Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by TheSmiths82-87 (2019)

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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)
Year of Release:
1986
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77,356
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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.

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Venus In Furs
Heroin
Waiting For The Man
Sunday Morning
Run Run Run(First added to this chart: 03/25/2013)
Year of Release:
1967
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107,056
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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)
Year of Release:
1965
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76,326
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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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94,995
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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)
Year of Release:
1989
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56,739
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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.


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Sexy Sadie
Dear Prudence
Julia
Revolution
Happiness Is A Warm Gun(First added to this chart: 03/25/2013)
Year of Release:
1968
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104,245
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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)
Year of Release:
1968
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37,760
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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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42,124
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I would say this is rather predictably my favourite Pink Floyd album, for many years it would have been Piper At The Gates Of Dawn as when it came to the Floyd I was at first steeped in the world of Syd Barrett only.

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.

Best Tracks:

Time
Money
Brain Damage
Eclipse
Us And Them(First added to this chart: 03/25/2013)
Year of Release:
1973
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178,903
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I somehow let this album pass me by for 14 years and had never heard of it until I joined this very site, on here it is almost regarded as the grail, and I can completely understand why.

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.

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In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
Holland 1945
Ghost
King Of Carrot Flowers Part 1
Two Headed Boy(First added to this chart: 04/06/2013)
Year of Release:
1998
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91,307
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 22 22%
1970s 32 32%
1980s 21 21%
1990s 17 17%
2000s 7 7%
2010s 1 1%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 56 56%
United States 33 33%
Canada 8 8%
Ireland 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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climbers Up 6 from 27th to 21st
Abbey Road
by The Beatles
climbers Up 5 from 90th to 85th
Led Zeppelin IV
by Led Zeppelin
climbers Up 5 from 51st to 46th
Closer
by Joy Division
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 6 from 86th to 92nd
Loveless
by My Bloody Valentine
fallers Down 4 from 82nd to 86th
Franks Wild Years
by Tom Waits
fallers Down 3 from 16th to 19th
Hex Enduction Hour
by The Fall

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From Strattonfox 07/31/2019 20:10
A truly excellent chart with some interesting views
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From Globe02 07/05/2019 22:29
I really enjoyed your write ups for your chart, especially Dark Side.

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From gidgidi 06/11/2019 22:23
Nice rock picks, cool chart
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From hailey 01/28/2019 15:51
Pretty great chart!
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From Julelios 11/09/2018 13:25
Nice chart !
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From Medelsvensson 10/29/2018 18:41
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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I like reading the descriptions you put for each album.
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