Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Spyglass (2020)

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This list is a prototype so it's going to undergo a lot of changes overtime. As I work on my other charts like year charts and custom charts, I'll get a better idea of what's what on this one.

I'll be adding free verse poems and stories that describe my feelings pertaining the each album's approach. These are very personal poems.

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Hard Rock

"I went out for a drive to the bar, and a song about a stairway to heaven played on the radio in my truck. When the song was over, I turned the radio off to let the song soak in my mind. The scenery I had experienced when hearing the song lingered in my mind to bar doors, reminded of the western saloon entrance, I saw Music himself drinking a gin and tonic. He wasn't the Devil, contrary to most people's assumption, but that dazzling grin on his face carried a vanity unmatched. Despite the shudder down my spine, I sat down next to him and bought a drink. As soon as I sat down, I heard that same strange song from the radio playing in the bar. I asked Music, 'How did you write something so incredible?' He showed me that infamous grin of his and simply replied. 'God makes better music than the devil.'"
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1971
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59,575
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Baroque Pop

"I could be a friend to the whole world if I wanted. I could be a friend to all the little boys and girls, the guys at the pub, the ladies at the beach... but the world doesn't want that, so I'll strum along with my own love and have a chat with my old friend, Sloop John B. We could talk about the social and political advancements in relationships with chicks, the unimportance of marijuana and its brothers, and the joy of rambling on as a tool for maintaining focus. As the bells jingle and the horns honk, we find a new meaning to life and a musical outlook on siblinghood. And to all that, I say, Yes. It would be nice."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1966
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58,252
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Folk Pop / Singer-Songwriter

"I remember my first vist to a meditation chamber. I'll never forget what that ghostly voice said to me when I sat down on the center of the sheep's wool carpet: Lay down, and close your eyes. Ignore the thunder and rain, and imagine yourself in a meadow, in the arms of the one you trust the most. You could be swimming in your woman's tears, you could be wishing you were someone else, or you could be gently stroking a woman for something vaguely dirty. Either way, you've got some powerful emotion you want to let out. There are many ways to unleash it and calm your nerves, so I suggest you try, and you'll find yourself in that meadow again."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1970
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14,951
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Art Rock / Experimental Rock

"Do not tell me the intangible can't be broken. We have broken the sound barrier by tormenting our instruments to the point of no return to sanity. All they can play now is our distress. We have broken the thoughts and wills of people by the whips in our hands and the heels of our boots. We break hearts, and we break apart truths to twist them into our lies. And so, why can we not break the boundaries of music?"
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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1967
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61,892
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Cool Jazz

"There there, I know your pain. And I'm here to tell you that someone else out there shares your pain. You're not alone. My saxophone and I have been everywhere. We know the look of a brother in need of a hug. There's no other look in an eye like the brotherless soul. If you don't know who your brother in this world is, I'll take his place until you find him. And something that helps me overcome my abysmal levels of sorrow is to talk through my saxophone, so it can talk back to me. It works every time."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1959
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30,742
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Indie Rock / Chamber Pop

"For a little while, I remembered what it was like to be a teenager. But I wasn't living in a big city. I was in a poem written by a nobody who would become very influential two-hundred years later. It's like my life became squeezed into one semi-prehistoric suburbia where color TV's were still fairly advanced. All around me there were women crying out poems of distress, trying desparately to find one piece of their own melancholy they could connect with mine as if we were the same people living different lives. It's amazing how people go everywhere when you're stuck in a small, rural town... or even trapped in a poem."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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2004
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61,317
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East Coast Hip Hop

"When purifying the diamond, processing too many times can damage it. The purification must be done just right, and if you're lucky, you'll understand everything that makes the diamond shine as the most popular gem on the planet should. Eventually, when the white jewel reflects the sun, it will glow white to the point it appears black. This is the last stage of purification, and can be done incorrectly and has been messed up by many amateurs in the past. But when that diamond is pure, it will shine of a very faint color: blue."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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2001
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3,789
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Art Pop/ Prog Pop

"Innovation. Organization. Demonstration. Exaggeration. Surrealism. Forget about the whole 'sugar, spice and everything nice' combo that all women strive for. That comes to me naturally, but that is not what defines me. You can call me a woman, but you can never lump me in with the rest of the women on the planet."
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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1982
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5,848
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Roots Rock / Folk Rock

"Come, brothers, and let us glorify that which the devil tries to claim for himself: our untainted songs of the homeland which we stayed young until becoming men by the strings of our guitars. Upon this rock will the foundations of music be formed, and let those who preach this word join in for one last dance. And let the dance be a symbol of how our spirits will live on as the pioneers of this ever-expanding and ever-changing belief that rock will never die so long as the waltz is still danced. Separated we are heroes, but together we are Olympians."
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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1978
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1,299
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Space Ambient / Progressive Electronic

"There's corruption everywhere. There's corruption in the shadows of the streets you walk through endlessly without a guide you can see. There's corruption in the neon lights that serve you your beer. There's corruption in the jazz music played at the clubs you pass while going to work. There's corruption in the human. There's corruption in the robot. Whatever rights people claim to kill passively are nothing but another excuse to assume dominance of one form or another. In the end, robots are humans are only different because of their parts."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1994
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1,720
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 3 3%
1960s 18 18%
1970s 30 30%
1980s 11 11%
1990s 19 19%
2000s 14 14%
2010s 5 5%
Country Albums %


United States 49 49%
United Kingdom 30 30%
Canada 9 9%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
France 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
Greece 2 2%
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Live? Albums %
No 96 96%
Yes 4 4%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 13 from 54th to 41st
The Smile Sessions
by The Beach Boys
climbers Up 12 from 49th to 37th
Remain In Light
by Talking Heads
climbers Up 12 from 38th to 26th
Stand!
by Sly & The Family Stone
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 4 from 46th to 50th
Treasure
by Cocteau Twins
fallers Down 3 from 45th to 48th
Freak Out!
by The Mothers Of Invention
fallers Down 3 from 51st to 54th
Aquemini
by OutKast

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Woah, blade runner sound track, I love it!
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From 04/30/2020 03:56
Cool chart! Vangelis Bladerunner soundtrack is great!
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From 04/29/2020 17:59
great chart
good to see Siouxsie, Let Love In and many others.
good variety
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From 04/14/2020 02:56
work on progress or not, some great stuff here!! always love seeing another pet sounds stan ;)
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From 04/13/2020 00:44
...close to perfection.
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From 04/11/2020 02:18
Great and varied taste, especially love Siouxsie and the Cocteau Twins.
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From 04/05/2020 04:46
An intriguing and varied chart. I don't personally know much about contemporary metal albums, but it's great to see them in the rarified company of Michael Chapman and Tim Buckley - I've never seen anyone pick "Dream Letter" before. Your year charts are going to be interesting.
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From 04/05/2020 03:08
So much good. Intrigued by the original Blade Runner soundtrack. Also thank you for choosing the best Sly and The Family Stone record.
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From 04/04/2020 21:05
Cool Chart. Honestly there's a handful of albums I dislike on here, but there's just as much stuff which I love, if not more. It's just good to see someone with a really diverse appreciation of music like this.
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From 04/04/2020 19:01
A very solid start! Glad to see you've given Arcade Fire's Funeral a prominent place on your overall chart, as I still think, all these years later, that it's one of the greatest things I've ever heard. It's a rare thing when an album, on first listen, feels entirely fresh and yet somehow familiar. That one did.
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6. Led Zeppelin
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
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13. Neil Young
14. Pixies
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16. Miles Davis
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