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2,000 Albums to Listen to Before Death...

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FAV TRACKS: "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning"; "Can't We Be Friends"; "Ill Wind"; "Mood Indigo"; "Glad to Be Unhappy"; "Dancing on the Ceiling"

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FAV TRACKS: "Blue Suede Shoes (Carl Perkins cover)"; "Tryin' to Get to You"; "Blue Moon"; "Money Honey"; "I Love You Because"; "I Got a Woman (Ray Charles cover)"; "I'm Counting on You"; "I'll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin')"

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MOANIN' (1958)

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FAV TRACKS: "Lonely Woman"; "Focus on Sanity"; "Peace"; "Chronology"; "Eventually"; "Congeniality"

TIME OUT (1959)

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FAV TRACKS: "Take Five"; "Blue Rondo à la Turk"; "Strange Meadow Lark"; "Kathy's Waltz"; "Everybody's Jumpin'"; "Three to Get Ready"; "Pick Up Sticks"

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FAV TRACKS: "All I've Got to Do"; "Please Mr. Postman (Marvelettes cover)"; "You Really Got a Hold on Me (Smokey Robinson cover)"; "Don't Bother Me"; "Roll Over Beethoven (Chuck Berry cover)"; "Money (That's What I Want) (Motown cover)"; "I Wanna Be Your Man"


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FAV TRACKS: "Blowin' in the Wind"; "Masters of War"; "Bob Dylan's Dream"; "Down the Highway"; "Oxford Town"; "Talkin' World War III Blues"; "I Shall Be Free"; "A Hard Rain's a-Gonna Fall"; "Corina, Corina"; "Bob Dylan's Blues"

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FAV TRACKS: "House of the Rising Sun"


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MY PERSONAL CHOICES FOR WHAT SHOULD BE CONSIDERED the most fundamental sounds of the modern music age. I came across a list a while back (called "1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die" or something like that) and this list is more or less in retort to that. I try to include a wide range of different genres, sounds, themes and tones, everything from mainstream to indie to experimental--but I'm always looking for the next big hit around the corner, so anybody stopping in to check my list out, PLEASE, feel free to leave suggestions as to what I should listen to next in the comments below.

I started a list a while back, entitled Soundtrack to My Life, this is more or less a continuation of that. I've been exposing myself to a lot of new music lately, most of the choices you see here on the list are the tunes I grew up on. Others are someone else's that I thoroughly enjoy.

Please note that everything with a star ranking under it is something I've listened to, and every item with a pic accompanying it is something I've chosen to keep as--what I consider--an absolute fundamental record, that should be LISTENED TO before death.


11 albums

David Bowie; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

9 Albums

The Beatles; Pink Floyd.

7 Albums

The Rolling Stones; Metallica.

6 Albums

Led Zeppelin; Primus; Radiohead; The Black Keys; Kanye West.

5 albums

The Cure; Madonna; Sonic Youth; The Manic Street Preachers; Marilyn Manson; Rufus Wainwright; The White Stripes; The Birthday Massacre.

4 albums

Bob Dylan; The Who; The Velvet Underground; Bob Marley & the Wailers; Michael Jackson; Echo & the Bunnymen; The Beastie Boys; "Weird Al" Yankovic; The Tragically Hip; Nine Inch Nails; A Tribe Called Quest; Dream Theater; Blur; Björk; Tool; The Smashing Pumpkins; Oasis; Placebo; Queens of the Stone Age; System of a Down; Phoenix; Mastodon; Animal Collective; The Arcade Fire.

3 albums

Eric Clapton; The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Neil Young; The Stooges; Nick Drake; Yes; Big Star; Talking Heads; Kate Bush; U2; Public Enemy; The Pixies; Soundgarden; Massive Attack; The Red Hot Chili Peppers; PJ Harvey; White/Rob Zombie; Rage Against the Machine; Moist; Korn; Live; Green Day; D'Angelo; The Dandy Warhols; Garbage; Foo Fighters; The Chemical Brothers; Silverchair; Modest Mouse; The Matthew Good Band; Daft Punk; Eminem; Gorillaz; Broken Social Scene; Metric; M.I.A.; LCD Soundsystem; Bloc Party; Fleet Foxes; Kendrick Lamar; Tame Impala; Kurt Vile; Death Grips; Father John Misty; The Orwells.

2 albums

Miles Davis; The Byrds; Frank Zappa; Simon & Garfunkel; The Beach Boys; Captain Beefheart; The Doors; Tim Buckley; The Band; Janis Joplin; Van Morrison; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Black Sabbath; Marvin Gaye; Jethro Tull; Elvis Costello; The Clash; Devo; The Dire Straits; Joy Division; Iron Maiden; Depeche Mode; Slayer; Mötley Crüe; R.E.M.; Def Leppard; The Smiths; Gwar; Death; George Michael; Janet Jackson; LL Cool J; Ween; Pearl Jam; Nirvana; Porcupine Tree; The Stone Temple Pilots; The Brian Jonestown Massacre; Ace of Base; The Cranberries; Stabbing Westward; Hole; The Offspring; Failure; TLC; Mariah Carey; Shania Twain; Filter; Alice in Chains; 2Pac; The Deftones; No Doubt; Alanis Morissette; The Cardigans; Cake; Super Furry Animals; Limblifter; Fiona Apple; Busta Rhymes; Mogwai; Godspeed You! Black Emperor; Incubus; The Tea Party; Mindless Self Indulgence; Slipknot; The Flaming Lips; Ryan Adams; A Perfect Circle; Muse; Agalloch; Death Cab for Cutie; The Mars Volta; Animal Collective; K-Os; Wolfmother; Carbon Based Lifeforms; Grizzly Bear; Brand New; Opeth; White Lies; Florence + the Machine; Vampire Weekend; Samsara Blues Experiment; St. Vincent; Perfume Genius; Alvvays; Death From Above; The War on Drugs.

1 album

Frank Sinatra; Elvis Presley; Thelonious Monk; Art Blakely & the Jazz Messengers; The Dave Brubeck Quartet; Ornette Coleman; The Animals; Stan Getz; João Gilberto; John Coltrane; The Sonics; The 13th Floor Elevators; Love; Nico; Jefferson Airplane; The Moody Blues; Johnny Cash; Aretha Franklin; The Zombies; Iron Butterfly; MC5; The Kinks; King Crimson; The Guess Who; The Carpenters; George Harrison; Deep Purple; David Crosby; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Sly & the Family Stone; Can; Joni Mitchell; Funkadelic/Parliment; T.Rex; John Lennon; Carole King; Alice Cooper; Stevie Wonder; Elton John; Mike Oldfield; Richard and Linda Thompson; Aerosmith; Patti Smith; Queen; The Eagles; The Modern Lovers; Steely Dan; Television; Wire; Fleetwood Mac; The Sex Pistols; Willie Nelson; Blondie; Van Halen; Gang of Four; The Fall; Supertramp; The Dead Kennedys; Motörhead; The Split Endz; AC/DC; Black Flag; X; The Psychedelic Furs; Rush; Soft Cell; Blue Öyster Cult; Toto; Prince; Descendents; Cyndi Lauper; Bonnie Tyler; Cocteau Twins; The Replacements; Minutemen; Bruce Springsteen; A-Ha; Tom Waits; The Jesus and Mary Chain; Tears for Fears; Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force; Peter Gabriel; N.W.A.; Tracy Chapman; The Stone Roses; Operation Ivy; Sinead O'Connor; Matthew Sweet; Spiderland; Aphex Twin; Ministry; The Lemonheads; Pavement; Pantera; Type O Negative; KMFDM; Cypress Hill; Salt-N-Pepa; The Wu-Tang Clan; The Crash Test Dummies; Sheryl Crow; Weezer; Jeff Buckley; Portishead; Pulp; Jars of Clay; Ashley MacIssac; Amanda Marshall; The Wild Strawberries; Jewel; Elastica; Joan Osborne; Bush; The Spice Girls; Jamiroquai; Aaliyah; Tracy Bonham; Republica; Supergrass; Sepultura; Beck; I Mother Earth; The Fugees; Anthony B; Missy Elliot; Insane Clown Posse; Econoline Crush; Bran Van 3000; Aqua; Our Lady Peace; Sarah McLachlan; Savage Garden; The Verve; Blur; Rammstein; The Crystal Method; Prodigy; Kid Rock; Robbie Williams; Lucinda Williams; Esthero; Eve 6; Joydrop; Air; Love Inc.; Bif Naked; Monster Magnet; Orgy; Fatboy Slim; Refused; Lauryn Hill; The Roots; Mr. Bungle; Sigur Rós; The Magnetic Fields; Blink 182; Static-X; Serial Joe; Destiny's Child; Mr. Oizo; Edwin; Skunk Anansie; Coal Chamber; Moby; At the Drive-In; Mudvayne; 3 Doors Down; Jet Set Satellite; Powderfinger; The Bloodhound Gang; Finger Eleven; Outkast; Linkin Park; Andrew W.K.; Converge; The Strokes; Pink; Alicia Keys; Tenacious D; Pennywise; Interpol; The Vines; Wilco; William Basinski; Ok Go; Lacuna Coil; Avril Lavigne; Mushroomhead; The Streets; The Killers; Scissor Sisters; My Morning Jacket; Bright Eyes; Sufjan Stevens; Nujabes; Lucero; Juliette and the Licks; Amy Winehouse; Arctic Monkeys; Klaxons; Airbourne; Justice; Cavalera Conspiracy; Bon Iver; The Rural Alberta Advantage; Cage the Elephant; MGMT; Earth; My Sleeping Karma; Patrick Watson; Ty Segall; Gayngs; Janelle Monáe; SebastiAN; Eternal Tapestry; Puscifer; Wild Nothing; Bruno Mars; Ne Obliviscaris; Imagine Dragons; Jake Bugg; Run the Jewels; The Weeknd; J. Cole; Swans; Yob; Catfish and the Bottlemen; Low Roar; Royal Blood; Alt-J; Sam Smith; We Lost the Sea; Oh Hiroshima; Jamie XX; Troye Sivan; The Arcs; Adele; Naxatras; Courtney Barnett; Car Seat Headrest; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard; Frank Ocean; Chance the Rapper; Acid Ghost; Beyoncé Knowles; Bassnectar; Danny Brown; Mount Eerie; Sun Kil Moon; Code Orange; King Krule; Tyler the Creator; Elder; Lorde; Harry Styles; Serena Ryder; The Shins; Ed Sheeran; Whitehorse; Vince Staples; Iced Earth; The Black Angels; Feist; Roger Waters.

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Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Oct 3 0:19
Amazing list man! I am going to have to check some of these out. Completely agree with you on Mellon Collie, one of the greatest albums ever.
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Oct 3 0:19
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Oct 10 18:16
Thanks Great Divide. Yep! Mellon Collie was certainly a classic that fueled my adolescence. And thankfully, holds up to the test of time all these years later. Will post my thoughts on it as soon as I get the chance.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Oct 31 23:31
Wow ! that's a lot of album it's even a little bit more than my personnal cd collection and you have much more albums than my longest music list ... www.listal.com/list/why-80s-so-great-musically
Awesome selection my friend : )
Posted: 9 months, 1 week ago at Jul 15 7:26
Nice =)

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