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20 for 20 [updated]

I thought I'd do my albums list (see below) as a work in progress so you can see all the mind-numbing changes my list goes through. Kind of like seeing how sausage is made, though decidely less riveting and/or nauseating.

List will be updated and probably change considerably as the day goes on. I'm hoping to have my 20 completed before I leave work today.

  1. Radiohead - The Bends (1995)
    I chose this over Ok Computer for the simple reason that it has has much more depth, musically and lyrically. Ok Computer is fantastic, no doubt, but the songs on The Bends have more character, more soul. Best song: Fake Plastic Trees
  2. Faith No More - Angel Dust (1992)
    Sure, I could easily add two other FNM albums if I was going on pure favorites, but this is one, in my eyes, that really deserves to be on the list - musically it's all over the map, lyrically it's pure genius. Best song: A Small Victory, of course.
  3. Guns n Roses - Appetite for Destruction (1987)
    Rock and roll orgasm, from start to finish. Best song: Mr. Brownstone
  4. Fear Factory - Obsolete (1998)
    Yes, this would only be on my list. This concept album (man v. machine) is not only a story, but a work of aural art. Best song: Ressurection
  5. Soundgarden - Superunkown (1994)
    Almost put Badmotorfinger, but I think that Superuknown carries so much more weight as a whole and shows off Cornell's voice in a way that the screechings (sexy as hell, still) on Badmotorfinger didn't. Best song: Limo Wreck
  6. Nine Inch Nails - Downward Spiral (1994)
    I love Pretty Hate Machine to death, but musically, DS blows it away. There is so much woven into this album that you may hear or understand things about years after first listening to it. Best song: Reptile
  7. Nick Cave - Boatman’s Call (1997)
    Every damn song is great. Never have I listened to an album with such a range of emotions on top of such stirring music. It's gorgeous, it's morose, it's beautiful, it's hope and despair and a thousand tales of love wrapped together. Best song: (Are You) The One I've Been Waiting For?
  8. Weezer - Blue Album (1994)
    If I had to take only two albums to a desert island with me, this would be the one I choose without even giving it a second thought. I could not live without this album. Best song: Only in Dreams
  9. Hole - Live Through This
    I don't care what you think about Courtney, this album is brilliantly exectuted. Best song: Violet
  10. Brand New - Deja Entendu (2003)
    So you never heard of them. I have, and this album makes me believe that rock bands can still write beautiful, poetic songs. Best song: Play Crack the Sky
  11. Mr. Bungle - California (1999)
    A beautiful, harrowing trip through dozens of musical genres, lyrics that will make your brain ache and a voice to die for. What more could you want? Best song: Retrovertigo.
  12. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (1993)
    Cherub Rock, Disarm, Silverfuck, and one of the greatest songs ever written, Mayonaise. A heartbreaking work of staggering genius, so to speak, before Billy Corgan lost his shit.
  13. Pearl Jam - Ten (1991)
    What an incredible debut album. I had such high hopes for them. But they started with a "ten" and went progressively downhill since. This album, however, is nothing short of amazing. For the rest of my life, every time I sing that line in Black (you know which one I mean), I will have to choke back tears. That, my friends, is great music.
  14. Tool - Aenima (1996)
    I was having a debate with myself about whether I would put this album or Undertow on the list. Eventually I decided on Aenima because Undertow's Prison Sex creeps the hell out of me. Actually, I went with this one because it's more complex - meatier, if you will. best song: Jimmy
  15. Sublime - 40 oz. to Freedom (1996)
    Holy shit, this album is amazing. It's something different every time you put it on. From the opening bass on Waiting for My Ruca right on through, with the exception of Date Rape, which I LOATHE, it's like going to a bunch of parties in one day, all of them in different cities, different eras, with different people. This album makes me feel good. It makes me feel like it's always summer and I don't have a care in the world. Best song: Don't Push
  16. Korn - Self titled (1994)
    That's right. I said Korn. This album takes all your anger issues and lets you release them in a semi-healthy way. It's driven, it's pounding, it's dark and raging and breathes life into long dead skeletons. It's powerful, which is something all music should strive to be. Best song: Clown
  17. The Smiths - The Queen is Dead (1986)
    Ah, Morrisey. Tortured, withered, empty, desperate souls make such wonderful, poetic, touching, wallow-with-me music. Best song: Bigmouth Strikes Again
  18. Jane's Addiction - Ritual De Lo Habitual (1990)
    Most people prefer Nothing's Shocking. I like the sparse feel of RdlH. I like that on the surface it seems like catchy rock tunes, but underneath it's so much more. And I love Three Days. There is no song that makes me feel so...trippy, for lack of a better way. Best song: Three Days
  19. Def Leppard - Hysteria (1986)
    What? Stop looking at me like that. This album rocks, man. Best song: Love Bites
  20. Slayer - Seasons in the Abyss (1990)
    To maintain that kind of pummeling sound for a whole album in a way that the listener never tires of it is an accomplishment. Not enough credit is given to Slayer lyrics - too many people dismiss them without even giving a read through. If you're not a metal fan, you will think the album sucks. If you like metal, then you know that Seasons is an achievement. King and Lombardo especially give this so much power, so much testosterone that you think you can lift trucks with your bare hands after listening to it. Best song: Dead Skin Mask.

That's 20, but it's subject to change at whim. I may drop some and include some titles below, instead.

Honorable mentions:

Deftones, Around the Fur; Propagandhi, How to Clean Everything; MTX: Revenge is Sweet and So Are You; Dead Milkmen, Bucky Fellini; Slipknot, self titled; Godflesh, Songs of Love and Hate; Skinlab, Bound, Gagged and Blindfolded; Ultraspank, self titled; Type O Negative, Bloody Kisses; NOFX, Heavy Petting Zoo; Green Day, Dookie; Alice in Chains, Dirt; Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf; AFI, The Art of Drowing, Bloodhound Gang, One Fierce Beer Coaster; Clutch, self titled; Danzig, Danzig 4; Hayden, Everything I Long For; Life of Agony, River Runs Red; Marilyn Manson, Portrait of an American Family; Portishead, Dummy


I'm so glad I'm not the only one who admits to liking Live Through This. I'd replace Superunknown with Louder Than Love, tho, personally...

Yes, totally know the line (from Black). I broke up with (what I thought was ) the love of my life - and then that album came out. Many tears. Plus "Release" has to be one of the most emotionally charged songs. They peaked early, leaving us all disappointed.

You're running out of room, and I still don't see "Dirt" by Alice In Chains.

Heh. I was gonna come back and add Ritual De Lo Habitual as a suggestion.

Now, Nick Cave probably wouldn't make my list, but I think it's incredibly awesome that he's on yours. I'm more of a Murder Ballads type of guy, but I do love listening to The Boatman's Call every now and then.

Although Run DMC/Aerosmith first put rap and rock together and Public Enemy/Anthrax kicked it up a notch I would think Rage Against The Machine's debut album paved the way for the rest of the Rap/Metal acts that came later. I love this idea I am certainly going to do it sometime this week.

I don't know if I should be posting my (truncated) list here, or on the previous post, so I flipped a gigantic novelty coin, and here we go:

Replacements- Tim
Elvis Costello- King of America
Graham Parker- Mona Lisa's Sister
Screeching Weasel- My Brain Hurts
Paul Westerberg- Mono
Stiffs, Inc.- Nix, Naught, Nothing
Pixies- Surfer Rosa
Pogues- Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash
Tom Waits- Rain Dogs
Replacements- Please to Meet Me
Tom Petty- Full Moon Fever
Radiohead- KID A
Joe Jackson- Laughter & Lust
Possum Dixon- Star Maps
Naked Raygun- Throb, Throb
The Mr. T Experience- Our Bodies, Ourselves

Well- that's 16. Giving myself some wiggle room.

My top 20 but they are not in order, that would take too long to decide and I am on my way out.

REM - Document
Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger
Pearl Jam - Ten
Massive Attack - Blue Lines
Tragically Hip - Up To Here
Pogues - Rum, Sodomy And The Lash
Pixies - Surfer Rosa
Strokes - Is This It
Metallica - Master Of Puppets
Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation ...
Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
RHCP - Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik
Muse - Absolution
Fatboy Slim - You've Come A Long Way
Prodigy - Fat Of The Land
Faithless - Reverence
Ash - 1977
Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
U2 - Joshua Tree

No David Lee Roth?

Thats one hell of a great list. I don't agree with all of it, but most of the selections are absolutely world class (Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Guns n Roses, Soundgarden, Hole, The Smiths).

To cater for my own personal tastes, I would have to have:
*Talking Heads (all of them but if I had to pick one in a pinch it would be Remain In Light or the Stop Making Sense Special Edition ),
*The Beatles (I'll have to think about which one)
* Nirvana (Nevermind & MTV Live in New York) and
* Velvet Underground (anything with Heroin on it).

Albums I'd put on my list off the top of my head, followed by my top 3.
Tori Amos - Under the Pink
Portishead - Dummy
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Collective Soul - Hints, Allegations, & Things Left Unsaid
Alanis Morrissette - Jagged Little Pill
Bob Dylan - Love & Theft
Peter Gabriel - Up
Roger Waters - Amused to Death
Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
Genesis - Invisible Touch
Throwing Muses - University
Dar Williams - Mortal City
Eminem - Marshall Mathers LP

3. Guns n' Roses - Use Your Illusion I & II
2. Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session
1. Leonard Cohen - The Future

Radiohead's The Bends? No way a top 20 pick. It's an accomplished, even brilliant, rock album, but pales in comparison to OK Computer, which in many ways is a reconception of what popular music can do. Nothing on The Bends can compare with the innovation of "Airbag," or the sheer release of "The Tourist." My first Radiohead listen, which lead to all their other CD's, and many more of other bands, and gave me the musical education I needed.

I almost certainly do not own 20 albums released since 1985, and the ones I do own include things like Hootie that are listenable but not deserving of any accolades. Plus, my top 5 would include maybe 3 U2 albums. On the other thread I mentioned Appetite for Destruction and Joshua Tree, and for my own list I'd also add Achtung Baby, Pearl Jam's Ten, Bruce's The Rising, Petty's Full Moon Fever, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1, Mellencamp's Lonesome Jubilee, and the first Black Crowes album.

I don't listen to it often - they're not quite my taste - but isn't the 1991 release of Metallica's big album a conspicuous omission here?

Morphine:Yes. Repo Man Soundtrack. Gary Numan:Pure (Ever since Cars he has been consistently underrated) Love & Rockets:Express. Echo & the Bunnymen. Holst: The Planets. I completely agree on Angel Dust but have to add King for a Day, Fool for a lifetime for Just A Man. Best....Song...Ever.

Also Nick Cave's Red Right Hand . Tie for Best...Song....Ever.