Top 94 Greatest Music Albums by zgarrison88 (2021) Unknown

Music ought to serve us. It ought to help us explore ourselves and the world we live in. It ought to express the true excitements of life. It ought to bring clarity to our lives by capturing a moment, an emotion, something beyond ourselves.

These are the Top 100 Albums, in my opinion, that do that best--combining high quality music with the ability to leave the listener better off than when they started.

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Genre: Folk, Indie Rock
Top Tracks: Concerning The UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois; John Wayne Gacy, Jr.; Chicago; Casimir Pulaski Day

A beautifully composed album with Emerson-esque lyricism makes for a massively enjoyable, though-provoking ride.

Best Line: "If I was crying
In the van, with my friend
It was for freedom
From myself and from the land
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes
I made a lot of mistakes"
[First added to this chart: 01/04/2019]
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2005
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Genre: Hard Rock, Folk, Blues Rock
Top Tracks: Stairway to Heaven, When the Levee Breaks

A true, energetic, rock-n-roll album that delivers.

Best Line: “Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.”
[First added to this chart: 03/24/2016]
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1971
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58,613
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Genre: Alternative Rock
Top Tracks: Meant to Live, Dare You to Move, The Beautiful Letdown, Gone

A criminally underrated band, Switchfoot has been called "The Thinking Man's Band". This album is everything I love about alternative rock plus lyrics that have stuck with me for a lifetime.

Best Line: “In a world full of bitter pain and bitter doubts
I was trying so hard to fit in, fit in
Until I found out
That I don't belong here”
[First added to this chart: 03/22/2016]
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2003
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596
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Genre: Rock
Top Tracks: Come Together, Here Comes the Sun, You Never Give Me Your Money - The End medley

One of, if not THE happiest albums you'll ever hear.

Best Line: “Here comes the sun, doo da doo doo
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right”
[First added to this chart: 03/22/2016]
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1969
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82,653
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Genre: Progressive Rock
Top Track: Brain Damage/Eclipse
Parental Advisory: EXPLICIT - (Speak to Me, Money)

Wonderfully crafted and horribly depressing. This album explores themes of struggle and madness via some of the best songs you've ever heard. Certainly worth a listen, if only to have a black backdrop for the light.

Best Line: “And all that is now and all that is gone
And all that's to come and everything under the sun is in tune
But the sun is eclipsed by the moon”
[First added to this chart: 03/22/2016]
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1973
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94,998
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Genre: Art Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Top Tracks: Heroin, Venus in Furs

Lyrically, this is an honest look at life's underbelly: drugs, prostitution, relationships gone wrong. Musically, it's like nothing you've ever heard. Makes for a one-of-a-kind listening experience.

Best Line: “I don't know just where I'm going
But I'm gonna try for the kingdom, if I can”
[First added to this chart: 03/24/2016]
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1967
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60,739
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Genre: Alternative Rock
Top Tracks: Paranoid Android, Exit Music (For A Film), Karma Police, The Tourist
Parental Advisory: EXPLICIT - (Fitter Happier)

Disjointed lyrics for a fractured, technology-laden society. OK Computer is a must-listen masterpiece.

Best Line: “Hey man, slow down.
Idiot, slow down.”
[First added to this chart: 03/22/2016]
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1997
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103,311
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Genre: Indie Rock, Chamber Pop, Art Rock
Top Tracks: Wake Up, Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels), Neighborhood #3 (Power Out), Neighborhood #4 (7 Kettles)

An album about coming of age and feeling disenchanted about the life found on the other side. Nostalgic, emotional, powerful--an atheistic cry of discontent that attempts to soothe the burns from the funeral pyre.

Best Line: “And the power's out in the heart of man”
[First added to this chart: 03/24/2016]
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2004
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Genre: Progressive Rock, Art Rock
Top Track: Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Parts I-V

A beautiful tribute to former band member Syd Barrett (whose initials are referenced in the title Shine on You crazy Diamond), who left the band after their first album due to mental health issues. A five-song masterpiece.

Best Line: “Remember when you were young
You shone like the Sun
Shine on, you crazy diamond”
[First added to this chart: 03/27/2016]
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1975
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Genre: Art Rock, Experimental Rock
Top Tracks: Reckoner, House of Cards, Videotape

Wonderful, beautiful, sonic emotion.

Best Line: “When I'm at the pearly gates
This'll be on my videotape”
[First added to this chart: 03/24/2016]
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2007
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Top 94 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 1 1%
1950s 2 2%
1960s 12 13%
1970s 19 20%
1980s 5 5%
1990s 11 12%
2000s 22 23%
2010s 22 23%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


Switchfoot 5 5%
Radiohead 5 5%
Bob Dylan 5 5%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
U2 3 3%
Josh Garrels 3 3%
LCD Soundsystem 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 54 57%
United Kingdom 27 29%
Canada 4 4%
Australia 3 3%
Ireland 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Jamaica 1 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 93 99%
Yes 1 1%

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87/100 (from 24 votes)
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From 11/19/2020 23:21
You like it epic.
Good list
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From 11/12/2020 03:45
what is Switchfoot?
the rest good
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From 04/17/2020 07:03
Are you in Switchfoot? There’s a bit too much McCartney for my liking too
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From 04/16/2020 23:59
Pretty good! You cant go wrong with these albums
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From 04/16/2020 19:36
you have alot of great albums and a few surprises.
im definitely going to have to listen to switchfoot- since you give it such high value.
i think all the critics/members will be faced with this observation.
But, thank you, for making me aware of switchfoot. i hope it is as good as you think it is.
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From 10/09/2019 13:02
Love your list. Need to check out Switchfoot, though
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From 08/04/2019 08:17
Nice chart!
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From 01/16/2018 21:57
Hey, nice to see Plastic Ono Band up there! That album definitely deserves more recognition. If you want a recomendation, you should check out Sufjan Steven's albums. Probably start with Illinois and Carrie and Lowell. Especially the latter if you're looking for soemthing like that great Antlers' album you have up there
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From 07/11/2017 06:11
We have he same number 2!
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From 05/01/2016 05:04
Pretty good list, some debatable stuff in the end, but we have like, a lot in common. (37 albums, 25 artists)
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