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My Favourite 20 Albums

20 of my PERSONAL favourite records. These are records that I never tire of and always crave rto hear. Alphabetically ordered. They are not ranked.
1Aerosmith
Get Your Wings


Aerosmith's hardest album in my opinion is always my favourite of their's to listen to. Yes, they've got Rocks and Toys in the Attic, but GYW just has this bluesy charm to it that I cannot pass up on.
2David Bowie
Hunky Dory


David Bowie's most poetic album in my humble opinion. "Life On Mars?" is easily in my top 5 songs of all time and the album doesn't have one bad track (even Eight Line Poem is nice). Everything Bowie put out in the 70s was amazing (save Pinups A.K.A. the dreaded cover album) but Hunky Dory, from the songs, to the classic album cover takes the cake for me.
3David Bowie
Scary Monsters


The last classic Bowie album. Not the last good one. I enjoyed "Let's Dance", "Heathen" and his newest album "The Next Day", among his others between 1980 and now, but "Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)" is flawless all the way through for me. Every song is a must listen, especially "Teenage Wildlife" which is tied for my favourite Bowie song aside the aforementioned "Life on Mars?". An amazing wrap-up of Bowie's decade long reign.
4Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus


The epic title track alone is good enough to like the entire album. "Tarkus" is probably my favourite of the 70's side-long prog songs, or at least one of them.
5Genesis
Foxtrot


Genesis's best album for me, filled with much the British charm they are known for. The intro to "Watcher of the Skies" is beautiful and the epic side long "Supper's Ready" is the perfect way to end the album. I love every one of the 70's Genesis albums, but this one has my favourite song flow/consistency and album cover.
6The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Are You Experienced?


One of the best rock debut albums ever. A fantastic start for hard rock. Hendrix came out with a bang and died with a bang and this album alone proves his greatness. (This regards the reissue with 17 tracks)
7King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King


The start of prog rock in many listener's opinions. "Epitaph" can make any man cry and the title track and "21st Century Schizoid Man" are nothing short of classics. This album helps back up that Robert Fripp is one of the best rock guitarists.
8King Crimson
Red


The end of King Crimson's 70's albums happens to be their best alongside the aforementioned "ITCOTCK". "Red" is one hell of an instrumental and "Starless" is ambient/jazz/prog rock at its finest.
9Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin


The hardest album of its time. Introduced the greatest hard rock band that have ever roamed the Earth. Every song is a classic and kicks ass. Although many of the songs are reworked versions of older blues songs, Zeppelin showed that they can make anything better. One of the best ensembles of musicians ever known.
10Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II


This album carried on the vibe of "I" with more original compositions than it's predecessor. Another hard rocking classic. "The Lemon Song" will always be one of my favourite Zeppelin songs. Yes, it also has reworked blues songs, but Zeppelin were always able to make them better than they ever were.
11Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy


Zeppelin's most varied album, in my opinion and the album of their's with the best cover art. "HotH" was their first album to feature all original compositions. From the fake reggae "D'yer Mak'er", to the wonderful "Over the Hills and Far Away", to the prog rock "No Quarter", to the beautiful "The Rain Song", this was Zeppelin at their most creative.
12Neil Young
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere


A classic Canadian album that makes me very proud. "Cowgirl in the Sand" is one of my top 3 Neil Young songs and seeing Neil perform "Cinnamon Girl" live in 2012 sounding as good as it did in '69, adds more nostalgia to the album.
13Neil Young
On the Beach


Neil Young's most underrated of his classic albums. The title track is quite moody and very fantastic and I love how three of the tracks end with "Blues". A very consistent album with very mysterious album work.
14Pearl Jam
Ten


One of the best 90s debut albums (probably with "Definitely Maybe" and "Grace"). "Ten" had many stadium songs and the band has reflected on it saying it was "over-produced", but I'll forever think it's their magnum opus. "Porch" is an underrated rocker.
15Queen
Sheer Heart Attack


Though the second side drags in comparison, the first 6 tracks and "Stone Cold Crazy" are some of the best Queen songs ever. "Brighton Rock" features Brian May at his hardest and best. A very nice British album. Everything Queen did from 1973 to 1977 was classic in my eyes, but "Sheer Heart Attack" has my favourite of Queen's songs.
16Radiohead
The Bends


The best britpop album of the 90s for me. Every song is amazing. Has many of their classics. "Fake Plastic Trees" is lovely, "Street Spirit (Fade Out)" is hopeless, "My Iron Lung" is rocking and "Just" is intense. Huge step up from "Pablo Honey".
17Radiohead
OK Computer


Where "The Bends" was amazing, "OK Computer" was masterful. This album showed that Radiohead was better then just a brit rock band. They were artists. True artists. Every track flows nicely into the other and this album helped define 90s music. I won't even bother naming individual tracks, because they are all great.
18The Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers


One of the best "dirty" rock 'n' roll albums. A great return after the loss of Brian Jones. "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" is one of the Stone's best jam songs. Also has classics "Brown Sugar", "Bitch" and the lovely "Moonlight Mile" and "Wild Horses".
19Television
Marquee Moon


Television didn't need to make anymore albums after this. They did (very few), but they didn't have to. This unique blend of musicianship is just so addicting to listen to. I've listened to the title track, Elevation and the rest of the album so many times and I can't get enough. One of the best albums of the late 70s.
20Yes
Close to the Edge


"The Yes Album" and "Fragile" may have more tracks than "Close to the Edge", but CttE had their first side long epic and also their greatest song.
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