If you ask a lot of people what the Beatles’ best album is, most would probably say Seargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, or possibly The White Album. I think these are great albums, but nowhere as good as Abby Road. The tracks on Abby Road just fit together better, in my opinion, and the songs stand well on their own too (even the individual parts of the medly.)
Spin magazine declared OK Computer to be Radiohead’s best album, in fact the best rock album of the past 20 years. This is one of many topics where Spin and I disagree - I personally think The Bends is Radiohead’s best. I think the individual tracks on The Bends have more popular appeal than the songs on OK Computer, and the album hold together better as well. (And the best rock album of the past 20 years is in fact an American one, thankyouverymuch. But I’m not saying which one. )
I think Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here is far, far better than The Wall or Dark Side of the Moon, even though Wish You Were Here didn’t do as well commercially. I enjoy listening to Billy Joel’s The Stranger more than I do his Greatest Hits albums, which sold far more copies. And so on.
The weird thing is, when I disagree with the general consensus, I really disagree with it. It’s no contest with me, this album is incredible, but this other more popular album is merely better-than-mediocre.
And that’s my opinion. The question I put to you is, what albums do you like better than the artist’s so-called “best”, and why?