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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: 02/12/2018 07:45 (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:2,143 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:94,895
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (2,823 votes)
Comments: 217 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:2,623 charts
Rank in 1967:1Rank Score:129,027
Rank in 1960s3Overall Rank:5
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,322 votes)
Comments: 363 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:1,162 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:38,568
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:47
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,323 votes)
Comments: 94 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:2,680 charts
Rank in 1966:1Rank Score:138,539
Rank in 1960s2Overall Rank:4
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,314 votes)
Comments: 366 comments
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The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
I first heard this as a young teen and it is the first Pink Floyd album I heard. I loved The Great Gig in the Sky. It was used to great effect in a UK advert for a famous brand of paracetamol. So I checked out the album. It didn't disappoint. So many good tracks and it works so well as a complete album. Still, it's not my favourite Floyd album, as you can see. However I can see why it scores so highly on so many Greatest albums lists and why it is one of the world's bestselling albums of all time. It rocks. And when I heard the whole album played through in concert by the Australian Pink Floyd Show, in 2017 my love for this album just grew deeper. Very special.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,111 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:165,432
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,835 votes)
Comments: 435 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:1,250 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:38,090
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,669 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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The Joshua TreeIreland U2
An awesome album with one of my all-time favourite opening tracks of an album. Very atmospheric. Even when Bono veers into pretensiousness 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 chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1987Appears in:1,390 charts
Rank in 1987:1Rank Score:47,203
Rank in 1980s4Overall Rank:34
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,841 votes)
Comments: 180 comments
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The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
I taped this off my friend's older step-brother. I felt like one of the only kids in our school who got the Stone Roses when they debuted in 1989. Most of my friends thought Fools Gold was druggy shite when it entered the Top 40. I used to listen to my tape of this album on my Walkman when out on my bike and I would always play it all the way through. When I found out their influences it made me want to check out 60s music, especially psychedelia.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,448 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:53,107
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,651 votes)
Comments: 156 comments
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The WallUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
I didn't get this album straight away. It took a few listens. I found it a bit negative at first. But then I kept playing it and the quality of the lyrics and the musicianship, particularly Dave Gilmour's guitar-playing and Roger Waters' lyrics embedded this album in my subconscious. Now I play it regularly and I have 2 copies on CD (one I had then I bought the Floyd Discovery box set so now I have two). I also have the album on heavyweight vinyl and several different and colourful The Wall t-shirts. I know - fanboy! It really moves me.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,646 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:65,296
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,515 votes)
Comments: 191 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:1,423 charts
Rank in 1966:3Rank Score:55,240
Rank in 1960s10Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,762 votes)
Comments: 129 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 15 15%
1970s 28 28%
1980s 23 23%
1990s 25 25%
2000s 6 6%
2010s 3 3%
Artist Albums %


Pink Floyd 4 4%
The Beatles 4 4%
David Bowie 4 4%
Radiohead 3 3%
R.E.M. 3 3%
The Cure 3 3%
Kate Bush 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 48 48%
United States 41 41%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Canada 3 3%
Ireland 2 2%
Norway 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
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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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From lukem14 10/26/2017 00:21
Great chart! So many classics and I love the prevalence of Pink Floyd. They really were on another level.

Thanks for the review of my chart. I really should get around to commenting on my choices like you have it adds alot to the enjoyment of this site.
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From Bungalowracoon 10/14/2017 18:17
Great chart

I'm gonna try - the flood by they might be giants purely because it's the only record in your top 30 that I don't own and love

Good stuff
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From Wh3n1nR0me 09/06/2017 17:40
With the exception of the They Might Be Giants album, the top thirty reads something like Rolling Stone or NME.

Nothing wrong with that - all the greats are there and who could argue with the numero uno!

I'd say with 100 choices, I could still manage one album by one artist, but the greater capacity of course does mean you could put a band's entire discography in, if you so wished.

A few titles I've not heard of but how fantastic to see Etta James included!

I'll give this a rating too!
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From stangetzaway 08/12/2017 21:10
Some great choices and enthusiastic liner notes from a true music lover. Well done.
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