Most Emotionally Moving Albums (Rock/Jazz) [in progress]

  1. Note: Incomplete ... Mid-Revision
  2. In the Aeroplane Over the Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel (1998)
  3. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison (1968)
  4. Geek the Girl - Lisa Germano (1994)
  5. You Are Free - Cat Power (2003)
  6. What Would the Community Think? - Cat Power (1996)
  7. Rock Bottom - Robert Wyatt (1974)
  8. Desertshore - Nico (1970)
  9. Spirit of Eden - Talk Talk (1988)
  10. Tonight's the Night - Neil Young (1975)
  11. Blue - Joni Mitchell (1971)
  12. Pink Moon - Nick Drake (1972)
  13. The Complete Guide to Insufficiency - David Thomas Broughton (2005)
  14. On the Way Down From Moon Palace - Lisa Germano (1991)
  15. Passion - Peter Gabriel (1989)
  16. Pavilion of Dreams - Harold Budd (1978)
  17. Miss America - Mary Margaret O'Hara (1988)
  18. Songs of Leonard Cohen - Leonard Cohen (1968)
  19. Trust - Low (2002)
  20. Happy Sad - Tim Buckley (1968)
  21. Laughing Stock - Talk Talk (1991)
  22. I Could Live in Hope - Low (1994)
  23. Closer - Joy Division (1980)
  24. Dolmen Music - Meredith Monk (1981)
  25. Have One On Me - Joanna Newsom (2011)
  26. Long Division - Low (1995)
  27. Desire - Bob Dylan (1975)
  28. Sticky Fingers - Rolling Stones (1971)
  29. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot - Wilco (2002)
  30. Illinois - Sufjan Stevens (2005)
  31. Ritual of Hearts - Maquiladora (2002)
Author Comments: 

Definition of "Moving" being applied: "Producing strong emotion, especially sadness or sympathy".

Interesting list after the top few choices which were fairly predictable.

Yes, the first 15 are probably VERY accurate down to the smallest differences (doesn't mean they can't change). After that, I'm not quite as certain, though one can't go wrong with any of them anyway so it shouldn't matter much.

No Trout Mask Replica?

It's a possible inclusion. But I am uncertain of where it ranks right now and need to re-listen to it.

Not the complete album, but if Side 1 of Meet the Residents was an EP it would neatly fit here.

Thanks, I'm only including whole albums but I'd still agree that that one should probably go on here, or at least not much farther down than the current list goes. Just not quite sure yet though...

Good call on ITAOTS. It's the rockers, oddly enough, that may be the most moving tracks on the album.

Thanks :) those too. The feeling of life-threatening urgency, running out of time, unwittingly dying/transforming through ripples of time... Though I'd say that nothing on the album out-devastates Oh Comely.

Yeah, it gets me every time how their upbeat nature expresses the transformation of the singer's grief into an intense and beautiful feeling of being alive, effectively turning the songs into celebrations of humanity.

Oh Comely is great in its own way of course.

Me too! Love how the album is both "exuberant and alive" and "emotionally devastating". And it's at or near the peak of both in all of rock. Quite a combination!