Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Cosmo (2020) Unknown

This chart is a collection of pieces of my musical psyche...I guess I've tried to create a list of the greatest albums *within my own taste*. There are a few compilation albums included, but only if they are coherent samples of non-album songs, like Hatful of Hollow or the Smile Sessions, for example.

I am often drawn to music that I find beautiful and imaginative, not necessarily influential. The heavy emphasis on 2010s records is owed to it being the music of my time, and thus I have been able to live in its landscape and feel its effects more deeply than, say, 1970s music.

Still very much a work-in-progress.

I hope you like it!

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"I had a good run playing horses in my mind
On a hillside I remember
I am loving losing life."

Favorite Track: Dark Spring, L'Inconnue, Black Car
[First added to this chart: 05/03/2018]
Year of Release:
2018
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2,959
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"I know perfectly well I'm not where I should be."

Favorite Tracks: I Just Wasn't Made For These Times, You Still Believe In Me, Caroline No
[First added to this chart: 08/22/2017]
Year of Release:
1966
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58,388
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"I'm just living in my head."

Favorite Tracks: Chance, Spring, Tonight
[First added to this chart: 10/23/2019]
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2019
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806
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"The twilight is gone and no songbirds are singing."

Favorite Tracks: Blue Bayou, My Prayer, Dream
[First added to this chart: 10/02/2019]
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1963
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370
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"I wouldn't dream this any other way."

Favorite Tracks: Under Wraps, Blue Lips, Harvey
[First added to this chart: 10/02/2019]
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2018
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115
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"I want to be the star of my own movie."

Favorite Tracks: Movies, Picture Me Better, A Lot's Gonna Change
[First added to this chart: 06/05/2019]
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2019
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3,354
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"Your messed-up world will thrill me."

Favorite Track: Machine Gun, When The Sun Hits, Souvlaki Space Station
[First added to this chart: 08/21/2017]
Year of Release:
1993
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14,049
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Favorite Tracks: Otherside, Slip Away, Just Like Love [First added to this chart: 12/23/2018]
Year of Release:
2017
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1,604
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"I want to love, I've all the wrong glory
But is it Heaven or Las Vegas?
But you're much more brighter than the sun is to me."

Favorite Tracks: Frou-frou Foxes In Midsummer Fires, Cherry-coloured Funk, Heaven or Las Vegas
[First added to this chart: 08/21/2017]
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1990
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8,342
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"Everything is changing
And there’s nothing I can do
My world is turning pages
While I am just sitting here."

Favorite Tracks: Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control, Endors Toi, Keep On Lying
[First added to this chart: 08/21/2017]
Year of Release:
2012
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22,893
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Total albums: 100. Page 1 of 10

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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 8 8%
1960s 8 8%
1970s 10 10%
1980s 15 15%
1990s 9 9%
2000s 11 11%
2010s 37 37%
Artist Albums %


The Smiths 6 6%
Beach House 5 5%
Radiohead 4 4%
Slowdive 3 3%
Cocteau Twins 3 3%
Tame Impala 3 3%
The Cure 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United States 51 51%
United Kingdom 35 35%
Iceland 3 3%
France 3 3%
Australia 3 3%
Canada 2 2%
Greece 1 1%
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 3 from 46th to 43rd
The Dark Side Of The Moon
by Pink Floyd
climbers Up 1 from 28th to 27th
The Smile Sessions
by The Beach Boys
climbers Up 1 from 27th to 26th
Slowdive
by Slowdive
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 8 from 41st to 49th
Sleep Well Beast
by The National
fallers Down 8 from 42nd to 50th
Flight Of The Conchords
by Flight Of The Conchords
fallers Down 7 from 44th to 51st
Bloom
by Beach House

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From 09/28/2019 09:01
What a breath of fresh air this chart is!! It's nice to see someone unafraid to put modern picks right up there with the classics, '7' is such a good pick for no.1 (definitely my favourite Beach House album too). As far as I can tell a large part of the governing rule of what sways you is how 'beautiful' an album is, so here's a few picks I think'll be up your street:

Joanna Newsom - Ys
Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth
Arthur Russell - World Of Echo
Jim O'Rourke - Eureka
Fishmans - Long Season
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From 05/28/2019 13:16
Happy to see Ceres & Calypso so high up :)!
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From 06/12/2018 22:15
Great chart!
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From 06/03/2018 00:19
Great list!
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From 12/08/2017 00:55
Fantastic. Can’t disagree with all the Smiths albums/compilations. Every single of these 6 deserves to be on my chart too, but I have 3 per artist rule. Although the chart is mainly indie, there are several hidden gems and unexpected picks, as well as some classics you can’t disagree with. Great chart all in all.
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From 09/09/2017 01:25
A great eclectic bunch and some fine jazz picks in there. Keep it up!
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From 09/08/2017 14:01
Surprised to see Joy Division so far down though. But a lot of great stuff there nice chart
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Best Albums of the 1990s
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
3. Nevermind by Nirvana
4. The Bends by Radiohead
5. Loveless by My Bloody Valentine
6. Ten by Pearl Jam
7. (What's The Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis
8. Siamese Dream by The Smashing Pumpkins
9. In Utero by Nirvana
10. Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
11. Grace by Jeff Buckley
12. Ágætis Byrjun by Sigur Rós
13. Weezer (The Blue Album) by Weezer
14. Illmatic by Nas
15. Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins
16. Dummy by Portishead
17. Spiderland by Slint
18. Pinkerton by Weezer
19. The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips
20. Achtung Baby by U2
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