Top 500 Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone (2012)

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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1967
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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%
Country Albums %


United States 57 57%
United Kingdom 33 33%
Canada 5 5%
Ireland 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 1 1%
Jamaica 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 87 87%
Yes 13 13%
Live? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%

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From 04/01/2020 10:12
Great chart to start somewhere.
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From 03/15/2020 18:27
The thing with charts made by a lot of people is that you'll get strange results with 3 Beatles albums in the top ten, because no one can agree on which is the best Beatles album.

Correction, 4 Beatles albums (I was checking whether I had exeggerated it, quite the contrary)
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From 01/23/2020 17:34
Seems a little... narrow minded
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From 08/31/2019 08:41
Comments for this chart seem to have disappeared, (temporary glitch I suppose). Coming back to this chart after several months I now look at it in a slightly different light. This chart is an attempt to define the musical influences and importance over the last 70 years using an odd mix of artists and albums, the compilations contain influential material but should not themselves be considered as albums and as their release dates are far later than the music they contain, distort the time composition chart. As I said before these are not the greatest albums, they are however probably the most influential. Some of them I would not even listen too as they have been superseded as other artists have further developed the sound and style. Some have commented that there are no new albums in the list, it's a hard fact that modern music is way too derivative, over-produced, computer processed and full of stupidly simple lyrics, (not that lyrics are of high importance in my view, many lyrics make no sense, they just rhyme). There has been nothing new or influential since Kid A according to Rolling Stone. I happen to think they are right. Newer albums appear on the chart simply because they are the best of a bad bunch for the latest era, (shoot me down). I know people who look upon music before the year 2000 as some kind of old-fashioned 'dad' music for old people, music they would not consider listening to because it's for old people it's not 'hip'. This is of course as ridiculous as fashion itself, the albums from the 60's, 70's etc were created by the youth of the day. So are these the 'Greatest Albums'? No, but they are the most influential are are well worth checking out.
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From 08/07/2019 00:34
Not gonna argue that the Beatles aren’t great, but 4 of the top 10 seems a tad excessive
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From 08/05/2019 05:13
Don't think much of the top 10 - I only listen to 7 & 8.
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From 07/09/2019 11:44
9 of the top 10 were released between 1965-72. A great period but I'm not sure that's a fair reflection.
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From 07/03/2019 21:33
To be fair, there are a lot of great albums in here, but that doesn't mean it's a great list. Some of the picks could have been easily removed.
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From 07/02/2019 19:06
I like it it showed The influence of 60s and 70s
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From 07/02/2019 19:03
I like it very much it showed The influence of 60s and 70s
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