Top 71 Greatest Music Albums by PaperVinnie (2019)

Hi, thanks for visiting my chart. Feel encouraged to leave any feedback, albums you think I should listen to, etc. I'm always open to constructive criticism.

Note: I've been rather inactive on BEA lately and I'm trying to get back into the groove I used to be in. While listening to Pink Moon trying to fall asleep about 5 minutes ago, I realized that this chart is inaccurate to who I am and what I listen to currently. Therefore, this chart is going to start changing a lot. Or I may just delete my over all and then make a new one, because I don't like seeing all these ratings for a chart that I really don't feel proud of like I used to. If I re create my chart and I'm more proud of it, the ratings and feedback will likely mean more to me I feel. (6/7)

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I used to have a long explanation here about how I look at music and that kinda stuff; But I looked at it and read it and it just felt like a bunch of forced bullshit I put on the chart to make myself look like the kind of person who has a very definitive view of what music is to me, and that just wasn't me. I'll eventually write something about how I think of music here, but if it isn't natural, it's forced, so I'll wait to write something until I really feel I have something to say.

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The quote that each write-up begins with is generally my favorite from the album, I try to choose quotes that make me want to listen to the album

I try to put efforts into my write-ups, sometimes they come to me naturally, and sometimes they're a little forced, although I'm always working to make them the best they can be. If they're forced then they'll likely be replaced by a better one eventually.

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Some other notes:

I am only human, and I make mistakes. Whether in grammar here or there, or if I sometimes contradict myself, it happens to all of us. That being said, feel free to point out any mistakes.

This chart is a WIP, I'm only 17 and have only listened to about 375 albums, I've got a long way to go before this is complete (if it ever will be), so I encourage you to check back every once in a while if you like the chart, because I'll always be adding or changing something.

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Also, you'll notice I used to thank people individually in the comments for their feedback; I don't quite do that anymore just because I don't want half of the comments on my charts to be thank you's, but if your post was marked helpful relatively soon after you post it, that's likely from me. (Although I still occasionally reply if someone makes a point or something similar).

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Genre(s): Avant-rock, indie rock, noise rock, shoegaze/proto-shoegaze, grunge, garage rock

"Everybody's talkin' bout the stormy weather
And what's a man to do but work out
Whether it's true
Lookin' for a man with a focus and a temper
Who can open up a map
And see between one and two"

I first heard of this album while looking at a list of the top 100 guitar tracks by Rolling Stone. I saw 'Silver Rocket' at #79, and I just thought the name of that song was awesome. Subsequently, I listened to the song, and I initially felt very mixed about it. Nevertheless, I was still intrigued and eventually I decided to listen to the full album. I remember when I was first beginning to listen to this album, it was during a very cloudy and stormy week in early October, 2016. As someone who loves that kind of gray, stormy weather, I remember going on walks while listening to this album, I had never heard anything like it before. Before I listened to this album, I was just a kid that loved Queen and Van Halen, and really didn't know very much about music. This album is what turned me onto music, it made me realize how music is so much more than radio-friendly classic rock music, it's a form of art. To me, this album's characteristics define what makes art music great: It's unique, beautiful, mysterious, and individualistic.

To this day, Daydream Nation has never ceased to amaze me since those initial listens. The guitar playing on this album creates an urban hazey atmosphere that is simply amazing, nobody other than Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo could've made the fantastic sounds you hear on this album, No group of musicians since Led Zeppelin understood each other and played as a unit as well as Sonic Youth did from what I know. Listening to this album and hearing all of the interplay between the two guitarists is amazing enough, but don't forget about Kim and Steve too, they were a fantastic rhythm section, Steve's drums attack ferociously on every track, and Kim always brought her own sound to the table in her beautiful and mesmerizing basslines.

While this album clearly isn't the best of all time, it will always be my favorite, not only because of how amazing it is, but because without it, I would definitely not be where I am now.

Thurston's best: Teen Age Riot
Kim's: The Sprawl
Lee's: Eric's Trip

10/10 Tracks: "Teen Age Riot", "Silver Rocket", "The Sprawl", "'Cross the Breeze", "Total Trash", "Eric's Trip", "Candle", "Trilogy"

*Best Album of 1988*
*Best Album of the 1980s*
[First added to this chart: 10/18/2017]
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1988
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Genre(s): Avant-pop, avant-rock, psychedelic rock, garage rock

"Watch out, the world's behind you
There's always someone around you who will call
It's nothing at all"

No other album I've ever listened to is as consistent as this one. I can think of maybe two tracks that I wouldn't call perfect, and I simply can't say that for anything else I've ever listened to. This album broke all the rules, and created a new path for music.

10/10 Tracks: "Sunday Morning", "I'm Waiting For the Man", "Femme Fatale", "Venus In Furs", "All Tomorrow's Parties", "Heroin", "I'll Be Your Mirror", "Black Angel's Death Song", "European Son"

*Best Album of 1967*
*Best Album of the 1960s*
[First added to this chart: 10/18/2017]
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1967
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107,435
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Genre(s): Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal, folk rock

"I know what it means to be alone
I sure do wish I was at home
I don't care what the neighbors say
I'm gonna love you each and every day"

To be frank, no other artist I've ever listened to has impressed me the way Led Zeppelin does. Many people believe that Led Zeppelin didn't release their masterpiece until 3 years later, but I believe the magic that was Led Zeppelin, was instant; From their first rehearsal to about halfway through the 70s, these guys were the world's greatest musical force, rivaled by nobody. Although I don't believe this was them at their peak as a musical force or as a unit (69-72) [This album was recorded in 68], I've time and time again found it to be their masterpiece. Not only is this record musically brilliant, with all members at their youngest and most energetic, you can definitely say that this is a record that forever changed the music world, evolving the sound of the 60s to what was to come next: Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. This record simply set the basis for music would be for decades, and I can't sell it any better than that.



10/10 Tracks: "Good Times Bad Times", "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You", "Dazed and Confused", "How Many More Times"

*Best Album of 1969*
[First added to this chart: 10/18/2017]
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1969
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39,033
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Genre(s): Electronica, post-rock, ambient

"I'm not here
This isn't happening"

This album was definitely a grower for me. The first time I listened to it, I had absolutely no reaction. The 2nd time I at least saw something in it. The third time I began to obsess over it, and I've become more and more obsessed ever since. This album is simply Radiohead's most cohesive and beautiful work of art, their fusion of orchestras, electronica, and rock really make this album.

10/10 Tracks: "Everything in Its Right Place", "How to Disappear Completely", "Idioteque", "Motion Picture Soundtrack"

*Best Album of 2000*
*Best Album of the 2000s*
[First added to this chart: 11/07/2017]
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2000
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123,566
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Genre(s): Psychedelic rock, blues rock, acid blues

"I've got my own life to live
I'm the one that's going to have to die
When it's time for me to die
So let me live my life the way I want to"

Jimi Hendrix recorded his 2nd album purely out of contractual obligation. Normally, when forced, music doesn't come out well. That didn't happen here. This albums triumphs include musical mastery, bold, deep lyricism, and overt psychedelic beauty. While I love all of Jimi's albums, this one always seems to be the one I return to.

10/10 Tracks: "Little Wing", "If 6 Was 9", "Castles Made of Sand", "Bold As Love"
[First added to this chart: 10/18/2017]
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1967
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Genre(s): Baroque pop, psychedelic pop, folk rock

"But of all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new"

Quite possibly my favorite Beatles album. This is one of the first completely coherent albums that ever existed. It kicks off the trilogy of the Beatles psychedelic period, along with inspiring Brian Wilson to make a Beach Boys album where every song fits together perfectly. This is the album that kicked off everything that we know and love about 60s music. Not to mention, it contains what is (in my opinion) the Beatles' finest song: In My Life.

10/10 Tracks: "Norwegian Wood", "Nowhere Man", "I'm Looking Through You", "In My Life"

*Best Album of 1965*
[First added to this chart: 01/08/2018]
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1965
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73,363
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Genre(s): Shoegaze, avant-pop, noise rock

"Close my eyes
Feel me now"

Many of the greatest albums of all time are great because they're here. Those albums are earthly, their styles are something that sounds like the work of humans. This album is nothing like the others, it doesn't sound like something that can simply be replicated by you and a couple friends jamming in a garage. Kevin Shields took the production on this album to a whole new level. He created a whole new dimension of tangled webs of beautiful, melodic guitar noise that, once you get it, totally changes the way you view music. That's what makes albums like this among the greatest of all time, we all owe our perception of music that we have to this album if its had that effect on you.

10/10 Tracks: "Only Shallow", "To Here Knows When", "When You Sleep", "Sometimes, Soon"

*Best Album of 1991*
*Best Album of the 1990s*
[First added to this chart: 10/18/2017]
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1991
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65,828
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Genre(s): Indie rock, noise rock, post-punk

"I had a dream
And it split the scene
But I got a hunch
It's coming back to me"

"Sister" was the final move Sonic Youth had to make before they were ready to make their masterpiece. Guitars were leading the way in the making of this album, Sonic Youth took distortion to a whole new level here with their perfect blend of pop, noise, and punk. This album was quintessential in the popularization of 80s indie guitar music that transformed into the 90s' you know it-you love it sound, grunge.

10/10 Tracks: "Schizophrenia", "(I Got A) Catholic Block", "Pipeline/Kill Time", "Kotton Krown", "White Kross"

*Best Album of 1987*
[First added to this chart: 10/18/2017]
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1987
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5,209
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Genre(s): Indie rock, proto-shoegaze, noise rock

"I'll watch you fall apart, babe you know it
You know I'm young and stuff, babe don't blow it
Just unscrew the top, yeah
Pick me up now just can't stop"

From the outside, Dinosaur Jr. is just a band with a funny name. On the inside, Dinosaur Jr. is one of the greatest bands of its era, and their sophomore effort is their masterpiece. They have everything you could ask for here: Guitar wizardry in every second of every song, alternative rock's most apathetic voice, and possibly the hardest hitting rhythm section of their generation. This record is one of the strangest and most rewarding I've ever listened to. At first glance, it sounds like an unorganized guitar rock piece that's in need of a good cleaning... On further review, it's one of the greatest releases of its era. J Mascis' skills as a guitarist are never to be understated, but his lyricism is really great to; it was something simply unmatched by his contemporaries and those influenced by him. And it's all in one word: Apathy. On one side, he's the coolest guy around. Not giving a shit seems to always be cool, right? It was then, and it still is now. On our other hand, apathy is basically a lack of feeling. Or feeling empty. And what does it mean to feel empathy? It means to be sad. And his lyrics and vocals are. They distill a sense of very relatable sadness and hardship that's very hard to explain, which might be why I love it so much, because for me, it almost alludes definition.


10/10 Tracks: "Little Fury Things", "Sludgefeast", "The Lung", "In a Jar", "Just Like Heaven"
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1987
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Genre(s): Baroque pop, psychedelic pop

"Turn off your mind relax and float down stream"

Perhaps the Beatles' most inventive album. Each track here is quite simply one of their best, and it contains some of their most successful experiments. On top of that, Paul was at the peak of his game as a songwriter, Lennon's drug experiments were clearly starting to give him some new ideas, and the harmonies were as great as ever.

10/10 Tracks: "Taxman", "Eleanor Rigby", "I'm Only Sleeping", "Here, There and Everywhere", "Tomorrow Never Knows"

*Best Album of 1966*
[First added to this chart: 10/18/2017]
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Top 71 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 20 28%
1970s 21 30%
1980s 10 14%
1990s 12 17%
2000s 5 7%
2010s 3 4%
Artist Albums %


Sonic Youth 9 13%
Led Zeppelin 6 8%
Radiohead 5 7%
The Beatles 5 7%
Nirvana 4 6%
David Bowie 3 4%
Van Halen 3 4%
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Country Albums %


United States 36 51%
United Kingdom 31 44%
Mixed Nationality 2 3%
Ireland 1 1%
Canada 1 1%

Top 71 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
by The Smashing Pumpkins
climbers Up 2 from 21st to 19th
Led Zeppelin III
by Led Zeppelin
climbers Up 1 from 18th to 17th
Houses Of The Holy
by Led Zeppelin
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 2 from 16th to 18th
Who's Next
by The Who
fallers Down 1 from 19th to 20th
A Moon Shaped Pool
by Radiohead
fallers Down 1 from 20th to 21st
Pink Moon
by Nick Drake

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From DommeDamian 11/03/2018 10:57
Charts with descriptions are always winning
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From DeusExMackia 08/29/2018 23:11
The off-the-charts love for Sonic Youth is very, very much appreciated, as are the depth of your comments. Love this chart to bits.
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From PeterSmith 08/07/2018 22:35
I like your chart and great kudos to the effort you are putting and the amount of albums you are powering through. I really enjoy when members make a comment about the album - whether it's the type of album or genre, their favourite tracks, how they got into it or what it means to them. Keep going with that.

You are light on newer stuff and whereas it is okay to pay homage to classics from years ago - it also gives you a chance to better comment on the actual quality of the songs since you are not caught up in the emotions of living through it at the time - I wouldn't want you thinking that great music stopped in the 1970s - with the exception of Sonic Youth.

I grew up listening to music in the 1980s and switched off in the 90's thinking the music wasn't as good anymore. Since I got back into music in 2016 I have caught up on some old classics from 60s, 70s and 80s - but I have been impressed with some excellent bands and albums particularly in the noughties - The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Interpol, The XX, The Killers, Kasabian, Franz Ferdinand, The White Stripes, Snow Patrol, Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes & Muse to name a few.

Also don't be afraid to try a bit of Rap or Hip Hop in there - my personal favourites are NWA and Jay Z and Public Enemy.

And your right - comments from the heart. Dont try to be someone you are not. Tell us why you like it, it's not a Music Degree test with points for answers. I'll watch your chart to see how it progresses - just wish I had the time you listen to as much music as you are powering through.
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From RoundTheBend 07/25/2018 04:52
You legit. Keep it up mate.
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From sophialeviev 07/16/2018 01:16
Great chart. Guess I have to check out Van Halen now?
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From Stover75 07/02/2018 05:55
My fav sonic Youth album is Goo. But I haven't heard them all yet. Daydream Nation is fantastic but it took a couple of listens before I fell in love with it. I agree too that Led Zeppelin 3 is the best Led Zep album. The first 5 are all great but 3 is my favourite, its a very cool album in terms of being acoustic and all the historical imagery with vikings and Hangmen.

Great notes man. A good chart. I couldn't fault it.
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From Lgk21 07/02/2018 00:22
Nice chart, I totally agree with you about Sister. Cool to see the chart of someone my age, it doesn't feel like it happens too often.
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From flyingcitrus 07/01/2018 17:20
Its very rock and metal oriented, but I love your picks. Great to see Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., and Television so high up.
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From PaperVinnie 04/18/2018 13:21
Thanks Ulf
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From Ulf 04/18/2018 08:20
very nice chart with great comments
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