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The Queen Is DeadUnited Kingdom The Smiths
My favourite band by far! I only got into the Smiths in 1989, sadly, the group had disbanded two years prior, but at least I have had Morrissey's solo career to enjoy over the years. But whereas the Smiths recorded around 150 tracks in just 5 years and almost all of them are near faultless, Morrissey has since taken a lot longer to record the same amount of quality and over more albums.

All four studio albums - The Smiths, Meat Is Murder, The Queen Is Dead and Strangeways Here We Come have a case for being their finest hour, but so does Hatful Of Hollow which is a collection of early b-sides and radio sessions, with some of the tracks from the debut album sounding less murky.

The murkiness of the debut is not necessarily a bad thing, it makes it all sound very indie and lo-fi but the quality of the songwriting shines through regardless. It does contain Reel Around The Fountain, Still Ill and The Hand That Rocks The Cradle so it has to be considered to be one of the bands best albums.

Meat Is Murder's opening side is as good as anything they did, and side two somehow includes Well I Wonder...The songwriting is more direct than the debut, the guitar is not as jangly and the lyrics are not as vague but it is right up there for brilliance.

The Queen Is Dead is the one considered to be their masterpiece, I have to confess this is my favourite even though it is such an obvious choice. But how could this album ever be dismissed when it contains such tracks as There Is A Light That Never Goes Out, Frankly Mr Shankly, I Know It's Over, Cemetry Gates and the title track. Genius!

Strangeways has always been my least favourite, it does contain a couple of fillers, but Smiths fillers are still pretty good and as good as anything else around at that time. So for me, Death At One's Elbow and Unhappy Birthday do somewhat hold the album back from becoming their career defining masterpiece. At some point, both Morrissey and Marr have said this is their favourite Smiths album.
(First added to chart: 02/03/2016)
Year of Release:1986Appears in:2,013 charts
Rank in 1986:1Rank Score:76,909
Rank in 1980s2Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,349 votes)
Comments: 219 comments
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2. (=)

Vauxhall & IUnited Kingdom Morrissey
It all started with Now That's What I Call Music #11, I'd asked a friend to tape me C'Mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran, which I quite liked, but it was the track which followed that had me playing the tape again and again, this was Suedehead by Morrissey and this was the track that ultimately lead me into seeing Morrissey live 24 times and pretty much buy everything with his name on it for many many years. I don't really bother with the books and magazines anymore, keeping up with this would be a full time job, but I still buy every record, or I will if he ever gets a recording contract again.

Suedehead was the debut solo single after the break up of the Smiths only 6 months prior. For chart performance, Suedehead immediately blew the Smiths out of the water and Morrissey hit the ground running. Things didn't always go so well but over 10 studio albums later, there are at the very least 7 of these that are brilliant and 3 or 4 are right up there with the best of the Smiths. Unfortunately it appears Morrissey's solo career will never be given the credit it deserves until it is too late.
(First added to chart: 02/03/2016)
Year of Release:1994Appears in:214 charts
Rank in 1994:29Rank Score:2,813
Rank in 1990s186Overall Rank:909
Average Rating:  78/100 (282 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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3. (4) Up1

The Beatles (The White Album)United Kingdom The Beatles
Well, everyone likes the Beatles don't they? And if not, then they really should do.

I don't honestly believe any serious fan of music could possibly dismiss the Beatles. After hearing all the singles as a child, it was quite exciting to later discover albums like Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt Peppers, Abbey Road and in particular the White Album. The White Album was from a different world to the likes of Love Me Do and I Want To Hold Your Hand and I thought it was great that a band could have evolved like the Beatles had.
(First added to chart: 02/03/2016)
Year of Release:1968Appears in:2,418 charts
Rank in 1968:1Rank Score:104,208
Rank in 1960s5Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (3,166 votes)
Comments: 282 comments
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4. (5) Up1

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
No one has owned a decade like Bowie did in the 1970's, not the Beatles or Dylan in the 60's or The Smiths in the 80's, Bowie released 11 studio albums and with the possible exception of Pin Ups they were all at the least very good, with 5 or 6 of those being incredible and pretty much era defining. He also had the time to work with Lou Reed on Transformer and Iggy Pop on Raw Power which were both particular milestones in their careers.

Like many of his contempories, the 80's may have brought commercial success but apart from Scary Monsters, there is very little that could compare with his output from the previous decade. There were a number of decent releases throughout the following two decades such as Outside and Heathen, but the final two albums The Next Day and Blackstar are both excellent and were something of a return to form after a long absence but as we all now know this was unfortunately cut short but his passing had already been meticulously planned.
(First added to chart: 02/03/2016)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:2,423 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:96,535
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,807 votes)
Comments: 244 comments
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5. (6) Up1

Highway 61 RevisitedUnited States Bob Dylan

(First added to chart: 02/03/2016)
Year of Release:1965Appears in:1,936 charts
Rank in 1965:1Rank Score:76,439
Rank in 1960s7Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,321 votes)
Comments: 190 comments
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6. (3) Down3

Hex Enduction HourUnited Kingdom The Fall

(First added to chart: 02/03/2016)
Year of Release:1982Appears in:182 charts
Rank in 1982:19Rank Score:2,170
Rank in 1980s184Overall Rank:1,161
Average Rating:  80/100 (192 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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Songs Of Leonard CohenCanada Leonard Cohen

(First added to chart: 02/03/2016)
Year of Release:1967Appears in:784 charts
Rank in 1967:8Rank Score:16,055
Rank in 1960s31Overall Rank:172
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (869 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd are one of the big boys, along with the Beatles and Led Zeppelin, they have created some monumental albums. The seven year period between 1973 and 1979 gave birth to The Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals and The Wall.

The group has had three main line ups, the first one with Syd Barrett as the main songwriter/vocalist/guitarist, then when he was replaced by David Gilmour, and this became their most successful period and finally as a three piece when Roger Waters left.

The Syd period is brilliant and was what first got me into Pink Floyd, and at the time I much preferred this to 25 minute long songs with endless guitar solos, here we had almost perfect punk pop songs of under 3 minutes, the songs were dazzling - Arnold Layne, Astronomy Domine, See Emily Play, Apples And Oranges, Lucifer Sam, Bike, the list goes on and one wonders how things would have panned out had Syd Barrett overcome his well documented problems.

When Syd was effectively kicked out of the band, the future did not immediately seem too promising, it wasn't until Meddle was released in 1971 that a certain spark had been discovered and Echoes was unleashed on the world.

No matter what kind of music you are into, it is hard to resist the Floyd from '73 to '79 when they were arguably at their peak, there is very little between the first two albums in terms of quality, and both The Dark Side Of The Moon and Wish You Were Here still both house the ghost of Syd. Animals and The Wall are possibly more cynical and angry and show a shift in the band where Roger Waters moves from main songwriter and bass player to complete front man, taking the vocals on almost everything, this would culminate in the Final Cut, a good album, but really a Roger Waters solo album and not nearly as good as The Wall.

The final few albums without Roger Waters are quite hit and miss, A Momentary Lapse Of Reason I have never particularly liked although even then there is the odd good track such as Learning To Fly and Sorrow, the Division Bell was very successful commercially and was a much better album than its predecessor but it certainly lacks the lyrical genius of Roger Waters and isn't quite as good as I had remembered it. The final album Endless River I have not heard in its entirety as it is all instrumental apart from one track so it doesn't appeal to me.
(First added to chart: 02/03/2016)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,446 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:178,386
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,372 votes)
Comments: 491 comments
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9. (=)

Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones

(First added to chart: 02/03/2016)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,560 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:55,313
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,955 votes)
Comments: 167 comments
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10. (25) Up15

Sweet Baby JamesUnited States James Taylor

(First added to chart: 03/06/2019)
Year of Release:1970Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1970:37Rank Score:1,915
Rank in 1970s276Overall Rank:1,261
Average Rating:  78/100 (245 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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Top 40 Artists! composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 9 23%
1970s 17 43%
1980s 7 18%
1990s 6 15%
2000s 1 3%
2010s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


The Kinks 1 3%
The Beatles 1 3%
Tom Waits 1 3%
Led Zeppelin 1 3%
Bruce Springsteen 1 3%
David Bowie 1 3%
Neil Young And Crazy Horse 1 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 22 55%
United States 13 33%
Canada 3 8%
Ireland 1 3%
Mixed Nationality 1 3%

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