The Internet’s 100 Favourite Albums By 100 Favourite Artists

This list is not a matter of my opinion. (If it were, there would be a lot less Aphex and a lot more XTC.) It is not a matter of critics’ opinions. It is a matter of the people’s opinion. I’ve taken the top ranked albums from over a dozen online music communities* in four languages and tried to combine them all into a definitive list of the modern music canon.

To cultivate diversity, each artist is only allowed one spot on the list (though it was bloody close for Pink Floyd). I’m fairly happy with how it turned out: the included projects span across eras, genres, races, and countries, from the best-selling album in history to a live album from an obscure Japanese dub group. I would rather there had been a few more women and a few more global artists, but that’s what the auxiliary lists at the bottom are for!

I’ll stop wasting your time now. From Abbey Road and Aphex to Ziggy and Zep, here are 100 great albums by 100 great artists:

10 More Great Albums…

…that didn’t quite make it

…of the ’10s and ’20s

…by women
and mixed-gender bands led by women

…from around the world no “Anglosphere”, no European Anglophones