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This started as something of a fluke, a mere lark to occupy my free time. Clearly, it ballooned from there. It was supposed to only be 100, but even numbers be damned!

As I was combing over the list and scouring for one final album to drop, I realized that I would rather keep it at 101 then drop any more of them. There’s also the matter of a small tribute being paid to Rodney Bingenheimer of KROQ fame. He introduced much of this music to the southern California area, and I owe him tremendously for providing a soundtrack to my life at every turn.

I’m happy with it being 101. It’s more inclusive this way.

Any album from any artist was up for inclusion, but due to limited availability it would only be one album per artist. By no means definitive, and will probably change with time, this list is reflective of my tastes as they stand right now. The exclusions may surprise as much as the inclusions, and if you're looking for a 1-to-1 with my favorite artists? Don't press your luck, not all of them made the cut here.

I tried to keep the greatest hits, live albums, and compilations to a minimum, but some artists have their best moments in singles or live recordings instead of studio albums.

Every album has at least one song highlighted as a recommendation. If the album had over fourteen tracks there’s three, if it’s a double-album it gets four, and all of the Top 10 get at least two. Enjoy your reading!

Click here to see my 100 Favorite Music Artists.
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TOP 10
As it stands right now, think of these as my "desert island discs." The indispensable, the ones that made the biggest emotional impact on my life, the ones that I can return to at any point in time.
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Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
During the earliest writing sessions for Pet Sounds, Brian Wilson turned to his then-wife and said, “I’m gonna make the greatest album! The greatest rock album ever made!” Inspired by the Beatles’ Rubber Soul, a record that he believed to have no-filler, Wilson wanted to top it, to bring a new maturity and depth to pop song craft. I like to think he accomplished all of his goals, and that quote is true for me.

I firmly believe that Pet Sounds is the greatest album ever made, a work exquisite artistry and beauty. The type of immaculate artwork that comes along once in a generation, if you’re lucky. Listening to this album is the closest I ever get to prayer, it touches me that deeply.

I distinctly remember my first listening experience with Pet Sounds. Having been a casual fan of their work, I knew of the Beach Boys mostly as surf-pop enthusiasts with song after song about girls, cars, and the mythology of California, and I wanted to check out more of their work. I knew this was frequently thrown around as their best album, and one of the all-time greats.

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Music from the Motion Picture "Purple Rain" - Prince & the Revolution, Prince
Prince, the diminutive sex god of rock, led a varied and long musical career, but no moment capture the zeitgeist quite like Purple Rain, both the semiautobiographical film and the corresponding soundtrack. 1999 primed Prince for his launch into the stratosphere and out from the critical and cult following, and Purple Rain delivered the goods over nine songs of impeccable musical dexterity, hooks upon hooks, and instantaneous pop classics. Here is an album that contains no less than “Baby, I’m a Star,” “I Would Die 4 U,” “The Beautiful Ones,” and “Let’s Go Crazy,” any other album would be lucky to have just one of those, and these aren’t even the biggest and brightest songs in this exquisite jewel of an album. If nothing else, Purple Rain proved that Prince was the greatest of all-time, most notably though his guitar wizardy like the ending flourish of “Computer Blue.” This is one of those rare albums that never feel long enough, that you just want to keep going so you let it finish then start it over again and again happily getting lost in the sustained luxury of the Purple One’s towering artistic genius.
DOWNLOAD: “Purple Rain,” “When Doves Cry”
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Low - David Bowie
The Berlin Trilogy: Low, Heroes, Lodger
David Bowie’s career is astonishing not just for its sheer output but for the consistently high-quality of his material, and no period better demonstrates his full-range as a pop cultural mover and shaker than the Berlin triptych. As if recording these albums wasn’t enough, he also managed to appear in films (Just a Gigolo), television specials (the infamous Christmas duet with Bing Crosby), and produce albums (Iggy Pop’s one-two punch of The Idiot and Lust for Life). The trilogy begins with Low, an album that’s half fractured avant-rock and half chilly electronic instrumentals that pointed towards previously unexplored territories for what a rock song/album could be. He followed that up with Heroes, the only part of the trilogy recorded entirely in Berlin, which contains what is arguably his greatest song in the sweeping, stormy, triumphant love story of the title track. And closes it out with Lodger, an album that has been destined for a critical re-evaluation since the moment of its release with material that’s some of the most glorious pop (“Boys Keep Swinging”) and obtuse (“Yassassin”) he’s ever recorded.
DOWNLOAD: “Heroes,” “Sound and Vision,” “Look Back in Anger,” “Warszawa”
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Parallel Lines - Blondie
Producer Mike Chapman found Blondie to be sloppy in their execution but knew a diamond in the rough when he heard it, and it’s his tough love that propelled Blondie from downtown art-pop into the purveyors of New Wave to the masses. Equal credit goes to lead singer and icon Debbie Harry as she fused glamourous indifference to a tough punk ethos, and Parallel Lines is a testament to her artistic fearlessness. Her vocal range runs the gamut from one-woman-girl-group sweetness (“Sunday Girl”) to riotous snarl (“One Way or Another”) with a few pit stops at garage rock dominatrix (“Just Go Away”) and untouchable pop goddess (“Pretty Baby”) along the way. Matching her is a group of musicians that lay down tracks just as smart, sexy, and ironic as Harry’s vocals and lyrical ruminations effectively launching the New York demimonde into the mainstream. The pop genius of Parallel Lines provided the roadmap that countless artists have followed ever since, just look at the careers of Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Shirley Manson, and numerous others.
DOWNLOAD: “Heart of Glass,” “Fade Away and Radiate”
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Rock Steady - No Doubt
Blender described Gwen Stefani as “Jean Harlow on a skateboard” during this era, and it remains one of my favorite summaries of her personality to date. No Doubt always aimed for the musical polymath style of forefathers like Blondie, the Police, and the English Beat, and no album proved their potential to live up to those lofty goals better than Rock Steady. The colorful, sunny personality of the group dominates as Rock Steady reveals itself as a collaborative effort, far more carefree and unconstrained than prior albums and all the richer for it. Where else could you hear William Orbit’s Eurodisco (“Making Out”), Sly & Robbie’s reggae (“Underneath It All”), Steely & Clevie’s dancehall (“Start the Fire”), Nellie Hooper’s moody sounds (“Hella Good”), Ric Ocasek’s twitchy New Wave (“Platinum Blonde Life”), and a surprise appearance from the GOAT Prince (“Waiting Room”) jammed together on one album? That’s the genius of Rock Steady, it encompasses all of the band’s various styles and influences then spits them back out in a fun party album that’s drunk on ocean waves and rum.
DOWNLOAD: “Don’t Let Me Down,” “Rock Steady”
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London Calling - The Clash
London Calling is the moment the Clash took the punk scene from the grimy underground and shot it into the stratosphere – artistically, critically, even got a Top 30 hit in the States with “Train in Vain.” Made in dire financial straits and under incredible personal duress, London Calling can easily play like a pirate radio station beaming out from the post-apocalyptic world, but that doesn’t entirely account for that seed of optimism within the fury. From the cover referencing Elvis Presley’s first album to the general aura and belief in the power of rock and roll to battle back the darkness, the Clash make their claim for legendary status throughout. They succeeded by sticking their punk sound through a musical prism and seeing what genre experiments emerged: multilingual rock (“Spanish Bombs”), reggae (“Rudie Can’t Fail”), chant-worthy near-pop (“Lost in the Supermarket”), and boozy pub-rock (“Death or Glory”). “Clampdown” positioned a question – “What are we gonna do now?” – and the Clash’s answer was to make punk rock’s variation of Pet Sounds, now that’s daring.
DOWNLOAD: “London Calling,” “Hateful,” “The Guns of Brixton”
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Specials - The Specials
The Specials are the eternal torch bearers of 2-Tone ska music, the pivot point at which punk’s aggression and the jaunty beat of reggae merge into something completely unique and unexpected. At once as danceable as it is likely to incite a mosh-pit, The Specials is a ferocious blast of youthful disenchantment and aggravation funneled into bouncy beats, high-octane energy, and several bits of political sloganeering. And this biracial group has a lot of energy, check the way they blast through originals (“Nite Klub,” “Stupid Marriage”) and a bevy of covers (“Do the Dog,” “Too Hot”) like they’re the Clash, and a lot of antiracist sentiment (“Doesn’t Make It Alright”). Thank producer Elvis Costello for being smart enough to merely kick back and observe the recordings, offering a few helpful tidbits but mainly sitting back and letting the wild, manic energy of their live shows bound out of the speakers. The drabness, ennui, and madness of Thatcherite England skanks the night away on the Specials debut album.
DOWNLOAD: “Too Much Too Young,” “(Dawning of a) New Era”
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Like a Prayer - Madonna
From her self-titled debut straight through to True Blue, Madonna had used each of her prior albums as a building block towards complete musical and cultural dominance, and then she got deeply personal, cohesive, and confessional on Like a Prayer, an album that’s basically a blueprint for the modern pop star. She infamously told Rolling Stone that she “liked the challenge of merging art and commerce,” and Like a Prayer was proof-positive that she knew what she was doing and doing it exceptionally well. For all of her vocal limitations, few other singers could match her intensity of feeling on “Promise to Try,” soulfulness on “Keep It Together,” call to arms on “Express Yourself,” or reveal the cracks and vulnerabilities as candidly as she does on “Spanish Eyes.” She meets up with Prince (yes, THAT Prince) on “Love Song” and the 80s biggest cultural provocateurs marry their volcanic sensuality and tortured spirituality on one of the album’s strongest hidden gems. And in the title track she crafted her greatest artistic statement, a song that works on multiple levels: the sacred, the heartfelt, the profane, and the celebratory.
DOWNLOAD: “Like a Prayer,” “Love Song”
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The Los Angeles-based junkyard Beat poets John Doe and Exene Cervanka married seedy, deadpan tales of the lost souls of the City of Angels to a breakneck rockabilly beat, effectively bolting country music’s romantic distress to hard-hitting punk rock into something fresh and dangerous. Los Angeles comes thundering out the gate with “Your Phone’s Off the Hook, But You’re Not,” a perfect demonstration of everything X has to offer: Billy Zoom’s frantic guitar, DJ Bonebrake’s pile-driving drums, and Doe and Cervanka trading barbs and spiky harmonies. Hollywood sleaze has never sounded quite as deadly as it does on “Nausea” and “Sugerlight,” nor has romantic melodrama ever sounded as corrosively funny as it does during “Sex and Dying in High Society.” We may never a coherent answer to Cervanka’s intonations on “The World’s a Mess; It’s in My Kiss,” but it is abundantly that she wants to take you on a trip to hell, beyond and back. A standard bearer for the West Coast scene, and one of the all-time greatest punk albums ever.
DOWNLOAD: “Los Angeles,” “The World’s a Mess; It’s In My Kiss”
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Grandiose mopey pop theatrics that shake the rafters as often as they weep into the ocean, the Cure catapulted themselves into the major leagues with this gargantuan album of tortured love songs. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me is a rare case of more actually being better with catchier hooks, more sonic experiments, louder guitars, and more long musical introductions or breakdowns that give these songs more thorns and snap than would otherwise be present. Just when you think you’ve got a handle on where the songs are going, you’ll get smacked with a sharp left turn either lyrically or sonically that keeps you guessing as to where Robert Smith is trying to take you. Don’t worry baby, just kick back and enjoy the pictures that he’s painting as the various views are so wonderfully, wonderfully pretty. Of course, it all comes to a dizzying head on “Just Like Heaven,” the song that even Smith admits is “the best pop song the Cure has ever done,” and that’s no small feat considering this album alone contains “Catch,” “The Perfect Girl” and “How Beautiful You Are.”
DOWNLOAD: “Just Live Heaven,” “The Kiss,” “One More Time”
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Here's the 91 albums that have also made a lasting imprint on my life. So many of these almost made the Top 10, but choices must be made.
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21 - Adele
Everyone know that I’m a sucker for a tortured love song, for practically performing an autopsy on a failed romance and trying to explain to myself just where it all went wrong and why. Clearly, Adele is a kindred spirit if these ten original compositions and complete reworking of a beloved Cure staple is any indication. 21 is a collection of fiery, stubborn, heartbroken songs that build organic instrumentation around her voice, a big, emotive thing that blisters in fury before wavering in deep ache and melancholy.
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25 All-Time Greatest Hits - The Shirelles
The architects of the girl-group sound that transitioned from schoolgirls doing doo-wop harmonies and into sophisticated pop goddess armed with songs by the likes of Goffin/King and Bacharach/David. Their sound, a mixture of naivety and girlish innocence, kept the rock and roll fires burning in the period between Elvis’ initial explosion and the eventual British Invasion. All of the colossal hits, several lesser-known greats, it’s an essential hour of vulnerable, tender, sweet, and emotionally rich pop music.
DOWNLOAD: “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Baby, It’s You,” “Tonight's the Night”
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40 Greatest Hits - Hank Williams
Hank Williams’ special brand of no bullshit Americana breathed with a folksy, meditative sound that was a blend of honky tonk, gospel, blues, and an early, primitive form of rock and roll that blazed the path for others to walk through. 40 Greatest Hits reveals the poetic simplicity of Williams as a writer, and demonstrates all of his thematic obsessions from heartache (“Why Don’t You Love Me”) to ramble rousing (“Move It on Over”) to a raw emotional state (“I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive”) that underscores the hint of danger throughout. He died before the advent of the full-length album, but this set collects all of the killer material for your enjoyment.
DOWNLOAD: “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Ramblin’ Man,” “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” “I Saw the Light”
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40 Oz to Freedom - Sublime
Sublime’s debut album was perfectly as a soundtrack to a day hanging out at the beach and the skate park. It’s the sound of days spent driving along the southern Californian coast, drinking too much, smoking even more, and hanging out with friends lazily making music in the living room or garage. But the true genius of the album is how Sublime merges together hardcore punk, ska, dub, reggae, and hip-hop to create something unique and it’s my choice for their greatest sonic document.
DOWNLOAD: “DJs,” “Waiting for My Ruca,” “Badfish”
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Anthology - Diana Ross & the Supremes
Three girls from Detroit took the baton from the Shirelles and became an assembly line of hit singles, rivaling the Beatles for chart dominance, and finessing the girl-group look and sound into a form that numerous others are still trying to emulate. When Diana Ross coos the word “baby” on these songs, and it is quite often, it’s one of the most sublime moments in pop music. 50 songs of glamour and heartbreak from the titans of the girl-group sound and the preeminent hit-makers at Motown, this is essential listening.
DOWNLOAD: “Baby Love,” “Where Did Our Love Go,” “You Can’t Hurry Love,” “Come See About Me”
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Arular - M.I.A.
The rumor goes that M.I.A. couldn’t get a visa to record her follow-up, Kala, in the United States based on the fiery polemics and provocations found on Arular. In-between world beats and sound effects that resemble a Super Nintendo going on the fritz, M.I.A. stands in the middle of it all chanting her slogans into a megaphone while a party thrashes all around her. The music is every bit as defiant as her lyrics, and the entire thing is a genre-defying experience that’ll turn your head inside out.
DOWNLOAD: “Sunshowers”
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At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison is the sound of country music’s one-man Mount Rushmore fully embodying his own personal mythology alternately playing defiant, mean, mischievous, spiritual, and deeply poignant, sometimes all within the same song. This wasn’t merely a career comeback, but the sonic document that launched Johnny Cash from musical great into a legend for all-time. What really lasts is the profound sense of empathy and connection he provides to his audience, as if this rabble-rousing troubadour was paying penance for his misdeeds and giving them a sense of hope in the process.
DOWNLOAD: “Cocaine Blues,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Greystone Chapel”
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The B-52's - The B-52's
Cosmic surf rock for your intergalactic luau, served up with a healthy portion of kitsch asides, Pop Art colorfulness, and Dadaist-like inventive humor. New Wave has never been quite as eccentric as it was on the B-52’s debut, an album that is practically perfect in every way. The silliness culminates in “Rock Lobster,” a song that’s a microcosm of the vibrantly weird world of the B-52’s and remains just as bizarre today as it was back then.
DOWNLOAD: “Dance This Mess Around”
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Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse looked like a tattooed Ronnie Spector and sang like Sarah Vaughan over a jukebox banging out retro-soul and pop ditties, but this is no pastiche album. Back to Black drips with Winehouse’s heartache and pain, style and sass, and her humor and attitude shine bright throughout, but it’s that combination of her unique voice and musical muscularity that’s at once forward-thinking and backwards-leaning that was so special. We lost someone really unique and gifted, yet this album remains burning brightly as a testament to her genius.
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They started life as ska-revivalists (“Best Friend”) before experimenting with something approaching punk (“Twist and Crawl”) and later on moved towards a more New Wave sound (“I Confess”) but kept it all going with a certain bouncy, striking pop element. The English Beat are a band that’s both genre defying as they are genre defining, and Beat This! captures fifteen jewels of party-orientated ska/punk rhapsody. What you hear on this compilation is the wellspring of ska/punk ever flowing.
DOWNLOAD: “Mirror in the Bathroom,” “Save It for Later,” “The Tears of a Clown”
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Beautiful Garbage - Garbage
Shirley Manson had this to say about the band’s most divisive record: “I have a soft spot for Beautiful Garbage – I think we all do in the band, actually.” Same Shirley, and it is in the way that the robotic sadomasochism of the prior records, the overwhelming sense of threatening sexuality, alienating depression, and oppressive darkness thaws into something approximating human warmth, tenderness, and honesty. The band (and Manson’s vocals in particular) demonstrate a versatility here that’s quite astonishing, accomplished, and, yes, beautiful.
DOWNLOAD: “Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)”
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Beauty and The Beat - The Go-Go's
They could snarl with punk fervor and throw down some serious surf rock guitar licks, but they wrapped it all up in a girl-group power pop package that was just too good to ignore. Sure, “We Got the Beat” is magic in three minutes, but songs like “This Town” and “Lust to Love” are full of as much snarl as any of the riot grrrls. The Go-Go’s became New Wave icons and major pop players thanks to the strength of this album, and it hasn’t gained a pound since.
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Blank Generation - Richard Hell & the Voidoids
CBGB’s matinee idol, punk fashion’s founding father, and outside of Patti Smith, one of rock’s greatest poets, Richard Hell threw down this underappreciated album of urban malaise and post-modern romantic entanglements in the earliest days of punk’s golden years. The nihilism of Hell’s lyrical content is reflected in his vocal style as he does away with things like coherent timbre or sticking to a key, and he tweaks out over ever-shifting guitar grooves from Robert Quine and Ivan Julian. While fellow scene makes like Television and and progeny like the Sex Pistols have been heralded, Blank Generation unfairly doesn’t quite get as much attention or prominence within the canon, and that needs to change.
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Blue - Joni Mitchell
A song cycle, primarily written on a European vacation, reflecting on Joni Mitchell’s love labors lost and won (mostly lost) and still somehow even more intimate than that summary may suggest. The minimalist approach reflects the confessional nature of her lyrics, and the simplicity of the music hits you hardest when Mitchell is at her most tender, both lyrically and vocally. With nary a stray note or unnecessary syllable, Blue is a towering achievement and proof positive of the power of poetic economy, and it remains one of the most profoundly moving and personal listening experiences you’ll ever encounter.
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Bob Dylan’s heralded 60s output is an embarrassment of riches, and most would loudly proclaim Highway 61 Revisited or Blonde on Blonde as the greatest achievements of his halcyon days. Solid choices but I’m throwing down for Bringing It All Back Home, Dylan’s semi-electric/mostly acoustic response to the British Invasion and containing songs as wonderful as “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” and “It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).” This is the sound of Dylan in transition, away from folk and protest songs towards a more abstract yet personal writing style and rock sound, and it is positively electrifying.
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Broken English - Marianne Faithfull
One of rock’s original good girls-gone-bad, Marianne Faithfull was known as a beautiful chanteuse before winding up a heroin addict, and Broken English was her triumphant, battle-scarred return to prominence. From the junkie confessionals (“Brain Drain”) to the sympathetic character portraits (“The Ballad of Lucy Jordan”), from the lacerations (“Broken English”) to a John Lennon cover (“Working Class Hero”), Faithfull presides over an album that’s clearly indebted to the modern sounds of punk and New Wave. Faithfull has described this as her “masterpiece,” and it’s a powerful document of one woman’s rock and roll resurrection.
DOWNLOAD: “Why D’ya Do It?”
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In a recording career that lasted a little under two years, Buddy Holly released a collected body of work that placed him among the essentials, proving an indelible artist with a shadow that looms large to this day. From the country origins (“Down the Line”) to first big successes (“That’ll Be the Day”) to the steady stream of classics (“It’s So Easy”) and the earnest ballads (“Words of Love”), The Buddy Holly Collection is eclectic and invigorating highlighting Holly as one of rock’s first great singer/songwriters. Elvis might be the king, but these fifty songs, complete with his twangy hiccup, nerdy swagger, and heartfelt openness show that Holly was and remains the best.
DOWNLOAD: “Peggy Sue,” “Not Fade Away,” “Rave On,” “I’m Gonna Love You Too”
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Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
The return of John Frusciante as guitarist was the secret ingredient needed to pull the Red Hot Chili Peppers out of the artistic doldrums and mixed critical and cultural reception that greeted every release post-Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Californication isn’t just a glorious return to form for the band, but an artistic triumph that finds equal space for funk-jams (“Get On Top”), solid songs (“Scar Tissue”), and ferocious rock anthems (“Around the World”). Sure, “Under the Bridge” and “Breaking the Girl” were hints at the deeper introspection that RHCP were capable of, but this album is still a surprise how emotionally visceral it goes all the while Frusciante cements that he’s the quintessential guitarist for the band.
DOWNLOAD: “Otherside,” “Californication,” “Road Trippin’”
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The Cars - The Cars
Arty, ironic, brainy, and radio-ready in equal doses, the Cars debut album could be relabeled as a greatest hits package and no one would know the difference. The singles are great (“Just What I Needed”), but some of the album tracks are even better (“You’re All I’ve Got Tonight”). Angular guitar riffs, overly-caffeinated synthesizers, arch vocal performances, and a muscular sense of pop and rock song craft make this one of the greatest albums of all-time.
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It doesn’t matter how much pop finish is plastered over these metal-leaning and punk-annex guitar riffs, there’s no repressing a hellion like Courtney Love from wailing in anger and anguish. The production gives her the chance to live out her Stevie Nicks fantasies on sunny pop songs like “Heaven Tonight” and “Awful,” while her trademark Dorothy Parker-like acidic wit and rage is evident in blistering songs like “Boys on the Radio” and “Celebrity Skin,” and she gets downright tender on “Northern Star.” This isn’t a sellout record by any stretch of the imagination, this is what it sounds like when Love’s wild child id successfully marries her Top 40 aspirations.
DOWNLOAD: “Malibu”
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Closer - Joy Division
Ian Curtis’ personal torment infuses every moment of Closer with the sense of encroaching doom, of suffocated, if not snuffed out, and spectral cries for help and connection from a swirling black vortex. It’s a front-to-back masterpiece with nary an excess pound or misplaced note, and never diverts away from their austere sound or emotional complexity. There’s something arachnid about the grooves, something claustrophobic about the whole thing, and a strange sort of grace and beauty emerge as follow Curtis into his heart of darkness.
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Coat Of Many Colors - Dolly Parton
If all you know about Dolly Parton is the outsized image of drag queen-like makeup and sequins, then you don’t really know the magic of Parton at all. As one of country music’s reigning geniuses, Parton’s homespun wit, buoyant sentimentality, and penchant for adapting the mountain folk music of her youth to a more modern pop style and sound is on full display on Coat of Many Colors, her first but by no means last essential album. Then there is her voice, an instrument so emotive and crystalline that it can strip steel in full throttle or crack elegantly in heartache.
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Coral Fang - The Distillers,Tony Bradley,Brody Dalle,Andy Granelli,Ryan Sinn,Dan Druff,Mike Fazano
Brody Dalle was always the focal point of the Distillers, and the band’s penchant for violent imagery, typically against the female body, and feminist defiance, see “Seneca Falls” off of Sing Sing Death House, come to a dizzy head on Coral Fang, an album about divorce and finding new love. Dalle’s voice is a haunted, battered wail from a deep source of pain across several songs, and then surprising you with its tender whispers and vulnerability throughout “The Hunger.” The boys in the band thrash just as hard and blunt turning these songs into gristle with their blood lust.
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We begin with chirpy bubblegum (“Honey, Honey”), then we move into ebullient Euro-disco (“Dancing Queen”), find ourselves in more mature waters (“The Winner Takes It All”), and end with some genuinely bizarre songs (“The Visitors”) before fading out with a truly glorious moment (“Thank You For the Music”). These thirty-seven songs are some of the best produced, arranged, and surprisingly melancholic pop music ever committed to a record. The Definitive Collection lives up to its title by giving anyone all of the best ABBA had to offer (sure, the two remixes are entirely superfluous, but it just means there’s even more sparkly ABBA songs to enjoy).
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Dookie - Green Day
Before they were writing rock operas and crafting Broadway shows, this trio of Berkeley punks was updating punk’s adolescent aggression for the 90s on this slacker classic. Dookie is loaded up with anthems of teenage ennui and alienation from the well-known singles (“Welcome to Paradise,” “Longview”) to the lesser-known album cuts (“Burnout,” “Sassafras Roots”) and all of it bops along at a radio-ready clip that recalls the likes of the Buzzcocks. It’s a landmark album not only for the 90s or what we vaguely refer to as alternative music, but for a band with ambitions of an artier, wilder variation than a song about masturbating in front of your TV would otherwise suggest.
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Dusty in Memphis - Dusty Springfield
If you want to know why this is an essential album, it’s a simple equation made up of equal parts pop sophistication in its songwriting and production and slow-burning sensual desire in Dusty Springfield’s vocals. She sounds downright wistful about the memories of an erotic awakening in “Son of a Preacher Man” and like someone enamored with love on “Don’t Forget About Me.” Springfield’s blueprint for blue-eyed soul has clearly left a lasting impression with the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse being obvious prodigal daughters.
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Elevator - Hot Hot Heat
Jittery, overly-caffeinated, and somewhere between punk and dance-rock, Hot Hot Heat strut their Neo-Wave bona fides on this elastic, witty major label debut. Singer/keyboardist Steve Bays delivers a never-ending series of witty rejoinders and put downs, from the song titles (“You Owe Me an IOU”) to the lyrics (“Running Out of Time” is a rapid-fire satire of Los Angeleno phoniness), and the rest of the band keep up with his frantic pace. Hot Hot Heat is an underrated band, and Elevator, a stinger of an album, is proof of just how solid they were.
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On her second album, Laura Nyro delivered the type of eclectic masterpiece that most artists spend an entire career trying to produce. Every song here is outstanding and comes complete with Nyro’s obtuse lyrical ruminations and oft-kilter melodic musical progressions. Not quite folk, nor is it exactly rock, doo-wop, soul, or pop, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession is as blazingly singular and idiosyncratic as Nyro, and our world is all the richer for it.
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Entertainment! - Gang of Four
The jittery guitar attack on songs like “Damaged Goods” and “At Home He’s a Tourist” scream punk, the lyrics are polemics for the disenfranchised and skeptical, but that rhythm section is on the verge of danceable action leaving Entertainment! as one of the more eccentric and grooving powder keg albums of the era. It sounds like a riot, and the band members had the scars to prove their bona fides as they spent a great deal of time protesting in England’s streets. Gang of Four’s avant-garde primitivism is on its best display here, a musical style that combines aggression, political awareness, thundering drums, and funk-like rhythms into something vital and essential.
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Exile in Guyville - Liz Phair
Liz Phair’s ambitions outstripped the concept, but my god, what a lacerating, honest, funny, intelligent, and squirm-inducing examination of dating and fucking in your twenties this turns out to be. She’s never bettered this album, and maybe she said everything she had to say with it, but it’s one hell of a feminist manifesto of indie-rock and the unbridled female id. The disparate moods culminate in “Fuck and Run,” a deadpan, scarily candid, and touching song about daydreaming of romance and finding yourself settling for so much less.
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Extraordinary Machine - Fiona Apple
To declare that this album had a trouble birth would be a massive understatement as it looked like a very real possibility it would never see the light of day, but thank god for miracles because Extraordinary Machine is a glorious artistic achievement. Fiona Apple effortlessly blends her brainy singer-songwriter pedigree to a punk-like fury and throws in some jazz flourishes for this baroque art-pop masterpiece. This is the album as a full-course meal with each song adding a new layer to the complete story these confessionals and accusations tell.
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Fever to Tell - Yeah Yeah Yeahs
It’s a bit like the sonic equivalent of standing in the eye of a blistering storm with Karen O’s unique vocal intonations providing the eye. She alternates between yelping (“Tick”), wailing like a cat in heat getting stuck with pins (“Date with the Night”), and trying out a tender Chrissie Hynde imitation (“Modern Romance”). The boys in the band provide stellar support as the keep up with such an animalistic art-punk diva, and manage to make a band that values aural sensation over clarity into a thing of grimy beauty.
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For Your Pleasure - Roxy Music
This would prove to be Brian Eno’s final album with Roxy Music, and the tension between his abstract synth-heavy compositions and Bryan Ferry’s cynical romanticism produces some of their most atmospheric and decadent music. The first half is, by Roxy Music standards at least, down-the-line glam/art rock (“Editions of You,” “Beauty Queen”) and then things get really weird (“The Bogus Man”). An atmosphere of glamorous excess and arch humor pervades from the album cover’s ridiculous jet set model posing with a pet jaguar to a love song to a blow-up sex doll.
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Funky Kingston/In the Dark - Toots & the Maytals
Funky Kingston’s 1975 US release was actually a combination of these two albums, but this collection restores them to their full-lengths and adds in the group's most famous single (“Pressure Drop”) for good measure. Toots Hibbert’s voice is steeped in bluesy runs and gospel belts, raspy and exuberant in equal measure as he presides over some seriously funky grooves. 80 minutes has never breezed by as loosely and quickly as it does with this rock steady collection where practically every song is a classic from reggae music’s other great genius.
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Give Up - The Postal Service
Ben Gibbard, with his soft, sensitive voice, sounds right at home on this album of retro synthpop that swirls, pulsates, and sounds like it was beamed in directly from 1985. The romantic yearning of “Clark Gable” recalls a more literal-minded Roxy Music, while “Nothing Better” is a forlorn Human League tribute, and “Natural Anthem” sounds like something Talk Talk would have cooked up in their more experimental years, but it’s not all 80s appropriation and reverie. It’s for the best that the Postal Service only managed to produce one perfect album as its alchemical magic of Gibbard’s warble, whimsy, and retro synth burbles walks such a tightrope that performing the trick twice would only dim this ensemble of bright, shiny pop masterpieces.
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Going to a Go-Go - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Smokey Robinson isn’t playing around on this set of achingly romantic and debonair soul-pop as he and the Miracles come roaring out the gate with a first side that is just one massive hit after another (“Ooo Baby Baby”), and the second doesn’t let its foot off the gas for a moment (“My Baby Changes Like the Weather”). His silky falsetto makes his lovelorn lyrics vibrate with an intensity that makes the stakes feel like life or death. Twelve songs of hopeless romanticism and not a dud among them.
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Horses - Patti Smith
Patti Smith brought real poetic fury and prowess into rock and roll, and her rock and roll is the type that borders on the religious in its power and conviction to transform and redeem the soul. If I described Horses as romantic it would give you an incorrect impression, but Smith is enamored with the focal point between punk fury, rock and roll’s rebellious spirit, and finding the common ground between the likes of Arthur Rimbaud, Allen Ginsburg, and the Velvet Underground like the singers of girl group pop were with their soldier boys. She’s rock poet laureate, and on the cover, an androgynous figure of feminine mystique and masculine power.
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Juju - Siouxsie and the Banshees
The prior year’s Kaleidoscope was as close to straight-up pop as Siouxsie and the Banshees had gotten so far, and Juju splits the difference between alternative pop and oppressive art rock. There’s not a weak link among these nine songs, and its intensity and drive mark it as their most gothic and baroque release. Listen closer to the hooks on songs like “Arabian Knights” and you’ll find some serious melodies underneath the full-frontal aural assault.
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The Kink Kronikles - The Kinks
The psychedelic and pastoral years from punk’s stepdads, The Kink Kronikles is a vibrantly rich and warm collection of impossibly beautiful songs about an England that perhaps never existed outside of Ray Davies’ melancholic imagination. The band had no input on this compilation, leaving that to their record company and rock critic John Mendelsohn, a potential recipe for disaster that’s not only skirted here but completely squashed as this proves to be an incomparable set. Two-discs worth of lesser-known but fantastic songs filled with humor, heartache, and Davies’ expanding skill-set as an exquisite writer of miniature scale.
DOWNLOAD: “Waterloo Sunset,” “Lola,” “She’s Got Everything, “Shangri-La”
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The best and purest distillation of Bob Marley’s polyrhythmic genius is found on this posthumous compilation album, Legend, a worthy moniker if ever there was one. Every nuance of Marley’s genius is on display here from the spiritual (“One Love-People Get Ready”) to the righteous political anger (“Get Up Stand Up”) to the melodic grooves (“Three Little Birds”) with all of it underscored by the Wailers, a tight, soulful outfit that played their Caribbean rhythms with all of the fury and conviction of the Stones. A vital and essential piece of listening from the most distinguished artist and ambassador of an entire genre of music.
DOWNLOAD: “No Woman, No Cry (Live),” “Is This Love,” “Redemption Song”
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