My Favourite Rock Albums



No Order

The Doors - The Doors
The Doors - Strange Days
The Doors - Absolutely Live
Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
The Velvet Underground - & Nico
The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
The Red Crayola - The Parable of Arable Land
Slint - Spiderland
Nirvana - In Utero
Nirvana - Unplugged
Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
Pere Ubu - Terminal Tower
The Residents - Meet The Residents
The Residents - Not Available
Suicide - Suicide
Joanna Newsom - Ys
Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me
Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
The Vampire Rodents - Lullaby Land
The Pixies - Doolittle
The Pixies - Surfer Rosa
The Pixies - Come On Pilgrim
Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening
LCD Soundsystem - 45:33
Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
Can - Tago Mago
Led Zeppelin - I
Bob Dylan - Freewheelin'
Bob Dylan - Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells
The Gun Club - Fire of Love
Amon Tobin - Bricolage
Tangerine Dream - Zeit
Big Black - Atomizer
Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands
Evangelista - Evangelista
Faust - Faust
Lou Reed - Transformer
Frank Zappa - Freak Out
Frank Zappa - Burnt Weeny Sandwich
Frank Zappa - Uncle Meat
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
System of a Down - Mezmerize
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennae To Heaven
The United States of America - S/t
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Love and Hate
Lisa Germano - Geek The Girl
Metallica - Ride The Lightning
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise (EP)
Nico - Desertshore
Orbital - II
System Of A Down - Mezmerize
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind (EP)
Animal Collective - Spirit They've Come Spirit They've Vanished
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavillion
Pink Floyd - A Saucerful of Secrets
Radiohead - Amnesiac
Sandy Bull - Fantasias For Guitar And Banjo
Steve Reich - Music For 18 Musicians (Wut? this isn't rock)
Subtle - For Hero: For Fool
Supersilent - 6
Talk Talk - Spirit Of Eden
Television - Marquee Moon
The Fleshtones - Roman Gods
The Mars Volta - Deloused In The Comatorium
The Mars Volta - Frances The Mute
The Stooges - The Stooges
The Pop Group - Y
The White Stripes - Elephant
Tim Buckley - Starsailor
Tim Buckley - Lorca
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles [II]
Animal Collective - Fall Be Kind

Author Comments: 

No, I still don't like the Beatles.

Most of the alterations appear to be downwards. I think you used to have Twin Infinitives as an 8.5. Any particular reason you now find it to be better?

I just got overwhelmed by it last night, it's definitely a 9.

Are the entries under "pending" albums you are undecided on, or albums you plan on listening to?

Undecided, and there are more still, but those have the highest chance of making an appearance on this list.

Have you heard "American IV: A Man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash? I'm fairly relunctent to give it a rating as it's mainly an album of covers but it's some of the must emotional folk/blues I've heard. Specifically, check out "Hurt", "Personal Jesus" and "First Time Ever I saw Your Face". Eclectic track selection done perfectly by Cash.

Lol your rock/classical taste is pretty much Scaruffist these days. It's only your electronic music tastes that differ to a noticeable extent.

I absolutely LOVE Faust: Faust. I've listened to that album at least 6 times (which never happens with me).

Hell yeah. Now time for the rest of krautrock (it's only small, so shouldn't take long to cover) : Neu!, Can, Kraftwerk etc =)

Ah you've finally seen the light. Faust is the greatest album of all time not the 3rd :)

Hey, 90% of the lists I see on this site are almost the exact same as the Scaruffi list. I mean, Why do you people even bother making such lists when the original still exists and has more visitors than yours?

Hello, actually, I bother because I want to. This isn't actually indentical (How dare I? Seriously, the audacity to make such a thing is unbelievable.), and it hasn't always looked this way, it's a gradual thing. It's also a personal thing, and I never told you to come and look. Some listologists actually enjoy discussing music they have in common and making recommendations, I'm sorry you don't.

Yeah it has a lot of Scaruffist albums, but the order is actually different on a lot (I don't see Irrlicht 2nd on his) of it, just like yours.

And speaking of similarity, have you seen most populist opinions? They nearly always consist of: 4 Beatles Albums, Dark Side, Led Zep, Bob Dylan, Bowie and Beach Boys etc. Should they also not bother?

I approved this because it appeared like it might be a content discussion rather than a personal attack, albeit snarky (the use of "you people" is always a bad sign). I see from other comments awaiting moderation that this is just going to go downhill so I killed 'em. Take it somewhere else if you're going to look down your nose.

I apologise for my hostile reply as well Jim, it was a bad time to insult my opinions as I believe that hadn't been a great day, to put it mildly. Thanks anyway, in future I shan't be so hasty to reply with the same viciousness that people use on me :)

I apologize too, for telling my opinion with such a snarky comment, and by the way, I see you love Peter Gabriel's "Passion" like me!

Very cool, thanks guys. rhayader18, I've taken you out from under moderation based on the quality of your olive branch. :-)

Rick Astley? Surely not.

1 word: Perfection.


Agreed. In fact, I'd say neptune should raise it to at least a 10.5.

This must be like Scaruffi and that cheesy eurodance song from 2005.

Doobi Dam Dam is a poor man's Never Gonna Give You Up, the true rival to Sister Ray ;)

I'm scaring myself here, but I listened to it a couple nights ago and it actually was pretty good to me this time...maybe even 6ish (as opposed to the 3.5 or 4 I thought it was before)...I mean I am actually starting to find it kind of idiotically emotional...frightening I know...if this keeps up I'll have some explaining to do.

Even better, for the hell of it I checked out Meatloaf's "I Would Do Anything For Love" song from the 90's (when I was a young 'un I thought it was the best) and that was surprisingly good...very much in the vein of Steinman's Original Sin (one of my favorites).

Of course neither of these can touch Astley. The voice. The charisma. The dancing. The look. It's all just too much.

His music videos are astonishing...

There's a slew of them on youtube. Wow.

Haha, you guys disgust me.

You just don't get it. It's all about emotion...

Sadly, the emotional profundity of Astley's earth-shattering LP has been lost to me, but rest assured guys it's still a high 7.5 ;)

Rock Bottom certainly has slipped for you over time, from first to seventh. Perhaps you need to listen to it six times in a night with no sleep ;)

LOL perhaps I do, though it's no criticism on Rock Bottom per se, it's just I feel the works above it surpass its greatness. It is still a 9, and a high one at that. Do you like Twin Infinitives?

Turns out, Slipknot didn't used to be so bad. Their debut (without Corey Taylor), Mate. Kill. Feed. Repeat. is actually pretty impressive - almost like Shit and Shine slowed down with a little more melody (ok a lot more, the latter don't really possess much). Scaruffi only reviews from their self titled and later, and he gives it a 7/10 (a vastly overrated album), though I think if he gives that rating to the weaker, he may have given the first a 7.5 (or 8.0). I personally think it's hovering between 7.0/7.5 territory, with some really great songs (Tattered and Torn and Gently), both of which are put into a poppier format in their later releases.

Anyone else heard/like?

One Conclusion: Frank Zappa is (was) God.

He was. And still is.

I'm tempted to put on ...And Justice For All and/or Kill Em All on here, any thoughts?

Why does Video Game music suck so badly now? It used to be of this ridiculous profundity:

1 & 2 (let the second video play for 25 seconds, and then enjoy heaven)

NB: Holy shit! Ninja Gaiden rules

Reasons why My Bloody Valentine own: Exhibit A.

That is quite simply epic and it has shot to my second favourite MBV track after I Only Said

How was the Holocaust section when you saw them?

Well, when I saw them I didn't have this EP only their two albums but I do remember them playing this. It was awesome, seeing as it was at a festival and a good chunk of people watching them were not fans that section in particular sent them away in droves. As I mention on my artists I've seen page I would like to see them again in an indoor smaller venue with exclusively MBV fans for an even better atmosphere. Basically the set up Animal Collective had.

This may be very random, but I was wondering your opinion on the artist Dead Can Dance , and specifically their album Within The Realm of a Dying Sun . The album itself is Modern Classical/Experimental/Ambient, and it came out around '87 I believe. Let me know your opinion :)!

It may just be me, but both the man's and woman's voice move me more than most I've heard.

Apologies for very late reply. I haven't heard them sorry, but I'll definitely check them out soon. (:

Major upheaval soon; some additions, a few dropouts and major placement changes. It's almost too much to cope with.

Kick Out The James. Haha, cheers Matt.
What's your opinion of Zen Arcade?

Oh Hiya Lester. Notice any familiarities between him and a certain italien? It seems Scaruffi has influences aswell...

Only just found the other L Bangs? I thought he was common knowledge? I think he's possibly the second best critic of rock music, although his aesthetic isn't as diverse as Piero's, for instance I couldn't imagine him talking too favourably on Robert Wyatt or The Residents (seeing as he tends to favour noise rock, punk aesthetic and free jazz).

Suicide is the & Nico of the 70's.

Did Parable of Arable Land just jump up to a 9.5? If so, awesome. It's been very interesting seeing the evolution of your list.

I've being toying with adding Evangelista to my list as well, but I can't quite decide. The title track is an absolute masterwork, epic and terrifying, but the rest of the album doesn't to seem "come together" as well as I would like. I think it's a pacing issue, something to do with the track order. It's pointless criticizing an album as stunning and evocative as Evangelista, but I still can't quite get over the feeling that it's not quite as great as some of the "lower rung" entries in my list.

Yeah it was quite recent, it's funny because I didn't even used to like it that much compared to other Scruffy albums.

Evangelista does suffer a bit from the whole White Light/White Heat syndrome, but I think though it has weaker tracks they are still very good. The worst song is probably Steal Away. What did you think of Hello, Voyager?

"White Light/White Heat syndrome", that's a good way of putting it. I actually like Steal Away well enough (probably my 4th favorite track on the album). I enjoyed Hello, Voyager, but I couldn't get over feeling that it wasn't a fully finished album. Maybe that "stipped-down" style just doesn't suite Bozulich as well.

William Basinski's Disintegration Loops may not be great art, but it sure is beautiful (:

Greatest artsits?

1. Tim Buckley
2. Frank Zappa
3. The Residents
4. Pere Ubu
5. The Velvet Underground

Greatest songs?

1. Phantasmagoria In Two
2. Venus In Furs
3. War Sucks
4. Paint It Black
5. California Uber Alles


1. Lorca
2. Sister Ray
3. Alifib
4. Moon In June
5. Halleluwah?

Are any of these correct? Accurate in the slightest? Who knows? Who the fuck even cares?


1. Pere Ubu
2. Frank Zappa
3. Can
4. Nick Cave
5. Bob Dylan


1. Modern Dance
2. Good Morning, Captain
3. Something I Learned Today
4. Venus In Furs
5. The Mercy Seat


1. Sister Ray
2. Sleep
3. Halleluwah
4. Trilogy
5. Miss Fortune


1. Frank Zappa
2. Velvet Underground
3. The Residents
4. Tim Buckley
5. Captain Beefheart


1. Phantasmagoria In Two (I'm still in the 'honeymoon period' for this song where I get shivers on every listen. Still I expect it to remain top 5)
2. Venus In Furs
3. Janitor Of Lunacy
4. Scavenger
5. The Becoming


1. Sister Ray
2. Alifie
3. Satz Ebene
4. Birth Of Liquid Plejades
5. Moon In June

You're so top 40, trend whore.

What can I say I just love cock.

'Jonny Greenwood's Bodysong (Capitol, 2004) is an ambitious and difficult ethnic-jazz-ambient instrumental soundtrack. Each piece stands on its own as a manual of avantgarde rock production, and the whole, while perhaps a bit too austere, feels awe-inspiring. Jonny Greenwood's Bodysong (Capitol, 2004) is an ambitious and difficult ethnic-jazz-ambient instrumental soundtrack. Each piece stands on its own as a manual of avantgarde rock production, and the whole, while perhaps a bit too austere, feels awe-inspiring.'

WOAH. About an album from a member of Radiohead? This incredible review, what do you think of the album Piero?


SIX? What is wrong with you? Even if you're extreme be consistent. It's actually a very good album.

Make that fantastic album.

If my thought-dreams could be seen, they'd probably put my head in a guillotine.

It's alright Menindrag, it's only life.

Hmm... I understand why Master Scaruffi gets annoyed by the lack of a lot of the best albums in the generally acclaimed best albums of all times. Yet I still feel that he is overly harsh on the ratings of certain artists (Radiohead and its members would probably be top of this list, Kid A is not a 6.5 Piero). Still I then remember that early Beatles songs/albums are acclaimed as best 100 of all time by most critics and I forgive him for his oversight. I wannnnaa hold your haaaaaand....NO. This is the Rhianna of its age. Although the early albums may not be as overrated, the tracks (I wanna hold your hand, She loves me, Hard Day's Night etc are about 10,000 places higher at least of where they should be. Nirvana and Radiohead did better simple melodic tracks than Beatles ever achieved.

And randomly I'd like to add that there aren't enough Tim Buckley albums on here and you know Spiderland should be on here.

Am I dead inside if I like Amnesiac?

No no no, I'd say that makes you a reasonable man. I'll get you a case of Waiting Years, from Lookin in the Wrang Ploice Breweries. Local tam. Radiohead is a good band man. Best of the best? Not really. But a great band. I wouldn't exactly call them mediocre. Besides, if you want some livening up - I gots the insertions.

Easy to forget how much of a God Steve Reich is.

YES! Scaruffi gives Elegi - Varde a 7.5/10, and I'm proud to say I recommended it to him. However, is it me or are his reviews getting sloppier? He refers to the album (by Elegi) as elegiac...

Also: worked out why Scaruffi loves The Rake's Song; it is the 2000's answer to Good Morning, Captain.

Yeah I noticed that the other day actually. Must be a relatively recent addition though I hadn't checked the site for a few weeks. I'm not surprised to be honest, despite being partly in the ambient vein it has enough other influences to it for it to be original enough for Scaruffi to cream himself to. Don't get me wrong I still love the album but I'm more interested to see if he takes your advice regarding Frances The Mute (the track) as part of the album. Did you also tell him about 3 Organic Experiences or am I imagining that?

Oh and I'm sorry to quote Samuel L. Jackson but The Rake Song and Good Morning, Captain aren't even the same sport.

Listen to the first thirty seconds of each song and tell me they aren't the same sport.

The Rake's Song isn't even bad. It's quite good. Some of their older tracks on Picaresque are even better and arguably are more thematically similar to Good Morning, Captain in that they aren't pop anthems following verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure. For example The Mariner's Revenge Song is an extended piece of storytelling. Plus you gotta love that sonic dissonance nearing the end ;) Tracks like The Engine Driver I would say are more the 2000s answer to Slowcore like Red House Painters. But they don't really compare to the epitome of Post-Rock, and one of the greatest Rock Songs ever. 30 seconds isn't a long time in music and they haven't done anything earth shattering in that time. Good Morning, Captain isn't a masterpiece in the context of only the first 30 seconds. Few tracks prove their worth already in that space of time. Big Man With A Gun maybe? It isn't as good as any of the other tracks on Spiderland either. It also isn't as good as many tracks on Merriweather Post Pavilion including Summertime Clothes which Piero has below it.


Lol are you citing that as an example of music that is masterful already in the first 30 secs?

NO ITS JUST MENTHOL. Beethoven > everything else

Have One On Me is basically a collage album of cultures.

Only listened to it twice, but I love it.

Sinnerman. Woah.

Rezidentz 4EVA!

i love #1, too bad "nobody makes much of fuss". do you prefer the longer original version (1973) or the edited version?

Original version naturliche. You?

edited...but that was the one i fell in love with first. the original's "extras" are just icing on the cake.

Smelly tongues looked just as they felt!