Sarah’s 100 Favorite Albums of All Time (20 – 11)

For my readers that don’t give a crap about BlogHer: 20 – 11.

You can see 100 – 91 here, 90 – 81 here , 80 – 71 here, 70 – 61 here, 60 – 51 here, 50 – 41 here, 40 – 31 here and 30 – 21 here.

Rancid
20- Rancid – Rancid
Rancid. These guys take themselves way too seriously. That being said I love their music. Really, almost all of it. I even like most of Tim Armstrong, Lars Frederiksen and Matt Freeman’s side projects. This album is my favorite out of all their stuff.

pauls-boutique
19 – The Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
Maybe this should be higher. Everyone knows that this is groundbreaking, but does everyone know how good it is?

vulgar-display-of-power
18 – Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power
One time I almost got caught in a pit during “Fucking Hostile”. That was a close one.

London Calling
17 – The Clash – London Calling
For a while I didn’t get what the big deal was. Then I sat down and listened to this album three or four times. I was blown away. I got it. I get it.

Walk Among Us Misfits
16 – The Misfits – Walk Among Us
I’ve been teaching The Goon Squad to sing “20 Eyes” when they take baths. They do pretty well. Next up “Devil’s Whorehouse” “Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight?” “Nike-a-Go-Go”.

Bleach
15 – Nirvana – Bleach
“Bleach” is Nirvana’s best album. I acknowledge that I might have never heard it if it weren’t for “Nevermind” but I still like it better. It’s so gritty! I tend to really like the first albums of bands that are angry. Once they get money they lose some of the angst that really makes their music powerful.

Master of Puppets
14 – Metallica – Master of Puppets
Metallica before Cliff died. I’m not blaming Jason or Robert or anyone, I’m just saying that Metallica was a great band before Cliff died. I can still listen to this album and briefly forget “St. Anger” was written by the same people. (mostly)

Soundgarder Louder than_love
13 – Soundgarden – Louder Than Love
Alison wrote me a letter (back in 1989 when people wrote letters) and told me about this album. I’d never heard of Soundgarden. I went out and bought the tape with my babysitting money. I loved this. The radio wasn’t playing anything like this at the time. The whole “grunge” explosion was still two years away. This was one of those tapes that I played until it warped and I had to buy it again. I remember joking with Alison that I would sing “I Awake” at her wedding. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this song, trust me when I say it isn’t really appropriate for a church wedding.

sex pistols
12 – The Sex Pistols – Nevermind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
They call The Queen a moron. Who does that? And these guys did it in 1977! I love this album.

Facelift
11 – Alice In Chains – Facelift
I’ve been moving this album around on my list ever since I started this list. I really love this album. Alice in Chains when there was still a touch of glam metal in them. I could not possibly talk enough about how brilliant I think Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell were together. The harmonies blow me away. I realize that not everybody thinks about this, but they were completely groundbreaking when it came to harmonizing (using those really tight close chords and dissonance) in this type of music. Of course, no one was less surprised than I was when Layne died, but it’s still a shame.

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  1. Rancid… very nice.

  2. Another stellar group. Can’t wait to see what your number one album is.

  3. Damn right – every word – about Jerry and Layne. I hope Sap or Dirt is in the top 10.

  4. London Calling is one of my favs too and the sex pistols and paul’s boutique, well, it’s just genius.

  5. I started listening to the Beastie Boys when Ill Communication came out, and I wasn’t aware I was buying that kind of music. I just listened to that Pantera album a few days ago and hadn’t done so in a long time, and I like listening to London Calling in the car.

    I don’t think I need to share my feelings on The Misfits again, but here’s something somewhat embarrassing: The first album of theirs I bought was Famous Monsters.

    I just always assumed Bleach wasn’t worthwhile. Maybe I should reconsider. And I totally agree with the death of Cliff and the decline of the band. I don’t know what it was about him, because he was not responsible for a lot of songwriting, so I assume he was an important social factor in the band. That kind of tragedy must be so hard to deal with though and considering the circumstances, they did pretty well I think. Plus I think that bassists are the backbone of any good band, but since I already put down enough useless information in this comment, I won’t elaborate.

  6. I’m glad Paul’s Boutique made your top 20, but I probably would have put it in the top 10 personally.

  7. two of these will show up much later in my own list. What I love about you Sarah–and this is a sign of a true music afficianado–is that you don’t go for the obvious choices, but have clearly dug up the gems from a groups back catalog (i.e. all the grunge items on this list). Well played

    Still don’t get Metallica, though

  8. Your list is fabulous!

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