Top 50 Greatest Music Albums by jlancast1996 (2020)

This is very much a work in progress, but these are my favorite 50 albums at the moment. As I discover new music things are bound to move around a little bit. Let me know what you think, and any suggestions are much appreciated.

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The album that changed it all for me. Through high school, I pretty much listened to rap music and whatever my friends were listening to. Then, watching Parks and Rec, April mentioned Jeff Mangum and Neutral Milk Hotel. Out of curiosity to see if it was a real band, I found them on YouTube. When I heard that acoustic guitar come on in King Of Carrot Flowers, I was hooked. I was in love. This album is what made me explore and find music for myself, and is the reason I have heard the vast majority of albums on this list. After seeing them at Kalamazoo State Theatre, my love for the band and this album only grew. I may not listen to it as much as I used to, but it will always be number 1 to me for it's profound impact on my life. This is also the best album to sing along to in the car by yourself. So much power in Jeff's voice. [First added to this chart: 04/15/2015]
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1998
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Perfection. Very few albums can be described that way, but this is one of them. This album can be listened to any time, anywhere. It has humor, sadness, and melancholy wrapped into one fantastic album. [First added to this chart: 04/15/2015]
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1986
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The best album this decade, and it isn't close. Good Kid is an instant classic also, but the jazz beats really put this one over the edge for me. The best hip-hop/rap album ever created. [First added to this chart: 04/15/2015]
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2015
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An album that instantaneously grabbed me with a first half of beautiful pop hits, and then blew me away with in the second half that was almost scary on first listen. Truly gorgeous music. [First added to this chart: 09/10/2018]
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1985
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Everything that can be said about Radiohead has already been said, so I won't repeat it. Perfect album, 10/10. [First added to this chart: 04/15/2015]
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2000
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71,020
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The most emotionally powerful album I've ever heard. Pictures Of You brought me to tears when I heard it after my dog died. I sobbed the whole song, but it made me feel better. [First added to this chart: 09/10/2015]
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1989
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Heard the song at the end of Fight Club off of Surfer Rosa. I knew it was the Pixies because my dad is a fan, but I had never listened to any other songs. I decided to listen to their albums, and Doolittle was on repeat for a few weeks. [First added to this chart: 04/20/2015]
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1989
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My first dive in a more punk direction of music. I wasn't a big fan of Ian's voice on first listen, but I loved everything about this record when I gave it another chance. [First added to this chart: 12/04/2015]
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1979
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Many people like to hate Nirvana because of their popularity, and those hipsters are plain wrong. This is great music. Angry, sad, even humorous, Cobain put it all together with this classic. [First added to this chart: 09/15/2015]
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1993
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Not quite as good as TPAB in my opinion, but it was the first rap album that truly blew me away. I heard it the day it came out after hearing the first single with Dr. Dre. I remember not being able to sleep that night because I wanted to tell my friends about it the next day. [First added to this chart: 04/15/2015]
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2012
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Total albums: 50. Page 1 of 5

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Top 50 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 0 0%
1970s 3 6%
1980s 10 20%
1990s 7 14%
2000s 9 18%
2010s 19 38%
2020s 2 4%
Country Albums %


United States 28 56%
United Kingdom 16 32%
Canada 2 4%
Australia 2 4%
Denmark 1 2%
Iceland 1 2%

Top 50 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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Blonde
by Frank Ocean
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Igor
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Climber Up 2 from 28th to 26th
Power, Corruption & Lies
by New Order
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Faller Down 6 from 32nd to 38th
The Underside Of Power
by Algiers
Faller Down 4 from 19th to 23rd
Hunky Dory
by David Bowie
Faller Down 4 from 21st to 25th
Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
by Dead Kennedys

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From 08/13/2019 18:08
This is great!
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From 09/30/2018 16:31
Some really great picks here, love pretty much all of these albums personally. My only suggestion is to explore a bit more from the 60s and 70s as you continue to fill this out, as there's some truly amazing albums/artists to be found there.
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From 09/30/2018 11:07
More love for the 60's and especially the 70's !
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From 09/30/2018 09:49
Great chart, full of excellent albums. My suggestions:

-Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP (basically any Eminem album outside of Revival, Encore, and Relapse). - I saw you love Kendrick, so...
-P.M. Dawn - of The Heart of The Soul And of The Cross: The Utopian Experience (icy rap album full of introspective, philosophical lyrics - and nothing less of a eminent album to play in the winter).
-Soundgarden - Superunknown (grunge rock about depression, at its finest).
-The Calling - Camino Palmero (simply a worthwile rock album, jampacked of quintessential subjects)
-Coldplay - A Rush of Blood To The Head / X&Y (anyone with Interpol's debut on their list, needs to listen to these two classics. And oppositely).

PS: Your descriptions are very nice. Check out my chart! =)
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From 02/16/2018 17:42
That's a very fine selection!
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From 02/16/2018 17:39
Good list!
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From 02/16/2018 17:15
Excellent chart. I love it
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From 02/16/2018 12:35
Very Good...
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From 02/16/2018 09:28
Really love the picks on this chart (great to see Blood Visions getting some love), has potential to be one of the best on the website when done!! We've got quite a few records in common so feel free to scout my chart for suggestions you may like :)
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From 06/12/2017 00:20
This is truly a wonderful chart. You never know what's coming next, and some choices are superb.
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