Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by lylecatcliffe (2022)

This is a work in progress just to get things off the ground... essentially 100 of my favourite albums off the top of my head using last.fm to help remember them.

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This is THE album. It’s truly a masterpiece in every regard. Such intelligence in the lyrics and dark, harrowing and all things "inconvenient". There is so much vivid imagery that is conjured up in lines such as "so wash your car in your X baseball shoes" and " just an ambulance at the bottom of a cliff".

I got into the Manics in 2005 when as a teenager I used to gather together greatest hits of bands I'd liked through sitting in front of VH2 or listening to Virgin Radio and at first this record was a bit too much for me, but two years later I had fully immersed myself in it and although its not my most listened to album (I simply cannot be in the mood for its themes all of the time) - it hasn't fallen places as my most favourite - each time I hear it I am overwhelmed by its excellence.

I had the absolute highlight of my life, musically, when I was blessed with 3 tickets to see The Holy Bible in its entirety for three nights in a row in the cold winter of 2014 at The Roundhouse.
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1994
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This album is the coolest album of all time. [First added to this chart: 11/20/2018]
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1985
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My most listened to album of all time... and I only discovered it in 2013. A true journey, lead by Paddy McAloon with his lovely warm and delicate vocals and gorgeous lyrics, through themes of music, God, Elvis, love and death.

I've forged vibrant memories of walking city streets soundtracked by All the World Loves Lovers and when I finally meet my demise, send my casket off to Doo-Wop in Harlem.
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1990
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842
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Growing up on Bowie, my favourite album of his would jostle in position almost weekly, until I settled on this - his masterpiece of masterpieces.. [First added to this chart: 11/20/2018]
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1976
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2015 remains the best and most formative year of my life and it was bolstered tremendously by this vibrant pop album coming as a Japanese import ahead of the summer - this album helped compartmentalise my own emotions, as well as accompany me on a glorious trip across the eastern States and the 4 corners of the United Kingdom. Its been a mainstay ever since, impossibly good pop, impeccably produced and completely out of the left field. [First added to this chart: 11/20/2018]
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2015
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My favourite album by my favourite band of all time. If they weren't so consistently magnificent across their career, who knows - this would probably be at #1. [First added to this chart: 11/20/2018]
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2004
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1989
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1995
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2013
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2006
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Total albums: 100. Page 1 of 10

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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 1 1%
1970s 9 9%
1980s 14 14%
1990s 22 22%
2000s 19 19%
2010s 30 30%
2020s 5 5%
Country Albums %


United States 50 50%
United Kingdom 42 42%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Sweden 2 2%
Canada 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
New Zealand 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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From 08/25/2022 09:56
Over a very good list.
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From 08/14/2022 06:26
Very good chart. Diverse and I like the notes.
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From 08/14/2022 01:12
pretty cool!!!!!
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From 10/08/2020 13:21
This seems very well put together. I haven't listened to the Cribs, might have to check them out
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From 01/04/2020 18:07
Station to Station is underrated! Great seeing it in the top ten. Funny I just listened to Manic Street Preachers last night, man I need to listen to more of their work. Apparently I need to check out The Cribs. Cool chart! Heck you even have Robyn, Lorde, Santigold and Lykke Li, that's awesome.
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From 08/26/2019 23:13
Lots to love here...great to see The Cribs feature heavily in your chart. Fantastic band especially live!!!
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From 02/23/2019 19:28
That’s great to hear, HeavyChair! I’m a huge fan, seeing them 4 times on this tour, met Beth after the show in Manchester and they’re the nicest person. New album is great!
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From 01/11/2019 05:17
In response to a question you posed elsewhere, I guess it was to offset, more or less the backlash, aimed more at the self-promotion than the rest of his choices. Ratings don’t mean much, but I’d rather not run someone off the site.

As for your chart, I’ll echo what the previous user said. Definitely not my choices, but this chart looks sincere and has some personality, so I dig it. And as a fellow Los Campesinos fan, I’m peaches as pie to see them getting some love.
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