Posted byAndrew James
We love lists around here. Especially pertaining to music and movies. Give us your list of favorite albums in any category (e.g. of all time, from last year, in jazz.. whatever!).
Top 5 Albums OF ALL TIME (not currently) is ridiculously hard. But here goes…
5) The Wall
4) Siamese Dream
3) Led Zeppelin IV/Houses of the Holy
2) Dark Side of the Moon
1) Southern Harmony and Musical Companion
If I had a top TEN…
7) August and Everything After
10) Under the Table and Dreaming
Siamese. Thank you for including that on there. Warms my heart. A little surprised it wasn’t Gish though?
I can’t possibly narrow it down to a top 5, but in no particular order, after scrolling through my Facebook ‘likes’ and CD database, these 30 or so albums have all changed my life and tastes over the years:
- The Beatles: Sergeant Peppers (or maybe Abbey Road)
- Radiohead: Kid A (OK Computer and The Bends are up there too)
- Jeff Buckley: Grace
- Charles Mingus: Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
- Miles Davis: A Kind of Blue
- Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones
- Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffitti (there first 4 albums could all be up here to be honest)
- Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced? (Electric Ladyland has some of Hendrix’s best songs, but Experienced is more consistent as an album)
- The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
- John Martyn: Solid Air
- David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (or maybe Hunky Dory)
- Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks
- Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On
- Nick Drake: Bryter Later
- Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (or Dark Side of the Moon)
- Portishead: Dummy
- R.E.M.: Automatic for the People
- Simon and Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water
- Beastie Boys: Ill Communication
- The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin
- The Kinks: Village Green Preservation Society
- The Rolling Stones: Let it Bleed
- The Smiths: The Queen is Dead
- The Specials: The Specials
- The Velvet Underground & Nico
- The White Stripes: White Blood Cells
- Van Morrison: Astral Weeks
- Arcade Fire: Funeral
- Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam (or maybe their first – Spirit They’ve Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished because that got me into the band)
- Sigur Rós: Ágætis Byrjun
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: No More Shall We Part
Very 60′s and 70′s centred and a number of obvious titles in there, but these are the key albums that got me into music and I could still listen to day in day out.
Love it every time I see Grace on someones list. Buckley was a legend.
Did anybody take part in pitchfork.com’s recent People’s List project? List your top 100 LPs released between 1996 (year of the website’s inception) and 2011, to be complied into a reader’s poll later on.
Anyway, here’s my list, which I made on the last day of polling, which meant I couldn’t go back and mess with my list afterwards – so many albums I’d forgotten, so many ‘wrong’ placement of albums. Nothing I could do about it – still, I’m more or less happy enough with it:
I can’t do the pitchfork thing because I am terrible at placing things in rankings, and my 5 would be.
Station to Station – David Bowie
Led Zeppelin 3
Kid A – Radiohead
Night Ripper – Girl Talk
Loveless – My Bloody Valentine
Pitchfork’s People’s List is up. Some great albums on there. It’s only over the last 15 years, but there have been some amazing albums over that period, so that’s fine by me.
24 out of 200 albums in the list are by black artists. And only 23/200 are by female artists or female-fronted acts.
That the readers of indie music website Pitchfork don’t listen to much hip-hop isn’t too surprising, I suppose. But the male centricity to the music is startling.
(On my ballot I count 43/100 = female; 11/100 = black)
Otherwise, no alarms and no surprises. Fairly boring list, and Radiohead landing at #1 and 2 (and #6) is pretty embarrassing.
I don’t think it’s deliberate mysogyny. Isn’t it more likely that there are just less female artists that are known?
I think that it has more to do with Pitchfork catering to a primarily white HIPSTER audience.
From my personal experience, the only Latinos, Asians, and Blacks that I know that read Pitchfork are hipsters. Let’s be honest, the hipster subculture is bigger with the white twenty/thirty-something crowd.
But then again, Slate is know a leftist oriented contrarian website. For every good article, Slate produces 3 awful articles.
Keep tellin it like it is, antho42.
Maybe Pitchfork readers have never heard of women?
That is one of the dumbest articles I’ve ever read.
Pitchfork make it clear that mainly 20-something males voted for the albums so to call it ‘a scandal’ is ridiculous, it’s just the taste of their readers. In general young men prefer to listen to young male artists – it’s a connection thing. It’s not Pitchfork’s fault that its readership mainly consists of that demographic.
As for the lack of hip-hop, I guess like you guys have said, it’s just down to the type of music that is popular on the site. I’ve certainly seen Pitchfork champion black and female artists regularly in the past.
And as for Antho’s comments, I read Pitchfork quite regularly and discover a lot of bands through the site and I’m the last person anyone would call a ‘hipster’
I know consensus lists like this flatten things out, but, still, what is funny is that this list brings out into the open just what a conservative-minded boys club Pitchfork is.
So much for their image as open-minded, alt.music champions. I’d suggest that the homogenisation and the lack of women – both as readers/writers, and music wise – is a serious problem.
Lots of repeat bands on that list and a lot of the bands I don’t recognize. Nice to see love for New Pornogaphers – didn’t realize they were so popular outside Canada. Also great to see Santogold make the list. Both of her albums are spectacular.
Went back to my original from 2005, but funny how it’s changed a bit.
5) Heartbreaker – Ryan Adams
4) II – Led Zeppelin
3) Boxer – The National
2) Grace – Jeff Buckley
1) Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins
6) Storm in Heaven – The Verve
7) Automatic for the People – REM
8) Blonde on Blonde – Bob Dylan
9) …And Justice For All – Metallica
10) Tomorrow the Green Grass – The Jayhawks