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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by daftpunter (2017)  

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When I was five my mom bought me a 45 of Pleasant Valley Sunday that I played on my little multi-disk player with my Peter Pan 45's. In the fifth grade my buddy Owen turned me on to Kiss and Queen. Some guy at a record store recommended to my Mom Sweet's Desolation Boulevard and K.C. and the Sunshine Band. My high school buddy's dad owned an AOR station so we had access to a ton of music (though half the albums were worthless because Dad would put finger nail polish on the album cuts to control the dj's). That's also where I developed my nervous twitch when I hear the Beatles too often. We discovered the Rolling Stone Record Guide, The Trouser Press Record Guide, and Robert Christgau (the 1001 albums/songs books have been added to the reference of late). For my freshman year in college Grandmom gave me $1000 for spending money for the year that I blew in about three weeks at the local record store(ooh, that reminds me, I've GOT to listen to Damn the Torpedoes soon!). Over the past thirty years I've put together a collection of music reflecting the eclectic and clasic, usually without ever having heard the music I'd purchased. But the collection is diverse, consisting of about 2500 pieces of vinyl and 1500 cd's. I've discovered the Public library system that has given me access to inumerable albums. And you'll notice that the list doesn't have a bunch of surprises, accepting maybe the order. Because great is still great. The top 20 have been pretty consistant over the years. The next 80 are an incomplete and ever changing array. As far as the more recent albums not making the charts, I direct you to the decade (and soon yearly) charts. Albums that supplant truly classic works have a truly high standard to achieve. It's taken decades for some albums to click.
My last change to the chart was 2013 so my only entry in the past three years is to explain why I don't include more recent albums...because they don't deserve it.
Look, I own every significant rap and auto tuned b.s. recording that makes the top 100 list every year. The problem with post 2000 albums is two fold. First is perspective. With a few exceptions bands wouldn't know how to play an instrument if they were struck by lightning and possessed by the spirit of Mozart. The music just isn't that good. Of course there's country...or as I like to call it Rock with a bad accent. Nashville is just overproduced redneck rock. Two...I'm not an angry black kid yelling N..... every third word. I can't relate...and see no reason to try.

Chart updated: 03/02/2017 07:15 (Created: 09/16/2011 08:34). Chart size: 100 albums.

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QuadropheniaUnited Kingdom The Who
The problem with Quad is my desire to listen to the whole and not the parts. Each song, on it's own, is great. The Real Me may be one of the most powerful ever. But when I hear one, I need to hear the whole thing. All 80 minutes. Luckily, it's worth it.
The Quad is simply the greatest 80 minutes in rock history. Concept albums usually don't hold up. To make it work the three songs worth listening to are held together my mediocrity to keep the story in line. The exception is Quadrophenia. P.F. Sorrow, Tommy, Ogden Nut, Ziggy Stardust (ok the last one was close) don't get close to this albums ability to keep your ass movin' on every cut. The idea of Pete telling the story of the 60's Mods in through Jimmy is brilliant. The concept of doing so through the filter of each individual in the band being represented in the songs? Inspired. The only shame is how low Pete mixed John's bass into the mix. If you find the Quad soundtrack the mix is different and you get a feel for the true greatness of The Ox.
(First added to chart: 09/16/2011)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:656 charts
Rank in 1973:3Rank Score:19,716
Rank in 1970s30Overall Rank:115
Average Rating:  84/100 (944 votes)
Comments: 77 comments
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Pet SoundsUnited States The Beach Boys
24, as full of ideas as Mozart, as full of mind expanding drugs as a pharmacy and a facination with Phil Spector's production. A masteful solo album with a terrific set of guest vocalists. If not the greatest album ever (and depending on a night when it's on my turntable it is)then it's the most beautiful. Thank you, Brian. I love you.
(First added to chart: 09/16/2011)
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,012 charts
Rank in 1966:2Rank Score:92,531
Rank in 1960s6Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,256 votes)
Comments: 246 comments
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London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Punk grows up. Everything but a ballad (thank Gawd!). The greatest from the only band that matters. "And I believe in this, and it's been tested by re-search, that he who ****'s nuns, will later join the church."
(First added to chart: 09/16/2011)
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,056 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:88,708
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,255 votes)
Comments: 196 comments
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My Aim Is TrueUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
Women are the most coniving, evil, manipulative, cheating, (did I say evil) things on the planet (according to our hero). Somebody ought to turn out the big light, because I can't stand to see you this way.
(First added to chart: 09/16/2011)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:414 charts
Rank in 1977:13Rank Score:7,668
Rank in 1970s88Overall Rank:327
Average Rating:  81/100 (488 votes)
Comments: 28 comments
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Sticky FingersUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Once in Rolling Stone Keith was quoted as saying, "I wouldn't call Sticky Fingers a heavy drug album, any more than I'd call life a heavy life." Every song a classic. And Mick Taylor's guitar takes the Stones to a different level.
(First added to chart: 09/16/2011)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,033 charts
Rank in 1971:5Rank Score:30,162
Rank in 1970s19Overall Rank:65
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,281 votes)
Comments: 74 comments
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The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
"...and you run and you run to catch up with the sun but it's sinking. Racing around to come up behind you again. The sun is the same in a relative way but YOU'RE older. Shorter of breath and one day closer to death." It was their time. An album chronicling their lost leader's departure into LSD fueled insanity. And it rocks. "There is no dark side of the moon really. Matter of fact, it's all dark."
(First added to chart: 09/16/2011)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,010 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:161,054
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (3,704 votes)
Comments: 421 comments
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Something Else By The KinksUnited Kingdom The Kinks
The Dean was right, Waterloo Sunset is the most beautiful song in the English Language. David Watts? EVERY kid knew a David Watts. Part two of the six part Ray Davies is the greatest 60's British Songwriter...period. Why this album and not Face to Face? Because I'm not writing in every bloody Kinks album like the Beatles freaks. So I'm gonna write it in this paragraph. Something Else is 7(a). Sunny Afternoon may well be the 2nd most beautiful song in the English Language.
(First added to chart: 09/16/2011)
Year of Release:1967Appears in:334 charts
Rank in 1967:16Rank Score:5,266
Rank in 1960s55Overall Rank:452
Average Rating:  82/100 (436 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Blood On The TracksUnited States Bob Dylan
Misery in the marital house of Bob. A good thing for us all. BTW, he recovered. As we all do.
(First added to chart: 09/16/2011)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,261 charts
Rank in 1975:2Rank Score:45,814
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,493 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
In the late 80's and 90's I wouldn't listen to ANYTHING with horns, ok maybe Skynyrd...once. Ok, maybe Chicago. Then Mom told me about her stash of old records in the basement. I heard this old wop was good, so I put "Swinging Lovers" on the turntable. Revelation. It's THE voice. Nelson Riddle is the bomb! The tunes rock. Literally. Powerful. From that point on all music got a chance, becuause I wasn't going to risk missing out on another classic I was too ignorant to really listen to. Thanks, Mom.
(First added to chart: 09/16/2011)
Year of Release:1956Appears in:185 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:2,707
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:827
Average Rating:  79/100 (225 votes)
Comments: 14 comments
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Elvis PresleyUnited States Elvis Presley
The reason all us white boys rock and roll instead of listening to Pat Boone. The King!
(First added to chart: 09/16/2011)
Year of Release:1956Appears in:359 charts
Rank in 1956:1Rank Score:5,832
Rank in 1950s4Overall Rank:410
Average Rating:  80/100 (495 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 3 3%
1960s 15 15%
1970s 48 48%
1980s 19 19%
1990s 11 11%
2000s 4 4%
2010s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 3 3%
R.E.M. 3 3%
The Rolling Stones 3 3%
The Kinks 3 3%
Bob Dylan 3 3%
Miles Davis 2 2%
Ramones 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 49 49%
United Kingdom 42 42%
Canada 3 3%
Australia 2 2%
Jamaica 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
Ireland 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 26 from 100th to 74th
Never Been Caught
by The Mummies
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 1 from 74th to 75th
Highway 61 Revisited
by Bob Dylan
fallers Down 1 from 75th to 76th
Meet The Beatles!
by The Beatles
fallers Down 1 from 76th to 77th
Roman Beach Party
by The Celibate Rifles

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From bobbyb5 09/08/2017 12:45
10 bonus points for Psychedelic Furs.
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From authorunknown 07/20/2017 22:09
Vibrators. Nice pick.
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From Ben4 07/18/2017 01:58
Any chart with Quadrophenia at number one is ok by me. I completely agree that you can't listen to it without listening to the whole thing. The rest of the chart is very diverse, with lots of good picks such as The Cars, R.E.M. and Bowie.
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From Davy 07/17/2017 17:53
nice collection, really admire your ever growing collection. your stance on "post-2000"-music on the other hand is pretty weak tho, for someone who has such a eclectic taste in music
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From platus 07/17/2017 15:49
Very nice chart!
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From grohly 07/17/2017 12:58
I dig your commentary on Exile, good sir. Really interesting perspective on what made Keef tick at his prime. Also, your description of Parklife is hilarious!
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From stangetzaway 12/06/2016 10:33
Anyone with SFSL's in their top 10 deserves high praise.
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From buzzdainer 06/09/2016 04:39
Lots of great stuff here, starting with Pet Sounds and London Calling. Contrary to your chart, I do think there's a ton of great new music being made all the time, but I can certainly see your argument for the classic albums you've listed. Some unexpected gems in there, too!
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From Roal 11/29/2015 09:01
Great classic chart. I realy wish you had more from this century.
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From Astralweeks2512 11/21/2015 22:39
Wonderful chart. I really enjoyed your comments on each album. Loved the inclusion of Marshall Crenshaw, Nick Lowe and Graham Parker. I am a big fan of the Bob Marley Live album as well and I think it has the best version of "No Woman No Cry."
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