Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by sageamagoo (2020)

Just an INFP finding magic in sound. These are those which possess great value and meaning.

INSTANT CLASSIC – Loved it on first listen
FLIP-FLOP – Couldn't fully engage on first listen, loved it after revisiting some time later
SLOW BURN – From mediocre to excellent over many listens

Albums 101-200: http://www.besteveralbums.com/thechart.php?c=31951

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Music is my favourite thing in the world, and this is my favourite piece of music. It's an album about loss, about seeing no light at the end of the tunnel, and learning how to comprehend that insurmountable hump and live in spite of it.

This album asks the question, "Is life worth living?" and answers with an hour-long journey through the thoughts and feelings of others who've wondered the same thing... made potent by the emptiness of it all... but in this most dire hour, a speck of possibility appears, bringing with it a new chance for hope. It's only when the final notes ring out that this weight lifts leaving comfort and warmth and contentment in place of pervading fear and despair.

It's truly the most special thing.

SLOW BURN
[First added to this chart: 10/29/2012]
Year of Release:
1999
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15,815
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People are born, they live, and they die.

Hitting play on this album births a human life. The rush of youth storms forth to behold the joys of this world, guided by the songs of elders. As this child grows they find love. As the couple grows, they experience the greatest beauties the world has to offer. In time, struggle and responsibility weigh heavy on their minds. There is always nostalgia and regret for the past, and anticipation for the future. When at last the sustain pedal comes up at the end of All Alright, that life ends. What does this mean? All the experience gathered, all the stories and wonder to behold, are they forever gone from the universe?

No. Life itself has made an impact just by existing. The stories told, while no different from anyone else's, move the listener, and are therefore important for their own sake.

What this album is trying to say is without existence, without someone being there to experience everything this world has to offer, then... there's nothing. More than anything else, consciousness itself is precious and needs to be protected.

Few things are as special as the last 17 minutes of this album (from the haunting Illgresi and on). Forever grateful I am, for that last stretch explains the beauty of carrying on life I never knew before.

SLOW BURN
[First added to this chart: 05/17/2013]
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2008
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1,881
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Almost too perfect. All those beautiful synths bring an energy and atmosphere that whisks you away to a fantasy world where every moment has unimaginable meaning.

By track 10 I begin to wonder if the run of perfect moments ever stops.

By Pirate Jet, I know it doesn't.

If you have the chance, listen to this album on the very best sound system you can get your hands on. Most of the best musical detail is hidden in background layers. A relaxed and ready state of mind rewards.

FLIP-FLOP
[First added to this chart: 10/31/2012]
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2010
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7,319
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Sing. To. GOD! An epic in every sense of the word.

So many times I think about a Cardiacs song in my daily life and make a realization about the way it fits together, only to find new emotional qualities I didn't know were possible after returning to the full album later.

This is the sort of record you think you know, only for time to reveal yet more layers of endless hardship and frission and love. And it just spirals in, twisting so deep through every nook and cranny that exhilaration ceases to cease. The potential for double albums was always so high and Sing To God finally reaches it. The defining 90's Cardiacs statement bigger than all but the best.

INSTANT CLASSIC
[First added to this chart: 09/14/2015]
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1996
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502
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Psychedelic soundscapes with soulful storybook hooks. Pony is Tim Smith's most wild release full of out-there ideas. It gets realer than real with, for example, Fear, which follows the abused hiding under a car from the terror that's searching for them. The next song suggests a pattern of imagined hope and despair, then followed by the 11-minute universe-shattering Cabinet, after which we go back to work in our usual routine—not without the strong desire to "Swim away, swim away!"—before finally deciding to, explosively entering the slipstream of a new way of life in Don't You Ail, Flash The Sea To Steam.

"Are you changed? / Are you altered? / Or changed by name?"

SLOW BURN
[First added to this chart: 05/14/2019]
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1999
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104
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"There are those whose time is due for steep decline…"

This is the theme of Swoon. But consider the title… a most powerful feeling precedes the following decay. A great cycle powerful enough to fill one's life.

So when the final words echo…

"Stella Mater, light is failing…"

Tears can't hold back…

Let's rewind a little for some context.

"When all the bullion in the world / Can't transform what's simply second rate" goes the peak of Elegance, with a chord change that matches the unexpectedly dire jump in melody in Green Isaac II. This line is delivered 2/3 through a vocabulary marathon in the head of a man daydreaming in a ballroom, first scoffing at the dancers, then appreciating how their beauty is something missing in his life. He is an outsider in the workings of their minds. One track later (like waking after a tough night): "In the morning I go walking / it helps the hurtin' soften / I've seen a lot of places / 'cos I miss her very often."

The hurt and pain of past love carries with it magic and joy once felt, such that one simply lives as one does, with all the necessary baggage. "Love becomes you a happy burden / Other lives stay neatly curtained / Recognize that it won't go away"

The original mix is incredibly inventive. The whole sound hushes you. Heavy, playful, and beautiful, this is the Sprout's spectacular Swoon.

SLOW BURN
[First added to this chart: 03/31/2018]
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1984
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587
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What fantastic demented groovy jams. Oh, I just didn't realize the height of consciousness this album maintains until recently. Incredible song structures, with sections changing at all the right times—new soundscape, new soundscape, new soundscape… and the HOOKS! I'll be yelling “I dream that she aims to be the bloom upon my misery" and all the other repetitious phantasmagoria 'til the end of time.

SLOW BURN
[First added to this chart: 03/20/2013]
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1998
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254
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It took a while to see the forest for the trees with this album.

Tracks 4 through 9 are one of the greatest suites in all of music, starting with a heavy sigh and ending with a heavy cry. But life goes on around it all (it's hard to remember) and if the album stopped there it wouldn't be nearly as grand. By the end of the record, it gets to the abstract center of something beyond the clouds of reality, and walking the journey there is an amazing experience all its own.

SLOW BURN
[First added to this chart: 10/29/2012]
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2000
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Another of Cardiacs' many faces. Kaleidoscopic energy spreading feelings like jam over the toast of life. Moves me in many ways. Just look at that sparkle in Tim's eyes – how much it conveys. Isn't life marvellous? Oh, I know it can get tough. But isn't it marvellous?

SLOW BURN
[First added to this chart: 10/20/2015]
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1989
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267
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10. (=)
A journey through tons of electronic and acoustic soundscapes, flowing effortlessly from sound to sound and emotion to emotion.

From the moment it launches off to the moment it cools down I can't help but stay on full alert through every instant. It pulls so hard in new direction after new direction that time dilates.

By far the most captivating instrumental album I've ever heard.

FLIP-FLOP
[First added to this chart: 06/10/2016]
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1998
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2,091
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 1 1%
1970s 11 11%
1980s 13 13%
1990s 31 31%
2000s 33 33%
2010s 11 11%
Artist Albums %


Radiohead 5 5%
Porcupine Tree 5 5%
The Flaming Lips 4 4%
Animal Collective 4 4%
Cardiacs 4 4%
Ween 3 3%
The Beach Boys 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United States 44 44%
United Kingdom 41 41%
Iceland 4 4%
Australia 3 3%
Canada 3 3%
France 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums chart changes

Biggest climbers
climbers Up 4 from 37th to 33rd
Aguaplano
by Paolo Conte
climbers Up 1 from 18th to 17th
Why Do They Call Me Mr. Happy?
by NoMeansNo
climbers Up 1 from 17th to 16th
Demon Days
by Gorillaz
Biggest fallers
fallers Down 3 from 15th to 18th
Centipede Hz
by Animal Collective
fallers Down 1 from 33rd to 34th
Guns
by Cardiacs
fallers Down 1 from 34th to 35th
Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot
by Sparklehorse

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From 05/10/2020 01:35
Update: I love Prefab Sprout now
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From 04/04/2020 23:26
I might use this chart as a reference for suggestions in the future. I enjoyed looking through your list more than most I've seen in my life.
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From 03/21/2020 23:28
Thanks for showing your wonderful chart with all your lovely notes. I really like many of these fun albums, such as Spilt Milk, Wrong, and The Mollusk. I will give a try to Prefab Sprout now. :)
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From 03/17/2020 07:51
What an absolutely gorgeous chart!!! The write-ups are as personal and special as the picks themselves. You manage to hit right in the special pleases with them!

Mind if I borrow the concept of grading how the album has grown? Really love the idea, it kinda gives another perspective on how the record relates to you.
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From 01/21/2020 14:47
I love plastic beach!
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From 08/02/2019 23:18
Great concept, very thought out. Only compliments!
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From 06/28/2019 10:33
Nice! Flaming Lips were best in the 90s and early 2000s. Like your Mercury Rev choice!
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From 03/01/2018 04:52
Love the slow burn, flip flop, instant classic comments.
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From 02/15/2018 14:14
This chart is amazing! I met several excelent albums because of this. Thanks!
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From 02/06/2018 17:27
23 in common, that seems like a lot. Plus, Porcupine Tree/Lips/MM/Kid A just in the top 10? Sigur Ros and Tame Impala are no slouches either. Great chart man
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