Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Fade2Black (2022)

My Favourite Albums - by no means a list of the greatest albums ever. A kind of awkward mix of albums that had a big impact on my life and those that are current favourites. Respect to the albums and artists that make the popular and commonly voted / accepted lists.... but music is a personal and subjective thing. We are all different, and there are no rules governing taste.

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The Soundtrack to my late teens. A wonderful album from start to finish. Fav Tracks - Black, Porch, Garden, Alive

Everyone has a sweet spot, a short window in time when you were the most influenced by music and what you listened to touched you and will stay with you forever. This sweet spot for me started in 1991 with this album and carried through to 1995. So much great music, certainly rivalling that 1968 to 1973 period as the all time greatest period in music.
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1991
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Wow, what a journey, what album. What can I say. Turn the lights of, shut your eyes, and let this one album take you away. Complex, layered, dark, beautiful, powerful. I was introduced to Tool during the Undertow days and found this to be a massive improvement. This was like nothing I had ever heard. One album I can say actually changed me, changed the way I look at all music and what it need to be for me to enjoy it, to get something out of it. Everything about this, the packaging, the art, the sounds, the pauses, the intermissions, everything is just right. Fav Tracks - Aenima, Third Eye, Pushit, Eulogy, 46 & 2. Brilliant [First added to this chart: 11/06/2015]
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1996
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7,521
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My favourite Metallica record. I picked this one up after the Black album and it changed my life forever. From the moment the raising volume of the blackened intro started, my mouth dropped open. The complexity, the speed, the power, the depth. It just felt better, deeper, more orchestrated than the Black Album. It totally won me over and turned me into a huge Metallica fan from that moment. Certainly not perfect, in particular around the bass, but this album floored me. Still does. Fav Tracks - Blackened, One, Dyers Eve, Harvester of Sorrow [First added to this chart: 11/06/2015]
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1988
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I was never a fan of Neil Young, until I heard Needle and the damage done. The he won me over -to say the very least. Fav tracks - Needle, Old Man, Heart of Gold. [First added to this chart: 11/06/2015]
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1972
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I bought this album with my first walkman at the age of 11. Dad haggled on the price in Fiji. I was lucky enough to be on a cruise in the South Pacific with my family. I bought this cassette with my savings on board. Sitting on the promanade deck, my 11 year old mind was blown by the sounds coming out of my walkman. That Knopfler Strat (or Les Paul it seems) sound just got me. Fav Tracks - Brothers in Arms, So Far Away, Money For Nothing. [First added to this chart: 11/06/2015]
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1985
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An incredible album. This is what the album format is all about. As soon as i start the record it relaxes me, puts me in a great mood. The vibe, the feel to this album is unlike any other. Not as many hits as other albums but certainly the best album they have ever put together. [First added to this chart: 12/15/2015]
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1972
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My true guilty pleasure. Whilst not a Bon Jovi fan, this album delivers so many great tracks. So much pop rock brilliance on one album. I was 12 when I saved up an bought this on cassette, dropped it into my AKAI double cassette deck and launched around the room with my air guitar. I thank this album for my love of music. As depressing and un-romantic as it may seem. Living on a Prayer was the biggest song for everyone in my school for about a year. Disco favourite. Fav Tracks - Living on a Prayer, You give love a bad name, Raise Your Hands, Let it Rock [First added to this chart: 11/06/2015]
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1986
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A sleeper. I loved Core when I heard it, so many great tracks. Then when Purple was released my expectations were high. Vaseline was a weak single but the album presents gem after gem. Best tracks Silvergun Superman, interstate, meatplow. [First added to this chart: 11/06/2015]
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1994
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One of my favourite Australian albums. I was already a fan of this great band, and this album was their finest moment. This came at a tough time in my young life and this album was played time and time again. For this reason, it is not a happy place to re-visit but it's an album that means a lot to me and the band's best. Fav Tracks - Up and Down and Back Again, These Days, My Happiness [First added to this chart: 11/06/2015]
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2000
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I had honestly never heard this from start to finish until reading Helter Skelter. Ok not a great way to start, but wow. All in all a more mature sounding record that certainly grows on you. Best tracks bungalow bill, blackbird and Helter Skelter. The later alongside revolution being my favourite Beatles tracks. [First added to this chart: 12/12/2015]
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1968
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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 20 20%
1980s 12 12%
1990s 38 38%
2000s 17 17%
2010s 6 6%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


Tool 4 4%
Metallica 4 4%
Pearl Jam 4 4%
The Rolling Stones 3 3%
Black Sabbath 3 3%
Powderfinger 3 3%
The Beatles 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United States 55 55%
United Kingdom 25 25%
Australia 10 10%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Canada 4 4%
Netherlands 1 1%
Ireland 1 1%
Live? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

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From 06/27/2022 18:44
Excellent chart
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From 04/10/2022 04:21
Fabulous chart Fade2Black. Loved your opening comment - 'there are no rules to govern taste'. I really liked seeing Boy & Bear & Jeff Buckley and some golden oldies - Sticky Fingers, Tapestry, Tea For The Tillerman, Harvest (ie my vintage). You have canvassed all the decades and found lots of musical gems.
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From 09/17/2021 02:59
interesting.
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From 09/16/2021 22:18
Great list. 7 albums in common but so many other albums and artists that never quite made my top 100 but are on my decade and year lists. Love that Powderfinger & The Tea Party are in there. Like your notes as well.
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From 07/10/2017 16:41
This is extremely interesting to browse. Your 3 favourite bands judging by the number of albums are some of my favourites too! Lots of things to discover here, and a strong possibility I'll rerate chart when I try Powderfinger and Live.
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From 11/20/2016 17:26
Let It Bleed my favorite Stones
Love Sabbath and The Beatles of Course and Metallica has turned into one of the most underated bands of all time
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From 01/26/2016 01:00
13 albums and 12 artists in common! And I'm happy to see that you've just added Soundgarden's Superunknown to your list.
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