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Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

 
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Michael Scrutchin
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PostPosted: 11.21.2003 3:49 am    Post subject: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Reply with quote

And here it is:

Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

We could argue all day about questionable inclusions, unforgiveable exclusions, and crazy rankings, but it's not too bad, coming from Rolling Stone and all. I own most of the top 20, with the exception of Born to Run and Thriller. Anyway, I'll post the top 50 here and you'll have to click the link above to see the rest. So, here are the top 50 albums of all time according to Rolling Stone:

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

2. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys

3. Revolver, The Beatles

4. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan

5. Rubber Soul, The Beatles

6. What's Going On, Marvin Gaye

7. Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones

8. London Calling, The Clash

9. Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan

10. The Beatles ("The White Album"), The Beatles

11. The Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley

12. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis

13. Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground

14. Abbey Road, The Beatles

15. Are You Experienced?, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

16. Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan

17. Nevermind, Nirvana

18. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

19. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison

20. Thriller, Michael Jackson

21. The Great Twenty-Eight, Chuck Berry

22. Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon

23. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder

24. Live at the Apollo (1963), James Brown

25. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

26. The Joshua Tree, U2

27. King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 1, Robert Johnson

28. Who's Next, The Who

29. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin

30. Blue, Joni Mitchell

31. Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan

32. Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones

33. Ramones, Ramones

34. Music From Big Pink, The Band

35. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, David Bowie

36. Tapestry, Carole King

37. Hotel California, The Eagles

38. The Anthology, 1947 - 1972, Muddy Waters

39. Please Please Me, The Beatles

40. Forever Changes, Love

41. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Sex Pistols

42. The Doors, The Doors

43. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd

44. Horses, Patti Smith

45. The Band, The Band

46. Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers

47. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane

48. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy

49. At Fillmore East, The Allman Brothers Band

50. Here's Little Richard, Little Richard

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Any thoughts?

Should greatest hits and/or best-of collections be allowed on such lists? I don't think so, but Rolling Stone's list is sprinkled with them.
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PostPosted: 11.21.2003 4:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sex Pistols but no Smiths in the Top 50? Bollocks, indeed.

Glad to see Velvet Underground and Nico ranked so highly. I adore about a quarter of these, am indifferent to half, and actively loathe the other quarter. Interesting mix. No real surprises in the Top 10, except maybe Marvin Gaye. And the inclusion of John Coltrane seems out of place--is that work really in the same category as all the others? What does R.S. mean by "album"? What qualified for consideration and what didn't? (I haven't read the article yet...)

Is it just me or does this Top 50 look like a list compiled by a bunch of balding guys who could be my father?

And Thriller is really, truly good, despite, well, you know.

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PostPosted: 11.21.2003 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're right about The Smiths, Eric. The Queen Is Dead doesn't appear until #216! Crazy.

beltmann wrote:
What does R.S. mean by "album"? What qualified for consideration and what didn't?


All I found by way of description on how the list was compiled was at the Rhino Records website, where they've set up a store selling the "RS 500." Here's the description:

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Everybody loves a good list. Well, welcome to the granddaddy of them all. The editors at Rolling Stone recently polled an array of musicians, critics, and influential industry figures to come up with these 500 Greatest Albums Ever Made. Nearly 300 such music experts responded, each with a list of 50 albums. Some of the faces below are the same, some of 'em are brand new. From Hank Williams and Coltrane to The White Stripes and Coldplay, these are the discs you just gotta own.

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So it wasn't just Rolling Stone staff that voted, as I originally thought. I wish I had a better idea of which "musicians, critics, and influential industry figures" voted in the poll. Oh, well.

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Is it just me or does this Top 50 look like a list compiled by a bunch of balding guys who could be my father?


Heheh. Much of it, yeah.
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PostPosted: 11.21.2003 11:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My comment may have been misleading. My father isn't actually bald.

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PostPosted: 11.21.2003 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ironically, my favorite Beatles albums are listed oppositely from the way they have them. Where are the Who?
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PostPosted: 11.21.2003 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 11.21.2003 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Danny Baldwin wrote:
Ironically, my favorite Beatles albums are listed oppositely from the way they have them. Where are the Who?


The Who are on the list several times. Somewhere.

My top five Beatles albums would probably look like this:



  1. Revolver

  2. The White Album

  3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

  4. Abbey Road

  5. Rubber Soul



The order changes, but those are my five favorite Beatles albums.
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PostPosted: 11.22.2003 3:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the Who, I meant in the top 50.

My Beatles rank like this

1. Abbey Road

2. The White Album

3. Revolver

4. Magical Mystery Tour

5. Let it Be
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