Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by WilliamFrayer (2020) Unknown

List of perfect songs (not represented on this chart)

1.) The Kinks - Waterloo Sunset
2.) Arcade Fire - Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
3.) Uncle Tupelo - Moonshiner
4.) New Order - Age of Consent
5.) Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
6.) Coldplay - Sparks
7.) LCD Soundsystem - Dance Yrself Clean
8.) The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??
9.) Red Hot Chili Peppers - Soul To Squeeze
10.) The Stranglers - Golden Brown
11.) The Walkmen - The Rat
12.) Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
13.) The National - Fake Empire
14.) Neutral Milk Hotel - Song Against Sex
15.) The Velvet Underground - Stephanie Says
16.) Massive Attack - Paradise Circus
17.) Getz/Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema
18.) Weezer - California Kids
19.) Blur - The Universal
20.) R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
21.) Carpenters - (They Long to Be) Close to You
22.) Beulah - If We Can Land a Man On the Moon, Surely I Can Win Your Heart
23.) Electric Light Orchestra - Mr. Blue Sky
24.) The Smiths - Is it Really So Strange?
25.) Silversun Pickups - Lazy Eye

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Best Tracks: All of them!

Every single time I listen to this album I feel like I'm being taken on a mystical musical journey through some fantasy world. From start to finish it's incredibly extravagant and beautifully orchestrated. If you haven't yet listened to this one do it now!!

Favorite: Only Skin

10/10
[First added to this chart: 12/08/2017]
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2006
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Best Tracks: The Stars Of Track And Field, Seeing Other People, Me And The Major, Like Dylan In The Movies, Get Me Away From Here I'm Dying, If You're Feeling Sinister, Judy And The Dream Of Horses

Let me just say that I very very much enjoy twee pop, and this is the quintessential twee pop record. At least in terms of what I've listened to so far. I can't help but put this album as my second perfect record because there's honestly no weak moments on this whole thing. Pure bliss.

Favorite: Judy And The Dream Of Horses

10/10
[First added to this chart: 09/23/2017]
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1996
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14,821
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Best Tracks: The King Of Carrot Flowers Part 1, The King Of Carrot Flowers Parts 2 & 3, In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, Two-Headed Boy, Holland 1945, Ghost, Two-Headed Boy Part 2

This album could certainly arguably be my favorite album of all time as well, and I had it at the top of this chart when I first made it, but I think its few shortcoming(s) put it a little below the top for me. Every song is amazing, and the album experience is incomparable to any other. Impeccable execution by Jeff Mangum, and the overall simplicity of the core of each song makes it easily-accessible, heartwarming, and magical all at once.

Favorite: Two-Headed Boy Part 2

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[First added to this chart: 03/24/2017]
Year of Release:
1998
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56,292
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Best Tracks: Blister In The Sun, Kiss Off, Please Do Not Go, Add It Up, Prove My Love, Gone Daddy Gone, Good Feeling

I was personally on board with this album after my first listen, but I was skeptical of my initial enjoyment. Luckily, after many many repeated listens, I appreciated it even more every single time. Apart from what I view as the only filler track on the album (To The Kill), this album is perfect. Basically everything I like about music right here.

Favorite: Add It Up

9.9/10
[First added to this chart: 01/23/2018]
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1983
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9,620
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Best Tracks: Come Together, Oh! Darling, I Want You (She's So Heavy), Here Comes The Sun, You Never Give Me Your Money, Sun King/Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Her Majesty

The Beatles are the reason that I started listening to music other than what was on the radio at the time, and I can't thank them enough for that. Every single album of theirs is undoubtedly a classic in my mind, but Abbey Road takes the cake for me. This album was a combination of every Beatle's experiences throughout their journey of the sixties from Paul's Oh! Darling to George's Here Comes The Sun to John's You Never Give Me Your Money to even Ringo's Octopus's Garden. The personality of this album cannot be ignored for me, and it holds some of the Beatles' best work. It's impossible to imagine how they could've followed up this one.

Favorite: Oh! Darling

9.8/10
[First added to this chart: 03/24/2017]
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1969
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Best Tracks: 15 Step, Bodysnatchers, Nude, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Reckoner, Jigsaw Falling Into Place, Videotape

The perfect contemporary rock album. Radiohead has plenty of great projects, but none of them are as flawless as this one. Each song has it's place on the record, and every song when listened to individually still sounds great. It's perfect as an album experience, and it's perfect if you just want to listen to one particular song at a time. All the pieces fit for me (pun intended).

Favorite: Nude

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[First added to this chart: 07/05/2017]
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2007
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Best Tracks: I Don't Wanna Die, Tuff Ghost, Sea Ghost, Jellybones, Child Star, I Was Born (A Unicorn), Tuff Luff, Ready to Die

I'm glad that this album has a cult following or else I wouldn't have bothered to listen. The Unicorns bring quite a unique tongue-in-cheek style with this, and it's very engaging to me personally. Never bored during this one.

Favorite: I Was Born (A Unicorn)

9.7/10
[First added to this chart: 12/28/2017]
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2003
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2,081
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Best Tracks: Tell Me Why, After The Gold Rush, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Don't Let It Bring You Down, When You Dance I Can Really Love

Ooh baby this has really grown on me recently. Very intimate and engaging song after song. I can't help but sing along to every single one. The minimalism Young shows on this record, at least in comparison to the albums he made with Crazy Horse (or even Harvest), is really effective to me.

Favorite: Tell Me Why

9.7/10
[First added to this chart: 06/13/2018]
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1970
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19,229
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Best Tracks: Tired of Sex, Why Bother?, Across the Sea, The Good Life, El Scorcho, Pink Triangle, Falling For You, Butterfly

The Blue Album is a very fun and extremely catchy listen, but Pinkerton really catches my attention a lot more every time I put it on. The juxtaposition of Rivers singing about his unfulfilling sex/love life on Tired of Sex and Across the Sea and happy, carefree songs like The Good Life and Falling For You is always striking but welcoming. Rivers is arguably too personal on this record... but that's what makes it special.

Favorite: Tired of Sex

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[First added to this chart: 03/24/2017]
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1996
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Best Tracks: Care of Cell 44, Maybe After He's Gone, Hung Up On A Dream, This Will Be Our Year, Friends of Mine, Time of the Season

No one knows for sure what the Zombies could have made if they hadn't split apart after creating this album, but I can't imagine them topping this one. Every song is so catchy and has so much potential to be a radio single that someone could easily convince me that this was a greatest hits record if I knew nothing else about it.

Favorite: Care of Cell 44

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[First added to this chart: 03/24/2017]
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1968
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 19 19%
1970s 15 15%
1980s 12 12%
1990s 16 16%
2000s 19 19%
2010s 19 19%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 4 4%
The Smiths 4 4%
Björk 2 2%
Neil Young 2 2%
Mount Eerie 2 2%
Weezer 2 2%
Pixies 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 59 59%
United Kingdom 29 29%
Canada 5 5%
Iceland 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
New Zealand 1 1%
Germany 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 36 from 55th to 19th
Get Disowned
by Hop Along
climbers Up 18 from 58th to 40th
Allo Darlin'
by Allo Darlin'
climbers Up 4 from 67th to 63rd
WORRY.
by Jeff Rosenstock
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 2 from 40th to 42nd
Kid A
by Radiohead
fallers Down 1 from 19th to 20th
Remain In Light
by Talking Heads
fallers Down 1 from 20th to 21st
...Like Clockwork
by Queens Of The Stone Age

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From 10/21/2019 20:02
Whoo yeah, ya got good charting skills! I really like picks 50-60, and I quite dig the second half of your list overall.
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Keep on perfecting your chart
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From 07/03/2018 10:55
This is the best chart I've seen on BEA yet.
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This is excellent. Every choice was clearly well thought out.
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I think this might be my list from another timeline
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Damn good chart!
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Wow high marks for ...Like Clockwork. I love it!
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11 artists in common?! =Youre not an everyday user with an everyday chart - if gnomesayin'
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Not generic at all. Diverse and eye-catching. Keep up the good work
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