Rock n’ roll pioneer Lou Reed undoubtedly changed the shape of modern music…but what music inspired him to do so?  In 1999, Reed submitted a list for a magazine interview he was doing…a list of the 10 “best albums of all time” according to the Velvet Underground mastermind.  Check out Reed’s Top 10 (well…Top 12, really) list below, as well as a custom Spotify playlist!

LOU REED’S TOP 10 RECORDS.

10) LAURIE ANDERSON & UNITED STATES–O SUPERMAN

9) JOHN LENNON–MOTHER

8) LORRAINE ELLISON–STAY WITH ME

7) ROLAND KIRK–DOES YOUR HOUSE HAVE LIONS

6) HARRY SMITH–ANTHOLOGY

5) HANK WILLIAMS–SINGLES

4) LITTLE RICHARD–LITTLE RICHARD’S SPECIALTY SERIES

3) BOB DYLAN–BLOOD ON THE TRACKS

2) SCOTT WALKER–TILT/ALL GREENE–BELLE/ANYTHING BY JIMMY SCOTT

1) ORNETTE COLEMAN–CHANGE OF THE CENTURY

A version of this content originally appeared in an Open Culture article on May 22nd.