Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Trendall (2020)

Updated! Obviously it's impossible to come up with a top 100 list. I don't know on what basis I'm even ranking them on, and it would probably change by the hour anyway. I have no idea how anybody does it.

I'm not saying that any of these albums are good necessarily, they are just my personal favourite. And any odd placements are more to do with my discovering them or otherwise listening to them a lot during times in my life where I was more emotionally resonant. Which is true of anybody else.

It would be interesting to me to update this list probably once a year to see how it changes.

Everybody look after yourselves and one another!

There are 29 comments for this chart from BestEverAlbums.com members and Top 100 Greatest Music Albums has an average rating of 89 out of 100 (from 40 votes). Please log in or register to leave a comment or assign a rating.

View the complete list of 41,000 charts on BestEverAlbums.com from The Charts page.

Share this chart
Share | |
Collector's summaryLog in or register to discover the great albums that are missing from your music collection!
Sort by
[First added to this chart: 09/25/2013]
Year of Release:
1972
Appears in:
Rank Score:
2,022
Rank in 1972:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
2. (4) Up2
[First added to this chart: 03/24/2014]
Year of Release:
2006
Appears in:
Rank Score:
4,400
Rank in 2006:
Rank in 2000s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
[First added to this chart: 09/25/2013]
Year of Release:
1993
Appears in:
Rank Score:
4,386
Rank in 1993:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
[First added to this chart: 09/25/2013]
Year of Release:
1959
Appears in:
Rank Score:
30,742
Rank in 1959:
Rank in 1950s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
[First added to this chart: 09/25/2013]
Year of Release:
1972
Appears in:
Rank Score:
25,022
Rank in 1972:
Rank in 1970s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
[First added to this chart: 09/25/2013]
Year of Release:
2013
Appears in:
Rank Score:
131
Rank in 2013:
Rank in 2010s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
[First added to this chart: 09/25/2013]
Year of Release:
1995
Appears in:
Rank Score:
101
Rank in 1995:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
[First added to this chart: 09/25/2013]
Year of Release:
1993
Appears in:
Rank Score:
97
Rank in 1993:
Rank in 1990s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
[First added to this chart: 09/25/2013]
Year of Release:
2001
Appears in:
Rank Score:
1,704
Rank in 2001:
Rank in 2000s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Year of Release:
2018
Appears in:
Rank Score:
90
Rank in 2018:
Rank in 2010s:
Overall Rank:
Average Rating:
Comments:
Total albums: 100. Page 1 of 10

Don't agree with this chart? Create your own from the My Charts page!

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 1 1%
1960s 12 12%
1970s 16 16%
1980s 8 8%
1990s 18 18%
2000s 18 18%
2010s 27 27%
Country Albums %


United States 70 70%
United Kingdom 23 23%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Canada 1 1%
Norway 1 1%
Viet Nam 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Live? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 72 from 92nd to 20th
London Calling
by The Clash
climbers Up 60 from 72nd to 12th
iAsia
by James Ferraro
climbers Up 48 from 90th to 42nd
Bridge Over Troubled Water
by Simon & Garfunkel
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 54 from 31st to 85th
Animals
by Pink Floyd
fallers Down 50 from 38th to 88th
Bad
by Michael Jackson
fallers Down 49 from 37th to 86th
Sketches Of Spain
by Miles Davis

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums similarity to your chart(s)


Not a member? Registering is quick, easy and FREE!

Why register?
Yes Join a passionate community of over 40,000 music fans.
Yes Create & share your own charts.
Yes Have your say in the overall rankings.
Yes Post comments in the forums and vote on polls.
Yes Comment on or rate any album, artist, track or chart.
Yes Discover new music & improve your music collection.
Yes Customise the overall chart using a variety of different filters & metrics.
Yes Create a wishlist of albums.
Yes Help maintain the BEA database.
Yes Earn member points and gain access to increasing levels of functionality!
... And lots more!

Register now - it only takes a moment!

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums ratings

Average Rating: 
89/100 (from 40 votes)
  Ratings distributionRatings distribution Average Rating = (n ÷ (n + m)) × av + (m ÷ (n + m)) × AV
where:
av = trimmed mean average rating an item has currently received.
n = number of ratings an item has currently received.
m = minimum number of ratings required for an item to appear in a 'top-rated' chart (currently 10).
AV = the site mean average rating.

Showing latest 5 ratings for this chart. | Show all 40 ratings for this chart.

Sort ratings
RatingDate updatedMemberChart ratingsAvg. chart rating
  
90/100
 Report rating
04/05/2020 03:19 DrewHamster  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 11574/100
  
100/100
 Report rating
04/05/2020 03:08 Rhyner  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 92799/100
  
95/100
 Report rating
04/04/2020 15:25 LedZep  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 1,00783/100
  
90/100
 Report rating
04/04/2020 13:40 Spyglass  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 6882/100
  
95/100
 Report rating
04/04/2020 10:59 DommeDamian  Ratings distributionRatings distribution 66492/100

Rating metrics: Outliers can be removed when calculating a mean average to dampen the effects of ratings outside the normal distribution. This figure is provided as the trimmed mean. A high standard deviation can be legitimate, but can sometimes indicate 'gaming' is occurring. Consider a simplified example* of an item receiving ratings of 100, 50, & 0. The mean average rating would be 50. However, ratings of 55, 50 & 45 could also result in the same average. The second average might be more trusted because there is more consensus around a particular rating (a lower deviation).
(*In practice, some charts can have several thousand ratings)

This chart is rated in the top 3% of all charts on BestEverAlbums.com. This chart has a mean average rating of 90.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 89.8/100. The standard deviation for this chart is 8.4.

Please log in or register if you want to be able to leave a rating

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums favourites

Showing all 4 members who have added this chart as a favourite

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums comments

Showing latest 10 comments | Show all 29 comments |
Most Helpful First | Newest First | Maximum Rated First | Longest Comments First
(Only showing comments with -2 votes or higher. You can alter this threshold from your profile page. Manage Profile)

From 04/05/2020 02:03
Haha, yeah, it popped up my Twitter feed and I felt embarrassed like 'aaa oh no people will see that, it is so out of date'. Definitely interested in coming back and revisiting this.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
From 04/04/2020 13:40
Very interesting.

If you want to change it like you said, now's as good a time as any. You just won chart of the day.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +2 votes (2 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
From 04/04/2020 08:22
Cool chart. Fun mix of jazz and hip hop. I'll have to check out some of those artists you have multiple albums of like Serengeti and Krantz.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +3 votes (3 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
95/100
From 11/14/2015 21:04
Probably the best i've seen so far in this site. I love to see so many jazz/fusion albums and also milestones of the hip hop genre, beside others ecletic tastes. All my compliments to you.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (2 helpful | 1 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
From 11/14/2015 17:58
Very good chart:
Love the jazz picks, love to see a lot unknown artists, love to see some classics.
Well, Hip Hop is not my thing.
In the end: Very good chart.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +3 votes (3 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
90/100
From 11/14/2015 16:12
Many unique choices here!
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +2 votes (2 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
80/100
From 11/14/2015 10:30
Good chart. Keith Jarrett on top.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +2 votes (2 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
Rating:  
95/100
From 11/07/2015 14:22
Mm hmm, マクロスMACROSS 82-99's Sailorwave is on my chart and it's just a perfect album indeed
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | +1 votes (1 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
From 11/04/2015 17:54
Also still need to listen to some future funk, I don't think I've heard any but I always like the look of the album covers.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)
From 11/04/2015 17:52
I listened to NYC Hell 3:00AM last night as it happens, I've heard it a few times now. I'm not quite sure how I feel about it yet cause I always find it really difficult to listen through the whole way, but definitely a very interesting album. Same with iAsia as well.
Helpful?  (Log in to vote) | 0 votes (0 helpful | 0 unhelpful)

Please log in or register if you want to be able to add a comment

Your feedback for Top 100 Greatest Music Albums

Anonymous
Let us know what you think of this chart by adding a comment or assigning a rating below!
Login or register to assign a rating or leave a comment for this chart.
Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. Pixies
15. The Beach Boys
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. The Who
20. R.E.M.
Back to Top