Driven by the notion that the more you love music, the more music you love, Tom Moon delivers a smart, passionate guide to the 1,000 recordings every intrepid music-lover should hear at least once. And even if we never quite get around to picking up a copy of Propellerheads' DecksandDrumsandRockandRoll, we will be utterly absorbed in the description of its mind-bending Big Beat electronica.

1,000 RECORDINGS does for music what the bestselling phenomenon 1,000 Places to See Before You Die did for travel. It draws readers into learning more about their own musical favorites and provides a jumping-off point to explore new artists and sounds. This user-friendly guide covers every type of music—rock to classical, blues to country, hip-hop to world.

Moon — a long-time critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer and for National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" — interviewed hundreds of musicians and spent three years creating his list of 1,000 peak listening experiences. He arranges the entries alphabetically, encouraging readers to step outside the comfort zone of their favorite genres. Dvořák's Symphony No. 9 is side by side with Bob Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited. Blues giant B. B. King's Live at the Regal shares a page spread with The Kinks' The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society. And heavy metal's Metallica follows the mystic composer, Olivier Messiaen.

1,000 RECORDINGS is certain to spark debate: Billy Joel fans will cry foul that he did not make the cut, and others will question why Britney Spears belongs in the pantheon. (Bring it on! A companion website,, will provide an outlet for comments and feedback.) The important thing is that 1,000 RECORDINGS will awaken the seeker in all of us—inspiring listeners to pursue new sounds while reconfirming the greatness of the classics.

Normally I think these lists (like the EW and RS) are lame, but Moon works with NPR, so it can't be that bad. I'm trying to find an easily readable text list but no luck so far... either way, OK Computer is on there, but no Kid A grrrr.

Let the outrage begin...