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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by AAL2014 (2018)  

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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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Songs In The Key Of LifeUnited States Stevie Wonder
"Good morn or evening, friends. Here's your friendly announcer. I have serious news to pass on to everybody. What I'm about to say could mean your world's disaster. Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain. It's that love's in need of love today"

My first favorite musician, Stevie Wonder capped off his run of legendary albums in the 1970's with quite arguably his all time best with Songs. Not a skippable track on the album and each has fantastic melodies, harmonies and instrumentation. No pun intended, truly a wonderful album. Seeing him perform the entire album live in Detroit was truly breathtaking. An all time classic of beauty, love, life, spirituality, and gorgeous, often untouchable music.

Favorite tracks: As, Another Star, Knocks Me Off My Feet

Drummer(s): Stevie Wonder, Raymond Pounds, Greg Brown,
(First added to chart: 03/21/2014)
Year of Release:1976Appears in:769 charts
Rank in 1976:1Rank Score:18,551
Rank in 1970s34Overall Rank:133
Average Rating:  84/100 (867 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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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:211 charts
Rank in 1999:12Rank Score:5,012
Rank in 1990s98Overall Rank:501
Average Rating:  78/100 (332 votes)
Comments: 19 comments
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Born To RunUnited States Bruce Springsteen
"Beneath the city, two hearts beat. Soul engines running through a night so tender in a bedroom locked with whispers of soft refusal and then surrender."

So picture this. It's November 13, 2009, a Friday aftenoon, nearly 3 PM. I'm getting out of school during my Freshman year of High School and walking out to my dad's blue Chevy S10. He's on the phone with come to find out his friend Brad who has Springsteen tickets for that night but it sick and can't go. My dad tells me that as he gets off the phone and says "Wanna go?". To which I replied very quickly "yes". I had just started to like rock music and play the drums a year and a half previous to this and had not gone to any major concerts.

Springsteen popped my rock concert cherry in a way I could have never imagined. I experienced the hardest working man in rock n roll that night at the Palace of Aubrun Hills in Michigan. A capacity crowd with a normal stage but seats behing the stage, probably only 1,000 seats were not used. I would guess I was one of at least 20,000 souls that night. It was a religious experience the likes of which I had merely read about. He played Born To Run in it's entirety. It changed my life and outlook on music. This could easily be my favorite album.

Favorite tracks: Thunder Road, Born to Run, Jungleland

Drummer(s): Max Weinberg, Earnest "Boom" Carter
(First added to chart: 03/21/2014)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,160 charts
Rank in 1975:3Rank Score:39,894
Rank in 1970s13Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,515 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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Master Of PuppetsUnited States Metallica
"Back to the front. You will do what I say when I say."

I don't remember the first time I listened to many of the albums I like, but I remember, IN VIVID DETAIL, putting my burned copy of Master of Puppets from my good friend in my CD player for the first time and being blown away by the lightning quick guitar, pounding drums, and huge and terrifying vocals. It scared me to death... and I couldn't stop listening to it. A Masterpiece. Pun intended this time.

Master of Puppets is a classic. It's my first choice for greatest/favorite metal album because of not only it's influence on me but impact on the genre. They were firing on cylinders, a lot of them, all of them and they were a band set on world domination and they fucking got it. For better or for worse. A genius album and such a deserving choice for our Top 100 albums on this beautiful site.

Favorite tracks: Battery, Master of Puppets, Disposable Heroes

Drummer: Lars Ulrich
(First added to chart: 03/21/2014)
Year of Release:1986Appears in:893 charts
Rank in 1986:2Rank Score:26,338
Rank in 1980s12Overall Rank:87
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,286 votes)
Comments: 80 comments
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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:2,798 charts
Rank in 1969:1Rank Score:143,381
Rank in 1960s1Overall Rank:3
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,452 votes)
Comments: 365 comments
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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:487 charts
Rank in 1996:5Rank Score:13,704
Rank in 1990s45Overall Rank:191
Average Rating:  80/100 (685 votes)
Comments: 47 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:619 charts
Rank in 1994:11Rank Score:13,988
Rank in 1990s44Overall Rank:187
Average Rating:  80/100 (872 votes)
Comments: 62 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:830 charts
Rank in 1991:5Rank Score:21,475
Rank in 1990s22Overall Rank:112
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,365 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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9. (=)

To Pimp A ButterflyUnited States Kendrick Lamar
"I need 40 acres and a mule not a 40 ounce and a pitbull, bullshit"

I remember the hype. It was here, it was on other sites, it was among friends, musicians, record stores, it was everywhere. And perhaps more than any other record, TPAB not only lived up to that hype, it backflipped over the hype.. did cartwheels around the hype. Just wow.

How Kendrick effortlessly blended hip hop, rap, funk, r&b, rock, jazz, soul... I can't believe it. This album made me want to go so much further into not only Kendrick's catalog, but rap as a genre in general. The emotion, intelligence, effort, and power that went into this album has justifiably not gone un-noted. I still remember putting the CD in for the first time, the hook for Wesley's Theory kicked in and I was already on the trip. This record not only took me along for the ride, it unapologetically made me feel like a part of the album. Kendrick is speaking to you when you play this album. Even if in the end he's really speaking to.. Ehhh, I won't spoil it in case you haven't heard it.

To Pimp A Butterfly is a masterpiece and well on its way to all time great status.

Favorite tracks: Welsey's Theory, The Blacker The Berry, Mortal Man
(First added to chart: 07/14/2015)
Year of Release:2015Appears in:1,094 charts
Rank in 2015:1Rank Score:34,343
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:61
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,435 votes)
Comments: 276 comments
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A Love SupremeUnited States John Coltrane
"A Love Supreme, A Love Supreme, A Love Supreme"

If there is only one word that I'm allowed to use to describe the music of John Coltrane, it might be something like.. immaculate. As someone who is not (yet) a jazz aficionado, I can still feel the emotion and detail in every note on this album. This is a complete and powerful, musical trip through the mind of John Coltrane. Along with the help of the great Elvin Jones on drums, McCoy Tyner on keys and Jimmy Garrison on bass, his classic lineup, Coltrane's "gift to God", lives up to every expectation. In my opinion this cemented John Coltrane's case as one of the 5 greatest musical geniuses of all time.

Drummer: Elvin Jones
(First added to chart: 02/01/2015)
Year of Release:1965Appears in:879 charts
Rank in 1965:3Rank Score:25,491
Rank in 1960s20Overall Rank:92
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,050 votes)
Comments: 67 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 34 34%
1980s 17 17%
1990s 19 19%
2000s 13 13%
2010s 5 5%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 62 62%
United Kingdom 28 28%
Canada 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Ireland 1 1%
Panama 1 1%

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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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From Tamthebam 08/09/2018 15:27
A nice mixture and I can't argue with your No.1 as its also my No.1
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From antaiospiano 08/09/2018 08:14
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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From Reppu1976 06/27/2018 01:32
good chart!
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From jdenny2018 04/23/2018 18:48
You and I are cut from the same cloth
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From AAL2014 04/15/2018 04:24
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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From Junomoogmello 03/16/2018 19:52
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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From AReasonableMan 12/20/2017 07:56
Maybe a little too much rock for me, but no bad rock selections here.
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From Strangel 12/18/2017 02:35
Really enjoyed reading through this chart. I especially liked the angle of a drummer’s viewpoint.
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From Brad1770 12/17/2017 08:46
Love the commentary and read every line
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