Top Rock Albums of All Time - 60-51
Last year, I released a list of my top 40 favorite rock bands/artists before I turned 40 (which happened in November), but NOW I took on an even tougher challenge of putting together my favorite 100 Rock Albums of All Time.
These are not inspired by other people’s lists or what people consider “great or influential music” - though a lot of it absolutely will be. These are just flat out my favorite 100 albums of all-time.
You are SURELY not going to agree with most of this list, and that’s okay.
Let's continue on with the next 10 in the list and discover what's my 60-51 favorite albums of all time!
60 - Alone in a Dome - My favorite punk album of 2020 is my 60th favorite album of all time. The Copyrights went out and absolutely tore shit up on this album. Lead singer Adam Fletcher’s vocals are bombastic and the lyrics to many of the songs are much more meaningful and interesting than most pop-punk. “Part of the Landscape” is one of my favorite songs now, and this album just rocks one song right after another. “Stuck In The Winter” is an absolute punk anthem, and “On Division” is a great finishing song as well.
59 - Sigh No More - Mumford & Sons have put out some absolutely stellar albums, and they have rightly become worldwide superstars. Their live shows are insane as well. This album came out in a time when all the record labels were looking for a big folk-rock act, and Mumford and Sons catapulted everyone else in the genre tenfold or more. The songs are soulful, energetic, and the music is eclectic with all the different types of strings and the fact that there wasn’t a full drummer in the band until later albums. It was a revival of a rock genre that had been almost forgotten for 30 or so years.
58 - Shyga! The Sunlight Mound - The Psychedelic Porn Crumpets have become one of my new favorite bands highly due to this album. I hadn’t heard of them until this album was released, but this is their 3rd full-length album, and it absolutely shreds from start to finish. It’s one of the most energetic rock albums I have ever heard, and it deserves to be put into the top 100 without question, in my opinion. They have a new album coming out in 2022, and it should be awesome as well.
57 - Frizzle Fry - Les Claypool of Primus said at one point that this was his favorite album by Primus, and I absolutely agree. The songs are all pretty damn rocking. The subject matter is quite odd in a lot of songs whether it is about a fisherman or about tripping on acid, but the music is unbelievable, and it is probably the heaviest sound Primus ever put out. “To Defy The Laws of Tradition” and “Groundhog’s Day” are probably my two favorite Primus songs of all time, and there are 5 or 6 more songs on this album that are probably in my top 20 Primus songs.
56 - Static Prevails - Jimmy Eat World is just an incredibly consistent rock-making machine since they released Bleed American back in 2001. Now, they had 2 major label albums before that one, and they are both awesome starting with this album. Songs like “Episode IV” and “Caveman” by Tom Linton represent a time when Jimmy Eat World had two really good singers making really good songs. They even split vocals on a lot of songs in the same vein as Blink-182 did around this time. I would listen to this album for years, and still do as it has some of my favorite songs from the band on it.
55 - Fenix Tx - This Fenix TX album came out when I was in high school, and I have long since called it a “perfect album” where no songs are bad. Probably the only thing that doesn’t quite stand the test of time is the last song on the album “Rooster Song” which is a joke song about a “big cock.” Every other song on this album is absolutely legit and blew away most of the pop punk that was coming out at the time, because it was based more off of metal that morphed into punk that morphed into pop. Lead singer Will Salazar could sing like a maniac too.
54 - Brushfire Fairytales - Jack Johnson’s first album was so damn good. It changed the way I looked at singer songwriters (even though I was one). I used to always think that not being in a band meant that you made music that was boring or was a shell of what it would be like if played with a full band. Well, fortunately, Johnson had a full band, and I still think the bass player, Merlo Podlewski, is a damn genius. Half of the songs sound great mostly because of his ability to keep it flowing when literally all the rest of the music could be missing. “Flake” was the big single off this album, but it is by no means the only good song. It rightfully propelled Johnson into fame.
53 - Hoss - Lagwagon is absolutely one of the greatest bands of all time, and they will have many albums on this list. This was their third album, and it absolutely rocks from start to finish with 14 songs on the original release including two of the all-time fan favorites “Violins” and “Razor Burn.” A personal favorite of mine is “Sleep” as well. “Sick” is another banger too. Actually, I am not sure how this album isn’t in the top 50. Man, ranking stuff is hard. This album is a punk classic, and I had to play the album as I type this out just because I can’t think of it without wanting to hear every song.
52 - Evil Empire - The second album from Rage Against the Machine continued where their debut album left off. Songs like “People of the Sun” and “Bulls on Parade” absolutely skewered the socio-political climate of the 90’s and raised awareness to political corruption and genocide. The band went from a cult phenomenon to an absolute rock powerhouse filling stadiums when this album came out. The music from this album might not be as good top to bottom as the first album, but it has some absolute bangers on it, and songs like “Year of the Boomerang” and “Revolver” are not to be missed.
51 - Enema of the State - As a Blink-182 fan BEFORE this album came out, my friends and I knew immediately that Blink was going to be massively famous from this album. It was just insanely good and incredibly well produced. The world wasn’t even ready for 3 punk rock guys from Southern California to take the punk scene in this direction, and when Blink became mainstream, they swooped another wave of pop punk bands up with them that stuck around for about 5 years after this album's release. Other than Dookie by Green Day, most punk fans would say this is one of the most influential pop punk albums of all time whether you liked it or not. I happened to like it a lot.
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