Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Moondance

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The albums in this chart are like my best friends - in fact, some have been my best friends for over 50 years. I have spent more hours with most of them than I have with my real friends. These albums connect me to key moments & relationship in my life. These albums are the soundtrack to my life.
As I look back over my life, I see 3 key factors that have influenced my musical preference/tastes and the selection of albums in this chart.
1. I was born in 1956 and the 70's (when I moved between 14 - 24 years) proved to be the most dominant period in my appreciation of modern music;
2. Around 1970, influenced by the singer/songwriters of the time, I picked up the guitar and by 1972 I was penning my first song. And so, I am intrinsically drawn to the singer/songwriters;
3. I am Australian and have been exposed to some amazing & extraordinary Australian artists and music.
Finally, I decided that my chart should limit each artist to one album and allow me a wider opportunity to recognise the artists as well as the albums that soundtrack my life.

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Strange choice? Put simply, this is my own album (my one & only album) ~ recorded in the lounge room of a guy who heard me playing at an open mic night in May 2019 ~ he asked if I wanted to do an album ~ I said 'yes' ~ and between June & November we laid down the 12 original songs. I don't expect anyone else to rate this album ~ but it's mine; it's something I had been dreaming of doing ever since I wrote my first song, aged 16, in 1972; I am very proud of the final product; and as the last song on the album says - 'nobody can take this away from me'. [First added to this chart: 09/19/2020]
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2019
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203
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I could easily have half a dozen Dylan albums in my top 100 ~ he is my all time favourite songwriter.
'Blood On The Tracks' came out at a key moment in my life. I was 18, just finished high school, moved out of home and into a share house, started my first full time job and was ready to make my own mark on the world. My high school girlfriend had moved 400 miles away to pursue her Uni studies & (in a world without mobile phones, email or the internet) we eventually drifted apart. It was a challenging time for me.....and Dylan's 'Blood On The Tracks' was the perfect antidote.
What I really like is that despite listening to the album (I guess) over 300 times in the past 47 years. I can still discover nuances in the lyrics or vocal delivery that capture my imagination and please my senses.
[First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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1975
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23,946
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The first time I heard the song 'Born To Run' is indelibly stamped into my music appreciation DNA. I was sitting in a car with the radio on, waiting for a friend ~ it was September 1975 and I was 19 ~ 'Born To Run' came on - I was mesmerised from the moment it began and by the end of the song I was changed in ways that I cannot explain.
I became an instant Springsteen fan - devoured the entire Born To Run album which has excellence from track 1 'Thunder Road' through to the extraordinary track 10 'Jungleland'....as well as devouring the back catalogue (Greetings From Ashbury Park NJ/The Wild The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle).
In those days the lyrics to songs were not readily available, so I played the individual songs to all 3 albums multiple upon multiple times as I wrote out the lyrics (or what I thought was a 'best guess' for a particular lyric) and in the process I felt a deeper connection, a bigger 'buy in', to each song on the album.
The album has stood the test of time and I still get an adrenalin hit every time I put it on 'play'..
[First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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1975
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This is Pink Floyd's 8th studio album and, to be honest, the first 7 albums never registered with me. I was turning 17 when 'Dark Side Of The Moon' was released and I fell in love with it from the first time I heard songs like 'Money' and 'Us And Them' coming out of the radio. It was the right time (the perfect time!) for my developing musical interests to be taken to another level. I then had the job of saving up (maybe $A3.99) to be able to buy the album with its iconic/classic cover art....and once I had bought the album I spend many hours locked away in my bedroom (or else at a friends place) listening with such intent (just me & the album) to side 1 followed by side 2 - and being amazed each & every time ~ and to this day, almost 50 years later, I still am amazed at how perfect it is as an entire piece or creativity etched into 2 sides of vinyl.
While I rate 'Wish You Were Here' very highly and have sentimental attachments to 'Animals" & 'The Wall', 'Dark Side Of The Moon' is (for me) the ultimate Pink Floyd album and would always be in the top 10 most significant albums of my lifetime.
[First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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1973
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My own experience is that this was the first The Cure album I listened to - lent to me by a friend in 2005. I had it on repeat in my car for several weeks - and it grew on me in ways that I cannot explain. I went on the various song journeys with Robert during that time and felt a deep personal connection...so much so, that every road trip I and my friend now go on ~ and that has been quite often in the almost 20 years since she lent the album to me ~ Bloodflowers always travels with us.
I have Bloodflowers very high in my greatest albums of all time chart. With musical preferences, quite often it is all in the 'timing' and how the music connects us to significant others & events in our lives.
[First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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2000
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883
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[First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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1987
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507
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[First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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1970
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"Grace' is the one album that me & my son 100% agree is one of the best albums ever (in our respective top 10's) ~ the album connects us in ways that only music can, beyond the natural father & son bond. [First added to this chart: 07/12/2020]
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1994
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This album is one of those where I can clearly picture where I was & what I was doing when I heard (part of) it for the very first time ~ I can feel how I was totally mesmerised by what I heard and felt a fundamental shift in my appreciation for Bowie & the music of the times. The songs (Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing) were played on a late Sunday night on AM radio (turned down low) in early June 1974 as I lay in bed trying to listen while the rest of the family were asleep (including my younger brother who slept in the top bunk). Luckily, the radio had a tape recording facility and I taped the songs - which I then replayed over and over until I had enough money to buy the complete album ~ and then to find songs like Diamond Dogs, Rebel Rebel, Rock N Roll With Me; 1984; Big Brother ~ it was like a 'coming of age' album for me and holds a very deep, sweet spot in my journey through modern music. While other Bowie albums rank more highly viz general consensus (& rightfully so), Diamond Dogs holds (& will always hold) a special place for me. [First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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1974
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I remember playing this album (Coming From Reality) & Cold Fact repeatedly while living in the western suburbs of Sydney from late 74 onwards. I loved (& still love) both albums. I didn't know that outside a few countries (notably Australia & South Africa), Sixto was a relative unknown and his lack of commercial success led him to move away from the music industry by the time I was really getting into him. I did wonder every now & then what happened to him as I would play CFR & CF several times a year as the years rolled by. Then (more than 35 years later), 'Searching For Sugarman' happened in early 2010's and all was revealed ~ I recall sitting in the darkened cinema and watching SFS, singing along (quietly) with tears of joy streaming from my eyes - such a beautiful story. Then, the icing on the cake for my personal journey with Sixto, was being in NYC on 9 October 2013 and seeing him perform live at the Barclay Theatre, Brooklyn. While CFR & CF are both exceptional albums, two songs on CFR (I Think Of You & Silver Words) tilt the balance (for me) towards Coming From Reality. [First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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1971
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 7 7%
1970s 41 41%
1980s 18 18%
1990s 14 14%
2000s 10 10%
2010s 10 10%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 1 1%
Supertramp 1 1%
Powderfinger 1 1%
Moby 1 1%
Carole King 1 1%
Eagles 1 1%
R.E.M. 1 1%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 40 40%
United States 29 29%
Australia 18 18%
Canada 6 6%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Ireland 2 2%
New Zealand 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

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Climber Up 10 from 94th to 84th
Cosmo's Factory
by Creedence Clearwater Revival
Climber Up 6 from 98th to 92nd
Music From Big Pink
by The Band
Climber Up 6 from 97th to 91st
Bringing Down The Horse
by The Wallflowers
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Faller Down 25 from 26th to 51st
Short Note
by Matt Finish
Faller Down 20 from 32nd to 52nd
Jagged Little Pill
by Alanis Morissette
Faller Down 18 from 14th to 32nd
Parachutes
by Coldplay

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Thanks for your comment in my chart. Listening to you right now (actually, your nicely sounding 2019 album) and I'll check other Australian artists to try to fix my lack of Australian artists in my chart. You should do the same with the Spanish ones ;)
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From 01/31/2024 21:26
Thanks for your kind comment on my chart mate. I like your chart a lot. Good to see your own album at number one. Wish I had songwriting talent. I can sing but don't know if I can write a song.

I like Australian music. INXS, Midnight Oil, Avalanches. Crowded House (or are they New Zealand?).

I love 70s music the best. I was born in the 70s and it's my favourite decade for music as well as the 90s.

Good on you MD
Will check out your album ASAP
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From 11/06/2023 23:06
You have an awesome selection of music artists in your Top 100. Thanks for your comments on my list too. Exceptional taste in music but not sure of the rule of 1 album per artist but it gives a greater collection of albums. Having your own album as number one is great as this should be about your personal choice and connection with the album.
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From 08/19/2023 21:36
Cool chart! Had to check it out cuz you commented on my 80s chart haha. Bunch of stuff on your chart I need to check out but like what I've heard for sure. I'll have to check out your own music too. Super cool.
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From 08/03/2023 10:19
Enjoyed the read and the listen on Soundcloud. Thanks for sharing.
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From 06/21/2023 08:49
I read your comment on my chart. And in all honesty, yo came off as stuck up with your criticisms of my chart. And your chart comes off as pompous as well. And as far as me having 6 Cure albums on my chart, so what? Damn near ever chart I've seen has a favorite artist with the most albums on it. That's not a big deal. All in all, your chart wasn't that exciting to me.
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From 03/26/2023 23:02
Loving the nostalgia from a time before my own journey and also the Australian angle. Look forward to reading further updates down the ‘bloody track’ mate.
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From 02/02/2023 03:53
Great Chart. Thank you. You gave me some albums to check out.
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From 01/13/2023 03:59
I was very touched by the words you had to say about my chart and I'm very excited to explore yours! You're definitely more well versed in areas that I am lacking in so I'm excited to broaden my horizons!
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From 01/07/2023 20:31
Really good chart
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