Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by imimesis (2022)

There are (still) so many albums that I want to hear, so I have undoubtedly missed something that will someday be in this list (including an album you love that I've criminally excluded). As such, this reflects what I intentionally and carefully listened to and what stands apart from the crowd in some artistic or classic sense.

I wanted to stay away from many of the obvious best albums found here and elsewhere, but some of those I couldn't help but include.

While I would like to keep the list to one album per artist, that just isn't possible when an artist is so good that they put out consistently excellent albums.

Also worth noting: I strove to include as many female artists and bands as possible. While I am enjoying this website and community, I am surprised by how male-dominated the top albums and artists are.

That is all for now.

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I surprised myself in putting this at the very top. Really, the "best album of all time"? Well, I'll just say that if the guiding principles of The Beatles, Paul Simon, Radiohead and Spoon mean anything (which they do in my book), then Vampire Weekend has somehow synthesized the pop/rock band, singer-songwriter, album-as-art elements so well as to give us this absolute gem, with perfect or near-perfect song from very beginning to very end. [First added to this chart: 12/30/2015]
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2013
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2000
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1967
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1980
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1966
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65,858
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[First added to this chart: 12/30/2015]
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2015
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2,279
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[First added to this chart: 12/31/2015]
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1986
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13,030
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[First added to this chart: 12/30/2015]
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1965
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[First added to this chart: 12/31/2015]
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1965
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2,667
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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 4 4%
1960s 12 12%
1970s 20 20%
1980s 16 16%
1990s 16 16%
2000s 17 17%
2010s 12 12%
2020s 3 3%
Country Albums %


United States 51 51%
United Kingdom 28 28%
Canada 6 6%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Australia 3 3%
Iceland 2 2%
Puerto Rico 1 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
Climber Up 14 from 24th to 10th
Carrie & Lowell
by Sufjan Stevens
Climber Up 1 from 21st to 20th
Pet Sounds
by The Beach Boys
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 5 from 10th to 15th
Blue
by Joni Mitchell
Faller Down 3 from 19th to 22nd
I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
by Yo La Tengo
Faller Down 1 from 15th to 16th
Funeral
by Arcade Fire

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From 07/02/2022 05:56
really liked your chart, i can say you like folk and not the go to albums from some artists, good taste friend
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From 08/18/2021 01:57
Congratulations on a well considered and diverse list - and I couldn't agree more on the need to give credit to the female artists in the album world. I would also suggest that music outside the USA/UK bastions, need to be better acknowledged - something you have given thought to. Good to see Australians bands getting a mention - 3 in your top 100 is a good start (lol). Cheers!
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From 12/08/2020 08:00
A very good chart, Steeleye Span is particularly noteworthy. Although I have not fully heard them, the Books, Ella Fitzgerald and Wanda Jackson are worth noting as well. There are a few over-familiar choices here, but they are more than balanced by the number of exceptional records like ‘Divers’, ‘Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven’, ‘Dummy’, ‘Hounds of Love’, and ‘Hejira’.

Some you may not have heard of but really would be worth your time to listen to:

— ‘New York Tendaberry’ by Laura Nyro
— ‘Parallelograms’ by Linda Perhacs
— ‘The Christ Tree’ by the Trees Community
— ‘St. Radigunds’ by Spirogyra
— ‘Swing the Statue’ by Victoria Williams
— ‘Native Speaker’ by Braids
— ‘Love Agenda’ by Band of Susans
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From 12/06/2020 18:10
Really interesting and good chart very unique and I found something new thank you for Over-the-rhine and Steeleye Span.
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From 12/06/2020 17:58
Totally my cup of tea, and more!!
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From 12/06/2020 17:45
Great chart!
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From 03/27/2019 23:02
Some of my 2nd tier favourites here, bands that aren't in my top 100 but could be on a different day. From Yo La Tengo and St. Vincent to Aphex Twin and Glass. Seems like the only thing I'm not a fan of here is Vampire Weekend lol. A great chart
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From 03/27/2019 15:16
I like the amount of female artists here and I think that's an underrated aspect of a good chart and honestly something mine could be more inclusive of, too. I appreciate how much non-western music here too--a lot of good stuff to dig into!
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From 03/27/2019 13:41
Outstanding chart: very diverse and interesting.
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