Top 80 Albums of the ’80s

1. Doolittle, Pixies

doolittle
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Here Comes Your Man”

2. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths

thequeenisdead
 

 

 

Essential Track: “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out”

3. The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses

thestoneroses
 

 

 

Essential Track: “I Am the Resurrection”

4. The Joshua Tree, U2

thejoshuatree
 

 

 

Essential Track: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”

5. Remain in Light, Talking Heads

remaininlight
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Once in a Lifetime”

6. Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth

daydreamnation
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Teen Age Riot”

7. Disintegration, The Cure

disintegration
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Pictures of You”

8. Appetite for Destruction, Guns N’ Roses

appetite
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

9. Closer, Joy Division

closer
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Decades”

10. Thriller, Michael Jackson

thriller
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Billie Jean”

11. Surfer Rosa, Pixies

surferrosa
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Where Is My Mind?”

12. Back in Black, AC/DC

backinblack
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Back in Black”

13. Master of Puppets, Metallica

puppets
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Master of Puppets”

14. Rain Dogs, Tom Waits

raindogs
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Time”

15. Purple Rain, Prince & The Revolution

purplerain
 

 

 

Essential Track: “When Doves Cry”

16. Graceland, Paul Simon

graceland
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Graceland”

17. Hounds of Love, Kate Bush

hounds
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Running Up That Hill (A Deal with God)”

18. Murmur, R.E.M.

murmur
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Radio Free Europe”

19. Moving Pictures, Rush

movingpictures
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Tom Sawyer”

20. Paul’s Boutique, Beastie Boys

boutique
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Shake Your Rump”

21. The Smiths, The Smiths

smiths
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Reel Around the Fountain”

22. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy

millions
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Bring the Noise”

23. Ride the Lightning, Metallica

lightning
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Fade to Black”

24. Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen

borninusa
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Dancing in the Dark”

25. Spirit of Eden, Talk Talk

eden
 

 

 

Essential Track: “The Rainbow”

26. Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits

brothers
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Money for Nothing”

27. Violent Femmes, Violent Femmes

violent
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Blister in the Sun”

28. Let It Be, The Replacements

letitbe
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Androgynous”

29. Legend, Bob Marley And The Wailers

legend
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Is This Love”

30. Meat is Murder, The Smiths

meatismurder
 

 

 

Essential Track: “The Headmaster Ritual”

31. Psychocandy, The Jesus and Mary Chain

psychocandy
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Just Like Honey”

32. Strangeways, Here We Come, The Smiths

strangeways
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me”

33. Synchronicity, The Police

synch
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Every Breath You Take”

35. The Number of the Beast, Iron Maiden

beast
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Hallowed Be Thy Name”

35. Sign ‘O’ the Times, Prince

sign
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Sign ‘O’ the Times”

36. So, Peter Gabriel

so
 

 

 

Essential Track: “In Your Eyes”

37. Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen

nebraska
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Atlantic City”

38. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables, Dead Kennedys

freshfruit
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Holiday in Cambodia”

39. …And Justice for All, Metallica

justice
 

 

 

Essential Track: “One”

40. War, U2
war
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Sunday Bloody Sunday”

41. Hatful of Hollow, The Smiths

hatful
 

 

 

Essential Track: “How Soon Is Now”

42. Double Nickels on the Dime, Minutemen

doublenickels
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Corona”

43. Power, Corruption and Lies, New Order

power
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Age of Consent”

44. On Fire, Galaxie 500

onfire
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Isn’t It a Pity”

45. You’re Living All Over Me, Dinosaur Jr.

living
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Little Fury Things”

46. Swordfishtrombones, Tom Waits

swordfishtrombones
 

 

 

Essential Track: “In the Neighborhood”

47. The Dreaming, Kate Bush

dreaming
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Suspended in Gaffa”

48. Document, R.E.M.

document
 

 

 

Essential Track: “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”

49. Bad, Michael Jackson

bad
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Smooth Criminal”

50. Licensed to Ill, Beastie Boys

ill
 

 

 

Essential Track: “No Sleep till Brooklyn”

51. Treasure, Cocteau Twins

treasure
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Donimo”

52. Bleach, Nirvana

bleach
 

 

 

Essential Track: “About a Girl”

53. Skylarking, XTC

skylarking
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Summer’s Cauldron”

54. Pornography, The Cure

pornography
 

 

 

Essential Track: “One Hundred Years”

55. The Unforgettable Fire, U2

unforgettablefire
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Pride (In the Name of Love)”

56. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), David Bowie

scarymonsters
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Ashes to Ashes”

57. Lifes Rich Pageant, R.E.M.

lifesrichpageant
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Fall on Me”

58. Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads

stopmakingsense
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Psycho Killer”

59. Ocean Rain, Echo & the Bunnymen

oceanrain
 

 

 

Essential Track: “The Killing Moon”

60. The River, Bruce Springsteen

river
 

 

 

Essential Track: “The River”

61. Reign in Blood, Slayer

reigninblood
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Angel of Death”

62. Tim, The Replacements

tim
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Here Comes a Regular”

63. Peter Gabriel III, Peter Gabriel

petergabrieliii
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Games Without Frontiers”

64. Avalon, Roxy Music

avalon
 

 

 

Essential Track: “More Than This”

65. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A

straightouttacompton
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Straight Outta Compton”

66. Pretty Hate Machine, Nine Inch Nails

prettyhatemachine
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Head Like a Hole”

67. Kill ‘Em All, Metallica

killemall
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Seek and Destroy”

68. Zen Arcade, Hüsker Dü

zenarcade
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Something I Learned Today”

69. 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul

3feethigh
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Eye Know”

70. Isn’t Anything, My Bloody Valentine

isntanything
 

 

 

Essential Track: “(When You Wake) You’re Still in a Dream”

71. Hysteria, Def Leppard

hysteria
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Hysteria”

72. Nothing’s Shocking, Jane’s Addiction

nothingsshocking
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Jane Says”

73. The Head on the Door, The Cure

headonthedoor
 

 

 

Essential Track: “In Between Days”

74. Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman

tracychapman
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Fast Car”

75. Green, R.E.M.

green
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Orange Crush”

76. Louder Than Bombs, The Smiths

louderthanbombs
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Panic”

77. Pretenders, The Pretenders

pretenders
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Brass in Pocket”

78. This Nation’s Saving Grace, The Fall

thisnationssavinggrace
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Paintwork”

79. Making Movies, Dire Straits

makingmovies
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Tunnel of Love”

80. Music for the Masses, Depeche Mode

musicforthemasses
 

 

 

Essential Track: “Never Let Me Down Again”

Based on fan rankings at Best Ever Albums

Top 70 Albums of the ’70s

1. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd

thedarksideofthemoon
 

 

 

Release Date: March 1, 1973
Duration: 42:54
Essential Track: “Time”

2. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin

ledzeppeliniv
 

 

 

Release Date: November 8, 1971
Duration: 42:33
Essential Track: “Stairway to Heaven”

3. London Calling, The Clash

londoncalling
 

 

 

Release Date: December 14, 1979
Duration: 01:04:59
Essential Tracks: “London Calling” and “Train in Vain”

4. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd

wishyouwerehere
 

 

 

Release Date: September 15, 1975
Duration: 44:13
Essential Track: “Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V”

5. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie

theriseandfallofziggystardust
 

 

 

Release Date: June 6, 1972
Duration: 38:25
Essential Track: “Starman”

6. The Wall, Pink Floyd

wall
 

 

 

Release Date: November 30, 1979
Duration: 01:20:54
Essential Track: “Comfortably Numb”

7. Who’s Next, The Who

whosnext
 

 

 

Release Date: 1971
Duration: 43:38
Essential Track: “Baba O’Riley”

8. Exile on Main St., The Rolling Stones

exileonmainst
 

 

 

Release Date: May 12, 1972
Duration: 01:06:48
Essential Track: “Tumbling Dice”

9. Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan

bloodonthetracks
 

 

 

Release Date: January 17, 1975
Duration: 51:36
Essential Track: “Tangled Up in Blue”

10. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

rumours
 

 

 

Release Date: February 4, 1977
Duration: 39:03
Essential Track: “Go Your Own Way”

11. Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division

unknownpleasures
 

 

 

Release Date: June, 1979
Duration: 38:21
Essential Track: “Disorder”

12. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

borntorun
 

 

 

Release Date: August 25, 1975
Duration: 39:22
Essential Tracks: “Born to Run” and “Thunder Road”

13. Marquee Moon, Television

marqueemoon
 

 

 

Release Date: 1977
Duration: 45:49
Essential Track: “Marquee Moon”

14. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye

whatsgoingon
 

 

 

Release Date: May 20, 1971
Duration: 35:27
Essential Tracks: “What’s Going On” and “Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)”

15. Animals, Pink Floyd

animals
 

 

 

Release Date: January 23, 1977
Duration: 41:42
Essential Track: “Dogs”

16. Hunky Dory, David Bowie

hunkydory
 

 

 

Release Date: 1971
Duration: 41:44
Essential Tracks: “Life On Mars?” and “Changes”

17. Pink Moon, Nick Drake

pinkmoon
 

 

 

Release Date: February 25, 1972
Duration: 26:30
Essential Track: “Pink Moon”

18. A Night at the Opera, Queen

opera
 

 

 

Release Date: December 2, 1975
Duration: 43:08
Essential Track: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

19. Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones

sticky
 

 

 

Release Date: April 23, 1971
Duration: 46:06
Essential Track: “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”

20. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, Sex Pistols

bollocks
 

 

 

Release Date: October, 1977
Duration: 38:45
Essential Track: “Anarchy in the U.K.”

21. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young

goldrush
 

 

 

Release Date: August, 1970
Duration: 33:41
Essential Track: “Southern Man”

22. Low, David Bowie

low
 

 

 

Release Date: January, 1977
Duration: 50:08
Essential Track: “Sound and Vision”

23. Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin

graffiti
 

 

 

Release Date: February 24, 1975
Duration: 01:22:39
Essential Track: “Ten Years Gone”

24. Paranoid, Black Sabbath

paranoid
 

 

 

Release Date: September 18, 1970
Duration: 42:13
Essential Track: “War Pigs”

25. Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin

holy
 

 

 

Release Date: March 28, 1973
Duration: 40:50
Essential Tracks: “The Rain Song” and “Over the Hills and Far Away”

26. Harvest, Neil Young

harvest
 

 

 

Release Date: February, 1972
Duration: 37:10
Essential Tracks: “Old Man” and “The Needle and the Damage Done”

27. Blue, Joni Mitchell

blue
 

 

 

Release Date: June, 1971
Duration: 35:41
Essential Track: “River”

28. Transformer, Lou Reed

transformer
 

 

 

Release Date 1972
Duration: 36:40
Essential Track: “Walk on the Wild Side”

29. Quadrophenia, The Who

quadrophenia
 

 

 

Release Date: 1973
Duration: 01:21:33
Essential Track: “Love, Reign O’er Me”

30. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel

bridge
 

 

 

Release Date: January 26, 1970
Duration: 36:46
Essential Tracks: “The Boxer” and “The Only Living Boy in New York”

31. Led Zeppelin III, Led Zeppelin

III
 

 

 

Release Date: October 5, 1970
Duration: 42:42
Essential Tracks: “Since I’ve Been Loving You” and “Tangerine”

32. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon

plasticonoband
 

 

 

Release Date: December 11, 1970
Duration: 39:31
Essential Track: “Look at Me”

33. Close to the Edge, Yes

edge
 

 

 

Release Date: September 13, 1972
Duration: 37:56
Essential Track: “Close to the Edge”

34. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder

innervisions
 

 

 

Release Date: August 3, 1973
Duration: 44:12
Essential Track: “Higher Ground”

35. Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder

keyoflife
 

 

 

Release Date: September 28, 1976
Duration: 01:44:53
Essential Track: “I Wish”

36. Moondance, Van Morrison

moondance
 

 

 

Release Date: February, 1970
Duration: 38:52
Essential Track: “Into the Mystic”

37. Selling England by the Pound, Genesis

england
 

 

 

Release Date: November, 1973
Duration: 53:21
Essential Track: “Firth of Fifth”

38. Ramones, Ramones

ramones
 

 

 

Release Date: May, 1976
Duration: 28:53
Essential Track: “Blitzkrieg Bop”

39. The Clash, The Clash

clash
 

 

 

Release Date: 1977
Duration: 35:14
Essential Track: “White Riot”

40. All Things Must Pass, George Harrison

mustpass
 

 

 

Release Date: November 27, 1970
Duration: 01:43:33
Essential Tracks: “My Sweet Lord” and “What Is Life”

41. Meddle, Pink Floyd

meddle
 

 

 

Release Date: November 11, 1971
Duration: 46:46
Essential Track: “Echoes”

42. L.A. Woman, The Doors

lawoman
 

 

 

Release Date: April, 1971
Duration: 48:25
Essential Track: “Riders on the Storm”

43. Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen

darkness
 

 

 

Release Date: June 2, 1978
Duration: 42:59
Essential Track: “Badlands”

44. Tago Mago, Can

tagomago
 

 

 

Release Date: 1971
Duration: 01:13:23
Essential Track: “Halleluhwah”

45. Horses, Patti Smith

horses
 

 

 

Release Date: November, 1975
Duration: 43:10
Essential Track: “Gloria”

46. Hotel California, Eagles

hotel
 

 

 

Release Date: December 8, 1976
Duration: 43:28
Essential Track: “Hotel California”

47. Loaded, The Velvet Underground

loaded
 

 

 

Release Date: November, 1970
Duration: 40:35
Essential Track: “Who Loves the Sun”

48. Let It Be, The Beatles

letitbe
 

 

 

Release Date: May 8, 1970
Duration: 35:13
Essential Track: “Across the Universe”

49. Fun House, The Stooges

funhouse
 

 

 

Release Date: 1970
Duration: 01:22:28
Essential Track: “Down on the Street”

50. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Derek & The Dominos

layla
 

 

 

Release Date: November, 1970
Duration: 01:17:02
Essential Track: “Layla”

51. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John

goodbyeyellowbrickroad
 

 

 

52. Raw Power, The Stooges

rawpower
 

 

 

53. Bitches Brew, Miles Davis

bitchesbrew
 

 

 

54. Station to Station, David Bowie

stationtostation
 

 

 

55. Aja, Steely Dan

aja
 

 

 

56. The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Genesis

lambliesdown
 

 

 

57. Another Green World, Brian Eno

anothergreenworld
 

 

 

58. Exodus, Bob Marley and the Wailers

exodus
 

 

 

59. Machine Head, Deep Purple

machinehead
 

 

 

60. Imagine, John Lennon

imagine
 

 

 

61. American Beauty, Grateful Dead

americanbeauty
 

 

 

62. Boston, Boston

boston
 

 

 

63. Déjà Vu, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

dejavu
 

 

 

64. This Year’s Model, Elvis Costello

thisyearsmodel
 

 

 

65. Cosmo’s Factory, Creedence Clearwater Revival

cosmosfactory
 

 

 

66. Pink Flag, Wire

pinkflag
 

 

 

67. Fragile, Yes

fragile
 

 

 

68. Bryter Layter, Nick Drake

bryterlayter
 

 

 

69. On the Beach, Neil Young

onthebeach
 

 

 

70. Thick as a Brick, Jethro Tull

thickasabrick
 

 

 

Based on fan rankings at Best Ever Albums

Top 60 Albums of the ’60s

1. Revolver, The Beatles

revolver
 

 

 

Release Date: August 5, 1966
Duration: 34:40
Essential Tracks: “Eleanor Rigby” and “Tomorrow Never Knows”

2. Abbey Road, The Beatles

abbeyroad
 

 

 

Release Date: September 26, 1969
Duration: 47:23
Essential Track: “Something”

3. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

sgtpeppers
 

 

 

Release Date: June 1, 1967
Duration: 39:43
Essential Track: “A Day in the Life”

4. The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground

VU
 

 

 

Release Date: March 12, 1967
Duration: 48:59
Essential Tracks: “Sunday Morning” and “Venus in Furs”

5. The Beatles (The White Album), The Beatles

thewhitealbum
 

 

 

Release Date: November 22, 1968
Duration: 01:33:43
Essential Track: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

6. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys

petsounds
 

 

 

Release Date: May 16, 1966
Duration: 35:57
Essential Track: “God Only Knows”

7. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan

highway61revisited
 

 

 

Release Date: August 30, 1965
Duration: 51:30
Essential Track: “Like a Rolling Stone”

8. Rubber Soul, The Beatles

rubbersoul
 

 

 

Release Date: December 3, 1965
Duration: 34:50
Essential Track: “In My Life”

9. The Doors, The Doors

thedoors
 

 

 

Release Date: January 4, 1967
Duration: 43:05
Essential Track: “Break on Through (To the Other Side)”

10. Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan

blondeonblonde
 

 

 

Release Date: May 16, 1966
Duration: 01:12:52
Essential Track: “Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again”

11. Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

areyouexperienced
 

 

 

Release Date: May 12, 1967
Duration: 01:00:22
Essential Track: “Manic Depression”

12. Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin

ledzeppelinII
 

 

 

Release Date: October 22, 1969
Duration: 41:21
Essential Track: “Ramble On”

13. In the Court of the Crimson King, King Crimson

inthecourtofthecrimsonking
 

 

 

Release Date: October 10, 1969
Duration: 43:45
Essential Track: “21st Century Schizoid Man”

14. Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones

letitbleed
 

 

 

Release Date: November 28, 1969
Duration: 42:13
Essential Track: “Gimme Shelter”

15. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin

lz1
 

 

 

Release Date: January 12, 1969
Duration: 44:17
Essential Tracks: “Dazed and Confused” and “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”

16. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison

astralweeks
 

 

 

Release Date: November 1, 1968
Duration: 46:05
Essential Tracks: “Astral Weeks” and “Sweet Thing”

17. Forever Changes, Love

love
 

 

 

Release Date: November 1, 1967
Duration: 42:05
Essential Track: “Alone Again Or”

18. Electric Ladyland, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

hendrix
 

 

 

Release Date: October 16, 1968
Duration: 01:15:47
Essential Track: “All Along the Watchtower”

19. Magical Mystery Tour, The Beatles

mmt
 

 

 

Release Date: November 27, 1967
Duration: 36:52
Essential Track: “Strawberry Fields Forever”

20. Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan

dylan
 

 

 

Release Date: March 22, 1965
Duration: 47:14
Essential Track: “Mr. Tambourine Man”

21. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane

coltrane
 

 

 

Release Date: February 1, 1965
Duration: 32:59
Essential Track: “Part 1: Acknowledgement”

22. Odessey and Oracle, The Zombies

zombies
 

 

 

Release Date: April 19, 1968
Duration: 42:25
Essential Tracks: “Time of the Season” and “Care of Cell 44”

23. The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground

vu
 

 

 

Release Date: March 1, 1969
Duration: 43:55
Essential Track: “Pale Blue Eyes”

24. Beggars Banquet, The Rolling Stones

stones
 

 

 

Release Date: December 1, 1968
Duration: 39:07
Essential Track: “Sympathy for the Devil”

25. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd

floyd
 

 

 

Release Date: August 5, 1967
Duration: 41:54
Essential Track: “Astronomy Domine”

26. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan

freewheelin
 

 

 

Release Date: May 27, 1963
Duration: 50:13
Essential Track: “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”

27. Tommy, The Who

tommy
 

 

 

Release Date: May 23, 1969
Duration: 01:15:03
Essential Track: “Pinball Wizard”

28. White Light/White Heat, The Velvet Underground

wlwh
 

 

 

Release Date: January 30, 1968
Duration: 40:12
Essential Track: “Sister Ray”

29. The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady, Charles Mingus

mingus
 

 

 

Release Date: July 1, 1963
Duration: 37:37
Essential Track: “Duet Solo Dancers”

30. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society, The Kinks

kinks
 

 

 

Release Date: November 22, 1968
Duration: 38:46
Essential Track: “Picture Book”

31. Trout Mask Replica, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

trout
 

 

 

Release Date: June 16, 1969
Duration: 01:17:38
Essential Track: “Moonlight on Vermont”

32. Songs of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen

leonardcohen
 

 

 

Release Date: December, 1967
Duration: 38:57
Essential Track: “Suzanne”

33. The Band, The Band

band
 

 

 

Release Date: September 22, 1969
Duration: 43:50
Essential Track: “Up on Cripple Creek”

34. Five Leaves Left, Nick Drake

drake
 

 

 

Release Date: September 1, 1969
Duration: 39:33
Essential Track: “Cello Song”

35. Help!, The Beatles

help
 

 

 

Release Date: August 6, 1965
Duration: 33:49
Essential Track: “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away”

36. Axis: Bold as Love, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

axis
 

 

 

Release Date: December 1, 1967
Duration: 38:49
Essential Tracks: “Little Wing” and “Bold as Love”

37. Disraeli Gears, Cream

cream
 

 

 

Release Date: November 2, 1967
Duration: 33:37
Essential Tracks: “Sunshine of Your Love” and “Strange Brew”

38. A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles

hdn
 

 

 

Release Date: July 10, 1964
Duration: 30:30
Essential Track: “A Hard Day’s Night”

39. At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash

cash
 

 

 

Release Date: May 1, 1968
Duration: 55:42
Essential Track: “Folsom Prison Blues”

40. Music from Big Pink, The Band

bigpink
 

 

 

Release Date: July 1, 1968
Duration: 01:13:56
Essential Track: “The Weight”

41. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Neil Young and Crazy Horse

young
 

 

 

Release Date: May 14, 1969
Duration: 40:29
Essential Track: “Down by the River”

42. Hot Rats, Frank Zappa

zappa
 

 

 

Release Date: October 10, 1969
Duration: 47:05
Essential Track: “Peaches en Regalia”

43. Strange Days, The Doors

strange
 

 

 

Release Date: September 25, 1967
Duration: 34:49
Essential Track: “People Are Strange”

44. Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane

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Release Date: February 1, 1967
Duration: 33:50
Essential Tracks: “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love”

45. Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings Soul, Otis Redding

otisblue
 

 

 

Release Date: September 15, 1965
Duration: 32:22
Essential Track: “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”

46. Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire), The Kinks

arthur
 

 

 

Release Date: October 10, 1969
Duration: 48:37
Essential Track: “Shangri-La”

47. Bookends, Simon and Garfunkel

bookends
 

 

 

Release Date: April 3, 1968
Duration: 29:13
Essential Tracks: “Mrs. Robinson” and “America”

48. In a Silent Way, Miles Davis

miles
 

 

 

Release Date: July 30, 1969
Duration: 37:55
Essential Track: “In a Silent Way/It’s About That Time”

49. Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills & Nash

csn
 

 

 

Release Date: May 29, 1969
Duration: 40:52
Essential Track: “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”

50. The Who Sell Out, The Who

whosellout
 

 

 

51. Please Please Me, The Beatles

please
 

 

 

Release Date: March 22, 1963
Duration: 32:45
Essential Track: “I Saw Her Standing There”

52. Days of Future Passed, The Moody Blues

daysoffuturepassed
 

 

 

53. Something Else by the Kinks, The Kinks

somethingelse
 

 

 

54. Safe as Milk, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

safeasmilk
 

 

 

55. We’re Only in It for the Money, The Mothers of Invention

onlyinitforthemoney
 

 

 

56. Aftermath, The Rolling Stones

aftermath
 

 

 

57. The Stooges, The Stooges

stooges
 

 

 

58. Freak Out!, The Mothers of Invention

freakout
 

 

 

59. The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan

a-changin
 

 

 

60. Sketches of Spain, Miles Davis

sketchesofspain
 

 

 

Based on fan rankings at Best Ever Albums

Talk in Tongues

talkintongues

Los Angeles dream pop quartet, including former members of Kitten, that blends ’60s psychedelic and ’90s shoegaze influences. Highly recommended for fans of Tame Impala.

Father John Misty Sez “Drink More Japanese Whiskey, You Western Dog.”

The 21 Best Films of the 2010s (so far)

5050
50/50 (2011)
IMDb: 7.7
Metascore: 72

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

aseparation
A Separation (2011)
IMDb: 8.4
Metascore: 95

A married couple are faced with a difficult decision – to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer’s disease.

birdman
Birdman (2014)
IMDb: 7.9
Metascore: 88

A washed-up actor, who once played an iconic superhero, battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career and himself in the days leading up to the opening of his Broadway play.

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Black Swan (2010)
IMDb: 8.0
Metascore: 79

A ballet dancer wins the lead in “Swan Lake” and is perfect for the role of the delicate White Swan – Princess Odette – but slowly loses her mind as she becomes more and more like Odile, the Black Swan.

drive
Drive (2011)
IMDb: 7.8
Metascore: 78

A mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbor.

FrancesHa
Frances Ha (2012)
IMDb: 7.4
Metascore: 82

A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possibility dwindles.

Gravity
Gravity (2013)
IMDb: 7.9
Metascore: 96

A medical engineer and an astronaut work together to survive after a catastrophe destroys their shuttle and leaves them adrift in orbit.

her
Her (2013)
IMDb: 8.0
Metascore: 90

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

Inside-Llewyn-Davis
Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)
IMDb: 7.5
Metascore: 92

A week in the life of a young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961.

looper
Looper (2012)
IMDb: 7.5
Metascore: 84

In 2074, when the mob wants to get rid of someone, the target is sent into the past, where a hired gun awaits – someone like Joe – who one day learns the mob wants to ‘close the loop’ by sending back Joe’s future self for assassination.

mad-max-fury-road
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
IMDb: 8.2
Metascore: 89

A woman rebels against a tyrannical ruler in post apocalyptic Australia in search for her homeland with the help of a group of female prisoners, a psychotic worshiper, and a drifter named Max.

Melancholia
Melancholia (2011)
IMDb: 7.1
Metascore: 80

Two sisters find their already strained relationship challenged as a mysterious new planet threatens to collide with Earth.

skyfall
Skyfall (2012)
IMDb: 7.8
Metascore: 81

Bond’s loyalty to M is tested when her past comes back to haunt her. Whilst MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost.

take-shelter
Take Shelter (2011)
IMDb: 7.4
Metascore: 85

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.

Grand-Budapest-Hotel
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
IMDb: 8.1
Metascore: 88

The adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous hotel from the fictional Republic of Zubrowka between the first and second World Wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.

kidsareallright
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
IMDb: 7.1
Metascore: 86

Two children conceived by artificial insemination bring their father into their family life.

master
The Master (2012)
IMDb: 7.1
Metascore: 86

A Naval veteran arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future – until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.

social-network
The Social Network (2010)
IMDb: 7.8
Metascore: 95

Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg creates the social networking site that would become known as Facebook, but is later sued by two brothers who claimed he stole their idea, and the cofounder who was later squeezed out of the business.

FRANCE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2011
The Tree of Life (2011)
IMDb: 6.7
Metascore: 85

The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents’ conflicting teachings.

whiplash
Whiplash (2014)
IMDb: 8.6
Metascore: 88

A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential.

WintersBone
Winter’s Bone (2010)
IMDb: 7.2
Metascore: 90

An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.

Harrison Fjord

A band of young desert dwellers (they’re from AZ) with an eclectic sound that echoes both Live at Pompeii-era Pink Floyd and The Smiths. Outstanding musicianship and voices all around. Hear ’em while they’re hip.

Check out their Puspa in Space EP.

Six Unjustly Obscure Albums of 2015

Other Lives, Rituals
rituals
Stillwater, Oklahoma-based atmospheric indie rockers invoke names like Alt-J, Fleet Foxes, and early Radiohead.

Ultimate Painting, Green Lanes
greenlanes
Formed by James of Veronica Falls and Jack of Mazes, this duo crafts simple and true ’60s and ’70s-inspired guitar pop.

Ryley Walker, Primrose Green
primrosegreen
An accomplished fingerstyle guitarist/songwriter whose music bridges similarities with Tim Buckley’s, Sandy Bull’s, Davey Graham’s and John Martyn’s.

Zun Zun Egui, Shackle’s Gift
shacklesgift
Bristol-based band blending an eclectic mix of genres.

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Paper Mâché Dream Balloon
papermachedreamballoon
Freaked-out psychedelic madness by way of Melbourne, Australia.

Bop English, Constant Bop
constantbop
Colorful retro pop from White Denim frontman James Petralli’s solo project.

15 Hippest Songs of 2015

2015
In no particular order…

“She’s a Witch” Gengahr, A Dream Outside

“Trouble” Cage the Elephant, Tell Me I’m Pretty

“Adventure of a Lifetime” Coldplay, A Head Full of Dreams

“Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Multi-Love

“Something Soon” Car Seat Headrest, Teens of Style

“Return to the Moon” EL VY, Return to the Moon

“Pretty Pimpin” Kurt Vile, b’lieve i’m goin down…

“Let It Happen” Tame Impala, Currents

“Stay in My Corner” The Arcs, Yours, Dreamily,

“Can’t Feel My Face” The Weeknd, Beauty Behind the Madness

“The River” King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Quarters!

“Reconfiguration” Other Lives, Rituals

“King Kunta” Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly

“Snakeskin” Deerhunter, Fading Frontier

“Primrose Green” Ryley Walker, Primrose Green

EL VY

My dad told me to check these guys out. A quirky musical collaboration between National vocalist/lyricist Matt Berninger and multi-instrumentalist Brent Knopf of Menomena and Ramona Falls.

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