The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time by Rolling Stone (2020)

"The classics are still the classics, but the canon keeps getting bigger and better". https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-of-all-time-1062063/
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1971
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1966
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1971
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1976
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1969
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1991
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1977
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1984
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1975
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26,311
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1998
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The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 1 1%
1960s 22 22%
1970s 32 32%
1980s 14 14%
1990s 18 18%
2000s 6 6%
2010s 7 7%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United States 65 65%
United Kingdom 22 22%
Canada 7 7%
Mixed Nationality 3 3%
Jamaica 2 2%
Australia 1 1%
Compilation? Albums %
No 96 96%
Yes 4 4%
Live? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%

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From 09/27/2022 14:59
I thought the pick for number one, while not my favourite, is as great as can be. And the presence of rap albums in the top spots is totally justified as it is the music of the times. I'm too ignorant on the subject to pretend to know which rap albums are great. What I found issue with is the ranking of the music I know about, relative to one another. In my opinion they had it almost upside down.
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From 05/30/2022 04:36
I love over 80% of these but this list doesn't seem honest. How can someone appreciate Beatles/Floyd/Stones/Radiohead and rank Revolver at 11? Dark Side Of The Moon at 55???? I seriously don't believe that anyone can even be capable of appreciating them and ranking them so low. They don't even have Wish You Were Here or In Rainbows in the top 100.... WOW. I had to go back and forth through it like 4 times to confirm no Wish You Were Here and I was LITERALLY reeling when I saw Dark Side Of The Moon at 55.

That being said, the sentiment that this is "part of a forced left wing agenda" is stupid. This is the mindset of those people, "This list by the staff of a magazine is part of A DEMOCRAT [sic] PLOT." Seriously, lmfao. You might think this list is stupid and it just might be, but do you know what's dumber? I'll give you 3 guesses.

It's really hard to rank rap against rock and it's totally fair to just alternate in a list like this: rap, rock, rap, rock, rap, rock.... At work I play full albums and personally prefer to change genres every album - I've probably gone entire days where every album I played was actually on this very list. It's not "woke" or "political" to put a rap album amidst a bunch of incomparable rock albums that you personally love. What else are you going to do when you love both rap and rock, listen to them about as often as each other, and can't compare them? WTF else are you going to do?

To think that you'd have to be "forcing" black artists' albums on this list is insulting and proves that you're the racist that people tell you that you are. You actually thought that this couldn't be anyone's taste? That it MUST be forced, b/c that's the only way black artists could get ranked so highly? You're sick and delusional. Oh well, I'm not getting through to any of you. There's a reason the average conservative IQ is 8 points lower.

Back on topic. The list isn't THAT bad. All of the albums on it that I know are among not only my favorites, but the favs of multiple people I know. This list's only crime is that the order is often bewildering.
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From 03/28/2022 19:05
What's Going On? No really, what is going on?
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From 03/10/2022 16:36
Propaganda.
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From 09/17/2021 02:48
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From 08/31/2021 17:24
The worst list I’ve ever seen. Too political. You can’t apply diversity to quality in art. Part of the forced left wing agenda
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From 06/05/2021 22:35
They managed to sneak a contemporary black female’s album into the top ten. But at the expense of Kind of Blue, and A Love Supreme, and a host of others. Sorry Miles and co. The quota was full. Shame on you, Rolling Stone. Let’s see if as many people in 50 years time are still listening to the miseducation of whatserface as there are people still buying copies of Kind of Blue today.
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From 05/03/2021 06:37
We all knew the list was about to suck when we saw that Funeral was number 500. So, they met expectations
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From 05/02/2021 15:13
Better than the 2012 list, but not by much.
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From 04/27/2021 09:26
Too political... Lauryn Hill in the top 10 ... nope.
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