Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020 edition)

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Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020 edition)

Post by panam » Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:18 pm

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This will be the new cover of RS. Anyone have seen the list?
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Post by Harold » Sun Sep 20, 2020 3:20 pm

panam wrote:
Sun Sep 20, 2020 2:18 pm
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This will be the new cover of RS. Anyone have seen the list?
I saw that this morning too, and immediately went to their website - the list is not up yet. I don't think the print issue is coming out for a couple of weeks so I wouldn't expect to see the list for a while.

I confess I'm not as excited about this as I would have been a few years ago. What I'm hoping for is that this is a completely new list, unlike the "update" they did in 2012 (which was basically the original 2003 list with about a dozen randomly interspersed new entries from their best-of-the-2000s list).

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Post by Monte » Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:11 pm

Bruce on the cover again? seriously? zzzzzzzzz

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Post by Holden » Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:00 pm

Monte wrote:
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:11 pm
Bruce on the cover again? seriously? zzzzzzzzz
Better Bruce than U2
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Post by StevieFan13 » Sun Sep 20, 2020 5:24 pm

Ooooh boy. I was heartened by their EOD lists so this could be good. I’m more interested in them revamping their 500 songs list, but this has definitely piqued my interest as well
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Post by Pierre » Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:22 pm

Monte wrote:
Sun Sep 20, 2020 4:11 pm
Bruce on the cover again? seriously? zzzzzzzzz
Bruce Springsteen's a great artist. No bashing him please.


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Re: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020 edition)

Post by Harold » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:18 pm

Obviously, someone will need to transcribe and post.

And, cue the collective apoplectic outrage of internet music geeks (including me, I'm afraid) right off the bat:

#500 is Arcade Fire's Funeral.

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Post by Schüttelbirne » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:26 pm

I'll transcribe it because I have some time.
Just so nobody else does the same and it would be for nothing...

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Post by Jimoincolor » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:32 pm

Schüttelbirne wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:26 pm
I'll transcribe it because I have some time.
Just so nobody else does the same and it would be for nothing...

Thanks!

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Post by Kingoftonga » Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:47 pm

Harold wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 2:18 pm
And, cue the collective apoplectic outrage of internet music geeks (including me, I'm afraid) right off the bat:

#500 is Arcade Fire's Funeral.
Not only that, but a Harry Styles solo album is ranked at #491! I know Rolling Stone is going to be Rolling Stone, but I had hoped to get further than 10 albums in before closing my browser tab in annoyance.

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Post by Schüttelbirne » Tue Sep 22, 2020 3:51 pm

Here it is.
The list offers a few nice suprises (Lauryn Hill in the Top 10!), but otherwise it's pretty standard.
A few of the issues I have:
- Some artists have too many albums here: The Beatles (9), Bob Dylan (8), Neil Young (7), The Rolling Stones (6)
- I didn't read the entries they wrote, but apparently nobody double-checked the orthography. Lynyrd Skynyrd released their debut album in 1937, if you didn't know (and it's not just one mistake, it's quite a lot. I hope I've found them all, if not please let me know).
- The (almost) complete absence of non-English-language acts is horrible and questionable from a cultural viewpoint.
- Far too many compilations! Recognizing compilations in a list like this seems wrong to me generally.
- Instead of being criticized for only recognizing Rock music, they now added a lot of Rap and R&B, which is a good thing, but the list is still not nearly diverse enough to be taken seriously.
- They sadly seem to believe Wynton Marsalis saying Jazz is practically dead after 1970.

1 | Marvin Gaye | What's Going On | 1971
2 | The Beach Boys | Pet Sounds | 1966
3 | Joni Mitchell | Blue | 1971
4 | Stevie Wonder | Songs in the Key of Life | 1976
5 | The Beatles | Abbey Road | 1969
6 | Nirvana | Nevermind | 1991
7 | Fleetwood Mac | Rumours | 1977
8 | Prince and the Revolution | Purple Rain | 1984
9 | Bob Dylan | Blood on the Tracks | 1975
10 | Lauryn Hill | The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill | 1998
11 | The Beatles | Revolver | 1966
12 | Michael Jackson | Thriller | 1982
13 | Aretha Franklin | I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You | 1967
14 | The Rolling Stones | Exile on Main St. | 1972
15 | Public Enemy | It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back | 1988
16 | The Clash | London Calling | 1979
17 | Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy | 2010
18 | Bob Dylan | Highway 61 Revisited | 1965
19 | Kendrick Lamar | To Pimp a Butterfly | 2015
20 | Radiohead | Kid A | 2000
21 | Bruce Springsteen | Born to Run | 1975
22 | The Notorious B.I.G. | Ready to Die | 1994
23 | The Velvet Underground & Nico | The Velvet Underground & Nico | 1967
24 | The Beatles | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band | 1967
25 | Carole King | Tapestry | 1971
26 | Patti Smith | Horses | 1975
27 | Wu-Tang Clan | Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) | 1993
28 | D'Angelo | Voodoo | 2000
29 | The Beatles | The Beatles (White Album) | 1968
30 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Are You Experienced? | 1967
31 | Miles Davis | Kind of Blue | 1959
32 | Beyoncé | Lemonade | 2016
33 | Amy Winehouse | Back to Black | 2006
34 | Stevie Wonder | Innervisions | 1973
35 | The Beatles | Rubber Soul | 1965
36 | Michael Jackson | Off the Wall | 1979
37 | Dr. Dre | The Chronic | 1992
38 | Bob Dylan | Blonde on Blonde | 1966
39 | Talking Heads | Remain in Light | 1980
40 | David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars | 1972
41 | The Rolling Stones | Let It Bleed | 1969
42 | Radiohead | OK Computer | 1997
43 | A Tribe Called Quest | The Low End Theory | 1991
44 | Nas | Illmatic | 1994
45 | Prince | Sign O' the Times | 1987
46 | Paul Simon | Graceland | 1986
47 | Ramones | Ramones | 1976
48 | Bob Marley and the Wailers | Legend | 1984
49 | OutKast | Aquemini | 1998
50 | Jay-Z | The Blueprint | 2001
51 | Chuck Berry | The Great Twenty-Eight | 1982
52 | David Bowie | Station to Station | 1976
53 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Electric Ladyland | 1968
54 | James Brown | Star Time | 1991
55 | Pink Floyd | The Dark Side of the Moon | 1973
56 | Liz Phair | Exile in Guyville | 1993
57 | The Band | The Band | 1969
58 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin IV | 1971
59 | Stevie Wonder | Talking Book | 1972
60 | Van Morrison | Astral Weeks | 1968
61 | Eric B. & Rakim | Paid in Full | 1987
62 | Guns N' Roses | Appetite for Destruction | 1987
63 | Steely Dan | Aja | 1977
64 | OutKast | Stankonia | 2000
65 | James Brown | Live at the Apollo | 1963
66 | John Coltrane | A Love Supreme | 1965
67 | Jay-Z | Reasonable Doubt | 1996
68 | Kate Bush | Hounds of Love | 1985
69 | Alanis Morrissette | Jagged Little Pill | 1995
70 | N.W.A | Straight Outta Compton | 1988
71 | Bob Marley & The Wailers | Exodus | 1977
72 | Neil Young | Harvest | 1972
73 | My Bloody Valentine | Loveless | 1991
74 | Kanye West | The College Dropout | 2004
75 | Aretha Franklin | Lady Soul | 1968
76 | Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | 1972
77 | The Who | Who's Next | 1971
78 | Elvis Presley | The Sun Sessions | 1976
79 | Frank Ocean | Blonde | 2016
80 | Sex Pistols | Never Mind the Bollocks - Here's the Sex Pistols | 1977
81 | Beyoncé | Beyoncé | 2013
82 | Sly and the Family Stone | There's a Riot Goin' On | 1971
83 | Dusty Springfield | Dusty in Memphis | 1969
84 | AC/DC | Back in Black | 1980
85 | John Lennon | Plastic Ono Band | 1970
86 | The Doors | The Doors | 1967
87 | Miles Davis | Bitches Brew | 1970
88 | David Bowie | Hunky Dory | 1971
89 | Erykah Badu | Baduizm | 1997
90 | Neil Young | After the Gold Rush | 1970
91 | Bruce Springsteen | Darkness on the Edge of Town | 1978
92 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Axis: Bold as Love | 1967
93 | Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott | Supa Dupa Fly | 1997
94 | The Stooges | Fun House | 1970
95 | Drake | Take Care | 2011
96 | R.E.M. | Automatic for the People | 1992
97 | Metallica | Master of Puppets | 1986
98 | Lucinda Williams | Car Wheels on a Gravel Road | 1998
99 | Taylor Swift | Red | 2012
100 | The Band | Music from Big Pink | 1968
101 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin | 1969
102 | The Clash | The Clash | 1977
103 | De La Soul | 3 Feet High and Rising | 1989
104 | The Rolling Stones | Sticky Fingers | 1971
105 | The Allman Brothers Band | At Fillmore East | 1971
106 | Hole | Live Through This | 1994
107 | Television | Marquee Moon | 1977
108 | Fiona Apple | When the Pawn... | 1999
109 | Lou Reed | Transformer | 1972
110 | Joni Mitchell | Court and Spark | 1974
111 | Janet Jackson | Control | 1986
112 | Elton John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | 1973
113 | The Smiths | The Queen Is Dead | 1986
114 | The Strokes | Is This It | 2001
115 | Kendrick Lamar | good kid, m.A.A.d city | 2012
116 | The Cure | Disintegration | 1989
117 | Kanye West | Late Registration | 2005
118 | The Eagles | Hotel California | 1976
119 | Sly and the Family Stone | Stand! | 1969
120 | Van Morrison | Moondance | 1970
121 | Elvis Costello | This Year's Model | 1978
122 | Nine Inch Nails | The Downward Spiral | 1994
123 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin II | 1969
124 | U2 | Achtung Baby | 1991
125 | Beastie Boys | Paul's Boutique | 1989
126 | Mary J. Blige | My Life | 1994
127 | Ray Charles | Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music | 1962
128 | Queen | A Night at the Opera | 1975
129 | Pink Floyd | The Wall | 1979
130 | Prince | 1999 | 1982
131 | Portishead | Dummy | 1994
132 | Hank Williams | 40 Greatest Hits | 1978
133 | Joni Mitchell | Hejira | 1976
134 | Fugees | The Score | 1996
135 | U2 | The Joshua Tree | 1987
136 | Funkadelic | Maggot Brain | 1971
137 | Adele | 21 | 2011
138 | Madonna | The Immaculate Collection | 1990
139 | Black Sabbath | Paranoid | 1970
140 | Bob Marley and The Wailers | Catch a Fire | 1973
141 | Pixies | Doolittle | 1989
142 | Bruce Springsteen | Born in the U.S.A. | 1984
143 | The Velvet Underground | The Velvet Underground | 1969
144 | Led Zeppelin | Physical Graffiti | 1975
145 | Eminem | The Marshall Mathers LP | 2000
146 | Blondie | Parallel Lines | 1978
147 | Jeff Buckley | Grace | 1994
148 | Frank Ocean | Channel Orange | 2012
149 | John Prine | John Prine | 1971
150 | Bruce Springsteen | Nebraska | 1982
151 | George Michael | Faith | 1987
152 | The Pretenders | Pretenders | 1980
153 | PJ Harvey | Rid of Me | 1993
154 | Aretha Franklin | Amazing Grace | 1972
155 | Jay-Z | The Black Album | 2003
156 | The Replacements | Let It Be | 1984
157 | Oasis | (What's the Story) Morning Glory? | 1995
158 | Erykah Badu | Mama's Gun | 2000
159 | The Police | Synchronicity | 1983
160 | Pearl Jam | Ten | 1991
161 | Crosby, Stills & Nash | Crosby, Stills & Nash | 1969
162 | Pulp | Different Class | 1995
163 | Various Artists | Saturday Night Fever | 1977
164 | Johnny Cash | At Folsom Prison | 1968
165 | R.E.M. | Murmur | 1983
166 | Buddy Holly | 20 Golden Greats | 1978
167 | Depeche Mode | Violator | 1990
168 | Steely Dan | Can't Buy a Thrill | 1972
169 | Billy Joel | The Stranger | 1977
170 | Cream | Disraeli Gears | 1967
171 | Sonic Youth | Daydream Nation | 1988
172 | Simon and Garfunkel | Bridge Over Troubled Water | 1970
173 | Nirvana | In Utero | 1993
174 | Jimmy Cliff & Various Artists | The Harder They Come: Original Soundtrack | 1972
175 | Kendrick Lamar | DAMN. | 2017
176 | Public Enemy | Fear of a Black Planet | 1990
177 | Rod Stewart | Every Picture Tells a Story | 1971
178 | Otis Redding | Otis Blue | 1965
179 | The Notorious B.I.G. | Life After Death | 1997
180 | Love | Forever Changes | 1967
181 | Bob Dylan | Bringing It All Back Home | 1965
182 | James Taylor | Sweet Baby James | 1970
183 | D'Angelo | Brown Sugar | 1995
184 | Cyndi Lauper | She's So Unusual | 1983
185 | The Rolling Stones | Beggars Banquet | 1968
186 | Red Hot Chili Peppers | Blood Sugar Sex Magik | 1991
187 | Ice Cube | AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted | 1990
188 | T. Rex | Electric Warrior | 1971
189 | Sleater-Kinney | Dig Me Out | 1997
190 | The Who | Tommy | 1969
191 | Etta James | At Last! | 1961
192 | Beastie Boys | Licensed to Ill | 1986
193 | Creedence Clearwater Revival | Willy and the Poor Boys | 1969
194 | Michael Jackson | Bad | 1987
195 | Leonard Cohen | Songs of Leonard Cohen | 1967
196 | Robyn | Body Talk | 2010
197 | The Beatles | Meet the Beatles! | 1964
198 | The B-52's | The B-52's | 1979
199 | Pavement | Slanted and Enchanted | 1993
200 | Sade | Diamond Life | 1984
201 | A Tribe Called Quest | Midnight Marauders | 1993
202 | Björk | Homogenic | 1997
203 | Nick Drake | Pink Moon | 1979
204 | Kanye West | Graduation | 2007
205 | Cat Stevens | Tea for the Tillerman | 1970
206 | David Bowie | Low | 1977
207 | Eagles | Eagles | 1972
208 | Lil Wayne | Tha Carter III | 2008
209 | Run-DMC | Raising Hell | 1986
210 | Ray Charles | The Birth of Soul | 1991
211 | Joy Division | Unknown Pleasures | 1980 [1979]
212 | Nina Simone | Wild Is the Wind | 1966
213 | Fiona Apple | The Idler Wheel... | 2012
214 | Tom Petty | Wildflowers | 1994
215 | Grateful Dead | American Beauty | 1970
216 | Elliott Smith | Either/Or | 1997
217 | Oasis | Definitely Maybe | 1994
218 | TLC | CrazySexyCool | 1994
219 | Raekwon | Only Built 4 Cuban Linx | 1995
220 | Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young | Déjà Vu | 1970
221 | Rage Against the Machine | Rage Against the Machine | 1992
222 | Madonna | Ray of Light | 1998
223 | John Lennon | Imagine | 1971
224 | Dixie Chicks | Fly | 1999
225 | Wilco | Yankee Hotel Foxtrot | 2001
226 | Derek and the Dominos | Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs | 1970
227 | Little Richard | Here's Little Richard | 1957
228 | De La Soul | De La Soul Is Dead | 1991
229 | Patsy Cline | The Ultimate Collection | 2000
230 | Rihanna | Anti | 2016
231 | Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Damn the Torpedoes | 1979
232 | John Coltrane | Giant Steps | 1960
233 | Tori Amos | Little Earthquakes | 1992
234 | Black Sabbath | Master of Reality | 1971
235 | Metallica | Metallica | 1991
236 | Daft Punk | Discovery | 2001
237 | Willie Nelson | Red Headed Stranger | 1975
238 | Kraftwerk | Trans Europe Express | 1977
239 | Boogie Down Productions | Criminal Minded | 1987
240 | Sam Cooke | Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 | 1985
241 | Massive Attack | Blue Lines | 1991
242 | The Velvet Underground | Loaded | 1970
243 | The Zombies | Odessey and Oracle | 1968
244 | Kanye West | 808s & Heartbreak | 2008
245 | Cocteau Twins | Heaven or Las Vegas | 1990
246 | LL Cool J | Mama Said Knock You Out | 1991
247 | Sade | Love Deluxe | 1992
248 | Green Day | American Idiot | 2004
249 | Whitney Houston | Whitney Houston | 1985
250 | Buzzcocks | Singles Going Steady | 1979
251 | Elton John | Honky Château | 1972
252 | Devo | Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! | 1978
253 | Pink Floyd | The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | 1967
254 | Herbie Hancock | Head Hunters | 1973
255 | Bob Dylan | The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan | 1963
256 | Tracy Chapman | Tracy Chapman | 1988
257 | Dolly Parton | Coat of Many Colors | 1971
258 | Joni Mitchell | The Hissing of Summer Lawns | 1975
259 | Janis Joplin | Pearl | 1971
260 | The Slits | Cut | 1979
261 | Beastie Boys | Check Your Head | 1992
262 | New Order | Power, Corruption & Lies | 1983
263 | The Beatles | A Hard Day's Night | 1964
264 | Pink Floyd | Wish You Were Here | 1975
265 | Pavement | Wowee Zowee | 1995
266 | The Beatles | Help! | 1965
267 | Minutemen | Double Nickels on the Dime | 1984
268 | Randy Newman | Sail Away | 1972
269 | Kanye West | Yeezus | 2013
270 | Kacey Musgraves | Golden Hour | 2018
271 | Mary J. Blige | What's the 411? | 1992
272 | The Velvet Underground | White Light/White Heat | 1968
273 | Gang of Four | Entertainment! | 1979
274 | The Byrds | Sweetheart of the Rodeo | 1968
275 | Curtis Mayfield | Curtis | 1970
276 | Radiohead | The Bends | 1995
277 | Alicia Keys | The Diary of Alicia Keys | 2003
278 | Led Zeppelin | Houses of the Holy | 1973
279 | Nirvana | MTV Unplugged in New York | 1994
280 | 50 Cent | Get Rich or Die Tryin' | 2002
281 | Harry Nilsson | Nilsson Schmilsson | 1971
282 | Frank Sinatra | In the Wee Small Hours | 1955
283 | Donna Summer | Bad Girls | 1975
284 | Merle Haggard | Down Every Road: 1962-1994 | 1996
285 | Big Star | 3rd/Sister Lovers | 1978
286 | Red Hot Chili Peppers | Californication | 1999
287 | The Byrds | Mr. Tambourine Man | 1965
288 | The Modern Lovers | The Modern Lovers | 1976
289 | Björk | Post | 1995
290 | OutKast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below | 2003
291 | Destiny's Child | The Writing's on the Wall | 1999
292 | Van Halen | Van Halen | 1978
293 | The Breeders | Last Splash | 1993
294 | Weezer | Weezer (The Blue Album) | 1994
295 | Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | 2013
296 | Neil Young | Rust Never Sleeps | 1979
297 | Peter Gabriel | So | 1986
298 | Tom Petty | Full Moon Fever | 1989
299 | B.B. King | Live at the Regal | 1965
300 | Shania Twain | Come On Over | 1997
301 | New York Dolls | New York Dolls | 1973
302 | Neil Young | Tonight's the Night | 1975
303 | ABBA | The Definitive Collection | 2001
304 | Bill Withers | Just As I Am | 1971
305 | Kiss | Alive! | 1975
306 | Al Green | I'm Still in Love with You | 1972
307 | Sam Cooke | Portrait of a Legend | 2003
308 | Brian Eno | Here Come the Warm Jets | 1974
309 | Joy Division | Closer | 1980
310 | Wire | Pink Flag | 1977
311 | Neil Young | On the Beach | 1974
312 | Solange | A Seat at the Table | 2016
313 | PJ Harvey | Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea | 2000
314 | Aaliyah | One in a Million | 1996
315 | Rosalía | El Mal Querer | 2018
316 | The Who | The Who Sell Out | 1967
317 | Billie Holiday | Lady in Satin | 1958
318 | Janet Jackson | The Velvet Rope | 1997
319 | The Stone Roses | The Stone Roses | 1989
320 | X | Los Angeles | 1980
321 | Lana Del Rey | Norman Fucking Rockwell! | 2019
322 | Elvis Presley | From Elvis in Memphis | 1969
323 | The Clash | Sandinista! | 1980
324 | Coldplay | A Rush of Blood to the Head | 2002
325 | Jerry Lee Lewis | All Killer No Filler! | 1993
326 | Prince | Dirty Mind | 1980
327 | The Who | Live at Leeds | 1970
328 | Vampire Weekend | Modern Vampires of the City | 2013
329 | DJ Shadow | Endtroducing... | 1996
330 | The Rolling Stones | Aftermath | 1966
331 | Madonna | Like a Prayer | 1989
332 | Elvis Presley | Elvis Presley | 1956
333 | Bill Withers | Still Bill | 1972
334 | Santana | Abraxas | 1970
335 | Bob Dylan & The Band | The Basement Tapes | 1975
336 | Roxy Music | Avalon | 1982
337 | Bob Dylan | John Wesley Harding | 1967
338 | Brian Eno | Another Green World | 1975
339 | Janet Jackson | Rhythm Nation 1814 | 1989
340 | Snoop Doggy Dogg | Doggystyle | 1993
341 | The Smashing Pumpkins | Siamese Dream | 1993
342 | The Beatles | Let It Be | 1970
343 | Sly & the Family Stone | Greatest Hits | 1970
344 | Toots & the Maytals | Funky Kingston | 1973
345 | Bruce Springsteen | The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle | 1973
346 | Arctic Monkeys | AM | 2013
347 | GZA | Liquid Swords | 1995
348 | Gillian Welch | Time (The Revelator) | 2001
349 | MC5 | Kick Out the Jams | 1969
350 | Stevie Wonder | Music of My Mind | 1972
351 | Roxy Music | For Your Pleasure | 1973
352 | Eminem | The Slim Shady LP | 1999
353 | The Cars | The Cars | 1978
354 | X-Ray Spex | Germfree Adolescents | 1978
355 | Black Sabbath | Black Sabbath | 1970
356 | Dr. John | Gris-Gris | 1968
357 | Tom Waits | Rain Dogs | 1985
358 | Sonic Youth | Goo | 1990
359 | Big Star | Radio City | 1974
360 | Funkadelic | One Nation Under a Groove | 1978
361 | My Chemical Romance | The Black Parade | 2006
362 | Luther Vandross | Never Too Much | 1981
363 | Parliament | Mothership Connection | 1975
364 | Talking Heads | More Songs About Buildings and Foods | 1978
365 | Madvillain | Madvillainy | 2004
366 | Aerosmith | Rocks | 1976
367 | Drake | If You're Reading This It's Too Late | 2015
368 | George Harrison | All Things Must Pass | 1970
369 | Mobb Deep | The Infamous | 1995
370 | Lil Wayne | Tha Carter II | 2005
371 | The Temptations | Anthology | 1973
372 | Big Brother & The Holding Company | Cheap Thrills | 1968
373 | Isaac Hayes | Hot Buttered Soul | 1969
374 | Robert Johnson | King of the Delta Blues Singers | 1961
375 | Green Day | Dookie | 1994
376 | Neutral Milk Hotel | In the Aeroplane Over the Sea | 1998
377 | Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Fever to Tell | 2003
378 | Run-D.M.C. | Run-D.M.C. | 1983
379 | Rush | Moving Pictures | 1981
380 | Charles Mingus | Mingus Ah Um | 1959
381 | Lynyrd Skynyrd | (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) | 1973
382 | Tame Impala | Currents | 2015
383 | Massive Attack | Mezzanine | 1998
384 | The Kinks | The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society | 1969
385 | Ramones | Rocket to Russia | 1977
386 | J Dilla | Donuts | 2006
387 | Radiohead | In Rainbows | 2007
388 | Aretha Franklin | Young, Gifted and Black | 1972
389 | Mariah Carey | The Emancipation of Mimi | 2005
390 | Pixies | Surfer Rosa | 1988
391 | Kelis | Kaleidoscope | 1999
392 | Ike & Tina Turner | Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner | 1991
393 | Taylor Swift | 1989 | 2014
394 | Diana Ross | Diana | 1980
395 | D'Angelo and the Vanguard | Black Messiah | 2014
396 | Todd Rundgren | Something/Anything? | 1972
397 | Billie Eilish | When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? | 2019
398 | The Raincoats | The Raincoats | 1979
399 | Brian Wilson | Smile | 2004
400 | The Go-Go's | Beauty and the Beat | 1981
401 | Blondie | Blondie | 1977
402 | Fela Kuti & Africa 70 | Expensive Shit | 1975
403 | Ghostface Killah | Supreme Clientele | 2000
404 | Anita Baker | Rapture | 1986
405 | Various Artists | Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era | 1972
406 | The Magnetic Fields | 69 Love Songs | 1999
407 | Neil Young | Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere | 1969
408 | Motörhead | Ace of Spades | 1980
409 | Grateful Dead | Workingman's Dead | 1970
410 | The Beach Boys | Wild Honey | 1967
411 | Bob Dylan | Love and Theft | 2001
412 | Smokey Robinson | Going to a Go Go | 1965
413 | Creedence Clearwater Revival | Cosmo's Factory | 1970
414 | Chic | Risqué | 1979
415 | The Meters | Looka Py Py | 1969
416 | The Roots | Things Fall Apart | 1999
417 | Ornette Coleman | The Shape of Jazz to Come | 1959
418 | Dire Straits | Brothers in Arms | 1985
419 | Eric Church | Chief | 2011
420 | Earth, Wind & Fire | That's the Way of the World | 1975
421 | M.I.A. | Arular | 2005
422 | Marvin Gaye | Let's Get It On | 1973
423 | Yo La Tengo | I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One | 1997
424 | Beck | Odelay | 1996
425 | Paul Simon | Paul Simon | 1972
426 | Lucinda Williams | Lucinda Williams | 1988
427 | Al Green | Call Me | 1973
428 | Hüsker Dü | New Day Rising | 1985
429 | The Four Tops | Reach Out | 1967
430 | Elvis Costello | My Aim Is True | 1977
431 | Los Lobos | How Will the Wolf Survive? | 1984
432 | Usher | Confessions | 2004
433 | LCD Soundsystem | Sound of Silver | 2007
434 | Pavement | Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain | 1994
435 | Pet Shop Boys | Actually | 1987
436 | 2Pac | All Eyez on Me | 1996
437 | Primal Scream | Screamadelica | 1991
438 | Blur | Parklife | 1994
439 | James Brown | Sex Machine | 1970
440 | Loretta Lynn | Coal Miner's Daughter | 1971
441 | Britney Spears | Blackout | 2007
442 | The Weeknd | Beauty Behind the Madness | 2015
443 | David Bowie | Scary Monsters | 1980
444 | Fiona Apple | Extraordinary Machine | 2005
445 | Yes | Close to the Edge | 1972
446 | Alice Coltrane | Journey in Satchidananda | 1971
447 | Bad Bunny | X 100pre | 2018
448 | Otis Redding | Dictionary of Soul | 1966
449 | The White Stripes | Elephant | 2003
450 | Paul & Linda McCartney | Ram | 1971
451 | Roberta Flack | First Take | 1969
452 | Diana Ross & The Supremes | Anthology | 1974
453 | Nine Inch Nails | Pretty Hate Machine | 1989
454 | Can | Ege Bamyasi | 1972
455 | Bo Diddley | Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley | 1958
456 | Al Green | Greatest Hits | 1975
457 | Sinéad O'Connor | I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got | 1990
458 | Jason Isbell | Southeastern | 2013
459 | Kid Cudi | Man on the Moon: The End of the Day | 2019
460 | Lorde | Melodrama | 2017
461 | Bon Iver | For Emma, Forever Ago | 2008
462 | The Flying Burrito Brothers | The Gilded Palace of Sin | 1969
463 | Laura Nyro | Eli and the Thirteenth Confession | 1968
464 | The Isley Brothers | 3x3 | 1973
465 | King Sunny Adé | The Best of the Classic Years | 2003
466 | The Beach Boys | The Beach Boys Today! | 1965
467 | Maxwell | BLACKsummers'night | 2009
468 | The Rolling Stones | Some Girls | 1978
469 | Manu Chao | Clandestino | 1998
470 | Juvenile | 400 Degreez | 1998
471 | Jefferson Airplane | Surrealistic Pillow | 1967
472 | SZA | Ctrl | 2017
473 | Daddy Yankee | Barrio Fino | 2004
474 | Big Star | #1 Record | 1972
475 | Sheryl Crow | Sheryl Crow | 1996
476 | Sparks | Kimono My House | 1974
477 | Howlin' Wolf | Moanin' in the Moonlight | 1959
478 | The Kinks | Something Else by the Kinks | 1968
479 | Selena | Amor Prohibido | 1994
480 | Miranda Lambert | Weight of These Wings | 2016
481 | Belle and Sebastian | If You're Feeling Sinister | 1996
482 | The Pharcyde | Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde | 1992
483 | Muddy Waters | The Anthology | 2001
484 | Lady Gaga | Born This Way | 2011
485 | Richard and Linda Thompson | I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight | 1974
486 | John Mayer | Continuum | 2006
487 | Black Flag | Damaged | 1981
488 | The Stooges | The Stooges | 1969
489 | Phil Spector & Various Artists | Back to Mono (1958-1969) | 1991
490 | Linda Ronstadt | Heart Like a Wheel | 1975
491 | Harry Styles | Fine Line | 2019
492 | Bonnie Raitt | Nick of Time | 1989
493 | Marvin Gaye | Here, My Dear | 1978
494 | The Ronettes | Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes | 1964
495 | Boyz II Men | II | 1991
496 | Shakira | Dónde Están los Ladrones | 1998
497 | Various Artists | The Indestructible Beat of Soweto | 1985
498 | Suicide | Suicide | 1977
499 | Rufus & Chaka Khan | Ask Rufus | 1977
500 | Arcade Fire | Funeral | 2004

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Post by Harold » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:00 pm

Thanks for getting this transcribed so quickly!

I did jump straight to the top 50 when I visited the RS website. I'm sure the rest of the list will confirm the initial impression that this is a fascinating and frustrating effort by RS to revamp the canon (I have no doubt they're already receiving hate from old-school fans just for dropping Sgt. Pepper's... to #24, and their new #1 is a really interesting choice although it would not have been mine) while still remaining Rolling Stone. It's certain to generate much debate, in a way RS hasn't been able to for quite a while.

Next question re: music sources not as relevant as they once were: when will Pitchfork finally do an all-time top 500 list?

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Post by JR » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:05 pm

Doing a quick scan, looks like Bob Dylan has the most entries (8; includes an album with The Band); the Beatles and Rolling Stones follow, with seven and six, respectively, followed by Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin (five each). Among others with multiple entries, Stevie Wonder, Prince and The Who have four. If anyone else should be in there, please advise. (I imagine someone will post a complete list of acts with multiple entries.) Thanks. :P

Among females, Aretha Franklin and Joni Mitchell look to have the most (4), with the following scoring three each: Madonna, Janet Jackson and Fiona Apple. M's Like a Prayer is lower than on the initial list, though The Immaculate Collection and Ray of Light made nice jumps. Not many compilations on the list, which further shows how the reverence of Immaculate .

Note: Beyoncé has two solo albums, and one with Destiny's Child. No surprise that her self-titled set and Lemonade were top 100- not necessarily my favorites, though they were very well-received.
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Post by StevieFan13 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:16 pm

I mean, such a list will never be perfect, but I much prefer this to the original list. I like Rolling Stone courting hot takes over paying lip service to the rock establishment. Couldn't even imagine them putting Shakira or Boyz II Men on a list like this before, but here we are.
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Post by StevieFan13 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:27 pm

A look at the voters shows it skews a lot younger and a lot more toward contemporary pop, indie, R&B, and rap. I haven’t checked who voted the first time but I have a feeling there won’t be a ton of overlap.
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Post by Rocky Raccoon » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:53 pm

JR wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:05 pm
Doing a quick scan, looks like Bob Dylan has the most entries (8; includes an album with The Band); the Beatles and Rolling Stones follow, with seven and six, respectively, followed by Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin (five each). Among others with multiple entries, Stevie Wonder, Prince and The Who have four. If anyone else should be in there, please advise. (I imagine someone will post a complete list of acts with multiple entries.) Thanks. :P

Among females, Aretha Franklin and Joni Mitchell look to have the most (4), with the following scoring three each: Madonna, Janet Jackson and Fiona Apple. M's Like a Prayer is lower than on the initial list, though The Immaculate Collection and Ray of Light made nice jumps. Not many compilations on the list, which further shows how the reverence of Immaculate .

Note: Beyoncé has two solo albums, and one with Destiny's Child. No surprise that her self-titled set and Lemonade were top 100- not necessarily my favorites, though they were very well-received.
The Beatles actually have nine albums on the list.
Pink Floyd have four albums.

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Post by Holden » Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:37 pm

The three 2019 albums have two logical choices and also Kid Cudi. Haven’t listened to it myself but also haven’t seen a lot of critical acclaim for it.
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No offense to Drake fans but Take Care might be the most overrated album on the list...
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Post by Jackson » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:07 pm

This is a lot more interesting than I would have expected, especially after their last update to the list essentially kept the same order at the top. Moving Sgt. Pepper's down to 24, and below two other Beatles albums, is a nice way of making up for previously overrating that album at #1 and perhaps marks a definitive symbolic shift in the canon away from that album. I like that they integrated a lot of 2010s albums, even if I don't necessarily agree with all their picks. Hip-hop is perhaps better represented on here than on any other major all-time list, with T50 placements for 36 Chambers, Low End Theory, Illmatic, TPAB, MBDTF, and Auqemini. Female artists seem to have much better representation than they did on the previous list. It's not like it's the most amazing list I've ever seen, but it's at least an attempt to get away from just catering to the Boomer audience.

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Artists with Multiple Albums:

9 Albums:
The Beatles

8 Albums:
Bob Dylan

6 Albums:
Kanye West, Neil Young, The Rolling Stones

5 Albums:
Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin

4 Albums:
Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Prince, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, The Velvet Underground, The Who

3 Albums:
Al Green, Beastie Boys, Big Star, Black Sabbath, Bob Marley & The Wailers, D'Angelo, Elvis Presley, Fiona Apple, James Brown, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Madonna, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, OutKast, Pavement, Sly & the Family Stone, The Band, The Beach Boys, The Clash, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tom Petty

2 Albums:
A Tribe Called Quest, Beyoncé, Bill Withers, Björk, Blondie, Brian Eno, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Curtis Mayfield, Daft Punk, De La Soul, Diana Ross, Drake, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Eminem, Erykah Badu, Frank Ocean, Funkadelic, Grateful Dead, Green Day, John Coltrane, John Lennon, Joy Division, Lil Wayne, Lucinda Williams, Mary J. Blige, Massive Attack, Metallica, Miles Davis, Nine Inch Nails, Oasis, Otis Redding, Paul Simon, Pixies, PJ Harvey, Public Enemy, R.E.M., Ramones, Ray Charles, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Roxy Music, Run-D.M.C., Sade, Sam Cooke, Sonic Youth, Steely Dan, Talking Heads, Taylor Swift, The Byrds, The Kinks, The Notorious B.I.G., The Stooges, U2, Van Morrison

By Year
282 | Frank Sinatra | In the Wee Small Hours | 1955
332 | Elvis Presley | Elvis Presley | 1956
227 | Little Richard | Here's Little Richard | 1957
317 | Billie Holiday | Lady in Satin | 1958
455 | Bo Diddley | Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley | 1958
31 | Miles Davis | Kind of Blue | 1959
380 | Charles Mingus | Mingus Ah Um | 1959
417 | Ornette Coleman | The Shape of Jazz to Come | 1959
477 | Howlin' Wolf | Moanin' in the Moonlight | 1959
232 | John Coltrane | Giant Steps | 1960
191 | Etta James | At Last! | 1961
374 | Robert Johnson | King of the Delta Blues Singers | 1961
127 | Ray Charles | Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music | 1962
65 | James Brown | Live at the Apollo | 1963
255 | Bob Dylan | The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan | 1963
197 | The Beatles | Meet the Beatles! | 1964
263 | The Beatles | A Hard Day's Night | 1964
494 | The Ronettes | Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes | 1964
18 | Bob Dylan | Highway 61 Revisited | 1965
35 | The Beatles | Rubber Soul | 1965
66 | John Coltrane | A Love Supreme | 1965
178 | Otis Redding | Otis Blue | 1965
181 | Bob Dylan | Bringing It All Back Home | 1965
266 | The Beatles | Help! | 1965
287 | The Byrds | Mr. Tambourine Man | 1965
299 | B.B. King | Live at the Regal | 1965
412 | Smokey Robinson | Going to a Go Go | 1965
466 | The Beach Boys | The Beach Boys Today! | 1965
2 | The Beach Boys | Pet Sounds | 1966
11 | The Beatles | Revolver | 1966
38 | Bob Dylan | Blonde on Blonde | 1966
212 | Nina Simone | Wild Is the Wind | 1966
330 | The Rolling Stones | Aftermath | 1966
448 | Otis Redding | Dictionary of Soul | 1966
13 | Aretha Franklin | I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You | 1967
23 | The Velvet Underground & Nico | The Velvet Underground & Nico | 1967
24 | The Beatles | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band | 1967
30 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Are You Experienced? | 1967
86 | The Doors | The Doors | 1967
92 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Axis: Bold as Love | 1967
170 | Cream | Disraeli Gears | 1967
180 | Love | Forever Changes | 1967
195 | Leonard Cohen | Songs of Leonard Cohen | 1967
253 | Pink Floyd | The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | 1967
316 | The Who | The Who Sell Out | 1967
337 | Bob Dylan | John Wesley Harding | 1967
410 | The Beach Boys | Wild Honey | 1967
429 | The Four Tops | Reach Out | 1967
471 | Jefferson Airplane | Surrealistic Pillow | 1967
29 | The Beatles | The Beatles (White Album) | 1968
53 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Electric Ladyland | 1968
60 | Van Morrison | Astral Weeks | 1968
75 | Aretha Franklin | Lady Soul | 1968
100 | The Band | Music from Big Pink | 1968
164 | Johnny Cash | At Folsom Prison | 1968
185 | The Rolling Stones | Beggars Banquet | 1968
243 | The Zombies | Odessey and Oracle | 1968
272 | The Velvet Underground | White Light/White Heat | 1968
274 | The Byrds | Sweetheart of the Rodeo | 1968
356 | Dr. John | Gris-Gris | 1968
372 | Big Brother & The Holding Company | Cheap Thrills | 1968
463 | Laura Nyro | Eli and the Thirteenth Confession | 1968
478 | The Kinks | Something Else by the Kinks | 1968
5 | The Beatles | Abbey Road | 1969
41 | The Rolling Stones | Let It Bleed | 1969
57 | The Band | The Band | 1969
83 | Dusty Springfield | Dusty in Memphis | 1969
101 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin | 1969
119 | Sly & the Family Stone | Stand! | 1969
123 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin II | 1969
143 | The Velvet Underground | The Velvet Underground | 1969
161 | Crosby, Stills & Nash | Crosby, Stills & Nash | 1969
190 | The Who | Tommy | 1969
193 | Creedence Clearwater Revival | Willy and the Poor Boys | 1969
322 | Elvis Presley | From Elvis in Memphis | 1969
349 | MC5 | Kick Out the Jams | 1969
373 | Isaac Hayes | Hot Buttered Soul | 1969
384 | The Kinks | The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society | 1969
407 | Neil Young | Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere | 1969
415 | The Meters | Looka Py Py | 1969
451 | Roberta Flack | First Take | 1969
462 | The Flying Burrito Brothers | The Gilded Palace of Sin | 1969
488 | The Stooges | The Stooges | 1969
85 | John Lennon | Plastic Ono Band | 1970
87 | Miles Davis | Bitches Brew | 1970
90 | Neil Young | After the Gold Rush | 1970
94 | The Stooges | Fun House | 1970
120 | Van Morrison | Moondance | 1970
139 | Black Sabbath | Paranoid | 1970
172 | Simon and Garfunkel | Bridge Over Troubled Water | 1970
182 | James Taylor | Sweet Baby James | 1970
205 | Cat Stevens | Tea for the Tillerman | 1970
215 | Grateful Dead | American Beauty | 1970
220 | Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young | Déjà Vu | 1970
226 | Derek and the Dominos | Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs | 1970
242 | The Velvet Underground | Loaded | 1970
275 | Curtis Mayfield | Curtis | 1970
327 | The Who | Live at Leeds | 1970
334 | Santana | Abraxas | 1970
342 | The Beatles | Let It Be | 1970
343 | Sly & the Family Stone | Greatest Hits | 1970
355 | Black Sabbath | Black Sabbath | 1970
368 | George Harrison | All Things Must Pass | 1970
409 | Grateful Dead | Workingman's Dead | 1970
413 | Creedence Clearwater Revival | Cosmo's Factory | 1970
439 | James Brown | Sex Machine | 1970
1 | Marvin Gaye | What's Going On | 1971
3 | Joni Mitchell | Blue | 1971
25 | Carole King | Tapestry | 1971
58 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin IV | 1971
77 | The Who | Who's Next | 1971
82 | Sly & the Family Stone | There's a Riot Goin' On | 1971
88 | David Bowie | Hunky Dory | 1971
104 | The Rolling Stones | Sticky Fingers | 1971
105 | The Allman Brothers Band | At Fillmore East | 1971
136 | Funkadelic | Maggot Brain | 1971
149 | John Prine | John Prine | 1971
177 | Rod Stewart | Every Picture Tells a Story | 1971
188 | T. Rex | Electric Warrior | 1971
223 | John Lennon | Imagine | 1971
234 | Black Sabbath | Master of Reality | 1971
257 | Dolly Parton | Coat of Many Colors | 1971
259 | Janis Joplin | Pearl | 1971
281 | Harry Nilsson | Nilsson Schmilsson | 1971
304 | Bill Withers | Just As I Am | 1971
440 | Loretta Lynn | Coal Miner's Daughter | 1971
446 | Alice Coltrane | Journey in Satchidananda | 1971
450 | Paul & Linda McCartney | Ram | 1971
14 | The Rolling Stones | Exile on Main St. | 1972
40 | David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars | 1972
59 | Stevie Wonder | Talking Book | 1972
72 | Neil Young | Harvest | 1972
76 | Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | 1972
109 | Lou Reed | Transformer | 1972
154 | Aretha Franklin | Amazing Grace | 1972
168 | Steely Dan | Can't Buy a Thrill | 1972
174 | Jimmy Cliff & Various Artists | The Harder They Come: Original Soundtrack | 1972
207 | Eagles | Eagles | 1972
251 | Elton John | Honky Château | 1972
268 | Randy Newman | Sail Away | 1972
306 | Al Green | I'm Still in Love with You | 1972
333 | Bill Withers | Still Bill | 1972
350 | Stevie Wonder | Music of My Mind | 1972
388 | Aretha Franklin | Young, Gifted and Black | 1972
396 | Todd Rundgren | Something/Anything? | 1972
405 | Various Artists | Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era | 1972
425 | Paul Simon | Paul Simon | 1972
445 | Yes | Close to the Edge | 1972
454 | Can | Ege Bamyasi | 1972
474 | Big Star | #1 Record | 1972
34 | Stevie Wonder | Innervisions | 1973
55 | Pink Floyd | The Dark Side of the Moon | 1973
112 | Elton John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | 1973
140 | Bob Marley and The Wailers | Catch a Fire | 1973
254 | Herbie Hancock | Head Hunters | 1973
278 | Led Zeppelin | Houses of the Holy | 1973
301 | New York Dolls | New York Dolls | 1973
344 | Toots & the Maytals | Funky Kingston | 1973
345 | Bruce Springsteen | The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle | 1973
351 | Roxy Music | For Your Pleasure | 1973
371 | The Temptations | Anthology | 1973
381 | Lynyrd Skynyrd | (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) | 1973
422 | Marvin Gaye | Let's Get It On | 1973
427 | Al Green | Call Me | 1973
464 | The Isley Brothers | 3x3 | 1973
110 | Joni Mitchell | Court and Spark | 1974
308 | Brian Eno | Here Come the Warm Jets | 1974
311 | Neil Young | On the Beach | 1974
359 | Big Star | Radio City | 1974
452 | Diana Ross & The Supremes | Anthology | 1974
476 | Sparks | Kimono My House | 1974
485 | Richard and Linda Thompson | I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight | 1974
9 | Bob Dylan | Blood on the Tracks | 1975
21 | Bruce Springsteen | Born to Run | 1975
26 | Patti Smith | Horses | 1975
128 | Queen | A Night at the Opera | 1975
144 | Led Zeppelin | Physical Graffiti | 1975
237 | Willie Nelson | Red Headed Stranger | 1975
258 | Joni Mitchell | The Hissing of Summer Lawns | 1975
264 | Pink Floyd | Wish You Were Here | 1975
283 | Donna Summer | Bad Girls | 1975
302 | Neil Young | Tonight's the Night | 1975
305 | Kiss | Alive! | 1975
335 | Bob Dylan & The Band | The Basement Tapes | 1975
338 | Brian Eno | Another Green World | 1975
363 | Parliament | Mothership Connection | 1975
402 | Fela Kuti & Africa 70 | Expensive Shit | 1975
420 | Earth, Wind & Fire | That's the Way of the World | 1975
456 | Al Green | Greatest Hits | 1975
490 | Linda Ronstadt | Heart Like a Wheel | 1975
4 | Stevie Wonder | Songs in the Key of Life | 1976
47 | Ramones | Ramones | 1976
52 | David Bowie | Station to Station | 1976
78 | Elvis Presley | The Sun Sessions | 1976
118 | The Eagles | Hotel California | 1976
133 | Joni Mitchell | Hejira | 1976
288 | The Modern Lovers | The Modern Lovers | 1976
366 | Aerosmith | Rocks | 1976
7 | Fleetwood Mac | Rumours | 1977
63 | Steely Dan | Aja | 1977
71 | Bob Marley & The Wailers | Exodus | 1977
80 | Sex Pistols | Never Mind the Bollocks - Here's the Sex Pistols | 1977
102 | The Clash | The Clash | 1977
107 | Television | Marquee Moon | 1977
163 | Various Artists | Saturday Night Fever | 1977
169 | Billy Joel | The Stranger | 1977
206 | David Bowie | Low | 1977
238 | Kraftwerk | Trans Europe Express | 1977
310 | Wire | Pink Flag | 1977
385 | Ramones | Rocket to Russia | 1977
401 | Blondie | Blondie | 1977
430 | Elvis Costello | My Aim Is True | 1977
498 | Suicide | Suicide | 1977
499 | Rufus & Chaka Khan | Ask Rufus | 1977
91 | Bruce Springsteen | Darkness on the Edge of Town | 1978
121 | Elvis Costello | This Year's Model | 1978
132 | Hank Williams | 40 Greatest Hits | 1978
146 | Blondie | Parallel Lines | 1978
166 | Buddy Holly | 20 Golden Greats | 1978
252 | Devo | Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! | 1978
285 | Big Star | 3rd/Sister Lovers | 1978
292 | Van Halen | Van Halen | 1978
353 | The Cars | The Cars | 1978
354 | X-Ray Spex | Germfree Adolescents | 1978
360 | Funkadelic | One Nation Under a Groove | 1978
364 | Talking Heads | More Songs About Buildings and Foods | 1978
468 | The Rolling Stones | Some Girls | 1978
493 | Marvin Gaye | Here, My Dear | 1978
16 | The Clash | London Calling | 1979
36 | Michael Jackson | Off the Wall | 1979
129 | Pink Floyd | The Wall | 1979
198 | The B-52's | The B-52's | 1979
203 | Nick Drake | Pink Moon | 1979
211 | Joy Division | Unknown Pleasures | 1979
231 | Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Damn the Torpedoes | 1979
250 | Buzzcocks | Singles Going Steady | 1979
260 | The Slits | Cut | 1979
273 | Gang of Four | Entertainment! | 1979
296 | Neil Young | Rust Never Sleeps | 1979
398 | The Raincoats | The Raincoats | 1979
414 | Chic | Risqué | 1979
39 | Talking Heads | Remain in Light | 1980
84 | AC/DC | Back in Black | 1980
152 | The Pretenders | Pretenders | 1980
309 | Joy Division | Closer | 1980
320 | X | Los Angeles | 1980
323 | The Clash | Sandinista! | 1980
326 | Prince | Dirty Mind | 1980
394 | Diana Ross | Diana | 1980
408 | Motörhead | Ace of Spades | 1980
443 | David Bowie | Scary Monsters | 1980
362 | Luther Vandross | Never Too Much | 1981
379 | Rush | Moving Pictures | 1981
400 | The Go-Go's | Beauty and the Beat | 1981
487 | Black Flag | Damaged | 1981
12 | Michael Jackson | Thriller | 1982
51 | Chuck Berry | The Great Twenty-Eight | 1982
130 | Prince | 1999 | 1982
150 | Bruce Springsteen | Nebraska | 1982
336 | Roxy Music | Avalon | 1982
159 | The Police | Synchronicity | 1983
165 | R.E.M. | Murmur | 1983
184 | Cyndi Lauper | She's So Unusual | 1983
262 | New Order | Power, Corruption & Lies | 1983
378 | Run-D.M.C. | Run-D.M.C. | 1983
8 | Prince and the Revolution | Purple Rain | 1984
48 | Bob Marley and the Wailers | Legend | 1984
142 | Bruce Springsteen | Born in the U.S.A. | 1984
156 | The Replacements | Let It Be | 1984
200 | Sade | Diamond Life | 1984
267 | Minutemen | Double Nickels on the Dime | 1984
431 | Los Lobos | How Will the Wolf Survive? | 1984
68 | Kate Bush | Hounds of Love | 1985
240 | Sam Cooke | Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 | 1985
249 | Whitney Houston | Whitney Houston | 1985
357 | Tom Waits | Rain Dogs | 1985
418 | Dire Straits | Brothers in Arms | 1985
428 | Hüsker Dü | New Day Rising | 1985
497 | Various Artists | The Indestructible Beat of Soweto | 1985
46 | Paul Simon | Graceland | 1986
97 | Metallica | Master of Puppets | 1986
111 | Janet Jackson | Control | 1986
113 | The Smiths | The Queen Is Dead | 1986
192 | Beastie Boys | Licensed to Ill | 1986
209 | Run-DMC | Raising Hell | 1986
297 | Peter Gabriel | So | 1986
404 | Anita Baker | Rapture | 1986
45 | Prince | Sign O' the Times | 1987
61 | Eric B. & Rakim | Paid in Full | 1987
62 | Guns N' Roses | Appetite for Destruction | 1987
135 | U2 | The Joshua Tree | 1987
151 | George Michael | Faith | 1987
194 | Michael Jackson | Bad | 1987
239 | Boogie Down Productions | Criminal Minded | 1987
435 | Pet Shop Boys | Actually | 1987
15 | Public Enemy | It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back | 1988
70 | N.W.A | Straight Outta Compton | 1988
171 | Sonic Youth | Daydream Nation | 1988
256 | Tracy Chapman | Tracy Chapman | 1988
390 | Pixies | Surfer Rosa | 1988
426 | Lucinda Williams | Lucinda Williams | 1988
103 | De La Soul | 3 Feet High and Rising | 1989
116 | The Cure | Disintegration | 1989
125 | Beastie Boys | Paul's Boutique | 1989
141 | Pixies | Doolittle | 1989
298 | Tom Petty | Full Moon Fever | 1989
319 | The Stone Roses | The Stone Roses | 1989
331 | Madonna | Like a Prayer | 1989
339 | Janet Jackson | Rhythm Nation 1814 | 1989
453 | Nine Inch Nails | Pretty Hate Machine | 1989
492 | Bonnie Raitt | Nick of Time | 1989
138 | Madonna | The Immaculate Collection | 1990
167 | Depeche Mode | Violator | 1990
176 | Public Enemy | Fear of a Black Planet | 1990
187 | Ice Cube | AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted | 1990
245 | Cocteau Twins | Heaven or Las Vegas | 1990
358 | Sonic Youth | Goo | 1990
457 | Sinéad O'Connor | I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got | 1990
6 | Nirvana | Nevermind | 1991
43 | A Tribe Called Quest | The Low End Theory | 1991
54 | James Brown | Star Time | 1991
73 | My Bloody Valentine | Loveless | 1991
124 | U2 | Achtung Baby | 1991
160 | Pearl Jam | Ten | 1991
186 | Red Hot Chili Peppers | Blood Sugar Sex Magik | 1991
210 | Ray Charles | The Birth of Soul | 1991
228 | De La Soul | De La Soul Is Dead | 1991
235 | Metallica | Metallica | 1991
241 | Massive Attack | Blue Lines | 1991
246 | LL Cool J | Mama Said Knock You Out | 1991
392 | Ike & Tina Turner | Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner | 1991
437 | Primal Scream | Screamadelica | 1991
489 | Phil Spector & Various Artists | Back to Mono (1958-1969) | 1991
495 | Boyz II Men | II | 1991
37 | Dr. Dre | The Chronic | 1992
96 | R.E.M. | Automatic for the People | 1992
221 | Rage Against the Machine | Rage Against the Machine | 1992
233 | Tori Amos | Little Earthquakes | 1992
247 | Sade | Love Deluxe | 1992
261 | Beastie Boys | Check Your Head | 1992
271 | Mary J. Blige | What's the 411? | 1992
482 | The Pharcyde | Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde | 1992
27 | Wu-Tang Clan | Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) | 1993
56 | Liz Phair | Exile in Guyville | 1993
153 | PJ Harvey | Rid of Me | 1993
173 | Nirvana | In Utero | 1993
199 | Pavement | Slanted and Enchanted | 1993
201 | A Tribe Called Quest | Midnight Marauders | 1993
293 | The Breeders | Last Splash | 1993
325 | Jerry Lee Lewis | All Killer No Filler! | 1993
340 | Snoop Doggy Dogg | Doggystyle | 1993
341 | The Smashing Pumpkins | Siamese Dream | 1993
22 | The Notorious B.I.G. | Ready to Die | 1994
44 | Nas | Illmatic | 1994
106 | Hole | Live Through This | 1994
122 | Nine Inch Nails | The Downward Spiral | 1994
126 | Mary J. Blige | My Life | 1994
131 | Portishead | Dummy | 1994
147 | Jeff Buckley | Grace | 1994
214 | Tom Petty | Wildflowers | 1994
217 | Oasis | Definitely Maybe | 1994
218 | TLC | CrazySexyCool | 1994
279 | Nirvana | MTV Unplugged in New York | 1994
294 | Weezer | Weezer (The Blue Album) | 1994
375 | Green Day | Dookie | 1994
434 | Pavement | Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain | 1994
438 | Blur | Parklife | 1994
479 | Selena | Amor Prohibido | 1994
69 | Alanis Morrissette | Jagged Little Pill | 1995
157 | Oasis | (What's the Story) Morning Glory? | 1995
162 | Pulp | Different Class | 1995
183 | D'Angelo | Brown Sugar | 1995
219 | Raekwon | Only Built 4 Cuban Linx | 1995
265 | Pavement | Wowee Zowee | 1995
276 | Radiohead | The Bends | 1995
289 | Björk | Post | 1995
347 | GZA | Liquid Swords | 1995
369 | Mobb Deep | The Infamous | 1995
67 | Jay-Z | Reasonable Doubt | 1996
134 | Fugees | The Score | 1996
284 | Merle Haggard | Down Every Road: 1962-1994 | 1996
314 | Aaliyah | One in a Million | 1996
329 | DJ Shadow | Endtroducing... | 1996
424 | Beck | Odelay | 1996
436 | 2Pac | All Eyez on Me | 1996
475 | Sheryl Crow | Sheryl Crow | 1996
481 | Belle and Sebastian | If You're Feeling Sinister | 1996
42 | Radiohead | OK Computer | 1997
89 | Erykah Badu | Baduizm | 1997
93 | Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott | Supa Dupa Fly | 1997
179 | The Notorious B.I.G. | Life After Death | 1997
189 | Sleater-Kinney | Dig Me Out | 1997
202 | Björk | Homogenic | 1997
216 | Elliott Smith | Either/Or | 1997
300 | Shania Twain | Come On Over | 1997
318 | Janet Jackson | The Velvet Rope | 1997
423 | Yo La Tengo | I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One | 1997
10 | Lauryn Hill | The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill | 1998
49 | OutKast | Aquemini | 1998
98 | Lucinda Williams | Car Wheels on a Gravel Road | 1998
222 | Madonna | Ray of Light | 1998
376 | Neutral Milk Hotel | In the Aeroplane Over the Sea | 1998
383 | Massive Attack | Mezzanine | 1998
469 | Manu Chao | Clandestino | 1998
470 | Juvenile | 400 Degreez | 1998
496 | Shakira | Dónde Están los Ladrones | 1998
108 | Fiona Apple | When the Pawn... | 1999
224 | Dixie Chicks | Fly | 1999
286 | Red Hot Chili Peppers | Californication | 1999
291 | Destiny's Child | The Writing's on the Wall | 1999
352 | Eminem | The Slim Shady LP | 1999
391 | Kelis | Kaleidoscope | 1999
406 | The Magnetic Fields | 69 Love Songs | 1999
416 | The Roots | Things Fall Apart | 1999
20 | Radiohead | Kid A | 2000
28 | D'Angelo | Voodoo | 2000
64 | OutKast | Stankonia | 2000
145 | Eminem | The Marshall Mathers LP | 2000
158 | Erykah Badu | Mama's Gun | 2000
229 | Patsy Cline | The Ultimate Collection | 2000
313 | PJ Harvey | Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea | 2000
403 | Ghostface Killah | Supreme Clientele | 2000
50 | Jay-Z | The Blueprint | 2001
114 | The Strokes | Is This It | 2001
225 | Wilco | Yankee Hotel Foxtrot | 2001
236 | Daft Punk | Discovery | 2001
303 | ABBA | The Definitive Collection | 2001
348 | Gillian Welch | Time (The Revelator) | 2001
411 | Bob Dylan | Love and Theft | 2001
483 | Muddy Waters | The Anthology | 2001
280 | 50 Cent | Get Rich or Die Tryin' | 2002
324 | Coldplay | A Rush of Blood to the Head | 2002
155 | Jay-Z | The Black Album | 2003
277 | Alicia Keys | The Diary of Alicia Keys | 2003
290 | OutKast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below | 2003
307 | Sam Cooke | Portrait of a Legend | 2003
377 | Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Fever to Tell | 2003
449 | The White Stripes | Elephant | 2003
465 | King Sunny Adé | The Best of the Classic Years | 2003
74 | Kanye West | The College Dropout | 2004
248 | Green Day | American Idiot | 2004
365 | Madvillain | Madvillainy | 2004
399 | Brian Wilson | Smile | 2004
432 | Usher | Confessions | 2004
473 | Daddy Yankee | Barrio Fino | 2004
500 | Arcade Fire | Funeral | 2004
117 | Kanye West | Late Registration | 2005
370 | Lil Wayne | Tha Carter II | 2005
389 | Mariah Carey | The Emancipation of Mimi | 2005
421 | M.I.A. | Arular | 2005
444 | Fiona Apple | Extraordinary Machine | 2005
33 | Amy Winehouse | Back to Black | 2006
361 | My Chemical Romance | The Black Parade | 2006
386 | J Dilla | Donuts | 2006
486 | John Mayer | Continuum | 2006
204 | Kanye West | Graduation | 2007
387 | Radiohead | In Rainbows | 2007
433 | LCD Soundsystem | Sound of Silver | 2007
441 | Britney Spears | Blackout | 2007
208 | Lil Wayne | Tha Carter III | 2008
244 | Kanye West | 808s & Heartbreak | 2008
461 | Bon Iver | For Emma, Forever Ago | 2008
467 | Maxwell | BLACKsummers'night | 2009
17 | Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy | 2010
196 | Robyn | Body Talk | 2010
95 | Drake | Take Care | 2011
137 | Adele | 21 | 2011
419 | Eric Church | Chief | 2011
484 | Lady Gaga | Born This Way | 2011
99 | Taylor Swift | Red | 2012
115 | Kendrick Lamar | good kid, m.A.A.d city | 2012
148 | Frank Ocean | Channel Orange | 2012
213 | Fiona Apple | The Idler Wheel... | 2012
81 | Beyoncé | Beyoncé | 2013
269 | Kanye West | Yeezus | 2013
295 | Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | 2013
328 | Vampire Weekend | Modern Vampires of the City | 2013
346 | Arctic Monkeys | AM | 2013
458 | Jason Isbell | Southeastern | 2013
393 | Taylor Swift | 1989 | 2014
395 | D'Angelo and the Vanguard | Black Messiah | 2014
19 | Kendrick Lamar | To Pimp a Butterfly | 2015
367 | Drake | If You're Reading This It's Too Late | 2015
382 | Tame Impala | Currents | 2015
442 | The Weeknd | Beauty Behind the Madness | 2015
32 | Beyoncé | Lemonade | 2016
79 | Frank Ocean | Blonde | 2016
230 | Rihanna | Anti | 2016
312 | Solange | A Seat at the Table | 2016
480 | Miranda Lambert | Weight of These Wings | 2016
175 | Kendrick Lamar | DAMN. | 2017
460 | Lorde | Melodrama | 2017
472 | SZA | Ctrl | 2017
270 | Kacey Musgraves | Golden Hour | 2018
315 | Rosalía | El Mal Querer | 2018
447 | Bad Bunny | X 100pre | 2018
321 | Lana Del Rey | Norman Fucking Rockwell! | 2019
397 | Billie Eilish | When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? | 2019
459 | Kid Cudi | Man on the Moon: The End of the Day | 2019
491 | Harry Styles | Fine Line | 2019

By Decade
1950s
31 | Miles Davis | Kind of Blue | 1959
227 | Little Richard | Here's Little Richard | 1957
282 | Frank Sinatra | In the Wee Small Hours | 1955
317 | Billie Holiday | Lady in Satin | 1958
332 | Elvis Presley | Elvis Presley | 1956
380 | Charles Mingus | Mingus Ah Um | 1959
417 | Ornette Coleman | The Shape of Jazz to Come | 1959
455 | Bo Diddley | Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley | 1958
477 | Howlin' Wolf | Moanin' in the Moonlight | 1959

1960s
2 | The Beach Boys | Pet Sounds | 1966
5 | The Beatles | Abbey Road | 1969
11 | The Beatles | Revolver | 1966
13 | Aretha Franklin | I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You | 1967
18 | Bob Dylan | Highway 61 Revisited | 1965
23 | The Velvet Underground & Nico | The Velvet Underground & Nico | 1967
24 | The Beatles | Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band | 1967
29 | The Beatles | The Beatles (White Album) | 1968
30 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Are You Experienced? | 1967
35 | The Beatles | Rubber Soul | 1965
38 | Bob Dylan | Blonde on Blonde | 1966
41 | The Rolling Stones | Let It Bleed | 1969
53 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Electric Ladyland | 1968
57 | The Band | The Band | 1969
60 | Van Morrison | Astral Weeks | 1968
65 | James Brown | Live at the Apollo | 1963
66 | John Coltrane | A Love Supreme | 1965
75 | Aretha Franklin | Lady Soul | 1968
83 | Dusty Springfield | Dusty in Memphis | 1969
86 | The Doors | The Doors | 1967
92 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Axis: Bold as Love | 1967
100 | The Band | Music from Big Pink | 1968
101 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin | 1969
119 | Sly & the Family Stone | Stand! | 1969
123 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin II | 1969
127 | Ray Charles | Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music | 1962
143 | The Velvet Underground | The Velvet Underground | 1969
161 | Crosby, Stills & Nash | Crosby, Stills & Nash | 1969
164 | Johnny Cash | At Folsom Prison | 1968
170 | Cream | Disraeli Gears | 1967
178 | Otis Redding | Otis Blue | 1965
180 | Love | Forever Changes | 1967
181 | Bob Dylan | Bringing It All Back Home | 1965
185 | The Rolling Stones | Beggars Banquet | 1968
190 | The Who | Tommy | 1969
191 | Etta James | At Last! | 1961
193 | Creedence Clearwater Revival | Willy and the Poor Boys | 1969
195 | Leonard Cohen | Songs of Leonard Cohen | 1967
197 | The Beatles | Meet the Beatles! | 1964
212 | Nina Simone | Wild Is the Wind | 1966
232 | John Coltrane | Giant Steps | 1960
243 | The Zombies | Odessey and Oracle | 1968
253 | Pink Floyd | The Piper at the Gates of Dawn | 1967
255 | Bob Dylan | The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan | 1963
263 | The Beatles | A Hard Day's Night | 1964
266 | The Beatles | Help! | 1965
272 | The Velvet Underground | White Light/White Heat | 1968
274 | The Byrds | Sweetheart of the Rodeo | 1968
287 | The Byrds | Mr. Tambourine Man | 1965
299 | B.B. King | Live at the Regal | 1965
316 | The Who | The Who Sell Out | 1967
322 | Elvis Presley | From Elvis in Memphis | 1969
330 | The Rolling Stones | Aftermath | 1966
337 | Bob Dylan | John Wesley Harding | 1967
349 | MC5 | Kick Out the Jams | 1969
356 | Dr. John | Gris-Gris | 1968
372 | Big Brother & The Holding Company | Cheap Thrills | 1968
373 | Isaac Hayes | Hot Buttered Soul | 1969
374 | Robert Johnson | King of the Delta Blues Singers | 1961
384 | The Kinks | The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society | 1969
407 | Neil Young | Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere | 1969
410 | The Beach Boys | Wild Honey | 1967
412 | Smokey Robinson | Going to a Go Go | 1965
415 | The Meters | Looka Py Py | 1969
429 | The Four Tops | Reach Out | 1967
448 | Otis Redding | Dictionary of Soul | 1966
451 | Roberta Flack | First Take | 1969
462 | The Flying Burrito Brothers | The Gilded Palace of Sin | 1969
463 | Laura Nyro | Eli and the Thirteenth Confession | 1968
466 | The Beach Boys | The Beach Boys Today! | 1965
471 | Jefferson Airplane | Surrealistic Pillow | 1967
478 | The Kinks | Something Else by the Kinks | 1968
488 | The Stooges | The Stooges | 1969
494 | The Ronettes | Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes | 1964

1970s
1 | Marvin Gaye | What's Going On | 1971
3 | Joni Mitchell | Blue | 1971
4 | Stevie Wonder | Songs in the Key of Life | 1976
7 | Fleetwood Mac | Rumours | 1977
9 | Bob Dylan | Blood on the Tracks | 1975
14 | The Rolling Stones | Exile on Main St. | 1972
16 | The Clash | London Calling | 1979
21 | Bruce Springsteen | Born to Run | 1975
25 | Carole King | Tapestry | 1971
26 | Patti Smith | Horses | 1975
34 | Stevie Wonder | Innervisions | 1973
36 | Michael Jackson | Off the Wall | 1979
40 | David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars | 1972
47 | Ramones | Ramones | 1976
52 | David Bowie | Station to Station | 1976
55 | Pink Floyd | The Dark Side of the Moon | 1973
58 | Led Zeppelin | Led Zeppelin IV | 1971
59 | Stevie Wonder | Talking Book | 1972
63 | Steely Dan | Aja | 1977
71 | Bob Marley & The Wailers | Exodus | 1977
72 | Neil Young | Harvest | 1972
76 | Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | 1972
77 | The Who | Who's Next | 1971
78 | Elvis Presley | The Sun Sessions | 1976
80 | Sex Pistols | Never Mind the Bollocks - Here's the Sex Pistols | 1977
82 | Sly & the Family Stone | There's a Riot Goin' On | 1971
85 | John Lennon | Plastic Ono Band | 1970
87 | Miles Davis | Bitches Brew | 1970
88 | David Bowie | Hunky Dory | 1971
90 | Neil Young | After the Gold Rush | 1970
91 | Bruce Springsteen | Darkness on the Edge of Town | 1978
94 | The Stooges | Fun House | 1970
102 | The Clash | The Clash | 1977
104 | The Rolling Stones | Sticky Fingers | 1971
105 | The Allman Brothers Band | At Fillmore East | 1971
107 | Television | Marquee Moon | 1977
109 | Lou Reed | Transformer | 1972
110 | Joni Mitchell | Court and Spark | 1974
112 | Elton John | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road | 1973
118 | The Eagles | Hotel California | 1976
120 | Van Morrison | Moondance | 1970
121 | Elvis Costello | This Year's Model | 1978
128 | Queen | A Night at the Opera | 1975
129 | Pink Floyd | The Wall | 1979
132 | Hank Williams | 40 Greatest Hits | 1978
133 | Joni Mitchell | Hejira | 1976
136 | Funkadelic | Maggot Brain | 1971
139 | Black Sabbath | Paranoid | 1970
140 | Bob Marley and The Wailers | Catch a Fire | 1973
144 | Led Zeppelin | Physical Graffiti | 1975
146 | Blondie | Parallel Lines | 1978
149 | John Prine | John Prine | 1971
154 | Aretha Franklin | Amazing Grace | 1972
163 | Various Artists | Saturday Night Fever | 1977
166 | Buddy Holly | 20 Golden Greats | 1978
168 | Steely Dan | Can't Buy a Thrill | 1972
169 | Billy Joel | The Stranger | 1977
172 | Simon and Garfunkel | Bridge Over Troubled Water | 1970
174 | Jimmy Cliff & Various Artists | The Harder They Come: Original Soundtrack | 1972
177 | Rod Stewart | Every Picture Tells a Story | 1971
182 | James Taylor | Sweet Baby James | 1970
188 | T. Rex | Electric Warrior | 1971
198 | The B-52's | The B-52's | 1979
203 | Nick Drake | Pink Moon | 1979
205 | Cat Stevens | Tea for the Tillerman | 1970
206 | David Bowie | Low | 1977
207 | Eagles | Eagles | 1972
211 | Joy Division | Unknown Pleasures | 1979
215 | Grateful Dead | American Beauty | 1970
220 | Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young | Déjà Vu | 1970
223 | John Lennon | Imagine | 1971
226 | Derek and the Dominos | Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs | 1970
231 | Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | Damn the Torpedoes | 1979
234 | Black Sabbath | Master of Reality | 1971
237 | Willie Nelson | Red Headed Stranger | 1975
238 | Kraftwerk | Trans Europe Express | 1977
242 | The Velvet Underground | Loaded | 1970
250 | Buzzcocks | Singles Going Steady | 1979
251 | Elton John | Honky Château | 1972
252 | Devo | Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! | 1978
254 | Herbie Hancock | Head Hunters | 1973
257 | Dolly Parton | Coat of Many Colors | 1971
258 | Joni Mitchell | The Hissing of Summer Lawns | 1975
259 | Janis Joplin | Pearl | 1971
260 | The Slits | Cut | 1979
264 | Pink Floyd | Wish You Were Here | 1975
268 | Randy Newman | Sail Away | 1972
273 | Gang of Four | Entertainment! | 1979
275 | Curtis Mayfield | Curtis | 1970
278 | Led Zeppelin | Houses of the Holy | 1973
281 | Harry Nilsson | Nilsson Schmilsson | 1971
283 | Donna Summer | Bad Girls | 1975
285 | Big Star | 3rd/Sister Lovers | 1978
288 | The Modern Lovers | The Modern Lovers | 1976
292 | Van Halen | Van Halen | 1978
296 | Neil Young | Rust Never Sleeps | 1979
301 | New York Dolls | New York Dolls | 1973
302 | Neil Young | Tonight's the Night | 1975
304 | Bill Withers | Just As I Am | 1971
305 | Kiss | Alive! | 1975
306 | Al Green | I'm Still in Love with You | 1972
308 | Brian Eno | Here Come the Warm Jets | 1974
310 | Wire | Pink Flag | 1977
311 | Neil Young | On the Beach | 1974
327 | The Who | Live at Leeds | 1970
333 | Bill Withers | Still Bill | 1972
334 | Santana | Abraxas | 1970
335 | Bob Dylan & The Band | The Basement Tapes | 1975
338 | Brian Eno | Another Green World | 1975
342 | The Beatles | Let It Be | 1970
343 | Sly & the Family Stone | Greatest Hits | 1970
344 | Toots & the Maytals | Funky Kingston | 1973
345 | Bruce Springsteen | The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle | 1973
350 | Stevie Wonder | Music of My Mind | 1972
351 | Roxy Music | For Your Pleasure | 1973
353 | The Cars | The Cars | 1978
354 | X-Ray Spex | Germfree Adolescents | 1978
355 | Black Sabbath | Black Sabbath | 1970
359 | Big Star | Radio City | 1974
360 | Funkadelic | One Nation Under a Groove | 1978
363 | Parliament | Mothership Connection | 1975
364 | Talking Heads | More Songs About Buildings and Foods | 1978
366 | Aerosmith | Rocks | 1976
368 | George Harrison | All Things Must Pass | 1970
371 | The Temptations | Anthology | 1973
381 | Lynyrd Skynyrd | (Pronounced 'Lĕh-'nérd 'Skin-'nérd) | 1973
385 | Ramones | Rocket to Russia | 1977
388 | Aretha Franklin | Young, Gifted and Black | 1972
396 | Todd Rundgren | Something/Anything? | 1972
398 | The Raincoats | The Raincoats | 1979
401 | Blondie | Blondie | 1977
402 | Fela Kuti & Africa 70 | Expensive Shit | 1975
405 | Various Artists | Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era | 1972
409 | Grateful Dead | Workingman's Dead | 1970
413 | Creedence Clearwater Revival | Cosmo's Factory | 1970
414 | Chic | Risqué | 1979
420 | Earth, Wind & Fire | That's the Way of the World | 1975
422 | Marvin Gaye | Let's Get It On | 1973
425 | Paul Simon | Paul Simon | 1972
427 | Al Green | Call Me | 1973
430 | Elvis Costello | My Aim Is True | 1977
439 | James Brown | Sex Machine | 1970
440 | Loretta Lynn | Coal Miner's Daughter | 1971
445 | Yes | Close to the Edge | 1972
446 | Alice Coltrane | Journey in Satchidananda | 1971
450 | Paul & Linda McCartney | Ram | 1971
452 | Diana Ross & The Supremes | Anthology | 1974
454 | Can | Ege Bamyasi | 1972
456 | Al Green | Greatest Hits | 1975
464 | The Isley Brothers | 3x3 | 1973
468 | The Rolling Stones | Some Girls | 1978
474 | Big Star | #1 Record | 1972
476 | Sparks | Kimono My House | 1974
485 | Richard and Linda Thompson | I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight | 1974
490 | Linda Ronstadt | Heart Like a Wheel | 1975
493 | Marvin Gaye | Here, My Dear | 1978
498 | Suicide | Suicide | 1977
499 | Rufus & Chaka Khan | Ask Rufus | 1977

1980s
8 | Prince and the Revolution | Purple Rain | 1984
12 | Michael Jackson | Thriller | 1982
15 | Public Enemy | It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back | 1988
39 | Talking Heads | Remain in Light | 1980
45 | Prince | Sign O' the Times | 1987
46 | Paul Simon | Graceland | 1986
48 | Bob Marley and the Wailers | Legend | 1984
51 | Chuck Berry | The Great Twenty-Eight | 1982
61 | Eric B. & Rakim | Paid in Full | 1987
62 | Guns N' Roses | Appetite for Destruction | 1987
68 | Kate Bush | Hounds of Love | 1985
70 | N.W.A | Straight Outta Compton | 1988
84 | AC/DC | Back in Black | 1980
97 | Metallica | Master of Puppets | 1986
103 | De La Soul | 3 Feet High and Rising | 1989
111 | Janet Jackson | Control | 1986
113 | The Smiths | The Queen Is Dead | 1986
116 | The Cure | Disintegration | 1989
125 | Beastie Boys | Paul's Boutique | 1989
130 | Prince | 1999 | 1982
135 | U2 | The Joshua Tree | 1987
141 | Pixies | Doolittle | 1989
142 | Bruce Springsteen | Born in the U.S.A. | 1984
150 | Bruce Springsteen | Nebraska | 1982
151 | George Michael | Faith | 1987
152 | The Pretenders | Pretenders | 1980
156 | The Replacements | Let It Be | 1984
159 | The Police | Synchronicity | 1983
165 | R.E.M. | Murmur | 1983
171 | Sonic Youth | Daydream Nation | 1988
184 | Cyndi Lauper | She's So Unusual | 1983
192 | Beastie Boys | Licensed to Ill | 1986
194 | Michael Jackson | Bad | 1987
200 | Sade | Diamond Life | 1984
209 | Run-DMC | Raising Hell | 1986
239 | Boogie Down Productions | Criminal Minded | 1987
240 | Sam Cooke | Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 | 1985
249 | Whitney Houston | Whitney Houston | 1985
256 | Tracy Chapman | Tracy Chapman | 1988
262 | New Order | Power, Corruption & Lies | 1983
267 | Minutemen | Double Nickels on the Dime | 1984
297 | Peter Gabriel | So | 1986
298 | Tom Petty | Full Moon Fever | 1989
309 | Joy Division | Closer | 1980
319 | The Stone Roses | The Stone Roses | 1989
320 | X | Los Angeles | 1980
323 | The Clash | Sandinista! | 1980
326 | Prince | Dirty Mind | 1980
331 | Madonna | Like a Prayer | 1989
336 | Roxy Music | Avalon | 1982
339 | Janet Jackson | Rhythm Nation 1814 | 1989
357 | Tom Waits | Rain Dogs | 1985
362 | Luther Vandross | Never Too Much | 1981
378 | Run-D.M.C. | Run-D.M.C. | 1983
379 | Rush | Moving Pictures | 1981
390 | Pixies | Surfer Rosa | 1988
394 | Diana Ross | Diana | 1980
400 | The Go-Go's | Beauty and the Beat | 1981
404 | Anita Baker | Rapture | 1986
408 | Motörhead | Ace of Spades | 1980
418 | Dire Straits | Brothers in Arms | 1985
426 | Lucinda Williams | Lucinda Williams | 1988
428 | Hüsker Dü | New Day Rising | 1985
431 | Los Lobos | How Will the Wolf Survive? | 1984
435 | Pet Shop Boys | Actually | 1987
443 | David Bowie | Scary Monsters | 1980
453 | Nine Inch Nails | Pretty Hate Machine | 1989
487 | Black Flag | Damaged | 1981
492 | Bonnie Raitt | Nick of Time | 1989
497 | Various Artists | The Indestructible Beat of Soweto | 1985

1990s
6 | Nirvana | Nevermind | 1991
10 | Lauryn Hill | The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill | 1998
22 | The Notorious B.I.G. | Ready to Die | 1994
27 | Wu-Tang Clan | Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) | 1993
37 | Dr. Dre | The Chronic | 1992
42 | Radiohead | OK Computer | 1997
43 | A Tribe Called Quest | The Low End Theory | 1991
44 | Nas | Illmatic | 1994
49 | OutKast | Aquemini | 1998
54 | James Brown | Star Time | 1991
56 | Liz Phair | Exile in Guyville | 1993
67 | Jay-Z | Reasonable Doubt | 1996
69 | Alanis Morrissette | Jagged Little Pill | 1995
73 | My Bloody Valentine | Loveless | 1991
89 | Erykah Badu | Baduizm | 1997
93 | Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott | Supa Dupa Fly | 1997
96 | R.E.M. | Automatic for the People | 1992
98 | Lucinda Williams | Car Wheels on a Gravel Road | 1998
106 | Hole | Live Through This | 1994
108 | Fiona Apple | When the Pawn... | 1999
122 | Nine Inch Nails | The Downward Spiral | 1994
124 | U2 | Achtung Baby | 1991
126 | Mary J. Blige | My Life | 1994
131 | Portishead | Dummy | 1994
134 | Fugees | The Score | 1996
138 | Madonna | The Immaculate Collection | 1990
147 | Jeff Buckley | Grace | 1994
153 | PJ Harvey | Rid of Me | 1993
157 | Oasis | (What's the Story) Morning Glory? | 1995
160 | Pearl Jam | Ten | 1991
162 | Pulp | Different Class | 1995
167 | Depeche Mode | Violator | 1990
173 | Nirvana | In Utero | 1993
176 | Public Enemy | Fear of a Black Planet | 1990
179 | The Notorious B.I.G. | Life After Death | 1997
183 | D'Angelo | Brown Sugar | 1995
186 | Red Hot Chili Peppers | Blood Sugar Sex Magik | 1991
187 | Ice Cube | AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted | 1990
189 | Sleater-Kinney | Dig Me Out | 1997
199 | Pavement | Slanted and Enchanted | 1993
201 | A Tribe Called Quest | Midnight Marauders | 1993
202 | Björk | Homogenic | 1997
210 | Ray Charles | The Birth of Soul | 1991
214 | Tom Petty | Wildflowers | 1994
216 | Elliott Smith | Either/Or | 1997
217 | Oasis | Definitely Maybe | 1994
218 | TLC | CrazySexyCool | 1994
219 | Raekwon | Only Built 4 Cuban Linx | 1995
221 | Rage Against the Machine | Rage Against the Machine | 1992
222 | Madonna | Ray of Light | 1998
224 | Dixie Chicks | Fly | 1999
228 | De La Soul | De La Soul Is Dead | 1991
233 | Tori Amos | Little Earthquakes | 1992
235 | Metallica | Metallica | 1991
241 | Massive Attack | Blue Lines | 1991
245 | Cocteau Twins | Heaven or Las Vegas | 1990
246 | LL Cool J | Mama Said Knock You Out | 1991
247 | Sade | Love Deluxe | 1992
261 | Beastie Boys | Check Your Head | 1992
265 | Pavement | Wowee Zowee | 1995
271 | Mary J. Blige | What's the 411? | 1992
276 | Radiohead | The Bends | 1995
279 | Nirvana | MTV Unplugged in New York | 1994
284 | Merle Haggard | Down Every Road: 1962-1994 | 1996
286 | Red Hot Chili Peppers | Californication | 1999
289 | Björk | Post | 1995
291 | Destiny's Child | The Writing's on the Wall | 1999
293 | The Breeders | Last Splash | 1993
294 | Weezer | Weezer (The Blue Album) | 1994
300 | Shania Twain | Come On Over | 1997
314 | Aaliyah | One in a Million | 1996
318 | Janet Jackson | The Velvet Rope | 1997
325 | Jerry Lee Lewis | All Killer No Filler! | 1993
329 | DJ Shadow | Endtroducing... | 1996
340 | Snoop Doggy Dogg | Doggystyle | 1993
341 | The Smashing Pumpkins | Siamese Dream | 1993
347 | GZA | Liquid Swords | 1995
352 | Eminem | The Slim Shady LP | 1999
358 | Sonic Youth | Goo | 1990
369 | Mobb Deep | The Infamous | 1995
375 | Green Day | Dookie | 1994
376 | Neutral Milk Hotel | In the Aeroplane Over the Sea | 1998
383 | Massive Attack | Mezzanine | 1998
391 | Kelis | Kaleidoscope | 1999
392 | Ike & Tina Turner | Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner | 1991
406 | The Magnetic Fields | 69 Love Songs | 1999
416 | The Roots | Things Fall Apart | 1999
423 | Yo La Tengo | I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One | 1997
424 | Beck | Odelay | 1996
434 | Pavement | Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain | 1994
436 | 2Pac | All Eyez on Me | 1996
437 | Primal Scream | Screamadelica | 1991
438 | Blur | Parklife | 1994
457 | Sinéad O'Connor | I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got | 1990
469 | Manu Chao | Clandestino | 1998
470 | Juvenile | 400 Degreez | 1998
475 | Sheryl Crow | Sheryl Crow | 1996
479 | Selena | Amor Prohibido | 1994
481 | Belle and Sebastian | If You're Feeling Sinister | 1996
482 | The Pharcyde | Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde | 1992
489 | Phil Spector & Various Artists | Back to Mono (1958-1969) | 1991
495 | Boyz II Men | II | 1991
496 | Shakira | Dónde Están los Ladrones | 1998


2000s
20 | Radiohead | Kid A | 2000
28 | D'Angelo | Voodoo | 2000
33 | Amy Winehouse | Back to Black | 2006
50 | Jay-Z | The Blueprint | 2001
64 | OutKast | Stankonia | 2000
74 | Kanye West | The College Dropout | 2004
114 | The Strokes | Is This It | 2001
117 | Kanye West | Late Registration | 2005
145 | Eminem | The Marshall Mathers LP | 2000
155 | Jay-Z | The Black Album | 2003
158 | Erykah Badu | Mama's Gun | 2000
204 | Kanye West | Graduation | 2007
208 | Lil Wayne | Tha Carter III | 2008
225 | Wilco | Yankee Hotel Foxtrot | 2001
229 | Patsy Cline | The Ultimate Collection | 2000
236 | Daft Punk | Discovery | 2001
244 | Kanye West | 808s & Heartbreak | 2008
248 | Green Day | American Idiot | 2004
277 | Alicia Keys | The Diary of Alicia Keys | 2003
280 | 50 Cent | Get Rich or Die Tryin' | 2002
290 | OutKast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below | 2003
303 | ABBA | The Definitive Collection | 2001
307 | Sam Cooke | Portrait of a Legend | 2003
313 | PJ Harvey | Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea | 2000
324 | Coldplay | A Rush of Blood to the Head | 2002
348 | Gillian Welch | Time (The Revelator) | 2001
361 | My Chemical Romance | The Black Parade | 2006
365 | Madvillain | Madvillainy | 2004
370 | Lil Wayne | Tha Carter II | 2005
377 | Yeah Yeah Yeahs | Fever to Tell | 2003
386 | J Dilla | Donuts | 2006
387 | Radiohead | In Rainbows | 2007
389 | Mariah Carey | The Emancipation of Mimi | 2005
399 | Brian Wilson | Smile | 2004
403 | Ghostface Killah | Supreme Clientele | 2000
411 | Bob Dylan | Love and Theft | 2001
421 | M.I.A. | Arular | 2005
432 | Usher | Confessions | 2004
433 | LCD Soundsystem | Sound of Silver | 2007
441 | Britney Spears | Blackout | 2007
444 | Fiona Apple | Extraordinary Machine | 2005
449 | The White Stripes | Elephant | 2003
461 | Bon Iver | For Emma, Forever Ago | 2008
465 | King Sunny Adé | The Best of the Classic Years | 2003
467 | Maxwell | BLACKsummers'night | 2009
473 | Daddy Yankee | Barrio Fino | 2004
483 | Muddy Waters | The Anthology | 2001
486 | John Mayer | Continuum | 2006
500 | Arcade Fire | Funeral | 2004

2010s
17 | Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy | 2010
19 | Kendrick Lamar | To Pimp a Butterfly | 2015
32 | Beyoncé | Lemonade | 2016
79 | Frank Ocean | Blonde | 2016
81 | Beyoncé | Beyoncé | 2013
95 | Drake | Take Care | 2011
99 | Taylor Swift | Red | 2012
115 | Kendrick Lamar | good kid, m.A.A.d city | 2012
137 | Adele | 21 | 2011
148 | Frank Ocean | Channel Orange | 2012
175 | Kendrick Lamar | DAMN. | 2017
196 | Robyn | Body Talk | 2010
213 | Fiona Apple | The Idler Wheel... | 2012
230 | Rihanna | Anti | 2016
269 | Kanye West | Yeezus | 2013
270 | Kacey Musgraves | Golden Hour | 2018
295 | Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | 2013
312 | Solange | A Seat at the Table | 2016
315 | Rosalía | El Mal Querer | 2018
321 | Lana Del Rey | Norman Fucking Rockwell! | 2019
328 | Vampire Weekend | Modern Vampires of the City | 2013
346 | Arctic Monkeys | AM | 2013
367 | Drake | If You're Reading This It's Too Late | 2015
382 | Tame Impala | Currents | 2015
393 | Taylor Swift | 1989 | 2014
395 | D'Angelo and the Vanguard | Black Messiah | 2014
397 | Billie Eilish | When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? | 2019
419 | Eric Church | Chief | 2011
442 | The Weeknd | Beauty Behind the Madness | 2015
447 | Bad Bunny | X 100pre | 2018
458 | Jason Isbell | Southeastern | 2013
459 | Kid Cudi | Man on the Moon: The End of the Day | 2019
460 | Lorde | Melodrama | 2017
472 | SZA | Ctrl | 2017
480 | Miranda Lambert | Weight of These Wings | 2016
484 | Lady Gaga | Born This Way | 2011
491 | Harry Styles | Fine Line | 2019
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Post by Elder » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:26 pm

It's interesting list
As it is a new list and not a copy of the previous list with the inclusion of 10 new albums, it is already a good thing.
Even with the inclusion of more artists outside the rock niche, I have the impression that rock artists with pitchfork profiles like Velvet Underground, David Bowie, Iggy Pop were more valued in this list.
The various appearances of Fiona Apple surprised me. Björk, Kate Bush, Erykah Badu and Massive Attack also did very well.

The fact that "Aretha Franklin" is more prominent than "The Who" shows that the publication stopped treating non-rock genres as a supporting cast.

This list made me curious about the update of the music list

... If Pitchfork continues to aim to review all the decades' lists for albums and songs they have released annually, I think it will take at least 5 years for them to publish an all-time list.
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Post by Harold » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:29 pm

That Kid Cudi album is from 2009, not 2019. That's RS's error, and it's kind of an embarrassing one.

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Post by StevieFan13 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:58 pm

Anyone keeping track of what was added and removed?
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Post by StevieFan13 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:59 pm

And I’m VERY happy at how much hip-hop there is in the top fifty, versus the one (1) rap album in the entire top 100 last time around (Nation of Millions).
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Post by panam » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:12 pm

As latin American, my first impression was "No Buena Vista Social Club!!!" but I'm glad for Shakira and Selena.

Rosalia? A little bit overrated..

If Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny are considered, the first one should be Tego Calderon.

My comments..so far.

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Post by Ddiamondd » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:41 pm

A few takes on first pass:

– The lack of electronic music is glaring. Nothing from Burial, Aphex Twin, Yellow Magic Orchestra, The Knife, The Prodigy, William Basinski, Boards of Canada; only two Daft Punk (and one is the Disneyfied pastiche of Random Access Memories), only one Kraftwerk album (!) – which shows that even the biggest beasts you might expect were passed over.

Not sure the demographic split of their panel but cursory inclusions of '90s trip-hoppy acts such as Portishead, Massive Attack and DJ Shadow suggests the new voters were a certain type of Gen X whose electronic exposure was always adjacent to the alt canon.

– Some of the biggest Pitchfork-ish acts of the 2000s are also absent, most notably Animal Collective/Panda Bear, but also The Avalanches, Interpol, Modest Mouse et al. Again, feels like a narrowing of what makes the grade. Arcade Fire at #500 is a magnificent troll, I will give them that.

– A few of the eye-catching pick (Harry Styles, The Weeknd, Bad Bunny) are over-compensations for this current poptimist moment and/or weighted voting for the celebrity contributors. No two ways about it.

– The inclusion of hip-hop and R&B albums into the upper reaches is a great sight, even considering the above gripes. Seeing OutKast, Jay-Z, Lauryn Hill, the Wu, Nas et al that high felt inevitable when the next major all-time list came around, and here we have it.

– Kid A, Kendrick and Kanye outranking Sgt Pepper's is a thrill to behold.

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Post by Ddiamondd » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:43 pm

Oh! And: I would have put big money on The Who being the great losers from the classic rock canon, but it is in fact U2 who tumble from grace. A fascinating sub-narrative.

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Post by Harold » Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:51 pm

Holden wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 5:37 pm
The three 2019 albums have two logical choices and also Kid Cudi. Haven’t listened to it myself but also haven’t seen a lot of critical acclaim for it.
As I noted in another post, RS got the date wrong for the Kid Cudi album - it's actually from 2009, not 2019.

There are three 2019 albums, though, and your point still holds true. Presumably the "two logical choices" are Lana and Billie; the "and also" would be Harry Styles's Fine Line. (Or the "and Peggy," if you prefer, and by the way where IS Hamilton here?)

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Post by baraka92 » Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:08 pm

Hi guys! First time posting. But this list made want to get out of my cave.

Boy! What a mess! A lot of recent albums that I doubt will stand the test of time bumping out classics. I usually overlook the ranking and just look at what’s included (that is why I like the consensus that AM presents) but this is weirdly annoying. Nobody with a straight face can say that “If You're Reading This It's Too Late” is one of the best albums in history. And Red in the top 100? (Probably her best but…really? top 100?) And I’m happy to see the love for Kendrick, Frank and Kanye but I think they went a little bit overboard with their rankings.

But beyond that, one thing worries me and I bet I’m not the first to notice.
Look! Between RS’s and NME’s top 100 they share almost half of the same entries.

2. The Beatles - Revolver (1966)
3. David Bowie - Hunky Dory (1972)
5. The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground & Nico (1966)
9. The Beatles - The Beatles (1968)
11. Nirvana - Nevermind (1991)
12. Patti Smith - Horses (1975)
17. Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back (1988)
18. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless (1991)
20. Radiohead - OK Computer (1997)
21. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
23. David Bowie - The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (1972)
24. The Rolling Stones - Exile On Main St. Street (1972)
25. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971)
26. The Beach Boys - Pet Sounds (1966)
28. Amy Winehouse - Back To Black (2006)
30. Wu-Tang Clan - Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
34. The Beatles - Abbey Road (1969)
36. Bob Dylan - Blood On The Tracks (1975)
38. Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks... Here's The Sex Pistols (1977)
39. The Clash - London Calling (1979)
42. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973)
43. The Beatles - Rubber Soul (1965)
48. Kate Bush - Hounds Of Love (1985)
50. Dusty Springfield - Dusty In Memphis (1969)
51. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977)
52. The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (1969)
53. David Bowie - Station To Station (1976)
54. Talking Heads - Remain In Light (1980)
56. Neil Young - After The Gold Rush (1970)
62. Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde (1966)
63. Joni Mitchell - Blue (1971)
64. Bob Dylan - Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
65. REM - Automatic For The People (1992)
68. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks (1968)
71. Neil Young - Harvest (1972)
73. Bob Dylan - Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
74. Nas - IIImatic (1994)
79. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue (1959)
82. Carole King - Tapestry (1971)
83. The Band - The Band (1969)
85. Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run (1975)
87. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
89. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill (1998)
91. Prince And The Revolution - Purple Rain (1984)

All great records (some among my favorites) but nowadays there’s almost nothing special about this publication or that one announcing their list because they are starting to look the same.
Some of their old tendencies remain (you still won’t see the Eagles on NME or Ash on RS) but overall these lists are becoming too similar. See how many entries on P4k’s 80’s list are in here too. 10-15 years ago it would have been unimaginable to see RS, NME and P4k agreeing this much. Everybody is losing what made them special. I’d rather have boomer Rolling Stone, 90’s/00’s loving NME and pretentious/hipster Pitchfork. Everybody defending their own front.

And another thing. I’m from Latin America. I know some people want more international presence but I’m not a fan of the idea. If it’s already kind of absurd to argue that… I don’t know… Astral Weeks is better that The Blueprint, imagine throwing a massive batch of new genres, sounds, sensibilities and sociohistorical background to the mix. It’s going to be a fucking disaster. I’d rather have separate lists by country or genre.
That said, these jokers tried and I hate what they choose. Shakira? Bad Bunny? Daddy Yankee? Selena? That’s it? Just the ones white people would know about? What about Café Tacvba, Soda Stereo, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Charly Garcia, La Maldita Vecindad, Julieta Venegas, Natalia Lafourcade? All of these artists have more diversity of sound in one album that the ones they included in their entire discographies. And if RS is such a fan of compilations, why not add one of classic artists like Celia Cruz or Perez Prado?
It all makes it seem like a trend, and Latin-American music is not one. Reggeaton is! I really doubt that in their next update Daddy Yankee and Bad Bunny will remain.
And if you want to become more international why only restrict yourself to spanish language options. What about other legendary acts like Os Mutantes or Serge Gainsbourg (If you included noted criminal Phil Spector, why not him?)

Whatever! That’s my take.
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Post by Cold Butterfly » Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:51 pm

This is a very good list and I’m blown away. I’m glad that this magazine has moved away from the 60-70s “canon” in order to make way for genres such as Hip Hop and R&B, which have shaped the most trends in popular music for the last forty years. I’m also pleasantly surprised by how gutsy this list is. A year ago I spoke on how Rolling Stone’s music coverage was maturing now that Jann Wenner didn’t have as much of a hold (and rightly so) as he had before on the magazine. And it’s continuing to show.

I have to applaud them for putting To Pimp A Butterfly, It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back and Enter The Wu-Tang in the top thirty. They’re truly deserving of their ranks. While I wish more jazz, electronica, and world music was on the list I have to say it’s very diverse anyways. And of course, the number #1 on this list is very deserving.
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Post by JR » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:03 pm

Thanks, Rocky. And Holden for posting the acts with the most entries. I did a "find" for Beatles, and must have missed a couple.

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Post by panam » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:16 pm

baraka92 wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 8:08 pm
Selena? That’s it? Just the ones white people would know about? What about Café Tacvba, Soda Stereo, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Charly Garcia, La Maldita Vecindad, Julieta Venegas, Natalia Lafourcade?
I don't have any problem with some cumbia on the list, actually it's historic!!! But definitely it's necesary more classic latin american albums. Ruben Blades, Hector Lavoe, Chavela Vargas, Mercedes Sosa, Inti Illimani, Chabuca Granda, Silvio Rodriguez, etc.

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Post by Rocky Raccoon » Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:18 pm

Holden wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:17 pm
Artists with Multiple Albums:
4 Albums:
Aretha Franklin, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Stevie Wonder, The Velvet Underground, The Who

3 Albums:
Al Green, Beastie Boys, Big Star, Black Sabbath, Bob Marley & The Wailers, D'Angelo, Elvis Presley, Fiona Apple, James Brown, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Madonna, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, OutKast, Pavement, Prince, Sly & the Family Stone, The Band, The Beach Boys, The Clash, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Tom Petty
Need to edit and move Prince into your 4 Albums list

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Post by baraka92 » Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:26 am

Ddiamondd wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:43 pm
Oh! And: I would have put big money on The Who being the great losers from the classic rock canon, but it is in fact U2 who tumble from grace. A fascinating sub-narrative.
Yeah! I'm surprised that The Who managed to hold up that well (Boo! for keeping Tommy and dropping Quadrophenia). I love them but I also believe their popularity is stalling a little bit (Aside from the hits, their Spotify numbers are unremarkable).

As for U2 (cue sad face) I feel betrayed. I expected at least War to appear alongside The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby, which were kicked from the top 100. They didn't drop as hard as others (they are in the top 150) but for such a legendary band that was championed for decades by RS, it feels like a statement. I bet this would look different without the itunes fiasco.

But there are two classic rock acts that were affected more than U2. First, it's The Police. They went from having 3 albums to just 1: Syncronicity. It improved its ranking but again, for such a legendary band it feels short. I would have kept Ghost in the Machine.

But by far and away, the biggest loser from this list was Eric Clapton.
Fresh Cream... gone! Wheels of Fire... gone! Blues Breakers... gone! 461 Ocean Boulevard... gone! Slowhand... gone!
And the two that remained (Disraeli Gears and Layla) took big dives. I love the guy... this is really sad.

Can someone make a list of the biggest drops from the 2012 list.

I guess my takeaway would be to make a definitive Rolling Stone list with all the albums that made the 2003, 2012 and 2020 ones. I think that wouldn't look so bad. In fact I think that would be the best option going into the future. It wouldn't generate as much controversy but maybe instead of replacing, just keep adding, and get rid of the ranking. Just because Kendrick and Rihanna aren't influenced by Clapton that doesn't mean his work isn't worthwile or good on its own.

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Post by Nick » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:02 am

2000s: Rolling Stone, you need more pop, come on, you need more...poptimisim...

2020s: Oh no Rolling Stone, noooo, too much poptimisim, nooooooo

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Post by Nick » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:04 am

Anyway, come on Rolling Stone. I know you love classic rockers. I know you're willing to give 5/5 stars to any new album by a classic rocker. So why didn't you give a placement to "Blackstar"? Why???

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Post by jdizzle83 » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:30 am

Looking at some reddit threats on this list has been interesting. Like, I love the Beatles but people are mad that they no longer have 4 albums in the top 10. Or that they don’t have the number one spot (which I think in large part is because at this point, there’s no one consensus choice.) Five albums in the top 50 is pretty damn good! And because there’s no consensus of course that splits the vote.

One criticism I agree with: they just really shouldn’t put jazz on there at all. It’s kind of silly to argue that (as one commentator noted) Drake’s “Take Care” is better than literally all other jazz albums except for Kind of Blue. Just leave jazz out of it, it’s almost disrespectful.

Also, no Sufjan - both Illinois and Carrie and Lowell should be on there. And no Merriweather Post Pavilion by Animal Collective, no Turn on the Bright Lights by Interpol or the first xx record...definitely missing a few classic indie records from the last 20 years.

And a few just weird choices on the pop music front. Like, I’m not going to argue with popular newer artists that maybe aren’t my absolute all time faves getting some high spots (like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé having record sin the top 100 - they are huge, iconic, and talented, and even if I wouldn’t have put them in my own list doesn’t mean those artists and records aren’t deserving - not many people are really at that level of pop music mastery these days.)

But still there are a few interesting choices to be canonized so soon. Why is there a Weeknd record that no one really even cared about the year it came out or when the decade just ended on this list? It wasn’t even his big breakthrough? Or the Harry Styles record from last year that got some decently positive reviews, but like, I don’t know, is it as influential as Arcade Fire’s Funeral? And yes obviously the quality is totally subjective but it’s still fun to argue these things 😄

One last thing: some of the inclusions are great but the rankings are a bit crazy to me. Aw well, like I said it’s all totally subjective anyway. I still think that even if I feel like A LOT is missing and there are also a lot of artists and albums that I don’t necessarily, personally, feel “belong” on a canonized list like this it’s still great to compare to their 2003 list and see more inclusion, representation, hip hop being taken much more seriously, a little less baby boomer nostalgia, etc.

Las thought: What’s Going On makes perfect sense at number one. It really is universal to all music lovers, whether it be rock, soul, hip hop, etc.

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Post by Fahspen » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:53 am

I don't have SO MANY complaints about the list, but to move Funeral from the top 200 to the last place on the list? Come on, man, that really sucks! It should be the opposite way around!

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Post by Fahspen » Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:56 am

Also, I think there are some really weird choices about certain artists. Bowie, for example: Blackstar is not on the list, but they moved Station to Station to the top 50, almost. A higher position than Hunky Freaking Dory.

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Post by Fahspen » Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:03 am

jdizzle83 wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 2:30 am
One criticism I agree with: they just really shouldn’t put jazz on there at all. It’s kind of silly to argue that (as one commentator noted) Drake’s “Take Care” is better than literally all other jazz albums except for Kind of Blue. Just leave jazz out of it, it’s almost disrespectful.
Completely agree with that because of this very reason. It's bizarre.

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Post by bootsy » Wed Sep 23, 2020 3:40 am

I'd rather have the Acclaimed Music top 500 albums, it's much better. :D

In all honesty this list is ok, I am very glad to see Boyz II Men make this list. I loved them in the 90s and they seem to have faded from a lot of people's memories.

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Post by Cicice » Wed Sep 23, 2020 4:39 am

I will give them some credit for having a very surprising list with some of the new positionings. The best surprise reaction I got towards this list was Sade's 'Love Deluxe'.

But despite some of the positives, I found the list pretty uncomfortable with many of the enterings and positions from the albums of the later half of 2010s on an All Time subject. I feel some of them entered the All-Time a bit too soon.

I've heard better deliveries, flows and less corny lines from Azealia Banks than Drake and although 'Lemonade' is quite a strong material, the album's production never screamed "Groundbreaking" enough to be considered a widespread Top 200. The sound of Jonsi's bow guitar roaring with the heavy reverb on 'Agaetis Byrjun' was one example of groundbreaking and even the productions on albums that's didn't make it in Acclaimed Music's Top 3000 like Yoko Ono's 'Fly' and Roisin Murphy's 'Hairless Toys' sounded more riskier and fresher.

In the end, it's not my list. So it's really down to the Rolling Stones.

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Post by FrankLotion » Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:09 am

I knew I was going to hate this list the second I saw Funeral at 500, it's the same nonsense they did to Aquemini last time (which thankfully they've redeemed themselves on), it's just kind of absurd to think that they consider some really questionable albums over Funeral.

Also I had to laugh that they were bragging in the forward about having 86 albums from the 21st Century and then half of those were from pop artists that pretty much everyone agrees did much better work elsewhere (Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Usher, etc.)

BUT, I will have to say that when I got to the Top 200 I found myself nodding my head in approval more often than not. Some of those old records like Born in the USA and The Wall are still really great so I'm glad they're in the top 200 but they seem to finally acknowledge that the last 30 years weren't just latter-day eras for Dylan and Springsteen and that hip-hop has an enormous amount of classic albums that should have been part of the canon years ago.

And honestly, their top 50 actually has a lot of overlap with my top 50 that I'll hopefully be dropping in our poll soon...

I can't really be too mad at this list, I think it's a step in the right direction and a lot of people still read and respect Rolling Stone so hopefully their audience is going to check out some of the albums they don't recognize this time around.

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Post by FrankLotion » Wed Sep 23, 2020 5:27 am

One last thought, I almost closed my browser tab when I saw Red and then Take Care that high, they're okay but I wouldn't even put those in the top 1000 all time...

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Re: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020 edition)

Post by Illiniq » Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:14 am

If you love the classic rock canon, or more recent hip hop/poptimist/neo soul artists - you Will have plenty to complain about in terms of rankings but not necessarily inclusion.

But white indie, metal, and electronic artists of last 20 years and one prominent new jazz voice got totally screwed. Sure they took a few no brainers they couldn’t leave off (Elephant, Sound Of Silver, For Emma, Funeral) and included a few they shouldn’t have (Currents, AM) - But no Sufjan Stevens, Spoon, War On Drugs, Car Seat Headrest, Kamasi The Epic, Courtney Barnett, SK got one in but not The Woods which is top 100 all time in my book, no Grizzly Bear, St. Vincent, Animal Collective, The Xx debut, Built To Spill, Modest Mouse, Nick Freaking Cave (whose had the best after 30 run of any rock or hip hop recording artist ever), The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Tool, Destroyer, New Pornographers, Queens Of The Stone Age, Mountain Goats Sunset Tree, Parquet Courts (I’d take Wide Awake and Light Up Gold over at least a third of that list), Future Islands, Sun Kil Moon’s Benji, Swans, Wolf Parade, The National, The Knife, Four Tet, Black Keys, Elbow, etc etc etc.

Not saying every one of these artists had to have a spot, but they have all produced albums as good or better than some that made the cut.

And am I correct that Smiths didn’t land a single album.

Love all the new hip hop neo-Soul inclusions but Torn a bit on how highly many of them are ranked - just feel where before things weighted too heavily to the white classic canon, In this woke cultural moment The new list has overcompensated a bit in reverse. Not every title Throws me w ranking but Songs all the way to 4, Miseducation at 10, Thriller at 12, Pimp at 19, ready at 21, snooze fest Voodoo at 28 - come on... all, except for Voodoo great albums, but not as great as they are ranked - no complaints about Marvin at 1, Purple Rain in top ten, Nation at 15, Aretha at 11, or Kanye at 17 those all feel in ballpark to me.

Obviously Voodoo is my biggest complaint in top 50, especially ahead of Riot goin on, which it emulates but fails to match every step of the way. Someone please explain the appeal of this album to me - I’ve given it over 15 spins since its release and have never latched on to it in the slightest.

And fav surprise inclusion - Jason Isbell’s Southestern - that really is one of the best singer-songwriter albums of last 10 years but the type of album pitchfork ignores on principal.

Couple other things I loved - The Stooges and Fun House on and Raw Power not - have always found Raw Power the most pedestrian of the band’s three releases but it’s usually their highest vote getter in polls like these.

Led Zep I getting second highest spot for that band.

Most depressing slide - Forever Changes almost out of top 200.

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Re: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020 edition)

Post by Arsalan » Wed Sep 23, 2020 8:29 am

So RS published an awful list AGAIN! They have decided to put some C+ pop and rap albums on their list.So many albums are out of the list and some are criminally low or some are criminally high.Just look at some of the albums from the post-90s,They do not deserve to be called "One of the Greatest of all time".These are some of the albums that i think deserved a spot on the list:

Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm not(The Genre-defining album that is more influential than AM and was more successful)
Absolution/Origin of Symmetry(One of them at least should have made the list,The most Beautiful Guitar Riffs and Solos from the 21st century are made by Muse's second and third album and i believe guitar solo and riff is what rock is all about)
Hybrid Theory(The Best Selling Rock album of the 21st Century and it was also so influential,Now is regarded by some critics as the iconic album)
Teens of Denial and Blurryface(These 2 should not be called "One of the greatest of all time" anytime soon,but when i see some overrated albums from the same decade made the list i think why they didn't make it)

Albums that are low:
Nevermind should have made it through the top 3,I don't think there is an album more important than this.
OK Computer should have been in top 10,It is so important and i think it's kinda disrespect putting it out of the top 10.
The Bends being out of top 100 is a shame.
The Stone Roses is often regarded as one of the top 100 albums ever.
And some more that you know.

Albums that are higher than expected.(Just look at the most of the albums from the post-90s you will realize yourself especially the 2010s)

Overall it is a list with many many problems in order of ranking and album selection.I am not mad because i saw this coming.

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Re: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020 edition)

Post by Ddiamondd » Wed Sep 23, 2020 10:11 am

baraka92 wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:26 am
Ddiamondd wrote:
Tue Sep 22, 2020 7:43 pm
Oh! And: I would have put big money on The Who being the great losers from the classic rock canon, but it is in fact U2 who tumble from grace. A fascinating sub-narrative.
As for U2 (cue sad face) I feel betrayed. I expected at least War to appear alongside The Joshua Tree and Achtung Baby, which were kicked from the top 100. They didn't drop as hard as others (they are in the top 150) but for such a legendary band that was championed for decades by RS, it feels like a statement. I bet this would look different without the itunes fiasco.
I think the iTunes fiasco crystallised what a lot of people were thinking: that U2 assumed their position at the front of pop culture was pre-ordained, that they should always be front of the queue no matter how dull their records or how much further they felt from a youthful zeitgeist.

People were bored enough of Bono pontificating (while avoiding tax), but that really was a tipping point of 'why can't these guys just f_ off'. Now there's a retroactive downgrade afoot. They did it to themselves, really.

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Re: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020 edition)

Post by Harold » Wed Sep 23, 2020 11:22 am

Illiniq wrote:
Wed Sep 23, 2020 6:14 am
And am I correct that Smiths didn’t land a single album.
The Queen is Dead is #113.

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Re: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2020 edition)

Post by Listyguy » Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:11 pm

I learned long ago to not care about these Rolling Stone lists, but I'm happy to see Blue so high.

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