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Post Apple's 100 Best Albums
They are doing 10 a day for the next ten days. You don't see all time lists like this posted much anymore since someone always gets mad about them. I'm expecting this list to be very safe and clean but maybe they will surprise me.

First ten:

100. Body Talk - Robyn
99. Hotel California - Eagles
98. Astroworld - Travis Scott
97. Rage Against The Machine - RATM
96. Pure Heroine - Lorde
95. Confessions - Usher
94. Untrue - Burial
93. A Seat At The Table - Solange
92. Flower Boy - Tyler The Creator
91. Listen Without Prejudice - George Michael

First 6 are solid picks.


Tue May 14, 2024 2:24 am
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It’ll be better than Pitchfork type shit at least. Beyoncé will probably get overrated.

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Shack wrote:
It’ll be better than Pitchfork type shit at least. Beyoncé will probably get overrated.
I think Lemonade will be #2 with someone like Aretha or Marvin Gaye at #1.

Apple continues on:

90. Back In Black - ACDC
89. The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga
88. I Put A Spell On You - Nina Simone
87. Blue Lines - Massive Attack
86. My Life - Mary J Blige
85. Golden Hour - Kacey Musgraves
84. Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg
83. Horses - Patti Smith
82. Get Rich or Die Tryin - 50 Cent
81. After The Gold Rush - Neil Young

BIB, Fame Monster, Doggystyle, Golden Hour, Get Rich all great. Not sure if I've heard the Massive Attack album. All I remember from them is the theme song to House.


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My holy trinity of pop albums in late 2000s was Fearless, The Fame Monster and Animal/Cannibal

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Post Re: Apple's 100 Best Albums
Day 3:

80. Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
79. Norman Fucking Rockwell - Lana Del Ray
78. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
77. Like A Prayer - Madonna
76. Un Verano Sin Ti - Bad Bunny
75. Supa Dupa Fly - Missy Elliot
74. The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails
73. Aja - Steely Dan
72. SOS - SZA
71. Trans-Europe Express - Kraftwerk

Lana over Shady is the first big WTF moment and then somehow got even wackier with the very very recent Bad Bunny and SZA(though both of these albums are very good.)

MMLP and Downward Spiral are both all time top 25 for me though, so I guess we still winning even if its less so.


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I find Lana to have 2 amazing albums (Born to Die and Norman Rockwell) and then all her other ones to be utterly boring.

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Day 4:

70. Straight Outta Compton - NWA
69. Master of Puppets - Metallica
68. Is This It? - The Strokes
67. Dummy - Portishead
66. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
65. 3 Feet High and Rising - De La Soul
64. Baduizm by Erykah Badu
63. Are You Experienced - Jimi Hendrix
62. All Eyez On Me - 2Pac
61. Love Deluxe - Sade


-Some more great choices interspersed amongst some electronic and r&b albums. I'd go Ride the Lightning over Puppets, but I get that Master (master!) is having a moment right now thanks to Stranger Things. No random new albums in this lot, though it does still manage highlight exactly how random stuff like Solange was in making it on in the first place lol.


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Day 5:

60. The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground
59. AM - Arctic Monkeys
58. Whats the Story Morning Glory - Oasis
57. Vodoo - Dangelo
56. Disintergration - The Cure
55. Anti - Rihanna
54. A Love Supreme - John Coltraine
53. Exile On Main Street - The Rolling Stones
52. Appetite For Destruction - Guns n Roses
51. Sign O the Times - Prince

More good stuff here but hard to care about old albums when there are 2 new awesome ones out in the wild today.


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Day 6:

50. Hounds of Love - Kate Bush
49. The Joshua Tree - U2
48. Paul's Botique - Beastie Boys
47. Take Care - Drake
46. Exodus - Bob Marley
45. Homegenic - Bjork
44. Innervisions - Stevie Wonderr
43. Remain In Light - Talking Heads
42, Control - Janet Jackson
41. Aquemini - Outkast

Drake in the top 50 is lol, otherwise mostly good choices. Going wih Aquemini over Stankonia might be controversial but I have no problems with it.


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Ewww Drake

I never really got the Joshua Tree compared to Achtung Baby

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No update today I guess.

My fav U2 albums are War and All That You Can't Leave Behind. Not sure I'd have either on my top 100 though.


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Oops I guess they did update yesterday after I left.

Day 7:

40. I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You - Aretha Franklin
39. Illmatic - Nas
38. Tapestry - Carole King
37. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan
36. Beyonce - Beyonce
35. London Calling - The Clash
34. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back - Public Enemy
33. Kid A - Radiohead
32. Ready To Die - Notorious BIG
31. Jagged Little Pill - Alanis Morrissette

Wow, not only did Beyonce miss the top thirty, but they correctly put her self titled 2013 release as her best instead of the good, but inferior, Lemonade. Good job, Apple. Also good job on Nas, Wu, Clash, PE, Radiohead, Biggie and even Alanis.


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Mon May 20, 2024 1:07 pm
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Day 8

30. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - Billie Eilish
29. Low End Theory - A Tribe Called Quest
28. Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
27. LZ2 - Led Zeppelin
26. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy - Kanye West
25. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
24. Ziggy Stardust - David Bowie
23. Discovery - Daft Punk
22. Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
21. Revolver - The Beatles

Well they had at least one more New Album that is way higher than anyone expected haha. I think Billie's new album is better. Otherwise, tons of heavy hitters off the board. Glad that Kanye still got on despite his antics.


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Some heavy hitters there

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Post Re: Apple's 100 Best Albums
Vote splitting for Abbey Road and Sgt. Pepper may have led to Beatles falling out of Top 20 (same with Radiohead and others without consensus magnus opus. Compared to say like Adele fans would all get behind one album 21 to push that to a higher ranking,


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Day 9:

20. Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
19. The Chronic - Dr. Dre
18. 1989 - Taylor Swift
17. Whats Going On - Marvin Gaye
16. Blue - Joni Mitchell
15. 21 - Adele
14. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
13. The Blueprint - Jay-Z
12. OK Computer - Radiohead
11. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

Ehhh, as much as I love OK Computer I would have preferred only having one per artist. Most of the top ten will probably be repeats now.

Hard rock really got screwed over on this list. I get that they wouldn't have all my favorites, but Toxicity and Hybrid Theory both missed out? Weak.


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Whats Going On was my original pick for #1. Now I'm thinking its gonna be a hip hop album, just not sure what. Maybe Stankonia now that repeat artists are allowed?


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Revolver being the Beatles pick and not making top 20 never felt right. Apple list has Sgt Peppers #1 written all over it.

I wonder if they will bite on Born in the USA which is only like my 8th favorite Springsteen album.

I'll predict for top 10

The Beatles - Sgt Peppers and Abbey Road
Beyonce - Lemonade
Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks
Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge over Troubled Water (or Paul Simon - Graceland, but probably not both)
Nirvana - Nevermind
The Rolling Stones - Sticky Fingers
Michael Jackson - Thriller
Prince - Purple Rain

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Full predictions

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1. Stankonia
Lemonade
Nevermind
Sgt Peppers
Good Kid Mad City
After Hours
Thriller
Ten
Channel Orange or whatever the Frank Ocean album is called
Miseducation of Lauryn Hill


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Think Jagged Little Pill should be higher as there would be no Adele / Swift without Alanis.

Bodyguard, Lauryn Hill, Thriller, Nevermind, maybe Shania, Britney and Spice Girls in top 10?


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10. Lemonade - Beyonce
9. Nevermind - Nirvana
8. Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
7. Good Kid, Mad City - Kendrick Lamar
6. Songs in the Key of Life- Stevie Wonder
5. Blonde - Frank Ocean
4. Purple Rain - Prince
3. Abbey Road - The Beatles
2. Thriller - Michael Jackson
1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill - Lauryn Hill



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I knew the #1 artist would be black, there was never any doubt about it, but never would have guessed that 7 of the top ten would be R&B albums (or at least RB adjacent like Lauryn.) Wow. I guess all other genres of music really suck huh?

Overall still a fun project to follow along with even if they completely fumbled at the end.


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They had been doing a good job not pandering too much but fell apart at the end. I think just putting Thriller and Purple Rain top 2 would've been good enough if they wanted to make minority topped list.

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I don't mind the Lauryn Hill pick. Wouldn't make my list but its unique and cool. Lauryn is still relevant in 2024 even though she has released zero new albums in the last 25 years.

Frank Ocean and Amy Winehouse being in the all time top ten is the crazy talk part.


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