Wednesday, September 1, 2010

My all-time top 200 favorite inspiring albums! (sorta)

The original idea was to compile a top-ten list. That turned out to be too difficult to accomplish. My influences are way too wide and varied to capture it in ten albums. So I went for top-twenty and well as you can see it eventually turned into my top-two hundred! Still an extremely difficult task and honestly depending on my mood I'm sure these rankings would differ frequently. I challenge you to give a good 'go' at it.

  1. 1. Back In Black -AC/DC
  2. 2. Obscured By Clouds -Pink Floyd
  3. 3. Skull N' Roses -Grateful Dead
  4. 4. Eat A Peach -Allman Brothers Band
  5. 5. Bat Out Of Hell -Meat Loaf
  6. 6. Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs -Derek & The Dominoes
  7. 7. Houses Of The Holy -Led Zeppelin
  8. 8. For Everyman -Jackson Browne
  9. 9. Dark Side Of The Moon -Pink Floyd
  10. 10. Waiting For Columbus -Little Feat

  11. 11. The Last Waltz -The Band
  12. 12. The Harder They Come Soundtrack -Jimmy Cliff
  13. 13. Abby Road -The Beatles
  14. 14. Workingman’s Dead -Grateful Dead
  15. 15. Live At Budakon -Bob Dylan
  16. 16. The Healing Game -Van Morrison
  17. 17. Highway 61 -Bob Dylan
  18. 18. Naturally -JJ Cale
  19. 19. Maggot Brain -Funkadelic
  20. 20. Exile On Main Street -The Rolling Stones

  21. 21. Blood On The Tracks -Bob Dylan
  22. 22. Blizzard Of Oz -Ozzy Osborne
  23. 23. Animals -Pink Floyd
  24. 24. Band Of Gypsys -Jimi Hendrix Experience
  25. 25. Babylon By Bus -Bob Marley & The Wailers

  26. 26. 461 Ocean Blvd. -Eric Clapton
  27. 27. So Long So Wrong -Alison Krauss & Union Station
  28. 28. Remain In Light -Talking Heads
  29. 29. Astral Weeks -Van Morrison
  30. 30. Live At The Fillmore East -Allman Brothers Band
  31. 31. Led Zeppelin IV -Led Zeppelin
  32. 32. Deja Vu -Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  33. 33. Troubadour -JJ Cale
  34. 34. ’74 Jailbreak -AC/DC
  35. 35. Cheap Thrills -Big Brother & The Holding Company
  36. 36. Shakedown Street -Grateful Dead
  37. 37. Point Of Entry -Judas Priest
  38. 38. Nature Of The Beast -April Wine
  39. 39. Moondance -Van Morrison
  40. 40. Highway To Hell -AC/DC
  41. 41. Pearl -Janis Joplin
  42. 42. Alive! -Kiss
  43. 43. Rumors -Fleetwood Mac
  44. 44. Really -JJ Cale
  45. 45. Foreigner 4 -Foreigner
  46. 46. Zebra -Zebra
  47. 47. Moving Pictures -Rush
  48. 48. I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll -Joan Jett
  49. 49. High ‘N’ Dry -Def Leppard
  50. 50. Electric Ladyland -Jimi Hendrix Experience

  51. 51. Changesonebowie -David Bowie
  52. 52. Led Zeppelin III -Led Zeppelin
  53. 53. Diary Of a Madman -Ozzy Osbourne
  54. 54. Surrealistic Pillow -Jefferson Airplane
  55. 55. American Beauty -Grateful Dead
  56. 56. Sticky Fingers -The Rolling Stones
  57. 57. Blind Faith -Blind Faith
  58. 58. 77 -Talking Heads
  59. 59. Live After Death -Iron Maiden
  60. 60. Old And In The Way -Old And In The Way
  61. 61. Imaginos -Blue Oyster Cult
  62. 62. Bark At The Moon -Ozzy Osbourne
  63. 63. Terrapin Station -Grateful Dead
  64. 64. Something/Anything? -Todd Rundgren
  65. 65. Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home -Taj Mahal
  66. 66. Court and Spark -Joni Mitchell
  67. 67. Stop Making Sense -Talking Heads
  68. 68. At Folsom Prison -Johnny Cash
  69. 69. Live At The Grand Opera House -Van Morrison
  70. 70. Road to Ruin -The Ramones
  71. 71. Ra -Utopia
  72. 72. The Wall -Pink Floyd
  73. 73. Are You Experienced? -Jimi Hendrix Experience
  74. 74. Aretha Live at Fillmore West -Aretha Franklin
  75. 75. Running On Empty -Jackson Browne

  76. 76. Axis: Bold As Love -Jimi Hendrix Experience
  77. 77. Tupelo Honey -Van Morrison
  78. 78. Speaking In Tongues -Talking Heads
  79. 79. Couldn’t Stand the Weather -Stevie Ray Vaughan
  80. 80. Blows Against The Empire -Jefferson Starship
  81. 81. Pyromania -Def Leppard
  82. 82. Greatest Hits -James Taylor
  83. 83. Black Sabbath Vol. 4 -Black Sabbath
  84. 84. Sports -Huey Lewis & The News
  85. 85. Saturate Before Using -Jackson Browne
  86. 86. The Best of Blondie -Blondie
  87. 87. G N’ R Lies -Guns N’ Roses
  88. 88. Tattoo You -The Rolling Stones
  89. 89. Full Moon Fever -Tom Petty
  90. 90. Shout At The Devil -Motley Crue
  91. 91. Alive II -Kiss
  92. 92. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band -The Beatles
  93. 93. Blues For Allah -Grateful Dead
  94. 94. Let It Be -The Beatles
  95. 95. The Slider -T. Rex
  96. 96. Greetings From Asbury Park, NJ -Bruce Springsteen
  97. 97. Dreamboat Annie -Heart
  98. 98. Dynasty -Kiss
  99. 99. Tapestry -Carole King
  100. 100. Allied Forces -Triumph

  101. 101. Rock ‘n’ Roll High School Soundtrack -The Ramones
  102. 102. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath -Black Sabbath
  103. 103. Lost In Love -Air Supply
  104. 104. Who’s Next -The Who
  105. 105. Toys In The Attic -Aerosmith
  106. 106. Pay The Devil -Van Morrison
  107. 107. Appetite For Destruction -Guns N’ Roses
  108. 108. Subterranean Jungle -The Ramones
  109. 109. Tommy -The Who
  110. 110. Long Live Rock ‘n’ Roll -Rainbow
  111. 111. White Album -The Beatles
  112. 112. Born Again -Black Sabbath
  113. 113. Quadrophenia -The Who
  114. 114. Live at Watkins Glen -The Band
  115. 115. Very Best of Cream -Cream
  116. 116. Freeze Frame -J. Geils Band
  117. 117. Nebraska -Bruce Springsteen
  118. 118. Seven Turns -Allman Brothers Band
  119. 119. Late For The Sky -Jackson Browne
  120. 120. The Last In Line -Dio
  121. 121. Extraterrestrial Live -Blue Oyster Cult
  122. 122. Shades Of Two Worlds -Allman Brothers Band
  123. 123. Born To Run -Bruce Springsteen
  124. 124. Jerry Garcia Band (Live) -Jerry Garcia Band
  125. 125. Free-for-All -Ted Nugent

  126. 126. Gov’t Mule -Gov’t Mule
  127. 127. The Soft Parade -The Doors
  128. 128. Dire Straits -Dire Straits
  129. 129. Music From Big Pink -The Band
  130. 130. Made In Japan -Deep Purple
  131. 131. Electric Warrior -T. Rex
  132. 132. Meddle -Pink Floyd
  133. 133. Evangeline -Emmy Lou Harris
  134. 134. Wish You Were Here -Pink Floyd
  135. 135. We're Only In It For The Money -Frank Zappa
  136. 136. Machine Head -Deep Purple
  137. 137. Slide It In -Whitesnake
  138. 138. Led Zeppelin II -Led Zeppelin
  139. 139. Never Mind The Bullocks -The Sex Pistols
  140. 140. Fire Of Unknown Origin -Blue Oyster Cult
  141. 141. Powerage -AC/DC
  142. 142. Closing Time -Tom Waits
  143. 143. Flexible -Steve Vai
  144. 144. Back At The Chicken Shack -Jimmy Smith
  145. 145. Physical Graffiti -Led Zeppelin
  146. 146. As Recorded At Madison Square Garden -Elvis Presley
  147. 147. Blood Sugar Sex Magik -Red Hot Chili Peppers
  148. 148. Led Zeppelin -Led Zeppelin
  149. 149. Master Of Puppets -Metallica
  150. 150. Women And Children First -Van Halen

  151. 151. Live at Leeds -The Who
  152. 152. Love -The Cult
  153. 153. The Pretender -Jackson Browne
  154. 154. Weird Scenes Inside The Gold Mine -The Doors
  155. 155. Tres Hombres -ZZ Top
  156. 156. Ummagumma -Pink Floyd
  157. 157. True Democracy -Steel Pulse
  158. 158. Slowhand -Eric Clapton
  159. 159. Let There Be Rock -AC/DC
  160. 160. The Mob Rules -Black Sabbath
  161. 161. Blow By Blow -Jeff Beck
  162. 162. The Song Remains The Same -Led Zeppelin
  163. 163. Electric -The Cult
  164. 164. Too Fast For Love -Motley Crue
  165. 165. Van Halen -Van Halen
  166. 166. Eliminator -ZZ Top
  167. 167. Discipline -King Crimson
  168. 168. Combat Rock -The Clash
  169. 169. Europe '72 -Grateful Dead
  170. 169. Love At First Sting -The Scorpions
  171. 170. Metal Health -Quiet Riot
  172. 171. Graceland -Paul Simon
  173. 172. Trick or Treat Soundtrack -Fastway
  174. 173. Ride The Lightning -Metallica
  175. 174. Holy Diver -Dio
  176. 175. Unleashed In The East -Judas Priest
  177. 176. Live From Austin -Delbert McClinton
  178. 177. Van Halen II -Van Halen
  179. 178. Greatest Hits -Jim Croce
  180. 179. Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap) -AC/DC
  181. 180. Prime Prine -John Prine
  182. 181. Beggar's Banquet -The Rolling Stones
  183. 182. Atom Heart Mother -Pink Floyd
  184. 183. Mothership Connection -Parliament Funkadelic
  185. 184. Sailin' Shoes -Little Feat
  186. 185. From The Mars Hotel -Grateful Dead
  187. 186. Nearly Human -Todd Rundgren
  188. 187. Peace Of Mind -Iron Maiden
  189. 188. The Best Of -Hall & Oates
  190. 189. Frampton Comes Alive -Peter Frampton
  191. 190. Its' Naz -Nazareth
  192. 191. Mad Dogs And Englishmen -Joe Cocker
  193. 192. Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley -Robert Palmer
  194. 193. Imagine -John Lennon
  195. 194. Bad Attitude -Meat Loaf
  196. 195. Dancin' on The Edge -Lita Ford
  197. 196. In The Dark -Grateful Dead
  198. 197. Repo Man Soundtrack -Various Artists
  199. 198. 3.V -Zebra
  200. 199. Lark's Tongues In Aspic -King Crimson
  201. 200. Morrison Hotel -The Doors


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