1. The 13th Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators
    Did they create psychedelic music? Maybe. Did they play it better than anyone? Probably. The Austin, TX band released this drugged out classic in 1966, and it is awesome. "You're Gonna Miss Me" is the perfect garage song, but this whole record captured a young, brilliant band experimenting with so many new sounds and new drugs. Bonus: The documentary on singer Roky Erickson is amazing.
  2. The Sonics - Here Are The Sonics
    Oh the Sonics. The amazing, incredible Sonics. This Tacoma, Washington band is like Little Richard on speed. This 1965 album rocks so fucking hard, it'll blow your mind. Buy every Sonics album right now...even the new one from this year.
  3. Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power
    All 3 of the Stooges records are awesome, but this 1973 one (produced by David Bowie) really is raw power. The songs punch you in the face and drag you through the gutter.
  4. MC5 - Kick Out The Jams
    Proto-punk, rock 'n' roll, garage, all of the above. This 1969 record from the Motor City 5 sounds like a revolution. The guitars are loud and the vocals and loud and the drums are loud and it's all so loud and amazing.
  5. The Monks - Black Monk Time
    American GIs stationed in Germany formed this avant-garde garage band in the mid 60s. They dressed like monks, and played primal, experimental, crazy music. This 1966 album is strange and wonderful.
  6. The Dirtbombs - Ultraglide in Black
    This Detroit band has so many cool releases, but this 2001 tribute to Soul and Funk is really special. It's a garage record, but it grooves so hard. I defy you not to shake your ass.
  7. The Remains - Barry and the Remains
    I usually wouldn't list a compilation, but this band had a great album and also great singles which are included here. The Remains were a tight as hell mid 60s Rock n roll band who toured with The Beatles, then broke up. This is an absolute must.
  8. The Pretty Things - The Pretty Things
    The 1965 debut album from this London Band sounds like a more raw early Rolling Stones. This is rock 'n' roll and r&b with a ton of attitude.
  9. The Outsiders - Outsiders
    Not to be confused with the American band of the same name, this Dutch garage band put out their raw debut album in 1967, and it is a masterpiece. Half live and half studio, this is primitive, fast, savage rock 'n' roll.
  10. Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era, 1965-1968
    It's bit of a cheat, but this 4-disc boxed set is required listening for every garage fan. Assembled by Lenny Kaye, it's the best of the original American garage singles, and basically the songs that created the entire genre. Get this now!