Every music fan has faced the question at some point; what are your favorite albums ever? In some respects, it's an unbelieveably easy question to answer. We surely know what albums have meant the most to us, and we've most enjoyed, during the course of our time as fans. On the other hand, it's also a wrenchingly difficult question to wrap our heads around. To boil down a lifetime of listening to a few albums, and to then go further and rank them in order, pits the various reasons we listen against each other, and complicated math is necessary to sort through the results.
I have done this before, but the results were only shared with friends. Now, for the first time, I will put this compilation of my favorite albums on the record, for you to argue with and snicker at. To arrive at these findings, I considered the relative greatness of the records, how much of an impact they have had on me as a music fan, and perhaps most importantly how often I listen to them and how much enjoyment I still get out of them.
That last point made an impact on the list. This is the third time that I have ranked my favorites, and because of how infrequently I reach for it these days, there is one album that has dropped from number four to completely out of the top twenty. Others have risen steadily. Here, now, are what stand today as my twenty favorite albums of all time.
20. Trouble - Trouble (Previous Rank: 16)
19. Edguy - Tinnitus Sanctus (Previous Rank: 18)
18. Edward O'Connell - Vanishing Act (Previous Rank: 30)
17. Dan Swano - Moontower (Previous Rank: 19)
16. Elton John - The Captain & The Kid (Previous Rank: 20)
15. Transatlantic - Kaleidoscope (Previous Rank: 14)
14. Graveyard - Lights out (Previous Rank: 33)
13. Bob Catley - Immortal (Previous Rank: 23)
12. Bloodbound - Tabula Rasa (Previous Rank: 13)
11. Jimmy Eat World - Futures (Previous Rank: 17)