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Streetlight's Favorite Albums - I Can Run, But I Can't Hide

So here is my, i think, quite final list of some (and only some) of my favorite albums of all time. The albums here aren't all necessarily the best, or classic albums, but no matter what bands I find, it's these albums which I find myself turning back to time and time again for all sorts of occasions. It's just a fantastic mix that pretty much defines my tastes - I've missed out a couple of albums i absolutely adore, but don't find myself always listening to, so hugs to Gn'R, Muse and Zeppelin, but meh.
OK Computer

My Favorite Radiohead album and possibly the best collection of songs to ever be put on a record. Nothing else needs to be said.

A recent album, but it was my introduction to house/dance music, and it's got a huge mix of awesome bobpin' beats that really cover everything there needs to be here. Dare i say... better than Daft Punk?
3Streetlight Manifesto
Everything Goes Numb

See: My username
4Circle Takes the Square
As The Roots Undo

Holy crap can someone say pinnacle of the genre? Insanity mixed with pure bliss, it doesn't get better than this.
5Justin King
Le Bleu

*The* most awesome solo acoustic guitarist out there today. Sorry Michael Hedges and di Meola, but no amount of technical prowess can touch the atmosphere that King can capture.
6Blink 182
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket

This album, along with the Sex Pistols, defined my middle school years. I can still sing along to every word and play nearly every riff. Ridiculously fun record.
7City of Caterpillar
City of Caterpillar

If Circle Takes the Square takes the cake (lawl) for being perfectly intricate, City of Caterpillar is a whole other universe in brooding emotion and climactic release.

Probably the heaviest album i listen to, it's just impossible to go wrong with Sean Reinert (best drummer in the world?), Paul Masvidal, Steve DiGiorgio and Chuck Schuldiner.
9Arcade Fire

Amazing - this CD is like a orchestrated riot with a childlike beauty and finesse which just can't be found on any other album.
10Sed Non Satiata
Le Ciel De Notre Enfance

Another near perfect emo release, nearly all the elements of the genre can be found in this one neat little package and it works like a charm.
11Sex Pistols
Never Mind the Bollocks

Tom79 once chided me for giving this a classic rating, but f'uck man, it's the damn Sex Pistols.
12The Red Paintings
Walls [EP]

I f'ucking hate patriotism, but these guys, more than any other silly historical or socio-political binding yadada, make me proud to be from the same country. Art rock indeed.
13Operation Ivy

Who would have thought listening to sound waves could be so much *fun*? like just crazy, i-wanna-get-up-and-start-partying-in-the-streets-naked fun? Heres your answer.
14Manic Street Preachers
The Holy Bible

The Manics created the most fitting title for an album since The Refused's The Shape of Punk To Come. Rock n' Roll everest.
15 Jane's Addiction
Ritual De Lo Habitual

If the Holy Bible was the everest of Rock n' Roll, Ritual is the exact opposite, ruling the gritty, dirty, underside of the genre, and coming out just as high.
16The John Butler Trio
John Butler

Who'd have thought that one of the most talented folk guitarists in the world would originate from it's a'ss end? Immense and emotional, theres nothing else like it.
17Massive Attack

I didn't like this record when i first heard it. I still didn't like it when i heard it the second time. or the third. or the twentieth. Before long i realized i'd keep coming back to listen to it over and over. Slow love...
Truth Inside the Shades

This is pretty much the best Melodic death album in the world. I don't make statements like that lightly. No seriously. The best. Ever. Listen to this. LISTEN!
19Pg. 99
Document # 8

I hadn't listed to an album that had blown my brains out of my head in a long time, and this one did it on the first listen, and i havn't looked back since.
20Say Anything
...Is A Real Boy

Who'd have thought pop punk could be so damn cool? Oh and, I apologize to the Lawrence Arms who missed out on this spot by a fraction.
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