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I think that the top 20 is a few too many, and assuming that a group's entire discography is not an option, I would go with something like this, in no particular order (top 10). These are not necessarily my favorites, but instead are albums that I think contributed significantly to the genre of rock music:

Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin IV

Black Sabbath

Black Sabbath: Paranoid

Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced

Deep Purple: In Rock

Jethro Tull: Aqualung

The Beatles: Abbey Road

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

Yes: The Yes Album

There are tons of others obviously, but these I hold in high regard.

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Well I would have to exclude Led Zeppelin because the top 8 would belong to them. In no particular order with the mood I’m in today because the list changes all of the time, so here goes:

The Tea Party - Triptych

Whitesnake - Come and Get It

Gordon Lightfoot - Sundown

The Beatles - Help

Doctors of Madness - Late Night Movies All Night Brainstorms

Frank Sinatra - Strangers In The Night

Def Leppard - Slang

Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

Mel Torme - Swingin On The Moon

Inxs - Elegantly Wasted

Cardiacs – Toyworld

The Guess Who – American Woman

Gary Glitter – Touch Me

Ministry – Land of Rape and Honey

Oasis – Standing On the Shoulders of Giants

Rolling Stones –Beggars Banquet

Big Sugar – Big Sugar

Coverdale Page – Coverdale Page

James Darren – This Ones From The Heart

Macy Gray – The ID

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In no particular order:

Led Zeppelin-The Song Remains the Same

Led Zeppelin-How the West Was Won

Led Zeppelin-Houses of the Holy

Primus-Frizzle Fry

Primus-Pork Soda

The Beatles-Rubber Soul

The Beatles-Abbey Road

The Beatles-The Beatles (White Album)


Pink Floyd-The Piper at the Gates of Dawn



Black Sabbath-Paranoid

NWA-Straight Outta Compton




The White Stripes-White Blood Cells

Led Zeppelin 1

Led Zeppelin 2

Primus-Suck on This

Primus-Green Naugahyde

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Hmmm. This is tough, but I'll give it a try. Not in any particular order. I"m sure my list would change every 20 minutes or so, but here goes:

Led Zeppelin

Black Sabbath


The Wall-Pink Floyd


Johnny Winter and Live

Cricklewood Green-Ten Years After

Tres Hombres-ZZ Top

LA Woman-Doors

FM Live-Climax Blues Band

Live at the Fillmore East-Allman Brothers Band


The Outlaws

Wheels of Fire-Cream

Band of Gypsies-Jimi Hendrix

Bridge of Sighs-Robin Trower

Rory Gallagher Live


Machine Head-Deep Purple

Grand Funk

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Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Barclay James Harvest - An Other Short Stories

David Bowie - Hunky Dory

Genesis - Foxtrot

Beatles - Revolver

Jethro Tull - Aqualung

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

Joni Mitchell - Blue

Frank Sinatra - Old Blue Eyes is Back.

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I would also say that I think that all of Led Zeppelin's albums would/should be in the top 20 (with the exception of "Coda- even though I Love that album as well).

This is in no particular order (just random albums right of the top of My mind):

Masters of Reality - Black Sabbath : After Forever/Lord of this World/Sweet Leaf

The Beatles (White Album) - The Beatles : Dear Prudence/Happiness is a Warm Gun

Get Your Wings - Aerosmith : Lord of the Thighs/Seasons of Wither

Moving Pictures - Rush : Vital Signs

Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix Experience : Castles Made of Sand/Are You Experienced?

Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden : Flight of Icarus/The Trooper

Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest : Screaming for Vengeance

2112 - Rush : 2112/Something for Nothing/Passage to Bangkok

On Through the Night - Def Leppard : When the Walls Came Tumbling Down/Hello America

Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack - Various : Hard to Choose

Grease Soundtrack - Various : Hard to Choose

Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution : Beautiful Ones/Darling Nikki

Manic Nirvana - Robert Plant : I Cried/Hard to Choose After That One

Coverdale/Page - Coverdale/Page : Hard to Choose

Disraeli Gears - Cream : Tales of Brave Ulysses

Let it Bleed - The Rolling Stones : Monkey Man

The Last in Line - DIO : The Last in Line

Powerslave - Iron Maiden: Hard to Choose

Machine Head - Deep Purple : Hard to Choose

Destroyer - Kiss: Hard to Choose

As you might have noticed I also chose the song(s) that seems to be My favorite at the time of this Post. Some were, of course, Hard to Choose...

I will have to say that My favorite Song of All-Time is.......... "The Star Spangled Banner"!!! That is a joke on My part to those that read some of the posts I post (however, I do Love the Song and its Meaning and Resonance).

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I am not going to include multiple albums from the same band, or live albums:

Physical Grafitti - Led Zeppelin

Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix

Who Are You - The Who

American Beauty - Grateful Dead

Actung Baby - U2

Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones

Yield - Pearl Jam

Siamese Dream - Smashing Pumpkins

Badmotorfinger - Soundgarden

Rated R - Queens Of The Stone Age

Force It - UFO

Bridge Of Sighs - Robin Trower

Animals - Pink Floyd

Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures

Abbey Road - The Beatles

In Step - Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble

Vol. 4 - Black Sabbath

Closer To The Edge - Yes

Morrison Hotel - The Doors

A Trick Of The Tail - Genesis

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Just a little note, I am at present reading a book on the 1001 albums you must listen to before you die......This book starts from the 50s. Most of these albums (my own included) are our own personal favourites, and most are from the 60s upwards, which isn't really the point.The thread is "Of all time" I'm sure Dean Martin, Evis, Sinatra, Tom Jones, Small Faces, Allman Bros, Zappa and thousands of others fit into the category. I am no music expert but some of the albums listed here I have never even heard of, never mind listened to.

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