My Personal Top 200 Albums


My Personal Top 200 Albums

M.D. Wright

9.2.10

I did one of these earlier after my sun Askia tagged me in a note prompting me to do so. But you know I love these music-themed columns whenever I’m prompted to write them. However, I want to throw a caveat in here. The initial note indicated that I should pick TWENTY (20) All-Time Top Albums. I just cannot do that. I had almost 1,000 cassettes, CDs and a couple of vinyls (back in the day). Most of that was burned, lost or stolen, but I was able to retrieve and/or buy most of it. And I’ve downloaded thousands more in the past 3-4 years. I have over 4,500 albums in full by hundreds of artists. How am I supposed to narrow it down to 20 ha? Heck, even 100 is tough. So I’m gonna do 200.

I may do another one later, a personal Top 100 for each DECADE that I have lived. That would include the 70s, even though I only sniffed 9 months of that, but that should make tasks a lot easier. For the time being, I’m going to do a broad list. This is not in any particular order, because that’s just silly. So do not excoriate me if you disagree. But disagree by all means, because I will probably disagree the second I hit “publish” ha. I always leave someone out.

At any rate, here’s my list — all genres included. REMEMBER, THESE ARE NOT IN ORDER. I’m doing these rapid fire, six-degrees of separation style.

1. Billy Joel – “Kohuept”

2. Billy Joel – “Storm Front”

3. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Ready to Die”

4. 2Pac – “Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.”

5. NaS – “Illmatic”

6. Jay-Z – “Reasonable Doubt”

7. Michael Jackson – “Off The Wall”

8. Janet Jackson – “Control”

9. Prince – “Sign o’ The Times”

10. Jay-Z – “In My Lifetime, Vol. I”

11. NaS – “It Was Written”

12. The Notorious B.I.G. – “Life After Death”

13. Cam’ron – “Sports, Drugs & Entertainment”

14. The Diplomats – “Diplomatic Immunity”

15. Cam’ron – “Confessions of Fire”

16. Cam’ron – “Come Home With Me”

17. Cam’ron – “Purple Haze”

18. Jodeci – “Forever My Lady”

19. Mary J. Blige – “What’s the 411?”

20. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “Mecca & The Soul Brother”

21. Mary J. Blige – “My Life”

22. Mary J. Blige – “Share My World”

23. Janet Jackson – “Rhythm Nation: 1814”

24. Wu-Tang Clan – “Enter The Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers”

25. Wu-Tang Clan – “Wu-Tang Forever”

26. Total – “Total”

27. Puff Daddy – “No Way Out”

28. Ma$e – “Harlem World”

29. Xscape – “Off The Hook”

30. Xscape – “Hummin’ Comin’ at Cha”

31. 112 – “112”

32. 50 Cent – “Get Rich or Die Tryin'”

33. The Isley Brothers – “The Heat Is On”

34. Lil Kim – “Hard Core”

35. Junior M.A.F.I.A. – “Conspiracy”

36. Earth, Wind & Fire – “All In All”

37. Michael Jackson – “Remember The Time”

38. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

39. Earth, Wind & Fire – “That’s The Way Of The World

“40. Fred Hammond – “The Inner Court”

41. Aaliyah – “Age Ain’t Nothin’ But A Number”

42. Aaliyah – “One In A Million”

43. Aerosmith – “Get A Grip”

44. After 7 – “After 7”

45. After 7 – “Takin’ My Time”

46. Al B. Sure! – “In Effect Mode”

47. Al Green – “I’m Still In Love With You”

48. Hector Lavoe – “Depende De Ti”

49. La India – “Dicen Que Soy”

50. Marc Anthony – “Valio La Pena”

51. Hector Lavoe – “Cosa Nuestra”

52. Mariah Carey – “Mariah Carey”

53. Marc Anthony – “Desde Un Principio”

54. Mariah Carey – “Emotions”

55. Mariah Carey – “Music Box”

56. Teddy Pendergrass – “TP”

57. Teddy Pendergrass – “Teddy”

58. Teddy Pendergrass – “Life Is A Song Worth Singing”

59. Whitney Houston – “Whitney Houston”

60. Various Artists – “Above The Rim Soundtrack”

61. Whitney Houston – “Whitney”

62. Various Artists – “The Bodyguard Soundtrack”6

3. Various Artists – “Boomerang Soundtrack”

64. Various Artists – “Waiting To Exhale Soundtrack”

65. Eric B. & Rakim – “Paid In Full”

66. Eric B. & Rakim – “Don’t Sweat The Technique”

67. EPMD – “Strictly Business”

68. EPMD – “Business Never Personal”

69. Carl Thomas – “Emotional”

70. Faith Evans – “Faith”

71. Faith Evans – “Keep The Faith”

72. Deborah Cox – “Deborah Cox”

73. Deborah Cox – “One Wish”

74. Prince – “Purple Rain”

75. Prince – “Diamonds & Pearls”

76. Prince – “1999”

77. Guy – “The Future”

78. Heavy D. & The Boyz – “Nuttin’ But Love”

79. Heltah Skeltah – “Nocturnal”

80. Black Moon – “Enter Da Stage”

81. Snoop Dogg – “Doggystyle”

82. Dr. Dre – “The Chronic”

83. Donny Hathaway – “Extension Of A Man”

84. The Temptations – “Give Love At Christmas”

85. The Temptations – “Cloud Nine”

86. The Isley Brothers – “3+3”

87. Madonna – “Madonna”

88. Ma$e – “Double Up”

89. Madonna – “Like A Prayer”

90. Madonna – “True Blue”

91. Aventura – “God’s Project”

92. Cameo – “Word Up!”

93. Raekwon – “Only Built 4 Cuban Linx”

94. Ghostface Killah – “Ironman”

95. Method Man – “Tical”

96. Noreaga – “N.O.R.E.”

97. Busta Rhymes – “When Disaster Strikes”

98. DeBarge – “All This Love”

99. Busta Rhymes – “Extinction Level Event”

100. Busta Rhymes – “The Coming”

101. The Fugees – “Blunted On Reality”

102. Green Day – “Dookie”

103. The Fugees – “The Score”

104. GangStarr – “Daily Operation”

105. Mary J. Blige – “Mary”

106. GangStarr – “Hard To Earn”

107. GangStarr – “Moment Of Truth”

108. NaS – “Stillmatic”

109. The Gap Band – “The Gap Band V: Jammin'”

110. George Michael – “Faith”

111. Parliament – “Chocolate City”

112. Parliament – “Mothership Connection”

113. The O’Jays – “Back Stabbers”

114. The O’Jays – “Ship Ahoy”

115. O.C. – “Jewelz”

116. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “The Return To The 36 Chambers”

117. RZA – “B.O.B.B.Y.”

118. GZA – “Liquid Swords”

119. Ghostface Killah – “Supreme Clientele”

120. Heatwave – “Too Hot To Handle”

121. Mariah Carey – “Daydream”

122. Marvin Gaye – “Let’s Get It On”

123. Groove Theory – “Groove Theory”

124. Marvin Gaye – “What’s Going On”

125. Mary J. Blige – “What’s The 411? (Remix)”

126. Joann Rosario – “More, More, More”

127. Jodeci – “Diary Of A Mad Band”

128. LeVert – “For Real Tho”

129. Loose Ends – “Zagora”

130. Keith Sweat – “Make It Last Forever”

131. Keith Sweat – “Keith Sweat”

132. Keith Murray – “The Most Beautifullest Thing In The World”

133. Keith Sweat – “I’ll Give All My Love To You”

134. Zhané – “Pronounced Zah-Nay”

135. Gloria Estéfan – “Alma Caribeña”

136. Isaac Hayes – “Hot Buttered Soul”

137. 2 Live Crew – “As Nasty As They Wanna Be”

138. Gilberto Santa Rosa – “De Corazón”

139. Ready For The World – “Ready For The World”

140. 2Pac – “Me Against The World”

141. 2Pac – “2Pacalypse Now”

142. 2Pac – “Don Killuminati: The Seven Day Theory”

143. 702 – “No Doubt”

144. Juelz Santana – “From Me To U”

145. Jim Jones – “On My Way To Church”

146. Joe – “All That I Am”

147. Jon B. – “Cool Relax”

148. Mint Condition – “Definition Of A Band”

149. Mint Condition – “Meant To Be Mint”

150. Mint Condition – “From The Mint Factory”

151. Mobb Deep – “The Infamous”

152. Mobb Deep – “Infamy”

153. Mobb Deep – “Hell On Earth”

154. LL Cool J – “Radio”

155. LL Cool J – “Walking With A Panther”

156. Avenged Sevenfold – “Sounding The Seventh Trumpet”

157. Babyface – “For The Cool In You”

158. The Bar-Kays – “Flying High On Your Love”

159. CeCe Peniston – “Finally!”

160. SWV – “It’s About Time”

161. Tamia – “Tamia”

162. Janet Jackson – “janet.”

163. Lauryn Hill – “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill”

164. Luther Vandross – “Power Of Love”

165. U2 – “Zooropa”

166. Usher – “My Way”

167. Foxy Brown – “Chyna Doll”

168. Fat Joe – “Jealous One’s Envy”

169. OutKast – “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik”

170. OutKast – “ATLiens”

171. OutKast – “Aquemini”

172. Onyx – “Bacdafucup”

173. A Tribe Called Quest – “Beats, Rhymes & Life”

174. A Tribe Called Quest – “The Low End Theory”

175. A Tribe Called Quest – “Midnight Marauders”

176. Lloyd Banks – “Hunger For More”

177. A Tribe Called Quest – “Peoples’ Instinctive Travels & The Paths of Rhythm”

178. Lisa McClendon – “My Diary, Your Life”

179. Troop – “Attitude”

180. MoKenStef – “Azz Izz”

181. Monica – “Miss Thang”

182. Brandy – “Brandy”

183. Various Artists – “Krush Groove Soundtrack”

184. Sheila E. – “The Glamorous Life”

185. Prince – “The Black Album”

186. Portrait – “Portrait”

187. Ill Al Skratch – “Creep Wit Me”

188. II D Extreme – “II D Extreme”

189. Intro – “Intro”

190. DeBarge – “In A Special Way”

191. Rick James – “Street Songs”

192. DMX – “Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood”

193. DMX – “It’s Dark & Hell Is Hot”

194. LOX – “Money, Power & Respect”

195. Lost Boyz – “Legal Drug Money”

196. Loose Ends – “Look How Long”

197. Soul II Soul – “Club Classics, Vol. I”

198. Slick Rick – “The Great Adventures Of Slick Rick”

199. Teena Marie – “It Must Be Magic”

200. Big Pun – “Capital Punishment”

I still feel like 50 or so CLASSICS from the 80s and 90s were snubbed. But I did this 85% off DOME in 30 minutes! Cut me some slack here. I’m still gonna do that classic Hip-Hop/R&B late 80s and 90s party. If you’re down and willing to come to New York, then let’s do it ha.

OTHERWISE, LET’S SEE IF YOU CAN DO THIS (FOR THE MUSICOLOGISTS OUT THERE — which made me think of two more Prince albums that TRULY belong here. Prince fams know).

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