1. Animals – Pink Floyd 1977
After the chart-breaking success of Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd released two experimental albums (Wish You Were Here and Animals) with multiple songs over ten minutes in length, basically telling radio to blow.
No rock record has held its political and ambient relevance as Animals has. While his peers were busy trashing hotel rooms and hanging with groupies, Waters was seeing in razor-vision the coming moral and political decline.
2. In the Court of the Crimson King – King Crimson 1969
3. The Sophtware Slump – Grandaddy 2000
4. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots – The Flaming Lips 2002
5. Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven – Godspeed You Black Emperor 2000
6. It’s a Wonderful Life – Sparklehorse 2001
7. In Rainbows – Radiohead 2007
8. Decoration Day – The Drive By Truckers 2003
9. The Trials of Van Occupanther – Midlake 2006
10. Townes Van Zandt – Townes Van Zandt 1969