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Top Rated Albums

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The following albums have scored at least a 9 on this site, 10/10s are in bold. There are  lots of artists who I’d like to cover that I haven’t got to yet, including classic rock giants like The Kinks and The Who, and more music from the 21st century.

Arcade FireFuneral

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The BandMusic From Big Pink
The Band The Band
Syd BarrettThe Madcap Laughs
The Beach BoysThe Beach Boys Today!
The Beach BoysPet Sounds
The Beach BoysThe Smile Sessions
The Beastie BoysPaul’s Boutique
The BeatlesRubber Soul
The BeatlesRevolver
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The BeatlesMagical Mystery Tour
Big StarRadio City
Weyes BloodTitanic Rising
The Blue NileHats
David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
David BowieStation to Station
David BowieLow
Bressa Creeting CakeBressa Creeting Cake
Jackson BrowneLate for the Sky
Buffalo SpringfieldBuffalo Springfield Again
Kate BushThe Dreaming
Kate BushThe Hounds of Love
The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers

John Cale Paris 1919

John CaleParis 1919
John CaleFear
Charly BlissGuppy
Marshall Crenshaw – Marshall Crenshaw
The ClashThe Clash (US Version)
The ClashLondon Calling
Elvis Costello and the AttractionsArmed Forces
Elvis Costello and the AttractionsImperial Bedroom
Creedence Clearwater RevivalWilly and the Poor Boys
Creedence Clearwater RevivalCosmo’s Factory
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – Déjà Vu
Crowded HouseTogether Alone

Nick Drake Bryter Layter

The DecemberistsThe Crane Wife
The DecemberistsThe King Is Dead
Dave Dobbyn – The Islander
Nick Drake Five Leaves Left
Nick DrakeBryter Layter
Nick Drake Pink Moon
The Dukes of Stratosphear Chips From the Chocolate Fireball
Bob DylanThe Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan– Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan– John Wesley Harding
Bob Dylan –  Blood on the Tracks: The New York Sessions

Echo & the BunnymenOcean Rain
Brian EnoAnother Green World
Brian EnoBefore And After Science

Fairport Convention Liege and Lief

Fairport Convention – Liege and Lief
Faith No MoreAngel Dust
Fleetwood MacRumours

Peter GabrielMelt
GenesisFoxtrot
GenesisThe Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
The Go-BetweensBefore Hollywood
The Go-Betweens16 Lovers Lane
Ariana GrandeSweetener

The Hold Steady Boys and Girls in America

Lauryn HillThe Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Hold SteadyBoys and Girls in America
The Hold SteadyStay Positive
Hüsker DüZen Arcade
Hüsker DüNew Day Rising

Jason IsbellSoutheastern

Jellyfish Spilt Milk

JellyfishSpilt Milk
Carly Rae JepsenEmotion
Billy JoelThe Stranger
Freedy JohnstonCan You Fly
Joy DivisionCloser

Carole KingTapestry
King CrimsonIn The Court of the Crimson King
King CrimsonRed

LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver
Led ZeppelinHouses of the Holy
Led ZeppelinPhysical Graffiti

Joni Mitchell Blue

Manic Street PreachersThe Holy Bible
Joni MitchellBlue
Joni MitchellCourt and Spark
Joni MitchellHejira
MitskiBe The Cowboy
The Modern LoversThe Modern Lovers
The Moody BluesTo Our Children’s Children’s Children
Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid
Janelle MonáeDirty Computer
Van MorrisonAstral Weeks
Van MorrisonMoondance
Van MorrisonSaint Dominic’s Preview
Van MorrisonInto The Music
Kacey MusgravesGolden Hour

The New PornographersThe Electric Version
The New PornographersTwin Cinema
Laura NyroEli and the Thirteenth Confession
Laura NyroNew York Tendaberry

Gram Parsons Grievous Angel

Gram ParsonsGrievous Angel
PavementSlanted and Enchanted
Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Pink FloydMeddle
Pink FloydThe Dark Side of the Moon
Pink FloydWish You Were Here
PixiesTrompe Le Monde
PixiesDoolittle
PortisheadDummy
Prefab SproutSteve McQueen
Prefab SproutJordan: The Comeback

Queen II

QueenQueen II
QueenA Night At The Opera

RadioheadThe Bends
RadioheadKid A
RadioheadIn Rainbows
Nadia Reid Preservation
R.E.M.Murmur
R.E.M.Lifes Rich Pageant
R.E.M.Automatic for the People
The ReplacementsLet It Be
The ReplacementsTim
The Replacements – Pleased To Meet Me
The Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet
The Rolling StonesSticky Fingers
The Rolling StonesExile On Main St.
Josh Rouse – Nashville
Roxy MusicFor Your Pleasure
Roxy Music Country Life
Todd RundgrenSomething/Anything?
Todd RundgrenA Wizard, A True Star

Dusty in Memphis Dusty Springfield

Sigur Rós – Ágætis byrjun
Sigur RósTakk
Simon and GarfunkelBookends
Paul SimonThere Goes Rhymin’ Simon
Paul Simon Graceland
SlintSpiderland
The SmithsThe Queen Is Dead
Soccer Mommy – Clean
Split EnzMental Notes
Split EnzTime and Tide
Dusty SpringfieldDusty in Memphis
Bruce SpringsteenThe Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle
Bruce SpringsteenDarkness on the Edge of Town
Steely DanPretzel Logic
Steely DanThe Royal Scam
Steely DanAja
Cat StevensTea for the Tillerman
StingThe Soul Cages
The Stone RosesThe Stone Roses
Sufjan Stevens Illinois
Sufjan Stevens Carrie and Lowell
Straitjacket FitsLife In One Chord (EP)
Sun Kil MoonApril
Matthew SweetGirlfriend
Matthew SweetIn Reverse
Taylor Swift – Red
Taylor Swift1989

Talk Talk The Colour of Spring

Talk TalkThe Colour of Spring
Talk TalkSpirit of Eden
Talk TalkLaughing Stock
Talking HeadsFear of Music
Talking HeadsRemain in Light
TelevisionMarquee Moon
Richard and Linda ThompsonI Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out The Lights
Tyler, the CreatorIgor

U2 Boy
U2 – The Joshua Tree

Townes Van Zandt Our Mother The Mountain

Townes Van ZandtOur Mother The Mountain

Tom WaitsSwordfishtrombones
Tom WaitsRain Dogs
Tom WaitsMule Variations
Jimmy Webb El Mirage
Jimmy Webb Ten Easy Pieces
WeenThe Mollusk
Paul WesterbergStereo
WilcoBeing There
WilcoYankee Hotel Foxtrot
Bill WithersJust As I Am
Stevie WonderInnervisions
Stevie WonderFulfillingness’ First Finale
Stevie WonderSongs in the Key of Life
Steve WynnHere Come The Miracles

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XTCApple Venus, Vol. 1

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YesClose To The Edge
Yes – Relayer
Neil YoungAfter The Gold Rush
Neil YoungOn The Beach
Neil YoungRust Never Sleeps

The Zombies Odessey and Oracle

Compilations and Live Albums:

Jackson BrowneThe Very Best Of
The BuzzcocksSingles Going Steady
John CaleFragments of a Rainy Season
The CarsGreatest Hits
The PoliceGreatest Hits
Split EnzSpellbound
Teenage FanclubFour Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty Six Seconds – a Short Cut to Teenage Fanclub
Townes Van ZandtLive at The Old Quarter, Houston, Texas
Bill WithersLive At Carnegie Hall
Neil YoungDecade

8 thoughts on “Top Rated Albums Leave a comment

  1. Just noticed this. What does it mean for you when you give an album a 9/9.5/10 rating? Just curious as I might start rating the albums I review; I think it would be enjoyable.

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    • It’s just a way to express my overall opinion of the album in a single number. Nothing too over-thought – 10 is an all time favourite, 9/10 is very, very good. Normally it seems conventional not to use low numbers too much, I rarely go under 5, although there are a few 3s.

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  2. Your site/blog is very good. Thanks for all the good work you have done. My own blog Vinyl Burn aspires to what you have done here ….without knowing it my blog is similar to yours just a much smaller scale. Anyway cheers to you. I really like your reviews and taste in music.

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