Top Ten Albums You Would Have on a Deserted Isle

If you could have only ten albums, which would you choose? No compilations please.

The Top Ten

1 Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
2 The Wall - Pink Floyd

I think it's about time I listened to a lot more Pink Floyd than I do. - Britgirl

If it were down to one, I guess I'd have to choose this. What a mind numbingly sad decision that would be. - Ned964

May want to add some sort of apparatus to play the albums to your other list of items you'd want with you - Billyv

3 Coat of Many Colors - Dolly Parton

Nice list...! Some nice choices too. From this list so far, I'd choose this one and Let's Get It On. I'm so indecisive, it would take forever for me to choose the ones I would would like to keep me company. - Britgirl

4 Herbert Von Karajan - Beethoven Symphony No. 9, 1976

Feels like a Sunday morning, I'd better put this on, make some coffee - Ned964

5 Fear - Toad the Wet Sprocket
6 London Calling - The Clash
7 Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
8 World of Echo - Arthur Russell

While maybe not my favorite album (I wouldn't bring Suicide on to my island, that would give me nightmares), it is definitely the most essential soundtrack to being on a deserted isle. - djpenquin999

9 Monotheist - Celtic Frost
10 Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden

The Contenders

11 Flood - Boris
12 The Mantle - Agalloch
13 At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
14 E2-E4 - Manuel Gottsching

I'll have to give this a listen. At a minimum, this is one cool album cover, and should be submitted to the list of "Best Album Covers" within this site. - Ned964

15 Live in the Paradise Garage - Larry Levan
16 Still Life - Opeth
17 Flying Saucer Attack - Flying Saucer Attack
18 Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light - Woods of Ypres
19 Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
20 Ride the Lightning - Metallica
21 6 Kiss - Lil B
22 The Giant - Ahab
23 Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses
24 Whitesnake - Whitesnake
25 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

Changed my mind. Going with this today, and I believe Britgirl submitted it...Where would I be without this great album? Lost - Ned964

26 Spirit They're Gone, Spirit They've Vanished - Animal Collective
27 Dead End Kings - Katatonia
28 The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid - Stars of the Lid
29 Lovelorn - Leaves' Eyes
30 The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw - Butterfield Blues Band

On second thought, I will listen to this, I hear it's pretty good... - Ned964

For three reasons: 1) They're a great band 2) Driftin' & Driftin' is amazing and 3) They're a great band (it needed to be said more than once). - Britgirl

You really love this album, and I'm gonna guess you're listening to it daily. I'm gonna have to check it out in more detail... - Ned964

31 Tapestry - Carole King
32 Powerslave - Iron Maiden

I just had to put this album on this list.
Iron Maiden is awesome :-) - Kiyomi

33 The Book of Souls - Iron Maiden

One of my most favorite Iron Maiden albums.
Epic songs, a lot of good melodies, good vocals, good riffs, and it has my all-time favorite Iron maiden song:
Empire of the Clouds. - Kiyomi

34 Remain in Light - Talking Heads
35 Dirt - Alice in Chains

I would hate life if I never heard Alice in Chains again and this is my favorite non-EP release - Lucretia

36 Fear of a Blank Planet - Porcupine Tree
37 Superunknown - Soundgarden
38 Hotel California - Eagles

Gah. Why didn't I think of this. Naturally, I would like this. Or better still, The Very Best Of Eagles, which you really can't go wrong with. - Britgirl

Yeah, this album marked a huge departure from their prior sound, and I consider it one of the best albums of all time. But I don't remember being overwhelmed by much the band put out after this album. Years after I had stopped listening to them, it's the early stuff I really like now, especially that greatest hits album you referenced. - Ned964

39 Out of Time - R.E.M.
40 Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
41 Revolver - The Beatles

Everyone should own at least one Beatles album and this one is a cracker. - Britgirl

42 All that Jazz - Ella Fitzgerald
43 Born to Play Guitar - Buddy Guy
44 American V: A Hundred Highways - Johnny Cash
45 Cheek to Cheek - Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga

Interesting, someone is rocking' some Tony Bennett. Great choice - Ned964

46 The White Album - The Beatles

Not only extremely diverse, it's a double album [kind of cheating].

47 The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
48 Jailbreak - Thin Lizzy
49 Van Halen - Van Halen
50 Thunder and Consolation - New Model Army
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Top Remixes (4)

1. Monotheist - Celtic Frost
2. The Mantle - Agalloch
3. Seventh Son of a Seventh Son - Iron Maiden
1. The Wall - Pink Floyd
2. Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
3. Coat of Many Colors - Dolly Parton
1. At the Edge of Time - Blind Guardian
2. Ride the Lightning - Metallica
3. The Wall - Pink Floyd

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