You have heard about the 1000 places to see before you die, now there is a book on 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die by Tom Moon.
There are lots of albums or rather artistes not listed. Don't get upset because there is no one list that can accommodate all tastes and this list is just Moon's taste and he has his reasons for not including them. Bear in mind too, Moon picked albums not single pieces of music. He explained, "I have issues with the 99-cent download culture. You can't expand your world by cherry-picking. You have to take a ride."
His only yardstick was: Is it pleasurable? Even if on any other level it's not considered great work, is it illuminating or uplifting?" This seems rather shallow but considering that he being a working musician and a career music critic with a 20-year tenure (he recently parted company with the Philadelphia Inquirer) and regular contributor to Rolling Stone, America's National Public Radio, Spin, GQ and Esquire over the years, Moon has more than enough credibility to carry this through.
You can see the full list at the book's website.