My favorite (not "best") albums, as requested by @dad3
  1. Guidelines:
    These are my favorite albums, not best, so no research was done in creating this list. If I can't think of an album/artist off the top of my head, then they don't belong among my favorites. Also, I tried to limit myself to only albums that I commonly listen to all the way through, without skipping songs. Lastly, I tried to avoid greatest hits, unless it's the only album I own by the artist and I listen to it frequently enough to warrant inclusion here.
  2. Full Moon Fever - Tom Petty
    Impossible to choose one favorite album from my favorite band. This was Tom Petty's first solo album(officially), (unofficially, all of the heartbreakers except Stan Lynch were brought in to work on the album). This was the first CD I ever owned. This was my introduction to Tom Petty and it was the album for which he toured when I saw my first concert. All of my favorite songs from this album are the ones that didn't or rarely got radio play. "Yer so bad" "apartment song" "love is a long road"
  3. Nevermind - Nirvana
    Usually the second studio album from any band is not as good as the first, and/or not good at all. At present, I think this is the only second album on the list. I wrote a list about this phenomenon but not even #draftmas could get me to post it(still unfinished). If you haven't watched the documentary for the making of this album yet, stop reading my list immediately and search for it on Netflix, then spend an hour or so with your couch and tv, you can thank me later.
  4. By the way - rhcp
    Last of the bands that required a struggle to choose a favorite album. I really only picked this album because I haven't seen anyone else list it, usually BSSM or Californication get the nod, and I saw one Mothers Milk. I almost chose One Hot Minute for the same reason. RHCP
  5. If not now, when? - Incubus
    My wife's favorite band; I couldn't have named one song by them before we started dating, now I have a hard time narrowing it down to just one album. This was released a few years ago, all the songs are great and the reason I chose this album over their previous albums is because this includes the live version of 4 of their best songs from those previous albums.
  6. Blue album - weezer
    I still have the cd I bought when I was 12 and on the inside of the case someone wrote in silver sharpie "I was here." No idea who wrote that, it wasn't me, but it's true - Weezer was there, in junior high, when I wasn't sure what to make of all the changes going on in my life, I could put this cd on and ride my skateboard and just be a kid. "In the garage" is the song that reminds me most of that time in my life.
  7. Moondance - Van Morrison
    Everyone likes this album, right? Not much to say other than "crazy love" is my favorite song on the cd but it stoned me is my favorite song on the vinyl and I can't accurately describe why I like it better on vinyl, I just do.
  8. Who's next - the who
    It's got 3 hits, baba o'reilly, behind blue eyes and won't get fooled again. But I like this album because it's kinda got a central theme like Tommy did but they didn't feel shackled by that idea and I think it allowed them to just make a good album instead trying to make another rock opera like Tommy.
  9. Makaveli - Tupac
    Kurt Cobain, Hillel Slovak, Biggie, Tupac, Eazy E, Bradley Nowell and I'm sure a few others all died right before or during the time that their music was shaping my interest in their genre. Only Tupac came out with an entire album centered around the idea that he faked his own death to get revenge on the people trying to kill him, by coming out with the ultimate battle rap album and killing them metaphorically!
  10. Us - Brother Ali
    Any album of his could make the list but this one has my favorite song(crown jewel) and my wife's favorite(puppy love).
  11. The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
    When I finally took Makaveli out of my stereo in high school it was replaced by this cd. I will argue that if Eminem died after his third album we would consider him the greatest rapper ever, and this his second album would be the peak of his success. This and Nirvana Nevermind are the strongest arguments against my sophomore slump theory with musicians.
  12. Bad - Michael Jackson
    My favorite MJ album, really shouldn't need further explanation.
  13. Live at Carnegie Hall - Bill Withers
    I told my mom about the record player I put together and that I was listening to Al Green and she gave me this album. Holy shit! It blew my mind. It starts with a ten minute version of Use Me and has most of his hits and I remember the last song on the album seemed to go on forever. I wanted to put Use Me on my wedding playlist but that was quickly vetoed by the wife.
  14. I'm still in love with you - Al Green
    I found an old record player in my grandmas garage and I put it together, hooked it up to the speakers from my CD player and this was the only album I could listen to all the way through from her collection.
  15. Uprising - Bob Marley
    My favorite album of his. In my opinion it's the least "commercial" in that most of the songs are about his spirituality and most of the songs didn't become hits. Also the reason I wanted to learn to play guitar, Redemption Song was the first song I learned how to play.
  16. Sublime - Sublime
    Growing up in Anaheim, Ca at the time I did, everyone who's anyone swears they were there for at least one backyard party that featured an early version of Sublime and or No Doubt before they got famous. In reality, nobody my age was at those parties and even though I hung out with an older crowd I find it hard to believe they were at any of those parties either. I prefer this album over 40oz to Freedom but you can't go wrong with either one.
  17. Peace in a time of war - soja
    I dated a girl that used to take me to a bunch of reggae festivals, back when the extent of my knowledge of the genre consisted of the Legend album. She opened my eyes and ears to a new genre of music that I would grow to love. This album came out around that time and more than any other it's the one that I still listen to. Catchy tunes, positive message, can't go wrong. And I was able to get one of these songs on the wedding playlist! ("True Love")
  18. Axis: Bold as Love - Jimi Hendrix Experience
    My actual favorite Hendrix album is a mixtape I made myself that serves as a defacto greatest hits album that I also added a Willy Wonka quote("we are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams") to at the beginning and the red pill/blue pill matrix quote at the end. But of all the actual Experience albums this is by far my favorite.
  19. Greatest Hits - Janis Joplin
    The only official Greatest Hits album on the list. Admittedly it's the only Joplin album I own but I play the shit out of it! Bobby McGee is my go-to karaoke song, but not my favorite song on the album. That honor goes to "down on me" with "ball and chain" a close second(also vetoed by the wife for the wedding playlist).
  20. Chronical, Vol.1 - Creedence Clearwater Revival
    Ok, it's really a greatest hits album... But it's not called that, so technically I'm still playing by my arbitrary rules. In the last twenty years I think I've said each of the songs is my favorite, at some point, while listening to the cd. Part of my 5 cd road trip must have (first heartbreakers album, any RHCP album, the who greatest hits, blind melon live)
  21. Licensed to Ill - Beastie Boys
    With apologies to Run DMC, KRS1, Wu tang, biggie, pac, Eminem and jayz, this is the best rap album ever made!
  22. A gentle evening with Townes Van Zandt - Townes Van Zandt
    The perfect album to listen to while committing suicide. Ok, I agree, that's terrible but it doesn't make it any less true. Brilliant song writing and guitar playing but really depressing songs.
  23. Dazed and Confused soundtrack
    The last song played at my wedding reception was Tuesday's Gone because that's what is playing at the end of the party at the moon tower in the movie. Also, this soundtrack is loaded with classic rocks hits!
  24. She's the one soundtrack
    I cheated, Tom Petty did the entire soundtrack for this movie. It's probably my least favorite Petty album, but it's still one of my favorite albums in general. Like saying Beyoncé is the ugliest girl in the room, yeah maybe she is, but that doesn't make her any less attractive to me - it just means everyone in the room is hot! Like every Tom Petty album!
  25. Live at the Gaslight 1962 - Bob Dylan
    My wife doesn't know this, but this cd is the reason I married her. I was the last of the eligible bachelor in my group of friends, in no hurry to settle down, and this was my favorite cd at the time. I had just met my wife and I let her borrow it. She lost it! Normally that's grounds for a breakup AND reimbursement of $14.99, but I couldn't do it. That's how/when I realized that she was the one. I think I told her it was our first valentines date, which is technically when I gave her the cd.
  26. God's Son - Nas
    My favorite Nas album, my favorite rap album, the cd that's currently in my car. Don't be misled by the placement on this list, it's firmly entrenched among my favorites!