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"The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" is a recurring opinion survey and music ranking of the finest albums in history, compiled by the American magazine Rolling Stone. It is based on weighted votes from selected musicians, critics, and industry figures. The first list was published in a special issue of the magazine in 2003 and a related book in 2005.

Critics have accused the lists of lending disproportionate weight to artists of particular races and genders. In the original list, most of the selections were albums by white male rock musicians of Anglo backgrounds, with the top position held by the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967). In 2012, Rolling Stone published a revised edition, drawing on the original and a later survey of albums released up until the early 2000s.

Another updated edition of the list was published in 2020, with 154 new entries not in either of the two previous editions. It was based on a new survey and did not factor in the surveys conducted for the 2003 and 2012 lists. The 2020 list featured more artists of color and female artists, and was topped by Marvin Gaye's What's Going On (1971). It received similar criticisms as the previous lists.

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Release Groups

#YearTitleArtistTypeRatingReleases
11971What’s Going OnMarvin GayeAlbum4.6541
21966Pet SoundsThe Beach BoysAlbum4.450
31971BlueJoni MitchellAlbum4.520
41976Songs in the Key of LifeStevie WonderAlbum4.5527
51969Abbey RoadThe BeatlesAlbum4.6557
61991NevermindNirvanaAlbum4.4582
71977RumoursFleetwood MacAlbum4.564
81984Purple RainPrince and The RevolutionAlbum + Soundtrack4.2538
91975Blood on the TracksBob DylanAlbum4.3526
101998The Miseducation of Lauryn HillLauryn HillAlbum4.1515
111966RevolverThe BeatlesAlbum4.650
121982ThrillerMichael JacksonAlbum4.4563
131967I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love YouAretha FranklinAlbum3.814
141972Exile on Main St.The Rolling StonesAlbum4.4550
151988It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic EnemyAlbum3.5524
161979London CallingThe ClashAlbum4.238
172010My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKanye WestAlbum4.316
181965Highway 61 RevisitedBob DylanAlbum4.329
192015To Pimp a ButterflyKendrick LamarAlbum4.710
202000Kid ARadioheadAlbum4.4529
211975Born to RunBruce SpringsteenAlbum4.3563
221994Ready to DieThe Notorious B.I.G.Album4.311
231967The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoAlbum4.738
241967Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandThe BeatlesAlbum4.5562
251971TapestryCarole KingAlbum437
261975HorsesPatti SmithAlbum4.1523
271993Enter the Wu‐Tang (36 Chambers)Wu‐Tang ClanAlbum4.717
282000VoodooD’AngeloAlbum4.59
291968The Beatles (The White Album)The BeatlesAlbum4.3552
301967Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum4.145
311959Kind of BlueMiles DavisAlbum4.5111
322016LemonadeBeyoncéAlbum4.112
332006Back to BlackAmy WinehouseAlbum4.237
341973InnervisionsStevie WonderAlbum533
351965Rubber SoulThe BeatlesAlbum4.4558
361979Off the WallMichael JacksonAlbum4.3538
371992The ChronicDr. DreAlbum4.126
381966Blonde on BlondeBob DylanAlbum4.2545
391980Remain in LightTalking HeadsAlbum4.327
401972The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From MarsDavid BowieAlbum4.651
411969Let It BleedThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.533
421997OK ComputerRadioheadAlbum4.5538
431991The Low End TheoryA Tribe Called QuestAlbum3.815
441994IllmaticNasAlbum4.1520
451987Sign “☮︎” the TimesPrinceAlbum4.1517
461986GracelandPaul SimonAlbum4.5542
471976RamonesRamonesAlbum420
481984Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The WailersBob Marley & The WailersAlbum + Compilation4.257
491998AqueminiOutKastAlbum4.1514
502001The BlueprintJay‐ZAlbum3.755
511982The Great Twenty‐EightChuck BerryAlbum + Compilation4
521976Station to StationDavid BowieAlbum4.1525
531968Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum449
541991Star TimeJames BrownAlbum + Compilation53
551973The Dark Side of the MoonPink FloydAlbum4.75102
561993Exile in GuyvilleLiz PhairAlbum4.56
571969The Band (“The Brown Album”)The BandAlbum4.3521
581971[Led Zeppelin IV]Led ZeppelinAlbum4.771
591972Talking BookStevie WonderAlbum4.821
601968Astral WeeksVan MorrisonAlbum4.3515
611987Paid in FullEric B. & RakimAlbum3.86
621987Appetite for DestructionGuns N’ RosesAlbum4.459
631977AjaSteely DanAlbum4.334
642000StankoniaOutKastAlbum3.9518
651963Live at the Apollo, 1962James BrownAlbum + Live4.59
661965A Love SupremeJohn ColtraneAlbum4.636
671996Reasonable DoubtJaÿ‐ZAlbum4.157
681985Hounds of LoveKate BushAlbum3.85211
691995Jagged Little PillAlanis MorissetteAlbum4.1536
701988Straight Outta ComptonN.W.AAlbum416
711977ExodusBob Marley & The WailersAlbum4.7539
721972HarvestNeil YoungAlbum4.524
731991LovelessMy Bloody ValentineAlbum4.418
742003The College DropoutKanye WestAlbum4.417
751968Lady SoulAretha FranklinAlbum512
761972SuperflyCurtis MayfieldAlbum + Soundtrack4.618
771971Who’s NextThe WhoAlbum4.453
781975The Sun SessionsElvis PresleyAlbum + Compilation44
792016BlondeFrank OceanAlbum4.655
801977Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex PistolsSex PistolsAlbum4.5547
812013BEYONCÉBeyoncéAlbum4.222
821971There’s a Riot Goin’ OnSly & the Family StoneAlbum3.6519
831969Dusty in MemphisDusty SpringfieldAlbum420
841980Back in BlackAC/DCAlbum4.4554
851970John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono BandAlbum420
861967The DoorsThe DoorsAlbum4.5540
871970Bitches BrewMiles DavisAlbum4.8536
881971Hunky DoryDavid BowieAlbum4.432
891997BaduizmErykah BaduAlbum4.358
901970After the Gold RushNeil YoungAlbum4.924
911978Darkness on the Edge of TownBruce SpringsteenAlbum5161
921967Axis: Bold as LoveThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum439
931997Supa Dupa FlyMissy Misdemeanor ElliottAlbum3.657
941970Fun HouseThe StoogesAlbum4.216
952011Take CareDrakeAlbum3.656
961992Automatic for the PeopleR.E.M.Album429
971986Master of PuppetsMetallicaAlbum4.6556
981998Car Wheels on a Gravel RoadLucinda WilliamsAlbum4.59
992012RedTaylor SwiftAlbum4.4580
1001968Music From Big PinkThe BandAlbum422

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