Sarah’s 100 Favorite Albums of All Time (80 – 71)

You can see 100 – 91 here and 90 – 81 here.

As an aside, I would like everyone to know how much it pains me to have to leave the Ramones and Ozzy off of my list. My first real exposure to the Ramones was “Ramones Mania” and once I was given all of the good stuff it is impossible to go back and pick one album. I feel the same was about Simon and Garfunkel, Cream, The Doors, Hendrix and Bowie. With Ozzy, I love him very much, but I couldn’t settle on one album. They all seem to have at least one song that is really bad. But I guess that didn’t stop me from picking Faster Pussycat earlier. Anyway, behold 80 -71:

Among the Living
80 – Anthrax – Among the Living
Several of the songs on this album were written about Stephen King stories, so being about 16 when this album came out, everything sort of came together. Plus, I really love “Caught in a Mosh”.

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79 – Ratt – Dancing Undercover
(blushing like crazy) Can we please talk about something else? Hey! Look over there!

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78 – Culture – Cumbolo
Ah. Culture. This is a tough band to get used to. They use a lot of brass that isn’t necessarily tuned exactly right. However, if you can get beyond the pitch issues there is a lot to love. 1) On the album cover they are all holding weed. That cracks me up. It’s like the picture all boys take when they are 17 years old. I love the songs “Natty Dread Naw Run” (uplifting) and “Mind Who You Beg For Help ” (the fable of the and and the cricket).

Prodigy cover
77 – The Prodigy – The Fat of the Land
I almost forgot all about this album. I think I took off “Danzig II: Lucifuge” to make room for it. I’d probably feel better if I had not just mentioned that there had originally been more than one Danzig album on my list. Oh, the shame. Anyway – Gabe and I used to have crazy dance parties to this album when we first started dating. I’m sure my downstairs neighbors were thrilled. We used to joke that our first dance at the wedding was going to be to “Smack My Bitch Up”. The whole album is really strong, but I think “Breathe” is outstanding.

Prince Purple Rain
76 – Prince – Purple Rain
Yeah, I know. This one is on everybody’s list, but it’s there for a reason. I own this on vinyl and one night we spun it backward and it really does say stuff. I think it says something like “Hello. How are you? I’m fine because I know the lord is coming to save me”, but it scared the living shit out of me anyway. (The Iron Maiden back-masking wasn’t as scary because I don’t speak German). Aw crap. This is a soundtrack too, isn’t it. I keep breaking my own rules.

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75 – Celtic Frost – Cold Lake
I know. I know. Celtic Frost fans everywhere are groaning. All three of them. This is their worst album. This is Tom Warrior’s big sell out. It’s crappy. I like it. It’s my list. I’m only humiliating myself.

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74 – Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
This is another album that is a classic for a reason. Of Course we turned this on and watched “The Wizard of Oz”. Now that I have two kids the phrase “The lunatic is in the hall” comes up a lot. I understand that a lot of people like Pink Floyd a lot more than I do, but I still really appreciate the brilliance of this album.

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73 – Dokken – Tooth and Nail
I know that Mark will tell you that “Back For the Attack” is Dokken’s finest work, but Mark is three years younger than I am. He just doesn’t understand “Heartless Heart” and “Just Got Lucky”. Dokken broke up just in time to not go down in flames when grunge came around. I would still have respect for them if they hadn’t reunited.

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72 – Live – Mental Jewelry
“The Beauty Of Gray” is a beautiful song. It is almost a folk song. I know that the single off of this album was “Pain Lies on the Riverside” but I think that it is one of the weakest tracks on here. I know that a lot of people were really into Live for about twelve minutes and then promptly forgot all about them. There is some great songwriting on this album. “Throwing Copper” is a really good record too, but I like this one better. “Mother Earth Is A Vicious Crowd” is a great song too.

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71 – Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil
I can’t type without looking. One reason is because in typing class I always got one of the typewriters with letters on the keys. Another reason is because I used to type notes to my friends instead of doing the exercises that were assigned to me. Yet another reason is that when we were supposed to be typing “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog” instead I would type “He’s the wolf screaming lonely in the night, he’s the blood stain on the stage, he’s the tear in your eye, been tempted by his lie, he’s the knife in your back, he’s rage”. So now you know that. Fantastic.

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  1. Do you have any idea how fun it is to read this list & remember listening & talking to you about music way back when? Since you’re doing all the work here, I think we’re probably enjoying this even more than you (by we, I mean Lori, Jill, Corbi, Melissa, Gabe, Allison – anyone who’s listenened to & connected with you over music within the last 25 years or so).

    For instance, do you remember the time you got into a serious argument with a family friend of ours at Cedar Point because he claimed Don Dokken wasn’t a serious singer? The nerve of him! You were so mad.

    Another for instance? I’m busting up over the notes to No. 71. Out loud laughing, with tears. Did I ever tell you about the time I did a synchronized swamming routine to Shout at the Devil? I’ll save it. This is your list & your chance at humiliation, not mine.

  2. synchronized swamming? WTF? Ah, well, you get it.

  3. Dang. I had a hard enough time coming up with a list of TEN songs that I like. A hundred top favorite albums? I don’t think I can count that high.

  4. Oh, and I just KNOW you’re saving Shooter Jennings for the top 10.

  5. Dude, your hairband tendencies are showing like flaming red hair on a polar bear. Gotta give props for the unabashed loyalty, though.

    And slow down, girl…you’ll be done before I’m even at 50.

  6. Ok, you put ANYTHING by Live before Pink FLoyd. What is that about???? I can’t wait to see the next round. I, being the totally lazy girl that I am, haven’t bothered with any of this. I would have to catalog everything first (since I am the face you see when you look up A+ personality).

  7. Shout at the Devil. Oh, you are so my friend.

  8. More good ones. I bought that Live album the day it came out on a whim (along with Teenage Fanclub’s Bandwagonesque – how I remember that is beyond me) and I’ve thought it was a masterpiece ever since. They never have done anything that’s nearly as good.

  9. Sarah- i adore this list because it’s so “you” kinda silly, kinda random, kinda cool, but somehow, it all fits.

    Rock on, girlfriend!

  10. Purple Rain was the other album that would tie for #1 with me. Enjoying this…

  11. Wow, we should totally hang out! Although I am a little dismayed at the lack of Ozzy, I think I can get over it after we go to the Laserium show together to see Dark Side of The Moon.

    Looking forward to meeting you at BlogHer!

  12. hey! just got cable today and i don’t even know where to begin catching up with da blogs. as such, i can’t come up with something pithy to say for each of your posts that i missed in the past few weeks, so instead i’ll tell you this story. after i graduated from college but before i went to grad school, i spent a year working at club med, teaching sailing. in the one suitcase i was allowed to bring, i brought with me my brand new sony discman (it was 1992 — a discman was an indulgence for sure) with portable speakers and 10 cds. one of the cds was Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon. i’m here to tell you that every single day, for eight months, i listned to that cd at least once, often multiple times. holy cow — what a dense album. except for the money song, which, eventually, got a little tedious. so, there’s my confession for today. loving your list — especially bc it is so very different from the list i would create if i had time right now to create a list like this.

    also, congrats to claudia (and you). hope the pee continues to flow into the bowl!

  13. George Lynch says:

    Rokken like Dokken!!!!

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