The Specials
Specials

Genres: 2 Tone

Parent genres: Ska



Best of All-time Lists, Best of Decade Lists, etc.
Fast 'n' Bulbous (USA) - The 1000 Best Albums of All Time (Updated 2015) 529
IE (USA) - 50 Great Albums, a Rock Time Capsule (1999) No Order
KCPR DJs (USA) - Top 100 Records from the 80s (2002) 87
Neil Strauss (USA) - The 100 Most Influential Alternative Albums (1993) No Order
Pause & Play (USA) - Albums Inducted into a Time Capsule, One Album per Week No Order
Pitchfork (USA) - Top 100 Albums of the 1970s (2004) 42
Robert Dimery - 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (Updated 2013) No Order
Rolling Stone (USA) - The 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s (1990) 68
Tom Moon (USA) - 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die (2008) After that
Vibe (USA) - 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century (1999) No Order
Channel 4 (UK) - 125 Nominations for the 100 Greatest Albums (2005) No Order
Elvis Costello - 500 Albums You Need (2000) No Order
FACT (UK) - The 100 Best Albums of the 1970s (2014) 50
Gary Mulholland (UK) - 261 Greatest Albums Since Punk and Disco (2006) No Order
Melody Maker (UK) - All Time Top 100 Albums (2000) 73
Mojo (UK) - The Mojo Collection, 3rd and/or 4th Edition (2003/2007) No Order
NME (UK) - All Times Top 100 Albums + Top 50 by Decade (1993) 125
NME (UK) - The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever (2006) 12
NME (UK) - The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2013) 260
NME (UK) - Top 100 Albums of All Time (2003) 59
No Ripcord (UK) - Top 100 Debut Albums (2011) 86
Q (UK) - The 100 Greatest British Albums Ever (2000) 38
Q (UK) - The 50 (+50) Best British Albums Ever (2004) 15
Stuart Maconie's Critical List on BBC Radio 2 (UK) - One Album Added Each Week No Order
The Guardian (UK) - The 100 Best Albums Ever (1997) 87
The Observer (UK) - The 100 Greatest British Albums (2004) 17
Uncut (UK) - The 100 Greatest Debut Albums (2006) 20
Pop (Sweden) - The World's 100 Best Albums + 300 Complements (1994) 101
VPRO (The Netherlands) - 299 Nominations of the Best Album of All Time (2006) No Order
BR Puls (Germany) - Ruhmeshalle (Hall of Fame) No Order
Laut (Germany) - Meilensteine (Milestones) No Order
Musikexpress (Germany) - The 50 Best Debut Albums (2006) 1
Rolling Stone (Germany) - The 500 Best Albums of All Time (2004) 69
Rolling Stone (Germany) - The Best Albums of 5 Decades (1997) 101
Spex (Germany) - The 100 Albums of the Century (1999) 83
Christophe Brault (France) - Top 20 Albums by Year 1964-2004 (2006) 14
Crossroads (France) - 120 Essential Albums from 1979-86 (2010) No Order
FNAC (France) - The 1000 Best Albums of All Time (2008) 411
Florent Mazzolenni (France) - Introduction to an Ideal Rock Discography (2005) No Order
Gilles Verlant (France) - 300+ Best Albums in the History of Rock (2013) No Order
Hervé Bourhis (France) - 555 Records (2007) No Order
Les Inrockuptibles (France) - 50 Years of Rock'n'Roll (2004) No Order
Nicolas Dupuy (France) - The 100 Best Rock Albums (2010) No Order
Philippe Manoeuvre (France) - 100 Necessary Albums (2014) No Order
Rock & Folk (France) - The 250 Best Albums from 1966-1991 (1991) No Order
Telerama (France) - The Best Albums of All Time (1993) No Order
Juan Vitoria (Spain) - 350 Masterpieces of Contemporary Music to Discover (2005) No Order
Rock de Lux (Spain) - The 100 Best Albums of the 1970s (1988) 88
Rock de Lux (Spain) - The 200 Best Albums of All Time (2002) 181
BigO (Singapore) - The 100 Best Albums from 1975 to 1995 (1995) 39
Blow Up (Italy) - 600 Essential Albums (2005) No Order
Mucchio Selvaggio (Italy) - 100 Best Albums by Decade (2002) 21-50
Ondarock (Italy) - Rock Milestones (albums added every month) No Order
Viceversa (Italy) - 100 Rock Albums (1996) 82
Giannis Petridis (Greece) - 2004 of the Best Albums of the Century (2003) No Order
Ratings
All Music Guide (USA) - Album Ratings 1-5 Stars 5 Stars
MusicHound (USA) - Album Ratings 0-5 Bones (1998-99) 4.5 Bones
Robert Christgau (USA) - Consumer Guide Album Grade A-
Rolling Stone Album Guide, Ratings 0-5 Stars (USA, 1979 and/or 1983) 4 Stars
Rolling Stone Album Guide, Ratings 1-5 Stars (USA, 1992) 3.5 Stars
Rolling Stone Album Guide, Ratings 1-5 Stars (USA, 2004) 5 Stars
Martin C. Strong (UK) - The Great Rock Discography 7th Edition, Ratings 1-10 8
Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (UK) - Album Ratings 1-5 Stars (2002) 3 Stars
Le Guide du CD (France) - Ratings from 1 to 4 Stars & "GOLD" (1991-1997) 3 Stars
Music Story (France) - Album Ratings 1-5 Stars 5 Stars
José Ramón Pardo (Spain) - The 1000 Best Pop-Rock Albums, Ratings 1-5 (1997) 3.5 Stars
End of Year Lists
Village Voice (USA) - Albums of the Year 32
NME (UK) - Albums of the Year 10
Sounds (UK) - Albums of the Year 1


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The Jam
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The La's
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