Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Onater (2019)

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I've been listening to music as albums rather than individual songs since July 2015, and every album on this list is one I have discovered in that time. I previously had 3 favourite tracks from each album in chronological order. I changed that to 2-5 favourite tracks from each in order from best to worst, but now I've decided that I don't need any limit on how many favourite tracks.

I've pretty much moved this over to Rateyourmusic at https://rateyourmusic.com/list/Onater/onaters-top-however-many-albums-2/ because they allow more than 100 there.

Just updated this for the first time in a while and good god was it out of date. The comments and favourite tracks probably still are but whatever. I may have cheated a bit and snuck in a compilation or two.

My Top 20 songs of all time:
20. Tim Buckley - Song To The Siren (Starsailor, 1970)
19. Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come (Ain't That Good News, 1964)
18. Kermit - The Rainbow Connection (The Muppet Movie, 1979)
17. Television - Marquee Moon (Marquee Moon, 1977)
16. Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road (Born To Run, 1975)
15. Joanna Newsom - Peach, Plum, Pear (The Milk-Eyed Mender, 2004)
14. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (Sound Of Silver, 2007)
13. Animal Collective - Fireworks (Strawberry Jam, 2007)
12. Sonic Youth - The Diamond Sea (Washing Machine, 1995)
11. Gordon Lightfoot - If You Could Read My Mind (If You Could Read My Mind, 1970)
10. Car Seat Headrest - Beach Life-In-Death (Twin Fantasy, 2018)
9. Joanna Newsom - Cosmia (Ys, 2006)
8. R.E.M. - Nightswimming (Automatic For The People, 1992)
7. Joanna Newsom - Sawdust & Diamonds (Ys, 2006)
6. The Tragically Hip - Escape Is At Hand For The Travellin' Man (Phantom Power, 1998)
5. David Bowie - "Heroes" ("Heroes", 1977)
4. Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) (Speaking In Tongues, 1983)
3. The Tragically Hip - Bobcaygeon (Phantom Power, 1998)
2. Joanna Newsom - Only Skin (Ys, 2006)
1. The Tragically Hip - Ahead By A Century (Trouble At The Henhouse, 1996)

  • Chart updated: 07/26/2019 07:15
  • (Created: 04/30/2016 05:27).
  • Chart size: 100 albums.

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"And if the love of a woman or two, dear, couldn't move you to such heights, then all I can do is do, my darling, right by you."

I used to have a big blurb here about how this is the greatest piece of art ever created by humans but every time I read it over I cringe so I'll just let you fill it out for yourself from the fact that it's at the top of the list.

First listen August 2016

Favourite Tracks: Only Skin, Sawdust & Diamonds, Cosmia(First added to this chart: 08/25/2016)
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2006
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"It'll take some time, but somewhere down the line, we won't be alone."

If you had told me a year ago that a straighforward indie rock album released in 2018 could make my top 3 albums of all time, I wouldn't believed you. Especially not one from Car Seat Headrest. For a long time my only exposure to this band was through 2016's Teens of Denial, an album that I thought that, despite having some great high points, was a very bland, unexciting, commercial Strokes knockoff. It wasn't until late 2017 that I heard the original 2011 Twin Fantasy, and I immediately fell in love with it, and my opinion on the band changed completely - and when I heard that they were going to re-record it, I was upset. I was sure that it would be turned into a watered-down commercialized Teens of Denial-esque version, and that wasn't what I wanted for that album at all. So the original continued growing on me, and it finally made it to that glorious 5 star rating just a week before the new version came out. And I never would have expected to say this, but the new version is better. In almost every way. I've barely listened to the 2011 one since this came out - the only real advantage that it has over this is Will's vocal performance, the monologue on Nervous Young Inhumans (I miss galvanism!) and the whole 'sincerity' factor. I mean, they're both 10/10 albums, but, in addition to the better production, this one also has the extended version of Famous Prophets, which alone is enough to push it above the original, and the different/more optimistic monologue at the end of the title track. I still think that the original is essential to listen to before hearing this, but I definitely consider this the superior version. But even setting aside the differences between the versions, I didn't expect to like this album, either version, as much as I did. But the themes, the lyrics, the angst, oh that glorious angst, it was exactly what I needed during that first half of 2018, my final year of high school. I can't begin to count the times I screamed along to Beach Life-In-Death while driving to school, or the amount of hope I found in the simplicity of My Boy, or how strongly I could relate to almost every song on the album as much as I despise myself for it. I guess there's a bit of gay furry in all of us.

First listen February 2018

Favourite Tracks: Beach Life-In-Death, Famous Prophets (Stars), Bodys, My Boy (Twin Fantasy), Sober To Death, Nervous Young Inhumans(First added to this chart: 03/23/2018)
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2018
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"Pick up here and chase the ride, the river empties to the tide. All of this is coming your way."

Really, this shouldn't be this high on the chart. It is a very straightforward pop rock album. Yet memories connected to it have, as they so often do, made it mean something to me that it doesn't quite mean to anyone else, and that alone justifies its place.

First listen March 2016

Favourite Tracks: Nightswimming, Find The River, The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonite, Man On The Moon(First added to this chart: 05/17/2016)
Year of Release:
1992
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38,562
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"Elation. Elegance. Exaltation. All from God. Thank you God. Amen."

First listen June 2016

Favourite Tracks: Psalm, Acknowledgement(First added to this chart: 10/07/2016)
Year of Release:
1965
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28,036
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"At some point it stops."

Favourite Tracks: Pile! No Pile! Pile!, Bug-Infested Floorboards — Can We Please Just Leave This Place Now, Please Don't Cry They Stopped Hours Ago, A Highway Got Paved Over My Future I Drive It Getting To School, The Blah Blah Blahs(First added to this chart: 05/31/2019)
Year of Release:
2010
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504
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"And now we rise, and we are everywhere."

First listen August 2016

Favourite Tracks: From The Morning, Pink Moon, Place To Be, Road, Which Will, Things Behind The Sun(First added to this chart: 08/01/2017)
Year of Release:
1972
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36,089
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"Myself, I long for love and light, but must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?"

First listen November 2016

Favourite Tracks: Sing Another Song Boys, Famous Blue Raincoat, Joan Of Arc, Avalanche, Last Year's Man(First added to this chart: 12/19/2016)
Year of Release:
1971
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6,340
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"Why can't we all just walk away."

I'm considering this as the entire Inmost Light trilogy 'cause you just can't separate them from each other.

Favourite Tracks: The Starres Are Marching Sadly Home, The Blood Bells Chime, Calling For Vanished Faces II, The Frolic, Patripassian, The Inmost Light Itself(First added to this chart: 04/15/2019)
Year of Release:
1996
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489
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"Because when you see the face of God, you will die, and there will be nothing left of you, except the God-man, the God-woman, the heavenly man, the heavenly woman the heavenly child."

First listen October 2016

Favourite Tracks: She Dreamt She Was A Bulldozer She Dreamt She Was Alone In An Empty Field, Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven, Gathering Storm / Il Pleut À Mourir (+Clatters Like Worry), Broken Windows Locks Of Love Pt. III / 3rd Part(First added to this chart: 11/03/2016)
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2000
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24,473
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10. (17) Up7
"That is all, that is all, there is nothing else."

Favourite Tracks: Turn the Light On, Words I Hear, I Shall Love 2, I Shall Love 1, Underneath The Moon(First added to this chart: 05/31/2019)
Year of Release:
2018
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1,157
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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 9 9%
1970s 16 16%
1980s 11 11%
1990s 24 24%
2000s 23 23%
2010s 13 13%
Artist Albums %


Joanna Newsom 4 4%
Tom Waits 3 3%
Radiohead 3 3%
Swans 3 3%
Angelo Badalamenti 2 2%
Kendrick Lamar 2 2%
John Coltrane 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 62 62%
United Kingdom 21 21%
Canada 9 9%
Germany 3 3%
Australia 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
Iceland 1 1%
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 14 from 19th to 5th
Just Got Back From The Discomfort- We're Alright
by The Brave Little Abacus
climbers Up 11 from 88th to 77th
Dummy
by Portishead
climbers Up 11 from 72nd to 61st
F♯A♯∞
by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 24 from 51st to 75th
Beethoven: 9 Symphonien
by Herbert von Karajan / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
fallers Down 14 from 68th to 82nd
The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
by Charles Mingus
fallers Down 12 from 71st to 83rd
Since I Left You
by The Avalanches

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From Timooosterink 08/12/2019 11:06
Nice chart! I like the effort you have put into this
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From gidgidi 06/14/2019 13:34
Great picks!
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From mianfei 06/14/2019 07:10
It is rare to see a chart with so many as sixteen artists in common with my own (this figure includes Steven Osborne for his Messiaen works). Moreover, there are others in my large backlog of recordings to listen to , including ‘Escalator Over the Hill’.

One recording I would recommend you that it seems you haven’t heard is ‘I’m the One’ by Annette Peacock. Little-known on this site, ‘I’m the One’ is undoubtedly a masterful work of soul power that surpasses most black artists at soul music. The title track and ‘Pony’ turn funk into lush soundscapes of both beauty and personal power.

Two other recommendations are the Trees Community’s ‘The Christ Tree’ and Victoria Williams’ ‘Swing the Statue’. These in many ways predate the “freak folk” of the mid-2000s by thirty and fifteen years respectively, with the former being the most beautifully transcendent psalms as communitarian music-making and the latter a deeply personal work of wonder at the beauty of little things.
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From Glitterboiii 01/26/2019 18:36
Fantastic chart! So many of my favorites up here!
Please update this like in any way so Twin Fantasy gets its points.
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From ForegroundNoise 12/10/2018 09:29
Absolutely love the notes you've added and the lyrics from each album too, really great stuff :)
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From Azbest2000 05/13/2018 17:54
Professionaly made list. You have an eclectic taste and it's clear to see that you are really interested in music.
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From raadfactoryxny 11/24/2017 07:05
By any means one of the greatest charst, man. The descriptions really hits hard, as of how well-written and well-structured they are. Keep up the phenomenal work :)
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From travelful 11/23/2017 20:44
Excellent.
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From JulianR 09/07/2017 04:20
I really love this chart! The lyrics you have picked really resonated with me, and I think they captured the albums really well. Also, I feel almost exactly the same way as what you wrote about Amnesiac. There are def some better B-sides (especially Fog). You said it far more eloquently than I did on my chart though. Anyway, awesome chart!
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From RandolphCarterJr 07/29/2017 16:30
Great chart and great descriptions! Appreciate the work you've put in!
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