My Favourite Music

The main purpose of this list is entertainment. I love reading other people’s favourite albums lists and have discovered loads of good stuff over the years I might not otherwise have come across. If my list helps someone else do the same it’s more than done its job. Any errors are my fault and it will get updated as and when I feel like it. For more information on how the list was made, scroll to the end.  Enjoy! 

ABBA – The Visitors – ‘One of Us’, ‘Slipping Through my Fingers’, ‘Like and Angel Passing Through My Room.’ 

AC/DC – ’74 Jailbreak, High Voltage, Dirty Deeds Done Cheap, Let There Be Rock, Powerage, Highway to Hell, Back in Black*, Flick of the Switch – ‘Rising Power’, ‘Nervous Shakedown’

Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else

Aerosmith – Aerosmith – ‘Dream On’, ‘Make it’, Get Your Wings – ‘Train Kept a Rolling’, Toys in the Attic, Rocks

Afghan Whigs – Gentlemen – ‘My Curse’ 

Air – Moon Safari 

Tomaso Albinoni – Adagio (Herbert von Karajan, 1984) * 

Alice in Chains – Dirt,  Jar of Flies*

Gregorio Allegri – Miserere (Tallis Scholars, 1980) *

All About Eve – All About Eve *, Scarlet and Other Stories, Touched by Jesus, Winter Words / Keepsakes (as preferred) – ‘Our Summer’ * 

The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East

America – Greatest Hits (1975) * 

Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes *, From the Choirgirl Motel 

Louis Armstrong – Hot Fives and Sevens (Box-Set) / Best of the Hot Fives and Hot Sevens – ‘Potato Head Blues’ * (as preferred),  100 Hits (DMG – Box Set)

Johann Sebastian Bach – The Art of Fugue* (Gould, organ, 2002) or (Pierre-Laumant Aimard, piano, 2008) – as preferred, Brandenberg Concertos 1-6 * (especially No 5), Chorale Prelude BWV 639 ‘Ich Ruf Zu Dir Herr Jesu Christ.’*, Complete organ works (Rogg)- ‘Toccata and Fugue in D Minor’*, Goldberg Variations (Gould, 1955 or 1981 – as preferred) *, Magnificat (Naxos), Mass in B Minor (Klemperer), St John’s Passion (Naxos)

Bad Religion – Suffer, No Control, Stranger than Fiction 

Joan Baez – Diamonds and Rust 

Chet Baker – The Best of Chet Baker Sings, Broken Wing 

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds *, The Smile Sessions – ‘Good Vibrations’ *, The Very Best of the Beach Boys (2001) *, The Platinum Collection – ‘Lady Lynda’ *  

The Beatles – Please Please Me – ‘Please Please Me’, Hard Day’s Night – ‘Just to Dance With  You’, Rubber Soul *,  Revolver – ‘I’m Only Sleeping’, ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – ‘Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite’, ‘A Day in the Life’, Magical Mystery Tour *, The Beatles – ‘Sexy Sadie’, ‘Dear Prudence’, Abbey Road *, Let it Be – ‘The Long and Winding Road’, Past Masters Vol 2* – ‘We Can Work it Out’, ‘Rain’ ‘Across the Universe’

The Beautiful South / Housemartins – Soup 

Sidney Bechet – The Fabulous Sidney Bechet – ‘Blues my Naughty Sweetie Gives to Me.’

Beck – Sea Change *

The Bee Gees – Number Ones (2001) – ‘I Started a Joke’, ‘World’ 

Ludwig Van Beethoven – Symphony No 6 (Bohm, 1996) *, Symphony No 9 (Furtwangler (1998), Piano Concerto No 5* (Gould), Piano Sonata No 14 ‘Pathetique’, No 17 ‘Tempest’ (Chorzempa, 1972), Missa Solemnis (Gardiner. 1991), Choral Fantasia (Brendel, 1977).

Belle and Sebastian – Tigermilk, If You’re Feeling Sinister, The Boy with the Arab Strap, Push Barman to Open Old Wounds – ‘Take Your Carriage Clock And Shove It’

Chuck Berry – Best of (1994) – ‘You Never Can Tell’, ‘Back in the USA’

Bjork – Greatest Hits – ‘Hunter’, ‘I Play Dead’

Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath*, Paranoid* – ‘Electric Funeral’ , Master of Reality*, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, Heaven and Hell – ‘Die Young’

Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Moanin’

Blondie – Plastic Letters – ‘Bermuda Triangle Blues’, Parallel Lines – ‘Fade Away and Radiate’, Greatest Hits (2002) * 

Blue Oyster Cult – Best of the Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear the Reaper *

Blur – Modern Life is Rubbish *, The Great Escape – ‘Yuko and Hiro’, Blur – ‘Death of a Party’, ‘You’re so Great’, 13 – ‘No Distance Left to Run’, ‘Mellow Song’, The Best Of

Boston – Greatest Hits

David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars – ‘Five Years’, Aladdin Sane – ‘Time’, Diamond Dogs, Station to Station *, Low *, Heroes, The Best Of – ‘Ashes to Ashes’, ‘Scary Monsters’

The Breeders – Last Splash

Anton Bruckner – Mass No 1 (Jochum, 1995)

Dave Brubeck – Time Out*

Jeff Buckley – Grace

Kate Bush – Never Forever – ‘The Wedding List’, The Dreaming – ‘There Goes a Tenner’, The Whole Story – ‘Wuthering Heights’, ‘Experiment IV’, ‘Running up That Hill’, ‘Hounds of Love’ *

The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers *

James Carr – You Got My Mind Messed Up – ‘Dark End of the Street’

Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison *, At San Quentin *, The Essential Johnny Cash – ‘Highwayman’, ‘The Wanderer’*, American IV –  The Man Comes Around – ‘The Man Comes Around’, ‘Hurt’, ‘Sam Hall’

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – From Her to Eternity ‘A Box for Black Paul’, Kicking Against the Pricks*,  Your Funeral My Trial*, Tender Prey – ‘The Mercy Seat’, ‘Up Jumped the Devil’ , Let Love In *, Murder Ballads – ‘Henry Lee’, ‘Death is Not the End’ , The Boatman’s Call* – ‘Brompton Oratory’, The Very Best of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – ‘The Weeping Song’, ‘The Ship Song’, ‘Straight to You’, Abbatoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus

Children of Bodom – Follow the Reaper

Frédéric Chopin – Piano Concerto No 1 / Fantasie Impromptu (Pires, 2003) *, Ballades (Perahia, 1994), Complete Etudes (Pires, 1995)

Eric Clapton – Eric Clapton, Crossroads (box-set) *, Unplugged, 24 Nights (Live) – ‘Edge of Darkness’

The Clash – The Clash (US), London Calling, The Essential Clash – ‘This is England’ 

Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen, Songs From a Room, Songs of Love and Hate – ‘Avalanche’ *, Various Positions *, I’m Your Man, You Want it Darker 

John Coltrane – Blue Train, My Favourite Things*, A Love Supreme

Alice Cooper – Love It to Death – ‘The Ballad of Dwight Fry, Greatest Hits (1974), – Classicks – ‘I’m Eighteen’ (live)

Elvis Costello – The Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions 1977-1986 *

Counting Crows – August and Everything After, Recovering the Satellites, This Desert Life – ‘Mrs Potters Lullaby’  

Cream – The Best of Cream (1983)

Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle – ‘I Put a Spell On You’, ‘Bad Moon Rising’, ‘Who’ll Stop the Rain’

The Cure – Staring at the Sea the Singles (1986) – ‘A Forest’, ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, ‘A Night Like This’, Disintegration *, Bloodflowers – ‘Maybe Someday’, Greatest Hits (2002) – ‘Just Like Heaven’, ‘Why Can’t I Be You?’, ‘Friday I’m in Love’

Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool, Round About Midnight*, Miles Ahead, Ascenseur Pour L’echafaud*, Kind of Blue *, Porgy and Bess, Sketches of Spain, Miles Smiles, In a Silent Way, Bitches’ Brew*, Tribute to Jack Johnson *, Agharta

Dead Can Dance – The Serpent’s Egg – ‘The Host of Seraphim.’

Death – Symbolic, The Sound of Perseverance

Claude Debussy – Les Preludes (Abbadao, 2013) – ‘La fille aux cheveux de lin’, ‘Le Cathedrale Engloutie’

Deep Purple – In Rock, Machine Head, Made in Japan, The Very Best of (1998) – ‘Hush’, ‘Stormbringer’, ‘Perfect Strangers’ 

Frederick Delius – The Florida Suite 

Depeche Mode – The Singles Collection 1986-1998 – ‘World In My Eyes’, ‘Enjoy the Silence,’ ‘Everything Counts’ 

Derek and the Dominoes – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs* 

Dimmu Borgir – Spiritual Black Dimensions

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold * – ‘Telegraph Road’, ‘Private Investigations’, The Very Best Of (1998) * 

Dr John – Dr John’s Gumbo

Fats Domino – Greatest Hits: Walking to New Orleans

The Doors – The Doors*, Strange Days – ‘Strange Days’, ‘People are Strange’, ‘When the Music’s Over’, Waiting for the Sun – ‘Hello I Love You’, ‘Not to Touch the Earth’, The Soft Parade – ‘Tell All the People’, ‘Touch Me’, Morrison Hotel*, LA Woman *

Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left, Bryter Later – ‘Northern Sky’, Pink Moon – ‘Parasite’ *, Made to Love Magic 

Dream Theater – Images and Words – ‘Pull Me Under’

Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties!!! * 

Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, The Times They are ‘Changin’ – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll’, Another Side of Bob Dylan – ‘My Back Pages’, Bringin’ it All Back Home*, Highway 61 Revisited* , Blonde on Blonde*, John Wesley Harding*,  Blood on the Tracks *, The Basement Tapes (Raw, 2014)* , Desire – ‘Hurricane’, ‘Black Diamond Bay’, Street Legal – ‘Changing of the Guards’, ‘Senor’, Infidels – ‘Jokerman’, ‘Licence to Kill’, Biograph – ‘Abandoned Love’, ‘Positively Fourth Street’, ‘Every Grain of Sand’, ‘Caribbean Wind’*, Oh Mercy* The Bootleg Series Vol 1-3 (1991) – ‘Blind Willie McTell’* 

Eels – Beautiful Freak, Electro-Shock Blues – ‘Last Stop This Town’, ‘Climbing Up to the Moon’

Edward Elgar – Cello Concerto*  (du Pre, 1965)

Duke Ellington – Masterpieces by Ellington (1950), Ellington and Newport – ‘Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue’*, The Essential Ellington (2010)

Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, Max Roach – Money Jungle (1963)

Brian Eno – Another Green World

Enya – The Very Best of Enya (2009) – ‘Cursum Perficio’

Bill Evans Trio – Sunday at the Village Vanguard, Waltz for Debby 

Fairport Convention – Liege and Lief – ‘Matty Groves’, ‘Farewell Farewell’

Faith No More – The Real Thing

Marianne Faithfull – Broken English *

The Fall – Live at the Witch Trials *, Dragnet – ‘Until the Moon Falls’, ‘Your Heart Out’, Spectre vs Rector’, Grotesque (After the Gramme), Hex Enduction Hour – ‘The Classical’, ‘Hip Priest’, Perverted by Language – ‘Smile’, the Wonderful and Frightening World of the Fall – ‘2×4’, ‘Disney’s Dream Debased.’, A-Sides – ‘Dead Beat Descendant’, ‘C.R.E.E.P.’, Totally Wired – The Rough Trade Anthology *

Gabriel Faure – Requiem (Gardiner, 1994) – ‘In Paradisum’

Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits (1971) – NB Peter Green era,  Fleetwood Mac*, Rumours*, Tusk, Tango in the Night, The Dance* – ‘Big Love’, ‘So Afraid’, ‘Temporary One’, the Very Best Of (2002)* 

The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin 

Aretha Franklin –  I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You, Queen of Soul

Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour ’74 * 

Garbage – Garbage, Version 2.0 *

Marvin Gaye – What’s Goin’ On, The Very Best of (Island) – ‘Show Me Sexual Healing’, ‘Let’s Get it On 

Genesis – Nursery Cryme – ‘The Musical Box’, Foxtrot – ‘Supper’s Ready’, Live*, Selling England by the Pound*, A Trick of the Tail – ‘The Squonk’

George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue (Naxos)

Stan Getz / Joao Gilberto – Getz / Gilberto – ‘The Girl From Ipanema’

Philip Glass – Violin Concerto * (Naxos)

Dexter Gordon – Go 

Henryk Gorecki – Symphony No 3 (Symphony of Sorrowful Songs)

Guns n’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction *, Lies, the Best Of – ‘Civil War’, ‘November Rain’ 

George Frederick Handel – The Best of Handel (Phillips, 1996) – ‘Zadok the Priest’, ‘The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba’, Organ Concerto (HWV 290) – ‘The Cuckoo and the Nightingale.’ 

George Harrison – All Things Must Pass *

P.J. Harvey – To Bring You My Love – ‘Long Snake Moan’, ‘Down By the Water’, Let England Shake

Hawkwind – Space Ritual (Live)*,  In the Hall of the Mountain Grill

Joseph Haydn – Lord Nelson Mass, Six String Quartets (Op 76)

Victor Hely-Hutchinson – The Carol Symphony (3rd movt) *

The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced *, Axis Bold as Love – ‘Little Wing, ‘Bold as Love’, Electric Ladyland*, Woodstock – ‘Star Spangled Banner’, First Rays of the New Rising Sun, Machine Gun: The First Filmore East Show – ‘Ezy Rider’* 

Hildegaard de Bingen – A Feather on the Breath of God *

Hole – Celebrity Skin – ‘Petals’

Buddy Holly – The Very Best of Buddy Holly (1994) *

Billie Holiday – Lady in Satin, The Essential Lady Day (1994) – ‘Strange Fruit’

Holst – The Planets (Boult, 2002)

Howlin’ Wolf – The Collection (2000) – ‘Spoonful’, ‘Smokestack Lightning’ ‘

Johann Hummel – Piano Concerto No 3 (Naxos)

Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade

Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden*,  The Number of the Beast – ‘Children of the Damned’, ‘Hallowed By Thy Name’, Powerslave, Somewhere in Time – ‘Alexander the Great’*, Seventh Son of a Seventh Son *, Fear of the Dark – ‘Fear of the Dark’, ‘Judas Be My Guide’

Charles Ives – Unanswered Question for Orchestra, Central Park in the Dark (Bernstein, 2015)

The Jam – All Mod Cons, Setting Sons*, Sound Affects, Snap!

Etta James – Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions * 

Jean Michel Jarre – Oxygene *

Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Rocket Man – The Definitive Hits – ‘Crocodile Rock’, ‘Tinderbox’

Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues Singers*,  The Complete Recordings *

Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures *, Closer, Substance * 

Judas Priest – Stained Class, British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, Painkiller*

Albert King – King of the Blues Guitar 

BB King – Live at the Regal

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King *, Red 

King Sunny Ade – Juju Music 

The Kinks – Something Else, Are the Village Green Preservation Society, Arthur or the Decline And Fall of the British Empire, The Ultimate Collection (2002)

Kiss – Greatest Hits – ‘Love Gun’, ‘God of Thunder’

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin*, Led Zeppelin II – ‘Bring it On Home’, ‘Living Loving Maid’, -Led Zeppelin III*, ‘Untitled’ – ‘Stairway to Heaven’, ‘When the Levee Breaks’ *, Houses of the Holy  – ‘Rain Song’, ‘D’yer Mak’er’, Physical Graffiti*,  Presence – ‘Achilles Last Stand’, ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’*

Leftfield – Leftism – ‘Release the Pressure’, ‘Open Up’ *

Jerry Lee Lewis – Live at the Star Club

Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard 

Madonna – The Immaculate Collection, Madonna – Ray of Light – ‘Candy Perfume Girl’, ‘Frozen’, ‘The Power of Goodbye’

Magic Sam – West Side Soul 

The Mahavishnu Orchestra – The Inner Mounting Flame, Birds of Fire 

The Mamas and the Papas – Best of (1994) – ‘Dream a Little Dream of Me’, ‘California Dreamin’ 

Marillion – Script From a Jester’s Tear

Bob Marley and the Wailers – Catch a Fire*, Burnin’,  Live! *, Exodus – ‘Turn Your Lights Down Low’, ‘Heathen’ *, Legend – ‘Redemption Song’, ‘Is This Love’ *

Massive Attack – Mezzanine* – ‘Angel, ‘Inertia Creeps’*

Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell Revamped – ‘Bat Out of Hell’, ‘Heaven Can Wait’, ‘For Crying Out Loud’, Bat Out of Hell II – ‘Wasted Youth’

Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?, So Far…So Good…So What? – ‘In My Darkest Hour’, Rust in Peace * , Countdown to Extinction

Felix Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto (Mutter, 2001)

Metallica – Kill ’em All, Ride the Lightning*, Master of Puppets*,  … And Justice for All*, Metallica – ‘Enter Sandman’, ‘The Struggle Within’, Garage Days Revisited

Charles Mingus – Ah Um,  The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady *

Joni Mitchell – Blue,  The Hissing of Summer Lawns – ‘In France They Kiss on Main Street’, ‘Shade of Scarlet Conquering’, Hejira – ‘Song for Sharon,’ ‘Black Crow’ *

Hank Mobley – Soul Station

Moby – Play – ‘Porcelain’, ‘Guitar Flute and String’, ‘My Weakness’

Alanis Morisette – Jagged Little Pill 

Morrissey – Bona Drag, Your Arsenal *, Vauxhall and I * 

Van Morrison – Astral Weeks, Moondance, The Essential Van Morrison – ‘Bright Side of the Road’ 

Jelly Roll Morton – Jelly Roll Morton And his Red-Hot Peppers The Classic Years (Prestige 2001)

Motorhead – Overkill*, Ace of Spades*, No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith*, 1916*, Bastards, The Best Of (2000)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Piano Concerto No 20*, Piano Concerto No 21 * (Naxos), Clarinet Concerto (Davis, 1996) *, Requiem (Naxos) *

Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff and Early Singles *

Muddy Waters – At Newport, Hard Again, the Anthology * 

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

Napalm Death – Scum

Oliver Nelson – The Blues and the Abstract Truth 

Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea* 

New Order – Substance 1987 – ‘Blue Monday’, ‘True Faith’ 

New York Dolls – New York Dolls 

Nico – The End – ‘Secret Side’*

Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine 

Nirvana – Bleach*, Nevermind, Unplugged in New York* (Live) – ‘Jesus Don’t Want Me for a Sunbeam’, ‘Lake of Fire’, ‘All Apologies

Sinead O’Connor – The Lion and the Cobra* – ‘A Drink Before the War’, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got* – ‘Nothing Compares 2U’ 

Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells *, Hergest Ridge, Ommadawn *, Amarok, Elements the Best of (1998) – ‘Moonlight Shadow’, ‘Five Miles Out’, ‘Islands’s’

Roy Orbison – The Very Best of Roy Orbison (2007) – ‘You Got It’, ‘Dreams’ 

Carl Orff – Carmina Burana (Rattle, 2005)

Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard of Ozz – ‘Mr Crowley’, ‘Crazy Train’ *

Johann Pachalbel – Canon (Herbert Von Karajan, 1984)

Pantera – Cowboys From Hell*, A Vulgar Display of Power*, The Great Southern Trendkill – ‘Floods’, ‘Suicide Note Parts 1 and 2’ 

Charlie Parker – With Strings

Pearl Jam – Ten*,  Rearviewmirror (Greatest Hits 1991-2003)*

Pet Shop Boys – Discography – ‘West End Girls’, ‘Suburbia’, Very – ‘Can You Forgive Her?’, ‘One in a Million’

Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn*, A Saucerful of Secrets – ‘Jugband Blues’, Relics – ‘See Emily Play’, ‘Arnold Layne’, Atom Heart Mother*, Meddle – ‘Echoes’, Obscured by Clouds, The Dark Side of the Moon*, Wish You Were Here – ‘Have a Cigar’, Animals – ‘Pigs’, ‘Sheep’*, The Wall*, The Final Cut, The Division Bell – ‘Take it Back’, ‘High Hopes’*

The Pixies – Surfer Rosa*, Doolittle – ‘Debaser’, ‘Monkey Gone to Heaven’, ‘Wave of Mutilation’,  Bossa Nova – ‘Rock Music’, ‘Hang Wire’, Trompe Le Monde – ‘Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons’

The Pogues – Rum Sodomy and the Lash – ‘Billy’s Bones’, ‘The Gentleman Soldier’, ‘A Pistol for Paddy Garcia’, ‘And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda.’

Iggy Pop – The Idiot – ‘Fun Time’, Lust for Life – ‘The Passenger

Elvis Presley – At Sun, NBC TV Special (1968), Elvis the King – ‘In the Ghetto’, ‘Suspicious Minds’, ‘Burnin’ Love’

Primal Scream – Screamadelica

Prince  – Purple Rain, Sign o’ the Times *, The Best Of (1993) * 

The Prodigy – Music for the Jilted Generation, The Fat of the Land

Sergei Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet – Highlights (Naxos) – ‘Dance of the Knights’, ‘The Death of Juliet’

Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back – ‘She Watch Channel Zero’* 

Pulp – His n’ Hers, Different Class – ‘Pencil Skirt’, ‘I Spy’, ‘Bar Italia’, This is Hardcore – ‘A Little Soul’, ‘The Fear’

Henry Purcell – Funeral Music for Queen Mary / ‘When I am Laid in Earth’ (Naxos)

Queen – A Night at the Opera – ‘The Prophet’s Song’,  The Platinum Collection

Queensrÿche – Operation Mindcrime*

Sergei Rachmaninov – Piano Concertos 2 and 3 (Naxos)*, Prelude in C Sharp Minor (Naxos)

Radiohead – Pablo Honey – ‘You’, ‘Creep’, ‘Ripcord’, The Bends*, OK Computer*, Kid A – ‘Everything in its Right Place’, ‘Motion Picture Soundtrack’

The Ramones – It’s Alive* – ‘Commando’, ‘Havana Affair’, Hey! Ho! Let’s Go The Anthology – ‘Pet Sematary, ‘Poison Heart’, ‘Do You Remember Rock n’ Roll Radio?’ *

Rammstein – Mutter

Maurice Ravel – Piano Concerto – 2nd movement * / Sergei Prokofiev – Piano Concerto No 3 (Argerich, 1995) 

Otis Redding – Otis Blue, The Very Best Of (1992)

Jimmy Reed – The Best of Jimmy Reed(1962)

Lou Reed – Transformer – ‘Goodnight Ladies’, ‘Perfect Day’, Berlin – ‘Men of Good Fortune’, Coney Island Baby, New York* – ‘Last Great American Whale’

R.E.M. – Chronic Town*, Murmur – ‘We Walk’, ‘Radio Free Europe’, Reckoning*, Life’s Rich Fables of the Reconstruction – ‘Maps and Legends’, ‘Driver 8’, Life’s Rich Pageant, Document, Green – ‘I Remember California’, ‘Stand’, Automatic For the People – ‘Man in the Moon’, ‘The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite’, ‘Star Me Kitten’, New Adventures in Hi-Fi, Part Lies Part Heart Part Truth Part Garbage – ‘Leaving New York’, ‘Country Feedback’

The Replacements – Let it Be – ‘Satisfied’, ‘Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out.’ 

The Rolling Stones – Beggars’ Banquet *, Let it Bleed – ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Midnight Rambler, ‘Monkey Man’ *, Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out (Live), Sticky Fingers *, Exile on Main Street *, Goat’s Head Soup – ‘Winter’, ‘Star Star’, Some Girls *, Hot Rocks (1964-1971) – ‘Time is On my Side’ * Singles Collection: The London Years* 

Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus

Gioachino Rossini – Overtures (Bernstein, 1964) – ‘The Italian Girl in Algiers’

Runrig – The Cutter and the Clan

Saint Saens – The Essential Saint-Saens (Decca, 1995) – ‘Symphony No 3’, ‘Danse Macabre’, ‘Carnival of the Animals’ (‘Cuckoo in the Heart of the Woods’) * 

Eric Satie – Best of (Naxos)

Franz Schubert – Symphony No 8 – ‘Unfinished’ (Decca), String Quartet No 14 ‘Death and the Maiden’, String Quintet (Alban Berg Quartet, 2005) *Winterreise (Demus, 1966) – ‘The Hurdy Gurdy Man’, Piano Impromptus (Brendel, 2012)

Dmitri Shostakovich – The Jazz Album (Chailly, 1993), String Quartets 1-15 (Brodsky Quartet, 1991), Piano Concerto 2 (Previn, 2001), Cello Concerto 1 (Ma, 2001)

Paul Simon – Graceland

Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends – ‘At the Zoo’, ‘Hazy Shade of Winter’ *,  Bridge Over Troubled Water – ‘The Boxer’ *, The Essential *- Most Peculiar Man’, ‘The Sound of Silence’

Nina Simone –  In Concert (1964) *, Sings the Blues (1967), The Greatest Hits (1994

Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours, Songs for Swingin’ Lovers – ‘I’ve Got you Under My Skin’, Sings Only for the Lonely, Nobody Cares 

Sisters of Mercy – First and Last and Always – ‘Black Planet’, Floodland – ‘Flood II’, A Slight Case of Overbombing – ‘Temple of Love’ 

Siouxsie and the Banshees – Once Upon a Time: The Singles

Slayer – Reign in Blood *, South of Heaven – ‘South of Heaven’, ‘Mandatory Suicide’, Seasons in the Abyss – ‘Seasons in the Abyss’, ‘Skeletons of Society’,  Diablolus in Musica

Sly and the Family Stone – Stand!, Greatest Hits (1970), There’s a Riot Goin’ On 

The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,  Machina, Rotten Apples: The Best of – ‘Siva’, ‘Rhinocerous’, ‘Disarm’

Patti Smith – Horses – ‘Gloria’, ‘Land’*, Wave*

The Smiths – Hatful of Hollow, The Queen is Dead* , Strangeways Here we Come*, Louder Than Bombs* – ‘Panic’, ‘Unlovable’

Sonic Youth – Evol*, Daydream Nation

The Specials – The Specials – ‘Concrete Jungle’, ‘Stupid Marriage’,  Singles Collection – ‘Ghost Town’, ‘Rat Race’,

Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis – ‘Son of a Preacher Man’, ‘Just a Little Loving’, ‘So Much Love’ *, Just Dusty (2009) 

Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band – Born to Run*, Darkness on the Edge of Town Born in the USA – ‘No Surrender’, ‘Cover Me’, Live 1975-1985, The Rising, The Essential Bruce Springsteen – ‘Hungry Heart’, ‘Badlands’, ‘Promised Land’ 

Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska * 

Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill, Countdown to Ecstasy* – ‘King of the World’, ‘My Old School’, Pretzel Logic*, Katy Lied*, The Royal Scam -‘Kid Charlemagne,’ ‘Haitian Divorce’,  Aja

Cat Stevens – The Very Best of (2004) * – ‘Peace Train’ 

Al Stewart – The Year of the Cat *

The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses *, Turns Into Stone – ‘Elephant Stone,’ ‘Mersey Paradise.’ 

The Stooges – The Stooges, Fun House, Raw Power – ‘Gimme Danger’

Stranglers – Decades Apart – ‘Golden Brown’, ‘Always the Sun’, ‘Waltzinblack’

Richard Strauss – Four Last Songs (Naxos) *

Suede – Suede, Dog Man Star*, Sci-Fi Lullabies – ‘Whipsnade’*, The Best of Suede (2010)

June Tabor – Against the Streams – ‘Apples and Potatoes’

Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden

Talking Heads – Fear of Music – ‘Drugs’, ‘Memories Can Wait’ *, The Best of Talking Heads (2004) – ‘Take Me to the River’, ‘Naïve Melody’

Thomas Tallis – Spem in Alium (Tallis Scholars, 1985) *

Tangerine Dream – Stratosfear

Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No 1 (Argerich)*, Violin Concerto (Heifetz), 1812 Overture / Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (Sian Edwards)* 

Television – Marquee Moon  

Testament – The Legacy, The New Order 

Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous, Greatest Hits

Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight*, Shoot Out the Lights

Toots and the Maytalls – Funky Kingston 

U2 – The Joshua Tree *, The Best Of 1980-1990 – ‘I Will Follow’, ‘Angel of Harlem’,  The Best of 1990-2000 – ‘One’, ‘Electrical Storm’ 

Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)

Ralph Vaughan Williams – The Best of Vaughan Williams – ‘The Lark Ascending,’ ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’ (Naxos); Symphony No 3 ‘Pastoral’ (Bakels conducts), Symphony No 7 ‘Sinfonia Antarctica’ (Bakels conducts)

Suzanne Vega – Tried and True: The Best Of  – ‘Luca’, ‘In Liverpool.’ *

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet underground and Nico *, Loaded – ‘Sweet Jane’, ‘Cool it Down’

The Verve – Urban Hymns – ‘Bittersweet Symphony’, ‘Weeping Willow’  

Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria (Naxos)

Tom Waits – Closing Time – ‘Martha’, ‘Grapefruit Moon’, ‘Ol’55’, The Heart of Saturday Night – ‘New Coat of Paint’, Small Change – ‘The Piano Has Been Drinking’, Blue Valentine,  Swordfishtrombones – ‘Just Another Sucker on the Vine’, Rain Dogs *, Frank’s Wild Years – ‘Innocent When You Dream’, Bone Machine – ‘I Don’t Wanna Grow Up’ *, The Black Rider – ‘Cold Water’, ‘Picture in a Frame’, Mule Variations, Blood Money – ‘Misery’s the River of the World’, Alice, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards 

Fats Waller – The Essential Collection (2006) – ‘Smarty’

Whitesnake – 1987 – ‘Straight For the Heart’, ‘Crying in the Rain’

The Who – Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy, Tommy – ‘Tommy’s Holiday Camp’, ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, Live at Leeds – ‘A Quick One While He’s Away’, ‘My Generation’ *, Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970, Who’s Next *, Who By Numbers – ‘They Are All in Love’, ‘How Many Friends’ *, Who Are You – ‘Who Are You?’, ‘New Song’, The Ultimate Collection (2004) *

Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits – ‘I Saw the Light’, ‘Move it on Over’

Sonny Boy Williamson – The Chess Masters

Johnny Winter – Captured Live

Stevie Wonder – Innervisions,  Songs in the Key of Life * The Essential Collection – ‘Superstition’

Robert Wyatt – Rock Bottom

Yes – Relayer

Neil Young – After the Goldrush, Harvest, Time Fades Away, On the Beach *, Tonight’s the Night*, Zuma – ‘Don’t Cry No Tears’, ‘Looking for a Love’, Decade – ‘Ohio’, ‘Campaigner’, Live Rust *, Rust Never Sleeps – ‘Thrasher’, Harvest Moon – ‘War of Man’, Natural Beauty’ *, Weld, Unplugged – ‘Transformer Man’, Mirrorball 

Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

ZZ Top – Tres Hombres 


Air – The Virgin Suicides

Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks soundtrack 

Anon – Medieval Carols (Naxos)

John Barry et al – A View to a Kill film soundtrack – ‘Golden Gate Bridge fight’

Leonard Bernstein – West Side Story soundtrack – ‘Gee, Officer Krupke’

Wendy Carlos – A Clockwork Orange*

Bernard Herman – Taxi Driver

Maurice Jarre – The Essential Maurice Jarre Film Music Collection (2000) – ‘Jesus of Nazareth Suite’, ‘Overture – Lawrence of Arabia.’ 

Alan Menken, Howard Ashman – Little Shop of Horrors (Broadway, 1982*)

Ennio Morricone – Platinum Collection

Vangelis – Blade Runner *, 1492 The Conquest of Paradise 

Various Artists2001 A Space Odyssey soundtrack (1968), American Rock and Roll Anthems (2011) – ‘Runaway’,  Cabaret film soundtrack (1972), The Crow film soundtrack (1994),  The Harder They Come* film soundtrack (1972), Motown Anthems* (2012) – 4CD version  – ‘Tears of a Clown’, ‘The Tracks of My Tears’,  Picnic at Hanging Rock film soundtrack  (1975) – ‘Ascension Theme’ NB – Unavailable, , Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack (1975) – ‘Science Fiction ‘Eddie’, Stax 50th Anniversary Collection (2014), Under the Influence: 60 Songs That Influenced the Rolling Stones* (2018) Wizard of Oz film soundtrack (1939)

Jeff Wayne et al – War of the Worlds 

Kurt Weill / Bertholt Brecht – The Threepenny Opera (1954 – Lenya et al)

Gabriel Yared – Betty Blue film soundtrack

MISCELLANEOUS SONGS (appearing on albums other than those previously listed) 

ABBA – Happy New Year 

A-ha – The Living Daylights / The Sun Always Shines on TV 

The Animals – The House of the Rising Son 

Ash – Petrol / Angel Interceptor 

Asia – Heat of the Moment 

The Band – Chest Fever

Black – It’s a Wonderful Life

Billy Bragg – World Turned Upside Down

Bix Beiderbecke – Barnacle Bill the Sailor 

Bread – Let Your Love Go

Ian Brown – So Many Soldiers

The Buggles – Video Killed the Radio Star

Burning Bush – Fun Taschlach

Kate Bush – This Woman’s Work 

Stan Bush – You Got the Touch (guilty pleasure) 

Tracy Chapman – Talkin’ About a Revolution 

Cheap Trick – Surrender (Live)

The Chemical Brothers-  Hey Boy Hey Girl 

Chicane / Clannad – Saltwater * 

The Chordettes – Mr Sandman 

Chris de Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling (guilty pleasure)

The Corries – Johnny Cope / Macpherson’s Rant 

Noel Coward – The Stately Homes of England / Why Must the Show Go On?

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown – Fire 

The Dead Kennedys – Drug Me / Kill the Poor

Del Amitri – Nothing Ever Happens

Donovan – Atlantis

John Dowland – Flow My Tears 

Dramarama – Anything 

The Dubliners – Whisky in the Jar (live) 

Jimmy Durante – Make Someone Happy / September Song

The Eagles – Hotel California / Take it Easy 

Electric Light Orchestra – Evil Woman 

Emerson Lake and Palmer – Jerusalem 

Enya – Tempus Vernum

Europe – The Final Countdown / Rock the Night 

Eurythmics – I Saved The World Today / Sweet Dreams 

Faith No More – We Care a Lot 

The Firm – Star Trekkin’ 

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – The Power of Love

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer 

Marvin Gaye – Show Me Sexual Healing

Carlo Gesualdo – Lasso Al Mio Duolo (from Madrigals, Book VI)

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel – Come Up and See Me (Make me Smile) 

George Harrison – Dream Away (from ‘Time Bandits’)

Isaac Hayes – Theme from ‘Shaft’ 

The Ink Spots – Whispering Grass 

Michael Jackson – Beat It 

Billy Joel – Piano Man / Captain Jack 

Jon and Vangelis – I’ll Find My Way Home / State of Independence

Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’ 

KC and the Sunshine Band – Give it Up 

Eartha Kitt – Just an Old-Fashioned Girl 

The La’s – There She Goes 

Greg Lake – I Believe in Father Christmas

Lamb – Gorecki 

Tom Lehrer – We Will All Go Together When we Go / Poisoning Pigeons in the Park 

John Lennon – Working Class Hero / Woman 

The Lightning Seeds – Pure, You Showed Me 

Darlene Love – Christmas Baby (Please Come Home)

Madness – Our House , Bed and Breakfast Man 

Manfred Mann – 5-4-3-2-1

Dean Martin – Pour the Wine

Don McLean – American Pie (full version) / Vincent 

Ralph McTell – The Streets of London 

Men At Work – Down Under

The Moody Blues – Nights in White Satin 

Morrissey – Suedehead 

Nightwish – Over the Hills and Far Away 

Nina – 99 Red Balloons

Gary Numan – Are ‘Friends’ Electric? 

Orbital – Choice

Outkast – Hey Ya

The Penguins – Earth Angel 

Bobby Pickett and the Cryptkickers – The Monster Mash 

The Pogues – Rain Street

The Police – Message in a Bottle 

The Pretenders – 2000 Miles, Back on the Chain Gang

Procul Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale

Public Enemy – She Watch Channel Zero?! 

Queensryche – Queen of the Reich 

Rockwell – Someone’s Watching Me 

Roxette – June Afternoon 

Rush – Working Man / Spirit of Radio

Saxon – 747 (Strangers in the Night)

Shakespear’s Sister – Stay

Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me) / Glittering Prize

The Smiths – ‘I Keep Mine Hidden’ (b-side)

Soft Cell – Tainted Love

The Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’ 

Dusty Springfield – I Only Want to be With You 

Status Quo – Pictures of Matchstick Men / Rock and Roll 

Steeleye Span – Gaudete, All Around my Hat 

Donna Summer – I Feel Love 

T’Pau – China In Your Hand  

T-Rex – Get it On / Metal Guru

Ten Years After – I’d Love to Change the World

The Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again? 

Toto – Africa

Trad. – The Coventry Carol 

Tremeloes – Silence is Golden

Bonnie Tyler – Ravishing 

Van Halen – Jump

The Verve –  Weeping Willow

Video Kids – Woodpeckers From Space (guilty pleasure)

Richard Wagner – Overture from the Meistersinger 

Dione Warwick – Heartbreaker 

Neil Young – Rockin’ in the Free World

Michael Zager Band – Let’s All Chant

Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London

HOW I MADE THE LIST (for those with time on their hands)

What gets on the list? Good question. I don’t necessarily own everything listed but to be included, it has to have resonated with me in some way.

My two guiding principles are: 

a) Whether I like it 

b) Whether I think it’s artistically interesting

The best things on the list satisfy both – (Rolling Stones, the Who, Pink Floyd, early Metallica, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong etc).Some I find more artistically great than enjoyable (Robert Johnson, Nico) and with some it’s the other way around.

Individual tracks listed indicates a particularly great track. This may or may not be on an otherwise inconsistent release.

A few items have a * after them. This means they are among the best things I have heard and are highly recommended.

There’s quite a few famous names missing. In some cases, that’s simply because I can’t stand them (Tom Jones, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, 99% of Rod Stewart). With others, I can appreciate their talent but it’s just not my thing. There’s plenty of artists I find quite listenable in small doses but not enough to recommend them other than as an occasional indulgence. While there’s some superstars on my list, record-sales alone are no basis for making the cut. Thus, the caterwauling of Dizzee Rascal may have sold a gazillion times more records than other artists, but that still doesn’t make him worthy of inclusion. 

There’s no spoken-word material on here (comedy routines, for example). This doesn’t mean there’s none I like – I’m just trying to keep the list manageable. Otherwise, routines by George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore would certainly make the cut as would some vintage Python material and maybe even some Flanders and Swann.

There’s hardly any hip-hop (Public Enemy aside) as it’s a genre I largely detest. I was tempted to stick Eminem in as I think he’s among the better things the genre has thrown up, but I’m not that perverse.

Classical and jazz are sparingly represented. With both I’m pretty conservative in my tastes. For classical there’s little modernist stuff beyond Gershwin and with jazz there’s no fusion other than Miles. I’ve nothing against such favourites as the Water Music, Messiah, Eine Kleine Nachtmusike etc. They just don’t excite me enough to include them. You can blame over-exposure if you like.

There’s practically nothing from the last decade or so (the naughty noughties). So you’ll find no Kaiser Chiefs, no Strokes, no Bloc Party, no Kasabian, no Killers etc. That doesn’t mean I hate all post-1999 records – I don’t. I just find the great majority of those I’ve heard boring. Beck’s ‘Sea Change’ is one happy exception – there are others.

There’s also  very little ‘World Music’ (a term of questionable usefulness), other than predictable choices like Bob Marley and the Wailers. This will get expanded in time so watch this space 🙂 

I prefer to recommend studio albums where possible, but for artists recording before the album era of the mid-60s onwards, it’s often easier to grab a decent best-of. Go on, knock yourself out. Nobody’s judging you, least of all me. There’s a couple of film soundtracks. I’ve tried to go for ones with original scores rather than just excuses to recycle popular hits of yesteryear. 

I included the miscellaneous section for those great songs often by artists I find largely inconsistent. A good playlist for the iPod, maybe?

Just because something gets on my list doesn’t necessarily mean I think it’s the best thing ever (although I might do). Similarly, if your favourite singer is missing from my list, doesn’t mean I think they’re awful. I may of course decide they’re awful upon listening to them.



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