My Top 50 Favorite Albums of All-Time

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In having a music blog, I figure it is an absolute must to have an exclusive page about my personal favorite albums of all-time.

What a process it was to narrow down to 50 albums, let alone rank them! Challenging, yes. Time consuming, yes. But totally worth it! These are some killer albums and if you have never heard these albums, you should definitely do so!

For the best 3 songs on each album on this list I provided links to listen to the song on Youtube (or Spotify if there is no useful Youtube link). Let me know what you think.

So how in the world did I narrow my favorite albums down to a top 50 and rank them? I started by going through my entire music collection (which I am proud to say is pretty vast and eclectic) and made a huge list in iTunes. This initial list was over 100 albums long – basically just albums that I have gotten into in a big way over the years. Then I started thinking of criteria that I should subject each album to so I could better narrow down the list and eventually rank them.

The criteria is as follows:

Albums that I’ve listened to a ridiculous amount of times
Albums that I would want with me if I were trapped on a deserted island
Albums that have no songs that need skipping/good from start to finish
Albums that sound like what an album should sound like
Albums that have something special about them
Albums that have consumed my life
Albums that have made an emotional attachment
Albums that have inspired me
Albums that got me through the hard times and made the best times better
Albums that I sing at the top of my lungs when singing along
Albums that mean the most to me

I also made a rule, for the purpose of making a top 50 list, that a band can only have one entry on the list because my favorite bands would probably end up dominating the list and I wanted to make it interesting.

With this criteria and new rule, I labored until I finalized the Top 50 list. I should also mention that I promised myself that I would make an honest list and not worry about what people might think. I know that everyone has an opinion so if you come to find this list and are thinking how dare I like this album more than that album, then all I have to say is “go make your own list!”

With that said, I am very proud to present my Top 50 Favorite Albums of All-time and hope that you discover some new material you might not have otherwise. That is one of the reasons I started this blog; to spread my love for music to the people. I also welcome you to post comments, opinions, and even your own top 10, top 20 or even top 50 list! Feel free to link to your own list if you have a blog – all I ask is that you link back to mine.

Enjoy!

Go to: Part 1 (Albums 50-41) >>>>>
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Skip to: Part 3 (Albums 30-21)
Skip to: Part 4 (Albums 11-20)
Skip to: Part 5 (Albums 1-10)

 

  • #50Collective Soul - Collective Soul (1995)
  • #49Metric - Fantasies (2009)
  • #48Mastodon - Crack the Skye (2009)
  • #47The Bravery - The Bravery (2005)
  • #46Avenged Sevenfold - City of Evil (2005)
  • #45Anti-Flag - The Terror State (2003)
  • #44Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell (2003)
  • #43Papa Roach - Getting Away With Murder (2004)
  • #42Foster the People - Torches (2011)
  • #41 The Black Keys - El Camino (2011)
  • #40Tiger Army - Tiger Army (1999)
  • #39Motorhead - Ace of Spades (1980)
  • #38The Strokes - Is This It? (2000)
  • #37Static-X - Wisconsin Death Trip (1999)
  • #36 Social Distortion - White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996)
  • #35No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom (1995)
  • #34Operation Ivy - Energy (1989)
  • #33The Living End - The Living End (1998)
  • #32Green Day - Dookie (1995)
  • #31Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak (2005)
  • #37Anberlin - Cities (2007)
  • #29Alt-J - An Awesome Wave (2012)
  • #28The White Stripes - White Blood Cells (2001)
  • #27Phoenix - Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009)
  • #26Black Sabbath - Paranoid (1970)
  • #25The Darkness - Permission To Land (1999)
  • #25Florence and the Machine - Ceremonials (2011)
  • #24Dio - Holy Diver (1983)
  • #23Misfits - Earth A.D. (1983)
  • #21The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives (2004)
  • #20Mercyful Fate - Don't Break the Oath (1984)
  • #19Brandon Flowers - Flamingo (2010)
  • #18The Used - The Used (2002)
  • #17Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine (1992)
  • #16Scorpions - Love At First Sting (1984)
  • #15Children of Bodom - Hate Crew Deathroll (2003)
  • #14Live - Throwing Copper (1994)
  • #13Ramones - Ramones (1976)
  • #12 System of a Down - Toxicity (2001)
  • #11Less Than Jake - Hello Rockview (1998)
  • #10AFI - Sing the Sorrow (2003)
  • #9 Alice In Chains - Dirt (1992)
  • #8In Flames - Come Clarity (2006)
  • #7Rise Against - Appeal To Reason (2008)
  • #6Rancid - ...And Out Come The Wolves (1995)
  • #5Metallica - Ride The Lightning (1984)
  • #4The Killers - Sam's Town (2006)
  • #3Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (1988)
  • #2Blindside - Silence (2004)
  • #1Offspring - Smash (1994)

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