Top 92 Greatest Music Albums by DeusExMackia (2020)

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 (9th December 2018), this is the rough outline:
- Positions 1 to 14 are the 14 albums I'd consider perfect.

- 14 to 40 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.

- 40-65 is almost like a "runners up for the runners up section"...messy but somewhat ordered.

- 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
- R.E.M.
- Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
- Idles
- Fontaines D.C.
- Lou Reed
- Nirvana
- Radiohead
- New Order
- The Doors
- The Clash
- Prince
- Sonic Youth
- Gorillaz
- Pet Shop Boys
- Suede

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Update 20/08/20: Tensions have simmered in the mid field, but there have been casualties elsewhere. The post-80 position has been decimated, whilst thoughts have changed in many places. The fighting continues.

Update 13/07/20: As the lockdown engulfs the world, a battle is taking place between places 30 and 50. If you thought Game of Thrones was messy, this is an absolute massacare. 90s alt rock bastions - In Utero, Dog Man Star, Souvlaki - clash with pop giants - Prince and PSB. Meanwhile, new contenders - Norman F*cking Rockwell!, Tranquility Base, Dogrel - look to make a place. Long story short, I'm very undecided on this, though I know they should all be somewhere around there. Watch this space.

Update 10/3/20: Bye-bye Led Zeppelin! Gone at long last. As brilliant as they are, I've had a scurge of them. Same for The Who too, and I'm afraid anything else coming under the smarmy term of 'Classic Rock' is under scrutiny. A lot of other little changes, including a clean out of some old stuff and a whole load of more modern introductions. Expect more changes soon.

Update: 5/6/19: A sudden spike in appreciation for Gorrilaz and how much their music has meant to me throughout my life has prompted some serious renegotiations of their rankings. Demon Days was the the first album I ever bought on iTunes and is certainly one of my most listened-to records. Hence, it's now finally in the top 20 were it deserves to be. Plastic Beach has also been brought up suitably; it's such a wonderful record to lose yerself in.

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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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.

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[First added to this chart: 10/23/2014]
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1971
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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. The hype and praise are all firmly, firmly deserved, and by god when Brain Damage and Eclipse come in to close the show, the band somehow elevate the whole record even further. A masterpiece, no less.

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1973
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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 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.

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[First added to this chart: 10/23/2014]
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1967
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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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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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Substance
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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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Best Songs: Walk On The Wild Side, Perfect Day, Hangin' Round

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

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1972
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Total albums: 92. Page 1 of 10

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Top 92 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 3 3%
1970s 21 23%
1980s 21 23%
1990s 19 21%
2000s 10 11%
2010s 18 20%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 7 8%
The Smiths 5 5%
Sonic Youth 3 3%
Radiohead 3 3%
Lou Reed 3 3%
Nirvana 3 3%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 46 50%
United States 33 36%
Canada 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Jamaica 2 2%
Ireland 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 89 97%
Yes 3 3%
Live? Albums %
No 90 98%
Yes 2 2%

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From 12/02/2019 12:17
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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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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From 08/30/2018 03:39
Fantastic ranking and write-ups, this chart totally deserves more attention.
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respectable choices all around
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From 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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Best Albums of 1986
1. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
2. Master Of Puppets by Metallica
3. Graceland by Paul Simon
4. So by Peter Gabriel
5. Skylarking by XTC
6. The Colour Of Spring by Talk Talk
7. Reign In Blood by Slayer
8. Licensed To Ill by Beastie Boys
9. Lifes Rich Pageant by R.E.M.
10. EVOL by Sonic Youth
11. Black Celebration by Depeche Mode
12. Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
13. Parade by Prince And The Revolution
14. Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? by Megadeth
15. Invisible Touch by Genesis
16. True Blue by Madonna
17. Somewhere In Time by Iron Maiden
18. Raising Hell by Run-D.M.C.
19. Brotherhood by New Order
20. Atomizer by Big Black
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