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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.

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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:

 

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. The Flaming Lips – Hear It Is (January 21)
  2. Yo La Tengo – Ride The Tiger (January)
  3. Hüsker Dü – Candy Apple Grey (March)
  4. R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant (July 28)
  5. Died Pretty – Free Dirt (August)
  6. Camper Van Beethoven – Camper Van Beethoven (August)
  7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Your Funeral… My Trial (November 3)
  8. Stan Ridgway – Big Heat (?)
  9. That Petrol Emotion – Manic Pop Thrill (?)
  10. The Steppes – Drop Of The Creature (?)

Others:

  • Big Black – Atomizer (January 1)
  • Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (March 17)
  • The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (June 16)
  • The Dream Syndicate – Out Of The Grey (June 23)
  • Astor Piazzolla – Tango: Zero Hour (September)(LATIN)
  • Violent Femmes – The Blind Leading The Naked (?)
  • The Cramps – A Date With Elvis (?)

« Best albums of 1985
» Best albums of 1987

Feb 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. Syd Barrett – The Madcap Laughs (January 3)
  2. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (March 30)(JAZZ)
  3. Tim Buckley – Lorca (May)
  4. Soft Machine – Third (June 6)
  5. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (July 25)
  6. Neil Young – After The Goldrush (August 31)
  7. Kevin Ayers – Shooting At The Moon (October)
  8. Paul Kantner / Jefferson Starship – Blows Against The Empire (November)
  9. Nico – Desert Shore (December)
  10. High Tide – High Tide (?)

Others:

  • Van Morrison – Moondance (January 27)
  • Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (February 13)
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà Vu (March 11)
  • King Crimson – In the Wake of Poseidon (May 15)
  • Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (June 14)
  • The Pretty Things – Parachute (June)
  • Deep Purple – In Rock (July 3)
  • The Stooges – Fun House (July 7)
  • Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die (July)
  • Fairport Convention – Full House (July)(BRITISH)
  • Black Sabbath – Paranoid (September 18)
  • Pink Floyd – Atom Heart Mother (October 2)
  • Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin III (October 5)
  • Grateful Dead – American Beauty (November 1)
  • Tim Buckley – Starsailor (November 2)
  • Syd Barrett – Barrett (November 14)
  • Pentangle – Cruel Sister (November)(BRITISH)
  • Spirit – Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus (November)
  • Robert Wyatt – The End of an Ear (December 4)
  • King Crimson – Lizard (December 11)
  • Van Der Graaf Generator – H to He, Who Am the Only One (December)
  • Peter Green – The End of the Game (December)
  • Johnny Shines – Standing at the Crossroads (?)(BLUES)
  • Popol Vuh – Affenstunde (?)
  • Amon Duul II – Yeti (?)
  • Willie Colón – Cosa Nuestra (?)(LATIN)

« Best albums of 1969
» Best albums of 1971

Feb 062016
 

Release date order:

  1. The Velvet Underground – White Light / White Heat (January 30)
  2. The Incredible String Band – The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (March)(BRITISH)
  3. Quicksilver Messenger Service – Quicksilver Messenger Service (May)
  4. Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets (June 29)
  5. The Band – Music from Big Pink (July 1)
  6. Grateful Dead – Anthem Of The Sun (July 18)
  7. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (October 16)
  8. The Beatles – The Beatles [The White Album] (November 22)
  9. The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow (December)
  10. Mad River – Mad River (?)

Others:

  • The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (January 15)
  • Spirit – Spirit (January 22)
  • Kaleidoscope [US] – A Beacon from Mars (January)
  • Tomorrow – Tomorrow (February)
  • Frank Zappa – We’re Only in It for the Money (March 4)
  • The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle (April 19)
  • Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison (May)(FOLK)
  • Silver Apples – Silver Apples (June)(ELECTRONIC)
  • The Doors – Waiting for the Sun (July 3)
  • Family – Music In A Doll’s House  (July 19)
  • Cream – Wheels of Fire (July)
  • Big Brother and the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills (August 12)
  • The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (August 30)(FOLK)
  • Pearls Before Swine – Balaklava (November)
  • Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (November)
  • The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (December 6)
  • Soft Machine – The Soft Machine (December)
  • Spirit – The Family That Plays Together (December)
  • Ravi Shankar – The Sounds of India (?)(INDIA)
  • Caetano Veloso – Caetano Veloso (?)(LATIN)

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