The Greatest* Albums Of All Time - a DiS listening club! 💿 CURRENT ALBUM - PRETENDERS - PRETENDERS 💿

Following this post and this thread, I’m committing myself to listening to the combined list of Consequence of Sound and Rolling Stone’s top 100 albums of all time! Fancy joining me?

*The full list is here:

Publication Rank Artist Title Duplicate
Consequence 100 Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking
Consequence 99 Kamasi Washington Heaven and Earth
Rolling Stone 99 Taylor Swift Red
Rolling Stone 98 Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road y
Consequence 97 Fugazi Repeater
Rolling Stone 96 R.E.M. Automatic for the People
Rolling Stone 95 Drake Take Care
Consequence 95 System of a Down Toxicity
Rolling Stone 94 The Stooges Fun House
Consequence 94 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
Consequence 93 TLC CrazySexyCool
Rolling Stone 92 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold as Love
Consequence 92 The Replacements Let It Be
Rolling Stone 91 Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town
Consequence 91 The Who Who’s Next? y
Consequence 89 Green Day Dookie
Consequence 88 Alice Coltrane Journey in Satchidananda
Rolling Stone 87 Miles Davis Bitches Brew
Consequence 87 Slayer Reign in Blood
Consequence 86 Pearl Jam Ten
Rolling Stone 86 The Doors The Doors
Rolling Stone 85 John Lennon John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Consequence 85 Tupac All Eyez on Me
Consequence 84 Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
Rolling Stone 83 Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis
Consequence 83 Pretenders Pretenders
Consequence 82 Peter Gabriel So
Consequence 81 Adele 21
Rolling Stone 81 Beyoncé Beyoncé
Consequence 80 Erykah Badu Baduizm y
Rolling Stone 80 Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
Rolling Stone 79 Frank Ocean Blonde
Consequence 79 The Police Synchronicity
Consequence 78 Billy Joel The Stranger
Rolling Stone 78 Elvis Presley The Sun Sessions
Consequence 77 JAY-Z The Black Album
Rolling Stone 76 Curtis Mayfield Super Fly
Consequence 76 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
Rolling Stone 75 Aretha Franklin Lady Soul
Consequence 75 Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer
Rolling Stone 74 Kanye West The College Dropout
Consequence 73 Parliament The Mothership Connection
Consequence 72 My Bloody Valentine Loveless y
Rolling Stone 72 Neil Young Harvest
Rolling Stone 71 Beyonce Renaissance
Consequence 71 U2 The Joshua Tree
Rolling Stone 70 N.W.A Straight Outta Compton y
Consequence 70 Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Rolling Stone 69 Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill y
Consequence 69 Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique
Consequence 68 Frank Ocean Channel Orange
Consequence 67 Radiohead In Rainbows
Rolling Stone 66 John Coltrane A Love Supreme
Consequence 66 Madonna Like a Prayer
Rolling Stone 65 James Brown Live at the Apollo
Consequence 65 Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen
Consequence 64 The Cure Disintegration
Rolling Stone 63 Steely Dan Aja
Consequence 63 Tom Waits Rain Dogs
Consequence 62 Madvillain Madvillainy
Rolling Stone 61 Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full
Rolling Stone 59 Stevie Wonder Talking Book
Consequence 58 Nina Simone I Put a Spell on You
Consequence 57 The Band Music from Big Pink y
Rolling Stone 57 The Band The Band
Consequence 56 David Bowie Hunky Dory y
Rolling Stone 56 Liz Phair Exile in Guyville
Consequence 55 Sly and the Family Stone There’s a Riot Goin’ On y
Rolling Stone 54 James Brown Star Time
Consequence 54 Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
Consequence 53 Dr. Dre 2001
Rolling Stone 53 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland
Rolling Stone 52 David Bowie Station to Station
Consequence 52 The Strokes Is This It
Rolling Stone 51 Chuck Berry The Great Twenty-Eight
Consequence 51 Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison
Consequence 50 Iggy & The Stooges Raw Power
Rolling Stone 50 Jay-Z The Blueprint
Consequence 49 Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction y
Rolling Stone 49 Outkast Aquemini
Rolling Stone 48 Bob Marley and the Wailers Exodus
Rolling Stone 47 Ramones Ramones
Consequence 47 Van Morrison Astral Weeks y
Consequence 46 Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
Consequence 45 Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
Rolling Stone 45 Prince Sign o’ the Times
Rolling Stone 44 Nas Illmatic y
Rolling Stone 43 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory y
Consequence 42 AC/DC Back in Black y
Consequence 41 JAY-Z Reasonable Doubt y
Consequence 40 Pixies Doolittle
Consequence 39 Taylor Swift 1989
Consequence 38 Paul Simon Graceland y
Rolling Stone 37 Dr. Dre The Chronic
Consequence 37 OutKast Stankonia y
Consequence 36 Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser
Rolling Stone 36 Michael Jackson Off the Wall
Consequence 35 Neil Young After the Goldrush y
Rolling Stone 35 The Beatles Rubber Soul
Rolling Stone 34 Stevie Wonder Innervisions
Rolling Stone 33 Amy Winehouse Back to Black y
Consequence 33 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
Consequence 31 Metallica Master of Puppets y
Rolling Stone 31 Miles Davis Kind of Blue y
Rolling Stone 30 The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced
Consequence 29 Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon y
Rolling Stone 29 The Beatles The Beatles y
Rolling Stone 28 D’Angelo Voodoo
Consequence 28 Missy Elliott Supa Dupa Fly y
Rolling Stone 27 Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) y
Consequence 26 The Ramones Ramones
Rolling Stone 25 Carole King Tapestry
Consequence 24 Black Sabbath Paranoid
Consequence 23 The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed y
Rolling Stone 22 The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die
Consequence 21 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV y
Consequence 20 Kate Bush Hounds of Love y
Rolling Stone 20 Radiohead Kid A
Consequence 19 Talking Heads Remain in Light y
Consequence 18 Beyoncé Lemonade y
Rolling Stone 18 Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited y
Rolling Stone 17 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy y
Consequence 17 Patti Smith Horses y
Consequence 16 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run y
Consequence 15 David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars y
Rolling Stone 15 Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back y
Consequence 14 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band y
Rolling Stone 14 The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St. y
Rolling Stone 13 Aretha Franklin I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
Consequence 13 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico y
Consequence 12 Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde y
Rolling Stone 12 Michael Jackson Thriller y
Rolling Stone 11 The Beatles Revolver
Rolling Stone 10 Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill y
Rolling Stone 9 Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks y
Consequence 8 Radiohead OK Computer y
Consequence 7 Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly y
Rolling Stone 6 Nirvana Nevermind y
Rolling Stone 4 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life y
Consequence 4 The Clash London Calling y
Rolling Stone 3 Joni Mitchell Blue y
Consequence 3 The Beatles Abbey Road y
Consequence 2 Fleetwood Mac Rumours y
Rolling Stone 2 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds y
Rolling Stone 1 Marvin Gaye What’s Going On y
Consequence 1 Prince & The Revolution Purple Rain y

I’ve not run a listening club before but I’d suggest

  • we start this as a weekly thing and then see how things go
  • chat / discussion / ratings etc encouraged

I hope you enjoy this, and I am relying on you for motivation to help me keep this going!


So first up we have:


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Consequence of Sound review

With 1988’s Nothing’s Shocking, Jane’s Addiction helped lay the foundation for what would eventually become the alternative rock revolution of the ‘90s. Equal parts heavy and ethereal, it’s fitting that the album contains song titles like “Up the Beach” and “Ocean Size,” as the tracks play like waves crashing into the sea. Perry Farrell’s celestial voice, along with the dynamic playing of guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins, makes Nothing’s Shocking a truly unique album.

Combining the power of Led Zeppelin with the art-rock of The Velvet Underground on tracks like the explosive “Mountain Song” with its magnificent bass line, or the acoustic “Jane’s Says” with its heart-wrenching lyrics, Nothing’s Shocking represents a defining moment in what was soon to be a seismic shift in rock music. — Spencer Kaufman

I don’t think I’ve ever deliberately listened to a note of music by Jane’s Addiction. I’ll give it a listen later but feel free to dive in before me :slight_smile:


In. So remember checking out some Jane a few years ago and liking it, but it didn’t get it’s hooks in deep enough to draw me back. Do love Jane Says though.

I’ll join in I think but only on some albums. Ain’t no chance I’m having Spotify show Remain in Light being played!

Nothing Shocking’s a good start


Lots of full albums on YouTube!

I’m going to try to listen to everything on the list - we’ll see how it goes…

Nothing’s Shocking? Clearly haven’t heard their own album!

(Not listened to it)


I have listened to this album A LOT in the past but not particularly recently. Gonna go with my vibes review before re-listening…

Was obsessed with Jane’s Addiction when I was a kid. Initially got into them via the follow up Ritual De Lo Habitual after Been Caught Stealing got some serious rotation on fledgling MTV Europe. They were probably the first genuinely ‘alternative’ band I was aware of, as opposed to a lot of the more metal stuff I had been into up to that point. Felt like they had the world at their feet at that point. So, of course, they immediately split up. Fortunately Nirvana came along at just the right time.

To help get over their absence, I consoled myself but making my way through their meagre back catalogue. It’s hard to pick a favourite between Nothing’s Shocking and Ritual as, despite both being uniquely Jane’s Addiction, they are both very much their own thing. While Ritual contains some fully out there space rock on its second side, the most experimental they ever got, NS offers a wider platter - something for everyone.

Largely instrumental Up The Beach sets the tone with some slow build rock grind, before Ocean Size showcases their trademark sound; everything works perfectly in tandem - Perry’s weird squark of a voice and Dave Navarro’s skyscraper guitar, but also the lesser sung heroes of Stephen Perkin’s muscular percussion and Eric Avery’s hypnotic bass. After a fairly pummelling opening duo, we are then into some forays into whimsy with Had A Dad and Standing In The Shower…Thinking. They’ve always had the knack of not getting too po-faced about stuff. Centre-piece Summertime Rolls washes over you in a delightful six minutes of psychedelia before we get heavy with Mountain Song. Trivia fans - this was an existing song which they’d recorded for punk western film Dudes that featured Flea from RHCP in its cast. And guess who turns up on the next track Idiots Rule playing trumpet? It’s only Flea from RHCP isn’t it! Jane Says is obviously their signature song, and it is more loveliness along the lines of Summertime Rolls but with an even more mellow vibe and some charming steel drums. There’s then 60 seconds of oddity with lounge moment Thank You Boys because, well, why not. Album closer Pigs In Zen is a live favourite which always sees Perry ad-libbing the central spoken word section. Seen them do it a bunch of times, but I do love the album version - “I’m in the midst of a traaaaaaauma.”

So yeah, love this album. Not sure exactly where it would feature in my own personal top 100 but can guarantee it would be near-ish the top. It’s a 9/10 for me…


only ever heard Been Caught Stealing and Just Because as far as im aware, so this’ll be interesting


Love it. Used to be a purely Ritual man as it was the one i was into back then. I have grown to love Nothing Shocking though. Production dates it a bit but there are some choons for sure. More glam i guess.

Sorry this is a quick post

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Know this album inside out but will give it a listen this afternoon anyway.

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I’m in. Will give the first album a list and report back.

Being in a metal band and hearing this album on release must have been like having made Flash Gordon, and watching Star Wars.

Just blew the windows out of metal. Had groove, swagger, genuine unease, darkness, sexiness, light. Couldn’t believe what I was hearing, and I’d heard Pigs in Zen on the…‘scream’(?) Compilation, so I knew they were doing something alien and special already. Absolute game-changer 10/0 work of brilliance.

Nothing else they did comes close for me.


Christ I’ve copped so many moves from Eric Avery’s bass playing on this record and Ritual…. What a PLAYER.

Amazing how an album fronted by a man as unbearable as Perry Farrell can be this good. ‘Ted, Just Admit It…’ is excellent. ‘Standing In The Shower, Thinking’ is maybe the only misstep and even then it’s a laugh.

Don’t think it’s one of the best one hundred albums ever but it’s a really good record with some great playing on it and sometimes that’s what you need.

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never listened before - it’s alright

yer man’s vocals aren’t my bag really but musically there’s some fun stuff going on. probably would have been more into this if I’d listened as a teenager, riffs and that


Oof! This is one hell of a commitment ccb. You’re looking at a good 18 months!

I’ll enjoy dipping in and out. Nothing’s Shocking is a great album to start. I’ll have another listen after the weekend and come back with comments, rating, chat.

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Great thread idea! And also good for me it’s started with a band I’ve never bothered listening to.

Initial thoughts: not as bad as I’d always presumed based on 1. funk rock and 2. Dave Navarro’s trousers


I be in

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Oh boy, I’m going to hate this album :smiley:


my advice would be to give yourself to Perry Farrell’s vibes

don’t really know anything about him beyond Jane’s, but there’s a unique arty hippyish (in a good way imo) vibe he has that is the emotional core of the music

like, a sort of childlike sweetness mixed with a radical post-US punk thing (I always felt like he was railing against traditional rock machismo, in a way - he certainly felt like he existed in contrast to it)

also as @Kallgeese says, Eric Avery’s basslines are godly; they’re of a post-punk lineage, which I reckon is a good hook for DiSers

as for Dave’s guitar, I tend to think of it like it’s graffiti over the walls of the rhythm section. or like… waves