Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Tamthebam (2019)

Hi, I feel I should explain, 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 48 years and these are the albums I've listened to the most. I love 2 collect or 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. I have over 2000 albums in my collection.

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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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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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655
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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 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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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. [First added to this chart: 07/26/2012]
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1976
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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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This to me sounds like the 4th chapter in the Low, heroes, Lodger era. That's not too surprising as Brian Eno is back on board as a writer and creator. The album should be listened to as a whole and to make it more cohesive I would skip the spoken tracks (5,10,15 & 18). There is an apocalyptic feel about the album similar to the Diamond Dogs project. It has an atmosphere and needs to be listened to 3 or 4 times for it all to sink in. A classic album from the 90's. [First added to this chart: 07/27/2012]
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1995
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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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A great album and still their best I listen to this every 3 or 4 months and it changes depending on how I feel I don't have a favourite track as it changes all the time. Haven't liked anything else they have done after this except In Rainbows & Moon Shaped Pool. [First added to this chart: 06/14/2012]
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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 32 32%
1980s 12 12%
1990s 25 25%
2000s 9 9%
2010s 11 11%
Artist Albums %


David Bowie 7 7%
Rickie Lee Jones 5 5%
R.E.M. 4 4%
The Rolling Stones 4 4%
Björk 4 4%
The Beatles 4 4%
Stevie Wonder 4 4%
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Country Albums %


United States 51 51%
United Kingdom 33 33%
Canada 8 8%
Iceland 4 4%
Ireland 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
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fallers Down 2 from 39th to 41st
Let's Get It On
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The Broadway Album
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From antaiospiano 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 pctrooper 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 Julelios 12/05/2018 13:15
Excellent chart !
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From DJENNY 06/22/2018 03:40
Love any chart with Stevie in their top 10
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From jdenny2018 06/21/2018 16:24
Amazing chart. Enthralled by the albums descriptions and personal connections made. Thanks for sharing
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From DommeDamian 05/28/2018 06:59
RECOMMENDATION: XD
D'Angelo:
The classic Brown Sugar (1995)
The colossal Voodoo (2000)
The great Black Messiah (2014)
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From daftpunter 03/03/2018 16:28
THIS is how a top 100 list should look and feel. It doesn’t matter if you agree with the picks (and when someone writes this eloquently it makes that task hard) it’s about taking a few minutes and sayin WHY the album is special..
Definitely a fan...multiple albums by Ricki Lee Jones, EJ, Bowie...and rightfully so as many are some of the best stuff ever recorded. As with many of us 40+ year collectors it’s a little 70’s heavy...because it WAS the greatest popular music decade. I like the dip out of the 90’s back to the 80’s as MTV fluff is replaced by a REAL movement.
This will be a reference list and I’ll be checking your other lists. Love the inclusion of Angie (great, that) and Karen Carpenter was an angel!
Bravo!
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From dihansse 06/13/2017 19:52
Not always completely my style (although I'm with you on Stevie Wonder) but your comments are very personal and that's how it should be!
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From AAL2014 05/23/2017 07:43
I love any chart that features the finest vision in the canon of Stevie Wonder as their #1.

It just so happens the rest of your chart is diverse, unique, and totally honest as well. Well done!
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From DommeDamian 02/21/2017 18:03
Thanks for the feedback. Yea, only 3 albums in common (meh...), but whatever, my top 100 is only reached when I'm over Level 5 i guess. Yours is not bad (at all!)
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