Top 40 Greatest Music Albums by radiohead77 (2019)

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The great American rock record. Personifies youth, hope, and the American dream with some of the greatest rock & roll lyrics ever written. The storytelling and vivid imagery turn the four songs listed below into short films. I can visualize the characters and the scenes in my head. It's romantic, thrilling, and dramatic. Out of Bruce's 15+ albums this is the one that stands above the rest as his most ambitious and greatest artistic statement. There is not a bad song on this record and the Phil Spector wall of sound makes it sound like "the last album you'll ever hear" according to Bruce. Legendary.

Oh yeah and the Jungleland sax solo may be one of the most beautiful pieces of music I've ever heard.

Favorite tracks: Thunder Road, Backstreets, Born to Run, Jungleland (just listen to the whole thing)(First added to this chart: 10/19/2017)
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1975
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41,548
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Probably Radiohead's most accessible and easy-listening album, but this one is so solid from start-to-finish. The weakest links are Faust Arp and Videotape (still not weak songs by any measure and the alternate version of Videotape recorded live at Bonnaroo 2006 is incredible), but the rest of the album is so phenomenal and creative. Everything I love about Radiohead is in this album. The light and darknes blended with simply transcending music. The pay-what-you-want release is yet another reason this album will one day be considered a classic, if it isn't at that level of esteem already. This is Radiohead at their most romantic and seductive (worth noting since the words Radiohead and seductive usually don't go together).

Favorite tracks: Nude, Weird Fishes/Arpeggi, Reckoner, Jigsaw Falling into Place(First added to this chart: 10/19/2017)
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2007
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105,527
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Sophisticated pop at its finest and a true 60's masterpiece. Excellent from start to finish. Even the instrumental interludes (Let's Go Away for a While and Pet Sounds) are enjoyable listens. Every song is amazing, but God Only Knows is the obvious standout. Maybe the most gorgeous song of all-time.

Favorite tracks: Wouldn't It Be Nice, Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder), Sloop John B, God Only Knows (every song is amazing)(First added to this chart: 10/19/2017)
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1966
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102,417
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Never liked rap but this album changed all of that for me. After listening to Wesley's Theory, I got it. Politically-charged rapping mixed with jazz, soul, and funk? It clicked. This album is beautiful in how it embodies African-American culture and exposes the listener to different points of view than their own. This album isn't just music. It's poetry, art, and most of all a statement about race and social issues very prevalent in America today. Kendrick is one of the greatest artists of his generation and this is his sprawling and immersive masterpiece.

Favorite tracks: King Kunta, These Walls, How Much a Dollar Cost, The Blacker the Berry(First added to this chart: 10/19/2017)
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2015
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41,723
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What else can be said about this album? It's the ultimate album in that you HAVE TO listen to it from beginning to end. Floyd ask many of the deeper questions about life while sonically and musically pushing boundaries to new levels. Dark Side sounds like it's from another planet.

Favorite tracks: Time, The Great Gig in the Sky, Money, Us and Them, Brain Damage(First added to this chart: 10/19/2017)
Year of Release:
1973
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178,530
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Favorite tracks: Everything in Its Right Place, The National Anthem, How to Disappear Completely, Idioteque(First added to this chart: 10/19/2017)
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2000
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122,864
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Foo Fighters started my musical obsession back in 2011. Over time, this has become the Foo album I've gravitated towards most frequently. Nothing Left to Lose is like comfort food to me. My personal favorite Foos record features the band at their most melodic. Not exactly the grunginess Nirvana-like self-titled or the massive stadium-friendly Colour and the Shape, Nothing Left to Lose is their most "chill" record.

I love the heaviness of Stacked Actors, the punkiness of Breakout, the 70's rock influenced Learn to Fly and Generator, and the catchiness of Next Year. It's still Foo Fighters, so it still rocks out, but to a lesser extent and with a newfound diversity of styles. I like the chilled-out trio that made this record. They wrote really simple and really great songs. As an album, this is Foo Fighters' greatest pure songwriting achievement.

Aurora is one of the most beautiful songs ever written and is the only Foos song that comes close to the level of Everlong. Gorgeous tune.

Favorite tracks: Learn to Fly, Generator, Aurora, Next Year(First added to this chart: 10/19/2017)
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1999
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The greatest rock record of the 90's. Grunge took a seat in favor of this intellectual, Pink Floyd-esque concept album that sounds like it was recorded in the stratosphere. Rightfully hailed as one of the greatest albums of all-time, tracks 1 through 6 hit you hard. Those six songs might be the greatest run of six songs on any album I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. One great song after another...increasing tension, increasing paranoia, and an all too accurate depiction of an out-of-touch and rapidly evolving society reliant on technology. OK Computer predicted the future... in addition to being a main reason that Coldplay exist.

Favorite tracks: Paranoid Android, Let Down, Karma Police, Lucky, The Tourist (criminally underrated and a perfect finish to a nearly perfect album)(First added to this chart: 10/19/2017)
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1997
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I remember listening to this album in the car with my dad when I was three years old. It's my first musical memory and this album may be responsible for developing my music taste. While this album has its weak points (Crush on You, You Can Look but You Better Not Touch, and Ramrod are B-side material to me), it's full of life. The River brings you up, down, then back up again. This album represents life, full of struggles, joy, heartbreak, and hope. Springsteen does what he does best and paints a picture of the American dream...or the American reality.

This album is a little long though and has some filler tracks. Some of the songs that didn't make the album ended up on Tracks Disc 2 and many of them are fantastic. Restless Nights, Roulette, Where the Bands Are, Loose Ends, Take Em as They Come, and Be True (in my opinion, Bruce's best song that never made a studio album) are all worthy River outtakes found on Tracks Disc 2. Bruce was writing good song after good song between 1978 and 1980 so even the leftovers were awesome.

Very fortunate to have seen Bruce perform this album live in its entirety not once but twice. Those concerts were more than music. They were a journey.

Favorite tracks: The Ties That Bind, Hungry Heart, Out in the Street, I Wanna Marry You, The River, Fade Away, Drive All Night(First added to this chart: 10/19/2017)
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1980
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The Beatles "acid trip" album. Rubber Soul may have pushed them in the direction of experimental hippies, but Revolver is when they jumped off the diving board. Through all the noise, feedback, and head-spinning melodies, they were still the Beatles. And on Revolver, they were arguably at their peak.

I can't even fathom how talented this band was. A song like Taxman is an assault. It's jarring. Then you float into Eleanor Rigby, a string-heavy song both beautiful and sad. Then the band displays their newfound Middle-Eastern influence before Here, There and Everywhere qualifies as one of the prettiest ballads of all-time. The second half of the record is more rocking but this album has it all. For No One and And Your Bird Can Sing have to be some of the most underappreciated Beatles tunes.

Masterpiece from the mop tops just before they turned the music world upside down and released Sgt. Peppers.

Favorite tracks: Eleanor Rigby, Here, There and Everywhere, And Your Bird Can Sing, Got to Get You into My Life(First added to this chart: 10/19/2017)
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1966
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Top 40 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 4 10%
1970s 16 40%
1980s 2 5%
1990s 5 13%
2000s 7 18%
2010s 6 15%
Artist Albums %


Bruce Springsteen 4 10%
Radiohead 4 10%
Pink Floyd 4 10%
Foo Fighters 4 10%
The Beatles 3 8%
Stevie Wonder 3 8%
Led Zeppelin 3 8%
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Country Albums %


United States 21 53%
United Kingdom 17 43%
Canada 2 5%

Top 40 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
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OK Computer
by Radiohead
climbers Up 1 from 8th to 7th
There Is Nothing Left To Lose
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fallers Down 2 from 7th to 9th
The River
by Bruce Springsteen

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