Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by CharlieBarley

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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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. Never fails to make me smile. [First added to this chart: 10/18/2016]
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1978
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What can I say about 'After The Gold Rush'? Apart from that I love it. I first played this at a very traumatic time in my life aged 17. It was my parents' vinyl. Anyway this album spoke to me at that time like no other album. I played it incessantly. I'm surprised I didn't wear it out. It is emotional, sensitive, world-weary and easily my favourite Neil Young album, although I haven't heard them all yet. Harvest, Tonight's The Night, and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere are my next favourites. I've been playing it ever since. Mr Young's music, like the old Carlsberg Lager adverts, reaches parts of me other music artists can't reach. Well, I don't drink anymore but I still listen to Neil Young. [First added to this chart: 10/18/2016]
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1970
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A superb album with one of my all-time favourite opening tracks of an album. Very atmospheric. The three opening tracks to this album are awesome. And every track on here is just great. For me it's faultless. 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. Some great albums in fact. 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. Will always be a top-tier album for me. One of a kind. [First added to this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1987
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19,880
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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 Kate Bush. And a very mature album for such a young person. It is bold, playful and eccentric. It has some lovely songs. Plus it has funny 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 pioneering artist. And very talented. [First added to this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1978
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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 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. I just think it's incredibly good. [First added to this chart: 10/01/2016]
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1967
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My favourite Bowie album, and the first one of his that I heard as a teenager. I had it on vinyl. I mean, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and Diamond Dogs impressed me too. And I love to rock out to those three albums. But Hunky Dory remains my clear favourite. It's both a jolly album yet it also has some more low-key songs on there, as well as anthems like Life On Mars. Changes is one of my favourite ever opening tracks to any album. And I love all the tracks on this one. Other tracks I love are Queen Bitch, Kooks and his cover version of Fill Your Heart. Also, The Bewlay Brothers is a good closer. My favourite decade for Bowie is the 70's. I also like a lot of his 80's output, and some of his 90s stuff. He lost me a little during the 2000's decade. But then with the release of the albums The Next Day and the mighty Blackstar, I feel he was right back on form. What a shame we had to lose him so young. But his music and films carry on his legend. I love The Man Who Fell To Earth and his bizarre cameo in the Twin Peaks film. He had a lot of interesting things to say about humanity and being a human, did Mr Bowie. His music enriches my life. [First added to this chart: 08/06/2016]
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1971
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Stone cold Seventies classic. Its ambitious and clever and it's just great. It's now my favourite Stevie Wonder album. It's terrific. It's also an album you could put on at a party. So many good tracks and some real classics. They just keep on coming. My favourites are Sir Duke, Isn't She Lovely, Pastime Paradise, Have A Talk With God, As, and the very danceable Another Star. This is a masterpiece. It's pretty amazing and a real trip to listen to. So many good songs. One double album it is worth taking the time to listen to. Plus it cheers you up instantly. Particularly if you happen to be having a bad day. Having a good day? Put this album on and you'll be on cloud nine. [First added to this chart: 06/19/2018]
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1976
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Superb album. Cool jazz. Very atmospheric. Very 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 3 3%
1960s 12 12%
1970s 34 34%
1980s 16 16%
1990s 24 24%
2000s 4 4%
2010s 3 3%
2020s 4 4%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 3 3%
Kate Bush 2 2%
The Cure 2 2%
R.E.M. 2 2%
The Beatles 2 2%
Various Artists 2 2%
Radiohead 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 44 44%
United Kingdom 43 43%
Mixed Nationality 5 5%
Ireland 3 3%
Iceland 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Norway 1 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Live? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
Climber Up 30 from 72nd to 42nd
The Head On The Door
by The Cure
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 1 from 42nd to 43rd
Hot Buttered Soul
by Isaac Hayes
Faller Down 1 from 43rd to 44th
Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1
by George Michael
Faller Down 1 from 44th to 45th
Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
by Little Simz

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From 05/13/2024 17:05
Hey RTB! HOW You doing Bud?!
Good to see you on here.
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From 05/13/2024 05:14
Great new chart mate! Good to see you still active.
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Thanks MHR!
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From 05/05/2024 02:17
Nice Top 100, with diversity in Music genres and covering so many decades. I loved your commentary as well. Cheers
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Thanks Moondance.
Nice comment. I do try and be honest about my tastes.
I will have to check your chart out, see if I have read it.
Have a good day Bud.
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From 01/31/2024 20:27
There is so much to like about this chart. The intro is spot on - how music is a connection to something greater in one's life (& that's why certain albums, often dismissed by the masses, can find a home in someone's greatest 100 chart). Your chart speaks honestly (no peer pressure) and it is the kind of chart I like to spend time with and will read from no.1 to no.100. Definitely one of my favourite charts on this site. Nicely put together CB - could very well be my first 100!
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I know! It was a good discovery
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Funny that you discovered Out Of Time on Belgian radio ;)
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Thanks SN!
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Great chart, good to see wywh in top 3
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Best Artists of 1974
1. King Crimson
2. Neil Young
3. Genesis
4. Supertramp
5. Queen
6. Brian Eno
7. Robert Wyatt
8. Joni Mitchell
9. David Bowie
10. Jorge Ben
11. Camel
12. Sparks
13. Big Star
14. Kraftwerk
15. Steely Dan
16. Van Morrison
17. Frank Zappa
18. Richard & Linda Thompson
19. Roxy Music
20. Gene Clark
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