Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by NJ (2020)

Update 8 (01/15/2020): It's been a while. I've listened to a few 2010's albums which I've now added, and since my tastes have changed, I've rearranged the list accordingly. I'm sure TPAB will eventually be #1, that seems to be its trajectory, but for now I'm sticking it at #2.

Update 7 (11/10/2019): I've started adding descriptions to the entries. I don't think I'll do more than just the top 10, but I'm still working on it, so we'll see.

Update 6 (10/20/2019): Yay! I'm finally level four! However, this means I'm stuck in the position I was in when I first gained access to 50 albums... I'm not super happy with the bottom 15. They're all great, but it is, to me, a noticeable dip in quality. Plus there's too many artists with way too many albums. But it's an achievement to me that I've managed to come so far, when I had previously struggled to come up with 40. Perhaps one day I'll be able to have a top 100 for each decade that I'm overall satisfied with. That is the goal, anyways.

Update 5 (10/07/2019): I don't know what I was thinking with the last edit and, looking back at my list, I hated it. However, I've decided to wait to restore fully it until I become a level 4 user. Until then, I'll be in the forums and listening to a lot of albums so I can create a top 100. (I'm close to having one I'd be proud of). Unti l then, I'm going with this weird format. This isn't a ranked list, mostly. I just did my ten favorite albums of each decade from the 60s through the 00s. It's kind of a shame, since there are some great 10s albums that I just love (Suburbs > Funeral), but this is just what fit. Again, this is just a placeholder for now. The albums within each decade are ranked, more or less, but it's not perfect. Also, I was petty and left off 98.12.28.

Update 4 (10/03/2019): Some major changes. I've decided to be lame and try to be a bit more objective. Initially unrelated to this site and my chart at all, I went through and rated all the albums I could list off the top of my head that I've heard out of 100, and realized I ranked a lot of classic rock albums higher than a lot of the weirder shoegaze/dream pop albums I had flooding this list, so I decided to change the list around to reflect that. I'm getting close to having 100 albums I could rank and be happy with, though, so when I become a level 4 user in the next few months, I should be prepared to update my list for that. I got rid of my favorite song on the album that I had listed for each album, since I think that belittles the value of the album as an artform. It's one work that flows. Also, I listened to '98.12.28 Otokotachi no Warake,' and it genuinely amazed me. It was completely overwhelming. The only reason it's number two, below 'Trout Mask Replica,' is that it didn't completely reinvent how I listen to music like that album did. But I enjoyed it on an emotional level perhaps even more. I wasn't sure about adding a live album, but it was too amazing to leave off for such a petty reason.

Update 3 (09/17/2019): It's been a little while since I've updated my chart, but I this time around I've just moved around a few albums. I've gotten back into The Smiths a bit, and put higher some 60s albums that I was trying to rebel against. Also, I don't care. 'Trout Mask Replica' is great. There really is something special about it, to me at least. It was number one on my list some time ago, but I got rid of it since I know how divisive it is. Look, I get why some of you don't like it. If you think it's bad, you're not wrong, but it means a lot to me, so I'd hope you'd be able to look past that and at least appreciate the rest of the list.

Update 2 (08/31/2019): I'm working on adding descriptions. I've written up a few, but I won't publish them until it's all done. Also, I've gotten to include two amazing albums that aren't in English: 'Long Season' by the Fishmans and 'Agaetis Byrjun' by Sigur Ros. Especially with the obscure former, I can really thank this website for helping me find some of my favorite albums. Also, I'm starting to feel better about this chart! I've halved the amount of 70s albums and increased the amount of 90s ones. Plus I finally added some albums from this decade. Altogether, the *whole* chart is starting to represent what music I currently like. Yeah, I do still love the older albums, but I don't listen to most of them anymore. They're classics, anyways; you guys don't need 'Highway 61 Revisited' in my chart to know that, nor do I.

Update 1 (08/27/2019): I've listened to a few more classic 80s and 90s albums and added them. I'm still not satisfied with the bottom 15 or so albums - it seems like a sharp drop in quality. So I still have quite a lot of work! Anyways, the reason for this update: I've gone about switching my #1 and #2. I've been considering this for a while, and after listening to 'Loveless' again, I must concede that it's simply a stronger whole. It stands apart from everything else I've listened to as the perfect blend of sonic textures. The primary difference between 'Kid A' and 'Loveless' is that the former covers a lot of ground whereas the latter has one singular style it follows throughout, which makes it feel more as a cohesive whole, which is always how I've tried to judge albums. Sure, none of the songs quite match 'Kid A's' best, but overall, as a whole, it is more what an album should be. I will admit that this could just be fatigue of 'Kid A,' as I did listen to it a lot, so it could change, but for now, 'Loveless' is officially my top album.

I haven't listened to nearly enough albums to feel even close to satisfied with this list. I mean, I was starting to kind of be okay with it, and now suddenly I'm a level three user, and have to come up with another 10 albums! A few notes about this list: obviously, this is a subjective list. However, I'm still *kind of* trying to go with what albums I think are genuinely great, and not just whichever I listen to the most. However, this list is going to represent my current tastes, and I really don't care about making sure my list is "diverse," whether that's regarding genres or the artists, since I feel that would compromise my actual opinion. This isn't some sort of objective best-of-all-time list, just the albums I love the most, and I primarily love similar music. I'd love music recommendations - I'd specifically prefer alternative music from the 80s through now, but anything you think I'd like I'd love to listen to. I'm gonna work on writing entries for each album, eventually. And know that I will go through and change rankings at random for seemingly no reason. This is a very personal list, and I've really enjoyed making it so far.

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1997
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1977
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 15 15%
1970s 18 18%
1980s 13 13%
1990s 19 19%
2000s 12 12%
2010s 23 23%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 6 6%
Radiohead 5 5%
Björk 4 4%
LCD Soundsystem 4 4%
Bob Dylan 3 3%
The Smiths 3 3%
The Beatles 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United States 50 50%
United Kingdom 36 36%
Iceland 5 5%
Canada 3 3%
Ireland 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Japan 1 1%
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 48 from 100th to 52nd
A Crow Looked At Me
by Mount Eerie
climbers Up 40 from 94th to 54th
American Dream
by LCD Soundsystem
climbers Up 40 from 91st to 51st
Carrie & Lowell
by Sufjan Stevens
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 42 from 14th to 56th
Igor
by Tyler, The Creator
fallers Down 28 from 31st to 59th
Atrocity Exhibition
by Danny Brown
fallers Down 26 from 34th to 60th
Lemonade
by Beyoncé

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Great chart
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From guzguzgarbit 08/13/2019 07:34
Great chart and I'm sure it will be even better when it will be longer.
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From revolver94 08/13/2019 03:19
These are all great albums! I'd definitely recommend branching out into the current decade a little bit, there's a lot to discover! My first thought was "22, A Million" by Bon Iver (another electronic-departure-from-a-big-band album, like in your intro post), but I'd also suggest "Ten Love Songs" by Susanne Sundfør and "Right from Real" by Lydia Ainsworth.
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From Timooosterink 08/10/2019 23:48
Nice chart. I would have picked a different order, but great chart
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From Stover75 07/17/2019 23:46
good chart, what there is of it. I would like to see more but fair play if thats what you are doing.
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