20 albums you love off the top of your head


Here's a fun exercise. Not asking for your 20 favourite albums, that would require far more thought than any of us should be willing to put into it in the year 2021. Numbers aren't rankings, was just keeping count and can't be arsed to delete them manually

01. These New Puritans - Field of Reeds
02. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
03. Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
04. Goldie - Timeless
05. Aphex Twin - Classics
06. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in da Corner
07. David Bowie - Station to Station
08. The Replacements - Let It Be
09. Dean Blunt - The Redeemer
10. Men's Recovery Project - Bolides Over Basra
11. The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour
12. The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
13. Wild Beasts - Smother
14. This Heat - Deceit
15. Nas - Illmatic
16. GZA - Liquid Swords
17. The Kinks - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
18. Tricky - Maxinquaye
19. A Guy Called Gerald - Black Secret Technology
20. Scientist - The Best Dub Album in the World
Metallica - Ride the Lightning
Guns 'N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
Nirvana - Nevermind
The Offspring - Smash
Led Zeppelin - III
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Rage Against the Machine - Evil Empire
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Faith No More - The Real Thing
Alice in Chains - Dirt
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
Slayer - Reign in Blood
Weezer - Blue Album
The Doors - The Doors
The Clash - London Calling
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
David Bowie - "Heroes"
Joe Jackson - I'm the Man


man I think you're the only person I've ever seen (presumably) state a preference for "Heroes" over Low :D

I like it but don't find the second half instrumentals as memorable or compelling as they were on the latter

King Kamala

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The Beatles- Rubber Soul
KISS- Destroyer
Michael Jackson- Thriller
The Beach Boys- Love You
N*E*R*D- In Search Of...
Janet Jackson- Rhythm Nation 1814
Bryan Ferry- These Foolish Things
Bob Dylan- Desire
David Bowie- Station to Station
AC/DC- Highway to Hell
Rolling Stones- Sticky Fingers
A Tribe Called Quest- Midnight Mauraders
Weezer- Blue Album
The Band- The Last Waltz
Haim- Days Are Gone
Marvin Gaye- What's Going On?
Fountains of Wayne- self titled
Sam Cooke- Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963
The Jackson 5- Greatest Hits
Paul McCartney- McCartney II


When the Sun Drank the Weight of Water
In no particular order

Raekwon-Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
Have a Nice Life-Deathconciousness
Vangelis-Blade Runner
Manilla Road-Crystal Logic
Miles Davis-Get Up With It
Future Sound of London-Dead Cities
Cannibal Ox-The Cold Vein
David Bowie-Scary Monsters
The Ruins of Beverast-Rain Upon the Impure
Frank Zappa-The Grand Wazoo
Ka-Honor Killed the Samurai
King Crimson-In the Court of the Crimson King
Sly and the Family Stone-There's a Riot Goin' On
Swans-White Light From the Mouth of Infinity
Slayer-Seasons in the Abyss
Grouper-AIA: Alien Observer
Gentle Giant-Octopus
Tangerine Dream-Phaedra
Dizzy Gillespie-Afro

edit: I ended up replacing the Sam Cooke album since I see @King Kamala has it up
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No order? k

Quadrophenia-The Who
Tommy-The Who
This Year's Model-Elvis Costello
Velvet Underground and Nico-Velvet Underground
Hot Rats-Frank Zappa
Street Hassle-Lou Reed
Ozzmosis-Ozzy Osbourne
Hunky Dory-David Bowie
The Chronic-Dr. Dre
Rain Dogs-Tom Waits
Welcome To My Nightmare-Alice Cooper
Beggar's Banquet-Rolling Stones
California-Mr. Bungle
Abbey Road-The Beatles
Get Happy!-Elvis Costello
American 4-Johnny Cash
The Who By Numbers-The Who
Revolver-The Beatles
Alice-Tom Waits
Tim-The Replacements

King Kamala

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And you didn't even include Cracked Rear View! * **

*That might have been '94.

** for some reason, I highly doubt Hootie & The Blowfish crossed over to the UK.


Laugh This Off... Puddin'!
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Man... obviously in no order but as they come to mind (dunno if I even own more than 30 CDs, period). Doesn't help I've always been more of a "singles"/playlist type music fan than a pure album fan. Also no shock at my eclectic list. This was way harder than it should've been for me. I tried to target albums I was more intimately familiar with so it's basically a "Favorite Albums" without proper ranking.

1: Alanis Morisette - Jagged Little Pill
2: Nirvana - Nevermind
3: Nirvana - In Utero
4: The Offspring - Smash
5: Unfinished Thought - Based on Actual Events
6: Metallica - Metallica aka Black Album
7: Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory
8: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
9: Sex Pistols - Nevermind the Bullocks
10: Evanescence - Fallen
11: T.A.T.U. - 200 km/H In the Wrong Lane
12: Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstacy
13: Connie Dover - The Border of Heaven
14: Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
15: Rasputina - Thanks For the Ether
16: David Bowie - Hunky Dory
17: Garbage - Version 2.0
18: The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
19: Portishead - Dummy
20: The Beatles - Please Please Me

King Kamala

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I should've and could've included Kanye West- 808s & Heartbreak but he has been such an ass in the last 5 years that I can see why I forgot him. Although the reminders of murkiness around Michael Jackson's child molestation accusations being brought up again wasn't enough to keep him off my list (multiple times and I would've included more if I felt need not to include more than one an artist) so whatcanItellya?


  • White Zombie - Astro Creep 2000
  • Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
  • Acid Bath - Paegan Terrorism Tactics
  • New Model Army - Ghost of Cain
  • New Model Army - Thunder and Consolation
  • Skinless - Progression Towards Evil
  • Slayer - Reign in Blood
  • S.O.D. - Speak English or Die
  • The Misfits - Static Age
  • Metallica - Master of Puppets
  • Disillusion - Back to Times of Splendor
  • Suffocation - Pierced From Within
  • Gwar - Beyond Hell
  • Gwar - Lust in Space
  • Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
  • Send More Paramedics/Zombie Apocalypse - Tales Told by Dead Men
  • George Thorogood - The Baddest Of...
  • Le Matos - Turbo Kid OST
  • Nevermore - Dreaming Neon Black
  • Helloween - Better Than Raw
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Youth N Asia

(Thinking of a new title for this space)
The get up kids - something to write home about
The gaslight anthem - American slang
Michael Jackson - bad
Lucky boys confusion - commitment
Pearl Jam- vitology
REM- reckoning
The Beatles - help
Ash - free all angels
Blink 182 - dude ranch
Brian Fallon - painkillers
Warren zevon - excitable boy
Van Morrison - moondance
Better than Ezra - deluxe
Tegan and Sara - sainthood
Dance Gavin dance - artificial selection
Jimmy eat world - clarity
Bruce Springsteen - born to run
Sleater-Kinney - all hands on the bad one
The horrible Crowes - Elsie
The super happy fun club - all funned up

Could have done this quicker, but I didn’t want to double up on an artist. But I did use solo and side project stuff.

Mr. S£im Citrus

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Not twenty, and not all my favorites, but you said "off the top of your head," so:

Distance - Hikaru Utada
First Love - Hikaru Utada
Bonafide - Jon B
Songs in the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
Innervisions - Stevie Wonder
Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrissette
The Fix - Scarface
Mama Said Knock You Out - LL Cool J
Mos Def and Talib Kweli are Black Star - Mos Def and Talib Kweli
Discovery - Daft Punk
Mm.. Food - MF Doom
Off the Wall - Michael Jackson
Dynamite - Jamiroquai
Synkronized - Jamiroquai
Home Again - New Edition
Janet - Janet Jackson
All For You - Janet Jackson
Stripped - Christina Aguilera

King Kamala

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Ooh yeah. I should've remembered to put a Daft Punk album on mine. Discovery and Random Access Memories both dominated my playlists for years after they came out.


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Well shit, now I can't put Discovery down because it will be obvious. But those two albums are incredible.

Bad Brains - Bad Brains
Algiers - There Is No Year
Ulver - Bergtatt
Cryptopsy - None So Vile
Brian Eno - Before And After Science
Mobb Deep - The Infamous
Killer Mike - R.A.P. Music
Immortal - Withstand The Fall Of Time
Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album
Sleater Kinney - The Woods
Talking Heads - Fear Of Music
Nick Drake - Pink Moon
Poison Idea - Feel The Darkness
Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury
Converge - Jane Doe
The Replacements - Let It Be
!T.O.O.H. - Rad A Trest
Dark Angel - Darkness Descends
Faith No More - Angel Dust
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - The Mercy Seat


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Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to the Sky
Mogwai - Mr. Beast
Low - The Great Destroyer
Prince - Purple Rain
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III
Mastodon - Leviathan
Slayer - Reign in Blood
The Dillinger Escape Plan - Miss Machine
Dying Fetus - Destroy the Opposition
Tori Amos - Silent All These Years
AC/DC- Highway to Hell
Yoshiko Sai - Mangekyou (70's Japanese rock. It's so good!)
Megadeth - Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?

That's all I can do off the top of my head. I don't listen to a lot of music anymore. I'd could probably add another album each for Godspeed You!, Mogwai, and Prince. But I'm not sure which ones and looking would be cheating. Also missing Aphex Twin and Faith No More. Iron Maiden's gotta be on here somewhere, too. Maybe some more thrash metal?


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I forgot about Post Rock or Post Metal while making the list. Godspeed, Slint, Neurosis, Jesu, Mogwai, Sigur Ros, Isis (NOT THAT ISIS), all had albums that could've made my list if I didn't forget. There's too much music.


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Good call on Sleater-Kinney @Brocklock I probably would've said Dig Me Out or All Hands on the Bad One if I had dropped one of their albums though.
I was close on Call The Doctor, Dig Me Out, Or The Woods. I love the bigger scale and longer songs of The Woods. But, really you can't go wrong with most of their discography, although the last album was kind of eh and I don't like how the band is trending with Janet leaving.
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Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
Nina Simone - Pastel Blues
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Charles Mingus - Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Janelle Monae - Archandroid
Elliott Smith - XO
Songs: Ohia: Magnolia Electric Co.
Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
Belle & Sebastian - Tigermilk
Weird Al Yankovic - Dare To Be Stupid
Coil - Love's Secret Domain
Bob Newhart - The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart
Cat Power - Moon Pix
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate
Brian Wilson - Smile
The Kinks - Lola vs. Powerman and the Moneygoround
Pulp - Different Class
Rialto - (self titled)


When the Sun Drank the Weight of Water
Was not expecting alkeiper to be a Coil fan (this is not meant as an insult BTW. I was gonna add them, but went with Tangerine Dream at the last moment)