Overheard on CNN.com: In search of the 'perfect album'
What's your idea of a "perfect album"?
June 26th, 2012
06:22 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: In search of the 'perfect album'

[Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.]

People love to talk about music. A story about Ken Caillat's new book covering the inside story behind the Fleetwood Mac album, "Rumours," had several readers gushing about their own favorite albums. Seems there are all kinds of "perfect albums" for all kinds of tastes.

Take a look at what readers said, and then let us know what "perfect albums" pop up into your mind. Do people still think albums are still a big deal? And, for that matter, what are the qualities that make a great album?

Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' at 35: Still the 'perfect album'

"Rumours" takes this reader back.

mikrik13: "The first time I heard this album being played in a music store on the main drag in Morgantown, WV. I thought it was amazing. Purchased it at that moment. Everyone I played it for in Buckhannon, WV, thought it was magical. Anytime I wish to jump back into my college days in the early '70s, I play this music."

One reader gave their Top 5 list, including "Rumours."

JRJNJNY: "Besides all of the Beatles' perfect albums (i.e. "Abbey Road," " Sgt. Pepper," the "White Album," "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver"). there are five albums that I consider a journey or a perfect force in music from 1955 to today ... in order:

1. "Rumours" (Fleetwood Mac)
2. "Bat Out of Hell" (Meat Loaf)
3. "Led Zeppelin 4"
4. "The Joshua Tree" (U2)
5. "Dark Side of the Moon" (Pink Floyd)

MaynardKrebs: "I'll concur with the Meat Loaf, but I'd scratch the Zeppelin for 'Hotel California.' "

yohi60: " 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light' still gets a lot of play."

There were several votes for Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon."

derbymike: "A very popular album. I have to side with Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' coming out in early 1970s and staying on Billboard Top 100 until end of 1990s. Seems more what is the word, groundbreaking."

One reader wanted to report an "inaccuracy" of sorts in the article, even going so far as to critique the punctuation.

MrBones: "I think there's a typo in the article. It says "Fleetwood Mac's 'Rumours' at 35: Still the 'perfect album'," but I'm pretty sure it was supposed to say 'Ramones' 'Rocket to Russia' at 35: Still the perfect album' (and no quotes around 'perfect album' in this context).

There were others who had thoughts on Fleetwood Mac.

AmLowLife: "I always liked Fleetwood Mac's 'Fleetwood Mac' album better than 'Rumours.' "

JAB62: "Compared to other stuff out then, this album was weak to a 15-year-old in 1976-77. Zeppelin was cranking, The Eagles, Boston, Foreigner, all had better stuff but the radio loved it. I never bought it and can't really stand it. Almost as much as 'Bat out of Hell,' which was utter garbage. And later, I had a band that used to play 'Rumours' stuff because we had male and female singers. Still didn't like it but I appreciated Lindsay's playing."

Sonner LeCloche: " 'Rumours' was an OK pop album; I preferred its predecessor. For that matter, I preferred all versions of pre-Buckingham/Nicks Fleetwood Mac AND 'Buckingham-Nicks' to the merged band. Maybe I just wanted two bands instead of one."

PaulBoomer: " 'Kiln House' and 'Then Play On' were Fleetwood Mac's best albums, by far."

But the "Rumours" album was the source of unforgettable memories for some.

CITADEL4U: "In 1977, looking for a new music cassette tape to try out in the radio of my just purchased used 1973 Jaguar XKE V-12 Convertible (absolutely the most beautiful car ever built), a guy at the University of South Carolina music store handed me a copy of the new, just release, Fleetwood Mac 'Rumours,' album cassette tape. He said it was great, and I would probably like it. Like it indeed: for over 35 years I still like it in: cassette tape, CD, MP3, MP4, iTunes; it just keeps getting better and better. I just wish I still had that old Jag, and the girls that came with it."

Emesis: "LOL. I had a customized Chevy van with a fridge and a bed in back. Had the overhead console with an 8-track, cassette, and a Cobra CB radio. I wish I had now just 1% of the girls I had back then!"

Indeed, several looked back fondly.

yohi60: "I miss the days when an album would come out ... Beatles, Dylan, Eagles, Stones. Hendrix, Fleetwood Mac ... and a big party would break out where the album in question would be played for hours. Music was a communal experience in those times."

Some of our readers wrote extended comments about their views.

murkoscreen: "This is a good album, but I never considered it 'great'.' 'Gold Dust Woman' is the best song on here, although I like 'Dreams.' I think there is more hype here surrounding this album than music. Not to take away from Fleetwood Mac, it's good music, just not my taste. As for 1977, the fact that Slowhand by Clapton did not win the Grammy is a travesty. This is akin to giving the Oscar to 'Dances With Wolves' instead of 'Goodfellas.' Yeah, they're both good, but c'mon. SMH. As for other offerings in 1977, and I don't even like punk rock, you've got The Ramones, The Clash, Cheap Trick, Iggy Pop and The Sex Pistols dropping some serious new music on the scene. Perhaps the people of the time can be forgiven for lack of vision. Pink Floyd, 'Animals.' is a better album, and it's not their best, and so is 'Farewell to Kings' by Rush, again, not their best, but superior in my opinion. Both of those groups are so good they are in a class of their own, so Grammys could be forgiven for not awarding them. I just think Fleetwood Mac is sort of a dead end. It may be good listening for fans, and amenable to corporate promotion, but it's not the best music of the year or era, by far. By far! You also have Queen, Ted Nugent, and AC/DC dropping albums I would consider more important. The premier act of the year, Zeppelin, was on tour in 1977, selling out four, five, six and seven nights IN A ROW all over North America, and not getting much press for it. So yeah, I'm going to come on the Fleetwood Mac tribute article and mention other acts. Sorry (well, no I'm not.)"

pmalte: "I agree. For me, the bar was already set too high by groups like Crosby Stills & Nash for 'Rumours' to approach greatness. It still seems an archetypal late '70s AM sound - bland, easily digested, creamy and pleasant. Sung by nice looking, ultra-well-groomed people. Not a teaspoonful of rebellion or risk in that entire album, to my thinking. So, naturally it was very popular."

The following reader, and others, weren't so sympathetic.

"Sorry, Murk, I’m going to have to disagree with you. 'Rumours' was the best album of 1977. I will agree that Led Zeppelin was the better band (although not in 1977). Eric Clapton is also a greater artist, but he never really had that peak moment that could compare to 'Rumours.' Rush and Queen are in the same league as Fleetwood Mac, although the HoF doesn’t seem to give the Canadian trio their just due. Sex Pistols, Ramones and The Clash (Iggy Pop is garbage) were bringing us new and innovative music, which was great, but it wasn’t nearly of the caliber of Fleetwood Mac. Pink Floyd was an awe-inspiring band for about five years of their four decades as a band, but 'Animals' doesn’t compare to 'Rumours.' AC/DC was putting out great music at that time, and an argument could be made that they are the greater band. But their output in 1977 did not outdo 'Rumours.' Cheap Trick is just a very good band. Ted Nugent is a useless hack. I hated 'Dances With Wolves.' :)"

And again, we heard from Pink Floyd fans. And even a Yes fan.

Dr_Loomis: "I was with you until your blasphemy against Pink Floyd. May the ghost of Syd Barrett visit you in your sleep and steal all of your weed."

DemandSide: "I would pick 'Close to the Edge' "

What's your take on albums? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

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  1. Bill in NJ

    Perfect albums no particular order:

    The Beatles – Revolver
    The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper
    The Beatles – The Beatles (White Album)
    The Beatles – Abbey Road
    The Who – Who's Next
    Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
    CSNY – Deja Vu
    Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
    Eagles – Hotel Califormia
    George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
    Paul McCartney – Band on the Run
    John Lennon – Walls and Bridges
    Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
    Yes – Close to the Edge
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    Pretenders – Pretenders (first album)
    Badfinger – Wish You Were Here
    Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
    R.E.M. – Murmur
    The Replacements – Tim
    U2 – The Joshua Tree
    The Posies – Dear 23
    XTC – Mummer
    Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    Big Star – #1 Record
    The Pixies – Tromp le Monde
    Throwing Muses – Throwing Muses (first album)
    Elvis Costello – Armed Forces
    Squeeze – East Side Story

    July 17, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jimsi01

    Set aside a couple of hours and listen to "Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore East". Nobody plays live, that long or as well, to this date.

    July 11, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JW

    Great lists everyone, had to put in my .02 In no particular order, my top 10 are:

    Pink Floyd The Wall
    Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers
    King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King
    Led Zeppelin IV
    Steely Dan Aja
    Alan Parsons Project I, Robot
    Prince Purple Rain
    Infected Mushroom Converting Vegetarians
    Hanson Underneath
    Lifter Melinda (everything was beautiful and nothing hurt)

    July 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jim in PA

    I'm a little surprised that so many Floyd fans are picking Dark Side instead of Animals or Meddle.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim in PA

    Best album of the last decade – The Dirty South by the Drive-By Truckers

    June 28, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim in PA

    Any of the first four Black Sabbath albums.
    Black Sabbath – Heaven and Hell
    Pearl Jam – Ten
    Deep Purple – Machine Head

    June 28, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Baker

    I only know of one perfectly flawless album: Ben Howard's Every Kingdom. You're welcome, America.

    June 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dm nash

    Agree with many of the lists ...but a few others that stand the test of time in repeated plays for me would need to include pure pop for now people period releases and others not yet listed or as obvious – Squeeze-Argybargy;Marshall Crenshaw-st;Pretenders-st;Joe Jackson-Look Sharp;Crowded House-st;Smithereens-EspeciallyforYou;the Smiths-Queen Is Dead;kd lang-Ingenue;Sinead O'Connor-I Do Not Want;Harry Nilson-NILSSONSCHMILSON;RufusWainwright-st;Lemonheads-ComeOnFeel;TPetty-DamntheTorpedoes;BTO-NotFragile;M'shelleN'degeocello-PeaceBeyondPassion;Blondie-ParallelLines;EltonJohn-Capt.Fantastic;(another nod) Paul/LindaMcCartney-Ram;ElvisCostello-several options;Raspberries-Side3 + OvernightSensation....etc

    June 28, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BigDoggie

    Who – Who's Next
    Stones – Exile on Main Street
    Bruce – Darkness on the Edge of Town
    U2 – The Joshua Tree
    Styx (yes, Styx) – The Grand Illusion
    Boston – Boston
    John Hiatt – Stolen Moments
    R.E.M. – Reckoning
    and in the criminally unrecognized category:
    Marillion – Misplaced Childhood
    Tommy Keene – Songs from the Film

    June 28, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • martin

      nice list. like the grand illusion, great album from start to finish.

      June 28, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. defcat5

    Def Leppard's Hysteria album is the best studio album I've ever heard. All 12 songs, 7 of which were hit singles, are excellent. l can't think of any other studio album (and I've listened to a countless number of them over 25 years) where I like every song on the album.

    June 28, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bob

    Oh my, can't believe I forgot:

    Van Morrison – Moondance

    June 28, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours
    Fleetwood Mas – Rumours
    The Beatles – Rubber Soul
    The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street
    Rush – Moving Pictures
    The Cure – Disintegration
    The Pretenders – Learning To Crawl
    REM – Lifes Rich Pageant
    Los Lobos – Kiko
    Talking Heads – Speaking In Tounges
    Dire Straits – Dire Straits
    U2 – The Joshua Tree
    Mile Davis – Kind Of Blue
    Dave Brubeck – Time Out
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side OF The Moon

    Live perfection:

    The Who – Live At Leeds
    The Bodeans – Joe Dirt Car
    Grateful Dead – Live Dead
    Allman Brothers – At Fillmore East
    Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense

    The last perfect album I purchased:

    Wilco – Sky Blue Sky

    June 28, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Sam

      Oh man, c'mon!

      Your name is Bob and you don't list Bob Dylan. Blasphemous.

      Bringing It All Back Home
      Highway 61
      Blonde on Blonde
      Blood on the Tracks

      -Bob Freakin' Dylan

      July 3, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Matt

    Tool's albums Aenima and Lateralus.
    Metallica's Master of Puppets.

    June 28, 2012 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. cpaynerun

    @Craig......you nailed it!!! Although I would have probably picked Back in Black rather than Highway to Hell. I am sooooo impressed that someone else picked Sinatra Swings!

    June 28, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  15. SWAY

    Although Who's Next, Astral Weeks and Let it Bleed are almost flawless as well.

    June 28, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  16. SWAY

    Nevermind, Pet Sounds, Dark Side, Abby Road, and Sticky Fingers are as close to perfect as it got.

    June 28, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  17. Squib

    Bruce Springsteen and E Street - Darkness on the Edge of Town.

    June 28, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  18. Tom Mc

    The Who, "Who's Next" is the greatest lp ever recorded.

    June 28, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  19. Malbert

    Echo & the Bunnymen's "Heaven Up Here".

    June 28, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  20. Swilly

    Radiohead – Ok Computer and Kid A
    Arcade Dire – Funeral
    Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space
    The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper
    Pink Floyd – Wish Tou Were Here
    Bon Iver – For Emma

    June 28, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
  21. Smack-it-up-Flip-it-Rub-it-down

    Simply perfection!

    Bell Biv DeVoe – Poison
    Dr. Dre – Nuthin' But a G Thang
    Bobby Brown – Don't Be Cruel
    Michael Jackson – Thriller
    The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die

    June 28, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
  22. Michele C. MacKinnon

    No such thing as a perfect album (perfect can be boring), but I'd say The Clash's London Calling or The Stones' Exile on Main Street come damn close. A recent standout for me has been AWOLNATION's Megalithic Symphony – all killer no filler.
    '

    June 28, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  23. Niffy

    Overnite Sensation

    June 28, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      Great choice but there are better Zappa out there, I'd go with One Size Fits All.

      June 28, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  24. G Blue

    Radiohead – OK Computer
    Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes
    Tool – Aenima
    Nirvana – Bleach
    Alice In Chains – Unplugged
    Soundgarden – Superunknown
    Fair to Midland – Arrows & Anchors

    June 28, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  25. OCCUPY WALLSTREET FOR CONGRESS

    Don't laugh, but my perfect album is the soundtrack to

    THE LAST AMERICAN VIRGIN.

    Seriously, I'm not lying. It has classic love songs and early hits by The Cars and U2.

    June 28, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  26. Krumblebum

    Radiohead's – OK Computer....enough said!

    June 28, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jesse

      Not counting The Beatles, these are all albums that you play start to finish, that means flipping them over....
      -London Calling-Clash
      -Deja Vu-CSNY
      -Darkness on the Edge of Town-Bruce
      American Beauty-THe Dead
      Blood on the Tracks-Dylan
      The Band
      The Cars
      Layla-Derek/Dominoes
      Back in Black-AC/DC
      Who's Next
      The Crane Wife-Decemberists

      June 28, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  27. McKell in Toronto

    I know my taste is different than most but:
    The Lion and the Cobra by Sinead O'Connor;
    Kick by INXS;
    MCMXC a.D. by Enigma; and
    Diesel and Dust by Midnight Oil
    are all flawless albums.

    June 28, 2012 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  28. martin

    rush – all the world's a stage
    steely dan – aja
    led zepplin- II
    rolling stones – sticky fingers
    lucy show – undone
    john coltrane – my favorite things
    willie dixon – i am the blues
    maxwell – urban hang suite
    iron maiden – live after death

    June 28, 2012 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
    • B.Mac

      Not in order but my "must haves"....Cold Roses-Ryan Adams, Born to Run- the Boss, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road- Elton John, Quadriphinia-The Who, Five Days in July- Blue Rodeo, CTA-Chicago, Dire Straight-Making Movies

      June 28, 2012 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  29. Missy

    W.A.S.P. – The Crimson Idol

    June 28, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  30. Stuart Lawrence

    R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
    Crowded House – Together Alone

    June 28, 2012 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  31. steve-0

    Sailor (Steve Miller Band)
    Odyssey and Oracle (Zombies)
    American Beauty (Grateful Dead)
    Sticky Fingers, Let It Bleed, Aftermath, Between the Buttons (Rolling Stones)
    Boogie With Canned Heat

    June 28, 2012 at 3:21 am | Report abuse |
  32. Tom Hartman

    "Abbey Road"
    "Sgt Peppers"
    "Rubber Soul"
    "Revolver"
    "Are You Experienced"
    "Hotel California"
    Any Steely Dan Album

    June 28, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
  33. tobias merriweather

    Was in grade school (think 5th but could have been 4th) Rumours/Rumars/Ruhbarrb came out and only remember it because of the cover. My Faves for no reason

    IIron Maiden Piece of Mind, Number of the Beast
    Alice in Chains Would
    Alanis Morrisette Supposed Inflatuation Junky
    The Beatles Rubbersoul
    For good measures,
    Led Zeppelin Physical Graff, Presence,
    Pink Floyd Works

    June 28, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
  34. Alex

    Pearl Jam-Ten

    June 28, 2012 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  35. bertburt

    XTC – Skylarking

    June 28, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  36. Charlie Brown

    Think what you want about the man. But, Michael Jackson's Thriller has to be in the list.

    My personal favourites.
    Talk Talk – Colour of Spring
    Men at Work – Buisness as Usual
    Santana – Axbraxas
    Beatles – Sgt. Pepper
    Nirvana – Nevermind
    Limp Bizkit – Significant Other
    Steely Dan – Aja
    Stone Roses

    June 28, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  37. RudoWakening

    "Pet Sounds" is not only a perfect album, it's the greatest album ever made.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:16 am | Report abuse |
  38. dpaley

    What's Goin' On-Marvin Gaye
    Ram-Paul McCartney
    Abbey Road-The Beatles
    Cat Stevens-Tea For The Tillerman
    Let It Bleed-The Rolling Stones

    June 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  39. And No Religion Too

    Bookends by Simon & Garfunkel. The only album I can call perfect, start to finish. It was their Sgt. Pepper.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  40. 100 year ol colored fella

    Oooooooooo Weeeeee! Lord hav mercy child! I gots to go wit anything by william shatner (especiallys when he sings lucy in da skys wit diamonds) or maybe any ting by Leonard Nimoy. Or what abouts wierd al yankmyvich? or maybe timy tim. day was real artist backs in dem days. Or what about any ting by morris albert. especially the album that hav da somg, "feelings". or what abouts something by jefferson starship especially da albumm that has "we built this city". Ooooooo Weeee! ol Leroy knows good music when he hears it.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Shane

    Neil Young – Harvest
    The Who – Who's Next
    The Beatles – Abbey Road
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin I

    June 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Tammy Quick

    Billy Squires "Don't Say No". Kudos to everyone for the great lists of albums!!!!

    June 27, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  43. adrifter

    I don't think there is such a thing as a perfect album. The closest to perfect album I have ever heard is 'Graceland' by Paul Simon. Every song is unique and intriguing in its own way. The album was also probably most people's first introduction to worlld music. Funny thing, though, it is still not my favourite album. I have three top favourites – 'Born to Run' by Bruce Springsteen, 'Astral Weeks' by Van Morrison and 'Highway 61 Revisited' by Bob Dylan.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  44. lgwelsh1

    U2- Joshua Tree

    June 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Larry

    Wilco- Being There

    June 27, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  46. dawg

    The Romantics
    Still Bill- Bill Withers
    Murmur- R.E.M
    Learning To Crawl- The Pretenders
    Damn The Torpedoes- Tom Petty

    June 27, 2012 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse |
  47. mitch

    a few that may not have been mentioned:

    echo & the bunnymen – ocean rain
    ...and you will know us by the trail of dead – source tags and codes
    wire – 154
    the cure – disintegration

    June 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  48. GB

    T.Rex's 'Electric Warrior' and 'The Slider'.Classic albums of the early 70's!!

    June 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Travelin' Tom

    Little Feat-Dixie Chicken, Derek & the Dominoes-Laya and Other Assorted Love Songs, Allman Brothers Band-Idlewild South and Live at the Fillmore East, Jennifer Warnes, Famous Blue Raincoat (Songs of Leonard Cohen), Rolling Stones-Exile on Main Street, Jethro Tull-Thick as a Brick. Stuck in the past but that's what floats my boat

    June 27, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jim C

    Agree with many of the albums already listed but would also include Bob Marley's Legend.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Honestly hate em all

    Jackson Browne – Pretender
    Leon Russell – Leon Russell
    Bruce Sprinsteen Greetings From Asbury Park

    June 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Dave L

    We're talking "perfect" here. There are lots of great albums, but Gerry Rafferty's "City to City" is absolute perfection. Very simply, "City to City" combines GREAT writing, GREAT vocals, and GREAT instrumentals. I bought it for the hit "Baker Street", but after listening to this album for the very first time (many years ago), I knew it was perfect. Still is, always will be!!! Rest in Peace, Gerry. You achieved perfection.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Dammit

    There's entirely too much nostalgia in here. Here are a few 21st-century masterpieces:

    Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooken Vultures
    Arctic Monkeys – Humbug
    Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf
    Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part One
    Felt – Felt 3
    Bad Religion – The Empire Strikes First
    Green Day – American Idiot
    Amanda Palmer – Who Killed Amanda Palmer?
    Gogol Bordello – Gypsy Punk

    June 27, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  54. hobojoe

    Dark Side of the Moon
    Workingman's Dead
    Abbey Road

    June 27, 2012 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Ruppert

    Springsteen, Born to Run

    June 27, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  56. brad

    In no particular order:

    "Orbits" – Miles Davis
    "A Love Supreme" – John Coltrane
    "Bright Size Life" – Pat Metheny
    "New Favorite" – Alison Kraus and Union Station
    "Mingus" – Joni Mitchell

    June 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Ross

    I know most of you guys are in your 50's and 60's but mine would have to be Nevermind from Nirvana it pretty much made the music of my generation and there was noone who wasnt listning to it when i was a teenager plus i grew up in that grunge era but not to mention Kurt Cobain was a musical genious and defined my genration and when someone does that they deserve to have the best album.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • dortiz

      There has really only ever been one perfect album – Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan. It was even recognized at the time as something beyond imagination. Rolling Stone devoted an entire issue's reviews to the record. Name all of the records you want but this is the only one that is and was 'perfect'

      June 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonayo

      I'd have to agree, and add Bleach to that list.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Decca

    Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On?" No question for me. When you listen to it straight through it just builds in terms of message and intensity. It still gives me shivers.

    June 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  59. joe blow

    Moondance, very romantic
    Exile on Main Street, for balls out R&R
    Cosmo's Factory, for the sound
    B.B. King's Electric Best, for the tunes and guitar playing
    Any Richard Thompson, for the songwriting

    June 27, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  60. AJR

    U2 – Achtung Baby. A perfect, total album...musically, lyrically. The best.

    June 27, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Clashme

    Uhhhh... "London Calling", anyone?

    June 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  62. md

    My Bloody Valentine "Loveless"

    Slayer "Reign in Blood"

    June 27, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  63. chaz

    Peter Gabriel: Passion (music from the last temptation of Christ)
    AC/DC – Back in Black
    PinkFloyd – Dark side of the moon
    Nirvana- Nevermind
    Purple Rain- Prince
    Pink Floyd: The Wall
    Billy Joel: Glass Houses
    Songs from the Big Chair – Tears for Fears
    The Eagles: Hotel California

    June 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      Waits delivered Small Change in 1977, and Closing Time and Heart of Saturday Night right before that. Take your pick, any rate higher than F Mac. I would add to the mix Who's Next, Allman Brothers/ Live at the Ludlow Garage, Music from Big Pink, and Let it Bleed.

      June 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jeff

    The Byrds - Mr Tambourine Man, Turn, Turn, Turn
    Crosby, Stills and Nash, and CSNY Deja Vu

    June 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  65. erich2112x

    1. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street
    2. AC/DC – Back in Black
    3. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions-to hold us back
    4. Pat Travers – Live- Go For What You Know
    5. Jimmy Hendrix – Electric lady land
    6. Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death
    7. Led Zeppelin – Houses of The Holy
    8. The Clash – London Calling
    9. Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
    10. Red Hot Chile Peppers – Californication

    June 27, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Andy

    #1.Led Zeppelin – 4 #2.PinkFloyd – Dark side of the moon #3.Boston – Boston #4.The Beatles – White Album #5 Michael Jackson – Thriller. Atleast those are the five i'd take if i was on a deserted island !

    June 27, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  67. ned needlemier

    Bat out of hell: Meatloaf
    Asia: Asia
    Dark side of the moon: Pink Floyd
    Joshua tree: U2
    Boston:Boston
    Who's Next: The Who

    Special Mention:
    Rebel Yell: Billy Idol, Perfect for the world, not exactly, but really good.

    June 27, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Beatles Fan

    Beatles-Rubber Soul, Revolver, White Album, Abbey Road, A Hard Days Night
    Rolling Stones- Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed, Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street
    Bob Dylan- Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks
    The Smiths- Meat is Murder, The Queen is Dead
    REM- Murmur, Fables of the Reconstruction, Automatic for the People
    Marvin Gaye- What's Going On
    The Kinks-Village Green Preservation Society
    Beach Boys- Pet Sounds
    Nirvana- Nevermind, In Utero
    The Clash-London Calling

    June 27, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  69. bx

    Radiohead – The Bends, OK Computer, and Kid A

    A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory

    June 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  70. erich2112x

    The Clash, "London Calling"

    June 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Cozi

    Hands down Steven Seagal's "Songs from the Crystal Cave"

    June 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  72. erich2112x

    Public Enemy-"It Takes a Nation of Millions"

    June 27, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  73. mike

    The Clash – London Calling
    Beatles – Rubber Soul
    Bob Dylan- The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
    Van Morrison- Astral Weeks
    Big Star – #1 Record/ Radio City
    Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
    Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street
    Nick Drake – Pink Moon
    David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
    Jimmy Hendrix- Electric Ladyland
    Television – Marquee Moon
    Suicide
    Velvet Underground – White Light White Heat
    Rammones

    June 27, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  74. tmhale13

    Some of my favorite "entire" albums (in no particular order):

    Prince – Purple Rain
    Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell
    Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
    The Beatles – Rubber Soul
    Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

    June 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • lexicondevil

      It took me a while to scroll down and find OK Computer on the list, and just as I was about to comment on it...you reminded me that Purple Rain might just be the most perfect album I've ever heard.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  75. greendam10

    With the Beatles
    Hard days night
    beatles for sale
    help!
    rubber soul
    revolver
    sgt. pepper
    magical mystery tour
    white album
    abbey road
    let it be
    unsurpassed masters 1
    unsurpassed masters 2

    June 27, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • basketcase

      I'm gonna go out on a limb here and say you might be a Beatles fan.

      June 27, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Paul R.

    Fleetwood Mac (and Steely Dan's late-70s groove) was the apex of non-offensive snooze pop, barely qualifying as rock. (Hey look, Lindsay Buckingham used an electric guitar on Go Your Own Way!) How "fresh" or "timeless" was it? Well, it's still a favorite in dentist offices and elevators 35 years later, for whatever commentary that implies. Only Zeppelin really was fresh, and just in the early 70s, at that, but that's probably more a reflection that the oldest member (Page) was only 25 as the decade broke. But it is sad at how quickly even Page and Plant started wearing Fat Elvis-like rhinestone clothes. Cameron Crowe summed up music in the 70s best in Almost Famous when he had Lester Bangs say, "It's just a shame you missed out on rock 'n' roll. It's over. You got here just in time for the death rattle."

    June 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Matt

    Oasis – Be Here Now

    June 27, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Rick

    Many good suggestions here. I agree with about 98% of them. I need to add one more, probably gonna take some heat, but... Annie Lennox – Diva from 1992 is an amazing album.

    June 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  79. ERIC STANWAY

    These kinds of lists are always subjective. That notwithstanding, here's my two cents.
    1. Public Image Limited - Metal Box
    2. The Beatles - The White Album
    3. Elvis Costello - This Year's Model
    4. Leonard Cohen - Songs
    5. Lou Reed - Berlin
    6. Bob Dylan - Desire
    7. David Bowie - Low
    8. The Velvet Underground - Peel and See
    9. Tom Waits - Small Change

    June 27, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      very cool list. Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits are legends. Cheers for good taste.

      June 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Diane W.

    "Jetsetter Jazz: The Persuasive Sounds of Nutty"

    If you love 70s rock music, then you will absolutely go bonkers for this new album. Songs like "Purple Panther" that take Hendrix' Purple Haze and blends it with Mancini's Pink Panther. Or Manteca in a Bottle, that takes The Police hit and fuses it with Dizzy's Manteca. It is available at CD Baby. Or google, Nutty Jazz. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nutty2

    June 27, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  81. d.price

    good list, but this one's better:
    Songs in the Key of Life- Stevie Wonder
    Joshua Tree- U2
    Aja- Steely Dan
    Purple Rain- Prince
    Hot Buttered Soul- Isaac Hayes

    June 27, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Bobo

    Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

    June 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Don B

    The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway by Genesis (the greatest band ever)

    June 27, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  84. David C

    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    Dire Straits – Dire Straits
    Steely Dan – Aja
    George Harrison – All Things Must Pass
    Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here

    June 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Mikemo

    Passion – Peter Gabriel
    Moving Pictures – Rush
    Violator – Depeche Mode
    Ghost in the Machine – The Police
    Mental Jewelry – Live

    June 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Delta Rat

    Derick and the Dominoes – Layla and Other Assorted Lovesongs
    Jethro Tull – Stand Up

    June 27, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  87. L-Town Eagle

    In no particular order...

    REM: Automatic For the People
    Steely Dan: Aja
    Beatles: Rubber Soul
    Pink Floyd: The Wall
    The Who: Who's Next

    June 27, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  88. Dave

    While their 4th album is may favorite, Blondie's 3rd album, Parallel Lines (1978), is the perfect pop/rock album.

    June 27, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Scot Sax

    Perfect album to me is different than an album that has a lot of great songs. For example "Exile on Main Street" has a lot of great songs but "Some Girls" is a perfect album. The way it starts with "Miss You" ushering in the new disco groove of the day and the way it ends with "Shattered" a nod to the underbelly of disco: punk. Fleetwood Mac's Rumours is their one perfect album. Though their earlier incarnations have legions if fans and I for one love Tusk the most, Rumours has a start-middle-finish that is undeniable. So I'm thinking "perfect album" really means where a band or artist not only nailed the times they were creating in but maintained complete magic throughout an entire album. A game I enjoy playing is the "Smackwater Jack" game. Tapestry is pretty much a perfect album except for the corny and dated "Smackwater Jack" song. I've noticed almost every album seems to have a "Smackwater Jack". Ok. Thanks. Great article.

    June 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Paul M

    1. Boston: Boston
    2. Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense
    3. Traffic: The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
    4. Yes: Close to the Edge
    5. Jethro Tull: Thick as a Brick
    6. Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells

    June 27, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Beatles – Abbey Road, Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street, Led Zeppelin – 4, Frank Sinatra – Sinatra Swings, Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty Eight, Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed, Beatles – Sgt. Pepper, Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon, ACDC – Highway to Hell, Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced,

      June 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • chaz

      The Talking heads stop making sense video is so far ahead of its time. Such genius....great to pop in at a party

      June 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Mr. Beepo

    Exile on Main St, Sticky Fingers, Some Girls
    game, set, match

    June 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  92. erich2112x

    Pat Travers, "Go For What You Know", live.

    June 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  93. AJ

    Pearl Jam – Ten. Only album that comes to mind as "perfect". Just turn it on and let it play. Any track will do.

    June 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Drewman

    Greatest of all time:
    Derek and the Dominoes Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
    This one never gets old. Start to finish wonderful

    June 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  95. gm20175

    Cabaret Voltaire – The Voice of America

    Because it is the reality of popular music strangling an innocent soul-with earnest intent.

    June 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Chuck

    Best albums of all time:

    Eagles – Hotel California or Desperado
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Street Survivors
    Zeppelin – Physical graffiti
    Boston – Boston
    Foreigner – Double Vision
    Derek and the Dominoes
    George Harrison – All Things...
    Floyd – Dark Side

    But enough living in the past the new GREATEST ALBUM of all time is
    Blackberry Smoke – The Whippoorwill
    If you have not heard these guys, do yourself a favor and pick up this album or pick up their first Little Piece Of Dixie. A great little band!!!

    June 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Steve Giles

    The perfect album?

    My top 5 are:

    1. The Who – Quadrophenia
    2. Lou Reed – Rock n Roll Animal
    3. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust
    4. Drive By Truckers – Southern Rock Opera
    5. Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark

    June 27, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  98. branejane

    Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie

    June 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  99. branejane

    Songs in the Key of LIfe

    June 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Jamie

    Dylan's Blood on the Tracks

    June 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  101. x-tone

    Bee Gees Spirits Having Flown, The BEST!

    June 27, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  102. chairkicker

    Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

    if you've heard it, you know it.

    June 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  103. flashtrum

    Woodface by Crowded House – front to back an excellent album.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • DontPretend

      Dude, if you are saying ANY music from the 80s that is not GnR or Van Halen (Roth) is amongst the best, then you really need to listen to better music.

      June 27, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  104. hex2323

    Fleetwood Mac is a yawnfest musically. Some things are subjective and can be debated. Some things are objective and beyond debate. Calling Rumours a perfect album is sheer lunacy. There is no perfect album, true, but to even begin the discussion with ANY Fleetwood Mac album is wrong-headed. Not even CLOSE to a perfect album. Not even in the top 10 albums of '77!

    Rose. Coloured. Glasses.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Kevin

    Many to chose from for sure. I would add:

    Thick as a Brick
    Days of Future Passed or Seventh Sojourn by the Moodie's
    DSOT of course but saddly overlooked Animals and Wish You Were Here as well. All better than The Wall.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Rob From LI

    Can't talk about perfect albums without mentioning The Beach Boy's Pet Sounds.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Waubeeka

    Frank Zappa's Joe's Garage
    The Who – Tommy
    Pink Floyd – The Wall

    To me, the perfect album tells a story and these are the best of the best "It looks just like a telefunkin U47"

    June 27, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  108. mudshark

    If you go by the Billboard crap then I guess some of these LPs are correct. I like some of them but I wasnt really into the Billboard rating stuff or what was popular on the radio. I look at music a little different. I agree that earlier Fleetwood Mac was much more my taste.
    But one of the best bands and albums of all time is LIVE AT FILLMORE EAST by The Allman Brothers. simply amazing Rock.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  109. KJ19

    I have to agree with,
    Aja – Steely Dan

    I would also add,
    Songs from the Big Chair – Tears for Fears
    Hysteria – Def Leppard

    June 27, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Jeffer1965

    What no Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katie Perry or Britney Spears mentioned? Of even Michael Jackson?

    June 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  111. citizenUSA

    There are millions of "opinions" as to which is a perfect album. But what is a perfect album? Is it one that you happen to like every song on? If so then it's YOUR perfect album. Doesn't mean someone else will agree. There are thousands of recordings I like but for me, a perfect album takes me on a journey, like "Dark Side...". Seventh Soujourn is another. Re-living a personal experience makes an album more special to me. Most recordings from The Fillmore East concerts for example. I like EVERY song on Talking Heads "Speaking in Tongues". Until we define what a perfect album is, all we'll get are personal likes.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Zachary

    "Modern" or "alternative" rock has produced several perfect albums: someone mentioned Arcade Fire already, but I'll add to that Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation (and Goo...front to back, it's flawless) and My Bloody Valentine's Loveless.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • MusicMike

      The 2 "Best" albums to come out, ever !!!
      1 ) The Beach Boys – Surf's Up THE BEST WAR PROTEST ALBUM EVER
      2) ANYTHING by The Kinks. THE first rock and roll band to create stories on their albums. Nuff said !

      June 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Classic Album Fan

    Best CLASSIC albums of all time...not in any order...
    The Who: Who's Next
    Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
    Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water
    Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main St
    Billy Joel: The Stranger
    Rush: Moving Pictures
    Journey: Escape
    Led Zeppelin IV
    AC/DC: Back in Black
    The Cars: The Cars
    Boston: Boston
    The Eagles: Hotel California
    U2: The Joshua Tree/Achtung Baby
    Yes: The Yes Album

    June 27, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • chrisahickey

      Take out Rush and replace it with The Beatles – Revolver and I'm on board with this list.

      June 27, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Linda

    City to City by Jerry Rafferty

    June 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • El_Tee_56

      Nice choice. That may be the one with the Baker Street song on it.

      June 27, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  115. El_Tee_56

    "Ultimate Manilow" has got to be up there too. The Man is music, and he writes the songs.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Jeff Riley

    If we are just talking 1977 then Aja by Steely Dan is one of the best jazz/rock albums ever and is the bands best albums. Going For The One by Yes is also a great record, may not be the bands best but it is a great progressive rock album when punk was coming into the fore. Awaken is one of the best rock music songs ever written. Peter Gabriel's first is still my favorite and most diverse album. So is a better record but his debut is very good indeed. I would pick any one of these over Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Honorable mentions to Cheap Trick's and Talking Heads debut, as well as News of The World by Queen.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Rob F

    I'll second "Close to The Edge"; a masterpiece.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  118. heliotrope

    "The Dreaming" by Kate Bush. A masterpiece for the ages.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Pete MacKenzie

    Rumours definitely qualifies as one of the best albums of all time and probably the best of 1977. The music is timeless, thought not necessarily innovative. Well crafted and radio friendly, it may not have captured the rebelliousness of the Clash or Elvis Costello, or the progressive feel of Rush, but it was perfect for the summer and beach parties and high school dances. I love the way it can bring me back to a less complicated time in my life every time I pop the CD in to my car's music system. The music still sounds great today.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  120. Dossfx

    In no order:

    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
    Van Morrison – Moondance
    Derek & the Dominoes – Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs
    The Beatles – Abbey Road

    Then my personal bias:

    Rush – Counterparts
    Yes – Talk
    Derek Trucks Band – Already Free
    Pearl Jam – Ten

    June 27, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • finally

      wow- it took entirely too long for someone to mention pearl jam's TEN. I agree!

      June 27, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • skawtr

      yes, ENTIRELY too long to not mention 'ten'. i also agree with an earlier post: Beach Boys – Pet Sounds. PERFECT ALBUM!

      June 27, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  121. mecman

    3: Van Morrison, Van Morrison
    After the Gold Rush, Neil Young
    Who's Next, The Who

    June 27, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  122. texans3four

    Agree with Who's Next.... alos LOVe "Feats Dont' Fail Me Now" by Little Feat – one of the tightest and boogiest bands ever.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  123. Jake

    I think Queen's "A Night at the Opera" belongs in this discussion.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  124. JellyBean

    Eric Claptons "Journeyman" and Soulhats "Good to be Gone."

    June 27, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  125. Chauncy23

    Graceland, Blonde on Blonde and Turnstiles are three albums I would take to the desert island.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  126. greendam10

    I've got another copy of the perfect album..it's called Exile on Main Street.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  127. mmyers6167

    Emerson Lake and Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery
    Chicago – Chicago Transit Authority
    Steely Dan – Aja
    Boston – Boston
    Led Zeppelin II
    The Who – Who's Next
    Jethro Tull – Thick As A Brick

    June 27, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  128. Millenial

    Looking much more recently, Arcade Fire's "Funeral" is the perfect album of the 2000's.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  129. Mr. Hand

    David Bowie "Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars"
    And this isn't coming from a complete Bowie fanatic; there's at least a dozen other artists/bands that I hold in higher regard. This single album though, is just almost perfection. It's the perfect blend of acoustic and electric rock. And Bowie was doing some incredible things with production and backing vocals. Great keyboards as well.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  130. freeme10

    Simon and Garfunkel – Sounds of Silence

    June 27, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  131. Christian Lee

    Gotta go with The Stone Roses.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  132. bigmarge

    Well, I'll have to add AC/DC Back in Black. And it is on the top 10 all time best selling albums of all time. I always say, Shook Me All Night Long, is gonna be my funeral song.

    June 27, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  133. Greg in TO

    Is this a "Why Do You Hate Fleetwood Mac?" blog? I love all of FM, back to the Peter Green days (my favorite era, even though I'm a huge fan of Danny Kirwan as well.) But Rumours is kind of a landmark, an album with no weak tracks by a group with three songwriters (and all three wrote big, big hits), three great vocalists and four extraordinary musicians. If the music is not to your taste, then fine, you'll never like the record. But to dismiss the achievement contained within this record is ridiculous. This version of FM was a true supergroup.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
    • basketcase

      "an album with no weak tracks by a group with three songwriters (and all three wrote big, big hits), three great vocalists and four extraordinary musicians."
      I don't mean to say that Rumors wasn't great, but that description fits a number of Beatles albums.

      June 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Lester

    I've got a copy of the perfect album. It's called "Who's Next."

    June 27, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  135. Ros

    Typo, What is in 'serarch'.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  136. Kgsemini

    I'd throw Led Zep 3 in there ...as hearing the acoustic side of a band like Zep was unique at that time and in some ways hold up better than 1 and 2 over time.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |

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