The Current's 893 Essential Albums

The Current's 893 Essential Albums
With your help, we've compiled a list of the 893 most essential albums of all time. (MPR graphic/Luke Mills)

The Current realized a dream this year, a dream to compile a definitive list of the 893 most essential albums of all time (according to nearly 8,000 listeners, readers and members of The Current). We couldn't have done this without you, seriously.

Because we're a radio station that likes to have fun with programming, we're broadcasting the full countdown of The Current's 893 Essential Albums during Minnesota Public Radio's spring member drive this May 5 to 12 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT with each album's defining track, adding up to more than 82 hours of music.

There will be upsets and there will be surprises, so as you follow along on-air and online, be sure to share your thoughts with the hashtag #893albums and tag @TheCurrent so we can find you on social media. Reaction GIFs are encouraged.

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The Current's 893 Essential Albums: 1-100

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1 Nirvana
Nevermind
2 The Clash
London Calling
3 The Beatles
Abbey Road
4 Prince
Purple Rain
5 Pink Floyd
Dark Side of the Moon
6 Radiohead
OK Computer
7 Bob Dylan
Blood on the Tracks
8 David Bowie
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
9 The Beatles
White Album
10 U2
The Joshua Tree
11 Miles Davis
Kind of Blue
12 The Beatles
Revolver
13 Fleetwood Mac
Rumours
14 The Rolling Stones
Exile on Main Street
15 The Beach Boys
Pet Sounds
16 Led Zeppelin
IV
17 Michael Jackson
Thriller
18 The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
19 Pearl Jam
Ten
20 The Replacements
Let It Be
21 Bruce Springsteen
Born to Run
22 Wilco
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
23 Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited
24 The Beatles
Rubber Soul
25 Paul Simon
Graceland
26 Weezer
Blue Album
27 Pink Floyd
The Wall
28 Pixies
Doolittle
29 The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground & Nico
30 Guns N Roses
Appetite for Destruction
31 Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison
32 Bob Dylan
Blonde on Blonde
33 The Replacements
Tim
34 Carole King
Tapestry
35 Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
36 Beastie Boys
Paul's Boutique
37 Joni Mitchell
Blue
38 Radiohead
Kid A
39 Stevie Wonder
Songs in the Key of Life
40 The Rolling Stones
Sticky Fingers
41 David Bowie
Hunky Dory
42 Arcade Fire
Funeral
43 Neil Young
Harvest
44 Jimi Hendrix
Are You Experienced
45 The Strokes
Is This It
46 R.E.M.
Murmur
47 Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago
48 Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
49 The Cure
Disintegration
50 The Rolling Stones
Let it Bleed
51 Marvin Gaye
What's Going On
52 Radiohead
The Bends
53 Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream
54 The Who
Who's Next
55 U2
Achtung Baby
56 Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II
57 Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti
58 The Smiths
The Queen is Dead
59 Beastie Boys
Licensed to Ill
60 Amy Winehouse
Back to Black
61 AC/DC
Back in Black
62 Bob Marley
Legend
63 Elvis Costello
My Aim Is True
64 Van Morrison
Astral Weeks
65 R.E.M.
Automatic for the People
66 Simon and Garfunkel
Bridge Over Troubled Water
67 Radiohead
In Rainbows
68 Ramones
Ramones
69 The White Stripes
Elephant
70 Queen
A Night at the Opera
71 Jeff Buckley
Grace
72 Green Day
Dookie
73 Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
74 Kanye West
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
75 Led Zeppelin
Houses of the Holy
76 Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
77 Sufjan Stevens
Illinois
78 Talking Heads
Remain in Light
79 Arcade Fire
The Suburbs
80 Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes
81 A Tribe Called Quest
The Low End Theory
82 John Coltrane
A Love Supreme
83 Bon Iver
Bon Iver
84 Van Morrison
Moondance
85 The Replacements
Pleased to Meet Me
86 Liz Phair
Exile in Guyville
87 Beck
Odelay
88 The Rolling Stones
Beggars Banquet
89 Grateful Dead
American Beauty
90 Bruce Springsteen
Darkness on the Edge of Town
91 My Bloody Valentine
Loveless
92 Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
93 Prince
1999
94 Patti Smith
Horses
95 Public Enemy
It Takes a Nation Of Millions to Hold Us Back
96 Nine Inch Nails
Pretty Hate Machine
97 The Postal Service
Give Up
98 Weezer
Pinkerton
99 Nirvana
MTV Unplugged in New York

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