My 100 Favorite Albums

Hello! It’s me again, the old-fashioned music nerd. Believe me, I have colossal lists of rankings and best-of’s regarding modern pop, reaching from 1950 to this year, and maybe someday I’ll share those to spread awareness of the music I love. But I was bored and decided a much more elegant, simple, and reader-friendly approach was better for now. So here are the albums I gave my highest rating: A+. Almost all of them I heard before I went to college, and well before I started rating records on Twitter or writing blog posts here. Thanks to some minor tweaking here and there, I have settled on a mostly unchanging list of 100 (though one is repeated in a different format). Like I said, there is tons and tons of other music I absolutely adore that didn’t quite make this lofty standard, so hopefully that caveat will compensate for a lack of certain types of representation here.

In my eyes, A+ records are transcendent. They’re the absolute superlative best and are remarkable in at least a few respects. They’re typically era-changing, genre-defining records that are thoroughly entertaining. These are symbolic and significant, more than anything. This ranking cultivates a sense of my personal taste and preferences relating to genre and songwriting, as well as historical importance and inclusiveness. I obsessively revisit and relisten to these records, as they are my favorites. Their influence and quality are long-lived, and they can surprise and delight for a lifetime as well as demand attention on first listen.

I would hope that, depending on how literate my followers are about older music (no shame if you aren’t), this list would inspire cheer and superlatives as well as some incredulity about how [x] isn’t on here. In lieu of ranking these already magnificent records against one another, I figured it would be easy on the eyes to just list them in roughly chronological order. In addition, it’s easier on my end to just post the album art, which should be easy enough to interpret, especially since these are some of the most famous covers ever. (You may notice a lot of LPs by the greatest band in history at the beginning. Protip: That’s because they’re the greatest band in history.) Obviously, this list is subjective, although after listening to over 1500 albums, I would recommend all of these to the highest degree. Here we go! 

MY TOP 100

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pixies

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