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Hello. I've been using this site quite a bit recently. I never really seriously listened to music until the past year. It wasn't until I listened to LCD Soundsystem's Sound of Silver that I decided to start listening to albums, and I've been using this site to lead me through all the essential albums. I just finished getting through the top 100 yesterday, and now I'm planning to listen to the top 50 for each decade so I can get a bigger variety. I kept track of my opinions in this list, ranking the albums out of 5:
5.0 The Velvet Underground and Nico-The Velvet Underground and Nico
LCD Soundsystem-Sound of Silver
The Beatles-Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
4.9 Pink Floyd-The Dark Side of the Moon
The Smiths-The Queen is Dead
The Clash-London Calling
Oasis-(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Public Enemy-It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
The Stone Roses-The Stone Roses
4.8 Radiohead-Kid A
The Beach Boys-Pet Sounds
The Strokes-Is This It
Stevie Wonder-Songs in the Key of Life
The Chemical Brothers-Dig Your Own Hole
The Doors-The Doors
John Coltrane-A Love Supreme
David Bowie-The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
The Knife-Silent Shout
4.7 The Rolling Stones-Exile on Main St.
Kanye West-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
The Stooges-Fun House
Smashing Pumpkins-Siamese Dream
Marvin Gaye-What's Going On
Sex Pistols-Never Mind the Bollocks-Here's the Sex Pistols
The Rolling Stones-Beggars Banquet
Guns 'n' Roses-Appetite for Destruction
The Band-Music From Big Pink
The Beatles-Abbey Road
Miles Davis-Kind of Blue
The Who-Who's Next
4.6 Talking Heads-Remain in Light
The Rolling Stones-Let It Bleed
Otis Redding-Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings the Blues
Bob Dylan-Highway 61 Revisited
James Brown-Live at the Apollo
John Lennon-Plastic Ono Band
LCD Soundsystem-This is Happening
Prince-Sign 'O' the Times
Neil Young-After the Gold Rush
Bob Dylan-Blonde on Blonde
The Jimi Hendrix Experience-Are You Experienced?
Massive Attack-Blue Lines
The Beatles-Rubber Soul
The Rolling Stones-Sticky Fingers
Van Morrison-Astral Weeks
R.E.M.-Automatic for the People
Wilco-Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Bruce Springsteen-Born to Run
4.5 Miles Davis-Bitches Brew
The Jimi Hendrix Experience-Electric Ladyland
U2-The Joshua Tree
Joy Division-Unknown Pleasures
The Beatles-The White Album
Bob Dylan-Blood on the Tracks
Kanye West-The College Dropout
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band-Trout Mask Replica
Bob Dylan-Bringing It All Back Home
Elvis Costello-This Year's Model
Led Zeppelin-Physical Graffiti
Sonic Youth-Daydream Nation
Fatboy Slim-You've Come a Long Way Baby
The Streets-Original Pirate Material
Sly and the Family Stone-There's a Riot Goin' On
The Clash-The Clash
4.4 My Bloody Valentine-Loveless
Radiohead-The King of Limbs
The Band-The Band
The White Stripes-Elephant
Aretha Franklin-I Never Loved a Man the Way I Loved You
Derek and the Dominoes-Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Pink Floyd-The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
King Crimson-In the Court of the Crimson King
The Stooges-Raw Power
De La Soul-3 Feet High and Rising
Amy Winehouse-Back to Black
David Bowie-Hunky Dory
The Jesus and Mary Chain-Psychocandy
4.3 Animal Collective-Merriweather Post Pavilion
AC/DC-Back in Black
Green Day-American Idiot
Arctic Monkeys-Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not
The Flaming Lips-Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Metallica-Master of Puppets
4.2 Nine Inch Nails-The Downward Spiral
Panda Bear-Person Pitch
LCD Soundsystem-LCD Soundsystem
Arcade Fire-The Suburbs
Eminem-The Marshall Mathers LP
The Avalanches-Since I Left You
The Smiths-The Smiths
Interpol-Turn on the Bright Lights
Antony and the Johnsons-I Am a Bird Now
Smashing Pumpkins-Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
4.0 TV on the Radio-Return to Cookie Mountain
2.3 Linkin Park-Hybrid Theory
I changed the way I rated the albums about half of the way through listening to these albums, so I need to relisten to quite a few of the albums, especially the ones not in the top 100 on this site. So, any suggestions based off of this list?
Welcome to AMF!
Looking at your list, I noticed that one of the 5's was "Nevermind" by Nirvana. You should definitely check out their album "In Utero".
I also noticed you rated two Stevie Wonder albums well. I would recomend his "Talking Book" album.
If you want some other suggestions, check out the moderately acclaimed albums thread. It has a lot of great, underrated stuff.
I would also relisten to the albums three or four times before writting it off.
It's cool that Sound of Silver was the album that changed the way you listened to music. For me it was probably It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back or Pet Sounds. LCD is actually a good group to get started with because their music references so many other great artists, either sonically or literally (the end of "Losing My Edge").
Definitely check out Brian Eno and Roxy Music's first few albums. I would also recommend Primal Scream's XTRMNTR, which I prefer to Screamadelica.
It looks like you got a good start with these albums; I hope you stick around the forums.
Welcome to the forums! A lot of the ones you put near the top are great albums. It's also neat that you're hearing the great newer stuff at the same time as the great older stuff, whereas most people either hear one or the other first.
Have you listened to Portishead - Third? I think you'd like it.
You should also hear Rain Dogs, and more of the post punk/new wave stuff from the late 70s and early 80s. Stuff like X, XTC, Pere Ubu, Wire, etc.
Wow, I am in a very similar situation to Chris. I too, have been using this website and forum for some time, but I realized that I haven't heard enough music to really participate in the polls. So, to expand my musical experience, I have been listening to the top 25s from each of the 2000s yearly polls and am now working on the AM top 100 albums (I probably won't stop there). I'm wondering if i should post a similar list to Chris's with my reordering of the top 50 or wait until i finish the top 100.
Off the top of my head, some excellent suggestions would be-
"Summerteeth" by Wilco
"Parklife" by Blur
"In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel
"Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain" by Pavement
"Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches" by Happy Mondays
"Maxinquaye" by Tricky
"Mezzanine" by Massive Attack
Also, "Sound of Silver" is a top 10 album of all time for me, so nice job!