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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Sandinistar (2018)  

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Chart updated: 12/04/2018 04:15 (Created: 06/09/2018 13:37). Chart size: 100 albums.

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RankAlbumArtist
1. (=)

Astral WeeksUnited Kingdom Van Morrison
"Talkin' to Huddie Ledbetter... Showin' pictures on the wall"

It's as if everything about life were condensed into an album. This is far and away the greatest musical work of art I have yet heard. Van Morrison's voice and his phenomenal, mostly improvised, backing track can basically transport me to another world, another time, another place. I am forced to command my entire attention to these songs whenever they come on, and yet I don't even realize it. Everything I've ever felt in love, nature, or music is on this one album. Truly a masterpiece above all else.

Key track: All of them, but especially "Sweet Thing"
(First added to chart: 06/09/2018)
Year of Release:1968Appears in:1,170 charts
Rank in 1968:2Rank Score:36,715
Rank in 1960s16Overall Rank:59
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,308 votes)
Comments: 102 comments
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Marquee MoonUnited States Television
"How do I say: 'I woke up and it's yesterday'"

There is nothing that represents my hometown more than Marquee Moon. The epic album links together the grittiest of punk and the most otherworldly of jazz, on a backdrop of mid-70s NYC and Tom Verlaine's awkward but beautiful lyrics and vocals. Every member of Television excels at their instrument, as evidenced by the killer parts each of them plays on, well, every song. There are few things better than going to Washington Square Park on an early, cold spring day and turning up Marquee Moon.

Key track: "Guiding Light"
(First added to chart: 06/09/2018)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:1,300 charts
Rank in 1977:3Rank Score:40,530
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:51
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,426 votes)
Comments: 110 comments
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Purple RainUnited States Prince And The Revolution
"I'm not a woman, I'm not a man, I am something that you'll never understand."

The masterpiece of American popular music. Prince draws inspiration from everywhere at once, and synthesizes it all brilliantly to create an album of terrific songs, one after another. The tracks can be sprawling, with ornate guitar solos, or short, with just a memorable hook. Either way, they're incredibly high-quality and this album is just so much fun to listen to.

Key track: "When Doves Cry"
(First added to chart: 09/04/2018)
Year of Release:1984Appears in:999 charts
Rank in 1984:1Rank Score:25,369
Rank in 1980s13Overall Rank:95
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,161 votes)
Comments: 88 comments
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Yankee Hotel FoxtrotUnited States Wilco
"I would like to salute the ashes of American flags"

A combination of beautiful songwriting and wonderful, strange production that works very well. The songs inspire a sense of melancholy but also hopefulness, but then mix in sounds that seem out of place but totally fit. Kind of feels like Wilco making a Pavement record, and it combines the best parts of both of those bands' styles. Every song is great and the album is a great experience.

Key track: "War on war"
(First added to chart: 09/30/2018)
Year of Release:2002Appears in:1,306 charts
Rank in 2002:1Rank Score:41,151
Rank in 2000s6Overall Rank:46
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,533 votes)
Comments: 144 comments
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My Aim Is TrueUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
"I may be crazy, but I can't contemplate being trapped between the doctor and the magistrate"

Elvis is a brilliant songwriter, and never is that more clear than on his debut album. Recorded in six sessions for a couple thousand dollars with an American backing band who had hardly played with him prior or since, this doesn't have the ingredients that would imply it's a masterpiece. But Costello's singing and guitar playing drive his brilliant songs to be even better. The "Angry Young Man" character has been attempted many times, but nobody has done it as well or as genuinely as Elvis Costello.

Key track: "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes"
(First added to chart: 06/09/2018)
Year of Release:1977Appears in:458 charts
Rank in 1977:13Rank Score:8,208
Rank in 1970s90Overall Rank:338
Average Rating:  81/100 (541 votes)
Comments: 31 comments
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London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
"I wasn't born, so much as I fell out"

The best double album in history. The Clash are one of my favorite bands, and I love most of the things they've done, but on London Calling they just got it *all* right. There are so many all-time great songs on this album and so few bad ones. It's been many years, I cannot remember the first time I heard this album. What I do know is that every time I go back, it's even better than I remembered. Every aspect of this album is executed so well, its hard to believe it was written and recorded in about four months. One of the greatest albums on Earth, what more is there to say?

Key track: "Lost in the Supermarket"
(First added to chart: 06/09/2018)
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,248 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:94,124
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,507 votes)
Comments: 214 comments
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The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From MarsUnited Kingdom David Bowie
"Oh no, love, you're not alone"

David Bowie is one of the greatest songwriters ever, and never has that been more obvious than with Ziggy Stardust. Six of the greatest songs ever are contained among the ranks of this record, and that's more than plenty for this to be one of the greatest albums of all time. Fun and intense at the same time, this album is an undeniable classic.

Key track: "Rock 'N' Roll Suicide"
(First added to chart: 09/30/2018)
Year of Release:1972Appears in:2,316 charts
Rank in 1972:1Rank Score:93,084
Rank in 1970s5Overall Rank:16
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,659 votes)
Comments: 233 comments
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8. (=)

The Stone RosesUnited Kingdom The Stone Roses
"I couldn't bring myself to hate you as I'd like"

Pretty much every song on this record is brilliantly written and brilliantly performed by these 4 lads. Squire is an excellent guitarist, Mani and Reni drive the songs, and Ian Brown is a great songwriter, and on one record they reached their artistic peak. Sadly, they would never come close again, but this album is the best example of pop songwriting since the Beatles (and, I guess, Purple Rain.)
(First added to chart: 09/30/2018)
Year of Release:1989Appears in:1,550 charts
Rank in 1989:2Rank Score:55,963
Rank in 1980s3Overall Rank:29
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,781 votes)
Comments: 171 comments
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9. (=)

BlueCanada Joni Mitchell
"I wish I had a river I could skate away on"

One of the most beautiful albums in history. Every song can basically bring me to tears, and just has an emotional power that, Astral Weeks aside, hasn't been equaled. The melodies are brilliant, catchy but not obvious, and drive the album with minimal accompaniment. If you haven't listened to it, put it on and give it your full attention, you'll never hear anything like it.

Key track: "Little Green"
(First added to chart: 11/14/2018)
Year of Release:1971Appears in:953 charts
Rank in 1971:6Rank Score:25,298
Rank in 1970s26Overall Rank:96
Average Rating:  84/100 (1,073 votes)
Comments: 68 comments
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10. (=)

This Year's ModelUnited Kingdom Elvis Costello
"Don't say you love me when it's just a rumor"

I have already gone on about the genius of Elvis' debut, and this one isn't all that different, other than the introduction of the greatest backing band in the world, the Attractions. Steve Nieve's organ is often compared (favorably!) to a headache, and there are few bassists better than Bruce Thomas. And, as the intro to "Lipstick Vogue" can attest, Pete Thomas can play the drums pretty damn well. On This Year's Model, every song is a winner, and so is the band, with fast-paced songs that show a songwriter with no end of hilarious, sharp remarks about high culture and fashion, over some memorable punk tunes.

Key track: "Night Rally"
(First added to chart: 06/09/2018)
Year of Release:1978Appears in:522 charts
Rank in 1978:2Rank Score:9,988
Rank in 1970s72Overall Rank:273
Average Rating:  81/100 (661 votes)
Comments: 36 comments
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 26 26%
1970s 44 44%
1980s 19 19%
1990s 7 7%
2000s 3 3%
2010s 1 1%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 7 7%
The Rolling Stones 4 4%
Van Morrison 4 4%
David Bowie 3 3%
The Replacements 3 3%
The Band 3 3%
Elvis Costello & The Attractions 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 48 48%
United States 43 43%
Canada 4 4%
Brazil 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
Ireland 1 1%
Jamaica 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 58 from 83rd to 25th
3rd
by Big Star
climbers Up 48 from 76th to 28th
Exile On Main St.
by The Rolling Stones
climbers Up 30 from 78th to 48th
Odessey And Oracle
by The Zombies
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 24 from 55th to 79th
Are You Experienced
by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
fallers Down 11 from 50th to 61st
Ooh La La
by Faces
fallers Down 11 from 57th to 68th
The Beatles (The White Album)
by The Beatles

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From dihansse 12/08/2018 20:04
Great taste; great write-ups
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From NowhereMan 12/08/2018 19:01
Can't complain about a lot of this! I felt the same about Astral Weeks for a long time.
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From craola 10/24/2018 15:44
grt writ-ups on the frst three | would love to see more of these
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