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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:

 

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 012016
 

Release date order:

  1. Built To Spill – Keep It Like A Secret (February 2)
  2. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada (March 8)
  3. Wilco – Summerteeth (March 9)
  4. Cul De Sac – Crashes To Light (May 4)
  5. The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (May 17)
  6. The Black Heart Procession – 2 (May 18)
  7. Sigur Rós – Ágætis byrjun (June 12)
  8. The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs (September 7)
  9. Yume Bitsu – Yume Bitsu (November 15)
  10. Red Stars Theory – Life In A Bubble Can Be Beautiful (?)

Others:

  • Low – Secret Name (March 30)
  • Tom Waits – Mule Variations (April 16)
  • Mark Lanegan – I’ll Take Care of You (September 21)
  • Cerberus Shoal – Homb (November 15)
  • Doldrums – Desk Trickery (December 13)
  • Fabrizio De André – Fabrizio De André in concerto (?)(ITALIA)
  • Piano Magic – Low Birth Weight (?)

« Best albums of 1998
» Best albums of 2000

Feb 292016
 

Release date order:

  1. Burzum – Filosofem (January 1)(BM)
  2. Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die (January 30)
  3. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads (February 2)
  4. 16 Horsepower – Sackcloth ‘n’ Ashes (February 6)(FOLK)
  5. Cul De Sac – China Gate (May 21)
  6. Low – The Curtain Hits The Cast (August 13)
  7. The Church – Magician Among The Spirits (August 19)
  8. Dirty Three – Horse Stories (September 10)
  9. Swans – Soundtracks For The Blind (October 22)
  10. Labradford – Labradford (?)

Others:

  • Fugees – The Score (February 13)(HIP-HOP)
  • Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island (March 26)
  • Supreme Dicks – The Emotional Plague (April 30)
  • Black Tape for a Blue Girl – Remnants Of A Deeper Purity (June 6)
  • Beck – Odelay (June 18)
  • Screaming Trees – Dust (June 25)
  • Ivano Fossati – Macramè (May 9)(ITALIA)
  • Eels – Beautiful Freak (August 13)
  • Cat Power – What Would The Community Think (September 10)
  • Fabrizio De André – Anime salve (September 19)(ITALIA)
  • The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Thank God For Mental Illness (October 25)
  • Mazzy Star – Among My Swan (October 29)
  • Ghost – Lama Rabi Rabi (December 10)
  • David Torn – What Means Solid, Traveller? (?)
  • Man or Astro-man? – Experiment Zero (?)

« Best albums of 1995
» Best albums of 1997

Feb 292016
 

Release date order:

  1. P.J. Harvey – To Bring You My Love (February 27)
  2. Ulver – Bergtatt, Et eeventyr i 5 capitler (February)(BM)
  3. Bardo Pond – Bufo Alvarius, Amen 29:15 (March 1)
  4. Laika – Silver Apples of the Moon (March 28)(ELECTRONIC)
  5. Flying Saucer Attack – Further (April 17)
  6. The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Methodrone (August 25)
  7. Sparklehorse – Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot (August)
  8. Don Caballero – Don Caballero 2 (September 15)
  9. Low – Long Division (?)
  10. Robert Rich / Lustmord – Stalker (?)(AMBIENT)

Others:

  • Morphine – Yes (March 21)
  • King Crimson – Thrak (March 31)
  • Mermen – A Glorious Lethal Euphoria (May 1)
  • Supergrass – I Should Coco (May 15)
  • Primus – Tales From The Punchbowl (May 23)
  • Dirty Three – Dirty Three (July 25)
  • Robert Fripp – A Blessing of Tears: 1995 Soundscapes, Vol. 2 (August 18)(AMBIENT)
  • Sonic Youth – Washing Machine (September 26)
  • Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness (October 23)
  • Dirty Three – Sad & Dangerous (?)
  • David Torn – Tripping Over God (?)
  • June Of 44 – Engine Takes To The Water (?)
  • Madredeus – Ainda (?)(PORTUGAL)
  • Massimo Volume – Lungo i bordi (?)(ITALIA)

« Best albums of 1994
» Best albums of 1996

Feb 192016
 

Release date order:

  1. Mark Lanegan – Whiskey For The Holy Ghost (January 8)
  2. Earth – Earth 2 (February 3)(DRONE)
  3. Built To Spill – Ultimate Alternative Wavers (May 1)
  4. Slowdive – Souvlaki (May 17)
  5. David Sylvian / Robert Fripp – The First Day (July 5)
  6. Morphine – Cure For Pain (September 14)
  7. Nirvana – In Utero (September 21)
  8. The Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen (October 5)
  9. Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See (October 5)
  10. Autechre – Incunabula (November 29)(ELECTRONIC)

Others:

  • Dinosaur Jr. – Where You Been (February 9)
  • Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy (February 23)
  • Frank Black –  Frank Black (March 8)
  • Suede – Suede (March 29)
  • Ozric Tentacles – Jurassic Shift (April 19)
  • Red House Painters – Red House Painters [Rollercoaster] (May 24)
  • Mercury Rev – Boces (June 1)
  • The Verve – A Storm in Heaven (June 21)
  • Man or Astro-man? – Is It … Man Or Astroman? (June)
  • Björk – Debut (July 5)(ELECTRONIC)
  • Swervedriver – Mezcal Head (August 5)
  • The Breeders – Last Splash (August 30)
  • Don Caballero – For Respect (October 10)
  • Labradford – Prazision LP (October)
  • Franco Battiato – Caffè de la Paix (?)(ITALIA)
  • Idaho – Year After Year (?)

« Best albums of 1992
» Best albums of 1994

Feb 172016
 

Release date order:

  1. Morphine – The Night (February 1)
  2. Dirty Three – Whatever You Love You Are (March 7)
  3. Calexico – Hot Rail (May 9)
  4. Spring Heel Jack – Disappeared (August 22)
  5. The Black Heart Procession – Three (September 5)
  6. Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain (September 11)
  7. Radiohead – Kid A (September 27)(ELECTRONIC)
  8. Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven (October 9)
  9. Weakling – Dead as Dreams (?)(BM)
  10. 16 Horsepower – Secret South (?)(FOLK)

Others:

  • Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra – He Has Left Us Alone but Shafts of Light Sometimes Grace the Corner of Our Rooms… (March 13)
  • 16 Horsepower – Hoarse (April 1)(FOLK)
  • Mojave 3 – Excuses For Travellers (May 15)
  • Blonde Redhead – Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons (June 6)
  • Vinicio Capossela – Canzoni a manovella (June 9)(ITALIA)
  • Coldplay – Parachutes (July 10)
  • Roy Montgomery – The Allegory of Hearing (August 29)
  • Acid Mothers Temple – La Nòvia (October)

« Best albums of 1999
» Best albums of 2001

Feb 152016
 

Release date order:

  1. Primus – Frizzle Fry (February 7)
  2. Depeche Mode – Violator (March 19)
  3. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Good Son (April 16)
  4. Fugazi – Repeater (April 19)
  5. Mazzy Star – She Hangs Brightly (May 21)
  6. Mark Lanegan – The Winding Sheet (May)
  7. Codeine – Frigid Stars (August)
  8. Lustmord – Heresy (?)(AMBIENT)
  9. Marc Ribot – Rootless Cosmopolitans (?)
  10. Thin White Rope – Sack Full of Silver (?)

Others:

  • Lou Reed / John Cale – Songs For Drella (April 11)
  • The Breeders – Pod (May 28)
  • Ozric Tentacles – Erpland (June 25)
  • Robert Rich / Steve Roach – Strata (August 20)(AMBIENT)
  • Phish – Lawn Boy (September 21)
  • Ivano Fossati – Discanto (September)(ITALIA)
  • Ride – Nowhere (October 15)
  • Helmet – Strap It On (?)
  • Jesus Lizard – Head (?)
  • Ismael Rivera – Sonero Numero #1 (Compilation, ?)(LATIN)

« Best albums of 1989
» Best albums of 1991

Feb 142016
 

Release date order:

  1. Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising (January 31)
  2. The Sisters of Mercy – First and Last and Always (March 11)
  3. Sonic Youth – Bad Moon Rising (March)
  4. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – The Firstborn Is Dead (June 3)
  5. R.E.M. – Fables of the Reconstruction (June 10)
  6. The Pogues – Rum Sodomy & The Lash (August 5)(CELTIC)
  7. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs (September 30)
  8. The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy (November 18)
  9. Thin White Rope – Exploring the Axis (?)
  10. Camper Van Beethoven – Telephone Free Landslide Victory (?)

Others:

  • Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians – Fegmania! (March)
  • Hoodoo Gurus – Mars Needs Guitars (May)
  • Suzanne Vega – Suzanne Vega (May)
  • Hüsker Dü – Flip Your Wig (September)
  • Dead Can Dance – Spleen And Ideal (November 30)
  • CCCP Fedeli alla linea – 1964-1985 Affinità-divergenze fra il compagno Togliatti e noi, Del conseguimento della maggiore età (?)(ITALIA)
  • Green on Red – Gas Food Lodging (?)
  • Giant Sand – Valley Of Rain (?)
  • The Long Ryders – State of Our Union (?)
  • Lucio Dalla – The Best of Lucio Dalla (Compilation, ?)(ITALIA)

Released posthumously:

  • Sam Cooke – Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 (June; recorded: January 12, 1963)

« Best albums of 1984
» Best albums of 1986

Feb 132016
 

Release date order:

  1. Hoodoo Gurus – Stoneage Romeos (March)
  2. Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth (March)
  3. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – From Her To Eternity (June 18)
  4. Violent Femmes – Halloweed Ground (June)
  5. Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade (July)
  6. Minutemen – Double Nickels On The Dime (July)
  7. Cocteau Twins – Treasure (November 1)
  8. Butthole Surfers – Psychic Powerless (December)
  9. The Dream Syndicate – Medicine Show (?)
  10. Steve Roach – Structures from Silence (?)(AMBIENT)

Others:

  • Pretenders – Learning To Crawl (January 9)
  • Black Flag – My War (March)
  • Fabrizio De André – Crêuza de mä (March)(ITALIA)
  • Meat Puppets – Meat Puppets II (April)
  • The Replacements – Let It Be (October 2)
  • Paolo Conte – Paolo Conte (October 23)(ITALIA)
  • The Smiths – Hatful of Hollow (Compilation, November 12)
  • Diaframma – Siberia (December 5)(ITALIA)
  • Robyn Hitchcock – I Often Dream of Trains (?)
  • Plasticland – Plasticland (?)

« Best albums of 1983
» Best albums of 1985