Top 50 Greatest Music Albums by micah88800 (2020) Unknown

These are albums I have spent literally years of my life obsessing over, so this chart is obviously subjective. Still, they are albums I believe are of the highest possible quality. I'm going to attempt to write a small review/comment on every album and what it means to me

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The Cure made one the moodiest records of all time with this one. Perfect for days when you want to feel sorry for yourself. Expansive soundscapes meet great song writing. No other output from the Cure affects me too much. I like Pornography and Head on the Door just fine, and Kiss Me has some solid tunes, but this album is perfection. It’s very hard for to say one thing critical about this album. I don’t like Fascination Street and Last Dance all that much if I’m being critical, but I love the rest of the record so much that this is a very minor discrepancy. It is also home to what I believe is the greatest song ever written "Pictures of You". I love both the album long-version as well as the single cut, they both have their own charm. Its such a heartbreaking song but done in optimistic and touching way. Its the quickest 7 min in music and is the core of why I love music so much. At the end of the day, I can’t imagine music getting better than this [First added to this chart: 12/01/2016]
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1989
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It wears its influences on its sleave, but at the same time this album sounds incredibly original and new. Id call this some kind of marriage between Heartland Rock/shoegaze/indie rock/synth pop, though it doesnt really delve to deep in any one area. This album is perfect in every way. The production, the song writing, the raw emotion. War on Drugs struck gold on this record. From the opening tapping pattern of "Under the Pressure" to the closing sweeping epic "In Reverse", theres never a dull moment [First added to this chart: 12/01/2016]
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2014
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11,081
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The Smiths are my favorite band of the 80s hands down, and this is their true masterpiece. Not putting this at number 1 was a hard decision for me, because I literally cant count how many times I've hard all these songs. And they dont get old. Its weird, I literally cannont get tired of this album, no matter how much I hear it. Its just too perfect. I could probably write an essay on each and every song. If I had to pick one song for you to take from this masterpiece, it would probably be "I Know Its Over". One of those songs where the lyrics and the music couldn't be more in unison. Its heartbreaking and uplifting and were eerily relate able to me at the time I was getting into the Smiths. This record has Johnny Marr is at his absolute best with his Jangle Style and lofty guitar work. You can't not love this album. Period. [First added to this chart: 12/01/2016]
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1986
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The first album I ever truly fell in love with. It may be nostalgia, but this album rocks like no other album ive heard. It is the perfect alternative rock album. This is Part 1 of albums that shaped my musical taste. [First added to this chart: 12/01/2016]
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2006
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3,720
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This is the highwater mark for indie rock. Arcade Fire grabbed all the best of 00s indie rock and gave it a proper send off. Indie rock has since faded from relevance, but this record should be the staging point for that genre. [First added to this chart: 12/01/2016]
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2010
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This album brought me back from a funk where I fell out of love with music. Its one of those albums for me where there is a before Bon Iver and after Bon Iver. For that reason it qualified for a top 10 record.

What a beautiful recording. I was late in the game in discovering Bon Iver(didnt give them a solid chance until 2019) but I made up for it by playing this record on repeat for months. Its the perfect balance between quiet sentimentalism(For emma) and studio-produced experimentation(22, a million). The songs are exceptionally written and produced. Top songs for me are Perth, Holocene, Michicant, Calgary, and Beth/Rest...though it really is an album that should be swallowed whole. 10/10
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2011
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11,094
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Before this record, I listened to almost strictly american music. This record was so freaking good that it turned me on to britsh rock. All the alternative british artists I love such as the Smiths or Stone Roses, root back how much this album blew me away. [First added to this chart: 12/01/2016]
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1995
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Though I might pick Superunkown or Dirt for best grunge album, this is the record that really blew open my love for 90s alt. For that reason it demands to be placed in my top 10 [First added to this chart: 12/01/2016]
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1991
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Overrated. Sure. However thhe influence of this record is monumental, on my personal taste as well as '00s music as a whole. [First added to this chart: 12/01/2016]
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2001
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Love love love this record. The sounds are so grainy and the melodies are often list in the murky production, but every time you listen it gets better and better. At some point this album may bump up to #1. The opening track is a terrific, explosive opener and the quality just keeps going, without ever letting up. The closing chords send off he record in such a heavenly way, you usually restart the album after you finished. This album is why music exists [First added to this chart: 12/01/2016]
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1991
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Top 50 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 3 6%
1970s 6 12%
1980s 4 8%
1990s 12 24%
2000s 11 22%
2010s 14 28%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United States 30 60%
United Kingdom 16 32%
France 2 4%
Ireland 1 2%
Canada 1 2%

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From 05/19/2020 13:22
great list-reviewing it was a joy.
love your descriptions.
absolute 100/100.
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From 04/08/2020 04:19
Loved your list. Good job!
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From 11/13/2019 17:43
I love some of these albums, overall it does seem a bit bland to me though. Very good #1.
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From 05/06/2019 19:40
Great chart, glad to see someone appreciating Congratulations by MGMT
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From 12/02/2018 19:53
Magnificent.
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From 06/12/2018 12:48
Class chart! I'll check out the Passion Pit record :)
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From 03/30/2018 10:14
Yes ! If I Should Fall From The Grace Of God is a modern classic and the most interesting album here , other wise it’s a fairly standard list
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From 03/22/2018 23:37
Fantastic picks, love the number one!
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From 03/04/2018 19:17
Good chart although a bit too one-dimensional... (Maybe check out my charts?)
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