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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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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61,196
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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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3,761
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Neo-Psychedelia / Psychedelic Pop

"Should children listen to sonic landscapes that never make it on the radio? Children should be playing with their pop punk rockers and wearing Britney Spears clothes... or, maybe we need to re-evaluate what we consider "for the children," because sonic pop is something new and innovative. And if we don't take advantage of that, our children will never become men."
[First added to this chart: 04/03/2020]
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2002
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16,053
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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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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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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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Art Pop / Art Pop / Prog Pop

"I am free. I am foreign. I am a warrior traveling across the universe, switching from musical note to musical note, exploring every star and telling their unique stories."
[First added to this chart: 06/06/2020]
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2003
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463
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Neo-Psychedelia / Art Pop

"The last time I traveled through the ocean, I heard more than just the rush of the waves. There was a very poppy, but still odd and unconventional rhythm to it. It wasn't the whales singing to each other or the dolphins talking, it was something else. Something about it was so human, and yet robotic, as if it was trying to tell me something about who I am. Well, I wouldn't have believed such odd philosophies coming from another man, but the preaching of the oceans of sound came as something to otherworldly for me to ignore. I can't really tell you what the oceans said to me, because I'm not as poetic. If you want to know what it was, you'll have to find out for yourself. You see, I'm not qualified to preach something like that, because I've only had my first lesson. I'll go back to the oceans again very soon.""
[First added to this chart: 04/04/2020]
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2007
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6,379
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Indie Folk / Chamber Folk

"Spring is almost over. Summer's coming. It's time for you to bring out your flute, join the neighbors in a town-wide parade, embrace them, forget about your pains for a short while, then SING about your pains, and begin preparing for the fall."
[First added to this chart: 04/30/2020]
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2008
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14,496
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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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