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.
  
1955:
In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra

1956:
Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley

1959:
Kind of Blue - Miles Davis

1960:
Ride This Train - Johnny Cash

1963:
Live at the Apollo - James Brown

1964
The Beatles - Meet the Beatles

1965:
Rubber Soul - The Beatles
Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan
Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
Otis Blue - Otis Redding

1966:
Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
Revolver - The Beatles
Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan
Meditations - John Coltrane

1967:
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

1968:
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

1969:
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

1970:
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

1971:
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

1972:
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

1973:
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

1974:
Autobahn - Kraftwerk
Phases and Stages - Willie Nelson

1975:
Horses - Patti Smith

1976:
Boston - Boston
Hotel California - The Eagles
Destroyer - Kiss
The Ramones - The Ramaones

1977:
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

1978:
This Years Model - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Dire Straits - Dire Straits
Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen
Van Halen - Van Halen

1979:
London Calling - The Clash
Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
The Wall - Pink Floyd

1980:
Back in Black - A C/ D C
Heathen Earth - Throbbing Gristle

1982:
Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
Thriller - Michael Jackson

1983:
Pyromania - Def Leppard
Can't Slow Down - Lionel Richie
Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits
Eliminator - Z Z Top

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

1985:
Low-Life - New Order

1986:
Master of Puppets - Metallica
Graceland - Paul Simon
Reign in Blood - Slayer
The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths

1987:
Appetite for Destruction - Guns n' Roses
Sister - Sonic Youth
The Joshua Tree - U 2

1988:
Straight Outta Compton - N W A
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy

1989:
Doolittle - The Pixies
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses

1990:
Repeater - Fugazi

1991:
Nevermind - Nirvana
Screamadelica -Primal Scream
Achtung Baby - U 2

1992:
Dirt - Alice in Chains
Angel Dust - Faith No More
Automatic for the People - R E M

1993:
In Utero - Nirvana

1994:
Dookie - Green Day
Illmatic - Nas
Definitely Maybe - Oasis
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement

1995:
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
The Bends - Radiohead

1996:
If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle and Sebastian
Roots - Sepultura
Ænima - Tool

1997:
The Boatman's Call - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
The Fat of the Land - The Prodigy
O K Computer - Radiohead

2000:
The Marshall Mathers L P - Eminem
Kid A - Radiohead

2001:
Is This It - The Strokes