What are your 5 most "important" albums?

just caught this question on twitter and loved it:

“what are the 5 most “important” albums in your life. Not necessarily your favorites or the best. But personally important to you and who you’ve become?”

my answer:

ok computer - radiohead
unknown pleasures - joy division
the stone roses - the stone roses
lifes rich pageant - rem
13 songs - fugazi

(original tweet - worth a read thru the thread: https://twitter.com/sallismoney/status/1565365661500522497 )


Oooh, fun thread. Here are mine, in no particular order:

  • DEVO - Freedom of Choice
  • Primus - Sailing the Seas of Cheese
  • Rewiring Genesis - A Tribute to the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
  • Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet
  • Eric Clapton - Journeyman

Love it. So fun.
Easy for me as some are just way up there for so many reasons.

KISS - Alive! (First album I ever bought)
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love (hated this until one day… bam! Gateway drug to everything alternative)
Tower of Power - Live in Living Color (the start of my love of horns)
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme. (Mile’s Kind of Blue opened me up jazz, but A Love Supreme made me understand a whole hell of a lot more (transcendent, took me a while to get to it but when you get it you get it))
Beatles - White Album (originally said Abbey Road, which I like better but was not as important as this one to me).

  • New Order - Substance 1987
  • Joy Division - would say Unknown Pleasures, but I will cheese it and say the Heart and Soul compilation and get it all :rofl:
  • Skinny Puppy - Bites and Remission double CD
  • Ministry - Twitch
  • The Cure - Standing on a Beach/Staring at the Sea compilation


Public Enemy - Fear of a Black Planet originally on the list and real, real close.

Honorable mentions go to these 12" singles (on their own):

New Order - Blue Monday (the original '84 12")
Depeche Mode - Everything Counts
This Mortal Coil - Sixteen Days/Gathering Dust


Piece of Mind - Iron Maiden
Sheik Yerbouti - Frank Zappa
Electric - The Cult
Dub No Bass With My Head Man - Underworld
Poland - Tangerine Dream


Sooooo difficult!

Eloy - Live (1979)
King Crimson - Discipline
Bruford - Master Strokes
Andy Narell - Stickman
Steps - Smokin’ in the Pitt


Seriously considered replacing Fear of a Black Planet with this one. Cowgirl, Rez, Dirty Epic - such a good album at an important time in my life.

The Cure’s Standing on a Beach/Staring at the Sea comp too.

And Devo’s Freedom of Choice.


Huey Lewis and the News - Sports
Paul Simon - Graceland
Lawrence - Hotel TV
Portishead - Dummy
Otis Redding - Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul


Eagles - Hotel California
Eagles - Desperado
Eagles - One of These Nights
Eagles - Eagles
Eagles - On the Border


That’s quite the selection. Highly varied and eclectic, @Barney :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


In chronological order of me discovering them:

GNR - Appetite for Destruction
Metallica - Metallica (the black album)
The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole
PJ Harvey - Is This Desire
The Future Sound of London - Lifeforms


ABBA - ABBA (1975)
Prince - Purple Rain (1984)
Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls (1989)
Nirvana - “Bleach” (1989)
Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes (1992)


Shit. Purple Rain - the might be more important to me than Abbey Road


Fuckin’ Eagles


Oh, nice thread

I think my five are, in no specific order:
Iron Maiden - The number of the beast
AC/DC - Back in black
Pink Floyd - The dark side of the moon
Nomadi - I Nomadi interpretano Guccini
883 - Gli anni

An honorable mention goes to any Led Zeppelin album. I could have included one in the list, but it was too difficult to choose exactly which one :smile:


Disclaimer - I changed my mind four times whilst writing this list:
The Police - Regatta de Blanc
ELO - New World Record
Paul Young - No Parlez
Kate Bush - The Sensual World
Eurythmics - Touch


The albums that are most important to who I’ve become – not necessarily the best albums or favorite or most important in some objective sense, but that opened up the world for me – are these:

  1. Meet the Beatles – The Beatles.
    I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan a month before my 11th birthday, bought this album with birthday money, and started a life-long musical journey.
  2. Cannonball and Coltrane – Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane.
    Originally called “The Cannonball Adderley Quintet,” this is the Miles Davis Sextet without Miles. This is the album that turned me on to the world of jazz.
  3. The Band – The Band.
    Timeless and foundational.
  4. Innervisions and/or Fullfillingness’ First Finale – Stevie Wonder
    The American Beatles, all by himself, and a soul/funk genius.
  5. Armed Forces – Elvis Costello and the Attractions.
    The start of all things New Wave for me.

I promise, I actually do like lots and lots of music made after 1980 – including lots of music made in THIS century.


I thought this would be easy but I’ve some major album wrangling going on in my head !


Fun thread

Made in Japan - Deep Purple
Kansas - Leftoverture
Yessongs - Yes
Tales of Mystery and Imagination - Alan Parsons Project
Babymetal - Babymetal

The first four albums are important because they informed my musical vocabulary. The last is because I was drifting away from music, and I heard and saw them, and they reignited my passion.


:rofl: :+1: