Saturday, January 27, 2007

Our Top 100 List

OK, we took the time to spout off about Time's list of Top 100 Albums and the shortcomings of the typical rock critic's choices that always seem to make those lists. So now it's time for Music Mix Online to put forth our own choices.
You've probably had the discussion of Desert Island Discs of favorite records you'd want with you if you ever wound up stranded like Tom Hanks in Castaway. While we've put together an assortment of classic releases that would last long enough to keep the cast of Lost entertained for 2 more seasons. You'll notice the list is alpha by artist, no we didn't take the time to try to rank them 1 through 100. That would be a whole separate debate.
While groups like The Stones could probably have qualified with 5 or six great discs, we tried to limit the number of entries for any artist to 3 in the interest of having some variety.
Unlike the typical critic's choice lists, we also attached some specific criteria to our choices, which in addition to a collection of great songs were:
--Listenability: Could you avoid the skip button or picking up the needle on the turntable. Press play on track 1 and enjoy all the way through.
--Consistency: Like a good book or movie, great records can feel like a ride that build up along the way. When albums were in their heyday, producers and artists spent a lot of time thinking about what should be the opening track vs. the closing. And it went beyond which had the best chance to be a single or a download.
--Influence: Most great records changed the landscape to some degree. Paving the way for new genres like Run-DMC or by having a clear stamp on the way other music sounds like REM and Nirvana.
Hopefully this list will turn a few folks on to discs they haven't heard in a while, and more likely will spur some debate about choices that were omitted. Either way, please let us know your feedback.

1)AC/DC Back In Black
2)Aerosmith Toys In The Attic
3)Al Green Let's Stay Together
4)Allman Brothers Eat A Peach
5)Beatles Help
6)Beatles Hard Days Night
7)Beatles Meet The Beatles
8)Ben Harper/Blind Boys There Will Be Light
9)Billy Joel The Stranger
10)BoDeans Love, Hope, Sex & Dreams
11)Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
12)Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
13)Bob Dylan Infidels
14)Bob Marley Rastaman Vibration
15)Bob Seger Night Moves
16)Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town
17)Bruce Springsteen Born To Run
18)Bruce Springsteen The Rising
19)The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man
20)Carole King Tapestry
21)Coldplay Parachutes
22)Counting Crows August & Everything After
24)Dave Matthews Band Under The Table & Dreaming
25)David Gray White Ladder
26)Derek and the Dominoes Layla
27)Dire Straits Making Movies
28)Doobie Bros. Minute By Minute
29)Eagles Desperado
30)Eagles Hotel California
31)Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
32)Elvis Costello Armed Forces
33)Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball
34)Fleetwood Mac Rumours
35)Greenday Dookie
36)Guns N Roses Appetite For Destruction
37)Hootie & The Blowfish Cracked Rear View
38)Jackson Browne The Pretender
39)James Taylor Sweet Baby James
40)Jimmy Cliff Harder They Come
41)John Hiatt Stolen Moments
42)John Mellencamp Rain On The Scarecrow
43)Led Zep Led Zep 2
44)Los Lobos How Will The Wolves Survive?
45)Lucinda Williams Car Wheels On a Gravel Road
46)Marshall Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw
47)Marshall Tucker Carolina Dreams
48)Marvin Gaye What's Going On?
49)Michael Jackson Thriller
50)Neil Young Harvest
51)Neil Young After the Gold Rush
52)Nirvana Nevermind
53)Outlaws Outlaws
54)Paul Simon There Goes Rhymin Simon
55)Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet
56)Pearl Jam 10
57)Pretenders Pretenders
58)Prince Sign O the Times
59)Prince "1999"
60)Ramones Ramones
61)REM Out of Time
62)REM Reckoning
63)Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones
64)Rod Stewart Never A Dull Moment
65)Run DMC Run DMC
66)Ryan Adams Gold
67)Sarah McLachlan Surrender
68)Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks
69)Social Distortion Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
70)Soul Asylum Grave Dancer's Union
71)Steeley Dan Aja
72)Steve Earle I Feel Alright
73)Steve Forbert Alive on Arrival
74)Stevie Ray Vaughn Couldn't Stand The Weather
75)Terence Trent D'arby Introducing the Hardline
76)The Band The Band
77)The Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker
78)The Clash London Calling
79)The Clash The Clash
80)The Jayhawks Hollywood Town Hall
81)The Police Outlandos d'Amour
82)The Replacements Pleased To Meet Me
83)The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
84)The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street
85)The Wallflowers Bringing Down The Horse
86)The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues
87)The Who Who's Next
88)Tom Petty Hard Promises
89)Tom Waits Heart of Saturday Night
90)Toots and the Maytals Funky Kingston
91)U2 All That You u Can't Leave Behind
92)U2 Joshua Tree
93)Uncle Tupelo Anodyne
94)Van Halen Van Halen
95)Van Morrison Moondance
96)Van Morrison Tupelo Honey
97)Warren Zevon Excitable Boy
98)Whiskeytown Strangers Almanac
99)Wilco A.M.
100) Wilson Pickett The Exciting Wilson Pickett

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