Great hard rock with just the right touch of prog rock-y flair.
Mellow, optimistic roots rock with perfect vocals from Darius Rucker.
“Ray, Robbie, and John did Doors stuff post-Jim?” Yep, and this one’s really good!
Loose, fun, and fresh sounds from SCotS… down at the dirt track.
Britney at her darkest, sleekest, pulsing synth-est best. Best-est?
Shmaltzy, glammy, proto-punk? Yeah, this is one unique album.
Come on everybody, it’ll get you feeling dizzy.
A sweet talkin’ – not to mention singin’ – pop-soul gem.
Groovy and swinging (and clever and funny).
Mike Skinner lets the sun in.
I’ll call it up when I’m… in any number of states.
What’s difficult to define and describe becomes essential to why I’m drawn to it.
Get down with the funky miracle.
Whether it’s high tide or low ebb, this is classic reggae.
Plays as great comedic alt country or country rock material or simply flat out great alt country or country rock music, period. Well, except for…
Striking, powerful, and evocative vocals mapped against a wild variety of musical styles.
Are you not entertained? Well, you will be by this classic post-punk album, yes, thanks for asking.
They keep it low, they keep it hot, they keep heads covered.
Just because it’s the end, there’s still plenty of reasons to get the led out.
The first U2 album sounds as fresh and energetic and urgent as ever.
Wildly inventive and intriguing punk rock from the UK circa 1977.
Take a freewheelin’ classic folk rock ride with a young artist named Bob Dylan, early ‘60s style.
The supergroup comprised of Rage Against the Machine (minus Zach de la Rocha) and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell finds their cohesive sound.
Legit punk rock circa 1977 from Down Under.
RBF can rock you with their specialty of snarked up ska punk, but it’s the more mature power pop material that really stands out here.
Post-punk, new wave, intellectual guitar rock? Any which way, it’s all good.
Wherein I find my appetite for this slice of space blues.
Chill, quirky hip hop that is absolutely unique (and uniquely good).
Well-crafted hair metal. You might say it’ll rock you like… a powerful force of nature.
More than a one-hit wonder album? Whatever.
Kravitz doing funk rock and hippie rock for the ‘90s pushes 5 into my top 1,000.
Pop gems from a UK-based singer-songwriter with a flat-out gorgeous voice.
A short and incredible acoustic ska punk album.
Legit excellent world music, alt rock, funk, and pop from an eclectic group of bands and musicians.
Accessible electronic music with great hooks and the dance vibe to match.
Bombastic, retro futuristic theme songs of glory. And fun!
Incredible underground hip hop with laid back jazz, funk, and r&b influences, fronted by one of the best MCs in hip hop history.
Do you want this album to seduce you? That’d be a yes.
Don’t call this a jam band… album.
Curl up your smile and take your time, take your chances.
Meshes traditional Irish sounds with a propulsive punk sensibility. In short, a bottle of smoke.
A supergroup with real chemistry. An album that’s deeply affecting and melancholy and cool.
A kaleidoscopic spectacle of psychedelic hippie rock.
Orchestral strings, hip hop beats, and gorgeous lounge vocals that always keeps it moving while keeping it chill.
Insanely energetic punk rock with surprisingly agile music dynamics. But also, you know, fun.
Loud, brash, insanely catchy, and fun as hell. What’s not to like?
A great balance of pop and punky alt rock.
A seven nation army shouldn’t hold you back from checking out this retro soul gem.
Contemplative and quiet at times, bluesy and rocked up at others, and through and through a great Neil Young album.
Jay-Z’s debut album has a great blend of rawness and tremendous vitality and energy.
A bombshell of a singer songwriter album from 1968.
Put your all-star thoughts about this band aside, and you just might be walkin’ on the sun.
An enveloping, elegant vibe that quite simply brings true musical pleasures.
It’s complicated… but with this Kanye album, something broke through for me.
Conjures hyper specific sound collages and creates songs that immediately feel essential.
A crucial late ‘60s rock and country album that would influence much of what was coming in the ‘70s. And, bonus: a great listen all the way through.
Robert Palmer and members of Duran Duran and Chic combo for some super group action, 1980s style.
Melancholy and hauntingly beautiful, with lyrics that are strikingly original and poetic.
An incredible soundtrack for a movie that doesn’t exist.
Britpop that’s deeply soaked in 1970s and 1980s influences spanning post-punk to glam rock to synth pop to dance music.
Whether this is country or rock or blues or whatever, it’ll make you say, “Hell yeah.”
An iconic voice and tremendous career packaged into a massive double album.
Slinky, mysterious, and sexy synth pop that’s very early ‘80s in the best way.
A freight train of pioneering grungy punk rock energy.
Brian Wilson and the Boys get into more mature, interesting, and nuanced territory versus the early hits.
I can think of, say, uno dos tres quatro cinco cinco seis reasons…
Reach out for some fantastic old school Motown soul.
Not including it would be akin to, say… breaking the law, for example?
Master craftsmen at the art of the harmony and a soft rock-meets-folk rock vibe that would dominate the 1970s.
Sure, it’s the “Nothing Compares 2 You” album, but there’s a range of Celtic-influenced rock and gorgeous pure pop to enjoy besides.
Fresh and compelling and original and, above all, good hip hop out of England.
The best solo album by the great Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest (and many collaborations) fame.
A powerhouse of a ska punk album that just happens to layer in… well, you’ll see.
Spooky cool carnivalesque organ against Misfits-ish dirty, fast-paced hardcore punk? Uh, yes please.
Rock ‘n roll meets proto-punk meets David Bowie-inspired early ‘70s glam rock. And chocolate and peanut butter (somehow?).
Come for the collabs, stay for the DJ mastery.
Equal parts fun, good, and ironic.
Slow-paced, almost hypnotic hip hop prowess.
Old timey New Orleans jazz performed by true masters including a then young Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, and Jelly Roll Morton.
Don’t you want me to tell you? Read on.
Folk rock that bridges the gap from the 1960s for the Lilith Fair generation.
Hip length and hip swinging breakbeats and super stylish swinging samples.
A delicious hamburger of fun early ‘80s rock ‘n roll.
Old school, east coast hip hop flavor with horn riffs and soul music samples for days.
It’s rangy and genre bend-y. It’s electronic and lounge-y and rock and dance-y and then it’s an ethereal kind of something else.
An undeniable hurricane of thrashy, trashy, dirty, funky metal that gets under your skin like very few albums can.
For when you’re ready to feel relaxed and swanky at the same time.
A fun ska band with real musical chops that’s at its most fun-est best live.
Celtic and new age-y, at turns gentle and pleasant or moving and beautiful.
Driving energy and pop hooks that helps to carry the initial British punk music wave forward.
You’d have to have a head like a hole not to.
Electronic lounge journeys, dark and synth-y at times, with great energy, pulse, and beats.
“Latin ska” is only the beginning: it’s an exuberant and energy-packed record that also incorporates hip hop, punk, hard rock, dub, and trip hop.
Any band with a name that has a food word in front of a time telling device-related word has a huge shot of making this list.
Upbeat ska and punk, expertly mixed with great hooks and strong musicianship overall.
Shot out of a canon, hard funked up metal and other party-influenced sounds. And that’s for starters.
The energy of punk music, the feeling of up tempo ska, but its very much its own thing that really does evoke the breakneck freedom, surfing waves, conquering some uncharted territory.
Do I need to finally say it? Do I need to count it down?
High highs, consistently stellar production work, and A Game from our man. That being the M-E-T-H-O-D man.
It gets under your skin, holding a dark, rocking, and compelling power.