1001 albums
some are good

Icons representing music on my computer

I’m listening to all of the 1001 albums you must hear before you die playlist.

In alphabetical order, by album title. This page is where I record my progress.


Key to symbols

★ = I really liked this album
♯ = I’d never heard this before and was fascinated by it

 Tuesday 26 February

  1. #1 Record / Radio City, by Big Start
  2. 3 years, 5 months and 2 days in the life of Arrested Development
  3. 3+3, by The Isley Brothers ★ ♯
    Never heard this before; really liked it
  4. 16 Lovers Lane, by The Go Betweens ★
  5. 69 Love Songs, by The Magnetic Fields

Friday 1 March

  1. 461 Ocean Boulevard, by Eric Clapton
  2. 1977, by Ash
  3. 1984, by Van Halen
  4. 1999, by Prince ★
  5. 2112, by Rush
  6. Abbatoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  7. Abraxas, by Santana

Saturday 2 March

  1. Achtung Baby, by U2

Friday 22 March

  1. Actually, by Pet Shop Boys
  2. After the Gold Rush, by Neil Young
  3. Aftermath, by The Rolling Stones
  4. Agaetis Byrjun, by Sigur Rós
  5. Aja, by Steely Dan
  6. Alladin Sane, by David Bowie ★
  7. Alien Lanes, by Guided By Voices

Thursday 18 April

  1. All Directions, by The Temptations
  2. All Hail the Queen, by Queen Latifah
  3. All Mod Cons, by The Jam
  4. All That You Can’t Leave Behind, by U2

Tuesday 23 April

  1. Ambient 1/Music for Airports, by Brian Eno
  2. American Beauty, by Grateful Dead
  3. American Gothic, by David Ackles
  4. American Idiot, by Green Day

Wednesday 8 May

  1. A Girl Called Dusty, by Dusty Springfield
  2. A Grand Don’t Come for Free, by The Streets
  3. A Little Deeper, by Ms Dynamite
  4. A Love Supreme, by John Coltrane Quartet
  5. American IV: The Man Comes Around, by Johnny Cash
  6. American Pie, by Don McClean ★
  7. Amnesiac, by Radiohead
  8. Among the Living, by Anthrax
  9. A Night at the Opera, by Queen
  10. A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse, by Faces
  11. A Northern Soul, by The Verve

Thursday 9 May

  1. Another Green World, by Brian Eno
  2. Another Music in a Different Kitchen, by Buzzcocks
  3. Antichrist Superstar, by Marilyn Manson
  4. Apocalypse Dudes, by Turbonegro
  5. Appetite for Destruction, by Guns N’Roses

Thursday 16 May

  1. Aqualung, by Jethro Tull
  2. Architecture and Morality, by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
  3. Arc of a Diver, by Steve Winwood
  4. Are you Experienced, by Jimi Hendrix
  5. Arise, by Sepultura
  6. Armed Forces, by Elvis Costello and The Attractions ★
  7. Arrival, by ABBA
  8. A Rush of Blood to the Head, by Coldplay

Monday 20 May

  1. A Short Album about Love, by The Divine Comedy
  2. Astral Weeks, by Van Morrison
  3. At Budokan, by Cheap Trick
  4. At Fillmore East, by The Allman Brothers Band
  5. At Mister Kelly’s, by Sarah Vaughan and Her Band ★
  6. At San Quentin, by Johnny Cash
  7. Autobahn, by Kraftwerk

Tuesday 21 May

  1. Automatic for the People, by R.E.M. ★

Thursday 23 May

  1. A Walk Across the Rooftops, by The Blue Nile
  2. A Wizard / A True Star, by Todd Rundgren ★ ♯
    I thought I knew my 70s stuff pretty well, but I’ve never heard this before, or indeed anything quite like it
  3. Axis: Bold as Love, by Jimi Hendrix
And finally, we reach the Bs! This project may take a tiny bit longer than I had expected…
  1. B-52’s, by The B-52’s ★
    one of the finest pop albums ever made, imho
  2. Back at the Chicken Shack, by Jimmy Smith

Monday 3 June

  1. Back in Black, by AC/DC
  2. Back to Black, by Amy Winehouse ★

Tuesday 4 June

  1. Bad, by Michael Jackson
  2. Bandwagonesque, by Teenage Fanclub ★
  3. Bayou Country, by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  4. Beautiful Freak, by Eels
  5. Before and After Science, by Brian Eno
  6. Beggars Banquet, by The Rolling Stones
  7. Behaviour, by Pet Shop Boys

Monday 10 June

  1. Being There, by Wilco
  2. Berlin, by Lou Reed

Tuesday 11 June

  1. Bert Jansch, by Bert Jansch
  2. Better Living Through Chemistry, by Fat Boy Slim
  3. Beyond Skin, by Nitin Sawhney
  4. Billion Dollar Babies, by Alice Cooper
  5. Birth of the Cool, by Miles Davis

Tuesday 9 July

  1. Bitches Brew, by Miles Davis
  2. Black Holes and Revelations, by Muse
  3. Black Sabbath, by Black Sabbath

Thursday 8 August

  1. Blonde on Blonde, by Bob Dylan
  2. Blood and Chocolate, by Elvis Costello & the Attractions ★
  3. Blood on the Tracks, by Bob Dylan
  4. Blood, Sweat & Tears, by Blood, Sweat & Tears
  5. Blue, by Joni Mitchell ★
  6. Blue Lines, by Massive Attack ★

Friday 9 August

  1. Bluesbreakers, by John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
  2. Blur, by Blur
  3. Bone Machine, by Tom Waits

Monday 12 August

  1. Bongo Rock, by Incredible Bongo Band
  2. Bookends, by Simon & Garfunkel ♯
    Another surprise: I thought I knew my S&G, but I’d never heard this one before and it’s not at all what I expected it to be…
  3. Born in the U.S.A., by Bruce Springsteen
  4. Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen
  5. Bossanova, by Pixies
  6. BOSTON, by Boston
  7. Boy in da corner, by Dizzee Rascal
  8. Bridge Over Troubled Water, by Simon & Garfunkel
First milestone reached: 101 albums in the first 6 months. Wrote a post to tell the world. Right. Next!

Filed under: music and projects
(12 August 2019)