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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:2,808 charts
Rank in 1967:1Rank Score:135,062
Rank in 1960s3Overall Rank:5
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,609 votes)
Comments: 392 comments
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Pet SoundsUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,210 charts
Rank in 1966:2Rank Score:98,801
Rank in 1960s6Overall Rank:14
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,522 votes)
Comments: 266 comments
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RevolverUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,863 charts
Rank in 1966:1Rank Score:145,381
Rank in 1960s2Overall Rank:4
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,596 votes)
Comments: 398 comments
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Highway 61 RevisitedUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1965Appears in:1,879 charts
Rank in 1965:1Rank Score:75,409
Rank in 1960s7Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,231 votes)
Comments: 179 comments
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Rubber SoulUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1965Appears in:1,850 charts
Rank in 1965:2Rank Score:71,419
Rank in 1960s8Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,607 votes)
Comments: 205 comments
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What's Going OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,156 charts
Rank in 1971:4Rank Score:34,854
Rank in 1970s16Overall Rank:61
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,438 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,496 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:54,443
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,861 votes)
Comments: 160 comments
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London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,247 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:94,101
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,508 votes)
Comments: 214 comments
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Blonde On BlondeUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1966Appears in:1,520 charts
Rank in 1966:3Rank Score:57,857
Rank in 1960s10Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,888 votes)
Comments: 137 comments
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The Beatles (The White Album)United Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1968Appears in:2,300 charts
Rank in 1968:1Rank Score:100,128
Rank in 1960s5Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (3,002 votes)
Comments: 270 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%
The Jimi Hendrix Experience 3 3%
Stevie Wonder 3 3%
James Brown 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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From Dunnand 11/01/2018 13:14
I like the list but I wish you had all 500! Is there a part 2?
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From adoratio13118 10/27/2018 06:42
While many albums listed are good or well received and influential, there's not much diversity in terms of country or era and influential might not always equate to the greatest, so, while many are good, I don't think 500 greatest of all time is completely accurate.
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From splashfoop 08/29/2018 02:52
Una absoluta porquería de lista, de inicio a fin, sin nada rescatable. Rolling Stone es una de las peores revistas estadounidenses y uno de los medios impresos que más daño le han hecho a la música.
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From iamsparticus 07/27/2018 07:11
Everyone is going to state how this list is biased towards the 60s/70s, which is true. But the more interesting thing is how it is biased towards legends from the 50s and early 60s. For instance 21 and 22 are compilation albums from Chuck Berry and Robert Johnson that rank on this sight 1010 and 1727. In doing so Rolling Stone is willing to place the importance of the artist, ahead of the impact or listen-ability of a given record. This makes the list an interesting read, although I certainly prefer the composite list here for an overall rank guide.

Points taken off for putting Pet Sounds at #2, a move so idiotic it still haunts me.
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From Strangel 07/02/2018 05:37
The belief that this chart is not so much 'greatest albums' but more 'most influential/culturally impactful' only need to look at the absence of the highest ranked album on this site; OK Computer. Instead Kid A has made it onto the chart as the only Radiohead album (and I love Kid A). OK Computer is easily one of the most 'influential' albums of all time and was more influential culturally than Kid A which turned off a lot of diehard Radiohead fans, and many music fans in general when it was released, and is still considered inaccessible to the many music fans. The mere fact that a site like this, that draws in music nerds, has OK Computer miles in front based on online popularity and critical acclaim would suggest that it should at the very least register high on Rolling Stone's chart as well.

This chart is utter garbage.
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From ars2458 06/20/2018 11:57
Rolling Stone is a magazine that caters to their fan base, which loves classic rock. It is admirable that they have stuck to it for so long, and have spent time becoming the authority in that space. That being said, it is a bit about that they try to make this some kind of inclusive list with modern albums all just being worse than their favorite old albums. I've seen rolling Stone give Bob Dylan rereleases their #1 album of the year as recently as a few years ago. That is just a lack of awareness and shows that they aren't looking at the current impact of the music that is coming out.
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From gibson 05/11/2018 00:38
Public Enemy shouldn't be the only artist resembling rap in the top 50. Kendrick's influence is already significantly greater than some from the top 50.
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From shinya 04/12/2018 14:58
so noting can be in the top 10 if its not when your old white ass was young
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From shinya 04/12/2018 14:55
the white album in the top 10 .. after 3 album of the Beatles

Dude give me the defenition of objectivity
this chart as no value. come on why not a top 9 with kendrick and radiohead ( well radiohead deserve it and srg pepper is so good .. but best album of all time .. dude .. you know the meaning of evolution and open minding
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From kingofstorm 04/11/2018 06:15
It's a good list, but I feel like it should ultimately not be viewed from the perspective of the best, but from the perspective of the greatest and most influential albums. Because there are some albums on this list that are ranked way too high and some that are ranked way too low. Some albums even should not be on this list.

But it's a fine list by itself.
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