My Favorite 30 Albums - Essential Listening!!!

A Listmania! list by Tanner 5
The list author says: "This is a list of CDs that I could not do without. In this digital age of MP3s and downloads, I still value and appreciate the concept of an entire CD/album by an artist. For many of these artists, I own most or all of their albums. But, for this list, I included only the best CD/album from each group or artist (which is sometimes not an easy task).

If you do not have any of these albums as part of your music collection, I highly recommend checking these out!"
Being There
1.  Being There by Wilco
The list author says:
  "Wilco is amazing!  All of Wilco's albums are phenomenal, and they are awesome live.  This is Jeff Tweedy at his best.  A close 2nd is Yankee Hotel Foxtrot."
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Lifes Rich Pageant
2.  Lifes Rich Pageant by R.E.M.
The list author says:
  "Vintage R.E.M.  Great opening track with "Begin The Begin".  See my other Listmania listing of R.E.M.'s albums."
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Wowee Zowee
3.  Wowee Zowee by Pavement
The list author says:
  "I am a fan of all of Pavement's albums (FYI - Terror Twilight is by far the weakest), but this album is the one that I most often go back and listen to.  Highlights include "Grounded", "Rattled By The Rush", and "Pueblo"."
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Turn On the Bright Lights
4.  Turn On the Bright Lights by Interpol
The list author says:
  "One of the best full length debut albums by any group ever - great songs from start to finish."
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The Bends
5.  The Bends by Radiohead
The list author says:
  "It is tough to pick just one Radiohead album - Kid A and OK Computer also came very close to making this list.  But, for me, this Radiohead album is a masterpiece from start to finish.  Good music to drive to at night..."
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The Joshua Tree
6.  The Joshua Tree by U2
The list author says:
  "Listening to this from beginning to end is a religious experience..."
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Big Plans for Everybody
7.  Big Plans for Everybody by Let's Active
The list author says:
  "Classic jangle pop!  The whole catalog of Let's Active has finally been re-released.  It is a tough choice between 'Big Plans For Everybody'.  Mitch Easter is an under appreciated genius."
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Basement Tapes
8.  Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan
The list author says:
  "Dylan's albums are all great.  Some fans dislike the Basement Tapes, but The Band just adds to the greatness of this collection of songs.  Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde and Bringing It All Back Home almost made this list."
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The Gleam
9.  The Gleam by The Avett Brothers
The list author says:
  "The Gleam EP (red one) and also The Gleam II (yellow one) are incredible.  Hard to choose just one of these Avett Brothers classics, but I would give a slight lean to the first one."
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Fun & Games
10.  Fun & Games by Connells
The list author says:
  "If you were anywhere near the Carolinas in the late 1980's and 1990's, you probably have heard something by The Connells.  Highlights here include "Hey Wow", "Sal", "Fun & Games", and "Something To Say"."
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Alien Lanes
11.  Alien Lanes by Guided by Voices
The list author says:
  "I could have put Sunfish Holy Breakfast EP or Bee Thousand on this list.  So many great songs and great albums by GBV."
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New Day Rising
12.  New Day Rising by Hüsker Dü
The list author says:
  "I got into Sugar (and especially their first album Copper Blue) before experiencing Husker Du.  New Day Rising is classic and Bob Mould is at his finest.  Zen Arcade is also incredible, but the 14 minute instrumental at the end of the album seems to wear on me."
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Alligator
13.  Alligator by The National
The list author says:
  "My favorite The National album - great closing song."
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Red House Painters 1
14.  Red House Painters 1 by Red House Painters
The list author says:
  "Also known as Rollercoaster.  Big fan of all of Mark Kozelek's work (solo work, as Sun Kil Moon, or as Red House Painters).  This early album is perfect.  Very mellow."
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Sticky Fingers
15.  Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
The list author says:
  "The consensus seems to be that Exile On Main Street is the Rolling Stones' best album (which I agree is very good).  But, the blues and rock in Sticky Fingers is just awesome - and, it has my favorite Rolling Stones song on it, "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"."
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Deja Vu
16.  Deja Vu by Crosby Stills Nash & Young
The list author says:
  "Great from start to finish - perfect 1970's melodies and classic rock."
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Brothers
17.  Brothers by The Black Keys
The list author says:
  "If you are a fan of Jack White, you have probably heard him trash Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys.  And, I do not get it.  Dan Auerbach just plain rocks - seeing him play guitar live is amazing!"
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On the Beach
18.  On the Beach by Neil Young
The list author says:
  "For some reason, none of these songs are on his 1991 Greatest Hits collection - not sure why.  "Ambulance Blues" is a great song to close out this masterpiece."
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Z
19.  Z by My Morning Jacket
The list author says:
  "Jim James and company at their best - many of these songs ("Lay Low", "Gideon", "Off The Record") are even better live.  Highly recommend seeing them in concert."
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On the Mouth
20.  On the Mouth by Superchunk
The list author says:
  "Superchunk at their best.  This group has many great albums (and I wish they had more!).  Is it punk?  Is it rock?  Is it indie rock?  I would go with the latter, but whatever you want to call it, this album will get you moving.  Highlights are "Precision Auto" and "Mower"."
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A Series of Sneaks [US Bonus Tracks]
21.  A Series of Sneaks [US Bonus Tracks] by Spoon
The list author says:
  "Spoon has many great albums, but I like this one the best."
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Transformer
22.  Transformer by Lou Reed
The list author says:
  "The first 3 songs to start this album are phenomenal.  You can hear the heavy influence of the David Bowie production on some of the tracks."
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Talking Heads 77 (Deluxe Version)
23.  Talking Heads 77 (Deluxe Version) by Talking Heads
The list author says:
  "Talking Heads first 3 albums are all very, very good. Many view their 4th release (Remain In Light) as their best, but I like their debut album. If you like live recordings, The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads captures their energy with highlights from their first 4 albums. The 2005 reissue of Talking Heads: 77 with the extra bonus tracks makes this album even better."
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#1 Record/Radio City
24.  #1 Record/Radio City by Big Star
The list author says:
  "Classic Alex Chilton and company.  "Mod Lang", "O My Soul", "She's a Mover", and "In The Street" are some highlights."
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Fly Me Courageous
25.  Fly Me Courageous by Drivin N Cryin
The list author says:
  "This is a band that should have had much, much more success.  All of their albums are good, with the exception of 'Smoke'.  Great rock band from the South.  Also need to check out Kevn Kinney's solo 'MacDougal Blues' album from 1990.  (As a side, I am not sure why Drivin' N' Cryin' is played on Hair Nation on XM though)."
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Doolittle
26.  Doolittle by Pixies
The list author says:
  "Frank Black or Black Francis or Charles Thompson or whatever you want to call him - he can generate some great music; his solo album Teenager Of The Year is also very good."
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Rain Dogs
27.  Rain Dogs by Tom Waits
The list author says:
  "Great album.  Sometimes difficult to choose between Rain Dogs and (another classic) Bone Machine."
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This Year's Model
28.  This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
The list author says:
  "Elvis Costello has many great CDs, but this is my favorite.  Highlights here are "Pump It Up", "Radio, Radio", "Night Rally", and "(I Don't Want To Go To) Chelsea"."
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Strangeways Here We Come
29.  Strangeways Here We Come by The Smiths
The list author says:
  "Not a bad song here - my favorite The Smiths album."
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Poptopia: Power Pop Classics Of The '80's
30.  Poptopia: Power Pop Classics Of The '80's by Poptopia!: Power Pop Classics (Series)
The list author says:
  "This album is by far the best 1980's compilation that I have ever heard.  Unless you are familiar with these songs, you will not understand what I am talking about until you give this a listen.  Besides more common songs by The Romantics and Bangles, most of these songs and bands are overlooked when 1980's compliations are put together."
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