10 Albums


While it was tough listing my top 10 singles, putting together the top 10 albums was less so, although still quite a challenge.

So what makes a great album? I suppose everyone has their own criteria, and a lot of those would be common for many different people. For me, the criteria is pretty simple: it would have to move me so profoundly, that I would never tire of listening to it again and again, over an extended period of time – preferably as long as I still breathe. And, although I find it appealing, album art is not a factor.

It would have been easy to just choose Compilations or Greatest Hits, or even Soundtracks, but I decided I’m having none of that. So here they are in order:

  1. Throwing Copper – Live (1994)
  2. Signing Off – UB40 (1980)
  3. Under The Table And Dreaming – Dave Matthews Band (1993)
  4. 10 – Pearl Jam (1991)
  5. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (1975)*
  6. Scarecrow – John Mellencamp (1985)
  7. Third Stage – Boston (1986)
  8. Razorblade Suitcase – Bush (1996)
  9. Uprising – Bob Marley & The Wailers (1980)
  10. Appetite For Destruction – Guns N’ Roses (1987)

* I was conflicted selecting this Pink Floyd album. I could just as easily replace it with The Final Cut from 1983.

And so we get to 10 albums that didn’t quite make the final cut. In no particular order:

  1. Caught In The Act – Grand Funk Railroad (1975)
  2. Frampton Comes Alive – Peter Frampton (1976)**
  3. China – Vangelis (1979)
  4. Songs For The Deaf – Queens Of The Stone Age (2002)
  5. One Hot Minute – Red Hot Chili Peppers (1995)
  6. Love Over Gold – Dire Straits (1982)
  7. Zooropa – U2 (1993)
  8. Monster – R.E.M. – (1994)
  9. Hybrid Theory – Linkin Park (2000)
  10. Nevermind – Nirvana (1991)

** Technically a compilation live album

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