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Top 76 Greatest Music Albums by grohly (2019)

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Songs that I done rated 100

10s - Runaway and Blood On The Leaves by Kanye West, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar, Pyramids and Nights by Frank Ocean, On Melancholy Hill by Gorillaz, Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Undertow by Warpaint, Spring 1 by Max Richter

00s - Idioteque and Reckoner by Radiohead, The Modern Leper by Frightened Rabbit, Liberate The Illiterate and All The Way Down by Biffy Clyro, Flashing Lights by Kanye West, Time To Pretend by MGMT, Tony The Beat by The Sounds

90s - Fake Plastic Trees, Airbag and Let Down by Radiohead, Like Dylan In The Movies by Belle And Sebastian, Don't Look Back In Anger and Half The World Away by Oasis

80s - Brass In Pocket by The Pretenders, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths, Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division, Waterfall by The Stone Roses, Purple Rain by Prince

70s
Echoes, Comfortably Numb, Time, The Great Gig In The Sky, Us And Them, Brain Damage, Eclipse and Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd
Wild Horses, Tumbling Dice, Sweet Virginia, All Down The Line and Shine A Light by The Rolling Stones
Kashmir, Rock And Roll, Stairway to Heaven and Going To California by Led Zeppelin
Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding by Elton John
Life On Mars? and Suffragette City by David Bowie
Sara and Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
Simple Twist Of Fate by Bob Dylan
Albuquerque by Neil Young
Ol' 55 by Tom Waits
Les Fleur by Minnie Riperton

60s
Strawberry Fields Forever, In My Life, A Day In The Life and Here Comes The Sun by The Beatles
Satisfaction, Gimme Shelter and You Can't Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones
Whole Lotta Love and Thank You by Led Zeppelin
Like A Rolling Stone and I Want You by Bob Dylan
Little Wing by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Son of a Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
Downtown by Petula Clark

My favourite years for music: 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1979, 1989, 1991, 1995, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016

Chart updated: 05/27/2019 15:45 (Created: 06/16/2015 16:14). Chart size: 76 albums.

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1. (=)

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
A perfect cosmic odyssey. There's not much I can say about this without being derivative so I'll tell a short story. I was in Boston with my Dad when we decided to check out a laser show to Dark Side at the planetarium. After a long time of not listening to the album in its entirety, my Dad enthusiastically told me of his experience of listening to it again. He told me that each song was better than the last. After settling on Time as his favourite, Great Gig would start and that would be his favourite. This just goes to show that Dark Side really is astonishing in its ability to create wonderment time and time again. I was a touch skeptical at first but the laser show really captured the character of each song and sitting in a huge dark room with many other Floyd fans reminded me of the beauty of the shared musical experience.
(First added to chart: 08/17/2015)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,424 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:177,534
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,333 votes)
Comments: 480 comments
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2. (=)

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Firing the fucking feed on the French rivera. This is a compilation of everything I love about music. Rock and roll, blues, country, soul, psychedelia and more rock. The perfect pick-me-up after a hard days grind. Songs to inspire kings and queens, labourers and wanderers. Mick brings the aristocratic attitude and Keef brings the workingman's spice. The two reach their songwriting zenith after a string of three brilliant albums. On Exile, the Glimmer Twins complement each other so well that they're almost one being. Hell, the entire band and motley crew of musicians who created this album are so together, they talk telepathically with their instruments. Anywho, enough rambling. I will say something about some cherrypicked songs.

Sweet Virginia is the perfect post night out sing-along song. If everyone knows the chorus, it's a brilliant song for a group of drunks to belt out. Tumbling Dice needs no introduction. It IS blues rock. The live version from Ladies & Gentlemen in Texas is as cool as the Stones ever were and Keef telling off Mick Taylor for noodling is amusing. In Let It Loose, Jagger commits (imo) his finest vocal performance, cut with raw emotion and heartbreaking vulnerability. The ladies who provide gospel backing vocals on the song elevate it to the heavens. Shine A Light is just poetry, especially the first verse. All Down the Line is the most ferocious song the Stones have produced and one of my absolute favourites. It's fast, uncomplicated and drenched in sweat.

Exile didn’t so much as teach me how to listen to a song but rather how to enjoy it. Sometimes music is just made to rock, and that’s a good thing. You don't need to read too much into something to appreciate it. There really is no substitute for a thoroughbred rock n roll song with the late great Bobby Keys blasting his sax in your ears. Yet further proof that cocaine (and brown sugar if you’re Keef) is a helluva drug!
(First added to chart: 08/17/2015)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,548 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:55,048
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,937 votes)
Comments: 165 comments
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3. (=)

Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
At times as soft as the wings of the bands symbolic angel. At other times as heavy as the footfalls of a giant stomping through the Midlands. As cliched as this probably sounds, Stairway To Heaven was the first song to show me how much scope a song could really reach for. It starts off tender and transforms into something incredibly powerful and uplifting. It is the angel and the giant. On any other album, Stairway would threaten to eclipse the other songs but not on IV. In fact, one could argue that Stairway isn't even the most influential song on IV. That honour would go to When The Levee Breaks, with Bonzo's drumming being sampled by a long list of artists. IV laid the groundwork for songwriting in hard rock and heavy metal, even more so than the rawer early Zeppelin records and the slightly bloated later ones.
(First added to chart: 08/17/2015)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,533 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:106,249
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,305 votes)
Comments: 254 comments
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The Midnight Organ FightUnited Kingdom Frightened Rabbit
After the traditional trio that tops this chart, we get personal. Frightened Rabbit built their church with this album. Well, a church by day but a horror show by night. The play almost like a hard rock hymn because there is always an undertone of searching for the soul. But as the title suggests, this is also an album about sex and Scott Hutchinson delivers some deeply disturbing imagery of cold sex and lust, once you start digging into the lyrics. There's the tale of shagging strangers without love that is portrayed as both heavenly and hellish. There are so many moments in the first half of this album where the band build to explosive crescendos where you can feel every ounce of emotion being poured into the music. The album is then capped by a string of four dreamlike songs, the calm after the storm or the thoughtfulness after a fuck.
(First added to chart: 08/17/2015)
Year of Release:2008Appears in:86 charts
Rank in 2008:21Rank Score:1,519
Rank in 2000s298Overall Rank:1,528
Average Rating:  77/100 (125 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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The Vertigo Of BlissUnited Kingdom Biffy Clyro
Between Biffy and Frightened Rabbit, Scotland has really come out with some of my favourite music where the bands are having great fun despite some seriously introspective lyrics. I have not heard anything like the music that Biffy created on their first three albums. I like to think of it as steampunk punk rock because of the way songs switch tempo and identity seemingly at random, like the delicate machinery of an engine moving ferociously, threatening to break down. I really can't explain why I love this album as much as I do. To anyone else it may just me another footnote in the post hardcore sound of the time. But the three Biffy boys managed to tap into something special in each song, knowing when to get loud and when to settle down. I take my own meaning from their songs. I don't know what All The Way Down is about but to me it speaks of following someone you love through thick and thin and always being by their side even when they're going through a bad time. If the rumours are true that Biffy made this album in a week while playing playstation most of the time, then it just goes to show what talent can accomplish when it's allowed the freedom to roam on gut instincts.
(First added to chart: 08/17/2015)
Year of Release:2003Appears in:10 charts
Rank in 2003:169Rank Score:239
Rank in 2000s1,562Overall Rank:6,687
Average Rating:  74/100 (29 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Sticky FingersUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
If Exile is beer and cigarettes, Sticky Fingers is bourbon, apple pie and whipped cream. Less strung out and European that Exile but just as soulful and a tad more bluesy. A huge slice of southern American rock done the English way. Fuck, I love the Stones. On Sticky Fingers they gave me my favourite song of all time in Wild Horses. The best combination of Keef's guitar riff and Jagger's lyrics. The best portrayal of longing for where you want to be. There are also some real underrated gems on this album too. The string orchestra that comes in at the end of Sway gives gravitas to an already great blues song. Similarly, the horns on Bitch add thunder to an insanely catchy rock and roll number. Then there's Dead Flowers, a sweet song with not so sweet lyrics that exudes the Stones passion for country music. The whole album foreshadows the hard rock music that the seventies would be known for and not many albums in the genre would come close to capturing its spirit. I mean how many rock songs are as iconic as Brown Sugar? Considering that 1971 is considered one of the greatest years for music, Sticky Fingers is one of the best of the best.
(First added to chart: 08/17/2015)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,227 charts
Rank in 1971:5Rank Score:33,944
Rank in 1970s19Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,506 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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7. (=)

In RainbowsUnited Kingdom Radiohead
One summer, I saw an orchestra perform a selection of Radiohead songs at an English festival. They played Weird Fishes/Arpeggi with the music video in the background and it was incredibly awesome. When I got back from the festival I played In Rainbows again because I hadn't properly listened to it before. After a proper listen all the way through it instantly became one of my all time favourite albums. All Radiohead's tracks from other albums are obviously well constructed but not so many of them emotionally connect with me all that much (Airbag, Let Down, Fake Plastic Trees are notable exceptions). In Rainbows was the first time that every single song struck a chord, literally and figuratively, leaving me in awe of a legendary band.
(First added to chart: 10/26/2015)
Year of Release:2007Appears in:2,363 charts
Rank in 2007:1Rank Score:104,639
Rank in 2000s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (3,139 votes)
Comments: 338 comments
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My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyUnited States Kanye West
The devil got a lush new outfit and went on to slay his enemies. Kanye went for maximalism (later going for the opposite on Yeezus) and really brought it home. After 808s and the Swift debacle, Ye could have gone down the safe road and retreated back to the sounds that made him. Instead he played up to the egotistic douchebag image that had been slapped on him by the media. It could so easily have turned sour but it didn't because he went it Dark Fantasy with both feet - there were no half measures. The people turning on Ye seemed to actually literate him. He no longer restricted himself to what his audience wanted or expected from him. Runaway is the epitome of this and is in my opinion Kanye's greatest song. It is a juxtaposition - the operatic and the robotic, the beauty and the beast. And this album, more than any other, perfectly demonstrates the ability of Ye to get the most out of every single one of his featured artists.
(First added to chart: 08/17/2015)
Year of Release:2010Appears in:1,332 charts
Rank in 2010:2Rank Score:43,353
Rank in 2010s2Overall Rank:45
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,783 votes)
Comments: 226 comments
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Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm NotUnited Kingdom Arctic Monkeys
This album never fails to bring me back to my Yorkshire roots. A deceptively simple album about going out on the town, something mostly every teenager in the UK could identify with at the peak of nightclubbing in the mid-noughties. What really brings this album to life is Alex Turner's poetry (yes poetry) that makes a night out in Sheffield seem both immediately familiar and surreal. He bares his feelings about the pressure to go and talk to girls and clashing with bouncers in such a way that many young men can relate to. But he never pities himself, instead using his insecurities to give himself and the listener a launchpad to be obnoxious and smug. The Monkeys bring us into their gang to laugh at all the Topshop queens and lairy vampires of the early hours highstreet. But then again, the songs are so full of life and bounce that even the aforementioned queens and vamps can have a good old dance to them. For me, the Monkeys never captured that uncorrupted aggression again and while I really do love their output since, I'll always revisit Mardy Bum and Still Take You Home and A Certain Romance and every other song because they're so goddamn beautiful and universal.
(First added to chart: 08/17/2015)
Year of Release:2006Appears in:1,307 charts
Rank in 2006:1Rank Score:42,379
Rank in 2000s5Overall Rank:46
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,940 votes)
Comments: 170 comments
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Let It BleedUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Gimme Shelter and You Can't Always Get What You Want are my favourite opening and closing tracks of all time, so that's the main ingredients for a masterpiece right there. Add it the underrated Live With Me, Let I Bleed, Monkey Man and You Got The Silver, mix well and bake. Let it rest before piping on the many flavourings of Midnight Rambler and sprinkle the sublime rendition of Love In Vain on top. That's the recipe for the Let It Bleed cake. Country Honk is the after dinner coffee.
(First added to chart: 01/06/2016)
Year of Release:1969Appears in:1,397 charts
Rank in 1969:4Rank Score:40,550
Rank in 1960s14Overall Rank:54
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,704 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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Top 76 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 8 11%
1970s 20 26%
1980s 4 5%
1990s 14 18%
2000s 11 14%
2010s 19 25%
Artist Albums %


Led Zeppelin 5 7%
The Rolling Stones 4 5%
Biffy Clyro 4 5%
Radiohead 3 4%
Kanye West 3 4%
David Bowie 2 3%
Pink Floyd 2 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 38 50%
United States 35 46%
Ireland 1 1%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
Canada 1 1%

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