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These are the top albums of all time that not only don't have songs on the acclaimed top 3000, but have no bubblers.
01. Joy Division- Closer
02. Captain Beefheart- Trout Mask Replica
03. Lou Reed- Berlin
04. The Kinks- Village Green Preservation Society
05. Eno- Another Green World
06. Belle & Sebastian- If You're Feeling Sinister
07. Elvis Costello- Imperial Bedroom
08. The Byrds- Notorious Byrd Brothers
09. The Magnetic Fields- 69 Love Songs
10. Brian Eno & David Byrne- My Life in the Bush of Ghosts
11. Sonic Youth- Sister
12. The Beatles- With The Beatles
13. Donald Fagan- The Nightfly
14. Spiritualized- Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space
15. Bonnie "Prince" Billy- I See a Darkness
16. New Order- Technique
17. Serge Gainsbourg- Histoire de Melody Nelson
18. Johnny Cash- American Recordings
19. Miles Davis- Jeru/ Birth of the Cool
20. John Coltrane- Giant Steps
21. Deep Purple- In Rock
22. Bob Dylan & The Band- The Basement Tapes
23. Randy Newman- 12 Songs
24. Miles Davis- Sketches of Spain
25. The Prodigy- Music for the Jilted Generation
anyone have any personal favs for these?
I See A Darkness (the album) might not have a single song in AM, but there's a cover of I See A Darkness (the song) by Johnny Cash "bubbling under".
The Beatles - "With the Beatles" - "Hold Me Tight," "Little Child," "All My Loving," "It Won't Be Long," "Till There Was You," and "Don't Bother Me" (more for sentiment - George's first song)
All of these songs would probably be in my top 1000 and a good chunk would make my top 200.
04. The Kinks- Village Green Preservation Society- Title track, Village Green, Do You Remember Walter, Johnny Thunder, Picture Book
06. Belle & Sebastian- If You're Feeling Sinister- Fox in the Snow, Stars of Track and Field, Seeing Other People, Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying, Like Dylan in the Movies
08. The Byrds- Notorious Byrd Brothers- Draft Morning, Goin Back
09. The Magnetic Fields- 69 Love Songs- All My Little Words, I Don't Believe in the Sun, When My Boy Walks Down the Street, Yeah! Oh Yeah
12. The Beatles- With The Beatles- Hold Me Tight, Don't Bother Me, Little Child, Not a Second Time
14. Spiritualized- Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space- Stop Your Crying
15. Bonnie "Prince" Billy- I See a Darkness- A Minor Place, I See a Darkness
Playing my own game:
02. Captain Beefheart- Trout Mask Replica "Ella Guru"
03. Lou Reed- Berlin- "Caroline Says 2"
04. The Kinks- Village Green Preservation Society- Title Track
05. Eno- Another Green World- "St. Elmo's Fire"
06. Belle & Sebastian- If You're Feeling Sinister- "Get Me Away From Here, I'm Dying"
07. Elvis Costello- Imperial Bedroom- "Man Out of Time"
08. The Byrds- Notorious Byrd Brothers- "Going Back"
09. The Magnetic Fields- 69 Love Songs- "The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side"
11. Sonic Youth- Sister- "Kotton Krown"
12. The Beatles- With The Beatles- "It Won't Be Long"
14. Spiritualized- Ladies and Gentlemen We are Floating in Space- Title Track
15. Bonnie "Prince" Billy- I See a Darkness- Title Track
18. Johnny Cash- American Recordings- "Delia's Gone"
22. Bob Dylan & The Band- The Basement Tapes- "Million Dollar Bash"
also favs from just outside of the top:
David Bowie- Aladdin Sane- "Prettiest Star"
The Shins- Chutes Too Narrow- "Gone For Good"
Sam Cooke- Live at the Harlem Square Club- "Chain Gang"
Neutral Milk Hotel- In The Aeroplane Over The Sea- Title Track
Neil Young- Ragged Glory- "Country Home"
Modest Mouse- Moon & Antarctica- "3rd Planet"
Wilco- A Ghost is Born- "Wishful Thinking"
Dinosaur Jr.- You're Living All Over Me- "Little Fury Things"
Young Marble Giants- Colossal Youth- "Credit in the Straight World"
Wilco- Summerteeth- "Via Chicago"
Wilco- Being There- "Sunken Treasure"
Beck- Sea Change- "It's All in Your Mind"
Van Morrison- Veedon Fleece- "You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the River"
Excellent idea for a thread, Jonathon. And, at least if we look to the first five on the list, the possible explanation is that they are albums in which the mood, the overall ambiance (being 1 despair 2 bizarreness 3 sordidness 4 nostalgia 5 dreamlike) is the important here and not the particular songs. Anyway any good album should have good songs. These are my choices:
1) JOY DIVISION "The Eternal"
2) CAPTAIN BEEFHEART AND HIS MAGIC BAND "When Big Joan Sets Up"
3) LOU REED “Caroline Says II”
4) THE KINKS “Picture Book”
5) ENO "St. Elmo's Fire"
6) BELLE & SEBASTIAN "Like Dylan in the Movies" (#20 in my all-time list)
7) ELVIS COSTELLO & THE ATTRACTIONS "Almost Blue"
8) THE BYRDS "Goin' Back"
9) THE MAGNETIC FIELDS "No One Will Ever Love You"
10) BRIAN ENO - DAVID BYRNE "Regiment" (#237 in my all-time list)
11) SONIC YOUTH "Schizophrenia"
12) THE BEATLES "Not a Second Time"
13) DONALD FAGEN "New Frontier"
14) SPIRITUALIZED "Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space" (#138 in my all-time list)
15) BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY "I See a Darkness"
16) NEW ORDER "Vanishing Point"
17) SERGE GAINSBOURG "Ballade de Melody Nelson"
18) JOHNNY CASH "Delia’s Gone"
19) MILES DAVIS "Venus de Milo"
20) JOHN COLTRANE "Giant Steps"
21) DEEP PURPLE "Child in Time"
22) BOB DYLAN & THE BAND "Tears of Rage"
23) RANDY NEWMAN "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)"
24) MILES DAVIS "Concierto de Aranjuez (Adagio)"
25) THE PRODIGY "Voodoo People"
The whole idea came when I tried to put together a "best song off every top 500 album" playlist, and I realized about 30-50 didn't have songs.