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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by flyingcitrus (2019)

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Been updating this chart a lot more frequently recently and I think it reflects the music I like and listen to better than ever. My hope is that everyone who finds this chart will come away with at least one new album to enjoy.

I'm still in the process of adding notes to my picks, so bear with me!

Chart updated: 05/24/2019 02:15 (Created: 04/10/2016 02:45). Chart size: 100 albums.

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Yankee Hotel FoxtrotUnited States Wilco
Indie Rock, Art Rock

It took me a long time to get into this album. I fell in love with "Jesus Etc." instantly, but otherwise I couldn't figure out the hype. Over time as I kept revisiting the album I figured out bits and pieces, finding something new to enjoy every time. That, to me, is the joy of discovering and listening to music, something that I never engaged in quite so actively before this album. No other album have I personally found as musically and emotionally rewarding upon listen after listen. I recognize that this probably isn't the album to do that for you, but I wanted to share that philosophy since I think and hope everyone can find an album to feel so strongly about.

Best moment: At the end of "War on War" where the cacophony dissipates into feedback and immediately transitions into the gentle strings of "Jesus Etc."
(First added to chart: 04/12/2016)
Year of Release:2002Appears in:1,358 charts
Rank in 2002:1Rank Score:42,241
Rank in 2000s5Overall Rank:46
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,602 votes)
Comments: 151 comments
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Highway 61 RevisitedUnited States Bob Dylan
Blues Rock, Folk Rock, Singer/Songwriter

1965 people! The year before Revolver and two years before Velvet Underground! This album didn't just open doors for rock music, it kicked them off their hinges. Not even The Kinks and The Stones were putting out anything this raw. Dylan somehow concurrently sings total nonsense and coherent criticism with a swagger that feels perfectly suited to the loose, dirty jamming of his backing band. And its that bluesy, laid back jamming that really pushes this album over the top for me. Everyone knows and everyone loves Bob's brilliant songwriting and lyricism, and rightly so, but here it comes across with an inimitable coolness.

Best moment: The snare shot in "Like A Rolling Stone." You know what I'm talking about. From the very first moment of the album you know you're in for a ride.
(First added to chart: 04/12/2016)
Year of Release:1965Appears in:1,923 charts
Rank in 1965:1Rank Score:76,125
Rank in 1960s7Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,306 votes)
Comments: 188 comments
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Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Hard Rock

I was in denial about this album for the longest time. I love blues music, and so I called II my favorite of theirs. But I love Led Zeppelin too, and this is the album where Led Zeppelin stopped playing blues (or folk) music or and started playing Led Zeppelin music. Every song here is iconic and indispensable from their discography.
(First added to chart: 04/12/2016)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,528 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:106,138
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,306 votes)
Comments: 255 comments
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To Pimp A ButterflyUnited States Kendrick Lamar
Jazz Rap, Conscious Hip Hop

Honestly I didn't listen to a lot of rap before TPAB, but it convinced me that the genre had a lot more to offer than I was giving it credit for. Not only did it raise the bar on instrumentals, but it gave me a whole new appreciation for aspects of the music going on behind the M.C. that transferred even to other artists. Of course, Kendrick's vocal performance is beyond compare here, and the fact that funk and jazz are two of my favorites really makes this album a winner for me.
(First added to chart: 04/12/2016)
Year of Release:2015Appears in:1,281 charts
Rank in 2015:1Rank Score:42,118
Rank in 2010s3Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,620 votes)
Comments: 303 comments
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Kid AUnited Kingdom Radiohead
Art Rock, Electronic

Kid A was one of the first albums I listened to where I really felt like I didn't understand what artists were doing since I had never heard anything like it before. For a long time I preferred OKC, IR, and even A Moon Shaped Pool. What makes it so incredible to me, though, is that after studying and finding love for its influences like Aphex Twin and Talking Heads I found it more enjoyable and even more creative than I did on first listen. The fact that Radiohead made such niche genres in the scheme of pop music like post-punk and IDM into an album that topped the charts is incomprehensible to me.
(First added to chart: 04/12/2016)
Year of Release:2000Appears in:2,709 charts
Rank in 2000:1Rank Score:122,695
Rank in 2000s1Overall Rank:6
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (3,632 votes)
Comments: 498 comments
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98.12.28 Otokotachi No WakareJapan フィッシュマンズ [Fishmans]
Dream Pop, Neo-Psychedelia

If you've never listened to Fishmans, you're gonna wanna get on that right away. If you've never smoked weed, go ahead and get started on that too. Then do both of them together for a life changing experience. The atmosphere on this album is incomparable, and the fact it was recorded live makes it even more impressive. The band's reggae background gives all of their songs a laid back feel, but even on the songs leaning more towards psychedelic rock and there isn't a bad groove to be found.

Best moment: The guitar solo on ひこうき (Hikouki) when it turns into a high energy jam over a single chord (Or the entirety of the modern-day psychedelic symphony Long Season, but that seems like a cop-out).
(First added to chart: 01/10/2019)
Year of Release:1999Appears in:132 charts
Rank in 1999:17Rank Score:4,478
Rank in 1990s119Overall Rank:584
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (155 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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DummyUnited Kingdom Portishead
Trip Hop

I love Dummy because for its time it was a perfect synthesis of past, present and future. The drum breaks and turntablism of early 90s hip hop, the words coolly delivered in a way reminiscent of vocal jazz, futuristic electronic beats and reverb heavy guitar from 60s psychedelia fit seamlessly together.
(First added to chart: 09/20/2016)
Year of Release:1994Appears in:1,188 charts
Rank in 1994:3Rank Score:29,424
Rank in 1990s16Overall Rank:80
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,321 votes)
Comments: 85 comments
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RevolverUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Psychedelic Rock, Psychedelic Pop
(First added to chart: 04/12/2016)
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,936 charts
Rank in 1966:1Rank Score:148,163
Rank in 1960s2Overall Rank:4
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,743 votes)
Comments: 416 comments
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The Black Saint And The Sinner LadyUnited States Charles Mingus
Avant-Garde Jazz

This album changed my perception of what jazz could be. My pre-conceived notions of what made jazz exciting and creative had to be completely reevaluated.
(First added to chart: 04/12/2016)
Year of Release:1963Appears in:693 charts
Rank in 1963:1Rank Score:19,448
Rank in 1960s25Overall Rank:139
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (774 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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Marquee MoonUnited States Television
Post-Punk, Art Rock
(First added to chart: 05/28/2018)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,360 charts
Rank in 1977:3Rank Score:42,049
Rank in 1970s13Overall Rank:49
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,501 votes)
Comments: 115 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 2 2%
1960s 13 13%
1970s 20 20%
1980s 9 9%
1990s 25 25%
2000s 22 22%
2010s 9 9%
Artist Albums %


Led Zeppelin 3 3%
David Bowie 3 3%
Radiohead 3 3%
Kendrick Lamar 2 2%
Talking Heads 2 2%
フィッシュマンズ [Fishmans] 2 2%
Portishead 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 50 50%
United Kingdom 25 25%
Mixed Nationality 7 7%
Japan 4 4%
Australia 2 2%
Canada 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
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