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Ethan’s Top 10 Albums

When I sat out to determine my top 10 favorite albums of all time, I didn’t realize how difficult this job would be. Over a month, I remembered and listened to various albums I love and compiled a list of the ones I deemed worthy to be in my top 10. When I was done, I had nearly 50 titles. Of course, I had to cut those down to 10, so – in order to do that – I ranked all those albums I had listed. This took a couple weeks, and it hurt my heart to exclude many of the great records I had chosen, but I finally did it.

My criteria was that I must love the album as an album, as a unit, and I must love several of the songs on the album without disliking any of them. I also had to have something true and personal to say about the album. Additionally, the album couldn’t be a compilation/collection album, and I limited myself to only one album per artist.

Format for listing albums: Artist, Title, Year, Genre, Runtime [rounded], Record Label, Producer(s)


10. Boston, Boston, 1976, Hard Rock, 38 min., Epic, John Boylan and Tom Scholz

9. The White Stripes, Elephant, 2003, Blues Rock, 50 min., V2/XL, Jack White
Also considered: Icky Thump

8. The Beatles, Abbey Road, 1969, Pop Rock/Blues Rock, 47 min., Apple, George Martin
Also considered: Rubber Soul

7. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV, 1971, Hard Rock, 43 min., Atlantic, Jimmy Page
Also considered: Led Zeppelin II and Physical Graffiti

6. Black Sabbath, Paranoid, 1970, Heavy Metal/Hard Rock, 42 min., Vertigo/Warner Bros., Rodger Bain
Also considered: Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Sabotage

5. Rush, Permanent Waves, 1980, Prog Rock, 35 min., Anthem, Rush and Terry Brown
Also considered: Fly by Night, Hemispheres, and Moving Pictures

4. Queen, A Night at the Opera, 1975, Prog Rock, 43 min., EMI/Elektra, Queen and Roy Thomas Baker

3. Van Halen, Van Halen, 1978, Hard Rock, 36 min., Warner Bros., Ted Templeman

2. Lynyrd Skynyrd, (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd), 1973, Southern Rock, 43 min., MCA, Al Kooper

1. Metallica, Master of Puppets, 1986, Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal, 55 min., Elektra, Metallica and Flemming Rasmussen


5. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Christmas Eve and Other Stories, 1996, Symphonic Metal/Progressive Rock/Christmas, 62 min., Lava/Atlantic, Paul O’Neill and Robert Kinkel

4. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds, 1966, Pop/Rock, 36 min., Capitol, Brian Wilson

3. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks, 1975, Folk Rock, 52 min., Columbia, Bob Dylan
Also considered: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde, Nashville Skyline, Slow Train Coming, and Infidels

2. The Tony Rice Unit, Manzanita, 1979, Progressive Bluegrass, 38 min., Rounder, Tony Rice
Also considered: Tony Rice

1. Creedence Clearwater Revival, Cosmo’s Factory, 1970, Roots Rock, 42 min., Fantasy, John Fogerty
Also considered: Bayou Country, Green River, and Willy and the Poor Boys

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