Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Ted's Top 100 Albums

Music is probably one of the most subjective and personal areas of preference with which many people associate. Preferences are often not necessarily about the music itself or the style of music itself, but what any given song or album has meant to a person during a period of their life. The tiny bit of the human brain that actually does anything readily associates sound by time and event and allocates to memory the incoming music.

For these reasons, if you asked someone what their best 100 songs were, or best 100 albums, they would take into account factors such as these if they were being honest and not trying to create an image for other people to compartmentalise them! Who on earth would have a family or children's musical in their list, for example? Yet, I have a few in there because they conjure up memories and enjoyment and association with events - and I still love to listen.

Anyway, enough waffle, here's my list! And no, I can't put them in order of preference - simply because, on any given day my preference will be different and the order would need to be shuffled! So alphabetic it is! Why not post your best 100 somewhere?
  1. Abba, Arrival
  2. Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes
  3. Barclay James Harvest, Live Tapes
  4. Carole Bayer Sager, Sometimes Late at Night
  5. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, OST
  6. The Beatles, 1
  7. The Beatles, Abbey Road
  8. Black Sabbath, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
  9. Blondie, Parallel Lines
  10. David Bowie, Aladdin Sane
  11. David Bowie, Diamond Dogs
  12. David Bowie, Heroes
  13. David Bowie, Hunky Dory
  14. David Bowie, Lodger
  15. David Bowie, Low
  16. David Bowie, The Man Who Sold the World
  17. David Bowie, Scary Monsters and Super Creeps
  18. David Bowie, Space Oddity
  19. David Bowie, Stage
  20. David Bowie, Station to Station
  21. David Bowie, Young Americans
  22. David Bowie, Ziggy Stardust
  23. Sarah Brightman, La Luna
  24. Budgie, If I were Brittania I'd Waive the Rules
  25. Kate Bush, The Kick Inside
  26. Kate Bush, Never Forever
  27. Vanessa Carlton, Be Not Nobody
  28. Toni Childs, House of Hope
  29. Beverley Craven, Love Scenes
  30. Cheap Trick, at Budokan
  31. Chris de Burgh, Spanish Train and Other Stories
  32. Cœur de Pirate, Cœur de Pirate
  33. Miles Davis, Kind Of Blue
  34. Dire Straits, Brothers in Arms
  35. Eagles, Hotel California
  36. ELO, Discovery
  37. ELO, Out of the Blue
  38. ELO, Time
  39. Enya, Shepherd Moons
  40. Enya, Watermark
  41. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
  42. Peter Gabriel, 3
  43. Garbage, Garbage
  44. Garbage, Version 2.0
  45. The Human League, Dare
  46. Ian Hunter, All American Alien Boy
  47. Ian Hunter, The Artful Dodger
  48. Ian Hunter, Ian Hunter
  49. Ian Hunter, Overnight Angels
  50. Ian Hunter, Strings Attached
  51. Joe Jackson, I'm The Man
  52. Joe Jackson, Night and Day
  53. Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
  54. Norah Jones, Come Away With Me
  55. Carole King, Tapestry
  56. Led Zeppelin, IV
  57. Little Shop of Horrors, OST
  58. Madness, One Step Beyond
  59. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Uprising
  60. Meat Loaf, Bat out of Hell
  61. Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed
  62. Alanis Morissette, Jagged Little Pill
  63. Mott the Hoople, All the Young Dudes
  64. Mott the Hoople, The Hoople
  65. Mott the Hoople, Mott
  66. The New Seekers, I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing
  67. Alan Parsons Project, Eye in the Sky
  68. Alan Parsons Project, Pyramid
  69. Alan Parsons Project, The Turn of a Friendly Card
  70. Madeleine Peyroux, Careless Love
  71. Oliver!, OST
  72. Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
  73. Pink Floyd, The Final Cut
  74. Pink Floyd, Meddle
  75. Pink Floyd, The Wall
  76. Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here
  77. The Police, Outlandos D’Amour
  78. The Police, Regatta De Blanc
  79. Queen, A Day at the Races
  80. Queen, A Night at the Opera
  81. Queen, News of the World
  82. Queen, Queen I
  83. Queen, Queen II
  84. Queen, Queen Live Killers
  85. Queen, Sheer Heart Attack
  86. Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway
  87. Lou Reed, Transformer
  88. Rush, 2112
  89. Regina Spektor, Remember Us to Life
  90. Simon and Garfunkel, Bridge Over Troubled Waters
  91. The Sound of Music, OST
  92. The Specials, The Specials
  93. Steely Dan, Can’t Buy a Thrill
  94. Steely Dan, Gaucho
  95. Steely Dan, Katie Lied
  96. Supertramp, Breakfast in America
  97. Terrorvision, How to Make Friends and Influence People
  98. Rick Wakeman, Piano Portraits
  99. Roger Waters, Amused to Death
  100. Roger Waters, Radio K.A.O.S.


  1. Agree with a lot of your choice Ted, although I would put Supertramp Crime of the Century not only in place of Breakfast in America but a lot further up, would have also included a couple of albums from Yes, but never the less a good choice.

    1. ...fair enough, but as I said at the top - this is alphabetical!


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