Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Sean (2021)

A revolving and evolving approximation of my music taste, this chart has been under construction since I was 14.

Often times, the album comments will contain a current take, followed by an earlier written take.

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Soft & beautiful Pet Sounds is Baroque Pop at its best. It is arguably the best engineered album of all time as the studio innovations were never seen before. Goes deep inside the psyche of the human mind and emotions, certainly more than it lets one in the first listen. [First added to this chart: 08/05/2011]
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1966
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One of Prog Rock's greatest albums and one of the greatest albums of all time. There literally isn't a dull moment in this album and one is never not intrigued. This is definitely Pink Floyd's best album and although Wish You Were Here is great this is really Pink Floyd's masterpiece. [First added to this chart: 08/08/2011]
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1973
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The perfect folk album where everything flows perfectly. The bitterness despair and confusion is all in Highway 61 revisited. The lyrical writing is not only the greatest in rock history, but in a class with James Joyce, Hemingway and Shakespeare for its impact on the reader/listener. Of course as my number 1, there is some unsaid emotional impact on me that cannot be quantified. The feelings from Like A Rolling Stone to Desolation Row are what rise it above the rest of my top 25, all of which could be #1. [First added to this chart: 08/05/2011]
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1965
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37,079
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What it meant to be afraid in 1979 is best described in London Calling the best political album ever made among the topics it alludes to unemployment and nuclear holocaust. I also believe there is a very strong Ska influence on this album excluding the title track London Calling is a part-punk part-reggae album. Literally every track on London Calling is great and it is no wonder why most people consider it the greatest punk album of all time and a large minority considers it the greatest album of all time. I use to think the first album of the double album London Calling was the superior album but songs like the 5:43 minute reggae- jam Revolution Rock or one of my favorite songs of all time "Train In Vain" that it might be the better album. People have always commented on "Gimme Shelter" as the song that best captured the time. Well IMO, no album has or will ever capture a time then London Calling-1979 (May of been 1 one day) Lowest: 3 (For One day 6/1/11) might of been 5 first chart. 7 [First added to this chart: 08/05/2011]
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1979
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45,477
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The essential Jazz Album. Every song, every note hits you. In such an improvisational art form everything seems perfectly planned. The music plays to my soul. Its mystique leaves one at a lost in describing its power. Favorite track: Blue in Green. [First added to this chart: 08/07/2011]
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1959
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28,668
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The second side of the album is a personal magnum opus for McCartney as he wrote most of it. The Key moment is the Golden Slumbers melody. This is the album that bothers me the most because I want to have it higher than 14 because side 2 is so great but side 1 of the album is one of the Beatles' most inconsistent works and therefore do not hold it in the same regard as most lists. [First added to this chart: 08/05/2011]
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1969
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The greatest breakup/heartbreak album of all time and the most personal of all the Dylan albums. Damn it really makes me feel like I'm in the story for every song. And the thing is with most albums they will have one or two songs that completely break off the theme or the album will not even have the theme. The loneliness and depression of the Dylan's separation lurks throughout the album and the songs tell such a great story that Blood on the Tracks has even been consider for a movie idea. [First added to this chart: 08/05/2011]
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1975
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From "Rock's Off," to "Soul Survivor," Exile is one of the most consistent Rock Albums out there. It is also one of the best blues rock album even having a cover of the Greatest Blues Man ever Robert Johnson in "Stop Breaking Down." It is extremely hard to have a consistent double-album that The Beatles could only do it as well as the Stones did. People say The Rolling Stones streak ended here but I disagree in that Goats Head Soup was a great album and would be on this list if i didnt already have to much RS.

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1972
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No album was as socially important as Sgt. Pepper's as it frequently referenced use of psychedelic drugs as in Lucy in the sky with diamonds and how the new generation is changing in She's Leaving Home. The album finishes with arguably the best song of all time and most complex "Day in a Life" One could put in an argument that Sgt. Peppers is not the best album bc other albums have better songs even other beatles albums have better songs. Well no Beatles or any other album flows as well as this album. It manages to not be eccentric or homogeneous at the same time. If every track was terrible and Day in A life was the only good track it probably would still be considered one of the greatest albums if all time because of its ability to flow. The Beatles were a band that were not by any means a psychedelic band like JME but they managed to make the greatest psychedelic music piece ever.

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1967
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For me, the quintessential live album, and the perfect representation of The Allman Brothers dynamic, especially Betts- Duane. While I love their studio albums, the Allman Brother's ability to play throat-punching blues is truly unmatched. The straight up tracks such as Statesboro Blues and Done Somebody Wrong are perfectly concise and bring down the house. The rest of the album, full of much longer tracks, really separate the record by brilliantly diverging from the song's structure to highlight keyboard solos, or most notably, to highlight their two Top 50 guitarists at their best. [First added to this chart: 04/11/2016]
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1971
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 2 2%
1960s 26 26%
1970s 35 35%
1980s 11 11%
1990s 7 7%
2000s 6 6%
2010s 13 13%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United States 55 55%
United Kingdom 34 34%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Canada 4 4%
Jamaica 2 2%
Australia 1 1%
Live? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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Climber Up 20 from 33rd to 13th
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
by Kanye West
Climber Up 10 from 22nd to 12th
Aja
by Steely Dan
Climber Up 9 from 16th to 7th
Blood On The Tracks
by Bob Dylan
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Faller Down 9 from 6th to 15th
Revolver
by The Beatles
Faller Down 7 from 10th to 17th
To Pimp A Butterfly
by Kendrick Lamar
Faller Down 7 from 11th to 18th
Electric Ladyland
by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

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Great notes, extremely thorough, but the actual choices are just... not as diverse as I would like to see
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From 06/24/2020 04:46
amazing list, but a bit too much of the boss lol
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From 04/26/2020 01:38
When i first looked at your list, i immediately thought to myself "oh brother, another copy cat". but after reading your beautiful descriptions of each album, i have to say, congratulations. You have an incredible list.
I'm very familiar with your albums and i appreciate you taking the time to describe in detail what makes you love that particular album. thankyou
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From 12/17/2019 10:23
23 albums in common ! Wow !
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From 10/08/2019 10:13
Usually a list with lots of notes automatically makes me appreciate it lots. That's mostly the case with this one, but I do have a small problem with some of them. It feels like lots of the write-ups boil down to "this album is so great, it has a great history", not adding too much to why YOU like it. This being said, I generally don't have anything major against the notes, some of them are really great. The one for Lonerism for instance really stood out for me, to just name one!

Lots of the picks also seem a bit safe, although I am convinced these are the album's you love. Here are some recommendations that might suit you, whilst still being a slight change of pace:

Have You in my Wilderness by Julia Holster
98.12.28 Otokotachi No Wakare by Fishmans
White Light from the Mouth of Infinity by Swans
Faust IV by Faust
Sov Gott Roe-Mari by International Harvester

Really lovely list nonetheless!
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From 11/26/2018 09:20
I'd already left a rating on this chart but since it's chart of the day I'll leave a comment. Your notes are so so good; so much detail and I love the way you talk about your favourite albums! The modern inclusions (especially hip hop) mark your taste out from just being a classic rock affair, though I do think there's little in the way of alternative picks (maybe stemming from your focus on your favourite 'big' artists?), I'd be really interested to see what this chart with a 1-album-per-artist rule would look like
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From 11/25/2018 15:40
Very good chart and I agree on most of your picks. Similar tastes..
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From 11/25/2018 10:48
Nice chart.
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From 11/25/2018 09:16
Descriptions always wins me over. Glad that Dylan is at #1
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From 06/26/2018 12:15
I not only love your choices for this chart, but how are well informed and articulate your comments are! ❤️
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Best Artists of 1968
1. The Beatles
2. Van Morrison
3. Jimi Hendrix
4. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5. The Zombies
6. The Velvet Underground
7. The Kinks
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Band
10. Simon & Garfunkel
11. Johnny Cash
12. The Byrds
13. Aretha Franklin
14. Frank Zappa
15. The Mothers Of Invention
16. Pink Floyd
17. The Doors
18. Os Mutantes
19. Big Brother And The Holding Company
20. Cream
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