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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Thanks for reading, enjoy!

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Genre(s): Folk

Since I first discovered this album, overtime it has only come to appeal to me more and more upon every listen. Nick Drake's dark guitar tone throughout the album is accompanied by personal vocals that never cease to amaze. This is an album that you truly need to experience, you can't just pick out one song at any moment of the day to listen to. You need to sit down late at night alone, put this whole album on and experience it track by track to truly know how phenomenal this album is, it's underground music's best kept secret.

10/10 Tracks: "Pink Moon", "Place to Be", "Road", "Which Will", "Things Behind the Sun"
[First added to this chart: 10/23/2017]
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1972
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Genre(s): Avant-rock, noise rock, psychedelic rock

"Too busy sucking on a ding-dong
She's busy sucking on my ding-dong"

This album was completely new and different from everything else coming out around the same time. They were pissed off at the failure of their debut, and they had no interest in being commercial or Radio friendly, and no song on here is. It's garage rock, noise rock and psychedelic rock all at the same time, and there isn't any filler on here. Oh, and it's also the first noise rock album.

10/10 Tracks: All of them, Sister Ray is the easily the greatest though.
[First added to this chart: 10/23/2017]
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1968
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Genre(s): Alternative rock, art rock

"We don't even care, as restless as we are"

One of Alt Rock's longest achievements, this album was never exactly praised by critics who always seemed to have something bad to say about Billy Corgan, it's still a fan favorite and a fantastic album all the way through. Although there are certain tracks you really have to try to get into, once you do and fully realize how great it is, it's like you can't stop listening to it.

10/10 Tracks: "Tonight, Tonight", "Zero", "Bullet With Butterfly Wings", "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans", "1979", "Farewell and Goodnight"

*Best Album of 1995*
[First added to this chart: 10/23/2017]
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1995
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Genre(s): Blues rock

"Layla, you've got me on my knees.
Layla, I'm begging, darling please."

Eric Clapton's master piece, and his last great album. Duane Allman and Eric Clapton are both two of the greatest guitar players of all time, and almost every track on this album proves it. This album is probably the pinnacle of Blues Rock, and has one of the greatest title tracks of all time.

10/10 Tracks: "Bell Bottom Blues", "Key to the Highway", "Little Wing", "Layla"
[First added to this chart: 10/24/2017]
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1970
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Genre(s): Art rock, alternative rock, electronic rock

"I am holidays
That you choose to ignore"

This is the first Radiohead album I listened to, and for a long time, it was my favorite and I considered it to be one of their best if not the best. Since then, I've listened to their full catalog and my thinking has evolved, and I still find this to be a top 3 album by them. But honestly, I've been walking away from this one for a bit. It's not bad, in fact, it's quite beautiful and wonderfully arranged. But, this album certainly has shortcomings that are difficult to overlook.

First, I'll talk about Nude. It's a good track for sure, but a 92? oof... can't say I see that even for a minute. Maybe it's a placebo. Like, it was unreleased and had been tried for a decade, therefore people had high expectations, therefore it was great? Maybe it is great and I just don't see it yet? I mean I certainly like the song and listen to it from time to time, so I think it's fair for me to judge it but who knows. Moving on to one of my favorites, Weird Fishes. On my first listens of this album, I immediately singled this one out as one of the best off the album. The progression of this song is simply something Radiohead never matched, through the arpeggiated riffs, beautifully sung vocals, and climax towards the end of the song, I think this one is appropriately recognized as one of their best. After that, we have All I Need. I just can't even put into words why I love that song so much. Radiohead had never been so sincere and relatable to me before I heard that, it's a masterpiece for sure. Down the line we have the centerpiece, Reckoner. I have absolutely no clue why that song amazes as much as it does. Is it the Artrock-RHCP hybrid riff? The progression? The holy-fuck-what-did-I-just-listen-to vocals? Probably the last one if we're being honest here, but the song as a whole is just beautiful and unlike anything they had or will ever do. House of Cards contains the best opening lyric to a Radiohead song I've ever heard, and the rest of the song lives up to it. Now here's where the album can't be perfect: Videotape. It isn't a bad song, but it's not on par with the rest of the material, it's too dry and repetitive for me to get into...

Overall I still love to see the best in this album, but some of it slips through the cracks.

*Best Album of 2007*
[First added to this chart: 10/18/2017]
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2007
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66,731
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Genre(s): Avant-pop, psychedelic pop, baroque pop

10/10 Tracks: "Wouldn't It Be Nice", "God Only Knows", "I Know There's an Answer"
[First added to this chart: 01/07/2018]
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1966
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Genre(s): Art rock, jazztronica, avant-garde

"Cash girls suffer me, I've got no enemies"

I'm inclined to believe this is the greatest swan song in the history of modern music. Not only is it perfect as a swan song, it's also perfect musically, which is extremely rare nowadays. A lot of people would call me batshit crazy for putting this in the 100 greatest albums of all time, but it clearly deserves it. Nothing I've ever listened to has ever sounded even close to this record, and I doubt I'll find one anytime soon.

10/10 Tracks: Blackstar, Lazarus, Dollar Days, I Can't Give Everything Away
[First added to this chart: 01/11/2018]
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2016
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12,400
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[First added to this chart: 12/17/2017]
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1968
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Genre(s): Psychedelic rock, hard rock, blues rock

10/10 Tracks: "Purple Haze", "Foxy Lady", "Manic Depression", "Fire", "The Wind Cries Mary", "Are You Experienced?"
[First added to this chart: 10/23/2017]
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1967
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Genre(s): Blues rock, psychedelic pop

"Feel when I dance with you
We move like the sea
You, you're all I want to know
I feel free"

Every track on this album is where Eric Clapton's greatest years as a guitarist begins. It really is the only Cream album without a bad song, which is what really puts it over Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire. Jack Bruce's vocal and bass skills are still as great as they've been on every Cream album, and Ginger Baker has his definitive moment as a drummer.

10/10 Tracks: "I Feel Free", "N.S.U.", "Dreaming", "Spoonful"

*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

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 8 from 31st to 23rd
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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