The Most Influential Albums…Again

Okay, so I caved. After ranting about the modern choices in magazines’ ‘Most Influential Albums’ lists, I made a list of my own. It contains the most influential albums from the AB (Anno Beatlesi) era, so doesn’t contain any of those on my previous list. Here they are in alphabetical order of artist name (for some reason):

  1. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  2. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  3. Beatles – Please Please Me
  4. Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
  5. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  6. Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
  7. Brian Eno – Another Green World
  8. Buffalo Springfield – Again
  9. Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
  10. Clash – The Clash
  11. Damned – Damned Damned Damned
  12. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust…
  13. Donna Summer – Four Seasons of Love
  14. Dr. Feelgood – Down by the Jetty
  15. Gang of Four – Entertainment
  16. Gary Numan and Tubeway Army – Replicas
  17. Jeff Beck – Truth
  18. Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
  19. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?
  20. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
  21. King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
  22. Kraftwerk – The Man Machine
  23. Led Zeppelin  – IV
  24. Metallica – Kill ‘Em All
  25. Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
  26. Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
  27. New York Dolls – New York Dolls
  28. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
  29. Nirvana – Nevermind
  30. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
  31. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
  32. Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
  33. REM – Murmur
  34. Replacements – Let It Be
  35. Rolling Stones  – The Rolling Stones
  36. Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure
  37. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks…
  38. Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
  39. Siouxsie and the Banshees – The Scream
  40. Sly and the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
  41. Smiths – The Smiths
  42. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
  43. Specials – The Specials
  44. Stooges – The Stooges
  45. T. Rex – Electric Warrior
  46. Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food
  47. Velvet Underground  – and Nico
  48. Walter Carlos – Switched On Bach
  49. Who – Tommy
  50. X-Ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents

It was originally just going to be a list of ten, but then I found I just couldn’t stop! I limited myself to one album per artist but I ended up with two by The Beatles, as they’re a special case. Brian Eno pops up here and there as a solo artist, band member and producer. It’s amazing how many albums were from 1967. When I have more time, I might analyse the list a little further…

[Edit: Wait, I forgot The Stone Roses, Screamadelica, The Normal, Laura Nyro…]

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