My Top 200 Albums Of All Time (2019 Update)

I’ve been keeping lists of my 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. It’s been 18 months since a freshening, so today seemed a good day to update.

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. Birthday Party: Junkyard
  8. Black Flag: Damaged
  9. Bogmen: Life Begins at 40 Million
  10. Bongwater: The Power of Pussy
  11. Bonzo Dog Band: Keynsham
  12. Bonzo Dog Band: The Doughnut in Granny’s Greenhouse
  13. Bowie, David: “Heroes”
  14. Bowie, David: Lodger
  15. Bowie, David: Blackstar
  16. Buggy Jive: The Buggy Jive Mix Tape
  17. Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey
  18. Bush, Kate: Hounds of Love
  19. Bush, Kate: The Dreaming
  20. Butthole Surfers: Hairway to Steven
  21. Butthole Surfers: Locust Abortion Technician
  22. Camberwell Now: All’s Well
  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. Coil: Backwards
  33. Coil: Horse Rotorvator
  34. Coil: The Ape of Naples
  35. Collider: WCYF
  36. Coup: Sorry to Bother You
  37. Coup: Sorry to Bother You: The Soundtrack
  38. Cramps: Bad Music for Bad People
  39. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Deja Vu
  40. Dälek: Absence
  41. Dälek: Gutter Tactics
  42. Davis, Jed: Small Sacrifices Must Be Made
  43. Death Grips: Ex-Military
  44. Death Grips: Government Plates
  45. Department of Eagles: The Cold Nose
  46. Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
  47. Diamond, Neil: Tap Root Manuscript
  48. Dogbowl: Flan
  49. Dolphy, Eric: Iron Man
  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. Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking
  64. Fairport Convention: What We Did On Our Holidays
  65. Fall: Hex Enduction Hour
  66. Fall: The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click)
  67. Fall: Imperial Wax Solvent
  68. Fall: New Facts Emerge
  69. Family: Bandstand
  70. Family: Fearless
  71. First Aid Kit: Stay Gold
  72. First Aid Kit: Ruins
  73. Fleetwood Mac: Future Games
  74. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
  75. Focus: Live At The Rainbow
  76. Funkadelic: Maggotbrain
  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. Genesis: Wind and Wuthering
  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. Hanslick Rebellion: The Rebellion is Here
  90. Hawkwind: Doremi Fasol Latido
  91. Hawkwind: Space Ritual
  92. Hitchcock, Robyn and the Egyptians: Element of Light
  93. Hot Tuna: America’s Choice
  94. Hot Tuna: Yellow Fever
  95. Human Sexual Response: Fig. 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. Imperial Wax: Gastwerk Saboteurs
  101. Jarre, Jean-Michel: Equinoxe
  102. Jesu/Sun Kil Moon: Jesu/Sun Kil Moon
  103. Jethro Tull: Songs From the Wood
  104. Jethro Tull: The Broadsword and the Beast
  105. Jethro Tull: Heavy Horses
  106. Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick
  107. Jethro Tull: A Passion Play
  108. Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures
  109. Joy Division: Closer
  110. Juluka: Scatterlings
  111. Kamikaze Hearts: Oneida Road
  112. Kaukonen, Jorma: Quah
  113. Keineg, Katell: Jet
  114. Killdozer: Twelve Point Buck
  115. King Crimson: Starless and Bible Black
  116. King Crimson: In The Court of the Crimson King
  117. King Crimson: Lizard
  118. King Crimson: Meltdown: Live in Mexico
  119. Kraftwerk: Trans-Europe Express
  120. Kraftwerk: Minimum-Maximum
  121. Kurki-Suonio, Sanna: Musta
  122. Lateef, Yusef: Eastern Sounds
  123. Lateef, Yusef: The Complete Yusef Lateef
  124. Malibu Ken: Malibu Ken
  125. Michael Nyman: A Zed and Two Noughts (Original Soundtrack)
  126. Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime
  127. Mitchel, Joni: For the Roses
  128. Mitchell, John Cameron and Stephen Trask: Hedwig And The Angry Inch
  129. Mos Def: The Ecstatic
  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. Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance
  138. Pere Ubu: Terminal Tower
  139. Phair, Liz: Exile in Guyville
  140. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
  141. Pink Floyd: Animals
  142. Pink Floyd: The Wall
  143. Presley, Elvis: Peace In The Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings
  144. Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet
  145. Public Enemy: Apocalypse ’91 . . . The Enemy Strikes Black
  146. R.E.M.: Life’s Rich Pageant
  147. Renaldo and the Loaf: Songs for Swinging Larvae
  148. Replacements: Let It Be
  149. Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
  150. Robbins, Marty: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
  151. Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St.
  152. Rose, Caroline: Loner
  153. Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure
  154. Rundgren, Todd: Healing
  155. Rush: Signals
  156. Sanders, Pharoah: Karma
  157. Schnell Fenster, The Sound of Trees
  158. Sepultura: Roots
  159. Shriekback: Oil and Gold
  160. Simon and Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence
  161. Smiths: Louder Than Bombs
  162. Snog: Last of the Great Romantics
  163. Soulfly: Ritual
  164. Special A.K.A.: In the Studio
  165. Steely Dan: Aja
  166. Steely Dan: The Royal Scam
  167. Steely Dan: Can’t Buy A Thrill
  168. Steppenwolf: Gold
  169. Stevens, Cat: Buddha And The Chocolate Box
  170. Swans: Filth
  171. Swans: Holy Money
  172. Talking Heads: Fear of Music
  173. Television Personalities: Closer to God
  174. This Heat: Deceit
  175. Tosh, Peter: Mama Africa
  176. Tosh, Peter: Equal Rights
  177. Tragic Mulatto: Italians Fall Down and Look Up Your Dress
  178. Tsukerman, Slava et. al.: Liquid Sky (Original Soundtrack)
  179. Utopia: Utopia
  180. Utopia: Swing to the Right
  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: Send
  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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