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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by bonafini (2019)

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Since the objective is to construct a greatest albums chart, this list will only include music that was composed to be firstly released and/or mainly consumed in the form of an album in the album era, which is not a very easy thing to define by the end of the day. But that means, for example, no "classical" music and no compilations of the "best of" or "rare tracks" kind.

The chart contains only one album per artist for it to display a greater array of musicians and do some kind of overview of what is relevant to me in the history of album music. However, this is a best albums list, not a best artists list: people that I would most definitely include in such a list, like Otis Redding, Kraftwerk or Patti Smith, are not present because I consider none of their albums to be as strong as any of these here.

Lastly, music rating is nothing more than a matter of preference and not at all an objective or rational categorization: to really explain a work of art, a suspension of normative aestetics is necessary. So this list has no pretention of being universally justifiable as it is only an expression of my personal taste. Nevertheless, musical taste is not simply a matter of pure choice: it is an expression of the innermost history of a person, a gateway to one's soul. Reflecting upon it is an essencial part of undertanding one's position in the world.

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Chart updated: 05/12/2019 03:45 (Created: 07/17/2013 03:55). Chart size: 100 albums.

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1. New entry

The Smile SessionsUnited States The Beach Boys
(Here I consider not exclusively the specific presentation of the album in 'The SMiLE Sessions', but all of the official and unofficial presentations in their deep unity)
Year of Release:2011Appears in:365 charts
Rank in 2011:3Rank Score:9,646
Rank in 2010s25Overall Rank:295
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (671 votes)
Comments: 60 comments
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2. (1) Down1

Hatful Of Hollow
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
I admit I'm certainly not the indicated person for an unbiased criticism of The Smiths. They played a very important role in my life not only in cementing my incipient musical taste in my early teens but also in serving as a friend in times of severe harshness. Well, the same old story.

They are not the kind of friend that will hug you gently and reassert your narcisism, though, they are much better a friend than that. Morrissey's bittersweet sarcasm doesn't leave anyone unimpaired -- not even and most importantly himself -- and, by the sound of the intricately painstaking, overtly passionate and dreadfully catching guitar of Johnny Marr, the extravagant crooner delivers heads one after the other on victorian silver trays.

These tiny, glossy bits of musical humanness are most vividly and cleverly performed in this collection of songs that is perfect for every single second of its lenght.
(First added to chart: 07/16/2013)
Year of Release:1984Appears in:456 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:10,150
Rank in 1980s35Overall Rank:282
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (775 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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3. (2) Down1

Clube Da EsquinaBrazil Milton Nascimento / Lô Borges

(First added to chart: 08/21/2013)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:179 charts
Rank in 1972:19Rank Score:3,303
Rank in 1970s182Overall Rank:773
Average Rating:  81/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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4. (3) Down1

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth

(First added to chart: 07/16/2013)
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,268 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:38,381
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,495 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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5. (=)

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
The energetic but limited music of The Sex Pisols, the Buzzcocks and such would soon extinguish itself, but punk couldn't and wouldn't die there. It was then the time of the so-called post-punk, a derived form of the sound that would incorporate synthesizers and more present bass riffs to create danceable, atmospheric and often melancholic music and Joy Division's 'Unknown Pleasures' is the most representative album of the genre.
OK, now fuck the music history books. The real thing about this is: this 40-minute-long piece of shit fucking destroys the heart of every sensible and/or troubled teenager that comes in contact with it. It changes and has been changing lives since its conception and definitely will do it forever. This thing here influenced pretty much everyone, and in such a strong way that the universe of every reasonable music fan is split into 'before' and 'after Unknown Pleasures'.
(First added to chart: 07/16/2013)
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,559 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:50,659
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,849 votes)
Comments: 155 comments
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6. (=)

Las Últimas ComposicionesChile Violeta Parra
Maybe it's my weakness for suicide stories, but there's something in these tense chords, these visceral, soulful lyrics and this whispered (or howling), weeping (or laughing) voice of Violeta Parra that reaches to the depths of my Latin American -- but most of all human -- condition. Be it Violeta, the singer-songwriter, or Violeta, the local culture promoter, or even Violeta, the communist militant, every aspect of this woman seems to fascinate me a bit more every time I come back to her life and work. The tale of the Chilean savant and her hearty songs is, to me, one of those that sum up all that's beautiful, sad and admirable in this world.
(First added to chart: 08/10/2015)
Year of Release:1966Appears in:59 charts
Rank in 1966:21Rank Score:1,160
Rank in 1960s170Overall Rank:1,922
Average Rating:  75/100 (56 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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7. (=)

Double Nickels On The DimeUnited States Minutemen
I've been carefully bringing this thing up in my charts for a long time, but now is the time to admit: this is the shit. Each time I listen to it I love it more and more and I've come to the conclusion that this is me in album form. Marxist-leninist post-punk hardcore funky semi-philosophical half ironic half deadly serious music speaks for me from the first of my curls to the tip of my toe.
(First added to chart: 11/24/2014)
Year of Release:1984Appears in:440 charts
Rank in 1984:8Rank Score:8,471
Rank in 1980s43Overall Rank:335
Average Rating:  81/100 (497 votes)
Comments: 35 comments
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8. (=)

LovelessIreland My Bloody Valentine

(First added to chart: 07/16/2013)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,762 charts
Rank in 1991:2Rank Score:65,299
Rank in 1990s5Overall Rank:25
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,965 votes)
Comments: 271 comments
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9. (=)

África BrasilBrazil Jorge Ben
It's an utterly impossible task to pick one best phase of Jorge Ben's discography: in the course of his career, the guy explored every possibility of his sound.
Thirteen years after his debut, though, his sound would reach a maturity that is captured in its pinnacle in África Brasil. The funky rhythms, product mainly of a research on African-Brazilian traditional music, create the perfect background for the imagistic, naive lyrics -- the themes vary as much as occultism from soccer and historical characters like Xica da Silva and Zumbi dos Palmares are evoked, placing the last brick in the construction of a lyrical and musical universe all of Jorge's own.
(First added to chart: 10/04/2013)
Year of Release:1976Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 1976:43Rank Score:893
Rank in 1970s473Overall Rank:2,364
Average Rating:  80/100 (96 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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10. (=)

The Velvet Underground And NicoMixed Nationality The Velvet Underground And Nico
Although there's nothing else to say about this album that haven't already been said, new bands seem never to stop finding new ways to reinterpret what was developed here. The Banana Album has been said to initiate punk, noise rock, shoegaze, even black metal. It has been influential to 99% of musicians that take themselves seriously. And it is, surely, the first landmark of alternative rock.
(First added to chart: 07/16/2013)
Year of Release:1967Appears in:2,512 charts
Rank in 1967:2Rank Score:107,136
Rank in 1960s4Overall Rank:7
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,882 votes)
Comments: 296 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 3 3%
1960s 11 11%
1970s 27 27%
1980s 20 20%
1990s 17 17%
2000s 18 18%
2010s 4 4%
Artist Albums %


M.I.A. (UK) 1 1%
Milton Nascimento / Lô Borges 1 1%
Depeche Mode 1 1%
T. Rex 1 1%
D'Angelo 1 1%
Radiohead 1 1%
Joanna Newsom 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 38 38%
United Kingdom 29 29%
Brazil 24 24%
Canada 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Cuba 1 1%
Nigeria 1 1%
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest fallers
fallers Down 1 from 1st to 2nd
Hatful Of Hollow
by The Smiths
fallers Down 1 from 2nd to 3rd
Clube Da Esquina
by Milton Nascimento / Lô Borges
fallers Down 1 from 3rd to 4th
Daydream Nation
by Sonic Youth
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newentries The Smile Sessions
by The Beach Boys
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