My Favorite 99 Albums of the Rock Era

bbt eefpMaybe it’s because I’m now closer to death than I am to birth, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I love and what I want to promote.  This is as true in my choice and love of books as it is in my love of rock.

Thus, as I contemplate my own mortality, I offer, for what they’re worth, my 99 favorite albums of the rock era.  Mostly in chronological order.

Feel more than free to agree or disagree!  Over the long haul, my five favorite bands have been Big Big Train, Glass Hammer, Rush, Talk Talk, and Tears for Fears.

  1. Simon and Garfunkel, Bookends
  2. Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
  3. Beatles, Magical Mystery Tour
  4. Van Morrison, Astral Weeks
  5. Traffic, Traffic
  6. Traffic, Mr. Fantasy
  7. Moody Blues, Days of Future Passed
  8. Jethro Tull, Benefit
  9. Traffic, John Barleycorn Must Die
  10. Jethro Tull, Aqualung
  11. Yes, Fragile
  12. Genesis, Foxtrot
  13. Yes, Close to the Edge
  14. Genesis, Selling England by the Pound
  15. Jethro Tull, Thick as a Brick
  16. Queen, II
  17. Led Zeppelin, IV
  18. Queen, Night at the Opera
  19. Rush, 2112
  20. Genesis, Trick of the Tail
  21. Pink Floyd, Animals
  22. Yes, Going for the One
  23. Kansas, Leftoverture
  24. Kansas, Point of No Return
  25. Genesis, Wind and Wuthering
  26. Rush, Farewell to Kings
  27. Rush, Hemispheres
  28. Yes, Drama
  29. Genesis, Duke
  30. Simples Minds, Sons and Fascination
  31. Ultravox, Vienna
  32. Rush, Moving Pictures
  33. ABC, Lexicon of Love
  34. Ultravox, Rage in Eden
  35. Thomas Dolby, Golden Age of Wireless
  36. Rush, Signals
  37. Peter Gabriel, Security
  38. Simple Minds, New Gold Dream
  39. New Order, Low Life
  40. Tears for Fears, The Hurting
  41. U2, Unforgettable Fire
  42. Yes, 90125
  43. Thomas Dolby, Flat Earth
  44. Rush, Power Windows
  45. Kate Bush, The Hounds of Love
  46. Bryan Ferry, Boys and Girls
  47. Tears for Fears, Songs from the Big Chair
  48. Talk Talk, Colour of Spring
  49. U2, The Joshua Tree
  50. XTC, Skylarking
  51. The Cure, Disintegration
  52. Talk Talk, Spirit of Eden
  53. World Party, Goodbye Jumbo
  54. Talk Talk, Laughing Stock
  55. Tori Amos, Little Earthquakes
  56. Phish, Picture of Nektar
  57. Cocteau Twins, Heaven or Las Vegas
  58. My Bloody Valentine, Loveless
  59. Catherine Wheel, Chrome
  60. XTC, Nonesuch
  61. Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Toward Ecstasy
  62. Smashing Pumpkins, Siamese Dream
  63. Tears for Fears, Elemental
  64. Spock’s Beard, The Light
  65. Marillion, Brave
  66. Marillion, Afraid of Sunlight
  67. Marillion, Marbles
  68. Ayreon, Universal Migrator
  69. Kevin McCormick, Squall
  70. Radiohead, Kid A
  71. Flower Kings, Space Revolver
  72. Radiohead, Amnesiac
  73. Tears for Fears, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending
  74. Rush, Vapor Trails
  75. Glass Hammer, Lex Rex
  76. Kate Bush, Aeriel
  77. Riverside, Out of Me
  78. Glass Hammer, Inconsolable Secret
  79. Pure Reason Revolution, The Dark Third
  80. Gazpacho, Night
  81. Porcupine Tree, Fear of a Blank Planet
  82. Riverside, Second Life Syndrome
  83. Rush, Snakes and Arrows
  84. Nosound, Lightdark
  85. Riverside, Rapid Eye Movement
  86. Big Big Train, The Underfall Yard
  87. Rush, Clockwork Angels
  88. Flower Kings, Paradox Hotel
  89. Natalie Merchant, Leave Your Sleep
  90. North Atlantic Oscillation, Fog Electric
  91. Newspaperflyhunting, Iceberg Soul
  92. The Tangent, Le Sacre du Travail
  93. Big Big Train, English Electric Full Power
  94. The Fierce and the Dead, Spooky Action
  95. Steven Wilson, Hand Cannot Erase
  96. Glass Hammer, Valkyrie
  97. Marillion, FEAR
  98. Dave Kerzner, Static
  99. Big Big Train, Grimspound/Second Star


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9 thoughts on “My Favorite 99 Albums of the Rock Era

  1. I also see RUSH albums prominently!!! However,despite fully KNOWING this is all,a simple matter of “Opinion” and personal “Love” for the musical-choices listed……….I have to disagree with 3 of my most FAVORITE Rush-albums in this list (Chronologically numbered of course!!! Lol.) I of course,would be listing “Hemispheres”,”Signals”,and “Moving-Pictures” within the FIRST 5 of those albums listed!!! Just Sayin…………….Lol. Thanks for Sharing Sir-Brad!!! 😉

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    1. You have an exalted taste in music. Well done. The world is, the world is. Life and Rush are deep. Maybe as your selections are wide.


      PS: I fully admit that when it comes to the Canadian Triumvirate, I abandon all attempts at objectivity. To me, there is a Rush song for everything. The sun? Yep. The Earth? Clearly. Past, present, and future? All singly dependent on Rush. Yes, they are.


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