The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever

~ Release group series


As appeared in The Guardian - UK daily broadsheet newspaper, on September 19th 1997.

As voted for by a panel of judges including Artists, Critics & DJ's from around the world.

Annotation last modified on 2020-12-14 16:55 UTC.

Release Groups

11971What’s Going OnMarvin GayeAlbum4.6541
21966RevolverThe BeatlesAlbum4.650
31977Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex PistolsSex PistolsAlbum4.5547
51989The Stone RosesThe Stone RosesAlbum4.333
61966Pet SoundsThe Beach BoysAlbum4.450
71972The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From MarsDavid BowieAlbum4.651
81967The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoAlbum4.738
91968The Beatles (The White Album)The BeatlesAlbum4.3552
101968Astral WeeksVan MorrisonAlbum4.3515
111965Highway 61 RevisitedBob DylanAlbum4.329
121991Blue LinesMassive AttackAlbum420
131971Hunky DoryDavid BowieAlbum4.432
141959Kind of BlueMiles DavisAlbum4.5111
151995The BendsRadioheadAlbum4.1530
161991ScreamadelicaPrimal ScreamAlbum316
171979London CallingThe ClashAlbum4.237
181995(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?OasisAlbum3.926
191967Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandThe BeatlesAlbum4.5562
201988It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic EnemyAlbum3.5524
211994Definitely MaybeOasisAlbum4.524
221969Abbey RoadThe BeatlesAlbum4.6557
231972TransformerLou ReedAlbum4.125
241966Blonde on BlondeBob DylanAlbum4.2545
251972Exile on Main St.The Rolling StonesAlbum4.4550
261992Automatic for the PeopleR.E.M.Album429
271969Let It BleedThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.533
281986The Queen Is DeadThe SmithsAlbum4.3529
291968Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum449
301967Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum4.145
311974Natty DreadBob Marley & The WailersAlbum3.519
321975HorsesPatti SmithAlbum4.1523
331977Marquee MoonTelevisionAlbum4.1517
341977The ClashThe ClashAlbum4.1525
351971BlueJoni MitchellAlbum4.520
371973The Dark Side of the MoonPink FloydAlbum4.75102
381976Songs in the Key of LifeStevie WonderAlbum4.5527
391975Blood on the TracksBob DylanAlbum4.3526
401995A Northern SoulThe VerveAlbum45
411970John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono BandAlbum420
421979Unknown PleasuresJoy DivisionAlbum4.5528
431980Remain in LightTalking HeadsAlbum4.327
441975Born to RunBruce SpringsteenAlbum4.3563
451965A Love SupremeJohn ColtraneAlbum4.636
461968Queen of SoulAretha FranklinAlbum + Compilation9
471970After the Gold RushNeil YoungAlbum4.924
481995Jagged Little PillAlanis MorissetteAlbum4.1536
491969Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain Beefheart & His Magic BandAlbum4.2511
501990Fear of a Black PlanetPublic EnemyAlbum413
511978All Mod ConsThe JamAlbum47
521977Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound TrackVarious ArtistsAlbum + Soundtrack4.727
531973InnervisionsStevie WonderAlbum533
541984Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The WailersBob Marley & The WailersAlbum + Compilation4.257
561979Off the WallMichael JacksonAlbum4.3538
571987The Joshua TreeU2Album4.454
581971Who’s NextThe WhoAlbum4.453
591986Licensed to IllBeastie BoysAlbum4.219
601969Led Zeppelin IILed ZeppelinAlbum4.5556
611985Steve McQueenPrefab SproutAlbum10
621977LowDavid BowieAlbum4.422
641977New Boots and Panties!!Ian DuryAlbum512
661970SunflowerThe Beach BoysAlbum3.87
671990Pills ’n’ Thrills and BellyachesHappy MondaysAlbum2.7515
681996Second Toughest in the InfantsUnderworldAlbum4.512
691986GracelandPaul SimonAlbum4.5542
701967Younger Than YesterdayThe ByrdsAlbum410
711991Achtung BabyU2Album4.436
721975Marcus GarveyBurning SpearAlbum35
731984The SmithsThe SmithsAlbum4.516
741968Live at the ApolloJames Brown and The Famous FlamesAlbum + Live9
751995Different ClassPulpAlbum411
761967The DoorsThe DoorsAlbum4.5540
771977“Heroes”David BowieAlbum4.321
781977RumoursFleetwood MacAlbum4.564
791975Live! (Live at the Lyceum)Bob Marley & The WailersAlbum + Live325
801977ExodusBob Marley & The WailersAlbum4.7539
811968Beggars BanquetThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.5528
8419731962–1966 (“The Red Album”)The BeatlesAlbum + Compilation4.622
851984TreasureCocteau TwinsAlbum4.0510
861987Sign “☮︎” the TimesPrinceAlbum4.1517
871979SpecialsThe SpecialsAlbum3.6518
881982The Lexicon of LoveABCAlbum3.817
891971[Led Zeppelin IV]Led ZeppelinAlbum4.771
901973Raw PowerIggy and The StoogesAlbum3.418
911970LoadedThe Velvet UndergroundAlbum416
921980Kings of the Wild FrontierAdam and the AntsAlbum4.2513
931980Searching for the Young Soul RebelsDexys Midnight RunnersAlbum510
941956Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!Frank SinatraAlbum520
951980CloserJoy DivisionAlbum4.4523
971991Out of TimeR.E.M.Album3.9527
981992ConnectedStereo MC’sAlbum3.56
991971ImagineJohn LennonAlbum4.140
1001974This Is Augustus PabloAugustus PabloAlbum6


publishing label:The Guardian (UK newspaper)