffected (April 18)
  7. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (July 4)
  8. Sigur Rós – Takk… (September 12)
  9. Marissa Nadler – The Saga Of Mayflower May (?)
  10. Dirty Three – Live! At Meredith (?)

Others:

  • Andrew Bird – The Mysterious Production Of Eggs (February 8)
  • A Hawk and a Hacksaw – Darkness At Noon (April 5)
  • The Drones – Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By (April 18)
  • Eels – Blinking Lights And Other Revelations (April 26)
  • Sunn O))) – Black One (October 17)(DRONE)

« Best albums of 2004
» Best albums of 2006

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)
  • Bark Psychosis – ///Codename: Dustsucker (July 28)
  • Arcade Fire – Funeral (September 14)
  • Dresden Dolls – Dresden Dolls (September 26)
  • Andrea Chimenti – Vietato Morire (October 18)(ITALIA)
  • Black Tape for a Blue Girl – Halo Star (?)

« Best albums of 2003
» Best albums of 2005

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)(ELECTRONIC)
  • 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)

« Best albums of 2002
» Best albums of 2004