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RankAll Time
ArtistAlbumYearSubgenre(s)Other Genre(s)
1 44 Prince and The Revolution Purple Rain 1984 Film Soundtrack Pop Rock
Synth Funk
2 169 The Original Soundtrack Saturday Night Fever 1977 Film Soundtrack Disco
3 175 Curtis Mayfield Superfly 1972 Film Soundtrack Chicago Soul
4 237 The Mothers of Invention Freak Out! 1966 Satire Experimental Rock
5 254 The Mothers of Invention We're Only in It for the Money 1968 Satire Experimental Rock
6 568 Various Artists A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records/Phil Spector 1963 Christmas Music Brill Building
Girl Group
7 679 Various Artists Woodstock 1970 Film Soundtrack Contemporary Folk
Folk Rock
Psychedelic Rock
8 686 Prince and The Revolution Parade 1986 Film Soundtrack Pop Rock
Psychedelic Soul
9 1022 Isaac Hayes Shaft 1971 Film Score Funk
10 1191 The Last Poets The Last Poets 1970 Poetry
11 1244 Björk Medulla 2004 A cappella Art Pop
12 1264 The Original Broadway Cast West Side Story 1957 Show Tunes
13 1791 Linton Kwesi Johnson Bass Culture 1980 Dub Poetry
14 1816 Linton Kwesi Johnson Forces of Victory 1979 Dub Poetry
15 1828 Gil Scott-Heron I'm New Here 2010 Spoken Word
16 1937 The Residents The Third Reich 'n' Roll 1976 Musical Parody
Experimental Rock
17 2046 Art Ensemble of Chicago Les Stances a Sophie 1970 Film Soundtrack Avant-Garde Jazz
18 2309 The Original London Concept Recording Jesus Christ Superstar 1970 Show Tunes Rock Opera
19 2352 Miles Davis Ascenseur pour l'échafaud/Jazz Track 1958 Film Score Cool Jazz
20 2356 Angelo Badalamenti Soundtrack from Twin Peaks 1990 Television Music Ambient Pop
Dark Jazz
21 2359 The Original Soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 Film Soundtrack American Folk Music
22 2370 Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn 1958 Television Music Jazz Pop
23 2385 Air The Virgin Suicides 2000 Film Score Ambient Pop
24 2535 The Original Broadway Cast Hair 1968 Show Tunes Psychedelic Pop
25 2549 The Residents Commercial Album 1980 Satire Art Pop
26 2550 The Original Broadway Cast My Fair Lady 1956 Show Tunes
27 2577 Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi 1983 Film Score Minimalism
28 2646 The Original Soundtrack West Side Story 1961 Film Soundtrack
Show Tunes
29 2651 Elvis Presley King Creole 1958 Film Soundtrack Rock & Roll
30 2652 The Last Poets This Is Madness 1971 Poetry
31 2680 The Blues Brothers The Blues Brothers 1980 Film Soundtrack Rhythm & Blues
32 2709 Duke Ellington Anatomy of a Murder 1959 Film Score Big Band
33 2710 Marvin Gaye Trouble Man 1972 Film Soundtrack Soul
34 2720 The Original Broadway Cast Kiss Me Kate 1949 Show Tunes
35 2723 Henry Mancini The Pink Panther 1964 Film Score Jazz
36 2756 Peter Gabriel Passion (Music for The Last Temptation of Christ) 1989 Film Score Ambient
New Age
Regional Music
37 2875 Ry Cooder Paris, Texas 1985 Film Score Acoustic Blues
38 2977 The Beach Boys Surfin' USA 1963 Vocal Group Surf Rock

Albums "bubbling under" the all-time top 3000:
Ladysmith Black Mambazo Shaka Zulu 1987 Mbube Nguni Folk Music
Poet and the Roots Dread, Beat an' Blood 1978 Dub Poetry
Ennio Morricone C'era una volta il West / Once Upon a Time in the West 1968 Film Score Spaghetti Western
John Cage Indeterminacy 1959 Spoken Word Indeterminacy
Ennio Morricone Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo / The Good, the Bad and the Ugly 1966 Film Score Spaghetti Western
Prince Graffiti Bridge 1990 Film Soundtrack Dance-Pop
Pop Rock
Synth Funk
The Four Freshmen Four Freshmen and 5 Trombones 1955 Vocal Group Vocal Jazz
Barbra Streisand The Broadway Album 1985 Show Tunes Standards
The Original Soundtrack The Sound of Music 1965 Film Soundtrack
Show Tunes
Henry Mancini Breakfast at Tiffany's 1961 Film Score Lounge
The "5" Royales Dedicated to You 1957 Doo-Wop
The Persuasions Chirpin' 1977 A cappella
John Williams Star Wars 1977 Film Score Orchestral
The Fugs The Village Fugs/The Fugs' First Album 1965 Beat Poetry Folk Rock
Garage Rock
Psychedelic Folk
Bob Newhart The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart 1960 Stand-up Comedy
Tom Waits One from the Heart 1982 Film Soundtrack Vocal Jazz
Vince Guaraldi A Charlie Brown Christmas 1965 Christmas Music
Television Music
Cool Jazz
Jazz Pop
Vangelis Blade Runner 1994 Film Score Progressive Electronic
Space Ambient
Frank Zappa Joe's Garage, Act 1 1979 Comedy Rock Experimental Rock
Rock Opera
The Original Broadway Cast Funny Girl 1964 Show Tunes
Bernard Herrmann Taxi Driver OST 1976 Film Score Cool Jazz
Bonzo Dog Band The Doughnut in Granny's Greenhouse 1968 Comedy Rock
Psychedelic Pop
Badly Drawn Boy About a Boy 2002 Film Soundtrack Indie Pop
The Belmonts Cigars, Acappella, Candy 1972 Doo-Wop
The Original Motion Picture Cast The Wizard of Oz 1956 Film Soundtrack
10cc 10cc 1973 Comedy Rock Art Pop
Pop Rock
Progressive Pop
Various Artists The Rocky Horror Picture Show OST 1975 Film Soundtrack Glam Rock
Rock Opera
Linton Kwesi Johnson Tings an' Times 1991 Dub Poetry
Vangelis Chariots of Fire 1981 Film Score Progressive Electronic
Elvis Presley Elvis' Christmas Album 1957 Christmas Music Gospel
Rock & Roll
Brian Eno Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks 1983 Soundtracks Space Ambient
Björk Selmasongs: Music from the Motion Picture 'Dancer in the Dark' 2000 Film Soundtrack Art Pop
Various Artists The Bodyguard OST 1992 Film Soundtrack Adult Contemporary
Contemporary R&B
Richard Pryor Bicentennial Nigger 1976 Stand-up Comedy
Ella Fitzgerald Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas 1960 Christmas Music Vocal Jazz
Frank Zappa You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore, Vol. 2: The Helsinki Concert 1988 Comedy Rock Experimental Rock
OutKast Idlewild 2006 Film Soundtrack Hip Hop
Bob Dylan The Bootleg Series Vol. 7 - No Direction Home: The Soundtrack 2005 Film Soundtrack Contemporary Folk
Folk Rock