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This is in no way my attempt at representing the "100 Greatest Albums of All Time." If that were my goal (which would be a relatively absurd exercise) this chart would be full of Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Beatles, Pink Floyd and Doors records, and what's the fun in that? Obviously I have a profound respect for the great music icons of history, but I always enjoy seeking out exceptional melody makers, lyricists, experimentalists, and of course, overlooked pioneers. Though the order of this chart changes daily and a simple change in mood can affect the way I hear a piece of music, these 100 albums are those which I hold dearest to me. Some of it you may deem unlistenable, offensive, boring or just not your style, but that's the beauty of artistic taste. If you don't like something at first, give it a second chance. I find the albums I initially hate end up being my all time favorites.

And of course, I don't expect my opinion to be of interest to anyone; Matters of taste are completely arbitrary and hardly deserve merit. My hope is people will simply find something new and give it a listen, even if it's only one album or one song. There's lots of great music out there waiting to be discovered, most of which we'll never encounter, and I'll be the first to admit I will never have a complete list of "The Greatest of All Time."

This chart follows the one album per artist rule.

Chart updated: 05/12/2018 12:45 (Created: 12/05/2013 19:11). Chart size: 100 albums.

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SpiderlandUnited States Slint
There's not much I can say about Slint's enigmatic masterpiece that hasn't been put into words before. Everything about it, from the music to the cover art and the story behind its recording, has this chilling attraction to it. After asking myself for years now what my favorite record would be, if I absolutely had to choose, Spiderland has always been the first to come to mind. I simply never tire of it. It's like an urban legend set to music or an artifact you might find in the basement of an old antique store. It's creepy, kitschy, and novel - and somehow no one could've made it work better than a group of weird punk rock fans barely out of high school. Maybe it's just the fact that Spiderland sounds like the lovechild it really is that makes me enjoy it so much. From the repetitive guitar riffs and spoken-word lyrics, no matter how simplistic they come across, it all sounds as if the band spent hours perfecting every beat and measure.

I could go on about fun facts for hours - like how Will Oldham a.k.a. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy took the now-iconic picture of the band wading in the Utica Quarry, or that Britt Walford was the inspiration for the Jesus Lizard's "Mouth Breather" - but I think what draws me to this album the most is how authentic it sounds. Listening to it is like hanging out with the band in Britt's basement drinking a tallboy and watching the guys jam - just like any other day. It feels personal and small, like the shitty local bar down the street, and yet its impact on the music world was immense. After hearing Spiderland for the first time, I started hearing Slint in other people's music. What started as a few guys having fun in their friend's basement ended up producing what would inform generations of rock bands to come.

Spiderland will always be special to me, and there's not really one reason for it. I'm utterly blown away every time I hear it, and decades after its release, I've simply never heard anything like it.
(First added to chart: 10/23/2014)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:725 charts
Rank in 1991:5Rank Score:21,025
Rank in 1990s22Overall Rank:114
Average Rating:  84/100 (838 votes)
Comments: 92 comments
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In The Aeroplane Over The SeaUnited States Neutral Milk Hotel

(First added to chart: 11/18/2015)
Year of Release:1998Appears in:1,901 charts
Rank in 1998:1Rank Score:85,055
Rank in 1990s3Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,155 votes)
Comments: 354 comments
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Good Kid, M.A.A.D CityUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Before Kendrick Lamar hit the scene, there never was a greater storyteller in hip hop. And yet, it took me years to understand his genius. Labeled a "Short Film by Kendrick Lamar," Good Kid, MAAD City tells the story of a young black man growing up on the streets of Compton. Although he has pride in his city, Kendrick is equally as condemning of what the hood put him through, being an avenue to gang violence, PCP-laced weed and the art of peer pressure. There is no glorification of gang behavior here, but a plea for the American people to recognize just what black youth on the west coast are exposed to on a daily basis. Kendrick digs even deeper than NWA to bring us the real Compton without preaching or pointing fingers at the white race. He's simply an observant rapper who knows how to tell it how it is.
(First added to chart: 11/24/2015)
Year of Release:2012Appears in:975 charts
Rank in 2012:1Rank Score:30,695
Rank in 2010s4Overall Rank:70
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,322 votes)
Comments: 154 comments
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Rain DogsUnited States Tom Waits
What can I say about Rain Dogs that hasn't already been said before? It's chock-full of imagery, mysterious, rough around the edges and somehow in an untouchable level of class. Tom Waits is, undoubtedly, the coolest guy on earth. He is as much a character as he is a man, which is evident through his humor, demeanor, and clever little tales about life. He may have been completely sober recording Rain Dogs, but the instruments were at the Ballmer's peak of drunkenness. This is one of only a few albums that I could listen to every day and never get tired of. Waits is quite possibly one of the greatest American poets of all time. I would almost argue that his lyrics are better than Dylan's - yes I said it.

Favorite track: Tango Till They're Sore
(First added to chart: 12/05/2013)
Year of Release:1985Appears in:823 charts
Rank in 1985:1Rank Score:22,397
Rank in 1980s15Overall Rank:107
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (969 votes)
Comments: 59 comments
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Kid AUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Enough with the jokes, let's get serious for a second. Listening to Radiohead has always been a rewarding experience for me, and their "guitar music" is, of course, fantastic. But Kid A almost gave me faith in the electronic age. I don't think Thom Yorke put nearly as much of himself into any other album as he did on this one. The social commentary here is daunting and, at times, makes me fear for the future of the human race. I didn't get around to listening to Kid A until I was already in my 20s, and it didn't seem like a big deal on the first listen. But it was interesting enough to make me want to come back to it and invest some of my time. You have no idea how grateful I am that I did. Kid A grows on you and becomes one of the greatest experiences you can have with music. Every song is perfect, but the whole is certainly better than the sum of its parts. All cliches aside, Kid A brought a level of synergy that made it a Darkside of the Moon for Generation Y. Let's take a moment to thank Thom and Johnny and the boys for giving us real feelings again.

Favorite Track: Idioteque
(First added to chart: 06/29/2014)
Year of Release:2000Appears in:2,500 charts
Rank in 2000:1Rank Score:114,253
Rank in 2000s1Overall Rank:6
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (3,289 votes)
Comments: 461 comments
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DoolittleUnited States Pixies
What can I even say? It's the Pixies. They're awesome. Frank Black is a fucking maniac, Joey Santiago writes some of the catchiest guitar riffs ever, and Kim Deal knows how to hang with the boys. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" was basically Kurt Cobain trying to imitate the Pixies, and we all know how much of an impact that had on popular music. No other band before the Pixies could do so much with just two notes. I find Doolittle more consistent than Surfer Rosa. While their debut has some of their best tracks, the few low points on the album make it my second choice. Doolittle is pure gold from beginning to end — not a single dull moment.

Favorite Track: Debaser
(First added to chart: 04/29/2014)
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,932 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:77,624
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,169 votes)
Comments: 226 comments
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The Life Of PabloUnited States Kanye West

(First added to chart: 03/27/2016)
Year of Release:2016Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 2016:11Rank Score:2,088
Rank in 2010s110Overall Rank:1,110
Average Rating:  73/100 (615 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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Pet SoundsUnited States The Beach Boys
I'm not a believer in God, but some things seem to bear no explanation outside of divine intervention. Brian Wilson's pop masterpiece "Pet Sounds" seemingly gave birth to itself when its notation came to Wilson in a vision — as he relates it. Some people were just born to be creators, and Wilson is the absolute cream of the crop.
(First added to chart: 04/16/2017)
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,101 charts
Rank in 1966:2Rank Score:95,465
Rank in 1960s6Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,399 votes)
Comments: 257 comments
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Commit This To MemoryUnited States Motion City Soundtrack
A criminally underrated band in the "pop punk" scene. Motion City combines angst, wit and general awkwardness with fast-paced punk and catchy-as-hell hooks. Not to mention, that Moog synthesizer just has a way of putting a smile on your face. Justin Pierre, the band's vocalist, is strange, quirky, emotional, endearing, obsessive compulsive and downright hilarious. Not to mention, he's one of modern music's greatest lyricists. These guys got me through high school and I still frequently throw each and every one of their albums into my listening rotation. Commit This To Memory is possibly the only album that I know every single word to, and that's something that I'm not going to be afraid to admit even when my kids are pushing me around in a wheelchair. Few albums have this much personality, and Commit This To Memory owes that to Justin Pierre. The guy is a fantastic writer with experiences, both good and bad, that can be shared with everyone, and unlike most people these days, he's just brutally honest.

Favorite Track: Time Turned Fragile
(First added to chart: 04/09/2014)
Year of Release:2005Appears in:14 charts
Rank in 2005:112Rank Score:355
Rank in 2000s1,081Overall Rank:4,563
Average Rating:  77/100 (25 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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They Might Be GiantsUnited States They Might Be Giants
Like most kids my age, I became acquainted with They Might Be Giants through watching "Malcolm in the Middle" every day after school. From "Boss Of Me" to "Lincoln" and "Flood," I fell in love with this band while also questioning how in the world they enjoyed even moderate success in the music business. On the one hand, their careers have produced some of the catchiest pop songs ever written, yet they're a band that can't easily be taken seriously — due mostly in part to their use of a drum machine and the fact that their music is, well, extremely goofy. Once you start listening to the lyrics, though, you begin to uncover deeper meanings to what are, on the surface, the work of two boys in men's bodies. At its heart, They Might Be Giants' music is actually pretty sad and introspective, despite the sweet pop veneer. This band is also one of maybe a handful whose entire catalogue I love. I give their self-titled debut the edge here because its the band at its weirdest, but "Flood," "John Henry," "Apollo 18" or "Lincoln" could just as easily fit here. They're just all that great.
(First added to chart: 01/03/2018)
Year of Release:1986Appears in:66 charts
Rank in 1986:35Rank Score:884
Rank in 1980s359Overall Rank:2,240
Average Rating:  76/100 (78 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 5 5%
1970s 14 14%
1980s 24 24%
1990s 33 33%
2000s 10 10%
2010s 14 14%
Artist Albums %


My Bloody Valentine 1 1%
Sublime 1 1%
Johnny Cash 1 1%
The Unicorns 1 1%
Neutral Milk Hotel 1 1%
Van Morrison 1 1%
Prince And The Revolution 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 70 70%
United Kingdom 18 18%
Canada 2 2%
Iceland 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
Australia 2 2%
France 1 1%
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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Isn't Anything
by My Bloody Valentine
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Either/Or
by Elliott Smith
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Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
by Primus
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by Frank Ocean

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From raadfactoryxny 04/29/2018 20:13
Such diversity, and great descriptions. Absolutely stunning :DD
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From kadupheming 01/04/2018 00:46
almost perfect choices imo
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From LedZep 12/06/2017 23:52
Extremely cool and diverse. It got better the farther from top 10 I came, just because the choices became more obscure and interesting. Love the whole chart tho!
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From JulianR 11/03/2017 04:41
"It's like an urban legend set to music"

Jesus this chart is spectacular. That sentence hit me like an epiphany; that's exactly how spiderland feels. I don't give out this high of a rating often, but your reviews coupled with your great taste didn't deserve any less. Spiderland at number one is SUCH a respectable choice. I will recommend you my top 15 in general, and we already share like half of those albums, but more specifically, check out:

Drive Like Jehu - Yank Crime (awesome math rock)
The Microphones - Don't Wake Me Up (criminally under-rated fusion of indie and noise rock). The Glow Pt 2 is their more acclaimed work, and was my favorite for a long time.
Mount Eerie - A Crow Looked at Me. Mark Kozelek makes me yawn, and yet this album is able to make me cry like a child. It happens to be by the same guy as the above record but is totally different in every way.

Loveless. I'm pretty sure it's a law that you can't have Isn't Anything on your chart and not have Loveless in your top ten.
Also go listen to Blond on Blond again and then put it above Highway 61 :)
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From platus 09/14/2017 06:59
Nice chart
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From IveGotToast 09/14/2017 03:52
Good taste my dude. Especially Slint and Jesus Lizard
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From Lgk21 09/14/2017 03:21
Really interesting choices and I enjoyed your comments. I feel the love you have for these records through your words.
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From platus 09/13/2017 14:31
Nice chart
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From PatrickD 09/06/2017 09:40
Clearly you've thrown out any conditions of cool and caution and went unrestrained in your approach to the album's you've chosen on this list. What Misfits fan would include Blink-182 on their top 100 as well? Either a cultural nincompoop or an enlightened soul. A list as such should challenge culture and its boxes and leave the music to vibrate through the air where we can hear it as it truly is.
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From arthurbittencourt 08/03/2017 21:10
Don't let its vicious sentimentality castrate you; you might never escape.

This is so true. Sex never been the same again after my heart understood this record. My soul drained my libido.
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