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Old 04-23-2002, 01:39 AM   #1
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10 albums that define rock music

I have been getting into jazz music a bit recently, and so I asked my musically-diverse friend which albums he thought were sort of the ten essential jazz albums. He kind of thought for a second and replied that it was almost impossible to come up with only ten albums. But I think it can be done for a genre, granted it will make it almost impossible to cover all styles, but each person can certainly make their own suggestions.

So the question I pose is, most of us knowing rock music pretty well, what are the ten most essential rock albums? I'm not talking necessarily about your ten favorite albums, but the ten albums that really have defined and shaped rock music for the last 50 years. I expect to see some fairly diverse answers, but that's exactly what I want. I think it could be kind of cool, for instance as a primer for someone who knows nothing about rock music.

Well, here is my list, in no particular order:

The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Radiohead - OK Computer
Metallica - Metallica (black album)
Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
The Police - Synchronicity
Nirvana - Nevermind
The Who - Who's Next
Bruce Springsteen - Born In The USA

Obviously, growing up in the 90s has skewed my list more towards that decade. Many of you who prefer classic rock or whatever might go towards the older stuff. Nothing wrong with that, but let's see what you can do.

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The term 'Rock' is so subjective- it can comver so many areas, but anyway I think that you have compiled a pretty comprehensive list there, I will add my two cents too

Exile on Main Street- The Rolling Stones
Achtung Baby- U2 (I would put this in rather than J-Tree)
Graceland- Paul Simon
Rumours- Fleetwood Mac
Kick- Inxs
Diesel and Dust- Midnight Oil


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My list is not that long. But I think these go on it:

Led Zeppelin IV

Beatles Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Nirvana Nevermind

And anything by Elvis Presley

U2 Joshua Tree
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Harvest- Neil Young
Revolver- The Beatles
Pet Sounds- The Beachboys
London Calling- The Clash

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bands and/or albums:

Elvis Presley (dunno his albums but he was an influence. Of course, it would probably be more accurate to say Little Richard or one of the truly early pioneers, but I'm not familiar with that era).

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (I only mention this album because the Beatles said they were influenced and blown away by it).

Beatles - Sgt. Peppers, although a good argument could be made that their first releases has the most influence.

Zeppelin I

The Sex Pistols - I don't own any of their stuff, but I guess their big album was.....Never Mind the Bollocks?

Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back. (There has to be a rap album amongst the most influential).

I don't know which single album inspired the 80's New Wave sound but I'll say The Human League was one of the early bands with a distinct new sound.

Nirvana - Nevermind (Actually, I think Pearl Jam had more of an influence on the 90's sound than Nirvana did. But Nirvana really changed things with one video, i.e. Teen Spirit).

Rage Against the Machine


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#1 Beach Boys - Pet Sounds

other albums in no particular order
The Beatles - Revolver
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
R.E.M. - Out of Time
Nirvana - Nevermind
Neil Young - Harvest
U2 - Joshua Tree
Prince - Sign of the times

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Originally posted by brettig:

London Calling- The Clash
*smacks forehead*

Now how could I have left that one off?

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Not in order of importance:
Dark Side Of The Moon- Pink Floyd
Achtung Baby- U2
Sgt. Pepper- The Beatles
Wish You Were Here- Pink Floyd
Abbey Road- The Beatles
Led Zeppelin IV- Led Zeppelin
Electric Ladyland- The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Ten- Pearl Jam
Singles movie soundtrack album- the BEST movie soundtrack album!
The Joshua Tree- U2

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Most influential:
Sgt Peppers - The Beatles
Tommy - The Who
Heroes - David Bowie

The Best:
Exile on main street - Rolling Stones
Who's Next - The Who
Achtung Baby - U2
Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
Revolver - The Beatles
Santana - Abraxas
Let It Bleed - Rolling Stones

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The Queen Is Dead by the Smiths
Rubber Soul and the White Album
Who's Next
Oh and buy our albums. All of 'em.

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The Beatles- Revolver and/or Sgt. Pepper
Led Zeppelin- IV
Fleetwood Mac- Rumors
U2- Joshua Tree
Radiohead- The Bends
Nirvana- Nevermind (unfortunately)
Live- Throwing Copper
Pink Floyd- Dark Side of The Moon
Tool- Aenima
U2- Achtung Baby

In 20 mins I probably will have thought up a completely different list...oh well...

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Great lists! Keep em coming.

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Originally posted by MrPryck2U:
Singles movie soundtrack album- the BEST movie soundtrack album!

I love that soundtrack!!!

I wore out my tape of it because I listened to it so much. The tape finally snapped. Now I have it on permanent rotation in my CD player. It's one of the few non-U2 CDs that I can listen to every track.

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