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Friday, February 29, 2008

WTMD's 897 Greatest Albums of All Time Countdown

1. Beatles- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. Beatles- The Beatles (White)
3. Pink Floyd- Dark Side Of The Moon
4. The Beatles- Abbey Road
5. The Clash- London Calling
6. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
7. U2 - The Joshua Tree
8. Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
9. The Who - Who's Next
10. The Beatles- Revolver
11. Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin IV
12. Radiohead - OK Computer
13. Paul Simon- Graceland
14. Rolling Stones- Exile On Main Street
15. Grateful Dead- American Beauty
16. Beatles- Rubber Soul
17. Neil Young- Harvest
18. Bob Dylan- Highway 61 Revisited
19. Nirvana- Nevermind
20. Counting Crows - August and Everything After
21. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue
22. Fleetwood Mac - Rumors
23. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
24. Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed
25. Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
26. Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
27. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
28. Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
29. Pink Floyd - The Wall
30. Bob Dylan- Blonde On Blonde
31. Derek & The Dominos- Laya And Other Assorted Love Songs
32. Van Morrison- Moondance
33. Wilco- Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
34. Led Zeppelin- I
35. Pearl Jam- Ten
36. Joni Mitchell- Blue
37. The Band - The Band
38. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust
39. Jeff Buckley - Grace
40. Radiohead - The Bends
41. U2 - Achtung Baby
42. Bob Marley - Legend
43. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
44. Elton John- Goodbye Yellowbrick Road
45. Jimi Hendrix- Electric Ladyland
46. Carol King- Tapestry
47. Neil Young- After The Goldrush
48. The Who- Tommy
49. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young- Deja Vu
50. Little Feat- Waiting For Columbus
51. Steely Dan- Aja
52. Allman Brothers Band- At Fillmore East
53. Dave Matthews Band - Under The Table And Dreaming
54. Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life
55. Neil Young with Crazy Horse - Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
56. Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash
57. Pixies - Doolittle
58. R.E.M. - Murmur
59. R.E.M. - Automatic For The People
60. Sex Pistols - Nevermind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols
61. The Who - Quadrophenia
62. Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
63. The Smiths- The Queen Is Dead
64. Bob Dylan- Bring It All Back Home
65. Jimi Hendrix- Axis: Bold as Love
66. Jethro Tull- Aqualung
67. Lucinda Williams- Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
68. Doors- The Doors
69. Eagles- Hotel California
70. Guns N Roses - Appetite For Destruction
71. Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead
72. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
73. Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
74. Michael Jackson - Thriller
75. Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
76. Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
77. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
78. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On?
79. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
80. Bruce Springsteen - The Wild, The Innocent & the E Street Shuffle
81. The Replacements - Tim
82. Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
83. Police - Synchronicity
84. REM - Life's Rich Pagaent
85. Bruce Springsteen - Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ
86. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes
87. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers - Wildflowers
88. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
89. Radiohead - Kid A
90. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
91. Peter Gabriel - So
92. Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground & Nico
93. The Cure - Disintegration
94. Talking Heads - Remain in Light
95. Beastie Boys - Licensed to Ill
96. The Band - Music from the Big Pink
97. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
98. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
99. Joni Mitchell - Court & Spark
100. Allman Brothers - Eat a Peach
101. Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
102. Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town
103. Pavement - Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
104. David Bowie - Hunky Dory
105. Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet
106. Weezer - The Blue Album
107. Green Day - Dookie
108. Elvis Costello - This Years Model
109. Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill
110. Prince - Purple Rain
111. AC/DC - Back in Black
112. Johnny Cash - American Recordings
113. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
114. Police - Outlandos D'Amour
115. Joni Mitchell - Hejira
116. Beck - Odelay
117. Cat Stevens - Tea fo the Tillerman
118. Talking Heads - Talking Heads 77
119. Yes - Close to the Edge
120. Queen - A Night at the Opera
121. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
122. A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
123. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magic
124. The Band - The Last Waltz
125. Billy Joel - The Stranger
126. Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
127. George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
128. The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
129. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
130. Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
131. Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
132. Jackson Browne - Late for the Sky
133. The Cars - The Cars
134. Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
135. John Lennon - Imagine
136. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
137. James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
138. Cream - Disraeli Gears
139. Dave Matthews Band - Before These Crowded Streets
140. Beatles - Meet the Beatles
141. John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band
142. Ray Charles - Modern Songs in Country and Western Music
143. Weezer - Pinkerton
144. Incubus - S.C.I.E.N.C.E
145. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A
146. Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
147. Ryan Adams - Gold
148. Bob Dylan - Desire
149. Crosby Stills Nash & Young - 4 Way Street
150. The Replacements - Please to Meet Me
151. U2 - War
152. Pogues - Rum Sodomy & the Lash
153. Pixies - Surfer Rosa
154. Ramones - Ramones
155. White Stripes - Elephant
156. Wilco - Being There
157. Patti Smith - Horses
158. Dire Straits - Making Movies
159. Simon & Garfunkel - Sounds of Silence
160. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood
161. Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill
162. Beatles - Let it Be
163. Bruce Springsteen - The River
164. Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive
165. Traffic - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
166. New Order - Substance
167. Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
168. Nick Drake - Pink Moon
169. Led Zeppelin - III
170. Pretenders - Pretenders
171. Bob Marley - Exodus
172. The Clash - The Clash
173. Todd Rundgren - Something / Anything
174. Arcade Fire - Funeral
175. They Might Be Giants - Flood
176. Yes - Fragile
177. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
178. R.E.M. - Fables Of Reconstruction
179. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
180. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
181. R.E.M. - Out Of Time
182. Jackson Browne - The Pretender
183. King Crimson - The Court Of The Crimson King
184. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
185. Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
186. Grateful Dead - Live Dead
187. Joe Jackson - Look Sharp!
188. Sugar - Copper Blue
189. Grateful Dead - Europe 72
190. Emmylou Harris - Wrecking Ball
191. Liz Phair - Exile In Guyville
192. Depeche Mode - Violator
193. Police - Regatta de Blanc
194. Van Morrison - Saint Dominic's Preview
195. XTC - Skylarking
196. The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness
197. Rockpile - Seconds Of Pleasure
198. Bruce Springsteen - Nebraska
199. Bright Eyes - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
200. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
201. Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey
202. Neil Young - Harvest Moon
203. King Crimson - Discipline
204. Joe Jackson - I'm The Man
205. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dreams
206. Bruce Springsteen - The Rising
207. 10,000 Maniacs - In My Tribe
208. Little Feat - Dixie Chicken
209. White Stripes - White Blood Cells
210. Elliott Smith - Either/Or
211. Yes - Yes
212. Santana - Abraxas
213. Damien Rice - O
214. Roxy Music - Avalon
215. The Cure - Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
216. The Doors - L.A. Woman
217. Tom Waits - The Heart Of Saturday Night
218. The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
219. Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
220. David Gray - White Ladder
221. Supertramp - Breakfast In America
222. Jackson Browne - Running On Empty
223. Televison - Marquee Moon
224. Nirvana - Unplugged In New York
225. Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
226. Morphine - Cure For Pain
227. U2 - Rattle And Hum
228. Warren Zevon - Excitable Boy
229. Frank Zappa - Apostrophe
230. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
231. Elvis Costello - Armed Forces
232. Jack Johnson - In Between Dreams
233. Dave Matthews Band - Crash
234. Woodstock : Three Days Of Peace & Music
235. The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
236. Pavement - Slanted & Enchanted
237. Death Cab For Cutie - Plans
238. Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
239. X - Los Angeles
240. Jayhawks - Tomorrow The Green Grass
241. XTC - English Settlement
242. The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour
243. Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline
244. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Rust Never Sleeps
245. Cream - Wheels Of Fire
246. Santana - Supernatural
247. The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo
248. Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
249. The Police - Zenyatta Mondatta
250. U2 - Boy
251. Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom
252. The Clash - Sandinista!
253. Miles Davis - Bitches Brew
254. John Prine - John Prine
255. Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends
256. Traffic - John Barleycorn Must Die
257. Boston - Boston
258. John Hiatt - "Slow Turning"
259. Neil Young - Tonight's The Night
260. Blind Faith - Blind Faith
261. Sublime - 40 Oz. To Freedom
262. AC/DC - Highway To Hell
263. Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
264. Pink Floyd - Animals
265. Annie Lennox - Diva
266. The Kinks - Village Green Preservatioin Society
267. U2 - All That You Can't Leave Behind
268. Rush - Moving Pictures
269. Leonard Cohen - Songs Of Leonard Cohen
270. Modest Mouse - The Moon And Antarctica
271. Deep Purple - Machine Head
272. Chris Whitley - Living With The Law
273. The Who - Live at Leeds
274. Jane's Addiciton - Nothing's Shocking
275. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
276. The Velvet Underground - White Light / White Heat
277. The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs
278. The Beatles - Help!
279. Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
280. Van Halen - Van Halen
281. The Replacements - Let It Be
282. The Decemberists - Picaresque
283. Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Like Bad News
284. The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
285. Indigo Girls - Indigo Girls
286. Janis Joplin - Pearl
287. Simon & Garfunkel - The Concert In Central Park
288. Willie Nelson - Red Headed Stranger
289. Green Day - American Idiot
290. Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station
291. Billy Bragg - Talking With The Taxman About Poetry
292. Love- Forever Changes
293. Dire Straits- Dire Straits
294. Ben Folds- Rockin' the Suburbs
295. Elton John- Captain Fantastic and the Dirt Brown Cowboy
296. Belle & Sebastian- If You're Feeling Sinister
297. Barenaked Ladies- Gordon
298. Uncle Tupelo- No Depression
299. Interpol- Turn On the Bright Lights
300. John Hiatt- Stolen Moments
301. Norah Jones- Come Away With Me
302. Jimmy Cliff- The Harder They Come
303. Tom Waits- Mule Variations
304. The Smiths- The Smiths
305. Devo- Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
306. The Ramones- Rocket to Russia
307. Aimee Mann- I'm With Stupid
308. Dr. Dre- The Chronic
309. The Dave Brubeck Quartet- Time Out
310. Billy Joel- Piano Man
311. Pearl Jam- Vitalogy
312. Nine Inch Nails- Pretty Hate Machine
313. The Garden State Soundtrack
314. Sarah Mclachlan- Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
315. Moody Blues- In Search Of The Lost Chord
316. Eric Clapton- Slow Hand
317. Talking Heads- Little Creatures
318. Neil Young- On The Beach
319. Pretenders- Learning To Crawl
320. Waterboys-Fisherman's Blues
321. Third Eye Blind- Third Eye Blind
322. Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise
323. Wilco - Summerteeth
324. Jesus & Mary Chain - Psychocandy
325. Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
326. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
327. Steely Dan - Katy Lied
328. The Shins - Chutes Too Narrow
329. Bonnie Raitt - Give It Up
330. John Mayer - Room For Squares
331. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
332. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
333. Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Blvd
334. Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme
335. Metallica - Metallica
336. Elliott Smith - XO
337. R.E.M. - Green
338. The Smiths - Meat Is Murder
339. Tori Amos - Under The Pink
340. James Brown - Live at The Apollo (1962)
341. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
342. The Hold Steady - Boys and Girls In America
343. Joanna Newsom - The Milk Eyed Mender
344. Metallica - Master of Puppets
345. Coldplay - Parachutes
346. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
347. Ben Harper - Fight For Your Mind
348. Brandi Carlile - The Story
349. Son Volt - Trace
350. Jayhawks - Rainy Day Music
351. Notorious B.I.G - Ready To Die
352. The Killers - Hot Fuss
353. Rilo Kiley - Execution of All Things
354. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
355. Nick Lowe - Jesus Of Cool
356. The White Stripes - Icky Thump
357. Genesis - Selling England By The Pound
358. Guided By Voices - Bee Thousand
359. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter
360. Portishead - Dummy
361. Sinead O'Conner - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
362. Tori Amos - Songs From The Choirgirl Hotel
363. Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection
364. The Kinks - Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The Britsh Empire)
365. Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
366. Little Feat - Feats Don't Fail Me Now
367. Peter Gabriel - III (Melt)
368. Ryan Adams - Cold Roses
369. The Cure - The Head On The Door
370. Tom Waits - Closing Time
371. Richard & Linda Thompson - Shoot Out The Lights
372. Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells A Story
373. Broken Social Scene - You Forget It In People
374. Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
375. Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love
376. Fugazi - 13 Songs
377. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - In Step
378. Joan Armatrading - Joan Armatrading
379. The Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray
380. Elliott Smith - From a Basement on a Hill
381. Joy Division - Unknown Pleasures
382. Old 97s - Fight Songs
383. Emmylou Harris - Red Dirt Girl
384. Patty Griffin - Living With Ghosts
385. Blondie - Parallel Lines
386. The Smiths - Hatful Of Hollow
387. Killers - Sam's Town
388. Steely Dan - Countdown to Ecstasy
389. The B-52's - The B-52's
390. Sublime - Sublime
391. My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
392. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
393. Ani Difranco - Little Plastic Castle
394. Eric Lindell - Change In The Weather
395. Los Lobos - How Will The Wolf Survive?
396. Melissa Etheridge - Melissa Etheridge
397. Bob Marley - Catch A Fire
398. Prince - Sign O' The Times
399. Radiohead - In Rainbows
400. Indigo Girls - Rites Of Passage
401. Rush - Permanent Waves
402. Jethro Tull - Benefit
403. Uncle Tupelo - Anodyne
404. R.E.M. - Document
405. Brian Eno - Another Green World
406. Lyle Lovett - The Road To Ensenada
407. Joan Osborne - Relish
408. Cake - Fashion Nugget
409. Parliament - Mothership Connection
410. Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales
411. U2 - Under A Blood Red Sky
412. Pink Floyd - Meddle
413. Gomez - How We Operate
414. Outkast - Stankonia
415. Toots and the Maytals - True Love
416. Bob Dylan - The Times They Are a-Changin'
417. Feist - The Reminder
418. U2 - October
419. The Clash - Combat Rock
420. Nirvana - In Utero
421. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Raising Sand
422. Grateful Dead - Wake Of The Flood
423. Joni Mitchell- Hissing of Summer Lawns
424. Foo Fighters- The Colour and The Shape
425. Wings- Band On The Run
426. Roxy Music- Roxy Music
427. Coldplay - X & Y
428. Al Stewart - Year of the Cat
429. Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool
430. Bjork - Debut
431. Sheryl Crow - Tuesday Night Music Club
432. Neko Case - Fox Confessor Brings The Flood
433. Neil Diamond - Hot August Night
434. Fiona Apple - When The Pawn
435. The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God
436. Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
437. Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell
438. Massive Attack - Mezzanine
439. Live - Throwing Copper
440. Crack The Sky - Crack The Sky
441. Crowded House - Crowded House
442. Suzanne Vega - Suzanne Vega
443. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Get Happy!!
444. Spirit - Twelve Dreams Of Dr. Sardonicus
445. Rush - 2112
446. Frank Zappa - Hot Rats
447. Bob Dylan - Time Out Of Mind
448. Marshall Crenshaw - Marshall Crenshaw
449. Johnny Cash - The Man In Black
450. The La's - The La's
451. Bob Mould - Workbook
452. Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Emerson, Lake & Palmer
453. Ani DiFranco - Living In Clip
454. Tori Amos - Boys For Pele
455. Sparks - Lil' Beethoven
456. The The - Soul Mining
457. R.E.M. - Monster
458. Barenaked Ladies - Stunt
459. Steely Dan - The Royal Scam
460. PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love
461. King Crimson - Red
462. The Doors - In Concert
463. Fiona Apple - Tidal
464. Magnetic Fields - 69 Love Songs
465. Bob Marley & the Wailers - Uprising
466. Traffic - Mr. Fantasy
467. Phish - Billy Breathes
468. Jimmy Buffet - Changes In Latitudes, Changes In Attitudes
469. The Moody Blues - On the Treshold of a Dream
470. John Hiatt - Bring The Family
471. The Wallfowers - Bringing Down The Horse
472. Stevie Ray Vaughan - Couldn't Stand The Weather
473. Aimee Mann - Bachelor No 2 Or the last remains of the dodo
474. Midnight Oil - 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1
475. No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom
476. Velvet Underground - Velvet Underground
477. Frank Zappa - Sheik Yerbouti
478. Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
479. Bruce Springsteen - Tunnel Of Love
480. Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
481. Chicago - Chicago II
482. The Shins - Wincing The Night Away
483. Iggy Pop - Lust For Life
484. Thomas Dolby - The Golden Age Of Wireless
485. R.E.M. - Reckoning
486. Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings And Food
487. Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
488. Robert Johnson - King of the Delta Blues
489. Ween - Chocolate and Cheese
490. The Smithereens - Especially For You
491. Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees
492. Moby - Play
493. Bruce Springsteen - Magic
494. The Doors - Strange Days
495. Natalie Merchant - Tigerlily
496. N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
497. Genesis - Foxtrot
498. Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session
499. Ben Kweller - Ben Kweller
500. Husker Du - Warehouse: Songs and Stories
501. Barenaked Ladies - Rock Spectacle
502. Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen
503. Bonnie Raitt - Nick of Time
504. Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
505. The National - Boxer
506. Patti Griffin - 1,000 Kisses
507. Whiskeytown - Strangers Almanac
508. Phish - Junta
509. The Blue Nile - A Walk Across The Roof Tops
510. Tom Waits - Bone Machine
511. Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
512. Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Yas Out!
513. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
514. Lou Reed - Transformer
515. Joe Cocker - Mad Dogs and Englishmen
516. Jesus Christ Superstar(Original Soundtrack)
517. Chicago Transit Authority - Chicago Transit Authority
518. Kansas - Leftoverture
519. Los Lobos - Kiko
520. Grateful Dead - Anthem Of The Sun
521. Indigo Girls - Swamp Ophelia
522. Elvis Presley - Sun Sessions
523. Warren Zevon - Warren Zevon
524. DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
525. The Strokes - Is This It
526. Bob Marley - Live
527. Peter Gabriel - Us
528. Van Morrison - Poetic Champions Compose
529. The Carpenters - The Carpenters
530. Bob Dylan - Planet Waves
531. David Bowie - Space Oddity
532. Shawn Colvin - Steady On
533. Tool - Undertow
534. Bruce Cockburn - The Charity of Night
535. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy & the Poor Boys
536. Talking Heads - Fear of Music
537. Harry Chapin - Heads and Tails
538. Traveling Wilburys - Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1
539. Peter Gabriel - Passion
540. Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle
541. Nanci Griffith - Other Voices, Other Rooms
542. Jackson Browne - For Everyman
543. Billy Joel - Turnstiles
544. Bob Marley - Kaya
545. Gang of Four - Entertainment!
546. Velvet Underground - Loaded
547. Janis Joplin & Big Brother and the Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
548. Nas - Illmatic
549. The Cars - Candy-O
550. Donald Fagen - The Nightfly
551. Bob Dylan - The Basement Tapes
552. Aimee Mann - Whatever
553. Tangerine Dream - Phaedra
554. Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
555. Citizen Cope - The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
556. Bjork - Verpertine
557. Leonard Cohen - The Future
558. Otis Redding - Otis Blue:Otis Redding Sings Soul
559. Stephen Stills - Manassas
560. Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Ragged Glory
561. The Refreshments - Fizzy Fuzzy Big & Buzzy
562. Toad The Wet Sprocket - Dulcinea
563. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
564. The Fugees - The Score
565. Queen - A Day At The Races
566. Elton John - Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player
567. My Morning Jacket - Z
568. Hall & Oates - Abandoned Luncheonette
569. Bonnie Raitt - Luck of the Draw
570. Ray Charles - The Birth Of Soul
571. Paul Simon - The Rhythm of the Saints
572. The Smiths - Strangeways, Here We Come
573. Eric Clapton - Unplugged
574. The Who - My Generation
575. Robert Cray - Strong Persuader
576. Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention - One Size Fits All
577. X - Under The Big Black Sun
578. The English Beat - Special Beat Service
579. Joni Mitchell - Song To A Seagull
580. The Kinks - Something Else By The Kinks
581. Rusted Root - When I Woke
582. Dixie Chicks - Taking The Long Way
583. Jay-Z - Blueprint
584. Santana - Santana
585. Sly & The Family Stone - Stand!
586. Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic
587. David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
588. Al Green - Let's Stay Together
589. Incubus - Make Yourself
590. Grateful Dead - Shakedown Street
591. KT Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope
592. Sting - ... Nothing Like the Sun
593. Minutemen - Double Nickles on the Dime
594. Brian Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
595. Graham Parker - Aqueezing Out Sparks
596. Queen - Queen
597. Outkast - Speakerboxx/ The Love Below
598. Squeeze - Argybargy
599. Grateful Dead - Without A Net
600. Van Morrison - The Healing Game
601. Built To Spill - Keep It Like A Secret
602. Bob Marley - Babylon By Bus
603. Aimee Mann - Lost In Space
604. Kd Lang - Ingenue
605. Melissa Etheridge - Yes I Am
606. Bob Dylan - Love And Theft
607. Crowded House - Woodface
608. U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
609. Badfinger - Straight Up
610. Elton John - Madman Across The Water
611. Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick
612. Moody Blues - A Question Of Balance
613. Brian Wilson - Smile
614. Blind Melon - Blind Melon
615. David Bowie - Low
616. Rolling Stones - Aftermath
617. Lou Reed - Rock and Roll Animal
618. The Beastie Boys - Check Your Head
619. Heart - Dreamboat annie
620. Van Morrison - Enlightenment
621. Frank Sinatra - In The Wee Small Hours
622. Yo La Tengo - I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
623. Jackson Browne - Saturate Before Using
624. Talking Heads - Speaking In Tongues
625. The Shins - Oh, Inverted World
626. Run-D.M.C. - Raising Hell
627. Neko Case - Black Listed
628. Lucinda Williams - World Without Tears
629. John Hiatt - Crossing Muddy Waters
630. The Eagles - Desperado
631. Shawn Colvin - Fat City
632. The Mamas and the Papas - If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
633. Richard Thompson - Rumor and Sigh
634. World Party - Goodbye Jumbo
635. Van Morrison - His Band And Street Choir
636. INXS - Kick
637. Police - Ghost In The Machine
638. Beth Orton - Daybreaker
639. Wilco - A.M.
640. Frank Sinatra - Songs For Swinging Lovers
641. Dar Williams - Mortal City
642. Damien Rice - 9
643. Tom Waits- Small Change
644. Black Crowes - Southern Harmony & Musical Companion
645. Liz Phair - Whitechocolatespaceegg
646. Van Morrison- Into The Music
647. The White Stripes - De Stijl
648. Iron & Wine - The Shepherd's Dog
649. B.B. King - Live at The Regal
650. Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
651. Modest Mouse - The Lonesome Crowded West
652. Garbage - Garbage
653. The Doors - The Soft Parade
654. Tool - Lateralus
655. Pulp - This Is Hardcore
656. Blind Melon - Soup
657. Adam Schmitt - World So Bright
658. Oasis - Definitely Maybe
659. PJ Harvey - Dry
660. The Band - Rock of Ages
661. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
662. Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac
663. Prefab Sprout - Two Wheels Good
664. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
665. Silver Jews - American Water
666. Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
667. Bjork- Post
668. Crowded House - Temple Of Low Men
669. John Mayer - Heavier Things
670. Michael Franti & Spearhead - Yell Fire!
671. John Scofield - A Go Go
672. Bad Company - Bad Company
673. Dave Mason - Alone Together
674. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
675. Laura Nyro - New York Tendaberry
676. The Zombies - Odessey & Oracle
677. Grateful Dead - Reckoning
678. Bob Dylan - Infidels
679. Bruce Cockburn - Nothing But A Burning Light
680. Dire Straits - Love Over Gold
681. Jose Gonzalez - Veneer
682. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
683. They Might Be Giants - Lincoln
684. Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is
685. Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath, Vol. 4
686. Phish - A Live One
687. Judy Collins - Wildflowers
688. Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
689. Counting Crows - Recovering The Satellites
690. David Bowie - Station To Station
691. Hootie and the Blowfish - Cracked Rear View
692. Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
693. Belle & Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress
694. Bruce Cockburn - Dancing in the Dragon's Jaw
695. Wishbone Ash - Argus
696. Jack Johnson - On And On
697. Sting - The Dream of the Blue Turtles
698. M.I.A. - Kala
699. Moody Blues - Seventh Sojourn
700. Spoon- Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
701. Elvis Presley- Elvis Presley
702. Herbie Hancock- Headhunters
703. Jane Siberry- When I Was A Boy
704. Depeche Mode- Music for the Masses
705. The Breeders- Last Splash
706. Harry Nilsson- Nilsson Schmilsson
707. Dar Williams- End of the Summer
708. James Taylor- October Road
709. Ani Difranco- Dilate
710. PJ Harvey- Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
711. David Bowie- The Man Who Sold The World
712. NRBQ- At Yankee Stadium
713. Dismemberment Plan- Emergency & I
714. Pearl Jam- Yield
715. New Order- Low Life
716. Pete Yorn- musicforthemorningafter
717. Allman Brothers Band- Brothers & Sisters
718. B-52's- Cosmic Thing
719. Stone Temple Pilots- Core
720. Nine Inch Nails- The Fragile
721. Mark Knopfler- Sailing To Philadephia
722. Beastie Boys- Ill Communication
723. Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
724. Elton John - Honky Chateau
725. Beatles - Introducing... The Beatles
726. Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks - Buckingham Nicks
727. Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience
728. Incubus - Morning View
729. John Butler Trio - Sunrise Over Sea
730. Lyle Lovett - Joshua Judges Ruth
731. Richard Thompson - Mock Tudor
732. Afghan Whigs - Gentlemen
733. Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
734. Billy Bragg - Back To Basics
735. Bob Marley - Natty Dread
736. Joe Jackson - Night and Day
737. Queen - News of the World
738. Massive Attack - Blue Lines
739. The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man
740. Cheap Trick - At Budokan (Live)
741. Jimi Hendrix - Live at the Fillmore East
742. Little Feat - Sailin Shoes
743. Frank Black - Teenager Of The Year
744. Billy Joel - Songs In The Attic
745. Ani DiFanco - Ani DiFranco
746. Fine Young Cannibals - The Raw And The Cooked
747. Billy Bragg and Wilco - Mermaid Avenue
748. The The - Dusk
749. Supertramp - Crime Of The Century
750. David Bowie - Scary Monsters
751. Counting Crows - This Desert Life
752. Blood, Sweat, and Tears - Blood, Sweat, and Tears
753. Jeff Beck - Truth
754. Badly Drawn Boy - The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
755. Alison Krauss & Union Station - Lonely Runs Both Ways
756. Howlin' Wolf - London Sessions
757. Snow Patrol - Final Straw
758. Cream - Fresh Cream
759. David Bowie - Diamond Dogs
760. Imogen Heap - Speak For Yourself
761. Morrissey - Viva Hate
762. The Sadies - Stories Often Told
763. Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers
764. Bob Dylan - Another Side Of Bob Dylan
765. Beck - Midnight Vultures
766. ELO - Out Of The Blue
767. Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
768. Dave Matthews Band - Live At Red Rocks 8.15.95
769. Feist - Let It Die
770. Captain Beefheart - Doc At The Radar Station
771. The Who - The Who Sell Out
772. LCD Soundsystem - Sound Of Silver
773. Mott The Hoople - Mott
774. Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
775. Mountain Goats - Sunset Tree
776. Air - Moon Safari
777. PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
778. Kanye West - The College Dropout
779. JAMES - Laid
780. Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
781. Steve Earle - Train A Comin'
782. Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
783. Joni Mitchell - Ladies of the Canyon
784. The Doobie Brothers - The Captain and Me
785. Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Ella & Louis
786. Warren Zevon - The Wind
787. The Go-Go's - Beauty and the Beat
788. Joy Division - Closer
789. Jenny Lewis & The WatsonTwins - Rabbit Fur Coat
790. The Pixies - Come On Pilgram
791. 10,000 Maniacs- Our Time In Eden
792. Neil Young- Live at Massey Hall 1971
793. Frankie Goes to Hollywood- Welcome to the Pleasuredome
794. The Drive-By Truckers- The Dirty South
795. Eagles- Eagles
796. The Verve- Urban Hymns
797. Lloyd Cole & the Commotions- Rattlesnakes
798. Mike Doughty- Haughty Melodic
799. Sting- Brand New Day
800. Joan Baez- Diamonds & Rust
801. Nanci Griffith- Flyer
802. The Monkees- The Monkees
803. The Doors- Waiting For the Sun
804. John Mayall- Blues Breakers
805. Creedence Clearwater Revival- Cosmos Factory
806. Phish- Lawn Boy
807. Helmet- Meantime
808. Annie Lennox- Medusa
809. Billy Joel- 52nd Street
810. Pearl Jam- Vs
811. Porcupine Tree- In Absentia
812. Bob Dylan- New Morning
813. Mary Chapin Carpenter - Come On Come On
814. Big Star - #1 Record
815. Gomez - Bring It On
816. Hem - Rabbit Songs
817. The Cars - Panorama
818. Tupac Shakur - All Eyez On Me
819. Steve Earle - Transcendental Blues
820. O' Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
821. Postal Service - Give Up
822. Green Day - Nimrod
823. Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
824. Phish - A Picture Of Nectar
825. XTC - Oranges and Lemons
826. The Replacements - All Shook Down
827. The Cure - Pornography
828. Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove
829. Kings of Leon- Because of the Times
830. Tommy Keene- Songs From the Film
831. John Coltrane- Blue Train
832. Steve Winwood- Arc of a Diver
833. Electric Light Orchestra- El Dorado
834. Traffic- Traffic
835. Genesis- A Trick Of The Tail
836. Guns And Roses- Use Your Illusion II
837. Squeeze- East Side Story
838. Smashing Pumpkins- Gish
839. Yes- 90125
840. Jimi Hendrix- Band Of Gypsys
841. The Jam- This Is The Modern World
842. Procol Harum- Procol Harum
843. Jellyfish- Spilt Milk
844. Gnarls Barkley- St.Elsewhere
845. The Mountain Goats - All Hail West Texas
846. David Gray - A New Day At Midnight
847. Steve Earle - Guitar Town
848. Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto - Getz/ Gilberto
849. Bob Marley - Rastaman Vibration
850. Jethro Tull - Songs From The Wood
851. Bette Midler - The Divine Miss M
852. Emmylou Harris - Luxury Liner
853. Fleewood Mac - The Dance
854. Radiohead - Amnesiac
855. Bad Brains - Bad Brains
856. Chuck Prophet - No Other Love
857. Eels - Blinking Lights & Other Revelations
858. Ani DiFranco - Not A Pretty Girl
859. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
860. Jerry Garcia & David Grisman - Shady Grove
861. Old & In The Way - Old & In The Way
862. Randy Newman - Sail Away
863. Al Stewart - Famous Last Words
864. Elton John - Elton John
865. Blondie - Blondie
866. Alicia Keys - Songs In A Minor
867. Tears For Fears - Songs From The Big Chair
868. Mason Jennings - Use Your Voice
869. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
870. BB King & Eric Clapton - Riding With The King
871. Peter Tosh - Legalize It
872. Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts..Now
873. Randy Newman - Good Ol' Boys
874. Paul Westerberg - 14 Songs
875. Sigur Ros - Takk
876. Devo-Freedom Of Choice
877. Blood Sweat & Tears -C hild Is Father To The Man
878. Gram Parsons - Grievous Angel
879. John Mayer - Continuum
880. The Subdudes - Behind The Levee
881. It's A Beautiful Day - It's A Beautiful Day
882. The Rolling Stones - Between The Buttons
883. Mazzy Star - So Tonight That I Might See
884. Erykah Badu - Baduizm
885. Jefferson Airplane - Bless It's Pointed Little Head
886. Rolling Stones - Flowers
887. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping
888. Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like A Wheel
889. Beck - Sea Change
890. Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention - Freak Out!
891. Lyle Lovett - Live In Texas
892. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
893. Leon Russell - Carney
894. Bush - Sixteen Stone
895. John Cougar Mellencamp - Scarecrow
896. Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
897. Hair Original Soundtrack

92 comments:

Anonymous said...

A close friend debated with me a few minutes ago. . .
Do you think Greatest Alblums should be titled Favorite Alblums of all time ?? . . Don't get me wrong, it's been wonderful listening to the music that everyone "choose" as their top ten; at the same time, what are the chances that we will see metal included in this list (i.e., Dream Theatre, Pantera, Sabbath, etc.,). If this a list of the Greatest Alblums shouldn't it also include all kinds of music genres?? Do you agree??

oodood said...

Glad to see Child is Father to the Man getting some love. great forgotten album by Al Kooper. And any Beck is good by me.

Legendary Lovett said...

I certainly agree that a greatest album countdown should include all genres...I'm happy to say that this countdown will do that, and yes there will be some metal, and some Sabbath, you'll just have to stay tuned to find out where they appear on the list.

Thanks for listening!

joe said...

Those are good questions, which I had already discussed with a couple friends. In picking my top 10, I ended up selecting the albums that meant the most to me, the ones closest to my heart. I realized this method of choosing/elimination would inevitably rule out many "classic" albums, but I felt the most content choosing that way. So, yes, the albums I picked are my favorites (from numerous genres), not necessarily the "best" of all time.

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Anonymous said...

I agree that the countdown is misnamed...the misnaming is also frustrating to music fans and potentially embarrasing to the station.

You will see, no doubt, competely rediculous, critcally UN-acclaimed, records trumping true classics on the list (as we did with the song countdown).

This is inevitable, though, in a countdown based on listeners input only. Here, a 15 year old kid, who has 50 cds to his name is going to vote, (likely many times because he has much more time on his hands) and his vote will count as much as someone who has been listening, seriously, to popular, and not so popular, music for 30years. In the kid's mind, "X" lame record by the pop band of the day will be much "greater" than music that he has never heard.

This is frustrating to the listiner....this all could be cured if you ditched the "greatist" title and went with "listener deceded favorite records" or something more accurate.

Steve said...

First off I would like to thank everyone who leaves their name on their posts...it makes it easier to respond!

We did debate the title of the countdown. We chose "greatest" because it was the most inclusive for our listeners as well as being a bit vague. We said many times on the air that defining "greatest" was us up to you all, not us. We always say this is a listener list.

You know, what each one of thinks is a record deserving to be on the countdown is up to each person. The countdown is reflection of the group.

I would take issue with the previous poster inference that the 15 year old's choices are not as valid as the older person or that the 15 year old is more likely to stuff the ballot box more than the the older person.

I know a lot of ethical 15 year olds and, well, we can all read about unethical older folks in the paper.

Anonymous said...

I understand you not wanting to alienate younger listeners, but, generally speaking, (there are always exceptions, see the girl from Juno!), how can your average 15 year old who has been listening to the radio for two years or so possibly have as valuable a vote as someone who has been listening seriously for many years in a "Greatest Albums of ALL TIME" countdown when the child's "all time" consists of TWO YEARS or whatever.....you must get the point.....he may very well have favorite records, and his favorite records should be weighed equally to others in a countdown of "favorite records." However, this is a countdown of the "Greatest Albums of All Time," not the time of a kid born in 1993!

I retract any ballot box stuffing suggestions previously posted. We have had enough of this with the reigning President in the 2000 election....of course the 15 year old voter doesnt know much about this because he was only 7 years old when it happened! :)

Dan in Columbia

Steve said...

Dan..

You should spend more time with 15 year olds (with their parent's supervision of course :) ).

If they listen to WTMD, they are not your typical 15 year olds. I've been hugely impressed with the variety of music younger folks find interesting. They know who the bands were in the 50s, 60s and 70s and can seperate the wheat the from the chaff.

And of course, there are a lot of 40 year olds who live on a steady diet of disco saturday night shows..

So I must disagree. All music lovers are welcome at WTMD regardless of age.

Anonymous said...

Indeed, all music lovers should be welcome here, TMD is the best station in the baltimore/dc metro area for music lovers (wpfw a close second), younger listeners should be encouraged to listen and grow as this station will challenge your musical horizons in a positve way.

We will have to agree to disagree, though, on the proper name of the countdown.....

I will say this, i am, despite my issue with the name, excited about the countdown...its great that TMD is playing several tracs from each record and even 40ish aged listeners like myself will find through the countdwon records they dont own which they will be exposed to.

Good stuff, either way.

Dan in columbia

joe said...

I must admit, I had a small issue with the name of the list at first. "Greatest of all time" seemed a slight against purists as well as "true" music lovers, but I'm perfectly at home with it now. I've accepted it as being a nod to tongue and cheek. Yes, TMD is known as a great source for those serious about music, but the station also has a sense of humor and fun. Anyways, doesn't any "greatest" list basically come down to personal taste? Looking at those lists over the years, I've seen "classic, worthy" albums/artists/songs and thought, "I'd never choose that!"-even if it IS Springsteen. :)

Anonymous said...

Personally, I am frustrated by all these negative posts by impatient people. At the time I'm writing this, we are still in the 800s. Keep listening and I'm sure your favorites will pop up somewhere.

I am well aware that what I believe to be "the greatest" or "favorite" or whatever subjective word you want to put in the blank is not going to be the same as someone else's. I thank WTMD from the bottom of my heart that this 40-something poster, an ex alternative college DJ in the late 70s to early 80s, can find a community where I can still have a say, and before someone assumes all my choices were New Wave, think again. Like many WTMD listeners, I never stopped loving new music of many genres and had some contemporary albums in my top 10. I welcome other listeners' views. I do not listen to WTMD to have my own favorite tunes spit back at me day after day. That is what the IPod or CD collection is for. I listen to learn, to be educated, to be amused, to be startled, to be reminded of my youth, and yes, sometimes to be angered. For what better way to feel the love of your own favorite albums than to feel a little incensed at the place where they fall in the countdown?

Keep challenging us, WTMD. We are a varied group. Let's embrace that idea. To me, that represents the best of WTMD.

Anonymous only because I can't get the blogger registry to work. . .

L. Eckard

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Ted said...

The Screaming Blue Messiahs should make the list but likely will not.

Anonymous said...

I have been enjoying the countdown.

When I was putting together my list of favorite albums, I almost put down the recording of Mahler's Symphony Number 5, as recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in the late 1970s. This album has always been special to me. I couldn't imagine that anyone else would have put a classical album on the countdown, so I substituted a different album. Hearing the John Coltrane album this morning, I found myself regretting not submitting the Mahler.

Nancyjane

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The Snoo said...

I'm not even fifteen, and I've listened to more music than most adults have in a lifetime. Sadly, I never voted for my favourite ten, but they'd end up being Green Day's albums, anyway. [I'm glad to see "nimrod." got some love.]

I love punk rock, and rock in general. I've listened to every genre of music, I'm sure, because my parents do. I've listened to music from the 70's, the 80's, and the 90's, not just the past few years worth of music. The older music is better, anyway. The new stuff sounds all the same. I listen to Green Day's influences; the Ramones, NOFX, the Dead Kennedys. I listen to their influences, too. Sometimes I hear a song on WTMD and I like it, and then I find the album. Then, I have a new band to listen to.

I'm not an average teenager.

I'm glad I'm able to hear more than the usual on WTMD with the countdown, though.

JLa said...

Hootie and the Blowfish? Are you kidding me? I like the idea of this countdown in theory, but that's just absurd.

Steve said...

I loved Hootie back in the day. To me, they are one of those bands who were much better than we think they are. I often wonder if they were the victem of over styling and over grooming from their handlers.

Though I could identify with the Izod shirts...but not the golfing stuff!

Koo said...

It's just beautiful to see the Guaraldi Trio "Charlie Brown Christmas" on the list. Why didn't I think of that one?

slugger_otoole said...

Oh my doodness! Aretha's "I Never Loved a Man..." in the six hundreds? I was afraid of stuff like this. The list is definitely a favorites list. But if I complained I'd be a hypocrite. I voted for the best stuff that I've listened to in the past year or so (aka favorites). I left off "Blood on the Tracks" and "Raw Power" because I say that I like them but I never listen to them.

Katie Joy said...

Glad to see that Captain Beefheart's: Doc at Radar Station made it. It is one of the most brilliant recordings ever. Anyone someone from the station could post what two songs you played from it?

tensjed said...

An excellent resource for checking out lists of critically acclaimed records is: acclaimedmusic.net

Its interesting to index the chosen favorites in the wtmd countdown vs the "experts"....

slugger_otoole said...

katie-- "A Carrot is as Close as a Rabbit" and "Sue Egypt". If you go to the homepage you can access TMD's playlist. It's very extensive.

tensjed-- Thanks for the link. I've been looking at the list. Comparisons are interesting.

tensjed said...

Ok, at this point in the countdown i have concluded that wtmd should perminantly change their play format to always play at least 3 songs off a record in a row!

Countdown aside, its just enjoyable to hear a few songs from an artist/band in a row rather than one song at a time.

slugger_otoole said...

I agree. Although, these are pretty darned good albums. I would say to the bossjocks at TMD, don't be afraid to play the hot hit off the album. I know you guys are trained to look past the singles but c'mon...you all DIDN'T play "Madman Across the Water". OUCH! That's got to be one of my favorite EJ songs. I know it got a lot of airplay back in the day but nobody plays it now. When "Some Girls" comes up, I hope you all have the guts to play "Beast". That's not only my favorite Stones song but it's something that they should've put on that space probe that beams out examples of human culture. Somebody help me out. What's that thing called?..

Say, what's the best album that won't make the list? I can almost bet that Etta James' "Rocks the House" and the 360's "Illuminated" won't crack it. I think I'm the only human who's ever heard those albums. Shame... They're really great musical experiences.

slugger_otoole said...

Joe Jackson's "Jump 'n Jive". So much fun! It's like a party in disc form. I worked for Kemp Mill Records about a hundred years ago. When we put that LP on we always sold a copy.

Anonymous said...

A great album that might be overlooked is That's the Way of the World by Earth, Wind, and Fire. Shining Star, Happy Feeling, Reasons—listen and try not to smile! I think this was the first album I ever got. I really wanted to include it in my top 10 but I just couldn't fit it in. It's hard to believe such a quality album was produced as a soundtrack for a film that has since been completely forgotten.

Maybe it will turn up; who knows. I've been pleasantly surprised by the variety and the range of decades and genres.

Del-V said...

This is the coolest thing ever! I've heard a bunch of music that I have really enjoyed from bands I never heard of or wasn't that familiar with. And when you hear a few songs together, you get a better feel for the band or album.

Thank you WTMD. Keep up the awesome programming and keeping this blog up-to-date.

I'll be sending you a check during your membership drive! You deserve it.

Jim Brewster said...

In case there's any doubt, I love the countdown. Interesting juxtapositions of classic albums with recent releases. I just have a few musings...

So, if there were a bunch of albums in the top 897 that received just a few votes each, then they were several that had the same number of votes. How then were they ordered? Just curious!

Also, the music history geek in me wants to see some chronology in the list. Posting the release year of each album would have been cool. And maybe whether it was the artist's first/second/etc.. release.

Starbuckeroo said...

At number 349 my thoughts are similar to those who think this is "the coolest thing ever!" and I'm enjoying the music as it's being played three songs at a time. With 40% of the music left to be played I know we're going to hear the best yet in the coming week. Can Bob Dylan stay on top? Is Bob Marley a real contender? Who's missing from the top 100? I can't wait.

katie joy said...

Aaarrghhh!!! I can't remember the 10 I voted for!!!! Is there any way to find that out?

slugger_otoole said...

AARRRGGGHHH!!! I can't really remember mine, either. I know that I should've probably added "Waiting for Columbus".

It's nice what was said about soundtracks that have more staying power than their respective movie. Aretha's "Sparkle" is like that. If you're even a little bit interested in the Queen of Soul, go to your library's website, order it and bring it home. It's a surprisingly great disc.

I criticize WTMD a lot. But that's because I love them so much. I give them ten bucks a month and I suppose I take them personal because of that. It's like criticizing your favorite child. Wouldn't you be harder on the one who might be capable of really great things?

I just hope Muddy Waters "Hard Again" places. Or Clapton's "Me and Mr. Johnson". Can you tell I love the blues? I'm a bit skeptical of all the new albums that have shown up lately. Will we say, "Yeah, that's a truly great disc," in five years?

steve said...

Fantastic work. Listening in at the top of the countdown my interest was piqued, and over the following weeks I found myself choosing 89.7 in the car over my trusted CDs. I knew I was hooked today when, after 5 years of owning my current stereo receiver, I finally set up the FM antenna so I could tune in! God bless y'all, and your hard work.

I've got some quibbles about the countdown just like everyone, but what mainly bothers me is how uneven the coverage of the albums are. I've heard some albums get a single song played while others get as many as four. It also seems some are skimmed for the hits while others are dug into for the lesser known tracks.
So, what's with this? Who decides what's played, and why can't there be more consistency?

John said...

I stopped reading when I saw a John Mayer album on the list.

Steve said...

Steve,
There are several factors that influence how many and what tracks we play for each of the albums.

We have a schedule to keep so we can hit number one on the 29th and that allows for about three tracks per record--though we choose four just to have enough. But then each day we have to keep on shcedule too and some factors can change up what happens. Long traffic reports, longer songs that don't allow us to hit the top of the hour NPR news posts, the amount of underwriting and promotional annoucements, how long the intros are for each album...things like that. I think we have gotten to at least two per recrod, sometimes four.

Staff members are choosing the sets, sometimes we play the hits as well as the deeper cuts. Sometimes, we play more of the deeper ones if the "hits" are in our regular rotation. It all depends. Our goal is take the list our listeners created and choose the tracks we hope the lovers of those records would choose themselves if they were us.

That's a long way of saying we do our best and we hope we achieve the unachievable.....pleaseing 100% of our listeners 100% of the time.

Steve

Anonymous said...

I really hope more Animal Collective and Panda Bear make it on the list. Panda Bear - Young Prayer is gunna last forever as a great minimalist record.

Anonymous said...

Great job WTMD.

Greatest albums seems like it should reflect a compilation of songs that are great musically or tell a story in a superb way.

That said, I have to ask the Listeners how The Rising cannot be higher than 200-something. Whether you like Springsteen or not, that album is an incredible reflection on America's worst day since Pearl Harbor and an inspiration to rise above the darkness.

Your thoughts?

Looking forward to the remaining listings.

Jennifer Roebuck said...

Saturday Night Fever?! Honestly?! UGH! I also have to agree with the previous comment about some albums getting less coverage, it has been frustrating at times. I was disappointed that Tupac Shakur only warranted playing one song from the album. I hope that this list will be cause for WTMD to re-evaluate how "diverse" they really are...they normally almost never play any jazz and certainly never any hip hop or soul. Clearly part of the listening audience wants to hear it!

Anonymous said...

I dont' care what you call it . I actually like going to my job for once because I'm glued to the radio.
I hear songs from the late sixties and can still sing every word. Bringin back so many awesome memories. And my kids remember them too!!
I'm lovin it!~!~

Susi

Anonymous said...

So far I am the most shocked about the placement of Blondie's Parallel Lines, Joe Jackson's Look Sharp, and both B 52s albums. All of these albums were seminal and most people can name and hum almost all the songs on them. I would have thought all of these would place in the top 50. However, the variety is fantastic, and no one can take my favs away from me, so I'll just enjoy the ride.

Anonymous said...

I am a 13 year old and love older music appose to newer music. I listen to 101.9 and Mix, but since I heard the countdown started up I started to listen to TMD. I've heard of it before and never given it a try, but now I like it. I don't know all of the artists, however i know most of them and I agreee with them. I love Bruce Springsteen and The Beatles. I'd love to see more Beatles albums in the top 100 and I'm sure I will. I go to Arbutus Middle and almost everybody im my classes listens to newer music, but also older music. A lot of kids like older music.

Anonymous said...

got to say i am digging the countdown. i'm disappointed when i see some albums finish as low as they have, but it's hard to argue with the awesomeness of the huge majority of these selections. especially as we get to the end, the shaky choices are long past (52nd street? "greatest"? really?).

screaming blue messiahs won't make the list, unfortunately. now if it was a list of 897 "coolest" albums, maybe. :) my vote for that list would go for timbuk3 - eden alley.

slugger_otoole said...

Stop you before you get into trouble... Really, Steve Y.? Too late. Some of us shop at discount stores and that saves us money so we can make monthly, automatic donations to worthy causes such as Doctors Without Borders and TMD. The other TMD jocks are professional and apolitical and it makes this beer drinkin' proletariat's skin crawl when I hear such self-righteous hints. You can apologize by playing a certain Little Feat song. I'll know you played it by running a search on your play list.
You're right. It's your job to play songs like "War". It's just not your job to comment on them.

Steve said...

Slugger,
Thanks for the note. The Wal-mart thing is a bit inside-baseball relating to the NPR coverage and such. Heck, you can find me in Target most weekends and I want to hit C-Mart soon too!

You're right, our jocks, by policy do not talk politics on the air. Our music does the talking and we hope that the music we air helps put the events of the day in perspective.

During the drives I will point that out. I think it is important to remind folks that stations like WTMD are independent stations that make decisions based on the quality of music and the writing and its relevance to current events.

I do believe strongly about how the consolidation of the commercial media has affected what we hear and see. As long time listeners will attest, I can get carried away with my beliefs. But then again, I hear from many listeners who agree and find comfort knowing their views are shared.

Steve
PS--email me the song so we can make sure to play LF for you once the 897 is completed.

slugger_otoole said...

Steve Y,
Sorry. I must've gotten you wrong. I was thinking about the Wal-Mart/NPR thing where they are just plain evil and they will suck every other business in the western hemisphere dry. Heck, in my home town of Rockville, Wal-Mart is banned. Don't mention them at family gatherings or some of my clan will foam at the mouth. I have a real problem with NPR, too. There are so many good things that happen yet they do not mention them. Did you listen today? Doom and gloom about housing. The market will be on fire this summer with the low interest rates.... but I digress.
Yes, we are on different sides of the fence politacally but go ahead and play "Masters of War " as much as you want. It will always be a great song. I've even been known to hum "...Make Nice". Let David Dye (by the way, I love David) interview Steve Earle and Neil Young as much as he wants and I will just plain ol' turn the radio off when I've had enough.
You are right about the corporate slavery-music-thing. TMD bypasses that. I'm not really comfortable with NPR and my tax dollars supporting it but I give as much as I can to your station financially. That's the catch-22 of artistic freedom. I think the private sector should pony-up when it comes to art, not government. Enter Jesse Helms stage left. It's such a fine line.

Anonymous said...

After reading some of these posts, there is something I need to say -- Wtmd's tag line is "radio for music lovers", not "radio for music snobs". I have a nine year old and so I listen to main steam radio as well, and have seen the Hannah Montana movie. No, you will not hear music that is changing to world, but I have to admit some of it a guilty pleasure. Sexy Back, True Friend, Rock Star, and others are fun songs! Not that I would choose to listen to it all the time, but I appreciate it for what it is.

LibertinesInTop20Ha.. said...

My gawd. Wal-Mart? NPR? Chill out.

Great countdown. Best station ever. Thank you for doing this.

slugger_otoole said...

I'm glad the good folk at TMD are kind of milking these last few albums. I can really get a good taste of each collection. I've bought a few discs already because of the countdown and there are a lot of low-numbers that, as I hear them, I know I just have to have.

Anybody care to guess at number one?

Anonymous said...

bob dylan's blonde on blonde is number one all time!!
please play 'visions of johanna' next, mister dee jay!!

---bobby clementine/social demons

Anonymous said...

running out of room for surprises. It seems that half of the remaining will be Beatles,Stones,Dylan,Zeppelin,and Pink Floyd.

Lots of fun, but I was hoping to see some Widespread Panic and Camper Van Beethoven.

Dan said...

I'm surprised that some of the critical comments were left posted yet my comment about wanting to know the methodology was deleted??

Still, it's been a ton of fun following the countdown.

Anonymous said...

This countdown has brought me out of my musical doldrums. I've been digging through my record collection over the last month and thinking "oh, I should have put that on my Top 10 List. Some of those include - Superdrag's Head Tripping in Every Key and Tom Wait's Nighthawks at the Diner.
Thanks TMD
PS -- I was a long time member of WYPR. After what went down there, I've cancelled my membership and became a member WTMD.

Michael said...

I'm hoping London Calling is the number one album.

Allison said...

Fabulous listening experience throughout the month! Thank you! My husband and I thumbed through our vinyl collection for the first time in years and are compiling a wish list of newer music.

I agree with writer who wondered at The Rising not being higher. What a powerful album on so many levels. It's not necessary to argue about the order though! It's just great to sit back and enjoy the tunes.

I foresee Joshua Tree, Blood on Tracks, Harvest, Born to Run, White Album, Graceland, Dark Side of Moon, Highway 61, some Nirvana? What am I overlooking?

I missed Rickie Lee Jones self-titled first album, Billy Bragg Talking to the Taxman, Luna Rendevous, and more Cowboy Junkies (all their albums are great). Willie Nelson & Hank Williams didn't show up did they?

What's up for next year - greatest singers, songwriters, bands, guitarists, musicians...?

Like the way some genres have crossed boundaries - but if there were more blues, jazz, country, hip hop, r & B in future playlists it'd be alright w/me.

Keep Up the Beat!

Allison said...

Jimi - WoW! Still powerful today.

slugger_otoole said...

I'm with ya on the "more blues" thing. If Muddy Waters doesn't crack the list I'm going to go nuts.

eviltwin said...

oh, i'm guessing that you're missing revolver, rubber soul, abbey road & sgt pepper to name four obvious ones. who's next, london calling (should be #1!) and zeppelin iv also.

this is like calling a horse race, who's going to get the top choices right. plus the added benefit of discovering great new music (never heard of neutral milk hotel, but they sound like my kind of stuff).

fun times!

i'd love to see the raw scores, any chance of that?

Anonymous said...

I'm betting on Sgt. Pepper or Abbey Road as #1. Not necessarily my first choice; just think one of these will be. Wow--Counting Crows at 20? It's a great album, but so many more classic ones were higher. They should fall on their knees and kiss the ground that they are in such fine company! Adam Duritz is an incredible songwriter, though.

Thanks for all of the effort put into this, WTMD, and to all the voters!

Anonymous said...

lucky #13 baby

Rick said...

I'm one of those listeners who wishes that I had ONLY been listening for 30 years. I have watched and listened carefully as the list unfolds, and I guess I feel that favorites vs greatest is not so important... I might rearrange the list some, but your listeners have great taste.

Which is why one entry bothers me. As I write this, there are 12 left to announce. I can honestly claim at least passing knowledge of 884 of the 885 listed. Please tell me what "Neutral Milk Hotel"is.

Steve said...

Thanks, Steve, for your considerate response to my previous comment!

Now that you're on the last day of the Fund Drive, I'm sure y'all are very busy and excited. And there are only twelve albums to go in the countdown. Being a sucker for countdowns and such, I've compiled my guess for the top 12 albums. I don't expect you to post this in the blog, but I'd love some feedback on how close I am. This took some effort to put together, but I feel good about it. If you have a chance, drop me a line at stevemathewes@gmail.com. Thanks again for being such a great station!

1. The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
2. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
3. Radiohead - OK Computer
4. U2 - The Joshua Tree
5. The Beatles - Revolver
6. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV (“Zoso”)
7. The Beatles - Abbey Road
8. The Clash - London Calling
9. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
10. The Beatles - The Beatles (“The White Album”)
11. The Who - Who's Next
12. Frank Zappa - We're Only in It for the Money

RockinNColumbia said...

Zappa isn't going to knock out Blood on the Tracks

I think there are too many Beatles albums left for any of them to be on top; I think it will be Born to Run or DSOTM.

Steve said...

I'm surprised "Blood on the Tracks" hasn't been on the list, but I'm equally surprised "We're Only in It for the Money" hasn't, either. You may be right, though. But I'm positive a Beatles album will be on top. I've never seen a well-respected Greatest Albums list where The Beatles didn't reign.

Allison said...

Are all the bloggers members of WTMD? I am. I hope they reach their goal and continue to air great tunes. We are lucky to have them in our community & I'm looking forward to discovering more about the local music scene through WTMD.

Tristan said...

Unfortunately, I think that Zappa peaked with Apostrophe on this list. That being said, I feel that there are just too many other important albums not mentioned for him to fit in the top 8... as I have it, these are the remaining albums (in no order):

Born To Run - Boss
London Calling - Clash
Dark Side - Floyd
White Album
Abbey Road
Sgt. Peppers
Joshua Tree - U2
Blood on the Tracks - Dylan

I am a huge Zappa fan, an I believe he deserves a top 10 spot, I just don't see it happening with those albums yet to go.

slugger_otoole said...

That's right. "Blood on the Tracks" should show up. The Beatles are probably working against themselves in terms of votes. Heck, I only picked one Beatles album. (Abbey Road)


Yeah, I'm a member. It's made me very passionate about the station. Drives my wife crazy.

Anonymous said...

Not one Foo Fighters LP on this list? C'mon, they only had the Rock Album of the Year! "Skin & Bones" might be one of the best live LP's of all time.

Anonymous said...

Already renewed my membership and now I definitely know at least one reason why...hearing one of my favorite songs...Dylan's "Idiot Wind"... on the radio - awesome! Thanks & keep up the great work!

Starbuckeroo said...

Wait! the Beatles still have three contenders - Sgt. Peppers, The White Album, and Abbey Road. They couldn't take the top three could they?

RockinNColumbia said...

Wow, DSOTM triple-teamed by the Beatles. Can it divide and conquer? I'm on the edge of my seat ;-)

Anonymous said...

Hey, I'm glad you guys played The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" when REVOLVER made the countdown, but forgot to put it on your play list!!

This is a really great countdown!

Anonymous said...

The Clash before U2 and Jimi... C'mon .. I guess I'm showing my age...
It better be Jimi, Dylan and I'm sure one of the
Beatles

Anonymous said...

Abby Road is a person.

"Abbey Road" is a recording studio and a terrific Beatles album.

Please correct the typo!

Anonymous said...

All of the top 5 and 10 of the top 12 come from "across the pond"

The invasion is alive and well.

Lainey said...

yes, I thought that too...definitely a difference between favorite albums and best albums. Say you know you have low brow taste...lol

Lainey said...

What happened to Jane's Addiction's Ritual de la Habitual?

Anonymous said...

OK...i have been listening to WTMD since the beginning, prior to that, college radio in NY/NJ/PA/TN/AR/MO and non-commercial radio going back to WCVT and WHFS in the 70's, really into Athens GA music, REM, etc. I know every band and album on the list...so...who the h*LL is "neutral milk hotel"?

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Enjoyed your listing...however, not one ZZ Top album in the top 897? Don't get me wrong...I love the new MIA album and most of what you have included, but ZZ Top's "Tres Hombres" is one of the finest rock & roll records of all time. Before Hendrix passed away he named Billy Gibbons his favourite guitarist...and this album is still fresh and remains largely influential among both R&R and country artists. Perhaps just an oversight on your part...but I feel you are missing big parts of music history (Can "Tago Mago" not listed either??). Thanks though for an entertaining countdown and keep up the good work and support of independent music!

Anonymous said...

So, now that it's all over, it's time for some stats. Which artists had the most albums on the list, oldest and newest albums on the list. Anything else worth noting?

Anonymous said...

Wait, wait, wait, how does the Stroke's "Is This It?" beat Gang of Four's "Entertainment"? ... Also, Wilco apparently beat out The Smiths' "The Queen is Dead". Not that older is necessarily better, but one would usually assume that the derivative woulde placed lower. I know it was voted on, but it seems rather.... random, other than the usual 'every Beatles album' mentality of most 'top albums' lists. It's really odd when you look at the list as a ranking - White Stripes' "White Blood Cells" is better than Television's "Marquee Moon" and The Cure's "Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me"? Wha?

Anonymous said...

Where was Pink Floyd's "The Wall". I was sure that would be number 1. Also.. no Nine Inch Nails. I know there are so many "greatest albums" but I was kind of disappointed in many albums that didn't make it anywhere on the list.

William said...

No Stooges?
No Modern Lovers?
No Can?
No Sly?
No James Brown?

Legendary Lovett said...

Pink Floyd's The Wall was #29, Nine Inch Nails was also on there, three times actually

312. Nine Inch Nails- Pretty Hate Machine
682. Nine Inch Nails - The Downward Spiral
720. Nine Inch Nails- The Fragile

Legendary Lovett said...

Sly was also on there

585. Sly & The Family Stone - Stand!

and James Brown

340. James Brown - Live at The Apollo (1962)

It's a pretty intense list, remember listeners voted on all the albums on there.

John P. said...

These lists are always fun but so subjective. So take them in that spirit.

With all the comments about very young participants, I bet that many of those 15 year olds (listening to this station) are a lot more music savvy than your typical 15 year old or even your typical 45 year old.

It would have been interesting to have everyone check off a box with their age group. Then we could see how people picked by age.

Everyone always likes the music of their era best. Growing up in the sixties, I'm partial to that decade (and of course it is the best by far)!

Matthew said...

Actually a pretty darn good list considering. Too much Coldplay, Dave Matthews, Radiohead and etc undergrad music but still less than you'd expect I guess and a lot of great albums I'd completely forgotten about. My suggestion would be to ditch the cardinal ordering of the albums, that leads to too many laughers.

Anonymous said...

No Social Distortion???????

blockdog said...

These lists are always subjective.
Fun, never the less...

I always like to play the "How many albums in this list did Adrian Belew contribute to ?" game.

Anyone care to play ?

WayneCha said...

Not a bad list overall when you consider how many albums were involved. It's a pleasant surprise to see Liz Phair's whitechocolatespaceegg anywhere at all, although Counting Crows' August and Everything After has no right being as high as number 20! And where's Big Star's Radio City and Third/Sister Lovers? I'm sure there are a number of other classics that could replace some of the lesser titles here, but it's inevitable that some of the best are gonna be overlooked. (Perhaps expanding to an even 1000 would've helped.) Here's a few that were missing that I would've liked to have seen in the latter half cause I think they're incredibly underrated:

Milla Jovovich: The Divine Comedy

Chris Isaak: Forever Blue

Supergrass: I Should Coco

Split Enz: Time and Tide

Anonymous said...

I AM MORE THAN 15 AND I LIKE BRITANY AND CHRISTINA AND THE JONAS BOYS AND I ALSO LIKE OLD PEOPLE MUSIC LIKE THE NIRVANA AND THE PEARL JAM STUFF AND THINGS. SO QUIT ACTING LIKE LITTLE KIDS ABOUT THIS LIST CAUSE NONE OF MY FAVORITES ARE ON IT.

DEBORAH GIBSON

Anonymous said...

Counting Crows at #20. That doesn't sound right.