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"The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" is a 2003 special issue of American biweekly magazine Rolling Stone, and a related book published in 2005. The lists presented were compiled based on votes from selected rock musicians, critics, and industry figures. The lists predominantly feature American and British music from the 1960s and the 1970s, topped by The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with a top 10 that featured four entries from The Beatles (#1, 3, 5 and 10), two from Bob Dylan (#4 and 9), and one each from The Beach Boys (#2), Marvin Gaye (#6), The Rolling Stones (#7) and The Clash (#8).

In 2012, Rolling Stone published a revised edition of the list drawing on the original and a later survey of albums up until the early 2000s. It was made available in "bookazine" format on newsstands in the US from April 27 to July 25. The new list contained 38 albums not present in the previous one, 16 of them released after 2003.

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# Year Title Artist Type RatingReleases
1 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles Album 4.55 39
2 1966 Pet Sounds The Beach Boys Album 4.55 38
3 1966 Revolver The Beatles Album 4.65 33
4 1965 Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan Album 4.35 26
5 1965 Rubber Soul The Beatles Album 4.4 30
6 1971 What’s Going On Marvin Gaye Album 4.7 26
7 1972 Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones Album 4.6 37
8 1979 London Calling The Clash Album 4.3 28
9 1966 Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan Album 4.4 42
10 1968 The Beatles (“The White Album”) The Beatles Album 4.3 42
11 1976 The Sun Sessions Elvis Presley Album + Compilation 4.5 3
12 1959 Kind of Blue Miles Davis Album 4.5 44
13 1967 The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground & Nico Album 4.55 25
14 1969 Abbey Road The Beatles Album 4.65 32
15 1967 Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience Album 4.2 36
16 1975 Blood on the Tracks Bob Dylan Album 4.65 19
17 1991 Nevermind Nirvana Album 4.5 49
18 1975 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen Album 4.6 30
19 1968 Astral Weeks Van Morrison Album 4.5 13
20 1982 Thriller Michael Jackson Album 4.35 41
21 1982 The Great Twenty‐Eight Chuck Berry Album + Compilation 4
22 1990 The Complete Recordings Robert Johnson Album + Compilation 5 7
23 1970 John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band Album 3.8 15
24 1973 Innervisions Stevie Wonder Album 5 20
25 1963 Live at the Apollo, 1962 James Brown Album + Live 4.5 8
26 1977 Rumours Fleetwood Mac Album 4.7 43
27 1987 The Joshua Tree U2 Album 4.25 45
28 1971 Who’s Next The Who Album 4.5 32
29 1969 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Album 4.8 41
30 1971 Blue Joni Mitchell Album 4.35 15
31 1965 Bringing It All Back Home Bob Dylan Album 4.75 41
32 1969 Let It Bleed The Rolling Stones Album 4.75 22
33 1976 Ramones Ramones Album 4.75 15
34 1968 Music From Big Pink The Band Album 4 22
35 1972 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars David Bowie Album 4.65 44
36 1971 Tapestry Carole King Album 4.15 26
37 1976 Hotel California Eagles Album 4.45 38
38 2001 The Anthology Muddy Waters Album + Compilation 2 1
39 1963 Please Please Me The Beatles Album 4.1 56
40 1967 Forever Changes Love Album 4.65 17
41 1977 Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols Sex Pistols Album 4.85 32
42 1967 The Doors The Doors Album 4.45 34
43 1973 The Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd Album 4.75 71
44 1975 Horses Patti Smith Album 4 16
45 1969 The Band (“The Brown Album”) The Band Album 4.35 12
46 1984 Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The Wailers Bob Marley & The Wailers Album + Compilation 4.45 33
47 1965 A Love Supreme John Coltrane Album 4.8 27
48 1988 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Public Enemy Album 3.75 22
49 1971 At Fillmore East The Allman Brothers Band Album + Live 4 23
50 1957 Here’s Little Richard Little Richard Album 4.35 8
51 1970 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel Album 4.15 30
52 1975 Greatest Hits Al Green Album + Compilation 5 13
53 1964 Meet The Beatles! The Beatles Album 4.35 31
54 1991 The Birth of Soul Ray Charles Album + Compilation 1
55 1968 Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience Album 4.5 43
56 1956 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Album 4.6 15
57 1976 Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder Album 4.2 17
58 1968 Beggars Banquet The Rolling Stones Album 4.5 20
59 1976 Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits Creedence Clearwater Revival featuring John Fogerty Album + Compilation 5 26
60 1969 Trout Mask Replica Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Album 4.35 7
61 1970 Greatest Hits Sly & the Family Stone Album + Compilation 4 5
62 1987 Appetite for Destruction Guns N’ Roses Album 4.55 40
63 1991 Achtung Baby U2 Album 4.4 27
64 1971 Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones Album 4.4 33
65 1991 Back to Mono (1958–1969) Phil Spector Album + Compilation 2
66 1970 Moondance Van Morrison Album 4.5 24
67 2000 Kid A Radiohead Album 4.5 22
68 1979 Off the Wall Michael Jackson Album 4 27
69 1971 [Led Zeppelin IV] Led Zeppelin Album 4.85 52
70 1977 The Stranger Billy Joel Album 4.45 21
71 1986 Graceland Paul Simon Album 5 31
72 1972 Superfly Curtis Mayfield Album + Soundtrack 4.5 17
73 1975 Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin Album 4.35 29
74 1970 After the Gold Rush Neil Young Album 5 17
75 1991 Star Time James Brown Album + Compilation 5 1
76 1984 Purple Rain Prince and The Revolution Album + Soundtrack 4.3 30
77 1980 Back in Black AC/DC Album 4.5 35
78 1965 Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul Otis Redding Album 5 18
79 1969 Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin Album 4.65 40
80 1971 Imagine John Lennon Album 3.9 31
81 1977 The Clash The Clash Album 4 22
82 1972 Harvest Neil Young Album 5 18
83 1967 Axis: Bold as Love The Jimi Hendrix Experience Album 4.15 30
84 1967 I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Aretha Franklin Album 3.35 10
85 1968 Lady Soul Aretha Franklin Album 5 8
86 1984 Born in the U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen Album 4.55 22
87 1979 The Wall Pink Floyd Album 4.4 47
88 1968 At Folsom Prison Johnny Cash Album + Live 4.15 11
89 1969 Dusty in Memphis Dusty Springfield Album 4 14
90 1972 Talking Book Stevie Wonder Album 5 15
91 1973 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John Album 3.85 36
92 1978 20 Golden Greats Buddy Holly Album + Compilation 4
93 1987 Sign “☮︎” the Times Prince Album 4.5 10
94 1978 40 Greatest Hits Hank Williams Album + Compilation 3
95 1970 Bitches Brew Miles Davis Album 4.9 29
96 1969 Tommy The Who Album 4.45 35
97 1963 The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Album 4.4 20
98 1978 This Year’s Model Elvis Costello Album 5 15
99 1971 There’s a Riot Goin’ On Sly & the Family Stone Album 5 17
100 1968 Odessey and Oracle The Zombies Album 5 22

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