The 50 Greatest Rock Albums

Here are the rules: No greatest hits, no compilations, no live records, no various artists, 50% of the songs have to be originals, and no artist can be in the list twice in the same band. A lot of no-brainers here. Hopefully you’ll find a few gems too.

Pet Sounds – Beach Boys – 1966

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Beatles – 1967

Velvet Underground and Nico – Velvet Underground – 1967

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix Experience – 1967

Astral Weeks – Van Morrison – 1968

Willy and the Poor Boys – Credence Clearwater Revival – 1969

Arthur – Kinks – 1969

The Gilded Palace of Sin – Flying Burrito Brothers – 1969

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel – 1970

Fun House – Stooges – 1970

There’s A Riot Goin’ On – Sly and the Family Stone – 1971

Who’s Next – Who – 1971

Exile on Main Street – Rolling Stones – 1972

Modern Lovers – Modern Lovers – 1972

New York Dolls – New York Dolls – 1973

Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan – 1974

Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen – 1975

Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols – Sex Pistols – 1977

Rocket to Russia – Ramones – 1977

Let There Be Rock – AC/DC – 1977

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac – 1977

I’m Stranded – Saints – 1977

Street Hassle – Lou Reed – 1978

52nd Street – Billy Joel – 1978

Rust Never Sleeps – Neil Young – 1979

Squeezing Out Sparks – Graham Parker – 1979

Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones – 1979

Germ Free Adolescents – X-Ray Spex – 1979

London Calling – Clash – 1980

Get Happy! – Elvis Costello – 1980

Swordfishtrombones – Tom Waits – 1983

Pleased to Meet Me – Replacements – 1987

Cuba – Silos – 1987

Sign o’ the Times – Prince – 1987

He’s Drunk + Plus, Also, Too – Scrawl – 1988

Hell’s Ditch – Pogues – 1990

I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – Sinead O’Connor – 1990

Achtung Baby – U2- 1991

Love is Murder – Michael Hall – 1992

Gentlemen – Afghan Whigs – 1993

Exile in Guyville – Liz Phair – 1993

There is No-One What Will Take Care of You – Palace Brothers – 1993

Foolish – Superchunk – 1994

The Bends – Radiohead – 1995

Dirty Three – Dirty Three – 1995

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel – 1998

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams – 1988

White Blood Cells – White Stripes – 2001

Funeral – Arcade Fire – 2004

Separation Sunday – Hold Steady – 2005

Heretic Pride – Mountain Goats – 2007

Cage the Elephant – Cage the Elephant – 2008

Aim and Ignite – Fun – 2009

21 – Adele – 2011

Strange Desire – Bleachers – 2014

Title – Meghan Trainor – 2015

Here are the rules: No greatest hits, no compilations, no live records, no various artists, at least 50% of the songs have to be originals, and no artist can be in the list twice in the same band. A lot of no-brainers here. Hopefully you’ll find a few gems too. My 2000’s suck. I know. Sue me. I’m working on it. Put in the comments any you think I missed or where I’m full of it. So here it is in chronological order. Enjoy.

Pet Sounds – Beach Boys – 1966

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Beatles – 1967

Velvet Underground and Nico – Velvet Underground – 1967

Are You Experienced? – Jimi Hendrix Experience – 1967

Astral Weeks – Van Morrison – 1968

Willy and the Poor Boys – Credence Clearwater Revival – 1969

Arthur – Kinks – 1969

The Gilded Palace of Sin – Flying Burrito Brothers – 1969

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel – 1970

Fun House – Stooges – 1970

There’s A Riot Goin’ On – Sly and the Family Stone – 1971

Who’s Next – Who – 1971

Exile on Main Street – Rolling Stones – 1972

Modern Lovers – Modern Lovers – 1972

New York Dolls – New York Dolls – 1973

Blood on the Tracks – Bob Dylan – 1974

Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen – 1975

Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols – Sex Pistols – 1977

Rocket to Russia – Ramones – 1977

Let There Be Rock – AC/DC – 1977

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac – 1977

I’m Stranded – Saints – 1977

Street Hassle – Lou Reed – 1978

52nd Street – Billy Joel – 1978

Rust Never Sleeps – Neil Young – 1979

Squeezing Out Sparks – Graham Parker – 1979

Rickie Lee Jones – Rickie Lee Jones – 1979

Germ Free Adolescents – X-Ray Spex – 1979

London Calling – Clash – 1980

Get Happy! – Elvis Costello – 1980

Swordfishtrombones – Tom Waits – 1983

Pleased to Meet Me – Replacements – 1987

Cuba – Silos – 1987

Sign o’ the Times – Prince – 1987

He’s Drunk + Plus, Also, Too – Scrawl – 1988

Hell’s Ditch – Pogues – 1990

I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – Sinead O’Connor – 1990

Achtung Baby – U2- 1991

Love is Murder – Michael Hall – 1992

Gentlemen – Afghan Whigs – 1993

Exile in Guyville – Liz Phair – 1993

There is No-One What Will Take Care of You – Palace Brothers – 1993

Foolish – Superchunk – 1994

The Bends – Radiohead – 1995

Dirty Three – Dirty Three – 1995

In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel – 1998

Car Wheels on a Gravel Road – Lucinda Williams – 1988

White Blood Cells – White Stripes – 2001

Funeral – Arcade Fire – 2004

Separation Sunday – Hold Steady – 2005

Heretic Pride – Mountain Goats – 2007

Cage the Elephant – Cage the Elephant – 2008

Aim and Ignite – Fun – 2009

21 – Adele – 2011

Strange Desire – Bleachers – 2014

Title – Meghan Trainor – 2015