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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by jhuik (2017)  

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This is my chart as pure as I can keep it; that's hard to do. My problem with a lot of cooler, hipper charts is that they are not really focused on "best ever."

Some people may prefer the greater variety found on my One Album Per Artist chart: http://www.besteveralbums.com/thechart.php?c=19322

Anyway, forty+ years of listening here, I edit this often, being a bit of a nerd. When rating or commenting don't ever forget that any list of 'best ever' anything is ALWAYS a ridiculous exercise.

Oh, influences? Historically: radio, friends, Rolling Stone magazine, Spin. Later: Slacker radio, Grooveshark and the like... P4K now and then. These days: Metacritic, this site (here every weekend), Youtube.

Chart updated: 19 hours ago (Created: 12/24/2010 02:29). Chart size: 100 albums.

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RankAlbumArtist
1. (=)

TenUnited States Pearl Jam
They emerged as a fully matured outfit. Quintessential rock and roll. Imagine being in the studio the day they cut Jeremy. Or Black or Alive. With their recent induction into the RnR HoF I started listening to this all over again. And it's still so astonishingly ESSENTIAL. Garden is an amazing album track I like immensely so many years later. Leaving Yellow Ledbetter off was a weird mistake, but that's how good this is.
(First added to chart: 12/24/2010)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,262 charts
Rank in 1991:3Rank Score:41,800
Rank in 1990s6Overall Rank:40
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,626 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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2. (=)

Born To RunUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen had reached a point in his career where he had to step forward into greatness. So he did, perfecting his street poetry and pushing his band of brilliant players to give it all. I first listened to this well over 20 years ago and slowly fell in love with it. So many listens so many years later, and still so essential. Bruce is the best ever imho. I love the lyrics, the vision, the amazing live performances, and the guy. And this is the guy's greatest moment, mixing youthful earnestness, artistic ambition and assured mastery.
(First added to chart: 12/24/2010)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,076 charts
Rank in 1975:3Rank Score:37,991
Rank in 1970s12Overall Rank:43
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,369 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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3. (=)

Day For NightCanada The Tragically Hip
A deep, dark, rich and varied collection of music centered on the best postmodern rock song ever. This is the Hip at their Hippest, riding their peak. How can you not hear greatness in this? Each song is strikingly different from the one before, your favourite song changes over the years (and there have been many for me). Nautical Disaster, the gorgeous centerpiece of this epic turn in the studio, is a beautiful nightmare that many of us rock fans, up here in the GWN, have loved passionately for ages.
(First added to chart: 12/24/2010)
Year of Release:1994Appears in:41 charts
Rank in 1994:65Rank Score:679
Rank in 1990s528Overall Rank:2,603
Average Rating:  77/100 (36 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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4. (=)

IllinoisUnited States Sufjan Stevens
Intimate meditation, experimental success, rich lyrical exploration in a banquet of epic song craft. Beautiful song piled upon beautiful, beautiful song. This is admirable for its many individually stirring moments and the overall cohesiveness of the vision and the ambition.
(First added to chart: 12/24/2010)
Year of Release:2005Appears in:1,103 charts
Rank in 2005:1Rank Score:34,314
Rank in 2000s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,239 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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5. (=)

In The Aeroplane Over The SeaUnited States Neutral Milk Hotel
Jeff Mangum creates wave upon wave of eye-watering beauty. From the first strum of that F chord through him setting the guitar down at the end, this is the album every Saturday afternoon acoustic-head thinks he could make if he had this talent and this raw, raw passion. I found this sometime in the oughts and it is far and away the most profoundly cathartic album ever, for me.
(First added to chart: 12/24/2010)
Year of Release:1998Appears in:1,756 charts
Rank in 1998:1Rank Score:79,820
Rank in 1990s4Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,971 votes)
Comments: 336 comments
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Mellon Collie And The Infinite SadnessUnited States The Smashing Pumpkins
The first disc alone is one of the twenty best albums ever and then there's the second, which is hardly any lesser. As much as I love the music, I admire this, two hours of music that goes from moving to ballsy and back around again too many times to count. So many amazing songs: Zero, 1979, Love, Here is no Why, Jellybelly, Muzzle, 33, Stumbleine, on and on and on. I bought this soon after it came out and it was an absolutely smashing success -- still is, I think. It's Billy Corgan's All-In, an earbusting work of stirring genius.
(First added to chart: 12/24/2010)
Year of Release:1995Appears in:996 charts
Rank in 1995:3Rank Score:27,746
Rank in 1990s14Overall Rank:72
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,276 votes)
Comments: 122 comments
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7. (=)

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandUnited Kingdom The Beatles
A turn in the studio that turned album creation into an art form all its own. This was a gift from having older siblings. I still listen to this at least once every few months and it remains a striking collection of widely varied songs... a burst of joy here, a bold love song there, a melancholy dabble here, a miniature comic play there – all of it pulled together in a cohesive work of art.
(First added to chart: 12/24/2010)
Year of Release:1967Appears in:2,504 charts
Rank in 1967:1Rank Score:124,608
Rank in 1960s3Overall Rank:5
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,147 votes)
Comments: 347 comments
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8. (=)

BoxerUnited States The National
Matt Berninger and his brothers in arms play a lights-down late night conversation on the couch that lingers forever. Resonant, rich, dark and moody. Absolutely one of my favourite albums in recent years. Rich with beautiful songs.
(First added to chart: 01/03/2012)
Year of Release:2007Appears in:648 charts
Rank in 2007:5Rank Score:17,268
Rank in 2000s23Overall Rank:130
Average Rating:  83/100 (831 votes)
Comments: 72 comments
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9. (=)

Astral WeeksIreland Van Morrison
A visionary troubadour creates a meandering masterpiece of poetical celt folk. Eight of the most beautiful songs ever. One of the most perfect works of art ever recorded. Decades later I love this more than ever.
(First added to chart: 12/24/2010)
Year of Release:1968Appears in:1,056 charts
Rank in 1968:2Rank Score:34,558
Rank in 1960s15Overall Rank:55
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,168 votes)
Comments: 93 comments
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10. (=)

Yankee Hotel FoxtrotUnited States Wilco
Tweedy and posse create a great album of new essential songs on essential themes of war, nostalgia, religion and love. The very first time I heard this, I thought, if I could make an album, I would make something like this. It's catchy yet original and odd -- even jarring; widely-varied in theme yet so easily flowing; intelligent and progressive-minded, yet so down-to-earth.
(First added to chart: 12/24/2010)
Year of Release:2002Appears in:1,149 charts
Rank in 2002:1Rank Score:37,787
Rank in 2000s5Overall Rank:45
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,338 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 7 7%
1970s 22 22%
1980s 12 12%
1990s 22 22%
2000s 22 22%
2010s 15 15%
Artist Albums %


Bruce Springsteen 4 4%
Van Morrison 3 3%
Porcupine Tree 3 3%
The Tragically Hip 3 3%
Red Hot Chili Peppers 3 3%
The Pogues 2 2%
Pink Floyd 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 55 55%
United Kingdom 22 22%
Canada 12 12%
Ireland 8 8%
Australia 2 2%
Jamaica 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 2 from 13th to 11th
Deadwing
by Porcupine Tree
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 1 from 11th to 12th
This Is The Sea
by The Waterboys
fallers Down 1 from 12th to 13th
Led Zeppelin IV
by Led Zeppelin

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89/100 (from 122 votes)
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From jhuik 04/23/2017 22:55
You're right LedZep. I think they are prog-influenced, though, and others see it, too (e.g. http://www.progarchives.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=94658) but yes, it is a bit obtuse to call them prog. I edited that comment as per yours. (y)
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From LedZep 04/23/2017 13:23
Totally agree with Mellon Collie description, listened to that album for the first time a several days ago, it's fantastic. Love the chart, but what you wrote about Alt-J really upset me, they aren't prog rock at all :/ As a prog fan I had to notice that sorry, it's a great chart all in all
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From Sqez 04/16/2017 11:06
Thanks for the rating and comment on my chart. I will always love a personal chart with great notes, and if my rating seems low (which I don't consider it to be) it is simply because I haven't heard of half the stuff here. I'll be sure to revise my rating when I do though. Also love the introduction to your chart :)
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From jhuik 04/14/2017 21:40
@Lgk21 Ha, I just heard Sarah on shuffle play lately, and was caught off guard by what a good song that still is, buried in an album of other such rich, enjoyable tracks.
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From jhuik 02/23/2017 21:43
@vancevisuals While you and many others love the White Album I think it has too many "goofy greats." I've had it here before but I try to limit my albums/artist count. I have three Beatles plus BotR, so that was the first to go. @crimson, whose comment is similar but much harsher: this is my chart, no one else's. Your comment and rating is so one-track-minded as to be irrelevant. Btw I have had that in this list before but dropped it because... not all people feel the same way. Did you add that comment to all the thousands of BEA charts that don't include Pet Sounds?
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From phantom1305 02/11/2017 16:33
Hey fellow Canadian :D - knew it the second I saw Tragically Hip. XD
Seems I already rated this though I'm not sure I commented. Your descriptions are spot on! Thanks too for your rating on my Steven Wilson chart. If you want to give me your top 10 Steven Wilson albums I'd love to hear your opinion too. You can even go all in and try to rate all his stuff, though he has a lot! XD I'm not even close to charting everything of his.
If you want a really good Canadian band give a listen to Delerium. Semantic Spaces, Karma, and Poem are all perfection in my opinion and this is a band I don't think you should let fly under your radar, especially since you're Canadian as well ;)
It's a weird mix of world music, pop, and dark ambient that is such a unique sound. :D
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From slurpdurp 01/29/2017 22:25
One of my favorites! i'll be revisiting often :)
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From Lgk21 01/28/2017 19:26
Great chart and comments. Cool to see your one Dylan album be Desire, I feel that one gets overlooked.
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From vancevisuals 01/28/2017 16:44
interesting chart
miss seeing the white album but bonus points for Hard Again, City to City, Band on the Run and Stadium Arcadium
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From panapsal 01/28/2017 11:33
great Tragically Hip !!
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