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Wire magazine – 100 Most Important Records Ever Made

According to Wire magazine, these are the 100 Most Important Records Ever Made. Album covers and write-ups can be found here. I found the list so interesting, I decided to re-post it here:

  1. Various Artists – On the Halls (1930)
  2. Anton Webern – Complete Webern, Op. 1-31 (1991)
  3. Various Artists – Earliest Negro Vocal Quartets, 1894-1928 (1991)
  4. Igor Stravinsky – Petrouchka; Le Sacre du Printemps: Boulez (1992)
  5. Bartok Plays Bartok: Bartok at the Piano, 1929-41 (1995)
  6. Bessie Smith – The Complete Recordings Vol. 1 (1991)
  7. Jelly Roll Morton – The Jelly Roll Morton Centennial: His Complete Victor Recordings (1990)
  8. Louis Armstrong – Hot Fives and Sevens (1999)
  9. Charley Patton – Founder of the Delta Blues (1969)
  10. Blind Willie Johnson – Praise God I’m Satisfied (1977)
  11. Really! The Country Blues, 1927-1933 (1962)
  12. Dziga Vertov – Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbas (film with soundtrack)
  13. Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings (1990)
  14. Billie Holiday – Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia, 1933-1944 (2001)
  15. Count Basie – The Complete Original American Decca Recordings (2001)
  16. Muggsy Spanier’s Ragtime Band – The Great 16 (1956)
  17. Coleman Hawkins – Body and Soul (1958)
  18. Duke Ellington – The Blanton-Webster Band (1986)
  19. Charlie Parker – The Complete Savoy Studio Sessions (1978)
  20. Thelonious Monk – Genius of Modern Music (1951)
  21. Woody Herman – Four Brothers (1988)
  22. Lennie Tristano and Warne Marsh – Intuition (1996)
  23. Olivier Messiaen – Turangalila-Symphonie + Lutoslawski – Symphony No. 3, Los Angeles
    Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen (1986)
  24. Various Artists – Folk Music of the Mediterranean (1952)
  25. Art Tatum – The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces (1991)
  26. Elvis Presley – That’s All Right/Blue Moon of Kentucky/That’s All Right [alternate take] (2004)
  27. Julie London – Julie Is Her Name (1955)
  28. Frank Sinatraa – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers (1956)
  29. Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus (1957)
  30. The 5 Royales – Dedicated to the One I Love/Don’t Be Ashamed (1957 single)
  31. Chuck Berry – Sweet Little Sixteen/Reelin’ and Rockin’ (1958 single)
  32. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (1959)
  33. Bo Diddley – Go Bo Diddley (1959)
  34. Karlheinz Stockhausen – Gesang der Junglinge; Kontakte (1966)
  35. Ornette Coleman – Change of the Century (1960)
  36. Gil Evans – Out of the Cool (1961)
  37. Bill Evans – Complete Village Vanguard 1961 (2005)
  38. Oliver Nelson – The Blues and the Abstract Truth (1961)
  39. Green Onions – Booker T. and the MGs (1962)
  40. Charles Mingus – The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (1963)
  41. La Monte Young – Sunday Morning Blues (1992)
  42. Ezz Reco & the Launchers – Blue Beat Dance/King of Kings (1964 single)
  43. Albert Ayler – Spiritual Unity (1964)
  44. The Kingsmen – Louie Louie/Haunted Castle (1963 single)
  45. Eric Dolphy – Out to Lunch (1964)
  46. Various Artists – The Motown Sound: A Collection of 16 Original Bit Hits, Vol. 9 (1967)
  47. The Kinks – See My Friend/Never Met a Girl Like You Before (1965 single)
  48. James Brown – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Parts 1 & 2 (1965 single)
  49. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
  50. Alegre All Stars (Charlie Palmieri) – Best of the Alegre All Stars (2005)
  51. Morton Subotnick – Silver Apples of the Moon (1967)
  52. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (1965)
  53. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  54. Frank Zappa – We’re Only In It for the Money (1968)
  55. Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold as Love (1967)
  56. Sly and the Family Stone – Dance to the Music (1968)
  57. The Melodians – Pre-Meditation (1986)
  58. Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica (1969)
  59. The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1968)
  60. The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (1969)
  61. Scott Walker – Scott 3 (1969)
  62. The Meters – Look-Ka Py Py (1969)
  63. The Stooges – Fun House (1970)
  64. The Soft Machine – Third (1970)
  65. Dr. Roger Payne (producer) – Songs of the Humpback Whale (1970)
  66. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
  67. Philip Glass – Music in Twelve Parts (1988)
  68. Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan – In Concert 1972 (1973)
  69. Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (1973)
  70. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (1973)
  71. Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)
  72. Joni Mitchell – Ladies of the Canyon (1970)
  73. Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-68 (1972)
  74. Bob Marley – Catch a Fire (1973)
  75. Can – Soon Over Babaluma (1974)
  76. Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevayorquino – Concepts in Unity (1975)
  77. Patti Smith – Horses (1975)
  78. Fela Kuti – Kalakuta Show (1975)
  79. Brian Eno – Another Green World (1975)
  80. The Clash – The Clash (1977)
  81. Hans Jurgen Syberberg – Hitler, A Film from Germany (film with soundtrack)
  82. Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express (1977)
  83. Evan Parker – Monoceros (1978)
  84. Pere Ubu – Dub Housing (1978)
  85. Public Image Ltd. – Metal Box (1979)
  86. The Pop Group – Y (1979)
  87. Alban Berg – Lulu; DG; Boulez (1986)
  88. The Fall – Slates (1981)
  89. Grandmaster Flash – The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel (1981 single)
  90. King Sunny Ade – Juju Music (1982)
  91. Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)
  92. Husker Du – Zen Arcade (1984)
  93. Minor Threat – Complete Discography (2003)
  94. Madonna – Into the Groove/Shoo-Bee-Doo (1985 single)
  95. Various Artists – The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (1987)
  96. Christian Marclay – Record Without a Cover (1985)
  97. Mr. Fingers – Washing Machine (1986 single)
  98. Amy Koita – Best of Amy Koita (2004)
  99. Cecil Taylor – Cecil Taylor in Berlin ’88 (1989)
  100. Public Enemy – Bring the Noise (1987 single)

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