Top 100 Albums by ABC (2006)
The top 100 albums of all time as voted by ABC viewers.
(Official website: www.abc.net.au)
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Pretty decent chart voted by general public with some daggy choices you'd expect in a chart of it's nature. O.K with the hometown bias however disappointed the likes of Go-Betweens, Triffids, Nick Cave/Bad Seeds and the Church were left out in the cold.
Given the fact that my childhood is testimony to the fact that people in suburban Australia are no more knowledgeable about music than a cloistered monk or nun would be, this list is not that bad. There are indeed a few albums that the isolated, risk-averse suburbanites who dominate Australian culture would never have heard, but too much valueless music – like all popular lists – makes this a very questionable list like any “popular” one.
The Aussies have great taste in music. I don't rate PF that highly though.
18 albums in common:
OK Computer by Radiohead (198 points)
The Bends by Radiohead (185 points)
Grace by Jeff Buckley (176 points)
Kid A by Radiohead (160 points)
Nevermind by Nirvana (158 points)
Back In Black by AC/DC (149 points)
Ten by Pearl Jam (143 points)
Absolution by Muse (137 points)
A Rush Of Blood To The Head by Coldplay (127 points)
Rumours by Fleetwood Mac (124 points)
Doolittle by Pixies (124 points)
Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin (123 points)
Is This It by The Strokes (120 points)
Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses (116 points)
Blue Lines by Massive Attack (96 points)
American Idiot by Green Day (82 points)
Hot Fuss by The Killers (69 points)
Songs For The Deaf by Queens Of The Stone Age (68 points)
21 artists in common:
Guns N' Roses
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Queens Of The Stone Age
Great list, a couple of lovely surprises included
Ha! Only on an ABC list would you find 21 albums by Australian bands. Not that that's a bad thing or anything...but most of the Ozzie choices are rather predictable.
OMG, RHCP IN A TOP 10, JUST UNIQUE
Great leader! The best ever.
Some albums are so out of place like Hot August Night. I do like that they put Grace at number two. Don't know if that's really fair towards the Beatles but the recognition is great.
Being an Aussie, I love this list. A lot more even spread of countries than most lists. Need to be an Aussie to understand some of the choices, some "daggy" selections in there, but still a good reflection of Australian tastes.
My first reaction was "wow, there's a lot of Australian albums". I'm stupid. Anyway, ABC viewers are an interesting bunch. The list seemed pretty standard at the beginning but got very interesting very quickly. Meat Loaf in the top 10? Midnight Oil and Silverchair in the top 20? Very interesting.
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