Esquire’s “75 Albums Every Man Should Own”

    By Esquire’s own admission, their list of "75 Albums Every Man Should Own" is incomplete, but that still hasn’t stopped them from taking on the task. I’m not really sure what the criteria is, but the albums on the list suggest an introspective look at the male experience over what would sound good at a football stadium, although some albums fit the bill (I’m looking at you AC/DC). It’s a pretty decent list of records, but I wish that Esquire could have went more into depth as to why I, a man, or anybody for that matter, should own Kiss’ Destroyer.


    The list (in alphatetical order):


    AC/DC – Highway to Hell

    Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

    Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique

    The Beatles – Rubber Soul

    Beethoven – Symphony No. 5

    David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

    James Brown – Live at the Apollo

    Jeff Buckley – Grace

    Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club

    Bill Callahan – Woke on a Whaleheart

    The Cars – The Cars

    Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison

    Ray Charles – Modern Sounds in Country and Western

    Cody Chestnut – The Headphone Masterpiece

    Vic Chestnutt – Left To His Own Devices

    The Clash – Combat Rock

    Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen 

    Sam Cooke – Night Beat

    Elvis Costello – Imperial Bedroom

    Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain

    Drive-By Truckers – Brighter than Creation’s Dark

    Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks

    Explosions in the Sky – The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place

    Marvin Gaye – What’s Goin On

    The Grateful Dead – American Beauty

    Guns N Roses – Appetite For Destruction

    Jimi Hendrix – Band of Gypsys

    Iggy Pop – Lust For Life

    Joe Jackson – Look Sharp!

    Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt

    Kiss – Destroyer

    Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II

    Luna – Penthouse

    Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 5

    Bob Marley – Catch a Fire

    Metallica – …And Justice For All

    Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um

    Minor Threat – Out of Step

    Mississippi John Hurt – The Best of Mississippi John Hurt

    Ennio Morricone – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly OST

    Nas – Illmatic

    Willie Nelson – Phases and Stages

    Nirvana – Unplugged

    The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die

    Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain

    Pearl Jam – Ten

    Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville

    Pink Floyd – Animals

    Pixies – Doolittle

    Pulp – This Is Hardcore

    Radiohead – The Bends

    Rage Against The Machine – Rage Against The Machine

    Ramones – Road To Ruin

    Otis Redding – The Dictionary Of Soul

    Slick Rick – The Great Adventures Of…

    The Rolling Stones – Aftermath

    Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours

    Bruce Springsteen – Darkness of the Edge of Town

    The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses

    Taj Mahal – Take A Giant Step/De Ole Folks at Home
    Talking Heads – True Stories

    Television – Marquee Moon

    The Temptations – Gettin’ Ready

    The Travelling Wilburys – The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

    Ike and Tina Turner – Workin’ Together

    Van Halen – Fair Warning

    Townes Van Zandt – Live at the Old Quarter

    The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground and Nico

    Tom Waits – Small Change

    The Who – Who’s Next

    Wilco – Being There

    Hank Williams – The Unreleased Recordings

    Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life

    Neil Young – Harvest


     And before you guys get your boxers all twisted up, Esquire also added a list of 30 more albums that just missed the cut:


    Beck – Odelay

    Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight

    The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo

    The Cure – Disintegration

    Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley

    The Doors – The Doors

    Four Tops – Reach Out

    Green Day – Dookie

    Buddy Holly – 20 Golden Greats

    Michael Jackson – Thriller

    Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

    Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 1

    Joy Division – Closer

    Van Morrison – Astral Weeks

    Motley Crue – Girls, Girls, Girls

    My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves

    Elvis Presley – The Sun Sessions

    The Pretenders – The Pretenders

    Prince – Purple Rain

    Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

    R.E.M. – Murmur

    Anything by Little Richard

    Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bullocks

    The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead

    Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation

    Sly and the Family Stone – Greatest Hits

    The Stooges – The Stooges

    Jackie Wilson – Mr. Excitement!

    U2 – The Joshua Tree

    ZZ Top – Tres Hombres


    [Idolator via Esquire]