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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Stover75 (2017)  

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Welcome one, welcome all. These are some of my favourite albums of all time. Each album means something to me, even the relatively new ones. Just over half of them come from the period in the early 1990s when I was aged 15-20, although not all of those albums are 90s albums. The early 90s was when I got into music in a big way, as many teenagers do. It is a form of connection with something greater, of solace, of self-expression and a way of channelling feelings. There are many memories here. And new ones are still being created. I have tried to make this chart represent periods from many different stages in my life also. It is subject to change as I remember other albums I like or as new albums come out. Enjoy!

Chart updated: 2 hours ago (Created: 08/06/2016 19:37). Chart size: 100 albums.

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RankAlbumArtist
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Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
First heard this in the early nineties when lent the album by my friend's older brother. I came home one weekend night, drunk, and played it on repeat whilst I slept. I heard it once through before I fell asleep. When I woke up I played it again. I loved it instantly. Now it is like an old friend. I love the overall sentiment of the album, of missing an absent friend, for them Syd Barrett. It's stirring without being sentimental.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,080 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:92,968
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,742 votes)
Comments: 207 comments
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2. (=)

RevolverUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Now my favourite Beatles album. I love how summer-y and fresh and upbeat it sounds. Never fails to make me smile. From the opener Taxman through to the famous closing track Tomorrow Never Knows this blew the lid off anything they had done before and paved the way for Sgt Pepper.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,617 charts
Rank in 1966:1Rank Score:136,493
Rank in 1960s2Overall Rank:4
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,213 votes)
Comments: 353 comments
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DisintegrationUnited Kingdom The Cure
Words can't express how much this album meant to me when I was a confused, depressed teenager, living in the suburbs, in the early 90s. I quickly bought up all The Cure's albums upon hearing this. The opening track, Plainsong, is my favourite and whenever I get the chance I play this very loud. I find it an emotional album. And deep and ethereal in tone. It has an elegiac quality which charms the listener and lifts it out of being simply depressing. Smith is a genius. And this is a perfect album.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,125 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:37,402
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,288 votes)
Comments: 89 comments
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4. (6) Up2

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandUnited Kingdom The Beatles
An early favourite and although it has many classic tracks there are at least two songs I feel I could live without if I had to. Shock horror! However that doesn't spoil the overall effect of what is a sublime album. The quality of tracks like Lucy in the Sky, A Day in the Life and She's Leaving Home make it stick as a favourite. Plus, like Revolver I love to play it in the Summertime. It's a really sunny album. Well it did come out in the Summer of Love - 1967. It is hard to ignore and I do feel it's an essential album. It would be even higher if the double a-side of Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane were included on the album as I believe George Martin originally planned. That would have made a near perfect album. As it is though it is definitely one of my all-time favourites. And it flows so well as a record.
(First added to chart: 10/01/2016)
Year of Release:1967Appears in:2,561 charts
Rank in 1967:1Rank Score:126,951
Rank in 1960s3Overall Rank:5
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,230 votes)
Comments: 355 comments
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5. (7) Up2

The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
I first heard this as a young teen and it is the first Pink Floyd album I heard.. I loved The Great Gig in the Sky. It was used to great effect in a UK advert for a famous brand of paracetamol. So I checked out the album. It didn't disappoint. So many good tracks and it works so well as a complete album. Still, it's not my favourite Floyd album, as you can see. However I can see why it scores so highly on so many Greatest albums lists and why it is one of the world's bestselling albums of all time. It rocks. And when I heard the whole album played through in concert by the Australian Pink Floyd Show my love for this album just grew deeper.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,018 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:161,488
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,737 votes)
Comments: 423 comments
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6. (5) Down1

Hunky DoryUnited Kingdom David Bowie
I bought this on vinyl, a first pressing, dirt cheap, when I was 17. I adore this album, I love how jolly it is. I particularly like the fact that he wrote Kooks for his new son. At one point I couldn't decide whether I preferred this or Ziggy Stardust as my favourite Bowie album.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,207 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:37,158
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,614 votes)
Comments: 104 comments
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The Joshua TreeIreland U2
An awesome album with one of my all-time favourite opening tracks of an album. Very atmospheric. Even when Bono veers into pretensiousness I feel they always pull back from spoiling it, at least on this album.. They play so well together as a band. And there isn't a duff track on it. It's a legendary album and they have a lot of good albums. This will always be a favourite. The lyrics, the music and Bono singing like he is trying to break out of prison, to paraphrase Andrea Corr.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,345 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:46,466
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:33
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,797 votes)
Comments: 173 comments
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The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
I taped this off my friend's older step-brother. I felt like one of the only kids in our school who got the Stone Roses when they debuted in 1989. Most of my friends thought Fools Gold was druggy shite when it entered the Top 40. I used to listen to my tape of this album on my Walkman when out on my bike and I would always play it all the way through. When I found out their influences it made me want to check out 60s music, especially psychedelia.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,403 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:52,041
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,612 votes)
Comments: 152 comments
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The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
I didn't get this album straight away. It took a few listens. I found it a bit negative at first. But then I kept playing it and the quality of the lyrics and the musicianship, particularly Dave Gilmour's guitar-playing and Roger Waters' lyrics embedded this album in my subconscious. Now I play it regularly and I have 2 copies on CD (one I had then I bought the Floyd Discovery box set so now I have two). I also have the album on heavyweight vinyl and several different and colourful The Wall t-shirts. I know - fanboy!
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,598 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:63,593
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,447 votes)
Comments: 181 comments
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Blonde On BlondeUnited States Bob Dylan
Awesome album from Mr Dylan and easily my favourite album of his. Psychedelic and folky at the same time it flows so well as an album. It has a dream-like quality, the music is sublime and the lyrics are pure poetry. A truly fantastic double album.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1966Appears in:1,382 charts
Rank in 1966:3Rank Score:53,748
Rank in 1960s10Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,718 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 15 15%
1970s 32 32%
1980s 21 21%
1990s 21 21%
2000s 8 8%
2010s 3 3%
Artist Albums %


Pink Floyd 4 4%
The Beatles 4 4%
David Bowie 4 4%
Radiohead 3 3%
Kate Bush 3 3%
The Cure 3 3%
The Rolling Stones 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 52 52%
United States 38 38%
Canada 3 3%
Ireland 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Australia 1 1%
Jamaica 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 12 from 30th to 18th
F♯A♯∞
by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
climbers Up 6 from 39th to 33rd
After The Gold Rush
by Neil Young
climbers Up 3 from 33rd to 30th
Are You Experienced
by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 3 from 4th to 7th
The Joshua Tree
by U2
fallers Down 3 from 29th to 32nd
Nevermind
by Nirvana
fallers Down 3 from 31st to 34th
Siamese Dream
by The Smashing Pumpkins

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From sethmadsen 12/02/2017 19:08
I think I could listen to this list and not get bored. A handful I don't care for as much, but still would listen to. Solid commentary.
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From Michael1981 12/02/2017 18:36
Thanks for your comment on my chart! Totally agree with your intro about the importance of music in the teenage years and liking how you have picked things from different periods of your life to make the chart.

I used to love Innocent Man as a kid from my parents collection. Going to have to check it out again. And Belinda Carlisle!!
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From greatson 12/01/2017 16:17
Nice to see Neil Diamond in your chart!
I´ve never been a big fan of him but my girlfriend is.
So we were watching his show here in Vienna some month ago.
Woah that was great! Now he is not exactly a youngster anymore but still a good and warm hearted entertainer and he has so many hits that even I know.
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From NowhereMan 11/29/2017 10:46
I loved this!!!!!!!!!!!
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From craola 10/27/2017 05:26
nice to see the levellers getting some representation.
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From lukem14 10/26/2017 00:21
Great chart! So many classics and I love the prevalence of Pink Floyd. They really were on another level.

Thanks for the review of my chart. I really should get around to commenting on my choices like you have it adds alot to the enjoyment of this site.
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From Bungalowracoon 10/14/2017 18:17
Great chart

I'm gonna try - the flood by they might be giants purely because it's the only record in your top 30 that I don't own and love

Good stuff
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From Wh3n1nR0me 09/06/2017 17:40
With the exception of the They Might Be Giants album, the top thirty reads something like Rolling Stone or NME.

Nothing wrong with that - all the greats are there and who could argue with the numero uno!

I'd say with 100 choices, I could still manage one album by one artist, but the greater capacity of course does mean you could put a band's entire discography in, if you so wished.

A few titles I've not heard of but how fantastic to see Etta James included!

I'll give this a rating too!
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From stangetzaway 08/12/2017 21:10
Some great choices and enthusiastic liner notes from a true music lover. Well done.
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From platus 08/12/2017 10:06
very good!
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