So, I listened to that list of 1001 Albums

There is a book entitled “1001 Albums you must hear before you die“, by Dimery and Lydon. So I listened to them all. In fact more than all.

How it started

It is very dangerous to give an obsessive person a book full of lists. Especially when it’s a book full of lists of things that the person likes. And while I’m not sure that Faye knew this when she gave me the book as a present, but the outcome was entirely predictable: I would have to listen to them all, in order, without skipping any, muting any, or cheating.

2017

It was November 2017, I had the book, and I found a list on an online music service that I could simply hit “play all” on. This should be easy.

At first, it did not seem such a daunting task. 1001 albums at 45 minutes each is barely 750 hours. There are computer games that I’ve spent more time in than that. I was spending a lot of time commuting in and out of London or internationally, and the thought of putting on some headphones and passing the time was reasonably pleasant. That lasted until about number 250. It rapidly became clear that many of these were double albums, and some were triple albums. My time estimate expanded to something like a full-time job – 1,500 hours or so.

The book is in a fairly precise chronological order, and I had no difficulty at all with the sounds of teh 1950s or 1960s. That was music before my childhood, but the echoes of it were loud in all of the music that I’d grown up with. Early rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, and folk were fairly easy to get through and I found myself delighted rediscovering things I’d heard glimpses of in the past, or finding entirely new areas of music that had been ignored as I grew up.

2018 – The first problem

The first real challenge was Miles Davies “bitches brew”. I found I simply lacked the musical understanding to grasp why it was great. It was frustrating, irritating, and in places frankly painful to listen to. When I mentioned this to my musical friends, they advised me to try again. So, I did and two things happened: I could hear more in it the second time, and my time estimate for completing this list expanded to around 2000 hours or so. I still don’t “like” the album, but I’m beginning to understand that it is truly great. I just don’t have time to do a PhD in musical theory to get my understanding of this one over the line.

I blazed on through the rest of the content from the 1960s having a pretty good time. That continued into the music of the 1970s where I rediscovered my love of early punk and fast rock. It all hit a wall with the first album that was truly, to my assessment, awful in every possible way: The Dictators “go girl crazy”. While credited with being a trailblazer in the world of punk, it was just horribly made and horrible to listen to, and although I gave it a second try, I’ve not changed my opinion. I realise that some entire albums were going to be 45 (or 90) minutes of oral torture and would leave me pretty drained and tired having force myself to listen through them.

This was the pattern through the rest of the 1970s and into the 1980s. I found it easy going. Probably as my musical tastes were basically formed between 1978 and 1986 in shared experiences in church discos, school discos, friends’ parties, and my university life.

The vast majority of albums were an absolute delight – at the end I checked my notes and it was clear that over 75% of them were records that I would happily spend money on, and around 40% of them would probably find their way into regular playing at home, in the car, or on headphones while I moved about. I began to buy more music and investigate other material by bands that I liked having missed them previously.

2019 – Spring

The time required to complete this task now ballooned, and it was obvious that I would not finish it in a single year. By now it was spring 2019, and I was barely into the music of the mid-1980s having been side-tracked several times.

I also found that not every album was available on the web music service that I was using. This required me to search other online music services, and in several cases go online and by CDs from second-hand music stores to fill in the gaps. I already own some of them – for instance Peter Gabriel has none of his music on the online service that I was using – which made things a little easier, but quite a lot of time was absorbed in the search and selection process. I had to go back and fill in gaps of around a dozen albums from the 1960s and 1970s which were missing from Spotify. I had gone backwards to go forwards.

In summer 2019 I knuckled down and really treid to focus on getting this finished.

The end kept slipping away.

Late 2019 – A real barrier

When I hit a streak of urban rap in the 1990s things really started to grind. Despite multiple attempts, and the advice of many well-meaning friends, I’ve never been able to get my head around why anyone would chose to listen to a constant stream of misogyny, violence, drug references, hatred, and rape fantasy. One memorable self-aggrandising lyric about being a “condom filler”, had me throwing my headphones away in revulsion. A string of eight global number one hit albums from US rappers caused me to give up the challenge around number 690. I just couldn’t bear to listen to any more. The constant grinding hatred and the almost complete absence of original music (because it is a style that appears to rely upon repetition, theft, and sampling of other people’s talent; but which has no place for talented instrumentalists) was simply too much. I just prefer singing to monotone, I guess.

I was ready to throw the book away, yet I kept finding great music in between the difficult things. So, I changed the rules: I would allow skipping, muting, and ignoring the track, but only from 20 seconds in or the point of the third “motherfu**er”, ”cap”, ”bitch”, “rape”, “uzi”, “drugs”, “pussy” (and a few other terms used for shock or offence) which ever came later. Or the first reference to killing a police officer or person because of their race. I would still have to listen to the whole album, and hear the basis of every track, but I would now be able to get through it without being sent into rage or depression.

That grim stretch of the 1990s didn’t last very long, and things began to pick up with music made in the ‘noughties’, which I got into towards the end of 2019.

2020 – the home straight?

2020 bought us quantine and “lock down”, and I set about doing over 1,000,000 steps of training for the 192 mile coast-to-coast walk which I had scheduled for October. Suddenly I was spending 2 to 3 hours daily walking in training, and I could listen to at least an hour of music as I went along. Things were looking up, and an end was in sight in the middle of the summer. Glorious weather, sunny days, and the wonder of an English summer helped me to tick off another 300 or so albums. Suddenly, there were only 12 to go!

Whoops – go back a step

It was at this point I realised that the list on the online music service was not the same as the list in the book. I’d listened to around 75 albums that I had not needed to listen to, and I had foolishly missed around 50 albums that I did need to listen to.

I was ready to quit, and very angry with myself that I hadn’t noticed the discrepancy earlier.

There was a pause.

To me “unfinished business is unfinished business”; so I went back, recompiled the list, and started again from number 900 or so.

And I finished. It’s now November 2020. It has taken me three years, almost to the day.

So here’s what I learned.

It is not a list of 1001 great albums. Some of them are really awful. It is not a list of 1001 albums you will like. You probably won’t. It is not a list of 1001 albums that you should buy. You definitely should not. It is not a list of 1001 albums that sold in huge numbers. Some of them are barely known at all.

But it is a list of the thousand and one albums you should listen to before you die. Not all in one go, and not in sequence. But you should listen to them because there are some very serious, important, and wonderful things to be learned.

The compilers have tried extremely hard to illustrate, albeit from a US and UK Western consumer point of view, the huge breadth and depth of modern music. They have also ventured around the world to show us where inspiration comes from – Brazil, Africa, India, central Europe, Scandinavia – and ranged across all of the musical styles which feed into modern popular music – folk, classical, gospel, jazz, country, Western, rock, punk, dance, electronic – and they’ve done a good job of balancing all of those influences and providing a wonderful illustration of how we got to where we are today in music.

Personally, I could have done without the compilers’ own deep love of atonal beat poetry, I really didn’t need all nine albums by Tom Waits, and I’m fairly confident I will never want to hear Kanye West or NWA or Wu Tang Clan ever again. But that is not important at all. I now understand how they all fit into the great big puzzle of modern music, why they’re important, who they learned from, and who learned from them.

The book is not about what I like, it’s about how music learns from itself and evolves and constantly changes. It is a map.

It is also a book about defining how the boundaries of music change. We now listen to things that would simply have been considered “outside of music” in the 1950s and 1960s. The boundaries have moved. The book does a great job of showing you the precise moments at which those boundaries changed, sometimes gradually, and sometimes in huge leaps. It explains who moved them, and what the consequences were. One or two albums are still outside the boundaries of what 99.99% of listeners would ever consider to be anything even close to “music”. Yet they are there in the book for a reason, and that reason makes sense at the end.

What I am left with

I’m left with a much broader and deeper appreciation of popular modern music. It feels like a much richer experience just to listen to the radio nowadays. I found more than a dozen bands that I happily listen to that I didn’t listen to before. I’ve rekindled a love of music from other genres and other periods of time. And, most important of all, I’ve developed a much deeper tolerance for things that I would not have chosen to listen to, but now seek to understand. I do, however, reserve the right to turn the volume down at the third “motherfu**er”, but that only applies to some 4% of the whole list, and then not to every track on those albums.

I have found Gil Scott-Heron, Count Basie, Thelonius Monk, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz and Jacques Brel; all unknown to me before. The Yardbirds, Cream, The Kinks, Hendrix, and The Small faces were all gone before my adolescence and now they have a home in my collection. Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, The Who, and Santana all revealed depth I had missed before. I found I had totally ignored country and western, but now liked Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Drive By Truckers, and more. Dance and electronica constantly surprised me: Hot Chip, Royksopp, Gorillaz, Cocteau Twins, Rhythms Digitale, Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim were all names that I knew, but whom I had barely listened to. Geographically, my world expanded: Gotan Project, Manu Chao, Femi and Fela Kuti, Ali Farké Toure, Nusrat Fati Ali Khan, Baaba Maal, Koffi Olomidé, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and Abdullah Ibrahim were now all on my musical radar and loved for it. And much, so much, more.

Would I recommend it to you

As I said, yes, but with severe caveats: don’t try doing it all at once, and don’t force yourself to listen all the way through a track that you really can’t bear to listen to. Life’s too short.

Music is there to be listened to and enjoyed. Sometimes, learned from.

Go try.

The List

Please buy the book!

My unofficial and hight personal ratings

5 Excellent, I would buy and listen to
4 Good, happy to listen to
3 OK, would not change channel if it was on the radio
2 Below average, life is too short
1 Poor, change stations
0 Terrible, actively avoid every hearing this

Those in bold are my “Top few dozen that will show you the depth and range of the list itself”

1.                    Sinatra, Frank – In the Wee Small Hours5
2.                   Presley, Elvis – Elvis Presley (1956)4
3.                   Louvin Brothers – Tragic Songs of Life4
4.                   Prima, Louis – Wildest4
5.                   Domino, Fats – This is Fats5
6.                   Ellington, Duke – At Newport (1956)5
7.                   Sinatra, Frank – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!5
8.                   Crickets – Chirping…4
9.                   Basie, Count – Atomic Mr Basie5
10.                 Monk, Thelonious – Brilliant Corners5
11.                  Sabú [Martínez] – Palo Congo4
12.                 Davis, Miles – Birth of the Cool5
13.                 Machito – Kenya4
14.                 Little Richard – Here’s…5
15.                 Puente, Tito & His Orchestra – Dance Mania (1958)5
16.                 Holiday, Billie – Lady in Satin4
17.                  Elliott, “Ramblin” Jack – Jack Takes the Floor3
18.                 Vaughan, Sarah – At Mister Kelly’s4
19.                 Fitzgerald, Ella – Sings the Gershwin Song Book4
20.               Charles, Ray – Genius of… (1959)4
21.                 Davis, Miles – Kind of Blue5
22.                Robbins, Marty – Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs4
23.                 Brubeck, Dave – Time Out5
24.               Baez, Joan – Joan Baez (1960)5
25.                Presley, Elvis – Elvis is Back!4
26.                Makeba, Miriam – Miriam Makeba (1960)4
27.                Everly Brothers – A Date with the…4
28.                Smith, Jimmy – Back at the Chicken Shack4
29.                Muddy Waters – At Newport5
30.                Evans, Bill – Sunday at the Village Vanguard3
31.                 Charles, Ray – Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music4
32.                Booker T & the MGs – Green Onions4
33.                Getz, Stan & Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba5
34.               Price, Ray – Night Life4
35.                Beatles – With the…4
36.                Dylan, Bob – Freewheelin’…4
37.                Spector, Phil & Various Artists – A Christmas Gift for You3
38.                Cooke, Sam – Live at the Harlem Square3
39.                Mingus, Charles – Black Saint & the Sinner Lady5
40.               Brown, James – Live at the Apollo (1963)5
41.                 Getz, Stan & João Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto5
42.               Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night4
43.               Brel, Jacques – Olympia 645
44.               Burke, Solomon – Rock ‘n’ Soul5
45.               Springfield, Dusty – A Girl Called Dusty4
46.               Rolling Stones – Rolling Stones (1st Album)4
47.                Owens, Buck – I’ve Got a Tiger by the Tail3
48.               Lewis, Jerry Lee – Live at the Star Club, Hamburg4
49.                Sonics – Here Are the…3
50.               Dylan, Bob – Bringing it All Back Home5
51.                 Redding, Otis – Otis Blue… Sings Soul4
52.                Beach Boys – Today!4
53.                Coltrane, John – A Love Supreme5
54.               King, B.B. – Live at the Regal5
55.                Beatles – Rubber Soul5
56.                Jansch, Bert – Bert Jansch (1st Album)4
57.                Byrds, Mr Tambourine Man4
58.                Dylan, Bob – Highway 61 Revisited4
59.                Who – My Generation5
60.               Beatles – Revolver5
61.                 Beach Boys – Pet Sounds4
62.                Neil, Fred – Fred Neil (1st Album)4
63.                Byrds – Fifth Dimension4
64.               Dylan, Bob – Blonde on Blonde4
65.                Monks – Black Monk Time4
66.               Kinks – Face to Face4
67.                Mamas & the Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears4
68.               Revere, Paul & the Raiders – Midnight Ride4
69.                Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!3
70.               Rolling Stones – Aftermath4
71.                  Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme3
72.                13th Floor Elevators – Psychedelic Sounds of the…3
73.                John Mayall’s Blues Breakers – With Eric Clapton4
74.               Yardbirds – Yardbirds [aka Roger the Engineer] (1st Album)5
75.                Simone, Nina – Wild is the Wind4
76.                Gilberto, Astrud – Beach Samba4
77.                Nico – Chelsea Girl3
78.                Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band5
79.                Country Joe & the Fish – Electric Music for the Mind & Body3
80.               Buffalo Springfield – Again4
81.                 Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Safe as Milk3
82.                Moby Grape – Moby Grape (1st Album)3
83.                Love – Da Capo3
84.                Beau Brummels – Triangle3
85.                Monkees – Headquarters4
86.                Buckley, Tim – Goodbye & Hello3
87.               Love – Forever Changes4
88.               Cream – Disraeli Gears5
89.               Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn5
90.               Who – Sell Out5
91.                 Velvet Underground – & Nico4
92.                Sinatra, Frank – Frank Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim4
93.                Doors – Doors (1st Album)5
94.               The Byrds – Younger Than Yesterday4
95.                Young Rascals – Groovin’3
96.                Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow3
97.                Kinks – Something Else by the…5
98.               Donovan – Sunshine Superman4
99.               Haggard, Merle – I’m a Lonesome Fugitive5
100.             Hendrix, Jimi – Are You Experienced5
101.               Electric Prunes – I Had too Much to Dream (Last Night)3
102.             Lynn, Loretta – Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)5
103.             Sharma, Shivkumar / Brij Bushan Kabra / Hariprasad Chaurasia – Call of the Valley4
104.             Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat4
105.             Hendrix, Jimi – Axis: Bold as Love4
106.             Franklin, Aretha – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You4
107.             Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet5
108.             Traffic – Traffic (2nd Album)4
109.             Incredible String Band – Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter4
110.              Kinks – Village Green Preservation Society5
111.                Shankar, Ravi – Sounds of India (1968)4
112.                Mutantes, os – Mutantes, os (1st Album)3
113.               Hendrix, Jimi – Electric Ladyland5
114.              Cohen, Leonard – Songs of…4
115.               Cash, Johnny – At Folsom Prison5
116.               Nyro, Laura – Eli & the Thirteenth Confession (on Amazon)4
117.               Franklin, Aretha – Lady Soul5
118.               Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum3
119.               Byrds – Notorious Byrd Brothers4
120.              Big Brother & the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills3
121.                United States of America – United States of America3
122.              Dr John – Gris Gris3
123.              Iron Butterfly – In a Gadda da Vida4
124.              Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow3
125.              Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends4
126.              Small Faces – Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake5
127.              Band – Music from Big Pink3
128.             Beck, Jeff – Truth4
129.              Veloso, Caetano – Caetano Veloso (1968)4
130.             Walker, Scott – Scott 24
131.               Zombies – Odessey & Oracle4
132.              Morrison, Van – Astral Weeks4
133.              Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo4
134.             Beatles – Beatles [aka White Album]4
135.              Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in it for the Money4
136.              Young, Neil – Everybody Knows This is Nowhere4
137.              Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica5
138.             Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bayou Country4
139.              Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash4
140.             Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears (2nd Album)4
141.               Flying Burrito Brothers – Gilded Palace of Sin3
142.             Cash, Johnny – At San Quentin5
143.             Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River4
144.             Beatles – Abbey Road4
145.             Who – Tommy4
146.             Davis, Miles – In a Silent Way5
147.             Bee Gees – Odessa4
148.             Pentangle – Basket of Light4
149.             Rolling Stones – Let it Bleed4
150.              Drake, Nick – Five Leaves Left3
151.               Springfield, Dusty – Dusty in Memphis4
152.              Presley, Elvis – From Elvis in Memphis4
153.              Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground (3rd Album)4
154.              Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails3
155.              Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (1st Album)5
156.              Band – Band (2nd Album)4
157.              Led Zeppelin – II4
158.              MC5 – Kick Out the Jams3
159.              Temptations – Cloud Nine4
160.             Sly & the Family Stone – Stand!4
161.               Buckley, Tim – Happy Sad4
162.              Chicago Transit Authority [Chicago] – Chicago Transit Authority (1969)4
163.              Fairport Convention – Unhalfbricking5
164.              Youngbloods – Elephant Mountain3
165.              Hayes, Isaac – Hot Buttered Soul4
166.             Grateful Dead – Live/Dead4
167.             Kinks – Arthur: Or the Decline & Fall of the British Empire4
168.             King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King5
169.             Cohen, Leonard – Songs from a Room4
170.             Fairport Convention – Liege & Lief5
171.               Walker, Scott – Scott 44
172.              Stooges – Stooges (1st Album)3
173.              Spence, Alexander ‘Skip’ – Oar3
174.             Zappa, Frank – Hot Rats4
175.              Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory4
176.             Derek & the Dominos – Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs4
177.             Davis, Miles – Bitches Brew (the most conflicting album in the list, for me!)6
178.              Spirit – Twelve Dreams of Dr Sardonicus3
179.             Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1st Album)4
180.             Doors – Morrison Hotel4
181.               Carpenters – Close to You5
182.             Still, Stephen – Stephen Stills (1st Album)4
183.             Lennon, John – Plastic Ono Band4
184.             Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà vu4
185.             Black Sabbath – Paranoid5
186.             Young, Neil – After the Gold Rush5
187.             Led Zeppelin – III5
188.             Deep Purple – In Rock4
189.             Morrison, Van – Moondance3
190.             Grateful Dead – American Beauty4
191.               Drake, Nick – Bryter Layter3
192.              Shankar, Ananda – Ananda Shankar (1970)4
193.              Who – Live at Leeds (1st Album)4
194.             Soft Machine – Third4
195.              Stewart, Rod – Gasoline Alley3
196.             Harrison, George – All Things Must Pass4
197.             Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water5
198.             Stevens, Cat – Tea for the Tillerman4
199.             Traffic – John Barleycorn Must Die4
200.            Stooges – Fun House3
201.             James Taylor – Sweet Baby James4
202.            McCartney, Paul – McCartney (1970)4
203.            Santana – Abraxas5
204.            Barrett, Syd – Madcap Laughs4
205.            Jethro Tull – Aqualung5
206.            Crosby, David – If Only I Could Remember My Name4
207.            Sly & the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On4
208.            Gaye, Marvin – What’s Going On4
209.            Yes – Yes Album5
210.             Bee Gees – Trafalgar4
211.               Who – Who’s Next5
212.              King, Carole – Tapestry4
213.              Hayes, Isaac – Shaft: Music from the Soundtrack4
214.             Allman Brothers – At Fillmore East4
215.              Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers4
216.              Lennon, John – Imagine4
217.              Beach Boys – Surf’s Up4
218.             Yes – Fragile5
219.              Doors – LA Woman4
220.            Can – Tago Mago4
221.              John, Elton – Madman Across the Water4
222.             Parton, Dolly – Coat of Many Colors5
223.             McLean, Don – American Pie4
224.            Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus4
225.             Led Zeppelin – IV [aka Untitled / aka Four Symbols]5
226.            Gainsbourg, Serge – Histoire de Melody Nelson4
227.             Stewart, Rod – Every Picture Tells a Story4
228.            Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition4
229.            Cohen, Leonard – Songs of Love & Hate4
230.            Mitchell, Joni – Blue4
231.              Funkadelic – Maggot Brain3
232.             Joplin, Janis – Pearl4
233.             Kuti, Fela – With Ginger Baker: Live!5
234.            Faces – A Nod is as Good as a Wink… To a Blind Horse4
235.             Flamin’ Groovies – Teenage Head3
236.            Clark, Gene – White Light4
237.             Prine, John – John Prine (1st Album) (not in Spotify Playlist, but available on Spotify)4
238.            Nilsson, Harry – Nilsson Schmilsson4
239.            T.Rex – Electric Warrior4
240.            Bowie, David – Hunky Dory5
241.             Newman, Randy – Sail Away4
242.            Deep Purple – Machine Head4
243.             Big Star – # 1 Record3
244.            Black Sabbath – Vol 45
245.            Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill4
246.            Young, Neil – Harvest5
247.            Mayfield, Curtis – Superfly: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack4
248.            Slade – Slayed?4
249.            Deep Purple – Made in Japan5
250.            Yes – Close to the Edge5
251.              Reed, Lou – Transformer4
252.             Masekela, Hugh – Home is Where the Music Is5
253.             Nascimento, Milton & Lo Borges – Clube da Esquina (1972)5
254.            Rundgren, Todd – Something/Anything4
255.             Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – Will the Circle Be Unbroken?4
256.            Wonder, Stevie – Talking Book5
257.             Still, Stephen – Manassas4
258.            T.Rex – Slider4
259.             Ackles, David – American Gothic3
260.            Eagles – Eagles (1st Album)5
261.              Buckley, Tim – Greetings from LA4
262.            Drake, Nick – Pink Moon4
263.            Simon, Paul – Paul Simon (1972)5
264.            Roxy Music – Roxy Music (1st Album)4
265.            Alice Cooper – School’s Out4
266.            Temptations – All Directions4
267.            Bowie, David – Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars5
268.             War – World is a Ghetto3
269.            Green, Al – Let’s Stay Together4
270.            Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St4
271.              Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced Leh-nerd Skin-nerd5
272.             Incredible Bongo Band – Bongo Rock4
273.             Bowie, David – Aladdin Sane5
274.            King Crimson – Lark’s Tongues in Aspic5
275.             Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Catch a Fire5
276.            Hawkwind – Space Ritual5
277.            Cale, John – Paris 19194
278.            Can – Future Days5
279.            Reed, Lou – Berlin5
280.            Genesis – Selling England by the Pound5
281.             Gaye, Marvin – Let’s Get it On4
282.            Martyn, John – Solid Air5
283.            Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure4
284.            Faust – IV3
285.            Hancock, Herbie – Head Hunters4
286.            Mott the Hoople – Mott4
287.            Oldfield, Mike – Tubular Bells5
288.             Rundgren, Todd – A Wizard, a True Star3
289.            John, Elton – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road5
290.            Steely Dan – Countdown to Ecstasy4
291.              Jennings, Waylon – Honky Tonk Heroes4
292.            Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon5
293.            Wonder, Stevie – Innervisions4
294.            ZZ Top – Tres Hombres4
295.            McCartney, Paul & Wings – Band on the Run4
296.             Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Next3
297.             Alice Cooper – Billion Dollar Babies3
298.             Iggy & the Stooges – Raw Power3
299.            Isley Brothers – 3 + 34
300.            New York Dolls – New York Dolls (1st Album)3
301.             Eno, Brian – Here Come the Warm Jets4
302.            Bad Company – Bad Company (1st Album)4
303.            Genesis – Lamb Lies Down on Broadway5
304.            Otis, Shuggie – Inspiration Information4
305.            Wonder, Stevie – Fullfillingness’ First Finale5
306.            Clapton, Eric – 461 Ocean Boulevard4
307.            Kraftwerk – Autobahn5
308.            Morrison, Van – It’s Too Late to Stop Now4
309.            Mitchell, Joni – Court & Spark4
310.             Queen – II5
311.               Roxy Music – Country Life4
312.              Tangerine Dream – Phaedra5
313.              Sparks – Kimono My House4
314.             Supertramp – Crime of the Century5
315.              Thompson, Richard & Linda – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight4
316.              Scott-Heron, Gil & Brian Jackson – Winter in America5
317.              Queen – Sheer Heart Attack5
318.             10cc – Sheet Music5
319.              Young, Neil – On the Beach4
320.             Jones, George – Grand Tour3
321.              Clark, Gene – No Other4
322.             Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic4
323.             Newman, Randy – Good Old Boys4
324.            Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Natty Dread5
325.             Wyatt, Robert – Rock Bottom5
326.             Parsons, Gram – Grievous Angel3
327.             Eno, Brian – Another Green World4
328.             Dictators – Go Girl Crazy!0
329.             Neu! – ‘753
330.            Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti5
331.              Jarrett, Keith – Köln Concert4
332.             Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic4
333.             Bowie, David – Young Americans5
334.            Burning Spear – Marcus Garvey5
335.             Springsteen, Bruce – Born to Run5
336.            Harris, Emmylou – Pieces of the Sky5
337.             Dion – Born to Be With You3
338.            Mitchell, Joni – Hissing of Summer Lawns4
339.            Tom Waits – Nighthawks At The Diner5
340.            Burman, Rahul Dev – Shalimar (Soundtrack)4
341.             Young, Neil – Tonight’s the Night4
342.            Dylan, Bob – Blood on the Tracks5
343.            Smith, Patti – Horses5
344.            Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here5
345.            Queen – A Night at the Opera5
346.            Nelson, Willie – Red Headed Stranger4
347.            Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s the Way of the World4
348.            Mayfield, Curtis – There’s No Place Like America Today3
349.            Petty, Tom & the Heartbreakers – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (1st Album)4
350.            Modern Lovers – Modern Lovers [Rec 1972, not released until 1976]4
351.              Bowie, David – Station to Station5
352.             Mitchell, Joni – Hejira4
353.             Boston – Boston (1st Album)3
354.            Eagles – Hotel California5
355.             ABBA – Arrival5
356.            Kiss – Destroyer4
357.             Rush – 21125
358.            Ben, Jorge – África Brasil5
359.            Armatrading, Joan – Joan Armatrading (1st Album)4
360.             Aerosmith – Rocks3
361.              Parliament – Mothership Connection3
362.            Penguin Café Orchestra – Music from the Penguin Café5
363.            Jarre, Jean Michel – Oxygene5
364.            Ramones – Ramones (1st Album)4
365.            Kuti, Fela – Zombie5
366.            Tosh, Peter – Legalize It5
367.            Wonder, Stevie – Songs in the Key of Life5
368.            Frampton, Peter – Frampton Comes Alive4
369.            Eno, Brian – Before & After Science4
370.            Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express5
371.              Joel, Billy – Stranger, the4
372.             Marley, Bob & the Wailers – Exodus5
373.             Electric Light Orchestra – Out of the Blue5
374.            Weather Report – Heavy Weather5
375.             Muddy Waters – Hard Again4
376.            Stranglers – Rattus Norvegicus5
377.            Clash – Clash (1st Album)5
378.            Bowie, David – Low4
379.            Steely Dan – Aja4
380.            Wire – Pink Flag4
381.             Martyn, John – One World5
382.            Talking Heads – 775
383.            Fleetwood Mac – Rumours5
384.            Bowie, David – ‘Heroes’5
385.            Wilson, Dennis – Pacific Ocean Blue4
386.             Suicide – Suicide (1st Album)0
387.            Iggy Pop – Idiot, the4
388.            Gabriel, Peter – Peter Gabriel (I)4
389.             Television – Marquee Moon3
390.            Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell5
391.              Costello, Elvis – My Aim is True5
392.            Iggy Pop – Lust for Life5
393.            Dury, Ian – New Boots & Panties!!5
394.            Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the…5
395.            Pere Ubu – Modern Dance5
396.            Kraftwerk – Man Machine5
397.            Blondie – Parallel Lines4
398.            Regina, Elís – Vento de Maio4
399.            Pere Ubu – Dub Housing5
400.            Only Ones – Only Ones (1st Album)3
401.             Costello, Elvis – This Year’s Model5
402.            Jam – All Mod Cons5
403.            Ely, Joe – Honky Tonk Masquerade3
404.            Adverts – Crossing the Red Sea with the…0
405.            Big Star – Third (aka Sister Lovers)3
406.            Residents – Duck Stab/Buster & Glen0
407.           Public Image Ltd – Public Image5
408.            Magazine – Real Life3
409.           Springsteen, Bruce – Darkness on the Edge of Town5
410.             Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove3
411.               Throbbing Gristle – DOA: Third & Final Report3
412.             Thin Lizzy – Live & Dangerous5
413.             Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings & Food5
414.             Buzzcocks – Another Music in a Different Kitchen5
415.             Van Halen – Van Halen (1st Album)5
416.             Colón, Willie & Rubén Blades – Siembra4
417.             Cars – Cars (1st Album)5
418.             Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo5
419.             Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1st Album)5
420.            Saints – Eternally Yours3
421.             Gaye, Marvin – Here, My Dear4
422.            Nelson, Willie – Stardust4
423.            Chic – C’est Chic4
424.            X-ray Spex – Germ Free Adolescents4
425.            Eno, Brian – Ambient 1: Music for Airports4
426.            Siouxsie & the Banshees – Scream, the4
427.            AC/DC – Highway to Hell5
428.            Sister Sledge – We Are Family4
429.            Crusaders – Street Life4
430.            Germs – GI3
431.             B52s – B52s (1st Album)5
432.            Czukay, Holger – Movies5
433.            Police – Reggatta de Blanc5
434.            Fall – Live at the Witch Trials3
435.            Talking Heads – Fear of Music5
436.            Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures5
437.            Chic – Risqué4
438.            Undertones – Undertones (1st Album)5
439.            Clash – London Calling5
440.           Japan – Quiet Life5
441.             Faithfull, Marianne – Broken English5
442.            Slits – Cut4
443.            Costello, Elvis – Armed Forces5
444.           Young, Neil – Rust Never Sleeps5
445.            Gang of Four – Entertainment!3
446.           Cheap Trick – At Budokan4
447.           Fleetwood Mac – Tusk5
448.           Pink Floyd – Wall, the5
449.           Public Image Ltd – Metal Box5
450.            Jackson, Michael – Off the Wall4
451.             Damned – Machine Gun Etiquette4
452.            Numan, Gary – Pleasure Principle5
453.            Specials – Specials (1st Album)5
454.            Adam & the Ants – Kings of the Wild Frontier5
455.            Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels5
456.            AC/DC – Back in Black5
457.             Cramps – Songs the Lord Taught Us3
458.            Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables3
459.            Gabriel, Peter – Peter Gabriel (III)5
460.            Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight3
461.             Cure – Seventeen Seconds5
462.            Echo & the Bunnymen – Crocodiles5
463.            Motörhead – Ace of Spades5
464.           Killing Joke – Killing Joke (1st Album)5
465.            Judas Priest – British Steel5
466.            Circle Jerks – Group Sex0
467.            Talking Heads – Remain in Light5
468.            Joy Division – Closer5
469.            Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden (1st Album)5
470.           Undertones – Hypnotised4
471.             Jam – Sound Affects5
472.            Waits, Tom – Heartattack & Vine4
473.            UB40 – Signing Off4
474.           Teardrop Explodes – Kilimanjaro4
475.            Specials – More Specials5
476.            Winwood, Steve – Arc of a Diver4
477.            Pretenders – Pretenders (1st Album)5
478.            Einstürzende Neubauten – Kollaps4
479.            Siouxsie & the Banshees – Juju5
480.           Heaven 17 – Penthouse & Pavement5
481.              Go-Gos – Beauty & the Beat3
482.            Motörhead – No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith5
483.            Soft Cell – Non Stop Erotic Cabaret5
484.           Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Architecture & Morality5
485.            Eno, Brian & David Byrne – My Life in the Bush of Ghosts4
486.            Black Flag – Damaged3
487.            X – Wild Gift3
488.           Psychedelic Furs – Talk, Talk, Talk4
489.            Human League – Dare5
490.            Gun Club – Fire of Love3
491.             Bauhaus – Mask4
492.            Womack, Bobby – Poet4
493.            Tom Tom Club – Tom Tom Club (1st Album)5
494.           Rush – Moving Pictures5
495.            ABBA – Visitors5
496.            ABC – Lexicon of Love5
497.            Prince – 19995
498.            Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five – Message, the5
499.            Costello, Elvis – Imperial Bedroom5
500.            Cure – Pornography5
501.             Dexys Midnight Runners – Too Rye Ay5
502.            Simple Minds – New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84)5
503.            Madness – Rise & Fall5
504.            Fagen, Donald – Nightfly3
505.            Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West4
506.            Bush, Kate – Dreaming, the5
507.            Orange Juice – Rip it Up4
508.            Jackson, Michael – Thriller5
509.            Birthday Party – Junkyard4
510.             Venom – Black Metal4
511.               Springsteen, Bruce – Nebraska5
512.               Associates – Sulk0
513.              Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast5
514.             Duran Duran – Rio5
515.               Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes (1st Album)3
516.              McLaren, Malcolm – Duck Rock3
517.              Def Leppard – Pyromania5
518.             REM – Murmur5
519.              The The – Soul Mining5
520.             Waits, Tom – Swordfishtrombones3
521.              Blue Nile – A Walk Across the Rooftops4
522.             Hanoi Rocks – Back to Mystery City4
523.             Lauper, Cyndi – She’s So Unusual4
524.            Simon, Paul – Hearts & Bones4
525.             Echo & the Bunnymen – Porcupine5
526.            ZZ Top – Eliminator5
527.             Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)5
528.            U2 – War5
529.            Police – Synchronicity4
530.             Meat Puppets – II0
531.              Culture Club – Colour by Numbers4
532.             Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Welcome to the Pleasuredome5
533.             Run DMC – Run DMC (1984)5
534.            Sade – Diamond Life5
535.             Cocteau Twins – Treasure4
536.             Minor Threat – Out of Step3
537.             Van Halen – 19844
538.            Prince – Purple Rain5
539.             Replacements – Let it Be0
540.            Style Council – Café Bleu4
541.             Turner, Tina – Private Dancer4
542.            Echo & the Bunnymen – Ocean Rain4
543.            Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime4
544.            Cole, Lloyd & the Commotions – Rattlesnakes4
545.            N’Dour, Youssou – Immigrés5
546.            Springsteen, Bruce – Born in the USA5
547.            Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace3
548.            Ibrahim, Abdullah – Water from an Ancient Well5
549.            Aha – Hunting High & Low5
550.            Tears for Fears – Songs from the Big Chair5
551.              Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms4
552.             Prefab Sprout – Steve McQueen (aka Two Wheels Good)3
553.             Mekons – Fear & Whiskey0
554.             Big Black – Atomizer3
555.             Vega, Suzanne – Suzanne Vega (1st Album)5
556.            Pogues – Rum, Sodomy & the Lash5
557.            Bush, Kate – Hounds of Love5
558.            Smiths – Meat is Murder4
559.             Waits, Tom – Rain Dogs0
560.             Jesus & Mary Chain – Psychocandy3
561.              New Order – Low Life4
562.            Simply Red – Picture Book4
563.            Dexys Midnight Runners – Don’t Stand Me Down5
564.            Scritti Politti – Cupid & Psyche 853
565.            Costello, Elvis – Blood & Chocolate5
566.            Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force – Planet Rock: The Album4
567.            Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill4
568.            Metallica – Master of Puppets5
569.            The The – Infected5
570.            Griffith, Nanci – Last of the True Believers4
571.              Bragg, Billy – Talking with the Taxman About Poetry5
572.             Talk Talk – Colour of Spring4
573.             Megadeth – Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?4
574.            Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet4
575.            Sonic Youth – Evol3
576.            Slayer – Reign in Blood4
577.            Throwing Muses – Throwing Muses (1986)3
578.            Simon, Paul – Graceland5
579.            Run DMC – Raising Hell4
580.            XTC – Skylarking5
581.             Earle, Steve – Guitar Town4
582.             Bad Brains – I Against I3
583.            Baker, Anita – Rapture4
584.            Smiths – Queen is Dead4
585.            Gabriel, Peter – So5
586.            Anthrax – Among the Living4
587.            Dinosaur Jr – You’re Living All Over Me4
588.            Parton, Dolly with Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris – Trio5
589.            Def Leppard – Hysteria5
590.            REM – Document5
591.              Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times5
592.            Cult – Electric4
593.            Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses5
594.            Sisters of Mercy – Floodland5
595.            Michael, George – Faith5
596.            Hüsker Dü – Warehouse: Songs & Stories3
597.             Butthole Surfers – Locust Abortion Technician0
598.            Piazzolla, Astor & Gary Burton – New Tango4
599.            Smiths – Strangeways Here We Come4
600.           Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction4
601.              Jesus & Mary Chain – Darklands3
602.            Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Shaka Zulu5
603.            Laibach – Opus Dei5
604.           Napalm Death – Scum4
605.            Sonic Youth – Sister3
606.            Triffids – Calenture3
607.            Jackson, Michael – Bad4
608.            Pet Shop Boys – Actually5
609.            U2 – Joshua Tree5
610.             D’Arby, Terence Trent – Introducing the Hardline According to…5
611.               Pogues – If I Should Fall from Grace with God5
612.              Cohen, Leonard – I’m Your Man5
613.              Waterboys – Fisherman’s Blues5
614.              Fishbone – Truth & Soul3
615.              Everything But the Girl – Idlewild4
616.             Living Colour – Vivid5
617.             Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff4
618.             REM – Green5
619.             Happy Mondays – Bummed4
620.            Go Betweens – 16 Lovers Lane3
621.              Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Session3
622.            Chapman, Tracy – Tracy Chapman (1st Album)5
623.            My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything4
624.            Pixies – Surfer Rosa0
625.            Metallica – And Justice for All4
626.            Dinosaur Jr – Bug3
627.             Krause, Dagmar – Tank Battles3
628.            lang, k.d. – Shadowland4
629.            American Music Club – California3
630.            Morrissey – Viva Hate3
631.              Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation3
632.            Sugarcubes – Life’s Too Good4
633.            Yoakam, Dwight – Beuenas Noches from a Lonely Roomn4
634.            Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking4
635.            Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back0
636.            Faith No More – Real Thing4
637.            Kravtiz, Lenny – Let Love Rule5
638.            Hooker, John Lee – Healer, the5
639.            New Order – Technique5
640.           Madonna – Like a Prayer5
641.             Queen Latifah – All Hail the Queen3
642.             Spacemen 3 – Playing with Fire3
643.             Firehose – From Ohio3
644.           Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique4
645.            Young Gods – Eau Rouge, l’3
646.            Zorn, John – Spy vs Spy: Music of Ornette Coleman3
647.            Stone Roses – Stone Roses (1st Album)4
648.            Cherry, Neneh – Raw Like Sushi4
649.            Maal, Baaba & Mansour Seck – Djam Leelii5
650.            Bush, Kate – Sensual World5
651.              Cure – Disintegration5
652.            808 State – 808:903
653.            Coldcut – What’s That Noise?4
654.             Adamson, Barry – Moss Side Story3
655.            Aerosmith – Pump4
656.            Pixies – Doolittle3
657.            Raitt, Bonnie – Nick of Time4
658.            Fugazi – Repeater3
659.            Soul II Soul – Club Classics: Vol One3
660.            De La Soul – 3 Feet High & Rising3
661.             Jackson, Janet – Rhythm Nation 18144
662.             Jungle Brothers – Done by the Forces of Nature3
663.             NWA – Straight Outta Compton0
664.            Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas5
665.            Shamen – En-Tact4
666.             Deee Lite – World Clique3
667.             La’s – La’s3
668.            Black Crowes – Shake Your Money Maker4
669.            Depeche Mode – Violator5
670.            Pixies – Bossanova0
671.             Megadeth – Rust in Peace4
672.            Digital Underground – Sex Packets0
673.            Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour4
674.            Happy Mondays – Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches4
675.            Michael, George – Listen Without Prejudice: Vol 15
676.            Young, Neil – Ragged Glory4
677.             Ice Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted0
678.             Jane’s Addiction – Ritual de lo Habitual3
679.             LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out3
680.            Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet0
681.             O’Connor, Sinéad – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got4
682.             Tribe Called Quest, a – People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm0
683.             Sonic Youth – Goo0
684.            Ride – Nowhere4
685.            My Bloody Valentine – Loveless4
686.            Nirvana – Nevermind5
687.            Crowded House – Woodface5
688.            Cypress Hill – Cypress Hill (1st Album)0
689.            Cope, Julian – Peggy Suicide3
690.            Gang Starr – Step in the Arena3
691.             MC Solaar – Qui Sème le Vent Récolte le Tempo4
692.            Jah Wobble – Rising Above Bedlam4
693.            Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik5
694.            Ice T – OG: Original Gangster0
695.             Mudhoney – Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge4
696.             Public Enemy – Apocalypse 91… Enemy Strikes Back0
697.             Tribe Called Quest, a – Low End Theory0
698.            Pearl Jam – Ten4
699.            Saint Etienne – Foxbase Alpha4
700.            Sepultura – Arise5
701.              Slint – Spiderland3
702.            U2 – Achtung Baby5
703.            KLF – White Room5
704.           Massive Attack – Blue Lines5
705.            Primal Scream – Screamadelica5
706.            Teenage Fanclub – Bandwagonesque3
707.            Metallica – Metallica [aka Black Album]4
708.            Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted3
709.            Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works 85-925
710.              Arrested Development – 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life of…3
711.               Olomidé, Koffi – Haut de Gamme: Koweït, Rive Gauche5
712.              Morrissey – Your Arsenal3
713.              Maal, Baaba – Lam Toro5
714.              Lemonheads – It’s a Shame About Ray3
715.              Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine (1st Album)5
716.              Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy – Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury0
717.             lang, k.d. – Ingénue5
718.              Dr Dre – Chronic, the0
719.             REM – Automatic for the People5
720.             Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II the…0
721.              Spiritualized – Lazer Guided Melodies3
722.             Sugar – Copper Blue3
723.             Waits, Tom – Bone Machine0
724.             Sonic Youth – Dirty3
725.             Stereo MCs – Connected3
726.             Ministry – Psalm 69 (Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs)3
727.            Amos, Tori – Little Earthquakes5
728.             Ice Cube – Predator3
729.            Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power4
730.            Alice in Chains – Dirt4
731.              Cave, Nick & the Bad Seeds – Henry’s Dream, by…4
732.             Khan, Nusrat Fateh Ali – Devotional Songs5
733.             Harvey, P.J. – Dry5
734.            Suede – Suede (1st Album)4
735.             Weller, Paul – Wild Wood4
736.             Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream3
737.             Auteurs – New Wave0
738.             Phair, Liz – Exile in Guyville3
739.             Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen3
740.            Mann, Aimee – Whatever3
741.             Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy4
742.            Nirvana – In Utero5
743.            Jamiroquai – Emergency on Planet Earth5
744.           Pet Shop Boys – Very5
745.            Harvey, P.J. – Rid of Me5
746.            Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish5
747.            Crow, Sheryl – Tuesday Night Music Club5
748.            Fall – Infotainment Scan3
749.            Wu Tang Clan – Enter the Wu Tang (36 Chambers)3
750.            Björk – Debut5
751.              Orbital – Orbital [aka Brown Album]5
752.             Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle3
753.             Sebadoh – Bubble & Scrape3
754.             Boo Radleys – Giant Steps3
755.            Orbit, William – Strange Cargo: III5
756.             Method Man – Tical0
757.             Black, Frank – Teenager of the Year3
758.             Girls Against Boys – Venus Luxure No 1 Baby3
759.             Jeru the Damaja – Sun Rises in the East3
760.            Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain3
761.             Portishead – Dummy5
762.             Sabres of Paradise – Haunted Dancehall3
763.             Nas – Illmatic3
764.            Beastie Boys – Ill Communication5
765.            Costello, Elvis – Brutal Youth5
766.             Morrissey – Vauxhall & I3
767.             TLC – CrazySexyCool3
768.            Oasis – Definitely Maybe5
769.            Soundgarden – Superunknown4
770.            Offspring – Smash4
771.             Drive Like Jehu – Yank Crime5
772.            Blur – Parklife5
773.             G Love & Special Sauce – G Love & Special Sauce (1994)3
774.            Touré, Ali Farka – Talking Timbuktu5
775.            Hole – Live Through This5
776.            Massive Attack – Protection5
777.            Manic Street Preachers – Holy Bible5
778.            Suede – Dog Man Star4
779.            Notorious BIG – Ready to Die4
780.            Buckley, Jeff – Grace4
781.             Orbital – Snivilisation5
782.            Nirvana – MTV Unplugged in New York5
783.            Nine Inch Nails – Downward Spiral5
784.            Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation5
785.            Green Day – Dookie5
786.            Foo Fighters – Foo Fighters (1st Album)5
787.            Garbage – Garbage (1st Album)4
788.            Nightmares on Wax – Smokers Delight4
789.             Tricky – Maxinquaye0
790.            Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx3
791.             Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness4
792.            Rocket from the Crypt – Scream, Dracula, Scream3
793.            Chemical Brothers – Exit Planet Dust5
794.            2Pac – Me Against the World0
795.            Elastica – Elastica (1st Album)4
796.            Supergrass – I Should Coco4
797.            Radiohead – Bends, the5
798.            Guided by Voices – Alien Lanes3
799.            Kuti, Femi – Femi Kuti (1995)5
800.           Verve – A Northern Soul5
801.              Genius GZA – Liquid Swords0
802.            Pulp – Different Class4
803.            Leftfield – Leftism5
804.            D’Angelo – Brown Sugar0
805.            Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?5
806.            Goldie – Timeless0
807.            Morissette, Alanis – Jagged Little Pill0
808.            Screaming Trees – Dust3
809.            Super Furry Animals – Fuzzy Logic3
810.             Fatboy Slim – Better Living Through Chemistry5
811.               Dr Octagon – Dr Octagonecologyst0
812.              Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup3
813.              Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die3
814.             Beck – Odelay5
815.             Belle & Sebastian – Tigermilk5
816.              DJ Shadow – Endtroducing3
817.             Eels – Beautiful Freak4
818.             Divine Comedy – Casanova5
819.              Apple, Fiona – Tidal3
820.            Wilco – Being There4
821.             Sepultura – Roots5
822.             Adamson, Barry – Oedipus Schmoedipus3
823.             Fun Lovin’ Criminals – Come Find Yourself3
824.            Maxwell – Urban Hang Suite3
825.             Charlatans – Tellin’ Stories3
826.            Manic Street Preachers – Everything Must Go5
827.            Everything but the Girl – Walking Wounded4
828.            Cave, Nick & the Bad Seeds – Murder Ballads4
829.             Bukem, LTJ – Logical Progression3
830.            Underworld – Second Toughest in the Infants3
831.             Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Now I Got Worry4
832.            Cardigans – First Band on the Moon5
833.            Marilyn Manson – Antichrist Superstar4
834.            Fugees – Score, the3
835.            Ash – 19774
836.            Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister5
837.            Blur – Blur (1997)5
838.            Radiohead – OK Computer5
839.            Quaye, Finley – Maverick a Strike4
840.            Elliott, Missy Misdemeanor – Supa Dupa Fly3
841.             Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole5
842.            Primal Scream – Vanishing Point5
843.            Wyatt, Robert – Shleep5
844.            Holmes, David – Let’s Get Killed3
845.            Sleater Kinney – Dig Me Out3
846.            Prodigy – Fat of the Land5
847.            Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club (1997)4
848.           Cave, Nick & the Bad Seeds – Boatman’s Call3
849.            Divine Comedy – A Short Album About Love5
850.            Cornershop – When I was Born for the 7th Time3
851.             Daft Punk – Homework5
852.            Williams, Robbie – Life Thru a Lens4
853.            Carey, Mariah – Butterfly4
854.            Supergrass – In it for the Money4
855.            Dylan, Bob – Time Out of Mind4
856.             Size, Roni & Reprazent – New Forms3
857.             Smith, Elliott – Either/Or3
858.            Verve – Urban Hymns5
859.            Spiritualized – Ladies & Gentlemen, We are Floating in Space4
860.            Dandy Warhols – Dandy Warhols (1997)3
861.             Dylan, Bob – Bootleg Series Vol 4: Live 1966 [rec: 1966 at Free Trade Hall, Manchester]5
862.            Chao, Manu – Clandestino5
863.            Bragg, Billy & Wilco – Mermaid Avenue5
864.            Turbonegro – Apocalypse Dudes3
865.            Fatboy Slim – You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby4
866.            Gray, David – White Ladder5
867.            Williams, Lucinda – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road4
868.            Pulp – This is Hardcore4
869.            Madonna – Ray of Light5
870.            Hill, Lauryn – Miseducation of…0
871.             Hole – Celebrity Skin4
872.             Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs3
873.             System of a Down – System of a Down (1st Album)3
874.            Queen of the Stone Age – Queen of the Stone Age (1st Album)4
875.            Air – Moon Safari5
876.            Singh, Talvin – OK4
877.            Korn – Follow the Leader4
878.            Khalèd, (Cheb) – Kenza3
879.             Kid Rock – Devil Without a Cause3
880.            Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children3
881.              Suba – São Paulo Confessions3
882.            XTC – Apple Venus: Volume 15
883.            Skunk Anansie – Post Orgasmic Chill4
884.           Incubus – Make Yourself4
885.             Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs3
886.            Travis – Man Who4
887.            Slipknot – Slipknot (1st Album)4
888.            Orton, Beth – Central Reservation4
889.            Sawhney, Nitin – Beyond Skin4
890.            Death in Vegas – Contino Sessions4
891.             Moby – Play5
892.            Flaming Lips – Soft Bulletin5
893.            Rhymes Digitales, les – Darkdancer5
894.            Tigre, le – Tigre, le (1999)5
895.            Eminem – Slim Shady LP5
896.            Spears, Britney – Baby One More Time4
897.            Metallica – S&M4
898.            Bonnie Prince Billy – I See a Darkness4
899.            Shack – HMS Fable4
900.            Basement Jaxx – Remedy3
901.             Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication5
902.            Sigur Rós – Ágætis Byrjun5
903.             Doves – Lost Souls3
904.           Air – Virgin Suicides: Original Motion Picture Score5
905.             Adams, Ryan – Heartbreaker3
906.            Gilberto, Bebel – Tanto Tempo5
907.            Cole, MJ – Sincere3
908.            Harris, Emmylou – Red Dirt Girl5
909.            Limp Bizkit – Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog Flavored Water3
910.             Radiohead – Kid A4
911.               U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind5
912.              Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory4
913.              Smith, Elliott – Figure 83
914.              Badly Drawn Boy – Hour of Bewilderbeast3
915.              Harvey, P.J. – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea4
916.             Badu, Erykah – Mama’s Gun4
917.             Coldplay – Parachutes4
918.              Common – Like Water for Chocolate3
919.              Ladd, Mike – Welcome to the Afterfuture3
920.             Red Snapper – Our Aim is to Satisfy3
921.              Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP4
922.            Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain4
923.             Giant Sand – Chore of Enchantment3
924.             Lambchop – Nixon0
925.            Lemper, Ute – Punishing Kiss5
926.            Madonna – Music5
927.            Avalanches – Since I Left You4
928.             OutKast – Stankonia0
929.            Radiohead – Amnesiac4
930.             Silver Jews – Bright Flight0
931.              Björk – Vespertine5
932.            Gorillaz – Gorillaz (1st Album)5
933.            Adams, Ryan – Gold4
934.             Destiny’s Child – Survivor3
935.             Strokes – Is This It3
936.             Welch, Gillian – Time (The Revelator)3
937.            Gotan Project – Revancha del Tango, la5
938.            White Stripes – White Blood Cells4
939.             Beta Band – Hot Shots II3
940.            Jay Z – Blueprint0
941.             Röyksopp – Melody AM5
942.            Drive-By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera5
943.            Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World4
944.            Jurassic 5 – Power in Numbers0
945.             Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot3
946.            Ms Dynamite – A Little Deeper0
947.            Bees – Sunshine Hit Me (only on Amazon)4
948.            Jones, Norah – Come Away with Me4
949.            Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head4
950.            Coral – Coral (2002)5
951.              Cash, Johnny – American IV: Man Comes Around5
952.            Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots5
953.            Doves – Last Broadcast4
954.             Elliott, Missy – Under Construction0
955.            Springsteen, Bruce – Rising, the4
956.            Aguilera, Christina – Stripped4
955.            Arcade Fire  –  Funeral4
956.            Green Day – American Idiot5
957.             Common – Be0
958.            Richard Hawley – Coles Corner5
959.            Sufjan Stevens  – Illinoise4
960.            Amy Winehouse  – Back to Black5
961.              Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor3
962.             Ghostface Killah – Fishscale0
963.            Ali Farke Touré – Savane5
964.            Joanna Newsome – Ys5
965.             Artic Monkeys – Whatever you say I am3
966.            LCD Sound System – Sound of Silver5
967.            Radiohead – In Rainbows4
968.            M.i.A –  Kala5
969.            Justice – Cross5
970.            Q-Tip – The Renaissance3
971.             Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes5
972.            Elbow – the Seldom Seen Kid4
973.            Portishead – Third5
974.            TV on the Radio – Dear Science5
975.            Wild Beasts – Two Dancers5
976.            Animal Collective  – Merriweather Post Pavilion5
977.            Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Its Blitz5
978.            The xx – xx5
979.            Beach House – Teen Dream5
980.            The Black Keys – Brothers5
981.              Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy0
982.            John Grant – Queen of Denmark5
983.            Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid5
984.            Dear Hunter – Halcyon Digest5
985.            PJ Harvey – Let England Shake4
986.            White Denim – D5
987.             Kendrick Lamar – good kid m.A.A.d city3
988.            Hot Chip – In Our Heads5
989.            Frank Ocean – Channel Orange3
990.            Jack White – Blunderbuss5
991.              Kanye West – Yeezus0
992.            David Bowie – the Next Day5
993.            Chvrches – The Bones of What You Believe5
994.            Beyonce – Beyonce3
995.            Taylor Swift – 19895
996.            FKA Twigs – LP15
997.            Adele  – 254
998.            Bjork – Vulnicura4
999.            David Bowie – “Black Star”5
1000.         Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker5
1001.           The xx – I See You4

There is one deliberate error in this list – two numbers appear twice where I swapped from book to Spotify and back. That is why you should buy the book.

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