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)

« 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)


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


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

« Best albums of 2016
» Best albums of 2018

Mar 302017

Silver Rider

4th song from the album The Great Destroyer (25-Jan-2005)
by Low

Traduzione in italiano a cura di mazapegul:

A volte ti vedo
Silver Rider [1]
A volte la tua voce non è abbastanza

Il tuo volto a finestre
Fuori per sempre
Nessuno ha sognato che avresti salvato il mondo

La la la la la

La marcia è finita
La grande distruttrice
Ti attraversa come un coltello

Prendimi con te
Silver Rider
A volte la tua voce non è abbastanza

La la la la la

[1] Silver Rider allude presumibilmente a Silver Surfer, il personaggio della Comic Marvel.

Original Lyrics:

At times I see you
You Silver Rider
Sometimes your voice is not enough

Your face in windows
Outside forever
Nobody dreamed you’d save the world
Nobody dreamed you’d save the world

La la la la la

The march is over
The great destroyer
She passes through you like a knife

Oh take me with you
You silver rider
Sometimes your voice is not enough
Sometimes your voice is not enough

La la la la la

Mar 112017

Strange Days (Giorni Strani)

1st song from the album Strange Days (25-Sep-1967)
Lyrics by Jim Morrison, music by The Doors

Traduzione in italiano a cura di mazapegul:

Giorni strani ci hanno trovato
Giorni strani ci hanno rintracciato
Distruggeranno le nostre gioie occasionali
Dovremmo continuare a giocare
O cercare una nuova città

Occhi strani riempiono strane stanze
Voci indicheranno la loro stanca fine
La padrona di casa ridacchia
I sui ospiti sono addormentati dal peccato
Ascoltami parlare di peccato
E capisci che è finita

Giorni strani ci hanno trovato
E attraverso le loro strane ore
Ci tratteniamo in solitudine
Corpi confusi
Ricordi maltrattati
Come corriamo via dal giorno
Verso una strana notte di pietra

Testo originale:

Strange days have found us
Strange days have tracked us down
They’re going to destroy
Our casual joys
We shall go on playing
Or find a new town

Strange eyes fill strange rooms
Voices will signal their tired end
The hostess is grinning
Her guests sleep from sinning
Hear me talk of sin
And you know this is it

Strange days have found us
And through their strange hours
We linger alone
Bodies confused
Memories misused
As we run from the day
To a strange night of stone