The Beatles, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’
195. The Beatles, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (1964) Parlophone.
Miles Kane: ” There’s loads of great songs on it like ‘Things We Said Today’, that’s a tune! But there’s loads of others on there; ‘If I Fell’, that’s brilliant. I wish I’d made it, and met a model girlfriend on set like George Harrison did.”
Guns N’Roses, ‘Appetite For Destruction’
194. Guns N’Roses, ‘Appetite For Destruction’ (1987) Geffen.
Dizzee Rascal: “It’s a wicked blend of soulful rock’n’roll, but with the hardest, grungiest shit. They have the high-pitched singing against rough, gritty music; Guns N’Roses are the perfect medium between hard and soulful. They have some of the best music ever made.”
Pink Floyd, ‘The Piper At The Gates of Dawn’
190. Pink Floyd, ‘The Piper At The Gates of Dawn’ (1967) EMI.
“I nearly shit myself – by Christ it was loud”: that’s how Pink Floyd’s engineer recalls hearing the band for the first time. Here their extended freakouts met Syd Barrett’s more childlike whimsy.
Manic Street Preachers, ‘Everything Must Go’
182. Manic Street Preachers, ‘Everything Must Go’ (1996) Epic.
The stately post-Richey ’90s benchmark wherein orchestras crashed like freedom fighters over the barricades on ‘A Design For Life’ and of Sunday-supplement war photography came under fire on ‘Kevin Carter’.
Mogwai, ‘Young Team’
177. Mogwai, ‘Young Team’ (1997) Chemikal Underground.
Kele Okereke: “This was the first time I realised how powerful instrumental music could be. I had mainly been listening to more traditional British guitar music up until I heard this, but ‘Young Team’ sent me on a different path.”
Spiritualized, ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’
156. Spiritualized, ‘Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space’ (1997) Dedicated.
Ben Goldwasser, MGMT: “This album is so precise and everything on it sounds amazing; it’s arranged so nicely. Jason Pierce is a genius. We met him. He’s really nice and he had enormous sunglasses. I was expecting him to be intense, but he was just a nice guy.”
The Prodigy, ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’
155. The Prodigy, ‘Music For The Jilted Generation’ (1994) XL.
Rou Reynolds, Enter Shikari “My uncle said, ‘Listen to this, it’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before!’ I remember almost being scared listening to it. My uncle was right. It was like nothing I’d ever imagined. It blew my mind completely.”
Eminem, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’
135. Eminem, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’ (2000) Interscope.
Dev Hynes: ”I remember when it came out – I got a copy of it from a friend who I used to skate with, he burned it for me. I listened to it non-stop. I’m still surprised at how many people really liked it. It was so big – you couldn’t avoid it.”
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’
133. John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’ (1970) EMI.
The result of primal scream therapy, Lennon’s solo debut, overshadowed by the ghost of his mother, was a harrowing and brave splaying of political, social, religious and personal truths.
Beastie Boys, ‘Ill Communication’
126. Beastie Boys, ‘Ill Communication’ (1994) Capitol/Grand Royale.
The album put them at the leading edge of a type of hip hop built on scratchy funk and jazzy samples best epitomised by the single ‘Sure Shot’ – and sewed the seeds for sundry rap-rock crossovers of the future, with the wild, riff-laden ‘Sabotage’.
Rage Against The Machine, ‘Rage Against The Machine’
107. Rage Against The Machine, ‘Rage Against The Machine’ (1992) Epic.
Carl Barât: “I heard it when I was 14 and still know every word. We were all getting into our teenage angst and hating our parents, but my rage waned after their second album.”
Jimi Hendrix, ‘Electric Ladyland’
103. Jimi Hendrix, ‘Electric Ladyland’ (1968) Reprise.
Nick Frost, actor: “Even from a very young age, from when I heard of him, for some reason I felt close to him, I felt a connection. Sure, we’ve got the same electric gypsy look – that’s what I’m known for, really.”