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Tell Us DammitDammit, we want you to tell us stuff – like what are your top five favourite albums of all time? Sometimes I like it when we talk about something completely non-game related, so let’s give this a shot!

This isn’t some marketing survey or whatever. It’s an emotional investment in you. Yes, we’re interested in knowing you, Kotaku reader person. You probably know enough about us – more than you even want to, we’re sure. But, hey, we’d like to know about you, too.

My top five goes as follows, but it changes pretty frequently…

1. Illmatic by Nas 2. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses 3. What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye 4. Mecca And The Soul Brother by Pete Rock and CL Smooth 5. Rounds by Fourtet

What about you guys? What kind of music do you listen to? Maybe we can get some good recommendations going!


  • Currently my most frequently listened albums are The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash and Sam’s Town by The Killers. Not five, but what are you going to do about it?

      • Eh, you might as well add “Bad by Michael Jackson” and “Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys” — I probably could ammend the list a dozen or so times more but I’ll leave it there. Five. Done.

          • It’s worth it to hear some snippets of insight – especially the story behind “Speed Demon” which has one of the weirdest film clips (part of the Moonwalker movie) that MJ ever did!

  • Blackheart Revolution by Genitorturers
    You Only Live Twice by Pain
    Psalms of Extinction by Pain
    ReLoad by Metallica
    Toxicity by System of a Down

  • 5. Pornography – The Cure
    4. Disintegration – The Cure
    3. Them Crooked Cultures – Them Crooked Vultures
    2. Once – Nightwish (close call between that and Dark Passion Play)
    1. Whatever I’m listening to right now. Which this week happens to be Probot.

    I’m also impartial to pop-punk. Can I get a whoop whoop for Paramore! … Anyone?

  • Top five albums?

    That’s a tricky one, so I’m going to limit myself to one album per artist.

    In no particular order:

    NIN – Year Zero (yes, I know the earlier stuff is probably more popular but this was the point where Reznor started to focus on the softer melodic stuff so it works well for me).

    Dream Theater – Score (I’m so cheating with this one because it’s a three disc live album that contains about three albums worth of songs)

    Queen – Jazz (my most listened to Queen album)

    Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around (the last album he released before his death, contains so many brilliant covers including Hurt)

    Opeth – Ghost Reveries (Hard to split between this and Damnation but I appear to have listened to this one more).

    There’s plenty of others but those are the first five, so I’ll go with them.

  • 1. Tom Waits – Big Time
    2. Tom Waits – Frank’s Wild Years
    3. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Henry’s Dream
    4. Van Morrison – The Best Of
    5. The Pogues – The Best Of / The Dubliners – 40th Anniversary Reunion (Live)

    No particular order. They’re all number 1.

  • Master of Puppets by Metallica
    The Doors by The Doors
    Ace of Spades by Motorhead
    And Justice for All by Metallica
    Battle of Los Angeles by Rage Against the Machine.
    Yeah I’m a bit of a metalhead, absolutely love Metallica.

  • (List is not definitive and in no particular order)
    1. The Wall – Pink Floyd
    2. Orchestra Phantasma – Vicious Hairy Mary
    3. Can’t decide which album, but something by Iron Maiden
    4. Uninvisible – Medeski Martin & Wood
    5. Life on Planet Groove – Maceo Parker

    …I’m certain this list is wrong, but I’m posting it anyway.

  • I could work on this list all day, but given 15 mins to think about it…

    1. Untrue By Burial
    2. Incunabula by Autechre
    3. Lift Your Skinny Fists By Godspeed
    4. Drukqs By Aphex Twin
    5. Takk By Sigur Ros

  • Serrels! Nice number 1! I’m impressed!

    1. The Black Album by Jay-Z
    2. [Untitled] by Nas
    3. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy by Kanye West
    4. Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
    5. The Cool by Lupe Fiasco

  • My five currently most listened to. Undecided on all-time faves, but these are definitely always on the playlist:

    Danger Days – MCR
    Black Parade – MCR
    Dead Letters – Rasmus
    Little Eve – Kate Miller Heidke
    ABC For Kids Favourites Compilation (I have a 1 year old)

  • Silence- sonata arctica
    Bringer of plagues- devine heresy
    Acendency- trivium
    Master of puppets- metallica
    And justice for all- metallica

    • Silence? Nice. I prefer Reckoning Night (and Unia/Days of Grays aren’t bad, despite most people’s dislike) but that is an album I didn’t expect to show up in here even though it is a very good album.

      • I personally only ever picked up Ecliptica and winterheart’s Guild. I wanted to pick up more of their albums albums (and a million other things) back then and never got around to it.

        • They’re pretty consistent, so if you like Ecliptica, then the rest of them will definitely suit. The exception to this is the latest two albums (Unia and The Days of Grays), which have a somewhat different sound and don’t seem to be as well received.

          Those two take a few listens to really get into, but they did grow on me.

  • I’m one of those people who can’t choose between my favorites – i’m indecisive like that

    Some of my favorites that i can think of off the top of my head, though

    Mutter – Rammstein
    Sehnsucht – Rammstein
    Lullabies to Paralise – Queens of the Stoneage
    Songs for the deaf – Queens of the stoneage
    HIMMELFAHRT – Megaherz
    Herzwerk 2 – Megaherz
    Hysteria – Def Leppard
    GlaubeLiebeTod – OOMPH!
    Wahrheit oder Pflicht – OOMPH!
    Ego – OOMPH!
    The Sickness – Disturbed
    Believe – Disturbed
    Leviathan EP – Alestorm
    Captain Morgan’s Revenge – Alestorm
    Follow the Leader – Korn
    Iowa – Slipknot
    Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) – Slipknot
    All Hope Is Gone – Slipknot

    Man there are tonnes that i LOVE but my mind is freezing like it always does when i have to write a list

  • Anything IN MY NEW CAR! I got my license and drove to work for the first time today! YAY! 😀 So much difference to catching the goddamn bus! 😀 😀 😀 YAY!!!!!

  • It’s so awesome that got Nas and Pete Rock & CL on there!

    For me off the top of my head:
    * Jay-Z – The Blueprint
    * Radiohead – OK Computer
    * Mika Nakashima – Love
    * Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele
    * Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx

    (Now I feel bad for not listing Madvillain, Midnight Marauders, De La Soul Is Dead, Below The Heavens, etc…top 5 is truly impossible)

  • Ten – Pearl Jam
    Razor’s Edge – AC/DC
    Nevermind – Nirvana
    Making Movies – Dire Straights
    East – Cold Chisel

  • Kind Of Blue – Miles Davis
    Ain’t That Good News – Sam Cooke
    Super Bad – Terminator X & The Godfathers Of Threatt
    Blade Runner – Original Soundtrack
    Escape From New York – Original Soundtrack

  • Engel – Threnody
    Devildriver – Last Kind Words
    Trivium – Ascendancy
    In Flames – Sounds of a Playground Fading
    Nightwish – Dark Passion Play

  • Listening to:

    1. Cage the Elephant – Cage the Elephant
    2. Babylon – Skindred
    3. Roots Rock Riot – Skindred
    4. Mirror’s Edge OST
    5. Perfect In Between – Champion

    Pendulum’s Immersion sometimes get thrown into the mix, but only for the In Flames collab.

  • I have goldfish memory, and this list changes everytime I rediscover albums or buy new ones xD

    Deep River – Utada Hikaru
    Any album by The Cat Empire
    The Hard Road: Restrung – Hilltop Hoods
    Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
    Nightmare Before Christmas OST – Danny Elfman

    • Also I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in this blog that doesn’t listen to hard rock or metal. Go me!

      • I totally noticed that too. I am scared to admit that my favorite genre of music is pop – and am a huge Celine Dion fan. I am also a huge gamer owning every gaming system. Guess I am just some sort of freak 🙂

  • Another Stone Roses fan. Good work.

    I left out Best of’s because that’s too easy.

    The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
    Is this it – The Strokes
    Ritual De Lo Habitual – Janes Addiction
    Ben Folds Five – The Unauthorized Diary of Reinhold Meisner
    The Go! Team – Thunder, Lightning, Strike.

    • As soon as you press enter you think of albums you forgot.

      On my subs bench are

      Air – Moon Safari
      Def Leppard – Hysteria
      Fear of a Black Planet – Public Enemy

      I’m going to have to stop or i’ll be here all bloody day.

  • No order whatsoever and also I don’t have favourites, so I’ll use best of if needed.
    The Who – various albums.
    Rolling Stones – various albums
    Justin Timberlake – Justified (what!? You wanna fight about it!?)
    Refused – The Shape of Punk to Come
    Andrea Bocelli – most works.
    Prince – pretty much everything he does.

  • In no particular order

    We Are Not Alone – Breaking Benjamin
    Dear Agony – Breaking Benjamin
    Bat out of Hell – Meat Loaf

    And yes it’s cheating picking best of albums but…
    1 – The Beatles
    Greatest Hits – Queen

  • I’m usually don’t like to expose my music tastes because think they’re terrible and people will make fun of me… but hey, I like what I like.

    It’s also been a pretty long time since I bought a new album or even bothered to listen to entire albums, so this list is probably less of a strict “top five” and more of a “this is what I remember playing on my iPod most frequently”.

    5. No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom

    4. Spiderbait – Grand Slam

    3. Meatloaf – Bat Out of Hell

    2. Garbage – Garbage

    1. Muse – Black Holes and Revelations

    Honourable mentions to:
    Guns & Roses – Appetite for Destruction
    Sonata Arctica – Ecliptica
    Area 7 – Bitter & Twisted
    The Living End – Modern ARTillery
    Placebo – Sleeping With Ghosts

    • Not terrible at all, if you were to bust out a Top 5 that included…

      Rebecca Black
      Miley Cyrus
      Justin Beiber

      Then certainly, GTFO now! :p

    • Man Area 7 takes me back to early high school. Loved seeing them live. I’m a heavy music fan first and foremost but I still believe that ‘Ska’ is far and away the funnest musical genre. Nothing beats it live.

  • Long-term, in no particular order
    Led Zepplin – Self-titled
    American Idiot – Green Day
    The Wall – Pink Floyd
    Two Shoes – Cat Empire
    Sonic Firestorm – Dragonforce

    • I’m a huge fan of American Idiot too. Wake Me Up When September Ends is one of those songs that can stop me in my tracks whenever I hear it. Jesus of Suburbia too.

  • 1. The Offspring – Smash
    2. Metallica – ReLoad
    3. System Of A Down – Toxicity
    4. The Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia
    5. Eminem – Marshall Mathers LP

    An eclectic mix, to be sure.

  • Geez… not sure if I can pick five. Let’s see… off the top of my head, subject to change at any given second:

    1. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (Derek & The Dominos)
    2. Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen)
    3. Exile on Main St (The Rolling Stones)
    4. Live 1975-85 (Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band)
    5. Highway 61 Revisited (Bob Dylan)

  • Late Registration – Kanye West
    The Chronic – Dr Dre
    Illmatic – Nas
    The Blueprint – Jay-Z
    The Eminem Show – Eminem

    Damn that was hard, I had to leave off Enter the 36, Ready to Die, Paid In Full and Power.
    Watch The Throne will bump one of these next week…

  • Arcade Fire-The Suburbs
    Tegan & Sara- The Con
    Deftones- Deftones
    Radiohead-The Bends
    Avenged Sevenfold- Self Titled

  • Out Come the Wolves – Rancid
    Sams Town – The Killers
    Funeral – Arcade Fire
    Fat of the Land – The Prodigy

    I can only name four but these are the albums I cna listen too without skipping a single song. That is a big deal for the attention span i have.

  • +1 for the stupidly hard basket to fill, mine changes based on what my current listening is, although I would agree there are a few albums that I always have time for.

    Songs For The Deaf – Queens Of The Stone Age
    Them Crooked Vultures – Them Crooked Vultures
    The Living End – The Living End
    Origin Of Symmetry – Muse
    Let’s Face It – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones (I have no idea what it is about this album, but I love it)

    The Current 10, based on current rotation

    Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island
    Eight Arms To Hold You – Veruca Salt
    Imaginary Friends – Freezepop
    Fatty Gets A Stylist – Fatty Gets A Stylist
    Remember – The Fiery Furnaces
    Version 2.0 – Garbage
    The Ending Is Just The Beginning Repeating – The Living End
    Carnavas – Silversun Pickups
    Swoon – Silversun Pickups
    Hot Dogma – TISM

  • Silent Alarm – Bloc Party
    Antidotes – The Foals
    Pala – The Friendly Fires
    Since I Left You – The Avalanches
    Siamese Dream – The Smashing Pumpkins

    Hmm, top 5 is really hard… these albums would definitely be up there for me. I missed bands like Radiohead, Muse, Massive Attack etc.

  • Never really gave it much though so I don’t really have a top five but, at least for me, I consider these five albums to be amazing:

    Killswitch Engage – Alive or Just Breathing
    Shiina Ringo X Saito Neko – Heisei Fuuzoku
    Shiina Ringo – Shouso Strip
    Radiohead – OK Computer
    Placebo – Black Market Music

  • Top 5 Albums of ALL TIME

    1. The Gold Experience – The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
    His best ever album and one that was never commercial (1995) due to the bizzare name change, the title track ‘Gold’ is one of the greatest anthems that nobody heard. Apart from Gold, ‘Endorphinemachine’, ‘Now’ and ‘Shy’ are the standouts

    2. Fore – Huey Lewis and the News
    Full of mega-hits like ‘Power of Love’ and ‘Hip to be Square’ this is from an era when rock band knew how to play instruments and construct a tune. ‘Doin it all for my Baby’, ‘I Know What I Like’ and ‘Simple as That’ are the standouts

    3. All Eyez on Me – 2Pac
    Simply the best rap album (a double CD no less) ever made, nothing can touch it – its simultaneously abrasive, offensive and deep, during the late 90s this is what I would have on in the car. ‘How do U want it’, ‘Life Goes On’ and ‘Only God Can Judge Me’ are the standouts

    4. XXX – Chicago
    Only discovered Chicago this year, and I’m currently hooked on this – their 2006 LP which doesn’t waste one single note, the perfect blend of power ballad, soulful rock and horns. ‘King of Might Have Been’, ‘Better’ and ‘Already Gone’ are standouts

    5. The Hardline According to – Terence Trent D’Arby
    There’s a lot I could’ve nominated for this spot – Jamiroquai, Ben Folds Five, Ben Harper, LL Cool J, Busta Rhymes, Michael Jackson – bit this album from the now obscure TTD (he changed his name to something weird) is a tour de force which cannot be pinned to the decade in which it was made, in fact it sound nothing like anything made in the 80’s. ‘Wishing Well’, ‘If You All Get to Heaven’ and ‘I’ll Never Turn my back on You’ are standouts.

  • My five

    Funeral- Arcade Fire
    Black Holes and Revelations -Muse
    This Modern Glitch – The Wombats
    Odd Blood – Yeasayer
    Any Johnny Cash album.

  • A View From The End Of The World
    Deus Ex Machinae
    Arcade (Though it isn’t exactly an album)

    All by Machinae Supremacy, addicted to their music atm. It’s sort of a unique style of metal.

  • United Paper People – Kisschasey
    Frogstomp – Silverchair
    The Golden Year – Ou Est Le Swimming Pool
    What Ever People Say I Am – Arctic Monkeys
    Bleed American – Jimmy Eat World

    Wow that was hard, these are albums where i wouldnt skip a song =)

    • That Arctic Monkey album is like time travelling to ’06. So many memories associated with it. Saw ’em live in ’07 too.

  • Dark side of the moon – pink Floyd
    Revolver – beatles
    Paranoid – black sabbath
    Sgt peppers – beatles
    Damnation – opeth

  • thought i was the only one but dude above menioned 1st
    pink floyd – dark side of the moon
    beatles – st peppers
    pink floyd -wish you were here
    led zepelin – mothership coz its got all his best in one
    angus and julia stone- down the way

  • It is difficult to pick five, but I think my favourites would be:

    – “De-loused in the Comatorium” by The Mars Volta
    – “Grace” by Jeff Buckley
    – “Lightbulb Sun” by Porcupine Tree
    – “Illinois” by Sufjan Stevens
    – “Fractions” by Decoder Ring

    Other great albums that I love and still want to mention are:

    – “Kurr” by amiina
    – “Pink” by Boris
    – “Strange Bird” by Augie March
    – “Takk” by Sigur Ros
    – “What the Sea Wants, the Sea Will Have” by Sarah Blasko

  • Hard to pick just five. But here goes. I’ve limited my choices to one album per band, and the list is in no particular order.

    Kyuss – Welcome to Sky Valley
    Definitely Maybe – Oasis
    Master of Puppets – Metallica
    Battle of LA – Rage Against the Machine
    Nevermind – Nirvana

    Honourable mentions go to

    Alice in Chains – Alice in Chains
    The Blue album – Weezer
    Far Beyond Driven – Pantera
    Blood Sugar Sex Magik- RHCP

  • Sonata Arctica: Days of Grays
    Sabaton: Coat of Arms
    Metallica: Ride The Lightning
    Tool: Aenima
    Kyuss: …And The Circus Leaves Town
    Within Temptation: The Silent Force
    MGS2 OST
    DragonForce: Sonic Firestorm
    Avalon OST
    Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes

    Top 5 is too difficult. Top 10 was bad enough, I had to leave loads out.

    • You know what, I’m gonna go ahead and put some honourable mentions in.
      Van Canto: Tribe of Force
      Monster Magnet: Dopes to Infinity
      Deftones: White Pony

  • Led Zeppelin – IV
    Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
    Metallica – Black album
    Opeth – Blackwater Park
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid

  • The 5 which have stood the test of time with me:

    1. Katalyst-manipulating agent
    2. Avalanches-since I left you
    3. QOTSA- songs for the deaf
    4. Brazilian Girls-New York City
    5. Bloc Party-Silent Alarm

    Also, Phoenix, even though none of their album make my top 5, ‘too young’ is my single favourite song of all time.

  • In no particular order:
    1. Joshua Tree- U2
    2. Good News For People Who Love Bad News- Modest Mouse
    3. Moon Safari- Air
    4. Dude Ranch- Blink 182
    5. TMNT Original Movie Soundtrack! T.U.R.T.L.E. Power!

  • Blood Sugar Sex Magic – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    How Sweet, Innocence – Explosions in the Sky
    Best Kept Secrets – Lamb
    The Hard Road Restrung – Hilltop Hoods
    Sol-fa – Asian Kung-Fu Generation

  • I’m not much of an albums person, I’m the sort of person who’ll grab individual songs rather than a whole album. So rather than list my favourite albums as a whole, I’ll just put down albums I have a lot of songs from, just to be different.

    In no particular order
    1 – Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head/ X&Y (honestly can’t split them)
    2 – Sonata Arctica – Winterheart’s Guild
    3 – Two Steps From Hell – Nemesis
    4 – Within Temptation – The Heart of Everything
    5 – Les Miserables (Greatest Musical Ever)

  • Top 5… damn!

    1 – Children of Bodom – Hatebreeder
    2 – At The Gates – Slaughter Of The Soul
    3 – Dark Tranquillity – Fiction
    4 – Metallica – Master Of Puppets
    5 – In Flames – Colony

  • In no particular order:
    – Powderfinger – Vulture Street
    – Foo Fighters – Color and the Shape
    – Pulp – Different Class
    – Gorillaz – Demon Days
    – They Might Be Giants – John Henry

    Plenty more, but I can listen to these any time and just get carried away with the music. Had the pleasure of seeing them all live, too!

  • Man, haven’t done one of these in ages. Right now would have to be:

    Shellac – Excellent Italian Greyhound
    David Bowie – Reality
    Failure – Fantastic Planet
    Tortoise – TNT
    Type o Negative – Bloody Kisses

  • In no particular order…

    Nine Inch Nails – With Teeth
    Underworld – Everything, Everything
    The Chemical Brothers – Come With Us
    Tool – Aenima
    Sasha & Digweed – Northern Exposure: Expeditions

    Chosen because these are the albums I keep going back to. Each one is simply a pleasure to listen to, time and time again.

  • What a surprise, 70% of people here either like metal, music from 30 years ago exclusively, or radio rock. Don’t you ever worry about being a complete cliche as somebody who plays video games?

    Silent Alarm – Bloc Party
    V – Van She
    Turning On – Cloud Nothings
    Idealism – Digitalism
    Causers of This – Toro y Moi

    • Why on earth would we worry? People like what they like. Don’t you ever worry that if you take everything so seriously you’ll never have any fun?

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