Top 50 Greatest Music Albums by experiencemusic

If you've made an albums chart for yourself, then you know how difficult it is to judge different bodies of musical work against one another. I will continue tweaking my chart to reflect ever changing musical tastes. The top ten albums are interchangeable since choosing a favorite album seems arbitrary or impossible. I hope you can discover and enjoy new music from looking at my albums chart.

NOTE: I've decided to exclude compilation, extended play, and live albums from the chart. I'm also using the one album per artist rule to give the chart a bit more diversity. I've also decided to exclude albums that have been around for less than ten years (i.e. 2012-present).

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These hip bohemian art schoolers created a true experimental masterpiece. This album is one of the most influential records of the sixties, despite the fact that not many people knew about them until after they broke up. Although the album sold poorly during its initial release it quickly inspired many musicians including CBGB mainstays the Ramones, Television, David Byrne, Patti Smith, along with countless others. [First added to this chart: 12/21/2010]
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1967
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The legendary post-punk classic "Unknown Pleasures" manages to create its relentlessly dark and foreboding atmosphere by combining Ian's baritone voice with the unique stop-start drumming of Stephen Morris, Peter Hook's driving bass lines, and Bernard Sumner's aggressive guitar work. Props to producer Martin Hannett as well. [First added to this chart: 12/21/2010]
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1979
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27,559
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Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust" character is one of the most electric stage personas in popular music. I can put this album on at almost any point of the week/month/year and come out feeling a little better. All the songs are carefully refined to near perfection. [First added to this chart: 12/31/2012]
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1972
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55,457
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The legend himself, Noel Redding, and Mitch Mitchell are all at the top of their game on this legendary debut. Hendrix's soulful vocals and unparalleled blues guitar create a sound which is bursting with imagination. [First added to this chart: 12/21/2010]
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1967
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27,062
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Enter Pink Floyd's magnum opus. Every track on this album flows effortlessly into the next. The band's relaxed yet progressive style gives the impression this record has hardly aged. You can still hear traces of their spacey psychedelic past. Every heartbeat resonates with vibrations of cosmic empathy. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2010]
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1973
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80,644
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I just can't seem to pin down the sound of this band. Whatever they are, they became a massive influence to innumerable indie/alternative bands in the 1990's and 2000's. [First added to this chart: 08/21/2011]
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1988
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14,983
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The most acclaimed record from what might be the most beloved band of the past twenty years. Another heavily praised classic well deserving of its constant adoration. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2010]
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1997
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87,322
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What can I say about The Beatles? Possibly the most beloved rock band of all time and not without good reason. Revolver to me represents an exciting evolution in the band's sound. I hear more willingness to experiment with weird ideas and interesting song topics outside the realm of love and romance. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2010]
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1966
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63,294
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This album brought grunge to the mainstream. A few Seattle kids team up to play the new west coast punk rock and the chemistry is undeniable. Kurt Cobain's songwriting abilities along with a desire to appeal to a wider demographic via MTV would cause an unexpected obsession with the Seattle sound. [First added to this chart: 12/05/2010]
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1991
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Considered by many to be the first great heavy metal band. Tony Iommi's massive guitar riffs, Geezer Butler's thick slabs of meaty bass, Bill Ward's masterful drum fills, and Ozzy's apocalyptic lyrics are all on display. This band would influence countless hard rock and heavy metal bands for decades to come. Cuts like "Iron Man" and "Paranoid" would become classic rock radio staples. A great introduction to metal for anyone not familiar with the dark side of rock music. [First added to this chart: 12/21/2010]
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1970
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Top 50 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 2 4%
1960s 10 20%
1970s 10 20%
1980s 11 22%
1990s 12 24%
2000s 5 10%
2010s 0 0%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


Björk 1 2%
Black Sabbath 1 2%
OutKast 1 2%
Dead Kennedys 1 2%
The Clash 1 2%
The Rolling Stones 1 2%
Kanye West 1 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 32 64%
United Kingdom 13 26%
Canada 2 4%
Iceland 1 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 2%
Germany 1 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 49 98%
Yes 1 2%

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86/100 (from 67 votes)
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From 11/28/2022 21:13
Really nice chart. Would love to see 51 - 100
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From 04/25/2022 08:30
One of the best charts on this site.
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From 08/13/2017 19:56
Wow, nice chart! Good stuff
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From 08/13/2017 16:21
Very interesting chart as a whole, many genres and classics along with great underground choices. Descriptions are so nice too
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Good start!
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From 01/26/2016 08:20
11 albums in common, 7 of which are in your top 12.
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From 01/26/2016 01:30
Great chart! I especially love your top 10! Personally, I'm not a huge Beach Boys fan, but I can appreciate it! ^^
Also love that you included Metric too!
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From 01/25/2016 14:35
Good chart. Maybe a little bit obvious choices, but still it won't be a punishment at all if they drop me on a desert island with only these records!
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Amazing chart!!
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From 11/27/2014 10:28
Great notes on your top 10
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Best Albums of 1951
1. Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 1 by Thelonious Monk
2. Hank Williams Sings by Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys
3. Masterpieces By Ellington by Duke Ellington And His Orchestra
4. Afro-Cuban Jazz Suite by Machito
5. Ritual Of The Savage by Les Baxter
6. Satchmo At Symphony Hall by Louis Armstrong
7. On Moonlight Bay by Doris Day
8. Les Paul's New Sound, Vol. 2 by Les Paul & Mary Ford
9. Lover Man by Billie Holiday
10. Sonatas And Interludes For Prepared Piano By John Cage by Maro Ajemian
11. The New Sounds by Miles Davis
12. Judy At The Palace by Judy Garland
13. Harmony Time Vol.2 by The Chordettes
14. Talking And Drum Solos by Baby Dodds
15. 1ère Série: Félix Leclerc Chante Ses Derniers Succès by Félix Leclerc
16. Lullaby Of Broadway by Doris Day
17. I'll See You In My Dreams by Doris Day
18. The Great Caruso by Mario Lanza
19. Blessed Assurance by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
20. Porgy And Bess by George Gershwin
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