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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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.
There is a mistake : # 11 should be the Sun Sessions, not Sunshine by Elvis Presley
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.
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.
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.
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!
May as well just call it "Greatest Albums 1960-1979." There really is no point in calling this an all-time list.
I have to ask, where on EARTH IS TELEVISION WHERE IS JOY DIVISION?
WHY ARE THE CLASH ON A TOP 10
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.
There's a lack of recent albums, and too many "best of".
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