100 Favourite Albums

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The 100 best albums...according to me. I'm not claiming any sort of musical authority, so this is just a list of my personal favourite releases, rather than an objective 'best albums ever'. For this reason, it is also autobiographical and likely to change in the future as new discoveries rise up the ranks. Although to be honest I can't see the top 25 ever being dislodged. The list isn't in strict order, however the top 25 are distinct from the second 25, which are distinct from the last 50. I couldn't separate them any further than that (and it would be pointless). There are a few few mixes, EPs and compilations, but it's my list so I can break the rules.

  1. Radiohead - OK Computer

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    The definition of a perfect album, from the opening psychedelic dirge of Airbag to the closing chimes of The Tourist. Songs of pre-millennium tension and isolation in a world driven by technology. A stone-cold classic.

  2. Radiohead - The Bends

    54 in vendita da 0,56 USD

    OK Computer's angstier teenage brother. Some epic guitar riffage and songs to make you fly.

  3. Oasis (2) - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?

    86 in vendita da 0,31 USD

    Every single song on the album is an anthem.

  4. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing.....

    55 in vendita da 1,24 USD

    The soundtrack to a film in your mind; worlds within worlds; repeated themes rising to the surface like bubbles in your drink in a bar at midnight in a perfect world.

  5. The Prodigy - Music For The Jilted Generation

    A deep dark beast of an album. This style has never been bettered. Chock full of absolute bangers, from the swagger of Their Law, to the frenetic rave of Voodoo People to the soaring, otherworldly Skylined.

  6. Pulp - Different Class

    109 in vendita da 1,11 USD

    Brit-pop era classic but so much more than that. Brilliantly-observed lyrics against a background of immaculately produced pop, telling tales of class war, infidelity and lost love.

  7. Blur - Parklife

    65 in vendita da 0,56 USD

    Probably Blur's most defining statement as an album. Swaggering, angular indie tunes; as British as HP sauce.

  8. Suede - Dog Man Star

    27 in vendita da 1,11 USD

    Suede's best album; darker, dirtier and sleazier than Blur, Pulp and Oasis.

  9. Oasis (2) - Definitely Maybe

    53 in vendita da 1,11 USD

    Impossible to pick between this and What's the Story. Definitely Maybe is cheekier and more wide-eyedly innocent but still packed full of anthems.

  10. Eels - Electro-Shock Blues

    90 in vendita da 1,38 USD

    Eels' best album. Tales of suicide, cancer and mental illness in small town America, stitched from a tapestry of samples and twinkling music box magic.

  11. Tricky - Maxinquaye

    Sadly Tricky never bettered this album. Dark, brooding, sexy, paranoid. His whispered vocals intertwine with Martina Topley-Bird's backed by sun-baked soul and scatchy hip-hop samples.

  12. Aphex Twin - Richard D. James Album

    32 minutes of other-worldly genius. Over 20 years on and I still don't think there's much else like it. A mad wizard summoning spirits from his music box in the woods. Organic, childlike and playful, rave tunes for pixies.

  13. Aphex Twin - Drukqs

    My first experience of Aphex and it blew my 15 year-old mind. Beat driven tracks of dazzling beauty and complexity interspersed with minimalist piano and organ pieces. The first melodic breakdown in Vordhosbn always sends shivers.

  14. Squarepusher - Go Plastic

    Squarepusher's best album. The sounds of jungle, d'n'b and garage twisted, mangled and pulled inside-out with virtuosoic complexity. Full of sick-ass beats and bass.

  15. Boards Of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children

    Not as arresting as Aphex or Squarepusher but just as much a classic. The ultimate in lo-fi electronica; scratchy beats, wistful synths and those children laughing in the background. The nostalgia engine.

  16. The Dandy Warhols - Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia

    The most accomplished album from an underrated band. A who's who array of influences from The Beatles to The Velvet Underground to The Rolling Stones. A smoky blend of grunge, punk, shoegaze, and Americana.

  17. Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman

    Underworld's best album. The soundtrack to the city at night. Karl Hyde's meandering stream of consciousness lyrics melded with insistent techno beats and keyboards taking you from the lows of loneliness and introspection to the highs of ecstatic euphoria.

  18. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

    A deranged and genius concept album about Anne Frank (maybe). Most of the time its just Jeff Magnum and an acoustic guitar, sometimes accompanied by something like a flugelhorn or a singing saw. Raw, beautiful songs that just get under your skin.

  19. The Dandy Warhols - ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down

    More hazy and sprawling than 13 Tales. Tripped out shoegaze, swirling psychedelia and hints at the more structured pop sensibilities that would come on their next album.

  20. Roots Manuva - Run Come Save Me

    Lyrical genius from Roots Manuva. Songs of weed pyschosis, religion and life in 'Skid Valley' sounding at times almost like a mystic shaman, set against a backdrop of lo-fi dutty beats.

  21. The Beta Band - The Three E.P.'s

    A sprawling collection of jams from another underrated band. Lazy, loping percussion, folksy/bluesy acoustic guitars and Steve Mason's emotive lyrics. The album is full of genius moments but just the opening Dry the Rain is enough to turn a bad day good.

  22. The Future Sound Of London - Lifeforms

    A deep trippy rainforest journey in a future London returned to the jungle. FSOL craft beautiful delicate textures from bleepy snyths and offcuts from early 90s rave and blend it with tribal and ethnic sounds. The perfect soundtrack to a trip.

  23. Kid606 - Down With The Scene

    Digi-punk mayhem; the sound of the year 1999 going through a blackhole as we emerge into the year 2000. Twisted r'n'b and pop samples fight amongst cascades of white noise and mangled beats. The sound of a Douglas Coupland novel translated into zeroes and ones and played at 180bpm.

  24. The Avalanches - Since I Left You

    Like tuning into a radio station in a place where it's always summer. One can only imagine the obsessive care it must have taken to weave together these 900 or so samples into such a magical, funny, sun-drenched journey. One of a kind.

  25. Squarepusher - Big Loada

    Only really an EP but as good as any album. The sound of Squarepusher perfecting his inimitable style of live bass guitar and virtuosic jungle.