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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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Chart updated: 04/13/2019 15:45 (Created: 03/18/2014 17:15). Chart size: 100 albums.

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2. (=)

Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A MemoryUnited States Dream Theater
"All your eyes have ever seen, all you've ever heard, is etched upon my memory, spoken through my words"

Dream Theater's magnum opus and one of the greatest stories ever told on an album. Every song has a hand in telling part of the story, partly set in the present, other parts set in 1928. Fantastic songs, melodies, and of course playing from the powerhouses of Myung, Petrucci, LaBrie, Ruddess, and Portnoy. My favorite part about Dream Theater is when the powerhouse playing meets melody, harmony, and musicality. This record is the best of both DT worlds. This is the concept album I hold all other concept albums up against.

This album is still essentially perfect, but after a long time at number 1, I can't keep SITKOL out of the top spot any longer. Someday it may return to that spot, but I know it will always be in the top 5.

Favorite tracks: Strange Deja Vu, the Dance of Eternity, Finally Free. (But really, listen to the whole album)

Drummer: Mike Portnoy
(First added to chart: 03/21/2014)
Year of Release:1999Appears in:224 charts
Rank in 1999:14Rank Score:5,081
Rank in 1990s102Overall Rank:521
Average Rating:  78/100 (353 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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6. (=)

ÆnimaUnited States Tool
"I sold my soul to make a record, dipshit, and you bought one."

Chaos, Debauchery, Disaster, Catastrophes, Disorder, Despair.. on one record, personified through instruments by 4 incredible personalities. Tool's musicianship is supreme and this is where they started to take hold of it completely. As loud, rude, and unapologetic as it is. I view AEnima and Lateralus as brother/sister albums. This of course being the fucking bastard brother.

In roughly a year's time, Tool has gone from a band I couldn't get into for the life of me, to a band I can't stop listening to. I feel more complete with Tool in my life and that could have something to do with the people who helped to finally get me into them. There is something in Tool's music that makes it speak differently than any other band and AEnima is the prime example of that.

Favorite Tracks: Stinkfist, Eulogy, AEnima

Drummer: Danny Carey
(First added to chart: 11/17/2016)
Year of Release:1996Appears in:524 charts
Rank in 1996:5Rank Score:14,464
Rank in 1990s45Overall Rank:191
Average Rating:  80/100 (729 votes)
Comments: 50 comments
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SuperunknownUnited States Soundgarden
"She lived like a murder how she flied so sweetly. She lived like a murder but she died just like suicide."

When Soundgarden made their big comeback a couple years back, I was intrigued. I had heard Black Hole Sun before, but I wanted to hear more. Luckily my dad had a copy of Superunknown in his collection. At the time, that album was just what I needed. Every song really struck me as a musician and a listener and, to me, Soundgarden will always be kings of the "grunge" movement. Superunknown is fantastic start to finish. 4th of July and Like Suicide take me to a truly dark place but Black Hole Sun and Fell On Black Days pull me back into other ones.

When the world lost Chris, I took it quite hard. His voice was more familiar to me than some family members'. His lyrics and delivery of them spoke to me in a way that so few ever have. I'm sad he's no longer here. I'm ecstatic he existed. I miss you, Chris.

Favorite tracks: Fell On Black Days, 4th of July, Like Suicide.

Drummer: Matt Cameron
(First added to chart: 03/21/2014)
Year of Release:1994Appears in:671 charts
Rank in 1994:11Rank Score:14,871
Rank in 1990s43Overall Rank:183
Average Rating:  80/100 (938 votes)
Comments: 64 comments
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Blood Sugar Sex MagikUnited States Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Every woman has a piece of Aphrodite, copulate to create a state of sexual light. Kissing her virginity, my affinity, I mingle with the gods, I mingle with divinity."

If you have to ask why this album is so high up on my chart, you'll never know.

This is one of those albums that has been like a friend to me over the years, thanks in large part to sharing it with so many friends of my own. Is it too long? Yeah..(all RHCP records are too damn long), Cut it down even just by 3 songs and we're talking a socks out masterpiece. With that said, however, I still love just about everything this album has to offer. This album has been important to me in so many different regards and has different moods for my own different moods. Funky, powerful, and dangerous one song, beautiful and heartfelt the next.

One thing is for sure, it's a landmark in funk rock. I'd say they made the funk gods proud with this one. There is also not a note out of place from Chad Smith. An EXCELLENT drum album.

Favorite tracks: The Power of Equality, Suck My Kiss, Sir Psycho Sexy

Drummer: Chad Smith
(First added to chart: 12/04/2014)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:868 charts
Rank in 1991:6Rank Score:22,088
Rank in 1990s23Overall Rank:113
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,430 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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In UteroUnited States Nirvana
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Nevermind is a masterpiece, as well as a game changer, yes. But ever since listening to this album all the way through for the first time, In Utero has been my favorite Nirvana album. It's raw, it's heavy, it's angry, it's honest, and it just does not give a fuck. One of my favorite things about the record is that Grohl and Noveselic also have a writing credit!

Favorite tracks: Scentless Apprentice, Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge on Seattle, All Apologies

Drummer: Dave Grohl
(First added to chart: 12/03/2014)
Year of Release:1993Appears in:1,400 charts
Rank in 1993:1Rank Score:40,957
Rank in 1990s9Overall Rank:53
Average Rating:  84/100 (2,149 votes)
Comments: 143 comments
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Temple Of The DogUnited States Temple Of The Dog
"Porcelain Mary her majesties pure, looking for virgin territory. Coat hanger halos don't come cheap from television shepherds with living room sheep, And I pray."

If you were to say that this is the best overall grunge album, I wouldn't argue. This album is brilliant and really summed up what grunge was, all the while doing it better than the albums before it. Chris Cornell is one of rock's top tier vocalists, and this is arguably his best work vocal wise. He also proves just how good and diverse of a songwriter he can be, and I love his lyrics. Pearl Jam is great, and Soundgarden is one of my favorites, so combing the two? It really worked. A raw, underrated masterpiece.

Favorite tracks: Say Hello 2 Heaven, Pushin Forward Back, Call Me a Dog

Drummer: Matt Cameron
(First added to chart: 12/08/2014)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:199 charts
Rank in 1991:18Rank Score:2,909
Rank in 1990s178Overall Rank:865
Average Rating:  77/100 (287 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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46. (=)

The Colour And The ShapeUnited States Foo Fighters
This has to be here somewhere, as it has almost as much meaning to me as Wasting Light does. It was the first Foo Fighters album I ever heard all the way through, and I still believe it is a quintessential 90's album. It's very dynamic. An all time classic like Everlong followed by the beautiful February Stars, then close the album with New Way Home? Wow. This is special for me because my sister and I would listen to this a lot as Foo Fighters is her favorite band. Seeing them live with my family was just a great time. Powerful.

Favorite tracks: Everlong, My Hero, February Stars

Drummer: Dave Grohl
(First added to chart: 10/04/2015)
Year of Release:1997Appears in:519 charts
Rank in 1997:7Rank Score:10,715
Rank in 1990s53Overall Rank:261
Average Rating:  78/100 (783 votes)
Comments: 53 comments
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49. (=)

NevermindUnited States Nirvana
"Love myself better than you. I know it's wrong, so what should I do?"

Maybe the most controversial album of the day in BEA's history, but it is still a favorite of mine. It is just so god damn good. No matter if it just a punk rock record or not, it's just note-worthily good. Barring all historical impact, song for song it is pretty close to a masterpiece. Everyone talks about Kurt's great songwriting and so on, but the instant chemistry between Dave Grohl and Krist Novaselic is worth mentioning to put it lightly. Some really great drum and bass parts here.

Favorite tracks: In Bloom, Come As You Are, Lounge Act

Drummer: Dave Grohl
(First added to chart: 10/04/2015)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:2,626 charts
Rank in 1991:1Rank Score:104,631
Rank in 1990s2Overall Rank:10
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (3,573 votes)
Comments: 367 comments
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51. (=)

Rage Against The MachineUnited States Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine (both the band and the album) is the perfect mix of anger, brains, heart, talent, and groove. Morello, Wilk, and Commerford create riffs that actually make me want to destroy shit. But I still want to sit down and listen at the same time. Unlike Pantera's groove metal classics before them, Rage had the X-Factor in Zach De la Rocha who's lyrics and flow never let me down. Not to mention the production on this record is literally immaculate.

Favorite tracks: Killing in the Name, Know Your Enemy, Bullet In Your Head

Drummer: Brad Wilk
(First added to chart: 12/02/2014)
Year of Release:1992Appears in:970 charts
Rank in 1992:2Rank Score:25,652
Rank in 1990s20Overall Rank:97
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,299 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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62. (=)

BadmotorfingerUnited States Soundgarden
Power. Fucking power man. This album gave me chills when I first discovered it and much of it still does, the rest still doesn't fail to put a smile on my face. A very popular record among my friends, we would take part in certain unspeakable extracurricular activities and sit in awe of Chris Cornell's howl. Slaves and Bulldozers is one of the best songs ever, and one of the best vocal performances ever. The first four songs on this album are as strong as any. As serious as this record is, there isn't any doubt the charm and humor of Soundgarden is still there.

Favorite tracks: Slaves and Bulldozers, Holy Water, Rusty Cage

Drummer: Matt Cameron
(First added to chart: 10/23/2015)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:302 charts
Rank in 1991:13Rank Score:4,862
Rank in 1990s106Overall Rank:543
Average Rating:  78/100 (453 votes)
Comments: 27 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%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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climbers Up 14 from 25th to 11th
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climbers Up 3 from 98th to 95th
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climbers Up 3 from 87th to 84th
Spectrum
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Biggest fallers
fallers Down 2 from 84th to 86th
Ten
by Pearl Jam
fallers Down 2 from 85th to 87th
Live At Leeds
by The Who
fallers Down 1 from 11th to 12th
Permanent Waves
by Rush
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    89/100 (from 65 votes)
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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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