View Full Version : Your favorite album?

12-24-2009, 01:36 AM
There's a number of "what's your favorite?" threads here, I know, but I thought I'd fire up one of my own. So... what 's your favorite musical album of all?

My favorite album is [WITH_TEETH] by Nine Inch Nails; I like everything about it. It's by my favorite artist, the album art is simple but effective, and the songs are excellent examples of industrial/electronic rock, like the singles "Only", "The Hand That Feeds", and "Every Day is Exactly the Same."

Track listing

01 All the Love in the World
02 You Know What You Are?
03 The Collector
04 The Hand That Feeds
05 Love is Not Enough
06 Every Day is Exactly the Same
07 With Teeth
08 Only
09 Getting Smaller
10 Sunspots
11 The Line Begins to Blur
12 Beside You in Time
13 Right Where it Belongs

12-24-2009, 03:34 AM
my favorite album is The Steely Dan Story--subtitled Showbiz Kids. It contains thirty-one songs

12-24-2009, 06:37 PM
That's a pretty long album! The longest album I've heard of had 100 songs in it, though I forgot the title >.>

12-24-2009, 07:46 PM
Symphony-Sarah Brightman

12-25-2009, 10:30 AM
physical graffitti - led zeppelin

12-25-2009, 07:50 PM
silly songs - various

12-26-2009, 12:32 PM
Trompe Le Monde - The Pixies.

It has taken me more than 15 years to appreciate this album. A friend of mine gave me the cassette tape when I was in high school. I couldn't get into it, because upon first listen, it's a bunch of grating noise. Tromple Le Monde is not the best way to get started on the Pixies. Then I revisited the album my first year of college and I could deal with Head On and Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons and Subbaculture to an extent but I could never give the album a full listen. Now I'm 32 and I pulled Trompe Le Monde out of the archives and for the first time I can say that this is album is great from the first track to the last. But for anyone who is just getting started on the Pixies, I would recommend Bassanova and Doolittle and Come On Pilgrim. Then give Trompe Le Monde a listen. :thumbs_up

12-26-2009, 12:45 PM
ooo... tough one.
Maybe Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace- Foo Fighters. I've loved the foo fighters from the first time i heard Everlong. I think this album takes every essence of their other albums and combines it into what are by far some of their best songs ever.

01-17-2010, 01:55 AM
I got several,
Abbey Road-Beatles
Bookends-Simon and Garfunkel
Tea for the Tillerman-Cat Stevens
These i could listen to all day long.

Gilliatt Gurgle
01-17-2010, 12:21 PM
“Who’s Next” continues to be the first thought that enters my mind when this question is asked:



02-06-2010, 08:03 PM
The Wall

02-06-2010, 08:16 PM
As far as rock goes:

The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd

Sgt. Pepper's Lonley Heart's Club Band - The Beatles

Untitled IV - Led Zeppelin

02-06-2010, 09:24 PM
Wow. It's almost depressing to go through this and recognize a few artists at most.

As of right now, my favorite album would be "The Sound of Madness" by Shinedown.

02-06-2010, 09:24 PM
My favorite album is probably Pet Sounds, by the Beach Boys. The thing is, my favorite band is The Smiths and I like a lot of their music, but since all I have is a compilation album, there isn't one album by them that I like the best.
Pet Sounds, on the other hand, doesn't have one song on it that I dislike.

02-06-2010, 09:27 PM
The Golden Sea by Tennets.

02-07-2010, 05:48 PM
Peter Gabriel's eponymous debut album, 1977.

02-07-2010, 05:56 PM
Very, very difficult but I think I'll go for This Year's Model. No - Abbey Road. No, no - something by Steely Dan. Wait, wait - actually Bookends, just for 'Overs'. Or - hang on...

Oh dammit. Rain Dogs, by Tom Waits.

02-24-2010, 12:10 PM
My favorite album is probably Pet Sounds, by the Beach Boys. Me too.

Every time I listen to the intricacy of the melodies, vocal interplay, and orchestration on this album, I'm staggered. Whereas Phil Spector was good at dressing up simple songs with bombastic arrangements, Brian Wilson took very complex songs --- both musically and emotionally speaking --- and gave them added dimensions with strange melodic interludes and interesting combinations of instruments: harp, banjo, clarinets, harpsichord, strings, you name it. Wilson coaxed superb performances out of the session pros: the bass playing alone is amazing.

The emotional core of Pet Sounds is what makes it so unique. Wilson was making music of heart-rending sincerity, and Tony Asher's lyrics evoke a world full of doubt and heartache. Don't blame Wilson for the Beatles' failure to surpass this album's genius with their awkward, mannered Sgt. Pepper: they stole all his musical gimmicks (and a few of his trippy in-jokes), but they forgot his vulnerability.



02-24-2010, 06:42 PM
The Strokes - Is This It

I'll never get sick of that puppy.

03-01-2010, 02:14 AM
There's too many to list but here are some of my recent favorites:

Kind of Blue - Miles Davis

*****es Brew - Miles Davis

Giant Steps - John Coltrane

Mingus, Umm - Charles Mingus

Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan

OK Computer - Radiohead

The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place - Explosions in the Sky

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy

Oh and I almost forgot, the greatest of them all:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band - The Beatles

and one of my all time personal favorites

The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd


Wish You Where Here - Pink Floyd

03-01-2010, 06:39 AM
Oh and I almost forgot, the greatest of them all:

Sgt. Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band - The BeatlesIf Pepper is the greatest, that makes Rubber Soul and Revolver even better than the greatest!



03-14-2010, 03:04 PM
Tough choice...;

for a kick off

What's Goin On-Marvin Gaye
The Bends-Radiohead

03-14-2010, 03:12 PM
Massive Attack - Mezzanine

a few other favorites

Colour Kane - A Taste Of

Maps - We Can Create

Mogwai - Mr. Beast

Dolly - Tous des stars

03-14-2010, 03:16 PM
Songs From the Big Chair-Tear for Fears
Bring it On-Gomez
Ten-Pearl Jam

03-15-2010, 08:49 PM
How could I choose one Mars Volta album.:toetap05:

03-16-2010, 03:17 AM
The Strokes - Is This It

I'll never get sick of that puppy.

You took the words from my mouth. My all-time favorite as well.

03-21-2010, 10:08 PM
Adding to my list :D

Kid A - Radiohead

Kala - M.I.A.

03-22-2010, 09:21 AM
Picking one is an impossibility. These are ones that will always be worthy of being called my favorite record of all time, as well as my justification.

Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Somewhat similar to Abbey Road below this, this record is a documentation of a band at odds with eachother. After losing a drummer, Wilco decides to look for a drummer while recording. They find Glenn Kotche, who changes their sound completely. Founding member (for nearly 10 years) Jay Bennet, multi-instrumentalist, is asked to leave the band, after recording all of his guitar parts for the record. With that, Wilco sent the record to their current label Reprise, finally mastered. Reprise rejected the record, stating various things that might be changed, and ultimately dropped Wilco from Reprise. Without a label, Wilco leaked Yankee Hotel Foxtrot on the internet, where it developed a huge craze among indie and college music radio. Reprise was so confident that Yankee Hotel Foxtrot would not be a success that they gave they gave the original masters to Wilco. The publicity of leaking their record was enough for it to finally be distributed by their current label, Nonesuch, to whom Reprise is a parent company. This album is one of the greatest things I've ever listened to, mixing noise, folk, ambient, oldies, indie, and postrock into one genre-bending piece of music.

Broken Social Scene - You Forgot It In People - I first listened to this record in the winter of 2004. I would ride public transportation to and from school every day, and I would put this on. All that I could usually think about was just all of the many many sounds happening at once. This was my first listening of anything resembling a collective, and I did not know how to handle it. All of the guitars sounded like sirens or fans or anything but guitars. The pianos and synths sounded like computers glitching. The horns sounded like horns, but at times I would realize they were not horns at all, but guitars or distorted vocals. And then there was the bus I was on, the chatter, the loud noise of the bus engine, the loud slamming of the door shutting. Most times the sounds coming from the bus mirrored the noises coming into my headphones. Through this experience, I learned truly appreciate noise and ambience. Every listen to this record reveals more hidden gems, even to this day. It's certainly a hard listen.

Radiohead - In Rainbows - Though to truly talk about Radiohead, I would have to mention OK Computer and Kid A, I think that this is their greatest record to date. Like Hail to The Thief just before this, Radiohead has continued to evolve and improve. There are certain levels of ambience on this record that simply do not exist on Kid A or Amnesiac, and there also surges of pure rock that simply do not reach this level on OK Computer. This record has all of the greatest elements from past records, but more improved. Radiohead proves on this record that they just continuously get better.

The Beatles - Abbey Road - All I can say is, I'm usually filled with glee from the first to last song. I enjoy Paul McCartney's half of the record (the second half) more than the first. This is the one album, in my opinion, where Paul McCartney proves his worth to the band. In other records, I feel that Lennon easily outshines McCartney throughout. This is the last album the Beatles ever recorded together (though released before Let It Be), and in some ways, it is the documentary of their breaking up. Most of the record was done in overdubs, as Lennon and McCartney could not be in the same room together because of various feuds. In some ways, the pain and anguish that exists between the two makes this record the most worthwhile.

The Weakerthans - Left And Leaving - A sorrowful album, this one will stick with you.

Counting Crows - August And Everything After - a pop band at their finest, every song on this record is amazing. The overly-produced melodies can be forgotten when one finally opens the lyrical booklet and discovers what this monster is hiding.

The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie - a sprawling double-disc of love and loneliness, this album is an anti-depressant in itself.

Nirvana - In Utero - every angsty feeling that i've ever had, this album sums up my teenage years. If I'm in the perfect mood to yell, this is the one.

Led Zeppelin - II - speaks for itself.

Spoon - Gimme Fiction - This album taught me everything I love about dirty guitar. This is my favorite record as far as guitar-centered works go.

Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise! - This album is a pure enigma. I did not know that albums like this existed until I finally heard it. Words do not do this record justice.

Jeff Buckley - Grace - Oh, what could've been. Grace was the first and last record that Jeff Buckley released before his untimely death, in his mere 20's. The fact is this is some of the most complex music I have ever listened to. Just try to learn any of his guitar parts for any song on this record (except maybe the cover, Hallelujah) and you will understand.

Nine Inch Nails - The Slip - whether or not you're tired of Trent Reznor, or even if you don't like him at all, he can kick out a top-notch produced record in his sleep. He continues to hone his craft and make very intricate ambient pop jams on his latest record.

03-25-2010, 09:00 PM
My Top Ten (only 1 per artist or else all Dylan lol)

In no paticular order, might change tomorrow!

Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks
Beatles - Abbey Road
Who - Who's Next
Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St.
U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Neil Young - After The Gold Rush
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key of Life

03-25-2010, 09:12 PM
Counting Crows - August And Everything After - a pop band at their finest, every song on this record is amazing. The overly-produced melodies can be forgotten when one finally opens the lyrical booklet and discovers what this monster is hiding.


and the crazy thing is, I think This Desert Life is just as good/maybe better

03-25-2010, 09:16 PM
Springsteen - Working on a Dream

David Gray - A Century Ends

Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection

04-17-2010, 06:33 AM
Megadeth - Rust In Peace

Alice In Chains - Dirt

04-17-2010, 02:21 PM
Sgt Peppers- The Beatles

04-18-2010, 06:59 AM
Electric Warrior - T.Rex
This is the first thing that came to mind...

04-18-2010, 07:20 AM
Closer - Josh Groban

04-18-2010, 09:35 AM
Oh how timely this thread.

Exile On Main Street ~ The Rolling Stones

And they are coming out with aremastered edition which includes ten new songs from those 1972 sessions.

Here is the article:

Rolling Stones unearth long-lost classic
By Kathy McCabe From: The Daily Telegraph April 16, 2010 5:58PM

MICK Jagger and Keith Richards embraced the rock'n'roll lifestyle with gusto in the late 1960s, which may explain why they forgot about Plundered My Soul.
The song is one of 10 never-heard-before tracks the pair unearthed when they were listening to the original master tapes of the Exile On Main Street recording sessions.

Jagger and Richards were preparing the fragile tapes for the reissue of Exile, their seminal 1972 double album, and had initially thought they had used all the songs amassed during four years of studio sessions. [Snip]

The single is actually out and I love it. Here:

Of course I'm pissed I have rebuy a album I already own to get the new songs.

Zach J.
05-19-2010, 09:48 PM
Warren Zevon's Excitable Boy

05-20-2010, 02:35 AM
Pixies are great. Strokes were very good. Impossible task I reckon, but off the top of my head I'd have to throw in

a) Transformer by Lou Reid (like Ovid's Metamorphosis but cooler of course)
b) Siamese Dream by Smashing Pumpkins (a real album; rather than a collection of songs).

05-20-2010, 10:11 AM
Warren Zevon's Excitable Boy

what did you think of My Ride's Here??

I'm thinking of getting it - but it is $19 on Amazon, so I am on the fence a bit

Zach J.
05-20-2010, 10:42 AM
what did you think of My Ride's Here??

I'm thinking of getting it - but it is $19 on Amazon, so I am on the fence a bit

Get it. Excitable Boy is my favorite, but My Ride's Here is a terrific, terrific album. There are some great songs: "Lord Byron's Luggage", "Genius", "I Have to Leave" and of course "My Ride's Here". Not to mention "The Hockey Song"!

05-20-2010, 10:56 AM
Get it. Excitable Boy is my favorite, but My Ride's Here is a terrific, terrific album. There are some great songs: "Lord Byron's Luggage", "Genius", "I Have to Leave" and of course "My Ride's Here". Not to mention "The Hockey Song"!

cool - thanks

heard the song with the line "keep me in your heart for a while" the other day and thought, "Why don't I own this album?"

05-23-2010, 03:37 PM
Soundtrack To Your Escape - In Flames

05-23-2010, 03:53 PM
I don't normally listen to whole albums, because usually I only like about 25% of the songs and the rest I find terrible. The only awesome exception is Green Day:

I love dookie, American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown. Dookie has the best individual songs, but also some that aren't that great. American idiot has only songs I love, but it was kinda killed by overplaying. Only now I can slowly get back to it and appreciate it again. 21st century breakdown is longest, and I love all but two songs of it.

I guess if the cover art counts too, then dookie wins, followed by the others, tied.

05-24-2010, 03:05 AM
My top 5(/6):

Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan
Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones
London Calling by the Clash
The Velvet Underground & Nico by the Velvet Underground (and Nico)
Tie between Electric Ladyland by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon

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06-10-2010, 09:30 PM
Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway


Aragorn Elessar
06-11-2010, 04:14 AM
It's a tie between Radiohead's OK Computer and Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon.

dafydd manton
06-11-2010, 04:57 PM
Quadrophenia, the Who.

06-18-2010, 03:02 AM
My favorite album is Air's Moon Safari. I have it since it was released in 1998 and just recently I read that Madonna and filmmaker Sofia Coppola are fans of the album too.

07-19-2011, 10:57 PM
A Silver Mt. Zion - He has left us but shafts of light sometimes grace the corners of our rooms

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - F# A# (Infinity)

Mt. Eerie - Parts 6&7

The Notwist - The Devil You and Me

Mogwai - Come On, Die Young

have the most plays on my iTunes program, so im guessing one of those would be my favorite if any

07-19-2011, 11:02 PM
Dark Side Of The Moon-Pink Floyd

Big Dante
07-20-2011, 07:26 AM
Counting Crows - August And Everything After - a pop band at their finest, every song on this record is amazing. The overly-produced melodies can be forgotten when one finally opens the lyrical booklet and discovers what this monster is hiding.

The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie - a sprawling double-disc of love and loneliness, this album is an anti-depressant in itself.

Love those two albums. If I had to pick just one favourite, at this current point in time it would have to be Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins. Honorable mentions to many others whom I'm too tired to name.

07-24-2011, 11:53 AM
My favourite albums are:

- Vespertine
- Post
- Homogenic
- Debut
though to be fair, I pretty much love all of Bjork's albums. She's kookie, cool and original.

- OK Computer

Kate Bush:
- The Hounds of Love

- Hopes and Fears

- Seventh Tree

Rufus Wainwright:
- Release the Stars
- Want One
- Want Two

- Viva la Vida

Sigur Ros:
- Takk

- Talkie Walkie

07-26-2011, 12:43 AM
Kate Bush:
- The Hounds of Love

I love that album too, although if compilation albums counted, The Whole Story is practically the perfect Kate Bush album. If compilations don't count for Kate Bush it has to be between The Kick and The Hounds of Love, it's a tough choice though. I think I lean more towards The Kick.

Anyway, as my overall favourite album, probably David Bowie's Low.

(Edit: Bjork is solid too, but I get why she doesn't do it for many people)

07-26-2011, 12:56 AM
Jethro Tull Aqualung

07-26-2011, 05:26 AM
hmmm...funny I've never consider this, I always listen to a single track of one album and then jump to another...but I guess the real album i've listen to over and over one summer after the release would be: Never Gone by Backstreet Boys:D

Jack of Hearts
08-11-2011, 04:28 AM
Blood on the Tracks (NY Sessions).


08-13-2011, 09:49 PM
Umm it's hard to say but my favorite albums right now are

Nico - The marble Index
Joy Division - Closer (probably my favorite album)
Air - Moon Safari

08-19-2011, 10:57 PM
As of this day, 08/19/2011 my favorite albums are:

Pink Floyd - The Wall

Frank Black - Teenager of the Year

Pixies - Bassanova

Kings of Leon - Because of the Times

If I come back in 2 years, will the Wall still be there? It seems like I listened to it, and listened to it, and then had to stop because I was afraid I would ruin it for myself.

08-20-2011, 10:21 AM
If I come back in 2 years, will the Wall still be there? It seems like I listened to it, and listened to it, and then had to stop because I was afraid I would ruin it for myself.

I never list it as a favorite because I always feel if I list a Floyd album, it has to be something less well known but then when I listen to it, it's genius hits me anew.

09-01-2011, 01:00 PM
Load/ReLoad - Metallica
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

amongst many others...

also can I contribute to the conversation above that the popularity of an album should never be a sway in either direction on the greatness spectrum.

09-09-2011, 04:44 PM
I can't imagine ever wearing myself out on these albums. They're so many more but I'll stop with these.

Echoes - The Rapture
Aqeumeni - Outkast
Conversions - Kruder and Dorfmeister
The White Album - The Beatles
The Miseducation of Lauren Hill - Lauren Hill
Nevermind - Nirvana
Prodigy - The Fat of the Land
Purple Rain - Prince

09-29-2011, 06:48 PM
(Edit: Bjork is solid too, but I get why she doesn't do it for many people)

She doesn't do it for me. She's so incredibly irritating. So mannered. So pleased with herself. So shallow. So self-regarding. So disingenuous. So thoughtless. So incredibly, jaw-droppingly irritating.

09-29-2011, 08:10 PM
Hey, we agree on something pertained to music, Mark! Though, I must admit that I enjoy watching her, sort of like a car-wreck.

09-29-2011, 08:16 PM
She has some of the greatest music videos ever made though, working with directors like Michel Gondry and John Kricfalusi (of Ren and Stimpy fame).



09-29-2011, 08:33 PM
Just because it's late and I feel like sticking something out there more subjective than the closely-argued logic I've been working on for the past ten hours...

Julie Is Her Name - Julie London
Abbey Road - The Beatles (if I must pick only one)
Rain Dogs - Tom Waits
Citizen - Steely Dan (bit of a cheat, as it's a sixty-three album set)
Costello Music - The Fratellis
That Arctic Monkeys album with 'Red Light Indicates Doors Are Secure' on it
Probably the first Tom Petty album
This Year's Model - Elvis Costello
A compilation of Alice Cooper's original band, put together by me
Steve McQueen - Prefab Sprout (renamed Two Wheels Good for the US market)
45s and Under - Squeeze
Ram - Paul McCartney

On another night, about half of those would be different.

But if I really, really had to go for just one...man...

I'd like to say Abbey Road, but I know every note of it. Pushed, I'd have to take a mid-period Steely Dan album, simply because there's a lot left in there to find.