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So the Rolling Stone thing caused some furore and rightly so, I was surprised by some of the lowly placings (and highly for others Roll Eyes ) that some of these albums got.

Now, I could have asked each of you for a top 500, but that would've taken up way too much space and time, besides, I for one haven't heard 500 albums yet probably!!

And of course, Greatest Hits albums don't count.

1. The Beatles (White Album) The Beatles
2. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Satrdust And The Spiders From Mars David Bowie
3. The Dark Side Of The Moon Pink Floyd
4. Physical Grafitti Led Zeppelin
5. Achtung Baby U2
6. Hail To The Thief Radiohead
7. BloodSugarSexMagik Red Hot Chili Peppers
8. Welcome To Wherever You Are INXS
9. There Is Nothing Left To Lose Foo Fighters
10. Diorama Silverchair
11. Nevermind Nirvana
12. The Doors The Doors
13. Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd
14. Low David Bowie
15. Together Alone Crowded House
16. The Joshua Tree U2
17. Raw Power Iggy And The Stooges
18. Siamese Dream Smashing Pumpkins
19. Californication Red Hot Chili Peppers
20. Another Green World Brian Eno

Honourable mentions to: IV Led Zeppelin, Second Thoughts Split Enz, Elephant The White Stripes, Scary Monsters David Bowie, The Bends Radiohead, Plastic Ono Band John Lennon, Strange Days The Doors.

This list changes from time to time, as I discover new stuff, but the basis of the top 10 pretty much always stays the same. Interested to read what everyone elses lists look like.
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My list changes ALL the time. I had a look at my most played on my PC to get this list Big Grin
1. Try Whistling This - Neil Finn
2. Together Alone - Crowded House
3. One All - Neil Finn
4. Woodface - Crowded House
5.Finn Brothers - Finn Brothers

(no suprises in my top five Roll Eyes )

6. By the Way - Red Hot Chili Peppers
7. Automatic for the People - REM
8. Come Away With Me - Norah Jones
9.Joshua Tree - U2
10.Kiss me, Kiss me, kiss me - The Cure
11. Head on the Door - The Cure
12. White on Blonde - Texas
13. Californication - RH Chili Peppers
14. All that you leave behind - U2
15.Avalon - Roxy Music
16.Alanis Morrisette - Jagged Little Pill
17. White Ladder - David Gray
18.The Queen is Dead - The Smiths
19. Hatful of Hollow - the Smiths
20. Elephant - White Stripes

Not forgetting that I am the Queen of best ofs. My faves including the inevitable CH, Robert palmer and my most played at the moment 'Stepping Out' the Best of Joe Jackson Big Grin

1. queen - sheer heart attack
2. crowded house - together alone
3. marillion -
4. neil finn - one nil
5. queen - night at the opera
6. porcupine tree - in absentia
7. francis dunnery - man
8. crowded house - woodface
9. gay dad - leisurenoise
10. radiohead - the bends
11. led zeppelin - physical graffiti
12. deep purple - machine head
13. yes - close to the edge
14. jeff buckley - grace
15. marillion - brave
16. sting - all this time
17. pink floyd - dark side of the moon
18. fairport convention - liege and lief
19. genesis - foxtrot
20. white buffalo - waiting to go home

I'll live to regret this... but...

  • Neil Finn
    See Ya' Round
    Crowded House
    Temple Of Low Men
    Together Alone
    Try Whistling This
    One Nil / One All

    Split Enz
    Mental Notes
    Second Thoughts
    The Beginning Of The Enz

    The Beatles
    Rubber Soul
    Sgt. Peppers
    The White Album

    Ben Folds
    Rockin' The Suburbs (listen to still fighting it)

    Richard Ashcroft
    Urban Hymns
    Alone With Everybody

    The Alphabetchadupa

    (What's The Story) Morning Glory?

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Matchbox Twenty
    Yourself Or Someone Like You
    More Than You Think You Are

    Listen Like Thieves

    Meat Loaf
    Bat Out Of Hell

    Bon Jovi
    Destination Anywhere
    These Days
    Slippery When Wet


    The Predidents of The USA
    Self Titled

    Foo Fighters
    There Is Nothing Left To Lose (listen to ain't it the life)

    Guns N' Roses
    Apptite For Destruction
    Use your Illusion

    Alanis Morisette
    Jagged Little Pill

    Storm Front
    Round One

    The Distance To Here
    Throwing Copper

    The Who

I'm sure there are HEAPS more I've forgotten to mention.

Travis would feature twice if it weren't for them leaving their best songs off the album & having them relegated to b-sides. In fact I'd have my personal Travis b-sides compilations up there.

I also think /\/irvana's Bleach is better than Nevamind.

And I also admit to not having experienced a lot of music. I have numerous greatest hits compilations which I listen to all the time (like Lennon Legend and Wingspan, ect.) so I'll get back to you in 5 years with a better list!
1 Achtung Baby - u2
2 Kite - Kirsty MacColl
3 Automatic For The People - REM
4 Together Alone - Crowded House
5 I'm With Stupid - Aimee Mann
6 Try Whistling This - Neil Finn
7 Revolver - The Beatles
8 The Bends - Radiohead
9 A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Coldplay
10 Lost In Space - Aimee Mann
11 Tunnel of Love - Bruce Springsteen
12 Technique - New Order
13 New York - Lou Reed
14 New Adventures in Hi-fi - REM
15 Welcome To Wherever You Are - INXS
16 One Nil - Neil Finn
17 Tropical Brainstorm - Kirsty MacColl
18 Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea - PJ Harvey
19 The Red Shoes - Kate Bush
20 I'm Your Man - Leonard Cohen
good topic, nice to see you back after quite an absence Bono Smiler

ok here goes:

1. Split Enz - Time and Tide
2. Powerfinger - Vulture Street
3. Powerdfinger - Internationalist
4. INXS - Kick
5. Crowded House - Together Alone
6. Hunters And Collectors - Under One Roof
7. Beatles - White Album
8. David Bowie - Let's Dance
9. Split Enz - True Colours
10. Neil Finn - One Nil
11. Silverchair - Diorama
12. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
13. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
14. Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection
15. Neil Finn - Try Whistling This
16. Tim Finn - Escapade
17. Skyhooks - Living In The 70's
18. Bic Runga - Drive
19. Queen - Greatest Hits
20. INXS - Shabooh Shabah

ha ha, that was fun...who's next??? Smiler Big Grin
Most of my choices have already been posted - nice taste guys! So I'll just add the last few that havent been mentioned yet...

Midnite Vultures - Beck
Hour Of Bewilderbeast - Badly Drawn Boy
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
Hunky Dory - David Bowie
13 Tales From Urban Bohemia - The Dandy Warhols
Post - Bjork
The Cheap And Evil Girl - Bree Sharp
Live Through This - Hole
Originally posted by kia kaha:
[qb] (psssst... Heidi... Geddy started the other thread. Bono started this one. Smiler Cheers...) [/qb]
Yup, I was just enforcing the framework of Bono's thread earlier. Cool Oh, and sacredcow11, Bono said "Greatest Hits albums don't count". Razzer

Originally posted by Heidi in Pittsburgh:
[qb] Geddy...question...are these "Our Personal Top 20" or what we feel to be the most important or influential albums? Because to my way of thinking, those would be totally different for instance I didn't actually *like* Nevermind by Nirvana but can recognize it as one of the most important albums of the last 20 years. Thoughts? (She asks with baited breath...) [/qb]
Judging that Bono said -
"This list changes from time to time, as I discover new stuff, but the basis of the top 10 pretty much always stays the same."

I'd say he's looking for your favorites. Just my opinion though. I'll eventually get my list up. Roll Eyes
The first five are in order... the rest are just placed as I thought of them. Wink

1. Thick as a Brick - Jethro Tull
2. Beginning of the Enz - Split Enz
3. Mental Notes - Split Enz
4. A Passion Play - Jethro Tull
5. Aenima - Tool
6. In Utero - Nirvana
7. Nevermind - Nirvana
8. OK Computer - Radiohead
9. Sgt. Peppers - The Beatles
10. Aqualung - Jethro Tull
11. Stand Up - Jethro Tull
12. Be Here Now - Oasis
13. Down on the Upside - Soundgarden
14. Yield - Pearl Jam
15. Riot Act - Pearl Jam (very underrated album, imho)
16. Magical Mystery Tour - Beatles
17. Toxicity - System of a Down
18. In the Court of the Crimson King - King Crimson
19. Woodface - Crowded House (if only for She Goes On and How Will You Go)
20. Revolver - The Beatles
Originally posted by Heidi in Pittsburgh:
[qb] [OK, can stop HAMMERING me now, anytime. I'm guessing none of you have ever made a simple mistake....Jeezus! Thank God I only messed up someone's name and didn't say something outwardly CONTROVERSIAL.] [/qb]
Two words, Heidi.

"CHILL, dude."

Nobody was HAMMERING you! Dear God! CHILL!
How hard was this?! Here are twenty of my favourites.

Grace-Jeff Buckley
The White Album-The Beatles
Together Alone-CH
Aftermath-The Rolling Stones
A Northern Soul-The Verve
Try Whistling This-NF
Mezzanine-Massive Attack
The Bends-Radiohead
Other Songs-Ron Sexsmith
Human Frailty-Hunters and Collectors
Worker's Playtime-Billy Bragg
Achtung Baby-U2
One All-NF
13 Tales From Urban Bohemia - The Dandy Warhols
There Is Nothing Left To Lose-Foo Fighters
A Rush Of Blood To The Head - Coldplay
The Invisible Band-Travis
The Ramones-the Ramones

I am already thinking of some I left off. That was killer.
Like Geddy, I've been procrastinating putting my list together. But I've been making one since around the time True Colors came out (I'm an old guy) and it's changed somewhat over the years. With my only self-imposed constraint being a limit of one album per artist, here goes:

1. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars -- David Bowie
2. Abbey Road -- The Beatles
3. Temple of Low Men -- Crowded House
4. Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround -- The Kinks
5. Mott -- Mott the Hoople
6. The Idiot -- Iggy Pop
7. Tonight's the Night -- Neil Young and Crazy Horse
8. Blood on the Tracks -- Bob Dylan
9. Mental Notes (U.S.) -- Split Enz
10. Exile on Main Street -- The Rolling Stones
11. Natty Dread -- Bob Marley and the Wailers
12. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band -- John Lennon
13. What's Going On -- Marvin Gaye
14. East Side Story -- Squeeze
15. One All -- Neil Finn
16. Fables of the Reconstruction -- R.E.M.
17. King of America -- Elvis Costello
18. Wish You Were Here -- Pink Floyd
19. Tim Finn -- Tim Finn
20. The Ecleftic - 2 Sides II a Book -- Wyclef Jean

The medium has changed over my lifetime from records to CD's and so has the way most artists record and buyers listen to albums -- it's so easy to skip and resequence songs, remotely. So my list favors albums that were conceived like novels, the songs being like chapters of a book.

It's also interesting (to me) that more than half of my favorites are self-referencial about rock and roll stardom and the pop life.

Anyway, I'm enjoying these threads immensely and all of your lists. Thank you, especially, Geddy and Bono.
Well, this is the best I could do after filtering out everything but pop/rock, and without actually going through my cd collection. May the music gods forgive me. Just about anything could be swapped for something else though. Roll Eyes

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
2. Abbey Road - The Beatles
3. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
4. The White Album - The Beatles
5. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
6. Rush - Moving Pictures
7. Grace - Jeff Buckley
8. The Joshua Tree - U2
9. Together Alone - Crowded House
10. So - Peter Gabriel
11. Queen - A Night At The Opera
12. Automatic for the People � R.E.M.
13. Nothing Like the Sun � Sting
14. 52nd Street - Billy Joel
15. Temple Of Low Men - Crowded House
16. Document - R.E.M.
17. Armed Forces � Elvis Costello and the Attractions
18. Oranges and Lemons � XTC
19. Pretenders - The Pretenders
20. Discipline � King Crimson
Thanks! I very much enjoyed your list too.

The Lennon, Squeeze, and Marley on your list are right on, and dammit Marvin Gaye's What's Going On easily would have replaced U2 on my list had I been thinking.

I so wanted Temple of Low Men higher on my list too, but decisions, decisions.. Also good to see that someone else regards Tim's Tim Finn album as highly as I do.
OK... this is kinda quick and dirty, and not intended to be in exact order (i.e. #1 is not necessarily the best album I ever heard, nor is the #7 better than #15, etc. etc.)

*Beatles -- Rubber Soul
*Crowded House -- Together Alone
*Led Zeppelin -- Led Zeppelin II
*U2 -- The Joshua Tree
*Police -- Ghost In The Machine
*REM -- Life's Rich Pageant
*Otis Rush -- Right Place, Wrong Time
*Bob Dylan -- Blood On The Tracks
*Beatles -- Sgt. Pepper
*Ron Sexsmith -- Whereabouts
*Crowded House -- Woodface
*REM -- Automatic For The People
*Beastie Boys -- Paul's Boutique
*Rolling Stones -- Some Girls
*Prince -- Purple Rain (especially if you stretch the rules a little to consider that he co-wrote The Time's songs from that movie as well)
*David Gray -- White Ladder
*Jonny Lang -- Wander This World
*Tim Finn -- Say It Is So
*Neil Finn -- One All
*U2 -- Achtung Baby

Disclaimers: I have too many GH's in my collection for my own good, so while I might like, say, Elvis Costello or XTC, I wouldn't be able to pick an individual album because all I've heard so far is GH. Similarly there are some artists -- SRV springs to mind as an obvious example -- where I really like their overall body of work, but no one album quite made the cut.

Of course, ask me again tomorrow, and the whole list might be different anyway... Wink
Sam Phillips- Martinis & Bikinis
Grant Lee Buffalo- Mighty Joe Moon
Soundtrack Of Our Lives- Behind The Music
Beatles- Revolver
Crowded House- T/A
Grateful Dead- American Beauty
Sly & The Family Stone- Stand
Radiohead- Pablo Honey
Shawn Colvin- Steady On
XTC- Skylarking
Roxy Music- Avalon
Kate Bush- Hounds Of Love
Tears For Fears- (second album, can't think of name)
Waterboys- First album- can't think of title
Paul Weller- Paul Weller
The Jam- A Town Called Malice
Clash- London Calling
Spirit- ... Dr Sardonicus (don't laugh)
Split Enz- Time & Tide
My Top20 :

1.VOLUME IV - Led Zeppelin
2.SGT PEPPER - The Beatles
3.WOODFACE - Crowded House
4.OUT OF TIME - R.e.m.
5.THE BENDS - Radiohead
9.TEN - Pearl Jam
10.BORN IN THE USA - Bruce Springsteen
11.HARVEST - Neil Young
13.TIDAL - Fiona Apple
14.TOM MCRAE - Tom McRae
15.TRAP - Dead Man Ray
19.THE STONE ROSES - The Stone Roses
20.THE QUEEN IS DEAD - The Smiths
Yikes - this is tough!

In no particular order:
1. The Police � Ghost in the Machine
2. The Police � Synchronicity
3. Sting � The Dream of the Blue Turtles
4. Sting � The Soul Cages
5. Great Big Sea � Up
6. Barenaked Ladies � Gordon
7. The Waltons � Lik My Tractor
8. The Smiths � Louder Than Bombs
9. The Cure � Japanese Whispers
10. Split Enz � Time and Tide
11. Split Enz � True Colours
12. Goldenboy � Blue Swan Orchestra
13. Andy White - Speechless
14. ALT - Altitude
15. Tim Finn � Before and After
16. Tim Finn � Feeding the Gods
17. Crowded House � Temple of Low Men
18. Crowded House � Together Alone
19. Neil Finn � Try Whistling This
20. Neil Finn � One Nil
Man this is hard. Not in order because I love them all and listen to them all the time.

1 Try Whistling This - Neil Finn
2 Achtung Baby - U2
3 Black the Sun - Alex Lloyd
4 Hotel Radio - David Bridie
5 Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
6 So - Peter Gabriel
7 Diva - Annie Lennox
8 Burn to Shine - Ben Harper
9 Drive - Bic Runga
10 Savage - Eurythmics
11 A Funk Odyssey - Jamiroquai
12 Living End - Living End
13 Audioslave - Audioslave
14 Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
15 IV - Led Zeppelin
16 Polyserena - George
17 Crowded House - Crowded House
18 War - U2
19 Listen Like Theives - INXS
20 One Nil - Neil Finn
Jenn, I don't think they have to be in exact order. Others didn't rank theirs. And as some noted, the rankings move around with time -- if I were doing my list again, I'd move "King of America" up a few notches. The hard part was keeping my list down to 20!

What I like about Anselm's thread is that we keep our lists down to a managable five but are asked to comment on each choice.
Looking through my collection, I realise that I actually have enough to do the whole 20. But I have also discovered that, aside from a 11 year old Split Enz best of, I have nothing outside of Neil's Solo stuff, or Crowded House.

Anyway, here's my top-20.

1. Sergeant Pepper's etc... (The Beatles)
2. Moondance (van Morrison)
3. Afterglow (CH)
4. The Thorns (The Thorns)
5. Deja Vu (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young)
6. Unplugged (Eric Clapton)
7. 7 Worlds Collide (Neil +)
8. Please Please Me (The Beatles)
9. Woodface (CH)
10. Crosby, Stills and Nash (Crosby, Stills and Nash)
11. Supernatural (Santana)
12. Californication (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
13. Eggshells (Shawn Mullins)
14. Hopes and Fears (Keane)
15. Together Alone (CH)
16. Try Whistling This (Neil)
17. 461 Ocean Boulevard (Eric Clapton)
18. CSN (Crosby, Stills and Nash)
19. Long May You Run (The Stills-Young Band)
20. My Private Nation (Train)

Obviously, this list is likely to change as I age and have the money to expand my music collection.

I thank you.


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