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2,002 Albums to Listen to Before Death...

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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 You Must 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.

Special thanks go to a couple amigos of mine from the site, as well as others who's lists I've recently become obsessed with and have been lifting selections from cause, my friends... your taste in music is hella-dope! ;-D Here are links to those lists which I highly recommend my readers check out:

My 600 Favorite Albums Of All Time by Pandoras Folly
Every Good Album. by Ueno_Station54
Why The 80's Are So Great Musically... For This by Dark Warrior
Best Albums of 2000, Best Albums of 1999, Best Albums of 1998, Best Albums of 1997, Best Albums of 1996, Best Albums of 1995, Best Albums of 1994, Best Albums of 1993, Best Albums of 1992, Best Albums of 1991, and Best Albums of 1990 ...all by Stehako

PERSONAL TALLY:

15 albums

The Beatles.

13 albums

David Bowie; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

12 albums

The Rolling Stones; Pink Floyd.

11 albums

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10 Albums

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9 Albums

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8 Albums

The Who; The Cure; Metallica.

7 Albums

The Beach Boys; "Weird Al" Yankovic; Death; Radiohead; Death Cab for Cutie; The Birthday Massacre.

6 Albums

The Kinks; The Byrds; The Doors; Tim Buckley; Elton John; Led Zeppelin; U2; New Order; Madonna; Sonic Youth; R.E.M.; Dream Theater; The Tragically Hip; Primus; Marilyn Manson; The Brian Jonestown Massacre; The Black Keys; Kanye West.

5 albums

Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra; Bob Dylan; Bob Marley & the Wailers; Bruce Springsteen; Devo; Echo & the Bunnymen; Slayer; KMFDM; The Beastie Boys; A Tribe Called Quest; Blur; The Manic Street Preachers; Tool; Björk; Rufus Wainwright; Queens of the Stone Age; The White Stripes; The Decemberists; Mastodon; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

4 albums

John Coltrane; Captain Beefheart; The Velvet Underground; Talking Heads; Michael Jackson; The Smiths; The Red Hot Chili Peppers; The Pixies; Nine Inch Nails; The Crash Test Dummies; Pearl Jam; Sloan; The Barenaked Ladies; Porcupine Tree; The Stone Temple Pilots; The Cranberries; The Smashing Pumpkins; Our Lady Peace; Oasis; Korn; Green Day; The Dandy Warhols; Foo Fighters; The Chemical Brothers; Placebo; Missy Elliot; System of a Down; Muse; Phoenix; Gorillaz; Broken Social Scene; Animal Collective; The Arcade Fire; M.I.A.

3 albums

Charles Mingus; Miles Davis; The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Fleetwood Mac; Neil Young; The Stooges; Nick Drake; Supertramp; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Yes; Blue Öyster Cult; Big Star; Elvis Costello; The Clash; Depeche Mode; Kate Bush; Swans; Janet Jackson; Public Enemy; George Michael; My Bloody Valentine; Alice in Chains; Ween; Mr. Bungle; Type O Negative; Soundgarden; Cannibal Corpse; Cypress Hill; Massive Attack; Failure; Prodigy; PJ Harvey; White/Rob Zombie; Rage Against the Machine; The Tea Party; treble charger; Moist; Live; D'Angelo; Incubus; Converge; Rammstein; The Deftones; Garbage; Silverchair; Limp Bizkit; Modest Mouse; The Matthew Good Band; Daft Punk; Mindless Self Indulgence; Slipknot; Eminem; A Perfect Circle; The Shins; Sun Kil Moon; Metric; Death From Above; LCD Soundsystem; Bloc Party; Patrick Watson; Adele; Vampire Weekend; Fleet Foxes; MGMT; My Sleeping Karma; White Lies; Perfume Genius; Ghost; Kendrick Lamar; Tame Impala; Kurt Vile; Death Grips; Father John Misty; The Orwells; Brockhampton.

2 albums

Frank Sinatra; Elvis Presley; Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps; Chuck Berry; Bo Diddley; Ray Charles; Howlin' Wolf; Stan Getz; Phil Ochs; Dusty Springfield; Frank Zappa; Simon & Garfunkel; The Band; Scott Walker; Janis Joplin; Van Morrison; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Sly & the Family Stone; Black Sabbath; John Lennon; Deep Purple; Dolly Parton; Jethro Tull; T.Rex; Can; Marvin Gaye; Stevie Wonder; The Eagles; Aerosmith; The Dire Straits; Joy Division; Dexys Midnight Runners; Iron Maiden; Tears for Fears; The The.; Mötley Crüe; Minor Threat; Def Leppard; Big Black; The Jesus and Mary Chain; Happy Mondays; They Might Be Giants; Gwar; Pantera; The Shamen; LL Cool J; Garth Brooks; Monster Magnet; Pennywise; Nirvana; Iris DeMent; Dr. Dre; Pavement; Sarah McLachlan; Ace of Base; Sheryl Crow; Bif Naked; The Mountain Goats; Bush; Stabbing Westward; The Magnetic Fields; Weezer; Hole; The Offspring; Portishead; TLC; Fu Manchu; Robyn; Mariah Carey; Shania Twain; Filter; Pulp; Jewel; 2Pac; Supergrass; No Doubt; Alanis Morissette; The Dave Matthews Band; The Cardigans; The Spice Girls; Catatonia; Cake; Super Furry Animals; Limblifter; Fiona Apple; Beck; Robbie Williams; Snot; Coal Chamber; Busta Rhymes; Finger Eleven; Blink 1-8-2; Insane Clown Posse; Wide Mouth Mason; Mogwai; Godspeed You! Black Emperor; Love Inc.; The Flaming Lips; Ryan Adams; Outkast; Gojira; Bright Eyes; Ok Go; Agalloch; Sleep; Billy Talent; Kings of Leon; Bassnectar; The Mars Volta; K-Os; Wolfmother; Grizzly Bear; Brand New; Arctic Monkeys; Carbon Based Lifeforms; No Age; Puscifer; Klaxons; TV on the Radio; Opeth; Elder; Cage the Elephant; Florence + the Machine; Samsara Blues Experiment; St. Vincent; Imagine Dragons; Lorde; Run the Jewels; I/0; Royal Blood; Alvvays; The War on Drugs; Troye Sivan; Denzel Curry; Idles.

1 album

The Louvin Brothers; Louis Prima; Fats Domino; Duke Ellington; Sonny Rollins; Buddy Holly; Count Basie; Thelonious Monk; Sabu; Machito; Little Richard; Tito Puente; Art Blakely & the Jazz Messengers; Billie Holiday; Ramblin' Jack Elliott; "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins; Sarah Vaughan; Cannonball Adderley; Ella Fitzgerald; Marty Robbins; The Dave Brubeck Quartet; Ornette Coleman; Joan Baez; Miriam Makeba; The Everly Brothers; Jimmy Smith; Muddy Waters; Etta James; Bobby Bland; Bill Evans; Booker T & the MGs; Charlie Byrd; Ray Price; Phil Spector; Sam Cooke; James Brown; The Animals; The Supremes; João Gilberto; Jacques Brel; Solomon Burke; Eric Dolphy; The Sonics; The Monks; The Mama's and the Papa's; The Lovin' Spoonful; The Yardbirds; The 13th Floor Elevators; Country Joe & the Fish; Moby Grape; Love; Nico; Loretta Lynn; The Electric Prunes; Jefferson Airplane; The Moody Blues; Blue Cheer; Johnny Cash; Aretha Franklin; The United States of America; The Zombies; Os Mutantes; Dr. John; Iron Butterfly; Karen Dalton; MC5; King Crimson; The Guess Who; Rod Stewart; James Taylor; The Carpenters; Santana; George Harrison; David Crosby; Joni Mitchell; Funkadelic/Parliment; Carole King; Alice Cooper; Redbone; Roxy Music; The New York Dolls; Mike Oldfield; Bad Company; Richard and Linda Thompson; Brian Eno; Patti Smith; Queen; Ryu Fukui; Boston; The Modern Lovers; Jean-Michel Jarre; Steely Dan; Television; Billy Joel; Wire; The Sex Pistols; The Saints; Willie Nelson; Blondie; Van Halen; The Slits; Gang of Four; The Fall; The Dead Kennedys; Motörhead; The Split Endz; AC/DC; Black Flag; X; The Psychedelic Furs; Rush; Soft Cell; Toto; Prince; Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five; Descendents; Bad Brains; Violent Femmes; Cyndi Lauper; Bonnie Tyler; Cocteau Twins; The Replacements; Tina Turner; Minutemen; This Mortal Coil; Rites of Spring; SNFU; A-Ha; Whitney Houston; Tom Waits; Simply Red; Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force; Anita Baker; Peter Gabriel; Linda Rondstadt; Emmylou Harris; The Sisters of Mercy; Scum; Dinosaur, Jr.; Suicidal Tendencies; Cowboy Junkies; N.W.A.; Tracy Chapman; The Fine Young Cannibals; NoMeansNo; Alannah Myles; Bonnie Raitt; Lenny Kravitz; The Stone Roses; Operation Ivy; Enigma; Ride; The Black Crowes; Sinead O'Connor; Atheist; The Orb; Matthew Sweet; Teenage Fanclub; Crowded House; Primal Scream; Slint; Helmet; Sugar; Aphex Twin; Ministry; The Lemonheads; Tori Amos; The Breeders; Green Jellÿ; Counting Crows; Carcass; Slowdive; Pet Shop Boys; Salt-N-Pepa; The Melvins; The Wu-Tang Clan; The Future Sound of London; Nas; Jeff Buckley; Brandy; G. Love & Special Sauce; Seal; Fear Factory; The Presidents of the United States of America; Ray May; The Goo Goo Dolls; Dal~Dil~Vog; Selena; Ben Folds Five; Jars of Clay; Ashley MacIssac; Bone Thungs-N-Harmony; Amanda Marshall; The Wild Strawberries; Rancid; Elastica; Joan Osborne; Burzum; Matchbox Twenty; Celine Dion; Paula Cole; Nada Surf; Jamiroquai; Toni Braxton; Aaliyah; Everything But the Girl; Tracy Bonham; Republica; Stereolab; DJ Shadow; Ash; Sepultura; I Mother Earth; The Fugees; Anthony B; Vitro; The Donnas; Third Eye Blind; Everclear; Holly McNarland; Puff Daddy; Hanson; Creed; Stereophonics; Econoline Crush; Lisa Loeb; Bran Van 3000; Aqua; Molotov; Savage Garden; Devin Townsend; The Verve; The Crystal Method; U.N.K.L.E.; The Moffatts; David Gray; Marcy Playground; Prozzäk; Kid Rock; Propellerheads; Boards of Canada; Semisonic; Neutral Milk Hotel; DMX; Lucinda Williams; Esthero; Eve 6; Joydrop; Air; Orgy; Fatboy Slim; Lauryn Hill; Refused; Dido; Eiffel 65; Neurosis; The Roots; Les Rythmes Digitales; Le Tigre; Basement Jaxx; Sigur Rós; Britney Spears; Vitamin C; Static-X; Serial Joe; Destiny's Child; Mr. Oizo; Edwin; MF Doom; Skunk Anansie; Moby; Deltron 3030; Electric Wizard; Nelly Furtado; Mudvayne; Papa Roach; 3 Doors Down; Jet Set Satellite; Kittie; War Party; Powderfinger; The Bloodhound Gang; At the Drive-In; Linkin Park; Fennesz; Aesop Rock; Andrew W.K.; Sum 41; The Strokes; Pink; Alicia Keys; Tenacious D; Coldplay; Norah Jones; Chevelle; Interpol; Wilco; William Basinski; Taking Back Sunday; Good Charlotte; Lacuna Coil; Avril Lavigne; M83; The Vines; Sam Roberts; Dizzee Rascal; Lightning Bolt; Calexico; The Darkness; Evanescence; The Exploding Hearts; Mushroomhead; The Postal Service; Liars; Mylo; The Icarus Line; The Beta Band; Ozomatli; The Libertines; The Zutons; The Streets; Bedouin Soundclash; The Killers; Scissor Sisters; My Morning Jacket; Sufjan Stevens; Gasoline; Nujabes; Lucero; Juliette and the Licks; BT; Gnarles Barkley; My Chemical Romance; Amy Winehouse; Fightstar; Lupe Fiasco; Airbourne; Battles; Justice; Elbow; Cavalera Conspiracy; The Rural Alberta Advantage; Crystal Castles; Bon Iver; Earth; The Dirty Projectors; The Yeah Yeah Yeahs; Fever Ray; Ty Segall; The XX; Gayngs; Janelle Monáe; Lunar Dunes; SebastiAN; Eternal Tapestry; Puscifer; Wild Nothing; Machine Gun Kelly; Bruno Mars; Ne Obliviscaris; Jake Bugg; The HAARP Machine; Stoned Jesus; Tim Hecker; Chvrches; The Knife; The Weeknd; Pomegranate Tiger; J. Cole; Darkside; Behemoth; Yob; The Struts; Catfish and the Bottlemen; Sam Smith; Low Roar; Alt-J; Neon Indian; Earthside; We Lost the Sea; Oh Hiroshima; Jamie XX; The Arcs; Naxatras; Courtney Barnett; Nails; Car Seat Headrest; Frank Ocean; Chance the Rapper; Angel Olsen; Acid Ghost; Beyoncé Knowles; Danny Brown; Iskwé; Code Orange; King Krule; Tyler the Creator; Big Thief; Lights; Japanese Breakfast; All That Remains; Barns Courtney; Rise Against; Harry Styles; Serena Ryder; Power Trip; Whitehorse; Vince Staples; SZA; JLin; Ed Sheeran; Iced Earth; The Black Angels; Feist; Roger Waters; Architects; Kacey Musgraves; Yungblud; Daughters; Noname; DJ Koze; Jack White; Charli XCX; Billie Eilish; clipping.; Xiu Xiu.

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