My Favorite Albums (The Final Ten)

By now, you should know the drill. If not, then go look at past posts.
Let's recap the previous 40 albums...

ACDC - Back In Black (1980)
Aerosmith - Get Your Wings (1974)
Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)
Black Keys - El Camino (2011)
Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside of Me (2006)
The Cult - Sonic Temple (1989)
Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones (2009)
Def Leppard - Hysteria (1987)
Father John Misty - Fear Fun (2012)
Fleetwood Mac - Rumors (1974)
Foo Fighters - Wasted Light (2011)
Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten (2012)
Jack Johnson - Brushfire Fairytales (2001)
Jack White - Blunderbuss (2012)
Jimmy Eat World - Invented (2010)
Kills - Blood Pressures (2011)
Kings of Leon - Youth and Young Manhood (2003)
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti (1975)
Metallica - Master of Puppets (1986)
Modest Mouse - The Moon & Antartica (2000)
Miles Davis - Bitches Brew (1970)
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads (1996)
Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)
NWA - Straight Outta of Compton (1988)
Outkast - Stankonia (2000)
Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power (1992)
Pearl Jam - Ten (1991)
Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R (2000)
Queensryche - Empire (1990)
Blood Sugar Sex Magic (1991)
Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (1971)
Run DMC - Raising Hell (1986)
Soundgarden - Down On the Upside (1996)
Stone Temple Pilots - Core (1992)
Tenacious D - Tenacious D (2001)
Toadies - Rubberneck (1994)
Tom Waits - Closing Time (1973)
White Stripes - Elephant (2003)
Who - Who's Next (1971)

And now, the final ten...

Guns and Roses - Appetite For Destruction (1987)

This classic album was a huge part of high school years. I remember hearing it about a year before it became popluar because at the time my Aunt was in college. I still jam out to "Rocket Queen" and "Paradise City", but the album boast one great song after another.

Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine (1992)

I was a freshman in college when this album exploded its heavy riffs and rap infused political lyrics on the airwaves. It left a deep impression on my young mind. And "Killing In The Name", "Freedom", and "Know Your Enemy" still gets me pumped up. Simply an amazing album.

Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dreams (1993)
This is the one Pumpkin album I can listen to over and over again. It's enchanting grooves always puts me in a calm and almost hypnotic state of mind. "Today" remains one of all time favorite songs.

Band of Horses - Infinite Arms (2010)

Band of Horses has become of my favorite bands of the last few years. The band's country-rock roots shine through on this album is one that hits all the right spots with songs like "Older", "Laredo", "Factory", and more.

Ozzy Osbourne - No Rest For the Wicked (1988)

I had to do a toss up between this album and Blizzard of Ozz. This album was the first with Zak Wyld at the lead guitar helm and it proves to be the strongest since the Ozzman's debut. Hard guitar riffs and Ozzy's trademark vocal ring in "Hero", "Fire In the Sky", and "Breaking All the Rules".

Candlebox - Candlebox (1993)

Yet another strong debut album from a group who hit it big during my college years. Maybe thats why I still enjoy this album so much. One of grunge rock unsung heroes go out on song "Far Behind", "Change", and every other song on the album. A fantastic effort from a great time in my life.

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced? (1967)

If you want balls out guitar pulsating in your ear drums, then look no furter then the legendary Jimi Hendrix. He only three studio albums before his demise but the effect the man left on rock shall never be forgotten. Almost every song on this album is a hit with "Hey Joe", "Foxy Lady", "Purple Haze", "Fire", and "Manic Depression."

The National - High Violet (2010)

The National is a band I gotten into the couple of years and it was "Bloodbuzz, Ohio" which led me down that path. Matt Berninger's deep, haunting voice soothes my brain.

Saliva - Every Six Seconds (2001)

An album that clashes metal guitars with rap style singing. The catchy lyrics and songs helped it become a popular album of its time. For me it's more of a guilty pleasure, but damned if I still dont like "Click, Click Boom", "Superstar", and "My Goodbyes".

Audioslave - Audioslave (2002)
When you combine the amazing vocals of Chris Cornell with Rage Against the Machine band members you get an interesting combination. But it's one that kicks ass. From the opening helicopter sounds on "Cochise" to the soothing exit of "The Last Remaining Light" there is not a dud on the album. I have listened to it hundreds of times and it never gets old.

That's it...
maybe next year I'll do a top 100 songs. I think that list may be easier.

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