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Top 95 Greatest Music Albums by DeusExMackia (2018)  

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Yo! Thanks for checking out my list of my favourite albums ever. Like most people on BEA, I listen to an absolute ton of music, a lot of which isn't on here. This then is a list of what I consider to be give or take the best music ever made (in my humble opinion).


As of now (24th July 2018), this is the rough outline:
- Positions 1 to 14 are the 14 albums I'd consider perfect.

- 14 to 30 are the albums I'd consider "runner-up best albums ever", a.k.a. "there's not enough room to fit everything into the top 10" and really might as well just be one big joint position.

- Everything below is structured to reflect how highly I regard it, but all can be considered "albums to listen to before you die (in my humble opinion)".


Also, the comments I have made about each album; for some records I could wax lyrical about them for days, and for others I can barely say a word. This, however, in no way determines whether I like a record more than another. And for quite a few of them, I can't even properly articulate why I love them.

For something extra, here are my favorite artists of all time. It's not properly reflected in my choice of albums.
In a rough-but-no-particular order:
- The Smiths
- David Bowie
- Joy Division
- Pink Floyd
- Kate Bush
- Fleetwood Mac
- Lou Reed
- Nirvana
- Radiohead
- New Order
- The Doors
- The Clash
- Sonic Youth
- Gorillaz

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Update 30/4/18: It's 10 to 1 in the morning as I write this, and it's been four months since I updated this. What's changed? We've moved that one nagging Beatles record down and instead replaced it with a load of new additions, adding even more Bowie and Sonic Youth, because frankly, they need to be there. Oh and there's been a nice tidy up of some of the notes too.

Update 26/12/17: Oh man. A few glasses of wine in me and look at that, I've finally plucked up the courage to change my Top 10 after about 2 years. Finally made room for Daydream Nation, Station to Station and Endtroducing.

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Chart updated: 08/17/2018 09:45 (Created: 10/20/2014 19:43). Chart size: 95 albums.

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RankAlbumArtist
1. (=)

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Best Songs: Oh! You Pretty Things, Life On Mars?, The Bewlay Brothers...and maybe Quicksand? Queen B*tch? There's far too many here to choose from.

This is it. The one record I'd recommend to absolutely anyone as a must-listen. Bowie and Folk might just be the best marriage of music in recorded history.

100/100
(First added to chart: 10/23/2014)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,354 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:40,465
Rank in 1970s13Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,800 votes)
Comments: 114 comments
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2. (=)

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Best Songs: Breathe, Time, Money

Timeless is the only way to describe DSOTM; you always end up coming back to it, even after listening to a thousand other songs. A masterpiece, no less.

100/100
(First added to chart: 10/23/2014)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,291 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:172,345
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,120 votes)
Comments: 458 comments
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3. (=)

The SmithsUnited Kingdom The Smiths
Best Songs: This Charming Man, Still Ill, Hand In Glove

Did you know? This world sucks. It is really godawful and full of rubbish. So, rather than getting worked up about it, come and relish in it, because by god, the music that attitude produces is what makes life worth living for.

100/100
(First added to chart: 10/23/2014)
Year of Release:1984Appears in:709 charts
Rank in 1984:3Rank Score:14,042
Rank in 1980s23Overall Rank:191
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,061 votes)
Comments: 67 comments
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4. (=)

Daydream NationUnited States Sonic Youth
Best Songs: 'Cross The Breeze, Hey Joni, Candle, Trilogy (best finale on any record ever frankly)

I'm still not sure why I love Daydream Nation. Maybe I relate to its lyrics on some level, maybe the scale of its sound makes it fun to reminisce about the depression of late-Reagan era America, or maybe I just really, really like Kim Gordon's voice. Daydream Nation is noisy, crammed and epic, and then it some how manages to be one of the most rewarding albums ever.

100/100
(First added to chart: 03/29/2015)
Year of Release:1988Appears in:1,213 charts
Rank in 1988:1Rank Score:37,728
Rank in 1980s7Overall Rank:54
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,424 votes)
Comments: 117 comments
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5. (=)

The DoorsUnited States The Doors
Best Songs: Soul Kitchen, Light My Fire, The End
Suave and full of guts. The Doors' debut isn't the most emotional album ever, or the most innovative or even the most interesting. But as a 45-minute package of music, it's nigh-on perfect. It oozes 1967 from every angle, but its pop-rock structures still sound so damn good today. I could put this on repeat forever, no problem at all.
On a side note, listen to how the entire mood of the album changes throughout; starting from punchy and energetic, before ending with the deepest reaches of darkness.

100/100
(First added to chart: 10/23/2014)
Year of Release:1967Appears in:1,797 charts
Rank in 1967:3Rank Score:60,139
Rank in 1960s9Overall Rank:26
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,189 votes)
Comments: 158 comments
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6. (=)

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Best Songs: Disorder, New Dawn Fades, She's Lost Control

It's easy to call this album "depressing" and "dark", but that is far too simple and besides the point. Unknown Pleasures is drenched in a unique aura and sound that can only be attributed to this album, and it far surpasses almost anything else in terms of precision and effect. Nothing before sounded like it, and truth be told, nothing has since.

100/100
(First added to chart: 10/23/2014)
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,479 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:49,120
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:33
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,733 votes)
Comments: 146 comments
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7. (=)

Endtroducing.....United States DJ Shadow
Best Songs: Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt, Midnight In A Perfect World, Napalm Brain/Scatter Brain

Just thinking about Endtroducing gives me gooesbumps. I was listening to this in the car late one night on a quiet, long drive, and it just dropped for me. No other music could have suited that drive better. The more I listen, the more I realise every song on here is complete and utter genius.

100/100
(First added to chart: 10/11/2015)
Year of Release:1996Appears in:696 charts
Rank in 1996:3Rank Score:17,745
Rank in 1990s30Overall Rank:145
Average Rating:  84/100 (801 votes)
Comments: 42 comments
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8. (=)

Substance
Compilation
United Kingdom New Order
Best Songs: Blue Monday, Thieves Like Us, Bizarre Love Triangle

Substance is more than just a compilation or 'best of' album; it's the New Order bible.

100/100
(First added to chart: 06/26/2015)
Year of Release:1987Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 1987:11Rank Score:4,512
Rank in 1980s80Overall Rank:556
Average Rating:  83/100 (351 votes)
Comments: 30 comments
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9. (=)

Station To StationUnited Kingdom David Bowie
Best Songs: Station to Station, Golden Years, Wild Is The Wind

This is beyond mad. It's an album that turns you into a fanatic. The darkness, despair, the longing and the decrepit insanity of The Thin White Duke, presented in masterful, theatrical style. Keep listening to this, even if you can't quite get into it. Eventually, the penny will drop - and it drops hard - and you will see that this is an absolute masterpiece.

100/100
(First added to chart: 10/02/2015)
Year of Release:1976Appears in:707 charts
Rank in 1976:2Rank Score:15,793
Rank in 1970s40Overall Rank:163
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,048 votes)
Comments: 56 comments
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10. (=)

TransformerUnited States Lou Reed
Best Songs: Walk On The Wild Side, Perfect Day, Hangin' Round

Whatever the mood, whatever the time, Transformer somehow just fits in.

100/100
(First added to chart: 10/23/2014)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:926 charts
Rank in 1972:5Rank Score:21,608
Rank in 1970s28Overall Rank:113
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,152 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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Top 95 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 5 5%
1970s 25 26%
1980s 24 25%
1990s 20 21%
2000s 11 12%
2010s 10 11%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 7 7%
The Smiths 5 5%
Nirvana 4 4%
Lou Reed 3 3%
deadmau5 3 3%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
Radiohead 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 51 54%
United States 32 34%
Canada 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
Jamaica 2 2%
Ireland 1 1%
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From ramthecowy 10/08/2018 14:42
Ha it's taken me long enough to figure out how this site works, but here I am bby xoxo
Love your music, you're such an inspiration, I can't wait for Saturday Night Alternative to start up again.
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From ramthecowy 10/08/2018 14:40
Ha it's taken me long enough to figure out how this site works, but here I am bby xoxo
Love your music, you're such an inspiration, I can't wait for Saturday Night Alternative to start up again.
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From nocturnaldelight 09/11/2018 21:54
A well curated collection with good descriptions. The "best songs" for every album are very helpful.
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From PaperVinnie 08/30/2018 03:39
Fantastic ranking and write-ups, this chart totally deserves more attention.
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From JulianR 01/13/2018 22:51
respectable choices all around
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From bobbyb5 09/11/2017 06:54
It's cool that you have Nightclubbing and 2 Kraftwerks and deadmau5 and Prodigy in your top 100. You don't see those nearly enough
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From LedZep 07/23/2017 23:40
Like all the Smiths here!
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From cobbo95 03/30/2017 23:30
Good chart and I enjoyed reading the reasoning :)
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From Kuzh69 05/23/2016 18:48
One of my favorite charts I've seen on this site....
I happened on ur site because of your comment on the
"Only ones" song. A hidden classic, isn't it ?
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From pa 04/26/2016 19:14
yes! those bands are great and you chart is quite cool too.
Thanks for checking mine out:)
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