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. Coup: Sorry to Bother You
  36. Coup: Sorry to Bother You: The Soundtrack
  37. Cramps: Bad Music for Bad People
  38. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young: Deja Vu
  39. Dälek: Absence
  40. Dälek: Gutter Tactics
  41. Davis, Jed: Small Sacrifices Must Be Made
  42. Death Grips: Ex-Military
  43. Death Grips: Government Plates
  44. Department of Eagles: The Cold Nose
  45. Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo
  46. Diamond, Neil: Tap Root Manuscript
  47. Dogbowl: Flan
  48. Dolphy, Eric: Iron Man
  49. Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment: Surf
  50. Dunnery, Francis: Tall Blonde Helicopter
  51. Eagles: Desperado
  52. Earth, Wind and Fire: All n’ All
  53. Einsturzende Neubauten: Halber Mensch
  54. Einsturzende Neubauten: Haus der Luge
  55. Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Tarkus
  56. Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Trilogy
  57. Emerson, Lake and Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery
  58. Eno, Brian: Here Come the Warm Jets
  59. Eno, Brian: Another Green World
  60. Eno, Brian: Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
  61. Eno, Brian: Before And After Science
  62. Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking
  63. Fairport Convention: What We Did On Our Holidays
  64. Fall: Hex Enduction Hour
  65. Fall: The Real New Fall LP (Formerly Country on the Click)
  66. Fall: Imperial Wax Solvent
  67. Fall: New Facts Emerge
  68. Family: Bandstand
  69. Family: Fearless
  70. First Aid Kit: Stay Gold
  71. First Aid Kit: Ruins
  72. Fleetwood Mac: Future Games
  73. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
  74. Focus: Live At The Rainbow
  75. Funkadelic: Maggotbrain
  76. Gabriel, Peter: Peter Gabriel (III/Melt)
  77. Gang of Four: Entertainment!
  78. Gay Tastee: Songs for the Sodomites
  79. Genesis: Duke
  80. Genesis: Abacab
  81. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
  82. Genesis: Wind and Wuthering
  83. Good Rats: Birth Comes to Us All
  84. Good Rats: Tasty
  85. Grateful Dead: American Beauty
  86. Grateful Dead: Workingman’s Dead
  87. Hall, Daryl: Sacred Songs
  88. Hanslick Rebellion: The Rebellion is Here
  89. Hawkwind: Doremi Fasol Latido
  90. Hawkwind: Space Ritual
  91. Hitchcock, Robyn and the Egyptians: Element of Light
  92. Hot Tuna: America’s Choice
  93. Hot Tuna: Yellow Fever
  94. Human Sexual Response: Fig. 14
  95. Human Sexual Response: In a Roman Mood
  96. Husker Du: Zen Arcade
  97. Idles: Brutalism
  98. Idles: Joy As An Act of Resistance
  99. Imperial Wax: Gastwerk Saboteurs
  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. Jethro Tull: 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: In The Court of the Crimson King
  116. King Crimson: Lizard
  117. King Crimson: Meltdown: Live in Mexico
  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. Malibu Ken: Malibu Ken
  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. Napalm Death: Time Waits For No Slave
  130. Napalm Death: Utilitarian
  131. Napalm Death: Apex Predator — Easy Meat
  132. New Order: Movement
  133. New Order: Power, Corruption and Lies
  134. Octopus: Restless Night
  135. Parliament: Chocolate City
  136. Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance
  137. Pere Ubu: Terminal Tower
  138. Phair, Liz: Exile in Guyville
  139. Pink Floyd: The Dark Side of the Moon
  140. Pink Floyd: Animals
  141. Pink Floyd: The Wall
  142. Presley, Elvis: Peace In The Valley: The Complete Gospel Recordings
  143. Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet
  144. Public Enemy: Apocalypse ’91 . . . The Enemy Strikes Black
  145. R.E.M.: Life’s Rich Pageant
  146. Renaldo and the Loaf: Songs for Swinging Larvae
  147. Replacements: Let It Be
  148. Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash
  149. Robbins, Marty: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs
  150. Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St.
  151. Rose, Caroline: Loner
  152. Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure
  153. Rundgren, Todd: Healing
  154. Rush: Signals
  155. Sanders, Pharoah: Karma
  156. Schnell Fenster, The Sound of Trees
  157. Sepultura: Roots
  158. Shriekback: Oil and Gold
  159. Simon and Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence
  160. Smiths: Louder Than Bombs
  161. Snog: Last of the Great Romantics
  162. Soulfly: Ritual
  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. Stevens, Cat: Buddha And The Chocolate Box
  169. Swans: Filth
  170. Swans: Holy Money
  171. Talking Heads: Fear of Music
  172. Television Personalities: Closer to God
  173. This Heat: Deceit
  174. Tosh, Peter: Mama Africa
  175. Tosh, Peter: Equal Rights
  176. Tracey, Stan and His Quartet: Under Milk Wood
  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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