The 20 Greatest Albums of All Time

for the intelligent person.

What makes a great album? Is it just a collection of great songs? Although having great songs does help, I don't think it's just that. To use a sport adage: 'the sum is greater than its parts'. And this is as true for an album, as it is for a football team. On great albums, all the songs both fit together and complement each other. To know how this happens is beyond me, but I know it when I hear it.

Making a great album is not an easy thing to do. It's rare that a band or singer can make more than one throughout the whole of their career. In addition, many of the most talented singers and bands have never created an album which I would consider great (Leonard Cohen being a notable example).

Below I have selected what I think are the 20 greatest albums of all time, albums which I can happily listen to in their entirety.

My selection reflects my own personal taste in music (Indie, Alternative, Rock, some Electronic and Rap), so I am sure that I have missed some great albums because I don't particularly like the genre of music.

Album Artist
1. The Queen is Dead The Smiths Amazon logo and link
2. Hunky Dory David Bowie Amazon logo and link
3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles Amazon logo and link
4. Violator Depeche Mode Amazon logo and link
5. The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd Amazon logo and link
6. Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd Amazon logo and link
7. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea PJ Harvey Amazon logo and link
8. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Public Enemy Amazon logo and link
9. Green REM Amazon logo and link
10. Booth & the Bad Angel Booth & the Bad Angel Amazon logo and link
11. Love Kraft Super Furry Animals Amazon logo and link
12. Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin Amazon logo and link
13. JehovahKill Julian Cope Amazon logo and link
14. Pet Sounds The Beach Boys Amazon logo and link
15. Murder Ballads Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Amazon logo and link
16. Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld The Orb Amazon logo and link
17. Naked Talking Heads Amazon logo and link
18. The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground Amazon logo and link
19. Space Oddity David Bowie Amazon logo and link
20. Ritual de lo Habitual Jane's Addiction Amazon logo and link