This is my list of must hear albums. These are the best albums of all time. They have some of the best music ever. All of them are listed in alphabetical order by the album title.
A Night at the Opera - Queen (1975)
A Night at the Opera is my favorite Queen album. From 1975, it has some of their best songs ever; "Bohemian Rhapsody", "Im in Love with My Car", and "Death on Two Legs (Dedicated to...)". Other songs here are "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon", "You're My Best Friend", "'39", "Sweet Lady", "Seaside Rendezvous", "The Prophet's Song", "Love of My Life", "Good Company", and "God Save the Queen".
Notes: A Night at the Opera has some of Queen's best songs. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is one of the best songs ever in rock music. "Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon" and "Seaside Rendezvous" are very different than other Queens songs and are two of my favorites. Every song on the album is very high quality, which is rare on any album. Be sure to see the music video for "Bohemian Rhapsody".
Abbey Road - The Beatles (1969)
Abbey Road is one of the best albums ever. From 1969, it has some of the best songs by The Beatles. The album is blues rock and rock. Some of the songs near the end are only a minute or so in length, but these are some of the best on the album. Songs here are "Come Together", "Something", "Maxwell's Silver Hammer", "Oh! Darling", "Octopus's Garden", "I Want You (She's So Heavy)", "Here Comes the Sun", "Because", "You Never Give Me Your Money", "Sun King", "Mean Mr. Mustard", "Polythene Pam", "She Came in Through the Bathroom Window", "Golden Slumbers", "Carry That Weight", "The End", and "Her Majesty".
Notes: Abbey Road is a very tight album by The Beatles. It has some of their best songwriting. The shorter songs near the end of the album are some of their best ever written.
Cheap Thrills - Big Brother & the Holding Company (1968)
This 1968 album of psychedelic and blues rock is one of the best from the 60s era, with Janis Joplin as lead singer on songs. Songs include "Combination of the Two", "I Need a Man to Love", "Summertime", "Piece of My Heart", "Turtle Blues", "Oh, Sweet Mary", and "Ball and Chain". Extra songs on the 1999 edition are "Roadblock", "Flower in the Sun", "Catch Me Daddy" (Live), and "Magic of Love" (Live).
Notes: Janis Joplin was full of energy on this album. Cheap Thrills has a big psychedelic 60s feel to it that you will hear on all songs.
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John (1973)
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road is my favorite Elton John album. From 1973, it is one of the best albums ever. Some of my favorite songs are "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and "Bennie and the Jets". Other songs here are "Funeral For a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding", "Candle in the Wind", "This Song Has No Title", "Grey Seal", "Jamaica Jerk-Off", "I've Seen That Movie Too", "Sweet Painted Lady", "The Ballad of Danny Bailey (1909-1934)", "Dirty Little Girl", "All the Girls Love Alice", "Your Sister Can't Twist (But She Can Rock'n Roll)", "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting", "Roy Rogers", "Social Disease", and "Harmony".
Notes: This is a rare album where every song is a gem. The entire album is fun to listen to. From the songwriting to the piano playing, it is Elton John's best album. A must have album in your collection of 70s rock music.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles (1967)
Sgt. Pepper is one of the best albums ever, and my favorite psychedelic album. Some of the songs have an orchestra playing, like "A Day in the Life" and "Good Morning Good Morning", making the album sound very different than any of The Beatles other albums. My favorite song is "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!". "A Day in the Life" is the most memorable song on the album. "Getting Better" is a fun song and is another one of my favorites. "Within You Without You", "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", "With a Little Help from My Friends", "Fixing a Hole", "She's Leaving Home", "When I'm Sixty-Four", "Lovely Rita", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)" make up the rest of this classic album from 1967.
Notes: This Beatles album is one of the best psychedelic albums ever. The song "A Day in the Life" has a very 60s psychedelic feel and is one of the best 60s songs ever. "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"; a circus sounding themed song which has a high psychedelic sound to it is my favorite song on the album. Various instruments and effects on all songs, combined with great songwriting make this a classic album forever.
Thriller - Michael Jackson (1982)
Thriller is one of the best albums ever. From 1982, it is my favorite Michael Jackson album. The album was incredibly popular during the 80s and still is today. My favorite songs are "Beat It", "Billie Jean", "Thriller", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", "The Girl Is Mine", and "Human Nature", but all the songs on the album are good. Thriller 25 deluxe edition is from 2008 and has a lot of extras. There are seven bonus tracks, videos, live performances, and a 48 page color booklet. The lyrics to all the songs are also here. Some of the new songs are "Beat It 2008" (with Fergie), "Billie Jean 2008" (with Kanye West), "The Girl Is Mine 2008" (with Will.I.Am.), and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008" (with Akon). Thriller is a must hear album.
Notes: Michael Jackson's best selling album has held up very well over the years. Even though the album is from 1982, all of the songs still sound very modern. It is the best of pop and R&B music. There is still no album like it even today. This album also has some of the best music videos of the 80s era for many of these songs. "Thriller" is one of the most popular and well known music videos of all time.