31 October

A chronological list of albums I've added to the list of albums made from, first, critics' lists; second, non-compilation best sellers. The 23 February post was a chronological version of the list of the albums from those two groupings, plus a few that I added that seemed like logical extensions or obvious omissions. However, I've moved those added albums into this list, so that the resulting dual informal canons are demarcated clearer: one consisting of best sellers and entrants in the critics' lists, the other my own selections based initially on lower-rung artists in those critics' lists and best-selling artists whose highest-selling albums are compilations, and ultimately on my interpretation of music history. I've made even more additions, indicated by grey highlighting.

1950
Les Paul/ Mary Ford - The New Sound

1952

Duke Ellington - Ellington Uptown
Hank Williams - Hank Williams Sings
Hank Williams - Moanin' the Blues

1953
Nat King Cole Sings for Two in Love
Eartha Kitt - That Bad Eartha

1955

Fats Domino - Carry On Rockin'
Doris Day - Love Me or Leave Me

1956
Harry Belafonte - Calypso
Duke Ellington - Ellington at Newport
Peggy Lee - Black Coffee
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book
Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers
Mel Tormé and the Marty Paich Dek-Tette 
Dinah Washington - In the Land of Hi-Fi

1957

The Crickets - The "Chirping" Crickets
Bing Crosby - Bing With a Beat
Fats Domino - This Is Fats
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Rodgers and Hart Song Book
Anita O'Day - Anita Sings the Most
Little Richard - Here's Little Richard
Pete Seeger - American Favorite Ballads
Sarah Vaughn - At Mister Kelly's
The Weavers at Carnegie Hall

1958

Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Duke Ellington Song Book
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Irving Berlin Song Book
Buddy Holly - Buddy Holly

1959

Harry Belafonte - Belafonte at Carnegie Hall
Tony Bennett/ Count Basie and His Orchestra - In Person!
Tony Bennett/ Count Basie and His Orchestra - Bennett and Basie Strike Up the Band
Bo Diddley - Go Bo Diddley
Ella Fitzgerald Sings the George and Ira Gershwin Song Book
Nina Simone at Town Hall

1960
Joan Baez - Joan Baez
Bo Diddley - Have Guitar Will Travel
Muddy Waters - At Newport 1960

1961
Joan Baez - Vol. 2
Patsy Cline - Showcase
Etta James - At Last!
The Miracles - Hi... We're the Miracles

1962
Joan Baez - In Concert
Tony Bennett - I Left My Heart in San Francisco
Booker T and the M G's - Green Onions
Ray Charles - Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

1963
Joan Baez - In Concert Part 2
The Beatles - Please Please Me
The Beatles - With the Beatles
Tony Bennett - I Wanna Be Around...
Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
The Impressions - The Impressions
Barbara Streisand - The Barbara Streisand Album

1964
The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
The Beatles - Beatles for Sale
Etta James - Etta James Rocks the House
Dusty Springfield - Stay Awhile/ I Only Want to Be With You
Barbara Streisand - People

1965
The Beach Boys - Today!
The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!
Johnny Cash Sings the Ballads of the True West
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
B B King - Live at the Regal
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Going to a Go-Go
The Temptations Sing Smokey
The Who - My Generation

1966
The Monks - Black Monk Time
Simon and Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators - The Psychedelic Sounds of the Thirteenth Floor Elevators
The Mothers of Invention - Freak Out!

1967
Cream - Disraeli Gears
Duke Ellington - The Far East Suite
John Fahey - Blind Joe Death
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold as Love
Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow
The Kinks - Something Else by the Kinks
Loretta Lynn - Don't Come a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)
Moby Grape - Moby Grape
Fred Neil - Fred Neil
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles - Make It Happen
The Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
The Supremes - The Supremes Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland
The Temptations - The Temptations With a Lot 'o Soul
The Thirteenth Floor Elevators - Easter Everywhere
Ike and Tina Turner - River Deep - Mountain High

1968
James Brown - Live at the Apollo, Volume II
The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers
Johnny Cash - At Folsom Prison
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen
The Grateful Dead - Anthem of the Sun
Etta James - Tell Mama
The Kinks - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
The Moody Blues - In Search of the Lost Chord
Os Mutantes - Os Mutantes
Dolly Parton - Just Because I'm a Woman
The Soft Machine
Traffic
The Velvet Underground - White Light/ White Heat
Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy

1969
The Allman Brothers Band - The Allman Brothers Band
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band - Trout Mask Replica
Johnny Cash - At San Quentin
Leonard Cohen - Songs From a Room
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bayou Country
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Willy and the Poor Boys
Derek and the Dominoes - Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
Fairport Convention - Unhalfbricking
The Grateful Dead - Live/ Dead
The Flying Burrito Bros. - The Gilded Palace of Sin
Merle Haggard - A Portrait of Merle Haggard
Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul
Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
The Moody Blues - On the Threshold of a Dream
Sly and the Family Stone - Stand!
Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
The Temptation - Cloud Nine
Scott Walker - Scott 3
Noel Scott Engel - Scott 4
The Who - Tommy
Frank Zappa - Hot Rats

1970
The Allman Brothers Band - Idlewild South
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Chicago - Chicago [II]
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - Déjà Vu
Deep Purple - Deep Purple in Rock
Lee Dorsey - Yes We Can
The Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead
The Grateful Dead - American Beauty
Elton John - Tumbleweed Connection
The Kinks - Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire)
Loretta Lynn - Coal Miner's Daughter
Curtis Mayfield - Curtis
The M C 5 - Back in the U S A
Yoko Ono/ Plastic Ono Band - Yoko Ono/ Plastic Ono Band
Santana - Abraxas
The Soft Machine - Third
Rod Stewart - Gasoline Alley
James Taylor - Sweet Baby James
T Rex - T Rex
The Velvet Underground - Loaded

1971
The Allman Brothers Band - Live at Fillmore East
Black Sabbath - Master of Reality
Booker T and the M G's - Melting Pot
Can - Tago Mago
Leonard Cohen - Songs of Love and Hate
Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band - No Roses
Deep Purple - Fireball
The Doors - L A Women
John Fahey - America
Faust - Faust
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
Merle Haggard - Hag
Isaac Hayes - Black Moses
Jethro Tull - Aqualung
Elton John - Madman Across the Water
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson
Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors
Rod Stewart - Every Picture Tells a Story
The Temptations - Sky's the Limit
T Rex - Electric Warrior
Traffic - The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Caetano Veloso - Caetano Veloso
Yes - Fragile

1972
The Allman Brothers Band - Eat a Peach
The Carpenters - A Song for You 
Deep Purple - Machine Head
John Denver - Rocky Mountain High
Neil Diamond - Hot August Night
The Doobie Brothers - Toulouse Street
The Grateful Dead - Europe '72
Al Green - Let's Stay Together
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick
Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
Neu! - Neu
Roxy Music - Roxy Music
Steely Dan - Can't Buy a Thrill
The Temptations - All Directions
T Rex - Slider
Bobby Womack - Understanding
Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
Yes - Close to the Edge

1973
Big Star - Radio City
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
James Brown - The Payback
Alice Cooper - BIllion Dollar Babies
The Doobie Brothers - The Captain and Me
Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
Genesis - Selling England by the Pound
Al Green - Call Me
Herbie Hancock - Head Hunters
Waylon Jennings - Honky Tonk Heroes
Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
King Crimson - Larks' Tongue in Aspic
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd
The New York Dolls - The New York Dolls
Roxy Music - For Your Pleasure
Bobby Womack - Facts of Life
Iggy and the Stooges - Raw Power
The Wailers - Burnin'
The Who - Quadrophenia
Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
Zappa/ Mothers - Over-Nite Sensation
Z Z Top - Tres Hombres

1974
John Cale - Fear
Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard
Cluster - Zuckerweit
John Denver - Back Home Again
Eno - Taking Tiger Mountain (by Strategy)
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Natty Dread
Queen - Sheer Heart Attack
Gram Parsons - Grievous Angel
Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like a Wheel
Roxy Music - Country Life
Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic
Robert Wyatt - Rock Bottom

1975
Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic
Joan Baez - Diamonds and Rust
The Bee Gees - Main Course
Alice Cooper - Welcome to My Nightmare
Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Earth, Wind and Fire - That's the Way of the World
Eno - Another Green World
Brian Eno - Discreet Music
Waylon Jennings - Dreaming My Dreams
Elton John - Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy
Kiss - Alive!
Mannheim Steamroller - Fresh Aire
Curtis Mayfield - There's No Place Like America Today
Queen - A Night at the Opera
Parliament - Mothership Conection
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Smokey Robinson - A Quiet Storm
Roxy Music - Siren
Paul Simon - Still Crazy After All These Years
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Neil Young - Tonight's the Night

1976
ABBA - Arrival
Aerosmith - Rocks
The Bee Gees - Children of the World
Heart - Heart
Kiss - Destroyer
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Rastoman Vibration
The Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle
The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers
Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - Night Moves
Rod Stewart - A Night on the Town
The Upsetters - Scatch the Super Ape
Frank Zappa - Zoot Allures

1977
David Bowie - Low
Jimmy Buffett - Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes
Ian Dury - New Boots and Panties!!
Barry Manilow - Live
Bob Marley and the Wailers - Exodus
Giorgio Moroder - From Here to Eternity
Augustus Pablo - East of the River Nile
Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown
Iggy Pop - The Idiot
Linda Ronstadt - Simple Dreams
Suicide
Talking Heads - 77
Muddy Waters - Hard Again
Wire - Pink Flag

1978
Big Star - Third
The Cars - The Cars
Chic - C'Est Chique
Eric Clapton - Slowhand
Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove
Judas Priest - Stained Class
Dolly Parton - Heartbreaker
Pere Ubu - The Modern Dance
The Plastic People of the Universe - Egon Bondy's Happy Hearts Club Banned
Kenny Rogers - The Gambler
Siouxsie and the Banshees - The Scream
Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
Wire - Chairs Missing

1979
A C/ D C - Highway to Hell
Chic - Risqué
Gang of Four - Entertainment!
Motörhead - Overkill
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Damn the Torpedoes
The Pretenders - The Pretenders
Public Image Ltd. - Metal Box
The Raincoats - The Raincoats
The Specials - The Specials
Talking Heads - Fear of Music
Throbbing Gristle - Throbbing Gristle Bring You 20 Jazz Funk Greats
Wire - 154
Z Z Top - Degüello

1980
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
Japan - Gentlemen Take Polaroids
Judas Priest - British Steel
Motörhead - Ace of Spades
Ozzy Osbourne - Blizzard of Ozz
R E O Speedwagon - Hi Infidelity
Diana Ross - diana
The Soft Boys - Underwater Moonlight
Bruce Springsteen - The River
Suicide - Alan Vega/Martin Rev
Talking Heads - Remain in Light

1981
Black Flag - Damaged
Duran Duran - Duran Duran
Echo and the Bunnymen - Heaven Up Here
Foreigner - 4
The Human League - Dare
Japan - Tin Drum
Journey - Escape
The Raincoats - Odyshape
Rush - Moving Pictures
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Juju
This Heat - Deceit

Luther Vandross - Never Too Much

1982
Alabama - Mountain Music
The Cure - Pornography
Dexys Midnight Runners - Too-Rye-Ay
Duran Duran - Rio
The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
Night Ranger - Midnight Madness
George Strait - Strait From the Heart

1983
Minor Threat - Out of Step
New Order - Power, Corruption and Lies
The Police - Synchronicity
R E M - Murmur

1984
Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream of Trains
Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
The Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
The Pretenders - Learning to Crawl
Sade - Diamond Life

1985
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
The Cure - The Head on the Door
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms
The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians - Fegmania!
Hüsker Dü - New Day Rising
Hüsker Dü - Flip Your Wig
John Cougar Mellencamp - Scarecrow
Tom Waits - Rain Dogs

1986
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Your Funeral... My Trial
Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel
Run-D M C - Raising Hell
Sonic Youth - Evol

1987
Mötley Crüe - Girls, Girls, Girls
Pet Shop Boys - Actually
Swans - Children of God

1988
Youssou N'Dour - Immigrés
Enya - Watermark
Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation

1989
Galaxie 500 - On Fire
Mötley Crüe - Dr. Feelgood
Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
Sepultura - Arise

1990
Depeche Mode - Violator
Youssou N'Dour - Set
Sun City Girls - Torch of the Mystics

1991
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
Slint - Spiderland

1993
The Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

1994
Guided by Voices - Bee Thousand

1995
Björk - Post
Pulp - Different Class
Scott Walker - Tilt

1996
Beck - Odelay
Stereolab - Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Swans - Soundtracks for the Blind
Underworld - Second Toughest in the Infants

1998
Boredoms - Super æ
Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

1999
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - I See a Darkness

2001
Jay-Z - The Blueprint

2002
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

2006
Joanna Newsom - Ys

2007
Vic Chesnutt - North Star Deserter

2009
Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion

2012
Beefheart - Bat Chain Puller