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With your help, we've compiled a list of the 893 most essential albums of all time. (MPR graphic/Luke Mills)
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Musicheads Essentials: Prince, Purple Rain (No. 4)
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  • Musicheads Essentials: Prince, Purple Rain (No. 4) 02:11
  • Musicheads Essentials: U2, The Joshua Tree (No. 10) 01:43
  • Musicheads Essentials: Miles Davis, Kind of Blue (No. 11) 01:56
  • Musicheads Essentials: The Beatles, Revolver (No. 12) 02:10
  • Musicheads Essentials: Michael Jackson, Thriller (No. 17) 02:07
  • Musicheads Essentials: Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited (No. 23) 02:12
  • Musicheads Essentials: Carole King, Tapestry (No. 34) 01:50
  • Musicheads Essentials: The Strokes, Is This It (No. 45) 01:44
  • Musicheads Essentials: R.E.M., Murmur (No. 46) 01:56
  • Musicheads Essentials: The Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet (No. 88) 01:38
  • Musicheads Essentials: Prince, 1999 (No. 93) 01:25
  • Musicheads Essentials: Prince, Sign O' The Times (No. 110) 01:47
  • Musicheads Essentials: Death Cab for Cutie, Transatlanticism (No. 131) 01:41
  • Musicheads Essentials: Elvis Costello, This Year's Model (No. 159) 02:22
  • Musicheads Essentials: Moby, Play (No. 175) 01:32
  • Musicheads Essentials: T. Rex, Electric Warrior (No. 185) 01:58
  • Musicheads Essentials: Prince, Dirty Mind (No. 256) 01:51
  • Musicheads Essentials: The Magnetic Fields, 69 Love Songs (No. 257) 01:53
  • Musicheads Essentials: Fiona Apple, Tidal (No. 264) 01:48
  • Musicheads Essentials: Simon and Garfunkel, Bookends (No. 288) 01:48
  • Musicheads Essentials: The Byrds, Sweetheart of the Rodeo (No. 311) 01:54
  • Musicheads Essentials: Bjork, Debut (No. 320) 01:50
  • Musicheads Essentials: Prince, Controversy (No. 389) 01:19
  • Musicheads Essentials: Jimmy Cliff et al, The Harder They Come Soundtrack (No. 496) 01:23
  • Musicheads Essentials: Nick Drake, Bryter Layter (No. 501) 01:40
  • Musicheads Essentials: Tegan and Sara, So Jealous (No. 590) 01:32
  • Musicheads Essentials: The Descendents, Milo Goes to College (No. 638) 01:30
  • Musicheads Essentials: St-Germain, Tourist (No. 746) 01:37
  • Musicheads Essentials: Prince, Batman (No. 795) 01:51
  • Musicheads Essentials: Prince, Prince (No. 811) 02:08

During the 893 Essential Albums countdown, the music was interspersed with a number of Musicheads® Essentials features, providing stories behind some of the featured albums.

The Current's production manager, Derrick Stevens, produced the Musicheads Essentials features. In case you missed them when they were broadcast, we've assembled this playlist of 30 Musicheads Essentials. The number that appears after each album title is the place in which it finished in the 893 Essential Albums list.

Use the audio player to listen; a new window will pop up, allowing you to listen to all of them or to select the individual tracks you'd like to hear.

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