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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21,647
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1966
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1971
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1976
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14,973
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1969
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77,684
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1991
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50,472
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1977
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37,309
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1984
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18,197
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1975
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27,895
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1998
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5,117
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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 64 64%
United Kingdom 22 22%
Canada 7 7%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
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 09/17/2021 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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From 04/16/2021 14:28
Bof bof
5 beatles 3 stevie wonder ect
C'est trop répétitif et pas très original !
De moins en moins rock n roll en plus
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From 03/30/2021 10:10
Way too many albums that have not, and more than likely will not stand the test of time have been added of late to make anyone take this latest iteration seriously.
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From 03/06/2021 08:35
Whilst one might credit ‘Rolling Stone’ with trying to diversify from a white male canon, that should for one thing not mean that:

— they substantially exclude genres – most especially but not only heavy metal and hard rock – associated (whether correctly or not) with lower- and middle-class whites who overwhelmingly support a far-right Republican Party
— they include popular albums from very recent years for which there is little evidence they will stand the test of time, substantially in an effort to include more black and female artists
— older, less popular genres of black music remain weakly represented even if they had critical influence – for instance efforts to represent avant-garde jazz from the 1960s and 1970s are patchy compared (say) to Joe S. Harrington

The flaws noted by many writers – for example Danny A. Vogel – as far back as the original 2003 list still remain or largely remain, too. In this case, to be fair, inclusions (Can) are balanced by removals (Captain Beefheart) so one cannot say anything new here.

‘Rolling Stone’ certainly tried to update its list, but it did not succeed in any meaningful manner whatsoever.
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From 02/25/2021 09:08
Kanye above Dylan? nope.
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