Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by BLO (2021) Unknown

Here's my personal list of favorite albums. I understand I don't have much past the 70's, so let me know if there's anything newer you think I'd like!

Here are the albums on this list that I consider the most underappreciated that I think you should check out:

Forca Bruta
Our Mother the Mountain
Sunflower
You Don't Mess Around with Jim
Cold Fact
Coming from Reality
Evensong
Heron
Musica de Fondo MTV Unplugged
Chicago/Chicago II
The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
Exuma
American III: Solitary Man

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An absolute masterpiece and triumph of Brazillian music. Jorge Ben had shown his brilliance before this point numerous times, but this album is an explosion of beauty and pure joy. I cannot understand a single word he says, but I understand every feeling he wants me to feel. The melodies are hypnotic and the rhythms are infectious. If you are a fan of rock, soul, or samba I implore you to listen to this album. It is so fresh and magical, there's nothing else like it. [First added to this chart: 08/15/2019]
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1970
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Country is a genre that tends to get a lot of hate, and rightfully so much of the time. The genre has devolved into either right-wing propaganda or extremely basic cash-grabs about sappy love stories or vague descriptions of country life. Townes Van Zandt however understood the genre better than anyone else. The songs on this album aren't about riding your horse across a prairie or dry humping an American flag. They're about working class struggles, drug addiction, or the simple beauty in watching an old woman wash clothes. Townes sings all the songs in his Texas accent, and plays his acoustic guitar with a Texas accent as well. His words paint pictures more beautiful than any artist could ever put to paper. [First added to this chart: 12/10/2019]
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1969
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The Beatles' last hurrah is a joyous celebration of the creativity and innovation of their past albums, while blazing trails that would take music into new directions in the 1970s. Abbey Road has impeccable production by 1960's standards. The sweet, ear filling melodies on songs like "Something" or "Here Comes the Sun" are enchanting and soothing. "I Want You" invented Doom Metal before Heavy Metal was considered a genre.

Most of all, this album has a carefree, youthful energy that never fails to bring me back up on a bad day. This is my deserted desert island album.
[First added to this chart: 11/16/2017]
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1969
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Love Forever Changes. This album has a mystical, haunting feeling that is unique to it. When making this album, Arthur Lee was absolutely convinced he was going to die. If you listen closely to the lyrics this album reads like a farewell letter. Lee attempts to warn us that are own ideologies will be our own undoing, as he reflects on his own life and what he wants out of his final moments. This is all backed up by one of the most beautiful orchestral arrangements ever put to vinyl as well as an occasional searing guitar dripping with feedback. Love is the best of the summer of love. [First added to this chart: 11/22/2017]
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1967
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Unconditional love, sex, kickass riffs, drugs, and country blues. Easily the best Stones album. Can't You Hear Me Knocking and Wild Horses are easily the highlights. [First added to this chart: 11/16/2017]
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1971
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Neil Young tends to fluctuate from heavy rock that drips with deeply distorted guitar tones to sweet country folk. On this album his folky side prevails with the best results of his career. The perfect album for driving through a cold country side at 11pm. A majority of the songs are sweet ballads that slow dance with the listener, and the rest are the aforementioned heavy rockers. However, unlike with You Don't Mess Around with Jim, this album transitions between fast rock songs and slow folk songs perfectly. [First added to this chart: 01/10/2018]
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1970
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I don't think I can really say anything about this one. You've already listened to it and you know it's amazing. [First added to this chart: 11/18/2017]
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1966
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This album may not have greatly written lyrics that make you ponder your own existence, or musicians with legendary skills, but what this album does better than any other album is something more fundamental. The melody. Each song flows wonderfully and every word, while generic, fits perfectly with every note. The string sections in each song never feel overblown, and create such a lifting atmosphere. [First added to this chart: 11/16/2017]
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1976
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It's incredible to think that Stevie Wonder, a man born blind, has such an incredible grasp on songwriting and racism. The man can't even see why certain people hate him, it must be an extremely baffling concept to him more than the average person. Yet his commentary on songs such as "Visions" and "Living for the City" are spot on when it comes to institutional racism. The system ensures that people of color are born into poverty, and imprisoned if they try to leave it. Aside from the political messaging, this album is utterly perfect musically. Living for the City is extremely passionate, and Stevie's vocal performance is inhuman. Golden Lady has an atmosphere unlike any song I've ever heard. The two closing tracks are uplifting and carefree after so many downer moments on the album. This is a perfect 44 minutes everybody should not just experience once, but over and over again until their speakers burn out. [First added to this chart: 09/14/2020]
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1973
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Simon and Garfunkel may have hated each other's guts at this point, but that did not stop them from making a flawless album with some of the best vocal harmonies put to vinyl. The title track is a stunning song that is especially wonderful as it is a love song that can be applied to anyone special in your life-friends, family, and strangers alike. This album has songs that will make you jump out of your bed and dance like no one is watching, in addition to songs reflecting on the struggle of living in America in the 1960s. [First added to this chart: 11/21/2017]
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1970
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 2 2%
1960s 25 25%
1970s 49 49%
1980s 8 8%
1990s 4 4%
2000s 4 4%
2010s 5 5%
2020s 3 3%
Country Albums %


United States 47 47%
United Kingdom 36 36%
Canada 6 6%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Brazil 4 4%
Bahamas 1 1%
Mexico 1 1%
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Live? Albums %
No 94 94%
Yes 6 6%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
Climber Up 50 from 98th to 48th
Aja
by Steely Dan
Climber Up 5 from 32nd to 27th
The Beatles (The White Album)
by The Beatles
Climber Up 2 from 48th to 46th
Exile On Main St.
by The Rolling Stones
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 4 from 43rd to 47th
A Night At The Opera
by Queen
Faller Down 2 from 27th to 29th
Rubber Soul
by The Beatles
Faller Down 2 from 47th to 49th
Electric Warrior
by T. Rex

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From 03/26/2021 01:09
Love your notes. Gave me good insight to a few I'll be checking out
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From 12/07/2020 00:03
Thanks for your comment Boltzmann! I can see why the wording of my description confused you, but I have obviously listened to every album front to back on every one of my charts. I meant that I hadn't listened to most of the albums in the top 500 or so in the overall chart, and thus don't be angry if I don't put Loveless or whatever on my chart.

I'm sorry you found my chart "bland". Feel free to hit me with any recommendations that aren't dull!
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From 12/05/2020 03:29
like a lot of your choices but i think half 1970s is a lot, and the 70s are my favourite decade jajaja
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From 12/05/2020 02:04
I’m going out to buy that Chicago album ASAP . Great list
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From 12/04/2020 21:22
Really cool here. I found one new album from a band from Mexico but the rest is everything i can go with. Beatles, Radiohead, Neil Young and David Bowie superb collection.
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From 12/04/2020 20:09
Very classical and Beatlesque chart...
I like it. You love good songs and melodies: Same as me.
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From 12/04/2020 17:18
"Here is a list of my favorite albums, I haven't listened to them all"... that's not how that works, I'd say drop one of these sentences. Impressive how your chart is still extremely predictable and bland.

Sunflower by The Beach Boys is great though, and indeed underappreciated. This mf was making shoegazing in the '70s.
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From 12/04/2020 15:57
Almost perfect list. I agree with almost every pick!
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From 04/19/2020 02:33
Pretty good. Not a fan of Fleet Foxes myself, as they remind me of stroking stoats in the West Country. Good to see Forever Changes by Love ranked so high.
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From 12/11/2019 23:22
It's really cool to see such a classic rock oriented chart, focusing especially on the 1960s and 1970s, also valuing albums such Fleet Foxes' self-titled debut. Great job on this chart!
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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. Parallel Lines by Blondie
3. The Cars by The Cars
4. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
6. Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine] by Kraftwerk
7. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
8. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
9. More Songs About Buildings And Food by Talking Heads
10. Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
11. 3rd by Big Star
12. Hemispheres by Rush
13. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
14. Ambient 1: Music For Airports by Brian Eno
15. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
16. Chairs Missing by Wire
17. All Mod Cons by The Jam
18. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo
19. Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
20. Powerage by AC/DC
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