The list author says: "If you were to do a young person, who is blissfully unaware there is anything more profound than the Jonus Brothers, the great favor of giving them 40 albums to illustrate there was and you happened to talk with me, for one, you'd be very lucky. Ha! For two, this is the list I would present.
Anyone familiar with my other lists might notice that only two from the current decade are included here. This does not mean that the 00s are 1/20th as relevant as rest of pop music history. I do acknowledge time hasn't had a chance to bear out those albums as standards. This list is 60s and 70s dominated. I haven't fallen lockstep & opinionless behind the David Frickes, Anthony DeCurtises or Lester Bangs of the world. I just acknowledge this time as when the 'album' was established as the medium rock music was to be presented until very recently. Today, digital music returned the single(or more specifially) song file to prominance. You will notice the 50s is as sparsely represented as the 00s as this is an albums list.
I seek to show the benefits of the album as a program of music now lost with the emergence of our iPod Shuffles and give a clue to the clueless, but curious, as to how we got where we are. In selecting these albums I have prioritized what I call 'universals'. Many times these are albums that are appreciated by a wide cross-section of people. However, more specifically, I define them as albums displaying universal quality & relatablity. Most of these titles are familiar, while at the same time I have also included less familiar music that articulates universal sentiment effectively but aren't yet universals in and of themselves, at least with the respect of something you might expect to be in a rock-era albums list merely 40 titles long. In other words, while Pink Floyd or Black Sabbath don't appear here Pulp and Steve Reich do. I recognize decisions like these may furrow a brow or two. I assure you they were not included thoughtlessly. Thanks for reading."