50 Most Influential Albums – Wallygator's Style

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Recently on Facebook, a friend of mine drew my attention to a little quiz entitled “The 100 Most Influential Albums – How Many Do You Own?” I thought to myself, cool this should be fun. Now I knew going in that I probably wouldn’t do very well seeing as my tastes run a little left of center to the average music fan (probably a little heavier than most) but going through the list I started to laugh. I didn’t even know who half of the artists on the list even were?!

Really? Who the hell came up with the albums on this list? What was the criteria for these 100 albums to be the chosen ones? Or in the words of a friend of mine What hipster doofus came up with that selection”? To say that I was puzzled is probably the understatement of the year. So instead of being embarrassed that I only own 4 of the “top 100 most influential albums of all time” I am going to take another approach. I am going to share with you another list. 

Here is Wallygator’s “Top 50 Most Influential Albums Of All Time”. Feel free to discuss, score your own percentage of the albums you have in your collection. Or drop me a line and tell me I am crazy. Unlike the “hipster doofus” that created the facebook list, I will actually give you the criteria that I used when compiling my list.

Did the album have a clear and apparent influence on other bands?
Did the album have an apparent influence on a genre of music?
Did the album stand the test of time?
Did the album personally kick my ass? Meaning I love every single song top to bottom

If I could answer yes to one or more of  these four questions than the album was considered for my list. I also tried to keep things “Decibel Geek” friendly, so albums such as Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”, John Mellencamp’s “Lonesome Jubilee” (Both personal favorites) and albums like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”, U2’s “Joshua Tree” or Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” who some, or even millions  might consider to be influential are not on my list. Knowing my roots it should be no surprise that there are a few “Canadian” entries, as they were indeed “influential” in my neck of the woods. 

So here goes nothing….

1. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
2. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
3. Van Halen – Van Halen
4. AC/DC – Back In Black
5. Guns and Roses – Appetite For Destruction

6. Motley Crue – Shout At The Devil

7. Def Leppard – Hysteria
8. Kiss – Alive
9. Metallica – Metallica
10.. Bon Jovi – Sl
ippery When Wet
11. Judas Priest – British Steel
12. Dio – Holy Diver
13. Ozzy Osbourne – Blizzard Of Ozz
14. Aerosmith -Toys In The Attic
15. Black Sabbath – Heaven And Hell
16. Quiet Riot – Metal Health
17. The Who – Tommy
18. Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power
19. Green Day – American Idiot
20. Kiss – Destroyer
21. Rush – 2112
22. Alice Cooper – Welcome To My Nightmare
23. Killer Dwarfs – Dirty Weapons
24. Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry
25. Skid Row – Skid Row
26. Scorpions – Blackout
27. Kick Axe – Vices
28. Cheap Trick – Dream Police
29. Megadeth – Rust In Peace
30. Def Leppard – Pyromania
31. Van Halen – 1984
32. Iron Maiden – The Number Of The Beast
33. Queen – A Night At The Opera
34. Motley Crue – Dr. Feelgood
35. David Lee Roth – Eat Em And Smile
36. Meatloaf – Bat Out Of Hell
37. Boston – Boston
38. Ratt – Out Of The Cellar
39. W.A.S.P. – W.A.S.P.
40. Lee Aaron – Metal Queen
41. L.A. Guns – L.A. Guns
42. Metallica – Master Of Puppets
43. Kiss – Creatures Of The Night
44. Helix – Walking The Razor’s Edge
45. Whitesnake – Whitesnake
46. AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
47. Accept – Balls To The Wall
48. Brides Of Destruction – Here Come The Brides
49. Brighton Rock – Love Machine
50. West Memphis Suicide – Resurrecting The Ghost
If you are interested the link to the actual quiz is found here www.InfluentialAlbums.com

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