My Top 250 Albums Of All Time [Updated July 2022]

By bobbybto
updated 2 months ago

A list like this is never easy to do! The top 25 or so come pretty easily, but it's the other 225 that'll kill ya! Trying to balance the albums that I feel are indisputably great, with albums that have personal meaning to myself, is no easy task, but at this very moment in time, I think this list of 250 albums is pretty accurate. It'll change after I hit "save" though. Guaranteed.

  1. This is the album that simply never lets me down! Miles is a master, and it's rare to hear a band of talented musicians gel so wonderfully, as they do on this album here. Sounds effortless! I can throw it on first thing in the morning, or before going to bed at night. I can have it gently humming in the background, at a dinner party, wine and cheese event, or I can blast it nice and loud when that sort of therapy is necessary. I can listen to it every day and I'd never grow tired of it! I've actually tested that theory out. It's true.

  2. Albums do not get more addictive than this. A wall of noise that arguably introduced the world to shoegaze, it's rare to hear music that is simultaneously cacophonous and beautiful but here it is. While occasionally, you'll hear an album that has both cacophonous songs as well as beautiful songs, and you'll also come across albums that have songs that start out as one and then become the other, these songs are both simultaneously. Unique and incredible.

  3. This album has everything I truly love about music wrapped into one perfect package.Opening with Peter Gabriel's flawless voice unaccompanied, the album then takes us on a journey of beautifully crafted melodies, orchestral instrumental flourishes, deep progressive moments, a catchy pop song, a folksy, simple(i.e. not insanely overproduced) Phil Collins vocal ballad, a crazy song that sounds like the love child of The Beatles, Blur, Bach and Monty Python, and then ends more or less where it started with the vocal harmonies of Peter and Phil singing a grocery list in a round (sorta). There's never been anything else like it, and if you're only exposure to Genesis is the pop stuff they released in the 80's, then do yourself a favour and dig for this one. It's not hard to find!

  4. Although I'll always love the progressive, yet somehow more accessible, output of Floyd in the 70's, this is the album I listen to the most these days. I don't know if it's just the fact that FM radio plays the heck out of the "Dark Side: to "Wall" era, or I just listened to it too much when I was a teenager, but I can't get enough of this album and Syd Barrett had a style like no other.

  5. I understand the naysayers who just don't understand the hype behind this masterpiece. Its brilliance is definitely subtle, as it sounds at first like nothing more than a collection of somewhat syrupy love songs for the most part. But if you let it simmer a bit, the flavours will reveal themselves with such tremendous beauty, that once you get into the mind (and heart) of Brian Wilson, it becomes hard to deny that this is quite possibly the most stunning piece of music ever committed to vinyl.

  6. Soft Machine didn't sound like anybody else when they first came out, and they still don't, and the fact that they couldn't sell many rekkids back in the day isn't all that surprising. But this thing is loaded with surprises from start to finish that reveal themselves with ever listen. It feels to me like a trippy, somewhat improvised, free wheelin' jam session, that gets interrupted every once in a while with a song or two.

  7. This record definitely did not even come close to hitting number one when it was released, nor could you refer to its members as being "big stars" at the time, but both the band name and the album title did prove to be somewhat prophetic in the long run, as the band and this release went on to influence scores of popular artists later on. Perfectly crafted jangle pop.

  8. Although there is not a single bad album in the relatively small Morrissey / Marr alliance, this is my personal favourite. Again, variety is the key, from the anthemic title cut, to the hilarious rockabilly joint "Vicar In A Tutu", to the truly heartbreaking one two punch of "I Know It's Over" and "Never Had No One Ever" to the morbidly catchy "Cemetery Gates" to the confessional wit of "Bigmouth Strikes Again", this thing has it all. And "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out" is an all-time classic, and one of the best songs ever written, IMO

  9. Often referred to as the Frank Zappa album for people that don't like Frank Zappa, this is one of the first, truly great, jazz fusion albums. There is some awesome talent displayed throughout this (mostly) instrumental release, including Shuggie Otis, Don "Sugarcane" Harris, Ian Underwood, the incomparable Jean-Luc Ponty and, of course, Mr. Captain Beefheart.

  10. This has always been a favourite, but I've just grown to Iove it much, much more as I get older. For a "punk" band to have the guts to put out a double album packed with this much variety was unheard of at the time. It really set the tone for future generations of punk rockers to do the same, from Hüsker Dü, The Minutemen and Green Day.

  11. Assembling a talented ensemble of 18 musicians is impressive enough, but what's really mind blowing is that this wonderful piece of music was performed by ONLY 18 musicians! In fact, when Reich introduced a performance of this piece, he stated that it was not advisable to perform this piece with so few players due to the extensive doubling that it requires. It's been performed live countless times by countless musicians, but this original recording is truly a must for any collection.

  12. When it comes to my own personal musical tastes, this is one of the most influential albums ever recorded. Combining elements of country with elements of punk rock was something very few had ever tried before. Think Woody Guthrie singing lead for Dinosaur Jr. and you're starting to get the idea. In fact, Jay Farrar uses the same 1961 Gibson Les Paul that J. Mascis used on Dino Jr.'s 1988 rocker "Bug", which gives the power chords such a rich tone that I've never heard anything comparable! Many influential albums came out in the early 90's, but this one is my personal "Nevermind".

  13. I realize that it's become unfashionable to say that this is your favourite Beatles album... but I'm very proud to say that it's mine. I love the way it flows. I think it's sequenced perfectly. I really like the production. But above all else, I just really like all of the songs and I don't feel that there's any filler. Some would say that it would've been better if Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane were included, but I disagree. I love those songs, but it would mess with the flow IMO. It's perfect the way it is.

  14. The story behind this album is like an indie rock "Rumours." Bassist/vocalist Julie Doiron was dumped by guitarist/vocalist Rick White during the recording of this album, who not only began dating their mutual friend Tara S'Appart, but also named the album after her. Without telling Julie. Ouch. All that drama/heartbreak is reflected throughout this amazing album. A true Canadian classic!

  15. This was always my favorite Beatles rekkid until recently, when I decided that, for now, I slightly prefer Sgt. Peppers. I'm sure I'll change my mind again one day. "Tomorrow Never Knows" is still my favorite Beatle song though...way ahead of its time, and still sounding like it could've been released yesterday. McCartney proves that he can get pretty deep when he wants to, penning the excellent "For No One" and "Eleanor Rigby." And this is where Harrison really started to take some control also, showcasing his best work up to that point.