100 Greatest Alternative Albums

1. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground
2. The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths
3. Nevermind – Nirvana
4. Doolittle – The Pixies
5. Marquee Moon – Television
6. Unknown Pleasures – Joy Division
7. Daydream Nation – Sonic Youth
8. OK Computer – Radiohead
9. Remain In Light – Talking Heads
10. Murmur – R.E.M.
11. Ten – Pearl Jam
12. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
13. The Joshua Tree – U2
14. Slanted & Enchanted – Pavement
15. Loveless – My Bloody Valentine
16. Fun House – The Stooges
17. KID A – Radiohead
18. This Year’s Model – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
19. Disintegration – The Cure
20. Superunknown – Soundgarden
21. Low – David Bowie
22. Definitely Maybe – Oasis
23. Automatic For The People – R.E.M.
24. Kick Out The Jams – MC5
25. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness – Smashing Pumpkins
26. The Bends – Radiohead
27. You’re Living All Over Me – Dinosaur Jr.
28. Surfer Rosa – Pixies
29. Psychocandy – The Jesus And Mary Chain
30. Closer – Joy Division
31. Raw Power – The Stooges
32. Horses – Patti Smith
33. Blue Lines – Massive Attack
34. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars – David Bowie
35. The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails
36. Nothing’s Shocking – Jane’s Addiction
37. Grace – Jeff Buckley
38. Rain Dogs – Tom Waits
39. In Utero – Nirvana
40. The Smiths – The Smiths
41. Loaded – The Velvet Underground
42. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel
43. Blood Sugar Sex Magik – Red Hot Chili Peppers
44. Parklife – Blur
45. Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain – Pavement
46. Let It Be – The Replacements
47. Another Green World – Brian Eno
48. What’s The Story (Morning Glory)? – Oasis
49. Dirt – Alice In Chains
50. My Aim Is True – Elvis Costello
51. All Mod Cons – The Jam
52. Dummy – Portishead
53. The Holy Bible – Manic Street Preachers
54. Achtung, Baby! – U2
55. The Soft Bulletin – The Flaming Lips
56. Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
57. Siamese Dream – Smashing Pumpkins
58. Odelay – Beck
59. Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
60. This Nation’s Saving Grace – The Fall
61. White Light/White Heat – The Velvet Underground
62. Laughing Stock – Talk Talk
63. Parallel Lines – Blondie
64. Hunky Dory – David Bowie
65. Entertainment! – Gang Of Four
66. Zen Arcade – Husker Du
67. Spiderland – Slint
68. Power, Corruption & Lies – New Order
69. Vs. – Mission Of Burma
70. Weezer (Blue Album) – Weezer
71. Bee Thousand – Guided By Voices
72. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot – Wilco
73. Funeral – Arcade Fire
74. Different Class – Pulp
75. Transformer – Lou Reed
76. Sister – Sonic Youth
77. Pink Flag – Wire
78. Goat – The Jesus Lizard
79. Second Edition/Metal Box – Public Image Ltd.
80. Either/Or – Elliott Smith
81. Meat Is Murder – The Smiths
82. Meat Puppets II – Meat Puppets
83. Post – Bjork
84. Ritual De Lo Habitual – Jane’s Addiction
85. 13 Songs – Fugazi
86. Setting Sons – The Jam
87. Homogenic – Bjork
88. Imperial Bedroom – Elvis Costello & The Attractions
89. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
90. Pornography – The Cure
91. Violator – Depeche Mode
92. Mogwai Young Team – Mogwai
93. Strangeways, Here We Come! – The Smiths
94. Lift Your Skiny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven – Godspeed You! Black Emperor
95. Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads
96. The Stooges – The Stooges
97. The Moon & Antarctica – Modest Mouse
98. Turn On The Bright Lights – Interpol
99. Document – R.E.M.
100. You Forgot It In People – Broken Social Scene

Criteria: – These ‘Alternative’ albums were chosen for their influence,
cultural impact, popularity, and artistic originality.

100 Greatest Acoustic Guitar Albums

 1. Aerial Boundries – Michael Hedges
2. 6 & 12 String Guitar – Leo Kottke
3. Beyond Nature – Phil Keaggy
4. The Legend of Blind Joe Death – John Fahey
5. Guitars and Other Cathedrals – Adrian Legg
6. Walkin’ The Strings – Merle Travis
7. Only – Tommy Emmanuel
8. Breakfast In The Field – Michael Hedges
9. Guitarist – Laurence Juber
10. Whiskey Before Breakfast – Norman Blake
11. The Lady and The Unicorn – John Renbourn
12. Metal – Preston Reed
13. Intuite – Pierre Bensusan
14. Conferring With The Moon – Will Ackerman
15. The Bramble Briar – Martin Simpson
16. Passion Session – Don Ross
17. Waiting For a Dancer – Adrian Legg
18. Doc Watson – Doc Watson
19. Quah – Jorma Kaukonen
20. E Pluibus Unum – Sandy Bull
21. One World – John Martyn
22. L.J. – Laurence Juber
23. Fingerdance – Billy McLaughlin
24. Fingerstyle Guitar – Doyle Dykes
25. Man About a Horse – Steve Tibbetts
26. Endless Road – Tommy Emmanuel
27. Guitar – Peter Lang
28. My Own House – David Bromberg
29. Manzanita – Tony Rice
30. The Guitar Player – Davy Graham
31. Shine Eyed Mister Zen – Kelly Joe Phelps
32. Luna – Ed Gerhard
33. Handwritten Notes – Preston Reed
34. Oracle – Michael Hedges
35. Shades of Blue – Al Petteway
36. Tender Explorations – Bill Mize
37. Acoustic Sketches – Phil Keaggy
38. Open Strings – Peter Finger
39. Acoustic Highway – Craig Chaquico
40. Black Swan – Bert Jansch
41. Stream – Tim Reynolds
42. Naked Pop – Peter Huttlinger
43. Celtic Guitar Solo’s – Pat Kirtley
44. Huron Street – Don Ross
45. Everything Under The Sun – Stephen Bennett
46. Death Chants – John Fahey
47. The Water Garden – Alex deGrassi
48. One Guitar, No Vocals – Leo Kottke
49. Fingers and Thumbs – Adrian Legg
50. Flat, Baroque & Berserk – Roy Harper
51. Everybody Loves You – Kaki King
52. Dharma Blues – Peter Lang
53. Solo Guitar Seranade – El McMeen
54. Musiques – Pierre Bensusan
55. Heartstrings – Muriel Anderson
56. Guitar Player – Brooks Williams
57. Alone Again – Doug Smith
58. Southbound – Doc Watson
59. Fingertip Ship – Richard Leo Johnson
60. Acoustic Paintings – D.R. Auten
61. America – John Fahey
62. Backwaters – Tony Rice
63. House of Guitars – Ed Gerhard
64. Yr – Steve Tibbetts
65. Taproot – Michael Hedges
66. Guitar Music – Leo Kottke
67. Leaves of Life – Martin Simpson
68. Freehand – Phil Keaggy
69. Mosaic – Laurence Juber
70. In Search of The Turtles Navel – Will Ackerman
71. Voluntary Solitary – Richard Gilewitz
72. Broken Blues – Gayla Drake Paul
73. Acoustic Planet – Craig Chaquico
74. Solitary Travel – Sam Pacetti
75. Northern Song – Steve Tibbetts
76. Southern Exposure – Alex deGrassi
77. Slide Rule – Jerry Douglas
78. The Angel’s Portion – Steve Baughman
79. Guitar Blues – Kenny Sultan
80. Big Horizon – David Wilcox
81. Venus In Cancer – Robbie Basho
82. Every Step of The Way – Peppino D’Agostino
83. American Guitar – Pat Donahue
84. Peculiar Ponit of Balance – Tracy Moore
85. Ceol More – Tony McManus
86. Guitar Bones – Adrian Legg
87. Pointing Up – Preston Reed
88. Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites – John Fahey
89. A Sense of Place – Eric Tingstad
90. The Devil’s Music – Paul Geremia
91. Lost In Destiny – Benjamin Woolman
92. Midnight Drive – Tommy Emmanuel
93. Gitarre 2000 – Doyle Dykes
94. Turn The Page – Rick Ruskin
95. Acoustic Blues – Dorian Michael
96. Safe Journey – Steve Tibbetts
97. Between Earth and Sky – Robin Bullock
98. Caledon Wood – Al Petteway
99. Let Go – John Fahey
100. Greenhouse – Leo Kottke

Criteria: – This list is intended for those musicians whose primary instrument throughout their careers has been or is now the acoustic guitar. Artists with vocal accompaniment were considered & included with the main focus on instrumental abilities which included, originality, innovation, technique & influence within this genre. It does Not include the Pioneer’s of Blues, Jazz, Classical, or the Latin acoustic based genre’s such as Flamenco, or those Modern guitarists who recorded or performed their music in an occasional ‘unplugged’ setting. As with all lists, this list is a subjective list and makes no claim of an official nature.

100 Greatest Rock ‘Guitar’ Albums

1. Are You Experienced – Jimi Hendrix
2. Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin
3. Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
4. Van Halen – Van Halen
5. Layla – Derek And The Dominos
6. Electric Ladyland – Jimi Hendrix
7. Blow By Blow – Jeff Beck
8. Surfing With The Alien – Joe Satriani
9. Berry Is On Top – Chuck Berry
10. Disraeli Gears – Cream
11. Machine Head – Deep Purple
12. Passion And Warfare – Steve Vai
13. Appetite For Destruction – Guns N Roses
14. Paranoid – Black Sabbath
15. Fresh Cream – Cream
16. Axis: Bold As Love – Jimi Hendrix
17. Led Zeppelin IV – Led Zeppelin
18. Blizzard Of Ozz – Ozzy Osbourne
19. Dark Side Of The Moon – Pink Floyd
20. Sticky Fingers – The Rolling Stones
21. Rising Force – Yngwie Malmsteen
22. Master Of Puppets – Metallica
23. Ragged Glory – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
24. Wired – Jeff Beck
25. Ah Via Musicom – Eric Johnson
26. Chicago Transit Authority – Chicago
27. Maggot Brain – Funkadelic
28. Rust In Peace – Megadeth
29. Back In Black – AC/DC
30. The Smoker Your Drink, The Player You Get – Joe Walsh
31. Abraxas – Santana
32. Sing For You – The “5” Royales
33. Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton – John Mayall
34. Have Guitar Will Travel – Bo Diddley
35. Yes Album – Yes
36. Gene Vincent – Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
37. Innuendo – Queen
38. Speed Metal Symphony – Cacophony
39. Marquee Moon – Television
40. Quadrophenia – The Who
41. Exile On Main Street – The Rolling Stones
42. Queen II – Queen
43. Abbey Road – The Beatles
44. Liquid Tension Experiment – Liquid Tension Experiment
45. Fair Warning – Van Halen
46. Truth – Jeff Beck
47. Zuma – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
48. Queen – Queen
49. Hemispheres – Rush
50. Zoot Allures – Frank Zappa
51. For LP Fans Only – Elvis Presley
52. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
53. The Chirping Crickets – Buddy Holly & Crickets
54. Lateralus – Tool
55. Pornograffitti – Extreme
56. After School Session – Chuck Berry
57. Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine
58. Green Onions – Booker T & The MG’s
59. 1984 – Van Halen
60. Let There Be Rock – AC/DC
61. The Wall – Pink Floyd
62. The Battle Of Los Angeles – Rage Against The Machine
63. And Justice For All – Metallica
64. Argus – Wishbone Ash
65. Cricklewood Green – Ten Years After
66. Population Override – Buckethead
67. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
68. Technical Difficulties – Racer X
69. Perpetual Burn – Jason Becker
70. Lights Out – UFO
71. Far Beyond Driven – Pantera
72. Use Your Illusion I – Guns N Roses
73. Surfer’s Choice – Dick Dale
74. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
75. Blind Faith – Blind Faith
76. Couldn’t Stand The Weather – Stevie Ray Vaughan
77. Ten – Pearl Jam
78. Screaming For Vengeance – Judas Priest
79. One Dozen Berries – Chuck Berry
80. Fragile – Yes
81. Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel – Duane Eddy
82. Teen Beat – Carl Perkins
83. Vulgar Display Of Power – Pantera
84. Chicago VIII – Chicago
85. Train Of Thought – Dream Theater
86. Scenes From A Memory – Dream Theater
87. Eat A Peach – Allman Brothers Band
88. Royal Scam – Steely Dan
89. Metallica (Black Album) – Metallica
90. Cuckoo Clocks Of Hell – Buckethead
91. Soul To Soul – Stevie Ray Vaughan
92. Viva Santana – Santana
93. Animals – Pink Floyd
94. Brainwashed – George Harrison
95. Use Your Illusion II – Guns N Roses
96. Bridge Of Sighs – Robin Trower
97. What If – Dixie Dregs
98. Aenima – Tool
99. Slowhand – Eric Clapton
100. Diary Of A Madman – Ozzy Osbourne

Criteria: – These Albums were chosen for their exceptional guitar work, originality, & influence.

100 Greatest ‘Live’ Rock Albums

  1. Live At Leeds – The Who
2. At Fillmore East – The Allman Brothers Band
3. Live At The Apollo 1962 – James Brown
4. Made In Japan – Deep Purple
5. Band Of Gypsys – Jimi Hendrix
6. Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out – Rolling Stones
7. How The West Was Won – Led Zeppelin
8. Live Cream, Vol. 1 – Cream
9. Frampton Comes Alive – Peter Frampton
10. Unplugged In New York – Nirvana
11. Tribute – Ozzy Osbourne/Randy Rhoads
12. Unplugged – Eric Clapton
13. Live At The Fillmore – Derek And The Dominos
14. At The Star Club – Jerry Lee Lewis
15. Absolutely Live – The Doors
16. The Concert For Bangladesh – George Harrison
17. The Royal Albert Hall Concert – Bob Dylan
18. Under A Blood Red Sky – U2
19. At The Harlem Square Club – Sam Cooke
20. If You Want Blood You’ve Got It – AC/DC
21. The BBC Sessions – Led Zeppelin
22. Rush In Rio – Rush
23. Cheap Trick At Budokan – Cheap Trick
24. Hell Freezes Over – Eagles
25. The ’68 Comeback Special – Elvis Presley
26. Concert in Central Park – Simon & Garfunkel
27. Alive – Kiss
28. At Folsom Prison – Johnny Cash
29. Live At Wembley 86 – Queen
30. Irish Tour – Rory Gallagher
31. The Last Waltz – The Band / Various Artists
32. Kick Out The Jams – MC5
33. Live/1975-85 – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
34. At San Quentin – Johnny Cash
35. Exit Stage Left – Rush
36. Rust Never Sleeps – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
37. Robin Trower Live – Robin Trower
38. Live Dead – Grateful Dead
39. Yessongs – Yes
40. Happy Trails – Quicksilver Messenger Service
41. Live at Max’s Kansas City – The Velvet Underground
42. Live At Woodstock – Jimi Hendrix
43. All The World’s A Stage – Rush
44. Live In Europe – Otis Redding
45. Live at Ludlow Garage 1970 – The Allman Brothers Band
46. Wheels of Fire (Disc 2) – Cream
47. The Great Deceiver – King Crimson
48. Babylon By Bus – Bob Marley
49. One More From The Road – Lynyrd Skynyrd
50. Live And Dangerous – Thin Lizzy
51. You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore vol. 1 – Frank Zappa
52. Live Bullet – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
53. B’Boom – King Crimson
54. Live At The Fillmore East – Jefferson Airplane
55. The Name of This Band is Talking Heads – Talking Heads
56. At Newport – Ray Charles
57. Dick’s Picks, vol. 4- The Grateful Dead
58. Blue Wild Angel: Live at the Isle of Wight – Jimi Hendrix
59. Live – Bob Marley & The Wailers
60. Live After Death – Iron Maiden
61. It’s Alive – The Ramones
62. Welcome Back My Friends to the Show That Never Ends – Emerson, Lake & Palmer
63. Live in Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
64. Live Killers – Queen
65. Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads
66. Experience Hendrix – Jimi Hendrix
67. Is There Anybody Out There? – Pink Floyd
68. Wings Over America – Wings
69. Different Stages – Rush
70. Live: Right Here, Right Now – Van Halen
71. It’s Too Late to Stop Now – Van Morrison
72. Live – AC/DC
73. Waiting For Columbus – Little Feat
74. You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore vol. 2 – Frank Zappa
75. Live Alive – Stevie Ray Vaughan
76. Live at the Fillmore – Jimi Hendrix
77. Live at L’Olympia – Jeff Buckley
78. Concerto for Group and Orchestra – Deep Purple with the Royal London Philharmonic
79. Dream Letter: Live in London 1968 – Tim Buckley
80. Live at Winterland – Jimi Hendrix
81. Seconds Out – Genesis
82. Live Scenes From New York – Dream Theater
83. Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore – Humble Pie
84. Live Rust – Neil Young & Crazy Horse
85. Ummagumma – Pink Floyd
86. Concert – The Beach Boys
87. Live Cream, Vol. 2 – Cream
88. Double Live Gonzo! – Ted Nugent
89. Unleashed In The East – Judas Priest
90. Before The Flood – Bob Dylan & The Band
91. Live at the Philharmonic Hall – Bob Dylan
92. Benaroya Hall: October 22nd 2003 – Pearl Jam
93. Live in New York City – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
94. Alchemy: Dire Straits Live – Dire Straits
95. Live: From Here To Eternity – The Clash
96. S&M – Metallica
97. Pulse – Pink Floyd
98. Reunion – Black Sabbath
99. The Deepest End: Live in Concert – Gov’t Mule
100. Live At the Fillmore 1968 – Santana

100 Greatest Rock Albums

1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) -The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds (1966) – The Beach Boys
3. What’s Going On (1971) – Marvin Gaye
4. Dark Side Of The Moon (1973) – Pink Floyd
5. Revolver (1966) – The Beatles
6. Live at the Apollo (1962) – James Brown
7. Highway 61 Revisited (1965) – Bob Dylan
8. Thriller (1982) – Michael Jackson
9. Are You Experienced? (1967) – Jimi Hendrix
10. Rubber Soul (1965) – The Beatles
11. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988) – Public Enemy
12. Nevermind (1991) – Nirvana
13. Elvis Presley (1956) – Elvis Presley
14. Born To Run (1975) – Bruce Springsteen
15. Exile On Main Street (1972) – The Rolling Stones
16. Blonde On Blonde (1966) – Bob Dylan
17. Innervisions (1973) – Stevie Wonder
18. London Calling (1979) – The Clash
19. Abbey Road (1969) – The Beatles
20. Purple Rain (1984) – Prince
21. Who’s Next (1971) – The Who
22. Led Zeppelin II (1969) – Led Zeppelin
23. Songs In The Key Of Life (1976) – Stevie Wonder
24. The Joshua Tree (1987) – U2
25. Rumours (1977) – Fleetwood Mac
26. The Beatles (The White Album) (1968) – The Beatles
27. I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You (1967) – Aretha Franklin
28. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962) – Ray Charles
29. Blue (1971) – Joni Mitchell
30. Tapestry (1971) – Carole King
31. Raising Hell (1986) – Run-D.M.C.
32. Tommy (1969) – The Who
33. Led Zeppelin IV (1971) – Led Zeppelin
34. The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) – The Velvet Underground
35. Appetite For Destruction (1987) – Guns N Roses
36. Paranoid (1970) – Black Sabbath
37. There’s A Riot Goin’ On (1971) – Sly & The Family Stone
38. Ziggy Stardust (1972) – David Bowie
39. Let It Bleed (1969) – The Rolling Stones
40. Bringing It All Back Home (1965) – Bob Dylan
41. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) – Elton John
42. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack (1977) – Various Artists
43. Ten (1991) – Pearl Jam
44. Led Zeppelin I (1969) – Led Zeppelin
45. The Doors (1967) – The Doors
46. Superfly (1972) – Curtis Mayfield
47. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) – Lauryn Hill
48. Back In Black (1980) – AC/DC
49. Born in the USA (1984) – Bruce Springsteen
50. Licensed to Ill (1986) – Beastie Boys
51. Never Mind the Bollocks (1977) – The Sex Pistols
52. Talking Book (1972) – Stevie Wonder
53. Lady Soul (1968) – Aretha Franklin
54. Sign ‘O’ The Times (1987) – Prince
55. The Ramones (1976) – The Ramones
56. Otis Blue (1965) – Otis Redding
57. Straight Outta Compton (1989) – N.W.A.
58. Moondance (1970) – Van Morrison
59. After the Goldrush (1970) – Neil Young
60. The Chronic (1992) – Dr. Dre
61. The Wall (1979) – Pink Floyd
62. Hotel California (1976) – The Eagles
63. Van Halen (1978) – Van Halen
64. Electric Ladyland (1968) – Jimi Hendrix
65. Ok Computer (1997) – Radiohead
66. Automatic for the People (1992) – R.E.M.
67. Blood On the Tracks (1975) – Bob Dylan
68. Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970) – Simon & Garfunkel
69. Murmur (1983) – R.E.M.
70. Like A Virgin (1984) – Madonna
71. A Hard Day’s Night (1964) – The Beatles
72. Off the Wall (1979) – Michael Jackson
73. Achtung Baby (1991) – U2
74. The Band (1969) – The Band
75. Stand! (1969) – Sly & The Family Stone
76. From Elvis In Memphis (1969) – Elvis Presely
77. Metallica (The Black Album) (1991) – Metallica
78. Sticky Fingers (1971) – The Rolling Stones
79. Synchronicity (1983) – The Police
80. 1999 (1982) – Prince
81. Paul’s Boutique (1989) – Beastie Boys
82. Astral Weeks (1968) – Van Morrison
83. Number Of the Beast (1982) – Iron Maiden
84. Machine Head (1972) – Deep Purple
85. Surrealistic Pillow (1967) – Jefferson Airplane
86. Master Of Puppets (1986) – Metallica
87. The Clash (1977) – The Clash
88. Remain In Light (1980) – Talking Heads
89. Plastic Ono Band (1970) – John Lennon
90. Black Sabbath (1970) – Black Sabbath
91. 3 Feet High and Rising (1989) – De La Soul
92. Catch A Fire (1973) – Bob Marley & The Wailers
93. The Queen Is Dead (1986) – The Smiths
94. The “Chirping” Crickets (1957) – Buddy Holly
95. Live At Leeds (1970) – The Who
96. Paid In Full (1987) – Eric B. & Rakim
97. Music From Big Pink (1968) – The Band
98. Fullfillingness’ First Finale (1974) – Stevie Wonder
99. Disraeli Gears (1967) – Cream
100. Axis Bold As Love (1967) – Jimi Hendrix

Criteria: – These Albums were chosen for their
Popularity, Influence, and Musical Impact.
This list includes ‘Studio’, ‘Live’, and ‘Soundtrack’ albums.