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

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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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41. New entry

John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandUnited Kingdom John Lennon
Year of Release:1970Appears in:845 charts
Rank in 1970:4Rank Score:20,594
Rank in 1970s32Overall Rank:123
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,102 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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42. New entry

Unknown PleasuresUnited Kingdom Joy Division
Year of Release:1979Appears in:1,534 charts
Rank in 1979:3Rank Score:50,309
Rank in 1970s10Overall Rank:34
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,817 votes)
Comments: 153 comments
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43. New entry

Remain In LightUnited States Talking Heads
Year of Release:1980Appears in:1,495 charts
Rank in 1980:1Rank Score:46,680
Rank in 1980s5Overall Rank:40
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,708 votes)
Comments: 142 comments
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44. New entry

Born To RunUnited States Bruce Springsteen
Year of Release:1975Appears in:1,230 charts
Rank in 1975:3Rank Score:41,108
Rank in 1970s15Overall Rank:51
Average Rating:  83/100 (1,587 votes)
Comments: 103 comments
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45. New entry

A Love SupremeUnited States John Coltrane
Year of Release:1965Appears in:962 charts
Rank in 1965:3Rank Score:27,242
Rank in 1960s20Overall Rank:90
Average Rating: Top rated 87/100 (1,129 votes)
Comments: 71 comments
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46. New entry

Queen Of Soul
Compilation
United States Aretha Franklin
Year of Release:1992Appears in:4 charts
Rank in 1992:311Rank Score:75
Rank in 1990s3,369Overall Rank:17,105
Average Rating:  75/100 (6 votes)
Comments: 0 comments
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47. New entry

After The Gold RushCanada Neil Young
Year of Release:1970Appears in:1,162 charts
Rank in 1970:2Rank Score:28,741
Rank in 1970s22Overall Rank:82
Average Rating: Top rated 86/100 (1,413 votes)
Comments: 95 comments
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48. New entry

Jagged Little PillCanada Alanis Morissette
Year of Release:1995Appears in:526 charts
Rank in 1995:6Rank Score:9,022
Rank in 1990s61Overall Rank:317
Average Rating:  76/100 (797 votes)
Comments: 63 comments
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49. New entry

Trout Mask ReplicaUnited States Captain Beefheart And His Magic Band
Year of Release:1969Appears in:594 charts
Rank in 1969:8Rank Score:14,610
Rank in 1960s32Overall Rank:186
Average Rating:  75/100 (865 votes)
Comments: 145 comments
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50. New entry

Fear Of A Black PlanetUnited States Public Enemy
Year of Release:1990Appears in:329 charts
Rank in 1990:9Rank Score:4,076
Rank in 1990s130Overall Rank:632
Average Rating:  79/100 (369 votes)
Comments: 20 comments
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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%
Artist Albums %


The Beatles 5 5%
David Bowie 4 4%
Bob Marley & The Wailers 4 4%
The Rolling Stones 3 3%
Bob Dylan 3 3%
Public Enemy 2 2%
Stevie Wonder 2 2%
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Country Albums %


United Kingdom 50 50%
United States 37 37%
Jamaica 6 6%
Canada 3 3%
Ireland 2 2%
Mixed Nationality 2 2%
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The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever ratings

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72/100 (from 58 votes)
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40/100
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
Very interesting list...different order.
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85/100
Can't argue with too much. Predictable selections but interesting order
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95/100
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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70/100
Well, this chart add´s The Stone Roses in a top 10
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80/100
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Interesting to see "What's Going On?" at the top of the list!
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90/100
Good list, really diverse
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70/100
OK list. Why is Public Enemy so high?
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80/100
Some great albums but the drawback to all of these types of charts is that they are far too predictable & I guess that's inevitable with the exception of the NME which tends to go completely the other way & do best of charts where every albums is onscure.
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60/100
OK, but dated.
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