Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Romanelli (2019)

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2001-MADJACK
Produced By CODY DICKINSON & LUCERO

1. Little Silver Heart
2. My Best Girl
3. Wandering Star
4. A Dangerous Thing
5. Drink ‘Till We’re Gone
6. Raising Hell
7. Banks Of The Arkansas
8. All Sewn Up
9. Wasted
10. Hold Fast
11. Better Than This
12. All These Love Songs
13. No Roses No More
14. It Gets Worse At Night

If you walked into the darkest, loneliest bar in the southern United States, ordered up a beer and a shot, and settled into a night of drinking alone, the voice you would hear singing all night would be that of Lucero’s Ben Nichols. A band that is described as having a very Memphis sound, they were helped early along by benefactors Luther and Cody Dickinson of North Mississippi All Stars: both played on this album, and Cody helped produce irt. After working in Memphis for a number of years, they released this record and began a trip that continues today as one of the hardest working rock bands in the world.

This album, their first full length release, is alt-country at its most alt. Containing additional elements of punk and soul while maintaining the raw sound that defines Lucero, the band is as good as can be…but the real star is Nichols. His voice creaks through every song, bring a unique quality and toughness to the songs…a big reason why Lucero stands out as much as they do. Technically a debut album, this is a great start to a Lucero collection that so far includes 8 studio albums. And they tour almost non stop, so getting to see them shouldn’t be a problem. This is a fine first effort, and there were even better ones to come.
[First added to this chart: 12/06/2013]
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2001
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241
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Produced by David Barbe. [First added to this chart: 05/31/2012]
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2008
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351
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1997-OUTPOST
Produced By JIM SCOTT

1. Inn Town
2. Excuse Me While I Break My Own Heart Tonight
3. Yesterday's News
4. 16 Days
5. Everything I Do
6. Houses On The Hill
7. Turn Around
8. Dancing With The Woman At The Bar
9. Waiting To Derail
10. Avenues
11. Losering
12. Somebody Remembers The Rose
13. Not Home Anymore

Whether Ryan Adams call himself by his name or Whiskeytown, the results are about the same. He couldn't keep a lineup together for the short lived Whiskeytown, but with the 2nd album, Strangers Almanac, he hit paydirt. Covered in great harmonies and equally great songs, this is one of alt country's greatest records. "Inn Town" opens the door, and there's no closing it after "Excuse Me". This never wavers, and gets even better with "Dancing With The Woman At The Bar" and the hypnotizing "Losering".

Whiskeytown was done after this album, although Pneumonia was released after the breakup. Adams has gone on to great solo success. Strangers Almanac remains an essential record.
[First added to this chart: 05/31/2012]
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1997
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2000-LOST HIGHWAY
Produced By T-BONE BURNETT

1. Po’ Lazarus (James Carter & The Prisoners)
2. Big Rock Candy Mountain (Harry McClintock)
3. You Are My Sunshine (Norman Blake)
4. Down To The River To Pray (Alison Krauss)
5. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (Radio Station Version) (Soggy Bottom Boys & Dan Tyminski)
6. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues (Chris Thomas King)
7. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (Instrumental) (Norman Blake)
8. Keep On The Sunny Side (The Whites)
9. I’ll Fly Away (Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch)
10. Nobody But The Baby (Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch)
11. In The Highways (Leah, Sarah, & Hannah Peasall)
12. I Am Weary, Let Me Rest (The Cox Family)
13. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (Instrumental) (John Hartford)
14. O Death (Ralph Stanley)
15. In The Jailhouse Now (Soggy Bottom Boys & Tim Blake Nelson)
16. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow (With Band) (Soggy Bottom Boys & Dan Tyminski)
17. Indian War Whoop (Instrumental) (John Hartford)
18. Lonesome Valley (The Fairfield Four)
19. Angel Band (The Stanley Brothers)

One of my favorite films of all time. Also, one of the most consistently fine soundtracks you’ll find. The music assembled here by T-Bone Burnett fits perfectly into the depression era 1930’s. Old Timey music. As an album, it’s amazing, and as a soundtrack, it’s flawless. Great performances from the likes of Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, Ralph Stanley, and the rest are a perfect match for the film’s retelling of The Odyssey. Even Tim Blake Nelson, one of the film’s starts (he plays the born again Delmar) gives a fine performance on “In The Jailhouse Now”.

The central song is, of course, “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow”, represented here with 4 different versions. Which is okay, as the song plays a big part in the story. This soundtrack got a lot of people to discover this lost music, and brought some great forgotten songs back into public view. And again…a great film. A rarity when both the film and the soundtrack are top notch.
[First added to this chart: 05/31/2012]
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2000
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1995-WARNER BROTHERS
Produced By BRIAN PAULSON & SON VOLT

1. Windfall
2. Live Free
3. Tear Stained Eye
4. Route
5. Ten Second News
6. Drown
7. Loose String
8. Out Of The Picture
9. Catching On
10. Too Early
11. Mystifies Me

In the aftermath of the breakup of Uncle Tupelo, the race was on to see which member was going to come out with the best first album: Jeff Tweedy's Wilco, or Jay Farrar's Son Volt. The winner was, in a landslide, Son Volt. Trace is not only a great album, it's one of the greatest alt country albums of all time. Farrar shows an uncharacteristic optimism here that shines throughout the album.

"Windfall" is a beautiful opener with it's blessing of a chorus: "May the wind take your trouble away". "Tear Stained Eye", "Loose String" and "Drown" are among Farrar's best songs. The album rates almost as high as Tupelo's swan song, Anodyne, and should be a must for anyone who loves alt country. This is Farrar at his peak, and it should not be missed.
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1995
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Produced by Cody Dickinson. [First added to this chart: 08/09/2016]
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2002
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1969-APPLE
Produced By GEORGE MARTIN

1. Come Together
2. Something
3. Maxwell's Silver Hammer
4. Oh! Darling
5. Octopus's Garden
6. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
7. Here Comes The Sun
8. Because
9. You Never Give Me Your Money
10. Sun King
11. Mean Mr. Mustard
12. Polythene Pam
13. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
14. Golden Slumbers
15. Carry That Weight
16. The End
17. Her Majesty

Abbey Road was the last album recorded by The Beatles, although it was released before Let It Be. The album shows that the group was back on the same page, yet seriously divided. The first half is a normal song cycle to appease John Lennon, while the second half is bits and pieces as Paul McCartney wanted to do. The album is still amazing. Every track is golden, the production spotless, and even the continuous song flow on the second half is flawless. George Harrison is in full swing as a writer here with his two contributions being among his best as a Beatle. Even the Ringo song is good. A powerful, timeless work. This album cemented The Beatles place in history, and is still better today than most records made since.

The breakup was soon to come. McCartney tried to follow in the same vein as Abbey Road, but never matched it. If you look at this as The Beatles final album, then there couldn't be a better way to go out. An absolute classic.
[First added to this chart: 05/31/2012]
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1969
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Produced by DAVID BARBE [First added to this chart: 04/19/2017]
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2004
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1991-DGC
Produced By BUTCH VIG

1. Smells Like Teen Spirit
2. In Bloom
3. Come As You Are
4. Breed
5. Lithium
6. Polly
7. Territorial Pissings
8. Drain You
9. Lounge Act
10. Stay Away
11. On A Plain
12. Something In The Way

Is Nevermind an unbelievably great album, or the best example of right place at the right time ever? Regardless of the answer to the former, the latter is undeniably true. The music landscape of 1991 was a wasteland of power ballads by day glow wearing long hairs with their underwear on the outside of their clothes, Michael Jackson cavorting with child actors and panthers, and the wind of change in the air (not just the Scorpions song) that would usher in a whole new sound and change what we listened to overnight…thankfully. And even though Pearl Jam’s album Ten was released a month before this, it was “Smells Like Teen Spirit” that ended the madness, made flannel cool again, and made listening to music a whole lot better. In one five minute song, Guns ‘N’ Roses, Skid Row, Poison, and everything we now know as classic rock was made irrelevant, and all of the great music that had been bubbling underneath the surface for years was set free to be heard by an entire generation that had grown weary of their parents taste in music.

Nevermind is so much more, though. The sheer energy of the band, in particular Kurt Cobain, is enormous, and shines through on every single track on the album. The use of Pixies-like dynamics and Cobain’s emotional snarl made this group of exceptionally well written, yet simple songs, the perfect music at the perfect time. So, is Nevermind an unbelieveably great album? I say yes. One track after the other, listening through this shows that they were really on to something big, that the songwriting was top notch, and that the sound was the perfect soundtrack for the new music generation. One review stated, “Anyone who hates Nevermind is just trying to be cool, and needs to be trying harder”. It’s true. And it still sounds amazing today. Nevermind is timeless, even if the band that made it wasn’t. This is the rarest of things: a perfect rock album that was released at the exact right moment in time. This is as perfect as an album can get.
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1991
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Produced by Otis Wilbury & Nelson Wilbury. [First added to this chart: 05/31/2012]
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1988
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 11 11%
1970s 23 23%
1980s 13 13%
1990s 25 25%
2000s 25 25%
2010s 3 3%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 6 6%
Wilco 3 3%
Drive-By Truckers 3 3%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
The Jayhawks 3 3%
Uncle Tupelo 3 3%
Radiohead 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 59 59%
United Kingdom 27 27%
Mixed Nationality 8 8%
Canada 4 4%
New Zealand 1 1%
Australia 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 5 from 34th to 29th
Harvest
by Neil Young
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 1 from 29th to 30th
The Last Waltz
by The Band
fallers Down 1 from 30th to 31st
Wildflowers
by Tom Petty
fallers Down 1 from 31st to 32nd
Live At The Greek
by Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes

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From Thad 45 hours ago
I imagine if I wanted to get into alternative country, this might be where I should start.
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From Keatownrodriguez 08/27/2019 21:46
Awesome album with the perfect blend of popular albums and obscure ones as well







Third eye blind was definitely a one ALBUM wonder, but they have had plenty of good songs since, (Blinded, Crystal Baller, Faster, Slow Motion, Company of Strangers)
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From ExTeaSea 12/23/2018 07:18
Good stuff! I should apparently check out Whiskeytown and Lucero. Tons of great albums on here for sure. Oh yeah love how high you have Eat a Peach, Loaded and Deja Vu. I too think Band of Horses are great and they're really good live as well.
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From jeffrey-hodgson 10/14/2018 21:52
I like CSN high, but so-so list overall. Will be interesting to check out new bands
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From PeterSmith 08/11/2018 21:16
I like your chart and especially love the comments - a mixture of informative, personal and often witty.
I have 15 albums in comparison. Some others on my wishlist - just finding the time to get to them.
I don't really listen to country and it will be sometime before I feel I will get round to that.
I liked comments about The Strokes and White Stripes restoring your faith in rock - I've only recently got into these two bands and they are loud, brash and entertaining.
Also Depeche Mode's Violator - you're spot on.
I notice that Bowie never made it in for you?
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From Peppa 05/08/2018 11:55
Great Chart! I like the love for Nirvana!
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From maicenstuart 04/25/2018 16:09
Decent chart, thought it was interesting to see "O' Brother Where Art Thou" in the top 10.
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From kadupheming 01/02/2018 21:44
interesting chart! fun to see many albums from the 90s and 2000s that don't get much love
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From DommeDamian 09/22/2017 08:53
Entertaining chart. 9 artists in common dough...
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From Steppenwolf666 08/30/2017 15:30
I've seen a lot worse album covers than Cosmos Factory - how about Born Again by Black Sabbath
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