Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Paule 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.
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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.
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2007
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[First added to this chart: 12/18/2018]
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1974
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What is this weird thing on the cover? [First added to this chart: 12/18/2018]
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2012
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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.
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1972
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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 sharp lyrics more than usual 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.
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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 between all the tracks is immaculate. The production is from another planet. I am your PUPPET, Tyler, you control me.
And now I shall stop with the writing and go listen to IGOR again.. see ya.
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2019
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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.
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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 9 9%
1970s 15 15%
1980s 17 17%
1990s 14 14%
2000s 20 20%
2010s 21 21%
2020s 3 3%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 24 24%
United States 18 18%
Germany 8 8%
Mixed Nationality 7 7%
Australia 4 4%
Iceland 4 4%
France 4 4%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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Climber Up 26 from 46th to 20th
My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts
by Brian Eno & David Byrne
Climber Up 21 from 40th to 19th
Illuminations
by Buffy Sainte-Marie
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 2 from 19th to 21st
You Won't Get What You Want
by Daughters
Faller Down 2 from 20th to 22nd
★ (Blackstar)
by David Bowie
Faller Down 2 from 21st to 23rd
Loud City Song
by Julia Holter

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From 03/24/2023 21:25
A unique and intriguing list with a lot of time and effort clearly involved in the making of it. Will definitely check out some of these I am unfamiliar with. Thank you!
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From 03/24/2023 10:27
Yeah easily one of the best charts around. Excellent choices from the well known artists. Your Funeral My Trial, White Chalk, The Seer - all 3 are my personal faves by the artists and Confusion is Sex is an underrated one too. "Cool experimental 80s albums" is a fantastic niche to explore, a lot of great picks like Einstürzende Neubauten, Tuxedomoon, Laibach, Glenn Branca and Lydia Lunch. There were several albums which caught me off guard, like the new Širom, Scott Walker's experimental phase albums, Talabot's ƒIN... Never expected to see them in the chart which has 2 Radiohead albums in the top 5 (nothing against Radiohead though, those are great albums!) There are at least 20-ish albums I've never even heard of, which is exactly what I want out of BEA charts.
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From 05/28/2021 16:04
Can’t fault this chart. Simply a collection of stunning albums and I love the commentary. Great stuff
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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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Best Artists of the 1970s
1. Pink Floyd
2. David Bowie
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Neil Young
5. The Rolling Stones
6. The Clash
7. Fleetwood Mac
8. Black Sabbath
9. The Who
10. Genesis
11. Stevie Wonder
12. Bob Dylan
13. Yes
14. Bruce Springsteen
15. Paul McCartney
16. Joni Mitchell
17. Bob Marley
18. Nick Drake
19. Joy Division
20. Queen
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