Narrowing down my top albums ever  was a pretty tough job, but this is my final list of the top 101 albums you need to hear. From synth indie-pop to indie rock to grunge, I’ve tried to encompass a range of different artists, genres and eras. No doubt this list will change over the next few months, but all the albums here are ones that I love and listen to regularly. Definitely check out as many of them as you can, and take a look at the Spotify playlist at the end too. Enjoy!

  1. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not- Arctic Monkeys, 2006

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2. Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace- Foo Fighters, 2007

3. The Division Bell- Pink Floyd, 1994

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4. Sgt, Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band- The Beatles, 1967

5. My Love is Cool- Wolf Alice, 2015

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6. Meat is Murder- The Smiths, 1985

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7. Hunky Dory- David Bowie, 1971

8. Up The Bracket- The Libertines, 2002

9. Nursery Cryme- Genesis, 1971

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10. In Utero- Nirvana, 1993

11. London Calling- The Clash, 1979

12. Are you Satisfied? – Slaves, 2015

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13. Parklife- Blur, 1994

14. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis, 1995

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15. Led Zeppelin III- Led Zeppelin, 1970

16. Total Life Forever- Foals, 2010

17. Is This It- The Strokes, 2001

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18. Inside In/ Inside Out- The Kooks, 2006

19. Empire- Kasabian, 2006

20. The Age of The Understatement- The Last Shadow Puppets, 2008

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21. Appetite for Destruction- Guns N’ Roses, 1987

22. The Balcony- Catfish and the Bottlemen, 2014

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23. Jake Bugg- Jake Bugg, 2012

24. Yours Truly, Angry Mob- Kaiser Chiefs, 2007

25. The Stone Roses- The Stone Roses, 1989

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26. Suck It And See- Arctic Monkeys, 2011

27. You Could Have It So Much Better- Franz Ferdinand, 2005

28. Rumours- Fleetwood Mac, 1977

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29. Angles- The Strokes, 2011

30. Sound & Color- Alabama Shakes, 2015

31. Waterloo to Anywhere- Dirty Pretty Things, 2006

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32. The White Album- The Beatles, 1968

33. Humbug- Arctic Monkeys, 2009

34. Wasting Light- Foo Fighters, 2011

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35. Magical Mystery Tour- The Beatles, 1967

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36. Physical Graffiti- Led Zeppelin, 1975

37. Parallel Lines- Blondie, 1978

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38. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols- Sex Pistols, 1977

39. A Tonic For The Troops- The Boomtown Rats, 1979

40. Chasing Yesterday- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, 2015

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41. Lonerism- Tame Impala, 2012

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42. Royal Blood- Royal Blood, 2014

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43. Alas Salvation- Yak, 2016

44. At The Speed of Sound- Wings, 1976

45. Songs About Jane- Maroon 5, 2002

46. Let it Bleed- The Rolling Stones, 1969

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47. The Fine Art of Surfacing- The Boomtown Rats, 1979

48. Coexist- The XX, 2012

49. Lungs- Florence & The Machine, 2009

50. Plastic Ono Band- John Lennon, 1970

51. The Kick Inside- Kate Bush, 1978

52. You Gotta Go There To Come Back- Stereophonics, 2003

53. Favourite Worst Nightmare- Arctic Monkeys, 2007

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54. Nevermind- Nirvana, 1991

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55. Revolver- The Beatles, 1966

56. The Dark Side of The Moon- Pink Floyd, 1973

57. Led Zeppelin IV- Led Zeppelin, 1971

58. Anthems for Doomed Youth- The Libertines, 2015

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59. Sugar Coated Bitter Truth- Slaves, 2012

60. The 1975- The 1975, 2013

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61. Blackstar- David Bowie, 2016

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62. That’s the Spirit- Bring Me The Horizon, 2015

63. Metallica/ Black Album- Metallica, 1991

64. Shangri La- Jake Bugg, 2013

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65. Don’t Forget Who You Are- Miles Kane, 2013

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66. Costello Music- The Fratellis, 2006

67. Aladdin Sane- David Bowie, 1973

68. Ultraviolence- Lana Del Rey, 2014

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69. AM- Arctic Monkeys, 2013

70. Rubber Soul- The Beatles, 1965

71. Wish You Were Here- Pink Floyd, 1975

72. In Love- Peace, 2013

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73. St Jude- The Courteeners, 2008

74. An Awesome Wave- alt-J, 2012

75. Demon Days- Gorillaz, 2005

76. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust- David Bowie, 1972

77. Nervous Racehorse- Wonk Unit, 2014

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78. Zipper Down- Eagles of Death Metal, 2015

79. Audioslave- Audioslave, 2002

80. Everything You’ve Come to Expect- The Last Shadow Puppets, 2016

81. Origin of Symmetry- Muse, 2001

82. Back to Black- Amy Winehouse, 2006

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83. Abbey Road- The Beatles, 1969

84. We’ll Live and Die in These Towns- The Enemy, 2007

85. Colour of the Trap- Miles Kane, 2011

86. The Weird and the Wonderful- Marmozets, 2014

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87. A Day at The Races- Queen, 1976

88. A Night at The Opera- Queen, 1975

89. To Pimp a Butterfly- Kendrick Lamar, 2015

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90. Konk- The Kooks, 2008

91….Like Clockwork- Queens of The Stone Age, 2013

92. Lazaretto- Jack White, 2014

93. Overgrown- James Blake, 2013

94. Paradise- Lana Del Rey, 2012

95. The 2nd Law- Muse, 2012

96. Definitely Maybe- Oasis, 1994

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97. English Graffiti- The Vaccines, 2015

98. Caustic Love- Paolo Nutini, 2014

99. Atom Heart Mother Suite- Pink Floyd, 1970

100. Sonic Highways- Foo Fighters, 2014

101. Are You Experienced- Jimi Hendrix, 1967

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Listen to my top track from each album here:

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