Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by ffudnebbuh (2022)

I used to be a buyer for one of the largest record chains in the Midwest and had access to every album that one can imagine. So my chart is a strange collection of genres, well known albums and not so well known, from the highly regarded to the disdained..I went through my soul/r&b phase beginning in 1958(which I am still moving through), Beatles, Stones, etc, Simon/Garfunkel phase, Parliament/Funkadelic etc phase, Sex Pistols, Wire,Joy Division,Talking Heads phase, then Cocteau Twins, JMC, Pixies, MBV phase etc, and now my list is just what I am listening to the most at any moment. My interest in popular music is split between jazz, blues, and r/b on one hand and pop/rock on the other. I have an undergrad degree in classical piano. My chart is based partly on being in record retail for so many years(20) and having heard almost every album made and being bored with most of it...but is also informed from a performer's perspective, how I feel that a given artist is successful in communicating the particular ideas in words, music and arrangement and production regardless of genre.

When I left retail for graduate school in 1994, I became relatively out of touch with the music catalogue. I have been using Pandora more, so I feel that I am now caught up with most of the music from all music genres over the past 15 years.

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1967
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1989
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1968
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1981
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1973
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 6 6%
1960s 22 22%
1970s 35 35%
1980s 15 15%
1990s 7 7%
2000s 8 8%
2010s 7 7%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United States 55 55%
United Kingdom 29 29%
Canada 8 8%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Iceland 2 2%
Germany 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Live? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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From 07/03/2022 18:37
Peter, first are you from England? there is a big difference in what English and Americans were exposed to since the late 50s. I bought my first record at 4, my first soul record at 6. and Have never stopped listening to all kinds of music and buying it since then. It is an unusual chart. It is difficult to pick only 100 albums over 60 years. I saw the Beatles on TV for the first time when I was 9, so grew up with them throughout their career...The sixties were amazing, so much going on. all of the great music was made by independent labels. As a teenager, I had a real interest in R&B and soul. I received an undergraduate in classical piano and then went to work at the second largest record retail outlet in our midwest..So was exposed to everything.. My taste really changed. It is a long story, but thanks for your comments. I am trying to keep up with indie for the last 20 years, but the station we have is difficult to get here.
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From 07/03/2022 17:47
I was drawn to your chart when you slated LCD Soundsystem and demanded the 6 minutes of listening back! I thought - who is this not loving LCD? But love your intro and chart - big respect for your journey. Would love to hear your views on your picks and why? - Bet there are some great stories in there....
I know over half of the albums you have in your chart and like them all - and have 11 of your albums in my own top 100 - although funnily enough they are mostly from post 80's when your choices start to dry up - so I kinda feel vindicated that they are great albums if they merit a breach into your predominantly pre-80s list.
As for LCD Soundsystem - it's been a while since I hit a club and I suspect it's a bit longer for you :-)
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From 11/27/2021 13:44
This is a really great chart! I don't like your #1 but apart from that I am really impressed by the depth and breadth. I got some good ideas for listening from this chart.
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From 11/03/2020 20:37
liked your choices
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From 05/07/2019 19:38
One of the best charts on bEA.
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From 02/22/2019 03:31
great chart. we have lots of similar tastes in music.
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From 02/21/2019 16:17
This charte is really great... I love Velvet Underground, Pixies. Very interesting picks
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From 02/12/2019 14:08
yes I am still here, Love your chart, Thanks for commenting..and you are still here as well.
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From 08/12/2018 09:13
Way too focused on the 70's, but it is still a good and unique chart!
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From 01/11/2018 18:51
May disagree with like Velvet Underground, but you still got many albums that I love here. Awesome to see Doolittle, The White Album and Blood On The Tracks in the top 10 =)
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