Amy Winehouse, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, D'Angelo, Eurythmics, Funkadelic, John Prine, Lil Wayne, MGMT, Notorious B.I.G., Raekwon, Rolling Stone, Steve Earle, The Cure, The Smiths, Tom Waits, Top 500 Albums of All Time, Vampire Weekend
So I finished the first 100 of Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All Time. I thought maybe I could give a little retrospective of what I liked and didn’t like in that first 100.
I’m going to preface this with a caveat. I am not including albums that I would consider some of my faves. I own and listen to Synchronicity all the time. Same with Destroyer, Van Halen, Faith, etc. This list is about discovery, and some revisiting, for me. The reason I’m doing it is to see what I’ve been missing out on, what deliciousness I can unearth. There were some awesome finds and some huge letdowns. Some I’d love to have, some I’d love to have on vinyl even, and some I’d love to have destroyed. Things that I dreaded, often left me feeling pleasantly surprised. While others that I may have been looking forward to disappointed me. Nothing’s perfect and I know I feel this list is very much flawed. You don’t include compilation albums in top lists. I don’t care how iconic that greatest hits or anthology may be. I am a huge KISS fan and I don’t care two shakes about Double Platinum outside of my childhood. Give me fully packaged studio albums every day. I allowed the live albums after much debate with myself. The performances in live albums tend to show some artistic merit and, often, more raw emotion.
I was going to make a Top 5 and Bottom 5, but I couldn’t limit to 5 that I liked. There were plenty of those that I could have said I didn’t like but they had to really be bad to make the bottom 5. These were chosen from going back to reread what I had written about in the last 10 installments. These, also, are in no order. Here we go:
Top Finds #500-401
- Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure
- The Smiths by The Smiths
- Oracular Spectacular by MGMT
- Tunnel of Love by Bruce Springsteen
- Mule Variations by Tom Waits
- Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend
- Back to Black by Amy Winehouse
- Sea Change by Beck
- Maggot Brain by Funkadelic
- Touch by Eurythmics
And honorable mention goes to Guitar Town by Steve Earle
Bottom “I Can’t Unhear That” #500-401
- John Prine by John Prine
- Tha Carter III by Lil Wayne
- Life After Death by Notorious B.I.G.
- Only Built for Cuban Linx by Raekwon
- Voodoo by D’Angelo
Yes, I realize that 4 of that 5 are rap albums. I’m not discriminating against rap albums as you’ll find plenty of them in the #500-401 that I stated my digging of. So don’t read more into that than necessary. I just found that I didn’t care about any of these.
Overall, I really enjoyed this segment of the list and I even appreciate the ones that I didn’t like. I am glad I undertook this task and I look forward to the next 100! Thank you, Dear Reader, for being interested in my ramblings enough to read through them. On to listening!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
“I just wade the tides that turned
Till I learn to leave the past behind” – “Guess I’m Doing Fine” by Beck from Sea Change