Musicians and their Best Albums

In the list below, I have taken my “Best Albums of All Time” list and organized it by performing artist/musician, in alphabetical order.  This list actually contains more artists and albums than the “Best Albums of All Time – The Critics Picks” because it includes every album on two or more of the original 33 “best albums” lists (the original source lists) that I used to compile this meta-list.  The number in parentheses indicates the number of original source lists that the album is on.  The date is generally the date of first release (usually US or UK).  In the case of compilations, I have used recording dates instead of release dates.

Although the 33 original source lists I used to compile this meta-list were usually labeled “Best Albums” or “Best Music”, they focused primarily on various forms of rock and pop, as well as rhythm & blues, soul, funk, hip hop, and singer/songwriter.  There is a little bit of jazz and country.

AC/DC
(18)  Back in Black (1980)

Aerosmith
(5)  Toys in the Attic (1975)
(2)  Pump (1989)

Air
(3)  Moon Safari (1998)

Alice in Chains
(3)  Dirt (1992)

The Allman Brothers Band
(6)  At Fillmore East (1971)
(2)  Eat a Peach (1972)

Tori Amos
(3)  Little Earthquakes (1992)

Aphex Twin
(2)  Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992)
(2)  Richard D. James Album (1996)

Arcade Fire
(2)  Funeral (2004)

A Tribe Called Quest
(3)  The Low End Theory (1991)
(2)  Midnight Marauders (1993)

Bad Company
(2)  Bad Company (1974)

The Band
(14)  The Band (1969)
(12)  Music from Big Pink (1968)

The Beach Boys
(27)  Pet Sounds (1966)
(3)  Sunflower (1970)
(3)  Surf’s Up (1971)

Beastie Boys
(7)  Paul’s Boutique (1989)
(5)  Licensed to Ill (1986)
(2)  Ill Communication (1994)

The Beatles
(28)  Revolver (1966)
(26)  Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
(26)  The Beatles (The White Album) (1968)
(24)  Rubber Soul (1965)
(23)  Abbey Road (1969)
(3)  With the Beatles (1963)
(3)  A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
(2)  Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
(2)  Let It Be (1970)

Beck
(11)  Odelay (1996)
(2)  Midnight Vultures (1999)

Chuck Berry
(2)  The Great Twenty-Eight (rec. 1955-1965)

The B-52s
(2)  The B-52’s (1979)

Big Star
(5)  Third/Sister Lovers (1978)
(4)  Radio City (1974)

Bikini Kill
(2)  Revolution Girl Style Now! (1991)

Björk
(3)  Debut (1993)
(2)  Post (1995)

The Black Crowes
(2)  The Southern Harmony & Musical Companion (1992)

Black Flag
(2)  Damaged (1981)

Black Sabbath
(6)  Paranoid (1970)
(2)  Black Sabbath (1970)
(2)  Black Sabbath, Volume 4 (1972)

Blind Faith
(3)  Blind Faith (1969)

Blondie
(6)  Parallel Lines (1978)

Blur
(7)  Parklife (1994)

Bon Jovi
(5)  Slippery When Wet (1986)

David Bowie
(26)  The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars (1972)
(17)  Hunky Dory (1971)
(2)  Young Americans (1975)
(2)  Station to Station (1976)
(2)  Low (1977)

James Brown
(10)  Live at the Apollo (1963)
(3)  Star Time (rec. 1956-1984)

Jeff Buckley
(12)  Grace (1994)

Tim Buckley
(3)  Starsailor (1970)

Buffalo Springfield
(2)  Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)

Kate Bush
(8)  Hounds of Love (1985)

Buzzcocks
(2)  Singles Going Steady (rec. 1977-1979)

The Byrds
(7)  The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
(4)  Younger than Yesterday (1967)
(2)  Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)

Captain Beefheart
(12)  Trout Mask Replica (1969)
(2)  Clear Spot (1972)

Johnny Cash
(6)  At Folsom Prison (1968)

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
(2)  The Boatman’s Call (1997)

Ray Charles
(2)  Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music (1962)

Cheap Trick
(2)  Cheap Trick at Budokan (1978)

Chicago
(2)  The Chicago Transit Authority (1969)

Eric Clapton
(2)  Slowhand (1977)

Gene Clark
(2)  No Other (1974)

The Clash
(24)  London Calling (1979)
(12)  The Clash (1977)
(2)  Sandanista! (1980)

Leonard Cohen
(4)  Songs of Love and Hate (1971)
(2)  Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
(2)  I’m Your Man (1988)

Coldplay
(4)  Parachutes (2000)
(3)  A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)

John Coltrane
(4)  A Love Supreme (1965)
(2)  Giant Steps (1960)

Elvis Costello
(8)  My Aim is True (1977)
(5)  This Year’s Model (1978)
(2)  Armed Forces (1979)

Counting Crows
(3)  August and Everything After (1993)

Cream
(7)  Disraeli Gears (1967)

Creedence Clearwater Revival
(6)  Green River (1969)

Crosby, Stills & Nash
(2)  Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)

Crosby Stills Nash & Young
(4)  Déjà Vu (1970)

Crowded House
(2)  Woodface (1991)

The Cure
(3)  Disintegration (1989)

Miles Davis
(12)  Kind of Blue (1959)
(8)  Bitches Brew (1970)
(2)  In a Silent Way (1969)

Dead Kennedys
(2)  Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)

Def Leppard
(2)  Hysteria (1987)

De La Soul
(4)  3 Feet High and Rising (1989)

Derek & the Dominoes
(10)  Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)

Dexy’s Midnight Runners
(3)  Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980)

Dire Straits
(8)  Brothers In Arms (1985)

DJ Shadow
(4)  Endtroducing… (1996)

The Doors
(19)  The Doors (1967)
(3)  Strange Days (1967)
(3)  L.A. Woman (1971)
(2)  Morrison Hotel (1970)

Nick Drake
(3)  Five Leaves Left (1969)
(3)  Bryter Layter (1970)
(3)  Pink Moon (1972)

Dr. Dre
(2)  The Chronic (1992)

Duran Duran
(3)  Rio (1982)

Bob Dylan
(20)  Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
(20)  Blonde on Blonde (1966)
(19)  Blood on the Tracks (1975)
(14)  Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
(4)  Time Out of Mind (1997)
(3)  Desire (1976)
(2)  Live 1966: Royal Albert Hall Concert (rec. 1966)
(2)  John Wesley Harding (1967)
(2)  Nashville Skyline (1969)

The Eagles
(9)  Hotel California (1976)

Eminem
(3)  The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

Brian Eno
(2)  Another Green World (1975)
(2)  Here Come the Warm Jets (1974)

Eric B. & Rakim
(2)  Paid in Full (1987)

Donald Fagen
(2)  The Nightfly (1982)

Fairport Convention
(2)  Liege and Leaf (1969)

Fleetwood Mac
(22)  Rumours (1977)

Flying Burrito Brothers
(4)  Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)

Aretha Franklin
(7)  Lady Soul (1968)
(6)  I Never Loved a Man the Way that I Love You (1967)
(2)  Young Gifted and Black (1972)

Fugees
(2)  The Score (1996)

Funkadelic
(3)  Maggot Brain (1971)
(2)  One Nation Under a Groove (1978)

Peter Gabriel
(6)  So (1986)

Gang of Four
(3)  Entertainment! (1979)

Marvin Gaye
(24)  What’s Going On (1971)

Genesis
(2)  Abacab (1981)

Grateful Dead
(6)  American Beauty (1970)
(3)  Workingman’s Dead (1970)
(2)  Live/Dead (1969)

Al Green
(3)  Call Me (1973)

Green Day
(4)  Dookie (1994)

Guns n’ Roses
(13)  Appetite for Destruction (1987)

George Harrison
(3)  All Things Must Pass (1970)

P.J. Harvey
(4)  Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)
(2)  Rid of Me (1993)

Jimi Hendrix
(24)  Are You Experienced? (1967)
(20)  Electric Ladyland (1968)
(3)  Axis: Bold As Love (1968)
(2)  Band of Gypsys (1970)

Lauryn Hill
(8)  The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)

Hole
(4)  Live Through This (1994)

Buddy Holly
(2)  The “Chirping” Crickets (1957)

Hüsker Dü
(4)  Zen Arcade (1984)
(3)  New Day Rising (1985)

The Incredible String Band
(2)  The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (1968)

Michael Jackson
(21)  Thriller (1982)
(11)  Off the Wall (1979)

The Jam
(3)  All the Mod Cons (1978)

Jane’s Addiction
(2)  Nothing’s Shocking (1988)
(2)  Ritual de lo Habitual (1990)

Jay-Z
(2)  The Blueprint (2001)

Jefferson Airplane
(2)  Surrealistic Pillow (1967)

Jesus & Mary Chain
(3)  Psychocandy (1985)

Jethro Tull
(3)  Aqualung (1971)

Billy Joel
(2)  The Stranger (1977)

Elton John
(11)  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

Janis Joplin
(4)  Pearl (1971)

Joy Division
(9)  Closer (1980)
(7)  Unknown Pleasures (1979)

Carole King
(11)  Tapestry (1971)

King Crimson
(3)  In the Court of the Crimson King (1989)

The Kinks
(6)  The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society (1968)

Kraftwerk
(4)  Trans-Europe Express (1977)

Led Zeppelin
(26)  Led Zeppelin [IV] (1971)
(13)  Physical Graffiti (1975)
(12)  Led Zeppelin II (1969)
(10)  Led Zeppelin (1969)
(6)  Houses of the Holy (1973)
(5)  Led Zeppelin III (1970)
(2)  In Through the Out Door (1979)

Leftfield
(2)  Leftism (1995)

John Lennon
(10)  John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
(9)  Imagine (1971)

Little Richard
(2)  Here’s Little Richard (1957)

Love
(14)  Forever Changes (1967)

Madonna
(4)  Like a Prayer (1989)
(2)  The Immaculate Collection (rec. 1983-1990)

Manic Street Preachers
(5)  Everything Must Go (1996)
(2)  The Holy Bible (1994)

Bob Marley
(7)  Legend (rec. 1972-1983)
(6)  Exodus  (1977)
(2)  Catch a Fire (1973)
(2)  Live! (1975)

Massive Attack
(9)  Blue Lines (1991)
(2)  Mezzanine (1998)

Dave Matthews Band
(2)  Under the Table and Dreaming (1994)

Kate & Anna McGarrigle
(3)  Kate & Anna McGarrigle (1975)

Meat Loaf
(4)  Bat out of Hell (1977)

Metallica
(9)  Metallica (Black Album) (1991)
(8)  Master of Puppets (1986)
(3)  Kill ‘Em All (1983)
(2)  Ride the Lightning (1984)

Minutemen
(4)  Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)

Joni Mitchell
(15)  Blue (1971)
(6)  Court and Spark (1974)
(3)  The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975)

Moby
(3)  Play (1999)

Moby Grape
(3)  Moby Grape (1967)

Essra Mohawk
(2)  Primordial Lovers (1970)

The Monks
(2)  Black Monk Time (1966)

The Moody Blues
(2)  Days of Future Passed (1967)

Alanis Morissette
(6)  Jagged Little Pill (1995)

Van Morrison
(19)  Astral Weeks (1968)
(12)  Moondance (1970)
(3)  It’s Too Late To Stop Now (1974)

My Bloody Valentine
(7)  Loveless (1991)

Neutral Milk Hotel
(2)  In the Aeroplane over the Sea (1998)

Randy Newman
(2)  Good Old Boys (1974)

New York Dolls
(5)  New York Dolls (1973)

Nine Inch Nails
(4)  The Downward Spiral (1994)

Nirvana
(26) Nevermind (1991)
(8)  In Utero (1993)
(3)  MTV Unplugged in New York (1994)
(2)  Bleach (1989)

No Doubt
(2)  Tragic Kingdom (1995)

N.W.A.
(8)  Straight Outta Compton (1988)

Oasis
(13)  (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995)
(10)  Definitely Maybe (1994)

Mike Oldfield
(2)  Tubular Bells (1973)

Parliament
(3)  Mothership Connection (1975)

Gram Parsons
(6)  G.P. (1973)
(6)  Grievous Angel (1974)

Pavement
(6)  Slanted and Enchanted (1992)

Pearl Jam
(14)  Ten (1991)

Pere Ubu
(4)  The Modern Dance (1978)

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
(2)  Damn the Torpedoes (1979)

Liz Phair
(2)  Exile in Guyville (1993)

Pink Floyd
(21)  The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
(12)  Wish You Were Here (1975)
(12)  The Wall (1979)
(5)  The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)

Pixies
(9)  Doolittle (1989)
(3)  Surfer Rosa (1988)

The Pogues
(2)  Rum, Sodomy & the Lash (1985)

The Police
(7)  Synchronicity (1983)

Iggy Pop
(3)  Lust For Life (1977)

Portishead
(8)  Dummy (1994)

Prefab Sprout
(5)  Steve McQueen (1985)

Elvis Presley
(6)  The Sun Sessions (rec. 1954-1955)
(2)  Sunrise (rec. 1953-1955)
(2)  Elvis Presley (1956)
(2)  Elvis is Back! (1960)

The Pretenders
(7)  The Pretenders (1980)

Primal Scream
(9)  Screamadelica (1991)

Prince
(17)  Purple Rain (1984)
(13)  Sign o’ the Times (1987)
(3)  1999 (1982)

The Prodigy
(6)  The Fat of the Land (1997)

Public Enemy
(14)  It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
(5)  Fear of a Black Planet (1990)

Public Image, Ltd.
(3)  Metal Box (Second Edition) (1979)

Pulp
(4)  Different Class (1995)

Queen
(8)  A Night at the Opera (1975)

Queens of the Stone Age
(2)  Rated R (2000)

Radiohead
(18)  OK Computer (1997)
(12)  The Bends (1995)
(9)  Kid A (2000)

Rage against the Machine
(6)  Rage Against the Machine (1992)

Ramones
(20)  Ramones (1976)
(2)  Rocket to Russia (1977)

Otis Redding
(10)  Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)

Red Hot Chili Peppers
(10)  BloodSugarSexMagik (1991)
(3)  Californication (1999)

Lou Reed
(12)  Transformer (1972)

Lou Reed & John Cale
(2)  Songs for Drella (1990)

R.E.M.
(16)  Automatic for the People (1992)
(7)  Murmur (1983)
(6)  Out of Time (1991)
(2)  Document (1987)
(2)  Life’s Rich Pageant (1986)

The Replacements
(6)  Let It Be (1984)

The Rolling Stones
(24)  Exile on Main St. (1972)
(19)  Let It Bleed (1969)
(18)  Sticky Fingers (1971)
(12)  Beggar’s Banquet (1968)
(6)  Some Girls (1978)
(3)  Aftermath (1966)
(3)  Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out (1970)
(3)  Tattoo You (1981)

Roxy Music
(9)  For Your Pleasure (1973)
(2)  Stranded (1973)
(2)  Roxy Music (1972)

Todd Rundgren
(2)  Something/Anything? (1972)
(2)  A Wizard, A True Star (1973)

Run-D.M.C.
(4)  Raising Hell (1986)

Rush
(2)  Moving Pictures (1981)

Santana
(5)  Abraxas (1970)

Bob Seger
(2)  Night Moves (1976)

The Sex Pistols
(24)  Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)

Jane Siberry
(2)  When I Was A Boy (1993)

Paul Simon
(14)  Graceland (1986)

Simon & Garfunkel
(12)  Bridge over Troubled Water (1970)
(2)  Bookends (1968)

Frank Sinatra
(2)  Songs for Swingin’ Lovers (1956)

The Slits
(2)  Cut (1979)

Sly & the Family Stone
(7)  There’s a Riot Going On (1971)
(6)  Stand! (1969)

Smashing Pumpkins
(7)  Siamese Dream (1993)
(6)  Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness (1995)

Elliott Smith
(2)  Either/Or (1997)

Patti Smith
(16)  Horses (1975)

The Smiths
(14)  The Queen is Dead (1986)
(7)  The Smiths (1984)
(3)  Hatful of Hollow (rec. 1983-1984)

Sonic Youth
(7)  Daydream Nation (1988)
(2)  Sister (1987)

Soundgarden
(7)  Superunknown (1994)

Skip Spence
(2)  Oar (1969)

Spiritualized
(2)  Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)

Dusty Springfield
(10)  Dusty in Memphis (1969)

Bruce Springsteen
(23)  Born to Run (1975)
(10)  Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
(7)  Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
(4)  Nebraska (1982)

Steely Dan
(4)  Countdown to Ecstasy (1973)
(3)  Aja (1977)

Rod Stewart
(4)  Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)

The Stone Roses
(12)  The Stone Roses (1989)

The Stooges
(9)  Raw Power (1973)
(7)  Fun House (1970)
(3)  The Stooges (1969)

The Streets
(2)  Original Pirate Material (2002)

The Strokes
(7)  Is This It (2001)

Suede
(2)  Dog Man Star (1994)

Suicide
(3)  Suicide (1977)

System of a Down
(2)  Toxicity (2001)

Talking Heads
(11)  Remain In Light (1980)
(2)  Fear of Music (1979)
(2)  Stop Making Sense (1984)

James Taylor
(3)  Sweet Baby James (1970)

Television
(14)  Marquee Moon (1977)

Richard & Linda Thompson
(5)  I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)

Thin Lizzy
(2)  Live and Dangerous (1978)

Tool
(2)  Undertow (1993)
(2)  Aenima (1996)

T. Rex
(3)  Electric Warrior (1971)

Tricky
(2)  Maxinquaye (1995)

Tina Turner
(2)  Private Dancer (1984)

U2
(17)  The Joshua Tree (1987)
(17)  Achtung Baby (1991)
(5)  The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
(2)  War (1983)
(2)  Under a Blood Red Sky (1983)
(2)  Zooropa (1993)

Van Halen
(5)  Van Halen (1978)

The Velvet Underground
(23)  The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
(9)  The Velvet Underground (1969)
(2)  Loaded (1970)

The Verve
(7)  Urban Hymns (1997)
(2)  A Northern Soul (1995)

Violent Femmes
(2)  Violent Femmes (1983)

Tom Waits
(5)  Swordfishtrombones (1983)
(5)  Rain Dogs (1985)

Scott Walker
(4)  Scott 4 (1969)
(2)  Tilt (1995)

Weezer
(2)  Weezer (Blue Album) (1994)
(2)  Pinkerton (1996)

Paul Weller
(2)  Stanley Road (1995)

Kanye West
(2)  The College Dropout (2004)

The Who
(19)  Who’s Next (1971)
(10)  Tommy (1969)
(6)  Quadrophenia (1973)
(4)  The Who Sell Out (1967)

Lucinda Williams
(3)  Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)

Wings
(3)  Band on the Run (1973)

Wire
(3)  Pink Flag (1977)

Andrew W.K.
(2)  I Get Wet (2001)

Stevie Wonder
(14)  Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
(13)  Innervisions (1973)
(7)  Talking Book (1972)

Wu-Tang Clan
(3)  Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)

Robert Wyatt
(3)  Rock Bottom (1974)

Yes
(2)  Fragile (1971)

Neil Young
(15)  After the Goldrush (1970)
(8)  Harvest (1972)
(7)  Tonight’s the Night (1975)
(4)  Rust Never Sleeps (1979)
(3)  On the Beach (1974)

Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
(2)  We’re Only In It For the Money (1968)
(2)  Hot Rats (1969)

The Zombies
(3)  Odyssey and Oracle (1968)

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