This is an off-shoot of our 7Songs lists as started on Twitter at @7SongsCup. The intention of this is to generate best rock album collections for each year. A Series consists of 7 year-lists and within each series, the years selected will be spaced 7 years apart.

Punters (that is you people) are to send in up to 7 of your favourite albums for that year. (See Disclaimer below before submitting). I will list albums in a linked forum and at the end of the Series (7 different years) we will build our 'Ultimate Collection'.


@7Songs started as @AltMusicBrownlow. It was set up as an alternative to @MusicBrownlow where the 'big bands', stars and pop artists are being covered. 7Songs is more focused on rock-based bands, mostly of the heavier and/or alternative variety. That continues here with 7Albums. Though I will be stricter on the choice of bands for 7Songs Seasons, try to stick to our niche here too. (I am not deploring other styles, it is just that they have their places and time in the lime-light.) When submitting your lists, think LOUD, not mellow)… and…
*First priority is that they are guitar-based!
*Ask yourself - would they play Soundwave (or similar festivals), appear in mags/websites such as Wall of Sound (Aus), Blunt, Hot Metal, Kerrang, Loudwireetc? JJJ is no guide anymore (though Faster, Louder might be, if it is still on). Just b/c something is on JJJ does not mean it is 'alternative' enough for here.
*Most bands will be punk, alternative, indie (as in what was called 'Independent Music in 90s & earlier), metal, hard rock, rock, ska, industrial and all of their related genres. The odd upbeat folky band might make it too (not slow country-indie-singer-songwriter-basically pop stuff; we want Celtic-folk-punk stuff).
*Avoid straight pop artists, country, blues, hip hop, rap, dance, electronica, soul, jazz, classical, R&B, indie-pop, ambient, all slow, 'indie' that remains really lo-fi and continually goes, "Dnn, Dnn, Dnn, Dnn." etc.
*Albums should be original music by the artist. Typically studio LPs (though EPs fine too). No compilations (unless it is new and rare material); no best ofs; no live albums (unless it is actually a new album of new material recorded live); no mixed artists inc soundtracks, various artists, tribute albums, etc; no cover albums, no singles, no re-releases/remastered/redux etc. I hope that covers it. ;)
These are all just priorities. There may be exceptions, and of course there WILL be arguments regarding genre and whether or not a band is alternative or heavy enough… I know ;). We can play out the exceptions on the Twitter, (like we did with Beastie Boys and The Prodigy - both accepted BTW ;)). Happy punting and I hope you get into the spirit of creating lists with us :)


  • Each round is a separate YEAR. The years are pre-selected for a series.
  • People are to list UP TO 7 of their favourite albums for that year.
  • Each mention counts as 1 vote; there is no order for yearly collections.
  • Rounds typically last around 48 hours. This gives people a chance to 'check out' albums and actually find some from that year. (One of main purposes of doing this is for me, and hopefully others, to explore new music :))

Round Winner

  • At end of each round a leader board will be posted showing all albums that received MORE than 1 vote. (1 voters will be in a separate table on forums, but will play no further part).


  • Each series will consist of 7 rounds of 7 different years, each separated by 7 years. ;)
  • After 7 rounds, there will be mention of a Biggest Collection Award. This is the year that had the most albums of more than 1 vote in their list. (This award takes no notice of individual votes for each album; just how many albums made the list).

7 Albums Records

Top 7 List of Most Albums Nominated

These are the top 'Biggest Collections' (albums with more than 1 vote) by year:

No of Albums Year (Series)
35 1986
32 1994, 1992
30 2007
29 2000, 1985
27 2001, 1999

Top 7 Most Votes for Individual Album.

This is from year rounds. (Not the Cup).

Votes Band/Artist & Album (Year)
19 The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (1993); Pearl Jam - Vs (1993)
18 Nirvana - In Utero (1993)
17 Metallica - Master of Puppets (1986)
15 Rage Against the Machine - ST (1992)
14 The Clash - London Calling (1979)
13 Alice in Chains - Dirt (1992); Faith No More - Angel Dust (1992); Led Zeppelin - IV


Series 1 By Year

Year Album Collection (w 2+ Votes) Top Album (Votes) 2nd Album (Votes) 3rd Album (Votes)
2015 14 Clutch - Psychic Warfare (4) Faith No More - Sol Invictus (4) Iron Maiden - Book of Souls (4)
2008 20 Metallica - Death Magnetic (4) Rise Against - Appeal To Reason (3) Testament - The Formation of Damnation (3)
2001 27 The Strokes - Is This It? (9) The White Stripes - White Blood Cells (8) System of a Down - Toxicity (7)
1994 32 Soundgarden - Superunknown (11) Pearl Jam - Vitalogy (10) Green Day - Dookie (9)
1987 20 Guns 'N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction (11) Def Leppard - Hysteria (5) Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason (5)
1980 22 ACDC - Back In Black (12) Iron Maiden - ST (6) Motorhead - Ace of Spades (5)
1973 17 Led Zeppelin - House of the Holy (9) Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon (8) Iggy & the Stooges - Raw Power (8)

Series 2 By Year

Year Album Collection (w 2+ Votes) Top Album (Votes) 2nd Album (Votes) 3rd Album (Votes)
2014 25 Mastodon - Once More 'Round the Sun (5) Jack White - Lazaretto (5) Foo Fighters - Sonic Highways (5)
2007 30 Foo Fighters - Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (9) Grinderman - Grinderman (5) Bloc Party - A Week in the City (5)
2000 29 Queen of the Stone Age - Rated R (8) P.J Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (8) At the Drive-In - Relationship of Command (6)
1993 26 The Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream (19) Pearl Jam - Vs (19) Nirvana - In Utero (18)
1986 35 Metallica - Master of Puppets (17) Slayer - Reign in Blood (11) Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet (10)
1979 23 The Clash - London Calling (14) ACDC - Highway to Hell (11) Motorhead - Overkill (9)
1972 17 Deep Purple - Machine Head (12) David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (10) Alice Cooper - School's Out (9)

Series 3 By Year

Year Album Collection (w 2+ Votes) Top Album (Votes) 2nd Album (Votes) 3rd Album (Votes)
2013 22 Queens of the Stone Age - …Like Clockwork (9) Alice in Chains - The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (5) Clutch - Earth Rocker (5)
2006 26 Muse - Black Holes & Revelations (8) Tool - 10,000 Days (5) The Killers - Sam's Town (6)
1999 27 Rage Against the Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles (12) Foo Fighters - There is Nothing Left to Lose (9) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication (7)
1992 32 Rage Against the Machine - ST (15) Alice in Chains - Dirt (13) Faith No More - Angel Dust (13)
1985 29 Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms (9) The Pogues - Rum, Sodomy & the Lash (8) INXS - Listen Like Thieves (7)
1978 26 ACDC - Powerage (10) Van Halen - ST (7) Bruce Springsteen - Darkness on the Edge of Town (7)
1971 17 Led Zeppelin - IV (13) The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers (11) The Who - Who's Next? (9)

Years Done & Forum Link


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