Top 20 Albums

14 Apr

Stuff.co.nz has a so-called list of “MTV’s Greatest Album Ever Top 20” on their site.

Number one on their list is “Thriller” by Michael Jackson!

I not a Michael Jackson fan by a long-shot! I dislike him and his music. I think that “Thriller” album is way over-rated!
Their list also includes albums such as “OK Computer” by Radiohead. They’re even worse than Michael Jackson!

In fact, every single album on their list is a waste of vinyl, in my opinion…except one: they have “Appetite For Destruction” by Guns ‘N Roses listed as number three.
Appetite For Destruction” is a great album!

I couldn’t believe, though, that they put a list of the Top 20 Greatest Albums Ever and included those other nineteen albums!
But after I re-read the article, I noticed it says “…votes were cast by fans asked to choose their favorite album since 1981 from a shortlist of 26 LPs.

So, their list is basically meaningless (and so wrong!).

That made me do a search for a better list of the best albums of all time.

I found a list of the Best 500 Albums Of All Time.
It’s better…but KISS doesn’t appear of it even once! (And they have that awful Radiohead as number one! Motörhead ♠ or Diamondhead would’ve been better!)

So, I decided I should put online an accurate list of the best albums.

Here it is…the Best Twenty Albums Of All Time:

  • KISS (their debut album). Eight out of the ten songs on this album are classics! How many other albums have 80% of the songs that are concert staples for decades?

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  • AC/DC : Back In Black.

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  • KISS : Alive II. When I was about eight-years-old, this is the first KISS album I ever saw. It made an impression on me.

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  • Mötley Crüe : Shout At The Devil. The epitome of ’80s heavy metal.

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  • Guns ‘N Roses : Appetite For Destruction. The only album from MTV’s list that belongs on a Top 20 list!

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  • Jackyl (their debut album). The lead singer plays the chainsaw! That’s rock ‘n roll!

jackyl

  • Def Leppard : Pyromania. The last decent album by this band! I saw them in concert after the drummer lost his arm in an accident and began drumming with one arm!
  • leppard
  • Megadeth : Countdown To Extinction.

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  • Metallica (the black album. (Should be titled: “Don’t Tread On Me” because of the cover)). All of Metallica‘s albums up to this one are great! Don’t know what happened to them after they cut their hair though!)

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  • Ozzy Osbourne : Blizzard Of Ozz. Ozzy is the Godfather of Metal. I love all of his albums…but this one is best!

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  • Judas Priest : Defenders Of The Faith.

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  • Queensrÿche : Operation:Mindcrime. This album is a masterpiece! I usually don’t like concept albums…but this is the rare great concept-album!

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  • Quiet Riot : Metal Health. Every metal-head bought this album in 1983!

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  • RATT : Out Of The Cellar.

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  • Black Sabbath : Master Of Reality.  Any Black Sabbath album is great!

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  • Savatage : Hall Of The Mountain King. By far their best album.

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  • Scorpions : Love At First Sting.

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  • Twisted Sister : Stay Hungry. Did you know that they dedicated this 1984 album to Arnold Schwarzenegger?

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  • Skid Row (their debut album). The song “Youth Gone Wild” is the perfect metal anthem.

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  • Dangerous Toys (their debut album).

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What do you think of my list? Have you ever listened to any of these albums? Do you own them? Do you like them?

Write your own “Top 20 Best Albums” list in the comments section?

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43 Responses to “Top 20 Albums”

  1. Eric April 14, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    Wow you really are a “Metal Head”. I agree with you on “Back in Black”, but the rest I’m not sure about. “Paranoid” or ‘Black Sabbath” are much better Black Sabbath albums than “Master of Reality” (don’t get me wrong it’s still really good though. I would say about 25% of the MTV list is actually good.

    • tokyo5 April 14, 2009 at 9:55 pm #

      >Wow you really are a “Metal Head”.

      Yeah, well, actually music isn’t as important to me as it was when I was a teenager.
      I only occasionally listen to my CDs anymore.
      Now I have three teenagers of my own…and they’re always listening to their pop-music.

      > I agree with you on “Back in Black”, but the rest I’m not sure about.

      Go ahead and write a list of your favorite albums of all time in this comment section…I’d be interested!

  2. Eric April 15, 2009 at 12:56 am #

    OK I’ll bite (although you’ll probably disagree with most of my choices). My tast in music is all over the place ranging from a bit of metal to electronic music. These are not ranked, and I need at least 25.

    1. The Beatles “Hard Day’s Night” My favorite Beatles album.
    2. Van Morrison “Astral Weeks” A really great relaxed summery album.
    3. New Order “Low Life” I love New Order, and this is the best one.
    4. The Clash “London Calling” I thought this was the coolest album ever when I was young.
    5. Boston “Boston” Every song is awesome!
    6. Broken Social Scene “Broken Social Scene” It’s Canadian, and sounds unlike anything else
    7.Does It Offend You, Yeah? ” You Have no Idea” Mix metal, punk , and techno, and it’s awesome
    8. Earth Wind and Fire “Essential” It’s the happiest music on earth
    9. The Human League “Dare” My youth
    10.Justice “Cross” Epic
    11. Killers “Hot Fuss” Catchy tunes
    12. The Sundays “Static and Silence” The most beautiful album I own
    13. Paul McCartney “All The Best” Hey it’s Paul
    14. The Smiths “Best” Classic songs
    15. Stevie Wonder “Talking Book” Stevie’s best
    16. Stars “Set Yourself On Fire” Canadian, great indie rock
    17. Tegan and Sara “So Jealous” Also Canadian, also great
    18. Television “Marquee Moon” intelligent punk, awesome guitar riffs
    19. Velvet Underground “Loaded” Defined my taste in music
    20. Weezer “Pinkerton” My favorite Weezer album
    21. Feist “The Reminder” Canadian, memorable songs
    22. ACDC “Back In Black” a classic
    23. The Band “The Band” American country folk rock was created by Canadians
    24. Al Green “Let’s Stay Together” awesome soul music
    25. Creedence Clearwater Revival “Chronicle” great for summer listening and drinking beer at the campsite

    • tokyo5 April 15, 2009 at 1:10 am #

      >you’ll probably disagree with most of my choices

      Yeah, but my opinion on your favorite CDs isn’t important. Everyone has their own taste.

      But you’re right. Most of the albums you listed I either don’t like or I’ve never heard of!

      But I like The Beatles too.
      I have John Lennon’s Imagine album.

      And I also have Boston “I” and “Don’t Look Back”.

      (And of course, many AC/DC albums including “Back In Black”).

      So, I don’t listen to only heavy metal either.
      I also have CDs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., Foreigner, etc.
      Admittedly, they’re not my favorites though.

      I also have CDs by the Canadian bands Helix, Killer Dwarfs, and Bryan Adams.

      • Eric April 16, 2009 at 1:28 am #

        Bryan Adams seems to stick out like a sore thumb in your collection. ;)

      • tokyo5 April 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

        What can I say? I like Bryan Adams’ music…and Eddie Money too (I have only album of each. Both of their “Greatest Hits” albums).

  3. Tsukareru April 15, 2009 at 8:40 am #

    To call you a ‘metal head’ would be an understatement.

    • tokyo5 April 15, 2009 at 9:49 pm #

      Especially when I was a teenager. ;)

      What type of music do you like?

  4. Eremeeff April 15, 2009 at 2:01 pm #

    Hello,
    Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!

    Thanks
    Eremeeff

    • tokyo5 April 15, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

      Thank you. And please feel free to leave a comment anytime!

  5. gaijinnosekai April 16, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    Good post!! Yeah, I hate those kinds of rankings, I never agree with the results, I have quite an obscure taste in music so a lot of the bands I like never make it into the rankings anyway. Your list is pretty decent, my brother would love it, I’m not so much into metal though, I used to listen to the Black album a lot when I was younger but my favourite Metallica album is Reload. I haven’t heard Countdown to Extinction, I really like Megadeth’s Youthanasia album though – A Tout le Monde is such a brilliant song, I hated the new version which featured Christina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil, the original is leagues better!

    • tokyo5 April 16, 2009 at 10:11 pm #

      >my favourite Metallica album is Reload.

      Kill ‘Em All, Ride The Lightning, Master Of Puppets, …And Justice For All, and the ‘Black Album’…those are great albums!
      From “Load” on…their albums go downhill! It’s a tragedy.
      St. Anger is pitiful!
      (I haven’t heard their latest, Death Magnetic, yet though.)

      >I haven’t heard Countdown to Extinction

      I recommend it. Megadeth has nothing else in their catalog on par with that album!

      > I really like Megadeth’s Youthanasia album

      Countdown To Extinction is much better!

  6. Jiro April 16, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    Tokyo Five

    You are quite wild.
    Is your heart burning hot with fiery metal?
    Yes, Heavy Metal is probably the most energetic and sexiest music in the world.
    But as you say in “Japanese Proverbs,” a person’s liking is 十人十色 (Juhnin Toiro) which means a different person has a different taste.

    As you fell in love with KISS when you’re 8, I fell into raptures with a Japanese songstress.
    And I’m sure that everyone has his or her own love-at-first-sight song.
    My first song is THIS.
    太田裕美 九月の雨

    Do you know Japanese songs?

    When it comes to Heavy Metal, I know nothing about it.
    But I gave it a try and made a list of the too-dangerous-to-handle genre, making a wild guess.
    Take a look and enjoy a layman’s struggle.

    1 Black Sabbath Paranoid
    2 Iron Maiden Number of the Beast
    3 Metallica Master of Puppets
    4 KISS AliveⅡ
    5 Van Halen Van Halen
    6 AC/DC Back in Black
    7 Bon Jovi Cross Road
    8 Judas Priest British Steel
    9 Led Zeppelin Physical Graffity
    10 Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Oz
    11 Guns ‘N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction
    12 Def Leppard Pyromania
    13 Motley Crue Shout at the Devil
    14 Scorpions Blackout
    15 Megadeth Rust in Peace
    16 Rainbow  Rainbow Rising
    17 Deep Purple Machine Head
    18 Slayer Reign in Blood
    19 Dio Holy Diver
    20 Motorhead Ace of Spades
    Is Bon Jovi a metal ?
    Please correct the list and teach us what is good and what is not.

    I’m 53 years young (I’m not old )
    And the songs I remember and I think are good ones are…
    ABBA   Dancing Queen
    Eagles    Hotel California
    Olivia Newton John Physical
    Albert Hammond   It Never Rains in Southern California
    Gloria Gaynor     I Will Survive
    John Denver    Country Roads
    Quincy Jones     Ai No Corrida
    Michael Jackson   Rock With You
    The Nolans   I’m in the Mood for Dancing

    You know, Tokyo 5.
    The Japanese people love The Beatles and Carpenters.
    And they like Michael Jackson, too.
    It’s true that Thriller is overrated.
    But is there any reason why you dislike Michael ?
    You are right.
    He did cosmetic surgery more than 50 times.
    And I was horrified when I saw him covered in a black veil to prevent people from looking at his face.

    But I seem to know how he feels.
    Asking him why he does strange things is just asking a person whether he can understand how it feels to be blind.
    If you don’t know how it feels to be blind, you will never be able to understand how Michael feels deep inside.
    His heart is blind and he doesn’t know how to express his true feelings.
    I think Michael is quite misunderstood and people should try to figure out what a black person wants to do.
    But on the other hand, I believe that Michael, instead of trying to whiten his face, should at least spend some of the money wasted on plastic surgery to help black people in need to pull out of their predicament.

    Tokyo Five
    Do you know 造幣局 (Zohhei Kyoku) here in Osaka ?
    Its gate has been opened and I saw many many people visit there for cherry blossom viewing.
    When it was raining quite hard two days ago, there was nobody in sight.
    But today tens of thousands of people were flowing like a surging river.
    I’ve seen 50 huge sightseeing buses rumbling around the Osaka Castle Moat today.
    And they are not Japanese.
    They come from China and South Korea.

    I pass through Osaka Castle Park everyday.
    And I thought another 関が原WAR had started when I saw the swarm of people.

    Do you think Tokyo will be chosen for the 2016 Olympics ?
    Or Chicago will get the lion’s share ?
    I’d like to see Tokyo Olympics again, Tokyo Five.

    by ジローちゃん

    • tokyo5 April 16, 2009 at 11:00 pm #

      ジローさん、

      You wrote a long post! Thank you.
      I’ll try to answer it.

      >as you say in “Japanese Proverbs,” a person’s liking is 十人十色 (Juhnin Toiro) which means a different person has a different taste.

      Yes, I wrote that proverb here:

      http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~tokyo5/faq.html#proverbs

      >My first song is THIS.
      太田裕美 九月の雨

      Is Ota Hiromi your favorite singer?

      >Do you know Japanese songs?

      Of course.
      I like B’z, Southern All Stars, Seikima-II…and Monkey Majik.
      I wrote this post:

      http://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2008/08/04/background-music/

      >When it comes to Heavy Metal, I know nothing about it.

      I think you must know metal music very well. Your list is excellent!

      >But I gave it a try and made a list

      Do you own the CDs on this list?
      I have all of them on your list except Rainbow and Deep Purple.

      >Black Sabbath Paranoid

      Great.

      >Iron Maiden Number of the Beast

      I was gonna include that album (or “Piece Of Mind”)…

      >Metallica Master of Puppets

      I couldn’t decide whether to include Master Of Puppets or the “Black Album”.

      >KISS AliveⅡ

      I wanted to include all of the KISS albums!

      >Van Halen Van Halen

      Van Halen I and II are great.

      >AC/DC Back in Black

      Of course.
      I debated, though, between that one and Highway To Hell.

      >Bon Jovi Cross Road

      Some Bon Jovi songs are very good…but I’m not sure if they’re in the “Top 20″.

      >Judas Priest British Steel

      Great album.

      >Led Zeppelin Physical Graffity

      Led Zeppelin are cool…and they have some amazing songs. But, in my opinion, they have many duds too.

      >Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Oz
      Guns ‘N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction
      Def Leppard Pyromania
      Motley Crue Shout at the Devil

      Of course.

      >Scorpions Blackout

      It’s a great album. Love At First Sting and Animal Magnetism are better, though.

      >Megadeth Rust in Peace

      Megadeth’s best album is Countdown….

      >Dio Holy Diver

      I wanted to include this album…or The Last In Line.

      >Is Bon Jovi a metal ?

      Maybe hard rock. But just because I made a list of heavy metal albums doesn’t mean you have to choose heavy metal album.
      I hope everyone will make a list of their all-time favorite albums…whatever genre.

      >Please correct the list and teach us what is good and what is not.

      I like every album on your list. I have 18 of them in my collection.
      But it’s not to me to say if your list is good or not. It’s a matter of opinion.

      >ABBA   Dancing Queen
      Eagles    Hotel California
      Olivia Newton John Physical
      Albert Hammond   It Never Rains in Southern California
      Gloria Gaynor     I Will Survive
      John Denver    Country Roads
      Quincy Jones     Ai No Corrida
      Michael Jackson   Rock With You
      The Nolans   I’m in the Mood for Dancing

      Now, on that list, the only song I can tolerate is Hotel California (and actually I’ve heard that song enough times for one lifetime ;) ).

      >Japanese people love The Beatles and Carpenters.
      And they like Michael Jackson, too.

      And The Ventures, Brian Setzer, and Deep Purple

      >But is there any reason why you dislike Michael ?

      He’s creepy…and I’m suspicious about his relationships with kids.

      > 造幣局 (Zohhei Kyoku) here in Osaka ?…many many people visit there for cherry blossom viewing.

      Is it a popular spot for 花見 (Cherry Blossom Viewing)?
      Are Sakura still in bloom now in Osaka?

      > Do you think Tokyo will be chosen for the 2016 Olympics ?

      Actually I’m in the process of writing another post about the 2016 Olympics.

  7. Nicole Fafalios April 16, 2009 at 11:37 pm #

    My new favorite EP – not LP – but music none the less – http://www.myspace.com/thehonorsmusic – New Boston Based Rock Band- PHENOMENAL

    • tokyo5 April 17, 2009 at 12:56 am #

      Thanks.

      Are you from Boston? I’ve visited that city once…it’s very nice.

  8. Sir Pent April 19, 2009 at 9:34 pm #

    DANGEROUS TOYS?!?!
    Oh come on! They had a couple of good songs, but how can that land as one of your top albums?

    • tokyo5 April 19, 2009 at 9:46 pm #

      What can I say? I like that album.
      They sound kinda like Guns ‘N Roses.

    • tokyo5 April 19, 2009 at 9:56 pm #

      Please write a list of your Top 20 albums!

  9. Metal Misfit April 20, 2009 at 4:26 am #

    Good list and definitely a list of important albums.

    Here’s mine own personal Top 20 off the top of my head (in on particular order):

    -GNR – Appetite for Destruction
    -Marvelous 3 – ReadySexGo
    -Megadeth – Youthanasia
    -Judas Priest – Painkiller
    -Savatage – Hall of the Mountain King
    -GNR – Chinese Democracy
    -KISS – Creatures of the Night
    -Bon Jovi – New Jersey
    -Def Leppard – Pyromania
    -Metallica – Master of Puppets
    -Dirty Looks – Cool from the Wire
    -L.A. Guns – Waking the Dead
    -Warrant – Cherry Pie
    -Van Halen – s/t
    -Motley Crue – Shout at the Devil
    -KISS – s/t
    -Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic
    -KISS – Lick It Up
    -Edguy – Rocket Ride
    -Alice Cooper – Trash

    • tokyo5 April 20, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

      >Good list and definitely a list of important albums.

      Thanks.

      >Here’s mine own personal Top 20

      When I wrote this post I was hoping you’d put your list here! Thanks.

      >off the top of my head (in on particular order)

      Actually, my list is also off-the-top-of-my head and in-no-particular-order (except as I thought of them), too.

      >-Marvelous 3 – ReadySexGo

      Never heard of this band.

      >Megadeth – Youthanasia

      More than “Countdown“??

      >-Judas Priest – Painkiller

      It’s a great album! “A Touch Of Evil” is an excellent track!
      I chose the Priest album “Defenders Of The Faith“…but if I re-did that list, I might choose their album “Metal Works” (except that album doesn’t have the songs “Johnny B. Goode” and “Some Heads Are Gonna Roll“).

      >-GNR – Chinese Democracy

      Is it a good album? I haven’t heard it yet.

      >-KISS – Creatures of the Night

      I wanted it add one more album to my list actually…KISSRevenge“.

      >-Bon Jovi – New Jersey

      New Jersey“??
      If I chose a Bon Jovi album, it’d be “These Days“.

      >-Metallica – Master of Puppets

      Maybe I should’ve chose that one over their Black album too…when it first came out, it was on my turntable constantly (I used to buy vinyl LPs!).

      >-Dirty Looks – Cool from the Wire

      The only album I own by them is their debut. Personally I think it’s “so-so”.

      >-L.A. Guns – Waking the Dead

      I bought their first four albums…then haven’t thought about them in years. Is that one good?

      >-Warrant – Cherry Pie

      Warrant?? If I chose one of theirs, it’d be “Dog Eat Dog“.

      >-Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic

      This was the first Aerosmith album I ever owned. My uncle gave it to me when I was about 9.

      >-Edguy – Rocket Ride

      I haven’t heard this band’s music. Maybe I’ll check them out.

      >-Alice Cooper – Trash

      Definitely his most popular album.

      Just as I expected it would be…your list is excellent!

  10. Sir Pent April 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm #

    I always have trouble with Top 20 Album lists as I find I’m more of a “stand-alone” song kind of a guy. Here goes (in no particular order):

    – Too Much Joy: Son of Sam I Am
    – Kiss: Rock And Roll Over
    – Nitro: OFR
    – Blues Brothers: Briefcase Full of Blues
    – Alison Krause: Now That I’ve Found You
    – Kiss: Lick It Up
    – AC/DC: Back In Black
    – Spinal Tap: Smell The Glove
    – Kiss: Ace Frehley solo album
    – Vinnie Vincent Invasion: self-titled
    – Richard Cheese: Aperitif for Destruction
    – Samantha Fox: Touch Me
    – Beastie Boys: License To Ill
    – Kiss: Creatures Of The Night
    – Me First and the Gimme-Gimmes: Are A Drag
    – Kiss: self-titled
    – Stephen Lynch: The Craig Machine
    – Union: self-titled
    – The Dead Milkmen: Beelzebubba

    • tokyo5 April 20, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

      Sir Pent…

      Thanks.

      >- Too Much Joy: Son of Sam I Am
      – Nitro: OFR
      – Alison Krause: Now That I’ve Found You
      – Richard Cheese: Aperitif for Destruction
      – Me First and the Gimme-Gimmes: Are A Drag
      – Stephen Lynch: The Craig Machine

      Never heard of any of those.

      >- The Dead Milkmen: Beelzebubba

      I have heard of this band…but I haven’t heard their music.
      Both the band and the album have funny names.
      They’re a punk-rock band, aren’t they?

      >- Blues Brothers: Briefcase Full of Blues
      – Samantha Fox: Touch Me
      – Beastie Boys: License To Ill

      You were surprised that I have Dangerous Toys in my list…but you have these three?!?

      By the way, you only have nineteen albums in your list.

  11. Sir Pent April 20, 2009 at 11:43 pm #

    Surprised you haven’t heard of Nitro. Speed metal glam rock at it’s silliest…but amazing musicians!

    Dead Milkmen are a great melodic punk band.

    I’ve got country, comedy, punk, rap in there

    #20=Danger Danger’s first album

    • tokyo5 April 21, 2009 at 12:06 am #

      >Danger Danger’s first album

      I haven’t listened to that album in years!
      I honestly can’t remember what it sounds like!

  12. tokyo5 April 21, 2009 at 12:16 am #

    Yesterday (2009 April 20) was the ten-year anniversary of the “Columbine High School Tragedy” in America.

    It was a sad day.

  13. Sir Pent April 21, 2009 at 9:31 am #

    I also forgot Meat Loaf: Bat Out Of Hell

    • tokyo5 April 22, 2009 at 12:19 am #

      Would that be your #21?

  14. Sir Pent April 22, 2009 at 11:22 am #

    yup

  15. RattRocker September 5, 2010 at 6:33 am #

    Very nice lsit, with a few minor adjustments it would be close to mine.

    • tokyo5 September 5, 2010 at 11:59 am #

      Please tell me your “Top 20 albums”.

      • RattRocker September 7, 2010 at 6:43 am #

        IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER, I guess I stretched on the minor adjsutments, but your list has a lot of good stuff in it:
        1. Van Halen – Van Halen
        2. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
        3. Metallica – Ride the Lightning
        4. Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time
        5. Judas Priest – Screaming For vengeance
        6. Dio – Holy Diver
        7. Black Sabbath – Live Evil
        8. The Who – Who’s Next
        9. Pink Floyd – The Wall
        10. queensryche – operation: Mindcrime
        11. Metallica – …And Justice For All
        12. Motley Crue – Shout At the Devil
        13. Poison – Look What the cat dragged In
        14. Ratt – Dancing Undercover
        15. Van Halen – For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
        16. Van Halen – Fair Warning
        17. AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done dirt Cheap
        18. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
        19. Def Leppard – Pyromnaia
        20. Def Leppard – On Through the Night

      • tokyo5 September 8, 2010 at 12:44 am #

        All great albums (except for The Who. I don’t care for their music much.), and many I can understand being in a “Top 20″ list—namely “Ride The Lightning” (the first Metallica album I ever heard), “Screaming For Vengeance”, “Holy Diver”…and of course the albums you listed that are on my list as well.

        But some of the others aren’t quite “Top 20″ level, in my opinion. Namely, “Slippery When Wet”, “Dancing Undercover” and “Look What The Cat Dragged In”.

      • RattRocker July 14, 2012 at 8:25 am #

        Looking back on this all I think to myself is “Jeez, my top twenty list now is very different than two years ago.” :P

      • tokyo5 July 14, 2012 at 9:04 am #

        Why don’t you write your updated list?

      • RattRocker July 15, 2012 at 7:46 am #

        I’d make a top twenty list of all time but that is too difficult. I do know what albums I would consider for a top twenty and what I wouldn’t as well as. I’ll list 20 of my favorite albums that I’d consider for a “Top Twenty” list.
        -Van Halen – Women and Children First
        -Megadeth – So Far, So Good… So What!
        -Metallica – Ride the Lightning
        -Judas Priest – Defenders of the Faith
        -Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time
        -Black Sabbath – Mob Rules
        -Dio – The Last In Line
        -Dokken – Tooth and Nail
        -Queensrÿche – Operation: Mindcrime
        -Metal Church – Metal Church
        -Def Leppard – High ‘n’ Dry
        -Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
        -Anthrax – Spreading the Disease
        -Ratt – Detonator
        -Pink Floyd – The Wall
        -Bon Jovi – New Jersey
        -Sammy Hagar – Standing Hampton
        -Great White – Hooked
        -Scorpions – Blackout
        -Triumph – Allied Forces

        Most of these are off the top of my head and I am sure there are many missing from a candidates list and many missing from my favorites list. I am also sure many would argue against certain albums from here, but then again, these are just my favorites. Who am I to deem what are the greatest albums of all time?

        Y’know, I think I’ll save this topic for one of my next blog posts as I still have a whole lot to say on this :P

      • tokyo5 July 15, 2012 at 10:51 am #

        Those are great albums … many are on my list as well.

        But … in my opinion…
        Black Sabbath isn’t Black Sabbath without Ozzy,
        Pink Floyd, Bon-Jovi, Great White and Triumph have some good songs but I wouldn’t consider them “essential”.

        I can’t believe you have no Ozzy Osbourne or KISS on your list!

      • RattRocker July 15, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

        Hehe, these are just some of my favorite artists that I did off the top of my head, a full list of just qualifiers would have Ozzy, KISS, Aerosmith, and other bands not on here as well.
        As for Black Sabbath, I was first exposed to the Ozzy Sabbath but I fell in love with Dio Sabbath, in particular the live album Live Evil. I didn’t grow up with just Ozzy at the helm and I knew there were other singers aside from Ozzy and Dio. Don’t worry though, my second favorite Black Sabbath studio album is Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and that one would also make it to my “qualifiers” for the top 20.

      • tokyo5 July 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm #

        “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” is a great album !

  16. jay September 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    Couldn’t help but add to this list:

    01. John Coltrane – Crescent
    02. Soul Asylum – Hangtime
    03. Tom Waits – Raindogs / Mule Variations (tie)
    04. Violent Femmes – s/t
    05. GNR – Appetite For Destruction
    06. Harvey Milk – Courtesy and Goodwill…
    07. Pixies – Doolittle
    08. Malignus Youth – More To It
    09. Minutemen – Double Nickels / Post-mersh vol 3 (tie)
    10. Julian Cope – Peggy Suicide
    11. Nina Simone – Wild Is The Wind
    12. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
    13. Public Enemy – Nation Of Millions
    14. Electric Love Muffin – Rassafrana
    15. Weakling – Dead As Dreams
    16. Black Sabbath – Sabotage
    17. The Clash – The Story of the Clash Vol. 1 & 2
    18. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
    19. Roky Erickson – I Have Always Been Here Before
    20. Faith No More – Angel Dust

    • tokyo5 September 6, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

      With the exception of Guns ‘N Roses “Appetite For Destruction” and Black Sabbath “Sabotage” (both of which are great!), I’ve never heard any of those other albums on your list.

      It appears to be a wide variety of musical genres. What type of music do you mainly listen to?

  17. N h L C G m September 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm #

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I
    get several e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way
    you can remove me from that service? Thanks a lot!

    • tokyo5 September 28, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

      Really? Please tell me where your earlier comment is (because I can’t find any other comments written by you on my blog) and I’ll remove you .

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