Here is the List of “Influential Albums,” Which Incidentally is Bullshit

Posted by on Jan 27, 2013 | Comments (2)

Facebook has been abuzz in the last few days with this moronic “Influential Albums” quiz, which users must hand over their personal information in order to take, and then watch as the app automatically posts the results on their wall. Strike one. Also, the 100 albums deemed “influential” are nearly all rock. Strike two. Finally, the mere existence of a list purporting to encompass the 100 most “influential” albums with the implication that if you don’t own these albums you are a substandard music listener is total bullshit and everyone knows it and I feel stupid even getting worked up about it because that’s what these trolling lists are designed to do in the first place but fuck it. Strike three. You know what your most influential albums are? ALL THE ALBUMS YOU OWN, HOLMES. (That’s coming from someone who owns a lot of these albums.)

So anyway, if you want to know what some guy with a computer decided are the most “influential” albums, here’s the list:

The Pretty Things – S.F. Sorrow

Ride – Nowhere

Wire – Chairs Missing

The Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy

Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold As Love

New Order – Technique

Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson

Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See

Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica

Elliott Smith – Roman Candle

Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo

Tim Buckley – Goodbye And Hello

Big Star – Third/Sister Lovers

Incredible String Band – The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter

Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back

Van Morrison Astral Weeks

Yes – Close To The Edge

Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

T. Rex – Electric Warrior

Talking Heads – Remain In Light

Bloc Party – Silent Alarm

The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace Of Sin

The Fall – Perverted By Language

Blur – Parklife

The Stooges – Fun House

Love – Forever Changes

Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas

Magazine – Real Life

Slint – Spiderland

XTC – Drums and Wires

Donovan – A Gift From a Flower to a Garden

The The – Soul Mining

Nirvana – Nevermind

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Searching for the Young Soul Rebels

Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left

Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

Lou Reed – Transformer

The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

AC/DC – Back in Black

Joy Division – Closer

Bert Jansch – Bert Jansch

The Go-Betweens – Before Hollywood

The Cure – Disintegration

Jeff Buckley – Grace

Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance

Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde

Belle And Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

The Breeders – Last Splash

Stevie Wonder – Innervisions

David Bowie – Hunky Dory

Ramones – Ramones

Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory

King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King

Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around

Neil Young – After the Gold Rush

Sufjan Stevens – Illinoise

The Strokes – Is this It?

My Bloody Valentine – Loveless

Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV

Massive Attack – Blue Lines

Slowdive – Souvlaki

REM – Automatic for the People

Mercury Rev – Deserter’s Songs

Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks

Patti Smith – Horses

Gerry Rafferty – City to City

The Chameleons – Script of The Bridge

Brian Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets

Roy Harper – Stormcock

John Cale – Paris

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground

Spritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen we are Floating in Space

The White Stripes – Elephant

Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Felt – The Strange Idols Pattern And Other Short Stories

The Clash – London Calling

Arcade Fire – Funeral

Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

John Martyn – Solid Air

The Delgados – Peloton

Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago

Super Furry Animals – Radiator

Cream – Disraeli Gears

I Am Kloot – Gods And Monsters

Pixies – Doolittle

The Wedding Present – George Best

Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out

The Smiths – The Queen is Dead

The Beatles – Revolver

The Kinks – Face to Face

Television – Marquee Moon

Can – Tago Mago

Radiohead – OK Computer

The Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street

Joni Mitchell – Hejira

Kraftwerk – Computer World

Primal Scream – Screamadelica

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  1. Guy
    January 28, 2013

    Could anyone be bothered to do a Spotify playlist?

  2. Andy M.
    January 28, 2013

    Don’t feel too bad…I fell for it too, Gabe. This is a terrible list. Any “influential albums” list that does not take into consideration “Live At The Apollo”, “Bitches Brew” or the Violent Femmes’ first album is complete bullshit. It was obviously conceived by some Euro-jerk that wanted to bait us music lovers into getting angry over nothing.


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