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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by jhuik (2018)  

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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: 07/22/2018 16:15 (Created: 12/24/2010 02:29). Chart size: 100 albums.

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RankAlbumArtist
1. (=)

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:1,161 charts
Rank in 1975:3Rank Score:39,890
Rank in 1970s13Overall Rank:48
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,515 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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2. (=)

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:1,204 charts
Rank in 2005:1Rank Score:36,590
Rank in 2000s7Overall Rank:56
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,388 votes)
Comments: 125 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:49 charts
Rank in 1994:66Rank Score:756
Rank in 1990s511Overall Rank:2,560
Average Rating:  77/100 (39 votes)
Comments: 7 comments
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4. (=)

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 abidingly one of my favourite listens of recent years. Rich with beautiful songs and uniquely visionary music-making.
(First added to chart: 01/03/2012)
Year of Release:2007Appears in:732 charts
Rank in 2007:5Rank Score:18,873
Rank in 2000s24Overall Rank:131
Average Rating:  83/100 (921 votes)
Comments: 73 comments
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5. (=)

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:2,724 charts
Rank in 1967:1Rank Score:132,554
Rank in 1960s3Overall Rank:5
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,511 votes)
Comments: 381 comments
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6. (=)

Astral WeeksUnited Kingdom 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:1,143 charts
Rank in 1968:2Rank Score:36,414
Rank in 1960s16Overall Rank:58
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,286 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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7. (=)

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:1,928 charts
Rank in 1998:1Rank Score:85,855
Rank in 1990s3Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,203 votes)
Comments: 355 comments
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8. (=)

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:1,116 charts
Rank in 1995:3Rank Score:29,834
Rank in 1990s14Overall Rank:74
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,389 votes)
Comments: 130 comments
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9. (=)

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. And whatever else you say about this album (so much has been!) this is the debut of that voice, that guy.
(First added to chart: 12/24/2010)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:1,391 charts
Rank in 1991:3Rank Score:44,771
Rank in 1990s6Overall Rank:40
Average Rating:  82/100 (1,799 votes)
Comments: 136 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:1,263 charts
Rank in 2002:1Rank Score:40,124
Rank in 2000s6Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,489 votes)
Comments: 142 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 21 21%
2000s 21 21%
2010s 17 17%
Artist Albums %


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


United States 55 55%
United Kingdom 25 25%
Canada 12 12%
Ireland 5 5%
Australia 2 2%
Jamaica 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 3 from 99th to 96th
Fly Like An Eagle
by Steve Miller Band
climbers Up 3 from 98th to 95th
August And Everything After
by Counting Crows
climbers Up 3 from 97th to 94th
American Idiot
by Green Day
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 10 from 87th to 97th
Benji
by Sun Kil Moon
fallers Down 4 from 94th to 98th
Tracy Chapman
by Tracy Chapman
fallers Down 4 from 95th to 99th
The Doors
by The Doors

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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 Diomed 01/20/2018 14:36
Brilliant chart with outstanding synopses. Nice to see Gerry Rafferty and Muddy Waters getting respect.
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From sidneyfranklyn 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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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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