AllMusic 5-Star Albums

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2010s

2000s

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  • 2001
  • 2000

1990s

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1970s

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1950s

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Sorted By Genre

  • Ambient
  • Blues
  • Classical Music
  • Country
  • Dance
  • Darkwave
  • Descriptor
  • Electronic
  • Experimental
  • Folk
  • Hip Hop
  • Industrial Music
  • Jazz
  • Musical Theatre and Entertainment
  • New Age
  • Pop
  • R&B
  • Regional Music
  • Rock
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Ska
  • Spaghetti Western

Sorted By Subgenre

Ambient

  • Ambient Dub
  • Dark Ambient
    • Dark Jazz
  • Space Ambient
  • Tribal Ambient

Blues

  • Acoustic Blues
    • Country Blues
      • Acoustic Texas Blues
      • Delta Blues
  • Electric Blues
    • British Blues
    • Chicago Blues
    • Electric Texas Blues
  • New Orleans Blues
  • Piano Blues

Classical Music

  • Modern Classical
    • Indeterminacy
    • Minimalism
    • Post-Minimalism
    • Serialism
  • South Asian Classical Music
    • Hindustani Classical Music
      • Qawwali
  • Western Classical Music
    • Baroque Music
    • Chamber Music
    • Opera
    • Orchestral

Country

  • Alt-Country
    • Gothic Country
  • Americana
  • Contemporary Country
  • Country Pop
    • Nashville Sound
  • Honky Tonk
    • Bakersfield Sound
  • Progressive Country
    • Outlaw Country
    • Progressive Bluegrass
  • Traditional Country
    • Bluegrass
    • Close Harmony
    • Cowboy
    • Old-Time
  • Western Swing

Dance

  • Alternative Dance
    • Grebo
  • Dance-Pop
    • Afrobeats
  • Disco
    • Electro-Disco
      • Hi-NRG
      • Italo-Disco
      • Space Disco
    • Nu-Disco
  • Electronic Dance Music
    • Breakbeat
      • Big Beat
    • Drum and Bass
      • Atmospheric Drum and Bass
    • Dubstep
      • Purple Sound
    • EBM
      • Futurepop
    • Electro
    • Electro-Disco
      • Hi-NRG
    • Electroclash
    • Funktronica
    • Hardcore [EDM]
      • Breakbeat Hardcore
    • House
      • Acid House
      • Nu-Disco
    • Techno
      • Acid Techno
    • UK Garage
      • Future Garage
    • Wonky

Darkwave

  • Ethereal Wave
  • Neoclassical Darkwave

Descriptor

  • A cappella
    • Mbube
  • Chamber Music
  • Comedy
    • Musical Comedy
      • Comedy Rock
      • Musical Parody
    • Satire
    • Stand-up Comedy
  • Holiday Music
    • Christmas Music
  • Soundtracks
    • Film Soundtrack
      • Film Score
    • Show Tunes
    • Television Music
  • Spoken Word
    • Poetry
      • Beat Poetry
      • Dub Poetry
  • Vocal Group
    • Doo-Wop

Rock

  • AOR
  • Acoustic Rock
  • Afro-Rock
  • Alternative Rock
    • Alternative Dance
      • Grebo
    • Baggy / Madchester
    • Britpop
    • Dream Pop
    • Emo-Pop
    • Grunge
    • Indie Rock
      • Dunedin Sound
      • Lo-Fi Indie
      • Midwest Emo
      • Post-Punk Revival
      • Slowcore
    • Jangle Pop
    • Math Rock
    • Noise Pop
    • Post-Grunge
    • Rap Rock
    • Shoegaze
  • Art Rock
  • Blues Rock
    • Boogie Rock
  • Christian Rock
  • Comedy Rock
  • Country Rock
    • Cowpunk
  • Deutschrock
  • Emo
    • Emo-Pop
    • Midwest Emo
    • Screamo
  • Experimental Rock
    • Avant-Prog
      • Rock in Opposition
      • Zeuhl
    • Krautrock
    • No Wave
  • Folk Rock
    • Andalusian Rock
    • British Folk Rock
    • Celtic Rock
  • Funk Rock
  • Garage Rock
    • Garage Punk
    • Garage Rock Revival
  • Glam Rock
  • Gothic Rock
    • Death Rock
    • Ethereal Wave
  • Hard Rock
    • Glam Metal
    • Heavy Psych
    • Stoner Rock
  • Heartland Rock
  • Industrial Rock
  • Jam Band
  • Jazz-Rock
  • Latin Rock
  • Metal
    • Alternative Metal
      • Funk Metal
      • Nu Metal
      • Rap Metal
    • Black Metal
      • Atmospheric Black Metal
        • Blackgaze
      • Symphonic Black Metal
    • Death Metal
      • Death ‘n’ Roll
      • Melodic Death Metal
    • Doom Metal
      • Funeral Doom Metal
    • Drone Metal
    • Gothic Metal
    • Grindcore
    • Groove Metal
    • Heavy Metal
      • NWOBHM
    • Industrial Metal
    • Metalcore
      • Mathcore
    • Progressive Metal
    • Sludge Metal
      • Atmospheric Sludge Metal
    • Speed Metal
    • Stoner Metal
    • Thrash Metal
      • Crossover Thrash
      • Technical Thrash Metal
  • Mod
    • Mod Revival
  • Neue Deutsche Welle
  • New Wave
    • Coldwave
    • New Romantic
  • Noise Rock
  • Pop Rock
    • Beat Music
      • Merseybeat
    • Britpop
    • Jangle Pop
    • Piano Rock
    • Power Pop
    • Soft Rock
  • Post-Punk
    • Coldwave
    • Dance-Punk
    • Death Rock
    • No Wave
    • Post-Punk Revival
  • Post-Rock
  • Progressive Rock
    • Andalusian Rock
    • Avant-Prog
      • Rock in Opposition
      • Zeuhl
    • Canterbury Scene
    • Krautrock
    • Neo-Prog
    • Symphonic Prog
  • Proto-Punk
  • Psychedelic Rock
    • Acid Rock
    • Heavy Psych
    • Neo-Psychedelia
      • Hypnagogic Pop
    • Paisley Underground
    • Space Rock
  • Pub Rock
  • Punk Rock
    • Art Punk
    • Cowpunk
    • Folk Punk
      • Celtic Punk
    • Garage Punk
    • Glam Punk
    • Hardcore Punk
      • Crossover Thrash
      • Crust Punk
        • D-Beat
      • Grindcore
      • Melodic Hardcore
      • Metalcore
        • Mathcore
      • Powerviolence
    • Horror Punk
    • Pop Punk
    • Post-Hardcore
      • Screamo
    • Psychobilly
    • Punk Blues
    • Riot Grrrl
    • Ska Punk
    • Skate Punk
    • Synth Punk
  • Rock & Roll
    • Rockabilly
      • Psychobilly
  • Rock Opera
  • Roots Rock
    • Swamp Rock
    • Tex-Mex
  • Southern Rock
  • Surf Rock
  • Symphonic Rock
  • West Coast Rock

Classical

CLASSICAL –

Jazz

Roots

Latin

Popular

Roots

These genres reach far enough back that much of them weren’t captured on record when they were performed.

  • BLUES – More than any other genre, the blues informed what became American music.
  • FOLK, SINGER/SONGWRITER & SOFT ROCK – Passed down from generation to generation, folk songs also formed a significant portion of the core of early American music.
  • REGGAE – The legend goes that Africans brought what became the blues to America and developed it while working the fields as slaves; reggae is what evolved from what slaves brought to the Caribbean and developed.

Rock

Pop

This is the album era of rock & pop (specifically, the vinyl era).

  • PSYCHEDELIC – Yay for drugs and hippies.
  • CONTEMPORARY POP/ROCK – From the ’80s onward, pop music became much easier to segment; these artists transcended genre and became superstars.

Metal

Punk/New Wave

Alternative

Country

R&B

Electronic

Hip-Hop

Stage & Screen

International

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