The 10 albums you listen to the most

Anyone who watches YouTube regularly (especially if you’re a watcher of “vinyl community” videos) will have noticed a craze for “the 10 albums I listen to the most” videos.

So why not bring this to the forum? What are the 10 albums you lissten to most; not necessarily the best, your favourites, but the ones you play the most – whether that’s ever, recently, or at the moment [NB, not format-dependent]

I’ll get the ball rolling (in no particular order)

  1. The Beatles [White Album] – The Beatles

  2. Felt Mountain – Goldfrapp

  3. Low – David Bowie

  4. Animals – Pink Floyd

  5. The Delta Sweete – Bobbie Gentry

  6. Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division

  7. Power, Corruption & Lies – New Order

  8. Blues In Orbit – Duke Ellington

  9. Let It Bleed – Rolling Stones

  10. Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin


According to Roon (this has surprised me):


Well here’s mine, That’s been on repeat over the past 2 weeks, In no particular order.

1 Donald Fagen - The Nightfly

2 Radiohead - Ok Computer

3 The Beatles - Abbey Road

4 Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel of Love

5 Cars - Candy O

6 Ella Fitzgerald - Sings the Cole Porter Songbook

7 Frank Sinatra - Sinatra at the Sands

8 Human League - Dare

9 Kraftwerk - Tour de France

10 Lucinda Williams - The Ghosts of Highway 20


Hard to say, and if you asked a month ago, or were to ask in a month’s time, likely there’d be some differences. There are probably 50-100 albums that make up perhaps three quarters of my playing. The top 10 at any one time. will be from those. In recent weeks the “top ten” probably looks something like the following (in no particular orderother than the order I think of them):

Roger Waters Amused to death
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath
Verdi La Traviata
Twelfth Night Live and let live
Grieg Peer Gynt (full vocal version)
Schubert Trout quintet
Carl Orff Carmina Burana
Led Zeppelin I & II
Who Tommy
Mostly Autumn Passengers

  1. Screamadelica (Remastered) - Primal Scream

  2. Last Train to Mashville, Vol. 2 - Alabama 3

  3. Hey Joe Opus - Red Meat - Otis Taylor

  4. The Black Album - Lee “Scratch” Perry

  5. London Blues - Little Axe

  6. The Police in Dub - Dubxanne

  7. Give Out, But Don’t Give Up - The Lost Memphis Tapes - Primal Scream

  8. Puffer’s Choice Vol. 1 - various artists

  9. Exodus - Bob Marley & The Wailers

  10. IIUII - Fink

Please, @TheKevster, can I have just one more? Pleeeease?

OK, Pop Pickers, at number 11 - Delta Kream - The Black Keys.


Here we go, my most listened to and probably my favs as I guess that’s the reason why they’re played the most …

  1. The Beatles - Revolver

  2. David Bowie - Hunky Dory

  3. Led Zeppelin - III

  4. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here

  5. Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love

  6. Dr. Feelgood - Malpractice

  7. Yello - Baby

  8. ABC - The Lexicon Of Love

  9. Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town

  10. Peter Gabriel - So

Similar to @dave-marshall an honourable mention to The B-52’s - The B52’s as that’s always on heavy rotation.


I find that very hard to say, but something like this:

Jeff Buckley - Grace

Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (mono or stereo mix, depending on mood)

Leo Kottke - Six and Twelve String Guitar

Beethoven Fifth Symphony - Carlos Kleiber/Vienna PO

Led Zeppelin III

Neil Young - After The Goldrush

Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Beethoven Last Three Piano Sonatas - Maurizio Pollini

Steve Hillage - Fish Rising

Beatles - Rubber Soul (although the album may change from day to day)

How there isn’t a Doors album in that list rather defeats me! I could easily change five or six of those choices if I made a new list next week, but the Jeff Buckley and Carlos Kleiber LPs will never drop off my list.

  1. See Me Ronnie Lane

  2. Lost Memphis tapes Primal scream

  3. Nods as good as a wink Faces

  4. Carole King Tapestry

  5. Julia Fordham Porcelain

  6. The Who Who’s Next

  7. Santana Caravanserai

  8. Camel Rajaz

  9. Traffic Far from home

  10. Rolling Stones Let it bleed

  1. David Bowie - Young Americans

  2. Annette Peacock - X Dreams

  3. Tim Buckley - Greetings from LA

  4. Roy Harper - HQ

  5. Patto - Monkey’s Bum

  6. Gabor Szabo - High Contrast

  7. Cass Elliot - Cass Elliot

  8. Stealers Wheel - Stealers Wheel

  9. Roxy Music - Country Life

  10. Joni Mitchell - Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter


Off the top of my head and what’s in the piles of CD’s or quick access Vinyl would say this in no particular order.

  1. Bicep - Isles
  2. Faithless - All Blessed
  3. Faithless - 2.0
  4. Alison Krauss - A Hundred Miles or More
  5. K&D Sessions
  6. Guru - Jazzmatazz
  7. Miles Davis - Tutu
  8. Tori Amos - Boys for Pele
  9. Suzanne Vega - Debut album
  10. Alt-J - Live at Red Rocks

Pink Floyd’s The Final Cut would be edging to get in there.


Not in order:

Keith Jarrett - Köln Concert
Miles Davis - Silent Way
Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Ornette Coleman - Golden Circle vol 1
John Coltrane - Africa Brass
Archie Shepp/Dollar Brand - Duet
Art Pepper - Roadgame
Terry Riley - In C
Bill Evans - How My Heart Sings


According to Roon…

I think thats only complete plays rather than tracks on playlists etc.


I’m the same as @Innocent_Bystander.
I’d find it far easier to list 10 albums I don’t think I’ll ever choose to listen to again as opposed to the favourite 10 which is ever changing.

In my case, its more an indication of ones I keep returning to rather than favourites, current or otherwise.

I have probably 50-100 albums that get very frequent play, all played many times a year. the top 10 could be any of them.

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Cream - Disraeli Gears

Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Joni Mitchell - Clouds

Radiohead - The Bends

Nick Cave - Tender Prey

Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert

David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust

Freddie Hubbard - Backlash

Velvet Underground - VU & Nico

Ask me tomorrow and it’s a different list altogether.


Love the mention of Lo Moon, second album such a come down after the first, not using “disappointment” as still hoping it might grow.

Saw them live few years ago supporting London Grammar (I think) and they were really good.

In no particular order:

Prefab Sprout - Steve McQueen
Steely Dan - Gaucho
Elton John - Captain Fantastic & The Brown Dirt Cowboy
Paul Simon - Graceland
Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
Destroyer - Kaputt
Lambchop - Nixon
Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
The National - High Violet
Elvis Costello - King Of America


I tend to fixate when something new to me comes along that I like and that album got heavy rotation when i first heard it… agree about their second album, think I have played that half a dozen times at best.

No particular order……

David Bowie - David Live

Simple Minds - New Gold Dream 81, 82, 83, 84

Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden

Echo & the Bunnymen - Live at the Royal Albert Hall

Julian Cope - Floored Genius

Paul Simon - The Concert in Hyde Park

Peter Murphy - Deep

The Airborne Toxic Event - All I Ever Wanted

Arcade Fire - Funeral

David Bowie - Lodger