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 have provided me with comfort & strength through good times & bad. They are always there for me. These albums connect me to key moments & events in my life. These albums connect me to the most important relationships in my life. These albums are the soundtrack to my life.
As I look back over my life and my lifetime love of modern music, I see 3 key factors that have influenced my musical preference/tastes and as a consequence 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. The fact that it was such a rich & innovative decade is a bonus;
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. Some 50 years later I still have a deep and abiding passion for songwriting. And so, I am intrinsically drawn to the singer/songwriters in my musical tastes and album choices;
3. I am Australia and have a natural soft spot for Australian artists and music ~ many of the Australian artists in this chart will have flown under the radar; some will have never been heard outside Australia. I feel an obligation to give them the credit they deserve.
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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186
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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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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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[First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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2000
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[First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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1987
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536
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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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[First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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1977
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117
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[First added to this chart: 06/30/2020]
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1974
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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%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 41 41%
United States 29 29%
Australia 18 18%
Canada 6 6%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Ireland 2 2%
New Zealand 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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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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From 11/09/2022 06:13
Thanks for the comment fellow Aussie. If you want to see my Aus picks I have a chart dedicated to them here: https://www.besteveralbums.com/thechart.php?c=51317

I'll make sure to check out your own music
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From 10/25/2022 16:44
Thank you for your feedback and for taking time to listen to some of the albums on my chart. I feel they are the latest 100 favorites I can always feel surprised and passionate about. I’ll definitely check out the Drovers album, thanks for the rec !
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From 01/03/2022 00:55
Good chart overall. Nice to see representation of lesser known Aussie bands. Let down by some wack choices e.g. Black Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, Moby, AM over WPSIATWIN, Diamond Days as best Bowie.

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From 05/29/2021 06:55
Gidday Cuz, what a most excellent Chart. Many we've in common, but some I'm kicking myself I'd missed from my lists (Evermore!) and I think I will take your fine guide to re-educate myself on more albums past the '80's! And yes, you guessed right (late 50's!). Hopefully I will get across the ditch sometime to get to your most excellent Bluesfest at Byron - last time I was there, caught Boz Scaggs who was outstanding!!
Cheers
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