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And here comes some of my fave guys and dolls. Well, not the quickest ones. But the best songwriters or performers or so, men and women with the package: style, touch and vision of their own.

Top 20:  Male Musicians
  1. Jimi Hendrix
  2. John Fogerty
  3. Robbie Robertson
  4. Roy Wood
  5. David Bowie
  6. J.J. Cale
  7. Bob Marley
  8. Neil Young
  9. Harry Chapin
  10. Stevie Wonder
  11. Frank Zappa
  12. Bruce Springsteen
  13. Van Morrison
  14. Randy Newman
  15. John Lennon
  16. Paul Simon
  17. Leonard Cohen
  18. Bob Dylan
  19. Paul McCartney
  20. James Dean Bradfield
Top 20:  Female Musicians
  1. Carole King
  2. Bjork
  3. Janis Ian
  4. Kate Bush
  5. Suzanne Vega
  6. Emmylou Harris
  7. Tracy Chapman
  8. Bonnie Raitt
  9. Chrissie Hynde
  10. Bette Midler
  11. Carol Kaye
  12. Melissa Etheridge
  13. Joan Armatrading
  14. Marianne Faithfull
  15. Laura Nyro
  16. Eva Dahlgren
  17. Joni Mitchell
  18. Joan Baez
  19. Rickie Lee Jones
  20. Donna Summer
Top 20:  Male Songwriters
  1. John Fogerty
  2. Roy Wood
  3. Robbie Robertson
  4. Shel Silverstein
  5. Pete Townshend
  6. Leonard Cohen
  7. Peter Gabriel
  8. Paul Simon
  9. John Lennon
  10. Neil Young
  11. Ian Anderson
  12. Harry Chapin
  13. Bob Dylan
  14. Ray Davies
  15. Paul McCartney
  16. Stevie Wonder
  17. Mark Knopfler
  18. Bruce Springsteen
  19. Stuart Adamson
  20. Ken Hensley
Top 20:  Female Songwriters
  1. Carole King
  2. Janis Ian
  3. Joan Armatrading
  4. Björk
  5. Joni Mitchell
  6. Kate Bush
  7. Tracy Chapman
  8. Suzanne Vega
  9. Joan Baez
  10. Maddy Prior
  11. Patti Smith
  12. Chrissie Hynde
  13. Carly Simon
  14. Bobbie Gentry
  15. Bonnie Raitt
  16. Laura Nyro
  17. Dolly Parton
  18. Melissa Etheridge
  19. Sheryl Crow
  20. Alanis Morrisette
Top 20:  Bands
  1. CCR
  2. Beatles
  3. Led Zeppelin
  4. Deep Purple
  5. Band
  6. Pink Floyd
  7. Move
  8. Procol Harum
  9. Doors
  10. Black Sabbath
  11. Jethro Tull
  12. Rolling Stones
  13. Cream
  14. Moody Blues
  15. King Crimson
  16. Who
  17. Clash
  18. Uriah Heep
  19. Lindisfarne
  20. Dire Straits
Top 25:  Male Vocalists
  1. John Fogerty
  2. Paul Rodgers
  3. Elvis Presley
  4. Freddie Mercury
  5. Delbert McClinton
  6. Robert Plant
  7. Bobby »Blue» Bland
  8. Ian Gillan
  9. Frank Sinatra
  10. Levi Stubbs
  11. Bruce Springsteen
  12. Brian Johnson (Geordie period)
  13. Eric Burdon
  14. Russell Thompkins, Jr
  15. Cub Koda
  16. David Byron
  17. David Cummings
  18. Paul McCartney
  19. Tom Jones
  20. Sam Cooke
  21. Joe Cocker
  22. Chris Rea
  23. Roger Daltrey
  24. Roy Orbison
  25. John Lennon (early Beatles period)
Top 20:  Female Vocalists
  1. Janis Joplin
  2. Dusty Springfield
  3. Edith Piaf
  4. Billie Holiday
  5. Etta James
  6. Eva Cassidy
  7. Candi Staton
  8. Elkie Brooks
  9. Bobby Gentry
  10. Mavis Staples
  11. Randy Crawford
  12. Maggie Bell
  13. Emmylou Harris
  14. Tina Turner
  15. Bette Midler
  16. Gladys Knight
  17. Chrissie Hynde
  18. Tracey Ullman
  19. Yvonne Elliman
  20. Kim Carnes
Top 20:  Drummers
  1. John Bonham
  2. Ian Paice
  3. BJ Wilson
  4. Ringo Starr
  5. Clive Bunker
  6. Benny Benjamin
  7. Prairie Prince
  8. Vinnie Colaiuta
  9. Zak Starkey
  10. Hal Blaine
  11. Mike Shrieve
  12. Ginger Baker
  13. Mark Brzezicki
  14. Terry Williams
  15. Roger Taylor
  16. Nigel Olsson
  17. Ronnie Osterberg
  18. Doug Clifford
  19. Steve Gadd
  20. Roger Hawkins


[Charts]

# Top 100: Best Rock Albums of All-Time
Well, what is the best rock album of all-time, really? Hard to say, but I did my best and this is my chart. You may find some usual ones and many odd ones, sure. There are plenty of lists of best rock albums of all-time, and this is just my opinion.

Perhaps these I'm not listening to every single day, but this is the rock album collection that would keep me alive if left alone in the desert island…

[Click the arrows to see slight reviews].

 

1. Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd  [1973]  >>
2. Led Zeppelin IV
Led Zeppelin  [1971]  >>
3. Cosmo's Factory
Creedence Clearwater Revival  [1970]  >>
4. Led Zeppelin II
Led Zeppelin  [1969]  >>
5. Abbey Road
The Beatles  [1969]  >>
6. The Beatles (White Album)
The Beatles  [1968]  >>
7. Machine Head
Deep Purple  [1972]  >>
8. Electric Ladyland
Jimi Hendrix  [1968]
9. Cheap Thrills
Big Brother and the Holding Company  [1968]
10. Shazam
The Move  [1970]
11. Please Please Me
The Beatles  [1963]  >>
12. Green River
Creedence Clearwater Revival  [1969]  >>
13. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
David Bowie  [1972]
14. Willy and the Poor Boys
Creedence Clearwater Revival  [1969]
15. Smash Hits
Tom Jones [1967]
16. 1990
The Temptations  [1973]
17. Led Zeppelin III
Led Zeppelin  [1970]
18. Band on the Run
Paul McCartney  [1973]
19. Lucifer's Friend
Lucifer's Friend  [1970]
20. Dusty in Memphis
Dusty Springfield  [1968]
21. We're Only in It for the Money
Frank Zappa  [1968]
22. Harvest
Neil Young  [1972]
23. Don't Be Fooled by the Name
Geordie  [1974]
24. Young and Rich
The Tubes  [1976]
25. What's Goin' on
Marvin Gaye  [1971]
26. Days of Future Passed
The Moody Blues  [1967]
27. Live (at Edmonton)
Procol Harum  [1972]
28. Northern Lights — Southern Cross
The Band  [1975]
29. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles  [1967]  >>
30. Love Rustler
Delbert McClinton  [1977]  >>
31. Moondance
Van Morrison  [1970]
32. Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd  [1975]
33. Vol. 4
Black Sabbath  [1972]
34. Beggar's Banquet
The Rolling Stones  [1968]
35. Janis Ian
Janis Ian  [1967]
36. Stand Up
Jethro Tull  [1969]
37. Shine on Brightly
Procol Harum  [1968]
38. Piledriver
Status Quo  [1972]
39. Desire
Bob Dylan  [1976]
40. Fireball
Deep Purple  [1971]
41. Rick Danko
Rick Danko  [1977]
42. Meddle
Pink Floyd  [1971]
43. Aqualung
Jethro Tull  [1971]
44. The Second Damnation
The Damnation of Adam Blessing  [1970]
45. Grand Hotel
Procol Harum  [1973]
46. Nebraska
Bruce Springsteen  [1982]
47. Short Stories
Harry Chapin  [1974]
48. Abraxas
Santana  [1970]
49. Everything Must Go
Manic Street Preachers  [1996]
50. Naturally
J.J. Cale  [1972]
51. Quadrophenia  [2-LP]
The Who  [1973]
52. In Rock
Deep Purple  [1970]
53. Planet Waves
Bob Dylan  [1974]
54. Bayou Country
Creedence Clearwater Revival  [1969]
55. Good Old Boys
Randy Newman  [1974]
56. Slayed?
Slade  [1972]
57. Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan  [1966]
58. Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen  [1984]
59. Forever Changes
Love  [1967]
60. Led Zeppelin I
Led Zeppelin  [1969]
61. Disraeli Gears
Cream  [1967]
62. Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen  [1975]
63. Innervisions
Stevie Wonder  [1973]
64. Revolver
The Beatles  [1966]
65. Exile on Main Street
The Rolling Stones  [1972]
66. Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan  [1965]
67. Excerpts from the Belafonte Carnegie Hall Concert
Harry Belafonte  [1959]
68. Auberge
Chris Rea  [1991]
69. Breakfast in America
Supertramp  [1979]
70. The Doors
The Doors  [1967]
71. Creedence Clearwater Revival
Creedence Clearwater Revival  [1968]
72. The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground & Nico  [1967]
73. Arthur (or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
The Kinks  [1969]
74. The River
Bruce Springsteen  [1980]
75. Solar Fire
Manfred Mann's Earth Band  [1973]
76. Physical Graffiti  [2-LP]
Led Zeppelin  [1975]
77. Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys  [1966]
78. Stranger in the City
John Miles  [1976]
79. Hotel California
The Eagles  [1976]
80. The Unforgettable Fire
U2  [1984]
81. I Believe
Mahalia Jackson  [1955]
82. Boulders
Roy Wood  [1973]
83. Fly Like an Eagle
Steve Miller Band  [1976]
84. Mystery Girl
Roy Orbison  [1989]
85. Bob Till You Drop
Ry Cooder  [1979]
86. Astral Weeks
Van Morrison  [1968]
87. Between the Lines
Janis Ian  [1975]
88. Billion Dollar Babies
Alice Cooper  [1973]
89. John Fogerty
John Fogerty  [1975]
90. Sticky Fingers
The Rolling Stones  [1971]
91. Razamanaz
Nazareth  [1973]
92. Straight Shooter
Bad Company  [1975]
93. Yeah!
Brownsville Station  [1973]
94. 461 Ocean Bouleward
Eric Clapton  [1974]
95. Rumours
Fleetwood Mac  [1977]
96. Blue Ridge Rangers
Blue Ridge Rangers [John Fogerty]  [1973]
97. Thriller
Michael Jackson  [1982]
98. Brothers in Arms
Dire Straits  [1985]
99. Demons and Wizards
Uriah Heep  [1972]
100. The Slider
T.Rex  [1972]