Your top 5 favourite albums


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 10, 2003
London, Ontario
Trying to expand my already broad love of music and ask you fine and diverse folks what your favourite albums are. These are my top 5 picks to get the ball rolling.

1. The Offspring - Smash > This is a phenominal album. One of the few albums i can listen to without skipping any tracks. Its raw and hard sound just makes me want to rock out for hours.

2. Metallica - S&M > This combinds my love of symphony and hard rock together and its one of the best orchestra/rock crossovers ive ever heard.

3. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of The Moon > This one needs no explination.

4. Jamiroquai - Traveling Without Moving > An upbeat jazzy album to vibe out to. Lots of good tunes and an excelent bassline throughout.

5. Rage Against The Machine - Renegades > This album screams energy. Well crafted lyrics and a wicked bassline makes me want to listen to this one on repeat over and over and over... My favouite tune off that album is RATM's cover of Eric b & Rakim's Microphone Fiend... What a great song...

Those are my favs... what are yours?


macrumors 68030
Aug 10, 2004
Pink Floyd - The Wall
Boston - Boston
Simon & Garfunkel - Live in Central Park
Michael Franks - Tiger in the Rain
Queen - The Platinum Collection

It is hard to narrow to just five......this was the closest at the moment tomorrow or even tonight it could be much different.

This will probably get moved to the music forums.


macrumors 68000
May 10, 2004
This is definitely subject to change at any time!

a: Dressy Bessy - Dressy Bessy
Glorious dissonance! This may hurt a little ;)

b: Bis - Plastique Nouveau
That reminds me, must see how 'The Kitchen' are progessing, Manda's voice got so damn cool towards the end.

c: Alice in Chains - Alice in Chains
The three-legged dog album. A sludge factory indeed - Kurt 'Talentless hack' Cobain wishes he could have hit this high.

d: Iris - The Awakening
This has been a favourite ever since it's release. Words fail me.

e: Ladytron - Light and Magic
Such bittersweet, sugary sass. Treacle laced with Strychnine... I like :)

OK, so it seems as of 14/1/2005, I've still not got over my Synthpop addiction. I should probably go get counselling.

Note: I made a conscious effort to make this not-another-Krafterk-and-Skinny-Puppy-release-list, as always happens when this quesiton is asked of me...


macrumors 65816
Feb 18, 2003
For some reason I am reminded of High Fidelity (movie or book, you choose) any case, there are so many top fives, that I will just go with my current ones.

in no particular order:

Arcade Fire - Funeral
Just picked this up the other week. Good Stuff. Hard to classify, but cross-reference with the rest of my list.

Tribeca - Dragon Down
Danceable, catchy 80's inspired Swedish indie. Unlike anything else I've ever heard. Lasse Lindh, who is half of the band, releases more conventional pop which can be found at ITMS (to get an idea).

Blonde Redhead - Misery is a butterfly
Have listened to BR for a long time now, and they have a more refined sound these days. Beautiful songwriting and unique vocal stylings which to me are oh so expressive.

Lali Puna - Faking the Books
Probably as close to perfection of any synthesis of pop and electronic/laptop music can be. The future of pop. Beautiful and never gets old.

Postal Service - Give Up
Kinda an old record now, but never goes out of style. Heard it several years ago at a bar, asked about it, never looked back...curiously, I have never liked Death Cab for Cutie with whom a member is shared.

Honorable mention
The bravery, the Dears, Broken Social Scene, Styrofoam, The Faint, Ms. John Soda.

oh, and Ladytron is damn good too, but Brap beat me to that...


macrumors 68000
Feb 19, 2003
Planet Zebes
1. Radiohead - OK Computer (By far my favorite)
2. Tie: Radiohead - Kid A & Radiohead - The Bends
3. Tie: Mazzy Star - Among My Swan & Aceyalone - A Book Of Human Language
4. Low - Secret Name
5. Tie: Radiohead - Amnesiac & Radiohead - Hail To The Thief


macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Jun 10, 2003
London, Ontario
ooooooh.. this is quite the diverse list. and i think my paycheque this week is going to the musicstore :)

Keep em commin' folks!


macrumors regular
Aug 6, 2003
Great lists everyone. I was going to try to make one, but there are just too many albums that have had profound effects on my life.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 17, 2004
St. Louis
London Calling - The Clash
The Best of the Doors - The Doors
Back in Black - AC/DC
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin


macrumors 68030
Aug 10, 2004
Just 5 is hard, cause I also like/love Jackson Browne, Rush, Billy Joel, Carly Simon, Mike Cross, Eric Clapton, Harry Connick, Peter Paul & Mary, REM,...........


macrumors 6502a
Jun 13, 2004
In no particular order, and subject to hourly revision:

1. Keith Jarrett - Vienna Concert
2. Jacob Young - Evening Falls
3. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
4. John Taylor Trio - Rosslyn
5. Patty Griffin - Living with Ghosts


Moderator emeritus
Mar 10, 2004
Bergen, Norway
Well, I have no idea how to get these 10 down to just 5, so I'll just present them, in no special order:

The Clash: London Calling
The Jam: The Gift
Toyah: Changeling
Toyah: Anthem
Pink Floyd: The Final Cut
Pink Floyd: The Wall
Pixies: Surfer Rosa & Come On Pilgrim
Iron Maiden: Number Of The Beast
Marillion: Misplaced Childhood
Nirvana: Nevermind (Edit: Not "Smells Like Teen Spirit", silly me... :eek: )

So I didn't have room for Radioheads "Pablo Honey", Smashing Pumpkins "Siamese Dream" or "Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness" or anything by Catatonia, Foo Fighters or Offspring... :( ;)

Edit: ...or the Smiths... :eek:


macrumors 6502a
Jan 27, 2004
St. Louis, MO
tough question...ill do my best.

This list would reflect my favorites at the moment...this obviously changes constantly...and this is also in no particular order...and will be more than 5...LOL

The Beatles - Let it Be Naked
Nirvana - Nevermind/With the Lights Out/unplugged
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Placebo - Once More With Feeling
Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
Dirty Vegas - One
Boz Skaggs - Hits
Supertramp - The Very Best Of
Perfect Circle - The Thirteenth Step

Blue Velvet

Moderator emeritus
Jul 4, 2004
Harold Budd & Brian Eno: The Pearl
Talk Talk: Laughing Stock
King Sunny Ade: Juju Music
Kraftwerk: Computer World
Miles Davis: Bitches Brew


macrumors G4
Jun 29, 2002
Republic of Ukistan
Clear Spot: Captain Beefheart
Buenavista Social Club
Blonde on Blonde: Bobby D
Everything scatter: Fela Kuti
Beggars' Banquet: Mick & Co
and many, many more...

So last century, I know :rolleyes:


macrumors member
Oct 27, 2003
For a change of pace:

1. Crowded House - Together Alone
2. Crowded House - Temple of Low Men
3. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
4. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
5. Crowded House - Woodface

6. The Finn Brothers - Everyone Is Here
7. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
8. Crowded House - Crowded House
9. Neil Finn - One All
10. The Beatles - Rubber Soul

Sadly, there's no room for Ella, hip hop, Prince, Thriller, more Beatles, and D'Angelo's Brown Sugar. :(


macrumors 6502
Aug 21, 2004
Perth, WA, Australia
wwhhooo thats a hard one; i think i will just have to list a few artists

Tim Buckley, Gomez, Groove Armada, The White Stripes & Tool & A Perfect Circle - i love that new one!

usually when i am on night shift i choose about 12 hours before i leave and stick it on random! find some great stuff i never new i had, oh add the album london on the line - various artists


macrumors newbie
Jan 14, 2005
1. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
2. Logical Progression 3 - Intence (Live)
3. Omni Trio - Trio Haunted Science
4. Suspected - Foul Play
5. Jonny L - Magnetic





macrumors 6502a
Dec 11, 2004
Only 5? Ok lets try:
Massive Attack - Protection
Guns n' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Røksopp - Melody AM
Kathryn Williams - Relations
Anything of the Fabric releases, but especially FabricLive 09 Jacques Lu Cont


macrumors 65816
Apr 19, 2004
5 is just way too few. So, here's a list of 10 (subject to change)

IV - Led Zeppelin
Duke - Genesis
Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
Machine Head - Deep Purple
Never Mind The Bollocks - Sex Pistols
Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
Jawbox - Jawbox
Strikes Twice - Larry Carlton
Captain Fingers - Lee Ritenour
Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine


macrumors 601
Jan 8, 2004
Back in the motherland
First of all, nice albums are being discussed here and I have found a couple that I'll add to my collection, so thanks for that. :)

Now for my list...
5 is too few, I just listen to too many different genres so I put 16 ;) in there (and even then there's so much stuff missing)
Whenever there are more for an artist I put those in one line. This is a very diverse list so it may not all be one's taste.

1. Eric Clapton - Unplugged
(My all time favourite album. This I have listened to thousands of times and I still ove it.)

2. Shakira - Unplugged
(Also a very, very good album with Spanish-only songs)

3. Nikka Costa - Everybody Got Their Something
(Sadly her only album until now, but very nice and a bit unusual)

4. Al Green - Greatest Hits because otherwise I'd be listing a lot :D
(I guess there's not much to say about him, he's just incredible)

5. Natalie Merchant - Motherland, Ophelia
(Next to Tracy Chapman my favourite female singer)

6. Tracy Chapman - Telling Stories
(Next to Natalie Merchant my favourite female singer ;) )

7. Vonda Shepard - The Radical Light
(Who doesn't know her? This is the only album I really like of her though, but this is really good)

8. Nirvana - Nevermind
(Not much to add here)

9. Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine
(This one speaks for itself also)

10. Delinquent Habits - Delinquents Habits, Merry Go Round
(Californian Spanglish rapping band that is not very well known but nevertheless awesome)

11. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
(Not much to add here neither)

12. Tupac Shakur - All Eyez On Me
(In my opinion one of his best albums)

13. Dispatch - Gut The Van
(Great live performance, this one I can listen to over and over also)

14. Heather Nova - Storm, South
(Another great songwriter/singer, not quite as good as Chapman or Merchant but close)

15. Laura Pausini - La mia risposta, le cose che vivi
(Great Italian music)

16. Portishead - Dummy
(In my opinion their best album)

There are a couple of Spanish ones and some classical ones too but I thought before the list grows too big I'd stop. :D It's long enough as it is.

If anyone cares for the rest just ask and I'll post the rest.


macrumors 68000
Feb 19, 2003
Planet Zebes
rhpenguin said:
ooooooh.. this is quite the diverse list. and i think my paycheque this week is going to the musicstore :)

Keep em commin' folks!
I'm going to add some more for those looking for some new albums:)

Low - Trust
Low - Things We Lost In The Fire
Low - The Great Destroyer

Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
Sigur Ros - ( )

Portishead - Portishead
Portishead - Dummy

Pink Floyd - Meddle
Pink Floyd - A Saucerful Of Secrets

Air - Moon Safari

Bjork - Homogenic
Bjork - Vespertine

Boards Of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children
Boards Of Canada - Geogaddi

Elliott Smith - Either/Or

Fiona Apple - Tidal

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin

Grant Lee Buffalo - Mighty Joe Moon

Jeff Buckley - Grace

Kent - Isola

Kratwerk - Radioactivity

Laika - Sounds Of The Satellites

M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas, and Lost Ghosts

Marty Robbins - Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs

Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew

Mogwai - Rock Action

Nirvana - In Utero

Ours - Distorted Lullabies

Outkast - ATLiens

Paul Oakenfold - Resident One

The Pharcyde - Labcabincalifornia

R.E.M. - Up

Sparklehorse - It's A Wonderful Life

Timonium - Resist Education

Tortoise - Millions Now Living Will Never Die

Tricky - Juxtapose

Tripping Daisy - Jesus HIts Like The Atom Bomb

Vangelis - Albedo 0.39


macrumors G3
Mar 9, 2002
mine change... I'd be hard pushed to come up with a definitive list, but the following is probably a good approximation. ;)

R.E.M. - New Adventures In Hi-Fi,
freakishly diverse sonically.

Pop Will Eat Itself - Dos Dedos Mis Amigos.
ferociously political delivered with guitars that sound like a firing squad and superior use of samples. :D

Underworld - Beaucoup Fish
jumbo. nuff said. ;)

Ultravox - Vienna

Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
genius. juxtapositions.