Classic Albums Rated

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  • THE BEATLES

  • 7.25/10
  • Abbey Road (1969) [75 listens]

  • 7.0/10
  • Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) [75 listens]

  • 6.5/10
  • The Beatles (1968) [40 listens]

  • 6.25/10
  • Magical Mystery Tour (1966) [20 listens]
  • Let It Be (1970) [15 listens]

  • 5.5/10
  • Revolver (1966) [150 listens]

  • 5.25/10
  • A Hard Days Night (1964) [40 listens]

  • 5.0/10
  • Rubber Soul (1965) [50 listens]

  • 4.5/10
  • Help! (1964) [15 listens]

  • 3.25/10
  • Please Please Me (1963) [1 listen]


  • DAVID BOWIE

  • 7.25/10
  • Low (1977) [50 listens]

  • 6.75/10
  • Station To Station (1976) [30 listens]

  • 6.5/10
  • Hunky Dory (1972) [40 listens]

  • 6.25/10
  • The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (1972) [30 listens]


  • NIRVANA

  • 7.5/10
  • In Utero (1993) [30 listens]

  • 7.25/10
  • Nevermind (1991) [40 listens]

  • 7.0/10
  • Unplugged in New York (1994) [25 listens]

  • 6.5/10
  • Bleach (1989) [15 listens]

  • 6.25/10
  • Incesticide (1992) [10 listens]


  • RADIOHEAD

  • 7.5/10
  • OK Computer (1997) [100 listens]

  • 7.25/10
  • Kid A (2000) [200 listens]
  • Amnesiac (2001) [35 listens]

  • 6.75/10
  • The Bends (1995) [100 listens]

  • 6.0/10
  • Pablo Honey (1993) [10 listens]

  • 5.5/10
  • Hail To The Thief (2005) [20 listens]


  • THE ROLLING STONES

  • 7.75/10
  • Exile On Main Street (1972) [100 listens]

  • 7.5/10
  • Sticky Fingers (1971) [40 listens]

  • 7.25/10
  • Beggar's Banquet (1968) [40 listens]
  • Let It Bleed (1969) [100 listens]


  • BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

  • 7.75/10
  • The River (1980) [40 listens]

  • 7.25/10
  • Born To Run (1975) [25 listens]

Author Comments: 

ALBUM RATINGS SCALE
0.0-4.5 NOT WORTH LISTENING TO AT ALL
5.0 MEDIOCRE
5.5 ABOVE AVERAGE
6.0 GOOD
6.5 QUITE GOOD
7.0 VERY GOOD
7.5 EXCELLENT
8.0 OUTSTANDING
8.5 AMAZING
9.0 MASTERPIECE
9.5 SUPREME MASTERPIECE
10 ULTIMATE MASTERPIECE

Albums are rated as follows:

Songs are each rated individually on a scale from 0.0-10.0. The album is then rated on overall strength within each of the following 4 categories (in order of importance):

1. Profundity
2. Expansion of Content
3. Ingenuity
4. Continuity

These categories combine to represent the albums' overall depth and, when accurately rated, will always (from my listening experience) show how well an album will stand the test of time and prove a masterpiece for the long haul (not just a "temporary jolt").

The differences in rating between each echelon (such as 9.0, 9.25, 9.5) represents a significant gap in greatness.

MASTERPIECE
A masterpiece (9.0) is not simply an album that has all good or very good songs (Pet Sounds), but actually an album that is a profound whole of great depth, usually replete with masterpieces while being an astounding, tremendously emotional and original work of art in virtually every way. These are albums that are on a whole different level than typical fair and far outshine 99.9% of all music. They are very rare.

SUPREME MASTERPIECE
Supreme masterpieces (9.5) are albums that stand even far above regular masterpieces. Infact, they are masterpieces among masterpieces. They are accomplishments so singular and extraordinary that they take their place as not only the very greatest albums of all time, not only among the greatest musical works of all time, but as some of the supreme works of art in the history of mankind. Supreme masterpieces are miracles on the order of Beethoven's 9th Symphony. Bach's Mass in B Minor. Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel. The Game of the Century. They are rare in the extreme. As the years pass on, it appears more and more likely that there will never, ever be another one in music, so I think these works should be especially regarded with awe and wonder, and the artists ingenius enough to have created them, should be held in very high esteem.

ULTIMATE MASTERPIECE
To my knowledge, an ultimate masterpiece (10.0) has never happened. An achievement on this level is practically impossible.