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The Annual
"Most Influential CDs" lists

Every year I round up the 10 or so CDs that had the most influence on my musical thinking that year. It's been going on since I started it with George Tucker in 1998 and other friends normally join in, add their two cents, and I throw it all together in an unformatted mess and send it back out to everyone. Click on the links for good recommendations for must-hear albums; Links are to pdfs except for a couple years in which you have an streaming podcast too.

2016: pdf version only- NEW!


2015: pdf version only


2014: pdf version only


2013: **Click to hear mp3 version**

pdf version


2012: **Click to hear mp3 version**

pdf version


2011: **Click to hear mp3 version**

pdf version


2010: **Click to hear mp3 version**

pdf version


Previous years:

2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004

2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998


    Top 10 Music Lists

    This seems like a good spot to lay out these lists for my favorite albums in several musical areas. I get asked this a lot, so I'll post them here.

    Top 10 Jamaican Music albums:
    (in no order)

    • Catch a Fire - Bob Marley and the Wailers
    • Haile I Hymn, Chapter 1 - Ijahman
    • Harvest Uptown, Famine Downtown - The Soul Syndicate
    • Funky Kingston - Toots and the Maytals
    • Jezebel - Justin Hines and the Dominoes
    • Marcus Garvey - Burning Spear
    • War Ina Babylon - Max Romeo
    • Police and Thieves - Junior Murvin
    • The Harder They Come (soundtrack)
    • Columbia Colly - Jah Lion
    • and 2 English band albums in the style:
      • Handsworth Revolution - Steel Pulse
      • I Just Can't Stop It - The English Beat

    Top 10 Rock albums:
    (in no order)

    • Lick My Decals Off, Baby - Captain Beefheart
    • We're Only In It For the Money - The Mothers of Invention
    • Stage Fright - The Band
    • Live Dead - The Grateful Dead
    • A Wizard, A True Star - Todd Rundgren
    • John Barleycorn Must Die - Traffic
    • Abraxas - Santana
    • Message In a Bottle - The Police
    • Black Sea - XTC
    • Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan

    Top 10 Jazz albums:
    (in no order)

    • Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
    • Transition - John Coltrane
    • The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady - Charles Mingus
    • Blues & Roots - Charles Mingus
    • The Pablo Solo Masterpieces - Art Tatum
    • Three Quartets - Chick Corea
    • The Inner Mounting Flame - The Mahavishnu Orchestra
    • Third - Soft Machine
    • 8:30 - Weather Report
    • ...And His Mother Called Him Bill - Duke Ellington

    25 Movies I've watched repeatedly (and will do so again)

    • Mulholland Drive
    • Vertigo
    • A Clockwork Orange
    • Brazil
    • Blue Velvet
    • Gran Torino
    • Goodfellows
    • Unforgiven
    • Raging Bull
    • No Country for Old Men
    • Fargo
    • Lost Highway
    • Taxi Driver
    • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    • Rear Window
    • Bad Santa
    • The Usual Suspects
    • Kurosawa's Ran
    • Kurosawa's Dreams
    • 8 1/2
    • The Godfather I & II
    • Dr. Strangelove
    • Chinatown
    • L.A. Confidential
    • Once Upon a Time in America
    • 12 Monkeys

    TV series I watched faithfully:

    • Twilight Zone
    • Ironside
    • Star Trek
    • Mannix
    • Mission: Impossible
    • Monty Python's Flying Circus
    • Fawlty Towers
    • Twin Peaks
    • Star Trek: The Next Generation
    • The Sopranos
    • Monk
    • Breaking Bad
    • Better Call Saul

Updated December 30, 2016.

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