Albums to Listen To Before you Die

Came across this yesterday and thought I might join in. I found it here at Brian Glick's weblog (a nice blog by the way.)

Basically you take the list of songs they give, bold the ones you've listened to and add three of your own. Given the infinite variety of tastes around the web, it'd be interesting to aggregate some of the lists at some point as well I feel, or at the very least make an effort to listen to some of the albums you missed from the list. An education in music you could say. (Aural Ed?).

Anyways, without further ado, here is the list.

  • Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
  • London Calling – The Clash
  • Blood Sugar Sex Magik – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • Think Tank – Blur
  • This is Hardcore – Pulp
  • Moon Safari – Air
  • Elastica – Elastica
  • Never Mind the Bollocks Here?s the Sex Pistols – Sex Pistols
  • OK Computer – Radiohead
  • The Kiss of Morning – Graham Coxon
  • Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders from Mars – David Bowie
  • The Wall – Pink Floyd
  • Setting Sons – The Jam
  • America Beauty – The Grateful Dead
  • Toxicity – System of a Down
  • Train a Comin? – Steve Earle
  • Folksinger – Phranc
  • Come From the Shadows – Joan Baez
  • Bat out of Hell – Meatloaf
  • The River – Bruce Springsteen
  • The Very Best of Joan Armatrading – Joan Armatrading
  • Copperhead Road – Steve Earle
  • Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd
  • Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits
  • Outside – David Bowie
  • Passionoia – Black Box Recorder
  • Version 2.0 – Garbage
  • Too Young To Die (Greatest Hits) – St. Etienne
  • The Complete Recordings – Robert Johnson
  • Absolution – Muse
  • Kind of Blue – Miles Davis
  • The Soft Bulletin – The Flaming Lips
  • Queens of the stone age – Songs for the Deaf
  • Ryan Adams – Heatbreaker
  • Blood On The Tracks – Bob Dylan
  • Midnight Marauders – Tribe Called Quest
  • Tommy – The Who

My three

  • Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death – The Dead Kennedys
  • The Celts – Enya
  • Predator – Ice Cube

Looks like i've got some work ahead of me if i'm to raise the number of albums on that list i've listened to. Despite my low score on the listened-to table, they somehow managed to get my favorite album of all time on the list already anyway 😉 (London Calling, released 1980 and voted Rolling Stone's best album of the 80's).

I might have to start asking around my friends and colleagues looking for some of these albums to give a listen to. In anycase, grab the list and add your own – and feel free to let me know so I can link to you if you do.

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3 thoughts on “Albums to Listen To Before you Die

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  2. Close To The Edge by Yes

    Regardless of one’s opinion on the album per se, its very impact and influence upon its genre – that being progressive rock – is undoubted.

    Granted, this genre has its critics, who say it is pretentious, encompassed by esoteric, abstract lyrics and unusual time signatures and the like.

    But it is nevertheless a seminal.

    And one of my personal favourites 😉

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