The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever by The Guardian (1997)

In 1997, The Guardian, a UK daily broadsheet newspaper, published a list of the greatest albums of all time. The list was chosen by a panel of judges including artists, critics and DJ's from around the world.
(Official website: www.guardian.co.uk)

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1971
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1966
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1991
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1966
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1972
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1967
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59,670
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53,691
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The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever composition

Decade Albums %


1930s 0 0%
1940s 0 0%
1950s 2 2%
1960s 19 19%
1970s 40 40%
1980s 18 18%
1990s 21 21%
2000s 0 0%
2010s 0 0%
2020s 0 0%
Country Albums %


United Kingdom 48 48%
United States 37 37%
Jamaica 6 6%
Mixed Nationality 4 4%
Canada 3 3%
Ireland 2 2%
Compilation? Albums %
No 97 97%
Yes 3 3%
Live? Albums %
No 98 98%
Yes 2 2%
Soundtrack? Albums %
No 99 99%
Yes 1 1%

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73/100 (from 65 votes)
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75/100
From 03/15/2020 18:38
Actually not as mad at this one as I thought I would be. Still no clue what Oasis is doing on any greatest albums list, but can't have everything.
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From 05/06/2017 11:37
Interesting chart. I agree with some of it, but there are quite a few odd choices (especially for a big magazine) like putting What's Going On at number one, and Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols at number three. It's good to see some diversity, but it's completely overlooked metal. They should also have been more careful with putting (at the time) recent albums so high up. Not that they are bad albums, but they definitely wouldn't be that high up nowadays.
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From 05/11/2016 11:37
Not that bad – there is a good diversity of selections (though metal is conspicuously absent). It’s notable to see some reggae, a lot of very good soul and a good selection of most pop and rock genres.

There is though the problem of datedness of numerous selections which have proven to constitute much more popular fads than timeless classics that either had long-term impacts on the music industry or stand out as something totally unique that nobody could emulate. Examples are artists like the Verve, Oasis, Garbage and even Alanis Morrisette. If the ‘Guardian’ could have been more careful about then-recent records this could have been a good list for its type.
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85/100
From 01/29/2015 01:40
Very interesting list...different order.
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From 08/22/2014 03:49
Can't argue with too much. Predictable selections but interesting order
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From 06/22/2014 21:42
Pretty good. Predictable for a reason. If they did one now a few from the 90s would bite the dust like garbage, urban hymns and jagged little pill I would guess. Not a predictable no1 but a good one.
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From 03/27/2014 03:33
Well, this chart add´s The Stone Roses in a top 10
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From 02/02/2014 02:17
Interesting to see "What's Going On?" at the top of the list!
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From 10/13/2013 17:23
Good list, really diverse
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