My 126 favorite albums of all time

These are my 126 favorite albums of all time. This list is arranged in order of preference, starting with my #1 favorite.

1) Linda Ronstadt – “Heart Like a Wheel” (1974)




2) The Beatles – “Rubber Soul” (1965)




3) Daryl Hall & John Oates – “Voices” (1981)




4) Pretenders – “Pretenders” (1980)




5) Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Willy and the Poor Boys” (1969)




6) The Who – “Who’s Next” (1971)




7) Blondie – “Parallel Lines” (1978)




8) Cream – “Disraeli Gears” (1967)




9) Loverboy – “Get Lucky” (1981)




10 Janis Joplin – “Pearl” (1971)




11) Elvis Costello – “Armed Forces” (1979)




12) The Beatles – “Revolver” (1966)




13) The Who – “Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy” (1971)




14) Phil Spector – “A Christmas Gift for You” (1963)




15) The Beatles – “Help!” (1965)




16) The Velvet Underground – “1969 Velvet Underground Live With Lou Reed” (1974)




17) Patty Smyth – “Greatest Hits: Featuring Scandal” (1998)




18) The Beatles – “A Hard Day’s Night” (1964)




19) Pretenders – “Learning to Crawl” (1984)




20) Blondie – “Blondie” (1976)




21) Daryl Hall and John Oates – “Private Eyes” (1981)




22) Go-Go’s – “Beauty and the Beat” (1981)




23) The Clash – “London Calling” (1979)




24) The Waitresses – “The Best of the Waitresses” (1990)




25) The Rolling Stones – “Let It Bleed” (1969)




26) Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin IV” (1971)




27) Pink Floyd – “The Dark Side of the Moon” (1973)




28) Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run” (1975)




29) Donna Summer – “Bad Girls” (1979)




30) Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo – “Good Clean Fun” (1982)




31) Josie Cotton – “Convertible Music” (1982)




32) The Beatles – “1”  (2000)




33) Fleetwood Mac – “Rumours ” (1977)




34) The Velvet Underground – “The Velvet Underground & Nico” (1967)




35) Vince Guaraldi – “A Charlie Brown Christmas” (1965)




36) The Beatles – “The Beatles (White Album)” (1968)




37) The Allman Brothers Band – “At Fillmore East” (1971)




38) Otis Redding – “The Ultimate Otis Redding” (1986)




39) Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Cosmo’s Factory” (1970)




40) Cream – “Fresh Cream” (1966)




41) Elvis Costello – “This Year’s Model” (1978)




42) John Williams – “Star Wars IV: A New Hope” (1977)




43) Skeeter Davis – “The Essential Skeeter Davis” (1995)




44) Elvis Costello – “My Aim Is True” (1977)




45) The Velvet Underground – “Loaded” (1970)




46) The Like – “Release Me” (2010)




47) Billy Joel – “Glass Houses” (1980)




48) Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Green River” (1969)




49) The Velvet Underground – “The Velvet Underground” (1969)




50) The Clash – “The Clash” (1979)




51) Juice Newton – “Juice” (1981)




52) Linda Ronstadt – “Linda Ronstadt” (1972)




53) Peter Tchaikovsky “The Nutcracker (Kirov Orchestra/Valery Gergiev)” (1998)




54) Joni Mitchell – “Blue” (1971)




55) Aretha Franklin – “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” (1967)




56) Led Zeppelin – “Houses of the Holy” (1973)




57) The Who “Live at Leeds” (1970)




58)  The Beatles – “Abbey Road” (1969)




59) Kim Wilde – “Kim Wilde” (1981)




60)  The Rolling Stones – “Beggars Banquet” (1968)




61)  Joe Jackson – “Look Sharp!” (1979)




62) Jimi Hendrix – “Are You Experienced?” (1967)




63) Neil Young – “Tonight’s the Night” (1975)




64) The Byrds – “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” (1968)




65) The Beatles – “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” (1967)




66) New York Dolls – “New York Dolls” (1973)




67) Richard & Linda Thompson – “Shoot Out the Lights” (1982)




68) Jefferson Airplane – “Volunteers” (1969)




69) Buffalo Springfield – “Buffalo Springfield Again” (1967)




70) Weird Al Yankovic – “Dare to Be Stupid” (1985)




71) Aretha Franklin – “Lady Soul” (1968)




72) Liz Phair – “Exile in Guyville” (1993)




73) The Modern Lovers – “The Modern Lovers” (1976)




74) The Supremes – “Every Great #1 Hit” (1974)




75) Bob Dylan – “Bringing It All Back Home” (1965)




76) The Rolling Stones – “Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass)” (1966)




77) Roxy Music – “Siren” (1975)




78) Sly & the Family Stone – “Greatest Hits” (1970)




79) Graham Parker – “Squeezing Out Sparks” (1979)




80) R.E.M. – “Murmur” (1983)




81) Joni Mitchell – “Court and Spark” (1974)




82) Neil Young – “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” (1969)




83) Michael Jackson – “Off the Wall” (1979)




84) Ella Fitzgerald – “Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas” (1960)




85) Billy Joel – “The Nylon Curtain” (1982)




86) Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)




87) Derek and The Dominos – “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” (1970)




88) Jefferson Airplane – “Surrealistic Pillow” (1967)




89) Stevie Wonder – “Innervisions” (1973)




90) Sia – “We Are Born” (2010)




91) Brenda Lee – “20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection: The Best of Brenda Lee” (2003)




92) George Harrison – “All Things Must Pass” (1970)




93) Led Zeppelin – “Led Zeppelin II” (1969)




94) The Rolling Stones – “Sticky Fingers” (1971)




95) Linda Ronstadt – “Get Closer” (1982)




96) Billy Joel – “52nd Street” (1978)




97) The B-52’s – “The B-52’s” (1979)




98) X – “Wild Gift” (1981)




99) Richard & Linda Thompson – “I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight” (1974)




100) Cyndi Lauper – “She’s So Unusual” (1983)




101) Prince – “Purple Rain” (1984)




102) Big Mama Thornton – “Hound Dog: The Peacock Recordings” (1992)




103) Talking Heads – “More Songs About Buildings and Food” (1978)




104) Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – “Damn the Torpedoes” (1979)




105) Blondie – “Eat to the Beat” (1979)




106) Fleetwood Mac – “Mirage” (1982)




107) Buddy Holly – “From the Original Master Tapes” (1985)




108) 10,000 Maniacs – “In My Tribe” (1987)




109) The Bangles – “Different Light” (1986)




110) Blondie – “Plastic Letters” (1977)




111) The B-52’s – “Cosmic Thing” (1989)




112) John Cougar Mellencamp – “Uh-Huh” (1983)




113) Johnny Cash – “At Folsom Prison” (1968)




114) Billy Joel – “The Stranger” (1977)




115) Madness – “One Step Beyond…” (1979)




116) Daryl Hall & John Oates – “X-Static” (2000)




117) Boston Pops Orchestra – “A Christmas Festival” (1987)




118) Bruce Springsteen – “The River” (1980)




119) Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On” (1971)




120) Loverboy – “Loverboy” (1980)




121) Grateful Dead – “American Beauty” (1970)




122) Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Crosby, Stills & Nash” (1969)




123) Blood, Sweat & Tears – “Child Is Father to the Man” (1968)




124) Dusty Springfield – “Dusty in Memphis” (1969)




125) The Feelies – “Crazy Rhythms” (1980)




126) Jackson 5 – “Christmas Album” (1970)

September 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Music.

2 Comments

  1. Eric Mack replied:

    Spectacular list, Dan. Just one question: why 126?

    Seriously though, these are some great albums. I recently counted down my 100 favorite albums here: http://www.theattackzone.com/100-favorite-albums/

    I like what you’re doing on this site. Keep up the good work!

    — Eric @ The Attack Zone

    • danfromsquirrelhill replied:

      Thanks. I chose 126 instead of a nice round number because I wanted to include everything that I love.

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