Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Weepingguitarman (2019)

Keeping it one album per artist for the sake of variety, but I'm including recommendations (ACO = Also Check Out) in the notes for other favorites of mine. There is still so much music I want to listen to, so if you don't see your favorite band on here, let me know! Maybe (probably) I just haven't heard of them/gotten around to listening to them yet.

I'll try to include notes for as many as I can, but I'm going to be changing and adding to this chart all the time, so it won't be fast.

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2001
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I was NOT prepared for this album. When I listened to it for the first time, I was at a point where I thought an album like OK Computer was the most experimental thing ever made. When I was engulfed by the end of the world after the four most iconic snare hits in music, it was a religious experience. Since then, I've become a little more familiar with shoegaze, but nothing I've heard has come close to this album.

ACO: Isn't Anything and m b v
[First added to this chart: 10/10/2016]
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1991
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65,768
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The pinnacle of what is achievable by four guys with two guitars, a bass, and a drum kit. People praise the punk movement, and in particular bands like the Sex Pistols and the Ramones, for their back-to-basics simplicity that grounded and reinvigorated rock, but this album is a whirlwind tour of the full implications of that concept. Each riff is so instant and catchy that it could carry a whole song, but the songs rarely stretch past two minutes, and often go through several parts. This is everything I love about music in a microcosm.

ACO: Chairs Missing, the followup album to this, sees Wire exploring different instrumentation and arrangement, and building longer songs, without losing the spark that makes this album special. A different kind of brilliance.
[First added to this chart: 02/04/2018]
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1977
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Probably what I love the most about music is how it can transport you anywhere, across time and space, in mere seconds. Whenever I hear the opening of Rainy Day Women, all I have to do is close my eyes and I'm at my grandfathers farm in the dead of winter, and I can stay there for 72 minutes. I could talk about how Bob Dylan is the greatest songwriter of all time, or the immense skill of the Nashville session musicians this album was recorded with, or the stand out tracks like I Want You, Just Like A Woman, and Stuck Inside of Mobile, but all of that was overexplained half a century ago. My experience with this album, and yours: that's what's new. That's what keeps music like this alive. That's what makes this album great.

ACO: Blood On The Tracks and Highway 61 are the obvious picks, but Bob Dylan has one of the richest discographies in musical history and it's worth diving in earfirst.
[First added to this chart: 08/13/2017]
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1966
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There is no way that two guys from Connecticut should have been able to come out of nowhere and make an album that feels so... huge. That's the best way I can describe it. It's like something out of a Lovecraft story. The last track alone would be enough to secure this as one of my favorite albums, but the journey there is so dynamic and unique and beautiful and terrifying that I have no choice but to listen to the whole album any time I want to hear it.


ACO: Giles Corey, Dan's solo project
[First added to this chart: 10/10/2016]
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2008
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It took me a long time to digest this album. It encompasses so many different styles and emotions, and it is an incredibly sonically dense listen, but a very rewarding one. Each time I listen to it I find something new to focus in on, and each time I love this album a little more. Maybe it'll click with you instantly, but if not, give it the time it deserves. Come back to it in a few weeks. Months. Years. It'll still be there.

ACO: Sister and Goo are right next to this in chronology and quality, but Sonic Youth don't really have a bad album
[First added to this chart: 12/23/2016]
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1988
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Every song on this album makes me happy. Even the sad ones.

ACO: s/t and Hug Of Thunder
[First added to this chart: 10/10/2016]
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2002
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If any one band could sum up everything great about music in the '90s, it would be Pavement. Nirvana and Radiohead are great (as this list will tell you) but they didn't hit the decade as hard, or embody it so fully. Don't think for a second that means this album sounds dated, though. It's still incredibly fresh, and if somehow you haven't listened to it yet, you're in for a real treat.

ACO: Brighten The Corners for more polish, Slanted and Enchanted for less
[First added to this chart: 12/23/2016]
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1994
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Eno may be my favorite musician. Everything he touches, from the Talking Heads to Windows 95, is vastly improved by his presence. This is my favorite of his albums partly because it showcases both the poppy fun of his earlier albums and the ambient soundscapes of his later ones. Partly, it's because of the guest list containing some of the best musicians of the '60s and '70s (John Cale, Phil Collins, and The Frippster himself). Mostly, though, it's because it is one of the most creative and unique albums I've ever heard.

ACO: Before and After Science is the most similar entry in Eno's overall excellent discography to this, and it is uncoincidentally my next favorite of his. Everything he's done is a highlight though.
[First added to this chart: 12/23/2016]
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1975
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When it comes to old hip hop I find there's a pretty sharp divide: albums from the 80's (even albums I love, like 3 Feet High and Rising, Nation Of Millions, and Strictly Business) sound dated to me. Not every album from the 90's still sounds fresh, but it's where production standards start to hold up to the modern day. It's not a coincidence that Tribe's first album came out in 1990. Something about the creative sampling, amazing production, and interplay between Q-Tip and Phife Dawg (RIP) make this into one of the smoothest albums of all time, and definitely one of the best.

ACO: People's Instinctive Travels
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1991
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 1 1%
1960s 11 11%
1970s 21 21%
1980s 14 14%
1990s 24 24%
2000s 19 19%
2010s 10 10%
Artist Albums %


Bon Iver 1 1%
Have A Nice Life 1 1%
Wipers 1 1%
D'Angelo And The Vanguard 1 1%
Slint 1 1%
Charles Mingus 1 1%
Girls 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 68 68%
United Kingdom 21 21%
Canada 6 6%
Jamaica 1 1%
Ireland 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Sweden 1 1%
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From Johnnyo 01/02/2019 07:45
Really love your chart and the notes against each entry really add to the enjoyment. Thanks for taking the time to do this.
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From foxytreeko 09/05/2018 21:12
One of my favorite charts I have ever seen on this site, I love your picks and descriptions of what each of these albums mean to you! Can't wait until you finish commenting on the rest of your chart!
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From Komorebi-D 03/12/2018 04:23
Dude this chart is work of art. I adore every single title on here except for three and that’s only because I haven’t heard them. We practically have the exact same taste. This is excellent!
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From Antonio-Pedro 02/13/2018 23:48
I'm so happy I dug upon this chart, there is so much beauty in your notes on the middle to the end part, makes justice to the whole list, also loved your annotation on Steve reich's record, really wll thought and is probably going to get me to listen to it again.
Also I'm a very personal person with my notes, and as much as there some personal touch here I think you have a quite cool feature to present your favorite records in an objective way, as you're telling them their own inner beauties, that's cute, I like it.
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From Lgk21 01/03/2018 23:11
This is a great chart in part because of the great selections of albums but also because of the quality of your descriptions.
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From AMS 01/03/2018 23:06
Highly diverse collection, commented just to make a given album closer to the one who has not heard it yet
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From HoldenM 01/03/2018 21:47
Nary a bad record in sight.
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From ForegroundNoise 01/03/2018 12:35
AHHhhh what an incredible chart!! Especially the notes!! Love the #1 pick and the inclusion of Blood Visions, I'm sure you know way more stuff than I do but in case you haven't listened, check out these underground beauties:

Rodan - Rusty
Bark Psychosis - Hex
This Heat - Deceit
Cannibal Ox - The Cold Vein
Fishmans - Long Season
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From Davy 01/03/2018 12:10
Love the top picks and the descriptions :)
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From JulianR 10/05/2017 00:09
I don't really give out 95's, but this chart is so cool I had to. I feel like your taste could be mine in another life. Even if I don't love all the albums here I at least respect the choices
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