Thursday, May 14, 2009

100 Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Albums of all times

Few years back, I composed a list of my favorite rock albums and put the list and some sample tracks in a CD and then sent it all over the country to my friends. My taste in Rock music hasn’t changed much since then. Here and now, comes the third edition of that list (February 2011) -- My 100 favorite rock ‘n’ roll albums of all time:

Bob Dylan & The Band
The Basement Tapes (1975)

Neil Young
Tonight’s The Night (1975)

The Band
The Band [AKA Brown Album] (1969)

Bob Dylan
Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)

The Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers (1970)

Grateful Dead
American Beauty (1970)

Van Morrison
Astral weeks (1968)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Déjà vu (1970)

The Rolling Stones
Exile on Main Street (1972)

The Who
Who’s Next (1971)

Derek & the Dominos
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)

Neil Young
On the Beach (1974)

Bob Dylan
Blonde on Blonde (1966)

The Band
Cahoots (1973)

David Crosby
If I only could remember my name (1971)

New Riders of the Purple Sage
New Riders of the Purple Sage (1971)

Van Morrison
Veedon Fleece (1974)

Jethro Tull
Aqualang (1971)

Crosby, Stills, Nash
Crosby , Stills, Nash (1969)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Zuma (1975)

Jerry Garcia
Garcia [AKA the Wheel] (1972)

Van Morrison
Moondance (1970)

The Band
Music from Big Pink (1968)

Blind Faith
Blind Faith (1969)

Bob Dylan & The Band
Planet Waves (1973)

Graham Nash
Song for Beginners (1971)

Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks (1975)

Neil Young
After the Goldrush (1970)

Crosby Stills Nash
CSN (1977)

Bob Dylan
Time Out of Mind (1997)

Gordon Lightfoot
Sundown (1975)

Bobby Charles
Bobby Charles [AKA Small Talk Town] (1972)

Stephen Stills
Manasas (1970)

Steely Dan
Countdown To Ecstasy (1973)

Warren Zevon
Warren Zevon (1976)

Traffic (1968)

John Hartford
Aereo-Plain (1971)

Bob Dylan
Oh mercy! (1989)

Fire & Water (1970)

Joe Cocker
With a Little Help From My Friends (1968)

Grateful Dead
Wake of the flood (1973)

Van Morrison
Saint Dominic Preview (1973)

Jimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland (1968)

Grateful Dead
Workingman’s Dead (1970)

Bob Dylan

Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

Rick Danko
Rick Danko (1977)

The Allman Brothers Band

Eat a Peach (1972)

Neil Young
Harvest (1972)

The Who
The Who by Numbers (1975)

Leon Russell
The Best of (1970-72)

Disraeli Gears (1967)

Graham Nash
Wild Tales (1973)

Lou Reed
Transformer (1973)

David Crosby & Graham Nash
Crosby & Nash (1972)

Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison (1968)

Neil Young
American Stars ’n’ bars (1977)

Bob Dylan
Bringing it all back home (1965)

Electric Warrior (1971)

Eric Clapton
No Reason to Cry (1976)

Velvet Underground & Nico
Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)

George Harrison & Friends
Concert for Bangladesh (1971)

Shawn Phillips
Second Contribution (1970)

Grateful Dead
Aoxomoxoa (1969)

Bob Dylan
John Wesley Harding (1968)

Steely Dan
Can't Buy A Thrill (1972)

The Beatles
Abbey Road (1969)

The Byrds
Greatest Hits (1968)

Leonard Cohen
Songs of Love and Hate (1970)

James Taylor
Sweet baby James (1970)

Joe Cocker
Cocker! (1969)

Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia
Live at Keystone Vol.1 (1973)

Little Feat
Feats Don't Fail Me Now (1974)

Janis Joplin
I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! (1969)

Jefferson Starship
Red Octopus (1975)

Dave Mason
Dave Mason & Cass Elliot (1971)

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Willy and the Poor Boys (1969)

Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Jessi Colter and Tompall Glaser
Wanted! The Outlaws (1976)

Lynyrd Skynyrd
Pronounced 'Leh-'Nérd 'Skin-'Nérd (1973)

New Riders of the Purple Sage
The Adventures Of Panama Red (1973)

Leonard Cohen
New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974)

David Crosby & Graham Nash
Wind on the Water (1973)

Dave Mason
Alone Together (1970)

Dennis Wilson
Pacific Ocean Blue (1977)

Old And In The Way
Old And In The Way (1973)

The Allman Brothers Band
The Allman Brothers Band (1969)

Bob Dylan
The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs (1989-2006)

Fleetwood Mac
Rumours (1977)

Gene Clark
Winter Light (1971)

Jethro Tull
Benefit (1970)

Chuck Berry
The Great Twenty Eight (1955-65)

Blood, Sweat & Tears
Blood, Sweat & Tears (1969)

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley (1956)

Beach Boys
Pet Sounds (1966)

Al Kooper
New York City (You're A Woman) (1971)

Jerry Garcia & Howard Wales
Hooteroll? (1971)

The Rolling Stones
Aftermath (1966)

David Bowie
Hunky Dury (1972)

The Marshall Tucker Band
Greatest Hits (1973-79)

Robert Hunter
Tales of the Great Rum Runners (1974)

Joe Walsh
But Seriously Folks (1978)

Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Everybody Knows This is Nowhere (1969)


  1. Glad to see Jethro Tull on your list. I know you are restricted by 100 but judging by the rest I was expecting to also see Credence Clearwater, Janis Joplin, Four Tops, Steely Span…. And how could you leave out Pink Floyd ? Just try to forget about them being so “cheap popular” and I’m sure you’ll find the music amazingly beautiful. No comparison, but that’s how I discovered early Googoosh!

  2. I have "I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! " from Janis in my list, but you're right maybe instead of good old Simon and Garfunkel I could put "Willie and the poor boy" from Creedence in this selection. And about Googoosh, NO COMMENT!

  3. Ew... You like Warren Zevon? Eww...

  4. I did not see Elton John in this list. Both Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water should be in there.