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Top 500 Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone (2012)  

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Rolling Stone is an American magazine devoted to music and popular culture. It was founded in San Francisco in 1967. In 2003, Rolling Stone published an article describing what it considered to be the top 500 music albums of all time. In 2012, this list was updated and released in book form.
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1967Appears in:2,320 charts
Rank in 1967:1Rank Score:117,910
Rank in 1960s3Overall Rank:5
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (2,851 votes)
Comments: 323 comments
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Pet SoundsUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1966Appears in:1,812 charts
Rank in 1966:2Rank Score:84,379
Rank in 1960s6Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,013 votes)
Comments: 223 comments
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RevolverUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,412 charts
Rank in 1966:1Rank Score:127,885
Rank in 1960s1Overall Rank:3
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (2,834 votes)
Comments: 317 comments
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Highway 61 RevisitedUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1965Appears in:1,568 charts
Rank in 1965:1Rank Score:67,125
Rank in 1960s7Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,799 votes)
Comments: 147 comments
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Rubber SoulUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1965Appears in:1,528 charts
Rank in 1965:2Rank Score:62,711
Rank in 1960s8Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,053 votes)
Comments: 159 comments
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What's Going OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1971Appears in:945 charts
Rank in 1971:4Rank Score:31,463
Rank in 1970s16Overall Rank:57
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,157 votes)
Comments: 91 comments
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Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,220 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:47,811
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:30
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,525 votes)
Comments: 134 comments
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London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,881 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:83,275
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,044 votes)
Comments: 182 comments
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Blonde On BlondeUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1966Appears in:1,259 charts
Rank in 1966:3Rank Score:50,373
Rank in 1960s10Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,531 votes)
Comments: 112 comments
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The Beatles (The White Album)United Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1968Appears in:1,911 charts
Rank in 1968:1Rank Score:88,934
Rank in 1960s5Overall Rank:11
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,413 votes)
Comments: 217 comments
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Top 500 Albums of All Time composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 3 3%
1960s 35 35%
1970s 43 43%
1980s 11 11%
1990s 6 6%
2000s 2 2%
2010s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 7 7%
Bob Dylan 5 5%
Led Zeppelin 4 4%
The Rolling Stones 4 4%
Stevie Wonder 3 3%
The Jimi Hendrix Experience 3 3%
John Lennon 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 56 56%
United Kingdom 33 33%
Canada 5 5%
Ireland 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Australia 1 1%
Jamaica 1 1%

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It's a geat reference to start up a music collection but it's also a list you will enventually outgrow and find lacking in substance.
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From Tartifless 11/19/2016 09:45
There is a mistake : # 11 should be the Sun Sessions, not Sunshine by Elvis Presley
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From Matt-R 11/02/2016 02:01
I've been using it for a while as a guide to what music to look into next. I feel like it is missing some great prog like King Crimson and Genesis and I don't like that they used compilation albums. Creating a list that will make everyone happy is nearly impossible, but this is good as a reference.
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From rliberty 11/01/2016 19:54
They seem to define greatness in terms of influence. While that's one way to look at it, it leaves out a lot of great lesser known or newer albums, and makes it look as if music died in 1979.
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From Fischman 10/28/2016 13:59
Rolling Stone has always severely overrated a number of artists, especially from the classic rock period. I see their list as rather myopic and I agree with very little on on it.

That said, I don't have a problem with the heavy weighting on the classic rock time period as that was truly the high water mark for popular music. '67 - '75 may never be equaled.

Where they fall down the worst is in their slighting of progressive rock. They are grossly deficient in their lack of appreciation for the likes of Yes, ELP, King Crimson, Rush, Kansas, early Genesis, etc. It seems the only prog they see fit to praise is Floyd.
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From garycottier 08/13/2016 19:00
Compilation albums shouldn't be allowed, and considering a fair few of these albums are U.S. only releases it makes it almost obsolete in my opinion. Some great albums though, but come on, sly and the family stone's greatest hits is not better than stand!
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From Thad 08/08/2016 05:38
May as well just call it "Greatest Albums 1960-1979." There really is no point in calling this an all-time list.
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From NoeSSS 06/19/2016 03:33
I have to ask, where on EARTH IS TELEVISION WHERE IS JOY DIVISION?
WHY ARE THE CLASH ON A TOP 10
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From AwaitingAndrew 06/10/2016 19:58
Whether you like them or not or agree with the order, most of these are essential listening, but it does severely lack more recent releases.
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From Juneof44 06/04/2016 20:01
There's a lack of recent albums, and too many "best of".
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