Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Spyglass (2020)

My chart is ordered from best to worst. These albums I have chosen are albums that go above and beyond the boundaries of music, and have brilliance to share in whatever forms they take. All of the albums I've chosen are very special to me in one way or another, even if they're outside of my comfort zone, because a comfort zone doesn't matter when you're trying to comprehend all forms of music.

I've added little stories that describe my feelings when listening to each album. They're quite odd, but I love a little odd now and then.

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Prog Rock

"Progressive rock? Don't call me that anymore. I literally invented the term back when my first album came out. You were supposed to be your own man, but instead you studied me like a stalker forcing his own pen into my book. How dare you call yourself progressive! It only took you five years to make me feel unoriginal. But I will continue to reinvent myself. And I will play the music you don't understand. It is the music you think you know since you like to copy me, but is really the music you fear to play or even tolerate: music from the heart."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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2017
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100
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Post-Rock / Experimental Rock

"For today's science project, we shall conduct experimentation on the atmosphere of Earth itself..."
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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2000
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18,321
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Art Rock / Prog Rock

"I was running down a hallway when something invisible hit my head. The strange thing is that sometimes when you are knocked out, your consciousness is not trapped in some strange and monstrous creation. Instead, your consciousness becomes its own entity and travels to another world. And when I was knocked out, I flew to the moon for no reason other than to say I did. Since I was a ghost, the lack of gravity did not affect me. But I learned a little trick from the man on the moon, who looks a bit like Chuck Berry. He told me one of the many secrets to life, and with that, I achieved something amazing. While the moon is 6,783 miles across, I walked the whole thing in ten minutes. I didn't run; I walked. When I completed a circle, my ghost was drawn back to my waking body like the speed of light. And ever since then, I haven't seen the world the same way."
[First added to this chart: 04/05/2020]
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1973
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98,144
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Soul-Funk / Psychedelic Soul

"It might be possible to be yourself a bit too much. But at the same time, that can be a real charm to people. Take it from me: when you're way too much yourself, you can scare away half the women on earth, and get laid with the other half."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1969
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3,295
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Post-Industrial / Electronic

"You probably won't recognize me by my face, but that low howl in my deep voice will help you recall the nightmares of your childhood, and realize that I built them and the strings attached to them, all from the secrets you found that your friends and family held. I'm returning from the grave to haunt you, and it shall be in a manner far worse than my haunting sprees when I was alive. Back then, when I haunted you, I made you want to live. Now, I'll do something different. I won't make you desire death, but I'll screw your mind up to the point you'll want to dig your way into my sombre coffin and cuddle my corpse out of pity. For my howling is mournful like a choir and euphoric like the wolf's cry."
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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2005
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950
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Jazz-Funk / Jazz Fusion

"Take a little groove here, stir in some outer space, whisk my heart until the mixture turns pink, virgins' tears, and extract of the sounds of trumpets."
[First added to this chart: 05/26/2020]
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1973
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4,040
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Country Rock / Folk Rock / Singer-Songwriter

"We all look for beauty in the worst places. Where the jewels of Babylon were once the sought after treasure, most now prefer to seek the whore. And how many forms does that seductive whore take? We are all seduced, but I beg this world not to crucify her, but rather to ignore her. If you don't, you'll become the monsters she wants you to be."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1972
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16,078
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Jazz-Fusion

"I feel a turning point in sonic vibration. Its grip on humanity has emerged from the inner depths of the common eargasm and has reched out to the universe in a more expansive way. Could a black hole have this power?"
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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1978
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710
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Avant-Garde Jazz

"If you can do anything with a rubber band, you can do anything with a big band."
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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1963
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15,204
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Thrash Metal / Heavy Metal

"They say I am a poet, and I am a wraith. They call me a preacher, and a slayer of the soul. I am made of metal and flesh, and I am born of fire and tears. Some say I am both a master and a puppet, but I think what I am is... drawn to my humanity."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1986
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15,739
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 3 3%
1960s 15 15%
1970s 32 32%
1980s 11 11%
1990s 19 19%
2000s 14 14%
2010s 6 6%
Artist Albums %


Led Zeppelin 3 3%
The Beach Boys 2 2%
Stevie Wonder 2 2%
Jay-Z 2 2%
Charles Mingus 2 2%
Johnny Cash 2 2%
Portishead 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 51 51%
United Kingdom 27 27%
Canada 9 9%
Japan 2 2%
France 2 2%
Greece 2 2%
Germany 2 2%
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest fallers
Faller Down 1 from 71st to 72nd
The Dreadful Hours
by My Dying Bride
Faller Down 1 from 72nd to 73rd
Yerself Is Steam
by Mercury Rev
Faller Down 1 from 73rd to 74th
Metropolis Pt. 2: Scenes From A Memory
by Dream Theater
New entries
New entry Made In Japan
by Deep Purple

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From 06/29/2020 10:37
The notes themselves deserves 110/100, brilliant work and a great list! As one trying to write something for my own chart for a veery loooong time, i had a great time going through it and tbh it inspired me!!!

And how beautifully this sums up Fleetwood Mac's Rumours:
''Let us all sing about how the hate we have for each other brings us together as friends.''
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From 06/19/2020 12:52
Your list made me think again on my own decisions. I cant stand Jay Z though lol, good list regardless.
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From 06/11/2020 01:17
Solid work mate.
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From 06/10/2020 23:30
I may not like all of them, but this is a great blend of albums with some cool recs to check out.
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From 06/10/2020 18:42
For the new created chart i give you 90 points because you have more Led Zeppelin album here and that is what i like.
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From 06/09/2020 00:00
Love the notes throughout, they've made me reappraise some albums I tend to keep overlooking. Also, we have very little albums in common, which always excites me. Few things are as exciting as new discoveries.
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From 06/08/2020 16:25
Good chart i like your collection only one point there is only one Beatles album here. but ok I gave you 85 point for good album and much diversity.
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From 06/05/2020 03:15
Good chart! Jazz and R&B are well-represented.
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From 06/03/2020 20:23
When a chart can be eclectic and consistent at the same time. Love your write-ups.
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From 05/31/2020 22:24
Woah, blade runner sound track, I love it!
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