Your Top 20 Favourite Albums


An album I’ve always liked a lot. Not top 20-worthy though


Ornette Coleman Golden Circle vol 1

John Coltrane Love Supreme

Miles Davis In a Silent Way

Bill Evans How My Heart Sings

Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Hum

Albert Ayler Live in Greenwich Village

Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music vols 1 and 2

Abdullah Ibrahim Very Best Of

Andrew Hill Compulsion!!!

Archie Shepp/Dollar Brand Duet

Art Blakey Moanin’

Keith Jarrett Koln Concert

Art Pepper Road Game

Cecil Taylor Love for Sale

Dizzy Gillespie Live on the French Riviera

Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch

Sonny Rollins On Impulse

Gil Evans Individualism

Jimmy Smith Further Adventures of Jimmy and Wes

Pharaoh Sanders Creator Has A Master Plan


A mighty fine top 20, Richard.


In no particular order. All albums I never tire from playing that have become old friends.

  1. Gone to Earth – David Sylvian

  2. Ancient Heart – Tanita Tikaram

  3. Incantations – Mike Oldfield

  4. China – Vangelis

  5. Fever Ray – Fever Ray

  6. The Final Cut – Pink Floyd

  7. Koyaanisqatsi – Philip Glass

  8. Local Hero OST – Mark Knopfler

  9. My Life in the Bush of Ghosts – Brian Eno and David Byrne

  10. Remain in Light – Talking Heads

  11. Lionheart / Alternating with ‘Hounds’ – Kate Bush

  12. Broadcasting from Home – Penguin Cafe Orchestra

  13. On the Beach – Chris Rea (guilty pleasure)

  14. Abbey Road – The Beatles

  15. Steve McQueen – Prefab Sprout

  16. OST Howards End – Richard Robbins

  17. Kid A – Radiohead

  18. Perils from the Sea – Mark Kozelek & Jimmy La Valle

  19. Casualties of Cool by Casualties of Cool (Devin Townsend & Ché Aimee Dorval)

  20. Bryter Layter – Nick Drake


Black - Wonderful Life
Roxy Music - Flesh & Blood
Texas - Southside
Yello - Flag
B52’s - B52’s
Lightning Seeds - Jollification
Radiohead - The Bends
Morcheeba - Big Calm
Sade - Diamond Life
INXS - Kick
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
FYC - The Raw & The Cooked
Depeche Mode - Violator
Placebo - Sleeping With Ghosts
The Chameleons - Script of the Bridge
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream
Black Grape - It’s great when you’re straight
Churches - The bones of what you believe
Big Country - The Crossing
The Clash - London Calling


In no particular order and limiting each artist to one entry, though ask me next week and you’ll probably get a different answer :wink:

David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
Joy Division - Closer
New Order - Power Corruption and Lies
Radiohead - OK Computer
Simple Minds - New Gold Dream
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
The Blue Nile - Hats
ABC - The Lexicon of Love
Cowboy Junkies - Trinity Session
Kate Bush - The Kick Inside
Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden
The Cure - Faith
Human League - Travelogue
Peter Gabriel - So
Paul Simon - Graceland
The The - Soul Mining
Lou Reed - Transformer
Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Scream
Christine and the Queens - Chris
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead


For what it’s worth here’s my 20 fave albums in no particular order. :sunglasses:

  1. In The Court Of The Crimson King - King Crimson
  2. Countdown To Ecstasy - Steely Dan
  3. Carney - Leon Russell
  4. Blue - Joni Mitchell
  5. Deja Vu - Crosby Stills Nash & Young
  6. Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
  7. Tonight’s The Night - Neil Young
  8. Revolver - The Beatles
  9. Dusty In Memphis - Dusty Springfield
  10. Ocean Rain - Echo & The Bunnymen
  11. English Settlement - XTC
  12. Those Southern Knights - The Crusaders
  13. Round about Midnight - Miles Davis
  14. Veedon Fleece - Van Morrison
  15. The Blues And The Abstract Truth - Oliver Nelson
  16. Rickie Lee Jones - Rickie Lee Jones
  17. Swordfish Trombones - Tom Waits
  18. The Nightfly - Donald Fagen
  19. Fullfillingnes First Finale - Stevie Wonder
  20. The Roches - The Roches

I could have listed loads more.


10cc Sheet Music, yeah definitely…


It seems nobody much likes any music from this century? I am older than many on this forum but I get as much pleasure from discovering new music/artists as I do from ‘old’ favourites such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Dire Straits…



If the thread was called The Best 20 Albums, I’d probably agree with you. But …Bossa Nova is one of my favourite albums and favourites are subjective.


eric truffaz, kamaal williams, avishai cohen, aaron parks, jowee omicil, omar sosa, medeski, liv warfield, shelby lynn, meshell ndegocello …could be on my list too.


Oops. Didn’t spot Dummy in your list! Even closer than I thought.


I’m going to hazard a guess for my current top 10 mixed in with my previous top 10 that I’m rediscovering! This is the current list, no particular order

  1. Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase
  2. Marillion: Marbles
  3. Big Big Train: The Underfall Yard
  4. Pendragon: Not of this World
  5. Eloy: Dawn
  6. Pink Floyd: The Wall
  7. Rush: Power Windows
  8. Marillion: Script for a Jesters Tear
  9. Yes: 90125
  10. Magenta: Seven


I like plenty of music from this century, I even included one album from last year on my list. I’d hazard a guess that most of us on here are middle-aged white men (like me) and the lists posted are the music we grew up with that has stood the test of time.


I too like many current artists/releases but l it will take years of listening before I could say they have made it into my top 20 albums.

I do feel the golden age of the album has passed though and I do not rate many albums so highly since about 2010.

  1. Graceland Paul Simon
  2. Wish you were Here Pink Floyd
  3. St Pepper The Beatles
  4. Nothing Like the sun Sting
  5. Breakfast In America Supertramp
  6. The Beekeper Tori Amos
  7. Tapastry carol King
  8. Ten New Songs Leonard Cohen
  9. Seeds of love tears for Fears
  10. Wind & Wuthering Genesis
  11. Tommy The Who
  12. Close to the Edge Yes
  13. Give out but don’t give In Primal Scream
  14. olour The Christians
  15. So Peter Gabriel
  16. Is this the life we really want Roger Waters
  17. Deaper Understanding The war on Drugs
  18. I see you The XX
  19. Urban Hynms The Verve
  20. Whats going on Marvin Gaye



I wonder if people have answered this question with their CURRENT top 20, being those they are playing today, this week or this month. Or have people listed their all time top 20, meaning those which you’d select if you could only ever have those 20 titles, rather like a desert island choice?

I presented more of an all time top 20 list. I realise a current list would be very different.


Yeah I listen to plenty of new stuff as well. Some of it very good.
I now have a lot of records so the days of playing an album to death and really getting into them are long gone.
Also being a vinyl man I prefer the recordings made prior to the CD age in general.

I forgot an album that should be in my top 20.

Sparks - Kimono My House.


Another forgotten album


Ok, here goes…

  1. Voivod - Dimension Hatross
  2. Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts
  3. Marianne Faithfull - Broken English
  4. Marillion - Fugazi
  5. Rush - Moving Pictures
  6. Primus - Sailing Seas of Cheese
  7. Pink Floyd - Meddle
  8. B-52s - Wild Planet
  9. Slayer - Reign in Blood
  10. Fairport Convention - Leige and Life
  11. Robert Rich - Calling Down the Sky
  12. Kraftwerk - Transeuropa Express
  13. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
  14. Marduk - Wormwood
  15. The Doors - The Doors
  16. Bo Hannson - Magicians Hat
  17. Tangerine Dream - Ricochet
  18. 1200 Micrograms - 1200 Micrograms
  19. Jethro Tull - Thick As a Brick
  20. Motörhead - Ace of Spades