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The greatest album ever released! How else can the first on the list be introduced? This truly is the peak of Morrissey and Johnny Marr's careers, both a genius in their own field; Morrissey's words and original vocal delivery and Johnny Marr's endless supply of melodies and great guitar hooks.

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out is as chilling in its sadness as it is uplifting in its romanticism.

Cemetry Gates makes it all seem so easy and natural.

Frankly Mr Shankly has one of the funniest lyrics I have ever heard without making the song novelty.

And with Vicar In A Tutu proving that even the very greatest albums still have at least one filler track, this still blows everything else out of the water. This is art.


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There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
I Know It's Over
Cemetry Gates
Frankly Mr Shankly
The Queen Is Dead
[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
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1986
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47,744
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And this was a debut album?! An incredible collection of people involved - Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison, Mo Tucker, Nico and Andy Warhol.

There's such a varied palette here of light and shade, in fact at times the shade here is positively as black as the void. On one hand we have the beautiful and touching love song I'll Be Your Mirror and on the other we have the desperate apocalyptic howl of Heroin.

Sterling Morrison once said he was most proud of Venus In Furs as there was nothing that sounded like it either before or since, he was right of course but he could've said that about the whole album.

Best Tracks:

Venus In Furs
Heroin
Waiting For The Man
Sunday Morning
Run Run Run
[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
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1967
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59,646
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Dylan’s best album? Well, Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde and Blood On The Tracks are all pretty much interchangeable for the podium, all three are masterpieces in songwriting and delivery.

But Highway 61 Revisited has always been my particular favourite; some great songs in the middle, bookended by Like A Rolling Stone and Desolation Row. Both these tracks are over 6 minutes and both are on another level completely. The imagery that flows from the verses of Desolation Row is a delight to the senses and just think of the audacity to put out a 6 minute single in 1965 and then be proved right by having a top ten hit with it.


Best Tracks:

Desolation Row
Like A Rolling Stone
Just Like Tom Thumb Blues
Queen Jane Approximately
Ballad Of A Thin Man
[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
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1965
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39,715
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The Clash were one of the greatest bands; they looked the part, they evolved and Joe Strummer could always be relied upon to write some great words, often, words to live your life by.

Songs like Lost In The Supermarket and Clampdown you can really empathise with, whether you were 18 in 1979 or not.

The variety here is staggering, how could a supposed punk band come up with this? Here there is a song and a style for all weathers.

This album still has many elements in common with Sandinista, but where Sandinista was brilliant and shit in almost equal measures, London Calling is just brilliant.

Best Tracks:

London Calling
Spanish Bombs
Death Or Glory
Clampdown
Lost In The Supernarket
[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
Year of Release:
1979
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48,262
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An immaculate album, where it has been said many times that every song here could’ve been a single, and indeed a lot of them were singles in the wilderness years between this release and the spectacularly average Second Coming in 1994 as the record company tried to squeeze this masterpiece dry.

The reissue always seems to include Elephant Stone and Fools Gold which are both great songs but for me, don’t really belong here.

From the unmistakable bass intro of I Wanna Be Adored to the closing epic jam of I Am The Resurrection, this is one hell of a ride which in turn has spawned a thousand crap bands in flares and Beatles haircuts. But we forgive them. The Roses I mean, not the crap bands.


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Made Of Stone
Waterfall
I Wanna Be Adored
I Am The Resurrection
She Bangs The Drums
[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
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1989
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32,540
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Like any other double album you care to mention, this could probably have been streamlined into something even more magical than it already is, but there is a certain charm this – it feels quite rough and ragged and almost thrown together, but in a good way of course and it is the antithesis to something like Abbey Road, but for me, this has better songs than Abbey Road or Sgt Peppers.

It is the most balanced Beatles album for individual greatness too, Lennon’s Sexy Sadie, Dear Prudence, Julia, Happiness Is A Warm Gun, Revolution etc while McCartney gave us Blackbird and Helter Skelter, and then George delivered While My Guitar Gently Weeps.


Best Track:

Sexy Sadie
Dear Prudence
Julia
Revolution
Happiness Is A Warm Gun
[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
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1968
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53,649
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Astral Weeks is a bit like the Velvet Underground & Nico album in the sense that nothing else before or after really sounds anything like it, but whereas the Velvet Underground have been heavily imitated, nothing has really come close to Astral Weeks, and how could it really?

I don’t really know where to begin with this one, it feels like it comes from another world, and yet it still strikes a chord with our everyday life. Van Morrison quickly moved on from this and never got close to it again although he has done some fine work of course.

Just listen to it from start to finish and that is all you need to know about it.


Best Tracks:

Madame George
Beside You
Astral Weeks
Ballerina
Sweet Thing
[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
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1968
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For years this was my favourite David Bowie album and there are plenty of choices for that accolade, at the moment Ziggy just pips it. But Hunky Dory is an incredible collection of tracks, almost like an early greatest hits collection.

The big single with the big Bowie chorus here is Life On Mars, and the other hits are Changes and the Peter Noone covered Oh You Pretty Things, we also have the Velvet Underground inspired Queen Bitch and the wonderfully dark Bewlay Brothers.


Best Tracks:

Life On Mars
Bewlay Brothers
Kooks
Changes
Quicksand
[First added to this chart: 03/27/2013]
Year of Release:
1971
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26,958
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I know Paul Morley could review this album a lot better than I ever could; he has been discussing it for the last 35 years though. But there is a reason why people like Paul Morley are still so obsessed with Unknown Pleasures, it is a monumental work of epic proportions which came from four northern working class lads inspired to form a band by the Sex Pistols, that in turn should inspire anyone.

Things are pretty bleak here, in just under a year, Ian Curtis will be dead, and in hindsight, there is plenty of evidence pointing to the way he chose. There is certainly no humour to be found here at all, but it is still a captivating listen, more or less from start to finish. For me the last three tracks are a bit of a let down after what has gone before, unlike Closer where the last three are the best.

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New Dawn Fades
Disorder
She's Lost Control
Insight
Shadowplay
[First added to this chart: 03/26/2013]
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1979
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At this moment in time Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands is my favourite Dylan track, I would normally prefer a song to say everything it possibly can in under 3 minutes but I have to make an exception for this one as it just never lets up and delivers line after line of wonderful poetry.

I suppose this album is a little more accessible than Highway 61 Revisited, as where the epic tracks from Highway 61 like Desolation Row and Like A Rolling Stone were still more or less protest songs, Blonde On Blonde is more concerned with matters of the heart. Songs like Just Like A Woman and I Want You were quite commercial in sound but still distinctively Dylan.


Best Tracks:

Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands
Visions Of Johanna
Just Like A Woman
I Want You
One Of Us Must Know Sooner Or Later
[First added to this chart: 03/25/2013]
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1966
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 23 23%
1970s 34 34%
1980s 22 22%
1990s 15 15%
2000s 5 5%
2010s 1 1%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 4 4%
Pink Floyd 4 4%
The Doors 4 4%
Leonard Cohen 4 4%
The Smiths 4 4%
The Rolling Stones 4 4%
R.E.M. 4 4%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 55 55%
United States 35 35%
Canada 7 7%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Ireland 1 1%
Live? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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I really like your chart and your commentaries. There are 19 albums the same as my chart. It's not just the usual suspects though but things like King of America and The Life Pursuit. Many of your other albums are bubbling under my top 100. Good to see Leonard Cohen getting some love...
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A truly excellent chart with some interesting views
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From 07/05/2019 22:29
I really enjoyed your write ups for your chart, especially Dark Side.

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Nice rock picks, cool chart
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Pretty great chart!
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Nice chart !
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Where is the hip hop? And the jazz?
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Amazing Chart!
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Don't completely agree but interesting choices
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