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My main artists and favorite albums by them

Pretty much a list of my favorite albums of all time and artists!
1The Clash
London Calling


One of the greatest albums of all time, The Clash's third album decided to expand their horizons and do something more than just punk rock, (which they did great at.) although at the same time not completely letting go of their origins and incorporating punk still!
Often listed as one of the greatest albums of all time, Joe Strummer and Mick Jones have some of their absolute best writing here.
The band creatively blends musical genres such as reggae with other styles and creates amazing songs such as “Revolution Rock” (A cover but still a good example), or “The Guns of Brixton” which features one of the best basslines of all time. There's an endless amount of creativity on this album and it more than proves that the band definitely has enough merit to be considered as one of the all-time greats.
2Queen
News of the World


Great variety beyond the two hits at the start, great musicianship and since Freddie doesn't write so many songs on this, it lets everyone shine. It's also easily their second heaviest album behind Queen II. This album was panned critically initially on release, but overtime has accumulated a lot of positive retrospective reviews, and for good reason!

It's truly their greatest work and most consistent set of songs.
3Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti


An encapsulation of one of the world's greatest bands at the peak of their prowess, spanning multiple styles and genres with a great range of influence throughout this phenomenal record. It's the finest hard rock album of all time in my eyes, and has some of Plant's best lyrics. The guitar riffs are all impressive and every member is working together as one tight unit.
4Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here


Undoubtedly their best work, this features every musician working at their peak. There's unique chord progression, use of sounds not typically heard in songs (Like the flipping through stations on the title track that also incorporates a part of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, wine glasses used to create the first part of "Shine On You Crazy Diamond"). The overall concept of alienation and criticizing the music industry still holds strong, even decades later, and Roger Waters' lyricism is immaculate alongside Richard Wright's brilliant keyboard work Gilmour's guitar skills, and Nick Mason's drumming. One of the greatest albums ever
5Black Sabbath
Sabbath Bloody Sabbath


This album is where Sabbath got their most creative and experimental in the studio while still remaining true to their sound as a metal band. So many songs on here are incredible such as the Geezer-penned "Spiral Architect" which has genius lyricism on-par with the greats, with orchestral combined with metal alongside bagpipes its a fantastic artistic composition, the song literally reads out like a story. "Looking For Today" has amazing flute playing by Tony Iommi alongside a pretty unique structure.

The album never really lets up or has any weak points besides "Who Are You?" but even with that, it's a mere speck of dust on an otherwise perfect record.
6Prince
Parade


Though it sometimes takes a couple listens to actually "get" and love, it's actually one of the best albums of all time unironically, this is AN AMAZING record with MANY phenomenal songs making use of unique song structures that are inspired by Jazz, Rock, Funk and Classical music, and unique instruments like Spanish drums, saxophone, trumpets, orchestral arrangements, and finger cymbals. The songs while being memorable and catchy are very unique and show just how great Wendy, Lisa, and Prince functioned together. A lot of the best music ever made was with The Revolution, and while Prince himself is a creative genius, I think his best stuff was made with the four albums he did with them.
7Van Halen
Van Halen II


One of the BEST albums ever created featuring innovative use of tapping technique on the fretboard and even sounding like other instruments ("Women In Love...", "You're No Good"), amazing hard rock songs all throughout with fantastic riffs and even some drum solos too! This is a fun headbanging party hard rock album that anyone can enjoy, and honestly, a lot of their best songs are here.
8The Rolling Stones
Goats Head Soup


Part of the best decade for the band, this may not be the first album that pops in mind when thinking about the very best of the Stones, but once you listen, you'll be enticed with its impeccable selection of exploratory tracks that give way to Mick Taylor's mind-boggling riffs, Keith Richard's amazing guitar wizardry, Charlie Watt's drumming, and the wonderful bass and vocals. This has as much variety as Exile On Main St. albeit more condensed. This was not the end of The Rolling Stones golden era, but rather the peak of it. I love the psychedelictracks, the harder numbers, and the biting blues ones. Standouts for me are "Star Star", "Hide Your Love", "Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)", "Dancing With Mr. D", "Winter", "Silver Train", and "Angie".
9The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Are You Experienced


Talk about a perfect debut, this is LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE. Seriously, from the beginning these guys had it perfected, even when they were doing live shows it was enough to explode anyone's mind from Jimi's voodoo guitar wizardry and setting it on fire, or Mitch Mitchell completely obliterating his drumkit, they were THE KINGS of psychedelic rock. The songs here all feature insanely phenomenal guitar riffs and even some experimenting like the complete reverse of the track of the title track yet it somehow works as a song still. Noelle Redding's bass really shines too which is one thing I love about them.
10AC/DC
Powerage


One of the greatest albums of all time and has amazing solos, great song structures that are unique for ac/dc especially, and has incredible lyricism. "Down Payment Blues" has some phenomenal tempo shifts, a complete mood change by the end and an incredible solo while packed full of great poetry by Bon, "Gone Shootin" is a great R&B tune lead by Malcolm's insanely good riff and Cliff Williams laying down a groovy and funky bassline, "Gimme a Bullet" is a stomping good song, "Rock and Roll Damnation" has neat maracas and handclaps and one of Bon's best vocal performances. "Sin City" has a part where the entire rest of the instruments besides the bass stops and Cliff lays a menacing riff while Bon goes lower in his vocals, and "Riff Raff" has one of Malcolm and Angus' heaviest riffs.

Keith Richards, Eddie Van Halen, Joe Perry, and Slash have all cited this as their favorite album by the band, and that makes a ton of revered figures in music!
11Motorhead
Bomber


How, in quick succession, can you release two albums with so much pure energy? Once again in this album everything is phenomenal, fast, immediate, essential. More than 20 years later Motörhead's music still comes out of the same spark of creativity.
12The Doors
Waiting for the Sun


This is the Doors at their most experimental, them at their most unique. They experiment with plenty of styles here and it results in their most diverse, yet, one of their most satisfying records here. There are plenty of great songs here and it is definitely among the best albums of all time. From the flamenco guitar beauty and genius lyricism of "Spanish Caravan" to the metaphorical use of seasons in a clever way and great musicianship on "Wintertime Love" & "Summers Almost Gone", or Robby Krieger's lyrics on "Yes, The River Knows" being some of the most beautiful or the all-out hard rockers of "Hello I Love You", "Five To One" and the amazing mysterious "Not To Touch The Earth", you're in for a treat with this album. It was also the first made of all new material (their first two albums had songs they had been playing live for years since their formation already). I can proudly call it my favorite album by the Doors. Ray Manzarek hails as my favorite keyboardist of all time.
13The Beach Boys
The Smile Sessions


What we have is the closest thing we will ever get to Brian's masterpiece; this is The Beach Boys at their creative peak with Brian Wilson at the forefront once again. This album was meant to be the follow-up to Pet Sounds with genius poetic lyricist Van Dyke Parks taking the job at writing creative imagery-based yet story-telling lyrics, and Brian's wonderous skill at composing. There are MANY unique chord progressions and object use (Workshop for example) to create music and interesting note progression as well. This album paints images in your mind as you go through the journey of it, and really its just a masterpiece. "Child is the Father of The Man/Surf's Up" is one of the most beautiful songs ever created and proves Brian being like the Mozart or Beethoven of the 60's, "Heroes and Villains" and "Cabin Essence" and "Do You Like Worms?" are great critiques on the story of america and how it was founded while being fantastic works of harmony and composition.

Delightfully weird work
14David Bowie
"Heroes"


My favorite album David Bowie put out, alongside being one of his most acclaimed releases critically; "Heroes" has some very in-depth songwriting and shows David Bowie beautifully combining innovative arrangements and the electronic sounds of synthesizer into genius unique but catchy compositions on side 1. Side 2 is all instrumental like "Low" and is beautiful (albeit purposely eerie and unnerving) instrumentals.

Also some of his best lyrics
'There's slaughter in the air
Protest on the wind
Someone else inside me
Someone could get skinned'
'Sons of the silent age... Don't walk, they just glide in and out of life
They never die, they just go to sleep one day'
15The Who
Quadrophenia


ONE OF THE GREATEST ALBUMS EVER CREATED, insanely good songwriting with fantastic introspective and deep lyrics, Roger Daltrey has some of the greatest vocal performances he's ever done on record, and the drumming and riffs and basslines are all on top. This is THE best rock opera of ALL time if you ask me, as well as the Whos greatest album.
16Ramones
Rocket to Russia


This is definitely the best album by The Ramones. The first one was great, but wasn't as melodic and more made for the punk movement. Leave Home is phenomenal as well, but much more clean and missed out on major standout tracks. Rocket To Russia is where what they learned on their previous two records came together. Great but still rough production, and the best part? The songs! Songs like the kickass opener Cretin Hop would make you think that this album was huge and had many hits. When in reality, it had no hits. Another one is Rockaway Beach, which sounds like a perfect radio hit with its early Beach Boys-influenced lyrics. However, there's many other standouts like "Teenage Lobotomy", "Why Is It Always This Way?", "Do You Wanna Dance", and "Ramona".
17Iron Maiden
The Number of the Beast


One of the most influential and well known metal albums for a reason, this shows Iron maiden in tip-top shape with their incredible ability at making catchy and memorable hooks in metal songs while having some amazing technical achievements with Dave Murray and Adrian Smith's insane riff wizardry, Bruce Dickinson's unmatchable vocal talent and charisma. Easily one of the greatest.
18Rush
A Farewell to Kings


It is their peak.
19Creedence Clearwater Revival
Green River
20Megadeth
Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
21Simon and Garfunkel
Bookends


Poetry is a beautiful thing, and Paul Simon delivers as always. This album is absolutely beautiful and astonishing from start to finish, there is much to love and only a couple misses, but its absolute peak Folk Rock. Art Garfunkel's voice is wonderful in harmony with Paul's and they work together to create a magical record that still stands the test of time and sounds as fresh and wonderful as it did when it was first released. This is one of the best Acoustic records I have ever heard as well.
22The Police
Reggatta de Blanc


INSANELY great album and definitely the opposite of a sophomore slump; everything clicked here and the band is working in tip-top shape. Andy Summers' guitar riffs sparkle and bite with the inventive and spacey basslines of Sting. Stewart Copeland absolutely blows any listener away with his insane talent at drum symphonies. There's so many good songs here, and a lot of fun to be had!

Genius at its best. I've always loved the unique blend of reggae and rock that they had in their albums, it's definitely one of the most distinctive sounds of any band of their time!
23Thin Lizzy
Fighting


ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS EVER, gosh Phil Lynott is an absolute monster of a bassist and his lyricism is actually very poetic and beautiful. The twin-guitar attack led by Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson is absolute peak and definitely what drives their sound to be so fantastic, they pioneered the twin-guitar in hard rock. Phil himself does great on vocals too and the songs are all fantastic displays of just how insanely talented each member of the band is, and their musicianship. They definitely hold as the best Irish band, at least in my eyes.
24King Crimson
Larks' Tongues in Aspic


This album is genius, and features some of the best string section arrangements on a rock album. It combines elements of classical music with artsy progressive rock in one of the most unique ways ever done, the songs all slap and are complex yet memorable. This is King Crimsons peak imo, and definitely one of the best albums of all time! Great shift of moods too; soft and intricate at one part, then electric and ferocious the next; you got all you need here! some of the greatest violin work done on any album in history. The classical and baroque influences shine through in fantastic ways here and shows the band at their peak creating some of the best songs in their catalog including "Exiles", "Book of Saturday", and the two bookend tracks.
25Dead Kennedys
Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death


One of the most important bands of the original punk movement, these guys are one of the greatest hardcore bands out there. Jello Biafra's charismatic and excitement-inducing vocals combine with his biting satirical commentary on issues that hold relevant today such as on "Police Truck", East Bay Ray lays down some insanely prolific fast riffs that give the songs their dangerous edge. D.H. Peligro is an unsung hero in drumming, with his incredible ability to keep the speed of the songs and even have some fantastic fills, he added a lot to their sound and deserves more recognition in the mention of black rock artists.
26Michael Jackson
Bad


Putting him as a person aside, he is extraordinarily talented and this will forever be his magnum opus, his number one album that is a must have for ANY music fan. This was the first album ever to have FIVE NUMBER ONE SINGLES, an accomplishment that had never been achieved before, and I don't think has been achieved again yet. This was the first among three albums to have Michael contribute more and write almost every song, while also the last of three to be done under Quincy Jones' production. The production of this album sounds the freshest of all his albums and still holds up perfectly today, he wrote eight of the eleven tracks on this one, the cut tracks actually sound really great too.

This has way more variety than Thriller or Off The Wall had with Jackson attempting darker themed music while it still being a "pop" record, while each song is different from the one before. There's fun songs, Beautiful ballads, hard head-banging rockers, pop anthems, and even a duet with Stevie!
27Deep Purple
Deep Purple In Rock


The keyboard work here is incredible and really adds to the flow of the songs as wholes, playing alongside Ritchie Blackmore's genius riffs. This is one of their greatest albums, and easily one of the best of all time. The drumming is impeccable and Ian Gillan's vocals are irresistable. A very important record in rock and metal both.
28Motley Crue
Too Fast for Love


I am iffy on a lot of "hair metal" but I do like some bands and artists of that genre and Motley Crue is one of them. You'll hear many stories that give you the reasons as to why they're known as "the most dangerous band of all time", from fighting the audience offstage of their first concert to not-so-good reports on their behavior, but the music is AMAZING. The use of cowbell is fantastic, Mick Mars' guitar riffs are otu of this world and mindblowing, especially considering his disability/medical condition. Not only this but Tommy Lee's drumming is beyond incredible. Vince Neil's vocals aren't for everyone but this is one fantastic metal record.
29Aerosmith
Rocks


Excellent hard rock music, they deserve respect for their first five albums at least.
30The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground & Nico


Lou Reed is a lyrical genius and this record shows it! Lots of amazing material here.
31Jeff Beck
Blow by Blow


One of many albums that demonstrate why he is in my top 5 favorite guitarists of all time.
32Yes
Tales from Topographic Oceans


This is an incredible album that was being recorded next door to another album thats one of the best of all time, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath by Black Sabbath. The songs here are all wonderfully constructed songs with mindblowing instrumentation and genius composing. The lyrics are deep and thought-provoking too. This album is sure to paint images in your mind with the brushstroke of its eloquent notes. Shame it was the last for a while to have keyboardist Rick Wakeman.
33Genesis
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway


ITS SO GOOD, They go ALL OUT with an amazing complex story about a guy from NY whos afraid of death, sex, and love, and sees them all through his complicated journey with twists and turns. The story is full of metaphors from Greek mythology, and of America. The songs have some incredible orchestration, very poetic and deep lyrics, as well as some interesting time signature shifts. The vocals are heartfelt and beautiful and really show Peter Gabriel's sensitive side. Every band member does amazing on their instrument too with great guitar and bass and drums too! This is a must listen, and one of the greatest works of all time.
34ZZ Top
Tres Hombres


Peak blues rock.
35Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Deja Vu
36The Kinks
Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround


Easily one of the finest offerings of music ever created, the album is a commentary on the hypocrisy, and manipulation of the music industry, a satirical and biting sardonic appraisal of it. The songs on this all flow together extremely well and highlight the genius of Ray Davies. The instrumentation is exceptional as well, featuring a lot of the greatest riffs of all time sandwiched together on this album. A must hear for any music fan!
37Metallica
Ride the Lightning
38Journey
Escape
39Slayer
South of Heaven
40Stevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life
41Rainbow
Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow
42Kate Bush
Never for Ever
43Blondie
Blondie
44Stevie Ray Vaughan
Texas Flood
45Fleetwood Mac
Tusk
46Muse
The Resistance
47Alice in Chains
Jar of Flies
48Soundgarden
Superunknown
49Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield
50Dio
The Last in Line
51Little Richard
Here's Little Richard


The true king of rock and roll, and the creator!
52Chuck Berry
Chuck Berry Is on Top
53Elvis Presley
Elvis: 30 #1 Hits
54Bad Brains
Bad Brains
55Judas Priest
Sad Wings of Destiny
56Neil Young
Harvest
57Sex Pistols
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
58John Lennon
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
59Wings
Venus and Mars
60Nirvana
In Utero
61Paul McCartney
McCartney


I just dig the lo-fi feel to this one. Is it his objective best? Probably not.
62Death (USA-MI)
...For the Whole World to See


The creation of punk music, and the originators of it. Sad that racism was so bad back in the day their label tried to force them to do Motown and this didn't see the light of day for many years outside of a single song which proved very influential.
63King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard
Polygondwanaland
64Boston
Boston


Was it more than a feeling? I think so!
65Guns N' Roses
Use Your Illusion II
66Huey Lewis and the News
Sports


As a Back To The Future fan, I adore this.
67Toto
Toto


Some of the greatest session musicians, and featuring legendary drummer Jeff Porcaro. These guys were also behind Thriller. They deserve way more recognition honestly, and this is one of the finest debut albums ever made.
68Adele
21
69The Cure
Three Imaginary Boys
70Linkin Park
Meteora
71Jefferson Airplane
Surrealistic Pillow
72Lana Del Rey
Born To Die (The Paradise Edition)
73Quiet Riot
Metal Health
74Slade
Sladest
75Cinderella
Long Cold Winter
76Kix
Blow My Fuse
77Sting
...Nothing Like the Sun
78Toby Fox
Undertale OST
79C418
Volume Alpha
80Joni Mitchell
Blue


Unironically one of the greatest albums I've ever heard. Joni is an artistic genius when it comes to songwriting and the lyricism on this record really showcases this extremely well. I really love her vocal performance here too and she gets every emotion she goes for across well, whether it be upbeat and optimistic, or melancholic and thoughtful, this is an album of many emotions. And also the guitar work isn't too shabby either.
81Buddy Holly
Buddy Holly
82The White Stripes
White Blood Cells
83My Chemical Romance
The Black Parade
84Tiny Tim
God Bless Tiny Tim
85blink-182
One More Time...
86Siouxsie and the Banshees
Kaleidoscope
87The Jam
In The City
88Janet Jackson
The Velvet Rope
89Madonna
Like a Virgin
90Foo Fighters
The Colour and the Shape
91Whitney Houston
Whitney
92Rick Astley
Whenever You Need Somebody
93Emerson, Lake and Palmer
Tarkus
94Muddy Waters
The Chess Box
95Syd Barrett
The Madcap Laughs
96T. Rex
Electric Warrior
97Crush 40
The Best of Crush 40
98The Unknowns
East Coast Low
99The Chats
Get Fucked
100The Beatles
The Beatles


Always found them a tad overloved and overrated but with that said I still quite like them, just not as much as its seems everyone else.
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