the lists:









the index

the annex

A Different Kind of Yearbook

Part of the process of making additions and revisions to the Rock Annual lists is checking old album guides and other reference books. While we take into account any critical insight that these books may offer, they are also helpful simply to let us know of neglected artists. As I check the artists listed in each book against the Rock Annual lists, excluded artists found in each book will be listed here. If because they fall outside the purview of the project, their basic genre is provided in brackets; if they are included in some way, that is also noted in brackets.

Rock Movers and Shakers: An A to Z of the People Who Made Rock Happen [Second edition, 1991]. Two of these (Band Aid and U S A for Africa) are generally not considered to be distinct artists; if the releases associated with those organizations were to be included in the Rock Annual lists, they would be cataloged under Various artists.

Paula Abdul
Herb Alpert [Jazz]
Band Aid
George Benson [Jazz]
The Black Crowes
Michael Bolton
Bucks Fizz
Mariah Carey
Belinda Carlisle
China Crisis
The Christians
Natalie Cole
Robert Cray
Deacon Blue
Jason Donovan
Five Star
Andy Gibb [included as part of The Bee Gees]
Debbie Gibson
Haircut One Hundred
M C Hammer
The Housemartins
Freddie Jackson
Al Jarreau
Howard Jones
Level 42
The Little River Band
Richard Marx
Ian Matthews
Michael McDonald [included as part of The Doobie Brothers]
The Mission
Alison Moyet
New Kids on the Block
Jeffrey Osborne
Ray Parker Jr.
Peter and Gordon
Robert Plant [included as part of Led Zeppelin]
Brian Poole and the Tremeloes
P J Proby
Chris Rea
Helen Shapiro
Jimmy Sommerville [included as part of Bronski Beat]
Lisa Stansfield
Tommy Steele
Shakin' Stevens
The Style Council
The Swinging Blue Jeans
Randy Travis
U S A for Africa
Wet Wet Wet
Wilson Phillips

The Spin Alternative Record Guide [1995]. Some of the entries in this book are not artist names, but compilations or genres:

American Music Club
Albert Ayler [Jazz]
Babes in Toyland
Derek Bailey [Jazz; Experimental]
Bettie Serveert
Bongwater [Kramer, one of two principal members of this band, is included as part of Shockabilly]
Borbetomagus [Experimental]
Glenn Branca [Experimental]
Jeff Buckley
The Caifanes
Ornette Coleman [Jazz]
Marshall Crenshaw
Dead Can Dance
Digable Planets
The Disco Years
Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
Electronic music/ musique conrète [Experimental; Classical]
Freestyle['s Greatest Beats]
Funky Stuff
Green Day
Kip Hanrahan [Jazz; Experimental]
House Music All Night Long
Just Can't Get Enough: New Wave Hits
King Missile
Lenny Kravitz
The Kronos Quartet [Classical; Experimental]
K D Lang
Luscious Jackson
Teena Marie
M C Lyte
Meat Beat Manifesto
M T V Party to Go
Negativland [Experimental]
The Offspring
Arvo Pärt [Classical]
Pimps, Players & Private Eyes: Blaxploitation Soundtracks
P M Dawn
Queen Latifah
Reggae Dancehall Classics ["World"]
Repo Man
Henry Rollins [included as part of Black Flag]
Saint Etienne
Sonny Sharrock [Jazz]
Shonen Knife
Soul Asylum
Squirrel Bait [the other bands covered in this entry, Slint and the Palace Brothers, are included]
Carl Stalling [Classical]
Stone Temple Pilots
Sugar [Bob Mould, leader of this band, is included himself and as part of Hüsker Dü]
Sun Ra [Jazz; Experimental]
Best of Techno
This Are 2-Tone
Henry Threadgill [Jazz]
Too Short
Maureen Tucker [included as part of the Velvet Underground]
Ultimate Breaks and Beats
Urge Overkill
Wax Trax!
Hal Willner [most of his projects are beyond the purview of this site]
La Monte Young [Experimental; Classical]
John Zorn [Experimental; Classical; Jazz]

Music Guide: 1,000 Top Albums of All Time [2003], published by the Zagat Survey company, truly ranks as one of the strangest music reference books. For now, only artists included in this book and who would fit within the genres covered in the Rock Annual lists or in the annex but have been excluded are noted here. Many Classical recordings and a small selection of Jazz artists are included in the book, as are several "New Age" artists.

Ryan Adams
The Afro-Celt Sound System
Marc Anthony
Burt Bacharach [indirectly included via several artists who performed songs composed by him]
Barenaked Ladies
Best of Schoolhouse Rock
Brooks and Dunn
Buena Vista Social Club
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Shawn Colvin
The Commitments
Counting Crows
Melissa Etheridge
Vince Gill
David Gray
Macy Gray
Ben Harper
Faith Hill
India Arie
The Judds
Wynonna Judd
Keb' Mo'
Lenny Kravitz
K D Lang
Annie Lennox [included as part of Eurythmics]
Aimee Mann [included as part of Til Tuesday]
Matchbox 20
The Dave Matthews Band
Martina McBride
Tim McGraw
Brian McKnight
Sarah McLachlan
Natalie Merchant [included as part of 10,000 Maniacs]
Jo Dee Messina
No Doubt
LeAnn Rimes
Joe Satriani
Jill Scott
Stone Temple Pilots
System of a Down
Susan Tedeschi
Randy Travis
Tricky [included as part of Massive Attack]
Shania Twain
Rufus Wainwright
The Wallflowers
Gillian Welch
Trisha Yearwood