Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by ThePoodleBites (2019)

My favorite albums of all time; this list is defined simply by what I, from what I have thus so far heard, consider to be the greatest works of art and most enjoyable works of music ever created.

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Pink Floyd's quintessential concept album is a perfect representation of the poisonous influences from a modern, Western society. The beautifully symbolic lyrics shine through the darkness without suggesting a solution to any of the issues discussed within. From the beginning heartbeat crescendo (which grows to encompass all the themes of the album) to the final quote ("There is no Dark Side Of The Moon, really ... matter of fact, it's all dark"), Floyd touches upon various destructive societal norms and attempts to illuminate the relatively dark shadow of our culture. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2013]
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1973
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The 13th Floor Elevators were Texas' true innovators during the 1960's. Their story is tragic but their music is legendary; their second record on the infamous teal-colored International Artists label, 'Easter Everywhere,' is truly an epic masterwork. The existential "Slip Inside This House" which starts the album is simply the band's best track and arguably one of the best of the decade. The raw energy of "Levitation" and Bob Dylan's favorite version of his song "Baby Blue" also highlight the album. "Nobody to Love," guitarist Stacy Sutherland's highlight, is one of the most amazing soundscapes created in rock music; the final two tracks constitute one of the best album endings ever produced. Although every commercial CD of this is inferior (the master tapes have been destroyed), check out an original vinyl rip (there's a great "Audiophile Edition" on YouTube). [First added to this chart: 02/22/2016]
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1967
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960
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Frank Zappa's three-act rock opera "Joe's Garage, Acts I, II, & III" demonstrates a perfect balance of humor, satire, and seriousness while demonstrating strong capability through extremely complex musical undertones. The musical destruction of everything builds to a sarcastic climax reminiscent of Country Joe & The Fish. Through suddenly changing musical passages, beautiful ballads, and stunning guitar solos, Zappa's amazing masterwork tells of what will happen when music is made illegal - and more importantly, why. [First added to this chart: 02/04/2014]
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1987
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1,445
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The Summer of Love, 1967. Sgt. Pepper, the VU & Nico, and countless other classics were debuted that year, yet Forever Changes stands as one of the most genuine, if not the most metaphysical of them all. Psychedelic rock? Definitely. But the 'garage' side of psychedelia, the '13th Floor Elevators' side if you will, takes a back seat to the raga rock, mind-bending lyrical humor and Arthur Lee's timeless, unique observations. Bryan MacLean's "Alone Again Or" is one of the most mind-numbing, beautiful pieces of music ever recorded. "Old Man," "The Red Telephone," "Bummer In The Summer," "Live And Let Live" (including the infamous snot line), and of course, "You Set The Scene," one of the most perfect album-enders ever cut. Lee, a black musician in the '60s, had every right to be pissed off at the society he lived in. Instead, however, he gave the world one of the most shockingly relevant, revolutionary, and contemplative recordings of all time. 'Forever Changes' is a true psychedelic classic. [First added to this chart: 01/03/2014]
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1967
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Brain Wilson's work "Pet Sounds" is often rated highly due to its use of strange percussion equipment and, at the time, avant-garde compositions in terms of popular music. It is also referenced as a prime influence of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper." What most commentators miss, though, is the absolute pureness of emotion and beauty in the music of this album. No other Beach Boys album beforehand had quite as realist stories containing such relatable emotions. Few groups have ever achieved the soaring harmonies of the Beach Boys, and few pop albums have ever had pieces as musically rich as the cuts on both sides of the album. Above all, The Beach Boys' beautiful melodies are at their greatest here - perfectly in pitch and together, they sing without the slightest of our modern day autotune (can you imagine that!?). [First added to this chart: 04/11/2013]
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1966
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103,488
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Oh, Andy, won't you please come home? The VU & Nico has maintained not only a cult status for almost fifty years, but also a place in every music enthusiast's heart for creativity and poignancy. It is often quoted that although VU & Nico only sold around 30,000 copies on its first issue, it was so influential that just about every person who bought it started a band. "Sunday Morning" begins the album with beauty unequaled in 1967, while the song after it describes the purchase of an extremely addictive narcotic. A psychedelic masterpiece, VU & Nico boasts "Heroin," arguably the Velvet's best song, best composition about escapism, and best two-chord song ever composed, "Venus In Furs," an ode to sadomasochism, and many other counterculture topics that established Lou Reed and John Cale in the music scene forever. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2013]
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1967
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The Mothers of Invention's (or The Muthers, as they intended to be called) debut is satirical, soulful, and insanely ambitious. Noted as one of the first concept albums and the world's first double-album rock debut, Zappa made his appearance in the underground scene here, where he would stay for the majority of his career. The rock opera deviates from psychedelia to doo-wop to avant-garde experimentalism and back to R&B again. 'Freak Out!' has maintained its status as a complex and beautiful album for decades and still deserves all the praise it receives. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2013]
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1966
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What can be said about the good Captain that has not already been said? Wild, loud, complex, and somehow full of soul that no other album has ever been able to equal, Beefheart's masterwork, produced by Frank Zappa, demonstrated what was possible in a rock-context. Through the repetitious themes and inspiring poetry, The Magic Band turned the face of rock inside out and broke any and all standards that had ever or will ever been made. Equally worked on by John French, TMR stands today as a complex picture, almost as Ornette Coleman's "The Shape Of Jazz To Come" was shown in 1959. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2013]
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1969
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15,030
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When Neil Young decided to go solo from his days with CSN, he did so by creating an influential and multifaceted country-rock masterpiece. The album features Neil's thoughtful guitar work, beautiful falsetto, and emotionally personal songwriting one would expect from a Neil Young album, all accompanied by occasionally an orchestra, or a piano, or a harmonica ... It even added to the album's folk-lore when Graham Nash explained how Neil introduced him to the album on his lake. All in all, Harvest is a quintessential piece of nostalgia that every musician should have stuck up their nose. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2013]
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1972
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My top pick from the American private press scene comes from the astounding mid-'70s rural rock group Relatively Clean Rivers, whose sole album is one of the greatest ever recorded in its style. Rivers was lead by one Phil Pearlman, southern California journeyman who rejected common standards of life in favor of a more Earthy lifestyle, and so too is his music, which sounds like a journey across the rural United States with a pocked full of enough grass to stay high for the whole strange trip. There's vibes of Neil Young and Grateful Dead, but really Rivers is its own masterwork, a noteworthy environmental statement that unfortunately seems to have disappeared mostly without a trace. [First added to this chart: 10/29/2019]
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1976
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 3 3%
1960s 49 49%
1970s 38 38%
1980s 4 4%
1990s 4 4%
2000s 1 1%
2010s 1 1%
Country Albums %


United States 58 58%
United Kingdom 33 33%
Canada 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Ireland 1 1%
Germany 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 5 from 38th to 33rd
I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die
by Country Joe And The Fish
climbers Up 2 from 31st to 29th
Behold And See
by Ultimate Spinach
climbers Up 1 from 27th to 26th
Hot Rats
by Frank Zappa
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 11 from 29th to 40th
Transformer
by Lou Reed
fallers Down 8 from 28th to 36th
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
by The Beatles
fallers Down 5 from 25th to 30th
Ogdens' Nut Gone Flake
by Small Faces

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From Steppenwolf666 11/02/2019 21:03
Great stuff. My kind of music.
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From manurock 01/06/2018 19:50
High quality comments and some nice choices. You clearly know the classics. Maybe you can try and include some >2000 albums you also enjoy apart from Radiohead's?
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From ObsoleteEntity 01/06/2018 17:15
Wonderful chart. Great comments up to #25. You speak of lack of recognition: the Captain falls into that category. He is certainly off-putting at first listen, but his genius comes out with additional listens. Agree or disagree?
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From Stover75 01/06/2018 11:21
Fabulous chart.
I really need to get into Zappa, I've only heard Hot Rats and I liked it. Psychedelic music I love and experimental is interesting.
Wish the notes had carried on but the ones that are there are great, Very enthusiastic. Love this.
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From Drzozzy 02/15/2017 18:58
Any chart with Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys in it is alright with me
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From NoeSSS 08/29/2016 01:06
Nice
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From sssvnnn 08/28/2016 19:15
I love the Chart.
I´m too young to have been part of the music scene in the end of the 60´s...but maybe that was the best time for good music.
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From sssvnnn 08/28/2016 19:14
I love the Chart.
I´m too young to have been part of the music scene in the end of the 60´s...but maybe that was the best time for good music.
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From pantoffeljoscha 09/01/2015 00:18
For me a little bit too much 60s and 70s, but 10 albums from mastermind Zappa!! Thats the reason why I rate this chart so high. Love it
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From RAPPSTHYME 03/19/2015 23:37
I won't lie, I bookmarked this list.
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Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. Led Zeppelin
5. Bob Dylan
6. David Bowie
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. Nirvana
10. The Velvet Underground
11. The Smiths
12. Pixies
13. The Beach Boys
14. The Clash
15. U2
16. The Who
17. Neil Young
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. Jimi Hendrix
20. Miles Davis


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