Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Goliath (2020)

This chart is a list of my favorite albums, not really a 'Greatest' album list. There are many groundbreaking/influential albums that would appear on a 'greatest' list, but I don't always like some of the truly original albums, others have built on them to produce in my opinion much better work. I have made no attempt to spread my choices across genres or decades or put a limit on the number of times an artist features, (if I did this many of the albums which should be on the list would be missing). Most of these albums are heavy, prog, rock, some pop, alternative and electronic. I'm not really into folk or rap.

For me music was at it's creative peak in the 70's (the birth of Heavy Metal, Punk, Disco, glam and Electronic), lost it's way slightly in the 80's then became interesting again in the 90's. There have been few albums I like after the year 2000, (though my favorite track of all time is from 2007).

This list took me a long time to compile and I am always tempted to move albums around as I re-listen to them, so as it will never be perfect, I might as well leave it as it is.

My favourite Artists:-
1. Black Sabbath.
2. Pink Floyd.
3. Led Zeppelin.
4. The Beatles.
5. Queen.
6. David Bowie.
7. AC/DC (The Bon Scott years).
8. Kate Bush.
9. Judas Priest.
10. Iron Maiden.

My Favourite tracks of all time, top 12, (what would I do without the '70s!).

Are 'Friends' Electric? by Tubeway Army 1979
Back In '72 by Bob Seger 1973
Blackbird by Alter Bridge 2007
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen 1975
Dogs by Pink Floyd 1977
Down Payment Blues by AC/DC 1978
Life On Mars? by David Bowie 1971
Rock Bottom by UFO 1974
Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin 1971
Stargazer by Rainbow 1976
Welcome To The Machine by Pink Floyd 1975
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd 1975

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This is my top album (though sometimes I think Animals is better). It's the top rated album on this site, has high critical acclaim and sold by the bucket-load. Songs about the things in life that worry most people, money, death, madness, time itself. Before I found Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd were by far my favorite band and I had only heard this and Wish You Were Here. [First added to this chart: 01/14/2018]
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1973
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It took me years after buying this album before I started appreciating it for what it is. [First added to this chart: 01/14/2018]
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1977
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31,019
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I saw Live on TV and was immediately hooked. Turned off the TV and went out and bought the album. This does not usually happen, I usually need several listens. [First added to this chart: 01/14/2018]
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1994
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For years I never understood why this album was rated so highly, the songs sounded average at best (a view shared by friends). Eventually I bought it and several listens later, understanding dawned on me. [First added to this chart: 01/14/2018]
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1991
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1991
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I am bewildered why anyone would put 'Back in Black' above this album. [First added to this chart: 01/14/2018]
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1978
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Bought this album after the publicity surrounding the absurd court case where it was claimed that if you played the record backwards it incited people to commit suicide. Ozzy Osbourne's 'Suicide Solution' was not deemed so dangerous. Great guitar album. [First added to this chart: 01/14/2018]
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1978
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The second album I bought shortly after it was released. This is the album that introduced me to Pink Floyd, I had not heard anything by them before. I was in the record shop and liked the cover! [First added to this chart: 01/14/2018]
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1975
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I was blown away by this album when I first heard it. I immediately played it to some friends, who had a similar reaction. So disappointed when they ditched the guitars in their following albums. [First added to this chart: 01/14/2018]
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1995
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I got the impression from somewhere that this album was 'Stairway to Heaven' plus filler. So was the last Led Zeppelin album I bought. Never believe what you hear/read. [First added to this chart: 01/14/2018]
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1971
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 10 10%
1970s 45 45%
1980s 16 16%
1990s 22 22%
2000s 6 6%
2010s 1 1%
Artist Albums %


Black Sabbath 6 6%
Led Zeppelin 6 6%
Pink Floyd 5 5%
David Bowie 5 5%
The Beatles 3 3%
R.E.M. 3 3%
AC/DC 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 66 66%
United States 29 29%
Australia 3 3%
Ireland 2 2%
Compilation? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Live? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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From 04/12/2020 04:22
Really good chart! You might repeat some of the same bands over and over but it's still good music so it is what it is.
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Nice chart!
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From 05/11/2019 15:47
Interesting and well compiled chart with excellent comments
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From 09/16/2018 08:32
Really good chart! I've heard a ton of these since I love classic rock and alternative. It's awesome how much you love Black Sabbath.
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From 09/08/2018 04:35
Great chart. Good to see so many bands I like plus Kate Bush.
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From 09/07/2018 14:52
16 in common
good to see "Sabotage" and "Making Movies" on another chart
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From 09/07/2018 08:38
Nice stuff!! Really like the way you've set out your bio
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From 08/20/2018 06:42
A great chart, good to see 'Colour of Spring' and 'Goodbye and Hello', I see that you have 'Joshua Tree' in there, you may like Silent Running, an almost forgotten band from the eighties, maybe give 'Shades of Liberty' a try. I know what you mean about placing albums in the charts and wanting to shift the positions around, I am forever moving mine.
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From 08/15/2018 18:09
Solid chart ! Brought a few forgotten jems back into my mind
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From 07/21/2018 12:05
27 in common says a lot. Great chart. I will check what i don't know yet.
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