AOTY's 100 Library

Due to a certain virus pandemic known as ㄷØ౮𝖎ᕷ- 𝟙९, the human race faced extinction. A batch of humans evacuated to Mars, in the hopes of extending the lifetime of the human race, as the rest of the remained perished. Since the evacuation was sudden, most of human culture and information were lost, including one certain art form.

The year is now 6000 A.D. - Human civilization had lost its trace on earth for several millennia, as a team of gladiators was tasked to return to the deserted planet, in an attempt to regain the knowledge of the past. Signs of life are completely nil on the barren land, yet one temple remained. Intact. As the humans waddled closer and closer, a signboard was on the entrance wall, that was as followed:

"Welcome to the AOTY 100 Library, the ultimate archive of music, the crème de la crème of the art we all passionately crave for.

I've asked an assemblage of AOTY users on what album did they give a 100 score. Here are their picks.

Of course, if you wish to be added, feel free to comment down below.

And no, this prompt is not gimmicky, nor corny, nor cringy. Please do not comment down below about how gimmicky, corny or cringy this is. Please do not. Please don't. Don't."

Ichiko Aoba - 0
83
@flamingooooo's 100!

"It wasn't an album that was an unquestionable masterpiece for me from the very beginning, only with time and every listening I started to appreciate and love this album more and more, every sound, every second, everything in this album is done perfectly, I know it by heart, I love every song, it's my favourite album and it probably won't change for a long time.
Ichiko has probably the most beautiful voice I've ever heard and listening to it makes me happy, just like that." - Flamingo
100 gecs - 1000 gecs
@nicoperagine's 100!

"gec" - Nico
Blur - 13
@murdoc66's 100!

"I had no intention to listen to Blur when I stumbled upon a list which described 13 like this "Have you ever felt like you need a hug from a friend? This album is like that feeling, but turned up to 11", and ofc the album stands true to that description." - Murdoc66
Bon Iver - 22, A Million
73
@TreyLikesBands' 100!

"I'd rather just link my review, because I can't really explain it in a sort line of reasoning like this." - TreyLikesBands

https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/treylikesbands/album/59737-22-a-million/
Big K.R.I.T. - 4eva Is a Mighty Long Time
@ka1's 100!

" In my opinion it is the greatest southern hip hop album ever. Krit comes relentlessly at the listener with southern fried bangers like Subenstein and Big Bank, jazzy laidback tracks like Aux Cord and The Light, and dark somber poems like Drinking Sessions and Price of Fame. Despite this being 22 tracks long, absolutely no track is wasted. Easily one of the best double disc albums in all of music." - ka1
Sigur Rós - ()
@evancool's 100!
The Beatles - Abbey Road
81
@DoubleZ's 100!

"I sincerely believe that no album deserves a score of 100 because I assume that no album is perfect in my opinion. On the other hand, the idea of putting a score of 100 on just one album is possible in the sense that it is my favourite album of all time: Abbey Road by the Beatles!" - DoubleZ
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
@tokq's 100!

"I genuinely believe that it's one of the best records ever recorded, both within and without the genre. Practically drips refinement and authenticity." - tokq
Crystal Castles - Amnesty (I)
@muratka's 100!

"A very underrated album, which may not be to everyone's liking, but still this record changed me to some extent, and now I am thanks to this release. Noise, simple trap beats, nothing supernatural as it used to be, but it also works for the good." - SakuraFroster
Archy Marshall - A New Place 2 Drown
@elitimesfour's 100!

"I wish I could explain my thoughts more cohesively, but it's just got a vibe and atmosphere which I haven't found, yet needed so bad in my life. The production is stellar also." - kawaii death grips
Slauson Malone - A Quiet Farwell, 2016-2018
@pizzagrande's 100!

"The more I listen, the more details I notice. Incredible delicacy and thought was put into making the genre blending masterpiece. I don't know how he knows where to place all the samples in a way that sounds natural and accessible but it's genius. Really something unique that you can't get anywhere else." - pizzagrande
Pescado Rabioso - Artaud
@elextranodpl's 100!

See, the thing is it's not my favorite, but it's the most interesting one. Luis Alberto Spinetta founded this hard rock/psychedelic blues band, Pescado Rabioso, along some of the best musicians Argentina had at the time like David Lebón (later on Serú Girán) or Cutaia (later on La Máquina de Hacer Pájaros), and they had an extremely successful two albums run. Not only they had a unique style, but they also sold out every show, and they still had a contract with famous label Microfón (now owned by Sony) for one more album. But Luis wasn't intending on writing any more blues rock hits, he had been reading a lot Rimbaud and Artaud, and his conception of life and music changed.

He was left alone by his bandmates, who couldn’t understand the depth of what he was up to, so he had to reunite his brother Gustavo and some of the members of his then dissolved first band Almendra to help him record his new album. Now, if the first concept album ever was The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967, only six years later, this Argentinian guy comes and does a concept album on French poet Antonin Artaud, as a sort of antidote to the general discomfort that reading his work provokes, but also offering a new and distinct take on rock music and it’s commerciality, comparing it to Vincent Van Gogh as the music “suicided” by society. It was written and released in a period of extreme violence by the dictatorial Revolución Argentina, and just a few years before the brutal Primera Junta took power and started a second dictatorship in just a couple of years, so of course, that influenced it too.

This is also the album that preceded stylistically his third band, Invisible, which would go on to release another one of my 100’s, El Jardín de los Presentes... " - elextranodpl
Solange - A Seat at the Table
@Quet's 100!

"It’s so rich, so beautiful, and so black.it works for any mood and any timeframe. I haven’t had a listen where I disliked anything about it." - Quet
Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
80
@redbded's 100!

"Sonically it’s one of the wildest things I have ever heard and Danny’s dark lyrics about drugs and addiction are appalling and mad. It’s just an enthralling album." -reedybdeedy
Paramore - Brand New Eyes
@MollyCarver's 100!

"Paramore has been my favorite band for over 10 years now and this album was very influential in shaping my music taste. It’s an album I can listen to at any given moment without getting tired of it. It also has many of my all-time favorite songs such as “Playing God”, “Careful”, and “Turn It Off”.

I remember first listening to this album when I was a freshman in high school in 2009 and it’s been my all-time favorite album since that moment. With songs that talk about how friendships change over time, songs about questioning your beliefs, and slower ballad songs about love, this album has such a good mix of themes that resonated with me in high school and still do to this day. I essentially grew up with this album in a way and it’s almost like a soundtrack to my life." - MollyCarver
Spanish Love Songs - Brave Faces Everyone
@BGL13's 100!

"Something about the lyrics just really connected to me. this album has been getting me through quarantine and is honestly therapeutic to me." -BGL13
Joji - Chloe Burbank Volume 1
@MattsReviews' 100!

"Chloe Burbank is one of the most personal albums for me. It feels so humble, and is a great starter for the artist. This beats out the rest of his discography because of the personal touch of this album, and how it makes me feel when I listen to it." - Matt
Tame Impala - Currents
@Phillip's 100!

"I definelty feel like part of the reason I love the album so much is that it is so much different to anything I've listened to with me mainly listening to mainly hip hop. But the album is beautiful. The vocals are godly and I live how atmospheric and dreamy the production especially on I'm a man." - Phillip
Animal Collective - Danse Manatee
@EnigmaticSnob's 100!

"I find it an album that's filled to the brim with experimental expressions and just the band doing whatever they feel like doing and I find that a very passionate and human experience, and that's why it's a 100 to me." - EnigmaticSnob
M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts
65
@TehSniper_143's 100!

"It was one of the first albums that truly blew my mind with how emotional it is without having any lyrics attached to it." - TehSniper_143
Deltron 3030 - Deltron 3030
@LyricalMiracleS's 100!

"Encountering a hip hop record that's this far ahead of its time is incredibly rare. Dan The Automator and Kid Koala teamed up for some impeccable futuristic production that sometimes sounds like it was ripped straight from a sci-fi movie. This style of production is one that hasn't been used in quite a while and because of that this record has maintained an incredibly unique sound. The production on the interludes is where Dan and Koala really take the futuristic approach at its furthest as every interlude does a fantastic job at painting out what a dystopia would look and sound like. Del Tha Funkee Homosapien also brought some top tier unconventional performances on this record. Not a lot of artists possess the amount of skill that Del has shown (especially when it comes to flows). Overall this is simply a one-of-a-kind hip hop masterpiece. Del put on some of his greatest displays of his unique lyrical skillset and Koala and Dan made some good beats." - LyricalMiracleS
Playboi Carti - Die Lit
@Scre4meh's 100!

"Because Carti is hot." - Scre4meh
Daft Punk - Discovery
76
@Pickle's 100!

"Very disco" - Pickle
Emily Montes - Emily Montes
50
@ParthanyJobtano's 100!

"so much emotion
awesome and amazing bars
smh my head" - ParthanyJobtano

(I can help him confirm this, he is completely serious)
Carly Rae Jepsen - E•MO•TION
77
@marvelgaryen's 100!

"Simply for the fact that I do think it's the best pop album ever made, every single song hits me in a different way, and after 5 years since it dropped I still can't get over it." - ོ⋇⌣⏜❀ marvelgaryen ❀⏜⌣⋇ ོ
Frank Ocean - Endless
@Jameswg03's 100!

"One of the most unique alternative R&B albums I’ve ever heard and definitely the most immersive!" - Chandler Likes Music
Fiona Apple - Fetch the Bolt Cutters
72
@gersonAOTY's 100!

"when I think of another album that sounds like this nothing reaches my head, the extravagance of the vocals and production of Fiona Apple are of utmost excellence and when I also think of something that I would improve on the album nothing comes in my head either. It's just a perfect project from head to toe that makes any listener feel their feelings in awe. I also have a certain extra appreciation for helping me expand my musical taste." - GersonAOTY
Tyler, the Creator - Flower Boy
91
@Slush_Puppy's 100!

"Flower Boy was probably the second album to ever mean a lot to me (first one being Plastic Beach). I was already a huge fan of Tyler at the time and was really excited about this new album. Then the album leaked early. I didn't listen to this leak but the people that did started to talk about Tyler sexuality. I was kind of baffled. My favourite artist might be gay? I waited for two weeks until the album properly released and began listening and sure enough, plenty of Tyler's lyrics were about his sexuality and attraction to the same gender. This album is what started the ball rolling. There were talks of Tyler possibly being bisexual. Bisexual? I've never considered that. And hey, I really relate to Tyler's lyrics about suppressing his emotions. So yeah, this album turned me bi.

It's also because every track is fantastic and the album has Tyler's best lyricism to date." - 【Slush Puppy】
Alter Bridge - Fortress
@Jamobo's 100!

"For me this album represents the decades of growth and change in Rock music, especially in the mainstream. It touches on 70's Hard Rock that led to early Metal, the technical push of the 80's and the raw anger and melody of the 90's. Fortress is an hour made up of twin lead guitars, a great rhythm section and a singer with a 4 octave vocal range, is filled with riffs and solos that couldn't have been made without the advancements that came before it, but neither has any album managed to capture so much of what makes Rock, Rock as a whole." - Jamobo
The Postal Service - Give Up
@AndreVital's 100!

"Just because it's one of my 10s that I think nobody would see coming based on the rest of my scores. I'm usually so focused on "being experimental" and I end up preferring more depressive and nocturnal soundscapes the most. However, "Give Up" has always been a favorite of mine ever since I heard it like 3 years ago. I'm not even a big fan of Ben Gibbard's other work, but something about his very endearing and touching lyricism throughout this album is just so simply beautiful. On top of that, Jimmy Tamborello's production is basically everything I want in music. His meticulous electronic details make everything feel so vivid. This intense and immediately evocative soundscapes which wrap around the listener like a warm blanket on a winter evening. I don't know, it's just a perfect album for me." - AndreVital
Doji Morita - Good Bye グッドバイ
@wainotwhy's nearly 100!

""the debut album of a mysterious japanese singer who began her career in grief after the loss of a close friend. its psychedelic influences and gorgeous vocals all mesh and blend wonderfully into an utterly remarkable listen that's rarely found in any genre, let alone its own. pair that with absolute full control over the flow of the album that beautifully goes into from one song to another without ever being a bore and perhaps even hypnotising on first listen, you're left with one of the most introspective albums from a country with an almost mystic aura orbiting its small island it calls their home.

Despite its 36-minute runtime, Doji Morita's debut album 'Good Bye' delivers a journey through an entire lifetime - providing tranquillity in every breath she takes over breath-taking psychedelia-influenced folk instrumentations. A perfect length for every song that's miraculously complimented with an equally perfect execution in every guitar strum, 'Good Bye' is without a doubt one of the greatest records brushed under the carpet away from the Western hemisphere - and a must-listen for anyone remotely interested in music." - weiwei
Jeff Buckley - Grace
@FritoRio's 100!

"The album is one that is hard to describe at first listen. It almost left me completely speechless and I automatically knew this was my favorite album ever. And that still sticks over a year later. One of the main attributes that really attracts me to Buckley is his god like voice. He is able to showcase high vibrato vocals in to really a gritty and angry in seconds without hesitation. His guitar work is also pretty amazing and to top it all he is up there with being one of the greatest songwriters ever. His pain, agony, and resentment are just all in full swing and nothing is held back in this record. Sadly his life was cut short after the album was completed which makes me wonder what could have been and the larger legacy he could have carved out." - FritoRio
Moses Sumney - græ
@TorranceOnGod's 100!

"Because of the atmosphere that Moses Sumney creates. I feel like as empty as the instrumental can be, Moses Sumney's amazing singing voice fills up that empty space." - TorranceOnGod
Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me
@patricia4221's 100!

"Never in my life have I heard an album that encapsulates human emotion as beautifully as Have One on Me. Mixing breathtakingly magnificent arrangements with touching melodies, having all 18 songs with their own unique sound and personality, and crafting a story filled with poignant, exhilarating, and painfully relatable emotions, Have One on Me is what makes Joanna Newsom the best musician alive, in my opinion. Her idiosyncrasies as a writer shine on tracks like In California, where she sings:

"I don't belong to anyone
My heart is heavy as an oil drum
And I don't want to be alone
My heart is yellow as an ear of corn
And I have torn my soul apart, from
Pulling artlessly with fool commands".

Have One on Me fully solidified Joanna Newsom not just as a magnificent artist, but as a perfectly imperfect human being; and that's exactly what makes Have One on Me a masterpiece in my eyes." - patricia4221
Miracle Musical - Hawaii: Part II
@Kynsvelt's 100!

"In my opinion, what Hawaii: Part II excels in, making it different than any other album is it ambiance implementation and its sequencing. Literally the first second to the last of this masterpiece had me captivated and completely hypnotised with it's ethereality. It makes the listening experience of this project feel like you're reading a really cryptic and dark novel." - Kynsvelt
Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
80
@Felix_96's 100!

"It's a marvellous experience to listen to this album from front to back. Robin's lyricism covering existentialism and the feeling of disorientation he experinced in his mid 20s really speaks to me. On the musical side HB offers wonderful folk tunes with beautiful vocal harmonies which I get never tired of. The consistent quality of this album is what makes it a 10/10 for me." - Felix_96
Hoedh - Hymnvs
@Frippotronic's 100!

"Ambiance of monumental proportions, to this day one of my most favorite releases, huge inspiration over the decades since it came out. Sound depiction of exiled and forgotten sanctity of human soul, triumph of the spirit in world led by physicality, ballroom of weeping ghosts." - Frippotronic
Tyler, the Creator - IGOR
100
My 100!

*whispers* I also kinda made a review about it would be nice if you could check it out hehe
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
@ConcreteCastles' and @okcomputer12127's 100!

"Its a wonderful concept, and the instrumentation is perfect throughout. I also really love the lyrics, the themes are very nice. Most importantly though, it just makes me feel warm and cozy throughout the whole tracklist (with the exception of John Wayne Gacy Jr.)" - ConcreteCastles
Sufjan Stevens - Illinoise [10th Anniversary Edition]
"I have yet to find something that will top this album. Sufjan Steven’s 5th release in 2005 is the 2nd and last of his now discontinued 50-states project. The album has so many different stories and many different styles and sounds, words like ambitious were created just for this album. One song is about the Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Carl Sandburg visiting Sufjan and asking him, “Are you writing from the heart?” (‘Come On! Feel the Illinoise!’), the next about one of the most infamous serial killers of the 20th century and how Sufjan relates to him, “And in my best behavior, I am really just like him. Look beneath the floorboards for the secrets I have hid”. The sharp juxtaposition of ‘Chicago’- a joyous anthem about finding yourself- and ‘Casimir Pulaski Day’- about a friend of his succumbing to bone cancer- is something you will rarely find in an album, nor multiple times throughout its 21 track, 80 minute runtime.

It reminds of those old Charlie Brown cartoons I used to watch in elementary school, this sort of sentimental quality that can appeal to virtually everyone, this is how I feel with this album. This album is magical, it casts a spell on me every single time I listen to it. The ambition in this album is unmatched, unbelievable. It makes me wish that Sufjan would actually continue his 50-states project, but at the same time, those 2 incredible albums that came from it are just enough with me. The album closing with ‘Out of Egypt, into the great laugh of mankind, and I shake the dirt from my sandals as I run’ (did I mention how creative these track titles are?) is the embodiment of happiness, influenced by the work of minimalist Steve Reich makes this very triumphant interlude to close out the album, it feels cathartic and warms my heart every time I hear it. It’s hope for the future, like Sufjan giving you a nice and long hug, and for that moment your life feels complete! How delightful!" - okcomputer12127
Radiohead - In Rainbows
84
@zachthesnack's and @Tristan's 100!

"In all facets, it is essentially a perfect album for me. it has no weak tracks or boring parts. i could listen to it on repeat for hours and not get sick of it. it has so many of my all time favorite songs and for that it’s well-deserving of a 100 in my eyes!" - Zach

"I've never heard another record which contains such perfect songs, structure, instrumentalism, vocals, lyrics, story, and overall emotion. I'm waiting for the day I can find something better than it, but I fear it will take a very long time." - ƬЯIƧƬΛП
The Strokes - Is This It
@Schmedess's 100!

"My favorite album of all time. The quintessential rock album. Few albums are able to convey so much emotion and power into just 35 minutes. Despite the elements of a rock band being stripped down to the bare minimum on this album, it is still one of the most dynamic, emotionally driven, and catchy albums of all time. No second of this album is dull for me. Its just the right amount of everything. Its a standard rock album but sticks out in the grander scheme of the genre just by virtue of the quality songs." - riley
Converge - Jane Doe
@jragrazal's 100!

"This album is not only innovative within its musical genres, it's also a heavy album sentimentally. The catharsis that this album offers thanks to music, the vocals as an instrument and tool to communicate feeling rather than words and the poetic lyrics is a great experience in all senses. The title track has to be one of my favorite tracks of all time due to the emotions portrayed in it. It's a rewarding listening every time I put it on." - jragrazal
The Brave Little Abacus - Just Got Back From the Discomfort—We're Alright
@squeejie's 100!

"An absolutely essential staple of emo that continues to wow me with its relentless experimentation and gorgeous melodies. and to quote somebody who i’ve forgotten the name of, there’s a reason why every emo revival band loves the shit out of this thing. " - squeejeta
The Bathers - Kelvingrove Baby
@Doofy's 100!

"Like all my 100 ratings it's an album that took over my life for close to 6 months." - Doofy
Kids See Ghosts - KIDS SEE GHOSTS
74
@WeFloatin's 100!

"Even at less than 25 minutes runtime, Ye and Cudi manage to deliver an out-of-this-world, alluring hip-hop experience like very few others. Serving as a kind of analysis for the two iconic figures in pop culture, it is able to develop a fully-realized sound that can alternate between tragic lows on tracks like "Reborn," but also boundless optimism on a track like "Ghost Town Pt 2." Ever since its release, its been one of my most-replayed albums, and I would love to give it a proper write-up one day." - WeFloatin
Iannis Xenakis - La Légende D'Eer
@Inglume's 100!

" 'Art, and above all, music, has a fundamental function, which is to catalyze the sublimation that it can bring about through all means of expression. It must aim through fixations which are landmarks, to draw [one] towards a total exaltation in which the individual mingles, losing his consciousness in a truth immediate, rare, enormous, and perfect. If a work of art succeeds in this undertaking even for a single moment, it attains its goal.' ~ Xenakis

'To make music means to express human intelligence by sonic means. This is intelligence in its broadest sense, which includes not only the peregrinations of pure logic but also the "logic" of emotions and intuition. My musical techniques, although often rigorous in their internal structure, leave many openings through which the most complex and mysterious factors of the intelligence may penetrate.' ~ Xenakis

Xenakis was a revolutionary. Using his architectural background and fascination in technology, his craft of stochastic music through the use of mathematics would transform late 20th century musical composition into an artform beyond our previous comprehension. Xenakis' polytopes were a series of multimedia installations, of sound, light, colour, and architecture. Through these endeavours, Xenakis formulated his innately powerful and moving works using the mathematics of natural phenomena. But whether you are immersed by these impressively influential feats or not, Xenakis' electroacoustic compositions, among all his other works, are simply the most unique sonic experiences you could ever subject yourself to. The absurdity and surrealistic effect of Légende D'Eer perhaps a defining moment. A recording, with an 8th track lost quite literally in the void of space and time itself, which transcends sonic conception and actuality. A recording, oddly enough, of spiritual proportions." - Inglume
Talk Talk - Laughing Stock
@El_Bark's 100!

"Being a man myself, displays of masculine energy is appealing to myself, and I have also been down in the dumps at time. Laughing Stock just has that masculine depression about imo. " - young black man.
Juice WRLD - Legends Never Die
60
@Cry's 100!

" I gave it a hundred because of the journey that the album took me through, I felt as if I had travelled through each year of Juice WRLD's life and went through the same up and downs that he faced. " - Cry
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven
@JayCrackers' 100!

"not really because it is the most impressive album i have heard or has my favorite songs in there in fact many other albums have impressive me a lot more but when i first listen to that 2 hour epic when i was younger, it sparked my love for searching for new music and to listen to as much music. It simply blow me away and to this day still does. It never bores me and the although i do listen to as much as i should when i do I am completely absorb in it and my only focus is on that record. For, that it my 100, not because it necessary is the most amazing album out there because it sparked my love for music." - JayCrackers
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3w
thanks for including me in the list, lots of great picks from everyone on here!!
3w
Charles Mingus- The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady
1mo
Thanks for the shout out! There are some oddly fascinating takes on this list.
1mo
this is a great list, thanks for including my worlds fanboy paragraph LMAO
1mo
Great list here, some super interesting choices! Thanks for reaching out about this. :)
1mo
This is such a cool list! Thank you so much for the inclusion :)
1mo
Great List! Thanks for let me participate in it 😁
1mo
Woooo! Lets goo
1mo
Thanks for including me, dude ! It was also cool seeing everyone else's 100s, they're making me curious about why these albums were so good to them.
1mo
"You and @SMTCubes just can't stop loving Worlds" Yeah it's a serious problem
1mo
thanks for including me!! banger ass list :cool_guy_emoji:
1mo
YARG I'M A PIRATE DON'T GET YE SCURRRRRRVY, MATES. MAN THE DECK YARRRRRRRRRR
1mo
😎
1mo
Die Lit because "I Think Carti Is Hot"
1mo
this prompt is gimmicky, corny and cringy

also stan emily montes
1mo
gimmicky, corny and cringy list btw

Harverd Dropout (gave it a 100)

I think this album speaks a lot about me as a person, and I've honestly felt Lil Pump's pain through his voice even though the site despises this project. There will never be another indie rock classic of the same tier for decades to come and I honestly think this is the only album you need to listen to before you die.
1mo
Imagine da future humans, excited to hear the music we listened to, and pull out the 100 gecs vinyl 😬😬😬🤣👌🤣👌
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