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

"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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58,313
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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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61,844
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Psychedelic Rock / Blues Rock / Acid Rock

"This next film I will direct will focus on a very controversial topic: philosophical intercourse. Imagine the man who makes love to his guitar, and imagine the woman who makes love to her drugs. Bring them together and film it. With my direction, you have something as pure as gold, as well as something more controversial than pornography but not as vulgar. You have an epic poem played like a rock album, a story of love, life and loss as well as death, drugs and damsels in distress. Come play with Jimi. Come play with Dr. Feelgood, because philosophical intercourse is not a belief, or a sin. It's a musical style. And when you've perfected it, you've won my respect."
[First added to this chart: 04/15/2020]
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1968
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20,481
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Pop Rock / Psychedelic Pop

"So, were you guys always this drugged up? Because I jumped as high in the sky as I could, and couldn't find a woman named Lucy. Though I think I have an idea of what's going on in your tiny little minds, because I did see a lot of things that nearly killed me. It's a shame I cleaned myself up, because I'd like to meet them again for a cup of tea. But if you want to brave the journey to a knock-off of Heaven to see these odd sites again, tell me about it."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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1967
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72,259
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Country

"No ticket required. All you have to do is shoot a man in Reno, and record him dying with a camera. Play me the video, and I'll judge how much masculinity you had when you killed the man. It helps if this was the manner in which you decided to divorce your 'wife.' Play me the video, then I'll show you what a real cowboy is like."
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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1968
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6,314
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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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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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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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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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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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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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