Aja (studio album) by Steely Dan

Aja
Aja by Steely Dan
Year: 1977
Overall rank: 203rd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 827 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 10 albums of 1977 (6th)
Award Top 50 albums of the 1970s (48th)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (203rd)
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Aja is ranked as the best album by Steely Dan.

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Average Rating: 
83/100 (from 827 votes)
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05/04/2021 06:08 mfeller1990  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 7591/100
 
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04/19/2021 10:20 NHGRANITE  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 2,27674/100

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 83.1/100, a mean average of 82.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 83.3/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.7.

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From 12/03/2020 02:07
This is and forever will be the best produced album of all time. Each track is so perfectly balanced and layered to perfection. The best track on this album are Black Cow, Deacon Blues, Peg & Josie
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From 11/28/2020 02:15
Steely Dan has their own thing going on. I preferred Gaucho growing up, but now I think overall this is the slightly better album
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From 11/07/2020 21:47
Not my favorite Steely Dan album on an emotional level, but it's hard to argue with the quality.
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85/100
From 10/31/2020 00:30
Black Cow, Aja, Deacon Blues, Peg, Josie are all so good that it's confusing. How is this album so much better than Steely Dan's other stuff? If they had all these great songs in them, why couldn't they ever do something this good again?
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From 10/22/2020 11:15
Who could ever design a song like the title track? It still captivates after having first heard it back in '87. Second fav album from Steely Dan.
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From 06/18/2020 15:28
A total original . Steely Dan perfected their jazz/pop to a perfectly polished gem on Aja. No weak tracks. Lyrics, arrangements , production are all of the highest quality. One of the best of all time.
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80/100
From 02/11/2020 03:01
Not really up my alley but well done nevertheless
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From 07/31/2019 19:48
Recorded with meticulous accuracy and beyond perfection. Maybe to polished to some but I love it.
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70/100
From 05/16/2019 17:44
A very clean album with interesting song lyrics and masterful instrumentation. Although I get a little bored at times during this record, I enjoy it. "Black Cow" is my favorite song, partly because I recognized it from an MF DOOM track.
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From 05/10/2019 11:37
Sonically speaking one of the greatest albums of all time from one of the most underappreciated bands in existence.
Peg, Deacon Blues and Black Cow are all magical
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