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I´m glad you ask... ;)

- "Cheap Thrills" - Janis Joplin and the Holding Co.

- "Sticky Fingers" - Rolling Stones

- "Making Movies" - Dire Straits

- "Candy O" - The Cars

- "Night Moves" - Bob Seger

- "Rubber Soul"- Beatles

- "Parallel Lines" - Blondie

- "In the court of the Crimson King" - King Crimson

- "The sounds of Silence" - S&G

- "Aladin Sane" - Bowie

- "Transformer" - Lou Reed

- "Road to Ruin" - Ramones

And some Animals, Them, Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Kinks...

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I don't like talking about essential albums for all music, because to make an accurate list, you need to include albums everyone owns, or you would be insinuating there are not a lot of true music fans out there. It's easier to do essential albums for specific genres.

Essential prog albums:

King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King

Yes - Tales From Topographic Oceans

Yes - Close to the Edge

Yes - Fragile

King Crimson - In The Wake of the Poisedon

(in my opinion) Gentle Giant - In a Glass House

ELP - Tarkus

ELP - Brain Salad Surgery

Rush - 2112

Genesis - Selling England By The Pound

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King of America and My Aim Is True- Elvis Costello

Who Are You, Who's Next, Quadrophenia, The Who By Numbers- The Who

Let It Be, The Beatles, Abby Road, Revolver, Sergeant Pepper, Meet The Beatles- The Beatles

Harvest, Harvest Moon, After The Gold Rush, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Live Rust- Neil Young

Closing Time, Heartattack & Vine, Nighthawks At The Diner, Rain Dogs, Small Change, The Heart Of Saturday Night, Swordfishtrombones- Tom Waits

The Doors, Waiting For The Sun, Morrison Hotel, LA Woman, People Are Strange- The Doors

Hotel California, The Long Run, One Of These Nights, On The Border- The Eagles

Against The Wind, Stranger In Town, The Fire Inside- Bob Seger

Los Angeles, Wild Gift, Under The Big Black Sun, More Fun In The New World, See How We Are? - X

Double Nichols on the Dime- The Minutemen

Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed, Some Girls, Sticky Fingers, Tattoo You- The Rolling Stones

Moving Pictures, Permanent Waves, Signals- Rush

Dire Straits, Making Movies - Dire Straits

Ziggy Stardust, Low, Scary Monsters, Station To Station, Space Oddity, Man Who Sold The World, Diamond Dogs- David Bowie

To name a few....

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Of course, I forgot to say:

December´s Children, Aftermath, Between the Buttons, Beggars Banquet, Let it bleed, Through the past darkly, Exile on main Str, Goat´s Head Soup, It´s only rocknroll (Stones)

Beatles: everything.

Pink Floyd: Dark side of the moon, Atom Heart Mother, Meddle.

"Stop making Sense", Talking Heads

"Live at Budokan", Cheap Trick

"Freeze-Frame", J. Geils Band

All Jefferson Airplane and Starship.

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Kevin, I personally think "definitely maybe" is oasis's masterpiece

I find this question very difficult to answer, I don't have that many of the ones already mentioned because they are not my thing, and the ones i consider essential are not popular with people here.

ok here's a few (not necessarily my faves though):

"ok computer"-radiohead, "disintegration"-the cure, "the doors"-the doors, "dark side of the moon"-pink floyd, "nevermind"-nirvana,

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Sgt. Pepper's - The Beatles

Ramones - The Ramones

Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie

Aftermath - The Rolling Stones

III - Led Zeppelin

Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper

Love Gun - KISS

Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Desperado - The Eagles

Kinda Kinks - The Kinks

Electric Warrior - T-Rex

With The Beatles - The Beatles

Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones

Love It To Death - Alice Cooper

Destroyer - KISS

Hunky Dory - David Bowie

Leave Home - The Ramones

The White Album - The Beatles

Face To Face - ELO

Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd

Live Bullet - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

The Slider - T-Rex

Darkness On The Edge Of Town - Bruce Springsteen

Arrival - ABBA

Straight Up - Badfinger

Desolation Boulevard - Sweet

The Doors - The Doors

Diamond Dogs - David Bowie

Who's Next - The Who

That's a few to start with :D

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Essential Albums to make any collection complete(no order)once you get these, explore the bands further:

1.Meddle-Pink Floyd


3.Free Live-Free

4.Zoot Allures-Frank Zappa

5.Roxy Music-Roxy Music

6.The White Album-The Breatles

7.How the West Was Wone (Live)-Led Zeppelin

8.Machine Head-Deep Purple

9.Disintergration-The Cure

10.Dire Straits-Dire Straits

11.Electric Warrior-T. Rex

12.Disraeli Gears-Cream

13.Music from the Big Pink-The Band

14.A Night at the Opera-Queen

15.The Yes Album-Yes

16.Bookends-Simon and Garfunkle

17.Les Bains Douches (Live)-Joy Division

18.Fillmore East (Live)-The Allman Bothers Band

19.Hotel California-The Eagles

20.Europe '72-The Grateful Dead

21.Zenyatta Mondatta-The Police

22.Pretty Hate Machine-Nine Inch Nails

23.O.K. Computer-radiohead

24.Eliminator-ZZ Top

25.Even in the Quietest Moments-Supertramp

26.Are Your Experienced-Jimi Hendrix

27.John Barleycorn Must Die-Traffic

28.Sticky Fingers-The Rolling Sones

29. Power, Corruption & Lies-New Oder


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1.All Beatles, or at least the red and blue greatest hits albums. But get all of them anyway.

2. Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True, Spike

3. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here

4. Aimee Mann - Bachelor No. 2

5. Stevie Wonder - Songs In Key Of Love, Innervisions, Fulfillingness' First Finale, Talking Book.

6. Sam Cooke - Night Beat, or any greatest hits

7. Tom Waits - Closing Time

8. CSN&Y - Deja Vu, or just So Far (greatest hits)

9. Radiohead - OK Computer

10. Jeff Buckley - Grace

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Appetite for Destruction - Guns N Roses

Ten - Pearl Jam

Core - Stone Temple Pilots

The Joshua Tree - U2

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

The Stranger - Billy Joel

My husband is asking a friend of his to burn all of his Beatles' CDs for me.....:headphones: :headphones:

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Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty

Lonesome Jubilee - John Mellencamp

Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones

Rumours, Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac

One Of These Nights, Hotel California - The Eagles

Making Movies, Dire Straits - Dire Straits

Night Moves, Against The Wind - Bob Seger

Green River, Cosmo's Factory - C.C.R.

Highway To Hell - AC/DC

Harvest - Neil Young

So Far - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

A Place In The World - Mary Chapin Carpenter

Meet The Beatles (not With The Beatles), A Hard Day's Night, Magical Mystery Tour, Hey Jude - The Beatles

Any Lynyrd Skynyrd Album - they were equally good.

Eliminator - ZZ Top


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Sticky Fingers - Stones

Beggars Banquet - Stones

Let It Bleed - Stones

It's Only Rock 'N' Roll - Stones

Some Girls - Stones

Black And Blue - Stones

Hot Rocks - Stones

More Hot Rocks - Stones

Love You Live - Stones

Physical Graffiti - Zeppelin

Zep II - Zeppelin

Zep IV - Zeppelin

Houses Of The Holy - Zeppelin

Give The People What They Want - Kinks

Low Budget - Kinks

Sleepwalker - Kinks

One For The Road - Live Kinks

White Album - Beatles

Revolver - Beatles

Abbey Road - Beatles

Tommy - The Who

Quadrophenia - The Who

Who Are You - The Who

Who's Next - The Who

Odds N' Sods - The Who

Love It To Death - Alice Cooper

Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper

Ziggy Stardust - Bowie

Making Movies - Dire Straits

Moving Pictures - Rush

2112 - Rush

Hotel California - Eagles

The Long Run - Eagles

Excitable Boy - Warren Zevon

Band On The Run - McCartney

The Cars - The Cars

Candy-O - The Cars

Foreigner - Foreigner

Foreigner - Double Vision

World Wide Live - Scorpions

Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses

Use Your Illusion II - Guns N' Roses

Paranoid - Sabbath, man

Back In Black - AC/DC

Tom Petty - Damn The Torpedoes

Cheech And Chong's Greatest Hit

Down To Earth - Rainbow

CCR - Willie and The Poorboys

In Color - Cheap Trick

At Budokan - Cheap Trick

Saturation - Urge Overkill

Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

Frampton Comes Alive - Frampton, of course

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I'll add these to my previous list :D

Beatles For Sale - The Beatles

Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix

Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

Kinkdom - The Kinks

Eldorado - ELO

In Rock - Deep Purple

Dressed To Kill - KISS

Road To Ruin - The Ramones

Tanx - T-Rex

Between The Buttons - The Rolling Stones

A New World Record - ELO

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John

Tapestry - Carole King

Frampton Comes Alive - Peter Frampton

Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan

Aladdin Sane - David Bowie

A Night At The Opera - Queen

The Long Run - The Eagles

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