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The Best Records by Year


I've been keeping track of my favorite records for quite some time. Here are my top lists, most of which aren't really orderly. This covers my favorite albums ever as well as yearly documents.

The Best Records Ever!


This is not an easy task and so I can't really categorize these fairly. However, here is a quick overview to the best of my ability and as of early 2020:

Tier One: The Top-Ten Albums EVER!
Mercyful Fate 1984 Don't Break The Oath
Metallica 1986 Master Of Puppets
Moonsorrow 2007 V: Hävitetty
Moonsorrow 2016 Jumalten Aika
Opeth 1996 Morningrise
Megadeth 1990 Rust In Peace
Emperor 1997 Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
Moonsorrow 2011 Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
Kalmah 2013 Seventh Swamphony
Insomnium 2016 Winter's Gate
Tier Two: The Outstanding
Opeth 1998 My Arms, Your Hearse
Queensryche 1988 Operation: Mindcrime
The Black Dahlia Murder 2005 Miasma
Dimmu Borgir 1997 Enthrone Darkness Triumphant
Satyricon 1997 Nemesis Divina
Immortal 1999 At The Heart Of Winter
Opeth 1995 Orchid
Soilwork 2000 The Chainheart Machine
Tier Three: The 'Really Quite Good'
The Cure 1988 Disintegration
In The Woods... 1995 HEart Of The Ages
Orbital 1996 In Sides
Pink Floyd 1977 Animals
Dissection 1995 Storm Of The Light's Bane
Sarah McLachlan 1993 Fumbling Towards Ecstasy

The Best Records By Year


Best Records of the '10s
2019 Alcest Spiritual Instinct
2018 Sulphur Aeon The Scythe Of Cosmic Chaos
2017 Vintersorg Till Fjälls - Del II
2016 Moonsorrow Jumalten Aika
2015 Soilwork The Ride Majestic
2014 Einherjer Av Oss, For Oss
2013 Kalmah Seventh Swamphony
2012 Vintersorg Orkan
2011 Moonsorrow Varjoina Kuljemme Kuolleiden Maassa
2010 Soilwork The Panic Broadcast
Best Records of the '00s
2009 Skyfire Esoteric
2008 Kalmah For The Revolution
2007 Moonsorrow V: Hävitetty
2006 Kalmah The Black Waltz
2005 The Black Dahlia Murder Miasma
2004 Exodus Tempo Of The Damned
2003 Kalmah Swampsong
2002 Blind Guardian A Night At The Opera
2001 Arch Enemy Wages Of Sin
2000 Soilwork The Chainheart Machine
Best Records of the '90s
1999 Testament The Gathering
1998 Opeth My Arms, Your Hearse
1997 Emperor Anthems To The Welkin At Dusk
1996 Opeth Morningrise
1995 Dissection Storm Of The Light's Bane
1994 Amorphis Tales From The Thousand Lakes
1993 Dissection The Somberlain

Best Bands


AotY First-Place Finishes
# Of Titles Flag Band
4
Kalmah
3
Moonsorrow
3
Soilwork
2
Dissection
2
Opeth
2
Vintersorg

Country Count


Victorious Europe
# Of Titles Flag Country
11
Sweden
8
Finland
3
U.S.A.
2
Germany
2
Norway