Friday, September 25, 2009

Music time continued

Yep, I am in a list mood. So now were are going to look at the best rock and roll albums of all time. I am going to give brief explanations of the top 10 and my rationale for it. Then move on from there.

1) Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Is it their best album? No. It has it's weak moments, but flat out, there has been no album that so radically changed the course of musical history than this one. It allowed rock musicians to become rock artists.
2) Abbey Road - The Beatles
The last album recorded by the greatest group of all time, this album has some sterling moments, and was the true coming out party for George Harrison. With "Here Comes the Sun" and "Something," Harrison penned the best songs on a Beatles album for the first time.
3) Pet Sound - The Beach Boys
The Beach Boys were trying desperately to counter The Beatles, and this is what came of it, a flat out genius record. With classics like "Sloop John B." and the immortal "God Only Knows," it has ascended to a place of royalty.
4) Revolver - The Beatles
If Sgt. Pepper was the culmination of The Beatles and their efforts to become artists, Revolver was a major step in that direction. No artist had put songs like this together, combing pop ("Here, There, and Everywhere"), rock ("Taxman," "Got to get you into my Life") and psychedelia ("Tomorrow Never Knows"), The Beatles showed they were no longer the lovable mop tops.
5) Let it Bleed - The Rolling Stones
Featuring the ferocious "Gimme Shelter" as the lead track, the Stones showed they were willing to go toe-to-toe with any band. The culmination of Mick Jagger's and Keith Richards' considerable writing skills, this album also featured "You can't Always get what you Want" and "Street Fighting Man."
6) Rubber Soul - The Beatles
If it seems like there are a lot of Beatles albums in the top 10, well there are. And they deserve to be. This was the album that inspired Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys and showed a maturation of the Fab Four. "You won't see Me," "In my Life," "Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown)," and "I'm Looking Through You" all showed that John Lennon and Paul McCartney were no longer content to write songs like "She Loves You."
7) Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Before this album came out, rock and roll was in a rut. It had no leader, no one to carry the torch. The Boss stepped up and said "All right, I will handle all this," and unleashed this classic. Written by a working man for the working man, Springsteen wrote songs about the forgotten masses.
8) Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
By 1965, Bob Dylan had embraced the ways of the electric guitar. This album remains his magnum opus. Anchored by one of the greatest songs ever written, "Like a Rolling Stone," it also featured "Ballad of a Thin Man," "Tombstone Blues," and the ferocious rocker "From a Buck 6."
9) What's the Story (Morning Glory)? - Oasis
The second album by the boys from Manchester, this album vaulted them to the top, and they knew it. Noel Gallagher showed his chops with classics like "Champagne Supernova," "Hey Now," "Morning Glory," "Some Might Say," and the legendary "Wonderwall." In 1996, Oasis was everywhere, ushering in a new British invasion.
10) A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles
Chock full of hits, this song is notable for other reasons as well. The Beatles, especially John Lennon and Paul McCartney, were not content with covering other people's music, especially since they both knew no one out there could do it better. This album was the first comprised of only Lennon/McCartney songs. Does it have some misses? Sure. "Tell Me Why" stands out. But it also has the title track, "Can't Buy me Love," "Things we Said Today," "I'll be Back," and "I Should Have Know Better," all pop rock masterpieces.
11) The Beatles (White Album) - The Beatles
12) Who's Next - The Who
13) The Joshua Tree - U2
14) Nevermind - Nirvana
15) Blond on Blond - Bob Dylan
16) Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
17) Beggar's Banquet- The Rolling Stones
18) Goodbye Yellowbrick Road - Elton John
19) The Stranger - Billy Joel
20) London Calling - The Clash
21) Magical Mystery Tour - The Beatles
22) All Things Must Pass - George Harrison
23) Achtung Baby - U2
24) The Wild, The Innocent, and the E-Street Shuffle - Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band
25) Disraeli Gears - Cream
26) Imagine - John Lennon
27) Deja Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
28) Back in Black - AC/DC
29) 1984 - Van Halen
30) Appetite for Destruction - Guns 'n' Roses
31) A Night at the Opera - Queen
32) Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones
33) Band on the Run - Wings
34) Layla and Other Love Songs - Derek and the Dominoes
35) Tommy - The Who
36) The Wall - Pink Floyd
37) Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
38) Hotel California - The Eagles
39) The Sun Sessions - Elvis Presley
40) Thriller - Michael Jackson
41) What's Going On? - Marvin Gaye
42) The Great 28 - Chuch Berry
43) ZoSo/IV - Led Zeppelin
44) The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars - David Bowie
45) Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols
46) The Band - The Band
47) Tapestry - Carole King
48) The Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkle
49) War - U2
50) Run Devil Run - Paul McCartney
51) The Who Sell Out - The Who
52) Please Please Me - The Beatles
53) Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
54) Here's Little Richard - Little Richard
55) Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
56) Are you Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix
57) After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
58) Damn the Torpedoes - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
59) Get a Grip - Aerosmith
60) Retrospective - Buffalo Springfield
61) Daylight Again - Crosby, Stills, and Nash
62) Cosmo's Factory - Creedence Clearwater Revival
63) Graceland - Paul Simon
64) Surrealistic Pillow - Jefferson Airplane
65) Lady Soul - Aretha Franklin
66) Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
67) Everybody Knows this is Nowhere - Neil Young
68) Ten - Pearl Jam
69) Madman Across the Water - Elton John
70) Nylon Curtain - Billy Joel
71) Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
72) Help! - The Beatles
73) Double Fantasy - John Lennon
74) Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty
75) Bringin' it All Back Home - Bob Dylan
76) Let it Be - The Beatles
77) Metallica (The Black Album) - Metallica
78) Wish you were Here - Pink Floyd
79) Songs from the Big Chair - Tears for Fears
80) Fresh Cream - Cream
81) Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
82) Loaded - The Velvet Underground
83) Sweetheart of the Rodeo - The Byrds
84) Beatles for Sale - The Beatles
85) Into the Great Wide Open - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
86) Unplugged in New York - Nirvana
87) Harvest - Neil Young
88) Be Here Now - Oasis
89) Synchronicity - The Police
90) Bringing Down the Horse - The Wallflowers
91) Don't Believe the Truth - Oasis
92) All That you Can't Leave Behind - U2
93) Ten Summoner's Tales - Sting
94) Brainwashed - George Harrison
95) The Division Bell - Pink Floyd
96) Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
97) Live at the Regal - B.B. King
98) Paranoid - Black Sabbath
99) There is Nothing Left to Lose - The Foo Fighters
100) Definitely Maybe - Oasis


  1. This...this is even worse than the other list. 10 Beatles albums, 4 from Oasis, but only one from the Eagles or Aerosmith? The greatest American rock bands ever?? You sadden me, brother.

  2. Aside from "Desperado" which I seriously considered, what else am I gonna put in from The Eagles? And Aerosmith, while a great band, is definitely a band I consider a "greatest hits" band.
    Oh, and I would say The Byrds and Creedence Clearwater Revival would debate whether or not those two are the greatest American rock bands.

  3. Eagles and Aerosmith, greatest American rock bands ever? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA!

    Although, I don't think much of a case could be made for the Byrds or CCR, either (although I like both).

    Hmm, I wonder who I would peg as the greatest American band...