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Top Albums 16-30

Here’s the next installment of my top albums.  Sorry posts have been slow forthcoming.  Lately it’s been really hard getting any quiet time to write.  I haven’t written a whole lot for this list so please, if anyone has any questions drop me a line.

Oh, and since I’m not covering classic rock in this list I thought I’d share with you my favorite Led Zeppelin song (just so you know I’m not without any culture).  My favorite Led Zeppelin song is “Fool In the Rain”.  (I thought about making people guess, but that would have been too hard.)  Anyone out there with a non-traditional Zeppelin favorite?

(I just realized I’ve been doing the titles on these posts backwards, too. And I just corrected my list progression in the last group. Damnit! I can’t get this right!)

30. Cake – Fashion Nugget

29. Blind Melon – self-titled

28. Prince – Purple Rain

27. Sublime – 40oz to Freedom

Even though my favorite Sublime song (“What I Got” – really, it’s more of a mantra) is on their self-titled album (you know the one with “Santeria” on it) I just enjoy this album a lot.  How can you not smile at lyrics like “He was a nazi, yeah yeah yeah”?  (For those of you who are not familiar with the song, it’s not an endorsement of the third Reich in any way.)

26. Dave Matthews – Crash

I’ve liked other Dave Matthews stuff, but this album just caught me from beginning to end. I wanted to play “Crash” at my wedding, but we couldn’t figure out a way to work in a song about S&M without it seeming weird. 

25. Sex Pistols – The Great Rock & Roll Swindle

What?  Compilation album?  La la la… I can’t hear you.

24. Morrissey – Bona Drag

When I’m channeling my inner gay man and singing Morrissey songs, Keen says I sound just like him.  I pretend that’s a compliment.

23. The Presidents of the United States of America - self-titled

22. Soundgarden – Superunknown

21. Nirvana – In Utero

This is a fantastic album. I know Nevermind is still many people’s favorite, but this is just a fantastic album. 

20. The Flaming Lips – The Satellite Heart

19. Train – pre-album  My favorite Train album was actually this CD they burned themselves and gave out when they played in local bars.  It’s a great CD and is really just like the “official” album but the song progression is different (and really, sometimes that makes all the difference). I’ve been a little disappointed with the band since they’ve gone more mainstream. Not that I think selling your art for money is bad (I’m not into hating a group because they “sold out” or any of that); I just think they’ve lost some of their soulful edge.

18. Sponge – Rotting Pinata

Love it, love it, love it!  “Plowed” is so fucking awesome.  “Molly” is pretty damn good, too.  But “Plowed”… it used to be one of my at-work-angst songs.

17. Mary’s Danish – American Standard

16. Indigo Girls – 1200 Curfews, Disc 2

This album is currently MIA but I love it.  Any time I can hear “Closer to Fine” and “Galileo” in one sitting, I’m pretty happy.  They just make my day.


The Phoenix

"Crash" is such an odd song...

"Hike up your skirt a little more. Show the world to me."

Where on Earth do guys get to say such cool stuff to a hot girl?


Haven't heard Sponge in a long time! Once again, you've shown we have some very similar tastes!

the weirdgirl

Phoenix, I think if you're a rock star you get to say anything you want to girls!

Hey Chris, it's funny I've yet to read a blog where the author only listens to rap or country exclusively. (I'm sure they're out there, I just haven't met them yet.) Everyone seems to be in the rock/alt camp. Or at least the ones interested in these lists are!


Wow! Haven't thought of Mary's Danish in a long time.


your list is like my shopping basket at Cheapos' in the mid-90s (except for Morrissey...never my cup of tea). Great list.

BTW, I LOVE "Fool in the Rain". Sadly, I can't claim a non-traditional favorite Zep song (it's "Good Times, Bad Times") so don't hate me

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