The Best Indie, Postpunk, Prog Rock, Hip Hop/Soul/Funk, and Experimental Records of All Time

For my tastes, here are my favorite. Not so much in any exact order, because they’re all so good.

Drive Like Jehu–Drive Like Jehu, Yank Crime
Bela Bartok–String Quartets
Christian Death–Only Theatre of Pain
Sir Lord Baltomore–Kingdom Come
Sonic Youth–Daydream Nation, Sister
King Crimson–Red
Joni Mitchell–Hejira
Mahavishnu Orchestra–Birds of Fire, Inner Mounting Flame
Neurosis–Souls at Zero
Brian Eno–Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy, Here Come the Warm Jets, Another Green World
The Beach Boys–Pet SoundsJosef K–Only Fun in Town, Sorry for Laughing
The Fucking Champs/C4AM95–III
Captain Beefheart–Trout Mask Replica
Alan Holdsworth–All Night Wrong
John McLaughlin–Electric Dreams (kind of elevator-musicish, but I like it a lot)
Siouxsie and the Banshees–Once Upon a Time: The Singles, Through the Looking Glass
Don Caballero–What Burns Never Returns, II, American Don
Jimi Hendrix–Isle of Wight (live)
Spike in Vain–Disease is Relative
Metallica–Master of Puppets
Led Zeppelin–Presence (worth it for Achilles Last Stand alone)
J Dilla–Jay Stay Paid, Ruff Draft, Donuts, etc
Just Blaze–various
Lonnie Liston Smith–Explorations
Arthur Verocai–self titled
Francis Lai–various
Pat Metheny/Jaco Pasorious–Bright Sized Life
Magma–Attahk, Udu Wudu
Pitchfork–self titled (pre-Drive Like Jehu Rick Fork/John Reis band)
Swervedriver–Juggernaut Rides, various
Pink Floyd–Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here
Goblin–various
Gentle Giant–The Power and the Glory, various
Daft Punk–Discovery, Live at Coachella
Astrud Gilberto–Silver Collection
Jaco Pastorious–Portrait of Tracy
Voivod–Nothingface, Dimension Hatros, Killing Technology
Live Skull–Bringing Home the Bait, Cloud One
Minute Men–The Punch Line, What Makes a Man Start Fires?
Joji Hirota–Wheel of Fortune
Beatles–White Album
Killing Joke–Revelations, Nighttime, various
Mars Volta–Frances the Mute
Dirty Projectors–Bitte Orca
Black Flag–Who’s Got the 10 1/2
Sir Lord Baltimore–various
Star Wars–Episodes I-VI
The Sparks–Kimono My House
XM/Sirus Radio–Escape/Sunny (library music/easy listening, lots of John Fox, James Last, Lex Azevedo, etc)
Michael Jackson–Thriller
and, of course, Appetite for Destruction

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