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If you're making a Top 100 list, you'd better have this one on there.

Consequence’s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time dropped earlier this week, so let’s talk about the rock albums that made the list.


I am fan of rock and/or roll music. Which is convenient, given the fact I’m a rock radio DJ. Some of my earliest musical memories are of rock songs I heard on the radio, or that my parents played from their vast record collection on our stereo at home. I collect songs and records myself, and I’m constantly scouring the internet for bands new and old to fall in love with. So Consequence has been a trusted companion of mine for years now, going back to when they were called Consequence of Sound.


This music blog that is so much more has turned me on to countless bands over the years. And they’ve given me reason to revisit and rediscover older musical gems as well, thanks to their compelling, passionate brand of music journalism. They’re celebrating 15 years, and their 100 Greatest Albums list is part of that celebration. And you know we love a good list here at ROCK 92.9, whether it’s ranking all 92 Led Zeppelin songs or dropping 50 of our favorite power ballads on you.


Consequence’s 100 Greatest Albums of All Time: Rating the Rock

To be clear, the scope of Consequence’s music and pop cultural coverage is wide, ranging from underground to mainstream and spanning countless genres. You’ll find that scope represented on their full list. But for the sake of this exercise–and because we’re Boston’s ROCK 92.9–I’m singling out just the rock albums that made the cut. You’ll see where they placed on the Consequence list, get a little bit of their analysis, and I’ll add my thoughts. Because the only thing that’s better than finding a brand new Top 100 list is finding reasons to argue about it!

  • 100. Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking

    Honestly, I was surprised that a Jane’s Addiction album made the cut on this list. And I’m glad this one did. I feel like its importance gets overshadowed by the big alternative rock albums that would come three and four years later.

  • 97. Fugazi – Repeater

    We don’t play Fugazi on ROCK 92.9, but a good deal of the ’90s bands we do play owe this album a debt of gratitude.

  • 95. System of a Down – Toxicity

    I don’t want to live in a world where a System of a Down album makes a Top 100 list. Unfortunately, now I do.

  • 92. The Replacements – Let It Be

    Now this? This I can get behind. Gotta have your Twin Cities rock to balance out the L.A. nu-metal.

  • 91. The Who – Who’s Next?

    It’s my favorite Who album, every damn song on it is essential, and it absolutely belongs on this list.

  • 89. Green Day – Dookie

    On a rock-albums-only list, this one would (and should) probably place higher. But on this list, it’s right where it belongs.

  • 87. Slayer – Reign in Blood

    Props to Consequence for not stiffing metal on this list, and props to them for including this absolute monster.

  • 86. Pearl Jam – Ten

    Why do I have the sinking feeling this is going to end up being the only grunge album on the list? And if that’s the case, why? And why in the mid-80s?

  • 84. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

    As a pumpkins fan, I’m rooting for Siamese Dream to land on this list, too. But I’m also aware of how unlikely it is that any of these acts will end up with multiple album showings. So I guess, if you’re making a Top 100 and you only have room for one Pumpkins album, you gotta go with this one.

  • 79. The Police – Synchronicity

    In that same vein, this is the Police album you have to have on a list like this.

  • 71. U2 – The Joshua Tree

    U2 fans will complain that this didn’t come in high enough but that’s just because U2 fans love to complain.

  • 69. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

    I’m gonna be that guy and play the “overrated” card, not to troll but simply because the two Beastie Boys albums that followed this one were and are better albums.

  • 67. Radiohead – In Rainbows

    Depending on the day of the week and my overall mood, I’m either ranking this or The Bends as the best Radiohead album, so this checks out as far as I’m concerned.

  • 61. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.

    Stone. Exile. Mid-pack. Box checked.

  • 52. The Strokes – Is This It

    In a list chock-full of important albums, this is one of the most important albums, rock or otherwise.

  • 50. Iggy & The Stooges – Raw Power

    “Without Raw Power, there is no Clash, no Ramones, no Sex Pistols.” Amen, Consequence.

  • 49. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction

    I don’t even love this album the way most people do and I think it should’ve landed higher.

  • 46. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral

    Another great example–and there are many on the list–of an album that’s so much more vital than people realize.

  • 42. AC/DC – Back in Black

    Omnipresent. And for good reason.

  • 40. Pixies – Doolittle

    Forget the Cobain name-dropping: this album from this band was a template for so much of what was to come in the ’90s.

  • 35. Neil Young – After the Goldrush

    How do you pick just one Neil Young album? Well, you pick this one. And you put it in the right spot.

  • 33. Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine

    So much more than the sum of its parts.

  • 32. The Beatles – The Beatles

    Gotta love a list where Rage and The Beatles live side-by-side…

  • 31. Metallica – Master of Puppets

    …and you gotta live a list where Metallica outranks ’em both.

  • 29. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

    Maybe a tad lower than one would expect?

  • 26. The Ramones – Ramones

    As Consequence says: “The Ramones were the first true punk band, and their 1976 self-titled debut was the first true punk album.” Facts.

  • 24. Black Sabbath – Paranoid

    Having Paranoid in the Top 25 is very satisfying.

  • 23. The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed

    What was I saying earlier about bands getting more than one album in the Top 100? I mean, I guess The Stones are worth it?

  • 21. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV

    Gotta have a Zep album, and it’s gotta be this one.

  • 19. Talking Heads – Remain in Light

    Great album. Important album. About 80 spots higher than it should be.

  • 14. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

    Were you waiting to see when and where this one would pop up? I was. And I’m not surprised.

  • 10. Nirvana – Nevermind

    Wouldn’t have been surprised if this landed at Number 1. Certainly belongs in the Top 10. So here we are.

  • 08. Radiohead – OK Computer

    On any other list, this album in this spot would surprise me. But on a Consequence list, it makes perfect sense.

  • 04. The Clash – London Calling

    Another one that could’ve landed at Number 1 and made perfect sense.

  • 03. The Beatles – Abbey Road

    I wanna complain about three Beatles albums on a Top 100 list, but I know if I do I’ll come across as foolish.