Top Album Every Year (Since 1954) by PanheadWarrior (2020)

These are my favorite albums of the year, every year from 1954 to now. I try to list a runner up every year. Some years I even listed a Top 5 if there were lots of albums that seemed deserving. I had a lot of fun making this list! As always, feel free to make recommendations!

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[First added to this chart: 08/21/2019]
Year of Release:
1954
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896
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[First added to this chart: 08/21/2019]
Year of Release:
1955
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4,705
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Runner up: Ellington at Newport by Duke Ellington [First added to this chart: 08/21/2019]
Year of Release:
1956
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1,499
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Runner up: Ella & Louis Again [First added to this chart: 08/21/2019]
Year of Release:
1957
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5,380
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Runner up: Lady in Satin by Billie Holiday [First added to this chart: 08/21/2019]
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1958
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2,362
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Runner up: The Genius of Ray Charles

Rounding out the Top 5:
#3 Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers
#4 Mingus Ah Um by Charles Mingus
#5 The Shape Of Jazz To Come by Ornette Coleman
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Year of Release:
1959
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30,525
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Runner up: Sketches of Spain by Miles Davis [First added to this chart: 08/21/2019]
Year of Release:
1960
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3,735
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I normally don't include compilations. However, half of this album contained unreleased material. And, according to Wikipedia, "By the time this album appeared, Johnson was mostly rumor, if known at all, except to a small group of collectors and those who had purchased the original 78s...In 2003, the album was ranked number 27 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Mojo magazine ranked it number 6 on its list of 100 Records That Changed the World (2007)." It's simply too important and influential a record to omit.

Runner up: My Favorite Things by John Coltrane
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Year of Release:
1961
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2,041
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[First added to this chart: 08/21/2019]
Year of Release:
1962
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848
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VERY close runner up: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan [First added to this chart: 08/21/2019]
Year of Release:
1963
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493
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Total albums: 66. Page 1 of 7

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Top Album Every Year (Since 1954) composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 6 9%
1960s 10 15%
1970s 10 15%
1980s 10 15%
1990s 10 15%
2000s 10 15%
2010s 10 15%
Country Albums %


United States 50 76%
United Kingdom 6 9%
Canada 3 5%
Jamaica 2 3%
Ireland 2 3%
Australia 1 2%
Sweden 1 2%
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Great chart listing. I can't wait to get enough member points to attempt something similar. A heck of a tough challenge though! But oh dear, I knew nothing after Weezer in 1994 (our 1st lot of twins were born 1994, that's telling huh!). As I thought highly of your picks, think I will use your list to get somewhat more up-to-date. cheers.
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