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|Top 20 Explained|
This is my Top 20 most played artists according to last.fm -- The album pictured is their number 1 (IMO)
Against the Grain
3,208 Plays -- I'm not trying to take anything away from BR, but it make sense that they'd be near the top just because of how many songs are on their albums and how short they usually are. On the other hand, BR are an awesome band and there's a reason they're my number 1 listen. They're always innovative enough to make things interesting, but generally consistent enough to never piss off their fans. Against the Grain is easily their best in terms of sound, songs, consistency and pure punk attitude.
1) Against the Grain
Rage for Order
2,708 Plays -- Say what you will about their newer material, there was a time when Queensryche were at the top of their genre. They played metal that was just progressive enough to satisfy that crowd, but catchy enough to be on the radio and sell out venues. Rage for Order is a moody, proggy album that is actually better than Mindcrime but harder to get into initially.
1) Rage For Order
2) Operation: Mindcrime
Mods Carve The Pig
2,411 Plays -- Progressive without being prog. Their first album was like Ministry meets Metallica meets Queensryche. Their second album took things even further and doesn't sound like anything else. Primus meets Converge with a bit of old school Cynic? It's impossible to describe. Their future albums were alt. rock prog... think Fugazi meets Voivod.
1) Mods Carve the Pig
2) Songs for Insects
3) Short Wave On A Cold Day
How to Measure a Planet?
2,018 Plays -- They may have started out as a strange doom band, but they've become so much more. Progressive gothic rock - check. Quirky alt. rock - check. How to Measure... is easily their most ambitious album is also their best. Anneke's vocals were at their best and the music was varied and diverse.
1) How to Measure a Planet?
2) The West Pole
Soul Of A New Machine
1,898 Plays -- A majority of those plays are from their industrial/death debut, Soul of a New Machine; an album that still stands at the top today. Subsequent albums are more well known and mainstream, but they don't touch the debut.
1) Soul of a New Machine
1,845 Plays -- Easily one of the best progressive metal bands ever. It's a toss-up between Perfect Symmetry and Awaken the Guardian, but the progressive arrangements, technical drumming, and nihilistic atmosphere of Perfect Symmetry wins out.
1) Perfect Symmetry
2) Awaken the Guardian
Enema of the State
1,840 Plays -- Say what you will, but these guys are great pop punk and "Enema of the State" is still fun to listen to regardless of how old you were then and how old you might be now. Where's my asian friend?
1) Enema of the State
3) Dude Ranch
|8||New Found Glory|
New Found Glory
1,764 Plays -- You can't have blink without New Found Glory too. They may have eventually went in different directions, but New Found Glory is still a fun pop punk band too (especially their Tip of the Iceberg EP). Their self-titled is still their defining album. No pretention, no seriousness.
1) New Found Glory
2) Sticks and Stones
White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean
1,755 Plays -- Snotty punk rock, the yin to Bad Religion's yang. It's hard to pick a best album, but this could be it simply because it has "bob" and "please play this song on the radio".
1) White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean
2) Punk In Drublic
3) The War on Errorism
1,725 Plays -- Whether they're playing doom or some sort of Depeche Mode/doom hybrid, they've never been a bad band. If there is an underappreciated doom band it's these guys. Icon is the reason why. Just listen to "True Belief" and understand.
2) In Requiem
3) Draconian Times
Practice What You Preach
1,716 Plays -- How these guys aren't mentioned in the same breath as Metallica, Megadeth or Slayer is beyond me. They have one of the best lead guitar players, and Chuck is easily the best vocalist of the lot. They're often called Metallica immitators, but fuck that. Practice might be a questionable top pick, but it's a great, easy to get into thrash/metal album.
1) Practice What You Preach
2) The Ritual
3) The Formation of Damnation
1,670 Plays -- No Frills punk. They'll never surprise you, but they shouldn't ever disappoint either. About Time is great because it's got a great vocal delivery and probably the strongest collection of songs.
1) About Time
3) Reason to Believe
1,658 Plays -- Excellent technical thrash with one of the coolest vocalists I've heard. Manic Impressions is the pinnacle of the band's sound. Cold, calculated, thrash. All of their albums are free, these days, on their official web site.
1) Manic Impressions
2) Screams & Whispers
Too Dark Park
1,636 Plays -- Only the best industrial band ever. Some may disagree, but some are wrong. Too Dark Park is dark, dense and easily the best industrial album ever released -- there, I said it.
1) Too Dark Park
2) The Process
3) Last Rights
1,629 Plays -- Whether they're playing trip hop or poppy alt. rock (or some hybrid of those two sounds), they're almost always consistent due to the great vocals of Jael. Weather is the perfect combination of the band's trip hop past and their poppy alt. rock future.
2) Small Lights in the Dark
Fight to Survive
1,589 Plays -- WTF? Yeah, it's cheesy 80s cock rock but they're not nearly as cheese as Poison and they had a great guitar player. Fight to Survive is their little-known debut album. It was much more musical (and kind of darker) then their radio rock future albums.
1) Fight to Survive
3) The Best Of
|17||Sick of It All|
Just Look Around
1,588 Plays -- New York Hardcore! Almost all of their albums have something to offer, but this is easily their best.
1) Just Look Around
2) Death to Tyrants
3) Based on a True Story
1,570 Plays -- I don't know why this is so far down because they're definitely my favorite punk band. They're fun but they also offer a bit more musicianship than other punk bands (especially on their earlier albums).
...And Justice for All
1,566 Plays -- I'm sure this doesn't require any description. They may not always be good, and they've said and done a few questionable things, but they're still the godfathers of metal.
1) ...And Justice for All
2) Ride the Lightning
3) Death Magnetic
1,498 Plays -- Some of their newer stuff might be questionable and their male vocalist often sucks, but there was a time when they were really good and one of gothic rock's biggest hopes. Unleashed Memories isn't as heavy as "Comalies" but it has better songs.
1) Unleashed Memories
2) In A Reverie
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|Excellent list dude, might try something like this soon|
|cool shit man btw i love soul of a new machine so much but it doesnt beat demanufacture that album is their sound perfected|
|great list. most of the bands here i've never listened to. rec me one album i should jam to please|
|ride the lightning|
|--cool shit man btw i love soul of a new machine so much but it doesnt beat demanufacture that album is their sound perfected-- |
I don't think it's perfected. The second half of that album (starting with Dog Day Sunrise) really drops.
--great list. most of the bands here i've never listened to. rec me one album i should jam to please--
Based on your ratings, I'd suggest Thought Industry - Short Wave on a Cold Day
|daterape cookbook sweet|
|That's an awesome song and cool album, but I don't think that one is for you (just based on ratings/pie chart).|
|hey buddy you're being pretty judgmental i was just listening to daterape cookbook and then you shoot me down and say its not for me|
|--hey buddy you're being pretty judgmental i was just listening to daterape cookbook and then you shoot me down and say its not for me--|
Ha ha, well, I made sure to say that it was only based on your ratings. I didn't really come across anything really noisy in the 5/4.5 range.
--Disagree about 4 - Souvenirs pretty much raped most of the other stuff they did bar If_then_else. Getting 10 soon and 20 is so good.--
Souvenirs is pretty good, but it kind of gets old by the 3/4 mark. Is that going to be your first Paradise Lost album?
|I'm not saying that the songs at end of Souvenirs are bad, it's just that listening to that album from front to back isn't as easy to do as "How to Measure a Planet" because it's all pretty similar (but good).|
After "Icon" I'd reccomend "Draconian Times" or one of the last two.
|i just edge you out on NFG plays (1,992) but good shit, man.|
|This was an awesome read even in spite of the fact that I have only heard anything by 4 of these
|Yeah, this was tight. Also, Black Album>Death Magnetic|
|--i just edge you out on NFG plays (1,992) but good shit, man.--|
Well, then I guess I need to listen to their whole discography tonight ;)
--This was an awesome read even in spite of the fact that I have only heard anything by 4 of these bands. Lol.--
Really? Only four. Let me guess... Blink, Metallica, Bad Religion, New Found Glory?
--Yeah, this was tight. Also, Black Album>Death Magnetic--
Only Jason Newstead's song is really good from the black album.
|Blink, NFG, NoFX & Metallica. Y'know I'm practically sheltered from metal haha. Maybe I've heard Bad Religion but I wouldn't be able to tell you where.|
My top 10 used to be pretty lolworthy but I'm repairing the damage slowly ;)
|Haha, well, Bad Religion isn't metal. Maybe you should try their "Recipe for Hate" album. ;)|
|Haha I know that!! I might have to check them out though yeah.|
|How so? It's my top 20 most listened to bands. I guess that could mean I have odd tastes?|
|3 is so awsome|
|I love 4|
|Great list! Deserves the feature. |
|great list man|
|Thanks? Thanks! Thanks. Check some of this out if it sounds interesting. There's a little bit of everything ;)|
|'but they're still the godfathers of metal'|
That would be Sabbath, couldn't help protesting. But great list Willie ;)
|Great/interesting list. 18 is an old favourite.|
|...I like Master of Puppets. Cool list and all with neato descriptions.|
However who is in charge of featuring ;) ?
|Great list Trey... Now get back to work!|
|I gotta tell you, I didn't see any of these coming.|
|@Nagrarok: damn. I meant thrash. |
@couldwinarabbit: hey. We don't need those kind of rabble rousing questions here ;)
|Actually no, I didn't know these would be yor favorites; Anacrusis and Bad Religion I could have forseen as well as Lunik, of course. And I agree on Weather being their best album. The rest shocked me.|
|Props for 16, though I would probably pick Pride myself.|
|'damn. I meant thrash.'|
ah ok, that makes perfect sense
|I've never been a fan of Iron Maiden. I mean, I've always enjoyed the music but I've never considered myself a fan. |
|@Willie lol. This should be featured as should davey's I just found it slightly amusing. |
|In davey's defense, I featured them both. :) |
The featured lists hadn't been updated since last week.
|agree AJFA best, then ride, but MoP >>>>>dm|
|"In davey's defense, I featured them both. :)"|
so THAT'S why Willie's list are always featured!
j/k cool list, I like when people take the time to write out descriptions
can't remember the last time I saw Lacuna Coil on a list
|dang that's alot of plays|
|love you for so much of this, but 19 and 20 just kill it man|
|Never thanked you for getting my into BR, they've become one of my favorites and Suffer still remains to be one of the best albums of any decade in my opinion.|
|Surprised yet pleased to see 20 here, cool list!|
|--love you for so much of this, but 19 and 20 just kill it man--|
Ha ha, they were in my top 20 played artists so it is what it is ;) Metallica surprised me since I don't really listen to them much anymore so most of those plays are "old".
--Never thanked you for getting my into BR, they've become one of my favorites and Suffer still remains to be one of the best albums of any decade in my opinion.--
Awesome, I'm glad you followed through on checking them out.
--Surprised yet pleased to see 20 here, cool list!--
Lacuna Coil have been good much longer than they've been average. Now if they could just drop the male vocalist.
|blink 182 make me happy|
|Damn man that is ALOT of plays.|
|and Queensryche rapes hard.|
|nice list... some unexpected stuff here... like the Gathering?... been meaning to get into them...|
Ps that is a fuck ton of plays... how long have you been scrobbling?
|For a long time. Plus I average five hours of music listening a day (at least). |
|great list idea, more people should do things like this|
|disagree about 11's vocalist, i like anthrax's vocalist the best|
awesome list dude