inabillity's Top 100 Album Worlds of All-Time


6 mars 2007, 4h01m

My first attempt at a top 100 list. 95 albums presented in alphabetical order, then the top 5, which are more or less set in stone. Comments and suggestions welcome!

Air – Talkie Walkie
Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works II
Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks OST
The Arcade Fire - Funeral
The Band – Music for Big Pink
Les Baxter – The Exotic Moods of Les Baxter
Belle & Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
Biosphere – Substrata
Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
Calexico – The Black Light
Calexico – Feast of Wire
Can – Ege Bamyasi
Can – Future Days
Cannibal Ox – The Cold Vein
Captain Beefheart – Troutmaskreplica
Neko Case – Blacklisted
The Clash – London Calling
The Clientele – Suburban Light
Clinic – Internal Wrangler
The Congos – Heart of the Congos
Cornelius – Point
Daft Punk – Discovery
Decemberists – Castaways & Cutouts
Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing…
Nick Drake – Pink Moon
Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
Danny Elfman – Edward Scissorhands OST
Brian Eno – Another Green World
Brian Eno – Apollo
Brian Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets
Esquivel – Exploring New Sounds in Stereo
John Fahey – Days Have Gone By, Vol. 6
Fiery Furnaces – Blueberry Boat
Fiery Furnaces – Gallowsbird’s Bark
The Flaming Lips – Clouds Taste Metallic
The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Gorillaz – Gorillaz
Grandaddy – The Sophtware Slump
Guided by Voices – Bee Thousand
Incredible String Band – The Beautiful Hangman’s Daughter
Katamari Damacy OST
Lambchop – Nixon
Ted Leo – The Tyranny of Distance
M. Ward - Transistor Radio
The Millennium – Begin
Ennio Morricone – Cinema Paradiso OST
Ennio Morricone – Once Upon a Time in the West OST
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
Mr. Bungle – Disco Volante
My Morning Jacket – At Dawn
My Morning Jacket – Z
of Montreal – Satanic Panic in the Attic
Olivia Tremor Control – Dusk at Cubist Castle
Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets Uptown Rockers
Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
The Pixies – Doolittle
Radiohead – Kid A
Radiohead – OK Computer
The Replacements - Tim
Nino Rota – Amarcord OST
Nino Rota – Giuletta Degli Spiriti OST
Nino Rota – Il Casanova di Fellini OST
Raymond Scott – Manhattan Research Inc.
The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
Paul Simon – Graceland
Songs: Ohia – Magnolia Electric Co.
Carl Stalling – The Carl Stalling Project
Stockholm Monsters – Alma Mater
The Stooges – Fun House
The Strokes – Is This It
T. Rex – Electric Warrior
Talk Talk – The Colour of Spring
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden
Talking Heads – Fear of Music
Talking Heads – Remain in Light
Tortoise – TNT
Piero Umiliani – Svezia, Inferno e Paradiso OST
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
Tom Waits – Alice
Tom Waits – Bone Machine
Tom Waits – The Black Rider
Tom Waits – Franks Wild Years
Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
Akira Yamaoka – Silent Hill 2 OST
Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One
Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
Frank Zappa – Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Frank Zappa – Weasels Ripped My Flesh
The Zombies – Odessey and Oracle
John Zorn – The Big Gundown
John Zorn – Filmworks VII – Cynical Hysterie Hour

And the top 5:

05. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

04. Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

03. Mr. Bungle - California

02. The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin

01. Boards of Canada - Geogaddi


  • Xylemicarious

    Well, it seems I only agree with some random odds and ends of this list, but there's nothing horribly offensive. Just a lot of things I don't really know. Or haven't heard enough of. But hell, I respect that you're trying to tackle this list, the list of all lists. It'd probably be too hard for me to narrow it down. I only have my number one down for sure (In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel). After that, it's all a bit fuzzy.

    6 mars 2007, 4h16m
  • inabillity

    Making this list was a process of self-discovery. It made me more aware of what it is I like my albums to have, an a huge part of that is a strong imaginative quality.

    6 mars 2007, 4h26m
  • D2Dlivesinme

    Heavy Metal and Hard Rock see to have been excluded alltogether lol Good to see Mr Bungle made it through though... :)

    6 mars 2007, 4h39m
  • inabillity

    It's also missing jazz and hip-hop. Figured it was better to exclude them altogether than include token albums just for the sake of looking well-rounded, but sure, there's plenty of room for this list to grow.

    6 mars 2007, 4h58m
  • rioli

    Very nice list, although there are lot of artists I'm not familiar with. I agree with first comment, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea is my all time favourite too. I would also recommend The Glow Pt 2 by The Microphones and Perfect From Now On by Built to Spill. Glad you included Blueberry Boat, I love that one too. I love My Morning Jacket, but The Tennessee fire is my favourite MMJ album. I wouldn't include Heavy Metal, Jazz or Hip Hop either. I agree with you, better not to include something that is only a token inclusion.

    6 mars 2007, 8h38m
  • djawg

    The exclusion of Bitch's Brew is saddening, a fantastic album that's better than a whole lot of rock albums. Otherwise, pretty good list.

    6 mars 2007, 18h13m
  • inabillity

    rioli - I always forget about The Tennessee Fire. I haven't listened to that one nearly as much as the other three MMJ albums - I think I've only heard it once or twice all the way through. thanks for reminding me. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea would fit well on this list - I know it very well, and agree that it's a masterpiece. Another one I tend to forget about. djawg - out of all the Miles Davis canon albums, Bitches Brew is probably the one I'm least familiar with. Couldn't tell you why. I'll have to probe that one deeper.

    6 mars 2007, 20h56m
  • Ramez05

    im confused by what you mean by 'album worlds'

    6 mars 2007, 22h42m
  • inabillity

    Each album on this list is a self-contained universe that contains multitudes, for the listener to inhabit and explore. Hope that's not more confusing ;-)

    6 mars 2007, 23h23m
  • Ramez05

    so kinda like concept albums eh?

    6 mars 2007, 23h41m
  • inabillity

    I guess you could say that - if the listener creates the concept of what the album is instead of the artist. But it's more that I just tend to think of albums AS worlds, so I just put two and two together and used the term 'album worlds' to represent that.

    6 mars 2007, 23h53m
  • MaPey

    I have to say we really have a very similar taste in music! Some differences in preferences: Kate Bush: 'The Dreaming' (a really great experimental album) instead of 'Hounds Of Love'. Guided By Voices: fans say 'Bee Thousand' is their best, but I say 'Alien Lanes' :) The Replacements: 'Let It Be' instead of 'Tim'. The Decemberists: 'Picaresque' instead of 'Castaways & Cutouts'. Yo La Tengo: 'Painful' instead of 'I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One' Pavement: No difference! I agree with you, Slanted and Enchanted is my favourite Pavement album (although many fans will disagree): I like their raw (lo-fi) music period the most :p

    8 mars 2007, 16h20m
  • aelmore

    Maybe you could help me out... I have just recently got into Brian Eno, and I think that another green world will be my favourite album for this year at least. I have a lot of his earlier pop stuff, and ambient 1, can you recommend anything later in his career? I haven't listened to apollo, maybe I'll check that out. Anything else? cool list, i could NEVER put this together, there's way too much to discover, and in 5 years my list would probably be completely different.

    9 mars 2007, 3h02m
  • theshadowplay

    i was kinda hoping for a joy division album myself...

    9 mars 2007, 6h23m
  • Tagindragon

    The List Be Goods Artist That I Think Are Missing That You Should Check Out If You Don't Know Be Animal Collective Captain Beefheart Devendra Banhart And Yeah There Are Others But Im Lazy, Still The List Be Good

    14 mars 2007, 2h49m
  • StormMonkey

    Never heard of The Beatles?

    29 mars 2007, 17h32m
  • MarioParty3

    Love the list, and we have high music compatability too. I agree with a lot on the list, although I really don't like The Fiery Furnaces, and that was a little much on the Waits. I guess the only difference would be that I listen to a lot of post-rock too, and I don't see any on your list.

    14 avr. 2007, 3h52m
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