My Favorite Albums Ever*

By , January 25, 2011

*okay, not ever– from 1949 to the present day

Half a Dozen from the Jurassic Era

Erroll Garner – Penthouse Serenade (1949)
Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um (1959)
Dave Brubeck – Time Out (1959)
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Velvet Underground – Andy Warhol (1967)
Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison (1968)

Baker’s Dozen +1 from the Beginning of Recorded History

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970)
Can – Soundtracks (1970)
David Bowie – Hunky Dory (1971)
Serge Gainsbourg – Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971)
Nick Drake – Pink Moon (1972)
The J.B.’s – Food For Thought (1972)
The Stooges – Raw Power (1973)
Neu! – Neu! 2 (1973)
Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express (1977)
The Jam – This is the Modern World (1977)
David Bowie – Low (1977)
Public Image Ltd. – Public Image (1978)
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979)
Blondie – Eat to the Beat (1979)

Lucky 13 from the ’80s (+1 E.P.)

Joy Division – Closer (1980)
Bauhaus – In the Flat Field (1980)
Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)
Iron Maiden – Powerslave (1984)
The Smiths – Meat is Murder (1985)
Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill (1986)
Run-D.M.C. – Raising Hell (1986)
Slayer – Reign in Blood (1986)
Cowboy Junkies – Whites Off Earth Now!! (1986)
The Smiths – The Queen is Dead (1986)
Operation Ivy – Hectic (1987)
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
Pixies – Doolittle (1989)
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (1989)

Top 40 from the Dawn of the Modern Era a.k.a. the ’90s

Happy Mondays – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches (1990)
George Michael – Listen Without Prejudice (1990)
Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)
De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead (1991)
Suede – Suede (1993)
The Lucksmiths – First Tape (1993)
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993)
Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)
Weezer – Weezer (1994)
Pulp – His ‘N’ Hers (1994)
Portishead – Dummy (1994)
Suede – Dog Man Star (1994)
PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love (1994)
Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995)
Pulp – Different Class (1995)
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Methodrone (1995)
Radiohead – The Bends (1995)
Suede – Coming Up (1996)
George Michael – Older (1996)
The Old 97′s – Wreck Your Life (1996)
Ash – 1977 (1996)
Modest Mouse – This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About (1996)
Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust? (1996)
Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
Babybird – Ugly Beautiful (1997)
Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
Belle & Sebastian – 3.. 6.. 9 Seconds of Light /Lazy Line Painter Jane/ Dog On Wheels (1997)
Air – Moon Safari (1998)
Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)
The Aislers Set – Terrible Things Happen (1998)
Jack Drag – Dope Box (1998)
Pulp – This is Hardcore (1998)
Death Cab for Cutie – Something About Airplanes (1998)
Kent – Isola (1998)
Bernard Butler – People Move On (1998)
Moby – Play (1999)
Muse – Showbiz (1999)
Tom Waits – Mule Variations (1999)
Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs (1999)
Travis – The Man Who (1999)

Oughts Top Forty

The White Stripes – De Stijl (2000)
Bright Eyes – Fever and Mirrors (2000)
Yo La Tengo – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside–Out (2000)
The Sea and the Cake – Oui (2000)
Jack Johnson – Brushfire Fairytales (2000)
The Strokes – Is This It? (2001)
Brian Jonestown Massacre – Bravery Repetition Noise (2001)
Against Me – Acoustic (2001)
Tipsy – Uh Oh (2001)
Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People (2002)
The Walkmen – Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me Is Gone (2002)
Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002)
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003)
American Analog Set – Promise of Love (2003)
Camera Obscura – Underachievers Please Try Harder (2003)
Brian Jonestown Massacre – …And This is Our Music (2003)
Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism (2003)
White Stripes – Elephant (2003)
The Aislers Set – How I Learned to Write Backwards (2003)
Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
The Album Leaf – In a Safe Place (2004)
Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand (2004)
Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning (2005)
Death Cab for Cutie – Plans (2005)
Richard Hawley – Cole’s Corner (2005)
The Tears – Here Come the Tears (2005)
Sigur Ros – Takk… (2005)
Jarvis Cocker – Jarvis (2006)
The Knife – Silent Shout (2006)
Ratatat – Classics (2006)
LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (2006)
The Fratellis – Costello Music (2007)
Stars – In Our Bedroom After the War (2007)
Klaxons – Myths of the Near Future (2007)
Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules and Love Affair (2008)
Department of Eagles – In Ear Park (2008)
The XX – The XX (2009)

Nowadays So Far

Portugal the Man – American Ghetto (2010)
Vampire Weekend – Contra (2010)
Bon Iver – Bon Iver (2011)
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra – The Jazz Age (2012)

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