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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21,064
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1966
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52,522
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1971
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18,947
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1976
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15,785
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1969
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75,654
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1991
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48,225
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1977
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37,149
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1984
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17,912
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1975
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27,523
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1998
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5,084
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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 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
zzzzzz
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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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Best Albums of 1967
1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
2. The Velvet Underground & Nico by The Velvet Underground & Nico
3. The Doors by The Doors
4. Are You Experienced by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5. Forever Changes by Love
6. Magical Mystery Tour by The Beatles
7. Songs Of Leonard Cohen by Leonard Cohen
8. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by Pink Floyd
9. Axis: Bold As Love by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
10. Strange Days by The Doors
11. Disraeli Gears by Cream
12. Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane
13. Days Of Future Passed by The Moody Blues
14. I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You by Aretha Franklin
15. Something Else By The Kinks by The Kinks
16. The Who Sell Out by The Who
17. Safe As Milk by Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
18. Chelsea Girl by Nico
19. John Wesley Harding by Bob Dylan
20. Goodbye And Hello by Tim Buckley
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