Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Stover75 (2020)

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!

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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. I also like the tracks relating to dealing with overnight massive fame from Dark Side of the Moon and dealing with the record company machine. For me, listening to it is like a spiritual experience. It's both mellow yet sad and righteously angry without being aggressive. And, apart from family, what could be more important than friendship? I think this will always be my favourite album. I am very attached to it. And I had the good fortune of seeing it played live, in its entirety by tribute band The Australian Pink Floyd Show in 2015, the 40th anniversary year of the album's release. It was sublime. They have many good albums but this one moves me the most, and more than any other album. [First added to this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1975
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An early favourite and now my favourite Beatles album. I love it and I play it all the time. I know it's popular with the critics and fans (it's their highest selling album in UK. I think Abbey Road's their biggest seller in America). However its massive popularity 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 might be number one, on some days, 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. However I can't see past Wish You Were Here, even though The Beatles are my favourite group, with the Floyd a close second, almost joint favourites. As it is though it is definitely one of my all-time favourites. And it flows so well as a record. It has a huge legend and reputation to live up to but I feel it does. I used to like Revolver better. I love that perky, sunny album but Pepper just eclipses it. It's a more mature album yet it's still loads of fun yet it balances the joy with melancholy tones. It's nearly a perfect record. [First added to this chart: 10/01/2016]
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1967
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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 90's. I quickly bought up all The Cure's albums upon hearing this. The opening track, Plainsong, is my favourite song of theirs 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 this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1989
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An awesome album with one of my all-time favourite opening tracks of an album. Very atmospheric. In fact it's hard for me to think of three better opening tracks to an album. Maybe Sgt Pepper comes near but these 3 openers have more emotional depth and pack more of a punch. And even when Bono veers into pretensiousness, like on Bullet The Blue Sky, 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 this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1987
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Amazing collection of stirring pop songs from the Swedish geniuses. A lot of nostalgia points too as they were the soundtrack to my childhood. But they really wrote rather clever songs, both with their grasp of melody and excellent command of English. This compilation has tonnes of their best songs but there's room for at least 4 more long albums to fit in all their best songs, probably more. And their music is so uplifting. Essential listening. [First added to this chart: 09/21/2018]
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1992
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Used to be my favourite Beatles album. Presently my second favourite. 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 this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1966
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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. The man was a genius. [First added to this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1971
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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 this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1966
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I paid 50p for the digital download of this when Radiohead released it in the Noughties and you could pay what you liked for it. I wasn't expecting anything and I got a fantastic album of old and new songs. I liked it all and would play it continuously. This was an album which caught me by surprise and made a big impression on me. [First added to this chart: 08/06/2016]
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2007
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Wow. What an album. And he has many good albums. I first bought this after a lyric sung by Lauryn Hill in a Fugees song. She sang "And just like Stevie Wonder/ I'm having inner visions". Or something like that. I was intrigued. So I bought the album. One of the best purchases I have ever made. It's an excellent album. My fav track is Don't You Worry Bout a Thing but every track is good. And it just flows as an album, as all good albums do. Now my favourite Stevie album. [First added to this chart: 10/18/2016]
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1973
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 13 13%
1970s 34 34%
1980s 17 17%
1990s 25 25%
2000s 8 8%
2010s 3 3%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 4 4%
The Cure 4 4%
David Bowie 4 4%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
R.E.M. 3 3%
Radiohead 3 3%
Stevie Wonder 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 46 46%
United States 43 43%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Canada 2 2%
Norway 1 1%
Jamaica 1 1%
Sweden 1 1%
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From 03/06/2020 08:08
Never was able to catch Get Stoned. Lucky you ! And great list anyway
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From 09/21/2019 19:48
Thanks man!
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From 09/21/2019 19:24
Wow, you've been busy, I like this chart better than I remember, so went from a 95 to 100 (I mean clearly it already was fantastic, but even better it seems now). Great chart/chats :).
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From 04/09/2019 00:12
Thanks for the kind comment man.
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From 03/21/2019 16:59
I wish I had your knowledge :)
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From 11/02/2018 18:08
Great picks! Yay for abba
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From 10/09/2018 22:20
Thanks for the comment Julian. I know Sunny by Bobby Hebb and I like it. Keeping up the unabashed pop love I also like the version by Boney M! Ain't That Good News by Sam Cooke was new to me. I love him and thought I knew a lot of his songs. Yeh Etta James rules.
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From 10/07/2018 05:16
Gotta love a chart that runs from complex, artful (reaching avant-garde in certain cases with Aphex Twin, Slint, and others) releases to unabashedly pop records. I don't think I've ever seen Spiderland and Ed Sheeran in the same chart but I like it. And you've got good, personal notes for each and every one. One that caught my I was that Etta James record. If you like her there is a whole swath of oldies pop/soul that is soooo dang amazing and under appreciated! I would highly recommend Bobby Hebb's "Sunny" and especially Sam Cooke's "Ain't That Good News"
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From 09/20/2018 16:15
Hey, it's been a while. Glad to see your chart up here. :)
My tastes have grown a bit since we last talked. I can definitely appreciate this chart a lot more than I did last (And I loved it before!) Keep up the great work. :)
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From 09/20/2018 15:03
Have 17 albums in common
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Best Artists of the 1980s
1. The Smiths
2. Pixies
3. Prince
4. The Cure
5. Talking Heads
6. U2
7. Metallica
8. The Stone Roses
9. R.E.M.
10. Sonic Youth
11. Kate Bush
12. Bruce Springsteen
13. Michael Jackson
14. Tom Waits
15. Joy Division
16. Prince And The Revolution
17. Iron Maiden
18. New Order
19. Rush
20. Talk Talk
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