Welcome to The Music Hole - your comprehensive #1 source for the highest quality music, movie, and video game recommendations! My name is Cole and my goal is to find and share what I strongly believe to be the most remarkable aka the "best" works of art in music, movies, and video games (and occasionally books). I’m looking for unforgettable works that grip me right from the start and never let go. Simply put, this website is a database containing all my finds from over 20 years of research. As of 5/8/2023 I've checked out almost 72,000 albums and almost 2,900 movies for this database. Musically speaking I'm attracted to strong hooks and melodies as well as good, tight song structure, so if that's what you're into I think you'll enjoy my picks. Hope you find some new favorites!
Note #1: I fully recommend any album rated 6/10 or higher on this site but 7/10s+ in particular are all classics aka masterpieces as far as I'm concerned. 5/10s are certainly worth a listen and are partially recommended; they have more noticeable flaws in my opinion though which prevents me from FULLY recommending them.
Note #2: This is how I rate albums - as I'm listening I rate each song individually out of 5 stars (1 = bad, 2 = ok, 3 = solid, 4 = good, 5 = great... 4s and 5s being very memorable/standout songs) and then I base my overall rating of the album on these scores (I also consider factors like how dated the album sounds to me or if the singer is love-it-or-hate-it). I don't take into consideration an album's popularity or influence/historical significance. For reference my 8/10+ rated albums are called Major Classics because I'd give the majority of the songs on those albums a score of 4/5 or 5/5. Most classics wind up in the 7s/8s range but every once in a while you find holy grail 9/10 and 10/10 albums where the majority of the album is 5/5 songs.
The Best Albums of All-Time (6/10s+):
3 Star Major Classics aka Amazing Albums (10/10s) by Decade:
1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s
3 Star Major Classics aka Amazing Albums (10/10s) by Artist:
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Standout Songs from Non-10/10 Albums