Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Sean (2019)

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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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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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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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179,961
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This album revolutionized electric guitar and all of rock was forever altered. It does not have the clear message or the bold statement of its Sgt., but it is the most innovative of the Beatles works. Revolver, perhaps most significantly, rung in the psychedelic era that was further honed in by Sgt Peppers, Electric Ladyland, Disraeli Gears, and countless other classics. [First added to this chart: 08/05/2011]
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1966
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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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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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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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[First added to this chart: 08/05/2011]
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1972
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One of the most shocking and innovative hip-hop albums to date. Some of the best rap verses in the last 15 years over Steely Dan and Charles Mingus like beats. Sometimes an album has a certain subject matter (i.e the deterioration of British society, economic hardships with London Calling) which perfectly fits the time of its release. To Pimp A Butterfly is the ultimate black lives matter album in the black lives matter time. I will have a lot of trouble determining which is superior TPAB, or GKMC. [First added to this chart: 03/16/2015]
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2015
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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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The greatest guitar album of all time. Jimi is able to harness the power of an Are You Experienced? song in 15 minutes instead of 3 and have the psychedelic aspects of Axis. While his guitar abilities and catchy-ness were displayed in his first two albums, his ability to flow throughout the album and tell a story were fully displayed here. [First added to this chart: 08/05/2011]
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1968
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 2 2%
1960s 25 25%
1970s 35 35%
1980s 10 10%
1990s 8 8%
2000s 6 6%
2010s 14 14%
Country Albums %


United States 56 56%
United Kingdom 34 34%
Canada 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Jamaica 2 2%
Australia 1 1%

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From doubleA 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 ForegroundNoise 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 Mez123 11/25/2018 15:40
Very good chart and I agree on most of your picks. Similar tastes..
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From Julelios 11/25/2018 10:48
Nice chart.
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From DommeDamian 11/25/2018 09:16
Descriptions always wins me over. Glad that Dylan is at #1
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From staycoolmillie 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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From Ulf 04/17/2018 16:40
nice chart and i always enjoy reading the descriptions
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From davidhuret 01/14/2018 19:04
I restate my thumbs up.
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From Stover75 01/14/2018 13:28
It was a pleasure reading this. So many classic albums and great descriptions. And even though there are one or two albums that don't do it for me I'm not docking points cos the overall chart is so damn good. Well done man!
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From desh79 08/09/2017 20:08
Love the descriptions here. Mine are mostly related to the personal connection I have to each albums whereas here are some very eloquent critiques of the wider social or musical implications (something I always struggle to put into words, at least when it comes to music and how it relates to the world at large). So yeah, kudos.
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