Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by DeusExMackia

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 28th November 2022, this is the rough outline:
- Positions 1 to 20 are as good as it gets. Ordered based on what I'd choose with a gun to my head, so the ones nearer the top are 'better', but it's all relative.

- 20 to ~60 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, Sonic Youth, Joy Division, Pink Floyd, Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, R.E.M., Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Diana Ross, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Idles, Fontaines D.C., Lou Reed, Nirvana, Radiohead, New Order, The Doors, The Clash, Prince, Gorillaz, Pet Shop Boys, Suede, The Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Madonna, Squid, Little Simz, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Pavement, Sophie, Beyoncé, Grace Jones, Lana Del Rey, Kraftwerk, FKA twigs, Slowdive, MBV, Missy Elliott

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Update 12/11/23: Some big ol' changes in the midfield. With the leaves falling off the trees I've conveniently remembered how obsessed with Slowdive I've always been, so welcome Souvlaki to the top 20 at last. A few other big moves.

Update 21/09/23: Welcome back Wish You Were Here, gone for 2.5 years, and now back on here because I don't think life is quite right without it. Far lower than before, but that's okay. A recent spur of 60s and 70s listening for me has led to the Stones gaining a new entry, and OK Computer making a return too. Two 2010s EPs from some of the most exciting artists living today - Miss Azealia and Miss Twigs - join the mid-pack in the form of 1991 and M3LL155X respectively.

Update 28/11/22: A great purge has occurred. Wholesale reorder. New entries from across the universe. Shock and Awe in the top 20 - I've finally let go of DSOTM's number 2 spot. It better reflects who I am now and what I love. The beautiful thing with a having a list like this is the work it takes to cultivate it and keep it in tune with who you are. See the previous versions of this chart for my older notes :)

Update 21/01/22: Things continues to move with the addition of albums from 2020 and 2021. We're well on the way to seeing the records from the last 30 years outweighing the records older than 30 years.

Update 30/03/21: It's a shock twist! The Top 10 has been updated for the first time since December 2017. Truly glacial pace of change up there, and not without good reason. Lou Reed's Transformer drops 1 place to 11, and still means the world to me. Welcome in our new Number 10 album, Loveless by My Bloody Valentine. A long time in the climbing for this position, I've finally accepted that I love this album more than ranking will ever be able to quantify, and that it deserves to be up there.

Update 09/02/21: Farewell to Wish You Were Here. Tough decision, but I haven't revisited it for so long now. Having it in the Top 20 seemed hard enough, but to be honest, my taste has changed. Welcoming in Bowie's Glastonbury 2000 set and Talking Heads's Stop Making Sense. Two pieces of absolute live perfection to enjoy whilst we aren't allowed to go to real gigs.

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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's dip into something more gentle and singer-songwriter-esque might be the best thing record music has ever produced.

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[First added to this chart: 10/23/2014]
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1971
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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.

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[First added to this chart: 10/23/2014]
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1984
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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.

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[First added to this chart: 03/29/2015]
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1988
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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 tight psychedlic and blues 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 this chart: 10/23/2014]
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1967
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29,602
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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.

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[First added to this chart: 10/23/2014]
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1979
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25,266
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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.

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[First added to this chart: 10/11/2015]
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1996
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10,534
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7. (=)
Substance 1987 
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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.

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[First added to this chart: 06/26/2015]
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1987
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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.

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[First added to this chart: 10/02/2015]
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1976
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13,420
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Best Songs: Only Shallow, To Here Knows When, Sometimes

̶H̶a̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶o̶n̶l̶y̶ ̶j̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶p̶r̶o̶p̶e̶r̶l̶y̶ ̶l̶i̶s̶t̶e̶n̶e̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶L̶o̶v̶e̶l̶e̶s̶s̶,̶ ̶I̶ ̶k̶n̶o̶w̶ ̶f̶u̶l̶l̶ ̶w̶e̶l̶l̶ ̶I̶'̶m̶ ̶g̶o̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶s̶p̶e̶n̶d̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶n̶e̶x̶t̶ ̶f̶e̶w̶ ̶y̶e̶a̶r̶s̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶m̶y̶ ̶l̶i̶f̶e̶ ̶f̶u̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶u̶n̶t̶a̶g̶g̶l̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶g̶a̶r̶g̶a̶n̶t̶u̶a̶n̶l̶y̶ ̶d̶e̶e̶p̶ ̶t̶a̶n̶g̶l̶e̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶w̶i̶l̶d̶ ̶g̶u̶i̶t̶a̶r̶s̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶h̶o̶l̶y̶ ̶h̶e̶c̶k̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶g̶o̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶b̶e̶ ̶f̶u̶n̶.̶ ̶S̶u̶r̶e̶ ̶i̶t̶'̶s̶ ̶h̶a̶r̶d̶ ̶t̶o̶ ̶s̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶l̶o̶n̶g̶ ̶t̶o̶,̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶ ̶i̶s̶ ̶t̶h̶a̶t̶ ̶e̶v̶e̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶i̶n̶t̶?̶

Edit: Ignore my previous comments, it all makes sense now. Loveless makes you feel things music shouldn't be allowed to make you feel, in ways that words will never be able to convey. Hence I'm moving it from 44 to 25.

Edit: and now to 22! Ranking it seems obsolete to be honest; it deserves to be in a separate category titled "Incomparable to anything else humans will ever be able to create".

Edit: AND NOW TO 10! Once again would like to iterate that ranking doesn't really matter with Loveless, it's entirely without contemporary or comparison. I've spent a lot of time wraggling over putting Loveless this high on my list, it takes a lot of courage to change yer Top 10 afterall. As well as that, I've been scared of disregarding all the hours and love I've poured into the records this high up simply for the sake of acknowledging *how* Loveless makes me feel. Guess all it took was one relisten. 3 years on from first discovering this thing and here it is, where it deserves to be, among my most treasured albums of all time.

100/100 (although that's arbitrary in this case)
[First added to this chart: 05/13/2018]
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1991
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34,266
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Best Songs: Walk On The Wild Side, Perfect Day, Hangin' Round

Whatever the mood, whatever the time, Transformer somehow just fits in. Back at No. 10, its mere existence as a peep into the strange world of queer New York in the 70s means more than my words could ever attest. God I miss you Lou.

100/100
[First added to this chart: 10/23/2014]
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1972
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 3 3%
1970s 20 20%
1980s 18 18%
1990s 20 20%
2000s 7 7%
2010s 25 25%
2020s 7 7%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 7 7%
Radiohead 4 4%
The Smiths 3 3%
Sonic Youth 3 3%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
Kendrick Lamar 3 3%
Nirvana 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 51 51%
United States 38 38%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Germany 2 2%
Ireland 2 2%
Canada 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Live? Albums %
No 95 95%
Yes 5 5%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%

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From 11/02/2023 09:12
So no Beatles?
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From 07/26/2022 00:35
Picks are absolutely fantastic and the commentary on how your music taste changes throughout must be great to look back on from a personal perspective. Great list!
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From 01/05/2021 22:37
Any chart with this much commentary attached to it is an amazing one in my book!
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Gorillaz! I love every chart with gorillaz!
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From 06/05/2019 17:15
Nice chart, I like a lot of your picks for best tracks, crazy how you're so into Bowie, only think a couple of his albums are really up there with the best of all time
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From 11/13/2018 09:04
@Sandinistar very good question, they're up there mainly for personal reasons, as in they have personal meaning to myself. They all mean a lot to me in one way or another.
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From 11/13/2018 01:34
I'm intrigued, because almost all of your Top 10 are highly regarded albums that I like okay and think are good but think are overrated because they fail as cohesive albums. Would like to understand why you think they're all great, because I'm not opposed to that view I just don't fully get it.
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From 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 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 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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