Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Tamthebam (2022)

I love all types of music it doesn't matter to me if the artist is considered "cool" or not. I've been collecting music for over 50 years and these are the albums I've listened to the most. I love to try and listen to everything an artist has recorded. I love music to enhance my moods I like albums that give an atmosphere/a theme, whether that is in Soul/ R n B, country, folk, jazz, indie, rock or "easy listening" or pop music. My favourite decade is the 70's.

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Jill Scott's debut is a masterpiece of musicianship. Her lyrics about loves up's and down's really hit the mark with honesty and warmth. She has a beautiful soprano voice like Minnie Riperton or Deniece Williams but she also incorporates jazz and hip hop. This album takes a few listens but the middle part of the album is amazing (Tracks 4-11 could be a mini album)these tracks tell a story of what is like to fall in & out of love. Exclusively is hilarious and naughty. While Watching Me & Brotha are observations on society. She is a singer/songwriter and poet and along with Erykah Badu can claim to be the Queen of Neo Soul. [First added to this chart: 06/14/2012]
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2000
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One of the greatest double albums of all time and along with Innervisions two of the greatest soul/RnB albums ever. I remember there was a lot of hype before the release of this album as it was delayed time and time again before finally being released at the end of 1976. It more than lived up to the hype. I remember when I finally got my copy on my 17th bday and I listened to it for 2 days solid. Its message is more relevant today than it was back in the 70's - Love's In Need Of Love Today, Village Ghetto Land, If It's Magic, Saturn. There are also some gorgeous love songs - Knocks Me Off My Feet, Isn't she Lovely, Ordinary Pain, As and Another Star. Two great instrumentals Contusion & Easy Goin' Evening and on top of all that is Sir Duke,I Wish & Pastime Paradise amazing. [First added to this chart: 06/14/2012]
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1976
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15,774
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I love this album one of the best debut albums of all time. Contains the great Chuck E's In Love, the album is also full of great observations of love & life including Young Blood, Last Chance Texaco, Danny's All Star Joint and Company. Her voice has a jazzy rock appeal, She reminds me of Tom Waits, emotional yet sometimes funny. She has made other great albums but for me this is still the best. [First added to this chart: 06/14/2012]
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1979
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498
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A road journey from place to place as well as through time is how I see this album. This is my favourite Joni album the atmosphere she creates with the tunings of her guitar throughout this album is masterful. Coyote, Amelia, Song For Sharon & Black Crow are some of her best ever compositions. The title track is Arabic for Travel. Joni herself has said " A lot of people could have written a lot of my other songs before Hejira but the songs on Hejira could only have come from me" [First added to this chart: 07/26/2012]
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1976
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The trilogy of Berlin albums (Low Heroes & Lodger) are the best set of concept albums ever recorded, by anyone. Low & Heroes were released in 1977 within 8 months of each other. Heroes is my favourite of these three it is rougher round the edges than Low, Side 2 (tracks 6-10) create an atmosphere that could be the soundtrack of a horror movie an amazing sound that is deeper than anything on Low and on top of that there is the title track and the forgotten classic Beauty & The Beast. [First added to this chart: 07/27/2012]
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1977
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If Billie Holiday was to come back & make a record this would be it. Erykah Badu has that special voice that leaves you wanting more. This again is a debut album that is ranked in my Top10 albums of all time. I never tire listening to this amazing album, On & On is one of the best tracks but my favourite track is Next Lifetime along with 4 Leaf Clover. But the whole album is full of great tracks with a Jazzy neo-soul feel and her amazing voice adds to the atmosphere. [First added to this chart: 07/26/2012]
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1997
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The most together/cohesive Madonna album. Full of atmosphere and great songs courtesy of William Orbit. Frozen, Skin the title track and To Have & Not To Hold being my faves. A wonderful album that deserves more recognition. [First added to this chart: 06/14/2012]
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1998
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The first L.P. I ever owned. I still play it today a great album every track is good. Best tracks are Get It On, Jeepster, Life's a Gas & the closing track Rip Off, the opening track Mambo Sun would have been another great single. Marc Bolan was one of my first musical heroes and like a number of artists in my Top 100 now gone forever. [First added to this chart: 06/14/2012]
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1971
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The second R.L.J. album is as strong as her debut. This album contains 4 of her greatest songs ever Lucky Guy, Living It Up, We Belong Together & the sprawling Traces of the Western Slopes. The title track is also strong the tracks Woody & Dutch.......and The Returns although good songs don't quite measure up to the rest of the album. So for me its her 2nd best album. [First added to this chart: 08/18/2013]
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1981
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612
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A great album from Lucinda Williams she just gets better with age. Her southern drawl works on these sad melancholy songs. This album needs more than one or two listens before it sinks in and touches you. The standout tracks are Dust, Place In My Heart, Louisiana Story, the title track & If My Love Could Kill but the rest are all good. If you like to wallow in melancholy take a listen to this. [First added to this chart: 10/16/2016]
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2016
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 1 1%
1960s 10 10%
1970s 36 36%
1980s 12 12%
1990s 23 23%
2000s 9 9%
2010s 9 9%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United States 51 51%
United Kingdom 32 32%
Canada 7 7%
Iceland 4 4%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Barbados 1 1%
Ireland 1 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Live? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
Climber Up 3 from 73rd to 70th
Pet Sounds
by The Beach Boys
Climber Up 1 from 68th to 67th
The Joshua Tree
by U2
Biggest fallers
Faller Down 1 from 67th to 68th
Rubber Soul
by The Beatles
Faller Down 1 from 70th to 71st
Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone
by Lucinda Williams
Faller Down 1 from 71st to 72nd
Before The Dawn
by Kate Bush

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From 06/18/2021 06:26
Seems like a good list to explore when I want to find some new R&B artists and albums. And I too love Stevie Wonder.
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From 09/02/2020 02:02
This is the coolest great albums. Some I don’t have mostly the R & B music
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From 02/27/2020 11:07
A very personnal chart. I like it. Thanks
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From 02/05/2020 11:17
Excellent list with some surprises. Love that Prefab Sprout get a listing.
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From 12/29/2019 05:08
Great chart! Love how high you rated David Bowie's "Outside" it's so good! Also fantastic seeing REMs album "Up" it's so underrated. Also multiple Bjork is a plus. Found your chart through Erykah Badu's album "Baduizm" really dig her, really like "Worldwide Underground"
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From 11/10/2019 19:48
Clearly a chart by someone who listened to a whole lot of music. It's funny when you reach a certain point, you start to gravitate towards more easy listening, fun stuff, while some of the so-called "classics" still stick with you.
Only criticism I have is the repition of artists near the top of your chart, but that's probably just a style preference.
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From 10/20/2019 01:29
You are into the smooth stuff, I see. Are you a fan of Y'akoto, by any chance?
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From 12/05/2018 13:15
Excellent chart !
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From 06/22/2018 03:40
Love any chart with Stevie in their top 10
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From 06/21/2018 16:24
Amazing chart. Enthralled by the albums descriptions and personal connections made. Thanks for sharing
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