Top 100 Greatest Music Albums by hoyquarlow (2020)

My Best albums ever list.
I resigned myself to write a brief presentation of the albums selected, not because it is that much relevant but rather because it's fun to do. Of course the list isn't poured into concrete ; usually the more you go down on the list the more it is subject to change. But you got the global portrait. Some artists have albums listed back to back, mainly because I never could decide which one I prefer between the two.
And finally, english isn't my former language so there ought to be some mistakes...
Hope you enjoy the list

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Odd, but the first few listens, I didn't quite get it. It sounded to me like gloomy classical music with long songs blurring into each other. Still, the uniqueness of Disintegration made that I came back to it, over and over again, until the memorable day when I finally got it. Yes, the light descended upon me on that day, making me see, making me feel. There is no way to describe this album's music, you just feel it, and the depths where this record is taking the listener is unmatched to this day to me. After the initial revelation The Cure quickly skyrocketed as my favorite band, with Disintegration remaining the ultimate pinnacle of musical ecstasy. [First added to this chart: 11/16/2015]
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1989
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Again, another album that took some time for me to get into. At first I liked "Monkey gone to heaven" a lot, but about nothing else. Then, a few days later the great God of music opened my eyes to what is one of the most impressive, imaginative and furious album ever made. Was this album even made by real human beings? Even today I found myself asking this question. It feels impossible to match the creative momentum reached on Doolittle. "#13 baby" might be the standout track, if there is any. [First added to this chart: 11/16/2015]
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1989
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I used to prefer Bleach, or even Incesticide, but retrospectively the immediate appeal of Nevermind is absolutely stellar ; within the first 5 hard-rocking songs sequence , from "Teen spirit" to "Lithium" , there is no way you can leave Nevermind out of the "one of the best ever album" topic. Those songs litterally change the world back then, and at least it did change my world ; Nirvana being my first "favorite" band when I was about 13. Leaves you with the rest of the record, which is actually pretty solid too, with a memorable ending in "Something in the way". [First added to this chart: 11/16/2015]
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1991
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55,500
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There is bands you really like, and there is bands that litterally lives within you, making you wonder where exactly were you before you knew that band. The Smiths made me that effect. I discovered them in the early 2000's and for 4 or 5 years I was frankly obsessed with their music, particularly the Queen is Dead. I was listening to that record about every day to the point where I was questionning my mental health, truly, that's how powerful this album is. It's their eeriest album but also strangely their most accessible. Morrissey being a superb lyricist, obviously, but Johnny Marr is the one really delivering the heavy load here, absolutely mastercrafted music and guitar works. [First added to this chart: 11/16/2015]
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1986
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The Clash were a great band, no doubt about it. Still, London Calling alone is about 10 times better than a Clash best of- almost everyone will agree with that - and should be the obligatory starting point in discovering The Clash's music. I was getting a little bored with music when I first heard that record, but London Calling changed it all within the first 10 songs or so. I had never heard anything quite like it. Everything was just bursting with creativity and greatness. A defining moment in rock history and a true masterpiece in every sense of the word. [First added to this chart: 11/16/2015]
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1979
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49,244
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Led Zeppelin might be the band that had the most crystal-perfect career ; Delivering 8 great albums on a 12 years span that feels just long enough, ending the affair in 1980 just before things might had turn bad (maybe). So picking one "best" album out of a discography so good is a near impossible task. I'm going with Physical Graffiti because it's a double album, it got the most lesser known gems, like "Down by the Seaside", "Ten years gone" or "Wanton Song". Although quite hard-rocking, the versatility of Physical Graffiti may be the perfect proof that Zeppelin were not that much a Metal band but rather more like the first alternative band. [First added to this chart: 11/16/2015]
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1975
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If Disintegration may be hard to get into, that cannot be said about The Head on the Door ; I absolutely adored the album on first listen. Depending on my mood I can even sometimes brazenly rank it as high as the 1989 masterpiece. Let's just say it's two completely different albums. I always loved Robert Smith's early period lyrics, very rythmic surrealistic poetry, and we found just that on the Head on the door, alas, for the last time. The songs here are also catchy as hell, taking the raw material of the previous album The Top and advancing it to the pantheon of memorable hooks. "In between days", "The Blood", "Push" and "Sinking" are standouts for me. [First added to this chart: 11/16/2015]
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1985
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Still not a fan of Billy Corgan's voice. But when you land a brick like Siamese Dream, the least I can do is forgive him. Yes, the music is amazing. I don't know if it's the song structures or the multiple layers of sounds, but every time I listen to this album, It feels like it's not like before, there is always something new popping out. It's one of those few albums that feels fresh every time, like you can listen to it for the rest of your life without getting bored.
Highlights : Cherub Rock, Hummer, Disarm, Soma, Mayonnaise
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1993
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Growing up, Iggy as been like a big brother to me, or a good friend. It is still my favorite vocalist and solo artist, always loved is lyrics and his criminally underated signing. Anyway, I'm pretty happy Iggy did deliver Lust for life, a great album that most people are at least decent enough to give him some credit for. Bowie is behind the wheel, of course, but it's still pretty punkish, still a lot more like a real Iggy Pop record than The Idiot, in comparison. "The Passenger" is a real anthem, but the rest of the album doesn't lack incredible songs, like "Neighborhood threat" or "Some weird sin" . [First added to this chart: 11/16/2015]
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1977
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10. (=)
What an album this is... Probably the second or third album I heard in my life, and loved every songs on it ; I even used to cut the grass listening to that damn album, with the sound of the lawn mower not even interfering the climax I was into. Ten is pure, raw energy, it really isn't an intellectual affair like later PJ albums, and that just make it more impressive to how original, unique this album is. Pearl Jam did deliver other great albums after that, but it was obvious they could not repeat this true moment of grace that is Ten. [First added to this chart: 11/16/2015]
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1991
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Top 100 Greatest Music Albums composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 0 0%
1960s 10 10%
1970s 25 25%
1980s 27 27%
1990s 28 28%
2000s 8 8%
2010s 2 2%
2020s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


The Cure 5 5%
Led Zeppelin 4 4%
David Bowie 4 4%
Pixies 4 4%
Nirvana 4 4%
The Smiths 4 4%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 44 44%
United States 43 43%
Canada 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Ireland 2 2%
Australia 1 1%
Belgium 1 1%
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Compilation? Albums %
No 96 96%
Yes 4 4%
Live? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

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Against The Grain
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To Record Only Water For Ten Days
by John Frusciante

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From 06/27/2020 02:11
Sabotage is one of the great underrated albums
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From 06/26/2020 17:34
great list. i enjoy seeing modern music .
i don't listen to the smiths, but i find your description inspirational(referring that your ill! aren't we all.)
if you have the time i really would like to read your thoughts about the other albums.
enjoy.
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From 06/26/2020 17:33
great list. i enjoy seeing modern music .
i don't listen to the smiths, but i find your description inspirational(referring that your ill! aren't we all.)
if you have the time i really would like to read your thoughts about the other albums.
enjoy.
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From 06/26/2020 10:10
Nice to see so what. And I like you have the cure at number 1 so i give you for the good chart a 90. And good to see some description on the albums maybe next time more diversive.
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From 06/26/2020 08:15
This is what I'm talking about, in terms of the term 'great chart'. Very rock-inspired like a lot, but descriptions always, and will always work.
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From 06/24/2020 15:48
I really like your list! Especially love the inclusion of John Frusciante's best album, 'To Record Only Water For Ten Days'.
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From 05/02/2017 17:56
Not the best balanced chart but I don't care when you have so much Cure, Bowie, Nirvana and Pixies
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From 04/11/2017 01:52
Plume, Mononc' Serge et Jean Leloup ... un aut' ti Québécois?
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From 06/16/2016 00:50
i like your list, we have similar tastes in music
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From 10/23/2015 20:37
GOOD
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Best Ever Artists
1. The Beatles
2. Radiohead
3. Pink Floyd
4. David Bowie
5. Bob Dylan
6. Led Zeppelin
7. Arcade Fire
8. The Rolling Stones
9. The Velvet Underground
10. Nirvana
11. The Smiths
12. Kendrick Lamar
13. Neil Young
14. Pixies
15. The Beach Boys
16. Miles Davis
17. Kanye West
18. Bruce Springsteen
19. R.E.M.
20. The Who
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