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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by NowhereMan (2019)

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24 years of age. RECOMMENDATIONS ALWAYS WELCOME.

ORDER CHANGES REGULARLY.

I tend to see any album I rate above 70//100 worth a re-visit, any lower I tend to dismiss.

My top 15 artists:

1. The Beatles - an audio best friend; they make the world a lot brighter and optimistic. The absolute pinnacle. The best thing the world has produced. Colossal.
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2. Electric Light Orchestra
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(Interchangeable order).

3. The Rolling Stones
4. Pink Floyd
5. Led Zeppelin
6. The Smiths
7. Neil Young
8. The Velvet Underground
9. Bob Dylan
10. The Who
11. David Bowie
12. Oasis
13. The Beach Boys
14. Radiohead
15. Simon & Garfunkel
16. The Kinks
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(Worthy Mentions)
The Stone Roses
R.E.M
Brian Eno
The Tallest Man On Earth
Tame Impala
Fleetwood Mac


My ratings on an album can be based on the emotion it evokes within me, the quality of the musicianship, the amount of nostalgia it summons, it's importance in the broad pantheon of music. Even something as simple as how many times it gives me goosebumps across the length of an entire listen!


ONE ALBUM PER ARTIST - it is also most certain I have heard a an abundance of other material by each artist only the one I will have chosen is the one that I am digging the most currently and means the most to me at this point in my life.

I love music basically, like all of you here. Enjoy.

Welcome to a Magical Mystery Whistle-Stop tour.

Still struggling to fit other favourites in.

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Chart updated: 01/30/2019 03:45 (Created: 10/18/2011 23:28). Chart size: 100 albums.

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1. (=)

Abbey RoadUnited Kingdom The Beatles
These lot are an audio best friend; they make the world a lot brighter and optimistic. The absolute pinnacle. The best thing the world has produced. A Colossal.
Obviously for people who know me on this site I am four obsessed. They are the soundtrack to my life and are one the greatest pleasures in life for me. They are like an audio best friend - they are always there when in need.

I can be digging any given Beatle album more than the others on any given day, so this position is very much prone to change and agonising deliberation!

I am most definitely what people may still call a 'Beatlemaniac'. I read, breathe, listen and love them.

Album Rating: 10.00//10.00

Other Material:

Please Please Me - 10.0//10.0
With The Beatles - 10.0//10.0
A Hard Day's Night - 10.0//10.0
Beatles For Sale - 9.5//10.0
Help! - 10.0//10.0
Rubber Soul - 10.0//10.0
Revolver - 10.0//10.0
Magical Mystery Tour - 10.0//10.0
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band - 10.0//10.0
White Album - 10.0//10.0
Yellow Submarine - 9.0//10.0
Abbey Road - 10.0//10.0
Let It Be - 10.0//10.0
Love - 10.0//10.0
Anthology 1 - 9.7//10.0
Anthology 2 - 10.0//10.0
Anthology 3 - 10.0//10.0
Let It Be...Naked - 10.0//10.0
Live At The BBC 1 - 9.9//10.0
Live At The BBC 2 - 9.8//10.0
Live At The Hollywood Bowl - 9.6//10.0
Christmas Album - 8.5//10.0
1 - 10.00//10.00
Love Songs - 10.00//10.00
1962-1966 - 10.00//10.00
1967-1970 - 10.00//10.00
Rarities - 10.00//10.00
Past Masters Volume One - 10.00//10.00
Past Masters Volume Two - 10.00//10.00
Reel Music - 10.00//10.00
Rock 'N' Roll Music - 10.00//10.00
E.P Box Set - 10.00//10.00
Singles Box Set - 10.00//10.00
Live At The Hollywood Bowl - 10.00//10.00
Meet The Beatles! - 10.00//10.00
Yesterday And Today - 10.00//10.00
Oldies But Goldies - 10.00//10.00
Beatles '65 - 10.00//10.00
The Beatles' Second Album - 10.00//10.00
The Beatles IV -10.00//10.00
Something New - 10.00//10.00
The Early Beatles - 10.00//10.00
Yellow Submarine Soundtrack - 10.00//10.00
Live At Shea Stadium - 9.00//10.00
Live In Paris - 8.65//10.00
Live In Japan - 6.50//10.00
Decca Tapes - 8.00//10.00
E.P Box Set - 10.00//10.00
Single Box Set -10.00//10.00
Beatle Ballads - 10.00//10.00
The Beatles In Italy - 10.00//10.00

Paul McCartney//Wings Material:
Ram - 10.00//10.00
Band On The Run - 10.00//10.00
Flaming Pie - 8.7//10.00
McCartney - 9.10//10.00
Venus And Mars - 10.00//10.00
Tug Of War - 9.50//10.00
Chaos And Creation In The Backyard - 9.30//10.00
NEW - 9.75//10.00
Flowers In The Dirt - 7.50//10.00
London Town - 8.00//10.00
Wings At The Speed Of Sound - 7.45//10.00
Driving Rain - 7.75//10.00
Pipes Of Peace - 8.30//10.00
Red Rose Speedway - 8.75//10.00
McCartney II - 9.25//10.00
Back To The Egg - 7.25//10.00
Press To Play - 7.00//10.00
Wings Over America - 9.90//10.00
Memory Almost Full - 10.00//10.00
Good Evening New York City - 9.75//10.00
Off The Ground - 7.00//10.00
Kisses On The Bottom - 8.00//10.00
Unplugged - 8.90//10.00
Run Devil Run - 7.75//10.00
Give My Regards To Broadstreet - 9.00//10.00
Wild Life - 6.75//10.00
Tripping The Live Fantastic - 10.00//10.00
Paul Is Live - 8.00//10.00
Egypt Station - 8.45//10.00
Wingspan: Hits & History - 9.50//10.00
All The Best! - 8.80//10.00
Pure McCartney - 9.00//10.00
Wings Greatest - 9.00//10.00
Twin Freaks - 8.00//10.00
Rushes - 8.00//10.00
Strawberries, Oceans, Ships, Forest - 7.90//10.00
Electric Arguments - 7.90//10.00
Thrillington - 6.00//10.00

George Harrison:
All Things Must Pass - 9.90//10.00
The Best Of George Harrison - 9.40//10.00
Live In Japan - 8.00//10.00
Let It Roll - 9.00//10.00

John Lennon:
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band - 10.00//10.00
Imagine - 10.00//10.00
Mind Games - 9.25//10.00
Double Fantasy - 9.10//10.00
Walls And Bridges - 8.00//10.00
Some Time In New York City - 7.45//10.00//10.00
Live In New York City - 8.90//10.00
Acoustic - 9.00//10.00
Lennon Legend - 9.20//10.00
Instant Karma - 9.40//10.00
Working Class Hero - 9.50//10.00
Power To The People: Hits - 10.00/10.00
Shaved Fish - 9.75//10.00
The John Lennon Collection - 9.50//10.00
Wonsponatime - 7.75//10.00
Gimme Some Truth - 8.75//10.00
MenLove Avenue - 7.75//10.00
Imagine Compilation - 9.25//10.00
Icon - 9.50//10.00
Lennon Acoustic - 8.10//10.00
Lennon - Compilation - 9.20//10.00
John Lennon Anthology - 8.30//10.00
Unfinished Music No. 1 - 3.00//10.00
Unfinished Music No. 2 - 2.50//10.00
(First added to chart: 10/18/2011)
Year of Release:1969Appears in:2,969 charts
Rank in 1969:1Rank Score:149,610
Rank in 1960s1Overall Rank:3
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,671 votes)
Comments: 383 comments
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2. (=)

TimeUnited Kingdom Electric Light Orchestra
The most underrated band of all time. Jeff Lynne and his light orchestra are absolutely brilliant. For me this is his masterpiece. It flows as well as as any other stock rock/pop classic. Everybody should give this a listen. The variety on this album really is awe worthy, yet it still manages to hold that obvious ELO sound whilst also working perfectly as a concise album. For me this is as essential to any music collection as anything by the four, Floyd, Zep, Dylan or any of the other big boys and girls. Genuinely it will be 40 minutes of your life you will not regret.


Favourite Tracks at time of writing: Yours Truly, 2095/ 21st Century Man/ Another Heart Breaks

Album Rating: 10.00//10.00

Other material:

Out Of The Blue - 9.6//10.0
A New World Record - 9.5//10.0
Discovery - 10.0//10.0
Eldorado, A Symphony - 9.3//10.0
Face The Music - 8.9//10.0
Secret Messages - 9.9//10.0
Time - 10.0//10.0
Balance Of Power - 9.2//10.0
ELO 2 - 8.0//10.0
Xanadu - 8.00//10.00
Ultimate Collection - 10.00//10.00
Greatest Hits - 9.00//10.00
Light Years - 9.50//10.00
Flashback - 10.00//10.00

Jeff Lynne:

Alone In The Universe - 7.75//10.00
Long Wave - 7.45//10.00
(First added to chart: 10/18/2011)
Year of Release:1981Appears in:191 charts
Rank in 1981:8Rank Score:3,152
Rank in 1980s125Overall Rank:802
Average Rating:  75/100 (258 votes)
Comments: 22 comments
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3. (=)

Hatful Of Hollow
Compilation
United Kingdom The Smiths
For a two-year period at university (during which time I barely came on this site) any opportunity I had to listen to music it would be Morrissey, Marr and co. Their discography contains some of the most bittersweet, romantic and melancholy lyrics/melodies. For me this album takes the cake. It contains the band at their rawest. The production means the songs are not as tight or as crisp as other albums but it is the imperfections on this that make it perfect. When songs such as Reel around the fountain or Please Please Please start to play I literally have to stop what I'm doing and sway.

Favourite Tracks at time of writing: Handsome Devil/This Night Has Opened My Eyes/ Back To The Old House/Still Ill

Album Rating: 10.00//10.00

IF YOU LIKE THIS TRY: R.E.M - MURMUR

Other Material:

The Smiths - 10.00//10.0
Meat Is Murder - 9.7//10.0
The Queen Is Dead - 10.00/10.0
Strangeways, Here We Come - 9.5//10.0
Louder Than Bombs - 9.0//10.0
The World Won't Listen - 9.4//10.0
Rank - LIVE - 9.2//10.0
Sounds Of The Smiths - 9.00//10.00
Best...I - 9.00//10.00
Best...II - 9.00//10.00
Complete - 10.00//10.00
Singles - 9.80//10.00
(First added to chart: 10/18/2011)
Year of Release:1984Appears in:446 charts
Rank in 1984:7Rank Score:9,749
Rank in 1980s36Overall Rank:290
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (758 votes)
Comments: 37 comments
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4. (=)

SmileUnited States Brian Wilson
(Review of The Beach Boys - Today!, which previously held the #9 position)
A lovely record. I like to think of it as a primitive Pet Sounds. Brian Wilson and his melodies really do start to branch out here and the songs from the boys here seem to adopt a more classic and baroque melody structure as opposed to the short snappy sun and surf songs of previous years. Because of this development, songs such as Please Let Me Wonder and I'm So Young are just as beautiful as anything off the preferred Pet Sounds. The other tracks aren't too far off either.

Favourite Tracks At Time Of Writing: Please Let Me Wonder/ Don't Hurt My Little Sister/ I'm So Young

Album Rating: 10.00//10.00

Other Material:

Today! - 10.00//10.00
Pet Sounds - 10.0//10.0
Friends - 7.80//10.00
Smiley Smile - 7.80//10.00
Wild Honey - 7.80//10.00
The Smile Sessions - 8.00//10.00
Beach Boys Party! - 7.10//10.00
Surf's Up - 8.65//10.00
Sunflower - 7.50//10.00
Holland - 6.75//10.00
Love You - 6.90//10.00
All Summer Long - 7.65//10.00
Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!!) - 7.50//10.00
20/20 - 7.60//10.00
Surfer Girl - 6.50//10.00
Smack Down, Volume 2 - 6.85//10.00
The Very Best Of The Beach Boys - 9.00//10.00
I Love You - 8.45//10.00
Surfin' Safari - 6.50//10.00
Surfin' USA - 5.50//10.00
Little Deuce Coupe - 5.50//10.00
Endless Summer - 7.70//10.00
Instrumental Hits - 7.00//10.00

Brian Wilson:

Smile - 8.00//10.00
(First added to chart: 01/22/2019)
Year of Release:2004Appears in:271 charts
Rank in 2004:9Rank Score:5,033
Rank in 2000s100Overall Rank:529
Average Rating:  79/100 (400 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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5. (=)

AnimalsUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
The overlooked seventies effort from Floyd. Ironically, the best. Gilmour's guitar playing is at it's most consistent and mesmerising, whilst the lyrics are open for interpretation. A compelling listen.
This album really did help those countless hours of study and revision I had to endure once upon a time at school.

Favourite Track at time of writing: Dogs

Album Rating: 10.00//10.00

IF YOU LIKE THIS TRY: NEKTAR - REMEMBER THE FUTURE

Other Material:

Wish You Were Here - 10.0//10.0
The Dark Side Of The Moon - 10.0//10.0
The Wall - 9.4//10.0
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - 7.9//10.0
Meddle - 8.2//10.0
The Division Bell - 7.8//10.0
Ummagumma - 6.5//10.0
Atom Heart Mother - 8.40//10.00
Pulse - LIVE - 8.25//10.00
(First added to chart: 10/18/2011)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,345 charts
Rank in 1977:2Rank Score:45,706
Rank in 1970s12Overall Rank:42
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,128 votes)
Comments: 144 comments
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6. (=)

Sounds Of SilenceUnited States Simon And Garfunkel
Peak songwriting is found on this album. Clocking in at under half an hour it's easy to get into and a nice one to tick off your wish list. I'll be honest that's why I initially chose to listen to it. However, the themes on this album are gloomy and dark, whilst also at the same time containing some of the catchiest songs of its decade. Songwriting 101 here. The production is delicate and gives the album a really quaint feel to it.

Favourite Tracks at time of writing: Richard Cory/Most Peculiar Man/We've Got A Good Thing Goin' On

Album Rating: 9.83//10.00

Other Material:

Bookends - 9.6//10.0
Bridge Over Troubled Water - 9.8//10.0
The Sound Of Silence - 9.6//10.0
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme - 8.5//10.0
Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M - 7.55//10.0
The Graduate - 7.50//10.00
The Essential Simon & Garfunkel - 9.75//10.00
Old Friends On Stage - 7.90//10.00
The Definitive Collection - 9.50//10.00

Paul Simon:

Graceland - 8.00//10.00
Paul Simon - 7.65//10.00
The Paul Simon Songbook - 9.65//10.00
The Rythmn Of The Saints - 6.80//10.00
(First added to chart: 10/31/2017)
Year of Release:1966Appears in:455 charts
Rank in 1966:6Rank Score:5,232
Rank in 1960s61Overall Rank:509
Average Rating:  80/100 (540 votes)
Comments: 21 comments
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7. (=)

Sticky FingersUnited Kingdom The Rolling Stones
The Stones at their peak. The final 4 tracks on this ensures to me it is one of the greatest second sides of an album ever. Who could of thought that this rough rock outfit could pen and perform such charming, beautiful melodies. Absolutely no filler here. Each individual effort is dripping in substance. I always discover something new everytime I listen to this. It's a class act from a band at their peak.

Favourite Tracks at time of writing: Dead Flowers/Moonlight Mile/I Got The Blues/Sway

Album Rating: 10.00//10.00

Other Material:
Out Of Our Heads - 7.5//10.0
Aftermath - 8.0//10.0
Their Satanic Majesties Request - 7.0//10.0
Beggar's Banquet - 9.5//10.0
Let It Bleed - 10.0//10.0
Exile On Mn. Street - 10.0//10.0
Steel Wheels - 8.0//10.0
Flowers - 8.65//10.0
Some Girls - 7.50//10.00
Get Yer Ya Yas Out - 8.35//10.00
Hot Rocks - 8.80//10.00
(First added to chart: 10/18/2011)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,217 charts
Rank in 1971:5Rank Score:33,875
Rank in 1970s19Overall Rank:66
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,486 votes)
Comments: 90 comments
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8. (=)

Blonde On BlondeUnited States Bob Dylan
No doubt in my mind that this is Dylan's magnus opus. Whilst not only working best as a cohesive album, it also possesses his greatest individual numbers. Stuck Inside The Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again and Sad Eye Lady Of The Lowlands may well both be my top two Dylan songs - and that's a prestigious accolade indeed. There are snippets of lyrics on here that are just sublime - note 4th Time Around. Will always be one of my all time favourites. It's been with me years now.



Favourite Tracks At Time Of Writing: Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands/ Stuck Inside The Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again/ I Want You/ 4th Time Around



Album Rating: 10.00//10.00

Other Material:

Blood On The Tracks - 9.8//10.0 (Very close second.)
Highway 61 Revisited - 9.7//10.0
Bringing It All Back Home - 9.5//10.0
The Free Wheelin’ Bob Dylan - 9.10//10.00
The Times They Are-A Changin’ - 9.05//10.00
Nashville Skyline - 7.00//10.00
Another Side Of Bob Dylan - 7.40//10.00
The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966, The "Royal Albert Hall" Concert - 9.25//10.00
Greatest Hits - 8.00//10.00
Definitive Collection - 9.00//10.00
(First added to chart: 10/18/2011)
Year of Release:1966Appears in:1,578 charts
Rank in 1966:3Rank Score:59,346
Rank in 1960s10Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,945 votes)
Comments: 138 comments
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9. (=)

Led Zeppelin IIUnited Kingdom Led Zeppelin
The perfect rock album. It never dwells and ponders; each song kicks and screams from start to finish with the thundering John Bonham bass pedal. Having said that, the album also possesses Thank You - which is just about the most perfect song to walk to and be at one with yourself. This is how rock should be. Back to basics. No excess fat.

Favourite Tracks at time of writing: Thank You/Heartbreaker

Album Rating: 10.00//10.00

Other Material:

Led Zeppelin - 9.4//10.0
Led Zeppelin III - 9.0//10.0
Led Zeppelin IV - 10.0//10.0
Houses Of The Holy - 9.5//10.0
BBC Sessions - 9.60//10.00
How The West Was Won - 8.80//10.00
Remasters - 9.50//10.00
Mothership - 9.50//10.00
(First added to chart: 10/18/2011)
Year of Release:1969Appears in:1,520 charts
Rank in 1969:3Rank Score:49,073
Rank in 1960s13Overall Rank:37
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,212 votes)
Comments: 135 comments
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10. (=)

S.F. SorrowUnited Kingdom The Pretty Things
One of the best kept hidden secrets of the 1960s. Inspired a certain Pete Townshend to create Tommy the following year. First heard this gem when I was unaware of its year of release and for about 3 months had it in my head that it was from the 1990s. Loneliest Person is the best ever song under a minute and a half too. The opening three songs have fantastic groove too. Definitely in my all time top ten of the sixties.

Favourite Tracks at time of writing: Trust/Bracelet Of Fingers/The Journey/ Loneliest Person

Album Rating: 10.00//10.00
(First added to chart: 10/18/2011)
Year of Release:1968Appears in:204 charts
Rank in 1968:20Rank Score:2,389
Rank in 1960s104Overall Rank:1,037
Average Rating:  79/100 (186 votes)
Comments: 11 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 16 16%
1970s 24 24%
1980s 12 12%
1990s 16 16%
2000s 20 20%
2010s 12 12%
Artist Albums %


A Winged Victory For The Sullen 1 1%
Belle And Sebastian 1 1%
Gerry Rafferty 1 1%
Slowdive 1 1%
The La's 1 1%
Grant Kirkhope 1 1%
The Kooks 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 46 46%
United States 37 37%
Canada 4 4%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Sweden 2 2%
Australia 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
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