Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by RockyRaccoon (2018)

I was raised on classic rock (read as: I was a total dadrocker for a lot of my life) and many of these albums (if not all of them) carry a personal attachment to me. Whether it reminds me of something, or it was something I listened to a lot growing up, whatever it is, I assign a lot of personal meaning to these albums, and being that much of the traditional rock canon was part of my formative years in music listening, many of those albums carry a lot of meaning to me.

That being said, I'm always listening to new music and this chart may (and likely will) change every now and then. I also might just re-arrange it based on how I'm feeling. In all honesty, the order of the albums on this chart doesn't matter too much, as on any one day, one could be interchanged with another.

I'll be slowly adding notes as I get the chance.

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This is life-changing stuff. It's hard for me to accurately articulate in words what Blood On The Tracks actually means to me personally. It was the first album that really got me into Dylan, and it's been a major part of my life since then. I've personally covered just about half this album at different shows I've played here and there, it's an incredibly important album to me personally.

But what is it about this album? What makes this different from any other Dylan album? It's the intimacy, it's how deeply personal this album feels. He may deny it up and down forever, but there's no way this album isn't at least somewhat influenced by Dylan's estrangement from his wife. This album is somber, but at the same time, it's peaceful, like someone who has come to grips with where their life is at and has accepted it for what it is, good or bad. The album is wrapped in allegories and metaphors, as is per usual for Dylan, but it's about as close as we've ever come to seeing the deepest, darkest parts of Dylan's mind (perhaps the only closer is when he did "Not Dark Yet" on Time Out Of Mind) and as such, it's an incredible masterpiece.

It also contains one of my absolute favorite Dylan tunes in "Simple Twist of Fate". While lyrically the song is beautiful, the chord progression fascinates me:

E | Emaj7 | E7 | A | Am| E B/D#| A | E | B11 | A

That progression is fantastic, and from a music-theory standpoint, is a little wonky. Not to say it's impossible, as anything in a post-20th century world is possible in music theory, but it's unconventional. The use of the major seven, to the minor seven and the use of Am in the key of E, it's all so weird, but it turns out perfect for the song

This is easily my favorite Dylan album and probably my favorite album ever (or at least, one of). Dylan's always been a storyteller, and these are his best stories.
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1975
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David Gilmour has always been one of my favorite guitarists. The way he makes his guitar wail and sing, the way he utilizes the "less is more" approach of guitar playing, through bends and long-held notes, makes his playing some of the most beautiful work out there. In my opinion, Animals is Gilmour at his best.

I have a lot of great memories of when I first got into this album. I was a senior in high school and spent all of my time in the music department. One of my friends hooked up his iPod to the sound system we had in the band room and started blasting Animals. He'd do this every now and then, Pink Floyd was one of his favorite bands, and I'd just sit in the room (the acoustics were pretty decent) and just absorb this album. Every note and every beat was a new adventure to me, it's like the album became a part of me, I fused myself with it. It was like the whole room was filled with this album (we probably played it too loud) and it just enveloped me and I was fascinated by it.

Since then, I've heard the album a million times, I have it on vinyl and it's spun on my record player a ton. I remember spending time at night just laying in bed in the dark listening to this album. It's perfect. From top to bottom, it's perfect. Like I said, it's some of Gilmour's best guitar work, but it's some of the best instrumental work from the entire band. Richard Wright's intro to "Pigs (Three Different Ones)" is incredible, better than just about anything any other keyboardist from the era has done, the whole album fits together perfectly. Roger Waters' vocals and lyrics are full of imagery, some of the best he's done, heavily critical and bitter.

This whole album is one that will bore itself into your consciousness, it's one of the most harrowing, powerful, and beautiful albums I've ever heard.
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1977
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1963
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1973
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1969
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1968
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1969
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1960
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1966
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1967
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 4 4%
1960s 30 30%
1970s 21 21%
1980s 7 7%
1990s 12 12%
2000s 20 20%
2010s 6 6%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United States 53 53%
United Kingdom 28 28%
Canada 7 7%
Sweden 4 4%
Australia 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Germany 1 1%
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Live? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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From 09/02/2021 21:52
This chart has some good records but it´s too narrow in geographical and cultural variety. It will be interesting to see how it will look like if its creator starts opening a bit more his spectrum.
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"Still Crazy (good) after all these years" Meraul Curimon

Not sure what I was trying to do with that name.

Anyway, its great to see this again after all this time. Dylan, Miles, TTMOE, Yes, 18 albums and 18 artists in common. This is dope.
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From 12/27/2020 21:23
Extremely, extremely cool list. I could only dream of making a list that blends my tastes and opinions this well
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From 11/13/2020 03:06
I like your chart and your notes. You have many of my favourite albums plus a few that should be in my chart (Black Monks Time springs to mind). Great work man.
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From 12/05/2018 14:35
Excellent choices !
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From 11/29/2018 23:58
This chart is fire. love it. The dicks picks you chose is one of the best in their massive cannon.
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From 05/23/2018 03:21
Thanks! I've actually listened to a lot of Miles Davis' stuff and love it, it's just the records I listed here have a special place for me because they were the records that first got me into jazz.
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From 05/19/2018 20:11
Thank you everyone!

If these comments have taught me anything, it's that I need to get on making some more notes on this chart. I'll make an effort to do that.
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From 05/19/2018 20:05
this is a really great list but you can't tease me with those long comments on animals and blood on the tracks without giving me some more. pls
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From 05/19/2018 18:21
I always appreciate another dad-rocker. Great list, and would like to hear more stories about the albums!
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