Personal Top 10: my most listened to, most influenced by records

These records have stayed always fresh and always near my turntable for the last few decades or so. In no particular order:

  1. Pat Metheny Group / Travels
  2. Klaus Schulze / Trancefer
    Klaus Schulze - Trancefer (1981) - YouTube
  3. K. Leimer / Imposed Order
    K. Leimer ‎– Imposed Order (1983) FULL ALBUM - YouTube
  4. Genesis / The Lamb Lies Down in Broadway
    Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (Official Audio) - YouTube
  5. Weather Report / Mysterious Traveller
    Mysterious Traveler - YouTube
  6. Bill Nelson / The Love That Whirls
    The Crystal Escalator In The Palace Of God - YouTube
  7. Eno/Budd / The Pearl
    Late October (2005 Digital Remaster) - YouTube
  8. Jon Hassel / Possible Musics
    Brian Eno & Jon Hassell - Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics (1980) (Full Album) [HQ] - YouTube
  9. Mike Oldfield / Incantations
  10. Cocteau Twins / Blue Bell Knoll
    Blue Bell Knoll - YouTube

I bet a lot of us have weird eclectic lists like this. I showed you mine, show me yous!


Merzbow - Pulse Demon

Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica

Autechre - Confield

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing

The Boredoms - Vision Creation Newsun

Death - Leprosy

Sunn 0))) - Monoliths and Dimensions

Godflesh - Streetcleaner

Regis - Gymnastics

Bjork - Homogenic


The insufferable Rob Gordon in me can never resist a Top 10

Most listened and most influential are somewhat different, so I’ll go with most listened (from fleeting memory)

Aphex - RDJ
Crow soundtrack
Beatles - Peppers
Kendrick - Good kid
Dilla - Donuts
Miles - Kind of Blue
Beethoven - Late Piano Sonatas (Pollini)
Radiohead - Kid A
Joy Division - Closer
Fleetwood Mac - Tusk


Awesome selections, thanks.

I recited from memory Beefheart’s Dust Blow Forward and the Dust Blows Back for my 12th grade English class. Everyone loved it!


Just as eclectic as mine, nice!

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That’s a fucking awesome list :+1:

I would find it very difficult to pick a top 10.

I was just talking with a good friend about this album… Shaking The Habitual has my favorite aspects of Peter Gabriel, Dead Can Dance and Kate Bush all on one record. Probably top 10 for me.

So alright, we’re in this now so I’ll give it a go. I think an alltime top 10 should be albums you’ve gone back to periodically in your life and continue to be meaningful. So in no particular order, the other nine:

Bauhaus: Mask

Front 242: Official Version

Deftones: White Pony

The Cure: Head on the Door/Pornography (tied)

Skinny Puppy: Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse

Autechre: LP5

Dead Can Dance: Self-titled

Bjork: Biophillia

Fugazi: Repeater


I’ll stick to 10 ( edit : not really)
No particular order ( Except for the first ) :

. Prince - Parade
. Mr Bungle - Discovolante
. Captain Beefheart - Trout Mask Replica
. Fishbone - Chim Chim’s Badass Revenge
. Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra - Take Off ! ( all of them really…)
. Rachel’s - The Sea And The Bells
. Motorpsycho - Blissard
. The Residents - The Mole Show
. Disasterpeace - Hyper Light Drifter OST
. The Beach Boys - Smile

I’ll just link the “less known” to keep the thread less overcrowded :

@psychetropic Yeah…“The Lamb Lies Down in Broadway” is also a favorite of mine, and the shock was pretty intense when “discovering” : “Back in N.YC” long after Buckley’s version. That made the cover even crazier.

Edit : These toplists are horrible because you always miss a crucial entry after you’ve done it…So, as a “secret track” proposition, i must add this last but (definitely) not least :

. Helmet - Betty

  1. AC/DC — Live at Paradise Theater, Boston, aug 1978
  2. Cassandra Complex — Theomania
  3. Sisters Of Mercy — Floodland
  4. Fields Of The Nephilim —The Nephilim
  5. Dog Faced Hermans — Mental Blocks For All Ages
  6. Mylène Farmer — Dance Remixes [2CD version]
  7. Cosmosis — Synergy
  8. Etnica — Live in Athens 1996
  9. Ozric Tentacles — Waterfall Cities
  10. Gogol Bordello — Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike

fuck yeah!

  • The Beatles - Abbey Road
  • Radiohead - Kid A
  • Radiohead - In Rainbows
  • Aphex Twin - Come To Daddy EP
  • Autechre - LP5
  • Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
  • Four Tet - Rounds
  • Amon Tobin - Out from out where
  • GZA - Liquid Swords
  • DJ Shadow - Entroducing

I’ll probably have to do this with lots of edits

Lfo - lfo and their other albums
Global communications - 76:14
Autechre - incunabula
Telefon telaviv - ……
The black dog - bytes or spanner’s
A b12 album
Manna - manna
A modeselektor album
An early orbital album
underworld - dubnobasswithmyheadman


Oh yeah! I had the vinyl back in the days.


I think there are like 50 albums in my top ten :stuck_out_tongue:

A couple good ones in no particular order:

Elliot Smith - Figure 8
Viktor Vaughn - Vaudeville Villain
Little Brother- the Listening
Slum village - fantastic vol 2
Atjazz- labfunk
Led zeppelin ii
Jimi Hendrix - axis bold as love
People under the stairs- OST
Machinedrum - urban biology
Ronnie laws- pressure sensitive
Mobb deep- hell on earth
Radiohead - in rainbows

I love all music since a little kid, but when I found hip hop as a teenager is when things really changed for me. So definitely a hip hop heavy list


If we’re talking all time, then it’s these

The Chameleons-Script of the Bridge
The Smiths-The Queen is Dead
Depeche Mode-Violator
Radiohead-Kid A
My Bloody Valentine-Loveless
Boards of Canada-Geogaddi
M83-Before The Dawn Heals Us
Rival consoles-Persona

If we’re talking about top ten that I’ve been listening to a lot recently influencing what I’m currently making then it’s these:

Rival Consoles-Articulation
Com Truise-Persuasion System
Black Moth Super Rainbow-panic blooms
Boards of Canada-Tomorrow’s Harvest
Washed Out-within without
Oneohtrix point never-magic Oneohtrix point never
Small black-limits of desire
Cocteau twins-heaven or Las Vegas
Keudo-Slow knife


So many good memories:

Skinny Puppy: Last Rights

Download: The Eyes Of Stanley Pain

Coil: Musick To Play In The Dark 2

The Cure: Pornography

Einstürzende Neubauten: Zeichnungen des Patienten O. T.

The Young Gods: Only Heaven

Pink Floyd: Ummagumma

Bad Religion: Against The Grain

The Verve: Urban Hymns

The Pogues: If I Should Fall From Grace With God


In no particular order, these are perhaps the most influential records in certain periods of my life. Interesting to note that although I own and enjoy loads of newer music none of it made the impact that these did. I’m not sure the influence me directly in a musical sense but I’m sure it still informs my preferences.

Joni Mitchell - court and spark
Eric Clapton - Backless
Radiohead - Kid A
Beth Gibbons + Rustin Man - Out of Season
Portishead - Portishead
Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
Beastie Boys - Hello Nasty
Patsy Cline - Greatest Hits
Beck - Midnight Vultures
Esthero - breath from another


Changed my life when I heard it for the first time at a rave in '97. Played it every which way when I DJ’d. Still listen to it on a regular basis.

The Electronic Battle Weapon version is the one. But this YouTube will work. Best electronic song ever. Period.


That’s exactly what I meant. The kind of stuff that’s a part of you.


I was lucky enough to see Skinny Puppy around that time, in a really shitty warehouse in a scary part of Washington, DC. An incredibly cathartic show, unforgettable especially because I was dragged there by a friend thinking it was a metal show, and I didn’t want to go.