Top 40

For a few years up to 1980 I was obsessed with Top Of The Pops and in particular the Top 40 singles chart. I could include lists of top singers, songwriters or musicians, or top albums from particular genres or decades, but in homage to those glorious days forty years ago here’s my Top 40 favourite albums of all-time.

  1. Neil Young – After The Goldrush
  2. David Bowie – Hunky Dory
  3. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
  4. The Beatles – Revolver
  5. The Who – Quadrophenia
  6. Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life
  7. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
  8. Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
  9. Neil Young – Harvest
  10. Nick Drake – Bryter Layter
  11. Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
  12. The Beatles – Abbey Road
  13. Jeff Buckley – Grace
  14. Bob Dylan – Desire
  15. Doves – Lost Souls
  16. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
  17. Paul Weller – Stanley Road
  18. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
  19. Tom Petty – Wildflowers
  20. Van Morrison – Moondance
  21. The Specials – The Specials
  22. Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
  23. Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
  24. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars
  25. The Jam – All Mod Cons
  26. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  27. Carole King – Tapestry
  28. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
  29. The Beatles – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
  30. Radiohead – OK Computer
  31. Jackie Wilson – The Soul Years
  32. Amy Winehouse – Back To Black
  33. Paul Weller – Wild Wood
  34. Lloyd Cole and The Commotions – Rattlesnakes
  35. Santana – Moonflower
  36. Teenage Fanclub – Grand Prix
  37. Simon and Garfunkel – Sounds Of Silence
  38. Nick Drake – Pink Moon
  39. Neil Young – MTV Unplugged
  40. World Party – Goodbye Jumbo

How this list doesn’t include any Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley, John Martyn, Doors, Kinks, Stones or Steely Dan I’m not quite sure. Now I’m tempted to do a Top 100…