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MUST HAVE in any CD collection - What's Yours?

I love music (who doesn't?) I always say that I listen to everything and anything but I want to cover more of a range and actually listen to everything and anything (or at least more of it).

When people ask me what kind of music do I listen to - I used to say "everything really, just not so much METAL or RAP" To be honest, I still don't listen to Metal or Rap that much but I've come to find not ALL metal bands have singers that only screams. Very Happy

So... here's my request - look in your CD collection and tell me your top 1, 2, or 3 picks of albums you think everyone should have in their CD collection.

Does not matter if it's old, new, just stuff that I can go to the store and grab if I want to check it out.

Also, it doesn't matter what genre it's in whether it's Jazz, Metal, Country, Oldies, whatever... you get the picture. Smile

Here is a list I've compiled - please let me know (by PM) if there are any corrections (misspellings and what-not).
If there's an album/artist you would like to recommend to be added to this list please reply to this thread and why it's a must-have. Thanks!

Artist - Album
Artist - Album
AC/DC - Black in Black
Alan Jackson - Remember When
Alesana - On Frail Wings of Vanity and Wax
Avenged Sevenfold - City of Evil
B.B. King -
Bach -
Bach - Mass In B Minor
Beethoven - Symphony #7
Beatles -
Beatles - Abbey Road
Beatles - Seargeant Peppers
Beatles - The White Album
Beethoven -
Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
Billy Joel - The Stranger
Blockhead - Music by Cavelight
Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited,
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
Crosby Still Nash and Young - So Far
Dave Matthews Band - Remember Two Things
Dave Weckl Band - Multiplicity
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Django Reinhart -
Dvorak - New World Symphony
Edge of Sanity - Crimson II
Elvis -
Ensigerum - Iron
Four Tet -
Gamma Ray - Blast from the Past
Gasolin' -
Green Day - American Idiot
Guns 'n' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
Gustav Holst - Planets
Hard-fi -
Helloween - The Dark Ride
Iced Earth - Alive in Athens
In Flames - Come Clarity
Janis Joplin -
Jay-Z - Reasonable Doubt
Jimi Hendrix -
Joni Mitchell - Blue
Kim Larsen -
Kiss - Destroyer
Lauryn Hill - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
Leonard Cohen -
Madonna -
Mahler - Symphony #8
Maithi Roth - Heroine
Metallica -
Michael Buble - Call me Irresponsible
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Mozart - Requiem
Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
Nirvana - In Utero
Ozzy Osbourne -
Pat Benatar - We Belong
Paul Simon - Graceland
Pearl Jam - Ten
Pharoahe Monch - Desire
Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon
Quincy Jones - Back on the Block
REM - Automatic For The People
Robin Thicke -
Sountrack - Paris, Texas
Supertramp - Breakfast in America
Symphony X -
Symphony X - The New Mythology Suite
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Texas - Greatest Hits
The Clash - London Calling
The CunninLynguists - A Piece of Strange
The Doors - The Doors
The Eagles - Hotel California
The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
The Stones - Exile On Main Street
Tom Waits -
U2 - The Joshua Tree
Van Morrison - Moondance
Vivaldi - Four Seasons
Wintersun - Wintersun
Hi there,

I don't know why, but I think that this topic makes some meaning somewhere... Smile

By the way!

Everyone, even my mom and my granny, likes something with Ozzy Osbourne, so therefor has Ozzy a place in every CD collection, even that you never listen to it.. Smile

I'm also quit sure that, even the most hard coreed metallian has somekind of relationship to Madonna, and even got an CD or 2.

Then of cause Pink Floyd, I haven't yet seen any CD collection without at least one Pink Floyd CD.

I'm not specially proud to say it, but I also got some Metallica CD's in my collection, so I guess that they also somewhere belongs here.

At last is the misc. like Jimi Hendrix, Beatles, Elvis, B.B. King, Kim Larsen, Gasolin' and even ABBA. No further explanation... Smile

It seems like you're a pop/love song kinda lady. So I'll recommend Robin Thicke's - The Evolution of Robin Thicke.

Yep, it's a guilty pleasure of mine. Its lyrics fall flat, but this guy has some serious soul going on in his music, which I like.
I guess Rosanova makes it hard for any of us to find anything not mentioned before. But I dare say that everyone should have something with Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits in their collection as well. And Janis Jolin, for the sake of history.
I'm a big metal fan, but except metal I've got some classical tracks in my playlist...
Mozart's Requiem, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Gustav Holst's Planets, some Bach and Beethoven tracks as well.
I also have some tracks from the electronica genre: some songs from Ulver's new albums, and re-mixes of Arcturus tracks (Disguised Masters album).
I have to say mine varies but at the moment i'd have to go for hard-fi's new album it rocks Very Happy
Helios wrote:
I'm a big metal fan, but except metal I've got some classical tracks in my playlist...
Mozart's Requiem, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Gustav Holst's Planets, some Bach and Beethoven tracks as well.
I also have some tracks from the electronica genre: some songs from Ulver's new albums, and re-mixes of Arcturus tracks (Disguised Masters album).

Hi there,

I forgot to mention Vivaldi's Four Seasons, but I don't expect that Carl Orff's Camina Burana is included... Smile
1. I know you said you don't like rap, but the next time you're in a CD store with one of those scannable preview machines, definitely give The CunninLynguists' A Piece of Strange a chance.

It definitely evokes a soulful sound. Live instrumentation, a lot of melodies and harmonies. They're from the south, and so you'll hear a lot of guitar on the album that sounds reminiscent of country. And what's more, the CD tells a story. You can read more about it here:

2. Likewise, Pharoahe Monch's Desire is one of those albums that breaks down the stereotype of rap music as bass-heavy and lacking musicality. A lot of bright, lush jazz style instrumentation on this one. It's also extremely cohesive to listen through all at once, and Monch touches on topics such as politics, gun violence & culpability, and racial self loathing.

I guarantee that if you spend :15 seconds listening to snippets from these albums, you'll like the overall sound they present.
Out of personal opinion?

In Utero - Nirvana

An insanely good album. A work of art.

Hmm. I'm not sure of any others, because once again personal taste would probably bias my suggestion.

In Flames - Come Clarity is a really good CD!
Blockhead - Music by Cavelight

Dude is the next DJ Shadow...
The Mitchell
at least 1 beatles record. preferably seargeant peppers, the white album, or abbey road.

jeff buckley - grace or if you find his wierder stuff more enjoyable then id say sketches for my sweetheart the drunk.

four tet - everyone will love this guy. all his album are great but rounds and everything ecstatic are my faves. also check out fridge his band.
Beatles are essential. Elvis Presley should be 2.

And I would recommend TEXAS - Greatest Hits, as I always do.
1- Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon
2 - Mickael Jackson, Thriller
3 - Deep Purple, Made IN Japan
4 - Maïthi Roth, Heroïne
5 - AC/DC, Black In Black
6 - Kiss, Destoyer
7 - Dire Strait, Love over Gold
8 - Quincy Jones, Back on the Block
9 - Supertramp, Breakfast in America
10 - Pat Benatar, We belong

In my opinion I only have 2 cds that are a must have in any cd collection
City of evil by avenged sevenfold
And American Idiot by green day
If there should be one in my cd collection, I select Remember When by Alan Jackson, who is my favorite singers for now.
Nirvana and the Beatles are both heavily overrated :p

But this is not the place for such a discussion so I'll leave it at that Wink.

As a must-have, I would say Symphony X's V - The New Mythology Suite

Also, Dave Weckl Band's Multiplicity

Symphony X are probably more progressive metal than anything else, and their singer Russell Allen is probably better than ANY other singer in your collection, and he only growls at appropriate times in songs - most of the time he SINGS.

Dave Weckl Band is an instrumental jazz fusion band.
Bach's Mass In B Minor
The Stones Exile On Main Street
Dvorak's New World Symphony
Django Reinhart and Stephan Grapelli
..and the soundtrack from ""Paris, Texas""
David Bowies - Hunky Dory...... an album of demented genius
Guns 'n' Roses - Apetite For Destruction

That is an album to own before you die.
Iced Earth - Alive in Athens
Helloween - The Dark Ride
Gamma Ray - Blast from the Past
Edge of Sanity - Crimson II
Ensiferum - Iron
Wintersun - Wintersun

All excellent albums.
Just bought my best CD ever! Alesana - On Frail Wings Of Vanity And Wax. You really should check Alesana out.
Wow, I'm surprised I haven't been smote for my comment about the Beatles and Nirvana.
Lauryn Hill - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Great album

Jay-z - Reasonable Doubt
Thanks everybody for responding to this post! I've edited my initial post and included your suggestions.

There are a few artists/bands that were mentioned but a particular Album wasn't mentioned. If you can, please suggest a single Album title so that I will know which I should consider, especially if they released multiple albums over the years.

I'd be interested in seeing more albums that are leaning towards Jazz, Metal, Rap, and Country since those are the genres I don't normally listen to.

As always, quality over quantity lol please suggest your (at max 3) top suggestions. At this rate I may spend more time at the CD store looking for CD's than actually listening to them lol!
Wow, I'm surprised I haven't been smote for my comment about the Beatles and Nirvana.

Me too. You should be. Wink

As for my list, I will choose the following:

Beatles - White Album
Billy Joel - The Stranger
Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
Beethoven - Symphony #7
Mahler - Symphony #8
Pearl Jam - Ten
The Smiths - The Queen is Dead
Dave Matthews Band - Remember Two Things
Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
Crosby Still Nash and Young - So Far
Michael Buble - Call me Irresponsible (one of my guilty pleasures)

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Django Reinhart and Stephan Grapelli

Now this is an outstanding choice! I love Grapelli (I'm a violinist myself) and his recordings with Django are classic!!!
I listen to most all genres of music except country and pop. The one album that I love the most is from a band called "The Mars Volta" their first album is entitled "De-Loused in the Comatorium". They also put on some of the best shows. Their shows blend their albums with a lot of improvisations. I can't really describe this band because they are completely original. They remind me of Pink Floyd for some reason although they don't technically sound that similar. Other modern albums I recommend include Tool's Lateralus, A Perfect Circle's Mer De Noms and Radiohead's OK computer.
You're missing a whole bunch of absolutely classic albums:

1. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan. Also by Dylan, you must have three more: Blonde On Blonde, Blood On The Tracks and The Times They Are A-Changin’.
2. Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen.
3. Blue, Joni Mitchell.
4. The Joshua Tree, U2.
5. Moondance, Van Morrison.
6. Graceland, Paul Simon.
7. Hotel California, The Eagles.
8. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young.
9. Automatic For The People, REM.
10. Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd.
11. The Doors, The Doors.
12. London Calling, The Clash.

Anything made after about 1995 has not stood the test of time, imho.

Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums of All Time is a really good resource for this, if you are serious.

No classical music on there, which is a different kettle of fish.
I have updated the list...

Picked up Michael Buble - which is GREAT ;D

...look forward to seeing more recommendations!
There's many CDs I love and consider as basic, but I think this one is a good one to stay in everyone's shelf:
Ben Harper, "Fight for your mind".
For me it's:

Da Fresh - Boken Dream
Syke 'N' Sugarstarr & Alexandra Prince - Are You (Watching Me Watching You)
Switch - A Bit Patchy (Eric Prydz remix)
Alex Gaudino - Destination Calabria (Laidback Luke remix)
Justice - New Jack (Gritty Prophet mix)
Cicada - The Things you say (Dirty South remix)
Johnny Crocket - E For Elektro
LFO - Freak
Leger & Lake - Aqualight (radio edit)
Dj Lbr feat Mc Shurakano - U Got It (original club mix)
Digitalism - Pogo
Dj Tiesto - Adagio For Strings (Album Mix)
Julian Jeweil - Air conditionne
Niels Van Gogh - Pulverturm 2.0
Oxia - Domino
Be 2 Night Traxx - Not Enough
Roman Flugel - Geht's Noch
Arno Cost & Arias - Magenta (original mix)
Tiësto - Brightmorning
Boogie Boys - rock this feeling (Club 7 remix)
Freaks - The Creeps (Youre Giving Me, Vandalism mix)
Moss & Szade - You're not alone (radio edit Szade)
Cosmic Gate - Ultra Curve
John Dahlback - Blink
Anberlin - Cities
Daphne Loves Derby - Strength of All Convinced
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Green Day - Dookie

I'll be adding more later. Those were on the top of my head.
Apocalyptica - Amplified: A Decade of Reinventing the Cello
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Deep Purple - Made in Japan
Led Zeppelin - I, II, III, IV, How The West Was Won
Linkin Park - Meteora, Hybrid Theory
Metallica - Master Of Puppets, ...And Justice For All, Black Album, S&M
Nirvana - Nevermind
Pink Floyd - ... heh, should have all of them! Twisted Evil
The Police - hmm maybe The Best Of would suit best
Queen - Innuendo, The Night At The Opera
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Blood Sugar Sex Magik
Scorpions - Deadly Sting, Humanity: Hour I

and of course some jazz and classical Very Happy
Here's my list of must have CDs, almost all of the songs in these albums are my favorites:

Blessid Union of Souls - Walking Off the Buzz
Blessid Union of Souls - The Singles
Avril Lavigne - The Best Damn Thing
Vertical Horizon - Everything You Want
Newsboys - Go!
my favourite five...

1. The Beatles - Revolver - their best album, and one the most influential rock albums
2. The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - as a collection of songs, not as good as Revolver (or Rubber Soul, or The White Album, or Abbey Road, for that matter), but as a production, simply the most important album ever made
3. The Band - The Last Waltz - the best live album of all time, The Band playing at their best
4. Bob Dylan - Live 1966 - the other best live album (The Band was his backing band at this point), as Dylan goes electric
5. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited - as important as Revolver as far as influence goes... incredible
Ghetto - Freedom Of Speech

Genre: Grime

I didn't see anyone talking about Jethro Tull. They are really good too....
No classic album list is complete without at least one Led Zeppelin album - take your pick from
Physical Grafitti
AC/Dc - Jailbreak
Aerosmith - Get a Grip
Audioslave - Audioslave
CCR - Best Of
Children of Bodom - Stockholm Knockout Live
GreenDay - American Idiot
Jimi Hendrix - best Of
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin I
Maroon5 - Songs about Jane
Motorhead - 1916
Nirvana - Unplugged
Pantera - Cowboys From Hell
Pearl Jam - Ten
RHCP - RHCP Gold Hits
The Beatles - The Beatles 1
The Doors - Greatest Hits
The Who - Live at Leeds
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