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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by PeterSmith (2019)

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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 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.

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 tp give them half dozen listens before I start to get it.

Chart updated: 02/09/2019 15:45 (Created: 11/13/2017 23:37). Chart size: 100 albums.

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1. (=)

Wish You Were HereUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
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.
(First added to chart: 11/13/2017)
Year of Release:1975Appears in:2,386 charts
Rank in 1975:1Rank Score:104,330
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:11
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,180 votes)
Comments: 254 comments
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The Dark Side Of The MoonUnited Kingdom Pink Floyd
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.
(First added to chart: 11/13/2017)
Year of Release:1973Appears in:3,401 charts
Rank in 1973:1Rank Score:176,187
Rank in 1970s1Overall Rank:2
Average Rating: Top rated 92/100 (4,292 votes)
Comments: 476 comments
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OctoberIreland 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
(First added to chart: 11/13/2017)
Year of Release:1981Appears in:145 charts
Rank in 1981:29Rank Score:1,163
Rank in 1980s308Overall Rank:1,902
Average Rating:  72/100 (317 votes)
Comments: 18 comments
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4. (=)

HarvestCanada Neil Young
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
(First added to chart: 11/13/2017)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,025 charts
Rank in 1972:4Rank Score:24,198
Rank in 1970s27Overall Rank:103
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,360 votes)
Comments: 69 comments
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A Rush Of Blood To The HeadUnited Kingdom Coldplay
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
(First added to chart: 11/13/2017)
Year of Release:2002Appears in:1,096 charts
Rank in 2002:2Rank Score:29,276
Rank in 2000s9Overall Rank:79
Average Rating:  79/100 (1,839 votes)
Comments: 147 comments
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The Pros And Cons Of Hitch HikingUnited Kingdom Roger Waters
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!
(First added to chart: 11/13/2017)
Year of Release:1984Appears in:103 charts
Rank in 1984:24Rank Score:1,357
Rank in 1980s268Overall Rank:1,678
Average Rating:  71/100 (152 votes)
Comments: 13 comments
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The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
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)
(First added to chart: 11/13/2017)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:2,379 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:95,590
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,752 votes)
Comments: 240 comments
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GraduationUnited States Kanye West
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.
(First added to chart: 01/01/2019)
Year of Release:2007Appears in:386 charts
Rank in 2007:12Rank Score:6,404
Rank in 2000s80Overall Rank:416
Average Rating:  77/100 (816 votes)
Comments: 48 comments
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9. (=)

Station To StationUnited Kingdom David Bowie
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.
(First added to chart: 11/13/2017)
Year of Release:1976Appears in:756 charts
Rank in 1976:2Rank Score:16,773
Rank in 1970s40Overall Rank:159
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,115 votes)
Comments: 61 comments
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Brian Davison's Every Which WayUnited Kingdom Brian Davison
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
(First added to chart: 02/17/2018)
Year of Release:1970Appears in:6 charts
Rank in 1970:177Rank Score:113
Rank in 1970s1,737Overall Rank:11,783
Average Rating:  77/100 (4 votes)
Comments: 1 comment
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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 23 23%
1980s 13 13%
1990s 22 22%
2000s 34 34%
2010s 6 6%
Artist Albums %


Iggy Pop 2 2%
T. Rex 2 2%
Sigur Rós 2 2%
Pink Floyd 2 2%
Arcade Fire 2 2%
U2 2 2%
Queen 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 48 48%
United States 38 38%
Canada 4 4%
Ireland 3 3%
Iceland 2 2%
Australia 1 1%
Jamaica 1 1%
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    Pretty decent, not a fan of Kanye though
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    From bobbyb5
    I like it.
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    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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    PeterSmith, thank you for your sincere comments.
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    From Brad1770
    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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    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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    From LedZep
    Your descriptions of albums are insightful and personal, love that! I see that you lack some cool 80s alternative stuff, so I'd recommend The Cult, The Smiths, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Sonic Youth and Joy Division (maybe New Order too although I don't particularly like their albums).
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    From JulianR
    Great stuff, and thank you for the amazing comment on my chart! I love lots of the albums that you've got here. It's cool to see a Waters solo album up there, I have always thought that his essentially solo project The Final Cut is one of the best of all time, and one that I think you could really like. I have listened to Hitch-Hiking once or twice, but its been challenging so far. I have a feeling that his solo work is just one of those things that one has to listen to a lot in order to get, because of how unique it is. And I'll have to check out that Gilmour solo album too.
    If you want to find something in the vein of Pink Floyd, I would recommend the albums below. I know, nearly for a fact, that there is nothing quite like PF at all, as I have searched long and hard. But these guys can get close.

    Steven Wilson - Hand Cannot Erase. This is a more modern prog-rock record, and but it also has prog-metal influences. They can make it a little hard to get into at first, but aside from those parts there are many parts of that album that approach the grandiose awesomeness of The Wall and other PF works.

    Tame Impala - Lonerism. This album is more of a condensation of the psychedelic side of Pink Floyd, as opposed to the prog side. I'd say with this one, it's closer to earlier PF albums like Obscured by Clouds or Echoes.

    Another album that I think you could really like is "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots" by the Flaming Lips. Idk exactly why, your chart just made me think of it. Its a fun album.

    PS, about the Ziggy cover, I think I don't really like it much because I grew up accustomed to the movie soundtrack one, which is (arguably) much cooler.
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    Thanks Ashmark, U2 October probably apart from being excellent probably has additional emotional attachment. War is superb - opening three songs are amongst my best, but just feel October has a bit of a haunting quality.
    I have a few Dire Straits but seemed to have missed that album - it must have been more expensive than the rest! I recognise a couple of tracks on it - I will likely get the album but exploring some new artists first.
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    From Ashmark
    Great start! It sounds like we are on similar musical journeys. Time can be limited and it is easy to get stuck on favourites. I am exploring a lot of the music you have been enjoying recently. Just wondering, why not U2 War (now I will have to go back and listen to October again)? For me, more recent U2 lacks the raw emotion of the first few albums. Also, how familiar are you with Dire Straits Communique? I think it is just a perfectly understated album that combines guitar and drum styles superbly. Totally underrated because there aren’t any hits.
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