Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by PeterSmith (2020)

I've been listening to lots of albums new to me over the last few years having grown up to late 70's and 80's soundtrack. I had foolishly chucked learning new music as we entered the 90's thinking I had my bands and albums that I would need. I missed so much excellent stuff.
I recall liking a lot of stuff I was hearing on the radio as we moved into the 2000's but didn't follow up with who they were - I have since found many of these songs on albums that I have since listened to.
Takes a wee bit to shift the albums and artists you've grown up with and loved for years, but slowly working through many classic albums and some more obscure stuff getting highlighted on this web site - loving the journey and some of it is shifting my old favourites for sure.

Grew up with Pink Floyd, Bowie, Queen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, U2, Bob Marley.
Loving the Rap and Hip Hop of NWA, Kanye West, Public Enemy & Jay Z.
Loving the Alt Rock, Indie Rock , Space and Electronic Rock of the likes of Grandaddy, Interpol, The Killers, White Stripes, REM, MGMT, Muse, Franz Ferdinand amongst others.
Loving the more ambient and folky sound of Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Grandaddy, Sigur Ros, Air.
Loving the more punky sound of Greenday, Pixies, Jane's Addiction and Modest Mouse

And finding some old classics with The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Carole King.

Also finding that familiarity does play a big part - don't often love albums straight away and need to give them half dozen listens before I start to get it.
I have revamped the results and removed the 2 artist max and just went for my favourites. Meant it has pushed out artists like Paul Weller, Garbage, Bob Marley, Elliot Smith, The Cure, The National, Beck, Foo Fighters, Beatles, Bob Dylan, Adele, The Band, Leftfield and Akon to name but a few - sorry folks.

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Progressive Rock - Art Rock - Experimental Rock
Floyd are immense - every track on here is excellent with Shine On You Crazy Diamond and the title track outstanding.
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1975
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Progressive Rock
Touch and go between this and Wish You Were Here.
Us And Them, Brian Damage and Eclipse are highlights amongst a set of other excellent songs.
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1973
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Rap
Only listened to this album in Sept 18 off the back of 808s & Heartbreaks and College Dropout - but this album is much better for me and bursts right into my top 10 ahead of many albums I have known and loved for decades - such is the quality of this album. From the start of the album he delivers great track after great track - smart beats and lyrics and great sampling including Daft Punk.
I love every single track on this album, but give an extra nod to Homecoming and Big Brother - all about his relationship with mentor Jay Z.
Can't agree with where his head is at the moment, but can't deny the quality of music he has delivered.
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2007
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4,328
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Ireland U2
Rock - Post Punk
I've loved U2 since they started but stopped getting their new stuff from mid 90's which was an error on my part. Still I love this early album - not just the nostalgia, the songs are all superb
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1981
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Progressive Rock
I remember hearing this album when I was about 16 from my mates big older sister and I've only recently got a copy and listened to it again. It takes your mind on a journey
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1970
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Folk Rock - Country Rock
I've only found Neil Young in 2016 and this album is superb.
Out For The Weekend, Heart of Gold and Words - outstanding. Love his song writing - the songs are intelligent and from the heart and delivered in quite a deep dead pan style
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1972
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Progressive Rock - Blues Rock
I love Roger's solo stuff - its like a Floyd album with only Roger's influence rather than Dave Gilmour's input - because that is what it is!
Saw the man live a few times - superb.
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1984
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Alternative Rock - Post-Britpop
I liked their singles but only recently started listening to their albums over the last few years from 2016 - now one of my favourite bands
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2002
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Glam Rock - Art rock - Proto-punk
Bowie has been my main man and this album is just such a stand out. Fav tracks are Five Years (great drum intro, story and big finish); Moonage Daydream (Ronson's solo and the echo affect on the voice at the end); Lady Stardust (Bowie's vocal); Rock n Roll Suicide (great ending with the anguished delivery)
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1972
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Art Rock - Funk Rock - Soul - R&B - Space Rock
Only 6 tracks but each a gem - his vocals particularly on Wild Is The Wind and Word on a Wing are about the best he has delivered.
Saw the great man live on a number of occasions.
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1976
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 2 2%
1970s 22 22%
1980s 12 12%
1990s 17 17%
2000s 39 39%
2010s 8 8%
Artist Albums %


Pink Floyd 4 4%
U2 4 4%
The Strokes 3 3%
Modest Mouse 3 3%
Arcade Fire 3 3%
Snow Patrol 2 2%
T. Rex 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 46 46%
United States 40 40%
Canada 5 5%
Ireland 4 4%
France 2 2%
Iceland 2 2%
Australia 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 37 from 96th to 59th
Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV)
by Led Zeppelin
climbers Up 17 from 91st to 74th
Remain In Light
by Talking Heads
climbers Up 16 from 58th to 42nd
Get Born
by Jet
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 15 from 28th to 43rd
The Unforgettable Fire
by U2
fallers Down 6 from 56th to 62nd
Innervisions
by Stevie Wonder
fallers Down 5 from 59th to 64th
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
by Neil Young With Crazy Horse

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From 05/04/2020 00:06
Have to say, many picks are a bit too hip for myself (if maybe that is the right word). Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Coldplay for example I usually can't be bothered with. Nevertheless, there is a good batch of mutually respected albums between you and I, and I appreciate all your words of describing music and sharing your perspective. I really like your #1 choice a lot.
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From 10/05/2019 18:53
This is an excellent chart. I especially enjoyed reading the comments on each pick. I have not heard several of the picks and disagree with a few but that’s what makes it interesting.
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From 08/03/2019 02:32
First off thanks for comment on my chart. I like about half of the albums/artist you have on this list, but just because I don't consider liking I still have respect for them. Its nice to see Making Movies and Violator/Depeche Mode on your list. Those albums don't get enough love.
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From 07/01/2019 07:52
Thank you for taking so much time to comment and rate my chart. I will take in mind your recs, and am curious on that Kanye West album you have #8 so I will listen to it too.

As for your chart, it is a very personal one with great picks and has nice comments. I hope that you listen to the albums on my chart you didn't know and some of them are able to reach your top 100.
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From 10/12/2018 12:33
Pretty decent, not a fan of Kanye though
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From 07/21/2018 00:01
I like it.
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From 04/25/2018 19:00
Good list, as I am sure you'll make some changes as time goes on. Glad you found Radiohead - The Bends... the year they became my fav band at the time, what a great album. Hopefully you will give The Cure's Disentegration a full on listen or two, because it took me about 5 listens in '89 for it to register it's full impact and become my #1 album for a while... until OK Computer was released.
I don't know how you stand with female artists or female-led bands with a lack of them on your list, and if interested would recommend PJ Harvey or The Breeders as recommendations based on your tastes. With PJ, I'd start with Stories from the city....(thom yorke appearance) or To Bring you my Love, before you try the raw, earlier work. All good though.
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From 04/04/2018 00:06
PeterSmith, thank you for your sincere comments.
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From 03/09/2018 11:31
Your definitely on the right track with this list

The 1st album that stood out for me was Travis' "The Man Who" , I have adored this album from the moment it was released to this very day

The 2nd album that stood out was Kasabians "West Ryder" , what a cracking album and IMHO very under rated . Go you for including it

I'm torn on "Making Movies" , its on the cusp of my top 100 & I just cant squeeze it in - maybe you can convince me ?

There is SO Much great music on BEA for you to discover , just go to the Overall 500 and start listening . Thats what I'm doing ATM and have discovered dozens of incredible albums I just love & I'm sure you will too

Keep listening and keep discovering

And thank you for commenting on my chart , being a 50 something Australian many of my entries are Australian Artists so dont worry many users dont "get" my chart either (Aeroplane has to be my number 1 , its a magic trick )
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From 03/03/2018 16:43
Thanks LedZep, got quite a bit of Smiths although Hatful of Hollow was only one I had of theirs until recently - and I've been listening to Closer by Joy Division recently (and expect to explore them further). I liked them at the time along with The Cure without buying their records - so I am catching up!
Sonic Youth I don't know too well but are a band I will pick up this year. Not been as convinced with Siouxsie from recall but might check her out later.
Also loved Japan and Bauhaus from those 80s
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