Armo's top favorite albums

By Armoreska Armoreska
updated 5 days ago

picked out of thousands, here be my 331 favorite music albums so far (no pure compilations included)
top 26 is ranked, by tracks as well, the rest unranked

Per-decade breakdown (+current fav album):
40s: 0 (Woody Guthrie - Dust Bowl Ballads)
50s: 2 (Calypso)
60s: 31 (Electric Ladyland)
70s: 76 (The Wall)
80s: 91 (Critical Beatdown)
90s: 75 (Decksandrumsandrockandroll)
00s: 53 (Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars)
10s: 3 (Innocents)
The very top is dominated by the 90s albums tho

Artists with more than 2 albums:
Vangelis: 8.5 (1 as a member of Aphrodite's Child)
Fatboy Slim: 6.5 (1 as a member of Pizzaman)
Michael Cretu/Enigma: 5-7 (5 as a member of Enigma, 1 as a producer for Andru Donalds and 1 separately)
Michael Jackson: 5
Rhys Fulber (Conjure One): 5 (4 as a member of Delerium/FLA, including one as Intermix)
Ennio Morricone: 4.5 (4 tracks on Dove Vai In Vacanza)
Brian Eno: 4.5 (incl Talking Heads, U2, Devo as 3x0.5, not incl Bowie)
Depeche Mode: 4
James Brown: 4
Kate Bush: 4
Moby: 4
Pink Floyd: 4
Prodigy: 4
Rolling Stones: 4
Enya: 3
Led Zeppelin: 3
Parliament-Funkadelic: 3
Santana: 3
Giorgio Moroder: 2.5 (most tracks on Flashdance)

  1. Propellerheads - Decksandrumsandrockandroll

    let's rank:
    1. Velvet Pants - all-time 500 material
    2. Spybreak! - all-time 1000 material
    3. Bang On!
    4. Take California
    5. Winning Style - all-time 2000 material
    6. Bigger?
    7. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
    8. History Repeating
    9. Echo And Bounce
    10. Better?
    11. A Number of Microphones - interlude
    12. Cominagetcha - strong tracks
    13. Oh Yeah? - nah, not a fan

  2. Fatboy Slim - Halfway Between The Gutter And The Stars

    let's rank:
    1. Ya Mama (Push The Tempo) - all-time 100 material
    2. Sunset (Bird Of Prey)
    3. Weapon Of Choice - all-time 500 material
    4. Drop The Hate
    5. Demons - all-time 1000 material
    6. Star 69
    7. Love Life - all-time 2000 material
    8. Mad Flava
    9. Talkin' Bout My Baby
    10. Retox - strong tracks
    11. Song For Shelter - I don't even like it but the remix is the greatest

  3. Vangelis - Voices

    let's rank:
    1. Come To Me
    2. Voices - all-time 100 material
    3. Ask The Mountains - all-time 1000 material
    4. Echoes
    5. Messages - all-time 2000 material
    6. Losing Sleep (Still, My Heart)
    7. Prelude
    8. P.S. - strong tracks even though two of them have filler titles!
    9. Dream In An Open Place - ambient closer

  4. Fatboy Slim - You've Come A Long Way, Baby

    let's rank:
    1. Right Here Right Now - all-time top 5
    2. Build It Up – Tear It Down
    3. Gangster Tripping - all-time top 2000
    4. Kalifornia
    5. Fucking in Heaven
    6. Love Island
    7. Praise You
    8. The World Went Down
    9. Soul Surfing
    10. Acid 8000
    11. You're Not From Brighton - strong tracks
    12. The Rockafeller Skank
    13. How Could They Hear Us - don't like em

  5. Fatboy Slim - On The Floor At The Boutique

    let's rank:
    1. Jungle Brothers - Because I Got It Like That (Stereo MC's Ultimatum Mix)
    2. Michael Jackson - all-time 500 material
    3. Deeds Plus Thoughts - The World's Made Up Of This & That
    4. DJ Tonka - Phun-ky - all-time 2000 material
    5. CLS - Can You Feel It?
    6. Mr. Natural - That Green Jesus
    7. Cirrus - Break In
    8. Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns - Discositdown
    9. Hardknox - Psychopath
    10. Clockwork Voodoo Freaks - Deaf Mick's Throwdown - strong additions
    11. Cut And Paste - Forget It
    12. Christopher Just - I'm A Disco Dancer
    13. Bassbin Twins - Vol 1 Side 2 Track 2
    14. Psychedeliasmith - Give Me My Auger Back
    15. Cut La Roc - Post Punk Progression
    16. Aldo Bender - Acid Enlightenment
    17. Everybody In The House - average additions
    18. Incredible Bongo Band - Apache
    19. The Rockafeller Skank - weak additions tho Apache is top 500

  6. Daft Punk - Discovery

    let's rank:
    1. Face to Face
    2. One More Time
    3. Harder Better Faster Stronger - all-time 2000 material
    4. Something About Us
    5. Aerodynamic
    6. Crescendolls
    7. Superheroes
    8. Voyager
    9. Short Circuit
    10. Digital Love - strong tracks
    11. Too Long
    12. Veridis Quo - title track?
    13. High Life - average tracks
    14. Nightvision - interlude (I'm Not In Love)

  7. Hybrid - Remix And Additional Production By...

    let's rank these remixes:
    1. Filter - Take A Picture
    2. Energy 52 - Cafe Del Mar (Time Traveller Remix) - all-time 500 material
    3. BT - Never Gonna Come Back Down (Breaktek Mix)
    4. Moby - Bodyrock (Bodyshock Remix)
    5. Andreas Johnson - Glorious
    6. Future Sound Of London - Papua New Guinea - the original is already all-time 100
    7. DJ Rap - Bad Girl
    8. Jaded Little Pill - Accelerator - strong tracks
    9. Monk & Canatella - Enter The Monk (Electrotek Club Mix)
    10. Vernon's Wonderland - Vernon's Wonderland (Matrix Dub) - filler

  8. Enigma - The Cross Of Changes

    let's rank:
    1. I Love You I'll Kill You
    2. Silent Warrior - all-time 100 material
    3. Age Of Loneliness (Carly's Song) - all-time 500 material
    4. Return To Innocence
    5. The Eyes Of Truth - all-time 2000 material
    6. The Dream Of The Dolphin
    7. Out From The Deep - strong tracks
    8. Second Chapter ("to clear the debts of many many 100 years") - smooth intro (into The Eyes of Truth)
    9. The Cross Of Changes ("the universe of justice watching you") - outro

  9. Michael Jackson - Dangerous

    let's rank:
    1. Dangerous - (former #1 - in the 90s)
    2. She Drives Me Wild - all-time 500 material
    3. Who Is It - all-time 1000 material (former top 10)
    4. In The Closet
    5. Heal The World
    6. Will You Be There (former top 10)
    7. Black Or White
    8. Give In To Me (used to dislike it)
    9. Jam - all-time 2000 material
    10. Remember The Time
    11. Why You Wanna Trip On Me - strong tracks
    12. Keep The Faith
    13. Gone Too Soon
    14. Can't Let Her Get Away - average

  10. Daft Punk - Homework

    let's rank:
    1. Around The World - all-time 500 material
    2. Alive - all-time 2000 material
    3. Revolution 909
    4. Rollin' and Scratchin'
    5. Da Funk
    6. Burnin'
    7. Indo Silver Club
    8. Oh Yeah - strong tracks
    9. Rock'n Roll
    10. Fresh
    11. High Fidelity
    12. Phoenix
    13. Teachers - average tracks
    14. Daftendirekt - prelude
    15. WDPK 83.7 FM - intro
    16. Funk Ad - reversed Da Funk snippet

  11. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

    let's rank:
    1. Take Me Out - all-time 500 material
    2. Tell Her Tonight - all-time 2000 material
    3. Jacqueline ("It's always better on holiday")
    4. The Dark of the Matinee
    5. 40'
    6. This Fire
    7. Come on Home
    8. Darts of Pleasure ("Ich heisse Superfantastisch")
    9. Cheating on You
    10. Auf Achse ("She's not so special") - amazing
    11. Michael

  12. Def Leppard - Hysteria

    let's rank:
    1. Pour Some Sugar On Me
    2. Love Bites - all-time 500 material
    3. Animal - all-time 2000 material
    4. Rocket
    5. Hysteria
    6. Women
    7. Armageddon It - these collectively launch album into top 25
    8. Run Riot
    9. Gods Of War
    10. Excitable - strong tracks
    11. Don't Shoot Shotgun
    12. Love And Affection - dragging it down

  13. Vangelis - Blade Runner

    let's rank:
    1. Blade Runner Blues
    2. End Titles - all-time 500 material
    3. Memories Of Green
    4. Prologue And Main Titles - all-time 1000 material
    5. Tales Of The Future (On The Trail Of Nexus 6)
    6. Love Theme - all-time 2000 material
    7. Wait For Me
    8. Desolation Path
    9. Mechanical Dolls
    10. Blush Response
    11. Deckard And Roy's Duel
    12. I Dreamt Music - strong tracks
    13. Spinner Ascent (Los Angeles November 2019)
    14. Thinking Of Rachael
    15. Tears In Rain
    16. At Mr. Chew's
    17. Dr. Tyrell's Death
    18. Fading Away
    19. One Alone
    20. Rachael's Song (Unveiled Twinkling Space)
    21. Damask Rose
    22. Animoid Row
    23. Dr. Tyrell's Owl
    24. Longing
    25. Empty Streets
    26. Deckard Meets Rachael
    27. Leon's Room - average (for this album)
    (28) Zhora's Retirement (Blade Runner Blues Reprise) - don't wanna rank it
    29-46. Wounded Animals
    Deckard Enters The Bradbury
    The Prodigal Son Brings Death
    Chew's Eye Lab
    Dangerous Days
    Taffey Lewis Night Club
    Bicycle Riders
    Leon's Voight Kampff Test
    Rachael's Voight Kampff Test
    Deckard's Dream
    I Am The Business
    Salome's Dance
    One More Kiss, Dear
    Rachael Sleeps
    Pris Meets J.F. Sebastian
    Morning At The Bradbury
    Esper Analysis
    Sushi Bar - awesome ambiance

  14. Sting - ...Nothing Like The Sun

    let's rank:
    1. We'll Be Together
    2. Englishman In New York - all-time 500 material
    3. Straight To My Heart
    4. Fragile - all-time 2000 material
    5. The Lazarus Heart
    6. Sister Moon
    7. Little Wing
    8. Be Still My Beating Heart
    9. Rock Steady - this one's lyrics are win, melody not
    10. History Will Teach Us Nothing
    11. They Dance Alone (Gueca Solo) - all great
    12. The Secret Marriage - short but fine

  15. Pink Floyd - The Wall

    not gonna bother but a few are already or easily ranked:
    1. Comfortably Numb
    2. Hey You
    3. Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) - all-time 500 material
    4. In the Flesh? - all-time 1000 material
    5. In the Flesh
    6. Another Brick In The Wall (Part 1)
    7. The Happiest Days Of Our Lives
    8-26. the rest

  16. Santana - Abraxas

    let's rank:
    1. Incident At Neshabur
    2. Oye Como Va - all-time 500 material
    3. Gypsy Queen - all-time 2000 material
    4. Hope You're Feeling Better
    5. Samba Pa Ti
    6. Black Magic Woman
    7. Mother's Daughter
    8. Se A Cabo - strong tracks
    9. Singing Winds Cryings Beasts - nice intro
    10. El Nicoya - meh outro

  17. Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman

    let's rank:
    1. Cowgirl
    2. Dirty Epic - all-time 500 material
    3. Mmm Skyscraper I Love You - all-time 1000/2000 material
    4. M.E. (Mother Earth)
    5. Dark & Long - this is not Dark Train which would have been #1
    6. Surfboy
    7. Spoonman
    8. Rez
    9. Why Why Why - strong tracks
    10. River Of Bass
    11. Tongue - solid slow filler

  18. Fatboy Slim - Illuminati

    aka triple-EP Illuminati/Camber Sands/The Pimp
    let's rank:
    1. Drop The Hate (Laid Mix)
    2. Sunset (Bird Of Prey) (Darren Emerson Mix)
    [Weapon Of Choice (Instrumental Version)] - rather useless but the vocal version would have been here
    3. Demons (Stanton Warriors Dub Mix) - all-time 500 material
    4. Illuminati - all-time 2000 material
    5. Star 69 (X-Press 2 Wine 'Em Dine 'Em 69 'Em Suprmix)
    6. Camber Sands
    7. The Pimp - strong tracks
    8. Drop The Hate (Santos Napalm Reprise Mix) - average
    9. Talkin' Bout My Baby (Midfield General Disco Reshuffle Mix)
    10. Song For Shelter (Chemical Brothers Mix)
    11. Retox (Dave Clarke Mix) - pretty much total filler

  19. Ace Of Base - Happy Nation (U.S. Version)

    aka The Sign
    let's rank:
    1. Waiting For Magic (NOT remix) - all-time 500 material
    2. Young And Proud
    3. Dancer In A Daydream - all-time 1000 material
    4. Happy Nation - all-time 2000 material
    5. All That She Wants
    6. Fashion Party - MOR!TAL! KOM!BAT!
    7. Wheel Of Fortune (Club Mix) - two club versions actually, they're similar, but only one is on the album
    8. Wheel Of Fortune
    9. Living In Danger
    10. My Mind (Mindless Mix)
    11. Don't Turn Around
    12. Voulez-Vous Danser
    13. Moogoperator - strong album tracks that collectively would have been enough for me to fav the album even w/o the top 3
    14. Münchhausen (Just Chaos)
    15. Hear Me Calling
    16. The Sign
    17. Giving It Up (Ace Version)
    18. Dimension of Depth
    19-21... rest of the remixes - total filler

  20. Led Zeppelin - Untitled

    aka IV (4)
    let's rank:
    1. When The Levee Breaks - all-time top 30 material
    2. Stairway To Heaven - all-time top 100 material
    3. Black Dog
    4. Rock And Roll
    5. Misty Mountain Hop
    6. The Battle Of Evermore
    7. Four Sticks
    8. Going To California - all strong tracks