My Top 100 Albums

By Chalkers Chalkers
updated 7 months ago

In no particular order (that's far too tricky!!!)

This list is only a rough guide - there are countless other albums I absolutely LOVE that haven't made this list. Likewise I'm certain that there are thousands of other albums that I've never even heard before that would potentially feature on this list (who know''s perhaps out there is my new favourite album waiting to be heard!?).

Where possible I've tried to avoid including entire discographies of my favourite artists (I had to be extremely selective!)- having said that, there are several artists who feature more prominently than others; these artists rank among my very favourite. If by chance someone's clicked on this list and through it, discovered something new and special then I'd have considered this list worthwhile compiling!

Please feel free to drop me a message if there are any albums you'll think I'd enjoy. Listening to music is one of my passions in life and discovering it isn't always easy.

Enjoy!...

  1. R.E.M. - Automatic For The People

    Possibly my favourite album of all time - certainly one of the one's I've listened to the most in my life and I never ever seem to lose interest in it. Although I'll admit that it's not perfect, it has a timeless quality that keeps me returning for more - the whole album is greater than the sum of it's parts.

  2. R.E.M. - Document

    Actually the first proper album I ever bought (in a charity shop) - I still have it. Nostalgia's a funny thing but even looking at this album critically I still consider it one of the best alternative rock albums of all time and certainly among R.E.M.'s finest.

  3. Simon And Garfunkel* - Bridge Over Troubled Water

    While perhaps not quite as consistent as Parsley, Sage, Rosmary and Thyme it's the album that contains some of their best known songs and biggest hits. The Boxer is one of my all time favourite songs with stunning production, beautiful melody and imaginative lyrics...

    In the clearing stands a boxer and a fighter by his trade
    And he carries the reminders
    of ev'ry glove that's laid him down and cut him
    till he cried out In his anger and his shame
    I am leaving I am leaving but the fighter still remains...

  4. Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme

    Beautifully pastoral folk rock with a stronger emphasis on folk than rock. Some of the finest vocal harmonies I've heard too with some stunning songwriting. Probably about as far removed from 'cool' as possible but I don't care.

  5. Neil Young - Harvest

    I know it's 'cool' to think of other Neil Young albums as 'the best' but for me this is still my favourite. It has such a beautiful summery vibe and unlike many fans I actually enjoy the string arrangements. Old Man is my favourite Neil Young song.

  6. Neil Young - On The Beach

    A relatively dark album (though no-where near as bleak as Tonight's the Night) that contains some of Neil's most moving and reflective moments. There are times when I consider this one his best album.

  7. Neil Young With Crazy Horse* - Zuma

    A superb album that part solo effort, part collaboration with Crazy Horse and even part collaboration with Crosby, Stills and Nash! Cortez The Killer remains one of Neil's best tracks but the rest of the album is brilliant too - Pardon My Heart and Lookin' For A Love are two of the quieter tracks on the album but they're among my favourite.

  8. King Creosote - KC Rules OK

    A superb folk-pop album (or nu-folk or whatever you like to call it) showcasing some of Kenny Anderson's best songwriting skills; probably his most consistent album.

  9. King Creosote & Jon Hopkins - Diamond Mine

    It's not a long album but it's so utterly beautiful. One of the best examples of how to blend acoustic and electronic successfully.

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

    A completely crazy miss-mash of ideas; highly original. It's far from perfect (the album flow is all over the place and there are a couple of weaker moments) but half the charm is in it's oddity. The rhythmic acoustic moments are the strongest and Dry The Rain may be one of the most underrated songs from the 90's.

  11. Belle And Sebastian* - If You're Feeling Sinister

    A very relaxed pop/rock album with a unique vocal style that's probably not everyone's cup of tea; very lyrical too. For me this is very easily their finest album (although their selection of early EPs are up there too). Even if you don't like the band, there's a chance you may like this one.

  12. Kula Shaker - K

    I know there are people who would scoff at my inclusion of this album...but I don't care; it's ace! I'd even go one step further and say all their output (bar their most recent release obnoxiously titled 'K2') is brilliant. A blend of Hendrix style guitar, Doors style psychedelics and George Harrison's Indian influences all blended together with 90's production values.

  13. Fever Ray - Fever Ray

    An album that just gets better the more I listen to it. It's an atmospheric darkly beautiful melodic modern electronic masterpiece that's so much better than anything she's done with 'The Knife'.

  14. Eels - Blinking Lights And Other Revelations

    My favourite double album (or triple on vinyl). I love how the opening track is about being born into this world and the closing track is about leaving it. It's a reflective rock album that's a little disjointed but I think it's scope is far beyond anything E's done with his other albums. After I've listened to the whole thing I feel like I've been a part of something 'big'...I don't get that feeling with many albums.

  15. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Anyone who's serious about listening to music will have heard this one. Historical significance aside, it's simply a bloody good album.

  16. The Beatles - Abbey Road

    A superb album of two halves; both are great, but special mention must be made to the second side of the record which features a suite of short inter-connecting pop songs that rank as a whole as one of my favourite Beatles moments.

  17. The Zombies - Odessey And Oracle

    Going to stick my neck out a bit and say that this album is the best of the 60s; certainly my favourite pop album from the 60s. Crazy to think that this album was released after the band disbanded. Not really got anything bad to say about this masterpiece.

  18. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter

    It took me a long while to fully appreciate this album. Oddly when I first discovered Nick drake this was my least favourite album while Pink Moon was my favourite; now however it's the complete opposite - that doesn't happen very often (although all three of his albums are brilliant). Fly and Northern Sky are two of his finest songs.

  19. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left

    The first half of this album is probably my favourite selection of Nick Drake songs. Very pastoral, melancholic and oddly comforting too. I simply cannot comprehend how this album was ignored upon release in 1969 - I guess everyone must've been listening to 'cooler' music or something...

  20. Vashti Bunyan - Just Another Diamond Day

    A very twee, rural sounding album that absolutely flopped on release, but has since been recognised as one of the finest folk albums of all time. The melodies and songcraft are utterly gorgeous if you can look past the slightly saccharine vocal style. The story of this album almost mimics that of Rodriguez whereby Vashti Bunyan disappeared from the music scene entirely for decades after the poor initial reception that the album had. Thankfully success found her, although much later in life and she recorded two more albums before retiring once again.

  21. Opeth - Ghost Reveries

    A bit of an anomaly among my favourites! The most melodic (and oddly beautiful) progressive death metal album I've heard! Blackwater Park and Still Life are also superb but this one captures an almost Gothic like beauty that the others do not.

  22. Porcupine Tree - Deadwing

    A stunning hard rock album with progressive undertones. Amazing songcraft and performance! It still amazes me how this band never made it huge.

  23. Porcupine Tree - Fear Of A Blank Planet

    A modern progressive masterpiece; accessible in the same way that Pink Floyd are - the emphasis is upon atmosphere and melody. For me Anesthetize is the best long-form song ever written - it flies by, seeming much shorter than it's 17 minute runtime. The NIN style ending Sleep Together is a perfect ending to a near perfect album.

  24. Porcupine Tree - Stupid Dream

    Brit-pop meets 70's art rock? Amazing album and probably Porcupine Tree's most accessible release. This is the album that should've propelled the band into stardom but it was never meant to be...

  25. Steven Wilson - Grace For Drowning

    Steven Wilson's hardest album to digest; blending jazz, progressive rock and industrial sources; it's incredible.