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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by carpents (2019)

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I realized I'm not very good at giving commentary on albums, because I don't always understand why I like what I like. (I can usually tell you why I *don't* like something though, which is more often.) I tried to comment on something relevant, maybe not insightful to the record but explaining why I like it.

Chart updated: 03/09/2019 20:15 (Created: 04/06/2016 22:51). Chart size: 100 albums.

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SpiderlandUnited States Slint
I remember listening to 'Washer' (on cassette, no less) on the way to band practice, and being blown away. We were one of the many bands which heard it and shifted from power-chord garage rock to something deeper. I'm still amazed at how young these guys were when they wrote this music.
(First added to chart: 04/10/2016)
Year of Release:1991Appears in:810 charts
Rank in 1991:5Rank Score:22,354
Rank in 1990s22Overall Rank:112
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (942 votes)
Comments: 101 comments
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2. (=)

In The Aeroplane Over The SeaUnited States Neutral Milk Hotel
Got this album in the late 90s along with hundreds of other CDs. The first couple listens it felt abrasive. It finally broke through and I connected to the emotion in this album; I still don't even understand what he's saying all the time, but with this album you don't have to.
(First added to chart: 04/10/2016)
Year of Release:1998Appears in:2,042 charts
Rank in 1998:1Rank Score:89,624
Rank in 1990s3Overall Rank:17
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,343 votes)
Comments: 378 comments
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3. (=)

Seven SwansUnited States Sufjan Stevens
Sparse and beautiful.
(First added to chart: 04/10/2016)
Year of Release:2004Appears in:272 charts
Rank in 2004:14Rank Score:3,625
Rank in 2000s133Overall Rank:701
Average Rating:  81/100 (368 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4. (=)

DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
An entire album which feels like a nightmare. (In a good way.)
(First added to chart: 04/10/2016)
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,335 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:43,038
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:44
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,512 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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5. (7) Up2

DoolittleUnited States Pixies
The height of the Pixies, and the height of Black Francis, which is a way better name than 'Frank Black'.
(First added to chart: 04/10/2016)
Year of Release:1989Appears in:2,097 charts
Rank in 1989:1Rank Score:83,161
Rank in 1980s1Overall Rank:19
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,374 votes)
Comments: 244 comments
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6. (8) Up2

The Downward SpiralMixed Nationality Nine Inch Nails
The final third of this album blows me away.
(First added to chart: 04/10/2016)
Year of Release:1994Appears in:704 charts
Rank in 1994:7Rank Score:16,988
Rank in 1990s33Overall Rank:156
Average Rating:  82/100 (900 votes)
Comments: 62 comments
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7. (9) Up2

Have One On MeUnited States Joanna Newsom
No one knows what is coming
or who will harvest what we have sown
or how I've been dulling and dumbing
in the service of the heart alone

2 hours of something which defies explanation. It's an extraordinary mixture of instruments and sounds, piano, harp, drums, clapping, sticks rattling, tambourines, horns, strings, something else? My first listen on headphones had my brain twitching from side to side hearing all of the cacophony in amazement of how seamlessly it all works. There are sparse songs too which are hauntingly beautiful and instantly transport me to this strange world that Joanna Newsom creates with tiny twists of phrase.

Her voice is smoother here than on her other works, but like all the random instrumentation it just fits. I wouldn't change a single word.

I was tired of being drunk
My face cracked like a joke
So I swung through here
like a brace of jackrabbits
with their necks all broke

God, you can't drop even one song lest you'd be left with a hollowed-out husk.

I try to reserve enough space to make it all the way through this album, and then feel like starting it right over.

It does not suffice for you to say I am a sweet girl
Or to say you hate to see me sad because of you
It does not suffice to merely lie beside each other
As those who love each other do
(First added to chart: 03/09/2019)
Year of Release:2010Appears in:358 charts
Rank in 2010:12Rank Score:5,795
Rank in 2010s43Overall Rank:462
Average Rating:  81/100 (399 votes)
Comments: 34 comments
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8. (10) Up2

From A Basement On The HillUnited States Elliott Smith
So sad that he killed himself, I love where this album was going. Elliott Smith was brilliant and haunted, and so is his music.
(First added to chart: 04/10/2016)
Year of Release:2004Appears in:161 charts
Rank in 2004:25Rank Score:2,196
Rank in 2000s212Overall Rank:1,127
Average Rating:  80/100 (244 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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9. (11) Up2

Perfect From Now OnUnited States Built To Spill
I never got into BTS in the 90s even though I listened to some of them. Maybe it was Doug Martsh's vocals, or the odd song structure. Re-discovered their albums in the 00s and something clicked. If I had to pick one song which encapsulates Built To Spill it would be 'Randy Described Eternity'.
(First added to chart: 04/10/2016)
Year of Release:1997Appears in:418 charts
Rank in 1997:9Rank Score:8,841
Rank in 1990s63Overall Rank:325
Average Rating:  84/100 (477 votes)
Comments: 29 comments
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10. (6) Down4

OK ComputerUnited Kingdom Radiohead
I liked Pablo Honey, not initially but after a year or so. Then I loved The Bends, which seemed like a natural progression from Pablo. And then OK Computer came out, and I was amazed. It was anything but a natural progression, but something entirely new built upon their previous work.

Looking back it doesn't seem possible that Radiohead would be a 'one-hit' band, but with the Bends and OK Computer, Radiohead said "we don't care" and changed the game. I'm sure there was pressure for them to make another 'Creep' and I'm glad they didn't.
(First added to chart: 04/10/2016)
Year of Release:1997Appears in:3,694 charts
Rank in 1997:1Rank Score:196,888
Rank in 1990s1Overall Rank:1
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,523 votes)
Comments: 730 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 2 2%
1960s 4 4%
1970s 7 7%
1980s 9 9%
1990s 38 38%
2000s 23 23%
2010s 17 17%
Artist Albums %


Built To Spill 3 3%
The Smiths 3 3%
Black Sabbath 2 2%
Nine Inch Nails 2 2%
Joanna Newsom 2 2%
Radiohead 2 2%
The Afghan Whigs 2 2%
Show all
Country Albums %


United States 59 59%
United Kingdom 27 27%
Mixed Nationality 6 6%
Australia 2 2%
Ireland 2 2%
Canada 2 2%
Iceland 2 2%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 23 from 88th to 65th
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by Bon Iver
climbers Up 15 from 86th to 71st
Paranoid
by Black Sabbath
climbers Up 8 from 29th to 21st
Electro-Shock Blues
by Eels
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 15 from 31st to 46th
The Hour Of Bewilderbeast
by Badly Drawn Boy
fallers Down 10 from 25th to 35th
American VI: Ain't No Grave
by Johnny Cash
fallers Down 7 from 17th to 24th
The Queen Is Dead
by The Smiths
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