#55 Green Day...American Idiot

Released 2004   This album was supposed to get rid of some of the apathy Americans had toward the crazy political climate, and Gulf War that occurred 15 years ago. Either I am getting more apathetic, or the songs aren't quite as relatable in...

#54 Tedeschi Trucks....Let me get by

Released January 2016   Perfect title. When I see this band live they knock my socks off. On this record it just sounds like they are just doing enough to get by. Just make something easy, go on tour with it, and let Derek Trucks improvise all...

#53 The J. Geils Band....Love Stinks

Released 1980   The band may have been influenced a bit by disco on this one. The songs are good, but many lack a punch that you have heard in other J. Geils records.     Back in 1980 my buddies Sister had this album. We would...

#53 The J. Geils Band....Love Stinks

Released 1980   The band may have been influenced a bit by disco on this one. The songs are good, but many lack a punch that you have heard in other J. Geils records.     Back in 1980 my buddies Sister had this album. We would...

#52 James Taylor...Sweet Baby James

Released 1970   There are two ways to listen to music. Actively, and Passively. Active listeners are trying to figure what is going on either lyrically, or musically. Passive listeners just like to have something nice in their ears. James Taylor...

#51 The Rolling Stones....Flowers

Released 1966   Only three new, original songs on this record. The rest are songs from previous albums, and one cover. A few of the hits were on this one. An obvious attempt to just sell a lot of albums.   This was during the Stones...

#50 The Clash...London Calling

Released 1980   Rolling Stone chose this as their #1 album of the Eighties. They also put it in the top ten of all albums.   I think this is the album that puts Strummer , and Jones up there with the best songwritting duos in Rock....

#49 Kendrick Lamar...To Pimp a Butterfly

Released 2015   Rolling Stone, and Spin magazines chose it as their albums of the year. Grammy nominations aplenty. I figure it's time to give it a listen.   Musically this album is a lot of fun. Dr. Dre, and an impressive list others did...

#48 ZZ Top...Tres Hombres

Released 1973.   You know you have made an impact when they name a rock category just for you. Boogie Rock is a great description for what these guys do. The rhythm section makes your feet move, and Billy Gibbons melts your face.   This...

#47 Smashing Pumpkins...Siamese Dream

Release date 1993   There was a lot of great music coming out in the early 90's. Somehow this record is one I have revisited maybe more than any from that era.    I love the way it goes from silence to a scream, and vice versa so...

#46 The Beatles...Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band

Released 1967   Before Sgt Pepper record stores sold singles. After Sgt. Pepper record stores sold albums. Therefore every other band had to step it up, and become more prolific, and create full albums with no fillers. This album ushered in a...

#45 The Replacements...Pleased to Meet Me

Release date 1987   The late 80's was not a great time for music. Thank God for this album. Paul Westerberg is simply one of the greatest songwriters Rock has ever seen. The subject matter is not always radio friendly. He writes love songs to...

#44 the Rolling Stones...Aftermath

Release date 1966   Yes! Finally an entire album of Stones originals. No throw away covers that filled up the previous Stones albums.    This album sees a more subdued, subtle Stones. I think the reason why is Brian Jones was really...

#43 R.E.M. ..Fables of the reconstruction

Release date 1985     Apparently I like this album better than the band. They have never particularly liked it. I have always loved it. When R.E.M. is at their best they are like a 3 ring circus. Stipe is doing his thing vocally. Buck is...

#41 Elvis Presley...The Sun Sessions

Release date 1976   My cousin visited, and toured Sun studios last summer. I really want to see the place, and find out how Sam Phillips Miked up the room for some of these sessions. He's got the drummer tapping it out on what sounds like a...

#40 Beastie Boys...Paul's Boutique

Release date 1989.   I have to admit that I was very closed minded about this album when it was released. When I heard it was all created with samples. Including Beatles samples I was not happy. Why can't they come up with their own melodies,...

#39 April Wine...Harder Faster

Release date 1979   I had to break out my air guitar this morning when I listened to this one. In the genre of arena rock this album is one of my favorites. It brings me back to being 16 again. I have a soft spot in my heart for this album...

#38 Johhny Cash...At Folsom Prison

Release date 1968   This was the first time I have listened to this entire album. What an incredible story teller Cash was. Wow. He sucked me in on every song. I love the way the bass line speeds up, and slows down to help punctuate the story....

#36 Earth Wind and Fire..That's the way of the World.

Release date 1975. EWF is my favorite Funk band. Their leader Maurice White died yesterday. I have always wanted to listen to this album. Today is the day.   I had a lot of fun listening to this. The combo of the Maurice White Funk songs, and...

#35 Kansas...Leftoverture

Release date 1976   As implied in the title Kansas tried to combine rock and roll with classical music. I think they succeeded. Queen, ELO, the Who, and others have tried to do it. I think Kansas succeeded the best of them all with...

#34 Carol King...The Legendary Demos

Release date 2012.   I recently heard a Carol King interview which referenced this album, and I decided to check it out.   I expected this album to be king, and her piano with a single mic. I was surprised to find it had full studio...

#32 Elvis Costello...This year's model

Release date 1978   The first time I listened to this album was 4-5 years ago. I have listened to it a lot since then. I can't believe I had never heard such a great record.    No guitar solos on this record. However the attractions rhythm...