Top 100 Albums (2016 Edition)

In 2016 I decided I need a kick in the pants to do some more writing and blogging. So I decided to start by writing about my (at the time) favorite 100 albums. Are these the objectively best albums ever? No. No they are not. Well, some of them are. But these are the albums that were, at the time, my favorites out of thousands of albums I own and listen to.

If I were making the list today, it'd be different. I'd have Khruangbin on there, for sure. Leonard Cohen's final album, Kamasi Washington's The Epic. Aimee Mann's Mental Illness might have displaced one of her other albums. One of these days I might revisit the list and re-rank them, include new ones, bump a few off the list. My tastes have evolved in the past few years to include a lot more jazz/instrumental music, and I find myself listening to classic rock a little less.

Don't think I'd budge on the top 10, though. We'll see. The site doesn't have comments anymore, but if you want to share your thoughts hit me up on Twitter.

  1. Information Society — Information Society
  2. Prison — Steven Jessie Bernstein
  3. Bat Out of Hell — Meat Loaf
  4. Deep — Peter Murphy
  5. Lungs — Florence & The Machine
  6. All the Roadrunning — Mark Knopfler, Emmylou Harris
  7. World Outside — The Psychedelic Furs
  8. Bricks Are Heavy — L7
  9. Vivid — Living Colour
  10. Red Sails in the Sunset — Midnight Oil
  11. The Fate of the World Depends on this Kiss — Whitehorse
  12. 45's and Under — Squeeze
  13. Tommy — The Who
  14. Dreamboat Annie — Heart
  15. Hollywood Town Hall — The Jayhawks
  16. The Minus 5 — The Minus 5
  17. Weight — Rollins Band
  18. Hallucination Engine — Material
  19. The Big Express — XTC
  20. Hack — Information Society
  21. Whip Smart — Liz Phair
  22. Ekstasis — Nicky Skopelitis
  23. Evolution — Journey
  24. Free — Concrete Blonde
  25. Standing on the Beach / Staring at the Sea — The Cure
  26. Spike — Elvis Costello
  27. The Depths of a Year — Ehren Starks
  28. Mother Love Bone — Mother Love Bone
  29. Girlfriend — Matthew Sweet
  30. Sirens — The Weepies
  31. The Sound of Jacqueline du Pré — Jacqueline du Pré
  32. Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death — Dead Kennedys
  33. All of this and Nothing — The Psychedelic Furs
  34. Puzzle — Dada
  35. Your Arsenal — Morrissey
  36. Everything Under the Sun — Jukebox the Ghost
  37. Stunt — Barenaked Ladies
  38. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Soundtrack — Cast of the Rocky Horror Picture Show
  39. The Essential Jonny Cash — Johnny Cash
  40. God Shuffled His Feet — Crash Test Dummies
  41. Copper Blue — Sugar
  42. Black Snake Diamond Röle — Robyn Hitchcock
  43. Apostrophe (') — Frank Zappa
  44. Our Time in Eden — 10,000 Maniacs
  45. I'm Your Man — Leonard Cohen
  46. The Singles 81-85 — Duran Duran
  47. Bachelor No. 2 - Or, The Last Remains Of The Dodo — Aimee Mann
  48. Black Celebration — Depeche Mode
  49. Details — Frou Frou
  50. Rumors — Fleetwood Mac
  51. The Queen is Dead — The Smiths
  52. Purple Rain — Prince
  53. Little Earthquakes — Tori Amos
  54. Wings Over America — Wings
  55. Vs. — Pearl Jam
  56. Pretty Hate Machine — Nine Inch Nails
  57. Rust Never Sleeps — Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  58. O, You Sinners — Eliza Rickman
  59. Life's Rich Pageant — R.E.M.
  60. Psonic Psunspot — The Dukes of Stratosphear
  61. Excitable Boy — Warren Zevon
  62. Going Somewhere? — Colin Hay
  63. Animals — Pink Floyd
  64. OK Computer — Radiohead
  65. Gordon — Barenaked Ladies
  66. Smile — The Jayhawks
  67. Cloud Nine — George Harrison
  68. Be My Thrill — The Weepies
  69. Under the Pink — Tori Amos
  70. Waxworks / Beeswax — XTC
  71. Best of Oingo Boingo — Oingo Boingo
  72. Starfish — The Church
  73. The Wind — Warren Zevon
  74. Exile in Guyville — Liz Phair
  75. American IV: The Man Comes Around — Johnny Cash
  76. The End of Silence — Rollins Band
  77. The Game — Queen
  78. The Joshua Tree — U2
  79. The Wall — Pink Floyd
  80. Queen Elvis — Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
  81. Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me — The Cure
  82. Document — R.E.M.
  83. Whatever — Aimee Mann
  84. Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury — Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
  85. Broken — Nine Inch Nails
  86. Speak for Yourself — Imogen Heap
  87. The Future — Leonard Cohen
  88. Who's Next — The Who
  89. Bloodletting — Concrete Blonde
  90. Safe Travels — Jukebox the Ghost
  91. Strangeways, Here We Come — The Smiths
  92. New Adventures in Hi-Fi — R.E.M.
  93. Rubber Soul — The Beatles
  94. Lost in Space — Aimee Mann
  95. Element of Light — Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians
  96. A Night at the Opera — Queen
  97. Disintegration — The Cure
  98. Help! — The Beatles
  99. Abbey Road — The Beatles
  100. Skylarking — XTC