Delegate’s Jim Powers’ Top 100 Albums

Aug 31, 2021 | Uncategorized

At Delegate, our passion is serving our clients but there are so many other dimensions to each of our team members. We feel these interests are just as compelling and important to share as they compose the fabric of Delegate’s unique culture. Every so often, we highlight the interests and accomplishments that define our team, both inside and outside the office. This time we’re highlighting Delegate’s Director of Investment Research and Chief Compliance Officer and music aficionado Jim Powers and his top 100 favorite albums of all time and a playlist of songs from each.

As a music geek, one of my favorite pastimes is to think about (and mentally list) my favorite albums of all time. I’ve known for about 25 years what’s at the top of that list, but until recently only had a general idea of what else would be on it and how they would rank. 

After about a month of COVID quarantine in April of 2020, I realized I needed some sort of project to keep me sane. I decided to actually make my favorite albums list, number 1 to number 100, and make one Facebook post per day naming the album and writing a little blurb about each one. My goal was to start with number 100 and post one per day until I was done. It turned into my morning ritual – I would wake up before the rest of my family, make some coffee, drink that coffee, make some more coffee, and sit down to make my daily post. Sometimes I would have three or four blurbs “in the can” and it would take a minute, but sometimes I would have to start from scratch. I never missed a day, though, and made it through to number 1. 

There were two interesting things about my project. The first was how much the list changed as I made my posts. I made an initial list and kept a spreadsheet (geek, like I said), and moved un-posted albums around pretty constantly right up until the end until their placement felt “right.” The second was the response. When I started, the project was very much for myself – I didn’t expect anyone to really pay attention – but as it went on, I had so many friends post, call, message, and text me thanking me for providing a little bit of daily entertainment and for recommending albums that they may have never heard. I even had friends I’ve known for decades reach out to tell me we had the same taste and I never knew it! It was just really nice.

One big caveat before listing the albums: this is a list of my favorite albums – 100% subjective. It’s definitely not a list of what I think are the best, most influential, etc. That would be a very different list. The blurbs I wrote won’t be shared, but instead I put together a Spotify playlist of 100 songs, one from each album. Not much thought on these – the criteria for each song’s selection is that it has to be on the particular album and is good. It’s here.

Without further ado, here are Jim’s 100 Favorite Albums of All Time:

  1. OK Computer by Radiohead
  2. Abbey Road by the Beatles
  3. The Lonesome Crowded West by Modest Mouse
  4. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
  5. Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space by Spiritualized
  6. The Idler Wheel by Fiona Apple
  7. Perfect from Now On by Built to Spill
  8. Kid A by Radiohead
  9. Mezzanine by Massive Attack
  10. You & Me by the Walkmen
  11. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
  12. Turn On the Bright Lights by Interpol
  13. The Bends by Radiohead
  14. The Moon and Antarctica by Modest Mouse
  15. The Queen is Dead by the Smiths
  16. Revolver by the Beatles
  17. …And Out Come the Wolves by Rancid
  18. Sung Tongs by Animal Collective
  19. When the Pawn by Fiona Apple
  20. Remain in Light by Talking Heads
  21. Entertainment by Gang of Four
  22. 13 by Blur
  23. The Futureheads by the Futureheads
  24. Urban Hymns by the Verve
  25. Animals by Pink Floyd
  26. Definitely, Maybe by Oasis
  27. Nirvana Unplugged in New York
  28. Is This It by the Strokes
  29. London Calling by the Clash
  30. New Adventures in Hi-Fi by REM
  31. Internal Wrangler by Clinic
  32. Village Green Preservation Society by the Kinks
  33. Crooked Rain Crooked Rain by Pavement
  34. Vs. by Pearl Jam
  35. Chairs Missing by Wire
  36. Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
  37. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? By Oasis
  38. Meddle by Pink Floyd
  39. The Soft Bulletin by the Flaming Lips
  40. Mutations by Beck
  41. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
  42. Apologies to the Queen Mary by Wolf Parade
  43. Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me by the Cure
  44. Chutes too Narrow by the Shins
  45. Mclusky Do Dallas by Mclusky
  46. Use Your Illusion 1 and 2 by Guns n’ Roses
  47. Room on Fire by the Strokes
  48. Sound Affects by the Jam
  49. Silent Shout by the Knife
  50. Exile on Main Street by the Rolling Stones
  51. Tonight by Franz Ferdinand
  52. Veni Vidi Vicious by the Hives
  53. Louder than Bombs by the Smiths
  54. Ram by Paul and Linda Mccartney
  55. Something Else by the Kinks
  56. Ege Bamyasi by Can
  57. Closer by Joy Division
  58. Funeral by the Arcade Fire
  59. Lateralus by Tool
  60. Bee Thousand by Guided by Voices
  61. Bang Bang Rock and Roll by Art Brut
  62. Keep it Like a Secret by Built to Spill
  63. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
  64. Aquemeni by Outkast
  65. Up the Bracket by the Libertines
  66. Slanted & Enchanted by Pavement
  67. They Threw Us in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top by Liars
  68. A Certain Trigger by Maximo Park
  69. Doolittle by the Pixies
  70. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
  71. Wounded Rhymes by Lykke Li
  72. Kill the Moonlight by Spoon
  73. Silent Alarm/EP by Bloc Party
  74. Forever Changes by Love
  75. Vauxhall and I by Morrissey
  76. Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk
  77. Led Zeppelin I by Led Zeppelin
  78. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  79. Franz Ferdinand by Franz Ferdinand
  80. Nine Times that Same Song by Love Is All
  81. Bitches Brew by Miles Davis
  82. Appetite for Destruction by Guns n’ Roses
  83. The Stone Roses by the Stone Roses
  84. Without You I’m Nothing by Placebo
  85. James Blake by James Blake
  86. Gran Turismo by the Cardigans
  87. Deserter’s Songs by Mercury Rev
  88. Up by REM
  89. Burn Your Fire for No Witness by Angel Olsen
  90. Rio by Duran Duran
  91. The King of Limbs by Radiohead
  92. Favourite Worst Nightmare by Arctic Monkeys
  93. Achtung Baby by U2
  94. Pinkerton by Weezer
  95. A Grand Don’t Come for Free by the Streets
  96. Nevermind by Nirvana
  97. White Blood Cells by the White Stripes
  98. Odessey and Oracle by the Zombies
  99. Hard Times for Dreamers by Brothers in Law
  100. Marquee Moon by Television