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Zealousideal_Map_526

Mezzanine- massive attack


Agreeable-Carpet665

Paranoid- Black Sabbath


Jadey13

I'm just sitting here scrolling through the comments like Yup, Yup, Yup, Yeah, that one too. Oh, I forgot about that one. Yup, Ohh, good call! Yup, Yup.


AnswerGuy301

Stevie Wonder's "Innervisions." Even his other great '70s run albums had a track or two that was only OK. Not that one. It's all brilliant.


Capable_Potential_34

Songs in the Key of Life


JohnNelson2022

> Songs in the Key of Life > The album won Album of the Year at the 19th Grammy Awards and is the best-selling and most critically acclaimed album of Wonder's career. Widely regarded as his magnum opus and one of the greatest albums in the history of recorded music, many musicians have remarked on the quality of the album and its influence on their own work; indeed, some notable musicians have named it as the greatest album of all time. It was voted number 89 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums[9] and ranked number 4 on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.[10] In 2002, the album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame,[11] and in 2005 it was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which deemed it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant". ~~Stevie played all of the instruments except bass.~~ Edit: There were at least 100 musicians. (Thanks for the correction, Niko.) [Source: wikipedia](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songs_in_the_Key_of_Life) I *love* the story of how Stevie was discovered: > Thew Miracles' Ronnie White discovered Stevie singing on a street corner, and brought him to the Motown offices. A staff producer heard him sing and play and said "that boy's a wonder!", and the name stuck. [Source](https://pianoguidelessons.com/stevie-wonder/#:~:text=Thew%20Miracles'%20Ronnie%20White%20discovered,%22%2C%20and%20the%20name%20stuck.) Family anecdote: Circa 1968, when Motown *owned* the charts, at least it did where I was growing up in Michigan, my Mom told this story over dinner. > When I was working at the National Bank of Detroit, a gentleman came in and approached me to open an account. "It's for my new company. It's called Motown." Mr. Berry Gordy himself!


--Niko--

It’s not true at all that Stevie played all instruments except bass. While the previous albums he made under his new UMG contract, like Music Of My Mind or Innervisions had most instruments (Keys, synths/keybass, drums) played by Stevie, he took a new direction when it came to Songs in the key of life. Overall over a 100 different musicians played on the album. Stevie wanted the music to be more collaborative so he got a lot of musicians. He also had guest stars appear on the songs. In the song ”As” Herbie Hancock plays the intro solo, George Benson play guitar on the track ”Another Star” [Here is a documentary where all of this is explained](https://youtu.be/CClqS7EJogQ)


SUN_WU_K0NG

Kind of Blue - Miles Davis


thepucketeers

and sketches of Spain


ervin1914

John Coltrane Love Supreme to finish it off


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The Cure - Disintegration I've been obsessed since 1989.


evollie

Saw them play it all the way through at the opera house a few years back. Life moment! An absolute masterpiece.


Bravo_November

What I love about the Cure is that their songs sound as though they could have come out last week. Their music is just so timeless.


powder_87

Moving Pictures


Krogdordaburninator

It really is a fantastic album. It's probably slotted into 4-5 for me personally, but it definitely belongs in this discussion. For me though, it's definitely Permanent Waves. Such an amazing mix of radio hits and prog. Natural Science is probably my favorite song, ever.


fortnitegamertimdunk

Natural science is so underrated but so fucking good


TheRealWahzo

Side one leaves you thinking "Nothing... Absolutely NOTHING could top THAT"... and then side two brings you into the fourth dimension of music. Brilliant from beginning to end. Also highly recommend anyone trying to get into the more instrumental side of Rush to explore the track "La Villa Strangiato". Another incredible trip and masterclass from Neil Peart.


Upstairs_Ad_6118

Music for the masses by Depeche Mode Edit: glad to see so many DM fans here :) thanks for the awards


EconomistAccording59

I would name Ultra or Violator, but then I realized that the majority of DM’s albums are full masterpieces lol


TheoSidle

Violator for me, but almost all of DM


greenmanalishi339

I‘d like to add Songs of Faith and Devotion


heaven047

Dummy - Portishead


themanfromoctober

Good shout! I also think Third is underrated too


StudioCompetitive893

In The Court Of The Crimson King


anger_is_a_gif

Oh no, no. You're not ready to step into the court of the Crimson King. At this stage in your training an album like that could turn you into an evil scientist.


pbjamm

My god he's in a Floyd Hole!


Scoobie01555

No dad, I need to.... SCIENCE!


Mour_Time

He’s in a Floyd hole!


Jeezitgf

Talking Heads Stop Making Sense


Sergeant-Mittens

I never really appreciated how good this band was until i listened that album. Such a great performance in fact i think the best version of “This must be the place” is the one from that record.


lowcountrylivin

You should watch the concert film under the same name. It was directed by Johnathan Demme who also produced Silence of the Lambs.


phuc7895

Vivaldi's 4 seasons


d1203

Highly recommend Max Richter's recomposition of The Four Seasons, too


Cord1083

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars


mpfx

+ Low, so different, every track is a unique gem


antiqua_lumina

My favorite Bowie album. Sound and Vision is my favorite Bowie song.


julaften

“To be played at maximum volume”


Derpinator_420

I know nobody else will say this but - Watermark, Enya Edit: I really am surprised by the upvotes on this. I thought i'd throw it out there, it was my mom's favorite. She (my mom) died Last November from cancer. I was going to put Metallica black album or something similar and I thought nah, I'll put this up for mom. Thanks.


Frequently_Dizzy

People laugh when you say Enya is a genius artist, but I feel like these folks have just heard Only Time as a joke (like in Thor: Love and Thunder) and haven’t actually listened to a complete album. A Day Without Rain is her best work imho.


monkwren

A Day Without Rain is one of the best songs ever written, it's so good.


Bus-Visible

Everybody still remembers 'Orinoco Flow'.


punky67

Why is liking enya seen as a something of a joke? I don't know much of her music, but orinoco flow is a really cool tune. Don't think I've heard anything else like it. And may it be from lord of the rings is absolutely beautiful


Derpinator_420

A lot of movies use Enya in the soundtracks, you have heard many of her songs you just don't know it.


EM_CEE_PEEPANTS

I used to give my friend shit for listening to Enya...until I listened to Enya.


Prize-Artist-2960

Everyone thinks im joking when i say i love Enya. She deserves more credit and love.


Derpinator_420

I used get drunk and blast it. 😂 It's for when you want to be alone with your thoughts.


Karge

Enya is a pure motherfucking mood


TheoSidle

Shepherd Moons for me


brainbroked

Madvillainy - MF DOOM


calvincrack

You kind of leave a key collaborator out by calling Madvillainy an MF DOOM album. In terms of DOOM albums, I’d also say operation, doomsday and MM food are also masterpieces start to finish


throw54away64

Speaking of which- Madlib’s Shades of Blue album is among my favorites of all time


newsensequeen

Mezzanine 1998 by Massive Attack


Ftp82

Teardrop gets a lot of attention and rightfully so, but Angel is absolute filth. One of the most atmospheric intros I’ve ever heard


Chuck_Rawks

Inertia Creeps, would like a word.


TheSukis

[Black Milk](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li-adM-qOwI) is the chillest song ever Can't get any cooler than that little breakdown at 1:35-1:45 when the subtle synth comes in, such a good example of masterful production


c4ctus

No one mentioned "Dissolved Girl"?


GarthVader45

And it has Elizabeth Fraser from Cocteau Twins on vocals, so that automatically elevates it to one of the best tracks on the album in my book


elmachow

Also portishead - dummy


NewNormalDesigns

I've played their Live at Roseland album more times than I can count. So, so good.


navy-black

The Cars - The Cars


Its_Waluigi_Time

Graceland - Paul Simon


I_Fart_Cum_Bubbles

Ohwa-awa hmmmmm, she’s a rich girl, and she don’t try to hide it


bxsco

Linda Ronatadt’s harmonies on “Under African Skies” are beautiful.


Zetsubou51

Nirvana Unplugged is a work of art. Lateralus-Tool I think changed the way Listen to and interact with music.


Illustrious_Oil_4630

Im glad it didn't take long to find lateralus.


Psycho_Candy_

Disintegration - The Cure


angelvvitch

fun fact- Fiction/Polydor thought Disintegration was a “career killing” mess and did minimal PR and under-ran the first edition Immediately it was critically praised and they had to rush to promote and press moral is- record companies know dick about actually great music


Dreamtillitsover

Nirvanas label hoped nevermind might sell 200k copies and were unprepared for it to be so big, they had to rush to get more copies printed as well


Christabel1991

Disintegration is the best album ever!


Ryan233tiger

Songs For the Deaf - Queens of the Stone Age


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20 years old now. Urgh


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Herea the one I was looking forward. Excellent road trip album.


Kalopsiate

You can't even hear it!


otisp

I need a saga


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goodmanners69

we play the the songs that sound more like everyone else, than anyone else


32sa4fg2

It'd be my favorite but I can't even hear it


thesmokingowl

Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here


santicampi

Wywh, the wall, DSOTM, and animals could all be listed imo


Incendiary_cucumbers

Don’t forget meddle


versatillite

Absolutely top of my list. Perfect album. No song needs a skip. I put this on for enjoyment, to help me fall asleep, for background noise, or to help reduce my anxiety. But the best is, headphones on and just focus on the music, melt into it, be one with it. No other album can do All (for me) that like Wish You Were Here can.


lifeishardasshit

Led Zeppelin IV


Sell200AprilAt142

zum-nm-nm-nm-nm-nm-nm-nm-nm-nm.............. .... HEY HEY MAMMA SAID THE WAY YOU MOVE GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT GONNA MAKE YOU GROOVE


jack5603

Superunknown - Soundgarden


phuc7895

Vivaldi's 4 seasons


LogSlayer

London Calling by The Clash


sklavko

Absolutely agree. Not a single song from that album can become boring, ever, no matter how many times I listen to it.


edgarpickle

Jar of Flies by Alice in Chains. Remarkable album.


ReeG

Unplugged is my favourite AIC album. It's ridiculously good for a live acoustic set.


NoData

This is the best live album for me of all time. So many of their songs take on a whole new raw, soul-ripping dimension played acoustically. Great album.


MyInfiniteZero

Nutshell has broken me over and over again.


edgarpickle

Ditto. I always say that it is the sound of my depression.


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AngryCrotchCrickets

Jar of Flies is awesome. But Dirt strikes me as their ultimate album. Right before shit went really bad. Opens with an absolute fist to the face and doesn’t stop until the end of Would?


degaybilized

Agreed 110% on Dirt


Similar_Inflation_19

Gorillaz - Demon Days


Send_me_duck-pics

As with many on here, this illustrates that it's more than just great songs that make a great album. Figuring out how to put them all *on* the album can put it over the top. Demon Days has good songs that very smoothly and enjoyably flow from one to the next and end with a satisfying conclusion. The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


lynypixie

I have not listened much to Gorillaz since the early/mid 2000s, and I am going to see their show next week because my teens love them and I bought tickets to them as birthday gifts. Hope it’s still good!


PhishnChips

It's better than good. I went on their last tour and blew my fucking tits off. Enjoy.


XarrisTheBard

I'm more partial to *Plastic Beach* myself, but *Demon Days* is a certified banger.


MayorOfVenice

It's like an opera that hasn't been acted out on stage yet. Demon Days is 11/10.


TheAuraTree

Holst, the planets suite?


Ill-Energy2640

GZA (Liquid swords)


No_Damage_731

The first run of wu solo albums were so incredible. Ironman, only built 4 Cuban linx, Bobby digital, return to the 36 chambers, tical all have arguments for qualifying for this post.


Whiskey_Jack

Not to mention 36 chambers itself.


mysoulalamo

My father was famous.. he was the GREATEST SAMURAI in the empire..


chunkymonk3y

“CHOOSE THE BALL…and you join your mother, in death”


the_roguetrader

it was the night before New Year and all through the fuckin projects not a handgun was silent, not even a Tec...


AMW131

Rumours


SOSpammy

I was listening to that album not long ago for the first time and thought I had accidentally played a Fleetwood Mac greatest hits album.


no_sissies_allowed

You might as well have. Every song is great.


aphasic

It's definitely one of the greatest albums from start to finish. It's sort of funny because anyone as old as I am has heard at least half the tracks played to death on classic rock stations for decades. It wasn't until I listened to the whole thing that I realized that: A. Holy shit all those songs are on the same album. B. Several of the tracks they never released as singles are every bit as good. I never heard "secondhand news" or "I don't wanna know" on the radio once, but damn they are good.


prometheus_winced

Never Going Back Again secretly has one of the best guitar solos ever recorded.


calibancreed

No, that's all true.


JejuneBourgeois

Also one of my favorites: Bret: "Michael Jackson's Off The Wall" Murray: "Yeah woah, I'll say he is. He's crazy. Off the planet! Isn't he gonna freeze himself?"


WeedleKnievel

He also insulted Snoop Dogg I know he's a dog, Bret. I don't live under a rock


mrjobby

Present.


JejuneBourgeois

I said aaaaaa central park. In Newark


the_bustin

The downward spiral by nine inch nails. Absolutely perfect album in my opinion


darknessence

Came here to say this. That album is truly another universe production and concept-wise and I love it. Fun fact: this was Michael Jackson’s favorite album to listen to & it’s cited as the inspiration for his HIStory album. Another fun fact: Michael Jackson and Trent Reznor are both named Michael ;)


ewf82

Further down the spiral… isn’t long but damn…


TheFragileFan

I prefer the fragile, but downward is one of the fucking greatest albums ever created


evillordsoth

Only reznor would call 2 hours of brutal industrial pounding something like “the fragile”. Even its quiet moments like La mer or the great below have intense lyrics and imagery


TheFragileFan

La mer is my favorite song from the album


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Tapestry - Carole king


allADD

i had an opportunity to go to the carole king musical once and didn't because i didn't know who she was then i listened to a few of her songs and was like I KNOW WHO THIS IS THESE SONGS ARE IN ALL MY CHILDHOOD MEMORIES DAMN IT


Other_Way7003

Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix


thore4

This is my answer too. A truely incredible album to listen to start to finish. Takes me to a different planet, especially 1983 a merman I should turn to be


temalyen

Electric Ladyland is great, but I always thought Axis: Bold As Love was better.


ToddGack

Agreed. Spanish Castle Magic, Wait Until Tomorrow, and Ain't No Telling back to back to back is so damn good


SkinkeDraven69

Lmao, how do you mention 3 songs from Axis and none of them is Little Wing?


Busy-Ad4352

Nevermind - Nirvana


Patches_Mcgee

The older I get, the more I realize how ridiculous it is for every song on an album to be perfect. Nevermind is one of these; the best of these.


jodescott1

Favourite song on this album is “something in the way” just haunting, love it.


themaninthe1ronflask

Still sounds fresh to this day. Everything was perfect on that record. There’s a parallel universe in which Butch Vig produced a version of In Utero, and I wonder how it sounds.


BuggerNugs

The production on this album is outstanding, there's even recent albums that don't sound this good


AromaticWind5

Discovery by Daft Punk


Monkey2371

And the best way to listen to it is alongside the visuals of Interstella 5555


Dorkamundo

I'm amazed at how many people are completely unaware that this is a thing. An incredible animated critique of the modern music industry set to a daft punk album without a single word said. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qxe-QOp_-s


PuffinDaisy

It's because UMG had it blocked from YT for a pretty long time


krk2912

Voyager into Veridis Quo gets me every time


Bontus

Veridis Quo ; Very Disco ; Disco Very ; Discovery


nouvellediscotheque

ugh why did they have to quit


Underestimate_mypowr

Honestly, anything by Daft Punk is amazing! Loved the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy. Absolutely incredible duo.


scorpion_gonna_scorp

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill


Nuttinbutabutt

Rage Against The Machine - RATM


grabegabe

alongside evil empire are two of my all time fav albums


gizellesexton

AYYO IT'S JUST ANOTHA BOMMMMMB TRACK Talk about a fucking way to start it all. The first track of your first album. I'll never get over how sick that song is.


National_Age_9704

Unknown pleasures joy division


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Putrid_Bee-

Have you seen the movie Love & Mercy? It's about Brian Wilson and his life. Also of how they came up with and produced *pet sounds*. Such a great movie. Makes me pissed off at Paul Giamatti every time I watch it though so beware.


thequietthingsthat

Paul Dano was perfect as young Brian


smakweasle

Van Halen's self titled debut.


Necro_Badger

Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced The deluxe edition contains the 3 singles and b sides as well, which somehow only add to its greatness (a lot of bonus tracks are nice but distracting, but this is definitely not the case here)


Deastrumquodvicis

Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King Original Score


Icy_Presentation6406

Rolling Stones - Let it Bleed


KallistiEngel

*Fat of the Land* by The Prodigy Some of their music sounds dated now (I love *Music for the Jilted Generation*, but it sounds very late 80s/early 90s), but *Fat of the Land* is still a banger.


jackatman

Paul's boutique


flibbidygibbit

Amps and Crossovers under my rear hood, the bass is pumping from the back of my Fleetwood. They tell us what to do? HELL NO! Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego!


theonlyjaguarsfan

Fantastic album. Craziest thing is that with how sampling laws have changed, its going to be tough for anyone to do anything like it again.


starkeffect

They spent $250,000 on clearing the samples. If they tried to produce that album today it would be at least 10x that.


rundnd65

Steely Dan - Aja


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Recessio_

Came here for this. Gaucho is a masterpiece too.


Cat_Sand_Milkshake

The Royal Scam!


otcconan

A Night at the Opera by Queen


Jolly-Principle-884

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing…. Edit: Wow thanks so much for the upvotes and awards everyone, this is genuinely the first comment I’ve made that has had such a great response. Have a great day everyone, I’m off to build steam with a grain of salt.


Han_Yerry

Insight, foresight the clock on the wall reads a quarter past midnight!


One-Elevator4553

Building steam with a grain of salt is epic


brainfreeze77

Still on my top 5 albums I would want on a desert island. There is so much going on you can't get tired of it. It's not everyone's favorite, but Organ Donor gets me pumped every time.


dr_leo_marvin

Third Eye Blind - Third Eye Blind (self titled). I love every song on that album and could just loop it forever.


ChocoToco683

Blonde - Frank Ocean


travrager25

Self Control always makes me tear up ngl


am34real

My favorite album of all time.


Frost-Wzrd

White Ferrari might be my favorite song ever


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grandpa28

A play on the concept of duality


theonetowalkinthesun

Channel Orange too


Same_Fisher

Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms...


ratzncratzn

Dire Staits-Dire Straits


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Mark Knopfler is a genius musician. No one but Knopfler could have scored, The Princess Bride. Also, check out All the Roadrunning, an amazing collaboration with the lovely Emmylou Harris.


Jtg1960

If you haven’t heard any of Mark Knopfler’s solo albums beginning with “Golden Heart” you should definitely check them out


TheGoodDoctorGonzo

I saw Mark Knopfler live at the Ryman in Nashville about 15 years ago. I immediately noticed that He walks kindof leaned back, stilted, at an off angle with an irregular gate… until he picks up his Strat; which counterbalances him just right to where he stands completely upright and once again appears to walk around the stage comfortably. It’s like He’s broken *without* the guitar, and can’t even stand or walk right until he picks it up, at which point he stands tall and glides around the stage as he plays. I think it’s genuinely a part of him at this point. Incredible show.


Top-Crab-777

The miseducation of Lauryn hill


V1nn_W4lk3r

Rust in Peace, Megadeth.


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Benjammn

One of my favorite Onion headlines.


No_Opportunity7360

I wish they'd put the original mix/master on Spotify. the remaster sounds alright but I miss that original sound


raganmt

I bought a vinyl of it recently and it was the old version, I feel like the remaster lost a lot of the raw energy


thisissus84

Ok Computer Radiohead


irisuniverse

Kid A and In Rainbows are their other two masterpieces imo


elynwen

“Let Down” has so many layers, it’s like a rainbow.


Tedy_Duchamp

Pearl Jam - Ten


ReallyDrunkPanda

Black was a great song until you go through heart break and the lyrics hit even harder


Kiwsi

Gojira - from mars to sirius


irishwanker

Death: Symbolic


ferox965

Love this record, but I preferred Individual Thought Patterns and Sound of Perseverance. But Death never had a bad one. Top shelf, groundbreaking stuff.


Rude_Warning_5341

Surprised to actually see Death here. My favorite has got to be Spiritual Healing That was start to the turning point for Chuck. The lyrical content on that album are top notch and show that death metal didn’t have to be over the top violence, gore and stuff like that.


oand

Boston - Boston


ProjectSunlight

Damn good answer. All around solid rock album. If I recall correctly, wasn't the original recording done by one person in his basement?