What makes a favorite album? I find that a lot of albums I consider to be my favorites acted as gateways to new genres that I otherwise wouldn't have explored. A favorite album can be thrown on at any time and enjoyed all the way through. Some albums earn a spot on my list not only because I can listen to them from beginning to end and enjoy every single track, but they defined a moment in time during an important part of my life and trigger nostalgic memories. There are a few albums on this list that I haven't listened to in a long time, but also some that I just discovered within the last twelve months. I feel like making a list like this could be interesting in order to see how preferences change during the coming years.

ArtistAlbumYear
Al GreenI'm Still in Love With You1972
The BeatlesRevolver1966
BjörkHomogenic1997
BlumfeldTestament der Angst2001
Blur131999
Bob DylanBlood on the Tracks1975
BorisFlood2000
Brian EnoAnother Green World1975
Charles MingusThe Black Saint And The Sinner Lady1963
The CureDisintegration1989
David BowieHunky Dory1971
Death Cab for CutieTransatlanticism2003
The Flaming LipsThe Soft Bulletin1999
George HarrisonAll Things Must Pass1970
Gil Scott-HeronPieces of a Man1971
Harold Budd and Brian EnoThe Pearl1984
Isaac HayesShaft1971
Jackson BrowneLate for the Sky1974
John CaleParis 19191973
Jonathan RichmanHer Mystery Not of High Heels and Eye Shadows2001
Joni MitchellBlue1971
Joni MitchellHejira1976
Kate BushHounds of Love1985
King CrimsonRed1974
The KnifeShaking the Habitual2013
Lou ReedStreet Hassle1978
Lucinda WilliamsCar Wheels on a Gravel Road1998
Marvin GayeWhat's Going On1971
Miles DavisBitches Brew1970
Miles DavisOn the Corner1972
Neil YoungOn the Beach1974
Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsNo More Shall We Part2001
NicoThe Marble Index1969
Nine Inch NailsThe Downward Spiral1994
Paul McCartneyRam1971
Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel III1980
Pink FloydAnimals1977
PJ HarveyLet England Shake2011
Porcupine TreeFear of a Blank Planet2007
Scott WalkerThe Drift2006
Steve RoachStructures from Silence1984
Sunn O)))Monoliths & Dimensions2009
SwansTo Be Kind2014
Talk TalkSpirit of Eden1988
Talk TalkLaughing Stock1991
Tears for FearsThe Seeds of Love1989
UnderworldDubnobasswithmyheadman1994
Van MorrisonMoondance1970
The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground & Nico1967
The WhoTommy1969