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Favorite Albums, No Specific Genre

  • Sep 13, 2010
This are ten of my favorite albums in no particular order. I didn't include any greatest hits albums on this list because, well, they aren't full of original material. Hope you enjoy.
1
Hysteria
Def Leppard's greatest album and, quite possibly, one of the best albums of all time.
See the full review, "What's Left To Say?".
2
Hotter Than Hell
KISS' first attempt at harnessing the raw power of their live shows. It's been overlooked for many years by fans and non-fans of the band.
See the full review, "The Older It Gets, The Better It Sounds".
3
Appetite for Destruction
Guns n' Roses at their best. Unfortunately, internal struggles and heavy production of later albums would kill GnR's original sound.
See the full review, "Arguably The Best Metal/Hard Rock Album Ever".
4
Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room
Yoakam channels Merle Haggard for one of his best albums to date.
See the full review, "Pushing the Envelope and Sounding Good Doing It".
5
Here in the Real World
In a genre that has been killed by over-production and out-and-out pop musicians posing as country singers, Alan Jackson has remained true to his roots. He's one of the few neo-traditionalists still alive in country music today.
See the full review, "Thank The Gods".
6
Back in Black
Out of all the rock albums listed here, this one was probably the toughest to record. Rebounding from the death of Bon Scott, AC/DC picked themselves up by their bootstraps and made an album that has made countless lists of greatest albums, songs, etc. If you own only one rock album, this is the one to have.
See the full review, "1980 Still Hasn't Recovered From This One".
7
American IV: The Man Comes Around
Johnny Cash proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that a man can make great music no matter how old he is and no matter what he's singing. This particular album, chock full of covers, shows Cash taking songs from all genres and making them his own.
See the full review, "Perhaps His Best Work".
8
Jesus Freak
Christian artists are often shunned due to the fact that most of them are really only copycats of secular artists. DC Talk became a strong catalyst for Christian artists who wanted to tackle music on their own terms and not try to be the Christian equivalent of another (and usually much better) secular band. This was God rock's kick in the teeth to the secular world, and it was great.
See the full review, "A Shocker".
9
1984
One of Van Halen's biggest albums, it contains the hits "Panama," "Jump," I'll Wait," and the viciously fun "Hot For Teacher."
See the full review, "Relax, The Synthesizers Sound Great".
10
Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet
Most people point to "New Jersey" as the album that solidified Bon Jovi's status as rock stars. I personally believe that "Slippery" is ten times better than that album.

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