Favorite Music Albums?

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On 4/29/2019 at 4:49 AM, Cave_Johnson_ said:

I'm going to limit myself a bit so that my list doesn't get too long. I may cheat a few times, but I'm going to to keep it at one album per band/artist. I probably won't include every single band I like either. Another thing I'll try to do is put my favorite song from each album.


I tried to write something about each album, but it quickly went downhill and just turned into me rambling about the band/artist in general — and sometimes the album... I'd also like to note that it's not in any order, (except for Rush, maybe).


Hemispheres, Grace Under Pressure, Counterparts, Clockwork Angels - Rush

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There's no way I could pick just one, so I tried to pick one album per decade. Here is where I'd normally explain why I love the album. I'm sure I could write an essay on what makes these four albums great/why I love them. However, I don't really have the patience to do that right now, nor will anyone read it, anyway. Instead, I will just say this: Rush is my favorite band. I consider myself lucky to have seen them live three times while they were still touring. I don't think it is an exaggeration to say that their music has changed my life. For example, attempting to learn Rush songs on guitar drove me to become better at playing it.


The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

Favorite Song: N/A


An obvious answer, I know. It was between this, Meddle, Wish You Were Here, or The Division Bell (blasphemy to some, probably). I kind of forgot that "the" was actually part of the album title. Most everyone I've talked to has just called it "Dark Side of the Moon". To me, this is not just an album, but an experience. Sure, the songs are good individually, but I feel that it must be listened to from to start to finish. That's the only way to get the full effect.


Ride the Lightning - Metallica

Favorite song: Fade to Black... or Call of Ktulu, no wait, Fight Fire With Fire... I'm not sure why I put a "favorite song" section when I can't even use it properly.


As much as I like Kill 'em All, Ride the Lightning seems like an improvement in almost every way. Master of Puppets is great too, but I've always preferred Ride the Lightning. Fight Fire With Fire, Ride the Lightning, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Fade to Black, and Trapped Under Ice are all in a row, one after the other. That just can't be beat.


Much like with Rush, trying to play these songs on guitar forced me to get better. Even though I don't listen to much metal, when I sit down with my guitar and play whatever comes to my head, it often ends up sounding like thrash metal — and that is mostly due to Ride the Lightning.


Blue Avenue - Kana Hanazawa


Favorite song: Trace


After two great albums, claire and 25, they managed to create something even better, Blue Avenue. By "they" I'm of course including the producer and studio musicians. They don't get enough credit for what they do. I often say that Hanazawa Kana has the most beautiful voice in the world, and I absolutely mean it. However, her music wouldn't be the same without the talented people behind her. From slower, somber sounding songs like "Trace" to incredibly catchy and upbeat songs like "I Love New Day" and the title track, Blue Avenue has it all. I'm not at all a music expert, but there seems to be a lot of jazz influence. I'm not really a fan of jazz, but it just works somehow. This also sets it apart from most other J-pop I've heard.


Alive & Kicking - Nana Mizuki
Favorite song: Innocent Starter or Take a Shot


J-pop tends to be all over the place genre-wise, and this album is no exception. Some may call it inconsistent, but that's what I love about it. It also helps that Mizuki Nana can sing just about any style. I have no idea how I'd order it, but she would certainly be in my top ten singers. While her first three albums were good, Alive & Kicking is on a completely different level of excellence. Not a single song sounds at all like filler; it's just one great song after the next for a whole hour. Aside from the two I already mentioned, my other favorites off the album are Fake Angel, Tears' Night, Panorama, Cherish, and Abilities.


Dirt - Alice in Chains
Favorite song: Down in a Hole


Obligatory "grunge is a made up genre" statement. Dirt is Alice in Chains at their best. If I had to describe this album with one word, it would be "dark". It is very dark, both lyrically and musically. The lesser known songs like Sickman and Hate to Feel are some of the best, though I also like Them Bones, Would, and of course Down in a Hole. My least favorite is probably Rooster, but that might be due to hearing it so many damn times on the radio.


Recipe for Hate - Bad Religion
Favorite song: American Jesus, Portrait of Authority, or Skyscraper


This was a very difficult choice. It was between Suffer, No Control, Against the Grain, Generator, and Recipe for Hate. After their comeback, Bad Religion was absolutely killing it with their late 80s/early 90s albums. Recipe for Hate was the peak of that. Don't get me wrong; all their albums are worth listening to, these are just my favorites. True North is great and I'm very excited for their new album. 


The Sufferer and the Witness - Rise Against
Favorite song: Survive


This is one of the few bands where I can say I saw their music videos on MTV when they aired. "Ready to Fall" and "Prayer of the Refugee" were my introduction to Rise Against. Both songs also happen to be on this album. The first time I saw them live is probably one of the best concerts I've been to. They played a lot of this album, and of course the highlight of that was seeing Survive played live.


After Eden - Kalafina
Favorite song: Magia or Destination Unknown


When I first heard Magia, I was blown away. After hearing it a few times, I knew I had to hear more from Kalafina. I quickly became a fan after listening to After Eden many, many times. It's not only my favorite Kalafina album, but one of my favorite albums by any band, ever. I've probably listened to the whole album over 100 times, and I never get tired of it.


Pax Vesania - Yousei Teikoku
Favorite song: Astral Dogma


With each album they released, Yousei Teikoku noticeably sounded more and more "metal". The end result is Pax Vesania, (and the two following albums) which are the culmination of that. The first song, not counting the intro is Astral Dogma, and it's a hell of a way to start an album. The album never really slows down after that; it just kicks ass non-stop for about 50 minutes. While I like Hades: The Other World and Shadow Corps(e), I feel like they're not quite as good as Pax Vesania. Shadow Corps(e) is really close though.


Love Metal - HIM


Favorite song: The Funeral of Hearts or Soul on Fire


HIM is a band I have a weird history with. I knew a few of their songs/knew about them for a long time, but it wasn't until much later that I became a fan. A few years ago, my sister was going to see them live. It was about two hours away, and it happened to be near the Blackcraft storefront. I decided to tag along, mostly because I wanted to see the Blackcraft storefront in person. In preparation for the concert I started listening to some of their albums. Given that HIM is on this list, I think what happened after that is obvious.


az you like - Yuka Iguchi
Favorite song: Hey World or Little Charm Fang


After an okay first album, I can't say I was expecting much from the second. Iguchi Yuka is one of my favorite seiyuu, so I would've listened to it regardless. However, az you like completely shattered my expectations and turned out to be really good. Green Road through Little Charm Fang is a near perfect string of songs. Of course, the rest are good too. I can't wait for her third full album, if/when it happens.


Shift - Travis Larson Band

Favorite song: Double Tap


I discovered this band purely by chance years ago at a local music festival. Since then I've bought all their albums, seen them live seven (eight? lost count at this point) times, and spoken with them quite a few times. They're a three-piece instrumental band, and damn are they good. I'm not sure exactly how to describe their sound; it's certainly rock-oriented, but there's a lot more to it than that. For anyone interested I'd highly recommend checking out the title track off Shift:

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The Seed - Narumi
Favorite song: Red Rabbit or Lunar Eclipse


I had know idea who Narumi was, nor did I know anything about the bands she was in until recently. She released a solo EP (The Seed) somewhat recently which caught my attention. Put simply, it's instrumental metal, but there is definitely some progressive influence in there. Red Rabbit is a great example of this, and also my favorite song... or Lunar Eclipse, I can't decide between the two. 


Oh yeah, and since I like to make everything about myself, I will say this: This EP is what inspired me to record my own stuff. There's a lot more to it than that; I've been thinking about doing it for a long time. The Seed is what finally convinced me, though. It really made me think, "Why don't I do this?". Obviously I'm not nearly as good as Narumi, but I'm trying. If I ever manage to finish some songs, I'll be sure to shill them here.


Here are some albums from bands/artists I haven't really listened to enough to pick a favorite album. I'm either going through their discography currently, or will get back to it eventually. Even so, I think these at least deserve a mention here:


Images and Words (and Awake) - Dream Theater
Colors of Life - Lia
A Whisper in the Thunder - Tom Griesgraber 
Disintegration - The Cure
Tyranny & Mutation - Blue Oyster Cult
Ah Via Musicom - Eric Johnson


I appreciate your input in this post. I'm glad I fully read everything and I find this as an appealing admiration to the aspect of music. Good to know I'm discovering artists I've never heard of or seen, different songs making up the studio albums or EPs and their origins. It may suck not everyone would read, but the way one puts the effort into something makes the top domination against the odds. Those are beautiful art covers or images too. Music changed my life in various ways as well. I was just a typical music listener until I was introduced to new genres, such as Rock (all sorts of Rock, be it Alternative, Synthetic, Pop, etc), Metal, Indie, etc. I, myself would've included everything in my original post, but I had some thoughts about it being a weird start for a topic or thread, but oh well. 


Looking up there I only know of Metallica and Rise Against. I never attended any concert for the musical songs or artists I know or listen to, probably because of my resident and where I live, but hopefully one day I can be part of a live audience (guaranteed they'd still be active years from now, or look up to younger bands, such as Halflives, Crashing Atlas, CHVRCHES, etc). 


Once again, thank you so much. Much respect to you. :) 


23 hours ago, johnnyjh said:
  1. All Godsmack Albums
  2. All Slipknot Albums 
  3. All Papa Roach Albums 
  4. All In This Moment Albums
  5. Metallica Ride The Lightning 
  6. Evanescence - The Fallen 
  7. All Stone Sour Albums 
  8. All Avenged Sevenfold Albums 
  9. All Disturbed Albums 
  10. All Three Days Grace Albums 
  11. All Five Finger Death Punch Albums 
  12. All Bullet For My Valentine Albums 
  13. Halestorm - The Strange Case Of 
  14. All That Remains - A War You Cannot Win 
  15. All Shinedown Albums 
  16. Every Album By Seether 


I really like too Much Music lmao 


Funny how I listen to all those mentioned (excluding to those I never got the time to, such as Metallica). I love music too man. Never thought I'd see a Halestorm shout out here (I believe The Strange Case Of is their best album, but I also love Into The Wildlife and Vicious) or Evanescence (The Fallen album is awesome and my favorite is Bring Me to Life). I have to say Thousand Foot Krutch convinced me to listen more to rock and here I am today loving it. Professional Wrestling is one my biggest prodigies/favorite hobbies, most especially WWE, as it helped me to be in good terms with all sorts of rock, so that played a role in my music life. 


Haven't listened to all Godsmack albums (only 2018's When Legend Rise and I freaking love it). Hopefully soon. I love Shinedown. All their albums are huge hits.  


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On 4/30/2019 at 9:16 AM, AFRising said:


Haha. I know, right? It was tough to choose only one album from them because I love both their self-titled album and Cosmic Egg. But with New Moon Rising, California Queen, Sundial (my personal favorite), White Feather, Far Away... I remember listening to it when it was first released and it just blew me away. I had it on repeat all the time back then and it left a long lasting impression on me personally. That's why I chose it. But it's a close one between them.


Nice to see a fellow Wolfmother fan around here, btw.

Fair enough my dude, it's a solid album.


I saw them twice, first time was I think 2008. There were these massive bushfires and we had this thing called "Sound Relief" which was basically a boatload of Aussie bands got together and played a show at the MCG and SCG where each band would have a half hour to hour long set depending on relevance and all that. So I think at this point Wolfmother only had their debut out...I think. So they played all the big singles from that album IIRC. The second time I saw them was 2010 opening for AC/DC at another sold out arena show. Both times they were fantastic, Andrew's voice live is almost 1:1 with the record, he hits those insane notes almost effortlessly. Haven't heard too much about them the last few years though.


They also actually did a song for, that features in the background of, the greatest movie of all time, Spider-Man 3. It's a blink and you'll miss it moment, in Spidey 3 about three quarts of an hour in when the crane is smashing up the building, in the background there's a rock song playing, you don't hear any vocals though, and it's in there for mayb 10 seconds when they talk over it. I didn't even notice it until years later. Good song though. It's called "Pleased to Meet You", don't remember if it was released outside of the Spider-Man 3 soundtrack though, so go check that out when you've got 5, classic Wolfmother.


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Before you read this, if at all, a little warning is in order. This represents a long time for me when it comes to music, more then three decades actually. Anyway keep reading and I hope you will find something you enjoy listening to as well.




Aerial - Kate Bush


Kate Bush's voice is probably one of the most beautiful female voices out there. And she really knows how to use her voice. She also has a great feeling for music and has always experimented with all kinds of genre. I only have a few of her albums though but I was always interested in her songs. This album however blew me away when heard it the first time. Songs like "How to be invisible", "Nocturnal" and "Aerial" alone are worth buying the album but it's also a great experience to listen to the whole thing. It's what I would call a concept album because all the song as a whole are like a paintings and not just music.



Johnny Cash - American Recordings III: Solitary Man


Great album from an artist I never took serious in all my life! What's so great of this one, and all of his "American Recordings" albums is the fact that he is covering famous contemporary songs from all kinds band and artists. "One" is a perfect example for this. It' of course a famous U2 song but his rendition is almost better or Nick Cave's song "The Mercy Seat" too. They are so amazing because it is just him and his guitar mostly, instead of the songs usual instrumentation. And his voice gives all these songs such a strong emotion. My favorite song however is "Wayfaring Stranger" which is a traditional American song about a cowboy who was shot and then buried. It's a beautiful song, which was also featured in the TV Series "Deadwood" performed by Ian McShane. Actually I confused this song with "Streets of Laredo" from another album, but it's as good as the other song.




Roger Waters of Pink Floyd fame made this exceptional album in 1992. I love every damn minute of it. It's not only the music but also the lyrics. It's actually a story about mankind and the main song is a satirical play about a bunch of aliens who came to earth when all of humankind had amused themselves to death and what they would find. I gave 10 out of 14 songs a perfect 5 star rating, and the other 4 a 4 star rating. That's how much I love this album. "Perfect Sense", "The bravery of being out of range" and "It's a miracle" are among my favorite songs of all times.



Pink Floyd - Animals


Definitely my favorite Pink Floyd album. Ok, they are all great but this one perfect. There are only five songs on it but they are fantastic in it's own right. Four of them are over 10 minutes long, with "Dogs"17 minutes long. These aren't just songs to me, they are more like a stories. The music is very experimental, but well it's Pink Floyd after all.



Ry Cooder - Crossroads


This is actually a soundtrack, and the movie got me into Blues. The movie is about Robert Johnson, a black blues man who allegedly made a deal with a devil to become a greatest guitarist and singer. There are so many legends surrounding this man. He was only 27 years when he died and he only recorded about 30 songs but his influence is still felt today. His songs were covered by so many artists, among them The Rolling Stones and  Eric Clapton to name just a few. Anyway this album is full of great blues songs, "He made a man out of me" performed by Amy Madigan, she has such a great voice. But the name giving song "Crossroads" is my favorite, which is a cover of Johnson most famous song performed by Ry Cooder and friends.



Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!!


I am a big fan of Nick Cave, so it's a bit difficult to pick on of his many great albums. But this one is truly amazing. Very down to earth rock but with his usual poetic lyrics. Every song is so full of energy you can't help yourself but crank up the volume. "More news from Nowhere" is a fine example of how powerful all of the songs really are.



The The - Dusk


My favorite album of Matt Johnson, the introduction alone is perfect. It's a very blues like album with great lyrics. "Helpline Operator" is a good example why this album is so great.



The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland


One of the most famous Gothic Rock album I think. Very moody and dark songs but still excellent. "This Corrosion" and "Flood II" are my favorites of Andrew Eldritch's work.



Grant Lee Buffalo - fuzzy


I remember hearing this song on MTV in the background. The next day I bought the album. It's a great fusion of poetry and experimental rock music. A lot of the songs are much like stories, you probably see a recurring theme in my choice of music by now, with excellent lyrics. "Jupiter and Teardrop" is such a song. It's a tragic love story that ends badly when one of them got into trouble with the law. But the music is perfect as well. Other songs I like a lot are "Wish you well" and "You just have to be crazy".



Westernhagen - Halleluja


Probably the only German rock star, at least by the time he released this album. It's also the only album I would add in my all time favorite list. Mostly because I think the German language is useless when it comes to modern lyrics or poetry. Anyway a solid rock album with great songs, very good performance as well, which is not a usual thing when it comes to German music. "SeXy" is a great song but my favorite is "Der Chor der Blöden", which means the choir of the stupid literally. It's a song about the stupidity of people or the stupid things we keep doing, I guess it sounds rather melodramatic but it's actually a satirical song.



Dire Straits - Love over Gold


A great progressive rock album by Dire Straits. "Telegraph Roads" and "Private Investigation" are among my all time favorite songs. Mark Knopfler's guitar is as always amazing but also the overall performance of the band. I love the lyrics as well, especially from "Telegraph Roads".



Marilyn Manson - mechanical animals


I guess I have a rather broad spectrum of genres when it comes to music. Manson is certainly one at the extreme end of the spectrum. But I just love his music. The powerful songs and the lyrics have such a great pull on me. But it's also Manson's artistic work which he puts into all of his music. This album is no different as it is the second installment of his rock opera/concept rock trilogy, which includes "Antichrist Superstar" and "Holywood". It's not easy to pick a favorite song for this album but I guess "Rock is dead" and "Coma White" would be it if I had to choose.



Sting - nothing like the sun


I was in what could be called my literature phase when I listened to this album all day long. The music itself is great too but the lyrics really pulled me in. Such great way with words. "English man in New York" and "They dance alone" are certainly well known songs and also my favorites, but it's "Little Wing" that I like the best. Although that's a Jimi Hendrix cover.



Tom Waits - Mule Variations


This is basically a placeholder for every Tom Waits album ever released. I simply adore everything he and his wife ever made. The lyrics, the choice of instruments, his voice! All so unexpected but outright perfect. He just doesn't writes and performs songs, he lives them. Especially on stage. He is what I would call a true artist. Certainly one of the best songwriter of all times. "Hold on" is such a song, although it's actually a rather contemporary song compared to his usual process. But it's a perfect melancholic but still cheerful song, you just got to love it. "Get behind the Mule" is more what Waits usually does, gritty and raw! Unique even! "Fillipino box spring hog" is even more weird if you are not familiar with his work. For me it's just amazing. "What's he building" is another fine example of his diversity when it comes to songwriting. It's actually more like a reading with very little music then an actual song. He tells the story of a man who is building something and someone is wondering what the hell it is that he is building. This is what poetry sounds like when combined with music, what little there is. And he is not afraid to experiment with just about every genre. He always surprises you. If one is ever going to embark on Waits musical journey, one has to be prepared for a lot of interesting but weird stuff!



Skunk Anansie - Paranoid & Sunburnt


Skunk Anansie is an extraordinary British Rock band, with a rather broad range of rock genres. It includes alternative, indie and hard rock but also alternative metal and a few other genres. What I really like about this band though is the lead singer, she is just amazing. The way she slaps you with the lyrics is phenomenal. Such an angry voice, but at the same time very talented. She can just as well sing with a soft voice when it's required. And it fits perfectly with the bands overall theme, which is protest songs in a way. They usually have a strong message behind their song and they certainly let you and everybody else know about it. "Intellectualize my blackness" is one of such song but also "And here I stand". "Charity" is probably my favorite song from this album.



Pink Floyd - p•u•l•s•e


A live album of the greatest rock band ever. It's of course a compilation but also a live performance of "The Dark side of the Moon" But that's not the reason why it's my second favorite Floyd album. It's because I was there! Not where they recorded it, but I watched them playing the same show in Germany. And it was THE BEST open air concert experience I ever had.



Prince - Sign of the times


Definitely my all time favorite album of Prince. I was a huge fan of his in the 80s and 90s. I really loved how he kept changing his musical portfolio. No album was like the others and this one was no exception. It is also regarded as his greatest album ever. It is being called a masterpiece time and time again. Every best of list is not complete without this one, and that is not me saying this. Just listen to the album and you know why everyone was and ever will be raving about this album, if you are into rock music that is. Oh, and rest in peace my hero of the 80s/90s.




A blues band from Glasgow Scotland, well it's actually a rock band. But album has blues written all over it. I was most intrigued by the guitar play of Ally McErlaine and Sharleen Spiteri voice. The songs aren't spectacular but still great rock/blues songs. My favorite songs are "I don't want a lover" and "Prayer for you".




The best album Gary Moore every recorded, rest his soul! This is a pure love letter to the Blues. And of course Moore's guitarplay is simple amazing and he certainly can sing the Blues. I actually love all the songs on this record but "Still got the Blues" is certainly among my favorites, but also "As the years go passing by" and "Oh, pretty woman". Most of the songs are also cover versions. I also watched him perform this album in a small concert hall in Mannheim/Germany. It is one of my favorite concerts to this day.




Great Irish singer/songwriter duo, by which I mean Cara Dillon and her husband Sam Lakeman. They usually arrange traditional folk song into something more modern, while still staying true to the original. And Cara's voice is mesmerizing, but also the musical performance of all the guest artists and Mr. Lakeman. "There were roses" is my favorite song, not only from this album but from all the songs I know of them. It's a sad ballad about the Irish insanity that happened during The Troubles. It is an iconic Irish folk song written by Tommy Sands, based on a true story. Other songs I love are "Falling like a Star", which is one of the few original songs by Lakeman & Dillon and their arrangement of the traditional folk song "The emigrants farewell".

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On 29.4.2019 at 11:43 PM, Sagaan said:

Tech n9ne: Killer, K.O.D,all 6's and 7's

Eazy-e: Eazy-duz-it,Eternal E

Tupac:All eyez on me,me against the world

B.I.G:life after death

Bone thugs:E.1999 Eternal,the art of war

Limp bizkit:Significant other,chocolate starfish and the hot dog flavored wather

Krayzie bone:Thug mentality 1999,Gemini: good vs evil

50 cent:Get rich or die tryin,the massacre

DmX:And then there was X,Grand champ

The game:The documentary,Doctors advocate 


Few of what I'd call my favorite and some crossover shit, but at least a little Rap in between all the other posts. Thanks for that


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Black Sabbath - Their first 5 albums, Heaven and Hell, Mob Rules, Dehumanizer

Jex Thoth - one of my favorite underground doom/psychedelic rock bands, both their albums are fantastic

Pentagram - Be Forewarned, Relentless, Day of Reckoning

Electric Wizard - Come my fanatics and their self titled

Radiohead - The Bends and Pablo Honey





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Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe


When I first listened to this album I wasn't sure what I was listening to. It was not just rock music but someone reading poetry as well. I never had such an experience before. But it's a damn fine album. Full of great rock songs but the best of it is of course the poetry of Edgar Allan Poe. "The Raven" is probably his most famous work and Parson did an amazing job creating a song about it. "A dream within a dream" is another of those songs. It starts with someone reading an interpretation of one of his poems, well it is actually a letter written by Poe as far as I know. And then the song starts, just an instrumental piece but still fantastic. I was simply mesmerized by it. "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" is another great song. But the star for me is definitely "The Fall of the House Usher" which is a five part instrumental song which also includes a part of one of Poe's poems. This album has shown me then that music is so much more then just fancy rhythms and someone singing along.



Tito & Tarantula - tarantism


A really great rock album by an American rock band. They are probably best know for "After Dark" which was feature in Rodriguez' movie "From Dusk till Dawn". But they certainly know how to make more then good rock ballads for Salma Hayek's iconic dance/vampire scene. They are heavily influenced by Mexican/American music or chicano rock. Songs that I like are "Slippin' and slidin'" and "Angry cockroaches" among others. I also had the pleasure of meeting the band when they performed life in a small club in Mannheim/Germany. Great guys all of them! Also a real shame that I lost the CD, it was signed by the band!



Guns n' Roses - Use your Illusion I & II


I knew GnR from Appetite of Destruction and their great song "Welcome to the Jungle" and I instantly liked what I heard. Use your Illusion are both such great albums, released at the same time, and certainly the best albums they made. Full of great heavy metal songs but also blues and rock songs, and a few great ballads. There are too many songs that I like to put them in here, just listen to the album!



The Verve - Urban Hymns

It's my all time favorite not just because of the great song "Bitter Sweet Symphony", but also for songs like "Lucky Man" or "Sonnet" It's certainly one of the best Britrock albums from the 90s.



Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds


First of all this is a true concept album, meaning it's a story or musical if you will. The main genre is I guess progressive rock but also symphonic rock. Secondly this is a retelling of H.G. Wells famous story "The War of the Worlds". The one where the Martians attack Earth and almost wipe out humankind only to be wiped out by bacteria! Ups spoiler alert. The story was written in 1897-98 and Jeff Wayne made a perfect rock musical out of it, although it derived a bit from the original. They hired Richard Burton to read the part of the protagonist but they also hired a few other great actors/musicians to play the rest of the cast. Among them Phil Lynott and Julie Covington and they did such a great job. Over the decades the Album was performed live a lot, with different actors/musicians. It has since spawned several iterations of the original album and even a video game. Anyway, the songs are also great. They capture all the emotions of the characters perfectly but also complement the story in an interesting way. It really is a great and rather unique album that everyone who has an interest in music should listen to, as in the entire thing and not just the songs.


Special Mentions:

Bruce Springsteen


Can't go without him when putting a list of my favorite album together, can I? But there is no real favorite album, because I love them all, or at least the one I have. For me it's like he writes his songs for me in a way. I always feel sort of connected to his kind of music and lyrics. Springsteen's music always had this interesting way about it, something that I just have to listen to.

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This is a little 5x5 I did real quick. In the future I'll go more in depth with each album. But this is how I was feeling about my top 25 favorite albums right now. I might've forgotten some albums that I like listening to more, but may have forgotten in my haste to make this post. You may notice there's a big Radiohead bias. Yes, they're my favorite band.



From left to right, top to bottom, are my favorites 1-25:


1. Kid A - Radiohead

2. Ok Computer - Radiohead

3. Illmatic - Nas

4. Loveless - My Bloody Valentine

5. Is This It - The Strokes

6. The Bends - Radiohead

7. Reasonable Doubt - Jay-Z

8. Late Registration - Kanye West

9. In Rainbows - Radiohead

10. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths

11. Either/Or - Elliott Smith

12. Ready To Die - Notorious B.I.G.

13. The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails

14. Amnesiac - Radiohead

15. Mezzanine - Massive Attack

16. Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan

17. ATLiens - OutKast

18. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division

19. Nevermind - Nirvana

20. From A Basement On A Hill - Elliott Smith

21. Marquee Moon - Television

22. Grace - Jeff Buckley

23. Scum Fuck Flower Boy - Tyler, The Creator

24. Turn On The Bright Lights - Interpol

25. The Infamous - Mobb Deep


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On 5/1/2019 at 6:45 AM, Durandal said:



The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland


One of the most famous Gothic Rock album I think. Very moody and dark songs but still excellent. "This Corrosion" and "Flood II" are my favorites of Andrew Eldritch's work.




I freaking love "This Corrosion" glad to see others who enjoy it just as much!


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On 4/28/2019 at 7:56 PM, Avatar_Of_Battle said:

And in one line this guy makes me regret my entire life for forgetting about my favorite guitarist of all time lmfao.

I really should re-listen to all of his albums. It's not likely I'll like one over Ah Via Musicom but you never know.


I really need to listen to the rest. I knew of Eric Johnson for a long time, but it wasn't until last year that I finally listened to one of his albums (Ah Via Musicom). He was going to play the whole album live, so I made sure to listen to it before the show.


On 4/30/2019 at 2:21 PM, ee28max said:

I appreciate your input in this post. I'm glad I fully read everything and I find this as an appealing admiration to the aspect of music. Good to know I'm discovering artists I've never heard of or seen, different songs making up the studio albums or EPs and their origins. It may suck not everyone would read, but the way one puts the effort into something makes the top domination against the odds. Those are beautiful art covers or images too. Music changed my life in various ways as well. I was just a typical music listener until I was introduced to new genres, such as Rock (all sorts of Rock, be it Alternative, Synthetic, Pop, etc), Metal, Indie, etc. I, myself would've included everything in my original post, but I had some thoughts about it being a weird start for a topic or thread, but oh well. 


Looking up there I only know of Metallica and Rise Against. I never attended any concert for the musical songs or artists I know or listen to, probably because of my resident and where I live, but hopefully one day I can be part of a live audience (guaranteed they'd still be active years from now, or look up to younger bands, such as Halflives, Crashing Atlas, CHVRCHES, etc). 


Once again, thank you so much. Much respect to you. :) 


Thanks for taking the time to read it. I don't expect many to read it all, but that's fine.


I think that music can certainly change lives, whether it inspires people to become musicians or otherwise. Because of my dad I started playing guitar, but it's music that made me want to keep playing.


You can always add more albums later. I'll probably be coming back to this thread periodically as I discover new music/new favorite albums. 


I guess I never thought much about it, but I'm very lucky to live in a great area for live music. If a band tours the US they usually come to the San Diego area, and if not then they at least go to LA (about two hours away depending on traffic).


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1. Metallica - Ride The Lightning

2. Machine Head - The Blackening

3. Protest The Hero - Fortress


These 3 are my favorite albums of all time.


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I'll write about my top 5 albums, then post 5 more honourable mentions below.

One album per band limit.

Alphabetical order.

Here we go.


Absolution by Muse




Muse had been my favourite band for a loooong time. It was hard to choose between Origin of Symmetry, Absolution and Black Holes and Revelations. All of these albums have some of my favourite songs, but I definitely listened to Absolution the most. And it has Hysteria, which is probably their biggest hit. Haven't listened to Muse in a while, the last two albums were disappointing.


Immersion by Pendulum




A great Drum & Bass album. Hold Your Colour and In Silico are cool too, and have awesome tracks, but Immersion works better as a complete package for me. There are some different electonic sub-genres mixed in as well, which is nice.


Infest the Rats' Nest by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard




I love King Gizzard and all of their 15 albums. They try new things, different genres, experiment with sounds, but never lose their identity. Infest the Rats' Nest is their take on the thrash metal genre, and I think they nailed it. It's heavy, fast, aggressive. It sounds great. The use of odd time signatures (like 7/4) is masterful. It's also a concept album that features the coolest plot about dying Earth, inequality, disease and space travel. The second to last song Self-Immolate is about the last survivors losing their minds and burning alive in ships in the venusian atmosphere. The music is written in a way that reflects how they feel when these crazy tornadoes spin them around non-stop. So damn cool. And the ending is just brutal, but I don't want to spoil it 😁.


The Suburbs by Arcade Fire




Very cool indie-rock record. It has sad moments, happy moments, it's full of touching melodies and lyrics and nostalgic memories you've probably never had. Absolutely magical experience. A piece of art. It also features one of my favourite songs ever: Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains). Beatiful and emotional. Love it. They also made a short fim called Scenes From the Suburbs that features song from the album. I liked it as well.


Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge by My Chemical Romace




My favourite MCR record along with The Black Parade, although I like this one a little more. Definitely a damn good emo-punk album. There was a time in my life when I would listen to it over and over. It is still my most listened album on Last.FM. Each song hits the spot, not one of them was a miss for me, which is super rare. And Gerard Way is tearing his soul apart with every word he sings like no one else. I don't listen to it very often nowadays, but it deserves the spot in my list for sure.


Honourable mentions:

The Bends by Radiohead

Midnight Boom by The Kills

Trench by Twenty One Pilots

We Started Nothing by The Ting Tings

You Could Have It So Much Better by Franz Ferdinand.

Edited by Alderriz

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Breaking Benjamin - Dear Agony

Poets of the Fall - Jealous Gods

Sick Puppies - Tri-Polar

Metallica - The Black Album

Three Days Grace - One-X

Our Waking Hour - Seconds to Save Her

Plan Three - Screaming Our Sins

Lacuna Coil - Delirium

Demon Hunter - Extremist

Beyond Words - Falling Forever

The Anix - Sleepwalker

Finding Iris - We The Moon

Slipknot - .5: The Gray Chapter

Linkin Park - Hybrid Theory

Staind - Break the Cycle


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nas - illmatic
atmosphere - you can't imagine how much fun we're having
tupac shakur - r u still down?
cro - raop
chet baker - chet baker sings
john coltrane - my favorite things
cage - for your box / movies for the blind
wu tang - 36 chambers
alien ant farm - anthology
bizzy bone - alpha and omega
cannibal ox - cold vein
childish gambino - camp
courtney barnett - double EP / 
sometimes I sit and think and sometimes I just sit
dido - no angel
john mayer - room for squares / continuum / heavier things / 
battle studies
koRn - koRn / life is peachy / follow the leader
limp bizkit - $3 bill y'all
slipknot - slipknot
spineshank - strictly diesel / height of callousness
frank ocean - nostalgia ultra
gang starr - hard to earn
krs-one - I got next
smif-n-wessun - dah shinin'
isaiah rashad - cilvia demo
spawn - soundtrack
jmt- violent by design
kooks - inside in/inside out
lakutis - 3 seashells
mac miller - macadelic / mac miller / go:od am / circles
stabbing westward - darkest days
the cure - bloodflowers
the smiths - queen is dead (*2017) / the world won't listen
ray charles - definitive
crossbreed - saints of grey ep
maverick sabre - lonely are the brave
metric - grow up and blow away
rancid - and out come the wolves
nofx - greatest songs / ribbed
flatliners - destroy to create / the great awake 
my chemical romance - I brought you my bullets / 
3 cheers for sweet revenge
exquire - lost in translation
sambomaster - wa kimi ni katarikakeru /
atarashiki nihongo rock no michi to hikari /

dizzee rascal - boy in da corner


took this crazy effort, cba to also do covers haha. 

gnyt. xoxoxoxo

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Top 5 albums is as follows:

Ride the Lightning- Metallica (1984)

Has the raw energy of Kill 'Em All but also has a more intricate songwriting process that would evolve (continuously) across Puppets, Justice, and Metallica.

Master of Reality- Black Sabbath (1971)

Showcases the varying talents of all the Sabbath members like Tony Iommi's use of the flute and guitar on Solitude, Ozzy's vocal range (Lord of this World, Solitude, Into the Void), the band's approaching a wide range of topics on their lyrics, and Bill Ward being in peak form.

Persistence of Time- Anthrax (1990)

Just simply a really good thrash album with superb instrumentalization is all I gotta say. 

The Wall- Pink Floyd (1979) Roger Waters' writing of Beginning, Climax, and Conclusion in Floyd Pinkerton's descent into depression and madness of life as a rock star truly deserves the title of a rock opera albeit with the sacrifice of the beginning of the end of one of the greatest prog rock bands of all time.

Black Flag- In My Head (1985)

Great punk rock album which greatly focuses on the theme of mental illness via Henry Rollins' howling vocals and Greg Ginn's distorted guitar effects.


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Music has been a huge influence in my life. I'll post a single album that's made the largest impact on my current musical taste.


Ed Rush & Optical - "Wormhole"


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