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I think we've done a top 100 bands, albums, and songs in the past. Is there another, less conventional list we could do?

-Best and/or worst band names (regardless of actual quality of music.)

-Best rock album covers. (No Blue Note jazz albums, it wouldn't be fair. They kick ass.)

-Best cover songs.

-Most under/over rated bands.

-Best album since (insert year here.)

-Top 100 FAVORITE* bands. (*Not who is the best, but who is your favorite. For example, Wilco is my favorite band - shocking, I know - but I think The Beatles are the best band. Yet, they'd only rank 3rd or 4th on my favorites list.)

-Best b-sides of all time.


Any other ideas?

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Here's my top 25; self imposed restrictions of no comps, no live albums, and limiting generally to the rock genre and its offshoots (no straight jazz or classical, in other words).



1. Neil Young – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere

2. King Crimson – Red

3. Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

4. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street

5. Brian Eno – Another Green World

6. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

7. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

8. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited

9. Genesis – Selling England By the Pound

10. Frank Zappa – Absolutely Free

11. Mahavishnu Orchestra – Inner Mounting Flame

12. Soft Machine -- Third

13. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV

14. Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model

15. Yes – Close To The Edge

16. Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic

17. Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love

18. Talking Heads – Remain in Light

19. The Band – The Band

20. Can -- Ege Bamyasi

21. Bob Dylan – Bringing it All Back Home

22. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

23. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin

24. Flying Burrito Brothers -- Gilded Palace Of Sin

25. National Health -- Of Cues & Cures



My highest rated Wilco album is Being There, which I would probably put somewhere between 40 and 50.

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Its Friday afternoon, I'm bored at work and I have a real desire to make a list!!. With that In mind I'm gonna add my top twenty albums of all time, in-order. In recognition of the post above, and a previous thread I started last week, there will be no Beatles in my list.


1) Lambchop: Nixon.

2) Sparklehorse: Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot.

3) Micah P. Hinson: ...And The Opera Circuit.

4) Van Morrison: Veedon Fleece.

5) Tom Waits: Rain Dogs.

6) Neil Young: On The Beach.

7) M. Ward: Trasnsistor Radio.

8) Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited.

9) My Morning Jacket: Z

10) Eels: Electro Shock Blues

11) Wilco: A Ghost Is Born

12) Wilco: YHF

13) Genesis: Selling England By The Pound

14) Grant Lee Buffalo: Mighty Joe Moon.

15) Lambchop: Damaged.

16) Decemberists: The Crane Wife.

17) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: ...And No More Shall We Part.

18) Mercury Rev: Deserter's Songs.

19) Grandaddy: The Sophtware Slump.

20) Tom Waits: Mule Variations.

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