Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Paule (2019)

Hello there! Still working on the list... Suggestions welcome!

I mainly evaluate the art of songwriting and composition as I listen to it. I'm less concerned with things like social impact of an album. A completely honest list would contain all Radiohead and all Björk albums, but a slight restriction doesn't hurt, eh?

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EVERYTHIIIIIIIIING

This thing just passed the test of time, there is nothing like it. I compare every other album to Kid A in terms of sound, song creation, originality, groove and cohesion. Every possible artistic direction of a music album is perfected and every possible emotion from comfort to fear, anger is covered. It is a 40 minute journey that I have been on so many times and still enjoy every second of it. In many ways it is an essential part of my life that defines who I am and how I view and understand art.
[First added to this chart: 08/03/2016]
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2000
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And now the piano chord, right? Now? No.. now? no.. now? no still not AHH THERE IT IS THAT PIANO CHORD

Mark Hollis was a genius. And he waited to show all the cards up his sleeve until the very last talk talk album. To me, this album is in many ways very similar to Kid A except for the sound. While Kid A is trying very hard to make guitars sound like.. well not guitars, every instrument on Laughing Stock is recognizable but used in a groundbreaking fashion. The notes or chords played by individual instruments are so sparse that every single one feels significant.
[First added to this chart: 08/03/2016]
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1991
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50 shades of darkness

I know that there are people who want to listen to happy music. Personally I am very happy when I can listen to devastatingly sad music. Maybe I am a weirdo... but anyways, if you like the melancholic stuff, there is no better album than this one to get lost in. Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley decorate Beth Gibbons' fragile voice with rumbling, beeping, and clanging sounds, beats, or beat-like things or weird choirs and all of it is great. WHERE IS THAT NEW ALBUM???
[First added to this chart: 08/03/2016]
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2008
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The best "pop" record of all time

It is just stunning how radiohead were able to create such an interesting, beautiful and cohesive album by using very conventional instrumentation and sound. It is, at first glance, a pop record. But the songwriting is just from a another planet. I interpret this as a darwinian songwriting style. EVOLUTION. In 4-5 minutes, every song evolves from one point to another, every song is its own journey but still, every song maintains its character. Radiohead show, that it is possible to create music that can be listened to and enjoyed in superficial fashion while at the same time, it can be dissected and dove into by music nerds.
[First added to this chart: 08/03/2016]
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2007
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Who doesn't need vitamin C??

Can is probably the most influential band on the type of music that I am interested in, the nondefinable, nonconventional yet emotionally appealing type. On Ege Bamyasi, Can move from sweet to heavy, always maintaining this undeniable groove (s/o Jaki, Can MVP, Drummer GOAT). I think it is their most consistent album and I go back to it the most.
[First added to this chart: 08/03/2016]
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1972
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Who is it, that never lets you down? The answer here is Björk, Björk!

To me, Medulla is the quintessential Björk album. Other artists write a song and the only unique thing about it is, if anything, the voice. Björk, has the most unique voice of them all but on top of that invents a new dimension in the recording and production process on every single album. To me, this album stands out among all her other awesome records. Choirs wrap you in velvet, beatboxing wakes you and the throatsinging, while at first a bit hard to listen to, quickly becomes a highlight of the album.
[First added to this chart: 08/03/2016]
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2004
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Do I need to buy it with some Bargeld?

Einstürzende Neubauten really struggle with commercialism, but have at that point in some way, become commercially successful. On this album, instead of just screaming against capitalist establishments, it seems like they try to deal with their conflict of identities and it suits them very well. I don't know why but I just love Blixas lyrics on this thing. Sonically, the album has a unique flow to it and not every song is noisy, some of them are shockingly quiet and beautiful. It is by far the Neubauten album that I go back to the most and it owns a very firm place in my top 10.
[First added to this chart: 03/08/2019]
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1989
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Is it his free will or IGORs?

I mean, it is very early I know. But I have not enjoyed a record like this in a long time. It is like a more cohesive version of Yeezus. The flow is immaculate. The production is from another planet. For sure, this could drop again. But right now it is here. I am your PUPPET, Tyler, you control me.
And now I shall stop with the writing and go listen to IGOR again.. see ya.
[First added to this chart: 05/19/2019]
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2019
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What can we do against this (global) heat? Save the Rainforest and start with Diet of Worms. [First added to this chart: 05/04/2019]
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1979
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Best arrangements in the game. [First added to this chart: 12/18/2018]
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1971
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 1 1%
1960s 12 12%
1970s 15 15%
1980s 17 17%
1990s 16 16%
2000s 19 19%
2010s 20 20%
Artist Albums %


Radiohead 4 4%
Björk 3 3%
Scott Walker 2 2%
Miles Davis 2 2%
Talk Talk 2 2%
Portishead 2 2%
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 26 26%
United States 24 24%
Mixed Nationality 7 7%
Germany 6 6%
Iceland 5 5%
France 3 3%
Canada 3 3%
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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climbers Up 1 from 35th to 34th
Songs For The Deaf
by Queens Of The Stone Age
climbers Up 1 from 34th to 33rd
Drifters/Love Is The Devil
by Dirty Beaches
climbers Up 1 from 33rd to 32nd
Debut
by Björk
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 19 from 16th to 35th
Lewis Furey
by Lewis Furey

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From jpajovich 06/24/2019 12:17
Kid A over OKC and LONG SEASON, phenomenal
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From mianfei 06/05/2019 11:04
Impressive list. Twelve artists but only three albums in common, though there are quite a few I have wanted to check out.

I wonder if you have heard ‘Winter Songs’ by Art Bears – an offshoot of Henry Cow that actually surpasses them with Dagmar Krause’s proto-Björk wail and some of the most intense, yet mysterious guitar and piano work ever put to record.
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From DommeDamian 05/12/2019 12:33
Excellent heart-warming descriptions along with great records. Although I hate Yeezus, "he is a god (in the studio" is one pretty sick rebuttal!
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From Medelsvensson 05/10/2019 08:09
Nice chart. Great variation! I need to listen to portishead third
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From ForegroundNoise 05/05/2019 08:17
Thank you so much for your lovely comment!! Nice to see we share a few favourites, though don't let the goodwill of your kind words fool you - my return score is not tit-for-tat.

LOVE your notes, and the little titles attached to them, but also so many great album picks??? This Heat in the top ten?? Machine Gun as the greatest jazz album? I feel like this chart could have easily been my own on a cloudier day, the self-professed 'devastatingly-sad' aesthetic is a really gripping cohesion that all your picks share.

I'm familiar with most of your picks, but given that I trust your taste I'll add the lesser known ones to my to-do list.

Since you ask for suggestions here's a couple you may enjoy that don't appear on my overall chart:

Comus - First Utterance (1971)
The Fall - This Nation's Saving Grace (1985)
Les Razilles Denudes - '77 Live (1991)
Meredith Monk - Dolmen Music (1981)
The United States Of America - The United States Of America (1968)

Also check out my 2000s chart for more hidden gems from that decade!
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From Brad1770 03/10/2019 11:15
Nice chart
Daughters at number 4 ! Go you, it was easily one of my favorite albums from 2018 and is set to be a modern classic

Great to see the Sergie Gainsberg album included , it’s one of my all time albums. I saw your Charlotte Gainsberg inclusion as well and have made a mental note to check it out ( can’t wait)

Finally Fiona Apples ‘ Idler Wheel ...’ is a masterpiece and cudos to you for inclusion
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From ExTeaSea 03/10/2019 03:47
Cool chart, keep it up! Portishead Third is definitely wonderful, honestly they got better with each album and yet they only had three. Wish they had a few more. Cool seeing Einsturzende on someone's top ten. Love Flaming Lips but I'm still not that crazy about Embryonic after multiple listens, their 90s stuff is the best. Bjork is wonderful. You should check out Animal Collective. Also like that you have Charlotte Gainsborough and The Knife.
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From Paule 03/04/2019 22:02
@revolver94 thanks buddy! And thanks for the tip, I like it!

@JulianR thank you! Loveless is good but never clicked for me, gave it a lot of runs..
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From JulianR 03/03/2019 23:46
Wow, an impressive list! Kid A was my number one for the longest time, only to be knocked down by Laughing Stock (though I think my profile pic, Loveless, my have held that spot for a while). I love the variety here!
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From revolver94 03/01/2019 18:02
yes gotta get your hval game on!!! lol. looking at your chart i would def recommend checking out austra, i LOVE their debut "feel it break" and i think you'd be a fan

im a big fan of your chart too!! looks like youre a pretty new member we're glad to have ya!!
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