1. Black Holes & Revelations
Literally cannot listen to Take a Bow without wanting to listen to the entire album through start to finish. TaB, Map, Invincible, Assassin, CoD, Hoodoo and Knights are all in my top 20 songs they've ever done with Map probably taking the number one spot while Starlight and SMBH despite what Starlight's become live are two of their best pop songs.
2. Origin of Symmetry
Love it but it gets edged out very slightly by Black Holes. Main issues with it are Feeling Good, Bliss live being one of my top five but having the synth arpeggios outro on the album version which ruins it for me for some reason. Hyper Music, Dark Shines and Citizen Erased are just absolutely perfect though.
The production of Abso means it doesn't get quite as high for me as it does for a lot of people. Songs like Stockholm, B&H, RBS, Apocalypse Please, Sing for Absolution, Fury and TSP are all phenomenal but all sound so much better in live versions. Time is Running Out and Hysteria are perfect Muse pop-rock songs too.
4. Simulation Theory
The lows are slightly dreadful - Something Human hasn't aged well for me already and Dig Down's regular version is ghastly - but the highs far outweigh them. Algorithm and The Void are splendid, both versions of TDS are up among my top 10 while both Propaganda and Break it to Me are boss. I'll be interested to see how it ages for me and whether it stays up in fourth or drops down.
Dead Inside and The Handler are just phenomenal. Reapers, Psycho and Revolt are all decent. The rest is meh. Aftermath, the Globalist and Drones could've all been done without and Mercy is just
6. The Resistance
I do find TR and Drones both alternate depending on how I'm feeling.
Uprising, MK ULTRA and Exogenesis Parts 1 & 3 are fantastic songs and I don't mind Unnatural Selection or UD either but Resistance, Guiding Light, IBTY and Exo Part 2 just aren't very good.
I love half the album but the rest I can do without honestly. Showbiz, Sunburn, MM, Cave, Uno and Falling Down are all great. Possibly controversial placing but I'm not too arsed.
8. The 2nd Law
Last minute of Madness, Panic Station, the guitar work in Animals and the second verse/chorus of Follow Me are amazing while both parts of T2L are listenable (if a little long) but I just find the production bland and the likes of Survival, Big Freeze and Save Me force me to really steer clear.