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RYM's Top 250 Pop Albums

"Because "pop" can simply mean what is or was popular in many different times and places, defining it more narrowly as an actual musical genre is arguably ill-advised. Nonetheless, most pop music does share many distinct traits. Pop music is generally designed to be catchy, with a beat or a melody or a lyric or a hook (or all four) that are readily accessible, particularly to young people. It is also produced, often by large and expert teams, in way that removes any rough edges.
Pop music, more so than Rock music, also tends to emphasize the vocalist as the lead performer. As such, pop songs tend to be somewhat short with only brief instrumental breaks. A basic intro/verse/chorus/verse/chorus structure, or some mild variation on that structure, is very common in pop music and has remained common over the decades."
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avg. score: 67 of 250 (27%)
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The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds
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The Beatles - Abbey Road
The Beatles - Abbey Road
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David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)
David Bowie - The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars (1972)
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The Beatles - Revolver
The Beatles - Revolver
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The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
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The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Beatles - Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Arcade Fire - Funeral
Arcade Fire - Funeral
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The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
The Beatles - The Beatles (White Album)
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The Beatles - Rubber Soul
The Beatles - Rubber Soul
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Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
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Björk - Homogenic
Björk - Homogenic
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David Bowie - Hunky Dory
David Bowie - Hunky Dory
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13
Love - Forever Changes
Love - Forever Changes
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Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
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The Velvet Underground- The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground- The Velvet Underground
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The Zombies -Odessey and Oracle
The Zombies -Odessey and Oracle
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Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Pink Floyd - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
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The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
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Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
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Depeche Mode - Violator
Depeche Mode - Violator
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The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
The Smiths - Hatful of Hollow
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Björk - Vespertine
Björk - Vespertine
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The Kinks  - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
The Kinks - The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
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Kraftwerk - Die Mensch-Maschine
Kraftwerk - Die Mensch-Maschine
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25
Fishmans - Long Season
Fishmans - Long Season
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Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
Prince and the Revolution - Purple Rain
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The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
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Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours
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Michael Jackson - Thriller
Michael Jackson - Thriller
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Weezer - Weezer (Blue Album)
Weezer - Weezer (Blue Album)
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Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
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R.E.M.- Murmur
R.E.M.- Murmur
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Björk - Post
Björk - Post
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George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
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Lou Reed - Transformer
Lou Reed - Transformer
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Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
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37
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
Kate Bush - The Dreaming
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R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
R.E.M. - Automatic for the People
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Animal Collective - Meriweather Post Pavillion
Animal Collective - Meriweather Post Pavillion
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The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
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