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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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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.

10 Albums

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

8 Albums

The Beatles.

7 Albums

Pink Floyd; Metallica; Radiohead; The Black Keys.

6 Albums

The Rolling Stones; Led Zeppelin.

5 albums

Sonic Youth; Primus; Marilyn Manson; The White Stripes; Kanye West.

4 albums

Bob Marley & the Wailers; Michael Jackson; Echo & the Bunnymen; The Cure; The Beastie Boys; Nine Inch Nails; A Tribe Called Quest; Blur; Björk; Tool; The Smashing Pumpkins; Placebo; Queens of the Stone Age; System of a Down; Rufus Wainwright; The Arcade Fire.

3 albums

Bob Dylan; The Who; The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Neil Young; The Stooges; Nick Drake; Talking Heads; Kate Bush; Madonna; Public Enemy; The Pixies; Massive Attack; The Red Hot Chili Peppers; PJ Harvey; Dream Theater; The Manic Street Preachers; Rage Against the Machine; Moist; Oasis; Korn; Live; Green Day; Garbage; Foo Fighters; The Chemical Brothers; Silverchair; The Matthew Good Band; Daft Punk; Eminem; Gorillaz; Broken Social Scene; Mastodon; LCD Soundsystem; Tame Impala; Kurt Vile; The Orwells.

2 albums

Miles Davis; Frank Zappa; Simon & Garfunkel; The Beach Boys; Captain Beefheart; The Doors; Tim Buckley; The Band; Van Morrison; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Black Sabbath; Marvin Gaye; Jethro Tull; Elvis Costello; Devo; The Dire Straits; Joy Division; U2; Iron Maiden; Depeche Mode; Def Leppard; The Smiths; George Michael; Janet Jackson; The Tragically Hip; Ween; Soundgarden; Pearl Jam; Nirvana; The Stone Temple Pilots; The Brian Jonestown Massacre; Ace of Base; "Weird Al" Yankovic; Hole; The Offspring; Failure; TLC; 2Pac; The Deftones; No Doubt; Alanis Morissette; The Cardigans; Super Furry Animals; Limblifter; Fiona Apple; Godspeed You! Black Emperor; Incubus; The Tea Party; Slipknot; The Flaming Lips; The Dandy Warhols; Ryan Adams; A Perfect Circle; Muse; Agalloch; Metric; The Mars Volta; Phoenix; K-Os; Bloc Party; The Birthday Massacre; Wolfmother; Carbon Based Lifeforms; Grizzly Bear; M.I.A.; Opeth; Fleet Foxes; Florence + the Machine; Samsara Blues Experiment; Kendrick Lamar; Perfume Genius; Alvvays; Death From Above; The War on Drugs.

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Frank Sinatra; Art Blakely & the Jazz Messengers; John Coltrane; The Sonics; The 13th Floor Elevators; Love; The Velvet Underground; Nico; Jefferson Airplane; The Moody Blues; The Byrds; Johnny Cash; Aretha Franklin; The Zombies; Iron Butterfly; MC5; The Kinks; King Crimson; Derek and the Dominos; The Carpenters; George Harrison; Deep Purple; David Crosby; Sly & the Family Stone; Joni Mitchell; Funkadelic/Parliment; T.Rex; John Lennon; Janis Joplin; Carole King; Big Star; Alice Cooper; Stevie Wonder; Elton John; Mike Oldfield; Eric Clapton; Richard and Linda Thompson; Aerosmith; Patti Smith; Queen; The Eagles; Wire; Fleetwood Mac; The Sex Pistols; Willie Nelson; Blondie; Van Halen; Gang of Four; The Fall; Supertramp; The Clash; The Dead Kennedys; Motörhead; The Split Endz; AC/DC; Black Flag; Rush; Soft Cell; Blue Öyster Cult; Prince; Descendents; Cyndi Lauper; R.E.M.; Mötley Crüe; Bonnie Tyler; The Replacements; Minutemen; A-Ha; Tom Waits; The Jesus and Mary Chain; Tears for Fears; Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force; Slayer; Peter Gabriel; Tracy Chapman; The Stone Roses; Operation Ivy; LL Cool J; Gwar; Sinead O'Connor; Spiderland; Aphex Twin; Ministry; Alice in Chains; Pantera; Type O Negative; KMFDM; The Wu-Tang Clan; The Crash Test Dummies; Sheryl Crow; Weezer; Jeff Buckley; Portishead; Pulp; Jars of Clay; Amanda Marshall; The Wild Strawberries; Elastica; Jewel; White Zombie; Joan Osborne; The Spice Girls; Jamiroquai; Aaliyah; Tracy Bonham; Republica; Supergrass; Sepultura; Beck; I Mother Earth; The Fugees; Anthony B; The Cranberries; Missy Elliot; Bran Van 3000; Mogwai; Aqua; Our Lady Peace; Shania Twain; Sarah McLachlan; Savage Garden; The Verve; Blur; Rammstein; The Crystal Method; Prodigy; Busta Rhymes; Kid Rock; Lucinda Williams; Esthero; Eve 6; Joydrop; Air; Love Inc.; Rob Zombie; Orgy; Fatboy Slim; Refused; Lauryn Hill; Sigur Rós; The Magnetic Fields; Blink 182; Static-X; Serial Joe; Destiny's Child; Mr. Oizo; Skunk Anansie; Coal Chamber; Filter; Moby; At the Drive-In; Mudvayne; Powderfinger; The Bloodhound Gang; Finger Eleven; Outkast; Linkin Park; Andrew W.K.; Converge; Pink; Alicia Keys; Tenacious D; Pennywise; Interpol; The Vines; Wilco; Ok Go; Lacuna Coil; Avril Lavigne; The Streets; Scissor Sisters; My Morning Jacket; Bright Eyes; Sufjan Stevens; Mindless Self Indulgence; Lucero; Juliette and the Licks; Amy Winehouse; Brand New; Arctic Monkeys; Klaxons; Airbourne; Justice; Cage the Elephant; MGMT; Earth; My Sleeping Karma; Animal Collective; White Lies; Patrick Watson; Ty Segall; Gayngs; Janelle Monáe; SebastiAN; Eternal Tapestry; Puscifer; Wild Nothing; Imagine Dragons; Jake Bugg; The Weeknd; Vampire Weekend; J. Cole; St. Vincent; Yob; Sam Smith; Jamie XX; Troye Sivan; The Arcs; Naxatras; Beyoncé Knowles; Bassnectar; Danny Brown; King Krule; Lorde; Serena Ryder; The Shins; Ed Sheeran; Whitehorse; Iced Earth; The Black Angels; Roger Waters.

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Posted: 1 year, 3 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, 3 months ago at Oct 3 0:19
Posted: 1 year, 3 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, 2 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 ... http://www.listal.com/list/why-80s-so-great-musically
Awesome selection my friend : )
Posted: 6 months, 1 week ago at Jul 15 7:26
Nice =)

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