Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by DommeDamian (2021)

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This chart has an alter concept behind it. The 100 albums are split in two categories. Let's call them X and Y:
The X category, (the odd numbers [1,3,5..99]) represents the down-to-earth, calm, philosophical thinking, melancholic, innocent side of me. When I'm in this mood, I open up a lot, and I could welcome you with open arms. If you play some of the content on an album, in category X, I would have my own vibe of innocence (some cases, with introspection), or maybe give you a hug.
The Y one (the even numbers [2,4,6..100]) represents the carefree, super-honest, self-secure, outgoing, spontaneous kind of side to me, that you want to invite to your wave. If you play some of the content on albums, in category Y, I would either rap/sing/dance my socks off (except if I'm barefoot) to them, no matter what your opinion are.
Now, that doesn't mean that most of these albums have a little portion of both. You'll find out in the list. You have any questions about certain picks in a category, feel free to post. And the categories applies to the albums, not really the style of their individual descriptions. Parental advisory explic... man you already know bad words.

Alright, If you wanna skip the rest of my summary and visit my chart, you have my personal permission.





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don't tell me you didn't read it ya dickhead ;) Jk, rock on!




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I actually had a little system rating/ranking the artists' discography...but, since it changes frequently, I've pasted the link to my ratings of the artist after the comment.
... in terms of rating the cover:
approved = I approve it as a good/excellent album cover
unapproved = I approve it as a terrible/average album cover
,either how great it looks, how excellently it frames the album’s musical conception/statement…or both.
With that in mind, Compilations, SoundTracks, EP's, and Posthumous releases are not included!

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I want to thank albummaster for taking action. This place is truly one of the greatest websites I've ever come across. Throughout, I've met new people, learned more about music, and to be able to create my wholehearted chart that can pretty much illustrate how abstract my music taste is in a nutshell.

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My list's biggest wish was once to reach Average Rating of 93, and even though my record-picks here can be controversial inna sense, we once reached it. Thank you. But, now I realized that it is a little douchie of me to wish something like that. What I hope I can get out of this chart, is to inspire some readers and viewers to check out/revisit some music, and/or not be ashamed of their taste.

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10-month-Challenge: In July 2018 I felt I was done working my a$$ off this chart, but then I thought I should challenge myself to something huge, to kind of give my chart a bit of legacy (meaning I didn't put all this effort into my chart, for nothing). For those next 10 months, I MUST NOT listen to ANY other records than these 100, but not only that - it's 10 albums a month: So it went 100-91 in August, 90-81 in September .. all the way to 10-1 in May. Not one song outside the ten LPs of that current month, could be listened to with me not handling a turn-off.
Writing in June: I'm finally done. I did it. I fucking did it. "I'm FREEEEE" [- The Who]. But for any passionate BEA-user out there, with a Top 100 Albums chart, full of descriptions, I challenge you to do that. Wait, no no no don't do it - you'll get in a lot of mental pain trust me.

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In my updating of May-June 2021, (to keep my 1 album per artist rule) I ran out of 100/100s before hitting 100 albums - in both categories but mostly Y, so I’ve fulfilled some of the bottoms with the most validating 95s (a mini-rule: the 95'er must have at least one 100/100 song included). What I mean by that is, e.g. I checked to see how many albums represented each of my favorite genres (folk, r&b, rap, psychedelia and punk - and I’m trying to get into shoegaze more since I feel something is gonna click with me there (some1 help me)), and unsurprisingly folk/singer-songwriter music was enough of, but surprisingly only 2 punk albums was included (and they ain’t really “punk rock”). The same that I’m a 90s freak, and wanted the 1990s to be the decade with most albums.


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There are many great albums, that didn't make the list, or fell out, so I'm quickly gonna mention some of the most acclaimed and famous (but by now, definitely not the favorite - some of them are below other 95s): Queen A Day · the most important prog rock album by kiiiiiiiiiIIIii... · "niggas are in a state of emergency..." · Riot Stone · the youngest album on the 2020 RS top500 list · when life gives you Beyoncé · TR&FoZS&TSFM · Me Against The World · The album Curtis and not the rapper-album · Cut off your fists and lift them up to the place you go to after you die says Lord-speed you dark man-a-bit-stronger-than-king · Black males, number after three, what you live · Re-tearn II IV-æver Chick Corea · 60-second older boys driving 55 miles an hour to Interstate · Get endless half-dollars till your G8s or happen what'll happen to everybody · Stooges are on fire · "it's hard to beat the system when we standing at a distance" you may or may not continue with life · and SS's Ill. Two underrated records as a bonus was Brian McFadden's Irish Son, and Quasimoto's The Unseen....

Anyways, Imma shut my introduction up now, my favorite albums-chart; let's go

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I don't know, if it's my taste in music, or me being dumber every day, but, I am honestly truly sorry for vanishing a lot of the personable albums on my chart with albums that already are in spotlight on this site (and the world). But @ the same time, how could I not save a little spot for this killer-performed Arctic Monkeys LP? Not only that, I could literally spent this entire description, sitting and writing about my fascination for this albumcover, lemme know in the comments if you want some elements I love about it (preferably before new-year). Edit: anonymous wanted it so...:
The man’s directly there, with a cigarette, unworried looking in the fourth wall, and smiling like he knows exactly what’s up. If you end up disliking the record, he be there laughing at you being stupid. If the opposite, he be there laughing as if he saw it coming easily. And if you end up loving and playing the album like any anticipated fan when it came out, he be there grinning and smoking at your other (jealous) records. Plus this is effortlessness at best. In context like this being #100, he be there laughing like “høhø, I broke through the list” to all the other albums, standing outside the door of my top 100 (aka my honorable mentions). Finally need to say, he also just look like the picture was taken by a topless lady.
Aight, lesgo praise the actual album.
It’s like the millennial’s Blue Album, and an even better version of Definitely Maybe. And I am usually not giving a fuck when it comes to record sales, but this record (imho) deserves to be the fastest selling debut album of all time. It’s also a old-fashioned concept album, about staying alive in the dark side of “working-class” clubbing; basically the ordinary nightlife, to dramatic maximum. It doesn’t start off with an intro, it hops straight into the musical statements with The View From The Afternoon, fire song. However it’s not one hard rocker after another, the track Riot Van is pretty low-played, yet the songwriting is still tight to the atmosphere. A song in-between that and all the other songs would be Mardy Bum, wonderful combination - also the instantaneous hit When The Sun Goes Down. Lastly, the award for the most head-nodding baseline goes to Dancing Shoes. Alex Turner himself holds nothing back. Unlike many other bands, it’s not his voice: it’s his honest lyrics and straightforward attitude, that makes this album what it really is. He’s the kind of only thought provoking guy in the club, yet on every track, all members of the Arctic Monkeys are passionate as if they each took an ecstasy pill before pressing record. All in all, Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not is the soundtrack to getting ready for a night out, the night out, the negative situations, and the post-trouble - if it makes sense. Besides that, still much more, as an album to just rock along to - periodically it can make you look like a pigeon, get it? It’s a perfect gem in the summer I gotta tell ya, Just when you think you’re nearing the end of the road with A Certain Romance, the slant and timelessness and undying spunkiness pull you back in for another listen. Which definitely is the biggest reason why I adore it, just like the 99 other records.

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Congratulations. You made it to the end of my top 100 favorite albums of all time (or you just scrolled through the list). I hope you've enjoyed the time.
Except if you came here through my link, then welcome; if you're starting from the bottom. Then I just wanna say 'good riddance' :)
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Whether you're finished or starting, just remember, every statement I'm making (fx when I say something is great, or is better than something particular) it's simply no fact, because it's opinion.
[First added to this chart: 07/19/2019]
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2006
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21,418
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Self-released: unapproved (looks poorly made)
Bella Union: approved (perfectly dives you into the maelstrom of beauty, that the record is all about)
Nettwerk: unapproved (too creepy for the music)

A stargazing time-pauser, that visualizes a few of the same goose bump-giving ingredients, as some of Coldplay and Moby's early 2000's-pieces;... It's an album which affects and captures your attention and focus so strongly that calling it easy would, as is usually the case, be a disservice. But it's soft; it's the softest and most musically dreary moments on Grace (by Jeff Buckley), times, an hour; Anna-Lynne Williams, pivotal, conducts waves of ethereal guitars and spaced-out percussion on her way to delivering bullet after bullet of heartbreaking conversation in a gentle, resigned tone. Her voice is dripping with longing and a calm passion that sends shivers down your spine at least a few times throughout the album's relatively long play time. She displays a wonderful knack for lyricism that gets down to the specifics of love and hurting and is all the more wonderous for her delivery; regardless of the tempo of the songs, her voice is brooding and slow, making sure she envelops every inch of the listener's attention. With her eyes closed, she doesn't throw herself at the spotlight; it finds its way to her. There is no wordplay. There is no in-joke. There is just guitar, piano, drums, ambience, a dream-like production and her downtempo honesty, every word of it vital, not a redundant syllable to be found. The melodies are breathtaking, and the consistency of Different Stars is something else entirely. It's a record that should become positively tiresome after 3 or 4 songs, but the quality of the songwriting and the allure of Williams' voice keeps it close, gripping. You know when you want to go to sleep but you just have to finish that book? Different Stars is like that. You learn not to expect the huge resolution; these songs leave a hole by way of their personal, grounded romanticism, and at once they are capable of sounding hopeless, optimistic, depressed and uplifting. Mostly, though, it's beautiful. The deep keys and the downbeat chords hurt, but they keep you hooked, and they grow as the album progresses, gaining in depth and personality. So there go be in love. Go dive into the ocean at midnight or take a lonely drive on the side of a mountain underneath the sparkle of the universe. Go live. Go embrace your emotions and your passion. Go be alive. Go stare out the window of your flight home into the great sky. Go feel something. Etc. Just be sure to take Different Stars along for the ride. (thank you Knott- and chambered89 from sputnik).

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[First added to this chart: 08/31/2018]
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2002
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6
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My favorite Wu-Tang Clan member, mr. Ghostface Killah aka Toney Starks, creates a stream-of-consciousness masterpiece, that conceptually and musically tops 36 Chambers. The production is (like Illmatic) simple but effective. The release was in 2000, so you can tell that the instrumentals all over the tracklisting has its greatest form of old school, tuneful, yet still hard-hitting tone. Ghost easily brings his ultimate skill of storytelling, and yes, all of my favorite "Wu bangaz", is included on Supreme Clientele. There isn't any "normal" written verse on this album, every single shot and line is abstract to the very cleverest degree. The hip-hop version of Ulysses, every single track, is literally lyrically incomprehensible, but once the penny drops, it fucking drops loud. A random magical element of this album is the uniformity of it's sound because even though there are multiple producers involved, not a track seems out of place.
Supreme Clientele is a journey through Tony Starks' fight up against death and physical pain (I guess), and we get to know many new waves of expressing them to the point of overcoming and defeating them. Ghost does nothing short of fucking revolutionize the English language with his own metaphors, so well executed, that he has established my own latest rap album in a refreshingly inspiring direction. Everytime I listen to it, new nuances are being exposed. Lemme just give you a few examples of hidden layers; The Grain's beat and delivery is a throwback to the foundation of hiphop's roots + plus the last pre- and hook with RZA. Mighty Healthy's sample of Wish That I Could Tell You is 3.2 chords too long, yet that's what makes the sample so great + when the classic Synthetic Substitution drumbeat starts (btw I wanna say thank you so much to Melvin Bliss for it), Ghost is actually flowing at the same tempo as it. Cherchez LaGhost is an 'interpolation' of Cherchez LaFemme, and I dare anybody find something similar in hiphop music. Maybe even as excellent a song. Even though all the beats, features are hard as hell, it is clear that Ghostface is the star of the show, creates a consistently great album, that is opinionated for each well-told story or poem. Stream-of-consciousness is an underappreciated style in rhythm'and'poetry. It is all uphill from this description.

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R.I.P. Russell Tyrone "Ol' Dirty Bastard" Jones
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2000
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1,543
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The Decemberists (or the most british band from America) are back on my chart. After dropping out with The Crane Wife, I was convinced they didn't have the chance to enter again. Colin Meloy sounds way too much like a combination of Jeff Mangum (saw that comparison coming huh) and Robbie Williams (didn't see that ha), but with less character of both. And here they are, back with Picaresque. I don't know why this happened, but ever since we hit 2020, I've been playing this album nearly nonstop. I've at average listened to it twice a week. For a month, this was my most played record on my iPod. One thought in my mind is telling me that it was all because they fell out of the top 100, and I didn't have expectations of the music being good anymore. So now when they broke in again, I hope that thought stays anyways.
As I said earlier about me playing the heck outta Picaresque, you can guess that the record has a lot of replay value. And that is pretty much my thing right now; (folk) albums with replay value. Along with the good songwriting, cause Colin's songwriting on this album is insaaaanely impressive. On The Crane Wife, he's playing it safe with the melodies, Picaresque has daring chords and melodies that dares sticking in your head for a while. The album opens up marvelously with The Infanta, an explosive creation, but is misleading as of what the next few songs are about. It’s like I’m reading a archetypical book from the 60s or 70s, by a writer of genius in literature and emotional shock value. But even better, cause it’s put to wax. Just like the story in The Engine Driver is about a writer of fiction, and it contains one of the band's most bittersweet choruses "And if you don't love me, let me go". I used to think Lost At Sea was a filler-song, with no much in heart - while also comparing it to Please Mister Postman. But I've come to realize how sinister its tone is, as well as me singing my own beating heart out to it (now that I think about it, that drum sounds alot like a heartbeat). A human being like me also has it easy relating to The Sporting Life. With his traditional yet still super affective melody and jump-around energy, it musically stands out a bit. On The Bus Small is like a Coldplay tune, and honestly, they ain't far off their greatness.
Really nothing’s weak on Picaresque. The vibes are strong, the lyrics and instrumentation completely matches (I respect that they are no electric instrument to be found - just how I like my music...mostly), the singing is still powerfully nice, the tales are charismatically compelling (sometimes heartcutting), the melodies are well-thoughtout plus shines on every song, the composition kicks your average folkrock record out the window, and it musically sounds consistently great, as can be. And I of course gotta give it to them for The Mariner's Revenge Song. What a grandiosely packed climax of a song. Then we have Angels & Angles to perfectly play the end credits...what's not to like about this?

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[First added to this chart: 07/14/2020]
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2005
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Is it possible to hate all of Pavement’s albums? I mean, sure I dislike pretty much everything after this album (especially Wowee Zowee, that album is straight boneless), but I really dig their first two (like most fans). Slanted And Enchanted is a cool debut rock album, composed with charisma and experimentation that was unlike the rest of the indie scene at the scene, but like the entire scene years after. But their sophomore maaan. I like the improvement. Not only have the melodies improved on Crooked Rain, the songwriting has more wine to it. On Crooked Rain, the band Pavement made sure to level up their style, but with the roots that made their music quality and influential to begin with. Though they sound a bit like S&E-era on Unfair (just, obviously with a bigger budget of production). The musicianship here is stellar slacker rock with Husker Du-esque dynamic, whereas Stephen Malkmus’ vocal delivery sounds like a kid with newfound knowledge. Sometimes it sounds as if he is hesitating to hit higher notes (assembling the nervous but smart kid), but those moments give Crooked Rain’s overall sarcastic tone, a little melancholic tooth. But it’s still hidden pretty well behind a lot of the mint guitars (played by Malkmus and Scott Kannberg), just listen to Newark Wilder; that watery guitar playing is something else. As is the grungy pop banger Cut Your Hair. For a long time, this was the only Pavement song that I had a clear memory of. The opening second of Cut Your Hair shows what I mean by the 'elementary school' feeling of Pavement: someone saying 'Stop it!' like a nag to the kid at the next desk to stop pinching you. (Or the next chair in the barbershop.) Oh man, that hook — what a breather! Did the '90s produce a more restful or more agreeable 'ooh-ooh'd hook than the one in "Cut Your Hair"? It's like, hey, I could do that! So why haven't I? 'Hesitate to die, look around, a-round, the second drummer drowned...' — I sing along mindlessly and mindfully that I'm mindless. And aren't those closing chords so much more epic than you'd expect? God I love it! [LimedIBagels, 2018]. Music video is just as hilarious as the hook is adorable. The identity of the song sounds proto-Weezer, but still very slacker rock. They are not only the owner of slacker rock, but delivers 2 minutes of slacker-jazz on 5-4=Unity. Pretty incredible to have the album flowing so well, whilst succeeding that joint with Range Life. Oh my God Range Life. A passive depressive indie ballad, thrice as superb as Rh’s No Surprises, in terms of songwriting. The melodiousness on Range Life song alone (both in the post-chorus riff, and Malkmus’ singing) feels so inviting yet bittersweet. When someone talks about cooling out in life, this song instantly plays in my mind. The last highlight of Crooked Rain is the infamous Hit The Plane Down, the song many fans consider the big low point on here. Personally, I think it’s absolutely amazing how it stands out. The bass plays a bigger character than the guitar, giving the song an alternative direction. The repeated lyrics makes it all spirally hypnotic, as well as the lyrics about being toyed with by the rock culture industry, have a universally sharp connection to the semi-avantgarde vocal delivery; if it sounds ugly, it’s intentional; the last 40 seconds (when the music cuts out and all left is a lo-fi cassette recorder of them playing) showcase when they are an independent music group and they can do whatever they want, a middle finger to major labels. Nonetheless, on this sophomore, Pavement couldn’t do much but produce influential numbers that would lay a foundation for the rest of indie and alternative rock history, including one of my favorites Blur.

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1994
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9,943
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If you’re new to this masterpiece, like I was one trip around the Sun ago, I advice big time to read AfterHours’ two comments under its page. Then you’ll get to see how this is one of the most genius, profound, highly artistic works of art in history. He’s flexing his ultimately
awe-inspiring vocabulary, purposefully so. You’ll find it exceptionally hard not to agree. I also need to point out that Sea Song is the greatest psychedelic love song in existence (I call it psychedelic due to how much psychedelic music was released during the time, and how the surreal, queer effects all over the song makes it sound it).

But Damian, you wooden-headed bastard, how can you start praising Rock Bottom as like a top five album ever, yet having it @ number ninety-five?

Well,
because personally, there are some major nuances that I don’t find good in here.
A Last Straw, although legitimately beautiful song, it periodically comes across like a pirate theme sonically. Little Red RIDING Hood Hit The Road (track 3) is astounding, mindblowing, even mind bending, cause of its innovation with backwards elements, and its invisible line between rock n jazz. But almost the entire cut drives in the same caliber to the point that I wish it was at least a minute shorter. Alife (track 5) often pisses me off. Firstly the tenor saxophone is annoying as heck. It sounds the exact opposite of free, it's emotionlessly thin. Second of all, Wyatt with his bewilderingly laughable baby voice doesn’t do justice. Regardless of depth, it doesn’t change my view, that it destroys the breathtakingly wondrous, ultimately poetic beauty of its predecessor. I simply cannot take it seriously. Just like Alfreda’s delivery of otherwise very solidifying words at the end of the song is consequentially funny too. Little Red ROBIN Hood Hit The Road (albumcloser) is spectacular except its ending. The manner being spoken seems so hideous next to everything else - I’ve made funny sentences through my life using that exact kinda voice - especially ‘I want it, I want it, I want it, give it to meeee". The fact that it was freaking intentional, makes it even more misplaced on this serious and utterly sad record.
The fact that I can say these negative aspects about Rock Bottom, and yet it is on my top 100, let alone this HIGH, only tells you how superb & deep this really is, how much I love it.

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[First added to this chart: 07/19/2019]
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1974
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Rush has (along with Yes) the greatest discography in progressive rock by far. So many spectacular albums, filled with mini-adventures and technical beauty waiting for the listener to dive into. But Fly By Night is MY Rush album, y'know.This is the closest 70’s hard rock and progressive rock has come to a full-on winter epic. Because usually (especially hard rock) always has a fiery and hot overtone to its presence. But the super-group Rush’s overlooking sophomore breezer Fly By Night goes the opposite direction. And if it wasn’t for Rush’s effortless way of structuring the songs like they were (e.g. by making the progressive sections more loose), it would be a very very difficult sound/emotion to pull off. The album is cold like ice water cleansing down the black clouds. And like the artwork owl, Fly By Night is a flight through the prog rock sky with rushing clouds and majestic stars, which is a breath of fresh cold air.
First half of the disc is straight forward hard rock, that we all love. Anthem, Best I Can, Beneath Between And Behind, all deliver the stone cold goodie goods. All tracks features great guitar riffs, and Geddy as a passionate kid having the time of his life. Anthem with its ironic fitting time signature, Best I Can’s cruising tempo, and especially BB&B performed with eager faces, is some of those hard rockers I revisit the most. Those three rock gems are almost the perfect set-up, gets the listener in the mood and mind for ‘well, just another record of great hard rocky playiiiiiinn..-‘ before By-Tor And The Snow Dog folds it closed. Starting out - like its predecessors - as a tune you can roll along to, it suddenly moves into strange guitar growling, later followed by STELLAR drum-playing by Neil. Simultaneously, the King Crimson inspired play-pause-play-pause aesthetic (that is damn well-executed) has an even greater transform into a genuinely intimate atmosphere, just as it slowly builds itself up again to a slow groove worthy of Pink Floyd’s best prog rock moments, and then ending the tune with how it started. On first listen, when By-Tor And The Snow Dog hit, I knew this album was gonna be a Rush-special. It’s their first true joint where they step their feet in pure prog rock, and till this day it’s still a highlight in an ocean of highlights by them: the rawness is something I have a hard time getting enough off.
When the title track hits, the listener is not so sure to trust if there’s only rock bangers left from now. And for good reason, albeit the title track is another great rocker in vain of the album’s first three cuts, included with a bit poppier chorus, juuuust enough to give it its own identity. But not pop in a terrible bubblegum sense, more so in the sense that I think something Billy Joel could write. Then we get to Making Memories, a more easy-going/accessible cut. Both the guitar solo and the main acoustic have a sublimity that hints at psychedelia, but the overall tone and dynamic is still in the ice-cold sphere.
Now, if there is any hardcore Rush-fan reading this, there’s a huge chance they might start hating me when I state this (but whatever), Fly By Night includes my favorite Rush song, Rivendell (mostly cause I’m a folk baby)!! Led Zeppelin-inspired I know, but with the proggier things surrounding that song, and the freezing atmosphere (as opposed to just mentioned band’s remarkable warmth) makes it preferable to anything that Zep did - at least acoustically. And Rush-fans I love you guys, but you’re WRONG. Rivendell is stunning, in every sense of the word. Geddy Lee’s vocal delivery is the total opposite of overselling it, he’s understating yet super sincere. The even quieter flute (or is it whistle) adds an unmistakable spirited heartfelt layer on top of an already visceral tune. Extensively, this is an acoustic winner, sonically atmospheric and outstanding in the Rush catalog (but in marvelous retrospect). It wonderfully flows into the closer, that has anchored momentum going for it, and sums up the little flight adventure nicely. When In The End is at its final straw, it’s the musical equivalent of getting home from the cold breeze, and lay in a comfy bed, under a fresh duvet. Magnificent, exactly like the rest of this incredibly underrated record.

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1975
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581
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I'm sorry but I do not like Van as a person. He comes off a very grumpy, and not friendly. Simply watching his little Time-interview had me needing to watch the Willie Nelson one right after, for the sake of not catching moldy-virus (I wrote those sentences even before he even made hos anti-lockdown songs (!)). That's strange, because on his easily biggest, most influential and a definite magnum opus, Astral Weeks, he shines of life from every corner of breath. So yeah, I'm not gonna bother listening to his other albums, and that may seem a little douche, but is still nowhere near as a bad vibe he gives in interviews. But Astral Weeks has so much depth that I don't need any other.
Astral Weeks has a totally unique blend of folk, jazz, pop, and soul. Morrison's powerful singing is soothing to the ears, and he sounds like he couldn't care less about whether you like it or not. Which is a big plus in my book. The songs are strong as the grass is green. Somebody call this the "greatest spring album" and it's hard to disagree. The refrain 'to be born again' is the exact emotion I have as soon as spring really starts to kick in. The title track is one of top 5 best openers to a folk/singer-songwriter album, no cap. I also adore the semi-rhythmic harpsichord alongside playful violin on the magnificent Cyprus Avenue. The most upbeat tempo-song comes in The Way Lovers Do, where the rest of the band reaaally gets a bigger shining spot of their own. And infamously though I'm not the biggest person for jazz, the song does not fail to awe me when I listen. Just like the colorful flute on the remarkable Madame George. Ballerina is like a combination of the two preceding songs, yet doesn't fall short of growing its own identity. And Slim Slow Slider (the closer) is good-and-well like sitting on top of a Chinese mountain.
Beside You might take a throne for one of the best folk-rock songs period. Romantic, yet far from the sugar-sweet. How Morrison's vocals passionately sails over the river-like fingerpicked guitar, are indescribable to say the very least. How can a few human beings create so much emotion in a track? Its lyrics are both wondrous and mind-bending. I mean, the entire record is filled with stream-of-consciousness poetry, surely incapable of being expressed more wholeheartedly. Even though Astral Weeks might feel very uninviting, as soon as you get to the essence of all the introspection, the album can stay in your cabin through the ages of you. And it only took Van and the band (who he didn't even speak to) 1-1/2 session to make this all time masterpiece?!?! But again, albums like this are TIMELESS and Astral Weeks stands outside of time.

R.I.P. Connie Kay and Larry Fallon.
[First added to this chart: 07/14/2020]
Year of Release:
1968
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The Blue Album. Is better. Than Pinkerton. And the rest. Sorry I just had to, 'cause I'm tired of being told a lie over and over again that the latter surpassed the former artistically.
This is probably one of the very most innovative albums on my list. When it came out in '94, this had an amazingly fresh sound, with its heavy, near-drone guitars, some really punchy drums, but that edge was taken off by a blurringly sad, nerdy demeanor, appearing in the songwriting and the catchy songs. Weezer's debut record has taught me how an album build of innovation, should be like: variate the new profound sound/feel as much as you can, throughout its respective genre. You got a short serious banger like Buddy Holly and a winding finale in Only In Dreams. And a normal-length serious/fun (seriously fun - get it?!?? Sorry bad joke), going on The Sweater Song, featuring an apocalyptic creepy outro. Also Blue Album brings many many clever songs, and hilariously interesting topics on top. Fx Surf Wax America, a fun track that, weirdly, imagines Rivers Cuomo taking his surfboard to work while everybody else's taking the car - just alternative means of transportation. The song Buddy Holly, like I mentioned before, intelligently written about a nerd relationship, where Rivers is challenged with having to stand up for a girl (very relatable) and it does not go that well (even more). Like he's gotta get in a physical altercation or something. Undone, also like I mentioned b4, that uses this original sweater unraveling metaphor, so well executed and freaking catchy that I earlier remembered it as The Sweater Song. In The Garage, Rivers does a powerful job exploring all his sort of childhood memories. Speaking of childhood, Say It Ain't So - seriously, one of the best grunge rock songs of all time, easily (bbS you were outta yo mind that day you wrote your description) - classic telling of his childhood home is being ripped apart by his negative relationship with his stepfather plus alcoholism. Sexism has painfully rare been as catchy as on No One Else. By singing about your ideal girl who won't laugh at other people's jokes is beyond incredible, and is a defining break-up song, wrapped in intellectual outstanding humor. The closer Only In Dreams brings incredible sense of longing with a girl or a specific girl in mind. Rivers paints love, or at least this particular lovergirl he's thinking about, as addictive, very well. Plus the abrasive The World Has Turned And Left Me Here, was a song, my elective music-team of my grade in highschool* played - it's onna those records where w'all get punchy yet jammy when we play [we even performed at the orientation-evening with the song - audience loved it!]. The Blue Album has every right for my taste, to be an essential album in music's overall history. It's one of the best alternative albums I know, and it's kinda sad that they ended up ripping themselves off on future releases. Yet they still came through with a substantial, and original album that'll never grow stale. [Although it came out in a previous generation, it still unproblematically connects with my memories I get now, as if it was dropped a few months ago :]

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*Since February 2019 I've changed highschool. My new one is called KG. So I'm referring to my 1st/previous one, that I was a student in for the first 1'n'a half year, called NSG.
NOW, when I play The Blue Album, the fact that it resonates with NSG so much is undeniably amusing: I remember that my very first lesson in music at highschool, the group of us learned to play The Swea- no, I'm sorry, Undone. That was my main reason to why I decided to check Weezer out (keep in mind, I wasn't really impressed with the lyrical parts in those verses to begin with); at one time in music lessons, we were talking about time signatures, and our teacher threw My Name Is Jonas on, to illustrate the 3/6's; I also remember playing The Blue Album front to back, on my way to volleyball (as a last activity-day before Christmas), and my way back home - everything on the record is legendary, and the day of volleyball was absolutely amazing. Memory confirmed; but the most dominant one is the memory of us (the music group of our grade) practicing, playing and ending up performing The World Has Turned And Left Me Here. And....we've rarely played as great, both us and the audience loved it. But I already stated it - so you gotthe point.
So because The Blue Album represents many of the greater connections I've had with my previous high school NSG, then that's enough reason to keep its place on the chart.
[First added to this chart: 08/31/2018]
Year of Release:
1994
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To hear Kozelek’s 90’s-voice, 90’s-poetry, 90's-diary is treasury to the ears. But once you understand the lyrical subject, it ain’t that easy no more. Just like SKM’s Benji, the album is very heavy on human soul. The album has aged superbly throughout the two decades, but everytime I hear Rollercoaster, I forget time; …it realistically paints my situations darker, with more dense-painting brushes. If you listen to the album, and you come back and don’t really understand it, then u got it wrong! The album doesn’t speak to the mind, it speaks to the heart*. Plus it’s an album, you cannot really brush off your shoulder, after, like 4-7 listens. Listening to it, is like riding that rollercoaster - on the absolute stunning album cover - of memories in a box, you wished you never opened, being open. And, I’m not gonna lie, first listen was on headphones while having koldskål (copypaste the word into Google Images to see what I mean), and it has never, ever, been the same. Hands down a melancholic, diverse musical/emotional masterpiece of its time.
Edit: didn't think it would top Benji, but here we are. Koz is singing on 1of the songs "things mean a lot at the time, don't mean nothing later" - yet this album has been rising and growing on me a lot since I first placed it here.
*That ALSO explains why it is so short.

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[First added to this chart: 08/31/2018]
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1993
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 13 13%
1970s 16 16%
1980s 9 9%
1990s 28 28%
2000s 19 19%
2010s 15 15%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United States 62 62%
United Kingdom 22 22%
Australia 5 5%
New Zealand 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Ireland 2 2%
Canada 2 2%
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Compilation? Albums %
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Yes 1 1%

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From 04/14/2022 22:59
good chart
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From 09/14/2021 21:11
Still going through a lot of this. Thanks for the insane amount of writing you've done on every single album (and the intro!). My only qualm so far is the way you've written Close to the Edge is... annoying to read through lol, but hey it's your vision. Honestly not a ton of disagreement about the albums themselves, and a few which your descriptions have led me to add to my wishlist.

This is an incredible effort, and I'll definitely be pinning this for a revisit! Whether to read another take on some of my favorite albums, to hear an alternate opinion on an album I don't much like, or to get an insanely comprehensive recommendation on an album I haven't heard of, there's a lot to do here.
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From 04/28/2021 08:38
Nothing but respect for this level of dedication. These fruits of labor really show how special music can be to us and why this platform is so necessary in stoking that fire. Great work!
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From 03/17/2021 18:57
I appreciate next to none of the picks here but GODDAM the amount of work put into this.
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From 01/04/2021 10:55
What a chart!

Brilliant, personal, informative, original. Keep up the good work!

Kind regards C
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From 11/29/2020 02:41
Good list too!
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From 10/27/2020 22:37
This is that type of list where you might disagree with some of the picks, but are enamored on how this user can describe and make a case for any record that he adores. Like whenever I hit 100 albums that I think are "perfect", I don't think I could ever compete. Also if you want to dabble into some electronic music, pm me. There are some albums you might love.
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From 10/22/2020 11:11
Im updating my rating to a perfect score for the effort put in.

I need to say though, I feel you need to broaden your taste in hip hop. There's so much better hip hop out there than some of your current choices. I know it's all opinion but I feel, if you know where to look, you'll find a lot better for your taste.
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From 09/17/2020 00:25
You rated my chart a long time ago, so i'm sorry for not doing the same just till' now. I love the effort you put in each one of your entries and admire your musical knowledge as young as you are, i mean i'm young, but i'm nowhere close to being as informed as you nor i am as dedicated as you are (my chart has been pretty much the same for the longest time haha). Btw, don't listen to anyone who brings you down, there's nothing more inauthentic than making someone feel bad without having a taste of their own.
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That was fun to read. And interesting.
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