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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by AAL2014 (2019)

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Hey guys. Thanks for checking out my chart. Starting off, this website is great and has been a catalyst to get me into many different types of music and further into genres I hadn't really explored before. With these charts I get to organize and view my tastes much differently than before.

Here you'll find some of that taking shape. My Top 100 will always be a work in progress, as I hope anyone's would, but I made it to 100 after a while.

Also, being a drummer of almost a decade, here you'll find the drummer(s) who played on each of my top 100 records to give them a little credit.

Hope you enjoy. Let me know what you think in the comments.

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5. (=)

Abbey RoadUnited Kingdom The Beatles
"Didn't anybody tell her? Didn't anybody see? Sunday's on the phone to Monday, Tuesday's on the phone to me."

Not too long ago, I had Sgt Pepper as my favorite Beatles album, not this high however. I still love it, it was the record that got me into the Beatles. But then, I gave Abbey Road a well deserved listen all the way through for the first time. I fell in love with the beautiful darkness of the album. Paul's vocals kick ass on this album, maybe his best album vocal-wise. The guitars are beautiful, the drums more than do their share, and the production is top notch and so well mixed. I'm only going to mention the medley on side two.

Favorite tracks: Oh! Darling, I Want You (She's So Heavy), and the Abbey Road Medley (the entire medley).

Drummer: Ringo Starr
(First added to chart: 12/30/2014)
Year of Release:1969Appears in:2,968 charts
Rank in 1969:1Rank Score:149,535
Rank in 1960s1Overall Rank:3
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,671 votes)
Comments: 383 comments
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14. (13) Down1

FoxtrotUnited Kingdom Genesis
"From life alone to life as one, think not your journey's done. For though your ship be sturdy, no mercy has the sea. Will you survive on the ocean of being?"

Wow, what a work of art. A criminally underrated album in my opinion, although Supper's Ready has been (rightfully so) acknowledged as one of the all time great prog tracks. That's certainly not the only bright spot on this record though. The opening track is an epic marvel, and Get Em Out By Friday is one of the more underrated and awesome tracks of the Peter Gabriel era. The production value is quite as strong as it is on the wonder that is Selling England by the Pound, but this album has a very unique vibe because of that. A masterpiece in its own right.

Favorite tracks: Watcher of the Skies, Get Em Out By Friday, Supper's Ready.

Drummer: Phil Collins
(First added to chart: 10/03/2015)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:429 charts
Rank in 1972:9Rank Score:9,412
Rank in 1970s80Overall Rank:306
Average Rating:  82/100 (591 votes)
Comments: 45 comments
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15. (14) Down1

Seventh Son Of A Seventh SonUnited Kingdom Iron Maiden
"But wouldn't you like to know the truth of what's out there to have the proof? And find out just which side you're on. Where would you end? In Heaven or in Hell?"

Some may argue Powersalve, some may argue the Number of the Beast, some may even argue Killers, but MY FAVORITE has to be Seventh Son. Maiden told an amazing tale about good and evil with this, their most progressive effort, in 1988. Bruce Dickinson's voice soars just like the records before it, but to go along with his famous operatic vocal style he introduces, on some songs, a rougher, raspier voice which give the songs a big boost. At one point Maiden said they would never use keyboards in their music, but I'm glad they did because the keys mixed with their famous guitars, bass, and drums make this albums one of my all time favorites.

Favorite Tracks: Moonchild, Infinite Dreams, The Evil That Men Do

Drummer: Nicko McBrain
(First added to chart: 04/24/2014)
Year of Release:1988Appears in:227 charts
Rank in 1988:12Rank Score:3,984
Rank in 1980s95Overall Rank:648
Average Rating:  78/100 (391 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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17. (16) Down1

Selling England By The PoundUnited Kingdom Genesis
"I have crossed between the polls, for me there's no mystery. Once a man like the sea I raged, once a woman like the Earth I gave. But there is in fact more Earth than sea."

There's something special about Gabriel's Genesis, this record being the centerpiece of their phenomenal tenure. As you've already seen, Foxtrot edges this one out to me as it is a bit more cohesive, but the highlights on here are just as strong and beautiful. Dancing With The Moonlit Knight is one of the most amazing compositions in rock music. Anthemic, well-composed, engaging, musically stunning. Same goes for Firth of Fifth and the Cinema Show. The sing-songy fun of I Know What I Like shows the less serious side of the band while not losing an ounce of musicality.

Favorite tracks: Dancing With the Moonlit Knight, Firth of Fifth, the Cinema Show

Drummer: Phil Collins
(First added to chart: 12/02/2014)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:742 charts
Rank in 1973:5Rank Score:19,620
Rank in 1970s34Overall Rank:133
Average Rating:  84/100 (922 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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20. (19) Down1

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
"The band is just fantastic, yeah that's really what I think. Oh and by the way, which one's Pink?"

Okay so I've finally done it. Dark Side was in the Floyd spot from the beginning of this chart. Until now. Wish You Were Here is the essential Floyd album, and that really says a lot. WYWH is as close to a perfect album and listening experience as you can find, especially in rock. Top to bottom this album beats Dark Side by a little bit, and I would have no problem seeing Wish You Were Here in the All Time Top 10 albums list.

Favorite Tracks: Wish You Were Here, Welcome to the Machine, Shine On You Crazy Diamond.

Drummer: Nick Mason
(First added to chart: 07/19/2015)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,384 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:104,365
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:11
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,174 votes)
Comments: 253 comments
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22. (21) Down1

SoUnited Kingdom Peter Gabriel
"Gotta walk out of here, I can't take it anymore. Gonna stand on the bridge, keep my eyes down below. Whatever may come and whatever may go, that river's flowing, that river's flowing."

Peter Gabriel was a genius long before this album, when he dressed up in the red dress and fox head in Dublin, 1972 while fronting the legendary prog outfit, Genesis. This album merely cements his legend as an artist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. 'So' is the perfect mix of pop, rock, new wave, and afro-cuban. In my opinion, this record is better than any Genesis record after he left the band.

Favorite tracks: Red Rain, In Your Eyes, That Voice Again

Drummer(s): Manu Katche', Jerry Moratta, Stewart Copeland,
(First added to chart: 12/02/2014)
Year of Release:1986Appears in:575 charts
Rank in 1986:4Rank Score:10,148
Rank in 1980s34Overall Rank:274
Average Rating:  79/100 (681 votes)
Comments: 43 comments
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23. (22) Down1

Machine HeadUnited Kingdom Deep Purple
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Even though I admittedly haven't listened to everything Deep Purple has put out, I think it would still be hard for any of them to overtake Machine Head as my favorite Purple record and one of my favorite records of all time. Ritchie's crunching guitar tone, Ian Paice's pounding grooves, and Ian Gillian's soaring vocals make every song on this album great. Trust me.. it's not just Smoke on the Water and Highway Star on this album.

Favorite tracks: Maybe I'm a Leo, Highway Star, Pictures of Home

Drummer: Ian Paice
(First added to chart: 03/21/2014)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:569 charts
Rank in 1972:7Rank Score:11,957
Rank in 1970s60Overall Rank:236
Average Rating:  82/100 (769 votes)
Comments: 40 comments
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26. (=)

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
"And my brother lays upon the rocks, he could be dead, he could be not, he could be you. He's chameleon, comedian, Corinthian, and caricature."

Everyone please excuse me for admitting this... I just got done listening to this album for the first time (December 4, 2014). Really my first Bowie experience, aside from watching The Prestige. Where has this been my whole life? The instrumentation, the lyrics, the attitude, the production, the performances (including keys by the great Rick Wakeman). What a masterpiece. I'm certainly looking forward to my next Bowie experience. Maybe Ziggy Stardust? Maybe Hunky Dory again?...

Favorite tracks: Life On Mars?, Andy Warhol, the Bewlay Brothers

Drummer: Mick Woodmansey
(First added to chart: 12/04/2014)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,415 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:41,412
Rank in 1970s14Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,895 votes)
Comments: 120 comments
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27. (=)

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
In the midst of changing up this chart, I knew the Zeppelin pick had to change, II is a landmark, but IV is just better and I enjoy it more. 'Zoso' marks the beginning of Zeppelin's prime and in my opinion, one of the greatest 3 album stretches in modern music. The songwriting is superb, detailed, and beautiful. The production is wonderful. The performances are nothing short of spectacular as always. Page and Plant shine like never before, Bonham and Jones lay down incredibly thick and thunderous grooves as usual. Classic rock masterpiece.

Favorite tracks: Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Battle of Evermore.

Drummer: John Bonham
(First added to chart: 09/18/2015)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,514 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:106,044
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,262 votes)
Comments: 250 comments
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28. (=)

Blow By BlowUnited Kingdom Jeff Beck
A perfect mix of blues, rock, funk and jazz. Certainly one of Jeff Beck's best albums, with amazing grooves, hooks, and melodies. This was one of those game changing records for me as a young drummer, and of course I still draw inspiration from it today. Really, a great listen and a lot of fun every time.

Favorite tracks: Cause We've Ended As Lovers, Thelonious, Constipated Duck

Drummer: Richard Bailey
(First added to chart: 03/21/2014)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:87 charts
Rank in 1975:44Rank Score:876
Rank in 1970s473Overall Rank:2,386
Average Rating:  79/100 (116 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 1 1%
1960s 11 11%
1970s 33 33%
1980s 17 17%
1990s 19 19%
2000s 13 13%
2010s 6 6%
Artist Albums %


Rush 4 4%
The Beatles 3 3%
Tool 3 3%
Bob Dylan 3 3%
Stevie Wonder 3 3%
Genesis 3 3%
Iron Maiden 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United States 60 60%
United Kingdom 28 28%
Canada 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Ireland 1 1%
Panama 1 1%

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    Better than last update. Even though I dislike Springsteen alot, your refreshing (and new) descriptions overwhelm me.

    Recommend:
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    I left a similar comment on kickerofelves overall chart recently and it applies here to - many of these albums are not my cup of tea (some I even actively dislike) but the time and effort with which you have reviewed and placed them is astonishing, and to give this chart anything less than what I have would be an insult. My only criticism would be that the chart suffers from a little too much Anglophonic centrism (at the risk of sounding high and mighty), with all the international picks being UK/US collabs and even Billy Cobham being someone who moved the US aged three and was brought up on a strict musical diet of American Jazz. I think considering your love of the drums (probably my favourite instrument too) you should definitely check out Can; Jaki Liebezeit is often celebrated as one of the greatest rock drummers of all time. Maybe start with their album Ege Bamyasi for more coneventional stuff and then Tago Mago for some real freaky shit. :)
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    A nice mixture and I can't argue with your No.1 as its also my No.1
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    It’s funny to see Stevie Wonder at the top of a chart filled with metal and rock. I’ll give Songs in the Key of Life another listen.
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    good chart!
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    You and I are cut from the same cloth
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    I'll give your suggestion a listen. I love Simon's work on Priest's Sin After Sin album and I've heard a bit of his Protocol work too. Phenomenal player.

    Innervisions is one of my favorite albums to play on vinyl. I say scoop it up. I love Stevie. Ultimately he's the reason I am here talking to you now. His music altered my life's path forever.

    Thanks for the comment and rating!
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    Great chart. As a fellow musician have a listen to Gordon Giltrap's 'Fear of the Dark', really showcases how Simon Phillips used the drum kit like an instrument rather than to bang out a four to the floor. I am just starting to get into Stevie Wonder and am considering a new copy of Innervisions on Vinyl, I see you have two or three of his in your list.
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    Maybe a little too much rock for me, but no bad rock selections here.
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    Really enjoyed reading through this chart. I especially liked the angle of a drummer’s viewpoint.
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