Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Santiago (2022)

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The "White Album" has more great songs than entire discographies of other artists, while at the same time carrying some of The Beatles' most ridiculous tunes (and some of the latter are actually good) Despite all this unevenness, the record as a whole sounds spontaneous and creatively boundless.

This is not a perfect, round album, so I am not sure why it generates such a strong feeling in me. I see it as a warm, nostalgic, playful, weird and powerful collection of songs. Listening to the White Album is always an event for me; an event that requires paying attention and showing deference to the genius involved in putting all this outstanding music together.

With occasion of the 50th anniversary of its release, Jordan Orlando wrote an article for the New Yorker, aptly titled "The Accidental Perfection of The Beatles' White Album". Indeed, this messy, mismatched mumbo jumbo of a record cannot be more beautiful.
[First added to this chart: 06/28/2012]
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1968
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For many, this is the best Latin American album ever. I agree.

Rubén Blades is an intelligent, literate composer and here we find him at his height, offering 7 instant classics that are enjoyable as much as relevant... or "epochal" can really be a more appropriate word.

The extremely well crafted lyrics prompt laughs, tears and reflection by recounting everyday anonymous stories or important social Latin American issues. Rubén Blades is such an outstanding songwriter and his lyrics are so creative, relevant and powerful, that he deserves the Nobel Prize in Literature more than Bob Dylan. I wonder if they are listening to Ruben Blades in Sweeden?
[First added to this chart: 09/14/2012]
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1984
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147
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The ultimate Soul concept album, it has crossed genre borders and is frequently listed as one of the best records ever based on quality of its music, the effortless way in which the songs flow, the warm voice of Marvin Gaye and the somber but hopeful lyrics.

It´s really sad to see that many decades after its release, the issues approached in the lyrics are still pretty much unsolved. The poorest Americans dying on wars abroad, racial tensions and environmental disaster are realities that we see everyday. For all these reasons, this record continues to be relevant; or actually, it´s even more relevant than ever before
[First added to this chart: 06/28/2012]
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1971
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Considered strange by some and a masterpiece by many. The music and the musical ideas will blow the mind of most. [First added to this chart: 09/14/2012]
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1970
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What an amazing collection of music! George Harrison reaches his peak, with two of his best ever songs while the medleys on the "B side" are some of the most beautiful music ever created by The Beatles. Even Ringo has a fun song here!

Sometimes, I forget how extremely good the Beatles are, until I play this record, after not listening it for a while, and it just keeps blowing my mind again and again.

In addition, it has one of the most iconic and recognizable artworks of all time with a picture that has entered pop culture.

The only low point for me is "Maxwell´s Silver Hammer". I can understand Lennon and Harrison tired of playing these "Granny Tunes" as John used to call them.
[First added to this chart: 06/28/2012]
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1969
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The powerful mix of amazing guitar riffs, bass lines and drums with some catchy melodies and very fun lyrics makes it a classic. This is a very fun record to listen to, by a very fun and charismatic band.

Listening to the Pixies always elicits a "screw everything" mood... and that's a great feeling.
Some of the songs even feel like they have been left with a "not so great" finish, but that only adds more personality. It´s like if the band didn´t take all the recording process so seriously, and as long as the songs sounded fresh, powerful and fun, they could go unpolished.

It feels like a statement of a relaxed way of seeing life.
[First added to this chart: 06/03/2018]
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1988
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Very experimental and daring in its time. The name of the album really suits its music and Coleman's interpretations are very avant-garde. [First added to this chart: 09/14/2012]
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1959
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I like the mix of Brazilian rhythms and topics with 70's style sounds, especially funk.

The lyrics are charmingly naive because they feel extremely honest and appropriate for the time, place and situation of the composer.
The stories in the songs and the way they are told are a fantastic window into many aspects of the urban "carioca" Afro-Brazilian culture.

Topics like Football, History, Mysticism and "Candomblé" are treated in a fresh, creative, sometimes lighthearted, sometimes dignified manner.
[First added to this chart: 07/04/2012]
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1974
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Beautiful songs individually, but foremost an inspiring collection of tunes that create a dreamy, contemplative mood when the album is played entirely. You can spend the whole fall and winter listening to this album as there is no better music to match a beautiful dark, grey and rainy Vancouver day. [First added to this chart: 11/16/2015]
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2001
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This album displays different jazz styles spanning 3 decades in a single beautiful collection of songs. Charles Mingus is my favourite bass player. [First added to this chart: 09/14/2012]
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1959
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 7 7%
1960s 22 22%
1970s 27 27%
1980s 11 11%
1990s 11 11%
2000s 11 11%
2010s 11 11%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 6 6%
Miles Davis 4 4%
Radiohead 4 4%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
Neil Young 3 3%
The Cure 3 3%
Paulinho Da Viola 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 50 50%
United Kingdom 27 27%
Brazil 7 7%
Canada 4 4%
Spain 3 3%
Argentina 3 3%
Australia 1 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Live? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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From 04/08/2022 17:10
pretty much an excellent chart, love your jazz picks
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From 09/19/2021 20:35
Nice list. Interesting to see classic rock mixed with stuff I've been unaware of. Thanks for the eye opener!
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From 08/19/2021 14:17
I have mixed emotions about this chart on the whole.

‘Escafandra’ is at large not wrong about it being good in terms of its variety chronologically and its regional scope. The former is something I demand of charts; whilst the latter does add a great deal of interest. The jazz albums also add a lot of interest although they are by no means unique. However, I must say that the chart is weak on one decade – the 1990s, from which the albums included – with the conspicuous exception of ‘Dummy’ – really are to my mind overrated at best.
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From 11/29/2020 19:07
The White album is a good pick for number 1. It's stuck with me a lot longer than Abbey Road
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From 10/24/2020 23:35
You put the Beatles on number 1 what is clearly cool. But i like the rest of your list as much as i can. Some artists i don´t know before from Spain and Brazil but that makes the diversity .
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From 10/24/2020 12:18
You put a lot of effort on this. Really good chart with amazing picks. Im more of a Revolver/Highway 61 kind of guy. Though theres good tracks im not too fond of White Album/Desire. I 100% agree on Sgt Pepper though, Strawberry Fields and Penny Lane shouldve replaced some of those weaker songs.
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From 09/21/2020 15:58
¡Hey, man!

I hope you liked La Barranca. Just came to check your recommendations. Now I'll have to pay more attention to Low, I've heard some songs but I will check that album. It was hard for me to put Beatles' White Album for the same reason as yours: it is so irregular. But I guess we put it there for that exact reason, I love those albums where you can tell the band is finding exactly different sounds and ideas that's why I love Pearl Jam's No Code or Radiohead's Kid A.

Anyway... ¡Saludos desde México!
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From 08/28/2020 11:05
I like your list very much, especially the comments that are spot on in my opinion and the inspiration it gives me to listen to records I do not know yet or haven't give much attention untill now.
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From 08/20/2020 22:40
This is a great chart, full of variety in terms of its regional and chronological scope.
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From 01/13/2019 15:00
Great choice for #1
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