Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by AvalancheGrips (2020)

I'm so sorry that there are two Radiohead albums in the top ten, but they are just that good.

Honorable Mentions:
Bob Dylan- Bring It All Back Home (1965)
Massive Attack- Mezzanine (1998)
Tame Impala- Innerspeaker (2010)
Stevie Wonder- Innervisions (1973)
Parquet Courts- Wide Awake! (2018)
Denzel Curry- TA13OO (2018)
Swans- The Glowing Man (2016)
Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin (1969)
Elliott Smith- Either/Or (1997)
The Beatles- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
Led Zeppelin- Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
Wire- Pink Flag (1977)
Bob Marley & The Wailers- Legend (1984)
The Microphones- The Glow, Pt. 2 (2001)
The Flaming Lips- The Soft Bulletin (1999)
The Who- Who's Next (1971)
Arcade Fire- The Suburbs (2010)
Creedence Clearwater Revival- Cosmo's Factory (1970)
Queen Of The Stone Age- Songs For The Deaf (2002)
R.E.M.- Automatic For The People (1992)

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This album is a 10 just from the production.

Musical Content: As stated above, the production, the Thundercat basslines, and the featured artists are all amazing; it mixes perfectly. Can't forget Kendrick's flow and sound, though. Kendrick has one of the most unique voices in hip-hop and it shows greatly on this album. This is one of the most sonically pleasing hip-hop albums ever. It is also super jazzy while still being accessible. There are tons of genres and influences on this album, maybe even Radiohead on "How Much A Dollar Cost". Overall, musically this is one of the most diverse and creative albums in hip-hop.

Poetic Content: I can't even begin to dissect the poetry and meaning of this album. I feel it would take months to get every line, verse, reference, or meaning. And as a mostly white person, I can't understand what it is like to be a black man in Compton. I cannot and will not be able to understand what it is like to be harassed by the police everyday or be seen only by my skin color or have a harder time getting a job or so many other struggles that black people face. What I do know is that this album has and/or will have an outstanding historical significance. Kendrick is clearly making a statement on everything from the music industry to race politics. And to top it off, throughout the whole LP, he reads a poem which ties together all 16 songs on the album.

Kendrick basically has attained God status at this point and it is all thanks to the one-two punch of "good kid, m.A.A.d city" and this album. I still can't believe that he was able to pull off creating a perfect album with this many songs on it.

Favorite Songs: All Of Them
[First added to this chart: 01/12/2018]
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2015
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Oh my god! This album is like climbing a 10,000 mile mountain. It is punishing and brutal. However, listening all the way through is super rewarding. The first half is perfect and the second is not far from it. There are horrific and disgusting tracks like "All Lined Up", "Volcano", and "I Love You This Much". There are colossal behemoths like "Helpless Child", "Animus", "The Sound", and "The Final Sacrifice". There are cathartic and pleasing tracks like "Live Through Me", "Blood Section", "Red Velvet Corridor", and "Secret Friends". Finally, there are ambient drone tracks like "I Was a Prisoner In Your Skull", "The Beautiful Days", and "Surrogate 2". The album is so diverse but it is one of the most cohesive albums I've ever listened to, and Michael Gira, God basically, was able to achieve with a double album at that. This album is depraved and vile, yet it is nostalgic and beautiful even. It really was a harrowing experience listening to this for the first time, but it was one that made me better. I think it is severely underrated even though it really is not for everyone.

Favorite Tracks: All Of Them, however here are some standouts
"I Was A Prisoner In Your Skull", "Helpless Child", "Volcano", "All Lined Up", "Animus", "The Sound", "Empathy"
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1996
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Radiohead creates a cold and haunting atmosphere through the use of synths and absence of real instruments. The fact that there is little guitar on this album does not make it bad. Instead it proves that Radiohead was going in a very bold artistic direction. They succeeded in evolving past the days of The Bends and "Creep". Anyone who says this album is terrible because it is too abstract or electronic totally misses the point and is most likely just confused. And to be fair, I was once in that position.

Favorite Songs: Everything In Its Right Place, Kid A, The National Anthem, How To Disappear Completely, Optimistic, Idioteque
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2000
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The Avalanches create a party for the ears through the brilliant use of over 3,000 samples. This album is one of the gateway albums that got me into music, along with Demon Days and To Pimp A Butterfly.

Favorite Songs: Pretty Much All Of Them
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2000
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"The jazz album of punk"
This album is the Pinnacle of punk in my eyes, maybe tied with London Calling. The guitar interplay is just fantastic. "Marquee Moon" is one of the greatest songs of all time. This is a perfect album in my book.

Favorite Songs: All of Them, again
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1977
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The most organic and perfect Radiohead album. This album goes back and forth with Kid A, it's so hard to choose between the two.

Favorite Songs: 15 Step, Bodysnatchers, Nude, Weird Fishes/ Arpeggi, All I Need, Reckoner, Jigsaw Falling Into Place
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2007
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This is probably the most beautiful album of all time. I can't even describe how this album makes me feel so I'm not going to try.

Favorites: Svefn-G-Englar, Starálfur, Flugufrelsarinn, Ný Batterí, Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása, Olsen Olsen, Ágætis Byrjun
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1999
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LCD Soundsystem is the electronic equivalent to Talking Heads. You can tell that James Murphy takes a lot of influence from Talking Heads. What separates them is the electronic instrumentation and the emotional lyrics. James Murphy's lyrics and vocals are what really make this album, and This Is Happening. Of course the silvery production adds to it as well. I tank this above Remain In Light because this album is actually more consistent and really changes the formula when it comes to post-punk, electronic, and dance.

Favorite Songs: All of Them
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2007
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This album is so innovative and unique. Every song is a banger with David Byrne's iconic and eccentric ramblings at their most insane.

Favorite Songs: Born Under Punches, Crosseyed and Painless, The Great Curve, Once In A Lifetime
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1980
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It took me a few listens but man this album is tight. It's one of the most refreshing and promising albums of the late 2010s. I believe that rock is still alive and well, and this is the proof. I see this album as being a classic in 15 to 20 years.

There are so many influences showing on this album. And while its influences are worn on its sleeve, this album is still bold as hell. bmbmbm is an excellent example of this. This song is insanity and I see it as their most iconic, even though it is not my personal favorite. I'm really glad to see it being performed in front of welcoming and enthusiastic audiences, like at the Mercury Prize event. On a side note, black midi is gaining surprising popularity, which is great to see. In short, rock isn't dead and if you think it is I don't know what to tell you. Listen to this album, it's perfect.

Favorite Songs: All Of 'Em
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2019
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 11 11%
1970s 15 15%
1980s 9 9%
1990s 19 19%
2000s 24 24%
2010s 22 22%
Artist Albums %


Swans 4 4%
Radiohead 4 4%
David Bowie 3 3%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
Sufjan Stevens 2 2%
Tyler, The Creator 2 2%
Bob Dylan 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 51 51%
United Kingdom 33 33%
Canada 3 3%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Iceland 2 2%
Brazil 2 2%
Australia 2 2%
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 61 from 97th to 36th
Laughing Stock
by Talk Talk
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 5 from 80th to 85th
Ys
by Joanna Newsom
fallers Down 5 from 81st to 86th
Lateralus
by Tool
fallers Down 5 from 82nd to 87th
Discovery
by Daft Punk

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From bonnequestion 11/23/2019 04:05
Good job on the comments, they are very insteresting!

I like your chart, however I find it odd that half your picks are in the top-100 of this website and that you have only 4 albums that aren't in the top-1000. Don't be afraid to go for more obscure choices!
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From ForegroundNoise 11/22/2019 09:04
New comment since it's chart of the day again: any issues that I had with this chart are gone completely. A lovely perspective on some brilliant albums. What's not to love?
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From flyingcitrus 01/04/2019 04:08
Our taste in music is eerily similar
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From LebowskiRams 01/04/2019 03:21
All i had to do was see no. 1
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From TigOlBitties745 01/03/2019 21:51
This is it chief
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From ForegroundNoise 01/03/2019 18:19
Lovely chart!! Lots of classics (maybe too classic?) but would love to see the addition of some notes - I feel like I saw your chart and it used to have some, am I right in thinking that?
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From Clarence42069 10/16/2018 22:48
Awesome stuff
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From DommeDamian 10/16/2018 20:13
Almost like the chart gets better, everytime I visit it.
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From NickGordons 10/14/2018 14:23
Great chart, 24 albums in common. Kendrick? Maybe I will listen to him)))
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From jeffrey-hodgson 10/12/2018 13:13
Like Deerhunter, but otherwise not that great
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Best Albums of 1977
1. Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
2. Animals by Pink Floyd
3. Marquee Moon by Television
4. Low by David Bowie
5. Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols by Sex Pistols
6. Aja by Steely Dan
7. The Clash by The Clash
8. "Heroes" by David Bowie
9. The Stranger by Billy Joel
10. Trans-Europa Express by Kraftwerk
11. Pink Flag by Wire
12. Exodus by Bob Marley & The Wailers
13. My Aim Is True by Elvis Costello
14. Talking Heads: 77 by Talking Heads
15. Out Of The Blue by Electric Light Orchestra
16. Suicide by Suicide
17. Lust For Life by Iggy Pop
18. Bat Out Of Hell by Meat Loaf
19. Rocket To Russia by Ramones
20. The Idiot by Iggy Pop
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