Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by bermolder (2021) Unknown

My FAVORITE** albums.
This is by no means a list of the greats of all time (what does "greatest" even mean?!).

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.

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. Finally, we're talking about my personal favorites of all time. Albums which have spoken to me specifically or have garnered points for nostalgia. Bearing this all in mind, welcome to my chart.

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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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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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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 to 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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41,873
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What I would do to see these guys live...
There's a certain energy associated with LCD records. I tend to turn to them when I'm going for a run or need to crush out an insane amount of work in an unreasonable amount of time. This is Happening is all tempo and truths.

All I Want, Home, You Wanted a Hit, Dance Yourself Clean, I Can Change

Sidenote. 'Drunk Girls' is still funny at listen 50.
[First added to this chart: 08/02/2017]
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2010
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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 we 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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Funeral is 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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What a debut. I feel this album often draws comparisons to Is This It? and for good reason...they're both a ton of fun. Rock for the new age leaden with british vernacular. I must say, there's something inexplicably captivating about a thick british accent for us folk across the pond. Be sure to look beyond 'I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor' on this one.

"Well they might wear classic Reeboks, or knackered Converse, or tracky bottoms tucked in socks. But all of that's what the point is not. The point's that there ain't no romance around there"

Top Tracks: A Certain Romance, When the Sun Goes Down, Mardy Bum
[First added to this chart: 07/07/2017]
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2006
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Lyricist extraordinaire. This album reads like a book.

Favs: Money Trees, The Recipe, Sherane, Art of Peer Pressure
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2012
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The quintessential ska album. The most played album of my youth, and it still holds up. Everything Goes Numb comprises twelve anthems revered by anyone who knows ska. Compelling lyrics backed by a small army of brass and punk-ish harmonies. Each song tells a story, touching on life, death, suicide, even incorporating a heist. With this, Ska evolved beyond 'tweens at a pizza party'.
Finally, pay attention to the drums. Chris Thatcher is ridiculously talented and deserves recognition as one of the best.

"please excuse my enemies, I think they do not know... I will gladly self destruct if they leave me alone"

Top tracks: A moment of silence, Point counterpoint, If and when we rise, Here's to life
[First added to this chart: 07/07/2017]
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2003
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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
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2008
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 4 4%
1970s 20 20%
1980s 2 2%
1990s 8 8%
2000s 36 36%
2010s 29 29%
2020s 1 1%
Artist Albums %


Radiohead 5 5%
Pink Floyd 4 4%
Arcade Fire 4 4%
Kendrick Lamar 3 3%
Car Seat Headrest 3 3%
Sigur Rós 3 3%
The Strokes 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United States 46 46%
United Kingdom 31 31%
Canada 9 9%
Iceland 4 4%
Australia 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
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Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
Climber Up 5 from 22nd to 17th
Rumours
by Fleetwood Mac
Climber Up 2 from 33rd to 31st
Sound Of Silver
by LCD Soundsystem
Climber Up 2 from 6th to 4th
This Is Happening
by LCD Soundsystem
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 4 from 2nd to 6th
Funeral
by Arcade Fire
Faller Down 2 from 7th to 9th
Everything Goes Numb
by Streetlight Manifesto
Faller Down 2 from 16th to 18th
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
by Kanye West

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From 12/08/2020 08:13
Although there is something of a stereotypical pattern to this chart in its focus on 2000s alternative and 1970s progressive rock, both genres of inconsistent attraction at most to my ears, I do not think of it as remotely bad. There are enough surprising choices to maintain interest, and even some well-known choices that might not be expected (which I actually like).
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Excellent chart, lots in common. I love your descriptions of the ska albums since you're a brass player, super cool thinking about music from that perspective.
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From 12/01/2020 09:11
Too much Rh but your descriptions win me over as always.
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From 11/16/2020 14:11
Cool selection and nice effort. I was stoked to see Streetlight Manifesto up there, but a little less stoked about Kanye... Personally, i'm not crazy with some of your selections but as a whole your chart holds up especially with stuff like Flatliners, Catch 22, Common and the moe obvious like Arctic Monkeys and the Strokes, etc...
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From 09/11/2019 06:56
Excellent chart. Commutes can't be too bad if you listening to this lot
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From 09/09/2019 22:02
A good friend of mine turned me on to Streetlight Manifesto last year. Some amazing drumming, indeed.
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Dope chart
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