Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Mark6313 (2019)

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My favorite album of all time. By a lot. There is no more of an emotional experience for me in music than what this album brings. A relatively unknown man read the diary of an innocent girl, stuck in the worst events of human history and had a visceral reaction. Along with this his friend had recently killed himself. Jeff Mangum becomes music's Salinger and creates a cult masterpiece before retiring from the craft and escaping the public eye.
The album represents a conflict between Anne's love of life and the peace of death his friend longed for. The question is "Is our existence worth it?" and the answer is "It's difficult but yes." The story deeply analyzes the beauty of sex and nature, human connection, loss from death, spirituality, ways of finding meaning, and the deepest evil found in men on its way to creating the most compelling description of the human experience you will find in musical art. The two-headed boy becomes one of the most intricate and beautiful characters in art. This is a HEAVY album with a lot to process beyond its meme status.

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This is the best explanation I have found. If you really want to understand this album then I really recommend the read.

Favorite Songs: Two Headed Boy Pt 2, Oh Comely, Holland 1945, ITAOTS, The King of Carrot Flowers Pt 1
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1998
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I dismissed this album on first listen. I was one of the people who said that it was boring and not as good as GKMC because it lacked replay value. I was so wrong.

The album follows a young man who sees the problems going on with industry, for the black community, and especially within himself. He goes on a journey from u to i and decided he will pimp himself to be a guiding light for the future of black men. The record is as inspiring as it is sonically advanced.

Kendrick created the most emotionally and socially compelling concept album of the past decade and in rap history. I thought Illmatic would forever be the best rap album but this takes the cake.

Favorite Tracks: U, Wesley's Theory, These Walls
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2015
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I know I have a lot of Radiohead but it's hard to justify many albums over top tier Radiohead of floyd.

Favorite Tracks: Reckoner, Jigsaw Falling into Place, 15 Step, Nude
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2007
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The number one album on this website, on RYM, and on the internet in general. I personally feel that Radiohead's follow up is better, but this album definitely puts up a good case for its status. The band warns of a future where people sit in a 9-5 job they hate just to get by while slowly deteriorating. The powerful use of double-layering on "Let Down" and the iconic peak of "Karma Police" just one track later demonstrate the reason this is one of the highest moments in modern music. The best song on this album, Paranoid Android, showcases Yorke's finest songwriting. The structure of the song, separated into four overbearing sections mimic "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "Happiness is a Warm Gun." .....And the final section. Wow. Perhaps the best moment of Radiohead's career. "Rain down," Yorke cries with palpable feelings of claustrophobia ending in a cynical stanza delivered by a character mimicking Marvin from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Overall an exceptional piece of art.

Favorite Tracks: Paranoid Android, Let Down, The Tourist
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1997
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This album, along with Abbey Road, are the two most iconic images in rock. Pink Floyd prove their mastery of every sound you could imagine, creating a very advanced record for the time period in terms of instrumentation and incredibly smooth blending of the tracks. The orchestral feel of songs like "Us and Them" and the crescendos in the final two tracks of the album are breathtaking.

Lyrically, this album is a warning. The first three tracks represent the tendency of people to waste their lives "You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today And then one day you find ten years have got behind you No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun." Universally chilling and an extremely compelling idea. The Great Gig represents death in one of the most beautiful singing preformances found on a rock record.

The second half of the album gives us examples of harmful pieces of human life. Money, the root of all evil. Us and Them, the constant black and white outlook on the world where you're with or against a cause, idea, or person. Brain Damage, insanity. All of this leads to the sun, a symbol of hope, becoming eclipsed, leaving us only with the dark side of the cold, dead moon.

Favorite Tracks: Time (the best song ever written), Us and Them, Brain Damage, Eclipse
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1973
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I listened to this and OK Computer for the first time in one sitting. I liked OK Computer despite thinking Thom's voice was annoying. However, I didn't care for this album at all, I wasn't sure how it was music. I checked out Radiohead as Rolling Stone ranked Kid A as the best album of the 2000's and upon first listen I thought they were just being ridiculous Rolling Stone.

Finally it clicked. This album is like no other in my opinion. There is a clear story in this album despite what Yorke might say. Try to really delve into the lyrics. The song "Kid A" is the biggest give-away. "We've got heads on sticks and you've got ventriloquists," is essentially the story. The album creates a cold ambiance to enforce lyrics that depict an Orwellian future where individuality and freedom are suppressed. You realize that we are in the future that OK Computer warned about. The album reflects an elite class pulling the strings of history and providing "fodder for the animals, living on animal farm." (direct Orwell reference)


The emotions of the album can be cut with a knife. The experimentation and boldness of the album is unsurpassed. The lyrics, if you ignore Yorke's misinformation, create a hauntingly disturbing but unfortunately true picture of our world.

Radiohead would be the best artist of the 2000's if they only released this album. This album is the 2000's and beyond.

Favorite Tracks: Everything in it's Right Place, Kid A, How to Disappear Completely, Optimistic, Idioteque
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2000
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The lyrical wordsmithing on this song is unparalleled. There are two 10/10's in the rap genre and this is one of them. Nas perfected rapping when he was only 19 and delivers what is generally the consensus choice for the peak of the genre. NY State of Mind is a top 5 hip-hop song.

Favorite Tracks: NY State of Mind, It Ain't Hard to Tell
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1994
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1985
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2001
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2010
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 1 1%
1960s 12 12%
1970s 16 16%
1980s 11 11%
1990s 21 21%
2000s 27 27%
2010s 12 12%
Country Albums %


United States 59 59%
United Kingdom 31 31%
France 2 2%
Canada 2 2%
Australia 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
New Zealand 1 1%
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From gidgidi 06/21/2019 12:30
I love this chart, 46 albums in common. Maybe update the Radiohead captions to match the ranking :)
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From Shattypants 01/15/2019 23:55
Amazing chart
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From DommeDamian 01/15/2019 11:52
OMG Yes yes yes
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From ForegroundNoise 01/15/2019 09:50
I'd already left a rating but since it's chart of the day I thought I'd leave a comment too.
Such an amazing chart, I forgot how personal your notes were too so I've upped the rating to 95/100. Great inclusions of classic rock alongside hip hop that's great to see.
Fantastic stuff!!
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From LedZep 04/09/2018 19:15
It's very diverse which I really like. Good choice with the best Metallica album. Ride The Lightning is my fave too :)
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From panapsal 04/09/2018 17:50
nice classic chart !! very balanced choices ...
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From Ulf 02/21/2018 09:53
Great chart and interesting to read all the text.
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From JulianR 01/08/2018 03:31
Nice picks! Your NMH comments need some updating though :)
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From Strangel 12/24/2017 12:05
Great chart. Need to leave room for increasing my rating once you’ve made comments for each album.
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From DJENNY 12/17/2017 08:23
Love love love this list
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1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. Led Zeppelin
5. Bob Dylan
6. David Bowie
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. Nirvana
10. The Velvet Underground
11. The Smiths
12. Pixies
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16. The Who
17. Neil Young
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