50 albums that matter

This is in response to a Facebook post (and it’s one of those Facebook viral things that I am hesitant to answer), but it makes a nice blog entry and it gets auto-posted to my Facebook account, so here goes. (If you’re reading this on Facebook and never have seen my blog, it’s at http://hokum.randylilleston.com):


These are in no particular order.Enjoy:

Los Lobos, Kiko

Los Lobos, How Will the Wolf Survive?

Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels On A Gravel Road

Magic Sam, West Side Soul

Lone Justice, Lone Justice

R.E.M. Reckoning

Alison Krauss and Union Station: Lonely Runs Both Ways

Any Winehouse, Back to Black

B.B. King, Live At The Regal

Beautiful Dreamer – The Songs of Steven Foster

Beck – Odelay

Billie Holiday – The Original Decca Masters

Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen – The River

Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska

Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.

Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session

The Beat Farmers – Van Go

The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five

John Coltrane – Giant Steps

John Fogerty – Blue Moon Swamp

Junior Wells – Hoodoo Man Blues

The Band – Music From the big Pink

Little Feat – Waitin’ For Columbus
Michelle Shocked – Arkansas Traveler

Neil Young – Harvest


Paul Simon – Graceland

Social Distortion – Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

Sonnyboy Williamson—More Real Folk Blues

Southern Culture On The Skids – Dirt Track Date

Steely Dan – Aja

Taj Mahal – Phantom Blues

The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

The Beatles – Rubber Soul

The Beatles – Revolver

The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles – Abbey Road

ZZ Top – Fandango!

Led Zepplin – Led Zepplin IV

The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed

The Police – Zenyatta Mondatta

Johnny Cash – Live At Fulsom Prison

Johnny Cash – American Recordings

Wilie Nelson – Red-Headed Stranger

Lyle Lovett – Joshua  Judges Ruth

The Who – The Kids Are Alright

New Orleans Party Classics

Nirvana – Nevermind



  1. I like him and he’s a particularly good live act, but there is a certain same-ness in the ground he covers. I don’t own a ton of his stuff.

    I could have easily done a Top 200, no problem. This list took me only about 10 minutes and I probably should have concentrated a little more (did I really put Nebraska on there? Did I really put all those Beatles albums on there? Shouldn’t I have been a little more obscure with my picks? How could I skip Muddy Waters? Am I really that big of a fand of ‘Nevermind?’ Why isn’t the Fabulous Thunderbirds’ ‘Girls Go Wild’ on there?….and so on)

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