150ish Favorite Albums

So greatest hits compilations aside, here are the albums I fully appreciate from the front to the back. And all these are at least three years old, since recent tastes can swing in an instant.

Duke Ellington – Ellington at Newport (1956)
Frank Sinatra – Songs For Swingin Lovers (1956-03)
Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool (1957)
Billie Holiday – Lady In Satin (1958-06)
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue (1959)
John Coltrane – Giant Steps (1959-12)
Leonard Bernstein – West Side Story (1961)
Robert Johnson – King Of The Delta Blues Singers (1961)
Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin Bob Dylan (1963-05-27)
Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
Otis Redding – Otis Blue (1965-09-15)
The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965-12-03)
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966-05-16)
Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde (1966-05-16)
The Beatles – Revolver – (1966-08-05)
Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (1967-03-10)
The Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground & Nico (1967-03)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced? (1967-05-12)
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967-06-01)
The Jimi Hendirx Experience – Axis: Bold as Love (1967-12-01)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (1968-10-25)
The Beatles – White Album – (1968-11-12)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (1969-01-12)
Beatles – Abbey Road (1969-09-26)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (1969-10-22)
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (1970)
Van Morrison – Moondance (1970-03)
Velvet Underground – Loaded (1970-09)
Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970-09-18)
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971-05-20)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (1971-11-08)
David Bowie – Hunky Dory (1971-12-17)
Soundtrack – The Harder They Come (1972)
Stevie Wonder – Music Of My Mind (1972-03-03)
David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972-06-06)
Curtis Mayfield – Superfly (1972-07)
Stevie Wonder – Talking Book (1972-10-27)
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon (1973-03-24)
Led Zeppelin – Houses Of The Holy (1973-03-28)
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Catch A Fire (1973-04-13)
Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (1973-08-03)
Stevie Wonder – Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1974-07-22)
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Natty Dread (1974-10-25)
Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks (1975-01-20)
Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life (1976-09-28)
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977-02-04)
Television – Marquee Moon (1977-02-08)
The Clash – The Clash (1977-04-08)
Billy Joel – The Stranger (1977-09)
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Babylon By Bus (1978)
Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove (1978-10)
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979-06-15)
Michael Jackson – Off the Wall – (1979-08-10)
ACDC – Back in Black (1980-07-25)
Glenn Gould – Goldberg Variations (1981)
Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast (1982-03-29)
Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982-12-01)
Metallica – Kill Em All (1983-07-25)
Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain (1984-06-25)
Run DMC – Raising Hell (1986)
Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986-02-21)
Eric B. & Rakim – Paid in Full (1987-07-07)
Guns N Roses – Appetite For Destruction (1987-07-07)
Boogie Down Productions – By All Means Necessary (1988)
Eric B. & Rakim – Follow The Leader (1988)
Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)
EPMD – Strictly Business (1988-06-07)
NWA – Straight Outta Compton (1988-08-08)
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988-10)
De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
Operation Ivy – Energy (1989-03)
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (1989-07-25)
Public Enemy – Fear Of A Black Planet (1990)
Massive Attack – Blue Lines (1991-04-08)
De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead (1991-05-13)
Pearl Jam – Ten (1991-08-27)
Naughty By Nature – Naughty By Nature (1991-08-30)
Nirvana – Nevermind (1991-09-23)
A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory (1991-09-24)
Pavement – Slanted & Enchanted (1992-04-30)
Mary J. Blige – What’s the 411? (1992-07-28)
The Prodigy – Experience (1992-09-21)
Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine (1992-11-06)
Dr Dre – The Chronic (1992-12-15)
The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993-07-26)
Nirvana – In Utero (1993-09-21)
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-tang: 36 Chambers (1993-11-09)
Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album) (1994-02-28)
Soundgarden – Superunknown (1994-03-07)
Nas – Illmatic (1994-04-19)
Blur – Parklife (1994-04-25)
Outkast – Southerplayalisticcadillakmuzik (1994-04-26)
Jeff Buckley – Grace – (1994-08-15)
Oasis – Definitely Maybe (1994-08-30)
The Notorious BIG – Ready To Die (1994-09-13)
Various Artists – If I Were A Carpenter (Tribute Album) (1994-09-13)
Nirvana – MTV Unplugged In New York (1994-11-01)
Tricky – Maxinquaye (1995-02-20)
Radiohead – The Bends (1995-03-08)
Ben Folds Five – Ben Folds Five (1995-07-25)
Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995-08-01)
Rancid – …And Out Come The Wolves (1995-08-21)
Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995-10-02)
Pulp – Different Class (1995-10-30)
Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt (1996-06-25)
Weezer – Pinkerton (1996-08-24)
DJ Shadow – …Endtroducing (1996-09-16)
The Notorious BIG – Life After Death (1997-03-25)
The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole (1997-04-07)
Radiohead – Ok Computer – (1997-05-21)
Incubus – S.C.I.E.N.C.E. (1997-10-09)
Outkast – Aquemini – (1998-09-28)
THe Roots – Things Fall Apart (1999-02-23)
The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999-05-17)
Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
Radiohead – Kid A (2000-09-27)
Outkast – Stankonia (2000-10-23)
PJ Harvey – Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea (2000-10-23)
Radiohead – Amnesiac (2001-06-04)
The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (2001-07-03)
The Strokes – Is This It (2001-07-29)
Jay-Z – Blueprint (2001-09-11)
Solomon Burke – Don’t Give Up On Me (2002)
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002-04-22)
Cody Chesnutt – The Headphone Masterpiece (2002-06-02)
The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002-07-15)
NERD – In Search Of… (Version 2) (2002-08-05)
The Roots – Phrenology (2002-11-26)
Kanye West – The College Dropout (2003-07)
Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner (2003-07-21)
Outkast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003-09-23)
Danger Mouse – The Grey Album (2004-02)
Cee-Lo – Cee-Lo Green is the Soul Machine (2004-03-02)
Madvillian – Madvillainy (2004-03-19)
Wilco – A Ghost Is Born (2004-06-21)
Brian Wilson – SMiLE (2004-09-28)
Kanye West – Late Registration (2005-03)
M.I.A. – Arular (2005-03-22)
Damian Marley – Welcome To Jamrock  (2005-09-12)
Little Brother – The Minstrel Show (2005-09-13)
J Dilla – Donuts (2006-02-07)
Ghostface Killah – Fishscale (2006-03-28)
TV On The Radio – Return To Cookie Mountain (2006-07-03)
Amy Winehouse – Back To Black (2006-10-30)
Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (2007-07-07)
Okkervil River – The Stage Names (2007-08-07)
MIA – Kala (2007-08-08)
Kanye West – Graduation (2007-09-05)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – 100 days, 100 Nights (2007-09-17)
Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007-10-10)
Okkervil River – The Stand-Ins (2008-09-09)
The Black Keys – Brothers (2010-05-14)
Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (2010-07-05)
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010-11-22)
Adele – 21 (2011-01-19)
Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap (2013-04-30)
Kanye West – Yeezus (2013-06-18)
St. Vincent – St. Vincent (2014-02-24)
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (2015-03-15)

…oh, and if I had to rank them, here’s the Top 20:

1 Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
2 Bob Dylan – Blood On The Tracks
3 Pulp – Different Class
4 Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
5 Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album)
6 Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas
7 Radiohead – The Bends
8 Beatles – Revolver
9 Velvet Underground – Velvet Underground & Nico
10 Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove
11 Soundtrack – The Harder They Come
12 Outkast – Aquemini
13 Ben Folds Five – Ben Folds Five
14 Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
15 Radiohead – Ok Computer
16 Oasis – Definitely Maybe
17 Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
18 Naughty By Nature – Naughty By Nature
19 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
20 Rancid – …And Out Come The Wolves