my favourite albums

My 100 favourite albums, in order of preference. My knowledge of music is pretty narrow (your first clue: the oldest Dylan album here came out in 1997). That’s why I didn’t call it ‘the 100 best albums ever made’.

1. Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
2. U2 – Zooropa (1993)
3. Bob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind (1997)
4. Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Blood & Chocolate (1986)
5. The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole (1997)
6. Fiona Apple – When the Pawn… (1999)
7. Peter Gabriel – Peter Gabriel (1980)
8. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People (1992)
9. Leonard Cohen – The Future (1992)
10. Elvis Costello – When I Was Cruel (2002)
11. Death Cab For Cutie – Transatlanticism (2003)
12. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (2007)
13. Sinéad O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990)
14. Joseph Arthur – Come To Where I’m From (2000)
15. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
16. Neil Young – Freedom (1989)
17. The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
18. Michel Rivard – Un trou dans les nuages (1987)
19. Do Make Say Think – Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn (2003)
20. Peter Gabriel – Passion (1989)
21. Kate Bush – Hounds of Love (1985)
22. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
23. Aimee Mann – Bachelor No.2 or, the last remains of the dodo (2000)
24. Kate Bush – The Sensual World (1989)
25. Beck – The Information (2006)
26. Hole – Live Through This (1994)
27. Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine (2005)
28. Madonna – Ray of Light (1998)
29. Suzanne Vega – Solitude Standing (1987)
30. Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)
31. Suzanne Vega – Nine Objects of Desire (1996)
32. Beck – Odelay (1996)
33. Peter Gabriel – So (1986)
34. Bjork – Homogenic (1997)
35. Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
36. Guns n’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I (1991)
37. R.E.M. – Document (1987)
38. Suzanne Vega – 99.9 F (1992)
39. k.d. lang – Absolute Torch and Twang (1989)
40. Low – Drums and Guns (2007)
41. Sinéad O’Connor – Faith and Courage (2000)
42. R.E.M. – Up (1998)
43. Neil Young – Harvest Moon (1992)
44. k.d. lang – All You Can Eat (1995)
45. U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)
46. The Strokes – Is This It? (2001)
47. Joseph Arthur – Our Shadows Will Remain (2004)
48. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
49. Bjork – Vespertine (2001)
50. Clearlake – Cedars (2003)
51. Nirvana – In Utero (1993)
52. Sarah McLachlan – Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (1993)
53. k.d. lang – Drag (1997)
54. R.E.M. – Green (1988)
55. Wilco – Summerteeth (1999)
56. U2 – Achtung Baby (1991)
57. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska (1982)
58. Bob Dylan – Love and Theft (2001)
59. Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual (1983)
60. Do Make Say Think – Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead (2000)
61. The Art of Noise – In Visible Silence (1986)
62. Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain (2000)
63. Fiona Apple – Tidal (1996)
64. R.E.M. – New Adventures in Hi-Fi (1996)
65. The White Stripes – Elephant (2003)
66. Pulp – This is Hardcore (1998)
67. Rufus Wainwright – Rufus Wainwright (1998)
68. Sonic Youth – Washing Machine (1995)
69. The Walkmen – Bows + Arrows (2004)
70. Bjork – Post (1995)
71. Aimee Mann – Lost in Space (2002)
72. Depeche Mode – Music for the Masses (1987)
73. Sinéad O’Connor – The Lion and the Cobra (1987)
74. Do Make Say Think – Do Make Say Think (1999)
75. Beck – Mellow Gold (1994)
76. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing (1996)
77. Pulp – We Love Life (2001)
78. Death Cab For Cutie – Plans (2005)
79. Sonic Youth – Dirty (1992)
80. Clearlake – Lido (2001)
81. Pet Shop Boys – Actually (1987)
82. Rufus Wainwright – Want One (2003)
83. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)
84. Beck – Sea Change (2002)
85. Bruce Springsteen – The Rising (2002)
86. Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs (2008)
87. Beck – Midnite Vultures (1999)
88. k.d. lang – Invincible Summer (2000)
89. The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)
90. Radiohead – Hail to the Thief (2003)
91. Peter Gabriel – Up (2002)
92. Til Tuesday – Everything’s Different Now (1988)
93. Elvis Costello & The Imposters – The Delivery Man (2004)
94. Patty Griffin – 1000 Kisses (2002)
95. U2 – Rattle and Hum (1988)
96. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
97. Kraftwerk – Electric Café (1986)
98. The Beta Band – The Three EPs (1998)
99. Pet Shop Boys – Introspective (1988)
100. Prince – Around the World in a Day (1985)

Notable albums that didn’t make the list:

101. The Beatles – Rubber Soul
107. Ween – Pure Guava
113. R.E.M. – Fables of the Reconstruction
117. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
118. Patti Smith – Horses
119. Moby – Play
123. R.E.M. – Monster
125. R.E.M. – Lifes Rich Pageant
126. Radiohead – The Bends
127. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
133. Run-D.M.C. – Raising Hell
138. Cat Power – The Covers Record
143. The Beatles – Let it Be
147. R.E.M. – Murmur
151. “Weird Al” Yankovic – Polka Party!
156. R.E.M. – Reveal
166. Gnarls Barkley – St. Elsewhere
168. Bran Van 3000 – Glee
174. The Beatles – The Beatles
176. R.E.M. – Out of Time
183. R.E.M. – Reckoning
192. The Beatles – Revolver
193. Guns n’ Roses – Use Your Illusion II
198. R.E.M. – Accelerate
215. Radiohead – Amnesiac
216. R.E.M. – Around the Sun
221. Radiohead – Pablo Honey

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