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)
The Beatles [White Album] – The Beatles
Felt Mountain – Goldfrapp
Low – David Bowie
Animals – Pink Floyd
The Delta Sweete – Bobbie Gentry
Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division
Power, Corruption & Lies – New Order
Blues In Orbit – Duke Ellington
Let It Bleed – Rolling Stones
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
Mostly Autumn Passengers
Screamadelica (Remastered) - Primal Scream
Last Train to Mashville, Vol. 2 - Alabama 3
Hey Joe Opus - Red Meat - Otis Taylor
The Black Album - Lee “Scratch” Perry
London Blues - Little Axe
The Police in Dub - Dubxanne
Give Out, But Don’t Give Up - The Lost Memphis Tapes - Primal Scream
Puffer’s Choice Vol. 1 - various artists
Exodus - Bob Marley & The Wailers
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 …
The Beatles - Revolver
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Led Zeppelin - III
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
Dr. Feelgood - Malpractice
Yello - Baby
ABC - The Lexicon Of Love
Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
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.
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.
- Bicep - Isles
- Faithless - All Blessed
- Faithless - 2.0
- Alison Krauss - A Hundred Miles or More
- K&D Sessions
- Guru - Jazzmatazz
- Miles Davis - Tutu
- Tori Amos - Boys for Pele
- Suzanne Vega - Debut album
- 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.
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