Okay, I was inspired by Paige, but as to the rules – I made my own.
– No classical stuff. I could do a “Sarah’s 100 Favorite Oratorios and Masses” but I would bore you all to tears.
– Stay honest. I don’t like Kelly Clarkson or Kraftwerk, I’m not that into Springsteen or Zappa and I’m not going to say I do or that I am. On the other hand I am admitting how much I truly like Marilyn Manson’s older music, and that causes me pain. I’m sorry. Please don’t tell the children that I like the worst Celtic Frost album the best. This is really a lose/lose rule.
– Don’t talk about Fight Club
– No compilations or Soundtracks. I’m okay with it if you use them. It just complicates my list too much. This was tough, since some of my favorite albums are “Greatest Hits” albums. This caused me to leave off some artists that I really love (Black Sabbath, Cat Stevens, David Bowie, The Doors, Ozzy, Cream,ABBA, The Police, Velvet Underground, Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, Alico Cooper, Adam Ant, Billy Joel etc.)
– Like Croutonboy, I just can’t live with the one CD per artist thing. If I can only choose one Alice in Chains CD, I’ll start lying about what I like, and that violates rule #2.
Anyway – here I go:
100 – R.E.M. – Automatic For the People
100 is a lot. The one on this album that always gets me is “Try Not to Breathe”. I’m a big fan of the whole counterpoint structure in in rock music and in this case it is paired with lovely/painful lyrics. I don’t really listen to a lot of R.E.M., but sometimes I think I should.
99 – Dr. Dre – The Chronic
Everybody knows why this is a good album. This was my first real exposure to West Coast rap music. It still holds up.
98 – L7 – Brinks Are Heavy
Like I said before. 100 is a lot. These get (somewhat) more reasonable near the top of the list. Gabe hates L7, but I like them. This is one of the first CD’s that I bought right after I bought a CD player. “Smell the Magic” might be a better album, but this one holds a special place in my heart.
97 – Queens of the Stone Age – Songs For the Deaf
I really enjoy Dave Grohl as a musician, as long as he isn’t singing. I don’t actually have any problem with his voice, I’m just not into the Foo Fighters. Queens of the Stone Age, on the other hand…
96 – Bob Marley & the Wailers – Talkin’ Blues
I guess this one should probably be higher, but these were tough to organize. “Walk the Proud Land” may be one of my favorite songs ever. It really showcases what made The Wailers so great. It has a phenomenal groove and I love the way the three voices fit together.
95 – The Who – Tommy
Oh crap. Is this a soundtrack? Have I already broken one of my rules? Anyway, don’t get mad, but while the musical is complete nonsense, the music is brilliant.
94 – Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
I know. Bon Jovi is kind of lame, but I listened to this album so many times in Jr. High that I had to replace the LP with a tape. Then I had to replace the tape with a CD. It is very nostalgic for me. I saw Bon Jovi live on this tour and it was my first concert ever.
93 – Soundgarden – Screaming For Life/Fopp
I think this is technically two EP’s put together on one CD, but to me it was always a whole. This was back when Soundgarden was young and it has a really raw sound.
92 – Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom – …And You?
Does anybody have any Dictators albums that they want to burn for me? I know it’s a shame that this is my only exposure to Handsome Dick Manitoba.
91 – KISS – Love Gun
At first I wasn’t going to pick one KISS album, but then I looked at the track list on this one. “Christine Sixteen”, “Plaster Caster”, “I Stole Your Love”… KISS has released so much garbage that sometimes it is hard to remember that they have written some great rock and roll songs.