I've Finally Done It...My Top 100 Albums Of All Time

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Synthfreek, May 18, 2013.

  1. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity Thread Starter

    I've been working on this forever and I've finally settled on an order...at least for now. I'm sure I've missed something, but overall I think this is pretty close to definitive for me. I bet some of you might be surprised of what I've included/excluded. HERE is a link to view it on rateyourmusic.

    1-The Beatles
    Abbey Road

    2-Global Communication

    3-Miles Davis
    In a Silent Way

    4-The Smiths
    The Queen Is Dead

    5-Depeche Mode

    6-Pete Namlook
    Air II


    8-Steely Dan

    9-Yngwie Malmsteen
    Rising Force

    10-Steve Reich
    Music for 18 Musicians

    11-John Fahey

    12-Nick Drake
    Pink Moon

    13-David Bowie
    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars

    14-DJ Shadow

    15-Van Halen
    Van Halen

    16-Pink Floyd
    The Dark Side of the Moon

    17-Neutral Milk Hotel
    In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

    18-Agnes Obel

    19-Jeff Beck
    Blow by Blow

    Master of Puppets

    21-The Beach Boys
    Pet Sounds

    22-Ozzy Osbourne
    Diary of a Madman

    23-Joy Division

    24-Jane's Addiction
    Nothing's Shocking

    25-Beastie Boys
    Check Your Head

    Breakfast in America

    27-Guns n' Roses
    Appetite for Destruction

    28-Sex Pistols
    Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols

    29-Black Sabbath
    Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

    30-Angelo Badalamenti
    Soundtrack From Twin Peaks

    31-My Bloody Valentine

    32-Boards of Canada
    Music Has the Right to Children

    33-Manfred Hübler & Siegfried Schwab
    Vampyros Lesbos: Sexadelic Dance Party

    34-T. Rex
    The Slider

    35-Faith No More
    The Real Thing

    36-Grant Green
    Idle Moments

    In the Flat Field

    38-Brian Eno
    Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)

    39-The Avalanches
    Since I Left You

    40-Built to Spill
    Keep It Like a Secret

    41-Aphex Twin
    Selected Ambient Works Volume II


    43-The Cure

    44-Jimi Hendrix
    Axis: Bold as Love

    45-The Frogs
    It's Only Right and Natural

    46-Cabaret Voltaire
    The Conversation

    47-Led Zeppelin
    Led Zeppelin III


    49-The Clash
    London Calling

    50-J Dilla

    51-Pete Namlook & Richie Hawtin
    From Within

    52-John Coltrane

    53-William Basinski
    The Disintegration Loops

    54-Alice in Chains


    56-The Future Sound of London

    Aw Come Aw Wry

    58-Cocteau Twins
    Heaven or Las Vegas

    59-The Orb

    60-The Shaggs
    Philosophy of the World

    61-Cheap Trick
    In Color

    62-Animal Collective
    Merriweather Post Pavilion

    Back for the Attack

    64-Tetsu Inoue
    Organic Cloud

    65-Michael Brook
    Cobalt Blue

    66-Steve Hillage
    Rainbow Dome Musick


    68-Iron Maiden
    The Number of the Beast

    69-Steve Roach
    The Magnificent Void

    70-Pearl Jam

    71-The Irresistible Force
    Flying High

    72-Judas Priest
    Sad Wings of Destiny

    73-Michael Stearns
    The Lost World

    Die Mensch-Maschine

    Static Age

    Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain


    78-Jean Michel Jarre

    79-Mötley Crüe
    Shout at the Devil

    Mothership Connection


    82-Diamond Head
    Lightning to the Nations

    83-New York Dolls
    New York Dolls

    84-Frank Zappa
    Over-Nite Sensation

    Blade Runner

    Love's Secret Domain

    87-Creation Rebel
    Dub From Creation

    88-Otis Redding
    Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul

    89-The Replacements
    Let It Be


    91-Tangerine Dream

    92-Neil Young
    After the Gold Rush

    93-Marcus Roberts
    Deep in the Shed

    Dig Me Out

    95-Spacetime Continuum
    Sea Biscuit

    96-Robert Rich & B. Lustmord

    97-Klaus Schulze

    98-Hanoi Rocks
    Oriental Beat

    Rage for Order

    100-A Positive Life

  2. PH416156

    PH416156 Alea Iacta Est

    fixed for you :D

  3. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity Thread Starter

    The Joshua Tree might make my Top 300 or so list.
  4. Zack

    Zack Forum Resident

    Easton, MD
    No Who or Kinks or Stones or Dylan?
  5. GodShifter

    GodShifter Forum Member

    Dallas, TX, USA
    9-Yngwie Malmsteen
    Rising Force

    Bold, sir!

    So, walk us through the criteria of how each album was ranked and so forth. I've done my top 25, but never to lengths you went. Interesting!
  6. peteneatneat

    peteneatneat Forum Resident

    Liverpool UK
    That looks like a very healthy list to me.:thumbsup:
  7. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity Thread Starter

    I've been chipping away at an initial list of 200 or so albums for the past 2 years so this was not an overnight thing. Using the "reorder list" function on the edit page of rateyourmusic, I would just stare at the 15 or so albums that are visible on the screen and I'd drag away...scroll up a bit and continue...and continue...and continue. The first 20-30 were much simpler but how does one differentiate between number 56 and 57? Really, after 30 it's more or less grouped in a more general way.
  8. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity Thread Starter

    Who's Next and Beggar's Banquet got chopped somewhere around the 125-150 count mark. I do love these albums a lot but I have a pretty wide taste. If I were just a rocker they would probably make the cut. Even though I probably own 20 Dylan albums, I've never fully embraced him.
  9. GodShifter

    GodShifter Forum Member

    Dallas, TX, USA
    :laugh: Ha! Only on SHMF.tv can you get chastised for not including perceived important artists into your own top 100!

    Explain yourself, SIR!! ;)
  10. PennyLanes

    PennyLanes Well-Known Member

    Funny that I didn't see this thread about 5 minutes ago when I was trying to put into words how much a list like this would be appreciated...:laugh: Excellent timing, I'd say.

    Thanks again for sharing your Top 100...I've got a streaming site up and my wallet out. This should be incredibly fun (and expensive) to go through! :cheers:
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  11. nbakid2000

    nbakid2000 On Indie's Cutting Edge

    Springfield, MO
    Which site is that?
  12. marke

    marke Forum Resident

    I have 34 of those albums. Kudos for mentioning Cocteau Twins, The Avalanches and Animal Collective as well as John Coltrane's Ballads.
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  13. nbakid2000

    nbakid2000 On Indie's Cutting Edge

    Springfield, MO
    I have approximately 50 of those. A lot of those I've never heard.
  14. gkella

    gkella Let there be songs to fill the air

    Toronto, Canada
    I only have eleven of your top one hundred in my collection !!!
    Who the heck is Pete Namnook ?
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  15. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity Thread Starter

    Unfortunately Pete Namlook WAS an ambient pioneer who tragically died at a young age this past November. He has a pretty amazing story.

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  16. GodShifter

    GodShifter Forum Member

    Dallas, TX, USA
    I counted up and I have 56 of your 100.

    I notice you have no repeat artists in your top 100. Thus, each artist & album is unique to the list. I assume that was on purpose?
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  17. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity Thread Starter

    Yes...on any list like this I never repeat artists but there might be projects that share members.
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  18. Jeff K

    Jeff K Well-Known Member

    Eastern, PA. USA
    First list of any kind that included both the Shaggs and Dokken.
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  19. roberts67

    roberts67 Forum Resident

    Pacific Northwest
    Glad to see the Mats "Let It Be"!
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  20. MikeVielhaber

    MikeVielhaber Forum Resident

    Seems like an arbitrary restriction for a best albums list. It doesn't accurately reflect what your favorite albums really are.
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  21. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity Thread Starter

    No weirder than people's 10 Desert Island Discs with 4-6 titles by the same artist.
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  22. MikeVielhaber

    MikeVielhaber Forum Resident

    How is that as weird? That, at least, is an accurate reflection of that person's taste. This isn't. This is just an accurate reflection of your favorite album from 100 different artists. It's definitely a list of something, but I doubt it's really your 100 favorite albums.
  23. JulesDassin

    JulesDassin Forum Resident In Memoriam

    nice list ! nice n varied ,I've got 47 on cd out of your top 100
  24. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Senior Member

    By number ten, I can see we're going to have issues.

    Maybe by number 2.
  25. RayS

    RayS A Little Bit Older and a Little Bit Slower

    Out of My Element
    I usually reach for Vangelis before Who's Next or Beggar's Banquet or any of that Dylan stuff too. NOT.
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