My Top 40s of all Time

My 40 Best Albums of All Time

  1. Automatic for the People R.E.M. (1992)
  2. Brothers in Arms DIRE STRAITS (1985)
  3. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band THE BEATLES (1967)
  4. Achtung Baby U2 (1991)
  5. The Stone Roses THE STONE ROSES (1989)
  6. Graceland PAUL SIMON (1986)
  7. The Joshua Tree U2(1987)
  8. Let It Be THE BEATLES (1970)
  9. Definitely Maybe OASIS (1994)
  10. Nevermind NIRVANA (1991)
  11. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? OASIS (1995)
  12. Monster R.E.M. (1994)
  13. Different Class PULP (1995)
  14. The Beatles (The White Album) THE BEATLES (1968)
  15. Legend, the best of BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS (1984)
  16. New Adventures in Hi-Fi R.E.M. (1996)
  17. Parachutes COLDPLAY (2000) 
  18. Rumours FLEETWOOD MAC (1977)
  19. High Violet THE NATIONAL (2010)
  20. Abbey Road THE BEATLES (1969)
  21. Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 GEORGE MICHAEL (1990)
  22. On Every Street DIRE STRAITS (1991)
  23. Stars SIMPLY RED (1991)
  24. Seal II SEAL (1994)
  25. I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got SINEAD O’CONNOR (1990)
  26. Sogno ANDREA BOCELLI (1999)
  27. Revolver THE BEATLES (1966)
  28. Out of Time R.E.M. (1991)
  29. A Rush of Blood to the Head COLDPLAY (2002)
  30. Boxer THE NATIONAL (2007)
  31. Greatest Hits II QUEEN (1991)
  32. 19 ADELE (2008)
  33. Only By The Night (2008) KINGS OF LEON 
  34. White Ladder DAVID GRAY (1998)
  35. Carry On Up The Charts THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH (1994)
  36. Rubber Soul THE BEATLES (1965)
  37. Greatest Hits QUEEN (1981)
  38. Tracy Chapman TRACY CHAPMAN (1988)
  39. Lover’s Rock SADE (2000)
  40. Gold-Greatest Hits ABBA (1992)

My 40 Best Songs of all Time

  1. Wicked Game CHRIS ISAAK (1991)
  2. Imagine JOHN LENNON (1971)
  3. One U2 (1992)
  4. This Woman’s Work KATE BUSH (1989)
  5. Everybody Hurts R.E.M (1992)
  6. Under African Skies PAUL SIMON (1986)
  7. Brothers In Arms DIRE STRAITS (1983)
  8. Yesterday THE BEATLES (1965)
  9. The Space Between DAVE MATHEWS BAND (2001)
  10. Dreams FLEETWOOD MAC(1977)
  11. Let Love Speak Up Itself THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH (1988)
  12. Baby Can I Hold You TRACY CHAPMAN (1988)
  13. Enta Omry  (You are my life) OM KOLTHOM (1964)
  14. Losing My Religion R.E.M. (1991)
  15. Every Breath You Take THE POLICE (1983)
  16. Trouble COLDPLAY (2001)
  17. Running to Stand Still U2 (1987)
  18. Make You Feel My Love ADELE (2009)
  19. In Too Deep GENESIS (1986)
  20. Drive THE CARS (1984)
  21. With Or Without You U2 (1987)
  22. Portobello Belle DIRE STRAITS (1979)
  23. Bohemian Rhapsody QUEEN (1975)
  24. Waiting in Vain BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS (1977)
  25. Love Will Tears Us Apart JOY DIVISION (1980)
  26. Free Fallin’ TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS (1989)
  27. Once in a Lifetime TALKING HEADS (1981)
  28. Don’t Ask Me Why EURYTHMICS (1989)
  29. Daniel ELTON JOHN (1973)
  30. Live Forever OASIS (1994)
  31. Epilepsy is Dancing ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS (2009)
  32. Dark is the Night a-ha (1993)
  33. Habaytak bel Saif (I loved you in the Summer) FAIRUZ (1975)
  34. Sugar Sugar THE ARCHIES (1969)
  35. Sweet Dreams (are made of this) EURYTHMICS (1983)
  36. Vienna ULTRAVOX (1982)
  37. Romeo and Juliet DIRE STRAITS (1981)
  38. The Only Living Boy in New York SIMON & GARFUNKEL (1970)
  39. Three Little Birds BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS (1980)
  40. Fake Plastic Trees RADIOHEAD (1995)

My 40 Best Films of all Time

  1. The Matrix Trilogy (1999, 2003)
  2. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  3. Dead Poets Society (1989)
  4. The History Boys (2006)
  5. Legends of the Fall (1994)
  6. Fight Club (1999)
  7. The Godfather (1972)
  8. Y Tu Mama Tambien (2001)
  9. Mullholland Drive (2001)
  10. Memento (2000)
  11. Vanilla Sky (2001)
  12. Good Will Hunting  (1997) 
  13. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  14. House of Sand and Fog (2003)
  15. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
  16. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
  17. Rainman (1988)
  18. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
  19. Incendies (2010)
  20. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  21. Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
  22. Dances With Wolves (1990)
  23. Gladiator (2000)
  24. The Usual Suspects (1995)
  25. Jerry Maguire  (1996)
  26. American History X (1998)
  27. City of God (2002)
  28. Trainspotting (1996)
  29. Gosford Park (2001)
  30. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  31. Forrest Gump (1994)
  32. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  33. This is England (2007)
  34. Slumdog Millionaire (2008)
  35. Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 (2003, 2004)
  36. The Dark Knight (2008)
  37. Django Unchained (2012)
  38. 300 (2007)
  39. Batman Forever (1995)
  40. Withnail & I (1987)

My 40 Best Foreign Language Films of all Time (assuming English isn’t Foreign)

  1. Y Tu Mama Tambien (Mexico, 2001)
  2. Incendies (Canada, 2010)
  3. City of God (Brazil, 2002)
  4. Amores Perros (Mexico, 2000)
  5. Amelie (France, 2001)
  6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Taiwan, 2000)
  7. A Separation (Iran, 2010)
  8. Lagaan (India, 2001)
  9. Waltz with Bashir (Israel, 2008)
  10. Persepolis (France, 2007)
  11. Paradise Now (Palestine, 2005)
  12. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Romania, 2007)
  13. Pan’s Labyrinth (Spain, 2006)
  14. Maria Full of Grace (Colombia, 2004)
  15. Central Station (Brazil, 1998)
  16. A Prophet (France, 2009)
  17. All About My Mother (Spain, 1999)
  18. The Lives of Others (Germany, 2006)
  19. The Class (France, 2008)
  20. Goodbye Lenin! (Germany, 2003)
  21. Devdas (India, 2002)
  22. Monsieur Lazhar (Canada, 2012)
  23. Monsoon Wedding (India,2001)
  24. The Secret in their Eyes (Argentina, 2009)
  25. Oslo, August 31 (Norway, 2012)
  26. About Elly (Iran, 2010)
  27. The Past (Iran/France, 2013)
  28. Bad Education (Spain, 2004)
  29. Water (Canada, 2006) film in Hindi
  30. Lebanon (Israel, 2009)
  31. Biutiful (Mexico, 2010)
  32. Departures (Japan, 2008)
  33. Tsotsi (South Africa, 2005)
  34. Volver (Spain, 2006)
  35. Wadjda (Saudi Arabia, 2013)
  36. Intouchables (France, 2012)
  37. The Yacoubian Building (Egypt, 2005)
  38. Amour (Austria, 2012)
  39. Ajami (Israel, 2009)
  40. Caché (Hidden) (France, 2005)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  My 40 Favourite Books of all Time
  1. The God of Small Things ARUNDHATI ROY 
  2. Midnight’s Children SALMAN RUSHDIE
  3. One Hundred Years of Solitude GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ
  4. A Fine Balance ROHINTON MISTRY
  5. Things Fall Apart CHINUA ACHEBE
  6. The Remains of the Day KAZIO ISHUGURO
  7. A House for Mr. Biswas V. S. NAIPAUL
  8. The Ground Beneath Her Feet SALMAN RUSHDIE
  9. The Old Man and the Sea ERNEST HEMINGWAY
  10. A Suitable Boy VIKRAM SETH
  11. The Moor’s Last Sigh SALMAN RUSHDIE
  12. The Trial FRANZ KAFKA
  13. 1984 GEORGE ORWELL
  14. The Fountainhead AYN RAND
  15. To Kill a Mockingbird HARPER LEE
  16. The Cairo Trilogy (Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, Sugar Street) NAGUIB MAHFOUZ
  17. The Buddha of Suburbia HANIF KUREISHI 
  18. Atonement IAN McEWAN
  19. Cry, the Beloved Country ALAN PATON
  20. Life of Pi YANN MARTEL
  21. The Unbearable Lightness of Being MILAN KUNDERA 
  22. Atlas Shrugged AYN RAND
  23. Half of a Yellow Sun CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE
  24. Lolita VLADIMIR NOBOKOV
  25. Brick Lane MONICA ALI
  26. The English Patient MICHAEL ONDAATJE
  27. The Satanic Verses SALMAN RUSHDIE
  28. Family Matters ROHINTON MISTRY
  29. The Inheritance of Loss KIRAN DESAI
  30. Intimacy HANIF KUREISHI
  31. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting MILAN KUNDERA
  32. Shantaram GREGORY DAVID ROBERTS
  33. The African Child CAMARA LAYE
  34. The Sea, The Sea IRIS MURDOCH
  35. Lord of the Flies WILLIAM GOLDING
  36. Arrow of God CHINUA ACHEBE
  37. The Namesake JHUMPA LAHIRI
  38. The Sisters Brothers PATRICK DEWITT
  39. Children of the Alley NAGUIB MAHFOUZ
  40. By the Sea ABDULRAZAK GURNAH

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