I'm a black guy who listens to rock music. That's really weird, seeing as rock is a predominantly white genre and all black guys are "supposed to" listen to hip hop. But let's face it--rocking out is awesome. Thrash is amazing. Grunge kicks ass. Alternative rock is a killer. I have never met the guy who stopped listening to rock. Ever. Even some staunch Christians listen to rock, albeit in a different form known as Christian rock. I mean, the sound of drums in your chest, beating alongside your heart--that feeling is close to heaven. With that being said, let us look at the essential albums that have come to define the genre and all its offshoots. Every week, I will discuss 10 albums, one from each genre. The list will finally be rounded off by a Top 50
10. PJ Harvey - Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
This is my all-time favorite album, and yes, all bias aside, it rightfully belongs on the list. Why? For one, it sums up alternative rock in one awesome package. There are greater albums, but this is an essential listen for anyone who is an alternative rock fan. Plus, it helps to have won the Mercury Prize twice.
09. Nirvana - Nevermind
Sure, Rolling Stone has a hard-on for these guys. Sure, Kurt Cobain wasn't all that legendary, as many detractors like to say. But let's face it, this album rocked the world. Everyone was selling out (even Metallica sold out), but these three ordinary guys created the most enduring piece of grunge ever made. Don't believe me? Listen to "Smells like Teen Spirit" one more time.
08. Tool - Ænima
They have a disgusting name, no doubt, but play awesome music all the way. This neo-prog album stands head and shoulders above any other in the genre. With philosophical discussions throughout and a nod to controversial comedian Bill Hicks, this is the thinking man's metal album.