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Top 500 Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone (2003)  

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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.
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Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1967Appears in:1,736 charts
Rank in 1967:1Rank Score:93,897
Rank in 1960s3Overall Rank:5
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (1,973 votes)
Comments: 239 comments
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Pet SoundsUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1966Appears in:1,295 charts
Rank in 1966:2Rank Score:63,278
Rank in 1960s6Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,366 votes)
Comments: 150 comments
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RevolverUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1966Appears in:1,810 charts
Rank in 1966:1Rank Score:102,525
Rank in 1960s1Overall Rank:3
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (1,983 votes)
Comments: 226 comments
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Highway 61 RevisitedUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1965Appears in:1,160 charts
Rank in 1965:1Rank Score:53,557
Rank in 1960s7Overall Rank:18
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (1,264 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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Rubber SoulUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1965Appears in:1,115 charts
Rank in 1965:2Rank Score:48,501
Rank in 1960s8Overall Rank:21
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,390 votes)
Comments: 116 comments
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What's Going OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1971Appears in:678 charts
Rank in 1971:3Rank Score:23,917
Rank in 1970s14Overall Rank:56
Average Rating:  84/100 (810 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:930 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:39,461
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,067 votes)
Comments: 98 comments
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London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,455 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:67,649
Rank in 1970s3Overall Rank:12
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,452 votes)
Comments: 131 comments
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Blonde On BlondeUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1966Appears in:904 charts
Rank in 1966:3Rank Score:39,747
Rank in 1960s10Overall Rank:27
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,078 votes)
Comments: 82 comments
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The Beatles (The White Album)United Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1968Appears in:1,455 charts
Rank in 1968:1Rank Score:71,293
Rank in 1960s4Overall Rank:9
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,696 votes)
Comments: 153 comments
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Top 500 Albums of All Time composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 4 4%
1960s 37 37%
1970s 42 42%
1980s 11 11%
1990s 5 5%
2000s 1 1%
2010s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 8 8%
Bob Dylan 5 5%
The Rolling Stones 4 4%
Led Zeppelin 4 4%
Stevie Wonder 3 3%
The Jimi Hendrix Experience 3 3%
Van Morrison 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 57 57%
United Kingdom 33 33%
Canada 5 5%
Ireland 2 2%
Australia 1 1%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
Jamaica 1 1%

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66/100 (from 131 votes)
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90/100
11/17/2014 03:58
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90/100
From bribri56 11/17/2014 04:02
Great reflection of the readership of RS magazine in the early 00s. We're mostly middle-aged now (some older). This list is OUR list, and the 20-somethings and 30-somethings who have time out from their studies or MacJobs to write crap about classic rock and R&B based lists should go back to their dorms or apts and listen to Radiohead till their ears bleed.
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From Alexruss 05/29/2014 13:54
where is the rest? can anybody link me the rest 400 Albums? i can not go farther than 100.
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From tgarritsen 12/17/2013 02:16
Misses albums past 2003 ofcourse, so not as great as their more uptodate list.
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From nutso42 06/10/2013 22:07
I like almost everything on the chart, but as usual, sore lack of variety.
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From junodog4 05/14/2013 19:50
Too much 60s and 70s, too many 'safe' choices. However, most of what is on here are massive classics. Further, who gives a crap what is 'heard on the radio'. That doesn't define quality, and regardless, most of this would be heard on classic rock radio.
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From PibbOwnsPepper 03/14/2013 03:51
80% of the chart coming from the 60s and 70s come on.
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From thejoj96 01/04/2013 23:02
the best albums ever should be judged by what an individual subjectively likes and there should be nothing objective whatsoever involved with that. there is no objectivity in music.
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From JMan 01/04/2013 22:44
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From Happymeal 11/22/2012 20:50
too much beatles
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From Fedfan 10/16/2012 18:46
predictable yes, but most of them still good
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