100 Greatest Albums Ever by Q (2006)

Q is a music and entertainment magazine published monthly in the United Kingdom. In 2006, Q compiled their definitive list of the 100 Best Albums Of All Time.
(Official website: www.qthemusic.com)

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1997
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108,014
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24,882
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15,691
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100 Greatest Albums Ever composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 1 1%
1960s 15 15%
1970s 25 25%
1980s 15 15%
1990s 32 32%
2000s 12 12%
2010s 0 0%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 5 5%
Radiohead 4 4%
Bob Dylan 3 3%
David Bowie 3 3%
R.E.M. 3 3%
U2 3 3%
Pink Floyd 3 3%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 51 51%
United States 40 40%
Ireland 3 3%
Canada 2 2%
Jamaica 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Germany 1 1%
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Live? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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68/100 (from 109 votes)
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From 03/15/2019 01:44
This list is just like any readers’ list. It is clear that, even if most magazine readers get over purely pop fads, they still ignore much of what goes on outside of commercial and public radio.

Even so, there are a lot of awful pop fads here, like Travis, the Verve, Coldplay and Blur who could easily have been replaced by much more listenable and original bands from either the 1990s themselves or to expand beyond the staple ‘Kind of Blue’ in the jazz field.
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From 09/04/2018 14:27
Not a *terrible* list, just terribly uneven. Which is usually what happens when you let the general public vote on something like this; not saying this is a bad thing or a good thing. It just is.
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From 05/21/2018 10:00
This chart is the result of voting so there will be some 'awkwardness'. I agree a properly balanced chart is unlikely to have the top two places by the same artist, (like my chart). My chart is not balanced in any way. A chart voted for by the general public cannot be spread evenly across artist/decades etc.
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From 11/16/2017 12:59
excellent list
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From 05/03/2017 12:07
Don't see the point in regurgitating someone else's chart so despite a lot of good entries, has to be scored very low I'm afraid.
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From 04/04/2017 09:32
Very narrow minded, you just can't be taken seriously if you put 2 albums by the same artist as top 2 albums ever. Also some terrible choices imo
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From 08/06/2016 16:33
Great list! Nothing solely for popularity! *cough, cough Billboard *cough
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From 02/24/2016 06:17
People say Q is a less stereotyped magazine than the other big rock journals, but this list does not show it at all.

The same defects of focus on UK bands and neglect of such post-punk trends as hardcore, industrial, thrash metal, rap, dream pop, post-rock are as evident as in any other major-magazine list.

More than that, there are no true surprises among the pre-punk selections, and little jazz apart from the "big five" (and of those only Davis).
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From 04/15/2015 02:35
I never really listen to much full albums by Oasis so i can't understand if it was a good decision to put them up that high. I understand Radiohead to the extent of Ok Computer and Kid A..The Bends i suppose as well but Top 15-20 ish...I like the Beatles, but i myself enjoy to listen to Radiohead..The Beatles though are a goddamn brilliant band.
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From 04/15/2015 02:26
I see everyone arguing about Radiohead and i'm like "Their Top 8 Albums should just be Radiohead's whole discography"
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Best Ever Albums
1. OK Computer by Radiohead
2. The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
3. Abbey Road by The Beatles
4. Revolver by The Beatles
5. Kid A by Radiohead
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
7. In Rainbows by Radiohead
8. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
9. The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie
10. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
11. Funeral by Arcade Fire
12. Untitled (Led Zeppelin IV) by Led Zeppelin
13. Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys
14. The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
15. In The Aeroplane Over The Sea by Neutral Milk Hotel
16. Nevermind by Nirvana
17. Doolittle by Pixies
18. The Queen Is Dead by The Smiths
19. London Calling by The Clash
20. The Bends by Radiohead
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