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100 Must Have CDs

Borders and Rolling Stone in Australia have just released a list of ‘The 100 Must Have CDs’. The promotional blurb for Borders describes it as ‘a list of essential albums that belong in any music lover’s collection’. The albums were chosen by the editors of RS… as those ‘responsible for the evolution of music’ and which ‘defined a generation and continue to resonate with music lovers today’.

The list doesn't appear to be published in Australian RS magazine itself, but in a brochure available at Borders, where the listed CDs feature in a promotional sale. Ah, commerce.

There’s no apparent order:

Ill Communication – Beastie Boys
Thriller – Michael Jackson
A Rush of Blood to the Head – Coldplay
Woodface – Crowded House
Imagine – John Lennon
Blue Lines – Massive Attack
Straight Outta Compton – NWA
Hi Fi Way – You Am I
Henry’s Dream – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
Electric Ladyland – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Definitive Collection – Ray Charles
Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
Diorama – Silverchair
In On the Killtaker – Fugazi
Revolver – The Beatles
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s… - The Sex Pistols
Slanted and Enchanted – Pavement
Doolittle – Pixies
The Chronic – Dr Dre
Simply Beautiful: The Very Best of… - Al Green
Back In Black – AC/DC
The Stranger – Billy Joel
Blonde On Blonde – Bob Dylan
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
Tapestry – Carole King
London Calling – The Clash
Elvis At Sun – Elvis Presley
Grace – Jeff Buckley
At Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash
Off the Wall – Michael Jackson
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – Midnight Oil
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back – Public Enemy
Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
Definitely Maybe – Oasis
The Wall – Pink Floyd
The Beatles (White Album) – The Beatles
Raising Hell – Run-DMC
Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan
Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
Greatest Hits – Sly & the Family Stone
Is This It? – The Strokes
Odelay – Beck
Legend – Bob Marley & the Wailers
Dusty In Memphis – Dusty Springfield
The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem
Appetite For Destruction – Guns n’ Roses
Axis: Bold As Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Black Album – Metallica
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
Nevermind – Nirvana
Abbey Road – The Beatles
Songs For the Deaf – Queens of the Stone Age
Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Daydream Nation – Sonic Youth
Innervisions – Stevie Wonder
There’s a Riot Goin’ On – Sly & the Family Stone
Blood On the Tracks – Bob Dylan
Songs In the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder
Talking Book – Stevie Wonder
The Joshua Tree – U2
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
Who’s Next – The Who
East – Cold Chisel
Hotel California – The Eagles
Dookie – Green Day
Trout Mask Replica – Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Blue – Joni Mitchell
Closer – Joy Division
OK Computer – Radiohead
Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti – Led Zeppelin
Like A Prayer – Madonna
After the Gold Rush – Neil Young
Harvest – Neil Young
Rubber Soul – The Beatles
Purple Rain – Prince & the Revolution
The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths
Remain In Light – Talking Heads
Heart Attack And Vine – Tom Waits
Astral Weeks – Van Morrison
Moondance – Van Morrison
Fresh Cream – Cream
I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You – Aretha Franklin
Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
Horses – Patti Smith
Raw Power – The Stooges
What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye
Let It Bleed – The Rolling Stones
The Anthology – Muddy Waters
Godfather: The Very Best of… - James Brown
The Best of… - The Doors
Otis Blue – Otis Redding
Sign O The Times – Prince
Marquee Moon – Television
This Year’s Model – Elvis Costello
Ramones – Ramones
Exile On Main Street – The Rolling Stones
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie

Some predictable choices there, but also some interesting ones too…