Friday, November 9, 2012

My 200 Favourite Albums of All Time

Pretty self-explanatory, really. I didn't feel like telling you a bunch of shit about these albums that you already know (or can find out from a better and more popular blog), so here's the list and just the list in all its listy goodness. If you're unfamiliar with any of these albums, just take my word for it that my musical taste is better than yours and you should check them out.




The wicketkeeper is down
200. Pavement - Terror Twilight (1999)


Butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies butterflies
199. Smog - Supper (2003)


Let nurse give you a shot, it's something to do
198. Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse (2004)


Who is this doing this synthetic type of alpha beta psychedelic funkin'? 
197. The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole (1996)


196. Howlin' Wolf - The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions (1970)


It's cold and it's wet at the bottom of the sea, but at least I've got my blueberries with me
 195. The Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat (2004)


194. Tricky - Maxinquaye (1995)


God is gay
 193. Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)


Ah ha, charade you are
 192. Pink Floyd - Animals (1977)


Sometimes I feel like a swallow
191. Scott Walker - The Drift (2006)


And all through the dust, you feel that you must hear the strings of a dove
 190. Low - Things We Lost in the Fire (2001)


We've burned the field completely
 189. The Breeders - Pod (1990)


A broken heart would be lovely
 188. Skip Spence - Oar (1969)


I've been waiting so long to be where I'm going, in the sunshine of your love
 187. Cream - Disraeli Gears (1967)


"Son", she said, "have I got a little story for you"...
186. Pearl Jam - Ten (1991)


Celebrating the fact that we've seen the back of another black day
185. Depeche Mode - Black Celebration (1986)


He blew his mind out in a car
184. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)


This is stolen property
183. The Triffids - Born Sandy Devotional (1986)


This is not my life
182. Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill (2004)


Like father, stepfather, the son is drowning in the flood
181. Weezer - Blue (1994)


War, children, it's just a shot away
 180. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (1969)


179. Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman (1970)


It's raining today
 178. Scott Walker - Scott 3 (1969)


It's up to you not to heed the call up
177. The Clash - Sandinista! (1981)


Small Change got rained on with his own .38
 176. Tom Waits - Small Change (1976)


Yeah, as if I can understand a single word
 175. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (1991)


I'm never gonna know you now, but I'm gonna love you anyhow
 174. Elliott Smith - XO (1998)


R U In 2 It?
 173. Mogwai - Young Team (1997)


Come on and take my hand
 172. Spoon - Telephono (1995)


I lost myself in the heart of the crowd
 171. Magazine - Real Life (1978)


In Brooklyn we stay home
170. Les Savy Fav - The Cat & the Cobra (1999)


This land must change or land must burn
169. Midnight Oil - Diesel & Dust (1986)



I think that God's got a sick sense of humour
168. Depeche Mode - Some Great Reward (1984)


Pilgrims, Slaves, Indian, Mexican, it looks real fucked up for your next of kin 
167. The Roots - Game Theory (2006)


 These hands are strangers in the wind
166. Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours (2008)


I don't understand how a heart is a spade
165. Elastica - Elastica (1995)


I belong to the Blank Generation and I can take it or leave it each time 
164. Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Blank Generation (1977)


I think you think too much 
163. Mercury Rev - Boces (1993)


Do the twist with your icecream
162. Liars - They Threw Us in a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top (2001)


I'd rather be famous than righteous or holy any day 
161. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead (1986)


 
160. Patti Smith - Easter (1978)


159. Mission of Burma - Vs (1982)


158. Devo - Duty Now for the Future (1979)


157. Wire - Chairs Missing (1978)


156. Weezer - Pinkerton (1996)


155. Built to Spill - Keep It Like a Secret (1999)


154. Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)


153. Fairport Convention - What We Did On Our Holidays (1969)


152. Portishead - Dummy (1994)


151. Television - Adventure (1978)


150. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation (1988)


 149. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced (1967)


 148. The Church - Starfish (1988)


 147. Radiohead - Amnesiac (2001)


146. The Cure - Faith (1981)


 145. Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains (1995)


 144. Alice in Chains - Dirt (1992)


 143. Beck - Sea Change (2002)


142. Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (1965)


 141. The Beatles - The Beatles (1968)


 140. Amon Duul 2 - Yeti (1970)

 
 139. Soundgarden - Down on the Upside (1996)

138. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi (2002)


137. Portishead - Third (2008)


 136. Spoon - Girls Can Tell (1999)


135. Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out the Lights (1982)


 134. Throwing Muses - Hunkpapa (1989)


 133. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand (1994)


132. Joy Division - Closer (1980)


 131. Beck - Odelay (1996)


 130. Guided By Voices - Under the Bushes, Under the Stars (1996)


129. Midnight Oil - Blue Sky Mining (1990)


128. Midnight Oil - Red Sails in the Sunset (1984)


127. Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine (1992)




126. Bob Dylan - Another Side of Bob Dylan (1964)

 
125. Hunters & Collectors - The Jaws of Life (1984)



124. The Beatles - Abbey Road (1970)


123. Mercury Rev - All is Dream (2001)


122. Heatmiser - Mic City Sons (1996)


121.Throwing Muses - The Real Ramona (1991)



120. Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf (2002)


119. Autolux - Future Perfect (2004)


118. Sparklehorse - Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot (1995)

 117. Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour of Bewilderbeast (2000)


 116. Fugazi - Repeater (1990)


 115. Pearl Jam - Vs (1993)


 114. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter (1970)


 113. UNKLE -Psyence Fiction (1998)


 112. Eels - Electro-shock Blues (1998)


 111. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left (1969)


 110. Neil Young - Rust Never Sleeps (1979)


 109. Richard & Linda Thompson - I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)


108. Tom Waits - Heartattack & Vine (1980)


 107. Radiohead - The Bends (1995)


106. Radiohead - In Rainbows (2007)


 105. Lower Dens - Nootropics (2012)


 104. Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking (1969)


103. Spoon - Kill the Moonlight (2002)

 102. R.E.M. - New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996)


 101. Magic Dirt - Friends in Danger (1996)


 100. Scott Walker - Tilt (1995)


99. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (2008)


 98. Talking Heads - Speaking in Tongues (1982)


 97. And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes (2002)


 96. Neil Young - Tonight's the Night (1975)


 95. Tori Amos - From the Choirgirl Hotel (1998)


 94. Massive Attack - Mezzanine (1998)


 93. Unwound - Leaves Turn Inside You (2001)


 92. Talking Heads - Fear of Music (1979)


 91. Sonic Youth - Goo (1990)


 90. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes (1992)


89. Pixies - Bossanova (1990)


88. Smog - Dongs of Sevotion (1999)


87. Jeff Buckley - Grace (1994)


 86. David Bowie - Station to Station (1976)


 85. Funkadelic - Maggot Brain (1971)


 84. Sparklehorse - It's a Wonderful Life (2001)


 83. The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour (1982)



82. Fugazi - The Argument (2001)


 81. Pixies - Surfa Rosa (1988)


 80. Can - Delay 1968 (1968)


 79. Wire - 154 (1979)


78. Built to Spill - Perfect From Now On (1997)


77. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland (1969)


76. Battles - Mirrored (2007)


75. Smog - Knock Knock (1999)



74. Fugazi - Red Medicine (1995)


 73. Magic Dirt - Young & Full of the Devil (1998)


 72. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love (1968)


 71. Blur - Blur (1997)


 70. Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin' (1964)


69. Boris - Heavy Rocks (2002)


 68. Funkadelic - Funkadelic (1970)


 67. Boards of Canada - Music Has the Right to Children (1998)


66. John Cale - Paris 1919 (1973)


 65. Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)


 64. Beck - Mutations (1998)


 63. Guided By Voices - Alien Lanes (1995)


 62. Helium - The Magic City (1997)


 61. Pixies - Doolittle (1989)


 60. Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted (1992)


 59. Helium - The Dirt of Luck (1995)


 58. Midnight Oil - 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 (1983)


 57. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited (1965)


 56. Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R (2000)


 55. Silver Jews - American Water (1998)


 54. Faith No More - Angel Dust (1992)


 53. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)


 52. Slint - Spiderland (1991)


 
 51. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary (2005)


50. Built to Spill - There's Nothing Wrong with Love (1993)


49. Not From There - Sand On Seven (1998) 


48. Faust - Faust IV (1973)


47. Neil Young - Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (1969)


 
46. Nirvana - In Utero (1993)


45. Neu! - Neu! (1971)


44. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here (1975)


43. Depeche Mode - Violator (1990)


42. The The - Infected (1986)


 
41. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat (1968)


40. Tom Waits - Bone Machine (1992)


 
39. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (1975)


 38. Nick Drake - Pink Moon (1972)


 37. Richard & Linda Thompson - Pour Down Like Silver (1975)


 36. The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (1971)


 35. Mansun - Attack of the Grey Lantern (1996)


 34. The The - Soul Mining (1983)


 33. Sparklehorse - Good Morning Spider (1999)


32. Can - Ege Bamyasi (1972)


 31. Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970)


 30. The Clash - The Clash (1977)


 29. Can - Future Days (1973)



28. Lou Reed - Berlin (1973)


27. Neil Young - On the Beach (1975)


26. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)


25. Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones (1983)


24. Pavement - Wowee Zowee (1995)


23. Pavement - Brighten the Corners (1997)


22. Pearl Jam - Vitalogy (1994)


21. Blur - Parklife (1994)


20. Blur - 13 (1999)


 19. Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger (1991)


 18. Radiohead - Kid A (2000)


 17. Talking Heads - Remain in Light (1980)


 16. Augie March - Strange Bird (2002)


 15. Augie March - Sunset Studies (2000)


 14. Temple of the Dog - Temple of the Dog (1991)


 13. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)


 12. Arcade Fire - Funeral (2004)


11. Depeche Mode - Music for the Masses (1987)


10. Mercury Rev - Deserter's Songs (1998)


 9. Soundgarden - Superunknown (1994)


 8. Can - Tago Mago (1971)


 7. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs (1985)


 6. Mansun - Six (1998)


 5. Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antarctica (2000)


 4. The Clash - London Calling (1979)


 3. Radiohead - OK Computer (1997)


2. Television - Marquee Moon (1977)


 1. Smog - A River Ain't Too Much to Love (2005)



Statistics and Trivia (mostly interesting if you are me):

Note: Live albums, EPs, posthumous releases and compilations were ineligible.

The most dominating artists are:

Radiohead: 5
Tom Waits: 5
Pavement: 5
Can: 4
Neil Young: 4
Smog: 4
Depeche Mode: 4
Bob Dylan: 4
Midnight Oil: 4

All five Pavement albums are represented, with Terror Twilight scraping in at 200. Nick Drake's three albums and Jimi Hendrix's three albums with The Experience all made the cut, as did both Helium albums. One album wonders Jeff Buckley, Skip Spence and Temple of the Dog are also included. The new #1 was the only one of Smog's four entries to make the top 50. Bob Dylan and Midnight Oil are the most represented artists not to have an entry in the top 50, peaking at #58 with Highway 61 Revisited and #59 with 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1.

Fewer than 10% of the albums herein are by female artists or female-led bands - other bands that happen to have a female member don't count towards that percentage. It turns out their representation in my whole collection (slightly north of 1500) is about the same. I guess I'm just a woman-hating monster. But hey, looking back it turns out my 2012 list was 40% women. Maybe there's hope for me after all.

The breakdown of countries of origin for the albums goes like this:

US: 112
UK: 60
AUS: 13
CAN: 7
GER: 7
JAP: 1


And the decade breakdown:

10s: 1 (0.5%)
00s: 34 (17%)
90s: 79 (39.5%)
80s: 27 (13.5%)
70s: 38 (19%)
60s: 24 (12%)

The most represented release year is 1998 (13), followed by 1995 (11) and 1996 and 1969 (9 each). 1985, 1987 and unsurprisingly 2012 are respresented by only one album each, although the former two are both in the top 20 (Tom Waits' Rain Dogs at 7  and Depeche Mode's Music for the Masses at 11. Every year from 1964 onwards is represented except 1966 and understandably 2009-11. The Beatles' Revolver was edged out during last minute fine tuning.

Both Mission of Burma and Pearl Jam's Vs made the list, at 159 and 115 respectively.

Mansun's Six is at #6.

In 2008 I made a top 50 (http://sexwarrobots.blogspot.com.au/2008/08/my-50-favourite-albums-part-1.html). The following stats relate to the similarities and differences between the two lists:
  • 35 of the albums from my 2008 top 50 appeared in this list's top 50. The remaining 15 all made the top 200 except Tom Waits' Alice. The biggest move up was the new number 1, which ranked 43 last time. The biggest move down was Depeche Mode's Black Celebration from 31 to 185.
  • Lower Dens' Nootropics is the only album released in between my 2008 top 50 and this top 200 to make the 200.
  • Blur's 13 and Parklife retained their positions at #20 and #21.
  • Last time, Pearl Jam's Vitalogy beat Pavement's Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain by one spot. This time, it beat Brighten the Corners by one spot, with Wowee Zowee immediately following and CR, CR another two spots down from that.
  • The highest ranking artist/album absent from the 2008 list is Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea at #13.


Related:
My 50 Favourite Albums Part 1

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