I’m probably just going to list my favourite artists here but:
QOTSA: QOTSA, Rated-R, Songs for the Deaf - Self titled debut was pretty much recorded by Josh Homme and gave birth to robot rock, 2nd record was the first album from the classic Queens line up, Songs for the Deaf was the definitve rock record for my generation. You could start from Rated-R and extend to Lullabies to Paralyze, but I don’t think most people would agree, as that album is a tougher listen and people are still up in arms with Josh kicking Nick out of the band for beating up his then girlfriend.
Muse: Origin of Symmetery, Absolution, Black Holes & Revelations - I used to be a massive Muse fan (my PSN and xbox live ID is still thepluginbaby. In my mind, Muse will never make a better album than Origins of Symmetery. Absolution effectively made them one of the best live acts, Black Holes & Revelations probably marked the beginning of what Muse have become now (lacking in direction, going big into the apocalyptic Queen vibes and using all those sexy latin words to make vague political points) I think they peaked with Knights of Cydonia. I can’t listen to their new stuff now.
Flaming Lips: Soft Bulletin, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, At War with the Mystics - These three albums represent the band’s symphonic era, and maybe At War pales in comparison to the previous two records which are two of my favourite albums of all time. Embryonic marked their turn into more experimental freak rock before going into darker territory in which it felt as if they gave up on all the feel good psychadelic hippie vibes of the symphonic era and embraced formless existenstial dread.
Tame Impala: Innerspeaker, lonerism, currents - I feel as if Lonerism is their most accessible album but Currents just grows in greatness with every listen.
Arcade Fire: Funeral, Neon Bible, The Suburbs - I think Funeral is probably their best album. Neon Bible was the band at their biggest and most anthemic, but I will always love The Suburbs, that album just imprinted itself on me.
Biffy Clyro: Infinity Land, Puzzle, Only Revolutions - More personal, me and this band go waaay back, from seeing them doing small gigs and daytime festival slots to one of the more popular rock bands in the UK. Puzzle marks the landmark moment in which the band became huge. That album is coloured by the lead singer losing his mother. Only Revolutions, is the band at their most anthemic - again I feel like they reached the plateau after that, an album and a double album later and it kind of all just sounds the same.