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

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1955

The absolute BEST of...
IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS (1955)
FRANK SINATRA

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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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1956

The absolute BEST of...
BLUEJEAN BOP! (1956)
GENE VINCENT and HIS BLUE CAPS

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FAV TRACKS: "I Flipped"; "Jezebel"; "Ain't She Sweet"; "Wedding Bells (Are Braking Up That Old Gang Of Mine)"; "Bluejean Bop"; "Waltz of the Wind"; "Bop Street"; "Who Slapped John?"; "Up a Lazy River"

ELVIS PRESLEY (1956)
ELVIS PRESLEY

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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')"

TRAGIC SONGS OF LIFE (1956)
THE LOUVIN BROTHERS

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FAV TRACKS: "Knoxville Girl"; "Kentucky"; "Let Her Go, God Bless Her"; "In the Pines"; "Alabama"; "I'll Be All Smiles Tonight"; "My Brother's Will"; "What Is Home Without Love"; "Mary of the Wild Moor"; "Take the News to Mother"

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1957

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BRILLIANT CORNERS (1957)
THELONIOUS MONK

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HERE'S LITTLE RICHARD (1957)
LITTLE RICHARD

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1958

The absolute BEST of...
AT HOME with SCREAMIN' JAY HAWKINS (1958)
"SCREAMIN'" JAY HAWKINS

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BLUE TRAIN (1958)
JOHN COLTRANE

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FAV TRACKS: "Blue Train"; "Locomotion"; "Sonny's Crib"; "Lazy Bird"; "Moment's Notice"; "I'm Old Fashioned"; "Smoke Stack"; "Trane's Blues"; "Just For the Love"

MOANIN' (1958)
ART BLAKELY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS

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FAV TRACKS: "Moanin'"; "The Drum Thunder Suite"; "Come Rain or Come Shine"; "Are You Real?"; "Along Came Betty"; "Blues March"

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1959

The absolute BEST of...
KIND OF BLUE (1959)
MILES DAVIS

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THE GENIUS OF RAY CHARLES (1959)
RAY CHARLES

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FAV TRACKS: "It Had to Be You"; "Let the Good Times Roll"; "You Won't Let Me Go"; "Am I Blue?"; "When Your Lover Has Gone"; "Just For a Thrill"; "Tell Me You'll Wait For Me"; "Alexander's Ragtime Band"; Deed I Do"; Come Rain or Come Shine"

THE SHAPE OF JAZZ TO COME (1959)
ORNETTE COLEMAN

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

TIME OUT (1959)
THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET

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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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1960

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1961

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1962

The absolute BEST of...
SURFIN' SAFARI (1962)
THE BEACH BOYS

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FAV TRACKS: "Surfin' Safari"; "Summertime Blues"; "Moon Dawg"; "Heads You Win–Tails I Lose"; "Cuckoo Clock"; "409"; "County Fair"; "Surfin'"; "Ten Little Indians"

BOB DYLAN (1962)
BOB DYLAN

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FAV TRACKS: "In My Time of Dyin'"; "House of the Risin' Sun"; "Talkin' New York"; "Fixin' to Die"; "Man of Constant Sorrow"; "Song to Woody"; "Baby, Let Me Follow You Down"; "Freight Train Blues"; "Highway 51 Blues"; "See That My Grave is Kept Clean"

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1963

The absolute BEST of...
PLEASE PLEASE ME (1963)
THE BEATLES

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FAV TRACKS: "Taste of Honey"; "Love Me Do"; "Misery"; "Anna (Go to Him) (Arthur Alexander cover)"; "Baby It's You (Shirelles cover)"; "I Saw Her Standing There"; "P.S. I Love You"; "Please Please Me"; "Twist and Shout (Top Notes cover)"; "There's a Place"; "Ask Me Why"; "Boys (Shirelles cover)"

SURFIN' USA (1963)
THE BEACH BOYS

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FAV TRACKS: "Lonely Sea"; "Misirlou"; "Stoked"; "Surf Jam"; "Surfin' USA"; "Let's Go Tippin'"; "Honky Tonk"; "Shut Down"; "Noble Surfer"

WITH THE BEATLES (1963)
THE BEATLES

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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"

THE FREEWHEELIN' BOB DYLAN (1963)
BOB DYLAN

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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"

THE BLACK SAINT AND THE SINNER LADY (1963)
CHARLES MINGUS

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FAV TRACKS: "Track C – Group Dancers"; "Track A – Solo Dancer"; "Track B – Duet Solo Dancers"; "Mode D – Trio and Group Dancers/Mode E – Single Solos and Group Dance/Mode F – Group and Solo Dance"

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1964

The absolute BEST of...
OUT TO LUNCH (1964)
ERIC DOLPHY

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THE ROLLING STONES (ENGLAND'S NEWEST HITMAKERS) (1964)
THE ROLLING STONES

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FAV TRACKS: "Route 66"; "You Can Make It If You Try"; "Little By Little"; "Tell Me"; "I Just Wanna Make Love to You"; "I'm a King Bee"; "Walking the Dog"

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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:

14 albums

Pink Floyd.

13 albums

David Bowie; Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

12 albums

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11 albums

The Beatles; The Rolling Stones.

10 Albums

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9 Albums

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8 Albums

The Who; The Cure; Metallica; Death Cab for Cutie.

7 Albums

Tim Buckley; "Weird Al" Yankovic; KMFDM; Death; Radiohead; The Birthday Massacre.

6 Albums

The Kinks; The Byrds; The Doors; Elton John; Led Zeppelin; U2; New Order; Sonic Youth; Madonna; R.E.M.; Dream Theater; The Tragically Hip; Primus; A Tribe Called Quest; Marilyn Manson; The Brian Jonestown Massacre; The Black Keys; Kanye West; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

5 albums

Bob Dylan; Bob Marley & the Wailers; Bruce Springsteen; Devo; Echo & the Bunnymen; Slayer; The Beastie Boys; Soundgarden; Blur; The Manic Street Preachers; Rufus Wainwright; Queens of the Stone Age; The White Stripes; Animal Collective; The Decemberists; Mastodon.

4 albums

The Beach Boys; 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; Björk; Tool; The Smashing Pumpkins; Converge; Our Lady Peace; Oasis; Korn; Green Day; The Matthew Good Band; The Dandy Warhols; Foo Fighters; The Chemical Brothers; Placebo; Missy Elliot; System of a Down; Muse; Phoenix; Gorillaz; Broken Social Scene; The Arcade Fire; M.I.A.; Grizzly Bear.

3 albums

John Coltrane; Eric Clapton; The Jimi Hendrix Experience; Fleetwood Mac; Neil Young; The Stooges; Nick Drake; Supertramp; Emerson, Lake & Palmer; Yes; Blue Öyster Cult; Big Star; 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; Cypress Hill; Massive Attack; Failure; Prodigy; PJ Harvey; White/Rob Zombie; Rage Against the Machine; Ace of Base; Fu Manchu; treble charger; Moist; Live; D'Angelo; Incubus; Rammstein; The Deftones; Garbage; Silverchair; Modest Mouse; Daft Punk; Muse; Mindless Self Indulgence; Slipknot; Eminem; A Perfect Circle; Gojira; The Shins; Sun Kil Moon; Metric; Death From Above; M.I.A.; LCD Soundsystem; Bloc Party; 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.

2 albums

Miles Davis; Phil Ochs; Frank Zappa; Simon & Garfunkel; The Band; Janis Joplin; Van Morrison; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Sly & the Family Stone; Black Sabbath; John Lennon; Stevie Wonder; Jethro Tull; Marvin Gaye; The Eagles; Elvis Costello; The Dire Straits; Blondie; 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; Earth; Iris DeMent; Pavement; Sarah McLachlan; Bif Naked; The Mountain Goats; Bush; Stabbing Westward; The Magnetic Fields; Weezer; Hole; The Offspring; TLC; Robyn; Mariah Carey; Shania Twain; Filter; Pulp; Jewel; 2Pac; No Doubt; Alanis Morissette; The Cardigans; The Spice Girls; Catatonia; Cake; Super Furry Animals; Limblifter; Fiona Apple; Snot; Coal Chamber; Busta Rhymes; Limp Bizkit; Finger Eleven; Stereophonics; Insane Clown Posse; Wide Mouth Mason; Mogwai; Godspeed You! Black Emperor; Incubus; The Tea Party; Love Inc.; The Flaming Lips; Ryan Adams; Outkast; Bright Eyes; Ok Go; Agalloch; Sleep; Billy Talent; Bassnectar; The Mars Volta; Animal Collective; K-Os; Wolfmother; Brand New; Arctic Monkeys; Carbon Based Lifeforms; No Age; Puscifer; Klaxons; Opeth; Elder; Cage the Elephant; Patrick Watson; Florence + the Machine; Samsara Blues Experiment; The Weeknd; St. Vincent; Imagine Dragons; Lorde; Run the Jewels; Scott Helman; I/0; Nick Jonas; Ed Sheeran; Royal Blood; Alvvays; Sam Smith; The War on Drugs; Troye Sivan.

1 album

Frank Sinatra; Elvis Presley; The Louvin Brothers; Thelonious Monk; Little Richard; "Screamin'" Jay Hawkins; Art Blakely & the Jazz Messengers; Ray Charles; The Dave Brubeck Quartet; Ornette Coleman; Etta James; Charles Mingus; Eric Dolphy; The Animals; Stan Getz; João Gilberto; The Sonics; The Monks; The Mama's and the Papa's; The Lovin' Spoonful; The Yardbirds; The 13th Floor Elevators; 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; The Carpenters; George Harrison; Deep Purple; David Crosby; Can; Joni Mitchell; Funkadelic/Parliment; T.Rex; Carole King; Alice Cooper; Redbone; Mike Oldfield; Richard and Linda Thompson; Brian Eno; Aerosmith; Patti Smith; Queen; Ryu Fukui; The Modern Lovers; Jean-Michel Jarre; Steely Dan; Television; Billy Joel; Wire; The Sex Pistols; The Saints; Willie Nelson; 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; Minutemen; This Mortal Coil; SNFU; A-Ha; Tom Waits; Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force; Anita Baker; Peter Gabriel; The Sisters of Mercy; Dinosaur, Jr.; N.W.A.; Tracy Chapman; The Fine Young Cannibals; Alannah Myles; Lenny Kravitz; The Stone Roses; Operation Ivy; Enigma; Ride; Sinead O'Connor; Atheist; The Orb; Matthew Sweet; Teenage Fanclub; Crowded House; Primal Scream; Slint; Sugar; Aphex Twin; Ministry; The Lemonheads; Green Jellÿ; Carcass; Slowdive; Pet Shop Boys; Salt-N-Pepa; The Melvins; The Wu-Tang Clan; Sheryl Crow; The Future Sound of London; Nas; Jeff Buckley; Brandy; G. Love & Special Sauce; Seal; Portishead; The Presidents of the United States of America; Ray May; The Rembrandts; 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; Supergrass; Elastica; Joan Osborne; Matchbox Twenty; Celine Dion; Paula Cole; Jamiroquai; Toni Braxton; Aaliyah; Everything But the Girl; Tracy Bonham; Republica; Stereolab; DJ Shadow; Ash; Sepultura; Beck; I Mother Earth; The Fugees; Anthony B; Vitro; The Donnas; Third Eye Blind; Everclear; Holly McNarland; Puff Daddy; Wild Orchid; Natalie Imbruglia; Hanson; Creed; Econoline Crush; Bran Van 3000; Aqua; Molotov; Savage Garden; Devin Townsend; The Verve; The Crystal Method; The Moffatts; The Dave Matthews Band; David Gray; Prozzäk; Kid Rock; Propellerheads; Boards of Canada; Semisonic; Neutral Milk Hotel; Robbie Williams; DMX; Lucinda Williams; Esthero; Eve 6; Joydrop; Air; Orgy; Fatboy Slim; Lauryn Hill; Refused; Eiffel 65; Neurosis; The Roots; Les Rythmes Digitales; Le Tigre; Basement Jaxx; Sigur Rós; Cannibal Corpse; Jennifer Lopez; Britney Spears; Dr. Dre; Vitamin C; Blink 182; Static-X; Serial Joe; Destiny's Child; Mr. Oizo; Edwin; Skunk Anansie; Moby; Billy Gilman; 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; Andrew W.K.; Sum 41; The Strokes; Pink; Alicia Keys; Tenacious D; Chevelle; Interpol; Wilco; William Basinski; Taking Back Sunday; Good Charlotte; Lacuna Coil; Avril Lavigne; The Vines; The Darkness; The Exploding Hearts; Mushroomhead; The Postal Service; The Libertines; TV on the Radio; The Streets; The Killers; Scissor Sisters; My Morning Jacket; Sufjan Stevens; Gasoline; Nujabes; Lucero; Juliette and the Licks; Gnarles Barkley; 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; Chvrches; The Knife; Pomegranate Tiger; J. Cole; Darkside; Yob; George Ezra; The Struts; Catfish and the Bottlemen; Low Roar; Alt-J; Neon Indian; Earthside; We Lost the Sea; Oh Hiroshima; Jamie XX; The Arcs; Naxatras; Courtney Barnett; Car Seat Headrest; Frank Ocean; Chance the Rapper; Acid Ghost; Beyoncé Knowles; Danny Brown; Iskwé; Code Orange; King Krule; Tyler the Creator; Mount Eerie; Walk the Moon; Big Thief; Lights; Japanese Breakfast; All That Remains; Barns Courtney; Rise Against; Harry Styles; Serena Ryder; Power Trip; Whitehorse; Vince Staples; SZA; JLin; Iced Earth; The Black Angels; Feist; Roger Waters; Kacey Musgraves; Daughters; Noname; Superorganism; DJ Koze; Jack White.

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