Top 50 Greatest Music Albums by Crusaderlord (2019)

The late seventies and early eighties were my teenage era and my list really reflects this. I believe nostalgia and influence plays a huge role in what albums stick as as personal classics. Over the years i have tried to broadened my taste a little, but this will never be your standard classic list. I am constantly revamping the lower end of the list as i am never properly happy with it.

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A masterpiece of swirling synth chords, and a groundbreaking electronic record which underpinned a new era of synth based music. An album that still feels pretty unique. (owned on 180g vinyl & cd) [First added to this chart: 03/23/2010]
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1979
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A double album that mixes dark brooding tracks with simple piano pieces,m including a stunning concept jazz inflected songbird journey. Great packaging and photos too, especially the vinyl album. (owned on 180g vinyl & cd) [First added to this chart: 03/23/2010]
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2005
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3,023
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My first listen aged 13 gave me goosebumps and it remains one of my most played records. I loved the new darker synth sound and sci-fi theme and the great album cover which ties in with the track lyrics. (owned on 180g vinyl & cd) [First added to this chart: 03/23/2010]
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1979
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A beautiful album filled with lovely guitar work and storyline led songs. This is atmospheric and intricate with a slightly softer approach and has a great gatefold album cover and linking artwork too. (owned on 180g vinyl & sacd) [First added to this chart: 03/23/2010]
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1976
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5,027
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The definitive synth programmed album with longer tracks, repetitive rhythms and soaring chords underpinning every song. An album that merges well into one complete work. (owned on 180g vinyl & cd) [First added to this chart: 03/23/2010]
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1981
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511
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Kate's most popular album and arguably the most creative and varied, a series of great story led songs on side one, along with a conceptial journey on the other that really mixes up the styles. (owned on 180g vinyl & cd) [First added to this chart: 03/23/2010]
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1985
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25,549
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Depeche Mode's biggest selling album and contains a number of such strong tracks including one of the all time great singles. (owned on sacd) [First added to this chart: 03/23/2010]
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1990
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20,482
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Music to sit back and absorb, a more relaxing album from the group, bookended by the amazing Shine On You Crazy Diamond, this is my favourite Floyd album despite the DSOTM popularity. (owned on sacd) [First added to this chart: 03/23/2010]
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1975
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106,638
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Despite losing key band members, this album still has such a lovely ambiance with great use of keyboard chords and wonderful storyline led songs. (owned on 180g vinyl & sacd) [First added to this chart: 03/23/2010]
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1978
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591
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A third solo album at his popularity peak, with more intricate use of keyboard overlaid sounds, and which at the time excluded the two chart single releases (now included on the CD and gatefold vinyl). (owned on 180g vinyl & cd) [First added to this chart: 03/23/2010]
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1980
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736
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Top 50 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 1 2%
1970s 16 32%
1980s 21 42%
1990s 5 10%
2000s 3 6%
2010s 4 8%
Artist Albums %


Gary Numan 5 10%
Kate Bush 5 10%
Genesis 3 6%
Ultravox 3 6%
Depeche Mode 3 6%
U2 2 4%
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark 2 4%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 42 84%
United States 3 6%
Ireland 2 4%
Mixed Nationality 1 2%
Canada 1 2%
Sweden 1 2%

Top 50 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 1 from 38th to 37th
Avalon
by Roxy Music
climbers Up 1 from 37th to 36th
Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)
by Gary Numan
climbers Up 1 from 32nd to 31st
Quartet
by Ultravox
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 3 from 21st to 24th
Under Rug Swept
by Alanis Morissette
fallers Down 3 from 29th to 32nd
The Joshua Tree
by U2
fallers Down 2 from 6th to 8th
Wish You Were Here
by Pink Floyd

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81/100 (from 40 votes)
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From Thad 11/13/2019 17:35
This is a solid chart of British 70s/80s electronic, pop and some prog. While it isn't diverse, these are very good choices considering the small pool of albums we seem to be choosing from.

It's actually kind of impressive how dedicated you seem to be to avoiding every other kind of music. Like, every album is english speaking yet barely any are even American, let alone another kind of foreign? This is a man who either really knows what he likes.. or doesn't have a clue. Hahaha.

Regardless, a unique chart. It would be scored higher if it had more diversity, but its an interesting read, clearly authentic, and like I said, good choices for the era, country, and genres that do appear.
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85/100
From Liedzeit 02/04/2018 10:56
As much as I despise Depeche Mode and Duran Duran, I like it that someone has the guts to stand for his favorite artist. Who in this case seems to be Gary Numan.
Brave. Also, including Sparks is always a bright idea.
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90/100
From bobbyb5 08/31/2017 12:13
Its awesome that you have Replicas and Telekon in your top 10. not to mention you also have things like Visage and Madness in your chart.
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From Helios 07/22/2017 05:45
Any chart with Gary Numan and Depeche Mode deserve to be Chart of the Year. Perfect!
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From poppmusic 07/21/2017 17:44
Very thematically consistent chart. It's really clear what kind of music you like, which is awesome.
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80/100
From platus 07/21/2017 16:03
I like your chart
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75/100
From LedZep 07/21/2017 15:02
Very nice choices, and descriptions are more than welcome!
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From Drzozzy 02/15/2017 18:40
Any chart with Telekon in it is alright with me
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From WillyMac 10/20/2016 23:49
Rather synth-pop oriented but having said that, you really have chosen a lot of the best synth-pop... only 8 albums coincide with my top 100 but probably a dozen more would be in my top 200. I look forward to seeing you flesh it out to a Top 100 chart...
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From greatson 06/30/2015 13:03
Nice 80 electronic chart, ore nice 70´s progressive rock chart!
Not exactly an overall chart for me...maybe you´ll expand it and add some more music from other decades...
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