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Be Honest

Be honest, how cliche is my top 50 albums list?
Because one things for sure, I absolutely hate cliches and mindless conformity, but this is truly how I feel about the ranking of the albums, not matter how worn the cliches are.

50. Screamadelica- Primal Scream- 1991
49. White Blood Cells- The White Stripes- 2001
48. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot- Wilco- 2002
47. In the Aeroplane over the Sea- Neutral Milk Hotel- 1998
46. The Bends- Radiohead- 1995
45. Parklife- Blur- 1994
44. Rumours- Fleetwood Mac- 1977
43. The Stone Roses- The Stone Roses- 1989
42. Surfer Rosa- Pixies- 1988
41. Unknown Pleasures- Joy Division- 1979
40. Blue Lines- Massive Attack- 1991
39. Funeral- Arcade Fire- 2004
38. Sound of Silver- LCD Soundsystem- 2007
37. Definitely Maybe- Oasis- 1994
36. The Joshua Tree- U2- 1987
35. Are You Experienced?- Jimi Hendrix- 1967
34. Closer- Joy Division- 1980
33. Doolittle- Pixies- 1989
32. Who’s Next- The Who- 1971
31. Beggars Banquet- The Rolling Stones- 1968
30. Rubber Soul- The Beatles- 1965
29. Let It Bleed- The Rolling Stones- 1969
28. Thriller- Michael Jackson- 1982
27. Kid A- Radiohead- 2000
26. Electric Ladyland- Jimi Hendrix- 1968
25. Automatic For The People- R.E.M.- 1992
24. Led Zeppelin IV- Led Zeppelin- 1971
23. The Queen Is Dead- The Smiths- 1986
22. Born To Run- Bruce Springsteen- 1975
21. Elephant- The White Stripes- 2003
20. What’s Going On- Marvin Gaye- 1971
19. Sign ‘O’ The Times- Prince- 1987
18. Highway 61 Revisited- Bob Dylan- 1965
17. The Doors- The Doors- 1967
16. Nevermind- Nirvana- 1991
15. Is This It- The Strokes- 2001
14. The Dark Side Of The Moon- Pink Floyd- 1973
13. Abbey Road- The Beatles- 1969
12. Exile on Main St.- The Rolling Stones- 1972
11. Blood On The Tracks- Bob Dylan- 1975
10. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?- Oasis- 1995
9. The Velvet Underground & Nico- The Velvet Underground- 1967
8. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars- David Bowie- 1972
7. Blonde On Blonde- Bob Dylan- 1966
6. The Beatles (“The White Album”)- The Beatles- 1968
5. London Calling- The Clash- 1979
4. Revolver- The Beatles- 1966
3. Pet Sounds- The Beach Boys- 1966
2. OK Computer- Radiohead- 1997
1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band- The Beatles- 1967

Re: Be Honest

If it's true in your heart, it's not a cliche. Go on, wit ya bad self.

Re: Be Honest

From your list one can gleam that you enjoy listening to highly acclaimed albums. I mean, this is the acclaimed music forum board. Your list is rather close to the mean taste of these boards, and imo these boards have excellent taste. My list also looks a little like that, and there's nothing wrong with it. In fact, pat yourself on the back; your taste is impeccable!

Sgt. Pepper at #1 is a little cliche, but it's all good.

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i once had a problem with a cliched list. i fixed it by filling it with pretentious nonesenese and flipping it upsidedown.

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haha it's all good, Nick. There is a reason why the "cliched" acclaimed albums are so acclaimed, after all.

My list might be too UNusual, and so people would call it pretentious (it includes stuff by Schulze, Dinosaur Jr., and Dirty Three). That could be worse than your list.

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i don't think your list is cliche at all. in some ways, i would even call it ambitious. and i really like it too. i certainly agree with is this it and elephant being so high. i love both of those albums.

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... i have some old fart thumb/ups left to offer you... it's still up to the ones you want to cut off first... no clichés, just a base camp... tru life's awaitin' you after all, freshgeek..

Re: Be Honest

If you love sthg, then what if it's a cliché ?

Don't think about what the others will think and just enjoy music.

Re: Be Honest

Be honest, how cliche is my top 50 albums list?

Much better to be "cliche" than pretentiousness. While I appreciate the appearance of an "unexpected" album in a Top 50 (sometimes I discover great albums outside the usual critical "canon" that way), there IS a reason why a cliche develops: many of those albums really ARE very good.


44. Rumours- Fleetwood Mac- 1977
36. The Joshua Tree- U2- 1987
14. The Dark Side Of The Moon- Pink Floyd- 1973
10. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?- Oasis- 1995
8. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars- David Bowie- 1972

These are the ones that take guts IMO. RUMOURS isn't really the "cool" choice...THEN PLAY ON would be. I also like that you choose what I still feel is U2's best album and after hearing much of their "acclaimed" earlier stuff I *still* think DSOTM is the Floyd's best most cohesive effort.

DEFINITELY MAYBE may be more "indie" but track for track, MORNING GLORY is a better album. And of the albums I've heard from Bowie (and I've heard just about all the ones getting love from this site) the others don't "hang" together as well for me as ZIGGY does.

You could stand a little more Beach Boys in there, though.

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Your top 50 probably has 20-30 albums in common with my top 50.

It's better to have a list that's maybe a bit too top heavy than one that goes for obscurity for the sake of obscurity.

The only albums I'd consider for my top 50 that aren't in the AM top 200 are probably On The Beach, Deceit, One Beat, Replacements Let It Be, Os Mutantes, Silent Shout, Disintegration. Maybe a few of the less acclaimed Radiohead albums or Phaedra.

(Which by the way, other people need to vote for in the 1974 poll!)

Re: Be Honest

You need to listen to more hip-hop, but otherwise it is an awesome list.