The top 25 most Ideative albums in music

by Michael Everett on October 14, 2009

Michael Everett is a guest blogger on The Ideative Process.

Music is the most Vivid of Ideative experiences you can have. Robert wrote that in a previous post, and as promised, he will write about music and Ideative regularly.

Today, I want to offer for your comment, the 25 most Ideative albums in music.

I encourage you to find a few of these albums, listen while you read the other articles on this site, and then decide if you think they are among the top 25 Ideative albums. We would love to hear your picks.

ArtistAlbumWhy it is Ideative
1Pink Floyd
Dark Side Of The Moon
741 consecutive weeks on Billboard's 200 best selling album list. That is more than 14 years. This assortment of sounds, vocals and music is unique and incredible. Putting a label on it is near impossible and yet it works oh so well. The epidemy of Ideative!!!
2Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
RCA bought rights to Sun Records and produced this compilation a rock album a year earlier than there was such a thing as a rock album … Long live the King of Rock
3Beatles
Sgt. Peppers
What can be said that has not already been said about this album. The music, the cover art, the influence…
4Robert Johnson
King Of The Delta Blues Singers
29 songs of which everyone has heard most…only by other famous artists such as The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, The Grateful Dead, Elmore James … just to name a few. Refered to by many as "The Grandfather of Rock and Roll"
5Hank Williams
24 Greatest Hits
He changed Country music forever and is one of the most influencial songwriters in history. The term legend does not seem big enough. Inducted into both the Country music and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame.
6Ornette Coleman
Jazz The Shape Of Things To Come
Creator of "Free Jazz" and this is the album to start it all (even though his album "Free Jazz" was released a year later). Part of the intrique of this album is due to the lack of a piano for melody and chord progression.
7Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited
Poetry, Story and Music blended to perfection
8Beach Boys
Pet Sounds
The intricacies within the songs that have still not been duplicated.
9Chuck Berry
The Great Twenty-Eight
Chuck Berry influenced EVERYBODY!!! This is his best.
10Michael Jackson
Thriller
Love him or Hate him … this album sold >100 Million copies worldwide and solidified Jackson as the King of Pop
11Jimi Hendrix
Are You Experienced
You can't have a list about music and Inventive, Creative, Ideative (you pick the category) and not include Jimi Hendrix. He changed what it meant to play the electric guitar.
12Frank Sinatra
In The Wee Small Hours
This is the first commercially successful concept album and besides … it's Frank.
13Johnny Cash
Live at Folsom Prison
Who records an album from prison…Johnny Cash of course AND it is still fantastic.
14The Doors
The Doors
Still ahead of their time 40+ years later…The "Lizard King" lives.
15Sex Pistols
Forget The Bullocks... Here's The Sex Pistols
You can not discuss the genre of Punk and not come around to the Sex Pistols. Only one studio album to their credit but it influenced so many.
16David Bowie
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
Bowie created an entire new personality and blended theater and rock into this incredible collection of songs.
17Bob Marley
Legend
The Father of Reggae. No one is even close to his stature.
18NWA
Straight Outta Compton
They defined gansta rap and this album is still influential today.
19Radiohead
OK Computer
Pink Floyd for the digital age??? You decide…
20Jerry Lee Lewis
18 Original Sun Greatest Hits
He made the list because he made playing the piano cool and that is no easy task.
21James Brown
Live At The Apollo
The Godfather of Soul was told he could not do a live album… he recorded this performance anyway… the rest is history.
22The Who
Tommy
I say rock opera and you think "Tommy" by The Who
23Paul Simon
Graceland
South African artists and Pop songs in the heat of the apartheid … who would have thought it would produce a 5x platinum album??? Not me but then again I am not Paul Simon. Thanks Paul!
24Nirvana
Nevermind
Redifined music for the 90's
25Boston
Boston
Scholz a Mechanical Engineer from MIT performed most of the guitar, bass, and keyboards and recorded it all at his basement studio..not bad for debut album that went platnium in 3 months and became the mother of what we refer to today as arena rock
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Kevin Bean October 14, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Some good choices, but I don’t think that greatest hits packages qualify.

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DT October 14, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I think you need to include Earth Wind & Fire “That’s the Way or the World” and take out anything from the Beech Boys. Their stuff was stolen from Chuck Berry and his law suit proved it. You could also include Parliment Funkadelic “The Mothership Connection”.

I would have some other choices that you do not have. However, music is such a personal choice. You cannot argue with anyone’s taste. I would have included Framton Comes Alive, Sign of the Times by Prince, the 1st album by The Police or one of Stevie Wonder’s albums. But, I agree with a lot of your selections.

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brett October 20, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Most definitely extremely subjective; I can’t see how it can be limited to 25. For example, when you talk about arena rock, I would put Led Zep up there miles before Boston. No Rolling Stones, no Traffic, no Miles Davis, etc. The list goes on for a long time.

Nice idea though.

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