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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 24/1/2013 11:14:31 PM   
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I hate Motley Crue. I think there's not a single redeeming feature in any of their songs, and it's clear that as people the music meant nothing more than a means to money and women. So when I say their bassist, Nikki Sixx's latest side-project is actually well worth a lesson, and shows that there is at least one member of the band with talent, you know that I'm not lying. Also features singer James Michael, and guitarist Dj Ashba.
Best Song: Van Nuys



Oh, and you were doing so well too.

Motley Crue

Keep up the list through, am liking the amount of Offspring albums in here so far.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 24/1/2013 11:41:40 PM   
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I agree with Axl. Motley Crue are terrible.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 25/1/2013 10:44:17 AM   
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504) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (2006)

In which the California band got their funk back. This 2006 release was a great improvement over 2002's mega-successful but not very good 'By The Way', and the fact that the quality rarely dips over two discs is a testament to how prolific the Chili Peppers can be when they put their mind to it. John Frusciante really shines here, taking the lead more than he had done for a very long time. It's a shame that this became the last Chili Peppers album with him as a member.
Best Songs: Dani California; She's Only 18

503) Green Day - Nimrod (1997)

Following up 1995's 'Insomniac', 'Nimrod' marks the moment Green Day began to veer away from the punk sound that fans had grown accustomed to. And it's all the better for it. My opinion of a band that stays in one place with one sound for the entirety of their careers is not a good one (even if I like the music), and as far as I'm concerned, as the band grew older and started branching out in new directions, they improved dramatically. That doesn't mean that I prefer this to the likes of 'Dookie' and 'Insomniac', but this is a noticeable first step in the band becoming the behemoth's they are today.
Best Songs: The Grouch; Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

502) Rage Against The Machine - Renegades (2000)

This covers album shows not only the versitility of Rage Against The Machine, but also the eclectic music taste the band possess. Featuring songs by diverse artists such as Eric B. & Rakim, MC5, Devo, Bruce Springsteen and Cypress Hill, the quartet waste no time in putting their own stamp on each and every track. Unfortunately, the release of the album was overshadowed by the band falling out with vocalist Zack de la Rocha and breaking up a few months before the album hit stores. Despite them since patching things up enough to go out on tour with each other, new music is still very unlikely, so Rage fans will have to accept that at least this swansong was worthy of them.
Best Songs: Microphone Fiend; Kick Out The Jams

501) The Rolling Stones - Some Girls (1978)

If you asked what Rolling Stones album was the most successful, I think most people would answer something along the lines of 'Exile On Main St.' or 'Sticky Fingers'. They'd be surprised to learn that the moment when the Stones were at their biggest was with the release of this, their first to feature new guitarist Ronnie Wood as a full member of the band (he was a guest musician on the previous album 'Black And Blue'). A lot of people call 'Some Girls' a disco album, and whereas it's easy to hear the influence of that genre in the songs presented here, I still prefer to think of it as a rock 'n' roll album. 'Miss You' is one of my favourite Stones songs of all time.
Best Songs: Miss You; Some Girls

500) The Runaways - The Runaways (1976)

The Runaways were a band manufactured by their manager - Kim Fowley - in a rather cynical and disturbing marketing ploy to make rock stars out of underage girls using sex. Not literal sex... just the image of sex. Their unsavoury genesis doesn't stop their debut album from being genuinely fun, though. Very rarely do they venture into greatness, but the opening track is undoubtedly a classic of the era.
Best Songs: Cherry Bomb; Dead End Justice

499) Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection (1970)

The third album by Elton John is one of the few to not feature any hits that most people would recognise. Based on country/Americana themes, John and lyricist Bernie Taupin nonetheless produced a strong collection of songs, but the best was yet to come.
Best Songs: Ballad Of A Well-Known Gun; Burn Down The Mission

498) Dropkick Murphys - The Meanest Of Times (2007)

Yet more Celtic punk from the boys from Boston. This album follows the familiar pattern of originals with a few traditional Irish (or Irish-American) songs thrown in and played in their own unique style.
Best Songs: The State Of Massachusetts; (F)lannigan's Ball

497) Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3 (2009)

I'm not sure how many blueprints Jay-Z needs to make before he's happy, but if they produce music of the quality of 'Run This Town' and 'Empire State Of Mind', then I don't mind. This is the first album to establish the trend of me only really liking Rihanna when she's singing on other people's songs (continued by Eminem). Somewhat ironically for someone who's such a close collaborator with Kanye West, this album also features 'D.O.A.: Death Of Autotune', which is about how autotune is crap.
Best Songs: Run This Town; Empire State Of Mind

496) Nirvana - Incesticide (1992)

A collection of B-Sides and rarities released as a way to keep fans happy whilst waiting for the follow-up to 'Nevermind'. Whilst there isn't really a bad track on the album, you do get the sense that most of them weren't released before for a good reason. However, you then get a track like 'Aneurysm' which is something of a hidden gem among Nirvana's catalogue.
Best Songs: Dive; Aneurysm

495) My Chemical Romance - The Black Parade (2006)

Yes. I like this album. I don't care for the anti-Emo backlash myself, the fact is there are actually some really good tunes on 'The Black Parade'. And if anything gives people who feel out of place in the world something to find solace in, that's positive as far as I'm concerned. God knows, that's what a lot of my favourite music did for me as a teenager.
Best Songs: The Sharpest Lives; Famous Last Words

494) The White Stripes - Icky Thump (2007)

I may upset people here, because I believe this is the only White Stripes album to have made it onto this list. There were tracks that I liked by them, and it's obvious that Jack White is a great musician, but I just never really connected with them the way a lot of people have. The exception being 'Icky Thump'.
Best Songs: Icky Thump; You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)

493) Black Label Society - Mafia (2005)

Zakk Wylde and his ever-rotating band's sixth metal album. Once again, only for people with a high tolerance for pinch harmonics (for non-guitar players, the loud squealy noise that seems to happen during every riff and solo Wylde plays).
Best Songs: Fire It Up; Suicide Messiah

492) At The Drive-In - In/Casino/Out (1998)

The second full-length album by the Texan "post-hardcore" band is where they really began to show their full potential which would eventually be unleashed with their final album a couple of years later.
Best Songs: Alpha Centauri; Transatlantic Foe

491) The Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards (2010)

Jack White of The White Stripes' second album with his third band. This one features lead vocals from the amazing Alison Mosshart and is a far dirtier, bluesier rock 'n' roll than White's other bands.
Best Songs: Hustle And Cuss; Jawbreaker

490) Apocalyptica - Inquisition Symphony (1998)

More string quartet covers from the Finnish group. This, their second album, though includes songs by the likes of Faith No More, Sepultura and Pantera as well as the Metallica covers they'd become known for and a couple of original tracks. After this album, they would become a full-time metal band with distortion effects and more original tracks.
Best Songs: From Out Of Nowhere; Nothing Else Matters

489) The Replacements - Let It Be (1984)

The third album from the Minneapolis rockers, this tones down the hardcore punk sound they had had previously, making them more a regular punk band, with occasional hints at the band they would become, including Paul Westerberg's ode to a couple that looked like each other called 'Androgynous'. The overall reason for this was because the band had grown tired of the punk rock scene, and the restraints that were imposed by punk fans (who believe there are no rules, but cry sell-out every time someone does anything different).
Best Songs: I Will Dare; Gary's Got A Boner

488) The Distillers - Coral Fang (2003)

The third and final album from The Distillers is also their most commercially successful and their best. Though it invited more comparisons to Hole than ever before, it was a nice slice of punk rock combined with better production values.
Best Songs: Drain The Blood; Coral Fang

487) We Are The Fallen - Tear The World Down (2010)

Formed by former members of Evanescence, and featuring an Amy Lee lookalike on vocals, We Are The Fallen made it obvious that they were attempting to set themselves up as rivals to their previous band. Surprisingly, their album was actually worth listening to, better than Evanescence's debut, 'Fallen', but not as strong as that band's follow-ups. Hopefully this band go on to do better things and become more than just Evanescence with a different singer.
Best Songs: Bury Me Alive; St. John

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 28/1/2013 11:25:12 AM   
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486) Elton John - Made In England (1995)

By and large, Elton John's quality went way down hill after the beginning of the 80's, and he's only just beginning to pick himself up. But 1995's 'Made In England' was an exception. It's still nowhere near the quality of what he did in his early years, but there's enough to recommend it.
Best Songs: Made In England; Belfast

485) Fear Factory - Obsolete (1998)

The highest selling album from the industrial metal band led by Burton C. Bell. It's a concept album about a future in which machines have taken over humanity.
Best Songs: Edgecrusher; Resurrection

484) New York Dolls - New York Dolls (1973)

The debut album from the New York rock band that looked like they would be playing the glam metal that became popular in the 80's (who based their image on the NYD), but actually played music that was far closer to punk. David Johansen was the vocalist, but the true star of the band was guitarist Johnny Thunders. This album and their follow-up, 'Too Much Too Soon' have proven hugely influential with pretty much every rock musician (regardless of subgenre) ever since.
Best Songs: Trash; Jet Boy

483) The Replacements - Don't Tell A Soul (1989)

The last "true" Replacements album ('All Shook Down' was intended as Paul Westerberg's debut solo album, and only features the full band on one song... the record label insisted they release it as a Replacements album instead), features the band completing their journey from hardcore punk troublemakers to laid-back, Dylan style acoustic rock/folk music. This also features the band's only actual "hit", peaking at 51 on the US Billboard Hot 100. This was the album to introduce Slim Dunlap to the line-up, replacing founding member Bob Stinson who was fired whilst recording demos for their previous album, 'Pleased To Meet Me'. Slim has recently suffered a stroke, prompting Westerberg and Tommy Stinson (Bob's younger brother) to record a covers EP together as The Replacements in order to raise money for his medical fees.
Best Songs: Talent Show; I'll Be You

482) Peter Murphy - Ninth (2011)

As the title suggests, this is the ninth solo album by Bauhaus singer, Peter Murphy. Despite his distinctive voice being perfect for the gothic rock his former band are famous for, this is a much more straight-up rock affair.
Best Songs: Velocity Bird; Slowdown

481) The Rolling Stones - Aftermath (US Version) (1966)

I've always preferred the US versions of the Stones' classic albums, as the UK versions for some reason omitted all of the best tracks. For example, on this album, the UK version does not feature the classic 'Paint It, Black'. Released in 1966, this was the album which really saw the songwriting team of Jagger/Richards come into their own, with previous releases being comprised mostly of covers. This, by contrast was entirely original compositions by the duo. While the best was yet to come, this provides a look at the potential that the band were soon to achieve.
Best Songs: Paint It, Black; Under My Thumb

480) Ozzy Osbourne - Down To Earth (2001)

Ozzy's last album before being made a laughing stock with an MTV "reality" TV show, features him and the band on form that it would take nearly a decade to return to. Other than regular guitarist Zakk Wylde (who had left the band and only rejoined after songwriting was completed), the band features Robert Trujillo (who would later join Metallica) on bass, and Mike Bordin (formerly of Faith No More) on drums.
Best Songs: Gets Me Through; No Easy Way Out

479) Oasis - Definitely Maybe (1994)

The debut album from the Manchester rock band, and extremely influential in the early 90's rise of so-called "britpop". Unlike most of their contemporaries, Oasis actually managed to make a couple of records that have stood the test of time. 'Rock 'n' Roll Star' is still one of the best songs Noel Gallagher has ever written.
Best Songs: Rock 'n' Roll Star; Slide Away

478) Ozzy Osbourne - The Ultimate Sin (1986)

One of two albums to feature guitarist Jake E. Lee, this album has been mostly forgotten, which is a shame because I far prefer to the other Lee-era album, 'Bark At The Moon', which features some of the most embarrassing choices of Ozzy's career.
Best Songs: The Ultimate Sin; Shot In The Dark

477) Elton John - Blue Moves (1976)

Elton John's eleventh album (and how anybody ever managed to release eleven albums in seven years is beyond me), is more experimental than his previous efforts, with heavy use of the London Symphony Orchestra. Strings had been a hallmark of John's sound for a while, but this is his only album to essentially be symphonic rock. The experimentation mostly paid off, though there are a few dips during the nearly 90 minute running time.
Best Songs: One Horse Town; Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

476) Evely Evelyn - Evelyn Evelyn (2010)

Evelyn Evelyn are the brainchild of Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley. The pair play conjoined twins, Evelyn and Evelyn Neville, and the album tells their tragic, often disturbing life story. The combination of alternative rock, dark cabaret and spoken word tracks that fill out the girls' back story fluctuates between eerie, amusing and upsetting, but I won't say too much if you haven't already listened to it. Look on Youtube for videos of performances... it's particularly impressive when they both play the same guitar.
Best Songs: Evelyn Evelyn; A Campaign Of Shock And Awe

475) Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973)

Sixteenth album by Stevie Wonder, in which the blind musician sings about such topics as drug abuse, social anger and love. By now, Wonder had firmly planted his feet in the world of music history, and with tracks like 'Living For The City', 'Higher Ground' and 'He's Misstra Know-It-All', actually managed to strengthen his position.
Best Songs: Living For The City; Higher Ground

474) Queen - The Works (1984)

After a brief ill-judged dip into funk and disco, Queen returned to their rock roots with 'The Works'.
Best Songs: It's A Hard Life; Hammer To Fall

473) Aerosmith - Done With Mirrors (1985)

Aerosmith's first album on Geffen Records features the return of guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford who took a brief detour after falling out with Steven Tyler and were repleaced by Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay on the ill-fated 'Rock In A Hard Place'. The opening track was actually written by Joe Perry during this period, and released as the title track of his debut solo album, but was re-recorded when the rest of the band mentioned how impressed they were with the song. 'Done With Mirrors' seems to actually be among the band's least favourite recently, but it's a good album nonetheless. And the last before the band became more commercial-sounding... the jury's still out on whether that was a good idea.
Best Songs: Let The Music Do The Talking; My Fist Your Face

472) System Of A Down - Steal This Album! (2002)

A year after the release of 'Toxicity', unfinished demo's of the band's follow-up were leaked onto the internet. In response to this, the band quickly released 'Steal This Album!', which features finished versions of most of the songs that had leaked, as well as three previously unheard songs. It's often misrepresented as a collection of B-Sides and outtakes, but was actually planned to be released at some point anyway as a full album. The album turned out to be everything 'Toxicity' was and more... that is, there are heavier bits, more melodic bits, more shouty bits, etc.
Best Songs: Mr. Jack; I-E-A-I-A-I-O

471) The Raconteurs - Consolers Of The Lonely (2008)

More Jack White. This is actually my favourite album that he's ever been a part of. Songs like 'Salute Your Solution' remind me of the best of The White Stripes, but there's a lot more on offer here than that.
Best Songs: Consoler Of The Lonely; Salute Your Solution

470) Izzy Stradlin - 117 Degrees (1998)

Six years after the release of his debut as a solo artist, Izzy Stradlin released this superior follow-up. This time, his backing band features fellow Guns N' Roses refugee, Duff McKagan on bass. Before the release of 'Like A Dog', this unfortunately became the last of Izzy's solo albums that I enjoyed very much. All have good tracks on them, but he began taking ill-advised steps into reggae... a genre that I believe you should not go near if your name isn't Bob Marley.
Best Songs: 117 Degrees; Methanol

469) Black Label Society - Sonic Brew (1999)

The debut album from Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society. The band hadn't gotten a full line-up at the time, so Zakk handled all instrumentation except for the drums which were played by Phil Ondich. Despite being predominantly metal, there are traces of Southern rock in these tracks that are reminiscent of Wylde's earlier solo efforts.
Best Songs: Born To Lose; World Of Trouble

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 28/1/2013 11:35:37 AM   
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The Replacements - Made of win.

That SOAD album is a bit weak sauce.

The Rolling Stones - I like a lot of their singles (Brown Sugar; Gimme Shelter; She's Like a Rainbow; Sympathy for the Devil. etc...) but I would hard pressed to call myself a huge fan. Spoon's cover of Rocks Off > The Stones' original.

The Raconteurs - A nice pick. They were White's best side project when The White Stripes were still going.

Oasis - Definitely Maybe is really their only good album. After that album I thought everything they did was amazing. And then many years later I spun Morning Glory and Be Here Now. Ouch!

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 28/1/2013 12:32:19 PM   
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I reallly am the only one who likes Hot Space on here, aren't I?

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 28/1/2013 12:39:40 PM   
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I reallly am the only one who likes Hot Space on here, aren't I?


You're the only person I've seen anywhere who likes Hot Space.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 28/1/2013 12:42:31 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: MonsterCat

The Replacements - Made of win.

That SOAD album is a bit weak sauce.

The Rolling Stones - I like a lot of their singles (Brown Sugar; Gimme Shelter; She's Like a Rainbow; Sympathy for the Devil. etc...) but I would hard pressed to call myself a huge fan. Spoon's cover of Rocks Off > The Stones' original.

The Raconteurs - A nice pick. They were White's best side project when The White Stripes were still going.

Oasis - Definitely Maybe is really their only good album. After that album I thought everything they did was amazing. And then many years later I spun Morning Glory and Be Here Now. Ouch!


Heh... I actually think Morning Glory is a great album still. It's going to be appearing later... but yeah, everything else they did since was one or two good songs mixed with some really bad stuff.

I never considered myself a big Stones fan until I started relistening to some of their albums a couple of years ago. There's a period between the late 60's and towards the end of the 70's where everything they did is amazing.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 29/1/2013 11:31:44 AM   
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468) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland (1968)

The third and final album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 'Electric Ladyland' features some of the most recognisable tracks in the Hendrix catalogue. If anyone hears the opening of 'Voodoo Child (Slight Return)' without knowing instantly what it is, I'd definitely be worried about that person. Meanwhile, the cover of Bob Dylan's 'All Along The Watchtower' is so good that Dylan himself started using the arrangement from this version instead of his own in live performances.
Best Songs: All Along The Watchtower; Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

467) Dinosaur Jr. - Farm (2009)

The second post-reunion album from the alt. rock legends.
Best Songs: Pieces; Over It

466) Scott Weiland - 12 Bar Blues (1998)

Kicked out of Stone Temple Pilots due to his drug issues (for the first time), Scott Weiland recorded this psychedelic little oddity that surely would have confused most fans of his band at the time. It's definitely not an easy album to get into, but once you do you really start to appreciate the songs on display here.
Best Songs: Barbarella; Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down

465) Jay-Z - The Blueprint (2001)

The original Blueprint, and the best of the three. It doesn't feature collaborations with female R&B singers that became highlights of his later albums, but it does feature the producing talents of a pre-solo artist Kanye West.
Best Songs: Takover; Renegade

464) Jerry Cantrell - Boggy Depot (1998)

By 1996, Alice In Chains had become all but dormant due to various issues, not least of which was singer Layne Staley's crippling heroin addiction that would eventually take his life in 2002. Shows had become sporadic, with only a one-off performance for MTV Unplugged, and a brief stint opening for Kiss to their name in recent memory. So, guitarist/primary songwriter/co-vocalist Jerry Cantrell instead began work on what would become his first solo album. 'Boggy Depot' was quite a departure from Alice In Chains featuring a more Southern rock/country sound no doubt inspired by Cantrell's native Texas.
Best Songs: Dickeye; Hurt A Long Time

463) The Offspring - Conspiracy Of One (2000)

If you were a teenager in the year 2000 that had any interest in rock music, I'm pretty sure there's no way that you could have avoided this album. It became The Offspring's biggest album to date.
Best Songs: Want You Bad; Dammit, I Changed Again

462) Faith No More - Album Of The Year (1997)

Faith No More's final album is the most underrated of their catalogue. Even the band themselves don't rate it as highly as I think they should (hence the ironic title).
Best Songs: Collision; Last Cup Of Sorrow

461) Linkin Park - Meteora (2003)

Linkin Park's second album perfected their blend of angsty metal, rap and catchy choruses. I know they're often used as an example of music that all sounded alike in the early part of the century, but I have still yet to find a band that sounds like Linkin Park. Nowadays, even Linkin Park don't sound like Linkin Park.
Best Songs: Faint; Numb

460) Black Stone Cherry - Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (2011)

Southern metal from the young Kentuckian band. This is their third album that whilst not as strong as their previous to, manages to hold your attention. 'White Trash Millionaire' is exactly what we've grown to expect from Black Stone Cherry, and two songs feature vocals from Halestorm's Lzzy Hale.
Best Songs: White Trash Millionaire; Such A Shame

459) Sirens Sister - Echoes From The Ocean Floor (2006)

A Seattle band formed from the remnants of Vendetta Red. The bass player on this album is one of the best and most underrated rock bassists in the world (as well as a nice guy), Jeff Rouse of Alien Crime Syndicate and Duff McKagan's Loaded.
Best Songs: Womb Dreams From The Ether; Faultline

458) Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials (2011)

Flame-haired Florence Welch's follow-up to her hugely successful debut album.
Best Songs: What The Water Gave Me; No Light, No Light

457) Stevie Wonder - Signed, Sealed, & Delivered (1970)

At this point there's not much more I can say about Mr. Wonder. Other than this album features another of his best-known tracks.
Best Songs: Never Had A Dream Come True; Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours

456) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love (1967)

The second album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience is often overlooked as most people talk about 'Electric Ladyland' and 'Are You Experienced?'. Which is a shame, because it's ever so slightly better than 'Ladyland'.
Best Songs: Little Wing; Castles Made Of Sand

455) Queen - A Night At The Opera (1975)

This album has 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on it. If you've ever seen Wayne's World, that should be all you need to know...
Best Songs: You're My Best Friend; Bohemian Rhapsody

454) Bobot Adrenaline - Dumb Bomb (2010)

California punk rockers with their debut full length album. Although if you'd played Tony Hawk skateboarding game, there's a good chance you'd heard 'Penalty Box' years before the release of this album without even realising it.
Best Songs: Bombastic!; Penalty Box

453) Amanda Palmer - Goes Down Under (2011)

Palmer continues to celebrate her freedom with this ode to her favourite country. A combination of live tracks from an Australian tour, and new studio recordings of covers of Australian artists. The tracklist runs the gamut of Australian music from 'The Vegemite Song' from the commercials to 'The Ship Song' by Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. Oh... and there's also an original track called 'Map Of Tasmania' which is about the joys of pubic hair. This and the Radiohead covers album were really just stop-gap recordings before her next big project which came last year...
Best Songs: In My Mind; The Ship Song

452) Pearl Jam - Vs. (1993)

Pearl Jam's follow-up one of the most influential albums of the last 30 years with 'Vs.'. It shows the least change in the band's sound of any of their albums in the 90's to early 00's. Apparently, after this album fame took over their lives so much that they deliberately started making less commercial music in order to escape from it.
Best Songs: Dissident; Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town

451) Deep Purple - The House Of Blue Light (1987)

The second album since the reformation of "Mark II" Deep Purple - the most famous line-up featuring Ian Gillan, Ritchie Blackmore, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.
Best Songs: Bad Attitude; Call Of The Wild

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 29/1/2013 11:34:07 AM   
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455) Queen - A Night At The Opera (1975)

This album has 'Bohemian Rhapsody' on it. If you've ever seen Wayne's World, that should be all you need to know...
Best Songs: You're My Best Friend; Bohemian Rhapsody




Should be about 450 places higher. The Prophet's Song owns that album.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 29/1/2013 11:37:39 AM   
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Yeah, most Queen fans seem to put this album on a pedestal. Personally, as much as I like it, I much prefer a lot of their other albums - including 'A Day At The Races' which most people for some reason consider the lesser of those two albums.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 30/1/2013 11:00:32 AM   
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450) Michael Jackson - Got To Be There (1972)

The debut solo album from the only member of the Jackson Five people ever really cared about. It's hard to tell why they bothered, considering it sounds exactly like what he was doing with his brothers at the time, but Motown was always a strange label when it came to treating their artists like products. As with most of his early material, it showcases a voice that had no place being in the body of someone so young, and the potential that was already itching to get out and be fulfilled.
Best Songs: Got To Be There; Rockin' Robin

449) Robbie Williams - Swing When You're Winning (2002)

An album of swing covers that was more successful than anybody could have imagined, both musicially and financially. The duet with Nicole Kidmas is over-rated, but other duets with the likes of Rupert Everett and Jane Horrocks are fantastic. I'm not sure what the fuss was about when it comes to 'It Was A Very Good Year', though... he sings for half the track, and the original Sinatra track plays for the second half. Hardly as revolutionary as a lot of people think.
Best Songs: I Will Talk And Hollywood Will Listen; Beyond The Sea

448) Elton John - Honky Chateau (1972)

John's fifth album saw him begin his transition into a rock 'n' roll musician from the softer sound he had previously had. This may have something to do with being his first album in which his full backing band was used throughout instead of session musicians.
Best Songs: Rocket Man (I Think It's Going To Be A Long, Long Time); Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters

447) Stone Temple Pilots - Tiny Music... Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop (1996)

The third album from Stone Temple Pilots saw the band take a more 60's pop inspired turn than their previous recordings. It alienated some of the fanbase, and Scott Weiland's issues with drug use forced the band to cancel their tour, resulting in the album selling far fewer than anticipated. There are some real gems on here, though.
Best Songs: Tumble In The Rough; Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart

446) Dinosaur Jr. - Where You Been (1993)

Fifth album from Dinosaur Jr. and the last to feature performances from the full band. Features their biggest hit, 'Start Choppin'
Best Songs: Out There; Get Me

445) Blink-182 - Neighborhoods (2011)

A surprisingly good post-reunion album from Blink-182. And not a dick joke in sight.
Best Songs: Ghost On The Dance Floor; Up All Night

444) Manic Street Preachers - Send Away The Tigers (2007)

After 'Everything Must Go', the Manic Street Preachers albums started becoming increasingly poor, with 2004's 'Lifeblood' representing the band's absolute lowest point. Thankfully, for 'Send Away The Tigers', the band went back to basics, and released their best album in over a decade. 'Your Love Alone Is Not Enough' featuring Nina Persson of The Cardigans is as good as anything from their 90's peak.
Best Songs: Your Love Alone Is Not Enough; The Second Great Depression

443) Crosses - EP2 (2012)

Second EP from Chino Moreno's electronica sideproject.
Best Song: Telepathy

442) Silversun Pickups - Swoon (2009)

SIlversun Pickups continue their brand of multiple-layered 'dream pop'.
Best Songs: Panic Switch; Catch And Release

441) Eminem - The Eminem Show (2002)

The moment where Eminem began to show more range than just spouting controversy-baiting lyrics. On this album he goes introspective, and bares his soul like never before. Sure, there's still some controversial content in there, but this album will always be held up as the moment Marshall Mathers proved he had a heart.
Best Songs: Cleanin' Out My Closet; Sing For The Moment

440) John Frusciante - Inside Of Emptiness (2004)

The former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarists' solo work has generally been a dirge of random noises that he tells himself is good because it's "experimental". 'Inside Of Emptiness' is one of the few exceptions.
Best Songs: Inside A Break; 666

439) David Bowie - Hours... (1999)

Possibly David Bowie's most under-rated album. I'm generally not a fan of a lot of the music he did in the 80's and 90's, but this album is almost a return to the greatness he'd previously exhibited.
Best Songs: Thursday's Child; The Pretty Things Are Going To Hell

438) Michael Jackson - Off The Wall (1979)

The moment where all the potential that Jackson had previously proven he had finally came to the fore thanks to the production genius of Quincy Jones. The best was yet to come, but this proved that Michael was a solo artist to be reckoned with.
Best Songs: Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough; Workin' Day And Night

437) The Jane Austen Argument - The Birthing Pyre (2011)

Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, Tom Dickins and Jennifer Kingwell are an indie-cabaret duo. Their music tends to be reflective, piano-led ballads, as with the standout track 'Bad Wine And Lemon Cake' - a version of which appeared on the previously mentioned Amanda Palmer album, 'Goes Down Under'.
Best Song: Bad Wine And Lemon Cake

436) Screaming Trees - Last Words: The Final Recordings (2011)

Recorded in 1998 and 1999, the final Screaming Trees album finally saw the light of day thanks to drummer Barrett Martin's own Sunyata label.
Best Songs: Crawlspace; Last Words

435) Manic Street Preachers - Generation Terrorists (1992)

The debut album from the Welsh rockers. This is far more of a punk record than anything they've released since.
Best Songs: Motorcycle Emptiness; Another Invented Disease

434) Bumblefoot - Hands (1998)

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal is one of the best guitarists in the world today. This is technically his third album, but is his debut under the name of Bumblefoot. In it he flirts with hard rock, metal, funk and punk, but a showcase of his spectacular guitar skills is always on hand whatever the genre. Unlike the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai, Ron Thal a good songwriter, though... so the solo's are always at the service of the song instead of an excuse to show off.
Best Songs: What I Knew; Tuesday In Nancy

433) Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures (2009)

Queens Of The Stone Age's Josh Homme, drummer Dave Grohl and John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin unite to create this album. It mainly sounds like QOTSA, but there are points where you can hear Jones and Grohl's influence with a funky bassline or Foo Fighters style chorus. The songs are great... unfortunately, when they performed at Download, they were quite boring live, though.
Best Songs: New Fang; Caligulove

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 30/1/2013 5:38:54 PM   
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So many updates, here are my thoughts.

Sing When Your Winning - Is actually really good, and shows that against probability Robbie did have something interesting to say at this point.
Cee Lo's Magic Moment - Isn't it interesting that American pop stars can do Christmas albums straight, and British pop stars have to do it archly? Even X-Factor winners cover Leonard Cohen at christmas.
Seventeen Seconds - A Forest is so amazing that if it was just that on the CD it would warrent a place on the list.
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - You know that point in the night when your being really drunk, and a bit of a dick and you realise and think "shit what if everyone thinks I'm a dick?" and so you make a thing out of it and exagerate it massively and it works? That is this album.
Love is Hell - Again its heartbreakingly beautiful.
Station to Station - One of my favourite Bowie albums, probably one from the late 70s I reach for most oft.
Stadium Arcadium - Just no.
Some Girls - Just no.
The Runaways - Way way toooo low. Great, great record.
The Blueprint 3 - Is big and probably too long, but when he's on it, he can knock it out of the park.
Insecticide - I think a B-sides collection is cheating.
Icky Thump - First, I love Icky Thump, probably my favourite of that year. But the only Stripes album on the list? That's crazy
Sea of Cowards - Nearly as crazy as having this higher than all his TWS work.
Made in England - Not nearly as embaressing as David Bowie's britpop cash in album.
Aftermath - Is one of the few Stones LPs I have time for, actually. Yeah really good.
Definately Maybe - Is so overfamiliar to me that I never listen to it, but I do still think it was a really good record.
Innervisions - A brilliant masterpiece, way too low.
Consolers of the Lonley - I like this, I like both Brendan and Jack apart more though, I think.
Electric Ladyland - I still prefer Dylan's Watchtower, but Hendrix was great.
The Blueprint - This is a proper game changing masterpiece and is way too low.
Conspiracy of One - Yeah, I was a teenager at the turn of the century and yeah I had this and drew that little flaming logo on my English book. I don't remember much about it now though.
Ceremonials - I rather like Florence, which is quite unpopular on this forum, I think. The Calvin Harris edition of Spectrum is obviously better though.
Signed Sealed and Delivered - if he had just written the title track he would be a genius.
Night at the Opera - probably Queen's best stab at a proper album, but essentially a singles band, no?
Swing When Your Winning - loses points as the titular pun is nowhere near as good as "Allow us to be Frank"
The Eminem Show - Its no The Marshall Mathers LP.
Off The Wall - is aaaaaamazing.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 30/1/2013 8:14:37 PM   
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Comments on the lastest batch:

Nimrod - one of my favourite Green Day albums, I reckon it's better than Dookie
The Black Parade - superb album really, not a duff track on it. Gets a lot of unfair flack because of its association with the whole emo thing.
Let It Be - have only listened to this a couple of times but quite like it. I agree with you on the sell-out thing that punk fans go on about; it's always struck me as odd that a bands within a genre born on not sticking to the rules are expected to remain within very narrow musical confines to classify as punk
Definitely Maybe - prefer Morning Glory, but this is still amazing
The Ultimate Sin - not heard it, but what's wrong with Bark At The Moon?
Done With Mirrors - prefer the subsequent albums, but My Fist Your Face is a belter
Conspiracy Of One - liked it more when I was younger, of the Offspring's albums it holds up the least though. Is it really their biggest album? I thought Smash and Americana were bigger
Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea - I love this album but haven't listened to much else by them
Vs - probably Pearl Jam's peak
Send Away The Tigers - great album, very underrated
Generation Terrorists - could do with trimming half a dozen songs, but it's great fun

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 31/1/2013 8:19:50 AM   
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Let It Be - have only listened to this a couple of times but quite like it. I agree with you on the sell-out thing that punk fans go on about; it's always struck me as odd that a bands within a genre born on not sticking to the rules are expected to remain within very narrow musical confines to classify as punk


As far as I'm concerned, there are two rules punks should live by...

1) Don't star in a commercial
2) If you absolutely must, at least don't make it something like car insurance or butter.

Also... correction with 'Conspiracy Of One'. 'Americana' was indeed more successful.

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 31/1/2013 11:05:27 AM   
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432) Soul Asylum - Made To Be Broken (1986)

The second full-length album from Soul Asylum. Their music in the 80's was a lot harder than what they started doing in the 90's.
Best Songs: Tied To The Tracks; Never Really Been

431) Slipknot - Slipknot (1999)

When this album was released in 1999, most people didn't know what to make of it. Nobody had ever heard anything like it before, and a lot of people just considered it pointless noise, and the people who did like it were treated with the same kind of derision that My Chemical Romance are treated with now. There's no doubt, this is probably one of the loudest mainstream records ever to be released, and that's not to everyone's taste. But over time it's grown on me. Without the melodies that Corey Taylor intermittently sings, I probably wouldn't like it half as much as I do now, but the band as a whole are really talented, even if they didn't really begin to show their diversity until much later. Joey Jordison is one of the best drummers in metal.
Best Songs: Wait And Bleed; Spit It Out

430) Pixies - Surfer Rosa (1989)

'Where Is My Mind?' is the Pixies best known song... most people will know some version of it, even if they've never actually heard the name Pixies. But I'll confess bias in including 'Tony's Theme' in the best songs here (that's my real name). As the band's first full-length album, it would later go on to inspire an entire generation of musicians.
Best Songs: Where Is My Mind?; Tony's Theme

429) Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators - Apocalyptic Love (2012)

Slash's follow-up to his brilliant debut solo album eschews the guest singer idea, and instead uses his band from the tour for that album, including drummer Brent Fitz, bassist Todd Kerns and Alter Bridge singer Myles Kennedy. As I've said before, with Alter Bridge, Myles is an excellent singer, but for some reason with Slash he seems to be trying to mimic Axl Rose, and goes for high notes he can't actually hit and instead ends up sounding like Axl Rose circa 2002 (if you don't know, that tour was the worst he's ever sounded). He isn't always bad, but it is enough to make this album feature far lower than it would have done otherwise, as musically Slash is on his best role for a while. The intro to 'Anastasia' in particular is brilliant.
Best Songs: Halo; Anastasia

428) Pearl Jam - No Code (1996)

The moment where Pearl Jam really started to expand its sound past what they had become known for, which was met with a mixed response. Personally, I like all the twists and turns this album takes, and the band didn't really go too far with until 'Binaural' and 'Riot Act' at the beginning of the 21st Century. I always enjoy hearing the evolution of a band from their earliest days just bashing out rock tunes, to when they decide they want to try something new. Pearl Jam have been one of the most successful at this to my ears, whereas some bands I wish had just kept rocking out.
Best Songs: Off He Goes; Mankind

427) Ryan Adams - Gold (2001)

The second, best-selling and best solo album from Ryan Adams. Unfortunately, it was packaged differently to how Adams intended, with five tracks which were supposed to be the end of a double album put on a bonus disc that was only available on the first 150,000 copies. It's a shame, because it could have been even better if it were released in the proper fashion.
Best Songs: New York, New York; Nobody Girl

426) The Cure - Pornography (1982)

The first part of what is considered to be a trilogy of albums (along with 'Disintegration' and 'Bloodflowers') features The Cure really starting to hit their stride. Poorly received at the time, it's now considered to be a classic of the gothic rock genre.
Best Songs: One Hundred Years; A Strange Day

425) Eminem - Recovery (2010)

Technically, the disappointing 'Relapse' was Eminem's comeback album, but it's 'Recovery' that sees him back on top form for the first time since 'The Eminem Show'. Like that album, this is also more introspective than his other work, and mostly acts as a confessional, especially in the song 'Talkin' 2 Myself'. The highlight of the album though is 'Love The Way You Lie', featuring Rihanna. Even if it is a bit disturbing hearing that particular person singing about how she likes to be hurt...
Best Songs: Talkin' 2 Myself; Love The Way You Lie

424) Pixies - Come On Pilgrim (1988)

The debut for the Pixies. The eight tracks are over in just 20 minutes, but it's the 20 best minutes the band ever produced.
Best Songs: Caribou; I've Been Tired

423) Lynyrd Skynyrd - Last Of A Dyin' Breed (2012)

Another album by the Southern rockers that make me embarrassed to admit that I like it when I listen to its lyrics. If you just listen to the music, however, it's a good solid piece of rock music, this time featuring John Lowery (otherwise known as John 5 of Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie fame) on guitar. A lot of people don't realise that he was playing this kind of music before ever joining Manson's band.
Best Songs: Last Of A Dyin' Breed; Mississippi Blood

422) Gilby Clarke - The Hangover (1997)

The second solo album from Clarke, and his first since leaving Guns N' Roses behind just before the release of his previous album. No reinventing the wheel here, just rock 'n' roll, straight up.
Best Songs: Wasn't Yesterday Great; Hang On To Yourself

421) Korn - The Path Of Totality (2011)

Korn once again try to shake up their sound by collaborating with some of the top dub-step producers. They seemed to believe they were creating a new genre with the album, despite the fact that Trent Rezor has been releasing similar sounding tracks since the early 90's, but by and large this is a surprisingly good collection of tracks. Certainly more successful than Muse's similar dip into the dub-step world.
Best Songs: Get Up!; Chaos Lives In Everything

420) Black Label Society - The Blessed Hellride (2003)

More Black Label Society. I didn't realise I liked them this much, either.
Best Songs: Stillborn; The Blessed Hellride

419) Michelle Shocked - Short Sharp Shocked (1988)

Alternative folk musician with a political bent. The cover of this album is a photo of her getting arrested during a protest at the 1984 Democratic Convention.
Best Songs: When I Grow Up; Anchorage

418) Dave Stewart - The Ringmaster General (2012)

The former Euryphmic has been releasing little-heard solo albums and producing other artists for years since his most famous band split. This is his latest, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Joss Stone, and the amazing Orianthi providing the lead guitar for 'Girl In A Catsuit'.
Best Songs: I Got Love; Girl In A Catsuit

417) At The Drive-In - Relationship Of Command (2000)

At The Drive-In hit their peak both musically and commercially with this album, which would end up being their last. 'One-Armed Scissor' is one of the standout rock songs of this century.
Best Songs: One-Armed Scissor; Rolodex Propaganda

416) Brad - Interiors (1997)

The second album from the Seattle group.
Best Songs: Secret Girl; Some Never Come Home

415) Zakk Wylde - Book Of Shadows (1996)

An introspective, mostly acoustic southern rock and folk album from the man best known as a heavy metal shredder. I never thought that Zakk Wylde would be able to pull something like that off before I listened to this, and it is really quite beautiful.
Best Songs: Between Heaven And Hell; Sold My Soul

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 1/2/2013 10:06:20 AM   
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414) Halestorm - Halestorm (2009)

Debut album from the Pennsylvania rock band that look to be destined for big things if their career so far is anything to go by. Lzzy Hale really has some lungs on her.
Best Songs: It's Not You; I Get Off

413) Queen - Queen II (1974)

Their debut album was a bit of a mess, but the creases were ironed out for this classic album. Not only that, but in 'Seven Seas Of Rhye', it provided the band with their first hit single.
Best Songs: Ogre Battle; Seven Seas Of Rhye

412) Kanye West - Late Registration (2005)

The second album from the egomaniac took the formula that made his previous album such a success, and added an extra bit of commercial sheen, as seen in the massive hit, 'Gold Digger', featuring Jamie Foxx in his Ray Charles mode. Whilst not as strong as 'The College Dropout', it did prove that Kanye was here to stay... for better or worse.
Best Songs: Gold Digger; Diamonds From Sierra Leone

411) Aerosmith - Nine Lives (1997)

Amongst purists, this is one of Aerosmith's least loved albums, taking the commercial sound they'd been playing with since 1987 to what at the time seemed like the most extreme ('Just Push Play', released a few years later would show that they could get even more commercial)... especially when the special edition was released with 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' from Armageddon added to the tracklist. It's hated by a lot of people, but that song was actually the one that reignited my passion for music one summer afternoon when I sat down to watch The Pepsi Chart on Channel 5 and saw the video for the first time. Everything that came after was thanks to this song... including the list I'm boring you with right now.
Best Songs: Nine Lives; Pink

410) Ray Charles - Ray Charles (1957)

In this day and age, it's hard to imagine that there was a time when a musician could be having hits for years before they even released an album. In 1957, the concept of the album was still a relatively new idea, so Ray Charles' released his debut a full eight years after the release of his first single. This album features 'I Got A Woman', the song that was adapted by Jamie Foxx in the aforementioned 'Gold Digger'. The song is actually about how great his woman is.
Best Songs: Hallelujah I Love Her So; I Got A Woman

409) The Jane Austen Argument - Plan Behind (The Beautiful Mess We Made) (2011)

I don't usually take live recordings into account for things like this, but this live EP from The Jane Austen Argument (released just a few months after 'The Birthing Pyre') consisted entirely of songs that had not been previously released, so I made an exception. Recorded at a special show after Tom Dickins had decided to quit his day job and concentrate on music full time, regardless of the consequences, this record shows that the band has a sense of humour as well as a sense of melancholy. The finest example being the track 'Staying Single' featuring a unique piece of audience participation (they were all given pieces of paper to write their break-up stories on, and Tom read them out as part of the song as reasons for him staying single).
Best Song: Staying Single

408) Nazareth - Razamanaz (1973)

The third album from the Scottish hard rock band. As far as I recall, this is the only album of theirs that I've liked.
Best Songs: Razamanaz; Vigilante Man

407) The Faces - Long Player (1971)

It's hard to believe now, but there was a time when Rod Stewart wasn't just a caricature singing awful songs like 'If You Think I'm Sexy'. This second album from his second band features some of the best blues rock of the era.
Best Songs: Bad 'n' Ruin; Sweet Lady Mary

406) The Rolling Stones - Steel Wheels (1989)

The last album featuring bassist Bill Wyman, and coincidentally the last album with enough strong material on it to warrant a place here. 'A Bigger Bang' got close to returning the band to its former glory, but fell just short, whilst the two albums that appeared previously were just bad. This album saw the band return to a more classic sound, as well patched up the long-running feud between Keith Richards and Mick Jagger (for the time being at least).
Best Songs: Mixed Emotions; Continental Drift

405) Rodrigo y Gabriela - Area 52 (2012)

Rodrigo y Gabriela collaborate with the Cuban orchestra known as C.U.B.A. to reinterpret songs from their first two albums. The result is a lot better than I'd expected.
Best Songs: Santo Domingo; Diablo Rojo

404) Thin Lizzy - Chinatown (1980)

The tenth album from the Irish legends introduces Snowy White as guitarist, replacing Gary Moore, and Darren Wharton on keyboards. The first half is far superior to the second.
Best Songs: Chinatown; Killer On The Loose

403) Tom Dickins - Majesty And Misery (2007)

Befor forming The Jane Austen Argument with Jennifer Kingwell, Tom Dickins was an independent solo artist. This was originally released in 2007 as an exclusive download on Myspace, but has since been made available on Bandcamp (where all of The Jane Austen Argument's catalogue is also available to listen to/download).
Best Song: Green Wings

402) Blink-182 - Enema Of The State (1999)

Another one of those albums that you couldn't have avoided if you were a teenager at the time of its release. I've never been a huge fan of the band, but most of the tracks from this album still manage to make me happy whenever I hear them.
Best Songs: What's My Age Again?; All The Small Things

401) Tom Dickins - Peter Pan, 6 Years On (2011)

Another solo record from the male half of The Jane Austen Argument. 2011 was definitely a productive year for him. The title of this album comes from the fact that he played Peter Pan in the University Of Montana's production of the play six years previously, and found himself in Montana once again to record a video for The Jane Austen Argument.
Best Song: The Crossfire

400) Alter Bridge - One Day Remains (2004)

The debut album from the talented members of Creed, and singer Myles Kennedy.
Best Songs: Find The Real; Broken Wings

399) Inside Out - No Spiritual Surrender (1990)

An EP of hardcore punk featuring a pre-Rage Against The Machine Zack de la Rocha.
Best Song: Burning Fight

398) Bobot Adrenaline - Unfurled EP (2008)

The first EP from the California punks, produced by Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, Guns N' Roses and Soul Asylum, and Joey Santiago of the Pixies.
Best Song: Radio Tikrit

397) Avenged Sevenfold - Waking The Fallen (2003)

For their second album, Avenged Sevenfold began to build their sound past the samey "screamo" they'd been producing before, and include more melodic elements, as well as a distinct Metallica album. The transformation would fully come to fruition in their next album, but this was a good step in the right direction.
Best Songs: I Won't See You Tonight (Part 1); And All Things Will End

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 4/2/2013 10:52:02 AM   
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396) Aerosmith - Honkin' On Bobo (2004)

After taking their commercial sound a step too far on 'Just Push Play', Aerosmith returned to their roots (literally) on 'Honkin' On Bobo'. With the exception of one song, every track is a cover of an old blues standard recorded live (as opposed to multitracked), and given a distinct Aerosmith feel. It was a welcome return for Aerosmith, even if it didn't stick.
Best Songs: Shame, Shame, Shame; Baby, Please Don't Go

395) Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (1995)

'Ironic' may have been the track that made Alanis a superstar (briefly), but the rest of 'Jagged Little Pill' features some nice pop-rock tunes. 'You Oughta Know', featuring Flea and Dave Navarro is a particular stand-out. Alanis would never recapture what she had on this record.
Best Songs: You Oughta Know; You Learn

394) Green River - Come On Down (1985)

Years before Nirvana made the Seattle music scene famous, future members of Mudhoney (Mark Arm and Steve Turner), and Pearl Jam (Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament) were members of Green River, one of the band's that pioneered the punky sound that Nirvana later bought into the mainstream. The standout track from their debut EP - 'Swallow My Pride' - was later covered by Soundgarden.
Best Song: Swallow My Pride

393) Marilyn Manson - The High End Of Low (2009)

The former king of shock rock has fallen out of grace in recent years. But this first album since the return of Twiggy Ramirez to the band, I always felt was almost a return to the form he showed in the 90's. I say almost, because when you've become accepted by the mainstream as Manson had years before, your attempts to shock just seem tame and desperate.
Best Songs: Pretty As A Swastika; Arma-goddamn-motherfuckin-geddon

392) Halestorm - ReAniMate: The Covers EP (2011)

Unfortunately, a miscommunication between the management of Halestorm and Guns N' Roses have led to the physical release of this EP becoming a rarity, and it now being only available as a download. Which is a shame, because their cover of that band's 'Out Ta Get Me' is one of the best covers of a GN'R song I've ever heard. And to find it on the same record as a rock 'n' roll version of Lady Gaga's 'Bad Romance', and a surprisingly faithful version of Heart's 'All I Want To Do Is Make Love To You' is a real surprise. Showcases the diversity of the band's taste and their abilities.
Best Song: Hunger Strike

391) Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (1997)

The second album by Incubus is a much more nu-metal sounding record than their later albums, with a funk twist, thanks to distinctive bass from original member Dirk Lance.
Best Songs: New Skin; Nebula

390) The Who - Who's Next (1971)

Classic album from rockers. 'Won't Get Fooled Again' showcases both the insane drumming talents of Keith Moon, and the guitar genius of Pete Townshend.
Best Songs: Baba O'Riley; Won't Get Fooled Again

389) The Cure - Bloodflowers (2000)

A return to gothic rock for The Cure, to finally complete their so-called trilogy, that they began with 'Pornography' nearly 20 years earlier.
Best Songs: 39; Bloodflowers

388) Soul Asylum - Grave Dancer's Union (1992)

The breakthrough sixth album from the alternative rockers.
Best Songs: Black Gold; Runaway Train

387) Three Fish - The Quiet Table (1999)

A world music experiment featuring Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Robbi Robb of Tribe After Tribe, and Richard Stuverud of The Fastbacks. Around half the tracks are instrumental, but all of them have the unique sound of rock music mixed with ethereal Middle-Eastern music.
Best Songs: Shiva And The Astronaut; Resonate

386) Tori Amos - American Doll Posse (2007)

Tori Amos combines her usual piano balladry with a more conventional rock sound on this concept album in which she takes the persona of five distinct characters that each exhibit different traits, accounting for the sheer amount of musical styles the record encompasses. As far as I'm concerned, this is Amos' crowning achievement.
Best Songs: Bouncing Off Clouds; Girl Disappearing

385) Smashing Pumpkins - Judas O (2001)

Packaged with the band's Greatest Hits album, 'Judas O' consists of rarities and outtakes from the band's 'Adore' and 'Machina' era.
Best Songs: Here's To The Atom Bomb; Saturnine

384) The Crying Spell - Through Hell To Heaven (2008)

The debut album from a modern rock band from Seattle.
Best Songs: Suicide Woman; Prayers

383) Mastodon - The Hunter (2011)

The latest album from the Atlanta progressive metal band. The second of only two albums by the band that aren't concept albums.
Best Songs: Stargasm; Creature Lives

382) Incubus - Morning View (2001)

A massive departure from their earlier albums, and probably the best collection of music Incubus will ever produce. 'Aqueous Transmission' uses Far Eastern instruments such as the pipa with accompaniment from a Japanese orchestra. Not many "nu-metal" bands of the era would have had the guts to do something like this, and perhaps it only worked here because Brandon Boyd's voice suits a more chilled out, ambient sound.
Best Songs: Wish You Were Here; Aqueous Transmission

381) Michael Jackson - Michael (2010)

Yes, I know it's a hastily thrown together collection of unfinished demo's used to cash in on the death of a superstar, but the quality of this album actually surprised me. I'm not a fan of every track here, but the ones that I do like, I like enough to elevate it to a space on this list.
Best Songs: Monster; Behind The Mask

380) Malfunkshun - Return To Olympus (1995)

A collection of tracks from a classic Seattle band from the 1980's fronted by the ill-fated Andrew Wood (who, as singer for Mother Love Bone, died of a heroin overdose just before the release of their debut album in 1990). This album was compiled by fellow Mother Love Bone member, Stone Gossard as a tribute some years later. While characterised as "grunge", Malfunkshun actually weren't much different to what was going on elsehwere at the time.
Best Songs: Mr. Liberty (With Morals); Jezebel Woman

379) Stevie Wonder - Talking Book (1972)

If 'Superstition' was the only track on this album, It'd be enough to secure its place here. One of the highlights of not only Wonder's entire career, but also of the funk genre in general.
Best Songs: You Are The Sunshine Of My Life; Superstition

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 5/2/2013 12:32:40 PM   
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378) Iggy Pop - Naughty Little Doggie (1996)

It's true that Iggy Pop is something of a cartoon character nowadays, which wasn't helped by he and his annoying puppet advertising car insurance. But there are times where you are still occasional records that make you remember how he used to be. He's still great live, by the way... I saw him in Hyde Park last summer, and if it wasn't for all the wrinkles and saggy limbs you'd think he was still in the 70's.
Best Songs: Pussy Walk; Outta My Head

377) Bob Marley & The Wailers - Exodus (1977)

Looking up this album on Wikipedia tells me that this album has more tracks on the greatest hits album, 'Legend', than any other album in Bob Marley's career. It's not hard to hear why.
Best Songs: Jamming; One Love

376) The Faces - First Step (1970)

The debut album from Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood et al.
Best Songs: Devotion; Looking Out The Window

375) David Bowie - Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) (1980)

Possibly the last album of Bowie's "classic" era. The title track and 'Ashes To Ashes' are among his very best.
Best Songs: Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps); Ashes To Ashes

374) Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds (2011)

The debut solo album from the former Oasis main man, features the best music Gallagher has written since the mid-90's.
Best Songs: If I Had A Gun; AKA... What A Life!

373) The Rolling Stones - Dirty Work (1986)

Recorded during the lowest period of Jagger and Richards' relationship, you can hear the strain between the two in the uneven music. But it's not as bad as history has painted it.
Best Songs: One Hit (To The Body); Harlem Shuffle

372) Stereophonics - Language. Sex. Violence. Other? (2005)

After the two disappointing albums, 'Just Enough Education To Perform' and 'You Gotta Go There To Come Back', Kelly Jones, Richard Jones and new drummer Javier Weyler plugged the electric guitars back in and decided to release their first straight-up rock 'n' roll album, complete with guitar solos, and some of the hardest tracks in the Welsh band's catalogue. It was a welcome change of pace.
Best Songs: Superman; Pedalpusher

371) Elton John - Elton John (1970)

The second album by Elton John is the first one worth listening to.
Best Songs: Your Song; Border Song

370) Jamiroquai - A Funk Odyssey (2001)

The album that marked the peak of Jamiroquai's success.
Best Songs: Little L; You Give Me Something

369) Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer (2010)

Cee Lo's first post-Gnarls Barkley solo album feature the soul singer on top form. The songs are ridiculously catchy and some of the best in the more commercial music world of this decade.
Best Songs: Bright Lights, Bigger City; Fuck You

368) The Ramones - Rocket To Russia (1977)

The third album from the punk legends, and the last to feature original drummer Tommy Ramone.
Best Songs: Cretin Hop; Sheena Is A Punk Rocker

367) Whitesnake - Good To Be Bad (2008)

I'm not a Whitesnake fan at all. Generally, I think their music is cheesy and awful. But 'Good To Be Bad' is a genuinely good album, even if it doesn't entirely lose the trademark cheesiness.
Best Songs: Best Years; Good To Be Bad

366) Kyuss - Wretch (1991)

The first full length album from the influential stoner metal band.
Best Songs: Son Of A Bitch; Isolation

365) The Black Crowes - By Your Side (1999)

More classic sounding blues-rock.
Best Songs: Go Faster; Only A Fool

364) Apocalyptica - Apocalyptica (2005)

The moment in which Apocalyptica began their current trend of bringing in guest musicians to complete their sound. Features drums from Slayer's Dave Lombardo and guest vocals from fellow Finnish musicians Lauri Ylonen (The Rasmus) and Ville Valo (HIM). Their involvement doesn't make it as bad as it sounds, though, don't worry.
Best Songs: Life Burns!; Betrayal/Forgiveness

363) Silversun Pickups - Neck Of The Woods (2012)

The third and latest album from the Silversun Pickups.
Best Songs: Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings); Mean Spirits

362) Sirens Sister - Unspeakable Things (2009)

The Seattle band's follow-up to 'Echoes From The Ocean Floor'. Shortly after this was released, it was announced that Vendetta Red were reforming, with a new album expected soon.
Best Songs: The Thing In The Woods; The Sea Of Claws

361) Alien Crime Syndicate - XL From Coast To Coast (2002)

Joe Reineke was formerly in a band called The Meices who had a brief brush with fame when a song was featured in the movie Empire Records. After that band fell apart, he formed Alien Crime Syndicate, and this, their third album was released in 2002, with the line-up rounded out by Mike Squires, Jeff Rouse (both of Duff McKagan's Loaded), and drummer Nabil Ayers who is now the owner of an independent label called The Control Group.
Best Songs: Ozzy; Not Today

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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 5/2/2013 6:59:06 PM   
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Wowzers, I'm a special kind of idiot for having not looked in this thread before now...
Are these in order? You've managed to rank 666 albums?
If I tried ranking 66, I'd have mucho troubles.

So I'm guessing from the list so far that you were into metal as a teen, got deeply into certain bands and bought all the solo and related albums, and then a bit later you branched out, first into other loud music like punk, grunge and alt rock, and ultimately developed a much broader taste in music? (I have trouble rationalising you liking both Pantera and Robbie Williams any other way!)

If so, where you and I differ is that I had a cut off point where I dumped all my metal and stuff, and fundamentally started my music collection over from scratch, whereas you've kept all that stuff. Fair play, dude.
I'll go through the whole list at some point soon and splurge forth some thoughts.


I'm kind of obsessive, so every album I listen to, I rate each track out of 10, then once it's finished I add up the scores and divide it by the number of tracks on the record to get an overall score. I've been doingit for years, and the damn file just keeps getting bigger.

I grew up in a house in which I could go into one room and my mother would be listening to the Stones or Faces, go into the next room and my dad would be listening to Queen or Bowie, in another my sister would be listening to Michael Jackson (who was the first artist I really got into as a kid) or Madonna, and in my brother's room (where I spent most of my time, it seems), he'd be listening to Iron Maiden or the Sex Pistols. It never really all clicked into place, as I'd just listen to whatever was in the charts plus whatever my family members were listening to at the time, until I saw the video of 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing' by Aerosmith. That kickstarted a love of music, and caused me to reevaluate everything I'd heard previously, which eventually led to me becoming a big fan of some of the things I'd been hearing as background noise for years. And then, there was new stuff being released that could just be mine, because no one else knew about it or cared. But yeah, a lot of that stuff was metal. The following year, I heard Guns N' Roses for the first time, and I didn't look back.
My favourite bands, I will always check out solo material and side-projects, and when it came to Guns N' Roses, with all of the members they've had over the years, it led me to a lot of music I'd have never known existed otherwise... one of the many reasons I view the classic line-up breaking up as a good thing. This stuff got me through my awkward school years when I felt like a social outcast.

And then, yeah... after a few years of only listening to whatever was featured in Kerrang! or Metal Hammer, I started listening to more stuff, including pop artists I'd have never given the time of day in my teenage years, and found the merits of a whole lot of other music, which helped when I was in college studying music history and the industry (studying the latter made me realise I'd never fit in working in that industry, unfortunately). But I continue to have a fascination with the fact that you can get from Chuck Berry to My Chemical Romance and still never leave the realm of rock music... that's a lot of ground to cover, and it's why rock and metal are still my preference.

And now you've gotten a condensed version of my complete music history. What with that and film and games and comics, where I find out about one thing and I must learn more, and consume more of it, etc. I guess you could say I'm a bit of a geek.
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RE: AxlReznor's Favourite 666 Albums Of All Time - 6/2/2013 11:36:54 AM   
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360) Skunk Anansie - Black Traffic (2012)

The Brixton band who found fame in the 90's reformed in 2009, and this is their second album since then. 2010's 'Wonderlustre' was a huge disappointment, but this record finds Skin and co. back on form.
Best Songs: I Will Break You; Satisfied?

359) Tenacious D - Rize Of The Fenix (2012)

The moral of this album should be that Jack Black should give up acting and be a musician full time. I don't think he's made a decent movie since King Kong, but this record manages to both be a heartfelt tribute to his beloved metal, and hilarious.
Best Songs: Roadie; The Ballad Of Hollywood Jack And The Rage Kage

358) Green Day - 1000 Hours (1989)

The debut EP from Green Day, which genuinely sound far more punky and less polished than what they are known for nowadays.
Best Songs: 1000 Hours

357) Candlebox - Into The Sun (2008)

Seattle "post-grunge" also-rans return with an album worth listening to shocker! All sarcasm aside, though, this shows that Candlebox had more in them than their first time around suggested.
Best Songs: Stand; Into The Sun

356) Black Sabbath - Seventh Star (1986)

By the time of this album, Tony Iommi was the only original member of Black Sabbath left, with the rest of the band filled out by Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple on vocals, bassist Dave Spitz, Geoff Nicholls on keyboards, and former Lita Ford and future KISS drummer, Eric Singer. If you forget about the notable absence of Ozzy Osbourne (or Ronnie James Dio), though, the music on the album is surprisingly good.
Best Songs: In For The Kill; Danger Zone

355) Killing Joke - Killing Joke (1980)

The debut album from the influential post-punk band.
Best Songs: Requiem; Wardance

354) Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Uplift Mofo Party Plan (1987)

After a couple of almost unlistenable records in their early career, the Red Hot Chili Peppers finally began their journey to a band that people care about with this classic of the funk-rock genre. Despite being their third album, this is the only one to feature original guitarist Hillel Slovak, who had left the band prior to the recording of both of their previous albums, and unfortunately died of a heroin overdose the year after this album's release. Also in the line-up at the time was drummer Jack Irons who would later briefly become a member of Pearl Jam.
Best Songs: Fight Like A Brave; Organic Anti-Beatbox Band

353) Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing (1998)

Placebo's second album is the only one for a long time that actually showed what the band was capable of. It wouldn't be bettered until they released 'Battle For The Sun' in 2008. In the meantime, they released albums ranging from disappointing to straight-up crap.
Best Songs: Brick Shithouse; Scared Of Girls

352) Ozzy Osbourne - No Rest For The Wicked (1988)

The fifth solo album from the former (and current) Black Sabbath man. This one introduced the world to Zakk Wylde.
Best Songs: Miracle Man; Fire In The Sky

351) Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark (1992)

After this record, singer Bruce Dickinson left for a few years to make an ill-fated attempt at a solo career. This is an under-appreciated gem amongst Iron Maiden's albums, which gets thrown in with the band's other albums from the 90's featuring replacement singer Blaze Bayley, which were truly awful.
Best Songs: Afraid To Shoot Strangers; Fear Of The Dark

350) Hole - Live Through This (1994)

The breakthrough album for Hole, in which they abandoned their previous punky sound, and instead embraced something more akin to Nirvana (no doubt influenced by frontwoman Courtney Love being married to Kurt Cobain). Unfortunately, the release of the album was overshadowed by Cobain's suicide just four days previously. It is one of the classics albums of the era, though, and despite my dislike of Love, should be given its due.
Best Songs: Asking For It; Doll Parts

349) Manic Street Preachers - Postcards From A Young Man (2010)

Manic Street Preachers continue their second renaissance with 'Postcards From A Young Man', just a year after the release of 'Journal For Plague Lovers'.
Best Songs: Postcards From A Young Man; A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun

348) Metallica - Beyond Magnetic (2012)

An EP consisting of outtakes from 2008's 'Death Magnetic'. It's easy to tell why they were left out of that album, but if you can shut out the lyrics (which are some of the worst of James Hetfield's long and varied career of bad lyrics), they are an enjoyable listen.
Best Song: Just A Bullet Away

347) Green Day - !Tre! (2012)

The third and last of Green Day's trilogy of albums, released a whole month earlier than originally planned to make up for the band being forced to cancel their tour until Billie Joe Armstrong was done with rehab. As opposed to '!Uno!'s classic Green Day sound, and '!Dos!'s closer similarity to 'Warning' and the Foxboro Hot Tubs, '!Tre!' is closer to the stadium-filling sound of their latter day career.
Best Songs: Brutal Love; 99 Revolutions

346) Saul Williams - Saul Williams (2004)

Saul Williams first came to my attention when he opened for Nine Inch Nails on their UK tour in 2005. Combining beat poetry, hip hop and rock music, his music is often extremely political - as with 'List Of Demands (Reparations)', and 'Act III Scene 2 (Shakespeare)' which features Rage Against The Machine's Zack de la Rocha repeating the same lines in the chorus, but also deals with issues of race - 'Black Stacey' - and savage criticisms of mainstream hip hop's obsession with sex and violence - 'Telegram'. Other contributions are made by System Of A Down's Serj Tankian in the form of piano in the opening track 'Talk To Strangers'. When people talk about how hip hop is all the same, this is the first record I play to them to prove my point that it isn't. Usually they end up grudginly agreeing with me... as he says in the opening lines of 'Grippo' - "I gave hip hop to white boys while no one was looking".
Best Songs: Act III Scene 2 (Shakespeare); Black Stacey

345) Foxboro Hot Tubs - Stop Drop And Roll (2008)

Although going by a different name, this garage rock album is technically the third entry today for Green Day. Along with Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool, the Hot Tubs consist of Green Day's live band members Jason White, and Kevin Preston (on guitar), and Jason "brother of Josh" Freese (on keyboard and saxophone), Listening to the album, it's easy to hear why they decided to release it under a different name, as it doesn't sound like Green Day at all (despite Billie Joe's distinctive vocals).
Best Songs: Stop, Drop, And Roll; Mother Mary

344) The Cult - Beyond Good And Evil (2001)

The Cult's return to recording after seven years away featured a far more modern metal sound than fans of their early work may have been used to. This album was recorded by regular members Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy along with drummer Matt Sorum, who had been a member of the band years previously (before being poached by Guns N' Roses in 1990) but had never actually contributed to an album until that point. Bass was handled by Martyn LeNoble and Chris Wyse.
Best Songs: War (The Process); Rise

343) Black Sabbath - Technical Ecstasy (1976)

Black Sabbath continued to branch their sound out from their pioneering dark and foreboding metal sound that characterised their earliest material. 'It's Alright' is a piano-led ballad with lead vocals by drummer Bill Ward, which perhaps completed this transistion. Unfortunately, at this point the band were one bad album away from firing Ozzy Osbourne.
Best Songs: It's Alright; Dirty Women

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353) Placebo - Without You I'm Nothing (1998)

Placebo's second album is the only one for a long time that actually showed what the band was capable of. It wouldn't be bettered until they released 'Battle For The Sun' in 2008. In the meantime, they released albums ranging from disappointing to straight-up crap.



Black Market Music wasn't great but I thought Sleeping With Ghosts and Meds were terrific.

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351) Iron Maiden - Fear Of The Dark (1992)

After this record, singer Bruce Dickinson left for a few years to make an ill-fated attempt at a solo career. This is an under-appreciated gem amongst Iron Maiden's albums, which gets thrown in with the band's other albums from the 90's featuring replacement singer Blaze Bayley, which were truly awful.
Best Songs: Afraid To Shoot Strangers; Fear Of The Dark



While I agree that Virtual XI was pants I thought X-Factor had some genuinely good songs and is a very underrated album. But, yeah, thank god Bruce came back.

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342) Evanescence - The Open Door (2006)

The second album from Evanescence, features a new line-up and a less calculatedly commercial sound than their debut, 'Fallen'. Other than lead single, 'Call Me When You're Sober', Amy Lee took them into new directions that were by turns heavier, softer, and more experimental before. 'Lacrymosa' is a notable track in that it is a song built around a movement from Mozart's Requiem Mass in D Minor. All in all, it was enough to prove to the world that Lee isn't just a one trick pony.
Best Songs: Cloud Nine; Lacrymosa

341) The Vandals - Hollywood Potato Chip (2004)

More from the pop-punk band, only on this album they seem to have abandoned the pop and gone straight for the punk. Their cover of Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' is more like the style they helped popularise, though.
Best Songs: Don't Stop Me Now; Atrocity

340) Black Label Society - Shot To Hell (2007)

Some more Black Label Society... if you don't know what you're getting by now, I don't know what to tell ya.
Best Songs: Concrete Jungle; Sick Of It All

339) The Presidents Of The United States Of America - The Presidents Of The United States Of America (1994)

A band from Seattle that proves the people who think that everything in Seattle being far too serious wrong. PUSA are a light-hearted power-pop trio, who seem to be able to write songs about anything, no matter how mundane. Something as simple as a cat purring until they stroke it and it lashes out at them, for instance. 'Peaches' was a minor UK hit when first released.
Best Songs: Lump; Peaches

338) Elton John - Madman Across The Water (1971)

This album includes what is probably my favourite Elton John song ever - 'Tiny Dancer'. The rest of the album is strong, too, but the main reason this album is so high is that song... also provides one of the most memorable scenes in Almost Famous.
Best Songs: Tiny Dancer; Levon

337) Bad Meets Evil - Hell: The Sequel (2011)

A hip hop duo consisting of Royce da 5'9" (rapper names are really getting desperate nowadays, aren't they) and Eminem. The music on this record is far more hardcore in style than Eminem's solo material which is more commercial. This record seemingly came out of nowhere and impressed me a lot more than I thought it would do.
Best Songs: Fast Lane; Loud Noises

336) Rodrigo y Gabriela - Rodrigo y Gabriela (2006)

The second studio album from the Mexican flamenco duo. This record includes a fantastic flamenco version of Metallica's 'Orion'.
Best Songs: Ixtapa; Orion

335) The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (1987)

The first Cure album to hit big in the US.
Best Songs: How Beautiful You Are...; Just Like Heaven

334) Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes (1972)

This is the album that saved Mott The Hoople. After struggling for years, they were just about to break up as they couldn't afford to be a full-time band any more when David Bowie came to them with what became the title track of this album. It became a huge hit all over the world, and gave the band's career a well-needed jump-start. The rest of the album is strong, too. I haven't heard all of their music, but so far it's actually the only decent album of their's I've heard.
Best Songs: All The Young Dudes; One Of The Boys

333) Jane's Addiction - Ritual de lo Habitual (1990)

The second studio album from Jane's Addiction. This album features some of the strongest bass lines I've ever heard, especially in the 11 minute epic 'Three Days', which begins as a single bassline, and builds slowly to a huge crescendo with one of the greatest guitar solos Dave Navarro has ever written. They broke up soon after this record... but it didn't last.
Best Songs: Stop!; Three Days

332) Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You (2011)

The latest album from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the first to feature Josh Klinghoffer, replacing John Frusciante on guitar. Unfortunately, the guitar is by far the weakest part of this record, with the slack having to be picked up by long-time members Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Chad Smith. It's not the disaster that it has been painted as, though.
Best Songs: Monarchy Of Roses; Even You, Brutus?

331) Metallica - Load (1996)

Another album which isn't the disaster it's been painted as. Metallica followed up their classic self-titled "black" album by slowing down, incorporating more elements of classic rock and in the case of James Hetfield, learning to sing. Metal fans tend to be like punk fans in that if any of their bands dare to anything different in the slightest, they're labelled as sell-outs and reviled, and Metallica were subject to this irrational disgust. I myself like that they decided to vary their sound, because let's face it... there's only so much you can do with basic palm-muted open E-string riffs.
Best Songs: Hero Of The Day; Mama Said

330) Soul Asylum - Let Your Dim Light Shine (1995)

This album wasn't as well-received as 'Grave Dancer's Union', but it's my favourite of Soul Asylum's catalogue. The song 'Misery' provides another memorable movie moment in the finale of Kevin Smith's Clerks 2.
Best Songs: Misery; Caged Rat

329) The Cult - Sonic Temple (1989)

The fourth album by The Cult, and the last to feature original bass player Jamie Stewart.
Best Songs: Fire Woman; Sweet Soul Sister

328) Michael Jackson - Blood On the Dancefloor (1997)

Okay, I will admit to cheating on this one. It's technically a remix album featuring mixes of songs from 'HIStory' that happened to have five all-new tracks. But I've just treated it as a five-track EP with a bunch of bonus tracks that I don't care about. Sue me. Other than the title track, the new songs show Jackson going in directions nobody ever expected from him. It's kind of like an 'industrial-pop' record, where some of the music wouldn't sound out of place on a Nine Inch Nails release. This is best shown in the track 'Morphine', but 'Is It Scary' features some of the most personal lyrics he ever wrote, dealing with people treating him like a freak or a monster because of his plastic surgery. I can understand why a lot of fans wouldn't like it, but I found it an interesting detour in the career of someone far more versatile than a lot of people realise.
Best Song: Morphine

327) Social Distortion - Prison Bound (1988)

The second album from Social Distortion sees the band find their trademark sound, combining punk rock with Johnny Cash-style country and rock and roll. This sound would be perfected with their following release, the self-titled album that everyone thinks is their first.
Best Songs: It's The Law; Prison Bound

326) Jane's Addiction - The Great Escape Artist (2011)

It seems like Jane's Addiction have been killed and resurrected more times than Jean Grey from the X-Men. After their first two reformations, they released 'Kettle Whistle' and 'Strays' respectively, that both showed moments of brilliance, but were generally disappointing. Thankfully, this isn't the case with 'The Great Escape Artist', the first fruits of their third and current reformation. Without original bass player, Eric Avery, there will never be another 'Three Days', but that doesn't stop this being a great listen.
Best Songs: Ultimate Reason; Broken People

325) Gosling - Gosling EP (2004)

An EP from the rechristened band (they originally released records under the name Loudermilk). Whichever name they went by, though, if their music was all as strong as this, they're one of the most under-appreciated rock bands of recent years.
Best Song: Mr. Skeleton Wings

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324) Me First And The Gimme Gimmes - Go Down Under (2011)

More pop-punk covers from the "supergroup" featuring members of the Foo Fighters, NOFX and Lagwagon.
Best Song: Have You Never Been Mellow

323) The Rolling Stones - It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (1974)

I imagine that after the five albums that came before this one, 'It's Only Rock 'N' Roll' must have been considered a disappointment upon release. Still, it brought one of the band's most enduring songs into the world, as well as a lot of other underrated tracks.
Best Songs: Ain't Too Proud To Beg/It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)

322) Manic Street Preachers - Gold Against The Soul (1993)

The follow-up to the highly political 'Generation Terrorists' focused a lot more on the inner turmoil of lyricist Richey Edwards.
Best Songs: From Despair To Where; Life Becoming A Landslide

321) Orianthi - Fire (2011)
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A Dave Stewart-produced EP from the rising guitarist. This is a lot more rock focused than her previous major label release, and gives a glimpse of what to expect from her next full length album, due for release next month.
Best Song: Fire

320) Mad Season - Above (1995)

The Seattle side-project that went big. Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, Walkabouts bass player John Baker Saunders, Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, and Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley released a far more subdued blues rock album than most people would have been expecting at the time. Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan tags along for half the album, too, and the end result is often heartbreaking. Especially when in hindsight, you know where Staley's life was at at this point.
Best Songs: River Of Deceit; I'm Above

319) Elton John - Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only The Piano Player (1973)

Elton John's sixth album expands upon what became his trademark sound. 'Daniel' and 'Crocodile Rock' are amongst his best loved songs.
Best Songs: Daniel; Crocodile Rock

318) Dinosaur Jr. - I Bet On Sky (2012)

J. Mascis and co's latest album.
Best Songs: Don't Pretend You Didn't Know; Recognition

317) Dropkick Murphys - Sing Loud, Sing Proud (2001)

The Celtic punk band's third album, which as is tradition combines original tracks with their versions of Irish folk classics. This one also kicks off with a rendition of 'For Boston', a song written by a student of Boston College in 1885 to sing whilst getting into fights with other colleges. A pretty troubling tradition in American colleges.
Best Songs: The Gauntlet; The Wild Rover

316) Die So Fluid - The World Is Too Big For One LIfetime (2010)

Gothic/Punk/Metal group from London's third and so far latest album.
Best Songs: The World Is Too Big For One Lifetime; How Vampires Kiss

315) Social Distortion - Somewhere Between Heaven And Hell (1992)

Social Distortion's follow-up to their 1990 breakthrough album, continuing their unique brand of "country punk".
Best Songs: Born To Lose; 99 To Life

314) Radiohead - OK Computer (1997)

Radiohead begin to branch out their sound in a far more successful way than their later albums, as they had yet to completely disappear up their own arses. This isn't as easily accessible as the excellent 'The Bends', but if you have patience with it, there's a lot to get out of 'OK Computer'. Though despite several true classics in the tracklist, I don't see how it's so regularly voted the best record ever released.
Best Songs: Exit Music (For A Film); Electioneering

313) Pantera - The Great Southern Trendkill (1996)

Pantera's penultimate album was recorded during a time where relations were so strained within the band that it was actually recorded in separate studios. The music was recorded in Texas by Dimebag Darrell, Rex Brown and Vinnie Paul, while the vocals were recorded in Trent Reznor's Nothing Studios in New Orleans. Still, some of my favourite music has been the result of a band being pissed off with each other... as we'll see later. This isn't the best Pantera record, but it's very good nonetheless.
Best Songs: War Nerve; Floods

312) The Damned - Machine Gun Etiquette (1979)

The third album from The Damned is an undisputed classic of the punk rock genre, in which they actually managed to improve upon their debut album by incorporating elements of psychedelic rock and pop into their sound.
Best Songs: I Just Can't Be Happy Today; Smash It Up (Part 2)

311) Alice Cooper - Brutal Planet (2000)

Alice Cooper's 21st studio album! This record is a lot darker and heavier than his previous albums, actually managing to sound a lot more like his younger, more aggressive contemporary, Marilyn Manson.
Best Songs: Brutal Planet; Take It Like A Woman

310) The Dresden Dolls - No, Virginia... (2008)

A collection of tracks left off of the Dolls' previous album, 'Yes, Virginia...' as well as a couple of B-sides and demos. The songs were collected here as they didn't consider anything to be wrong with the songs, but they couldn't find a place on the album for them without disrupting its flow. Indeed, a couple of the songs have ended up becoming fan favourites.
Best Songs: Night Reconnaissance; Lonesome Organist Rapes Page-Turner

309) Queens Of The Stone Age - Era Vulgaris (2007)

QOTSA's fifth album was a return to form after 'Lullabies To Paralyze' (which I liked, but didn't think was as good as 'Songs For The Deaf'. This album was mainly recorded by Josh Homme, guitarist Troy van Leeuwen (formerly of A Perfect Circle), and drummer Joey Castillo. It would be Joey's final album with the band, as Dave Grohl will be returning on the album that they're working on now, with Dean Fertita of The Dead Weather and Michael Shuman also now full-time members.
Best Songs: Make It Wit Chu; 3's & 7's

308) Serj Tankian - Imperfect Harmonies (2010)

When performing his first solo album 'Elect The Dead' live with a full orchestra, System Of A Down's Serj Tankian was inspired to write an album that combined rock, jazz, electronica and orchestral music himself. 'Imperfect Harmonies' is an impressive (but imperfect) album. Meanwhile, Tankian has taken this direction a step further, with 'Orca', his first classical symphony due for release this June.
Best Songs: Borders Are...; Yes, It's Genocide

307) David Bowie - Hunky Dory (1971)

'Hunky Dory' is one of those albums where I struggled to choose the best songs, as there are so many great tracks on there. So other than the two below, 'Changes', 'Oh! You Pretty Things', 'Kooks', and 'The Bewlay Brothers' are worthy of a mention. Bowie was really starting to come into his own by the time of this album. The stage was set for him to accomplish something truly great... that came just six months later.
Best Songs: Life On Mars?; Queen Bitch

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306) Pearl - Little Immaculate White Fox (2010)

Pearl Aday spent years as a backing vocalist on tour with bands like Motley Crue, as well and contributing to her adoptive father Meat Loaf's records. This is the debut album from her own band which she founded along with her husband, Scott Ian (from Anthrax). Unlike the band's the both of them have worked with before, this album is straight-up bluesy hard rock, and boy does Pearl have some lungs on her. They first impressed me when they supported Velvet Revolver on their final UK tour.
Best Songs: Broken White; Whore

305) Deftones - Koi No Yokan (2012)

Nick Raskulinecz produced latest album from the California alt. metal band.
Best Songs: Leathers; Tempest

304) Walking Papers - Walking Papers (2012)

Walking Papers is a project by former Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin, and Seattle blues-rock musician Jeff Angell. This album is mostly performed by just those two, but also brought in to make contributions are Pearl Jam's Mike McCready, as well as the two other people that make up the band's touring line-up, bassist Duff McKagan, and Jeff's Missionary Position bandmate and keyboardist Benjamin Anderson. The end result is one of the most impressive, and least heard albums of recent years. They will be performing at the Download Festival this year, and if last year's show at London's 100 Club is anything to go by, they should be winning themselves some new fans.
Best Songs: Two Tickets; A Place Like This

303) Stone Temple Pilots - No. 4 (1999)

After a brief detour that resulted in the fired Scott Weiland releasing a solo album, and the rest of the band forming the ill-fated Talk Show, Stone Temple Pilots reformed and recorded an album that combines the grunge-influenced sound of their debut album with the more psychedelic sound that had increasingly become the focus on their second and third albums. Tracks such as 'Down', 'Sour Girl', 'Sex & Violence' and 'Atlanta' showcase a band back at the top of the game, with their most impressive record since 'Core' so far.
Best Songs: Down; Atlanta

302) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced? (1967)

The debut album from the legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience, showcasing the skills of one of the greatest rock guitarists the world has ever seen.
Best Songs: Foxy Lady; Fire

301) Alex Chilton - Loose Shoes And Tight Pussy (1999)

The final album from what is often considered by the band's he influenced (including The Replacements, who named a song after him) as one of the most underrated musicians of his time.
Best Songs: Lipstick Traces; Shiny Stockings

300) Pink - Funhouse (2008)

The fifth album from the pop-rock superstar.
Best Songs: So What; Funhouse

299) Puscifer - "C" Is For (Please Insert Sophomoric Genitalia Reference Here) (2009)

Tool's Maynard James Keenan's all-encompassing sideproject released this iTunes only EP as a follow-up to the hugely disappointing debut album, 'V Is For Vagina'. Two of the tracks here are live versions of tracks from that debut album, but the arrangements are so astonishingly different that they basically count as new songs, and they're huge improvements on what made it to the album. 'Polar Bear' and 'The Mission' (featuring Milla Jovovich) both come close to being the standout tracks, but it's the hauntingly beautiful 'The Humbling River' that takes that prize.
Best Song: The Humbling River

298) Garbage - Garbage (1995)

The album that introduced the world to the red-headed Scottish vixen, Shirley Manson. 'Stupid Girl' is one of the anthems of the mid-90's.
Best Songs: Supervixen; Stupid Girl

297) Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune (2010)

A posthumous release getting higher than any of the albums Hendrix made in his lifetime? I was surprised, too. But some of these previously unreleased recordings - especially the title track - make me wonder why it had never been released before.
Best Songs: Valleys Of Neptune; Sunshine Of Your Love

296) Jay-Z/Kanye West - Watch The Throne (2011)

After years of collaboration which essentially started Kanye's career, the two biggest rappers of the moment finally released a fully collaborative album. It combines the pair's two distinct styles which can be jarring hearing someone who wrote a song about how much he hates autotune in a song that makes heavy use of autotune, but all in all it's a hugely successful record.
Best Songs: Niggas In Paris; Who Gon Stop Me

295) Halestorm - The Strange Case Of... (2012)

Second album from the Pennsylvania hard rockers who are going places fast. It's heavier than their last album, and features a lot more of the energy you'd get from them in a live setting.
Best Songs: Love Bites (So Do I); You Call Me A Bitch Like It's A Bad Thing

294) Slipknot - All Hope Is Gone (2008)

The fourth Slipknot album (and after the tragic death of bass player Paul Gray, it's unlikely they'll ever make a fifth) shows the masked band fully embracing the melodic side of them that had mostly been hinted at before. As a result this is the Slipknot album that sounds the most like Stone Sour. As far as I'm concerned, that can only be a good thing.
Best Songs: Psychosocial; Snuff

293) SuperHeavy - SuperHeavy (2011)

This album really shouldn't work. Masterminded by Dave Stewart of the Euryphmics, he brought together Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, reggae star Damian "Son Of Bob" Marley, soul singer Joss Stone, and Indian pop musician/soundtrack man A.R. Rahman to create a blending of all of their respective styles in one package. But shockingly, it does work. One of the most musically unique albums of recent years.
Best Songs: Miracle Worker; Energy

292) Green Day - !Uno! (2012)

Green Day return to their punky routes for the first part of their trilogy.
Best Songs: Nuclear Family; Sweet 16

291) Pearl Jam - Yield (1998)

Pearl Jam's fifth album, and their last before their turn of the century (temporary) slump in quality. The last album to feature former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons before he left to be replaced by Soundgarden's Matt Cameron.
Best Songs: Brain Of J.; Do The Evolution

290) Placebo - Battle For The Sun (2009)

Something must've happened to Brian Molko and co. in between the release of 'Meds' and the writing sessions for this album, because somewhere along the way they started to seriously rock out. The heaviest, and most surprising album in Placebo's entire catalogue.
Best Songs: Kitty Litter; Come Undone

289) Social Distortion - Hard Times And Nursery Rhumes (2011)

The latest album from the country-punks, this time featuring Josh Freese on drums (only for the album as David Hidalgo, Jr. is still a member of the band).
Best Songs: Gimme The Sweet And Low Down; Machine Gun Blues

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288) Stone Temple Pilots - Shangri-La Dee Da (2001)

Until recently, this was the last Stone Temple Pilots album. Tensions in the band once again hit a peak during the tour promoting this record, and once again they went their separate ways with Scott Weiland joining Velvet Revolver, and the DeLeo brothers forming Army Of Anyone with Filter's Richard Patrick. The music on this album mostly moves back into the same territory covered in 'Tiny Music', but they seem a lot more confident with it this time around.
Best Songs: Dumb Love; Hollywood Bitch

287) Black Stone Cherry - Folklore And Superstition (2008)

The second album from the Kentucky Southern rockers expands on the sound from the first album. 'Things My Father Said' and 'Peace Is Free' have become anthems for the band, and have this way of getting stuck in your head.
Best Songs: Blind Man; Things My Father Said

286) Lacuna Coil - Karmacode (2006)

After years of being relative unknowns outside of Europe, Lacuna Coil followed up the moderate success of 'Comalies' with 'Karmacode' and finally hit it big. Cristina Scabbia's vocals are still the main attraction, but the rest of the band are on top form here.
Best Songs: Our Truth; Fragments Of Faith

285) Ash - Trailer (1994)

Mini-album from the Irish pop-rock band. Ash would never sound this aggressive again.
Best Song: Uncle Pat

284) The Clash - The Clash (1977)

The debut album from the legendary punk band. 'White Riot' was the anthem for the UK punk scene.
Best Songs: Janie Jones; White Riot

283) Dead Kennedy's - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables (1980)

Hardcore punk from San Francisco, and one of the most influential albums in US punk history.
Best Songs: Chemical Warfare; Holiday In Cambodia

282) Pink - Try This (2003)

For the follow-up to the smash hit 'Missundaztood', Pink took the unusual step of teaming up with Rancid's Tim Armstrong to write the most pure rock album of her catalogue. The result alienated her fans, and was a flop, but is actually an excellent album. I also admire her rebellion for giving her label at the time this album when they'd been pushing her to make an album that's more like her previous ones.
Best Songs: Trouble; Oh My God

281) Marilyn Manson - Mechanical Animals (1998)

Talking of rebellion, that's something that Marilyn Manson knows something about. After the ferocious industrial metal assault of 'Antichrist Superstar', 'Mechanical Animals' may seem a bit tame with its glam rock influences and more emphasis on melody. But it also proved that Manson and his band weren't one trick pony's with actual full on ballads like 'Coma White' being included. The most popular song from this album, though, is 'Rock Is Dead', which is also the song that sounds most like his previous efforts.
Best Songs: Rock Is Dead; Coma White

280) Michael Jackson - Dangerous (1991)

Michael Jackson's follow-up to 'Bad' features some of the songs that remind me most of my childhood. Nowadays, my favourite track on the album is 'Give In To Me', which is Michael's first collaboration with Slash and features some of that guitarist's best work on any song.
Best Songs: Who Is It; Give In to Me

279) Pink - Missundaztood (2001)

The moment that Pink turned from also-ran to huge star was in this album in which she collaborated with Linda Perry of 4 Non Blondes, who was in the early strages of transforming herself into one of the pop world's top songwriters and producers. The songs feature all the hallmarks of Pink's loud, extrovertive style, but the stand-out track has to be the heartbreaking 'Family Portrait'. Apparently told to just go into the studio and sing whatever came to mind, it tells the story of her feelings during her parents' divorce as a young girl in an honest manner that is hardly ever heard in pop music.
Best Songs: Just Like A Pill; Family Portrait

278) Pink - I'm Not Dead (2006)

3 years after the commercial failure of 'Try This', Pink returned with this ultimate statement. The title of the album was enough to tell you what her intentions with this record were. Opening with 'Stupid Girls' which mocks other female pop stars and their images, it runs the gamut of all of the styles that she had worked in so far. There's nothing on here as great as 'Family Portrait', but overall this album just about pips 'Missundaztood' to the post as Pink's best album.
Best Songs: U + Ur Hand; Conversations With My 13 Year Old Self

277) Alice Cooper - Killer (1971)

Four albums into his career, this is where Alice Cooper really started to hit his stride, and as such is one of his best-loved albums. Don't be fooled by the title of 'Dead Babies'... it's title is actually very anti-child abuse
Best Songs: Under My Wheels; Dead Babies

276) Iron Maiden - Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son (1988)

A concept album that deals with a man who is destined to become a great villain and battle evil. Their previous album 'Somewhere In Time' made the band sound a bit tired and played-out, but this record sees them in top form whilst experimenting in the use of synthesisers for the first time.
Best Songs: The Evil That Men Do; The Clairvoyant

275) Iron Maiden - Powerslave (1984)

Iron Maiden's fifth album. As well as the singles, which are the highlights of the album, this includes the title track based on Ancient Egyptian beliefs about their Pharaoh, and a 14 minute retelling of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's 'Rime Of The Ancient Mariner'. The tour for this album was extensive, and probably marks the best moment in Maiden's career for live performances.
Best Songs: Aces High; 2 Minutes To Midnight

274) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)

The best loved album from Red Hot Chili Peppers, in which the rock stylings of 'Mother's Milk' are mostly toned down and more commercially viable (not that I'm saying that's the reason they did it). The best-known tracks on the album are probably 'Under The Bridge' and 'Give It Away', but I'm more partial to funk-rap 'Suck My Kiss' and the title track, as well as several other album tracks.
Best Songs: Suck My Kiss; Blood Sugar Sex Magik

273) Orange Goblin - Time Travelling Blues (1998)

Second album from the London-based stoner metal band.
Best Songs: Solarisphere; Time Travelling Blues

272) Bumblefoot - Forgotten Anthology (2003)

A collection of unreleased tracks recorded between 1995 and 2002, 'Forgotten Anthology' showcases Bumblefoot's diversity as well as his truly impressive guitar skills.
Best Songs: Day To Remember; She Knows

271) David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World (1970)

David Bowie's third studio and the first that I feel showed the world what Bowie was capable of ('Space Oddity' really didn't do it for me other than the brilliant title track). This is often cited as the album that marked the birth of glam rock... and what people at the time must have been thinking when they first saw that heavily made-up man wearing a dress on the cover I can only imagine. And I'd like to see their reaction when I told them they hadn't seen nothin' yet.
Best Songs: All The Madmen; The Man Who Sold The World

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270) Black Sabbath - Vol. 4 (1972)

Four albums into their recording career, Black Sabbath begin to experiment and add new sounds to their catalogue as well as the the music that they popularised. 'Changes' would be the band's first bona-fide ballad, with the piano taking a central position in the song. Of course, future albums would branch out even more, but it was quite a departure from the bluesy, doom-laden heavy metal sound of previous albums.
Best Songs: Changes; Supernaut

269) The Who - Tommy (1969)

The fourth, and probably best known among The Who's albums. A concept album about a dead, dumb, blind Messiah figure who after suffering abuse at the hands of his uncle forms a cult. He also plays pinball, but that isn't as big a part of the story as most people believe, only being mentioned in one song. Has since had both a movie and a stage musical based on it.
Best Songs: Christmas; Pinball Wizard

268) Late! - Pocketwatch (1992)

Before joining Nirvana, aspiring Washington D.C. musician Dave Grohl recorded this 10 track album that was released in 1992 on cassette only. Obviously, nowadays the tracks are available to download if you search for them, which is how I came across it. Several songs were later recorded by Nirvana ('Milk' as 'Milk It', and 'Colour Pictures Of A Marigold' as 'Marigold') and Foo Fighters ('Winnebago', and 'Friend Of A Friend' - which was written about Kurt Cobain on the day they met), but it should be considered a separate project to his two more famous bands.
Best Songs: Friend Of A Friend; Colour Pictures Of A Marigold

267) Riot In Rhythm - Vicious Circle (2010)

Metal album from the modern Seattle band.
Best Songs: Stand Up; Sanctuary

266) Yes Sir Boss - Desperation State (2012)

Yes Sir Boss are a kind of ska-influenced indie-pop band from Bristol. This, their debut album which was released on Joss Stone's label Stone'd Records, took me by surprise. I didn't expect to like it at all, but it's just so relentlessly catchy that I just couldn't help getting sucked in by it. It will be interesting to see how they develop.
Best Songs: Desperation State; Mr. Happy

265) Alice Crime Syndicate - Ten Songs In The Key Of Betrayal (2004)

The fourth and final album from the Seattle rock group, produced by band leader Joe Reineke along with Gil Norton. This album is ACS at their most straight-up, no-strings-attached rocking, and they sound all the better for it. Guitarist Mike Squires had left the band at this point, so all guitars are handled by Reineke.
Best Songs: Forever Is Rock N Roll; The American Way

264) Star Anna & The Laughing Dogs - Alone In This Together (2011)

The third, latest, and best album from Seattle's alt-country musician. As ever, Anna's voice is incredible.
Best Songs: Alone In This Together; Gold And Silver

263) David Bowie - Aladdin Sane (1973)

The second and - offically - final album from Bowie's golden Ziggy Stardust era. As a follow-up to '...Spiders From Mars' it's actually a little disappointing, but taken as an album in its own right it is among Bowie's finest recordings.
Best Songs: Panic In Detroit; The Jean Genie

262) Brad - United We Stand (2012)

Stone Gossard, Regan Hagar and Shawn Smith return with Brad's fifth album. Unlike previous albums, which were strictly treated as a side-project with live appearances a rarity, this album has been promoted by a full tour, including the band's first ever shows in the UK (which they are currently in the midst of). If any album was going to be the one they chose to promote, this is definitely the right decision. From the outset, it's the best thing that the band have recorded.
Best Songs: Miles Of Rope; Make The Pain Go Away

261) Elton John - Caribou (1974)

Another album that is very strong on its own, despite being a disappointment when compared to the record that came before.
Best Songs: The Bitch Is Back; Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

260) The Jane Austen Argument - Somewhere Under The Rainbow (2012)

The first full length album from the Melbourne songwriting duo.
Maintain The Madness; Under The Rainbow

259) White Zombie - Astro Creep: 2000 - Song Of Love, Destruction And Other Synthetic Delusions Of The Electric Head (1995)

The final studio album by the industrial metal, horror-themed band. The tradition of including audio samples from old horror and cult B-movies continued, but had become noticably heavier. Rob Zombie's first two solo albums were the natural progression from this album.
Best Songs: Electric Head Part 2 (The Ecstasy); More Human Than Human

258) The Cult - Ceremony (1991)

The Cult become influenced by Native American culture and released this album as a follow-up to 'Sonic Temple'. It was critically panned, but it remains my favourite Cult album.
Best Songs: Wild Hearted Son; Earth Mofo

257) Tarja - What Lies Beneath (2010)

Second solo album from the soprano, former Nightwish singer. Despite saying she hates rock and metal music just before being fired from that band, she seems to have kept up the Symphonic Metal tradition that she helped popularise with them. And surprisingly, it's almost up there with Nightwish's material, though not quite as impressive.
Best Songs: Anteroom Of Death; Falling Awake

256) Social Distortion - White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996)

Mike Ness and co. return to their hardcore punk roots for their last album before going on an eight year long hiatus. Unfortunately, this was guitarist Dennis Dannell's final album before dying of a brain aneurysm in the February of 2000.
Best Songs: Don't Drag Me Down; I Was Wrong

255) Foo Fighters - There Is Nothing Left To Lose (1999)

The most commercial-sounding Foo Fighters album yet. It's also their least impressive, but when a band's least impressive album is as strong as this, it's a good indicator of just what that band are capable of.
Best Songs: Learn To Fly; Next Year

254) Filter - The Amalgamut (2002)

Filter-related fact that some of you may not know. Richard Patrick (the first Nine Inch Nails guitarist, and Filter's leader) is the younger brother Robert Patrick, who played the T-1000 in Terminator 2, and John Daggett in the final two seasons of The X-Files. This is why throughout promotional interviews for Terminator 2, Robert can be seen wearing a Nine Inch Nails baseball cap.
Although not as successful as their previous albums, 'The Amalgamut' is one of the best Filter albums yet. There isn't a 'Hey Man, Nice Shot' or 'Take A Picture' to be found, but most of the material on the album is just as good as those, and far better than the rest of their albums.
Best Songs: American Cliche; So I Quit

253) Screaming Trees - Sweet Oblivion (1992)

The Screaming Trees' follow-up to the critically acclaimed 'Uncle Anesthesia', and the first of two albums to feature drummer Barrett Martin. Unfortunately, the Trees would never get the same kind of exposure as their peers in the Seattle music scene, despite being among the better bands from that area.
Best Songs: Nearly Lost You; Winter Song

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252) Sixx:A.M. - This Is Gonna Hurt (2011)

The second album from Sixx:A.M. recording in between Nikki Sixx and Dj Ashba's extensive touring commitments with Motley Crue and Guns N' Roses respectively. If the original album showed that it was possible for someone from Motley Crue to write some good music, this proves that it wasn't a fluke in any way. As you'd expect, there's no reinventing the wheel here, but you don't need to all the time.
Best Songs: This Is Gonna Hurt; Are You With Me Now?

251) Foo Fighters - One By One (2002)

The fourth Foo Fighters album, recorded after Dave Grohl's first brief stint with Queens Of The Stone Age. The QOTSA influence is obvious on a lot of the heavier tracks, where they incorporate the same grimy sound. As always, Grohl's smooth voice prevents it from being a full-on assault, though. 'All My Life' has become one of the band's all-time classics.
Best Songs: All My Life; Halo

250) Nightwish - Once (2004)

Since the late 90's, the symphonic metal band Nightwish had been one of the Europe's biggest metal acts, headlining stadiums all over the continent, and even once representing Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest. Their previous album, 'Century Child' finally caught the attention of the English-speaking world, and this - their follow-up to that album - was the one in which worldwide success was finally achieved. For the first time, the orchestral arrangements were not played on synthesiser by band leader Tuomas Holopainen, but by the full London Philharmonic Orchestra. Whilst touring behind this album, relations between the band and singer Tarja Turunen and her new husband arose, and she was fired on the last night of the tour.
Best Songs: Nemo; Romanticide

249) Rammstein - Mutter (2001)

'Mutter' is the third, and best album from the German industrial metal band, best known for their pyrotechnic heavy live performances (including dildo-shaped flamethrowers, and the band literally on fire at points, while wearing fire-proof suits). Because of the style of the music, and the fact that all of their lyrics in German, they have often been accused of being Neo-Nazi's by conservative media outlets. Translation of their lyrics, though, reveals a left wing band with a dark sense of humour... not that that would please those media outlets any more.
Best Songs: Sonne; Mutter

248) Muse - The Resistance (2009)

Matt Bellamy and co's conspiracy theory-obsessed "space rock" goes even further into OTT territory than 'Black Holes And Revelations'. The highlight of the album comes in the form of 'Exogenesis', a three part "symphony" that closes the album. Even with some great songs, until last year's 'The 2nd Law', this was the least impressive of Muse's albums, though.
Best Songs: MK Ultra; Exogenesis: Symphony Part 2 (Cross-Pollination)

247) The Who - My Generation (1965)

The debut album from the legendary rock band. In future years, the band would become a lot more ambitious, but they'd never better this collection.
Best Songs: My Generation; The Kids Are Alright

246) The Offspring - Ixnay On The Hombre (1997)

The Offspring's fourth album turned out to be my favourite of their material, despite being told from all-comers that I should prefer 'Smash' to anything I've included in this list.
Best Songs: The Meaning Of Life; All I Want

245) The Heartbreakers - L.A.M.F. (1977)

After leaving the New York Dolls in 1975, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan formed The Heartbreakers with guitarist Walter Lure and first Richard Hell (of Television) and then Billy Rath on bass. In 1977, L.A.M.F. - the band's only studio album - was released, and helped spearhead the first wave of New York punk rock. Pretty much any band with a punk rock sound since then has included The Heartbreakers as a big influence.
L.A.M.F. (which stands for Like A Motherfucker) has since somehow become associated with noted Johnny Thunders fan, and former Guns N' Roses bass player, Duff McKagan.
Best Songs: Baby Talk; Let Go

244) Tremonti - All I Was (2012)

The debut solo album from the Creed/Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti. As opposed to the "post-grunge" he plays with Creed, and the hard rock he plays with Alter Bridge, 'All I Was' is an album that draws most of its influences from heavy metal and speed metal. He's proven to be one of the world's most under-rated guitarists with this effort.
Best Songs: Wish You Well; All I Was

243) Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go (1996)

The moment in which the Manic Street Preachers' popularity increased was after the release of this album, which shifts away from the doom-laded punk and hard rock of their early albums in favour of fully-fledged anthemic stadium rock. You wouldn't expect the first time the band sounded so optimisitic in their entire career to be after the disapperance of the still missing guitarist Richey Edwards, but I suppose that was a deliberate move to cope with the loss. Unfortunately, this would also be their last album before heading into a creative slump which led to increasingly bad albums for the next decade.
Best Songs: A Design For Life; Everything Must Go

242) Dropkick Murphys - Signed And Sealed In Blood (2013)

The Boston punks' latest album.
Best Songs: The Boys Are Back; The Battle Rages On

241) Mick Jagger - Goddess In The Doorway (2001)

Mick Jaggers gets a lot of hassle from people for the quality of his studio albums. 'Goddess In The Doorway' is the only one of them I've actually heard, but if they're all like this, I really don't know why. It may not be as great as the best Stones albums, but very few things are, and it's certainly better than the average-to-worst Stones albums.
Best Songs: Visions Of Paradise; Gun

240) Korn - Korn (1994)

In October 1994, the world was still reeling from the suicide of Kurt Cobain, and the stage was set for the next big thing. In fact three "next big things" came along at once, all with disctinctly different styles, and among these was Korn. With the down-tuned guitars of Munky and Head, the hip-hop influenced bass of Fieldy, and the just plain weird vocals of Jonathan Davis, who could go from the creepiest of whispers, to the most blood-curdling of howls at the drop of a hat, the world had never heard anything like it before. In fact it was so new, that the media had to find a label for it, and after the hilarious description of "sports metal" - because they wore tracksuits - they eventually settled on "nu-metal" a few years later. Nowadays the term nu-metal is met with ridicule and derision, but there's no denying that Korn were onto something... and out of all of the band's of that style that came along, it's only them and Deftones that have really managed to keep up and survive after the so-called death of the genre.
Best Songs: Blind; Shoots And Ladders

239) Dropkick Murphys - Going Out In Style (2011)

If there's one traditional Irish song that everyone knows, it's 'The Irish Rover'. This album from Dropkick Murphys is worth a listen just to hear their rendition of that. It helps, though, that the original material is also among the best that the band have ever produced. If only 'I'm Shipping Up To Boston' were on here, and not an album that didn't impress as much.
Best Songs: Going Out In Style; The Irish Rover

238) Nas/Damian Marley - Distant Relatives (2010)

A fusion of hip hop and reggae from two of the best modern artists from their respective genres. The title deals with the theory that all human life began in Africa, and lyrically the songs deal with the current social and political situation on that continent. One of the better, and most surprising albums from this decade so far.
Best Songs: Tribes At War; My Generation

237) Marilyn Manson - Born Villain (2012)

Marilyn Manson's latest album is a return to form for the industrial metal star. He may not be as shocking as he once was, but at least he's now proven that he still has it in him.
Best Songs: No Reflection; The Flowers Of Evil

236) Black Stone Cherry - Black Stone Cherry (2006)

Kentucky's Black Stone Cherry announced their presence to the world with style on this debut album. Fusing the Southern rock of bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd with a far more aggressive hard rock sound, they have proven to be one of the most promising bands in rock music currently.
Best Songs: Rain Wizard; Lonely Train

235) Alter Bridge - Blackbird (2007)

Alter Bridge's second album and so far, their best. Myles Kennedy is now fully integrated into the band, after the debut which was mostly written before Kennedy had joined them, and on the whole the record has a much harder sound than previously. 'Rise Today' has become probably the band's most popular song, with Kennedy currently singing it on the Slash tour as well.
Best Songs: Ties That Bind; Rise Today

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234) Deftones - Diamond Eyes (2010)

In the November of 2008, the Deftones were most of the way through completing 'Eros', which was to be their sixth album. However, bass player Chi Cheng became involved in a car accident that left him in a coma that he still hasn't completely woken from and plans changed. Putting 'Eros' on the backburner until Cheng is well enough to be able to complete the album, the band instead recruited Sergio Vega to fill in, and recorded an album of all new material. 'Diamond Eyes' is that album, and it's a satisfying return to form for the band whose previous two albums were disappointments. In contrast to their current state after dealing with their friends' near death, the lyrics of the album are some of the most optimistic that they've ever recorded.
Best Songs: Diamond Eyes; Rocket Skates

233) Queen - Sheer Heart Attack (1974)

The image on the cover of this album is obscene. Seriously... it looks like they've all just collapsed in exhaustion after a particularly strenuous orgy. Look at their faces! The expressions, and the sweat! Knowing Freddie Mercury's promiscuous reputation, it wouldn't surprise me if that's exactly what it is.
Anyway... music. Yes. This album is among Queen's very best with classics like 'Killer Queen' and 'Now I'm Here' in the tracklist, as well as some great lesser known tracks like 'Stone Cold Crazy'.
Best Songs: Killer Queen; Now I'm Here

232) Queens Of The Stone Age - Songs For The Deaf (2002)

The follow-up to the breakthrough (and dare I say, overrated) 'Rated R', is the album that put Queens Of The Stone Age firmly on the map, thanks to the participation of Dave Grohl on drums, and the hit single, 'No One Knows'. The final album until later this year to feature bass player Nick Oliveri, whose firing after a falling out with Josh Homme led to a lot of criticism. What a lot of people didn't realise is that Oliveri didn't join the band until recording had been completed on their debut album which was recorded entirely by Homme and drummer Alfredo Hernandez... so he was evidently not as vital to the band's sound as people thought. Musically, 'Songs For The Deaf' is my favourite of QOTSA's albums so far, but I'm hopeful that their next release will better it.
Best Songs: No One Knows; A Song For The Dead

231) The Presidents Of The United States Of America - These Are The Good Times, People! (2008)

The last album from PUSA actually manages to be their best, despite the absence of founding member Dave Dederer. They still have an uncanny knack of being able to write songs about absolutely anything (including one about a balloon floating away after a kid lets go of it, and one about a butterfly they found drowning in petrol at a truckstop), and again they prove that not everyone in Seattle is so damn serious all the time.
Best Songs: Loose Balloon; Deleter

230) Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral (1994)

Released a month before the suicide of Kurt Cobain, this album made Nine Inch Nails one of the three bands in the wake of that tragic event to kind of "replace" grunge as the voice of the generation. Combining the distorted electronic sound effects of industrial music, the loud guitars of metal, and the soul-searching lyrics and pained vocals of gothic rock, NIN forged ahead with one of the most unique sounds in the last 30 years. Nearly 20 years after 'The Downward Spiral', and after many people attempting to imitate them, there's still no one quite like them. I say them, but one of the most impressive things about NIN records is that they are 99% the sole work of half of my internet namesake, Trent Reznor, who merely brings in collaborators as needed (in this including then-frequent collaborator Chris Vrenna, former King Crimson and David Bowie guitarist Adrian Belew, Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, famed producer "Flood", and the band of that time's touring members Danny Lohner and Charlie Clouser). One of the things I always loved about NIN is that each album sounded different, but even within this album, a lot of people would be surprised that songs like 'March Of The Pigs' and 'Hurt' could come from the same band.
Best Songs: Piggy; March Of The Pigs

229) Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (1975)

This will be the only Led Zeppelin album on this list for the reason that I'm only including full albums that I've heard. Zeppelin are one of the few band's to still not allow their music to stream on Spotify, and after getting stung a few times I have a thing against buying albums that I don't know I'm going to like... and illegal downloading is a big no-no for me. So I have to make do with the Best Of collection I have and 'Physical Graffiti', the band's sixth studio album and a solid collection of blues-based rock 'n' roll.
Best Songs: Trampled Under Foot; Kashmir

228) Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension! (2012)

Most people have a preference for either "classic" Aerosmith - the influential hard rock band that released some of the best records in the 1970's - or "modern" Aerosmith - the commercial pop-rock group responsible for some of the most popular rock ballads in the world. So 'Music For Another Dimension!' is a confusing record, because instead of catering to one or the other, they decided to split the album down the middle... one half music that sounds more like the stuff they did in the 70's, and one half sounding like their 90's selves. This means that almost everyone was disappointed, except for people like me, who happens to like both... one of the songs that most influenced me to check into the band and later most of the music I listen to now was 'I Don't Want To Miss A Thing'... that song was playing as my wife walked down the aisle. So yeah. This album has been almost universally panned, but I love it.
Best Songs: LUV XXX; Street Jesus

227) Foo Fighters - In Your Honour (2005)

Double album from Dave Grohl and co. with disc one concentrating on the band's heavier side, and the other half delving into almost experimental, acoustic music. One of the most surprising highlights of the album is 'Virginia Moon', featuring a collaboration with jazz singer Norah Jones.
Best Songs: Free Me; Virginia Moon

226) Bob Marley & The Wailers - Natty Dread (1974)

The first album to be released as Bob Marley & The Wailers (they were previously known as simply The Wailers), this is Bob Marley's finest hour.
Best Songs: Lively Up Yourself; No Woman, No Cry

225) Thin Lizzy - Black Rose: A Rock Legend (1979)

The ninth album by Thin Lizzy, considered by some to be the band's last true classic.
Best Songs: Waiting For An Alibi; Roisin Dubh (Black Rose): A Rock Legend

224) The Pretty Reckless - Light Me Up (2010)

Former actress, Taylor Momsen who was best known for her roles in Gossip Girl (which I've never seen), and as Cindy Lou Who in The Grinch, is someone I can't take too seriously. She seems to think that what it takes to be a "rock chick" is to be as offensive as possible, and flash her only recently legal tits at every opportunity. It's a shame, because she can genuinely sing. I first became aware of The Pretty Reckless whilst walking out of the cinema at the end of Kick-Ass, and was so intrigued I looked up the soundtrack and was shocked to find out who they were. The Pretty Reckless' music is often blues-based, trashy garage punk, and at points veers into nu-metal territory. I'm interested in hearing what the band have in store for the future, and am hopeful that Taylor will realise that she doesn't have to overcompensate with crazy antics.
Best Songs: Make Me Wanna Die; You

223) Nightwish - Over The Hills And Far Away (2001)

An EP from the Finnish symphonic metal band, featuring a cover of the Gary Moore song as the title track.
Best Song: 10th Man Down

222) The Cure - The Head On The Door (1985)

Sixth album from the goth rock legends. 'In Between Days' is among my favourite songs.
Best Songs: In Between Days; A Night Like This

221) Bumblefoot - Uncool (2002)

A strange album by the extraordinary guitarist that combines his usual rock/metal style with that of lounge music. It's a surprisingly effective combination, too, with crooned vocals suddenly turning into a heavy metal assault with no warning on songs like 'T-Jonez'. Other than the songs mentioned below, other highlights include two covers... 'What's New Pussycat?', and a punky version of 'Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You'.
Best Songs: Kiss The Ring; Delilah

220) Jeff Beck Group - Truth (1968)

Before joining The Faces, Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood were members of Jeff Beck's eponymous Jeff Beck Group. This album of mostly covers is one the highlights of the 60's.
Best Songs: Shapes Of Things; You Shook Me

219) The Black Crowes - Southern Harmony And Musical Companion (1992)

The second and best album by The Black Crowes, featuring 'Remedy', the definitive Black Crowes track.
Best Songs: Remedy; Thorn In My Pride

218) Skunk Anansie - Post Orgasmic Chill (1999)

Skunk Anansie's final album before breaking up for 10 years. It's the best of the albums of their's that I've heard (still haven't heard their second album, 'Stoosh').
Best Songs: Charlie Big Potato; You'll Follow Me Down; I'm Not Afraid

217) Slayer - Reign In Blood (1986)

I'm not a huge Slayer fan, and mostly consider them to be too samey, only ever going as hard and as fast as possible. However, it's hard to argue against this, their third album, being anything less than a speed metal masterpiece. In less than 30 minutes, 'Reign In Blood' throws so much aggression at you, that it's hard to take if you're not in the mood for such things, and definitely not for the faint of heart. I definitely don't understand the people who only listen to this band, but this album is pretty much as metal as it's possible to get.
Best Songs: Angel Of Death; Raining Blood

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