Music - Best Ever

The following are what I believe to be the greatest recorded works ever created. Feel free to disagree and/or complain, but I hope you discover some new favorites.

pre 1969

  • The Beatles "Rubber Soul"
  • The Beatles "White Album"
  • James Brown "Live at the Apollo (1963)"
  • Ornette Coleman "The Shape of Jazz to Come"
  • John Coltrane "Giant Steps"
  • Miles Davis "Kind of Blue"
  • MC5 "Kick Out the Jams"
  • Charles Mingus "Mingus ah uhm"
  • Sonny Rollins "Plus 4"
  • Sonny Rollins "Way Out West"
  • Thelonious Monk "Monk's Music"
  • Velvet Underground "The Velvet Underground & Nico"


  • Buzzcocks "Another Music In A Different Kitchen"
  • The Clash "London Calling"
  • Devo "Freedom of Choice"
  • The Grateful Dead "American Beauty"
  • Iggy & The Stooges "Raw Power"
  • Joy Division "Unknown Pleasures"
  • Led Zeppelin "II"
  • Van Morrison "Moondance"
  • Willie Nelson "Red Headed Stranger"
  • Pink Floyd "Dark Side Of The Moon"
  • Ramones "Ramones"
  • Sam and Dave "The Best of Sam and Dave"
  • Van Halen "Van Halen"
  • Velvet Underground "Loaded"
  • Townes Van Zandt "The Late Great Townes Van Zandt"
  • The Who "Live at Leeds"
  • The Who "Who's Next?"


Due to a Twitter #7albums80s poll conducted by @RichardS7370, I took a hard look and expanded my best of 80s list.

My top 7 (in order)

  • The Smiths "Strangeways, Here We Come"
  • The Stone Roses "The Stone Roses"
  • Violent Femmes "Violent Femmes"
  • Lou Reed "New York"
  • The Wedding Present "Bizarro"
  • REM "Life's Rich Pageant"
  • The Cure "Disintegration"
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7 just outside the bubble (in order)

  • Hüsker Dü "New Day Rising"
  • Sonic Youth "Daydream Nation"
  • The Fall "Hex Induction Hour"
  • The Birthday Party "Junkyard"
  • The Jesus & Mary Chain "Psychocandy"
  • X "Los Angeles"
  • The Replacements "Tim"

And a few more

  • Cowboy Junkies "The Trinity Session"
  • Pixies "Doolittle"
  • New Order "Power, Corruption & Lies"
  • The Smiths "The Queen Is Dead"
  • They Might Be Giants "Lincoln"
  • Wedding Present "George Best"
  • U2 "War"


  • Beastie Boys "Check Your Head"
  • Beck "Odelay"
  • Boards of Canada "Music Has the Right to Children"
  • Crystal Method "Vegas"
  • Drive Like Jehu "Yank Crime"
  • DJ Shadow "...Endtroducing"
  • The Flaming Lips "The Soft Bulletin"
  • Fugazi "Repeater"
  • Guided by Voices "Alien Lanes"
  • Guided by Voices "Bee Thousand"
  • Modest Mouse "The Moon and Antartica"
  • Mogwai "Young Team"
  • Neutral Milk Hotel "In An Airplane Over The Sea"
  • PJ Harvey "Is This Desire?"
  • Public Enemy "Fear of a Black Planet"
  • Radiohead "OK Computer"
  • Refused "The Shape of Punk to Come"
  • Sleater-Kinney "Call The Doctor"
  • Elliott Smith "Either/Or"
  • The Wedding Present "Seamonsters"
  • Wilco "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot"


  • Andrew Bird "Andrew Bird & the Mysterious Production of Eggs"
  • Bloc Party "Silent Alarm"
  • Broken Social Scene "You Forgot It in People"
  • Danger Doom "The Mouse and the Mask"
  • The Hives "Veni Vidi Vicious"
  • Interpol "Antics"
  • Interpol "Turn on the Bright Lights"
  • PJ Harvey "Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea"
  • The Lucksmiths "Warmer Corners"
  • Radiohead "Kid A"
  • Radiohead "Hail to the Thief"
  • The Shins "Chutes Too Narrow by The Shins"
  • The Strokes "Is This It?"
  • The Wrens "The Meadowlands"
  • Tokyo Police Club "A Lesson in Crime"
  • The xx "xx"
  • Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs "Fever to Tell"

2010s to the present

  • Arcade Fire "The Suburbs"
  • Beastie Boys "Hot Sauce Committee Part 2"
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds "Push The Sky Away"
  • Deerhunter "Monomania"
  • DOOM "Born Like This"
  • The Hives "Lex Hives"
  • Japandroids "Celebration Rock"
  • Morrissey "Years of Refusal"
  • Mountain Goats "Heritic Pride"
  • Phoenix "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix"
  • Radiohead "King of Limbs"
  • Sharks "The Joys of Living 2008-2010"
  • Spiritualized "Sweet Heart Sweet Light"
  • Swearin' "Swearin'"