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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by quadrophenia17 (2018)

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It's very hard to pick your favorite albums, and it's even harder to put them in some consecutive order, so just consider this an incomplete list. It's also bound to change, because of new releases and other various factors. These are the albums that keep getting better the older I get, and make me want to come back for more.

But enough rambling; here's my list. Enjoy!

Chart updated: 08/25/2018 23:45 (Created: 10/14/2011 01:52). Chart size: 100 albums.

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QuadropheniaUnited Kingdom The Who
"Only love can bring the rain that makes you yearn to the sky. Only love can bring the rain that falls like tears from on high"

This was every teenager’s album, including mine. Whenever I was frustrated about anything, I would lock myself in my room and listen to this album all the way through. I still do. Words can’t properly express my love for this album.

This is my favourite album of all time. The music is sublime, the lyrics perfectly capture not just what it was like being a mod in the 60s, but also trying to fit in any sort of group. The concept is a thing of beauty. This album has helped me get through a lot and I’m always finding new subtle things about it that I absolutely love. I don’t think I will ever hear an album better than this.

Perfection.

To quote Sean Penn said about this album, “A rock opera for the ages.”
(First added to chart: 10/13/2011)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:754 charts
Rank in 1973:3Rank Score:20,837
Rank in 1970s32Overall Rank:125
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,086 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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RumoursUnited Kingdom Fleetwood Mac
"Listen carefully to the sounds of your loneliness. Like a heartbeat drives you mad, in the stillness remember what you had and what you lost, and what you had and what you lost"

THE Ultimate Break-Up Album!

"[The songs] are romantic — tales of love and lust, love making and love breaking — infused with universal emotions that nearly everybody can relate to and understand." – Consequence of Sound

What can you say about “Rumours” that has not already been said? One of the most beautiful and yet bittersweet collection of songs ever put on record. It’s impossible to pick standout tracks because they are all equally good but different to each other. How the record shifts from Chrissy’s heartbreakingly wistful performance on “Songbird” and builds thru to Lindsey/John’s climatic finish to “The Chain” leaves your head spinning and is undoubtedly one of the finest passages of rock music ever committed to vinyl.
(First added to chart: 10/13/2011)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,711 charts
Rank in 1977:1Rank Score:55,855
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,987 votes)
Comments: 147 comments
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A Night At The OperaUnited Kingdom Queen
"Sometimes I wish I had never been born at all"

"What sets Queen apart is their selection of unlikely effects: acoustic piano, harp, acapella vocals, no synthesizers, coupled with good songs." – Rolling Stone Magazine

For me, I prefer Queen's earlier work, and this is the pinnacle of their style.
(First added to chart: 10/13/2011)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,146 charts
Rank in 1975:4Rank Score:30,887
Rank in 1970s21Overall Rank:76
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,552 votes)
Comments: 108 comments
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Born To RunUnited States Bruce Springsteen
"Wendy, let me in, I wanna be your friend. I wanna guard your dreams and visions"

"Born to Run is, however, Bruce Springsteen’s most Bruce Springsteen album -- the one that exemplifies the go-for-broke barrage of guitar, piano, sax, and glockenspiel that most people associate with the Boss." – Billboard Magazine

Literally one of the greatest albums of all time, my favorite by Springsteen. Each song offers something different while conveying a similar tale of desperation. An amazing listen from beginning to end. This is the ultimate album for high school graduates hoping to leave their small hometowns and find their destiny.
(First added to chart: 10/13/2011)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,254 charts
Rank in 1975:3Rank Score:41,359
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:53
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,621 votes)
Comments: 105 comments
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The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
"Hey man, I gotta straighten my face. This mellow thighed chick just put my spine out of place"

"the tunes on The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, somewhat loosely held together by the concept of the Earthbound exploits of the interplanetary rock star, strangely avoid the trap of being so much dated, post-hippie nonsense." – Slant Magazine

It is true; this album sounds just as good today as it did 45 years ago. When someone asks me to sum up David Bowie's career in one album, this is it.
(First added to chart: 10/13/2011)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:2,407 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:95,909
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,791 votes)
Comments: 242 comments
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The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
"Then one day you find, ten years have got behind you. No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun"

"It’s as if the band were beginning to stimulate and capture the imagination through their music as well as evolving into something versatile and truly revolutionary...Dark Side Of The Moon will remain as a timeless classic because of how innovative and unique it was for its time." – Rockhaq Reviews

Believe it or not, it took me a long time to get into Pink Floyd. Though I did like some of their songs, overall I couldn't listen to them for more than 20 minutes because they were too avant-garde for me. It wasn't until I put this record on for studying that I started to enjoy their music. I enjoy listening to this album because one song flows so well with the other; moreover, I still listen to this whenever I need time for myself or I need some time to be quiet and focus on a project.
(First added to chart: 10/13/2011)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,434 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:177,928
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,349 votes)
Comments: 485 comments
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Who's NextUnited Kingdom The Who
"It's only teenage wasteland"

"Few albums in the pantheon of classic rock recordings embody the greatness of an artist more than 1971's Who's Next." – PopMatters

This statement is so true; if I ever meet someone who want to know the awesomeness that is The Who, I point to this album first. Though I love 'Quadrophenia', 'Who's Next' is the album is always the one I point to first for beginning listeners. If you want to know the greatness that is 'The Who', start with this album and then branch out. A must listen!
(First added to chart: 10/13/2011)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,757 charts
Rank in 1971:2Rank Score:58,488
Rank in 1970s7Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (2,117 votes)
Comments: 166 comments
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Physical GraffitiUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
"I am a traveler of both time and space"
(First added to chart: 10/13/2011)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,037 charts
Rank in 1975:5Rank Score:27,493
Rank in 1970s24Overall Rank:89
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,655 votes)
Comments: 106 comments
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Led Zeppelin IVUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
"There are two paths you can go by, but in the long run there's still time to change the road your on"
(First added to chart: 10/13/2011)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:2,546 charts
Rank in 1971:1Rank Score:106,680
Rank in 1970s2Overall Rank:8
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,315 votes)
Comments: 257 comments
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Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex PistolsUnited Kingdom Sex Pistols
"I am an anarchist"
(First added to chart: 10/13/2011)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,114 charts
Rank in 1977:5Rank Score:28,600
Rank in 1970s23Overall Rank:84
Average Rating:  80/100 (1,539 votes)
Comments: 119 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 18 18%
1970s 38 38%
1980s 17 17%
1990s 7 7%
2000s 7 7%
2010s 13 13%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 9 9%
U2 7 7%
David Bowie 6 6%
Led Zeppelin 6 6%
The Who 5 5%
Bruce Springsteen 4 4%
Queen 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 51 51%
United States 33 33%
Ireland 7 7%
Canada 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Australia 2 2%
Jamaica 1 1%
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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