Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by manurock (2020)

More than "100 best ever albums" this chart is better defined with "The 100 albums I have so far most enjoyed listening to", it doesn't necessarily mean they are the most talented music so far (in that case I would have included jazz and classical music!).

Chart of the day 4 times (04/2014, 10/2017, 07/2018 and 09/2019), since November 2019 I have made a big change. Now, Phideaux is at #1; I still think Pink Floyd is the best band every but I feel Doomsday Afternoon deserves this spot. Also, a Spanish 2010's band has risen to the top 10. This chart was made in 2014 and the albums from the previous decade have a place in my heart but I am making an effort to make more recent albums I love climb up.

Thank you so much for rating it so well and for giving me such good comments and reccomendations. I hope you still do from now on :)

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PLEASE listen to this album. You can see some Camel, Mike Oldfield and classical music influences but still this concept album is unique. Great vocals and instrumentation all throughout; piano, mellotron, violin and flute are more prominent than guitars. The first song is a long track which introduces you to the rest of the album and shows how well you can combine so many instruments together.

I remember when I watched them at Summer's End Festival in the UK. They were very nervous, still it was beautiful to hear these 10 people play their best songs, including nearly all of this album. After the show, I was able to talk with Phideaux Xavier and he was really nice with me. They weren't gonna make any profit from this concert, but they found the experience of playing in Europe fascinating. Nearly as fascinating as this concept album, which I agree with him, is his masterpiece.

Now, a decade after, my skin still shivers when I listen to it. That is why it has risen to #1.
[First added to this chart: 03/06/2014]
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2007
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I find Pink Floyd the best band in rock history. Out of all their magnificent albums, I choose this one because it is a concept album with hardly no weaker moments, which makes you fall deep into it's sweet music. This should be listened all along and no track should be ignored, however I have to praise the ticking of "Time", the piano of "The Great Gig in the Sky" and the crescendoes in "Us and Them". This is music for angels; if we were to show the aliens what we've achieved in terms of music, I would get them to listen to this album.

Unfortunately, due to my age, I haven't had the pleasure of watching Pink Floyd live. However, luckily, there are many bands which make live shows of Pink Floyd and I highly reccommend the spanish "Pink Tones". They dragged me into their atmosphere. Also, recently I went to the Pink Floyd exhibition in Madrid and loved it, especially that mixing table of "Money" in which you can change the volume of the instruments and vocals.
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1973
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This album is outstanding. It came after the great blues/hard rock "Everybody knows..." and the classic folk-rock "Harvest", combining perfectly both genres, while having a renewed sound. Young's voice is clear and strong. The musicians are really talented all throughout, especially Ben Keith with his pedal steel guitar. You must listen to the title track, the last track and the beautiful "See the sky about to rain". It's nice to see I'm not the only one who likes this not so well known album from this music master.

Lately I have realised how important this album was to widespread the music I loved. This type of music is present in quite a few of the albums in my chart, ie Sound of Lies or Las Consecuencias, so it deserves this high position on my chart. Even more when I enjoyed so much his concert in 2016's Mad Cool when, despite being 70,he showed that he still has lots of energy and good music to deliver.
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1974
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Steven Wilson's solo work and bands like PT and Blackfield are worth listening to. His best work is this album, in which you can find long but not boring progressive rock songs, with a few prog metal riffs. All songs have something different, unheard before, and the lyrics show the despair of a boy damaged by society. The last part of "Anesthesize" is the most beautiful music I have heard from the 2000's. [First added to this chart: 03/06/2014]
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2007
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I think that this album isn't higher rated because many of the long-term 70's fans had forgotten about this band at this time. This is a relaxing and sweet album, thanks to Latimer's mature voice and the usual unconventional Camel instrumentation. This time, forget about virtuosism and sit and dream with these pop-orientated atmospheric rock songs. My favourites are the title track, Shout and Lost and Found but the album as a whole is great. [First added to this chart: 03/06/2014]
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1999
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This album introduced me to Muse and I still consider it to be their best. None of their other albums is so aggressive and at the same time so progressive as this one. The keyboards are the strong point of this album (i.e new born, bliss, space dementia...) in comparison to the other albums and we can find Bellamy's falsetto voice and guitar riffs in a few songs too (i.e plug in baby, citizen erased, darkshines...). It's hard to choose the best tracks, all are worth listening to, and each one has something of its own to contribute to the album. [First added to this chart: 03/06/2014]
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2001
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The best album from a unique band. There are many rythm changes, instrumental solos (especially piano) and crescendoes; only parts of "Crisis what crisis?" and a few other songs have some of this creativity. Hodgson and Davies' vocals blend perfectly. "Hide in your Shell" is just impressive, the perfect example of what the band wanted to achive in the whole of this solid album, and don't miss the first and last track either. [First added to this chart: 03/19/2014]
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1974
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What can be said which hasn't been said yet about this masterpiece? I guess that people who lived at this time were shocked that there could be such a perfect album; hard to find one as good since all the brilliant '70's albums. Thanks to this concept, dark and varied album full of outstanding songs like "Karma Police", "Exit Music", "No Surprises" or "The Tourist" Radiohead became a legend, and have influenced modern bands like Muse or Coldplay. Kudos to them. It's a pity that they never made this sound again (though in AMSP they have some nice songs from this era). [First added to this chart: 03/06/2014]
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1997
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Wonderful album all throughout by progressive rock/metal polish band Riverside. This is their most aggressive yet their most progressive and symphonic album. Duda's vocals have many registers and are all good, the piano and keyboards by Lapaj in this album are grandiouse, the guitar sounds as clean as always... and the composition is fantastic. If you are a music fan and you enjoy Porcucpine Tree, Opeth, Pink Floyd or even harder edge Muse then please give this album a listen. [First added to this chart: 03/06/2014]
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2005
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If you like Tame Impala, Pink Floyd or the more psychedelic Beatles, you need to listen to this band. The album has a dreamy synth sound which you can't take from your head. The songs have lyrics which drive you towards a certain world (i.e. the standout track is "San Junipero", inspired in Black Mirror) while the music solos drive you to ecstasy. All the tracks (save the LSD version) are so worthy of listening to. They are starting to get an audience in Spain but are totally unknown elsewhere and as it has been many years since a band has made me feel something like them yeah, let's get them up the charts! [First added to this chart: 04/27/2019]
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2018
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 9 9%
1970s 28 28%
1980s 3 3%
1990s 17 17%
2000s 28 28%
2010s 15 15%
Artist Albums %


Pink Floyd 4 4%
Phideaux 3 3%
Bob Dylan 3 3%
The Beatles 3 3%
Jackson Browne 3 3%
Muse 3 3%
Supertramp 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 50 50%
United States 25 25%
Spain 6 6%
Canada 5 5%
France 3 3%
Poland 2 2%
Sweden 2 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
Climber Up 5 from 100th to 95th
Mellom Oss
by Kerrs Pink
Climber Up 1 from 95th to 94th
In The Wake Of Poseidon
by King Crimson
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 2 from 94th to 96th
Blondes Have More Fun
by Rod Stewart
Faller Down 1 from 96th to 97th
Indianola Mississippi Seeds
by B.B. King
Faller Down 1 from 97th to 98th
Anno Domini High Definition
by Riverside

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From 10/19/2019 01:27
Jackson Browne is a master songwriter.
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From 09/23/2019 14:25
Surprisingly great variety, seeing DSOTM at #1 too often results in a boring list, but I really like yours
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From 09/23/2019 13:43
Great eclectic collection!!
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From 09/23/2019 11:12
Love the personal feel. A lot of stuff I haven’t heard before, but judging from what I have heard, I’m looking forward to exploring some new music based on your suggestions.
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From 06/30/2019 18:09
I like your chart. There is homage to some big early albums in there but even as you get into the 70's it's not all the classics you expect.
You are short on 80's stuff - but there isn't enough time to consume everything. I would suggest a couple of albums from this era that you might like:
Making Movies by Dire Straits since you already called them out
Talking Heads - Remain in Light
Joy Division - Closer
Simple Minds - Street Fighting Years
The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow

Loving the love for Supertramp and Muse. Floyd are amazing.
I'm in a slightly different zone for your more recent albums but things like Steven Wilson are on my agenda and will get to some of your picks since I like what you choose that I do know.

Loving the comments - I think it adds so much to see why someone picked it and give us an idea what to expect.

Oh and I'm still not digging Joni Mitchell's Blue nor really focusing on the lyrics - it still feels like a sad album to me - lol
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From 12/05/2018 17:49
King Crimson's first album might be the first successful prog rock album, but it is not the first. The first which I consider is a great prog album is Second Hand's Reality from 1968. An overlooked masterpiece in my opinion.

Good chart though.
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From 09/03/2018 04:22
One of the best and most interesting charts I've seen. Love the addition of a few Phideaux albums, still have yet to hear Doomsday. Chupacabra is great! Just listened to Crisis? What Crisis? Today by Supertramp, love it! Crime, Crisis and Quietest are my three favorites. Awesome list. Also love the addition of Riverside!
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From 07/29/2018 05:42
nice and diversive !!
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From 07/28/2018 19:33
Nice to see a wide range of known and "unknown" albums
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From 07/28/2018 11:24
Noice!
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