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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Stover75 (2017)  

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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 days 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.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,043 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:91,295
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,691 votes)
Comments: 204 comments
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RevolverUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Now my favourite Beatles album. 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:2,597 charts
Rank in 1966:1Rank Score:135,182
Rank in 1960s2Overall Rank:4
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,155 votes)
Comments: 347 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 90s. I quickly bought up all The Cure's albums upon hearing this. The opening track, Plainsong, is my favourite 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:1,117 charts
Rank in 1989:3Rank Score:36,920
Rank in 1980s6Overall Rank:50
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,261 votes)
Comments: 87 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:1,386 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:51,335
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,590 votes)
Comments: 148 comments
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandUnited Kingdom The Beatles
An early favourite and although it has many classic tracks there are at least two songs I feel I could live without if I had to. Shock horror! However that 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 even higher 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. As it is though it is definitely one of my all-time favourites. And it flows so well as a record.
(First added to chart: 10/01/2016)
Year of Release:1967Appears in:2,527 charts
Rank in 1967:1Rank Score:125,514
Rank in 1960s3Overall Rank:5
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,173 votes)
Comments: 348 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.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,196 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:36,820
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,580 votes)
Comments: 102 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!
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,580 charts
Rank in 1979:2Rank Score:62,985
Rank in 1970s6Overall Rank:23
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,403 votes)
Comments: 177 comments
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RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
What a classic. First introduced when going out with this girl whose Dad loved it. He had it on vinyl. The first thing he said about it was that it had the music from the television's Grand Prix programme on it, the Chain, which I really liked. The whole album is great, kicking off with the eternal Summery sound of Second Hand News. Brilliant. I have so many albums I love listening to in the summertime. And this is one of my favourites at that time of year and hell, any time of year. It cheers me up instantly. I also love the 1975 Fleetwood Mac album, Tusk and Tango in The night. but this album is just a bit more special, for me. It weaves it magic spell over you when you listen to it. and the five of them were so talented and had such great chemistry together. Again, another album in the top 10 all-time world bestsellers chart, I think. I have a habit for liking popular albums.
(First added to chart: 10/18/2016)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,399 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:48,163
Rank in 1970s9Overall Rank:32
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,625 votes)
Comments: 125 comments
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Automatic For The PeopleUnited States R.E.M.
I thought Out of Time was good but when this one came out it was just on another level. I remember playing it all summer and it was always playing in my friends' cars. Every song is a winner. It just flows so well as an album. And its themes of: getting older (# "readying to bury your Father and your Mother" - Sweetness Follows); facing death (Man On The Moon); defeating suicidal impulses (Everybody Hurts); nostalgia for youth(Nightswimming); and spirituality and a longing for home (Find The River) made for a mature, reflective but also very melodic work. That's how I see it anyway. It gave me pause for thought when I first heard it aged 17, and it still does now. I love it. My favourite album of the 90s.
(First added to chart: 08/06/2016)
Year of Release:1992Appears in:1,220 charts
Rank in 1992:1Rank Score:34,544
Rank in 1990s10Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,483 votes)
Comments: 124 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:1,365 charts
Rank in 1966:3Rank Score:53,103
Rank in 1960s10Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,690 votes)
Comments: 126 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 16 16%
1970s 32 32%
1980s 22 22%
1990s 21 21%
2000s 6 6%
2010s 3 3%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 4 4%
David Bowie 4 4%
Pink Floyd 4 4%
The Cure 3 3%
Bob Dylan 3 3%
Kate Bush 3 3%
Radiohead 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 54 54%
United States 38 38%
Ireland 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Jamaica 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Canada 1 1%

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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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From platus 08/12/2017 10:06
very good!
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From quadrophenia17 07/01/2017 13:54
Loving all these descriptions! :)
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From LadyGodiva 04/10/2017 06:31
You left such a lovely comment on my chart that I had to pop by and say hi! Not a fan of Pink Floyd but totally get why you have chosen what you have chosen. Your chart says so much about you and I love that x
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From dihansse 03/19/2017 17:39
Very good charts with interesting comments and can connect with a lot of your youth memories although I'm interested in your second album? We might not have a lot of albums in common but I like most of your choices: there's just so many albums to choose from.
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From DJTommy 02/28/2017 21:34
A great chart and some interesting descriptions, but it's missing some important genres like hip hop and jazz. But for a rock/pop chart it's pretty good.
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From Sometype 02/26/2017 21:47
Cheers for your comment and great rating. My tastes are very modern but I feel like it is a reflection of the era I have grew up in and my preference for the experimental. However, I am always trying to broaden my tastes further and I'm starting to make a conscious effort to try and appreciate albums from the earlier decades. I'll be sure to use yours (and others) overall and decade charts for recommendations. In terms of writing notes, it isn't because I have little time, in fact I find myself trying to write notes for my albums all the time but I judge myself too harshly and feel like I am not giving my favourite albums justice, I'm making steady progress with constructing some notes though and reading through yours has been very interesting. Thanks again :-)
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From bobbyb5 02/26/2017 16:48
Just another little comment about YOUR comment for Bowie. PinUps has a bad rep, but if u like Let's Spend the Night Together. Pinups is a whole album like that. All cover songs. And all as good as that song. And better
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