Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Paule (2021) Unknown

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???
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2008
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Darwin told us about weird fishes...

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

This heat - like global warming- has mainly lurked in the background over the years but this doesn’t undermine their significance. To me, their music is about understanding where everything I love came from and why I love what I love. There is a nod/link to Can’s Krautrock but it is more modern, certainly futuristic for its time. And it is defined as playing free from restrictions but looking for feeling and crescendos. The impact of This Heat is felt on all of my top 3 albums from this list and the spirit of it is present in all my favorite albums. Like going on an adventure but lingering a bit to enjoy it more.
[First added to this chart: 05/04/2019]
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1979
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Best arrangements and snare sound (yes really!) in the game.

The sexy voice of Serge Gainsbourg did not change drastically over the years. The sexy voices of crying, laughing, or groaning women are representing another classical recurring element of his music. However, he did always change up the underlying sound. And let's be honest, this mixture of psychedelic rock, string arrangements and chanson just fit best to his voice and the voice of crying/laughing/groaning women. Even though I'm not a smoker, I feel the need to light a cigarette and flush it with a bottle of red wine when listening to this thing.
[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 10 10%
1970s 14 14%
1980s 18 18%
1990s 17 17%
2000s 19 19%
2010s 21 21%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 23 23%
United States 20 20%
Germany 8 8%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Canada 5 5%
Iceland 4 4%
Australia 3 3%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

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From 04/02/2020 05:28
There is so much to be thankful on this list. First, you put so much passion into your comments. Second, there is a lot of variety, from countries to genres. And third, it seems you're still searching for more music to amaze you.

I didn't see any Mexican artists there so let me suggest 3 artists and let's see if they make the cut:
1) Santa Sabina's El mar abierto en la sangre. Great art-rock band that mixes goth aesthetics with jazz and choral sounds.
2) La Barranca's La Rueda de los Tiempos. It is rock, with a twist of Mexican and Latin American folk.
3) Cafe Tacvba's Revés/Yo Soy. They are the biggest Mexican rock band and this album is just insane: the first one (Revés) is just a collection of instrumental pieces, including the participation of the Kronos Quartet; the second (Yo Soy), was a collection of honest pop-rock songs. Warning: This one is not on Spotify but it is available on Youtube.

If you check them out tell me your opinion.
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From 03/23/2020 21:49
The writing is nice and all, but the title sentences really steps it up! They're often simple and quirky, but manages to hit the soft and funny spots in the feels, making every pick feel natural and obvious. And I don't usually comment on specifically the picks, but this is brilliant; Julia Holter, Can, Björk, Fishmans, Swans, Dead Can Dance, Tuxedomoon, Fela Kuti, Faust, Exuma, Jenny Hval. This is kinda uncanny. Thanfully this is not completely familiar, so there's tons to discover! An absolutely wonderful chart!

As you asked, some recommendations (a few wild and/or freaky ones to spice things up):

Pom Pom by Ariel Pink
Tricentennial 2076 by Vyto B
Unorthodox Behaviour by Brand X
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From 03/11/2020 13:45
Nice chart! Very unique and original, with interesting comments, good job!
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From 03/11/2020 13:04
We share not only top spots for well respected acts like Radiohead, Can, Portishead, Bjork, King Crimson and Fela Kuti

But also all the lesser known stuff; Moondog, Exuma, Fishmans, This Heat, Ground Zero, Peter Brotzmann, Jenny Hval, Faust etc

superb chart
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From 03/11/2020 11:10
Nice chart! I would recommend listening to Gorillaz
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From 06/24/2019 12:17
Kid A over OKC and LONG SEASON, phenomenal
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From 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 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 05/10/2019 08:09
Nice chart. Great variation! I need to listen to portishead third
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From 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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Best Albums of 1962
1. Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music by Ray Charles
2. Howlin' Wolf by Howlin' Wolf
3. Waltz For Debby by Bill Evans Trio
4. Bob Dylan by Bob Dylan
5. Green Onions by Booker T. & The M.G.'s
6. Tijuana Moods by Charles Mingus
7. Go by Dexter Gordon
8. Tous Les Garçons Et Les Filles by Françoise Hardy
9. Jazz Samba by Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd
10. The Bridge by Sonny Rollins
11. Takin' Off by Herbie Hancock
12. Live At The Village Vanguard by John Coltrane
13. Crying by Roy Orbison
14. Coltrane by John Coltrane Quartet
15. Sentimentally Yours by Patsy Cline
16. Mosaic by Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
17. Surfer's Choice by Dick Dale And His Del-Tones
18. Undercurrent by Bill Evans & Jim Hall
19. Peter, Paul And Mary by Peter, Paul And Mary
20. Surfin' Safari by The Beach Boys
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