Re: My 20 Favorite Albums of All-Time
Going with the theme set above, I left off compilation albums (greatest hits and such) and I limited myself to one album per artist (I could include almost the entire discography of Metallica, Pink Floyd and Black Sabbath/Ozzy). Obviously with what I have just written my list will be very different than those above.
In no particular order
1 Pearl Jam - Ten
I discovered Pearl Jam at the same time as everyone else. Like many others my age, I was in high school at the time, this quickly became my favorite album. I played it to death, and can still play it all the way through today.
2 Black Sabbath - Paranoid
My introduction into heavy metal. Best heavy metal record, ever.
3 Metallica - Ride the Lightning
My introduction to Metallica. I may be the only American who has this as the favorite Metallica album, but from beginning to end their isn't a song I don't love (Sorry Mr. Hetfield, I think Escape is a great song).
4 Don Henly - End of the Innocence
With the exception of Shangri La, I love every song on this album.
5 Sting - Ten Summoners Tales
Sting at his best. Wow!
6 Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
I think the groups most complete effort.
7 Queensryche - Operation Mindcrime
A piece of heavy metal beauty. Unfortunately, it may have ruined the band going forward. Seemed they were always trying to do better instead of just moving forward.
8 Neil Young - Harvest
Do I really need to add anything here?
9 Supafuzz - Supafuzz
Local band to Lexington, KY. This album, and their live shows, brought them to the cusp...bad luck, bad timing and bad management cost the world a chance to hear awesome post-grunge rock and roll.
10 Alice in Chains - Facelift
I almost had Badmotorfinger here, but decided on Facelift. This is the heaviest and darkest that grunge could be, or the grugiest that heavy metal could be. Love it.
11 Iron Maiden - Seventh Son of a Seventh Son
My introduction to Maiden.
12 Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction
Dave Mustaine's answer to Metallica's Black Album
13 BB King - Dueces Wild
A fun listen from beginning to end.
14 Alan Parsons Project - Turn of a Friendly Card
A very overlooked masterpiece. If you like prog rock or concept albums this is a must. Awesome, awesome, awesome.
15 Black Crowes - Shake Your Money Maker
Great classic rock album that came out at the end of classic rock. Not a miss on the album.
16 Deep Purple - Machine Head
Hard hitting heavy rock and roll. In my humble opinion, the reason that Deep Purple belongs in the RRHOF is this album.
17 Garth Brooks - Double Live
Yep. It bit me. I fell for Garth's country rock and I am not afraid to admit it.
18 Godsmack - Godsmack
I believe this is the best hard rock album since the dawn of grunge.
19 Guns-n-Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Axle has been living off of this since before 1990. I played side 1 of this tape over, and over, and over, and over. In 1991, I realized there were some good songs on side 2 as well.
20 Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
Holy smokes, this album is in my top 5. Regardless of category: favorite, best rock, best heavy metal, best blues...I can make an argument that this record belongs.
Left off my list; although I love them too are Soundgarden, Badmotorfinger; AC/DC, Back in Black; Stevie Ray Vaughan, Texas Flood; Beastie Boys, License to Ill; Michael Jackson, Thriller; Ozzy Osbourne, Blizzard of Ozz; and The Eagles, The Long Run.
What if this is as good as it gets?