Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by CharlieBarley (2021)

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 I discover new, or even older albums. Enjoy!

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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 pretentiousness, like on Bullet The Blue Sky, I feel they always pull back from spoiling it, at least on this album. And that's a minor quibble for a terrific 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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An early favourite - a fabulous 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. Sometimes I wish 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. 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 not a perfect record, but it is incredibly good. [First added to this chart: 10/01/2016]
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1967
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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 one of my favourite albums. 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 almost more than any other album. A special record. [First added to this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1975
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Some days I think this is my favourite Springsteen album. For the moment, it is.

I like many of his albums especially his 70's and 80's ones. And The Rising from the 2000's.

On this album, the title track is my favourite, and one of my favourite songs of his. But all the tracks on here are good. Badlands. Adam Raised A Cain. Racing In The Street. It's just brilliant.

At the moment my top 5 albums by the Boss would be: Darkness On The Edge Of Town, Nebraska, Born In The USA, Born To Run and then The Wild, The Innocent & The E-Street Shuffle. With The Rising just outside the top five. Maybe I should have done a top ten lol!

Anyway this is an awesome album, I think. It sounds good any time of day and any time of year. I love it.
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1978
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Just a fantastic schizophrenic record to play no matter what mood you're in. It has happy songs, sad songs, crazy songs, celebratory songs and fun songs. It doesn't take itself too seriously even though it can be a serious record at times.
Too many favourites to pick out songs. It's best played from start to finish. And I rarely skip Revolution 9, I love that one it's definitely different and it's fun. Interesting note: this is Slash from Guns n Roses' favourite Beatles album. I saw him say it on a documentary. You can see why, it totally rocks and it casts a goofy spell over you.
Terrific album. I play it quite a lot.
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1968
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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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A new discovery, I always liked David Crosby, and all the acts he has been involved with but I never heard this album. I had heard of it but never took the time to play it. I am very glad I did. I thought it was amazing. I like how it's laidback and experimental. And he collaborated with some of my favourite artists of the era. Altogether a fantastic record. I played it late at night, which made it even more enjoyable. If you haven't heard this record, do yourself a favour and give it a listen. Its mellow vibe may win you over. [First added to this chart: 08/04/2020]
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1971
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You can't beat Kate Bush! This is easily my favourite album of hers. It is so quintessentially English without being twee. It has some lovely songs. It transports me. Plus it has funny, ethereal moments like Hammer Horror. My favourite track is the opener, Symphony In Blue, but every track is a winner. All her albums are great. She is a true pioneer. And a very talented artist. [First added to this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1978
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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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Just an exceptional album from one of the Kings of Motown. I first heard this album when volunteering on a radio station, quite a few years ago, and a radio Technician was playing it. I knew it was held in high esteem by the music critics but I had never heard it. I knew What's Going On and Robert Palmer's cover of Mercy Mercy Me but I had no idea how good this album was. Musically its sublime, but it is also very satisfying on a spiritual level. Glad I discovered it. [First added to this chart: 10/18/2016]
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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 14 14%
1970s 35 35%
1980s 23 23%
1990s 18 18%
2000s 5 5%
2010s 3 3%
2020s 1 1%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 4 4%
The Cure 4 4%
R.E.M. 3 3%
Radiohead 3 3%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
Bruce Springsteen 3 3%
Kate Bush 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 45 45%
United States 40 40%
Mixed Nationality 6 6%
Ireland 3 3%
Canada 2 2%
Norway 2 2%
Sweden 1 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 96 96%
Yes 4 4%
Live? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

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From 05/22/2021 21:17
thanks for your opinion mate
variety is the spice of life they say and we can't all like the same things
I love The Beatles but, just before your comment, I took them off the number one spot as I like the Springsteen album best at the minute.
I like a lot of kraftwerk and depeche mode albums but not as much as other artists, although I nearly added Songs of Faith and Devotion cuz I like it a lot
NIN don't really do it for me most of the time
with the exception of their first album - that's great and in my 80's chart
anyway no hard feelings
peace
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From 05/22/2021 21:01
i rated this low soley based on the beatles being there. i am sick and freaking tired of beatles. i respect your tastes and lots of albums i really love but in my opinion beatles is the most over-rated overhyped band in this freakin world. like there are thousands of amazing bands that aren't even listened because of this shitty conception. and 4 beatles albums but only 1 Depeche Mode and none from Kraftwerk is an insult to music. Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode are as important as beatles. and i am shocked that there is no Nine Inch Nails
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From 03/23/2021 16:30
thanks man!
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From 03/23/2021 09:35
How to make a personal and overwhelmingly solid chart.
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From 12/20/2020 15:42
thanks RTB
I named myself after my nickname my old Nana (Grandmother) used to call me.
She called all her male grandchildren Charlie or Charlie Barley, and she would call her female grandchildren Kate.
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From 12/20/2020 04:33
Nice name change mate :).
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From 11/04/2020 00:11
thanks very much Leniad, my friend
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From 11/03/2020 23:15
great chart friend

i have a cool time reading the eplanations you wrote :)
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From 08/24/2020 19:01
Thanks!
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From 08/24/2020 15:52
Thanks for the nice feedback! Glad you liked my comments; I tried to be concise with them but... failed. Anywho, yours is a very fine list deserving of a full five stars. *bows*
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Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. The Rolling Stones
8. Arcade Fire
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. The Beach Boys
15. Miles Davis
16. Pixies
17. Kanye West
18. Jimi Hendrix
19. Bruce Springsteen
20. R.E.M.
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