My Top 200 Albums Of All Time (2018 Update)

A couple of years have passed since I last refreshed my all-time favorite albums list, and when a friend recently noted that my alleged Top 200 roster actually contained 202 entries, I figured it was time for an update.

I’ve been keeping a master list of favorite albums since the very early ’70s, when I was a grade school Steppenwolf fan. My tastes have evolved dramatically over the years (though I still like Steppenwolf), so I review and update this list periodically, dropping things that haven’t aged well, and adding new things that excite me and seem to have staying power.

For many years, this was a “Top 100 List,” but as I’ve gotten older, I feel entitled to expand the roster beyond the century mark, since I’ve listened to a whole lot more music now than I had when I was younger. I also used to exclude “Greatest Hits” and other compilation or live albums, but I’ve gotten less uptight about that, too, since for some artists, their best work may have appeared on singles that only saw long-form release in the form of “Best Of” collections.

So here’s the update, in alphabetical order by artist name. As soon as I post this list, I will invariably change my mind about something, but that’s the beauty of updates, right? Watch this space in 2020 to see what I got wrong this time!

  1. AC/DC: Back in Black
  2. Allison, Mose: Swingin’ Machine
  3. Bauhaus: The Sky’s Gone Out
  4. Beef: Stink, Stank, Stunk
  5. Beefheart, Captain and the Magic Band: Clear Spot
  6. Beefheart, Captain and the Magic Band: The Spotlight Kid
  7. Beefheart, Captain and the Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica
  8. Birthday Party: Junkyard
  9. Black Flag: Damaged
  10. Body: I Have Fought Against It, But I Can’t Any Longer
  11. Bogmen: Life Begins at 40 Million
  12. Bonzo Dog Band: Keynsham
  13. Bonzo Dog Band: The Doughnut in Granny’s Greenhouse
  14. Bowie, David: “Heroes”
  15. Bowie, David: Lodger
  16. Bowie, David: Blackstar
  17. Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey
  18. Bush, Kate: Hounds of Love
  19. Butthole Surfers: Hairway to Steven
  20. Butthole Surfers: Locust Abortion Technician
  21. Camberwell Now: All’s Well
  22. Camper Van Beethoven: Camper Van Beethoven
  23. Cave, Nick and the Bad Seeds: Henry’s Dream
  24. Cave, Nick and the Bad Seeds: Tender Prey
  25. Chance The Rapper: Coloring Book
  26. Chap: Mega Breakfast
  27. Christian Death: Catastrophe Ballet
  28. Clash: Combat Rock
  29. Clutch: Book of Bad Decisions
  30. Clutch: Elephant Riders
  31. Clutch: Robot Hive/Exodus
  32. Clutch: Psychic Warfare
  33. Coil: Backwards
  34. Coil: Horse Rotorvator
  35. Coil: The Ape of Naples
  36. Collider: WCYF
  37. Coup: Sorry to Bother You
  38. Coup: Sorry to Bother You: The Soundtrack
  39. Cramps: Bad Music for Bad People
  40. Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill
  41. Dälek: Absence
  42. Dälek: Gutter Tactics
  43. Davis, Jed: Small Sacrifices Must Be Made
  44. Death Grips: Ex-Military
  45. Death Grips: Government Plates
  46. Department of Eagles: The Cold Nose
  47. Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
  48. Diamond, Neil: Hot August Night
  49. Dogbowl: Flan
  50. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment: Surf
  51. Dunnery, Francis: Tall Blonde Helicopter
  52. Eagles: Desperado
  53. Earth, Wind and Fire: All n’ All
  54. Einsturzende Neubauten: Halber Mensch
  55. Einsturzende Neubauten: Haus der Luge
  56. Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Tarkus
  57. Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Trilogy
  58. Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery
  59. Eno, Brian: Here Come the Warm Jets
  60. Eno, Brian: Another Green World
  61. Eno, Brian: Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
  62. Eno, Brian: Before And After Science
  63. Fall: Hex Enduction Hour
  64. Fall: The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click)
  65. Fall: Imperial Wax Solvent
  66. Family: Bandstand
  67. Family: Fearless
  68. Fear: The Record
  69. First Aid Kit: Stay Gold
  70. First Aid Kit: Ruins
  71. Fleetwood Mac: Future Games
  72. Fleetwood Mac: Bare Trees
  73. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
  74. Focus: Live At The Rainbow
  75. Funkadelic: Maggotbrain
  76. Funkadelic: American Eats Its Young
  77. Gabriel, Peter: Peter Gabriel (III/Melt)
  78. Gang of Four: Entertainment!
  79. Gay Tastee: Songs for the Sodomites
  80. Genesis: Duke
  81. Genesis: Abacab
  82. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
  83. Goat: World Music
  84. Good Rats: Birth Comes to Us All
  85. Good Rats: Tasty
  86. Grateful Dead: American Beauty
  87. Grateful Dead: Workingman’s Dead
  88. Hall, Daryl: Sacred Songs
  89. Hall, Terry and Mushtaq: The Hour Of Two Lights
  90. Hanslick Rebellion: The Rebellion is Here
  91. Hawkwind: Doremi Fasol Latido
  92. Hawkwind: Space Ritual
  93. Head, Jowe and the Demi-Monde: Diabolical Liberties
  94. Hitchcock, Robyn and the Egyptians: Element of Light
  95. Human Sexual Response: 14
  96. Human Sexual Response: In a Roman Mood
  97. Husker Du: Zen Arcade
  98. Idles: Brutalism
  99. Idles: Joy As An Act of Resistance
  100. Jarre, Jean-Michel: Equinoxe
  101. Jesu/Sun Kil Moon: Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
  102. Jethro Tull: Songs From the Wood
  103. Jethro Tull: The Broadsword and the Beast
  104. JethroTull: Heavy Horses
  105. Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick
  106. Jethro Tull: A Passion Play
  107. Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures
  108. Joy Division: Closer
  109. Juluka: Scatterlings
  110. Kamikaze Hearts: Oneida Road
  111. Kaukonen, Jorma: Quah
  112. Keineg, Katell: Jet
  113. Killdozer: Twelve Point Buck
  114. King Crimson: Starless and Bible Black
  115. King Crimson: Red
  116. King Crimson: Live in Chicago
  117. King Crimson: Lizard
  118. Kraftwerk: Trans-Europe Express
  119. Kraftwerk: Minimum-Maximum
  120. Kurki-Suonio, Sanna: Musta
  121. Lateef, Yusef: Eastern Sounds
  122. Lateef, Yusef: The Complete Yusef Lateef
  123. Laurels: L
  124. Michael Nyman: A Zed and Two Noughts (Original Soundtrack)
  125. Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime
  126. Mitchel, Joni: For the Roses
  127. Mitchell, John Cameron and Stephen Trask: Hedwig And The Angry Inch
  128. Mos Def: The Ecstatic
  129. Mould, Bob: District Line
  130. Napalm Death: Time Waits For No Slave
  131. Napalm Death: Utilitarian
  132. Napalm Death: Apex Predator — Easy Meat
  133. New Order: Movement
  134. New Order: Power, Corruption and Lies
  135. Octopus: Restless Night
  136. Parliament: Chocolate City
  137. Pas/Cal: I Was Raised on Matthew, Mark, Luke and Laura
  138. Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance
  139. Pere Ubu: Terminal Tower
  140. Phair, Liz: Exile in Guyville
  141. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
  142. Pink Floyd: The Wall
  143. Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet
  144. R.E.M.: Life’s Rich Pageant
  145. Renaldo and the Loaf: Songs for Swinging Larvae
  146. Replacements: Let It Be
  147. Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
  148. Robbins, Marty: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
  149. Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St.
  150. Rose, Caroline: Loner
  151. Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure
  152. Rundgren, Todd: Healing
  153. Rush: Signals
  154. Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel: Nail
  155. Sepultura: Roots
  156. Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
  157. Shriekback: Oil and Gold
  158. Simon and Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence
  159. Six Feet Under: Warpath
  160. Smiths: Hatful of Hollow
  161. Smiths: Louder Than Bombs
  162. Snog: Last of the Great Romantics
  163. Special A.K.A.: In the Studio
  164. Steely Dan: Aja
  165. Steely Dan: The Royal Scam
  166. Steely Dan: Can’t Buy A Thrill
  167. Steppenwolf: Gold
  168. Swans: Filth
  169. Swans: Holy Money
  170. Talking Heads: Fear of Music
  171. Television Personalities: Closer to God
  172. Thighpaulsandra: The Golden Communion
  173. This Heat: Deceit
  174. Tosh, Peter: Mama Africa
  175. Tragic Mulatto: Italians Fall Down and Look Up Your Dress
  176. Tsukerman, Slava et. al.: Liquid Sky (Original Soundtrack)
  177. Utopia: Utopia
  178. Utopia: Swing to the Right
  179. Van Halen: Van Halen
  180. Vek, Tom: Luck
  181. Wailer, Bunny: Blackheart Man
  182. Wall of Voodoo: Happy Planet
  183. Wall of Voodoo: Seven Days in Sammystown
  184. Wasted: We Are Already in Hell
  185. Weasels: Uranus or Bust
  186. Weasels: AARP Go the Weasels
  187. Weasels: The Man Who Saw Tomorrow
  188. Ween: Quebec
  189. Ween: The Mollusk
  190. Who: Who’s Next
  191. Wings: Band on the Run
  192. Wings: Venus and Mars
  193. Wire: The Ideal Copy
  194. Wire: Silver/Lead
  195. XTC: Black Sea
  196. XTC: English Settlement
  197. Yes: The Yes Album
  198. Yes: Fragile
  199. Zappa, Frank and the Mothers of Invention: One Size Fits All
  200. Zappa, Frank: Joe’s Garage, Parts I, II and III

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