Search Results : (DEATH)

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)


  • 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)

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