Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by Santiago (2021)

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The "White Album" has more great songs than the whole discographies of most bands. It also has some average songs and even some that are frankly among The Beatles' worst, but the record as a whole sounds spontaneous and creatively boundless. With The Beatles, even the "weak" songs are good... or at least fun.

This is not a perfect, round album, so I am not sure why it produces such a strong feeling in me. It just feels magical, warm, nostalgic, playful, crazy and powerful. Listening to the White Album is always an event for me. An event that requires paying attention and show deference to the genius involved in putting all these wonderful 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. "Epochal" can really be a more appropriate word.

The extremely well crafted songwriting prompts laughs, tears and reflection by recounting everyday anonymous stories or important social issues of Latin America. Rubén Blades is such an outstanding songwriter; the words of his songs are so creative, relevant and powerful, that he deserves the Nobel Prize in Literature as much as Bob Dylan.
[First added to this chart: 09/14/2012]
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1984
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134
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The ultimate Soul concept album, it has crossed genre borders and is frequently listed as one of the best albums ever based on the pure quality of its music, the effortless way in which the songs flow, the warm voice of Marvin Gaye and the somber but hopeful lyrics. This is one of my 2 all time best "on the road" albums, along with "American Beauty" by the Grateful Dead.

It´s a bit disheartening to see that many decades after its release, the issues approached in the lyrics are still pretty much unsolved. This record continues to be relevant; or actually, it is more relevant than ever.
[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 shines, with two of his best ever songs while the meddles on the "B side" are simply sublime. Even Ringo has an amazing song here!

Sometimes, I forget how good the Beatles are, until I play this record after not listening it for a while, and it just blows 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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My favourite Pink Floyd album. The Orwellian concept is a vehicle for a unique analysis of society by an increasingly political Roger Waters.

Even better than the concept, this album´s best feature, is the incredible guitar work by David Gilmour.
I think he reached his zenith as a guitar player in Animals, and his solo in "Dogs", that starts in minute 3:41 is for me the best of all time. There are other guitar players that may play louder, faster or more acrobatically, but Gilmour´s guitar has superb taste and is extremely dramatic. It almost sounds as if Miles Davies had switched instruments.

The packaging of the songs, with the two acoustic short ones in the beginning and the end, and the 3 main pieces in the middle makes the album structure unusual but coherent. Dogs and Pigs are in my Top 5 best Pink Floyd songs due to their powerful lyrics and music.

The cover is one of the most famous and creative in history and I still have trouble thinking that it's an actual
picture and not a painting. This record deserves a 10/10 for sure.
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1977
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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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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 7 7%
1960s 22 22%
1970s 26 26%
1980s 12 12%
1990s 10 10%
2000s 11 11%
2010s 12 12%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 6 6%
Miles Davis 4 4%
Radiohead 4 4%
Neil Young 3 3%
The Cure 3 3%
Slowdive 2 2%
Charles Mingus 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 50 50%
United Kingdom 26 26%
Brazil 7 7%
Canada 5 5%
Spain 3 3%
Argentina 3 3%
Australia 2 2%
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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 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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From 01/13/2019 12:19
Right on!
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From 05/19/2018 02:22
It's a great chart full of stuff i'll need to look up! You should check out the album O LP by the Brasilan jazz band Os Cobras if you haven't yet. You'll probably really like it!
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From 05/19/2018 00:24
Really good chart
Completely agree with your choice for number 1
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Best Artists of the 1970s
1. Pink Floyd
2. David Bowie
3. Led Zeppelin
4. Neil Young
5. The Rolling Stones
6. The Clash
7. The Who
8. Fleetwood Mac
9. Black Sabbath
10. Genesis
11. Bruce Springsteen
12. Bob Dylan
13. Stevie Wonder
14. Yes
15. Joy Division
16. Nick Drake
17. Paul McCartney
18. Joni Mitchell
19. Queen
20. Bob Marley
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