Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by TheSmiths82-87 (2019)
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- Chart updated: 09/16/2019 14:45
- (Created: 03/25/2013 15:38).
- Chart size: 100 albums.
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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.
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
I Know It's Over
Frankly Mr Shankly
The Queen Is Dead(First added to this chart: 03/25/2013)
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.
Venus In Furs
Waiting For The Man
Run Run Run(First added to this chart: 03/25/2013)
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.
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)
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.
Death Or Glory
Lost In The Supernarket(First added to this chart: 03/25/2013)
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.
Made Of Stone
I Wanna Be Adored
I Am The Resurrection
She Bangs The Drums(First added to this chart: 03/25/2013)
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.
Happiness Is A Warm Gun(First added to this chart: 03/25/2013)
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.
Sweet Thing(First added to this chart: 03/25/2013)
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.
Life On Mars
Quicksand(First added to this chart: 03/27/2013)
Regardless of how good this album sounds, it still amazes me that an album with such themes as death, greed, madness etc could become one of the greatest selling albums in history, usually the big sellers are the sugar coated ones with absolutely nothing to say.
In all fairness, whatever your persuasion, it must be quite difficult to not even slightly appreciate tracks like Time, Money, Breathe, Us And Them and then the final two classics Brain Damage and Eclipse.
Us And Them(First added to this chart: 03/25/2013)
It is a glorious, sprawling indie racket, and laced with the imagery of Anne Frank's life, it is a very passionate and touching affair. Often the vocals are reaching beyond their limits in a kind of Syd Barrett way, which I like.
I saw Neutral Milk Hotel live earlier this year and it reinforced the feeling that this record is truly timeless.
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
King Of Carrot Flowers Part 1
Two Headed Boy(First added to this chart: 04/06/2013)
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A truly excellent chart with some interesting views
I really enjoyed your write ups for your chart, especially Dark Side.
Nice rock picks, cool chart
Pretty great chart!
Nice chart !
Where is the hip hop? And the jazz?
Don't completely agree but interesting choices
I like reading the descriptions you put for each album.
Very interesting chart.
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