Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by baystateoftheart (2020)

How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love The Chart (Sort Of)

It would be fair to label me a perfectionist. So naturally, making this chart has been a time-consuming process. Since creating it in 2015, I’ve tested out dozens of different rating criteria, inclusion criteria, note styles, and so on. None of this experimentation has been satisfying, because a chart that represents one’s personal taste is not something that can be perfected unless that taste is static. I guarantee I couldn’t listen to all 100 albums in this chart without my preferences changing in the process, let alone assess recorded music more broadly without radical turnover. So here we are: as a perfectionist, I have come to terms with the fact that this chart will never approach perfection. It will remain a laggy approximation of the music I love. And truthfully, that is all it needs to be. BEA has given me a valuable nudge to let a project be simply good enough.

This introductory reflection serves in place of written notes describing what I love about each of these records. Because while musical preferences ebb and flow, insights and thoughts generated by a piece of music feel more ephemeral still, and that is perhaps as it should be.

Edits to the chart I'm working on:

1. Scoring more of my favorite albums to add them
2. Creating a further listening section for each artist

Now for our regularly-scheduled programming.

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Baroque Pop

Score: 99.2

Further Listening:

2. The Smile Sessions 92.9
2a. Endless Summer 90.0
3. Wild Honey 83.0
4. Smiley Smile 80.4
5. The Beach Boys Today! 77.6
6. Friends 76.8
7. Sunflower 76.4
8. Surf's Up 74.4
9. Holland TBD
10. Surfin' U.S.A. TBD

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[First added to this chart: 10/09/2015]
Year of Release:
1966
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58,376
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Spiritual Jazz • Avant-Garde Jazz

Score: 97.8

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[First added to this chart: 02/21/2016]
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1965
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19,668
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Contemporary Folk • Singer/Songwriter

Score: 97.7

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[First added to this chart: 02/21/2016]
Year of Release:
1967
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11,295
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West Coast Hip Hop • Conscious Hip Hop

Score: 96.9

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[First added to this chart: 10/09/2015]
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2012
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30,477
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Conscious Hip Hop • West Coast Hip Hop • Jazz Rap

Score: 96.6

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[First added to this chart: 02/15/2018]
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2015
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40,260
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MPB • Samba

Score: 96.0

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[First added to this chart: 09/28/2017]
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1972
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3,279
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Film Soundtrack • Funk • Chicago Soul

Score: 95.8

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[First added to this chart: 02/21/2016]
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1972
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3,349
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Dance-Pop • Synthpop

Score: 95.7

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[First added to this chart: 09/24/2017]
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2015
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3,386
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Indie Pop

Score: 95.3

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[First added to this chart: 10/09/2015]
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2013
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14,597
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Gothic Rock • Post-Punk

Score: 95.0

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[First added to this chart: 10/09/2015]
Year of Release:
1989
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31,072
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Total albums: 100. Page 1 of 10

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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 13 13%
1970s 22 22%
1980s 8 8%
1990s 14 14%
2000s 12 12%
2010s 31 31%
Country Albums %


United States 57 57%
United Kingdom 17 17%
Canada 9 9%
Norway 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Nigeria 3 3%
Australia 2 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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From 06/09/2020 21:29
Awesome chart with a great deal of variety. I can never guess what the next album will be.
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From 04/24/2020 21:44
This is an excellent chart and I like your soul and hip-hop picks. Thanks for recommending Kate Tempest to me.
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From 11/22/2019 08:43
Really fascinating mix of classic and contemporary side-by-side. I love the approach you take to your chart making as well, a few written notes and this would be a top-rated chart for me!!
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From 11/16/2019 08:23
"4 artists in common"

this is a cursed image
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From 09/27/2019 18:07
I had a blast surveying your chart Bay! You're genre selection is rangier than most, keep it up. Even with all of the genres on display, you obviously have an underlying predilection for the sugary, yet you do a great job of separating the good from the saccharine. I don't think I do a very good job of letting pop work its magic, but I do know where I'm coming if I'm in need of something sweet.

There are a bunch of picks from the back half of your chart that I'm gonna queue up, that I haven't already...Blowout Comb, Construção, and a few others.
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From 10/26/2018 15:09
Your diversity's on top. Illmatic, Blood On The Tracks, SILY, etc. Check out my chart.
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From 10/13/2018 02:38
Awesome chart!
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From 03/17/2018 13:55
I saw you put Here’s Little Richard at no. 1 in your ‘50s chart, so I thought your all time chart must be good. I was not wrong.
Nice to see Carly Rae Jepsen and The Ronettes unironically on a chart.
Great work!
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From 03/15/2018 19:15
Glad to see FlyLo!
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From 02/02/2018 21:14
Love the way you rate songs on albums and rank all the albums of a certain band. Also Pet Sounds is so good!
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Best Albums of 1989
1. Doolittle by Pixies
2. The Stone Roses by The Stone Roses
3. Disintegration by The Cure
4. Paul's Boutique by Beastie Boys
5. On Fire by Galaxie 500
6. Bleach by Nirvana
7. Pretty Hate Machine by Nine Inch Nails
8. 3 Feet High And Rising by De La Soul
9. Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty
10. New York by Lou Reed
11. Technique by New Order
12. Like A Prayer by Madonna
13. The Real Thing by Faith No More
14. The Sensual World by Kate Bush
15. Pump by Aerosmith
16. 13 Songs by Fugazi
17. Hats by The Blue Nile
18. Floating Into The Night by Julee Cruise
19. The Seeds Of Love by Tears For Fears
20. Oh Mercy by Bob Dylan
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