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The 45 Best Albums of All Time (That I Own)

I’m actually surprised that I have not yet seen a list of the best “Best Albums of All Time” lists.  Virtually every person with a keyboard who is even tangentially related to music has weighed in at some point or another with their countdown of the best albums that ever were.  And, in my humble opinion, they’re usually kind of boring.

For the same reasons football coaches punt on fourth down even when statistics tell them they’d be better off going for it, anyone writing about music for a living doesn’t want to risk losing their credibility by daring to name any album not by The Beatles, Dylan, Rolling Stones, or Chaka Khan at the top of their list.  The lists become an exercise of expectations over expression.  Consequently, they conjure up a lot more “that makes sense” thoughts than “great fuckin’ album” thoughts.

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Ranking all 97 Metallica Songs. Because Why Not?

For reasons unbeknownst to even myself, I decided to rank every original Metallica song from their nine studio albums.  All cover songs [including the old and the new Garage Days] were excluded.  Sure, some songs like “Breadfan” would have ranked pretty damn high, but part of the criteria was songwriting, which you can’t really evaluate if it’s not a Metallica song.  The two original songs from the S&M album are included. Continue reading Ranking all 97 Metallica Songs. Because Why Not?