I've been working on this in an ongoing way for a while. I only include studio albums that are for me as perfect from start to finish as they can get; and, within the ten, cover as much of my musical tastes as possible. So many miss out because they are unbalanced etc.. or because they crossover style-wise with others. I love very old Blues, but as they didn't make albums as such then, I can't really include them. I haven't included compilations at all, or I'd probably take LZ - Remasters etc. It changes a bit - like the ins and outs of a footy team. Here's what I've got at this stage.
Beatles - White Album
Ween - The Mollusk
Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
Fugazi - Steady Diet of Nothing
Mr Bungle - California
The Cult - Electric
Shellac - At Action Park
Prince - Sign Of The Times
Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
Fucking hard work. The first three are non-negotiable. Have a shortlist of 20. That's not even including metal, of which I decided to make a completely separate list (might be an idea for another thread).
I've also had a go at top ten favourite artists, top 50 favourite songs. Sorry for the detail, but I'm one of those guys when it comes to music. I was the guy who made endless compilation tapes as a teenager, just coz I loved trying to get it right. I still do it with I-Tunes etc. but back then it that was from vinyl to cassette, or with a double cassette player. Anyway...
In the 2 minutes since I posted I've changed The Cult - Electric, to Godflesh - Selfless and back again.
Blitz definitely needs a metal head thread
Anyway, mine would probably be
Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime
Mercenary - The Hours That Remain
Avenged Sevenfold - Nightmare
Iron Maiden - The Number Of The Beast
Trivium - Ascendancy
Symphony X - Paradise Lost
Nightwish - Imaginareum
Rhapsody Of Fire - Power Of The Dragonflame
Disturbed - Indestructible
Parkway Drive - Killing With A Smile
Not listening to any of these now (Mercenary and Queensryche aside), but they've all stood the test of time as far as listening goes