Welcome to Space Yeti Café list of the top 100 albums of all time. Here’s how it works:
I’ll start working to develop a list of what I believe are the best albums ever written with a brief explanation as to why each one deserves a spot on the list. This will be a slow process that could take me the better part of a year. It will start out in what seems like no particular order until it finally comes to fruition as a complete list. Yes, the number one spot will go to what I think is the greatest album of all time.
But it doesn’t end there … I’ll continue to update the list if I change my opinion or if I feel that a new album deserves a spot. Think of this as my digital record stack. I may even turn it into a physical record stack one day …
100. Radiohead – In Rainbows
This is blasphemy … THIS IS MADNESS … No … I do actually think this is the greatest album from this British rock band. It’s not a long album, but in its 42 minute run time Radiohead tells a beautiful story of emotion and color. The masterfully layered soundscape and diverse instrumentation makes listeners feel pure emotion crescendo across each track. Every time I listen to In Rainbows I pick out a new element I somehow missed before; It always feels fresh.
99. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
Most fans of Flying Lotus probably heard Flying Lotus before they even knew they were listening to his music. When I first listened to Cosmogramma I thought, “Huh, this sounds an awful lot like the bump music from Adult Swim.” As it turns out, that’s exactly what it was. Flying Lotus pioneered the dark, luscious, electronic, chill-hop sound one can expect to hear on Cartoon Network’s late night block. On Cosmogramma, he evokes the kind of emotions that a stoner may feel while watching trippy cartoons at an ungodly hour. Cue the album up and hear the genius of FlyLo through the eerie instrumentation, otherworldly synthesizers, and ambiance that almost feels like tangible vapor in the air.
98. Kishi Bashi – Lighght
My first introduction to this album was a live performance Kishi Bashi gave at the historic 40 Watt in Athens, GA before it was even announced. It was a homecoming show for him and the crowd was electrified. Near the end of the show he said with tired breath, “Well, I’m almost out of songs, but do you guys like to dance? Here’s one off the next album.” He went on to play Mr. Steak, one of the singles off of the record. It was a euphoric experience. A description that also describes the full album. Lighght is a indie pop masterpiece that’s does it all: dance tunes, trippy grooves, and romantic ballads. Mr. Steak even went on to be a #1 song in Japan.
97. Childish Gambino – Because of the Internet
Ever wonder what the Internet was like in 2012 or 2013? Listen to this release from writer, actor, musician, rapper, and future Lando Calrissian, Donald Glover. When it comes to his music, he loves to write about his childhood, nerdy interests, relationships, and sexual encounters. Oh, and weed. All of that is what makes Because of the Internet so good. It’s a musical representation of all of the stresses, pressures, and feelings created by the Internet and digital communication in the early aughts. The production is superb, and it’s filled with so many interesting sounds, beats, and gorgeous melodic phrases that feel like an Internet-dream.