Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by jhuik (2019)

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I am now in my mid 50's. Music has meant many, many different things to me over the years, but these days it often means 'tinged with pain' as I have hearing loss and tinnitus. But I still love music ... that love just has a new form, some of it based on the memory of PURE LOUD NOISE (no longer possible for me) or just memory, and some of that love still able to thrive and evolve.

As I have said for over ten years on this site: Below are albums that have meant a lot to me, albums I have listened to innumerable times, albums that are duly classic or that I just fuckin like a lot for whatever reason. I have loved music for decades, have followed other lovers, and no one has perfect taste uncorrupted by bias or other limitations. When rating or commenting don't ever forget that any list of 'best ever' is ALWAYS a ridiculous exercise.

  • Chart updated: 06/21/2019 13:45
  • (Created: 12/24/2010 02:29).
  • Chart size: 100 albums.

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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 this chart: 12/24/2010)
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1975
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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 this chart: 12/24/2010)
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1968
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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 abidingly one of my favourite listens of recent years. Rich with beautiful songs and uniquely visionary music-making.(First added to this chart: 01/03/2012)
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2007
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19,679
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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 this chart: 12/24/2010)
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2005
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Great CanCon, like great CanLit put to music then sung by one of the best frontmen ever. An epic step forward in being proudly Canadian, with references to everyone from Hugh MacLennan to Bill Barilko to David Milgaard and more. Non-Canadians say, "Who?" Well, Google them all, then... or maybe it really would be better for us if you don't understand. We're a great country; this is our best band, arguably at their very best.(First added to this chart: 12/24/2010)
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1992
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1,710
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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 this chart: 12/24/2010)
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1967
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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 this chart: 12/24/2010)
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2002
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42,339
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Four horsemen of rock godhood ride through the sonosphere led by a true avatar named Jimmy Page. Reread that track list... wow. Stairway, Rock and Roll, Goin to California, Levee, Evermore. Sure, even I have times where want to dismiss this as dad rock or something like that... but come on, let's get real. And then listen to Battle of Evermore again.(First added to this chart: 12/24/2010)
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1971
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James Mercer's melodic, melancholic masterpiece. Choke-me-up, eye watering beauty abounds from start to finish. So many years later, this still rings out as a simply epic turn in the studio, an indie legend that holds one of the best love songs and the best country and western song ever, along with so much other pure musical joy.(First added to this chart: 05/06/2012)
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2003
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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 this chart: 12/24/2010)
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1995
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 6 6%
1970s 23 23%
1980s 12 12%
1990s 22 22%
2000s 21 21%
2010s 16 16%
Country Albums %


United States 55 55%
United Kingdom 26 26%
Canada 11 11%
Ireland 5 5%
Australia 2 2%
Jamaica 1 1%

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From hailey 12/13/2018 16:52
Really good chart in my opinion, I like all the descriptions you gave each album and i agree with most of the albums you have on there. Well, of the ones that i have listened to.
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From Stover75 08/21/2018 23:09
Refreshingly good. Great notes and some top picks. And some to check out too. Great stuff.
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From JulianR 03/13/2018 04:04
Haha I've come back to this chart for whatever reason, and that comment was supposed to have an exclamation mark. Anyway, tons of great stuff! Props for Hand Cannot Erase, its such an underappreciated album
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From ForegroundNoise 01/20/2018 09:17
It's a shame there's not more emphasis on experimental and electronic music but each to their own I guess! Still, astounding chart - love the bios and the careful picks so can appreciate a good taste when I see one
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From jhuik 11/30/2017 01:47
@scotsindie lol.
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From scotsindie 11/22/2017 10:33
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From PaperVinnie 11/08/2017 16:14
The only pick I strongly disagree with is Ten, but nice still.
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From JulianR 10/07/2017 05:00
good stuff?
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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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