I have thousands of albums and my top 2-20 will shift and shake depending on mood and current influences.
But the number one has been the same since I first heard it back in 1995. Sure I came to it 7 years late and only after being given the band's latest album, but since that day I have connected with it more than any albums I have listened to since. There are undoubtably better albums in context of musicianship, of lyricism, of influence, yet if I was to die in 60 minutes and I could listen to only one album again it would be this. And then I'd have 46 seconds to collect myself for Death
It is my favourite
Queensryche - Operation: Mindcrime