Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by eclab (2019)

I try to judge albums in a context-independent way - i.e. I don't intend to take originality/influence into account, otherwise "Revolver" or something would be at the top. The best albums, to me, don't have to be influential, nor even especially original or distinctive. They just have to sound great.

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Pure magic from beginning to end, and easily my favourite album. "Only Skin" and "Emily" are the best two songs I've ever heard, and the other three tracks are amazing.

I can understand if you don't like Joanna's voice; it took me many listens to appreciate it. These days, I would actually contend that she's a superb vocalist, in the same sense as (classic, mid-sixties) Bob Dylan: their vocals are so expressive and genuine, regardless of the harsh timbre.

I can't properly describe how great the lyrics are without resorting to yet more superlatives and flowery language. They're just so good, particularly the vivid imagery. I could imagine that a lot of people might find her language pretentious, but I would say she really knows what she's doing - she's not using a broad vocabulary to try to be impressive.

I've gushed enough at this point, so I'll just add that the instrumentation is beautiful, and the engineering great; Van Dyke Parks and Steve Albini deserve a lot of praise for their roles too.

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[First added to this chart: 10/13/2011]
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2006
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If there's a more joyful album than this I'm yet to hear it.

9.7
[First added to this chart: 10/13/2011]
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1970
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17,701
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I continually find myself getting halfway through this album and feeling like it must be about to end, because it's already had far more quality material by that point than most band's careers. But nope, it's only been about 20 minutes and there's more brilliance to come.

9.7 (November 2017); 9.6 prev
[First added to this chart: 12/15/2011]
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1989
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84,122
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It opens with a track so good it started modern rock music and the quality holds up throughout.

9.6
[First added to this chart: 10/13/2011]
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1965
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Despite a few dud tracks, the overall sequence is wonderful (including Revolution 9).

9.6 (November 2017); prev 9.7
[First added to this chart: 04/30/2013]
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1968
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105,007
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9.6 [First added to this chart: 05/23/2012]
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1975
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42,250
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9.5 [First added to this chart: 10/13/2011]
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1968
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38,011
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9.5 [First added to this chart: 10/13/2011]
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1979
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95,692
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9.5 (March 2015) [First added to this chart: 04/05/2015]
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2015
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9.5 [First added to this chart: 10/13/2011]
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1971
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Total albums: 100. Page 1 of 10

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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 1 1%
1960s 20 20%
1970s 28 28%
1980s 12 12%
1990s 14 14%
2000s 9 9%
2010s 16 16%
Country Albums %


United States 50 50%
United Kingdom 38 38%
Canada 7 7%
Australia 2 2%
New Zealand 1 1%
Ireland 1 1%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%

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From C_Krug2009 11/28/2018 23:37
Joanna is good. Glad you can appreciate Kendrick. You should check out Section.80
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From Dunnand 11/28/2018 15:06
Great chart, I love the Joanna choice at number one. People are too freaked out by her vocals at times but I think they are beautiful.
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From ForegroundNoise 11/28/2018 09:12
Even though a lot of these picks are very familiar, your careful ordering of them and mix of old and new make this a great chart. I love the little scores you've given each album as well. Good to see Queen Jo on top!! Would love to see more notes like the one you've added for Ys.
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From bobbyb5 08/31/2017 12:22
Verrrrrrry nice
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From SamNassiri98 08/16/2017 16:50
Interesting chart!
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From vancevisuals 08/16/2017 12:22
like a lot of this
some not so much
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From Lgk21 08/16/2017 12:03
We have a good amount in common. This is great.
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From glynspsa 08/16/2017 08:28
Excellent list chock full of classics and influential albums, almost looks like a magazines list. Except for the surprise #1 which is one of the only albums on the list i have not heard. i will have to check it out.
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From LedZep 04/29/2017 12:12
Would like to see more comments like on Ys, that album is magic
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From Reppu1976 03/03/2017 01:41
Great chart!
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