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"I'm going hunting"
 Björk | Homogenic | 1997
Points: 1413 | Votes: 17 | AM Rank: 280 | 2009 Poll Rank: 102 (+2)
Biggest Fan: Petri (8)
"Quit these pretentious things and just punch the clock"
 Arcade Fire | The Suburbs | 2010
Points: 1434 | Votes: 14 | AM Rank: N/A | 2009 Poll Rank: N/A
Biggest Fan: drewcannon3 (1)
"Forever in debt to your priceless advice"
 Nirvana | In Utero | 1993
Points: 1437 | Votes: 15 | AM Rank: 126 | 2009 Poll Rank: 116 (+18)
Biggest Fan: Listyguy (9)
"Maybe I'm just too young to keep good love from going wrong"
 Jeff Buckley | Grace | 1994
Points: 1440 | Votes: 19 | AM Rank: 69 | 2009 Poll Rank: 82 (-15)
Biggest Fan: Listyguy (16)
"Something's wrong cause my mind is fading"
 Beck | Odelay | 1996
Points: 1457 | Votes: 15 | AM Rank: 57 | 2009 Poll Rank: 57 (-39)
Biggest Fan: Schwah (6)
"Congratulations on the mess you made of things"
 TV on the Radio | Dear Science | 2008
Points: 1515 | Votes: 18 | AM Rank: 338 | 2009 Poll Rank: 175 (+80)
Biggest Fan: Petri (18)
"You make me feel like I am free again"
 The Cure | Disintegration | 1989
Points: 1521 | Votes: 17 | AM Rank: 360 | 2009 Poll Rank: 111 (+17)
Biggest Fan: Moonbeam (4)
"All men shall be sailors until the sea shall free them"
 Leonard Cohen | Songs of Leonard Cohen | 1967
Points: 1524 | Votes: 13 | AM Rank: 162 | 2009 Poll Rank: 103 (+10)
Biggest Fan: Miguel (8)
"Nothing is real"
 The Beatles | Magical Mystery Tour | 1967
Points: 1537 | Votes: 15 | AM Rank: 988 | 2009 Poll Rank: 122 (+30)
Biggest Fan: ParticleAnalyst (5)
"You got to do it till you're through, so you better get to it"
 Elvis Costello | My Aim Is True | 1977
Points: 1558 | Votes: 15 | AM Rank: 116 | 2009 Poll Rank: 99 (+8)
Biggest Fans: Toni, OtisRedding (4)
Hooray for Homogenic and Disintegration! They are absolute wonders!
Not too happy with the way the top 100 starts off (yes, negative again) although I'm glad to see Leonard Cohen! Much too low of course though (my #24).
A crazy prediction for the top 10:
1. OK Computer
3. Pet Sounds
4. London Calling
6. The Velvet Underground & Nico
7. The White Album
8. Highway 61 Revisited
9. Abbey Road
10. Sgt. Pepper's
Love the fact that Odelay dropped a little, Beck himself has at least 3 albums that are better imo.
Funny quote for The Suburbs. With that album they managed to be more pretentious than ever AND merely punch the clock.
Gotta love Leonard Cohen rolling in with the fewest votes of any album in the top 100. Now THAT's a folk album I can get behind.
Also, TV on the Radio totally deserves this top 100 placement. Dear Science is the best indie album of the last five years.
Good morning America ! I've just had lunch
I don't want to see your list Stephan ! With the top 100 rolling now, spoliers time is coming
I'm happy both for Björk and Homogenic (my #54). Björk is one of the few artists I discovered through my wife. Usually it is the other way around. I'm the only one who plays music in the house, cause she never has time to !!
I really don't think Suburbs should be where it is. Magnifying glass effect ? It's a good album, especially the 3 first songs and in the end from "Month of May" to "Sprawl". "We Used to Wait" is my favorite Arcade Fire song, but the middle of the album is boring IMO. Anyway my personal ranking of their albums is the same as the poll ranking.
Grace (my #110) moves down a little in the poll history and in my list too, but it is an excellent album. Jeff B was an asteroid.
I really don't get the love for TV On The Radio. Absolute riddle to me to see them so high in people's list, even people which tastes I often support. I'm kind of indifferent to their smooth, cold and intellectual funk. And there is no silence, no breathing in their music (that is my problem with 21st century music. you don't hear the silence). So I'm gonna do like Henry "Please provide me with an explanation in 100 words as to why you feel enthralled to TV On The Radio"
Happy for the Cure, even if I prefer 17 Seconds or the Head On The Door to Disintegration. A band from the 80s that I like !!
Leonard Cohen is maybe the most urban, the less rootsy of the folk singers. No earth on his shoes. But I love his early works and his debut is my #186. A true poet.
Magical Mystery Tour is often left behind on the grounds that it's not a "true" album. Who cares ? The songs here are fantastic. My #72, and top 20 in the best collection of songs ever.
Elvis C is a mystery to me. I can't like his music. It probably has to do with his vocals and his detached attitude. You know the famous David Lee Roth quote.
Great run from 91-100, though a few I'm surprised aren't higher.
Dear Science is awesome, I think I put it in my top 100 though I might have put it slightly outside. I expected Grace and Disintegration in the top 50, but I'm glad they're in the top 100.
I love Costello, my only surprise with him is that Armed Forces isn't considered as highly as My Aim Is True and This Year's Model. For me, all three are very similar in quality.
No worries Stephan I just won't look at your list that's all
Good to see In Utero in the top 100. I didn't actually vote for it, but it's in my 100 and I considered it for my top 50.
I did vote for "Dear Science" -- I feel that it's a more rock and pop-based and accessible version of funk, a genre that I could never quite get into.
Also, has "Return to Cookie Mountain" placed already? If so, I haven't seen it.
I wasn't a fan of TV on the Radio until Dear Science came out and I still don't really like their previous work that much. But Dear Science and Nine Types of Light are the "coolest" albums I've heard in a long time.
I just want to take this opportunity to say that it's a shame Paul didn't participate this time. His love of all things country rock was sorely missed with incredibly low placements by Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds.
I was reminded of this when listening to The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark, one of the greatest country rock albums ever made. It can be added to Have Moicy! and More A Legend Than A Band as albums I love that Paul has recommended to me. Cheers!
Oh boy. This could make alot of people unhappy because I don't have the Age of Adz on my list, and The Suburbs is top 75.
Gah, Mindrocker! (I kid of course)
I think TV On The Radio's real appeal comes from two things;
1) They merge what might be called "cold" funk with their own warmer sensibilities. When they funky they can do that, but if they want to be a bit more honest and hearty they can do that too; Tonight
Also I love the fuzz that they make, especially for example, at the beginning of Wolf Like Me. There's nothing like listening to this on full volume (you must listen to this at full volume, and especially when you're a bit angry, like waiting for a train) and shouting the lyrics. It reminds me a bit of "Born To Run" in that respect.
2) They sound a lot different to what's around them. As much as I love the National or other kind of indie rock bands, sometimes you need an escape from all that, and TVOTR are really ideal.
This talk about TV on the Radio gives me an excuse to post this live video of Wolf Like Me on Letterman:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikjDzye1BrQ (watch it in HD)
This is the version that convinced me Wolf Like Me is a great, not just good, song. Great energy and change of pace.
I just realized My Morning Jacket - Z is nowhere to be found in the top 500. That surprises me.
Everybody loved it when it came out but people seem to be forgetting about it the more time passes.
Also, I must say I'm loving watching these results. So much to be said but don't have time to post. So far, to summarize, I've had two specially hard deceptions: the huge fall of The Band and Odelay since the last poll, both albums from my top 20.
Boy, The Band is such a perfect album from the first to last second, with its woody feeling and it's pure, unpretensious mix of rock, folk and country... It's one of those rare albums where all the songs are perfect, and I agree with BillAdama, the instrumentation is great!
As for Odelay, it's even stronger the shock, since it had placed #31 in 2007-8 poll, after an heroical #4 in the '90s poll. Some of it's fall must be due to one fact that's marked the last 3 all time polls: the albums from the decade that's been dissected at the respective year always take a boom. I remember lots of nineties albums appeared in the top 100 in 2007, including some unexpected Mezzanine, Ten, Slanted and Enchanted and some others, if I'm not wrong. Well, that much explains the naughties "wave" this time, along with some surprisingly high positions from the '60s. All that said, I still can't digest Odelay's "low" position. It's not flawless like the above refered The Band, but it's so inventive and freakingly funny, with also some half dozen tracks that could arguably be the best thing Beck has done (Hotwax, Lord Only Knows, Where It's At, Sissyneck, High 5...).
The good surprises on this top 200, however, have been in a much higher number than the bad ones, specially in that 100-91 section, but I talk about this later.
Damn, I totally missed how low The Band, but also Music from the Big Pink, placed. I had the latter at #79, but I am partially to blame for the former because for some reason I seem to have submitted a list with The Band at #151 while it should be more like #56.
About TVOR : thanks for your answers. I think this band and their influences (Berlin era Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Eno, a mix of electro and post-punk)is just too far from my musical alley. It's on the other side of town I recognizethat they make good music, but I don't personnally "stick" to their music. And when I want to hear something funky, I play Funkadelic or JB or Fela & Sons. Or Prince. Not funky for indie fans.
For some reason, I never considered The Band as a major act. And I'm realizing it's a major mistake !! And contrary to TVOR they live next door !! I'll have to cross the street with a bottle of wine and pay them a visit one day or another. I'm listening to "Rag Mama Rag" at the moment and it's brilliant. I love Levon Helm's drumming and the instrumental parts. I remember Paul saying that The Band took a loong time to grow on him. And Paul's absence is one reason for the fall of Roberston and Co. "The Night They Drove Ol'Dixie Down" is great too.
Yeah, you should definitely change your 3.5 star rating on RYM on that one. For shame!
Not as bad as John's half star rating though, that's practically Moonbeamesque!
John can be totally pitiless when it comes to RYM star rating
"In Utero" is better than "Nevermind", IMO. Great album.
Odelay is suffering some from vote splitting as awareness grows of how great Sea Change is. (And there is also a deserved mini groundswell for Mutations on this board.)
But I sense some growing weariness with Beck's white-man, dada lyrics, faux hip-hop, tongue firmly in cheek shtick. It's being viewed by some (again this is just my sense) as a relic... a silly cousin to the angry rap-rockers of the same period. And maybe some see him as a dilletante; someone who borrows heavily from many genres but never treats any of them with respect or seriousness.
Obviously, as it is my #6 album of all time, I reject these (potential) criticisms completely. I've written before on these boards how I think Beck is up to something simultaneously cannier and more personal than he is given credit for. The lyrics and sonic elements pile and swirl on top of one another in Odelay. As has been noted frequently, but cannot be overstated, Beck's career and his art is inextricably linked with the Fluxus art movement, of which his grandfather was an important member. Odelay was Beck's big commercial push to use that ingrained philosophy of art (use of everyday objects and sound, mixed media interplay, humor and fun) in a major label release.
That alone is not reason to love the album. (Some might think it reason enough to hate the album.) Odelay succeeds, at heart, because he has the chops and the songwriting skills to do so in a very interesting way. What felt fresh and exciting to me in 1996 still feels that way to me today. Increasingly, though, I think that sentiment is not shared.
This thread has made me want to dig out Return to Cookie Mountain again. I remember not being impressed when I bought it 5 years ago, but the beauty of polls like these is that they make you revisit.
Let me add that I'm sad that Paul has left. Even if I don't share his passion about country (and perhaps my aversion to it could have contributed somewhat to the reasons for his departure), he was a great poster here and is sorely missed. I know it can feel a little lonely trumpeting a particular artist, album, genre, etc., but this forum is generally a very friendly place.
Alright, we're back on track after adding VF1000's list. A few somewhat significant changes but nothing crazy happened. Here's the revised 94-500:
 Elvis Costello | My Aim Is True | 1977
 The Cure | Disintegration | 1989
 TV on the Radio | Dear Science | 2008
 Arcade Fire | The Suburbs | 2010
 The White Stripes | Elephant | 2003
 Beck | Odelay | 1996
 Beck | Sea Change | 2002
 Nirvana | In Utero | 1993
 Kanye West | The College Dropout | 2004
 Björk | Homogenic | 1997
 Charles Mingus | The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady | 1963
 Animal Collective | Merriweather Post Pavillion | 2009
 Stevie Wonder | Talking Book | 1972
 The National | Boxer | 2007
 Pixies | Surfer Rosa | 1988
 Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | 1972
 The White Stripes | White Blood Cells | 2001
 Beastie Boys | Paul's Boutique | 1989
 Bruce Springsteen | Darkness on the Edge of Town | 1978
 Joni Mitchell | Court and Spark | 1974
 PJ Harvey | To Bring You My Love | 1995
 Neil Young | Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere | 1969
 Neil Young | Harvest | 1972
 Carole King | Tapestry | 1971
 Vampire Weekend | Vampire Weekend | 2008
 OutKast | Stankonia | 2000
 Pavement | Slanted and Enchanted | 1992
 Arcade Fire | Neon Bible | 2007
 Creedence Clearwater Revival | Cosmo's Factory | 1970
 Otis Redding | Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul | 1965
 Lou Reed | Berlin | 1973
 De La Soul | 3 Feet High and Rising | 1989
 Sufjan Stevens | The Age of Adz | 2010
 Blur | Parklife | 1994
 The Knife | Silent Shout | 2006
 The Replacements | Let It Be | 1984
 Sly and the Family Stone | Stand! | 1969
 Steely Dan | Aja | 1977
 Bruce Springsteen | Nebraska | 1982
 Robert Wyatt | Rock Bottom | 1974
 Bruce Springsteen | Born in the U.S.A. | 1984
 Sex Pistols | Never Mind the Bollocks - Here's the Sex Pistols | 1977
 The Flaming Lips | Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots | 2002
 Sly and the Family Stone | There's a Riot Goin' On | 1971
 The Velvet Underground | Loaded | 1970
 R.E.M. | Reckoning | 1984
 The Velvet Underground | White Light/White Heat | 1968
 The Magnetic Fields | 69 Love Songs | 1999
 The Beatles | Help! | 1965
 Kraftwerk | Trans-Europa Express | 1977
 The Jesus and Mary Chain | Psychocandy | 1985
 Bob Dylan | The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan | 1963
 Brian Eno | Another Green World | 1975
 Nick Drake | Bryter Layter | 1970
 Daft Punk | Discovery | 2001
 The Band | The Band | 1969
 Smashing Pumpkins | Siamese Dream | 1993
 Bob Marley | Exodus | 1977
 Neil Young | On the Beach | 1974
 Talking Heads | Fear of Music | 1979
 Interpol | Turn On the Bright Lights | 2002
 King Crimson | In the Court of the Crimson King | 1969
 Roxy Music | For Your Pleasure | 1973
 The Smiths | The Smiths | 1984
 Antony and The Johnsons | I Am a Bird Now | 2005
 Guns N' Roses | Appetite for Destruction | 1987
 Janelle Monae | The ArchAndroid | 2010
 The Clash | The Clash | 1977
 Mercury Rev | Deserter's Songs | 1998
 Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin II | 1969
 Neil Young | Rust Never Sleeps | 1979
 Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin | 1969
 The Who | Tommy | 1969
 The Avalanches | Since I Left You | 2000
 Ramones | Ramones | 1976
 PJ Harvey | Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea | 2000
 The Beatles | Let It Be | 1970
 PJ Harvey | Let England Shake | 2011
 TV on the Radio | Return to Cookie Mountain | 2006
 Oasis | Definitely Maybe | 1994
 Sigur Rós | Agaetis Byrjun | 1999
 The Beach Boys | Surf's Up | 1971
 Serge Gainsbourg | Histoire de Melody Nelson | 1971
 Wilco | Summerteeth | 1999
 Blondie | Parallel Lines | 1978
 Led Zeppelin | Physical Graffiti | 1975
 Björk | Debut | 1993
 John Lennon | Imagine | 1971
 Portishead | Third | 2008
 The Verve | Urban Hymns | 1997
 The Kinks | Something Else by the Kinks | 1967
 The National | High Violet | 2010
 Primal Scream | Screamadelica | 1991
 The United States of America | The United States of America | 1968
 Depeche Mode | Violator | 1990
 Dave Brubeck Quartet | Time Out | 1959
 Weezer | Weezer (The Blue Album) | 1994
 Pink Floyd | The Wall | 1979
 U2 | War | 1983
 Massive Attack | Mezzanine | 1998
 Air | Moon Safari | 1998
 The Rolling Stones | Aftermath | 1966
 Kraftwerk | Die Mensch Maschine | 1978
 Wu-Tang Clan | Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) | 1993
 The Byrds | The Notorious Byrd Brothers | 1968
 The Smiths | Strangeways, Here We Come | 1987
 Prince and The Revolution | 1999 | 1982
 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young | Deja Vu | 1970
 Kate Bush | Hounds of Love | 1985
 The Cure | Seventeen Seconds | 1980
 The National | Alligator | 2005
 Led Zeppelin | Houses of the Holy | 1973
 Coldplay | A Rush of Blood to the Head | 2002
 Big Star | #1 Record | 1972
 Derek and The Dominos | Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs | 1970
 Bruce Springsteen | The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle | 1973
 Big Star | Radio City | 1974
 Miles Davis | Bitches Brew | 1970
 The Beatles | A Hard Day's Night | 1964
 Massive Attack | Blue Lines | 1991
 DJ Shadow | Endtroducing... | 1996
 Joni Mitchell | The Hissing of Summer Lawns | 1975
 Bon Iver | For Emma, Forever Ago | 2007
 R.E.M. | Document | 1987
 Franz Ferdinand | Franz Ferdinand | 2004
 Michael Jackson | Off the Wall | 1979
 Joanna Newsom | Ys | 2006
 Weezer | Pinkerton | 1996
 LCD Soundsystem | This Is Happening | 2010
 King Crimson | Red | 1974
 Radiohead | Amnesiac | 2001
 The Shins | Chutes Too Narrow | 2003
 Scott Walker | Scott 4 | 1969
 Tom Waits | Bone Machine | 1992
 Neil Young | Tonight's the Night | 1975
 Buena Vista Social Club | Buena Vista Social Club | 1997
 Hüsker Dü | Zen Arcade | 1984
 Iggy and The Stooges | Raw Power | 1973
 Spiritualized | Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space | 1997
 Björk | Post | 1995
 Slint | Spiderland | 1991
 Funkadelic | Maggot Brain | 1971
 Aretha Franklin | I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You | 1967
 M.I.A. | Kala | 2007
 Wire | Pink Flag | 1977
 Charles Mingus | Mingus Ah Um | 1959
 Nas | Illmatic | 1994
 David Bowie | Station to Station | 1976
 The XX | XX | 2009
 Pearl Jam | Ten | 1991
 Kraftwerk | Computerwelt | 1981
 Violent Femmes | Violent Femmes | 1982
 A Tribe Called Quest | The Low End Theory | 1991
 Björk | Vespertine | 2001
 Pink Floyd | The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | 1967
 George Harrison | All Things Must Pass | 1970
 R.E.M. | Life's Rich Pageant | 1986
 The Millennium | Begin | 1968
 Fever Ray | Fever Ray | 2009
 Jay-Z | The Blueprint | 2001
 The Who | The Who Sell Out | 1967
 Can | Tago Mago | 1971
 Gang of Four | Entertainment! | 1979
 Kanye West | Late Registration | 2005
 Bill Evans | Sunday at the Village Vanguard | 1961
 Guided by Voices | Bee Thousand | 1994
 Beck | Mutations | 1998
 The Mothers of Invention | We're Only in It for the Money | 1968
 James Brown | 'Live' at the Apollo | 1963
 Scott Walker | Scott 3 | 1969
 Leonard Cohen | Songs of Love and Hate | 1971
 The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Axis: Bold as Love | 1967
 LCD Soundsystem | LCD Soundsystem | 2005
 OutKast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below | 2003
 Richard and Linda Thompson | I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight | 1974
 Queens of the Stone Age | Songs for the Deaf | 2002
 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band | Trout Mask Replica | 1969
 Bruce Springsteen | The River | 1980
 The Streets | Original Pirate Material | 2002
 The Smashing Pumpkins | Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness | 1995
 Eagles | Hotel California | 1976
 Public Enemy | Fear of a Black Planet | 1990
 New Order | Technique | 1989
 Madonna | Like a Prayer | 1989
 The Beatles | Beatles for Sale | 1964
 Joni Mitchell | Hejira | 1976
 Miles Davis | In a Silent Way | 1969
 Simon and Garfunkel | Bookends | 1968
 Prince and The Revolution | Parade | 1986
 Elton John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | 1973
 The Cure | The Head on the Door | 1985
 Todd Rundgren | Something/Anything? | 1972
 Moby | Play | 1999
 The Wrens | The Meadowlands | 2003
 Elvis Costello | Armed Forces | 1979
 T. Rex | Electric Warrior | 1971
 XTC | Skylarking | 1986
 Minutemen | Double Nickels on the Dime | 1984
 Prefab Sprout | Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good | 1985
 Rod Stewart | Every Picture Tells a Story | 1971
 The Go-Betweens | 16 Lovers Lane | 1988
 Tim Buckley | Starsailor | 1970
 Deerhunter | Halcyon Digest | 2010
 Curtis Mayfield | Curtis | 1970
 Talking Heads | Talking Heads: 77 | 1977
 The Beach Boys | Sunflower | 1970
 Paul McCartney and Wings | Band on the Run | 1973
 Paul Simon | There Goes Rhymin' Simon | 1973
 Pere Ubu | The Modern Dance | 1978
 Sufjan Stevens | Michigan | 2003
 Tindersticks | Tindersticks | 1993
 Liz Phair | Exile in Guyville | 1993
 Bob Dylan | Desire | 1976
 Dusty Springfield | Dusty in Memphis | 1969
 Suicide | Suicide | 1977
 Elliott Smith | From a Basement on the Hill | 2004
 Van Morrison | Veedon Fleece | 1974
 Steely Dan | Pretzel Logic | 1974
 The Band | Music from Big Pink | 1968
 Peter Gabriel | So | 1986
 Super Furry Animals | Rings Around the World | 2001
 Coldplay | Parachutes | 2000
 Queen | A Night at the Opera | 1975
 David Bowie | "Heroes" | 1977
 Cat Stevens | Tea for the Tillerman | 1970
 Leonard Cohen | I'm Your Man | 1988
 Yo La Tengo | I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One | 1997
 Grateful Dead | American Beauty | 1970
 Modest Mouse | The Moon & Antarctica | 2000
 Nirvana | MTV Unplugged in New York | 1994
 Radiohead | Hail to the Thief | 2003
 Simon and Garfunkel | Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme | 1966
 Talk Talk | Spirit of Eden | 1988
 Black Sabbath | Paranoid | 1970
 Primal Scream | XTRMNTR | 2000
 The Modern Lovers | The Modern Lovers | 1976
 Belle and Sebastian | Tigermilk | 1996
 Damien Rice | O | 2002
 Gorillaz | Demon Days | 2005
 Big Star | Third/Sister Lovers | 1978
 Talking Heads | More Songs About Buildings and Food | 1978
 Bob Marley | Catch a Fire | 1973
 Arctic Monkeys | Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not | 2006
 Prince | Dirty Mind | 1980
 Vampire Weekend | Contra | 2010
 The Antlers | Hospice | 2009
 Os Mutantes | Os Mutantes | 1968
 Sleater-Kinney | The Woods | 2005
 Elvis Costello and The Attractions | Imperial Bedroom | 1982
 New York Dolls | New York Dolls | 1973
 Billy Joel | The Stranger | 1977
 Pavement | Wowee Zowee | 1995
 Eric Dolphy | Out to Lunch! | 1964
 R.E.M. | Out of Time | 1991
 AC/DC | Back in Black | 1980
 The La's | The La's | 1990
 The Original Soundtrack | The Harder They Come | 1972
 PJ Harvey | Rid of Me | 1993
 The Beach Boys | The Beach Boys Today! | 1965
 Tricky | Maxinquaye | 1995
 Tracy Chapman | Tracy Chapman | 1988
 Sigur Rós | Takk... | 2005
 Belle and Sebastian | The Life Pursuit | 2006
 Animal Collective | Strawberry Jam | 2007
 N.W.A | Straight Outta Compton | 1988
 Johnny Cash | At Folsom Prison | 1968
 Sleater-Kinney | One Beat | 2002
 The Byrds | Sweetheart of the Rodeo | 1968
 David Bowie | Scary Monsters | 1980
 Miles Davis | Sketches of Spain | 1960
 The Cars | The Cars | 1978
 John Cale | Paris 1919 | 1973
 Sigur Rós | ( ) | 2002
 Fleet Foxes | Helplessness Blues | 2011
 Modest Mouse | The Lonesome Crowded West | 1997
 The Beatles | Please Please Me | 1963
 Richard and Linda Thompson | Shoot Out the Lights | 1982
 Roxy Music | Roxy Music | 1972
 Genius/GZA | Liquid Swords | 1995
 The Beatles | With the Beatles/Meet the Beatles! | 1963
 The B-52's | The B-52's | 1979
 Wire | Chairs Missing | 1978
 Sonic Youth | Sister | 1987
 Jacques Brel | Ces gens-la | 1966
 Dinosaur Jr. | You're Living All Over Me | 1987
 The Feelies | Crazy Rhythms | 1980
 Beach House | Teen Dream | 2010
 Brian Eno | Here Come the Warm Jets | 1973
 The Police | Synchronicity | 1983
 Big Boi | Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty | 2010
 The Original Soundtrack | Saturday Night Fever | 1977
 Lou Reed | New York | 1989
 Dire Straits | Brothers in Arms | 1985
 Tom Waits | Closing Time | 1973
 Al Green | Call Me | 1973
 The Doors | L.A. Woman | 1971
 Herbie Hancock | Maiden Voyage | 1965
 Can | Ege Bamyasi | 1972
 Cannibal Ox | The Cold Vein | 2001
 Morrissey | You Are the Quarry | 2004
 Brian Wilson | SMiLE | 2004
 Madonna | Ray of Light | 1998
 New Order | Power, Corruption & Lies | 1983
 Pharoah Sanders | Karma | 1969
 The Allman Brothers Band | At Fillmore East | 1971
 Animal Collective | Sung Tongs | 2004
 Joanna Newsom | The Milk-Eyed Mender | 2004
 Howlin' Wolf | Moanin' in the Moonlight | 1959
 My Bloody Valentine | Isn't Anything | 1988
 Eminem | The Marshall Mathers LP | 2000
 Joe Jackson | Look Sharp! | 1979
 Bob Marley and The Wailers | Natty Dread | 1974
 Burial | Untrue | 2007
 Wilco | Sky Blue Sky | 2007
 Ramones | Rocket to Russia | 1977
 Sinéad O'Connor | I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got | 1990
 Laura Nyro | New York Tendaberry | 1969
 John Coltrane | Ascension | 1966
 Paul Simon | Paul Simon | 1972
 Coldplay | Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends | 2008
 Chet Baker | Chet Baker Sings | 1954
 Metallica | Ride the Lightning | 1984
 The Tallest Man on Earth | The Wild Hunt | 2010
 Parliament | Mothership Connection | 1975
 Built to Spill | Perfect from Now On | 1997
 The Divine Comedy | Promenade | 1994
 Cults | Cults | 2011
 Boards of Canada | Geogaddi | 2002
 Stevie Wonder | Fulfillingness' First Finale | 1974
 Leonard Cohen | Songs from a Room | 1969
 Wilco | Being There | 1996
 Deerhunter | Microcastle / Weird Era Cont. | 2008
 Johnny Cash | American III: Solitary Man | 2000
 Stereolab | Emperor Tomato Ketchup | 1996
 Randy Newman | Sail Away | 1972
 Elvis Presley | Elvis Presley | 1956
 Frank Sinatra | In the Wee Small Hours | 1955
 Lauryn Hill | The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill | 1998
 The Who | Quadrophenia | 1973
 Godspeed You Black Emperor! | Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven | 2000
 Madvillain | Madvillainy | 2004
 The Shins | Oh, Inverted World | 2001
 Supergrass | I Should Coco | 1995
 Roxy Music | Avalon | 1982
 Van Dyke Parks | Song Cycle | 1968
 Portishead | Portishead | 1997
 Wire | 154 | 1979
 Fairport Convention | Liege and Lief | 1969
 Prefab Sprout | Jordan: The Comeback | 1990
 PJ Harvey | White Chalk | 2007
 Aretha Franklin | Lady Soul | 1968
 Bob Marley and The Wailers | Live! | 1975
 Red Hot Chili Peppers | Blood Sugar Sex Magik | 1991
 Radiohead | The King of Limbs | 2011
 Tindersticks | Tindersticks (II) | 1995
 Spoon | Kill the Moonlight | 2002
 Boston | Boston | 1976
 The Tallest Man on Earth | Shallow Grave | 2008
 Gram Parsons | Grievous Angel | 1974
 Pink Floyd | Meddle | 1971
 Patti Smith Group | Easter | 1978
 John Coltrane | My Favorite Things | 1961
 Van Halen | Van Halen | 1978
 Fela and Africa 70 | Zombie | 1977
 Bonnie "Prince" Billy | I See a Darkness | 1999
 Michael Jackson | Bad | 1987
 Tortoise | Millions Now Living Will Never Die | 1996
 Dexys Midnight Runners | Searching for the Young Soul Rebels | 1980
 The Byrds | Mr. Tambourine Man | 1965
 OutKast | Aquemini | 1998
 Sleigh Bells | Treats | 2010
 The Byrds | Younger Than Yesterday | 1967
 Pavement | Brighten the Corners | 1997
 Herbie Hancock | Head Hunters | 1973
 The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | The Pains of Being Pure at Heart | 2009
 Kurt Vile | Smoke Ring For My Halo | 2011
 Jorge Ben | A Tábua de Esmeralda | 1974
 Joanna Newsom | Have One on Me | 2010
 The Chemical Brothers | Dig Your Own Hole | 1997
 Animal Collective | Feels | 2005
 Bob Dylan | John Wesley Harding | 1967
 The Crickets | The "Chirping" Crickets | 1957
 Nine Inch Nails | Pretty Hate Machine | 1989
 Stan Getz and João Gilberto | Getz/Gilberto | 1964
 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band | Safe as Milk | 1967
 Frank Zappa | Hot Rats | 1969
 White Noise | An Electric Storm | 1968
 The Boo Radleys | Giant Steps | 1993
 Gene Clark | No Other | 1974
 Pretenders | Pretenders | 1980
 Cream | Disraeli Gears | 1967
 Bloc Party | Silent Alarm | 2005
 Pere Ubu | Dub Housing | 1978
 Yes | Close to the Edge | 1972
 The Streets | A Grand Don't Come for Free | 2004
 Metallica | Master of Puppets | 1986
 Kraftwerk | Autobahn | 1974
 Neu! | Neu! | 1972
 Paul and Linda McCartney | Ram | 1971
 Creedence Clearwater Revival | Green River | 1969
 Camera Obscura | Let's Get Out Of This Country | 2006
 This Heat | Deceit | 1981
 Elvis Costello and The Attractions | Get Happy!! | 1980
 The Smiths | Meat Is Murder | 1985
 Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares | Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares | 1975
 Hüsker Dü | New Day Rising | 1985
 Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin III | 1970
I wouldn't consider myself a Beck fan, but I absolutely adore Sea Changes, however contradictory that may sound. I just haven't been able to get into his other albums. Sea Changes is just a completely different direction in comparison to his previous works.
And then we have this...
"I'm never going to know you now
But I'm going to love you anyhow"
 Elliott Smith | XO | 1998
Points: 1589 | Votes: 16 | AM Rank: 565 | 2009 Poll Rank: 137
Biggest Fan: John (9)
 The Beatles | Magical Mystery Tour | 1967
 Leonard Cohen | Songs of Leonard Cohen | 1967
And then the rest we haven't seen yet. But VF1000's list actually did shake things up now that I look more into it. The number 10 album passed the number 9 album in what we certainly be a controversial move for some, an album snuck into the top 15 that absolutely perplexes me, and there was some other shuffling in the 20-50 range. Now back to business...
Glad to be of service
"Out of my mind on a Saturday night"
 The Stooges | Fun House | 1970
Points: 1601 | Votes: 17 | AM Rank: 83 | 2009 Poll Rank: 95 (+5)
Biggest Fan: Beefsupreme (16)
"I met myself in a dream"
 The Velvet Underground | The Velvet Underground | 1969
Points: 1607 | Votes: 18 | AM Rank: 172 | 2009 Poll Rank: 114 (+25)
Biggest Fan: Brad (14)
"The present is well out of hand"
 Joy Division | Closer | 1980
Points: 1608 | Votes: 15 | AM Rank: 41 | 2009 Poll Rank: 56 (-32)
Biggest Fan: Kevin, Michel (2)
"You'll never fail like common people"
 Pulp | Different Class | 1995
Points: 1625 | Votes: 16 | AM Rank: 153 | 2009 Poll Rank: 67 (-20)
Biggest Fan: Octopus (1)
"Maybe I'm just too young to keep good love from going wrong"
 Jeff Buckley | Grace | 1994Points: 1440 | Votes: 20 | AM Rank: 69 | 2009 Poll Rank: 82 (-4)
Biggest Fan: VanillaFire1000 (4)
"Where I am not human"
 Patti Smith | Horses | 1975
Points: 1665 | Votes: 17 | AM Rank: 19 | 2009 Poll Rank: 79 (-6)
Biggest Fan: Antonius (11)
"A love supreme, a love supreme, a love supreme, a love supreme, a love supreme..."
 John Coltrane | A Love Supreme | 1965
Points: 1604 | Votes: 16 | AM Rank: 67 | 2009 Poll Rank: 110 (+26)
Biggest Fan: Sonofsamiam (1)
"Who'll hear what I say?"
 Nick Drake | Pink Moon | 1972
Points: 1655 | Votes: 18 | AM Rank: 270 | 2009 Poll Rank: 109 (+26)
Biggest Fan: Pauldrach (3)
"As soon as you're born they make you feel small"
 John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band | John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band | 1970
Points: 1721 | Votes: 19 | AM Rank: 68 | 2009 Poll Rank: 75 (-7)
Biggest Fan: David M (4)
"I've got the spirit, but lose the feeling"
 Joy Division | Unknown Pleasures | 1979
Points: 1724 | Votes: 19 | AM Rank: 64 | 2009 Poll Rank: 98 (+17)
Biggest Fan: Andre (21)
Now that is a great group of albums! Fantastic rises for Fun House, A Love Supreme, The Velvet Underground, and Pink Moon. I'm really surprised at how low some of those finished last time.
One thing that's strange to me is that Transformer beat out all VU records besides the obvious. I personally disagree with this, and it just feels intuitively wrong. Besides the big songs ("Perfect Day," "Walk on the Wild Side," and "Satellite of Love") I can't really see what's classic about the other material, while the s/t is great all the way through in a refreshingly different way from their first two albums.
94-81 : wow, here comes the heavy stuff !
XO made a spectacular comeback to my list at 178 (and it could even move up). What a great songwriter ! The 00's poll made me listen to great albums like Figure 8 but nothing beatsthat one. And I don't know Either/Or.
A bunch of albums that I placed at 200-400 : Fun House, Closer, Different Class, Horses, Pink Moon, Plastic Ono Band. Cutting at 200 was kinda painful. It left a lot of great albums behind. If I look at my list, 400 is better.
A Loe Supreme is an album I still need to get to now. I do prefer the more melodious My Favorite Things.
And while Closer is one of the very few post punk albums that I love, I disapprove Unknown Pleasures being higher. It looks like the draft of the following album and it's postpunk at its most sinister and skeletal.
I have a special love for The Velvet Underground and its eerie and mellow songs, but there's no way it's above Transformer. I never understood why some people tend to despisr Lou Reed's solo stuff and put the VU only on a pedestal. Transformer is a wonderful album, fresh, colorful, and an immaculate collection of songs. Of course, the Wild Side/Satelitte/Perfect Day trio outshines the rest (and by the sole presence of those 3 Transformer is already a classic), but the rest is excellent too. I love "Hanging Round" and the other rockers like "I'm so free", and the hilarious "NY Conversation". You're in a movie. The Bowie/Ronson production makes it the ideal companion to Ziggy Stardust. And I still haven't mentionned the lyrics, all around and about New York. Nothing beats The VU & Nico and its tremendous importance, but Transformer comes second in my Lou Reed pantheon. Lou Reed doesn't seem to take himself too seriously on that one, it's less gloomy than Berlin and it captures an era (70s) and a place (The Big Apple).
But you gotta appreciate simple things and consider than a masterpiece is not necessarily dark, complicated, ambitious, and, most of all, different.
@DanM : argh that's . Will they ever understand ? I'm lucky to work at home now, so i can play music and follow the results of this great poll while my wife's away. But today she's home so I gotta go before starting WWIII
Enter the Wu-Tang back in the top 200, that's great news, it sure has too many skits but beside that all songs are great.
Hey Moonbeam, have you noticed how now Neon Bible is 5 places above The Age of Adz ? (Yeah, I know, I should not feed the troll )
I'm glad XO cracked the top 100 (though remaining at the same level as the previous poll would already have been fine)
It shows Elliott getting more ambitious with much richer orchestrations, but it does not forget to have great melodies (while Figure 8 sometimes do).
I still prefer Either/Or which is plain perfect in my book, but the first half of XO is close to the same level of perfection, especially thanks to Waltz #2 my favorite song ever. The second half is not completely up to par, sometimes over orchestrated, but it displays some nice tricks you might not have expected Elliott to be able to pull.
The revised version is really much better! "Let It Be", "Help!", and even "Please Plase Me" rose astoundingly in more deserving positions representing their quality according to me "Lady Soul" is finally included, with two Aretha Franklin albums now representing this fabulous singer in the Top 500, even in such low rankings. "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Straight Outta Compton" also took serious benefit from this "update" especially the first one. And "Document" is above "Life's Rich Pageant" as well. Whoah, even the Sex Pistols are higher, even not to a rudicilously big rate which should ! Anyway, awesome!
OK, "In Utero" going out for the sake of "Sea Change" is so totally not my cup of tea but it's VanillaFire's preferences, not mine. Some others sadly fell too ("The Clash", "Screamadelica", "Definitely Maybe", "Imagine") but thankfully not much.
The rankings were right, the points weren't. Should be fixed for the rest of the list.
"I'm in love with the world through the eyes of a girl"
 Elliott Smith | Either/Or | 1997
Points: 1725 | Votes: 15 | AM Rank: 422 | 2009 Poll Rank: 107 (+27)
Biggest Fan: Nassim (1)
"The world is alive now"
 Fleet Foxes | Fleet Foxes | 2008
Points: 1732 | Votes: 19 | AM Rank: 249 | 2009 Poll Rank: 81 (+2)
Biggest Fan: Toni (16)
"I don't suppose it's meant for me"
 Nick Drake | Five Leaves Left | 1969
Points: 1831 | Votes: 17 | AM Rank: 151 | 2009 Poll Rank: 89 (+11)
Biggest Fan: Petri (4)
"The sound they made was love"
 The Flaming Lips | The Soft Bulletin | 1999
Points: 1834 | Votes: 21 | AM Rank: 155 | 2009 Poll Rank: 48 (-29)
Biggest Fan: nj (1)
"Until we dream of life and life becomes a dream"
 Stevie Wonder | Songs in the Key of Life | 1976
Points: 1849 | Votes: 20 | AM Rank: 46 | 2009 Poll Rank: 55 (-21)
Biggest Fan: Nicolas (6)
"Don't put your life in the hands
Of a rock and roll band"
 Oasis | (What's the Story) Morning Glory? | 1995
Points: 1864 | Votes: 19 | AM Rank: 87 | 2009 Poll Rank: 86 (+11)
Biggest Fan: Nick (12)
"My presence is a present
Kiss my ass"
 Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy | 2010
Points: 1872 | Votes: 17 | AM Rank: N/A | 2009 Poll Rank: N/A
Biggest Fan: Kingoftonga (13)
"You can never quarantine the past"
 Pavement | Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain | 1994
Points: 1912 | Votes: 17 | AM Rank: 223 | 2009 Poll Rank: 73 (No Change)
Biggest Fan: Schwah (1)
"You're going to reap just what you sow"
 Lou Reed | Transformer | 1972
Points: 1919 | Votes: 19 | AM Rank: 78 | 2009 Poll Rank: 87 (+15)
Biggest Fan: Otisredding (14)
We will fall"
 Sonic Youth | Daydream Nation | 1988
Points: 1938 | Votes: 17 | AM Rank: 72 | 2009 Poll Rank: 59 (-12)
Biggest Fan: Beefsupreme (9)
There are some fantastic albums in there!
Let me add to the earlier set that I totally agree that Unknown Pleasures is definitely better than Closer.
I'm sad to see Songs in the Key of Life fall so much, and to see it behind (What's the Story) Morning Glory? makes me very, very sad.
Hooray for Transformer's boost. nicolas is right - it captures a scene so well, and there are great songs beyond the big 3. My picks are "Vicious", "Wagon Wheel" and "I'm So Free".
Viva Pubilc Enemy, #1 rap album! Much deserved.
some of my favorites in there
Fleet Foxes (22) : IM folky O the best album of the 00s. You'll notice that it beats TVOR while the competition between the 2 of them looks very very tight in the 00s poll. A great folk rock record, maybe one of the best that ever was, and it's from 2008. This is absolutely a-temporal and could have been made anytime since 1966. As I grow old, I'm more interested in family records, I mean a record that your grandma would like. I know that one of the purposes of rock is to shock your parents ((that's what Elvis, the Pistols, Nine Inch Nails or now Animal Collective did, right ?). But now the history of this genre spreads over 3 generations, so concensual records like this one appear. For the peace of families . The songwriting, the instrumentation, the vocal parts, all is perfect here. The only little flaw is that some songs could have used a little simplification in their structure. BUt it's also part of its charms.
Five Leaves left (38 : another great folk record. I think the cover art totally captures the essence of the music inside. Light and darkness. And what an acoustic guitarist.
Songs in The Key Of Life (6) : I've already spoken about that one, joking that it was good because it was long. I love double albums, "garage sell" albums in which the artists express all of their creativity in various ways, even if it is unfocused. Here every song is a potential single. I know some people find it a bit cheesy (especially certain keyboard sounds). I like it like it is, with all of its flaws. Albums are like people sometimes. At each listen I'm always moved by a different song. last time it was the very first one, "love's In Need...". ANd when you're a father for the first time, "Isn't she lovely ?" suddenly has a different taste.
I already told you about "Transformer". I like that record and how Lou uses humor to hide the pains of life.
Others : Either/or is a record I still have to discover. It's good to know that those kind of albums are there waiting for you.
Soft Bulletin and MBDTF are OK but didn't make my list. I prefer Goo to daydream Nation, and the former made my list.
Oasis and Pavement (for opposite reasons) are bands I don't like.
2 of my all time favorite here, one that I consider the great father of the other.
So yeah, Either/Or is still my favorite album ever and I am glad more and more AMers seem to enjoy it (shame on you nicolas, like if I had not already talked far too much about it !)
I'm not a huge fan of Crooked Rain Crooked Rain but it has one of the very best ending song I have ever heard, this Fillmore Jive gives me the chills every time I listen to it.
And I still don't enjoy the Soft Bulletin, except for Waiting for a Superman.
Great showing again by Fleet Foxes and Kanye. I kind of remember during the 2009 list that most people thought the album would fall down a little in the next list once it got less fresh in our minds, but its still sticking in. Such a great folk record. Pecknold has the best voice in music now.
Great for Kanye as well. Always great to have more hip-hop in the top 100. Just need to move for jazz there as well.
Yeah! Fleet Foxes keep their position in the top 80. It's really good to see that gem of an album ranking among stablished classics like Daydream Nation, Soft Bulletin, Transformer and Morning Glory. The most impressive thing of their music is that they make it seem so easy for everyone to compose and perform those tracks. The first time I heard it in 2008, my first active year on AM, I thought to myself: great to know good albums like this are things that appear every now and then. But no, since then nothing with the same flow and effortless musicality has appeared anymore, even though there are a few more recent albums above it in my own list. And, nicolas, I don't consider that their "jam" moments hurt the album, in fact, it makes for the audition always turning into a pleasing travel. I consider "He Doesn't Know Why" my favorite song of last decade.
Time to make some comments about the top 200-101:
- I don't remember where Fear of Music placed last times, but it was an awesome surprise to see it near the top 150. For me it's one of the most underrated albums ever, topping even the unique Remain In Light. The Heads appear there at their most urgent, creating a threatening climate that I have never found in another album. Sometimes it really seems the music is persecuting you (Cities, Memories Can't Wait, Air), while Heaven must be their most poignant song.
- Didn't expect to see Reckoning so high. I also consider it R.E.M's best album after their 2 big ones.
- Well, even if I had a little hope of seeing Parklife back to top 100, I accept it's rank. At least it looks to have stablished a position among the classic ones, in the contrary of other Britpop acts that seem to be fading as time passes. It has been my all time #2 for half a decade (I began listening to "music" in 2005) and can't see it going down.
- Of course the hugest surprise of it all is Vampire Weekend at #118. I always thought I was a bit alone in liking that album so much. Like VanillaFire1000 has said, much of it's appeal comes from it's way of combining afropop melodies and textures to their new wave influences, creating a beautiful musical landscape as well as a fresh and clean sound. Now get this style and with it create perfect pop tracks like "Boston", the synthy "One", the running "Walcott", the soaring-savannah-feel "The Kids Don't Stand a Chance", not to mention the 5 leading and almost equally acclaimed tracks, and then you have one of the masterpieces of last decade. Many may consider I'm exagerating for such a recent album, but it has been slowly rising in my all time list since it's discovery until surprisingly reaching the top 10 this time.
- Glad to see Paul's Boutique as the 2nd best '80s rap album. Another one I didn't expect to see this high.
- Last, another of my deceptions was the fall of Surfer Rosa, which had been near number 50 in the last two polls. I consider it a much better and more cohesive piece than Doolittle.
Very sad Kraftwerk haven't done particularly well this time round - TEE around 140, and The Man Machine around 200! they're so incredibly relistenable to, it surprises me that they are falling down people's lists. Both are electronic/synth pop masterpieces.
I'm ashamed to say that I've never heard a Fleet Foxes album in it's entirety. I have heard bits of pieces from friends but I've never felt influenced enough to listen to their albums; until today that is! Thanks to the strength of these polls I've given their albums a few spins and I'm stunned by the quality and beauty of their music.
Truth be told, I think I have an unintentional bias towards the early 70's/late 60's releases and it's clouded my judgement on newer releases. I still feel distant from the cesspool of todays music industry, but Fleet Foxes are a breath of fresh air.
Speaking as someone with three Kraftwerk albums in my top 25, I'm also a bit disappointed. But perhaps there was some vote-splitting with this group as well? They still managed three albums in the top 250 here, which is better than their status on the actual AM site, even if none of those albums made it into the Top 100.
"We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl year after year"
 Pink Floyd | Wish You Were Here | 1975
Points: 1939 | Votes: 20 | AM Rank: 170 | 2009 Poll Rank: 63 (-7)
Biggest Fan: Marc (2)
"Nobody writes them like they used to
So it may as well be me"
 Belle and Sebastian | If You're Feeling Sinister | 1996
Points: 1976 | Votes: 18 | AM Rank: 234 | 2009 Poll Rank: 64 (-5)
Biggest Fan: Tim E (3)
"Will you ever win?"
 Fleetwood Mac | Rumours | 1977
Points: 1987 | Votes: 17 | AM Rank: 58 | 2009 Poll Rank: 88 (-20)
Biggest Fan: Stephen (2)
"Never could stand that dog"
 Tom Waits | Swordfishtrombones | 1983
Points: 1997 | Votes: 19 | AM Rank: 100 | 2009 Poll Rank: 93 (+26)
Biggest Fan: Antonius (3)
"In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is king"
 Tom Waits | Rain Dogs | 1985
Points: 2029 | Votes: 20 | AM Rank: 114 | 2009 Poll Rank: 78 (+12)
Biggest Fan: Pauldrach (2)
"I got a letter from the government"
 Public Enemy | It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back | 1988
Points: 2029 | Votes: 19 | AM Rank: 17 | 2009 Poll Rank: 54 (-11)
Biggest Fan: ParticleAnalyst (4)
"I wouldn't trade one stupid decision
For another five years of lies"
 LCD Soundsystem | Sound of Silver | 2007
Points: 2033 | Votes: 21 | AM Rank: 137 | 2009 Poll Rank: 76 (+12)
Biggest Fan: Nick (7)
"Close my eyes"
 My Bloody Valentine | Loveless | 1991
Points: 2043 | Votes: 20 | AM Rank: 74 | 2009 Poll Rank: 45 (-18)
Biggest Fan: Jackson (1)
"Every time I phone you, I just want to put you down"
 Elvis Costello | This Year's Model | 1978
Points: 2133 | Votes: 23 | AM Rank: 79 | 2009 Poll Rank: 72 (+10)
Biggest Fan: ParticleAnalyst (8)
"I am just a poor boy, though my story's seldom told"
 Simon and Garfunkel | Bridge Over Troubled Water | 1970
Points: 2137 | Votes: 21 | AM Rank: 118 | 2009 Poll Rank: 96 (+35)
Biggest Fan: Miguel (2)
Funny, I don't remember that rare alternative album cover for "If You're Feeling Sinister"
I am disheartened at the drop of Loveless. Absolutely the disappointment of the poll for me; I was hoping it would rise at least into the top 40.
Even after 40+ listens, by far more than any other album since in the last three or so years, Loveless is a magical experience every time. Its sound is simply more beautiful, more fully realized than any album I've heard. It flows together incredibly well as a front-to-back experience while also having massive standouts "Soon," "To Here Knows When," and "Sometimes." This album is number one with a bullet for me, far ahead of the rest of my top 10. It's hard to anticipate it being passed for any reason other than wearing it out. Not to say nothing could ever be better, but it would take true musical paradise to beat this out.
I cringe every time a journalist compares a new band to MBV. Give me a break. No one's come close to this. Other dream-pop/shoegaze standouts like Souvlaki or A Strangely Isolated Place may use similar techniques, but nothing can capture the emotional intensity or production of Loveless for me.
PopMatters had a great article about Loveless as part of its recent series on Nevermind and 1991 music. I usually am turned off by this much hyperbole being applied to music, but Loveless really deserves it.
I'm quite surprised by Wish you Were Here in the top 100, but if it's your choice...
Rumors and Bridge Over Troubled Water prove that soft rock has a real place here in this forum. It seems there's a silent group of soft rock lovers (because we hear many comments about albums from the 00's but few about the others.
The rise of Tom Waits is an excellent thing. I never understood why Swordfishtrombones, although excellent (my #211 but only my 5th favorite Tom Waits album) is his most acclaimed album. Rain Dogs IMO is far more better, and this forum knows it too. An incredible album, like an aquarium of strange and beautiful songs and characters. Like Ry Cooder, Tom is an archeologist of music, and in Rain Dogs you can hear the music of all the different nations that made America. It's rock, it's country, it's blues, it's Gypsy, and as in any good Tom Waits the ballads ("Time", "Hang Down Your Head") are highlights. And Tom Waits is a fantastic lyricist too. BTW it was my #7. Nad as a gift, Marc Ribot's guitar (ahh "Jockey Full Of Bourbon") inspired by Waits' strange instructions in the studio ("play that song like it's the bar mitzvah of a dwarf")
Sound Of Silver (#191) : epic and hectic, another great NY album. The last track, in contrast with the rest, is totally beautiful.
Public Enemy (214) was almost in my top 200 and I'm happy to see them here.
I have a problem with Costello and after reading such a vibrant review of "Loveless" by jackson, I'm a little embarrassed to say that it's my second least favorite album of this top 100 (after Unknown Pleasures). You can't like everything, can you ?
Great group of albums here. I wouldn't say I'm the biggest Tom Waits fan (no albums in my top 200) but I understand his importance to music. Loveless and Wish You Were Here are two albums that have grown on me considerably in the past year. After disliking Pink Floyd my entire life, something just clicked with me. Maybe that will happen soon with Zeppelin, but I doubt it. But MBV created a record that is just a sonic assault to your head. Just hearing the intro to "Only Shallow" is like getting synesthesia.
Good to see Bridge over Troubled Water move up this year.
Someday Tom Waits will stop being the hip artist to like just like Beefheart used to be. His music annoys me to no end. Yes, even here like Rym I am ruthless!
Jackson, you managed to pick the only good Fleetwood Mac song ("Rhianon") not from Rumours for the quote.
Tom Waits ? Hip artist ? Find something else, John ! I'm a fan since 1986
Among roots musicians, he's a sort of God. And he's much more talented than Beefhart. Probably one of the best on stage. Too bad you can't get past his voice Henry. My grandma was like that too. Seriously, he's probably the living artist I admire the most along with the Boss. A scholar on music. And what a funny guy !
Hey guys am I gonna be the only 1 to defend Tom Waits ? Rise up and speak !
I actually Tom Waits a lot more than Beefheart. Both "Rain Dogs" and "Swordfishtrombones" were in my top 200. The first Tom Waits song I heard was "Underground" and the instant the vocals kicked in I wanted nothing more than to shut the song off. Now I love his vocals. His music sets a very particular scene, and his vocals are essential for that scene to properly work. I guess all I can say is that his vocals are an acquired taste.
Apparently the critic Daniel Durchholz described his vocals as sounding like "like it was soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car."
This just goes to prove that nj is actually Marvel Comics' Dead Pool.
I'm pretty sure the "forum" doesn't exist at all.
Try to find it when the morphine wears off.
I like Swordfishtrombones more than Rain Dogs, only for the reason that there were attempts of creating something accessible. Swordfishtrombones was career defining for Waits, and Rain Dogs was an extension of that success. The thing is, (as unreasonable as it may sound), I don't enjoy long albums, especially ones which are intended to be difficult and messy/sprawling. Double albums are usually only bearable if they are intended to be seperate pieces of art like Hounds of Love. One of the reasons why I love Nick Drake's Pink Moon is the running length of 28 minutes!
ps: no Nick Cave album in the t500 (both 1.0 and 1.1)...... sooo
is he the REAL VOTESPLITTER after all?? (shushh.... don't tell Hasbro)
Hooray for Sound of Silver and This Year's Model! Great, great albums, those!
As for Tom Waits, I much prefer Swordfishtrombones to Rain Dogs. Rain Dogs is good, but Swordfishtrombones makes me feel like I've woken up in a twisted carnival with no way out, and I like the feeling!
"We shine like a burning star"
 U2 | Achtung Baby | 1991
Points: 2144 | Votes: 22 | AM Rank: 82 | 2009 Poll Rank: 52 (-8)
Biggest Fan: Penguin (10)
"You know the day destroys the night"
 The Doors | The Doors | 1967
Points: 2149 | Votes: 26 | AM Rank: 24 | 2009 Poll Rank: 71 (+12)
Biggest Fan: Listyguy (13)
"In another world, in another time"
 Van Morrison | Astral Weeks | 1968
Points: 2213 | Votes: 23 | AM Rank: 15 | 2009 Poll Rank: 35 (-23)
Biggest Fan: Antonius (1)
"I want a shot at redemption"
 Paul Simon | Graceland | 1986
Points: 2228 | Votes: 20 | AM Rank: 76 | 2009 Poll Rank: 69 (+12)
Biggest Fans: Marc, VanillaFire1000 (1)
"You were right about the stars
Each one is a setting sun"
 Wilco | Yankee Hotel Foxtrot | 2002
Points: 2231 | Votes: 22 | AM Rank: 71 | 2009 Poll Rank: 70 (+14)
Biggest Fan: Jonathan (6)
"Not everyone can carry the weight of the world"
 R.E.M. | Murmur | 1983
Points: 2258 | Votes: 21 | AM Rank: 65 | 2009 Poll Rank: 46 (-9)
Biggest Fan: Andre (3)
"I will sit right down, waiting for the gift of sound and vision"
 David Bowie | Low | 1977
Points: 2258 | Votes: 24 | AM Rank: 89 | 2009 Poll Rank: 39 (-15)
Biggest Fan: Stephen (7)
"Give me a reason to love you"
 Portishead | Dummy | 1994
Points: 2258 | Votes: 25 | AM Rank: 70 | 2009 Poll Rank: 60 (+7)
Biggest Fan: Henrik (2)
"She was more like a beauty queen from a movie scene"
 Michael Jackson | Thriller | 1982
Points: 2264 | Votes: 23 | AM Rank: 27 | 2009 Poll Rank: 62 (+10)
Biggest Fan: Georgie (9)
"I want to belong to the living"
 Joni Mitchell | Blue | 1971
Points: 2292 | Votes: 21 | AM Rank: 48 | 2009 Poll Rank: 61 (+10)
Biggest Fan: Stephen (1)
My two cents on the last bunch:
Achtung Baby: Listening to it for the first time now. The presence of "One" had turned me off to it, but thankfully there are much better songs on here. I definitely like it more than The Joshua Tree.
The Doors: This album is a classic in every sense of the word. Sublimely psychedelic at times.
Astral Weeks: In what world is this worse than Moondance? This should be a universal classic that finishes in the top 20. "Sweet Thing" and the title track are just ridiculously good. I'd like to hear why anyone doesn't like this album.
Graceland: Not my cup of tea, but I definitely see why people like it.
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: This towers over the rest of their output IMO. One Beat passed it recently as my favorite of 2002, but this album still finished as my number 70.
Murmur: Never gotten into it. I've always like R.E.M.'s big songs but never their albums. More on that later in the poll.
Low: Bowie's best IMO. One of the few albums that successfully pulls off having two completely different sounding sides.
Dummy: This album will only rise with time. The perfect nighttime listen.
Thriller: No one else will say it, so I'm going to: this is an important, massive album, but not a great one in this kind of company. The singles are great of course, but too many songs are just unlistenable.
Blue: Jury's still out on this one, only heard it for the first time recently.
This is a bit of a meh bunch. Low is fantastic and I also really like The Doors, although it is slipping a bit in my esteem. I agree that Thriller is out of its depth here. MJ has at 3 albums better than it, I think. Dummy is a funny one. I enjoy it more than I expect when it's on, but I never get the urge to play it. Achtung Baby is good and better than The Joshua Tree, but I like Zooropa even better.
61-70 is a great bunch. I'm surprised how high both the big Waits albums finished, but they're both in my top 20. Wish You Were Here is easily my favorite Floyd.
51-60 isn't as strong. I love Blue, but generally that group, IMO, are 'Most acclaimed albums' by groups who have much better albums.