"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 269 new entries replacing albums from the two previous editions. It was based on a new survey and did not consider the surveys conducted for the 2003 and 2012 lists. The 2020 list featured more artists of color and female artists, topped by Marvin Gaye's What's Going On (1971). It received similar criticisms as the previous lists. Another revision was published in 2023.

Since 2020 Rolling Stone has also produced a weekly podcast called Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums, which, according to magazine, is based on an "updated version of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums list". The podcast is hosted by Brittany Spanos, a staff writer at the magazine.

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Release groups

11967Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandThe BeatlesAlbum4.5568
21966Pet SoundsThe Beach BoysAlbum4.455
31966RevolverThe BeatlesAlbum4.658
41965Highway 61 RevisitedBob DylanAlbum4.2534
51965Rubber SoulThe BeatlesAlbum4.4599
61971What’s Going OnMarvin GayeAlbum4.744
71972Exile on Main St.The Rolling StonesAlbum4.3552
81979London CallingThe ClashAlbum4.1542
91966Blonde on BlondeBob DylanAlbum4.2557
101968The Beatles (The White Album)The BeatlesAlbum4.3557
111975The Sun SessionsElvis PresleyAlbum + Compilation43
121959Kind of BlueMiles DavisAlbum4.5123
131967The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoAlbum4.538
141969Abbey RoadThe BeatlesAlbum4.662
151967Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum4.149
161975Blood on the TracksBob DylanAlbum4.2527
181975Born to RunBruce SpringsteenAlbum4.169
191968Astral WeeksVan MorrisonAlbum416
201982ThrillerMichael JacksonAlbum4.4575
211982The Great Twenty‐EightChuck BerryAlbum + Compilation4
221990The Complete RecordingsRobert JohnsonAlbum + Compilation4.511
231970John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono BandAlbum423
241973InnervisionsStevie WonderAlbum535
251963Live at the Apollo, 1962James BrownAlbum + Live4.511
261977RumoursFleetwood MacAlbum4.269
271987The Joshua TreeU2Album4.358
281971Who’s NextThe WhoAlbum4.462
291969Led Zeppelin (I)Led ZeppelinAlbum4.562
301971BlueJoni MitchellAlbum4.2526
311965Bringing It All Back HomeBob DylanAlbum4.445
321969Let It BleedThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.336
341968Music From Big PinkThe BandAlbum3.8522
351972The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From MarsDavid BowieAlbum4.658
361971TapestryCarole KingAlbum4.1180
371976Hotel CaliforniaEaglesAlbum4.459
382001The AnthologyMuddy WatersAlbum + Compilation2.51
391963Please Please MeThe BeatlesAlbum3.972
401967Forever ChangesLoveAlbum4.320
411977Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex PistolsSex PistolsAlbum4.3550
421967The DoorsThe DoorsAlbum4.5542
431973The Dark Side of the MoonPink FloydAlbum4.75120
441975HorsesPatti SmithAlbum4.2524
451969The Band (“The Brown Album”)The BandAlbum422
461984Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The WailersBob Marley & The WailersAlbum + Compilation4.2566
471965A Love SupremeJohn ColtraneAlbum4.537
481988It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic EnemyAlbum3.6525
491971At Fillmore EastThe Allman Brothers BandAlbum + Live431
501957Here’s Little RichardLittle RichardAlbum48
511970Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon and GarfunkelAlbum4.142
521975Greatest HitsAl GreenAlbum + Compilation416
531964Meet The Beatles!The BeatlesAlbum4.2533
541991The Birth of SoulRay CharlesAlbum + Compilation31
551968Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum4.2554
561956Elvis PresleyElvis PresleyAlbum418
571976Songs in the Key of LifeStevie WonderAlbum4.4533
581968Beggars BanquetThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.2530
591976Chronicle: The 20 Greatest HitsCreedence Clearwater Revival featuring John FogertyAlbum + Compilation4.836
601969Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain Beefheart & His Magic BandAlbum411
611970Greatest HitsSly & the Family StoneAlbum + Compilation3.57
621987Appetite for DestructionGuns N’ RosesAlbum4.465
631991Achtung BabyU2Album4.3538
641971Sticky FingersThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.443
651991Back to Mono (1958–1969)Various ArtistsAlbum + Compilation23
661970MoondanceVan MorrisonAlbum433
672000Kid ARadioheadAlbum4.529
681979Off the WallMichael JacksonAlbum3.943
691971[Led Zeppelin IV]Led ZeppelinAlbum4.878
701977The StrangerBilly JoelAlbum4.244
711986GracelandPaul SimonAlbum4.3545
721972SuperflyCurtis MayfieldAlbum + Soundtrack4.2520
731975Physical GraffitiLed ZeppelinAlbum4.140
741970After the Gold RushNeil YoungAlbum4.627
751991Star TimeJames BrownAlbum + Compilation4.53
761984Purple RainPrince and The RevolutionAlbum + Soundtrack4.3541
771980Back in BlackAC/DCAlbum4.4551
781965Otis Blue / Otis Redding Sings SoulOtis ReddingAlbum4.2519
791969Led Zeppelin IILed ZeppelinAlbum4.4560
801971ImagineJohn LennonAlbum443
811977The ClashThe ClashAlbum4.0525
821972HarvestNeil YoungAlbum4.3528
831967Axis: Bold as LoveThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum3.9542
841967I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love YouAretha FranklinAlbum3.5520
851968Lady SoulAretha FranklinAlbum415
861984Born in the U.S.A.Bruce SpringsteenAlbum4.3210
871979The WallPink FloydAlbum4.585
881968At Folsom PrisonJohnny CashAlbum + Live417
891969Dusty in MemphisDusty SpringfieldAlbum3.520
901972Talking BookStevie WonderAlbum4.4524
911973Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnAlbum456
92197820 Golden GreatsBuddy HollyAlbum + Compilation36
931987Sign “☮︎” the TimesPrinceAlbum4.1520
94197840 Greatest HitsHank WilliamsAlbum + Compilation34
951970Bitches BrewMiles DavisAlbum4.6540
961969TommyThe WhoAlbum4.2547
971963The Freewheelin’ Bob DylanBob DylanAlbum4.231
981978This Year’s ModelElvis Costello & The AttractionsAlbum4.3523
991971There’s a Riot Goin’ OnSly & the Family StoneAlbum3.520
1001968Odessey and OracleThe ZombiesAlbum3.925


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