Top 40 Greatest Music Albums by Timhop (2019)

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There is simply no way this could NOT be my number one album. I was lucky enough to have three older brothers who had great taste in music. I first heard this album when I was 7 years old, and from the first listen was totally captivated by its sound. I would listen to it extremely loud when no-one else was at home. I got a peverse thrill in thinking it was unsettling the neighbours. A masterpiece. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2014]
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1973
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In the mid eighties I lost all interest in current music. It all seemed so lame: Modern Talking, OMD, AHA, all that junk. Only a few eighties bands like Talking heads and the Waterboys really held interest for me. I went back in time and began digging around in record shops to expand the musical grounding my brothers had left for me: Dylan, Neil Young, Van Morrison, David Bowie, Rodriguez, Floyd. This album changed everything. I’ll never forget where I was and who I was with when I first heard it. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2014]
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1997
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109,538
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A truly remarkable record of deep introspection, layered with all kinds of transcendental imagery from his Belfast childhood. Nothing quite like it had ever been done before, and he never did anything quite like it again, except perhaps on snatches of Veedon Fleece. [First added to this chart: 12/06/2014]
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1968
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23,741
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Quite a few friends at university had been into REM and I don’t know why but I just didn’t get it. I heard this album a bit and it also didn’t do much for me. Then one day we were at a party at the photographic studio I shared with two other guys. One of our friends put this album on. I’d had a toke or two of a joint and suddenly everything fell into place and what they were doing with their sound all made perfect sense. I’ve become a huge fan of theirs especially the older stuff like Murmur and Fables of the Reconstruction, but this one will always remain one of my all-time favourite albums. Just one song jars for me though: Ignoreland, although less so now than it did at first. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2014]
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1992
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24,065
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This guy and Nick Drake were introduced to the older generation of guitarists in the town I live in South Africa in the early 70's, and had a huge influence on many of them, and later on me too. A great, hugely under-rated album, dark, woozy and brooding, with fantastic double-bass by Danny Thompson. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2014]
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1973
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After hearing lots of early Waits and not liking it much, I finally clicked with him after hearing this album. You have to chuckle a bit while listening to Waits. There's a comic element on this and Swordfish that I just love. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2014]
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1985
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15,938
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By far my favourite Dylan album. Can't stand the pronounced nasal whine on all his earlier stuff. Amazing what a decade or two of smoking did for both his and Joni's voices. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2014]
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1975
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29,348
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This album really was a vindication for me. It took all that bland 80s junk and blew it right out the water. Listening to it was an intense, cathartic, almost spiritual experience. Its banks of layered acoustic guitars, violins, pianos and brass set it apart from anything else in 1987. That was the year I first heard it, although it was released in 85. It remains one of my all-time favourites, and I think Mike Scott and Karl Wallinger were one of Britain’s all-time great song-writing teams, even though their partnership was all-too brief. Just listening to it now and realise I really have to bump it up my chart a bit... [First added to this chart: 12/05/2014]
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1985
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This album stunned me. Prophetic, apocalyptic, tender and dark. It made me realise just how powerful music can be when it has poetry in the lyrics, and just how lame most song lyrics really are. I read an interview with Mogwai once. They asked them why they don’t write lyrics for their music. They said, “Who can compete with Leonard Cohen?” [First added to this chart: 12/05/2014]
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1992
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763
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This guy and a few musician mates turned the Afrikaner establishment on its head with their music, just before the collapse of Apartheid. The Bob Dylan of South Africa. I rate him up there with Dylan and Cohen as a lyric writer. His dark and scandalous reworking of the national album (the song Swart September on this album) is the bravest thing I've ever heard on record. A hero and inspiration to me and many, many white South African musicians. The album was released as Niemandsland, only on vinyl. Niemandsland and Beyond is a later CD re-release. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2014]
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1993
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Top 40 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 3 8%
1970s 12 30%
1980s 14 35%
1990s 9 23%
2000s 1 3%
2010s 1 3%
Artist Albums %


Tom Waits 3 8%
Van Morrison 3 8%
Leonard Cohen 2 5%
Nick Drake 2 5%
R.E.M. 2 5%
The Pogues 1 3%
Peter Gabriel 1 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 17 43%
United States 12 30%
Canada 5 13%
South Africa 2 5%
Ireland 2 5%
Mixed Nationality 1 3%
Australia 1 3%

Top 40 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 2 from 24th to 22nd
Veedon Fleece
by Van Morrison
climbers Up 2 from 23rd to 21st
Mule Variations
by Tom Waits
climbers Up 1 from 39th to 38th
Broken English
by Marianne Faithfull
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 15 from 21st to 36th
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme
by Simon & Garfunkel
fallers Down 1 from 22nd to 23rd
Stop Making Sense
by Talking Heads
fallers Down 1 from 38th to 39th
Bignity
by Van Der Want / Letcher

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From Ulf 04/14/2018 08:21
Great chart and comments
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Any chart with Naturally in it is alright with me
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From benpaco 12/24/2014 02:43
While largely generic, there's a lot here, even in your top 10, that is surprising and interesting. Will be cool to see where it goes!
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