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