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The N&G Top 500 Albums of All Time!!!

Joe Mac

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right...well, I don't really care for either...but I was just trying to make a snarkier version of the post you made above...it's a lot easier to "cancel" the things and people you already don't rate.

It is but it’s much easier again to excuse or ignore the things that people whose art you love have done. Or even worse to point and go well it’s not so bad look at what x y and z did. Self awareness I think is key, whatever side you fall down on with any given artist.
 
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Viking Dan

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I dunno my interpretation of the whole thing is that its easier to shit on people that you don't like. Personally I think Clapton makes boring music so its easier to throw in "and hes a racist" because a) he is and b) I dont like his music to begin with so fuck him. I dont see the "and he's racist" bit as a shield because I dont feel like Clapton is boring is an opinion that needs a shield. That's a good opinion imo. His music isn't mediocre because he's racist, its just fucking bland. Now if she was like Clapton is bad at guitar and he racist then I would agree with you.

But I also think "cancel culture" is more of a boogieman term than anything that is actually real.
I guess I read into it as young emerging artist knowingly taking shots at an established and, to some, legendary artist, thus the conscious decision to preemptively shield herself.

Like I said in the post - I could be totally wrong. It would not be the first time. But that was my thought process as I reacted to the news.

Anyway...I’m still trying to correctly order the list that has become an amalgam of the 50 most important albums to me personally, while at the same time acknowledging the importance of the albums/artists that opened my tastes up to being ready to fall in love with those personally important albums. Shouldn’t those historically relevant touchstones that granted me access to more obscure/personal choices necessarily be in my Top 50. I mean can my Top 50 really be my Top 50 without acknowledging them?
 

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here are my 50,
i limited it to 2 per artist.

s/o to Vinyl Me, Please for showing me Veedon Fleece

Songs: OhiaMagnolia Electric Co.
Fleet FoxesHelplessness Blues
Mount EerieClear Moon
MitskiBury me at Makeout Creek
Van MorrisonAstral Weeks
Andy ShaufThe Party
American FootballAmerican Football
Beach BoysPet Sounds
FishmansLong Season
Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes
BeatlesAbbey Road
Tears For FearsSongs from the Big Chair
Explosions in the SkyHow Strange Innocence
NxWorriesNxWorries EP
Getz/GilbertoJoao Gilberto, Stan Getz
Big ThiefCapacity
Cocteau TwinsHeaven or Las Vegas
Donald ByrdPlaces & Spaces
RadioheadThe Bends
Death Cab For CutieTransatlanticism
WhitneyLight Upon The Lake
Bruce SpringsteenDarkness of the Edge of Town
Van MorrisonVeedon Fleece
Explosions in the SkyTake Care, Take Care, Take Care
Nina SimoneEmergency Ward
SamphaProcess
Madeline KenneyPerfect Shapes
Faye WebstoreAtlanta Millionaires Club
My Morning JacketThe Waterfall
Arcade FireFuneral
Hand HabitsPlaceholder
WilcoYankee Hotel Foxtrot
Willie NelsonPhases & Stages
George HarrisonAll Things Must Pass
Jay SomEverybody Works
Hop AlongPainted Shut
SmogA River Aint too Much to Love
Cate Le BonReward
MothersWhen You Walk A Long Distance
Marvin GayeLet's Get it On
AvalanchesWildflower
Milton NascimentoClub De Esquina
BeatlesRevolver
Kendrick LamarDAMN
Grizzly BearVeckatimest
Kendrick LamarGood Kid, m.a.a.d. City
PavementCrooked Rain, Crooked Rain
The CureDisintegration
Kamasi WashingtonHarmony of Difference
Let's Eat GrandmaI'm All Ears

fight me, i followed my heart
 

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Let the slow trickle begin... here are albums 50-46 from my list:

50. The Cure - Wish (1992). Its main fault is the fact that it came out immediately after Disintegration.

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49. Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (1975). Every bit as good as Rumours!

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48. Bat For Lashes - Two Suns (2009). I hesitated to include this one in my list, but then “Moon and Moon” started playing.

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47. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way (1969). I’ve only been listening to jazz for five years, so it’s still too soon to include too many jazz albums in my top 50 favorites. This record though...

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46. Type O Negative - Bloody Kisses (1993). Despite the awful interludes and long and boring title track, I’m surprised by how much I care about this album. Not a good one to bring up during a job interview!

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30. If you don’t own this album, you should. It’s perfect and has been an obsession of mine for the last year. If not for it being relatively new to my ears, it would rank much higher.
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29. It’s common for me to become obsessed with an album and then forget about it for a long time. That’s not true with this one though, I’ve been consistently listening to it since it’s release week when I purchased it from my local based off nothing but the fact that I saw another guy put it into his basket and it looked interesting.
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28. This is the first album I bought with my own money. That probably has a lot to do with its ranking simply because I am very familiar with it and it feels like it’s just part of me at this point. But I also think it’s just a really great album from a really great band that lots of punk purists like to trash. To hell with them.
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27. My wife is the best thing to ever happen in my life. It’s been 17 years of marriage that hasn’t always been easy but we have gotten through all of our individual and combined struggles knowing that we had each other. We shared our first kiss to “that song”.... yeah, it’s cheesy, but it means something to me.
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26. I’m not sure exactly what punk will sound like in 500 years, but whatever it sounds like I can assure you that it will be influenced in some way by this album. It embodies everything I love about the genre.
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Still ordering my list but I have committed to the albums that are making it. My first 5 out (I did 1 album per artist, and the first 5 out still follow that rule)

-Mike Doughty - Skittish
-Chainsaw Kittens - Chainsaw Kittens
-The Decemberists- The King is Dead
-Bjork - Homogenic
-Grateful Dead - American Beauty

not surprising I weigh heavily into the late 80s- early 00s, my formative years. Top ten was easy enough to sort out but the next 40 are posing to be a bear. And with my self imposed 1 album per artist rule I have waffled a couple times on which album makes the list... In Rainbows or OK Computer? Revolver or the White Album? Ritual or Nothings Shocking? Violator or Songs of Faith and Devotion? Some artists were easy. I literally love the entire discographies of Tom Waits or The Cure but there is a singular album that grinds to my core. The process has made me remember why I love certain albums that maybe I hadn’t listened to in years. Thanks @Woob_woob for putting this together, it might be a few more iterations but my list will be on its way soon!
 

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There are maybe five or six of my top 50 I don't own on vinyl, mostly because they have either never been released or are otherwise white whales that would cost me an arm and a leg to acquire.

There are a couple I just don't own, without excuse.
 

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There’s so many of my list that I don’t have on vinyl that it’s sort of an eye opening experience and making me realize that I really do have a problem with fomo. Why do I keep buying whatever stupid thing pops up in the preorder thread when I have so many holes in my top 50? I think I’ll be having a big sale soon.
 

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Oh fuck I didn't know about this thread. I love the idea! Have a couple of questions (maybe they were answered before but I'm 43 pages behind...).
First, does the album have to be on vinyl? I mean, can I choose an album that is only on cd or in digital format?
Second, can I choose more than one album per artist?

Yes its your all time top 50, it’s agnostic to format
Yep, it’s your list so thats entirely your call.
 

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I just counted - 12 of my top 50 I don't own on vinyl.
Two are white whales, two have never been pressed and a few are hard to find.
The last few I just haven't gotten around to getting.
 
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