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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, 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 does not factor in the surveys that were conducted for the previous lists. This time, the list featured more black and female artists, topped by Marvin Gaye's What's Going On (1971). It received similar criticisms as the prior lists.

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Release Groups

#YearTitleArtistTypeRatingReleases
11967Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandThe BeatlesAlbum4.5555
21966Pet SoundsThe Beach BoysAlbum4.545
31966RevolverThe BeatlesAlbum4.6539
41965Highway 61 RevisitedBob DylanAlbum4.2528
51965Rubber SoulThe BeatlesAlbum4.442
61971What’s Going OnMarvin GayeAlbum4.6533
71972Exile on Main St.The Rolling StonesAlbum4.5546
81979London CallingThe ClashAlbum4.2535
91966Blonde on BlondeBob DylanAlbum4.344
101968The Beatles (“The White Album”)The BeatlesAlbum4.3550
111976The Sun SessionsElvis PresleyAlbum + Compilation4.53
121959Kind of BlueMiles DavisAlbum4.551
131967The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoAlbum4.632
141969Abbey RoadThe BeatlesAlbum4.6554
151967Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum3.9543
161975Blood on the TracksBob DylanAlbum4.3525
171991NevermindNirvanaAlbum4.4566
181975Born to RunBruce SpringsteenAlbum4.454
191968Astral WeeksVan MorrisonAlbum4.2514
201982ThrillerMichael JacksonAlbum4.455
211982The Great Twenty‐EightChuck BerryAlbum + Compilation4
221990The Complete RecordingsRobert JohnsonAlbum + Compilation4.658
231970John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono BandAlbum419
241973InnervisionsStevie WonderAlbum528
251963Live at the Apollo, 1962James BrownAlbum + Live4.58
261977RumoursFleetwood MacAlbum4.5556
271987The Joshua TreeU2Album4.350
281971Who’s NextThe WhoAlbum4.2547
291969Led ZeppelinLed ZeppelinAlbum4.656
301971BlueJoni MitchellAlbum4.418
311965Bringing It All Back HomeBob DylanAlbum4.5540
321969Let It BleedThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.531
331976RamonesRamonesAlbum4.0515
341968Music From Big PinkThe BandAlbum422
351972The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From MarsDavid BowieAlbum4.6547
361971TapestryCarole KingAlbum4.1534
371976Hotel CaliforniaEaglesAlbum4.4544
382001The AnthologyMuddy WatersAlbum + Compilation21
391963Please Please MeThe BeatlesAlbum4.0564
401967Forever ChangesLoveAlbum4.4518
411977Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex PistolsSex PistolsAlbum4.736
421967The DoorsThe DoorsAlbum4.5538
431973The Dark Side of the MoonPink FloydAlbum4.7583
441975HorsesPatti SmithAlbum4.320
451969The Band (“The Brown Album”)The BandAlbum4.3519
461984Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The WailersBob Marley & The WailersAlbum + Compilation4.4552
471965A Love SupremeJohn ColtraneAlbum4.6528
481988It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic EnemyAlbum3.3522
491971At Fillmore EastThe Allman Brothers BandAlbum + Live4.527
501957Here’s Little RichardLittle RichardAlbum4.258
511970Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon and GarfunkelAlbum4.2534
521975Greatest HitsAl GreenAlbum + Compilation514
531964Meet The Beatles!The BeatlesAlbum4.632
541991The Birth of SoulRay CharlesAlbum + Compilation1
551968Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum3.8546
561956Elvis PresleyElvis PresleyAlbum4.215
571976Songs in the Key of LifeStevie WonderAlbum4.5521
581968Beggars BanquetThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.524
591976Chronicle: The 20 Greatest HitsCreedence Clearwater Revival featuring John FogertyAlbum + Compilation532
601969Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain Beefheart & His Magic BandAlbum4.259
611970Greatest HitsSly & the Family StoneAlbum + Compilation4.56
621987Appetite for DestructionGuns N’ RosesAlbum4.453
631991Achtung BabyU2Album4.429
641971Sticky FingersThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.538
651991Back to Mono (1958–1969)Phil SpectorAlbum + Compilation3
661970MoondanceVan MorrisonAlbum4.6529
672000Kid ARadioheadAlbum4.629
681979Off the WallMichael JacksonAlbum4.233
691971[Led Zeppelin IV]Led ZeppelinAlbum4.7565
701977The StrangerBilly JoelAlbum4.533
711986GracelandPaul SimonAlbum4.7540
721972SuperflyCurtis MayfieldAlbum + Soundtrack4.617
731975Physical GraffitiLed ZeppelinAlbum4.238
741970After the Gold RushNeil YoungAlbum4.921
751991Star TimeJames BrownAlbum + Compilation52
761984Purple RainPrince and The RevolutionAlbum + Soundtrack4.1536
771980Back in BlackAC/DCAlbum4.4545
781965Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings SoulOtis ReddingAlbum519
791969Led Zeppelin IILed ZeppelinAlbum4.551
801971ImagineJohn LennonAlbum435
811977The ClashThe ClashAlbum4.225
821972HarvestNeil YoungAlbum4.619
831967Axis: Bold as LoveThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum3.937
841967I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love YouAretha FranklinAlbum3.513
851968Lady SoulAretha FranklinAlbum511
861984Born in the U.S.A.Bruce SpringsteenAlbum4.65156
871979The WallPink FloydAlbum4.458
881968At Folsom PrisonJohnny CashAlbum + Live4.313
891969Dusty in MemphisDusty SpringfieldAlbum3.518
901972Talking BookStevie WonderAlbum518
911973Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnAlbum446
92197820 Golden GreatsBuddy HollyAlbum + Compilation4
931987Sign “☮︎” the TimesPrinceAlbum4.1514
94197840 Greatest HitsHank WilliamsAlbum + Compilation4
951970Bitches BrewMiles DavisAlbum4.930
961969TommyThe WhoAlbum4.239
971963The Freewheelin’ Bob DylanBob DylanAlbum4.5523
981978This Year’s ModelElvis Costello & The AttractionsAlbum4.6518
991971There’s a Riot Goin’ OnSly & the Family StoneAlbum3.6518
1001968Odessey and OracleThe ZombiesAlbum424

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