Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by CharlieBarley (2022)

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 I discovered in the period of the early 1990s when I was aged 15-20, although not all of those albums are 90's albums. That was when I got into music in a big way, as many teenagers do. Then current music and many classic albums. And my personal discovery of music is ongoing. For me, music 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. Hard to beat. [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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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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Pure childhood nostalgia. I was a child of the late 70s/early 80s and what a great time to be alive. Star Wars, E.T. and Indiana Jones were on at the Pictures and music was awesome and there was plenty of cheese to boot. Parallel Lines was never cheesy though, just perfect. A favourite of my Dad's, who had a serious crush on Deborah Harry, he used to play it in the car when I was very small. Right from the angry, vibrant opening of Hanging On The Telephone you are in for a real treat of an album. And I didn't even have to buy it. I got a free copy given away with a newspaper. [First added to this chart: 10/18/2016]
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1978
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A superb album. 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. Now I keep playing it and I love it. [First added to this chart: 08/04/2020]
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1971
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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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I bought this on vinyl, a first Canadian pressing, (import), dirt cheap, when I was 17. I adore this album, I love how jolly it is, in places. 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. Both are great. There are so many good songs on here. The man was a genius. One of my favourites is the cover of Fill Your Heart. Its lyrics are life-enhancing. Whole album is a rich experience. [First added to this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1971
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Terrific album! For me the best of hers that I have heard so far and I have only heard a few. This album is alive. She sings with passion and joy. It's just a delight. I play it regularly. [First added to this chart: 12/13/2021]
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1968
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Superb album. Cool jazz. So atmospheric. So 50's. Creates a terrific mood. Shame his life story was so tragic, but what an album. [First added to this chart: 08/05/2021]
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1954
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 2 2%
1960s 15 15%
1970s 32 32%
1980s 22 22%
1990s 20 20%
2000s 6 6%
2010s 3 3%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 4 4%
Radiohead 3 3%
David Bowie 3 3%
Bruce Springsteen 3 3%
The Beatles 3 3%
Kate Bush 2 2%
Various Artists 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 42 42%
United Kingdom 41 41%
Mixed Nationality 6 6%
Ireland 4 4%
Canada 2 2%
Norway 2 2%
Sweden 1 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Live? Albums %
No 96 96%
Yes 4 4%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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Legend
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by Stevie Wonder
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Faller Down 12 from 6th to 18th
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by The Yardbirds
Faller Down 6 from 17th to 23rd
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by Black Sabbath
Faller Down 5 from 19th to 24th
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From 09/09/2022 06:34
Thank you Schribes
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From 09/08/2022 23:57
Great chart. Great read!
Thank you.
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From 06/01/2022 12:15
Thanks CL!
Good to know I am not alone.

I will look at your chart as soon as I got a spare moment
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From 06/01/2022 10:04
Super chart and nice write ups too - in fact i probably own 70% of these albums myself and rate them all high as well. We have many similar tastes it seems.
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From 12/29/2021 09:28
Thanks Peter
Yes Travis are great. I love that album. Brings back memories. I saw Travis play at Bournemouth beach a few years ago. They were terrific. Spiritualized are great too. I am going to head over and look at your chart now mate.
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From 12/29/2021 09:01
I really like your chart and loved your comments - shows where the chart comes from and why stuff is in there. I know most of the albums or atleast the artists and have great respect for many of them. Big respect for The Man Who - caught them play it live at 20th anniversary; and I initially had Under A Blood Red Sky in my top 100 until I pulled out live albums; and finally - only just listened to Spiritualized in the last few months and fired into my chart.
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From 09/19/2021 20:40
Love the variety in your list.
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From 09/13/2021 21:52
Thanks mate!

Jazz is not my fave genre of music but I do listen to as much as I can, and it is gradually growing on me more and more. Some artists I like more than others.

The Chet Baker album is amazing. I had it at number one for a short while. I need to listen to more by him, especially his instrumental stuff.

Yardbirds and Buddy Guy are pretty new discoveries for me.

I do listen to new albums and albums from the last 20 years but I can't help being drawn to the old school stuff. I regard the 1950s through to the 1990s as a golden age of music. But I try and stay open-minded. There's a load of good modern music too.

Thanks for your comments
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From 09/13/2021 21:03
Great old-school chart!

I see Chet Baker almost on top, but i would suggest you to indulge more on the jazz side of things, it can be very rewarding.

Also, lots of good blues rock bands on here that I had forgotten, just like the Yardbirds or Buddy Guy. I will revisit some of these records.

Every little description goes a long way, it was very interesting to read all of those.

Have a nice day!
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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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