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So you want to step out of the clichéd world of pop, rap, remix, hip– hop etc and you want to join the ‘elite league of extraordinary people who listen to ROCK MUSIC’? Well, here are 22 albums in listening order (not chronological) complied as a step by step progress to attain a beginner’s certificate for entry to rock music. Once you finish this list, you will be open to hearing more ‘exquisite’ stuff. 

 Bryan Adams - Reckless

1. Bryan Adams – Reckless

A wonderful album to start off, each and every track is a classic.Adams had six songs topping US/UK charts includingSummer of 69’, Run To you, Heaven, One Night Love Affair, It’s Only Love, Somebody(Other album recommendations: Cuts Like A Knife, Waking Up The Neighbors) 

Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet 

2. Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet

This is the album that made Bon Jovi a super band. Classic tracks include Let it Rock, You Give Love a Bad Name, Livin’ on a Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive and Never Say Goodbye(You don’t need to hear anything more from these guys, since you’re now going to step into real rock!!!) 

Eagles - Greatest Hits 

3. Eagles – Greatest Hits (Compilation)

Right, you have heard of them, and you’ve heard Hotel California some hundred times and some Scooty ad you’ve heard was also some Eagles track? Yeah that was Take it Easy. That and several other classics (mostly ballads) from this album are cool. After they split, vocalist/drummer Don Henley and guitarists Glen Frey, Don Felder and Joe Walsh had pretty successful solo careers, but nothing could beat their success together, hence they reformed and released Hell Freezes Over which proved a super hit yet again.(For albums, Hotel California, One of These Nights, On the Border & Desperado can be worth a try) 

Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms 

4. Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms

How can a rock list be complete with out mentioning Dire Straits? A band loved by all, be it a pop listener, a jazz enthusiast or a hard rock fan. Dire Straits is the brainchild of lead singer / guitarist Mark Knopfler whose easy flowing songs with almost essay– recital type singing backed with amazing guitar interludes form a completely new form of music. Brothers in Arms had the chart toppers Walk of Life, Money for Nothing, So Far Away and Why Worry. (All their albums are classics: Dire Straits (debut album) with the evergreen Sultans of Swing, Communiqué, Making Movies, Love over Gold and On Every Street)

Police - Synchronocity 

5. Police – Synchronicity

The Police became the stepping stone to singer/bassist Sting’s amazing music career which has only seen growth, and as we read this, will keep growing.Synchronicity is a fine bridge between their earlier reggae– rock albums and chart topping pop songs. Every Breath You Take, King of Pain and Wrapped Around Your Finger are the highlights from this album(Recommended albums: Reggatta de Blanc, Zenyatta Mondatta and Sting’s solo albums like Dream of the Blue Turtles and Nothing like the Sun)

U2 - The Joshua Tree 

6. U2 – Joshua Tree

U2, along with REM is amongst the earliest traces of alternative music to emerge from the post– punk era of the 80s. Joshua Tree is the band’s highest career point and contains classics like With or Without You, Where the Streets Have No Name and I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.(Recommended albums: October, Boy, War, Unforgettable Fire, Rattle & Hum and Achtung Baby) 

Beatles - Abbey Road 

7. The Beatles – Abbey Road

If you’re wondering what Beatles is doing here in this list, chances are that you haven’t heard this album at all. It is one of the first psychedelic concept albums ever made and has clear indications of LSD influence in the band’s writing and compositions. Here comes the Sun, Come Together, Something, You Never Give Me Your Money etc are the classics from this album.(If you liked this, you can try other albums of Beatles post 1967 like Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Let It Be and The White Album) 

Doors - The Best Of 

8. Doors – The Best Of The Doors (Compilation)

Well if you haven’t yet heard the classic Roadhouse Blues, go and get it NOW!! This album is also for the dudes and dudettes who have only heard that one song.The Doors were Jim Morrison with his deep voice and refined poetic lyrics accompanied by guitarist Robbie Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and drummer John Densmore. This double album contains most of their basic hits including Light My Fire, Break on Through, Crystal Ship, Love Me 2 Times and many more…(Recommended albums include Soft Parade, Morrison Hotel, An American Prayer, Waiting for the Sun, The Doors, And Strange Days). 

Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon 

9. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon

This is the best album to start off with, if you haven’t ever heard the band (other than the pop hit ‘Another Brick in the Wall’). The ideal way to listen to this album is in the evening, with lights out and high volume (not blasting) Please do not skip tracks; Dark Side of the Moon along with many other Floyd albums are concept & theme based, so the tracks flow from one to another. This album, engineered by Alan Parsons, has also set new standards in recording & sound engineering.(Once you finish this you can try the other albums like The Wall, Meddle, Saucerful Of Secrets, Umma Gumma etc.) 

Jethro Tull - Aqualung 

10. Jethro Tull – Aqualung

Very few people must have heard of this band, but Jethro Tull has toured India twice and is fronted by the charismatic Ian Anderson who sings and plays the flute and guitar apart from several other instruments. Though my favorite album is Songs from the Wood, Aqualung has proved to be the best selling album for Tull, and contains the classic songs Locomotive Breath and Aqualung.(Other albums include Thick as a Brick, a concept album containing just one song that goes on for 40 odd minutes, Songs from the Wood, Stormwatch, Benefit, etc) 

Santana - Abraxas 

11. Santana – Abraxas

With singles like Smooth, Maria Maria and Corazon Espinado, Santana as a solo artist is a well known figure in today’s pop scene. But earlier, Santana as a band proved to be the primary source for combining Afro– Cuban rhythms with hard rock. Led by lead guitarist Carlos Santana, the band first appeared live at the Woodstock and since then there’s been no looking back, Abraxas includes the classics Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va.(Recommendations include Santana 1, Caravanserai, Santana 3 and Shango) 

Guns n’ Roses - Appetite For Destruction 

12. Guns n’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction

Though initially referred to, as a poor man’s Aerosmith, G n’ R deserve credit for their fantastic debut album Appetite for Destruction, which was a superb way to revive classic raw energy rock amidst the Pop era of the late eighties. With 4 evergreen singles like Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City, Mr. Brownstone and Sweet Child O’ Mine, this is a welcome album in my list.(Other albums include the well appreciated Use Your Illusion 1 & 2)

Aerosmith - Pump 

13. Aerosmith – Pump

Aerosmith, the band that clearly inspired Guns n’ Roses and the likes, were very popular in the 70s for their new raunchy swaggering style of music which was trendsetting. Pump released in 1989 showed the same power and aggression as their 70s albums like Toys in the Attic & Rocks. An instant hit in US, this album contains Love in an Elevator, Janie’s got a Gun, The Other Side and the trademark power ballad What It Takes.(Album recommendations: Rocks, Toys in the Attic, Permanent Vacation, Get a Grip) 

Deep Purple - Deepest Purple 

14. Deep Purple – Deepest Purple (Compilation)

Deep Purple, along with Black Sabbath can be credit to be among the first bands to introduce a sound that’s now called HARD ROCK. Progressive rock, with patent guitar sounds, riffs that will become eternal, lyrics about fast cars and knights and warriors and demons and space, wow you must listen to this album.The band has gone through several line-up changes, but this album features songs from two of their best lineups – Mark 2 with Ian Gillan on Vocals and Mark 3 with David Coverdale on vocals. Each track is a gem, listen to all!!! (Great albums include Black Night, Machine Head and the latest Bananas) 

 Led Zeppelin - IV

15. Led Zeppelin – IV

Then God said “Let There Be Heavy Metal!!!” and lo and behold Led Zeppelin was formed in 1968. Out of the remains of the highly acclaimed Yardbirds (which featured Eric Clapton in their earlier lineup), and resurrected by lead guitarist Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin would become the first band to combine the forces of blues with distortion guitar; a genre that would soon be defined as ‘Heavy Metal’. Radically titled with 4 Symbols, this album contains the legendary immortal eternal classics like Stairway to Heaven, Black Dog, Rock n’ Roll and the amazing Misty Mountain Hop.(Each and every album they have recorded are classics in their own, so you can listen to them all – Led Zeppelin 1, 2, 3, 4, House of the Holy, Physical Graffiti, Presence, In Through the Outdoor and Coda) 

Iron Maiden - Somewhere In Time 

16. Iron Maiden – Somewhere In Time

Iron Maiden gave the term Heavy Metal its true meaning right from the word go. With twin leads by Dave Murray and Adrian Smith and piercing strong operatic vocals of Bruce Dickinson, the galloping bass and compositions of Steve Harris and the gripping drums of Nicko McBrain, Iron Maiden is any budding heavy metal band’s dream line-up Somewhere in Time is a great album to start off with, including great tracks like Caught Somewhere in Time, Wasted Years and Heaven Can Wait. (All their albums are outright classics including Number of the Beast, Powerslave, Piece of Mind and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son)  

Van Halen - MCMLXXXIV 

17. Van Halen – MCMLXXXIV (1984)

Yes, the awesome lead guitar played in Michael Jackson’s classic song Beat It was by this super– guitarist called Eddie Van Halen. With his band, Eddie Van Halen redefined how to play the electric guitar with his self– taught techniques of tapping, hammer– ons, pull– offs and incredible sound effects. 1984 is perhaps the band’s best recorded album ever and it was their last fling with fellow vocalist David Lee Roth. If you’ve seen the flick Back to the Future, Michael J, Fox uses this album beginning to frighten his father (in the past) with UFO sounds. That apart, songs like Jump, Panama, I’ll Wait and Hot for Teacher are fresh and demand repeated listening.(Must-hear albums include : Van Halen 1, Women and Children First, 5150 and For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge) 

Ozzy Osbourne - The Ozzman Cometh 

18. Ozzy Osbourne – The Ozzman Cometh (Compilation)

This is an ideal compilation to introduce you to the Prince of Darkness Mr. Ozzy Osbourne. It features a few tracks of his earlier band Black Sabbath as well. Paranoid, War Pigs, Crazy Train, Mr. Crawley, Bark At The Moon, Mama I’m Coming Home, No More Tears, the list is endless.(Recommended albums: Blizzard of Oz, Diary of a Madman, Bark at the Moon, Tribute to Randy Rhoads) 

Judas Priest - Painkiller 

19. Judas Priest – Pain Killer

If you want to experience sheer power of dual lead guitars, double bass drums, screeching vocals, and shredding bass lines, Pain Killer is ‘The Album’. Suddenly out of nowhere, arrived a new revitalized Judas Priest, with new sound, new style and surprisingly the same old lineup. Songs like the title track Pain Killer, Night Crawler, Touch of Evil and Metal Meltdown, are the highlights of the album.(Other albums I like are: Ram it Down, Hell Bent for Leather, Stained Class, Sad Wings of Destiny, British Steel, Point of Entry and Screaming for Vengeance) 

Metallica - Metallica 

20. Metallica – Metallica

This was a ground breaking album with great sound engineering & new low sounds never heard before. A must have album to complete this list, this album includes classics like Enter Sandman, Sad But True, The Unforgiven, Nothing Else Matters and Wherever I May Roam.(Other albums worth a hearing are Kill ‘Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets and …And Justice for All) 

Nirvana - Nevermind 

21. Nirvana – Nevermind

When we speak of Alternative Rock, Nirvana has a huge, huge fan following and after Kurt Cobain’s shocking suicide the band’s music became more popular. Just listen to the album, maybe you’ll like it. Though the roots of alternative music date back to REM and the likes, the credit of making it a popular mainstream form of music goes to Nirvana. 

Pearl Jam - Ten 

22. Pearl Jam – Ten

Pearl Jam became one of America’s most popular bands in the nineties with this album. Ten is easily one of the best alternative albums ever recorded and can be credited amongst the primary albums that made the Grunge & Alternative genre more popular. Ironically however the success of Nirvana’s Nevermind actually increased the records sales for this album and eventually Ten outsold Nevermind! 

That’s it for now to kick start your collection.You can continue hereon on your own research on this beautiful subject. Some acts recommended are Rolling Stones, The Who, Cream, Uriah Heep, Yes, Emerson Lake & Palmer, T-Rex, Supertramp, Frank Zappa, Steely Dan, Velvet Underground, Black Sabbath, Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Queen, Rush, Steely Dan, Traffic, Whitesnake, Rainbow, AC/DC, Grateful Dead, and a thousand more. The list is endless… Long Live Rock n’ Roll!!! 


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