Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Music Starter Pack

Are you unpopular? A 98 POUND WEAKLING? Could you get them to notice you if you only liked the right music?

"But," I can hear you say, "I have no idea what type of music I like! Now I will have acne forever!" Sob not, future pillow-biter!

Here are 100 albums and recordings to get you started on your path to Music Awesomination. In this starter set you'll find:

- Music recorded over 6 centuries!

- Chronological arrangement for easy browsing!

- A wide variety of genres for each decade!

- No repeated artists for maximum diversity!

- No Randy Newman!



The Electric Lady by Janelle Monae, 2013
The Suburbs by Arcade Fire, 2012
Radio Music Society by Esperanza Spalding, 2012
Hadestown by Anais Mitchell, 2010
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West, 2010


Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, Neko Case, 2006
The Crane Wife, The Decemberists, 2006
Largo, Brad Mehldau, 2002
Original Pirate Material, The Streets, 2002
Don't Give Up on Me, Solomon Burke, 2002
Discovery, Daft Punk, 2001
Is This It?, The Strokes, 2001
Stories from the City Stories from the Sea, PJ Harvey, 2000
Tanto Tempo, Bebel Gilberto, 2000
Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, Jill Scott, 2000


Global Underground 013: Ibiza, Sasha, 1999
The Velvet Rope, Janet Jackson, 1997
Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette, 1995
Illmatic, Nas, 1994
Grace, Jeff Buckley, 1994
The Next Hundred Years, Ted Hawkins, 1994
My Life, Mary J. Blige, 1994
A Meeting by the River, Ry Cooder and VM Bhatt, 1993
Anodyne, Uncle Tupelo, 1993
I've Got That Old Feeling, Alison Krauss, 1990


Paul's Boutique, Beastie Boys, 1989
Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman, 1988
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy, 1988
Appetite for Destruction, Guns n Roses, 1987
Graceland, Paul Simon, 1986
Purple Rain, Prince, 1984
Shoot Out the Lights, Richard and Linda Thompson, 1982
Thriller, Michael Jackson, 1982
My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, David Byrne and Brian Eno, 1981
Back in Black, AC/DC, 1980


The Koln Concert, Keith Jarrett, 1975
Rubycon, Tangerine Dream, 1975
Talking Book, Stevie Wonder, 1972
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie, 1972
Pink Moon, Nick Drake, 1972
What's Going On, Marvin Gaye, 1971
Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin, 1971
The Inner Mounting Flame, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, 1971
Pieces of a Man, Gil Scott-Heron, 1971
Tea for the Tillerman, Cat Stevens, 1970


Trout Mask Replica, Captain Beefheart, 1969
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles, 1967
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin, 1967
Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys, 1966
Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan, 1965
A Love Supreme, John Coltrane, 1964
Live at the Apollo, James Brown, 1963
We Shall Overcome, Pete Seeger, 1963
Breakfast at Tiffany's: Music from the Motion Picture, Henry Mancini, 1962
Two Steps from the Blues, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, 1961


Kind of Blue, Miles Davis, 1959
Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs, Marty Robbins, 1959
The Genius of Ray Charles, Ray Charles, 1959
My Fair Lady: Original London Cast, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, 1958
Here's Little Richard, Little Richard, 1957
West Side Story: Original Broadway Cast, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, 1957
Ellington at Newport, Duke Ellington, 1956
Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley, 1956
Black Coffee, Peggy Lee, 1956
In the Wee Small Hours, Frank Sinatra, 1955


The Anthology (1947-72), Muddy Waters, 1947-72
Appalachian Spring, Aaron Copland, 1944
Stormy Weather Soundtrack, Original Film Cast, 1943
Dust Bowl Ballads, Woody Guthrie, 1940
The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert, Benny Goodman, 1938
King of the Delta Blues Singers, Robert Johnson, 1936-37
Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, Ira Gershwin and Vernon Duke, 1936
Anything Goes: Original London Cast, Cole Porter, 1935
Complete Hot Fives and Sevens, Louis Armstrong, 1925-30
Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin, 1924


From Argentina to the World, Carlos Gardel, 1917-35
The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky, 1913
La Mer, Claude Debussy, 1905
21 Favorite Arias, Enrico Caruso, 1902-21
Transfigured Night, Arnold Schoenberg, 1899
The Nutcracker, Peter Tchaikovsky, 1892
The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan, 1879
Carmen, Georges Bizet, 1875
Der Ring des Nibelungen, Richard Wagner, 1869-76
Symphonies, Ludwig van Beethoven, 1800-24
Die Zauberflote, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1791
"Sun" Quartets, Opus 20, Josef Haydn, 1772
St. Matthew's Passion, Johann Sebastian Bach, 1727
Yemenite Songs, Ofra Haza, ~1720
Three Ragas, Ravi Shankar, ~1660
L'Orfeo, Claudio Monteverdi, 1607
Music for the Gods: The Fahnestock South Sea Expedition, Various Performers, ~1600
Missa Papae Marcelli, Palestrina, ~1562
Missa Herculares Dux Ferrariae, Josquin Des Prez, ~1480
Motets, Guillaume de Machaut, ~1377
A Feather on the Breath of God, Hildegard von Bingen, ~1179
Monastic Song: 12th Century Monophonic Chant, Peter Abelard, ~1142
The Spirit Cries: Music from the Rainforests of South America and the Caribbean, Various Performers
China: UNESCO Collection, Various Performers
Aka Pygmy Music, Various Performers

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