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The 10 Albums Every Rock Fan Must Own

Posted on Friday, January 9, 2009 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments37 Comments

When I started working at my current job, my core team was pretty amused by my passion for music. Over the past few months, these coworkers have come to better understand my passion - and truly get that music is...me.  Anyway, one of my coworkers has recently gotten reinterested in music. I say "reinterested" because he once had quite a passion for rock and then grew away from it all.

Now he's rebuilding his collection and I want to help him.

Today, this coworker - and we'll call him Mark because that's his name - mentioned that he literally only owns a handful of CDs.

To me, this is unfathomable. It's not like he has a massive digital collection, either. He doesn't own an MP3 player, so the small stack of CDs is basically all she wrote.

I decided I would post my list of the 10 albums every rock fan must own. Then, I thought you could also list your 10 choices. This way, Mark should have a very good foundation on which to rebuild his collection.

Note: I say "rock fan" in the title of this article, not Glam. I want to keep this a little broader than just Glam so Mark gets a well-rounded collection.

Now, my list in no special order:

01. Aerosmith - Rocks
02. Guns n' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
03. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
04. Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
05. Beatles - A Hard Days Night
06. Motley Crue - Shout at the Devil
07. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
08. AC/DC - Back in Black
09. Van Halen - Van Halen
10. Who Are You - The Who

 

I look forward to reading your lists of the 10 albums every rock fan must own. I'm sure Mark also appreciates the help.

 

 

 

 

Reader Comments (37)

Man, not as easy as it sounds but here goes...

1. Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction
2. Aerosmith - Rocks
3. Led-Zeppelin - IV
4. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
5. The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main Street
6. Black Sabbath - Paranoid
7. Nirvana - Nevermind
8. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
9. Jane's Addiction - Nothing's Shocking
10.ZZ Top - Tres Hombres

and because 10 ain't enough...

Van Halen - Van Halen
Metallica - Black Album
AC/DC - Highway To Hell
Deep Purple - Machine Head
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced?
Radiohead - OK Computer
Faith No More - The Real Thing
Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood
Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike
I have 120 gigs of music. 10 was not an attainable goal :P. In no particular order, favorites of all time:

1. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
2. Tesla - The Great Radio Controversy
3. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Bloodsugarsexmagik
4. Jane's Addiction - The last 4 songs off of Ritual de lo Habitual
5. Queensryche - Empire
6. Alice In Chains - Facelift
7. Faster Pussycat - Wake Me When It's Over
8. Guano Apes (2) - Don't Give Me Names & Walking On A Thin Line
9. Metallica - ...And Justice For All
10. NIN - Pretty Hate Machine
11. Dah-Veed/David Garza - Eyes Wide Open
12. Tool - Opiate & Undertow
13. Warrant - Cherry Pie
14. A Perfect Circle - Mer de Noms
15. Beastie Boys - License To Ill
16. The Posies (4) - Failure (Dear 23, Frosting On The Beater, and Amazing Disgrace are good too)
17. Bonobo (2) - Animal Magic & Days To Come
18. Cujo/Amon Tobin - Adventures In Foam
19. Depeche Mode (3) - Violator (w/ Music For The Masses and Songs of Faith and Devotion following close behind)
20. Live - Throwing Copper
21. Pearl Jam - Ten
22. Smashing Pumpkins - Gish
23. Stone Temple Pilots - Purple
24. The Cure (2) - Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me and Disintegration
25. Throwing Muses - Limbo
26. Steve Vai - Passion & Warefare
27. Toad The Wet Sprocket (2) - Fear (w/ Dulcinea being a close 2nd)
28. The Cranberries - No Need To Argue
29. Zwan - Mary Star of the Sea
30. Tori Amos (2) - Under The Pink (w/ Little Earthquakes in 2nd)
31. Boards of Canada - Children Have The Right To Music
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermissy
Woops, I forgot Faith No More's 'The Real Thing' (this album changed how I listened to music forever) and 'Introduce Yourself' (which is still my flavorite FNM album)!! Doh...I'll blame the time of day :P
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermissy
10 In No particular Order

1) Kiss -Destroyer
2) Motley Crue -Shout at the Devil
3) Ratt -Out of the Cellar
4) Winger -Pull
5) GnR -Appetite for Destruction
6) Judas Priest -Turbo
7) AC/DC -Back in Black
8) Cheap Trick -In Color
9) Dokken -Under Lock and Key
10) Led Zeppelin -2

I could list another 30, easy.
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTodd
missy - great list! nice to see that there are others of us who love glam, who also love bands like Depeche Mode and The Posies :)

My list (for someone who owns no rock cds but has the $ to buy 10)

Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic
Led Zep - 4
AC/DC - Let There Be Rock
Marvelous 3 - Ready, Sex, Go!
The Beatles - white album
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Status Quo - (any of the million Quo comps)
The Who - Who's Next
Rush - Moving Pictures
Stone Gods - Silver Spoons & Broken Bones
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjf
Motley Crue - Too Fast For Love
Aerosmith - Aerosmith
Poison - Look What The Cat Dragged In
Stone Temple Pilots - Core
Mariyln Manson - Antichrist Superstar
Buckcherry - Black Butterfly
Hinder - Take It To The Limit
Cinderella - Night Songs
Crashdiet - Rest In Sleaze
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMotleyCrue666
in NO particular order....(I know there's 11, BUT "Get Your Wings" was the first Aerosmith album I ever picked up and it is WAAAAAAAAY underrated compared to "Rocks" and "Toys"

AC/DC-Back in Black
Aerosmith-Get Your Wings
Black Sabbath-Vol. 4
Guns N Roses-Apettite for Destruction
Kiss-Alive
Led Zeppelin-Physical Graffiti
MeatLoaf-Bat Out of Hell
Metallica-Ride the Lightning
Peter Frampton-Frampton Comes Alive
Sex Pistol-Never Mind the Bullocks
Van Halen-Van Halen
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou
Happy Friday Y'all!

Here's my list (sorry, couldn't limit it to 10):
1. 5150-VH
2. Montrose (self titled)
3. Rocks-Aero
4. Fair Warning-VH
5. High N' Dry-DLep
6. KISS Alive
7. Live at Budakon-Cheap Trick
8. We Sold Our Souls for Rock N' Roll-BSabbath
9. Volume IV-BSabbath
10. Shout-Motley
11. Escape-Journey
12. Love and War-Lillian Axe
13. # of the Beast-Maiden
14. Queen (s/t)
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterkari
Wow, this was a particularly hard challenge, but I manned up as best I could. I did not include double albums, live albums, or compiliations as I wanted to limit this to pure single releases.

Ten "must own" albums for rock fans

1. Kiss - Destroyer
2. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
3. Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon*
4. Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction*
5. Fleetwood Mac - Rumors*
6. U2 - The Joshua Tree
7. Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell
8. Aerosmith - Toys In The Attic
9. Rolling Stones - Tattoo You
10. Pearl Jam - VS

* Since you had these three listed, I chose three others for Mark to consider

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
Boston - Boston
Beatles - Revolver
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRyo Vie
Well now I can already tell that this is going to be HARD! lol
Well, here are 10, in no particular order;

- Dokken - "Under Lock and Key"
- AC/DC - "Back In Black"
- Motley Crue - "Shout at the Devil"
- Skid Row - "Skid Row"
- Ratt - "Out of the Cellar"
- Def Leppard - "High N' Dry"
- Bon Jovi - "Slippery When Wet"
- Whitesnake - "Whitesnake 1987"
- Tesla - "Mechanical Resonance"
- Quiet Riot - "Metal Health"
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
1-van halen-van halen
2-guns n roses-appetite for destruction
3-metallica-master of puppets
4-led zeppelin-II
5-stone temple pilots-core
6-queensryche-operation mindcrime
7-alice in chains-dirt
8-faith no more-the real thing
9-depeche mode-violator
10-alice cooper-welcome to my nightmare
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersenor sleaze
1) Kix - Live album
2) Guns N Roses - Appetite
3) AC/DC - Back in Black
4) Motley Crue - Dr. Feelgood
5) Def Leppard - Hysteria
6) Poison - Look What the Cat Dragged In
7) Buckcherry - 15
8) Skid Row - Slave to the Grind
9) Damn Yankees - Damn Yankees
10) Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Hmmm I own only a handful of CD's, but ALOT of mp3 music.Are best of albums allowed?

in no particular order:
1.Motley Crue- Dr.Feelgood.
2.Guns n' Roses- Appetite for destruction
3.Ozzy Osbourne- Blizzard of Ozz
OR
Black Sabbath- Paranoid
4.Skid Row- Skid Row
5.Bon Jovi- Crossroads
6.Bruce Springsteen- Born in the USA
7. Sex Pistols- Never Mind The Bollocks
8.Sixx:A.M.- The Heroin Diaries Soudtrack
9. Iron Maiden- Edward The Great Greatest Hits
10.Hanoi Rocks- Lightnin' Bar Blues (Albums '81-'84)
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLucifer
1. Hurriganes - Roadrunner
2. The Ramones - Ramones
3. Crashdïet - Rest in Sleaze
4. Mötley Crüe - Too Fast for Love
5. Skid Row - Slave to the Grind
6. Hanoi Rocks - Two Steps from the Move
7. Guns'N'Roses - Appetite for Destruction
8. The Rolling Stones - Forty Licks
9. Meat Loaf - Bat Out of Hell
10. Apocalyptica - Reflections
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZennï
1.Deep Purple- Machine Head
2.Van Halen- II
3.Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow- Debut
4.Bruce Springsteen- Born in the U.S.A.
5.The Rolling Stones- Exile On Main Street
6.The Rolling Stones- Some Girls
7.Led Zeppelin- Debut
8.No Doubt-Tragic Kindom
9.The Gathering-Mandylion
10.Sentenced-Frozen
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPat Stanton
OK, here is mine:

1. The Beatles -- Sgt. Pepper
2. GNR -- Appetite for Destruction
2. Van Halen -- Van Halen I
3. AC/DC -- Back in Black
4. Rush -- 2112
5. Motley Crue -- Too Fast For Love
6. Sweet -- Desolation Boulevard
7. Journey -- Captured
8. Styx -- Pieces of Eight
9. Boston -- Boston
10.The Babys -- Union Jack

OTHERS: REO Speedwagon -- Hi-Infidelity; Enuff Z'Nuff; Queen -- Night at the Opera; Def Leppard -- Pyromania; Pink Floyd -- The Wall; Warrant -- DRFSR; Aerosmith -- Permanent Vacation; Angel -- White Hot; The Cars; Supertramp -- Breakfast in America; Led Zeppelin IV; Ozzy -- Blizzard of Oz; Night Ranger -- Midnight Madness; The Who -- Who's Next.
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergerry g
In no order:

1. The Rolling Stones - Exile on Main St.
2. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
3. Aerosmith - Get Your Wings
4. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II
5. Van Halen - Women and Children First
6. X - Wild Gift
7. Derick & the Dominoes - Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs
8. Cream - Fresh Cream
9. The Who - Live at Leeds
10.Big Brother & the Holding Company - Cheap Thrills
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSean
Naming 10 albums is nearly impossible. But here is 10 albums that has made a differens in my life, and I couldn't live without any of these bad as records...

1) Ratt - Dancing undercover
2) Yngwie malmsteen - Eclipse
3) Hardline - Double eclipse
4) Push - Maximum entertaiment
5) Winger - In the heart of the young
6) White lion - Mane attraction
7) Skid row - Skid row
8) Love/hate - Blackout in the red room
9) Hardcore superstar - Hardcore superstar
10)Def leppard - Hysteria
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamiec
Okay, this is tough, but I will limit it to ten albums, and not include any compillations. I will also not mention albums that are already listed.

1. the Jeff Beck Group - Truth
2. Motorhead - Ace of Spades
3. Black Sabbath - black Sabbath
4. UFO - force It
5. Thin Lizzy - Jail break
6. Humble Pie - rockin' the fillmore
7. Joe cocker - Mad dogs and Englishmen
8. foreigner - Foreigner
9. The Who - Quadrophenia
10. cream - Disraeli gears
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBob
Here is mine: (no special order)
1 Guns and Roses-Appetite For Destruction
2 The Cult-Electric
3 Sex Pistols-Never Mind The Bollocks
4 Butch Walker-Left Of Self Centered
5 Janes Addiction-Nothings Shocking
6 London Quireboys-A Bit Of What You Fancy
7 Motley Crue-Too Fast For Love
8 Manic Street Preachers-Generation Terrorists
9 Hanoi Rocks-Two Steps From The Move
10 Big Bang Babies-3 Chords And The Truth
January 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter-T

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