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What music you think is essential for any music lover to hear?

Everyday I try to list to something new, whether it is something classical or jazz or rock, etc.

As it is impossible to hear it all (and also to get to know everything), I would like to know what you people think that is essential to hear during your lifetime. 

To be more practical and varied, let's post 5-10 things classical compositions, 5-10 jazz albums, 5-10 rock albums and/or whatever you feel it is essential!!!!

Here's my list:


1) Igor Stravinsky - L'oiseau de feu

2) Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians

3) Morton Feldman - Rothko Chapel

4) György Ligeti - Lux Aeterna

5) Perotin - Viderunt Hones

6) Leo Brouwer - El Decameron Negro

7) Louis Andriessen - Hoketus

8) Iannis Xenakis - La légende d'Eer

9) Maurice Ravel - Bolero

10) David Wessel - Antony

Rock and Folk

1) Led Zeppelin - III

2) The Who - Who's Next

3) Joni Mitchell - Song to a Seagull

4) The Moody Blues - Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

5) Ac/Dc - Powerage

6) Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run

7) Jon Anderson - Olias of Sunhillow

8) Neil Young - Harvest Moon

9) Jethro Tull - A Passion Play

10) Tinariwen - Aman Iman


1) Pat Metheny - New Chautauqua

2) Keith Jarrett - Solo Concerts: Bremen/Lausanne

3) Mahavishnu Orchestra - Birds of Fire

4) Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

5) John Coltrane - Ole Coltrane

6) Ralph Towner - Solstice

7) Ellington, Mingus, Roach - Money Jungle

8) Terje Rypdal - Odyssey

9) Steps Ahead - Modern Times

10) Thelonious Monk - Live at It Club

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Comment by Tombo Rombo on April 16, 2012 at 1:04am

It is essential for all music lovers to listen to all the music that I like and none of the music I don't. :)

Comment by Olmnilnlolm on April 15, 2012 at 1:10am

It is essential for any music lover to hear this one thing, or something like it:

Comment by Gav Brown on April 11, 2012 at 8:08pm


1) Bach - two part invention in F major

2) Chopin - grand polonaise in A major

3) Ravel - Falling Water

4) Gershwin - Concerto in F

5) Copland - Appalachian Spring


1) Yes - Drama

2) Led Zeppelin - Presence

3) Emerson Lake and Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery

4) Bill Bruford - Feels Good to Me

5) Jethro Tull - A


1) Annette Peacock - My Momma Never Taught Me How To Cook

3) Beatles - Abbey Road

4) Scott Joplin - Maple Leaf Rag

5) Walter Piston - Passacaglia

Comment by Noah Fraioli on April 11, 2012 at 4:42pm


Mozart- Don Giovanni Acts I-III

Beethoven- Symphony No. 8 Movements 1-4

Chopin- Op. 64 in C-Sharp Minor

Mozart- Symphony No. 40 in G Minor

Chopin- Mazurka No. 25 in B Minor


The Doors- Strange Days

Pearl Jam- Ten

System of a Down- Toxicity

Tool- Lateralus

Pink Floyd- Dark Side of the Moon


Dave Brubeck Quartet- "Take Five"

(Sorry, I don't listen to a lot of jazz x.x)

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