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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Baroque Pop / Prog Pop / Psychedelic Pop

"My team of explorers has traveled around the world in a search for the 1,000 pieces of this jigsaw puzzle. Many of the pieces are worn and taken by the cruel pains of time and dust, so putting the pieces back together may not be perfect in the way which we assume. But to see them in this way, aged by time, gives it a new spirit which I didn't think was possible. I guess that's what makes us relatable to a 1,000 piece puzzle. WHen we're putting it together, we're putting together a piece of ourselves."
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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2011
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7,372
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Trip Hop

"I try not to scream. Screaming is the same as succumbing to your pain, and acts as a predecessor to suicide. To slowly let out your pains through mellow whispers will suffice. It's not yoga, or something as spiritual. It's a simple process anyone can partake in: calm your nerves while fixating on your pain. Don't ignore them, just give them a slow push."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1994
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19,838
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Avant-Garde Jazz

"I keep trying to make out the message beyond the static, but it's not always coming in clear. It does, however, sound so angelic that I don't want to stop trying. It's funny, I like pretending that I'm on a search for the meaning of life and the true message of God, or maybe I'm at the edge of the universe itself."
[First added to this chart: 04/07/2020]
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1971
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138
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Chicago Blues


"I sing the blues day and night, and it makes me so happy."
[First added to this chart: 06/04/2020]
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1977
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392
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Psychedelic Folk / Psychedelic Pop

"I think there's a real virtue in being cute. Letting all those cuddly thoughts out through a hookah pipe gives the odd little these-and-those that make you who you are a kind of charm anyone can get behind. I guess I shouldn't encourage your kids to do this, but they don't need to know about the hookah just yet. The bottom line is, you still want to teach your children what love is, right?"
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1966
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1,035
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New Wave / Post Punk

"I love it when people call me insane! It lets me know what I'm doing is right. I love it when my funky technique and blockbuster style are mistaken for soulless ramblings and lackluster musicianship. In fact, my favorite thing about it is when I, a pop musician, get to mock those who claim my vinyl albums have backwards satan-spewings by playing with even more funk in front of their faces! Take this to heart: opportunities like that come once in a lifetime."
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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1980
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35,433
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Soul Blues / R&B

"I am ancient. I am timeless. I am sad and I am happy. I'm a lonely person with lots of friends. I am me. I might appear fragile, but that's the true weapon on the warrior. Do not mock me, because I can mock you back and I can do it with a powerful singing voice and a woman's touch. You ain't got nothing."
[First added to this chart: 05/26/2020]
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1960
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1,943
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Vocal Jazz / Soul

"It's very dangerous to try and break my heart. I know you've done it with many other girls, leaving them crying in their homes and scarred every time they look at the phone. But I'm not a girl, I'm a woman. And if you try to tear me up inside, I'll tear you up from skin to bone. I'm not your property to slap around, I'm a free spirit and I don't care what your testosterone-ridden pride says. I'm not saying I'm better than you because I'm a woman. I'm better than you because I'm a lover, and you're a one-night stand man. I've been doing this since I was a little girl. I've had a lot of practice in breaking the souls of people who break hearts."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1965
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2,321
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Chamber Folk / Prog Folk / Singer-Songwriter

"Anyone can try as hard as they can to become a modern myth, but it takes a special kind of knowledge of mythology and something truly innovative to make it so. With just a soft voice and a harp, one can behead Medusa and slay the Minotaur. The logic behind mythology in music is the same logic that can describe what would happen if the planets were to align. One does not need to face a dragon to become a myth. Mythology is an attitude that you take with you the moment you read your first fairy tale. You may exude it, but you must not flaunt it. Mythology must be tame, presentable and relatable. It must make others who read this fables feel like either heroes or royalty. This is not the kind of myth you tell to your friends at a bar or to spook people around a campfire with. And it's not necessarily the myth that you should read in a book. In fact, it might take a few tries to understand exactly what makes a myth. But I can promise you that when you become a myth, you immediately know it."
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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2006
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10,262
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Indie Folk / Chamber Pop

"My report is one our home state, and is based upon old records I found at the library behind a bunch of crossword puzzle books nobody ended up checking out. Anyone can do a report with an average history book, but the phrasings and writings in this book brought real poetry to our whole history. It was so beautiful in its description of our history that I wanted to believe it could predict the future."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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2005
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27,847
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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

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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
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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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Best Albums of the 1960s
1. Abbey Road by The Beatles
2. Revolver by The Beatles
3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
4. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
5. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
6. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
7. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
8. Rubber Soul by The Beatles
9. In The Court Of The Crimson King by King Crimson
10. The Doors by The Doors
11. Blonde On Blonde by Bob Dylan
12. Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
13. Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin
14. Led Zeppelin by Led Zeppelin
15. Astral Weeks by Van Morrison
16. Let It Bleed by The Rolling Stones
17. Forever Changes by Love
18. Electric Ladyland by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
19. A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
20. Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
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