Guess Again: The Top 100 Albums of All Time

My local classic rock station is  playing songs from  “The 102 best albums A-Z”. I’m listening in the car and I’m really disappointed, because it sounds just like their regular broadcast day — the  same songs from the same albums they always play.  To this, I say “Guess Again”.

So, here they are, in all their glory, according to … ME.  As always, other opinions are wanted. But in this case, I’m still right.  Why? Because it’s my list. There’s no way anybody else on the planet is going to come up with the same list.  Besides, I’m not sure if I can come up with 100 albums off the top of my head.  You can come up with your own list or gripe about mine.  I think I’m going to write them by style.  Some will be really obscure, some will be famous.

The Top 10 Rock Albums — with Classic Songs–  of All-Time:

1) ZOSO (Led Zeppelin IV) — With Stairway to Heaven and Rock and Roll

2) The Beatles — Sargeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

3) One More From the Road by Lynrd Skynrd (with the live version of Freebird)

4) Deep Purple —  Machine Head, (with Smoke On the Water)

5) The Beatles — Hey Jude — (with Hey Jude, and Revolution)

6) U2 — War –(with Sunday, Bloody, Sunday and Pride (in the Name of Love)

7) The Rolling Stones — Hot Rocks — (with Satisfaction, Jumping Jack Flash)

8) Are You Experienced? — the  Jimi Hendrix Experience

9) The Rolling Stones — Some Girls (with Miss You and Beast of Burden)

10) Kiss — Alive (with Rock and Roll All Night)

Top 10 Local Band Albums

1) Toni O K — Life in the Foodchain  (from California)

2) The Fools — World Dance Party (from Boston)

3) The Fools — Wake Up, It’s Alive!

4) The Nighthawks — (from Maryland)

5) The Nails — Mood Swing (Boston/NY)

The Top 10 Blues Albums

1) Blues Power —  Albert King (with Blues Power)

2) Recordings — Robert Johnson (with Dust My Broom, Crossroads Blues)

3) Layla and Other Love Songs — Derek and the Dominoes (with Bell-Bottom Blues)

4) Lady Sings the Blues — Billie Holliday

5) Briefcase Full of Blues — Blues Brothers (yes, really)

6) Boom Boom — John Lee Hooker

7) Move It On Over — George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers

8) Ruth Brown on Broadway — Ruth Brown (featuring “If I Can’t Sit Down On It”)

9) Got Them Old Kosmic Blues Again — Janis Joplin (featuring Turtle Blues)

10) 80 — BB King and Friends

Top 10 Country Albums

1) Hank Williams (Sr.) — Greatest Hits

2) Johnny Cash — Live From Folsom Prison

3) Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (and Friends) –Will The Circle Be Unbroken, vol.  1

4) Ray Charles (yes, that Ray Charles) — Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

5) Martina McBride — Timeless

6) Patsy Cline — Greatest Hits (w/ Crazy and Walking After Midnight)

7) Willie Nelson — Greatest Hits and Some That Will Be

8) Merle Haggard — Okie From Muskogie,  Live from Muskogie, Oklahoma

9) Jeannie C. Riley — Harper Valley PTA

10) Asleep at The Wheel — Ride With Bob

Top 10 Folk Albums

1) Bruce Springsteen — Nebraska

2) Pete Seeger — Greatest Hits

3) 10,ooo Maniacs — In My Tribe

4) Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young — Deja Vu

5) Harry Chapin — Greatest Stories Live

7) Various — No Nukes

8) Woody Guthrie — Dust Bowl Ballads

9) Joan Baez — Diamonds and Rust

10) Peter, Paul and Mary — 10 Years Together

Top 10 Soul/R&B Albums (not “rap” R&B, but old soul)

1) Isaac Hayes — Shaft movie soundtrack

2) Booker T & the MGs — Greatest Hits

3) Blues Brothers — Movie Soundtrack

4) Sam & Dave — Greatest Hits

5) Aretha Franklin — Lady Soul

6) Curtis Mayfield — Superfly,  Movie Soundtrack

7) Be Attitude: Respect Yourself — Staples Singers

8) Dusty in Memphis — Dusty Springfield

9) MFSB (mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers) — The Sound of Philadelphia

10) Live at the Apollo — James Brown

Top 10 Women-Singing Albums

1) I Love Rock and Roll — Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

2) Cowboy Junkies — The Trinity Sessions

3) The Carpenters — Greatest Hits

4) Joni Mitchell — Ladies of the Canyon

5) Bonnie Raitt — Luck of the Draw

6) Heart — Dog and Butterfly

7) Pat Benatar — Best Shots

8) Edie Brickell and New Bohemians — Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars

9) Melissa Etheridge — Yes, I Am

10) Alanis Morrissette — Jagged Little Pill

Top 10 British Albums/New Wave

1) Joe Jackson — I’m the Man

2) Joe Jackson — Look Sharp

3) Vapors — New Clear Days

4) The (English) Beat — I Just Can’t Stop It

5) The (English) Beat — Beat This!

6) Elvis Costello — This Year’s Model

7)Elvis Costello — My Aim Is True

8) Spandau Ballet — True

9) Madness — One Step Beyond

10) Madness — Absolutely

Other Stuff to Not Forget

The Who — Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy; Who’s Next; Tommy (a masterpiece!); The Kids Are Alright

Queen:  Night at the Opera, Day at the Races

Ramones:  Ramones Mania, Rock and Roll High School

The Clash: London Calling, The Clash,  Combat Rock

Anything by the Beatles, especially Abbey Road and the Beatles (aka White Album)

Elvis Presley: 40,000 Fans Can’t Be Wrong; 40 Greatest; Aloha from Hawaii

Chuck Berry: Greatest Hits, The Great 28, London Sessions

Harry Chapin:  Heads and Tales (and anything else, pretty much)

Bob Dylan: Greatest Hits (all volumes), Blood on the Tracks, Blond on Blond, Highway 51 Revisited, The Freewheeling Bob Dylan

Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive!

The Band: Music From Big Pink, The Last Waltz

The Rolling Stones: Made In the Shade

George Benson: Breezin’

Dave Brubek: Take Five

John Coltraine: he’s supposed to be great, but I don’t know as I’ve ever heard him.

Anyway, that’s all I can come up with for now, but I think it’s over 100.

Peace,

John

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3 thoughts on “Guess Again: The Top 100 Albums of All Time

  1. I’d listen to your radio station John 🙂 I loved Shooting Rubberbands at the Stars. Totally forgot about that album. Happy New Year!

  2. Man, I completely agree with you on that.

    There’s way too many suckers out there that can’t just get it.

    In fact, I was fightin with my sort of friend sean yesterday about this, and
    they wouldn’t believe me that he was wrong. Now I can just show them this blog 🙂

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