100 great records

# performer title label year comments on talent
1 James Brown's
Funky People
Volume One
(eponymous)
People 1971 Lynn Collins, Maceo Parker
2 Marvin Gaye Whats Goin On? Motown 1971  
3 Leonard Cohen Songs of Love and Hate Columbia
 
 
4 Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul Stax
 
 
5 Aretha Franklin Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You Atlantic 1967  
6 Birthday Party Junkyard Missing Link
1982
Nick Cave, Rowland S. Howard
7 Shangri-Las Sophisticated Boom Boom Red Bird 1966  
8 Sonic Youth Daydream Nation Blast First
1988
Kim Gordon
9 Big Black Songs About Fucking Touch and Go 1987 Steve Albini
10 Cramps Pyschedelic Jungle I.R.S.
1981
 
11 Perez Prado Voodoo Suite BMG 1954 Shorty Rogers
12 Big Star Third
Sister Lovers
Ardent 1972 Alex Chilton
13 Desmond Dekker Rocking Steady
Best Of
Rhino 1992 much cheaper than hunting originals
14 English Beat Just Can't Stop It I.R.S. 1980 Rankin' Roger
15 the Stooges Funhouse Elektra 1969 Iggy Pop
16 MC-5 Kick Out the Jams Elektra
1968
Wayne Kramer
17 Dead Kennedys Frankenchrist Alternative Tentacles 1984 Jello Biafra
18 Misfits Walk Among Us Ruby 1982 Glen Danzig
19 Xavier Cugat Cugat Calvacade Columbia 1957  
20 Yma Sumac Voice of the Xtabay     Les Baxter, Moises Vivanco
21 Temptations Pyschedelic Shack Motown 1970  
22 Stereolab Emperor Tomato Ketchup   1995  
23 Jesus and Mary Chain Darklands WEA 1987 Jim Reid, Will Reid
24 Beastie Boys Paul's Boutique Capitol 1989 Adam Horowitz, Mike D
25 Joy Division Unknown Pleasures Qwest 1979 Peter Hook
26 Cure Pornography Elektra 1982  
27 Meat Beat Manifesto 99% Wax Trax
Mute
1990 Jack Dangers
28 Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Orange  
 
 
29 Sweet Desolation Boulevard Capitol 1973  
30 Diamanda Galas You Must Be Certain of the Devil Mute 1988  
31 Sepultura Roots Roadrunner 1996  
32 Boredoms Pop Tatari WEA 1994 Yamatsuka Eye, Hiro, Yoshimi
33 Cop Shoot Cop Ask Questions Later Interscope 1994  
34 Crime and the City Solution Room of Lights Mute 1986 Simon Bonney, Rowland S. Howard
35 Walter Wanderly Summer Samba Scamp   Astrud Gilberto
36 Rip, Rig, and Panic Knee Deep in Hits Virgin 1990 Neneh Cherry
37 Sondi Sodsai Sondi Liberty 1956 best version of Bali Hai
38 Martin Denny Quiet Village Liberty 1956  
39 Hunting Lodge Will Dark Vinyl
1992
 
40 SPK Leichenschrei Grey Area 1982 Graeme Revell
41 Test Dept
Brith Gof
Gododdin Ministry of Power
1990
Welsh Arts Council
42 Einstürzende Neubauten Halber Mensch Mute
1985
Blixa Bargeld, F.M. Einheit, Alexander Hacke
43 Coil Stolen and Contaminated World Serpent 1993  
44 Bow Wow Wow Girl Bites Dog EMI
1993
 
45 Abba Waterloo Polydor 1974  
46 Gories I Know You Be Houserockin' Crypt 1988 Mick Collins, Janet Walker
47 Doo Rag Chuncked and Muddled Bloat
1994
Bob Log, Thermos Malling
48 Skinny Puppy Bites
Remission
Nettwerk 1984 Nivek Ogre
49 Triffids Born Sandy Devotional White Hot 1988 Martyn Casey
50 tindersticks 1st eponymous This Way Up 1993  
51 Gallon Drunk From the Heart of Town Clawfist 1993  
52 Morphine Cure for Pain Ryko 1993 Sandman r.i.p. (died on stage)
53 Lydia Lunch Honeymoon in Red Widowspeak 1989 Thurston Moore, Rowland S. Howard, Nick Cave, Genevieve McGuckin
54 John Zorn Naked City Nonesuch 1989 Yamatsuka Eye, Bill Frisell, Joey Baron
55 Curtis Mayfield Superfly Ichiban    
56 Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas 4AD 1990  
57 My Bloody Valentine Ecstasy and Wine Creation 1989 Kevin Shields, Belinda Butcher
58 Flaming Lips In a Priest Driven Ambulance I.R.S.   Jon Mooneyham
59 Polvo Cor Crane Secret Merge    
60 Pavement Slanted and Enchanted Matador
1992
Spiral Staircase
61 Pixies Surfer Rosa
Come On Pilgrim
4AD   Black Francis, Kim D
62 Z'ev One Foot in the Grave Touch    
63 Public Enemy Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Def Jam
1987
Chuck D, Flavor Flav, Professor Grif, Terminator X
64 Wu Tang Clan 36 Chambers of Death RCA   RZA, GZA, Method Man, ODB, Ghostface Killah
65 Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel Nail Big Cat   Jim Thirwell
66 Daniel Johnston Continued Story Dutch East India 1985  
67 Jurassic Five Power in Numbers Interscope 2002 Charlie 2NA
68 Run-DMC Raising Hell Arista 1985 Jam Master Jay
69 Monster Magnet Spine of God Caroline 1991 Dave Wyndorf
70 Judas Priest Screaming for Vengeance      
69 Black Sabbath Master of Reality Warner Brothers 1971 Ozzy Osbourne
70 John Coltrane Blue Train Blue Note    
71 Bachir Attar Fire Across the Sky Axiom   Master Musicians of Jajouka
72 Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Mustt Mustt Real World    
73 Ministry Just One Fix EP WEA   William S. Burroughs
74 Girls Against Boys Venus Luxure No. 1 Baby Touch and Go    
75 Quicksand Manic Compression Island   Gorilla Biscuits
76 System of a Down Toxicity      
77 Prince Purple Rain  
 
Vanity
78 My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult I See Good Spirits, I See Bad Spirits Wax Trax
 
 
79 These Immortal Souls Never Gonna Die Again Mute   Rowland S. Howard
80 Renegade Soundwave Soundclash Mute
1989
 
81 Sisters of Mercy Some Girls Wander by Mistake Warner
1980s
comp of first four EPs
82 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Your Funeral My Trial Dutch East India
1986
Barry Adamson, Thomas Wydler, Blixa Bargeld
83 Galaxie 500 This is our Music Rough Trade
 
Dean Wareham
84 le tigre le tigre mr. lady
 
Kathleen Hanna
85 Boss Born Gangstaz Def Jam 1993 Russell Simmons
86 Rocket From the Crypt All Systems Go! Sympathy for the Record Industry    
87 New Bomb Turks Pissin' Out the Poison Crypt
1995
collected singles
88 Donovan Hurdy Gurdy Man Sony 1968  
89 Bee Gees 1st Polygram 1967 Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Show You
90 Spaceman 3 Taking Drugs to Make Music to Take Drugs to      
91 Talking Heads 77 Warner 1977 David Byrne
92 cornershop woman' gotta have it warner
1995
 
93 Sonics Here are the Sonics Norton 1965  
94 Os Mutantes Os Mutantes Omplatten
1968
Brasil
95 Question Mark and the Mysterians 30 Original recordings Campark Records
 
Mexico
96 Young Gods Play Kurt Weill Interscope 1991  
97 Saul Williams Not in My Name Synchronic 2003 Coldcut + D.J. Spooky
98 Chokebore Anything Near Water Amphetamine Reptile 1995  
99 Caspar Brotzmann Koksofen Homestead   Peter Brotzmann, F.M. Einheit
100 Maya Deren Divine Horsemen World
 
vinyl only
recordings of voodoo rituals

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