Ta-Da! The final 10. This was the hardest part of the list. I rearranged the top 8 songs almost every day since I have started this list. Also, Gabe pointed out to me yesterday he couldn’t believe that The Stooges self titled album wasn’t on here since I listen to it so much. All I can say is that at one time it was here and it some how got lost. It should be in my 11 – 20 and everything else should shift down one. I don’t know what happened. I also somehow left off The Pietasters “Strapped Live”. It should be more in the 50’s. Oh well. Here goes…
10 – Sepultura – Chaos A.D.
I absolutely love this CD. I love the tribal style drums that Igor Cavalera plays on this album. This is (in my opinion) Sepultura’s best recording by far. “Refuse/Resist” and “Territory” are both the singles and my favorite tracks and Jello Biafra wrote the lyrics on “Biotech is Godzilla”.
9 – Blur – Leisure
I have spent a lot of time thinking about it, and I just can’t put my finger on what it is about this album that I love so much. It isn’t my typical thing. This CD isn’t heavy or angry or anything like that, but I can listen to it over and over and over.
8 – Pearl Jam – Ten
Oh “Ten”. Pearl Jam before we knew that Eddie Vedder was a jackass. I still love the song “Alive” almost as much as I did the first time I heard it on the radio. “Deep” is a fantastic song.
7 – System of a Down – Toxicity
Wow. I know it’s the first single but “Chop Suey”. Wow. Also “Forest”. This album had great harmonies, great guitar work, and crazy time changes. It was unlike anything I knew at the time it came out.
6 – Marilyn Manson – Portrait of an American Family
Soooooooo angry. Soooooooo heavy. This band used to be great. Before this album came out, I used to see these guys around the clubs occasionally in Tampa (they’re from South Florida) and they used to carry lunch boxes, wear bowling shoes and striped knee socks and wear some sort of Hello Kitty perfume. I always thought they were a bunch of tools. Then on New Years Eve 1993/1994 I saw them play live. I was completely blown away. I’ve seen them several times since then and they were on a slow decline for at least 10 years. Now I don’t even pay attention to them anymore. Still – I love this album so much that I can’t even pick a favorite song.
5 – The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
This was the first album I ever stole from the internet. I didn’t even know the album cover looked like this until I put this picture here. There was a month or two where this was pretty much all I listened to. The songs are all so different from each other.
4 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood, Sugar, Sex, Magik
One night I was watching “120 Minutes” and I saw the video for “Give it Away”. The very next day I went to the store and bought this tape. (Yes, tape. It was 1991, I was in college, leave me alone.) I ruined this tape from overplaying it – twice. I have bought it three times on CD (I think someone stole it from me just to see if I would notice it was missing), making it very expensive for me.
3 – Alice In Chains – Dirt
This could have easily been #1. I like almost everything about this album. I like it for completely different reasons now from the reasons I liked it in 1992. Back then “God Smack” was my favorite song. I loved it for the heaviness. In 1999 my favorite song was “Junkhead” because of the harmonies. Now it’s probably “Dirt” for the lyrics. I could go on for days about how much I love Alice in Chains, but I’ve got two more to go.
2 – Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine
It’s more than just a bunch of great songs. It’s a journey through Trent Reznor’s really unhealthy relationship.
1 – Guns N Roses – Appetite For Destruction
I spent a lot of time rearranging my top ten. For a long time I had “Pretty Hate Machine” in this slot. It just didn’t seem right. This is my “If you were stranded on a desert island and could only take one CD…”. There aren’t any bad songs, I even like the ballads. It’s a perfect rock n roll album.