Albums You Need to Hear Before You Die

The upper eschelon. These albums left the most lasting impression on me. I highly recommend these before any of the others on my site. Enjoy!

1960s:
Albert King (1)
The Allman Brothers Band (1)
The Animals (1) ** Youtube Only **
B.B. King (1)
The Band (2)
The Beach Boys (1)
The Beatles (8)
Bob Dylan (6)
Buffalo Springfield (1)
The Byrds (2)
Chuck Berry (1)
Creedence Clearwater Revival (2)
Davy Graham (1)
Dillard & Clark (1)
Donovan (1)
The Doors (1)
The Flying Burrito Brothers (1)
Fred Neil (1)
Illinois Jacquet (1)
The International Submarine Band (1)
Jeff Beck (1)
Jefferson Airplane (1)
Jimi Hendrix (1)
Joan Baez (1)
Joao Gilberto (1)
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers (1)
Johnny Cash (2)
King Crimson (1)  ** Youtube Only **
The Kinks (2)
Led Zeppelin (1)
The Left Banke (1) ** Youtube Only **
Leonard Cohen (1)
Lonnie Johnson (1)
Love (1)
Magic Sam (1)
Merle Haggard (1)
Neil Young (1)
Nick Drake (1)
Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1)
The Rolling Stones (1)
Simon & Garfunkel (2)
Sonny Rollins (1)
Taj Mahal (2)
Traffic (1)
Van Morrison (1)
The Velvet Underground (1)
The Who (1)
The Zombies (1)

1970s:
AC/DC (2)
Aerosmith (2)
Barry White (1)
Big Star (2)
Bill Fay (1)
Bill Withers (1)
Billy Cobham (1)
Black Sabbath (1)
Blondie (2)
Bob Dylan (1)
Bob Marley (1)
Bob Seger (2)
Boz Scaggs (1)
Brinsley Schwarz (1) ** Youtube Only **
Buzzcocks (1)
Carole King (1)
The Cars (1)
Cat Stevens (2)
Cheap Trick (3)
The Clash (2)
The Damned (1)
David Bowie (3)
Deep Purple (1)
Eagles (1)
Electric Light Orchestra (1)
Elton John (2)
Elvis Costello (3)
Faces (2)
Fleetwood Mac (2)
Gang of Four (1)
Gene Clark (1)
Genesis (1)
Graham Parker (2)
Gram Parsons (1)
Grateful Dead (1)
Iggy Pop (2)
The Isley Brothers (1)
Jackson Browne (2)
The Jam (3)
James Taylor (1)
Janis Joplin (1)
John Lennon (1)
John Stewart (1)
Joni Mitchell (2)
Joy Division (2)
Kris Kristofferson (1)
Led Zeppelin (4)
Lou Reed (1)
Lurkers (1)
Lynyrd Skynyrd (2)
Mahavishnu Orchestra (2)
Michael Jackson (1)
The Modern Lovers (1)
Mott the Hoople (2)
The Move (1)
Neil Young (2)
New York Dolls (2)
Nick Drake (2)
Nick Lowe (1)
Patti Smith (1)
Paul McCartney (1)
Paul Simon (1)
Pink Floyd (1)
Ramones (2)
Randy Newman (2)
Rod Stewart (3)
The Rolling Stones (1)
Roxy Music (2)
The Sex Pistols (1)
Steely Dan (2)
Stevie Wonder (2)
The Stooges (2)
T. Rex (1)
Talking Heads (2)
Television (1)
Thin Lizzy (1)
Todd Rundgren (1)
Tom Petty (1)
Van Halen (1)
Van Morrison (1)
Vashti Bunyan (1)
The Velvet Underground (1)
The Who (2)
Wire (2)
Yes (2)

1980s:
3rd Bass (1)
ABC (1)
AC/DC (1)
Aztec Camera (1)
Beastie Boys (1)
Boogie Down Productions (2)
Bruce Springsteen (4)
The Cars (1)
The Cure (1)
David Bowie (1)
Def Leppard (2)
Dinosaur Jr. (1)
The Dream Syndicate (1)
Echo & the Bunnymen (1)
Elvis Costello (3)
The English Beat (1)
EPDM (1)
Eric B. & Rakim (1)
The Fall (1)
Felt (1)
Ferron (2)
The Go-Betweens (1)
The Gun Club (1)
Guns 'N' Roses (1)
Hall & Oates (1)
The Human League (1)
Husker Du (3)
Ice-T (1)
The Jesus & Mary Chain (1)
Joy Division (1)
Judas Priest (1)
Kool Moe Dee (1)
LL Cool J (1)
Madonna (2)
Marshall Crenshaw (1)
Metallica (1)
Michael Jackson (1)
Michelle Shocked (1)
Minutemen (1)
N.W.A. (1)
New Order (1)
Nine Inch Nails (1)
Paul Simon (1)
Peter Gabriel (1)
Phil Collins (1)
Pixies (2)
The Police (1)
The Pretenders (2)
Prince (4)
Public Enemy (1)
R.E.M. (2)
The Replacements (2)
Rick James (1)
Roxy Music (1)
Run-D.M.C. (2)
Rush (1)
Slayer (1)
The Smiths (3)
The Soft Boys (1)
Sonic Youth (1)
Squeeze (2)
Stetsasonic (1)
Stevie Ray Vaughn (1)
The Stone Roses (1)
Talk Talk (1)
Talking Heads (1)
Tom Petty (1)
Tom Waits (2)
Tracy Chapman (1)
U2 (2)
Ultramagnetic MC's (1)
Van Halen (1)
Violent Femmes (1)
X (3)
XTC (1)
Young MC (1)

1990s:
2pac (2)
4hero (1)
A Guy Called Gerald (1)
A Tribe Called Quest (2)
Aceyalone (1)
Alanis Morissette (1)
Aphex Twin (1)
As One (1) ** Not Streamable **
Basic Channel (1)
Beck (1)
Belle & Sebastian (1)
Big L (1)
Biosphere (1)
Bjork (3)
Black Star (1)
Built to Spill (1)
Busta Rhymes (1) ** Not Streamable **
Company Flow (1) ** Youtube Only **
The Cure (1)
Cypress Hill (1)
Dr. Dre (1)
Dr. Octagon (1)
Eminem (1)
Fatboy Slim (1)
Ferron (1)
Final Fantasy 7 ** Youtube Only **
The Future Sound of London (1)
Gang Starr (2)
Goo Goo Dolls (1)
Goodie Mob (1)
Green Day (2)
Guster (1)
GZA (1)
Happy Mondays (1)
Ice Cube (2) ** 1 Album Youtube Only **
Ice-T (1)
Jay Z (1) ** Youtube Only **
Jeff Buckley (1)
Jeru the Damaja (1)
Kitchens of Distinction (1)
Kool G. Rap & DJ Polo (1) ** Not Streamable **
Larry Heard (1)
Leftfield (1)
LFO (1)
Liz Phair (1)
LL Cool J (1)
Main Source (1)
Massive Attack (2)
Mobb Deep (1)
Modest Mouse (1)
Mogwai (1)
Mos Def (1)
Mouse On Mars (1) 
My Bloody Valentine (1)
Nas (1)
Neutral Milk Hotel (1)
Nirvana (3)
The Notorious B.I.G. (1)
Oasis (2)
The Orb (2)
Orbital (1)
Organized Konfusion (1) ** Youtube Only **
Outkast (1)
P.M. Dawn (1) ** Youtube Only **
Pavement (2)
Pearl Jam (1)
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (1)
Portishead (1)
The Prodigy (2)
Public Enemy (2)
Pulp (1)
R.E.M. (1)
Radiohead (2)
Raekwon (1)
Red Hot Chili Peppers (1)
Red House Painters (2)
Robert Hood (1) ** Youtube Only **
The Roots (1)
Slam (1)
Slint (1)
The Smashing Pumpkins (1)
Snoop Dogg (1)
Souls of Mischief (1)
Soundgarden (1)
Superchunk (1)
Supergrass (1)
Talk Talk (1)
Teenage Fanclub (1)
Tricky (1)
U2 (1)
Underworld (2)
The Verve (1)
Wagon Christ (1) ** Youtube Only **
The Wedding Present (1)
Weezer (2)
Wu-Tang Clan (1)
Yo La Tengo (1)

2000s:
Animal Collective (1)
Arcade Fire (1)
Art Brut (1) ** Youtube Only **
Bloc Party (1)
Coldplay (1)
Deltron 3030 (1)
Dizzee Rascal (1)
Editors (1)
Elf Power (1)
Eminem (1)
Guster (1)
The Hold Steady (2)
Interpol (1)
Jay Z (1) ** Not Streamable **
Jurassic 5 (1)
Kanye West (2)
The Killers (1)
The Kills (1)
The Kings of Convenience (2)
LTJ Bukem (1)
Maximo Park (1)
My Morning Jacket (1)
Nada Surf (2)
Outkast (1)
Radiohead (1)
The Shins (1)
Songs: Ohia (1)
The Stills (1)
The Streets (1)
The Strokes (1)
Vampire Weekend (1)
The White Stripes (2)
Wilco (2)
Wild Beasts (1)

2010s:
Abe Vigoda (1)
Angel Olsen (1)
Courtney Barnett (1)
Disclosure (1)
The Hold Steady (1)
Jen Cloher (2)
J. Cole (2)
Kendrick Lamarr (2)
Mac DeMarco (2)
Ought (1)
Parquet Courts (1)
Ty Segall (2)
Veronica Falls (1)

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