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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:2,581 charts
Rank in 1967:1Rank Score:127,739
Rank in 1960s3Overall Rank:5
Average Rating: Top rated 90/100 (3,269 votes)
Comments: 359 comments
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Pet SoundsUnited States The Beach Boys
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,039 charts
Rank in 1966:2Rank Score:93,160
Rank in 1960s6Overall Rank:13
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,294 votes)
Comments: 247 comments
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RevolverUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1966Appears in:2,648 charts
Rank in 1966:1Rank Score:137,438
Rank in 1960s2Overall Rank:4
Average Rating: Top rated 91/100 (3,262 votes)
Comments: 360 comments
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Highway 61 RevisitedUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1965Appears in:1,736 charts
Rank in 1965:1Rank Score:71,935
Rank in 1960s7Overall Rank:20
Average Rating: Top rated 89/100 (2,036 votes)
Comments: 164 comments
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Rubber SoulUnited Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1965Appears in:1,695 charts
Rank in 1965:2Rank Score:66,990
Rank in 1960s8Overall Rank:22
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,352 votes)
Comments: 184 comments
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6. New entry

What's Going OnUnited States Marvin Gaye
Year of Release:1971Appears in:1,056 charts
Rank in 1971:4Rank Score:33,527
Rank in 1970s16Overall Rank:59
Average Rating: Top rated 85/100 (1,314 votes)
Comments: 97 comments
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Exile On Main St.United Kingdom The Rolling Stones
Year of Release:1972Appears in:1,367 charts
Rank in 1972:2Rank Score:51,900
Rank in 1970s8Overall Rank:31
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,716 votes)
Comments: 149 comments
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London CallingUnited Kingdom The Clash
Year of Release:1979Appears in:2,080 charts
Rank in 1979:1Rank Score:89,257
Rank in 1970s4Overall Rank:15
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (2,303 votes)
Comments: 199 comments
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Blonde On BlondeUnited States Bob Dylan
Year of Release:1966Appears in:1,402 charts
Rank in 1966:3Rank Score:54,624
Rank in 1960s10Overall Rank:28
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (1,736 votes)
Comments: 127 comments
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The Beatles (The White Album)United Kingdom The Beatles
Year of Release:1968Appears in:2,120 charts
Rank in 1968:1Rank Score:95,474
Rank in 1960s5Overall Rank:11
Average Rating: Top rated 88/100 (2,739 votes)
Comments: 245 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%
The Rolling Stones 4 4%
Led Zeppelin 4 4%
Stevie Wonder 3 3%
The Jimi Hendrix Experience 3 3%
Sly & The Family Stone 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United States 56 56%
United Kingdom 33 33%
Canada 5 5%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
Ireland 2 2%
Australia 1 1%
Jamaica 1 1%

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From Gabriel7 12/31/2017 20:58
I think any music fan should begin here.
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From Gabriel7 12/31/2017 20:57
Great list!
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From Tamthebam 12/18/2017 08:51
Out of Date ! Only 8 albums from 1990 onwards as compared to 89 albums from 1960 - 1989 .............. ??
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From Dankel 11/24/2017 23:48
A surprisingly good mix of albums, I like this chart more than I thought I would.
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From Michael1981 08/09/2017 14:01
Finally, a top 100 chart that doesn't feature Neutral Milk Hotel.
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From Azbest2000 08/01/2017 09:56
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From nategreen13 07/29/2017 00:04
Ok chart, but not all my kind of music. Beatles? great. bob Dylan? no.
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From authorunknown 07/19/2017 20:28
Not many surprises here.
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From RandolphCarterJr 06/17/2017 16:12
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.
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From DrMissile 05/07/2017 12:50
Great place to start!
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