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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Stover75 (2018)  

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

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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. 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 chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,221 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:97,567
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (2,970 votes)
Comments: 234 comments
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandUnited Kingdom The Beatles
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 would be number one 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 chart: 10/01/2016)
Year of Release:1967Appears in:2,702 charts
Rank in 1967:1Rank Score:131,449
Rank in 1960s3Overall Rank:5
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,487 votes)
Comments: 380 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 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 chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,221 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:40,574
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:45
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,404 votes)
Comments: 100 comments
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RevolverUnited Kingdom The Beatles
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 chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,748 charts
Rank in 1966:1Rank Score:141,101
Rank in 1960s2Overall Rank:4
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,474 votes)
Comments: 382 comments
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Songs In The Key Of LifeUnited States Stevie Wonder
Stone cold Seventies classic. It is ambitious and there are some long songs but it's just great. An album you could put on at a party. So many good tracks and some real classics. My favourites are Sir Duke, Isn't She Lovely, Pastime Paradise, As, and the very danceable Another Star. On first listen I preferred Innervisions, and that album still speaks to me but this one is now my favourite Stevie Wonder album. Although they could be joint favourites on some days, both are so good.
(First added to chart: 06/19/2018)
Year of Release:1976Appears in:763 charts
Rank in 1976:1Rank Score:18,337
Rank in 1970s34Overall Rank:135
Average Rating:  84/100 (860 votes)
Comments: 52 comments
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Are You ExperiencedUnited States The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jimi's incredible debut album with the Experience blew my mind when I first heard it aged 15. It was the second album of his I heard and the first studio album I heard of his. My French teacher at school introduced me to Hendrix with a compilation, he was a cool man my teacher. This album is sublime, it encompasses many moods and genres and flows effortlessly. Plus it totally rocks! It's now my favourite Hendrix album. This one is definitely worth a listen. Get the version with extra tracks. That's the version I own.
(First added to chart: 10/18/2016)
Year of Release:1967Appears in:1,583 charts
Rank in 1967:4Rank Score:52,734
Rank in 1960s11Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,911 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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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. The man was a genius.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,313 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:39,637
Rank in 1970s13Overall Rank:48
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,760 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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Led Zeppelin IIIUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
Awesome album. I like the fact you have rocking songs and foot-stompers! Its got a real sense of history too, Viking invasion references in Immigrant Song and the old hangman in Gallows Pole which can go back as far as you want. Some of my favourite Led Zep songs. The whole album is perfect.
(First added to chart: 03/02/2017)
Year of Release:1970Appears in:802 charts
Rank in 1970:5Rank Score:18,147
Rank in 1970s36Overall Rank:139
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,495 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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In RainbowsUnited Kingdom Radiohead
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 chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:2007Appears in:2,176 charts
Rank in 2007:1Rank Score:95,564
Rank in 2000s3Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,889 votes)
Comments: 318 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:1,466 charts
Rank in 1966:3Rank Score:56,773
Rank in 1960s10Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,831 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 14 14%
1970s 30 30%
1980s 21 21%
1990s 26 26%
2000s 6 6%
2010s 3 3%
Artist Albums %


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


United Kingdom 48 48%
United States 41 41%
Canada 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Ireland 2 2%
Norway 1 1%
Jamaica 1 1%
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From sophialeviev 07/16/2018 01:17
Amazing chart! Appreciate the blend of old and new.
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From msududek1 05/29/2018 02:44
Excellent chart... I tend to like my music harder (metal/hard rock/hardcore punk/etc..) but this chart really speaks to my mellow side. Given that there isn't any metal and only a couple hard rock albums surprised we matched 20 artists... also love Saturday Night Fever... sticks out on my top 100 too
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From Ulf 04/18/2018 08:13
Really nice chart with classic albums and great comments
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From Antonio-Pedro 03/30/2018 22:33
lovely liner notes mam, good job round these parts :)
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From SquishypuffDave 01/18/2018 09:11
G'day mate, thanks for the kind words. Flicking through your chart there are a whole bunch of albums that I was sure were already on my list. Might have to go back and edit.

Based on your chart though, definitely start with Laughing Stock if you're getting into the post-rock side of things, it's super subtle and rewards repeat listens. Apart from that go nuts, I'd be keen to hear what you liked and didn't like.
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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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