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The 100 Albums That I've Liked Most
1Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


This album is so good I can't put it into words. It's so brilliantly constructed, so poignant, so interesting, so thrilling even during its long winding soundscapes. This is probably the best album ever made. How I love this.
2Nightwish
Once


This was the album that got me into Symphonic metal. This album provided me with proof that metal could be both beautiful and aggressive. The opera vocals and the orchestra blend so well with the metal. Ghost Love Score is such an epic song. It may not be my favourite Nightwish album anymore, but it still rules hard.
3Metallica
Master of Puppets


I don't like Metallica much anymore, but I have to give them credit for this being the album that got me into more aggressive music. Even though it is kind of stale for me I can appreciate the anger and speed and the benchmark this set at the time.
4Dream Theater
Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory


The band that got me into progressive music and showed me metal isn't all aggression, it can also be very sophisticated when it wants to. The concept is great, the musicianship is through the roof and all the times I listened to this when I felt bad... yeah. Definitely up there.
5System of a Down
Toxicity


I listened to this instead of KoRn or Limp Bizkit. And I have to give them credit, this album, despite its bizarre nature, is still fucking good. A modern metal classic.
6Porcupine Tree
Fear of a Blank Planet


I know this album is pretty recent, but this album is probably one of the best demonstrations of how to make styles mix without clashing. The lyrical content is fascinating, and it really feels like a soundtrack to my life.
7Iced Earth
Burnt Offerings


Introduced me to the gallop. One of the first bands to show me what heavy power metal riffing was all about.
8Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast


Classic metal. I always liked Dickinson's vocals, and the guitar work is just sick. Hallowed Be Thy Name is still one of my favourite metal songs ever.
9 Katatonia
Tonight's Decision


The world isn't roses and moonshine.
10Damnation A.D.
Kingdom of Lost Souls


Pure twisted Hardcore genius. The guitars fucking chug, the album feels desolate and murky and everything is just... so oppressive here. For sure an amazingly underrated band people need to check out more.
11Bad Religion
All Ages


the band that explained to me punk could rule without looking silly. Probably the most intelligent punk band around.
12The Cranberries
No Need To Argue


One of the first rock songs I ever heard was Zombie. You gotta love this Irish band. Dolores sings like nobody else. Amazing stuff. Daffodil Lament is so haunting.
13Enya
The Memory of Trees


The neo-celtic atmospheres in this are so amazing. I love the whole New Age thing about this. Brilliant record, needs a moodset for me to listen to but still.
14Alice in Chains
Dirt


Grunge is more than just Nirvana. The best tale of battling drugs ever.
15Slayer
Reign In Blood


I used to hate Slayer so much. Then I actually bought this album and loved them. The riffs are twisted and amazing and the speed is just insane. Definitely one of my favourite more extreme metal albums.
16In Flames
Clayman


Death metal can be very melodic as well. My first real taste of melody with brutality.
17Sonata Arctica
Reckoning Night


Power metal does not equal dungeons and dragons spamming. Great catchy vocals and good melodies abound, but without cheese.
18Blind Guardian
Imaginations From The Other Side


Tolkien metal, but this is the best album in that style. I love Hansi's wails, the riffs are brilliant and there is more harmony vocal tracks than you get drunken Germans at a wedding.
19Faith No More
Angel Dust


This world is twisted and sick. This album is proof. Madness, but genius at the same time.
20Opeth
Still Life


This is Opeth's best marriage of the brutal and the clever. I love this album, it represents their sound the best and shows how two completely asymmetrical styles can blend into a coherent whole.
21Queensryche
Operation: Mindcrime


The best concept album of the 80s.
22Megadeth
Rust In Peace


Friedman's guitar solos are incredible. I love the guitar work. No other Megadeth albums really communicate to me but this one hits home on every song.
23Pink Floyd
The Wall


The concept rules, the underlying metaphor for the world rules harder, and the musicianship rules the most. Waters is a lyrical genius and I doubt the world will see a better solo than the one on Comfortably Numb.
24Radiohead
OK Computer


A best of list without Radiohead is a bad best of list. Amazing album.
25 Dead Can Dance
The Serpent's Egg


Lisa Gerrard is one hell of a vocalist, and the album's dulcet tones are so soothing to the mind. Amazing ethnic influences as well, The Host of Seraphim is a song everyone needs to have heard.
26Black Sabbath
Paranoid


Because they used the tritone first.
27Judas Priest
Painkiller


You can have speed without growling! Halford's vocals rule, the drums are amazing, the album is driving, the riffs are brilliant, and the solo work just makes you spastic.
28Fall Out Boy
Take This To Your Grave


What no-frills pop punk should sound like.
29Arcturus
The Sham Mirrors


The album that showed me Avant-garde isn't just weird music. It can actually rule harder than most other music.
30Pain of Salvation
Scarsick


Daniel Gildenlow is one of the best vocalists around, and I love the concept lyrics. Plus Disco Queen is just so bizarre you've gotta love it. Versatile, intelligent, amazing.
31Dark Tranquillity
Fiction


This is the album to play a song if you want someone to understand melodic death metal. Every song is a summary of melodeath. The best example of amazing songwriting.
32dredg
El Cielo


Sleep paralysis is weird, but this album, despite its weirdness, still hooks me in. The Canyon Beyond Her is such a haunting song and it's amazingly consistent.
33Dream Theater
Images and Words


The other amazing classic album from DT. This album single-handedly propelled prog as a more mainstream force. It heralded the return of musicianship. It mixes everything you love about prog.
34Rush
Moving Pictures


80s prog at its best. Elaborate, but less banshee wailing and more good playing. YYZ is mind-numbing.
35Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV


One of the best classic rock albums of all time.
36Muse
Absolution


The best modern rock album from the 2000s. Radiohead, Queen and Nirvana combined with classical music, waltz, electronica, and off-kilter jagged metal power chords? This has it all. Muse are one of my favourite new bands this decade.
37Kamelot
The Black Halo


The best vocals in power metal, period. Actually, some of the best vocals around, period.
38Symphony X
The Divine Wings of Tragedy


Michael Romeo is a godly guitar player, Russell Allen is a godly vocalist, and this is a divine album because of them. Oh, the rest of the band is pretty good, too.
39 Deep Purple
Made In Japan


Everyone loves Deep Purple. Especially Jon Lord's hammond organ. Especially the mother of all guitar riffs called smoke on the water. Deep Purple are just the best.
40Apocalyptica
Apocalyptica


I always criminally forget this album, that is why it's at 40 for some reason. Introduced me to the fact you don't need a guitar to be fucking heavy and kick the shit out of things. One of the most innovative albums ever and one of the most unique bands around.
41Rammstein
Mutter


Heh. Everyone loves them some twisted Teutonic thrashing and industrial stomp. Lindemann's vocals are bizarre, but they rule supreme. The lyrics are really twisted, though. Not for the faint-hearted!
42Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral


The best depiction of suicide in music there is. This album is crazy depressing, but it's just so shocking that it's brilliant. And Hurt is just the most emotional lament ever written.
43Nevermore
This Godless Endeavor


Slayer meets Queensryche. Pantera meets Fates Warning. Brutal guitar work, brilliant vocals and the drummer just kicks (b)ass.
44Pantera
Vulgar Display of Power


Because everyone needs an anger outlet course, and this is better than doing it the Columbine way.
45Machine Head
Burn My Eyes


Those riffs Flynn makes are godly.
46Sigur Ros
Takk


From loud to soft... Sigur Ros are so good at atmospheres and crescendos it's just uncanny. Brilliant stuff.
47 Helloween
Keeper of the Seven Keys Part 2


Because without Helloween, we would have no power metal.
48Candlemass
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus


Brilliantus Doomicus Metallicus Fromicus Swedenicus
49 Omnia
Pagan Folk


because everyone loves authentic folk music. This is really cool Dutch folk music, based on Irish and Celtic shit. Bizarre, but great. Sounds like it's from the Middle Ages.
50Ensiferum
Ensiferum


Also sounds like it's from the Middle Ages, but on a boat in the atlantic sea ready to shed some blood.
51Paradise Lost
Draconian Times


Gothic goes Metallica, and less pussy. Some songs on here are pretty fucking depressing but for all the bleakness this album rules so hard.
52My Dying Bride
Turn Loose The Swans


Doom and death metal go together. Really.
53U2
The Joshua Tree


Bono is a cunt, but his music kicks cunts back into the places where they belong.
54Strapping Young Lad
Alien


Devin Townsend is one fucked up motherfucker.
55Ulver
Bergtatt


Black metal doesn't suck too much when it's got amazing clean vocal chants and cool folk parts.
56Emperor
In The Nightside Eclipse


Actually, black metal can also rule with a symphony backing it up.
57Bathory
Nordland I


Black metal also rules when it goes Viking, and doesn't have super-shitty production!
58Blackfield
Blackfield II


It's so catchy it's bizarre. And that for a band meant to be melancholy. Very very good short downtempo pop songs that just make you cry.
59Lamb of God
Sacrament


These guys sound like Pantera, but more modern, with a better drummer, and they're just so damn metal! m/
60 Pelican
The Fire In Our Throats...


Instrumental music doesn't have to be boring.
61The Mars Volta
Frances The Mute


So overblown and pretentious, it's good! Prog never was meant to be simple-minded
62Tori Amos
Little Earthquakes


She can sing, play the piano, have a personality, she just plain kicks ass. The best female singer-songwriter around.
63Depeche Mode
Violator


Alternative music and electronica never got a better mix. Enjoy The Silence, World In My Eyes and Personal Jesus are just too good.
64 David Bowie
Ziggy Stardust


Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, no?
65Simon and Garfunkel
Bridge over Troubled Water


Paul Simon is the best songwriter and lyricist on the planet. This guy is insanely musical, and the vocal harmonies are just so lovely. The Boxer just rules.
66Tool
Lateralus


Overrated band, not so overrated album. The riffs are amazing and the drumming is out of this world. I love the bass as well, you just can't tell if it's the bass or the guitar chugging.
67A Perfect Circle
Thirteenth Step


If you're an addict like me, you will love this album.
68Ozzy Osbourne
Blizzard of Ozz


Ozzy can rot for all I care, but RIP Randy Rhaods. He was one badass guitarist.
69Nirvana
Nevermind


Album is overrated, but it's just so cool to chill out to. You can always play Nirvana.
70King Crimson
In The Court of The Crimson King


Most prog bands try to play as many notes as possible. Fripp is the opposite: he tries to play as little notes as possible. Gotta love a progger who turns the rules upside down.
71Yes
Close to the Edge
72Pink Floyd
Dark Side of the Moon


a best of without dark side of the moon is like life without water
73Danzig
Danzig


Glenn Danzig is a horror-fanatic. This album sounds terrifying. But that's in a good sense.
74After Forever
Decipher


Symphonic metal that doesn't sound schmaltzy. The band pulls everything off here.
75Morbid Angel
Altars of Madness


DETH METUL MMMMMM/
76R.E.M.
Automatic for the People


Alt-pop-rock at its best. Michael Stipe is a good songwriter.
77Red Hot Chili Peppers
Californication


The Peppers don't sound shitty anymore, they got the funk going on and they sound mature and cool. I like this more than BSSM.
78Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited


Bob Dylan was one of the best hippy songwriters of the 60s. Fuck The Beatles. Fuck The Doors. Bob Dylan is best.
79Camel
The Snow Goose


Because it sounds like Opeth, or better, Opeth sounds like them. One of the bands to make extremely good use of the Mellotron.
80AC/DC
Highway to Hell


The only AC/DC album you need to hear. The rest just wants to be this good. I'm gonna party my ass off after this.
81Pink Floyd
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn


i cant typ anymre im on aciiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid lyk siiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiid i'm smokin weeeeeed.
82Isis
Oceanic


Ever had the feeling you got trapped under water. Well, that's what metal would sound like if you were.
83Dio
Holy Diver


m/ is all that needs to be said.
84Anathema
Judgement


One Last Goodbye would make anyone bawl their eyes out. This album is riddled with emotion, and not in the crappy screamo way.
85Anthrax
Among The Living


I AM THE LAW. Thrash metal with not totally awful vocals.
86The Cure
Disintegration


I'm not gothic, but this album is pretty damn sad. Pictures of You is madly depressing, but the monotony of the album just works strangely enough.
87Within Temptation
Mother Earth


I don't know, I really dig this album. I know WT suck nowadays but this has got some brilliant gems like the Never-Ending Story and Ice Queen. Love the celtic shit as well. And it doesn't sound so glossy.
88Blind Guardian
Nightfall In Middle-Earth


Tolkien metal, now with epic translation of the Tolkien book nobody can possibly get around to reading, that's how tedious it is! But fuck, Hansi's choirs rule and the melodies are fucking supreme.
89Queen
A Night At The Opera


I'm in love with my car... I mean this album.
90Dire Straits
Dire Straits


Something about Mark Knopfler makes you want to have sex with a lovely lady everytime. Smooth going.
91Meshuggah
Catch Thirty-Three


The soundtrack for when the robots take over.
92Opeth
Damnation


Next to Still Life, the most consistent Opeth album. Probably also their second best. Mikael shows his clean side, and he sounds kind of like Camel, but even on here the bleakness in Opeth music envelops you like no other.
93Pink Floyd
Animals


Any album that refers to Orwellian literature is cool in my book. Any album that makes the reference as scathing as this just stomps. Probably not the Floyd's best musically but the lyrics are just too brilliant.
94Wintersun
Wintersun


This album is very manic, but also very good. There's so many things going on and battling for air.
95Opeth
Blackwater Park


The Drapery Falls and Bleak are plain sick and the riffs on this are crunchy like cereal. I love the sound of the acoustic guitar on this.
96 Sarah McLachlan
Fumbling for Ecstasy


I haven't heard anything but this all my childhood days. You always grow to love those albums in a way.
97Porcupine Tree
In Absentia


It's less consistent than FOABP. But it has Trains. And if you have Trains, you rule my world.
98Dream Theater
Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence


The second disc is just haunting. I think the message of the mentally ill is portrayed very well and I think that some of the deions are really cool. I love how poignant the reflection of this album on humanity's mental side is.
99Therion
Theli


The origin of symphonic metal.
100Iron Maiden
Brave New World


I thought it would be fitting to end with a reference to one of my favourite books.
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