Top 50 Greatest Music Albums by bermolder (2019)

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In 2017, I embarked on a quest to suss out my personal favorites. Long work hours at a cubicle, brutal commute... Good music to supplement such banalities became essential. And while this chart will be regularly adjusted, I feel I've narrowed the list to a point where I'm as happy as feasibly possible. Mind you, I'm far from finished and openly welcome recommendations.

First things first, I'm in it for the album as a whole. A lone misplaced or weak track is too significant a detriment to an album's flow. Additionally, I'm a sucker for albums which abide by a given theme or tell a story. Bearing these considerations in mind, welcome to my favorite albums of all time.

  • Chart updated: 09/12/2019 13:15
  • (Created: 07/06/2017 16:48).
  • Chart size: 50 albums.

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My most played album. (IMO) In Rainbows is Radiohead poking fun at the innate, unavoidable oddities of being human. It's about feeling uncomfortable enough in your own skin that you 'bodysnatch' others. It's about trying to change but only making it '15 steps' before you revert back to your true self. It's about falling in love. But not the perfect misleading perception of love depicted in cinema. Rather, the kind of love where you venture up from the lonely ocean depths only to sink and get picked over by the worms and 'weird fishes'. But from your position on the ocean floor, you glimpse the refracted rays which extend down from above. I've always found each track to be relatable and true. Not all Radiohead albums are by definition "catchy". This one is, and is a great intro to the artist.

Favorite Tracks: Bodysnatchers, Jigsaw falling into place, Weird Fishes, House of Cards, etc.

PS. Wait for the bridge in bodysnatchers. The shift in layers is phenomenal.(First added to this chart: 07/07/2017)
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2007
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105,562
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I stumbled upon Supertramp while perusing my father's CD rack as a kid. At first, the singles stood out (e.g., Dreamer, Bloody Well Right etc.). They were upbeat, fun, and even a smidgen childish. Of course they were just a front for the latent magic hidden within Rudy, Hide in your shell, Asylum, and School, which gradually grow and erupt over their course.(First added to this chart: 07/07/2017)
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1974
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10,490
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I love Dark Side because it offers some of the finest sax, vocal, and guitar performances all compiled on one album under a common theme. Each song stands out in its own way, and cleverly outlines the stale, predictability of our daily lives. All albums should flow like Dark Side.

Top Tracks: Time, Great Gig in the Sky, Us and them, Money... Are you even allowed to select favorites off Dark Side? Or will the immensity of that decision generate a black hole.(First added to this chart: 07/07/2017)
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1973
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178,360
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For me, Is This It is the definition of fun. Every track is a single.
The untrying, bored tone of Julian. The precision of Valencia. The organization of Hammond. The culminating sound is unique and infectious. It's rock for the new age. As an adult, I still find myself singing along in the car, unabashed by the glances of fellow morning commuters whom I like pretend ponder the very question... "Is This It?"

Favorite Tracks: Hard to Explain, Barely Legal, Last Nite, Someday(First added to this chart: 07/07/2017)
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2001
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69,059
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Funeral always reminds me of growing up. It's reminiscent daydreams of carving snow tunnels to your friend's house. It's about falling in love with someone who does not wear the 'crown of love' themselves. It's about making mistakes, getting hurt, and 'waking up' to learn that such pains are important for growth. You can tell Regine and Butler really give their all.

Favorite tracks: Crown of Love, In the Backseat, Neighborhood #1(First added to this chart: 07/07/2017)
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2004
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106,635
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In Rainbows 2.0. So obviously I'm pretty into it. The lyrics are more ambiguous. You've got to work to find some meaning in them. You will indeed find it. I've heard multiple interpretations for various tracks. In each case the listener extracted a seemingly personalized message, which makes the album all the more impressive.

"In you I'm lost"

Favorites: Present tense, Identikit, Decks Dark, Burn the Witch...etc. every. single. song.(First added to this chart: 07/07/2017)
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2016
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20,050
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The first half of Med Sud is uplifting and what I feel to be Sigur Ros' most accessible works. Following "Festival" the tempo slows, which I initially considered a loss in momentum. But give it a chance. Although slow-paced, the second half is mesmerizing. Find some grass on a sunny day, lay down, and pop in the buds.

Listen: Ara Batur, Inni mer syngur, Festival(First added to this chart: 07/14/2017)
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2008
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Short and sweet with a good balance of heavy rocking and acoustic punk ballads. A throwback to Gabel in full angst.

Sink florida sink, cavalier eternal, turn those clapping hands, unsubstantiated rumors...etc.(First added to this chart: 12/22/2018)
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2003
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Lyricist extraordinaire. This album reads like a book.

Favs: Money Trees, The Recipe, Sherane, Art of Peer Pressure(First added to this chart: 07/07/2017)
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2012
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35,604
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My go-to pump up album. You've got to give to Kanye, the man knows how to produce and sample tracks. He took a single line from Aphex Twin and turned it into 'blame game'. He transformed a Bon Iver ep into 'lost in the world'. Throughout dark fantasy Kanye basks in and resents his power, his fame. He delivers on every song. And while they may not be as lyrically-inclined as Kendrick's works, they're sure as hell entertaining.

Favorites: Runaway, Dark Fantasy, All of the Lights, Power(First added to this chart: 07/07/2017)
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2010
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Top 50 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 4 8%
1970s 10 20%
1980s 0 0%
1990s 5 10%
2000s 15 30%
2010s 16 32%
Artist Albums %


Radiohead 5 10%
Pink Floyd 4 8%
Arcade Fire 3 6%
Kendrick Lamar 2 4%
Bon Iver 2 4%
Streetlight Manifesto 2 4%
Supertramp 2 4%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 22 44%
United States 20 40%
Canada 3 6%
Japan 2 4%
Iceland 2 4%
Australia 1 2%

Top 50 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 21 from 39th to 18th
Reflektor
by Arcade Fire
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 1 from 18th to 19th
Meddle
by Pink Floyd
fallers Down 1 from 19th to 20th
In The Court Of The Crimson King
by King Crimson
fallers Down 1 from 20th to 21st
OK Computer
by Radiohead

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From Johnnyo 09/11/2019 06:56
Excellent chart. Commutes can't be too bad if you listening to this lot
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A good friend of mine turned me on to Streetlight Manifesto last year. Some amazing drumming, indeed.
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