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all-time fav artists (subj), #001-100 by paladisiac (2018)

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Here i will list my favorite artists of all-time. This list takes into account an artist's entire catalogue, giving highest marks to quality across quantity. (I will list my fav album by each artist.) This list is subjective not really based on BEA-entered data.

Runners up: the minus 5, fun/the_format, iron & wine, of montreal, sheryl crow, gram parsons, the bee gees. You can probably find a bunch of these artists on the continuation of this chart, "all-time fav artists (subj), #101-200".

03/13/2018 UPDATE: I need to revisit this (and the continuation) chart as it hasn't been updated since after 2013. However, if there are any changes, they'd most likely be subtle.

Chart updated: 04/25/2018 17:45 (Created: 01/17/2014 18:04). Chart size: 100 albums.

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1. (=)

The Lamb Lies Down On BroadwayUnited Kingdom Genesis
If you've seen my overall albums top 100, then you could've already guessed Genesis was my favorite of all-time. Their career spans really intricate, musically-talented prog-rock pieces in the 70s, what i call their transition of autumnal, pastoral pop-rock between decades, into the 80's where they produced some of the best pop songs of that decade and all-time, and finally a retrospective phase that melded their prog and pop tendencies. They're an awesome band that i regretfully have never seen live in person. :-(
(First added to chart: 01/17/2014)
Year of Release:1974Appears in:604 charts
Rank in 1974:1Rank Score:13,789
Rank in 1970s50Overall Rank:203
Average Rating:  83/100 (717 votes)
Comments: 55 comments
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2. (=)

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Bowie obviously has a great body of work that spans 6 decades. Sure, the 90s and 00s were a bit spotty as it seemed he chased trends more than being part of them, but he basically put out a very-good album every year of the 70s and has recently touched past greatness with his last 2 albums before his demise.
(First added to chart: 01/17/2014)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:2,409 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:96,040
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,792 votes)
Comments: 242 comments
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3. (=)

Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
He's under many band names here in BEA, from prince to prince & the revolution to his time with the npg, but he's a talented and funky mutherf*cker under any name. He's been good from his debut through the gold experience and then a smattering of good songs since. I'm looking forward to his new album with 3rd eye girl.
(First added to chart: 01/17/2014)
Year of Release:1984Appears in:1,043 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:26,124
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:96
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,232 votes)
Comments: 96 comments
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4. (=)

Bridge Over Troubled WaterUnited States Simon & Garfunkel
Now some would call this a cheat, but this spot is allocated to Simon and Garfunkel AND Paul Simon's solo work. He was the main visionary behind Simon and Garfunkel, so I'm combining the two. Paul Simon is a master storyteller, whether it's down a folk alleyway or across the globe soaking in african vibes. He's not flashy, he's just a great musician with fun and highly-relatable lyrics.
(First added to chart: 01/17/2014)
Year of Release:1970Appears in:984 charts
Rank in 1970:3Rank Score:22,057
Rank in 1970s29Overall Rank:117
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,221 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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5. (=)

OK ComputerUnited Kingdom Radiohead
It was a tough choice for me between Prince, Simon & Garfunkel and Radiohead. Ultimately, Radiohead was bested as a result of Prince's longevity and slightly more extensive quality discography. But Radiohead hasn't experienced the slumps Prince experienced during his hey dey ("Parade" for example), so maybe with 1 or 2 more albums, Radiohead will rise. They were the first artist i purposefully saw in concert twice.
(First added to chart: 01/17/2014)
Year of Release:1997Appears in:3,728 charts
Rank in 1997:1Rank Score:199,039
Rank in 1990s1Overall Rank:1
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,608 votes)
Comments: 742 comments
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6. (=)

PicaresqueUnited States The Decemberists
I love Colin Meloy's highly literary sea shanties and doomed romances in any flavor -- from prog rock to rock opera to alt-country. Colin's the artist I've seen live the most (3 with decemberists and 1 solo).
(First added to chart: 01/17/2014)
Year of Release:2005Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 2005:17Rank Score:2,906
Rank in 2000s167Overall Rank:882
Average Rating:  78/100 (233 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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7. (=)

NevermindUnited States Nirvana
I used to not give it much credence for those older than myself when they'd discuss beatles or floyd or something like that and they'd say "you had to be there", but I think that's the case with Nirvana. You had to be there to know that the simple lyrics and melody along with the ragged voice and miminal accompanyment really was (and is) more than the sum of its parts. Kurt sang and played from a real place which you can hear in nearly all of his work. Would the alt/grunge movement happened without Kurt/Nirvana? Probably -- someone else would've come along. But that's not what happened -- Nirvana sparked the last mainstream rock revolution. And it was a blast witnessing.
(First added to chart: 01/17/2014)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:2,656 charts
Rank in 1991:1Rank Score:105,646
Rank in 1990s2Overall Rank:10
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (3,640 votes)
Comments: 372 comments
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8. (=)

...But SeriouslyUnited Kingdom Phil Collins
Despite many peoples' incorrect impression that Genesis was Phil Collins' group, Genesis was actually a highly-collaborative effort, especially during the 70s, so i don't count them together. However, his albums stand well on their own. His perspective of failed relationships hits home from Face Value through his releaeed demo Both Sides. A multi-instrumentatlist, including my favorite drummer of all-time (in his hey day), and a nice, funny guy, Phil Collins has been a long-time fav.
(First added to chart: 01/17/2014)
Year of Release:1989Appears in:108 charts
Rank in 1989:35Rank Score:821
Rank in 1980s400Overall Rank:2,527
Average Rating:  69/100 (127 votes)
Comments: 4 comments
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9. (=)

ThrillerUnited States Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson was the consumate artist. Sure, he didn't really play an instrument and didn't write his own stuff, and probably owes Quincy Jones an afterlife favor, but this guy worked hard and knew how to entertain. "Thriller" was one of those albums at the time that everyone loved and everyone had. Thriller was everywhere in 1982 and Jacko was untouchable after that until his eccentricities overwhelmed his music. But even "Dangerous" was a great, new jack swing r&b album.
(First added to chart: 01/17/2014)
Year of Release:1982Appears in:1,230 charts
Rank in 1982:1Rank Score:32,248
Rank in 1980s10Overall Rank:73
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,724 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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10. (=)

TenUnited States Pearl Jam
Honestly, i didn't like Pearl Jam when "Ten" came out. Most of the grunge sound, except Nirvana which i instantly loved, sounded to murky and like regular rock for me to enjoy. I slowly changed my opinion of those other grunge bands and ultimately loved Pearl Jam by the time Vitalogy came out. For a while, "No Code"'s aping of Neil Young was my favorite PJ album, but i've since moved back to Ten. If you like this kind of alt-rock, you can't go wrong from Ten through Yield.
(First added to chart: 01/17/2014)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,484 charts
Rank in 1991:3Rank Score:46,293
Rank in 1990s6Overall Rank:41
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,925 votes)
Comments: 151 comments
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all-time fav artists (subj), #001-100 composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 1 1%
1970s 19 19%
1980s 23 23%
1990s 25 25%
2000s 26 26%
2010s 6 6%
Artist Albums %


Yes 1 1%
The Smashing Pumpkins 1 1%
Bruce Springsteen 1 1%
Spoon 1 1%
Beastie Boys 1 1%
Peter Gabriel 1 1%
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 59 59%
United Kingdom 29 29%
Canada 5 5%
Australia 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Iceland 1 1%
France 1 1%
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