Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by albumceleste (2020)

100 grrreatessst albums of all time -yeah sure-.

I go by strict rating order. And then I go by whatever I feel at the moment I am making the list within the albums that have the same rating.

Roughly the first 20 I rated 9/10, so any of those could be nr1 any given day.
Then roughly up to nr60 all are 8/10. From there on the last 40 are 7/10 with another hundred or so albums left out with that same rating so whatever...

This list excludes academic music with a few exceptions when the composer is involved in the recording in a way or another, so mostly rock, pop, jazz and some folk.

I'm adding one or two relevant quote on every chart album but it will take some time.

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"It's the kind of music that plants a seed in your mind and then you have to hear it
several times. And as you go over it you start to hear more and more things. He's
done something that's left the whole field ridiculously in the back of him." - Phil Ochs
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1965
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41,716
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"Miles conceived these settings only hours before the recording dates and arrived
with sketches which indicated to the group what was to be played. Therefore, you
will hear something close to pure spontaneity in these performances. The group had
never played these pieces prior to the recordings and I think without exception the
first complete performance of each was a "take." - Bill Evans
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1959
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31,021
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“At first the music almost repelled me, it was so intense, and this man made no
attempt to sugarcoat what he was trying to say, or play. It was hard-core, more than
anything I had ever heard. After a few listenings I realized that, on some level, I
had found the master, and that following this man's example would be my life's
work.” ― Eric Clapton

“When Johnson started singing, he seemed like a guy who could have sprung from the
head of Zeus in full armor.” ― Bob Dylan
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1990
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874
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"There’s no conductor , and that was a pivotal decision. The models I had in mind were West African drumming and Balinese gamelan. The conductorial responsibilities for eighteen people playing together and making changes together devolves onto members of the ensemble. Primarily the vibraphone and first bass clarinet. Basically, what you have is chamber music where everybody has to listen to each other, be aware of each other, because there’s a lot of audible internal cueing, most obviously by the vibraphone and the bass clarinet. This creates an atmosphere where you have to be in touch with each other or you can’t play the piece. There is also a kind of communal aspect to that, which musicians genuinely enjoy." - Steve Reich

"It lasts about an hour... and you feel surprised, as if suddenly waking from a brief dream, when it is over." - Kim Echlin
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1978
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3,361
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1967
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61,995
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1969
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198
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"If there is one person that I have to select as a living genius of pop music, I
would choose Brian Wilson. Without Pet Sounds, Sgt. Pepper wouldn't have happened.
Pepper was an attempt to equal Pet Sounds." - George Martin

"I figure no one is educated musically 'til they've heard 'Pet Sounds.' I love the
orchestra, the arrangements – it may be going overboard to say it's the classic of
the century – but to me, it certainly is a total, classic record that is unbeatable
in many ways. I've often played Pet Sounds and cried." - Paul McCartney
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1966
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58,942
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1968
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11,847
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"The closest I ever got to the sound I hear in my mind, that thin, that wild mercury sound." - Bob Dylan

"The musicians played cards, I wrote out a song, we'd do it, they'd go back to
their game and I'd write out another song." - Bob Dylan
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1966
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34,277
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“When I first started in the music business, the ultimate aim for everybody was to
try and recreate, on record, a live performance as accurately as possible. Without
being too pompous, we decided to go into another kind of art form, where we are
devising something that couldn’t be done any other way. We were putting something
down on tape that could only be done on tape.” - George Martin

"A 40-piece orchestra, wearing funny hats and clown noses, generated a tremendous
orchestral tsunami the likes of which had never been heard before – certainly not on
a pop record.” - Darryn King
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1967
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 3 3%
1960s 42 42%
1970s 37 37%
1980s 7 7%
1990s 8 8%
2000s 3 3%
2010s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United States 48 48%
United Kingdom 39 39%
Argentina 7 7%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Ireland 2 2%
Germany 1 1%
Canada 1 1%

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From C_Krug2009 06/14/2018 16:15
Like the jazz picks, smooth stuff
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From RoundTheBend 03/26/2018 22:06
Great stuff.
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From LedZep 03/13/2018 22:51
Great chart, with the right dosage of Mingus!
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From ribeiro85 01/30/2018 20:29
Classic rock and the best of Jazz!Good stuff
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From JulianR 11/17/2017 03:22
This list is just solid, respectable classic after classic. There has been lots of great music made in the last 40 years though that I urge you to explore more
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