100 Greatest Albums 60-41

60. Hunky Dory – David Bowie 1971

59. Disraeli Gears – Cream 1967

58. A Nod is as Good as a Wink… – Faces 1971

57. Slowhand – Eric Clapton 1977

56. Eli and the Thirteenth Confession – Laura Nyro 1968

Easily one of the greatest pure singers of all time^

Essential track: “Sweet Blindness”

55. LA Woman – The Doors 1971

54. Summerteeth – Wilco 1998

Essential Tracks: “She’s a Jar” and “Via Chicago”

53. White Album – The Beatles 1968

Essential Tracks: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Happiness is a Warm Gun” and “I’m so Tired”

52. Television – Television 1977

51. Harvest – Neil Young 1971

50. Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan 1975

49. Moondance – Van Morrison 1970

48. Jackson Browne (Saturate Before Using) – Jackson Browne 1972

Essential Track: “Jamaica Say You Will”

47. Being There – Wilco 1996

46. Rocket to Russia – Ramones 1977

45. Night Moves – Bob Seger 1976

44. Darklands – The Jesus and Mary Chain 1987

Preceded The Cure’s ‘Disintegration’ by 2 years and accomplishes much more IMO^^^

43. Funeral – Arcade Fire 2004

42. America – America 1972

Essential Track: “Here”

41. Different Class – Pulp 1995

A truly unique album. I really have never heard anything like it. And I only heard it for the first time less than a week ago. It will probably end up in the top 15 in a month^^^

“You want to live like common people, You want to see what common people see, You want to sleep with common people, You want to  sleep with common people like, But She didn’t understand, She just smiled and held my hand”

Essential Tracks: Really all of them, but if i had to choose then “Common People”, “Sorted for E’s and Wizz”, “Live Bed Show”, “I Spy” and “Bar Italia”

 

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100 Greatest Music Albums: 80-61

Note: I’ll start adding comments/ essential tracks/ best lyrics around #40

80. Unplugged – Eric Clapton 1992

79. A New World Record – ELO 1976

78. Baby I’m a Want You – Bread 1972

77. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs – Derek and the Dominos 1970

76. Our Endless Numbered Days – Iron & Wine 2006

75. Tonight’s the Night – Neil Young 1974

74. Master of Reality – Black Sabbath 1971

73. Child is the Father to the Man – Blood, Sweat & Tears 1968

Highly recommended listen^

72. Get the Knack – The Knack 1979

71. The Long Run – Eagles 1979

70. Friends – The Beach Boys 1968

69. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here 1975

68. Who’s Next – The Who 1971

67. The Velvet Underground and Nico – The Velvet Underground and Nico 1967

66. Last Exit – Traffic 1969

Criminally underrated^

65. Pretzel Logic – Steely Dan 1974

64. Life’s Rich Pageant – R.E.M. 1986

63. Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones 1971

62. Let it Bleed – The Rolling Stones 1969

61. Murmur – R.E.M. 1983

100 Greatest Music Albums: 100-81

This is the first installment of a list that has taken me quite a bit of time to even begin. I feel that I have finally reached a point in my musical journey allowing me to make a rudimentary ranking. This is a highly subjective list as it’s the taste I’ve accumulated thus far. That being said, I attempted to be as objective as possible in acknowledging great albums even if they don’t resonate with me strongly. So here’s the way the news goes.

100. Songs of Leonard Cohen – Leonard Cohen 1967

99.  Help! – The Beatles 1965

98. Let it Be – The Replacements 1984

97. Nevermind – Nirvana 1991

96. Pinkerton – Weezer 1996

95. Band on the Run – Paul McCartney and Wings 1973

94. Astral Weeks – Van Morrison 1968

93. Phenomenon – UFO 1974

92. Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot 1974

91. RAM – Paul & Linda McCartney 1971

90. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac 1977

89. The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society – The Kinks 1968

88. The Soft Bulletin – The Flaming Lips 1999

87. Blue – Joni Mitchell 1970

86. Room on Fire – The Strokes 2003

85. Plastic Ono Band – John Lennon 1970

84. The Pretender – Jackson Browne 1976

83. Carrie and Lowell – Sufjan Stevens 2015

82. Doolittle – Pixies 1989

81. At War with the Mystics – The Flaming Lips 2006

 

What I’ve been listening to lately

I’ve taken a brief hiatus from porting here but ready to start again because I have picked up a lot of new music over the past month. So here is all the new stuff I’ve been into.

 

Joanna Newsom

  • Ys (2006)
  • Have One On Me (2010)

Elliott Smith

  • Either/ Or (1997)

The Shins

  • Chutes Too Narrow (2004)
  • Oh, Inverted World (2001)

Death Cab For Cutie

  • Plans (2005)

Franz Ferdinand

  • Franz Ferdinand (2005)

Sarah Records

This one is weird because the artists under this label didn’t often release full length albums, just singles. I’ve listened to a couple compilations and they’re incredible. They don’t vary much from the formula, even among different artists.

Faces

Everything in their discography is gold. Rod Stewart at his best. Check it out. To me it’s late-night bar music, fully stocked with all the emotional eruptions that come a night of heavy drinking.

Joni Mitchell

  • Court and Spark (1974)

Graham Nash

  • Songs For Beginners (1971)

Ian Hunter

  • Ian Hunter (1975)

Iron and Wine

  • Our Endless Numbered Days (2006)

The War on Drugs

  • A Deeper Understanding (2017)

Daniel Caesar

  • Freudian (2017)…surprisingly awesome

Wilco

  • AM (1996)

Eric Dolphy

  • Out to Lunch (1964)… Not very big on jazz, but I’m trying to really get it.

 

Mick Taylor

  • Mick Taylor (1975)

Mott The Hoople

  • All the Young Dudes (1972)…David Bowie produced, and you can tell

Roy Harper

  • Stormcock (1971)

 

That pretty much sums it up. I only included the stuff that I haven’t heard before, but really enjoyed listening to. So no “old stuff” here, although I have been listening to a lot of Arctic Monkeys, Eric Clapton, Carole King, Elvis Costello, and various country.

Current Listens

Crack Up – Fleet Foxes (new release)

Ten – Pearl Jam (1991). Bangin.

Love and War – Brad Paisley (2017). this one has some crazy features on it, most notably Mick Jagger and John Fogerty. The title track is my favorite thus far.

My Aim Is True – Elvis Costello (1977). Not a new one for me, but this album is so damn good I’m hooked all over again.

Closer – Joy Division (1980). I couldn’t get with Joy Division before, but I’m giving it another chance.

Automatic for the People – R.E.M. (1992)

Murmur – R.E.M. (1983). My favorite R.E.M. Album at the moment.

Top 10 Billy Joel Songs (5/13/17)

I’m going to try to make personal rankings/lists more often just to see where I stand at the moment and I can update them in the future when my opinions change (because they always do). It’s just something fun to motivate me to post more often.

Starting with Billy Joel since I am going his concert tonight after all.

10. My life

9. She’s Got a Way

8.  Vienna

7.  Tomorrow is Today

From what I’ve heard so far of Billy Joel’s first studio album, Cold Spring Harbor, I have really enjoyed. I might do a post about this whole album in the future.

6. Scenes From an Italian Restaurant

I’m a really big fan of storytelling in songs. That’s what attracts me to country music.

5. Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)

4. The Stranger

3. Piano Man

Who doesn’t love this shit

2. Only the Good Die Young

I may be totally sick of hearing this song, but still undeniably one of the best and still one of my favorites. I just have to listen to it sparingly- the same way I feel about pretty much anything from Fleetwood Mac.

1. Just the Way You Are

The first time I heard this song I was bored immediately. The simple lyrics were tiring and only reaffirmed my prior belief that Billy Joel was nothing but a bubblegum songwriter. A couple more listens and I am totally hooked man I absolutely love this song. It’s so beautiful and simple. When he said “I don’t want clever conversation, I never want to work that hard,” that was all I needed. Great song.

 

I’ll try to update this post in the future some time. This list is 100% likely to change.

Jackson Browne

Listened to my mom’s vinyl of Running on Empty last night while studying. I was amazed at how beautiful every song was. I always liked Jackson Browne and thought he was a great songwriter. Little did I know he’s a fuckin genius. I listened to Running on Empty and The Pretender twice each because they are just so good. Every song is nostalgic yet peaceful. It’s life in music. I especially love his cover of “Stay” it’s easily the best version of the song I have heard.

Post Stagecoach/ Current listens

So stagecoach has come and gone and while it was nice to return to country, the current music kick I’m on has persisted.

 

Nothing’s Shocking – Jane’s Addiction (1988)

At War With the Mystics – The Flaming Lips (2006)

Clouds Taste Metallic – The Flaming Lips (1995)

Transmissions from the Satellite Heart – The Flaming Lips (1993)

The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (1989)

 

I’m getting much deeper into the Flaming Lips catalog, beyond The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi. These 3 albums are all great. At War With the Mystics is my favorite at the moment. It’s got a lot of the same features as the two I just mentioned. Super heavy synth. I love the harmonies they put together across the album. I wasn’t too into Clouds Taste Metallic the first time around like I was the other two so we’ll see how I like it in a couple days.

 

 

 

The Stone Roses is an A+ 110% 5 stars AND it was their debut album. Gotta be one of the best debut albums ever. Standing alone, every song is amazing. There are no favorites to be had on this one. MAYBE “Shoot You Down” … maybe.the-stone-roses-628

 

I’m also working on comprising a thorough ‘best years in music’ ranking that will outline my favorite years for music.

Top 5 country artists. In honor of stagecoach.

This is my personal top 5 country artist ranking to celebrate fuckin ragecoach.

5. Luke Bryan

I would have hated myself for saying this 2 years ago but dammit Luke Bryan has some really good music. I still don’t like his voice but I can’t deny that he has a lot of great songs, especially if you are partying. Favorite Songs: “Do I” “Play it Again” and “I Don’t Want this Night to End”

4. Easton Corbin

All Over the Road is surprisingly a pretty good album. Don’t believe me? Give it a listen. He’s a little twangy but it’s ok. To me he’s a combination of Brad Paisley and George Strait (less talent though). Favorite Songs: “A Little More Country Than That” is easily his best IMO then “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and honestly “All Over the Road” is super cheesy but I love it.

3. Kenny Chesney

Whole career of great music. Nostalgic, Poignant, and lit as fuck. Favorite Songs: “The Good Stuff” and “I Go Back”

2. George Strait

The King of country is an appropriate title. The first CD I ever got for my car was a compilation called “50 Number Ones” and I can still listen to it all day long. His music takes you back to a simpler time in your own life. Although every other song is the saddest shit you’ve ever heard, it’s worth it. Strait’s music is just so honest that It’s almost off-putting at first but so beautiful when it grows on you. Favorite songs: “I Hate Everything” “I Just Want to Dance With You” “Go On” “You Look So Good In Love” “You Know Me Better Than That” and the beautiful “She’ll Leave You With a Smile”

1. Brad Paisley

Best lyricist, best guitarist, what more is there to say. Oh yeah and he kicks ass live. I wish he was going to be at stagecoach so badly. Probably going to see him this summer at the Honda Center

Top 10 Paisley Songs. 1 being the best and 10 being the “worst”

  1. Alcohol time well wasted.jpg
  2. We Danced
  3. Old Alabama
  4. She’s Everything
  5. Little Moments
  6. This is country Music
  7. Beat This Summer
  8. I’m Gonna Miss Her
  9. Then
  10. Letter To Me

 

Honorable Mentions for Artists: Zac Brown Band, Chris Young, Jason Aldean. Also I kept this modern and in the context of more contemporary coountry, so it’s missing great artists who made country albums or anything from the 60’s and 70’s like The Byrds’ “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” or the Allman Brothers Band.