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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Not many surprises here.
This list gets a lot of criticism, but it's not RS's job to be creative or individualistic; it's a hive-mind effort. There's a lot to learn from this list.
Great place to start!
It's one of those "I'm not going to offend anybody" lists marred by traditionalism, pandering, and obsession with anything made before the 80's. The top albums are still good albums, but not "the best" ones.
a lot of overrated bands
But well... what can we expect from RS
Too old! Too top heavy! And this is coming from someone who loves The Beatles and Dylan.
It's not a bad lists, but I feel like their shouldn't be so many compilation albums as they aren't actual albums; they're just a collection of songs taken from the artist's previous albums. There's also a few weird choices when it comes to the placement of these albums, like putting Led Zeppelin's debut album before Led Zeppelin 2 & 4. There's also a surprising lack of albums by David Bowie & there's very little diversity in terms of genre. Something else I've noticed is that there's very few albums on this list that weren't released in the years between the 60's and 70's. While that's understandable as the 60's & 70's were easily the best years for music, there's only about 15 albums from the 80's, 90's, & 2000's, and a lot of those are compilation albums.
Too much sentiment and not enough sense. The Marvin Gaye album is there because he's black and from the 60's. It's a wildly inconsistent album, too repetitive and thin to be so highly vaunted. Exile on Main Street is also far too inconsistent, but it's by the Stones, and they feel they have to have something by the Stones in the top ten. (Don't get me wrong, I have a soft spot for both those albums and Exile is still high on my personal list). But criticisms aside, Rolling Stone (and this list) still deserves respect for its leadership -- and perhaps, for recognizing better than many other sources, those who have gone before and paved the way. But yes, paved the way for newer music that does indeed stand on the shoulders of these giants.
Very disappointed that Rolling Stone would consider compilation albums in the list of great albums.
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