THE TOP TEN Albums You Must Hear
Think you know your music? Read on to see if your ten favourite albums match ours.
The Beatles - 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' (1967)
The perennial incumbent of 'Best Album' lists, the Fab Four's eighth studio album saw them at their most experimental. Influenced by the rhythms of the Far East, the band combined their hugely popular sound with more psychedelic leanings.
The Beach Boys - 'Pet Sounds' (1966)
Dripping in California cool, The Beach Boys' masterpiece sounds as bright today as it did on the day it was released. Made almost single-handedly by lead singer Brian Wilson, its near perfect harmony of ambitious lyrics and sugar sweet vocals mean it is still cited as the perfect pop album to this day.
The Stone Roses - 'The Stone Roses' (1989)
Perhaps the finest debut album ever conceived, its sound and ambition influenced the next 25 years of British music. Packed full of classic such as 'I Wanna Be Adored' and 'I Am the Resurrection', the band's massive reunion gigs show the lasting legacy of this 50 minute LP.
Bob Dylan - 'Blonde On Blonde' (1966)
This classic sees Dylan at his schizophrenic best and showcases the depths and intensity of his song writing abilities. His raspy riot-call of a voice has never sounded as good.
The Velvet Underground - 'The Velvet Underground & Nico' (1967)
As well known for its cover as its pop brilliance, The Velvet Underground's finest hour saw them change the face of rock music forever in 48 minutes. Despite being comparatively unsuccessful on its release it has gone on to become one of the most revered collection of songs ever put to record.
Nirvana - 'Nevermind' (1991)
Everybody knows where they were when they first heard 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'. Sound-tracking teenage angst and rebellion since the early 90s, Nirvana's second and most well-known album shows them at their fiercest, cleverest and fragile best.
The Beatles - 'Revolver' (1966)
The best band ever is allowed two, right? Innovative, introspective and dramatic are all words that could be thrown at The Beatles seventh album. However it sounds to you, there is no denying that these 14-tracks create one of the finest pop records in British musical history.
Fiona Apple - 'Extraordinary Machine' (2005)
The delayed third album from the beguiling American songstress has only grown in reputation since its release. With a range of live dates arranged across September and October, any Las Vegas holidays or American road trips would give you a chance to catch her award winning voice in person.
The Strokes - 'Is This It' (2001)
This album single-handedly rescued indie music from its millennial nadir. Sounding as leather-clad as the five-piece from whence it came, this 36 minute burst of rock energy is the sound of a band in perfect unison.
The Clash - 'London Calling' (1980)
'London Calling' verbalised the fury and disenfranchisement of the voiceless masses of Thatcher's Britain. Sounding both eloquent and full of punk energy, it would prove to be the high point of the band's searing career.
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