23 February

A chronological list of the informal canon of music albums made from: first, the top ten of lists of ranked albums, made by music publications dating back to 1974; second, top-selling albums in the U S and the U K; and third, additions made by me based upon the albums that had already made the list, in order to fill in obvious gaps [the additions I made at the 21 February, 2 April, 8 April, 9 April, 10 April, and 11 April posts are now part of the list posted on 31 October.]

I've further removed Elvis' Christmas Album, since its status as an album of original material is slightly hampered in that four of the twelve tracks had been released earlier in 1957 as an E P called Peace in the Valley, and those tracks were removed from the later, "budget" version of the album, replaced by newer tracks. The eight Christmas-themed tracks featured on all versions of the album could be considered an E P, being less than 20 minutes in length. Either way, and especially given its secondary place in Presley's oeuvre, I'm excluding it now.
In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra

Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

Kind of Blue - Miles Davis

Ride This Train - Johnny Cash

Live at the Apollo - James Brown

The Beatles - Meet the Beatles

Rubber Soul - The Beatles
Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
Otis Blue - Otis Redding

Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
Revolver - The Beatles
Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
Meditations - John Coltrane

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
The Doors - The Doors
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You - Aretha Franklin
Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Forever Changes - Love
The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground
The Who Sell Out - The Who

Music From Big Pink - The Band
The Beatles - The Beatles
Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
Beggars Banquet - The Rolling Stones
Odyssey and Oracle - The Zombies

The Band - The Band
Abbey Road - The Beatles
Liege and Lief - Fairport Convention
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
Sex Machine - James Brown
Déjà Vu - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek and the Dominos
John Lennon/ Plastic Ono Band
Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
Fun House - The Stooges
After the Gold Rush - Neil Young

Hunky Dory - David Bowie
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
Tapestry - Carole King
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
Blue - Joni Mitchell
Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones
Electric Warrior - T Rex
Who's Next - The Who

Vol. 4 - Black Sabbath
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie
Transformer - Lou Reed
Exile on Main St. - The Rolling Stones

Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
Fresh - Sly and the Family Stone
Catch a Fire - The Wailers

Autobahn - Kraftwerk
Phases and Stages - Willie Nelson

Horses - Patti Smith

Boston - Boston
Hotel California - The Eagles
Destroyer - Kiss
The Ramones - The Ramaones

The Clash - The Clash
Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
The Stranger - Billy Joel
Trans-Europe Express - Kraftwerk
Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf
Lust for Life - Iggy Pop
Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols
Marquee Moon - Television

This Years Model - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Dire Straits - Dire Straits
Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
Van Halen - Van Halen

London Calling - The Clash
Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
The Wall - Pink Floyd

Back in Black - A C/ D C
Heathen Earth - Throbbing Gristle

Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
Thriller - Michael Jackson

Pyromania - Def Leppard
Can't Slow Down - Lionel Richie
Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits
Eliminator - Z Z Top

Like a Virgin - Madonna
Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution
Born in the U S A - Bruce Springsteen
1984 (MCMLXXXIV) - Van Halen

Low-Life - New Order

Master of Puppets - Metallica
Graceland - Paul Simon
Reign in Blood - Slayer
The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths

Appetite for Destruction - Guns n' Roses
Sister - Sonic Youth
The Joshua Tree - U 2

Straight Outta Compton - N W A
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy

Doolittle - The Pixies
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

Repeater - Fugazi

Nevermind - Nirvana
Screamadelica -Primal Scream
Achtung Baby - U 2

Dirt - Alice in Chains
Angel Dust - Faith No More
Automatic for the People - R E M

In Utero - Nirvana

Dookie - Green Day
Illmatic - Nas
Definitely Maybe - Oasis
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
The Bends - Radiohead

If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle and Sebastian
Roots - Sepultura
Ænima - Tool

The Boatman's Call - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The Fat of the Land - The Prodigy
O K Computer - Radiohead

The Marshall Mathers L P - Eminem
Kid A - Radiohead

Is This It - The Strokes