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 GayeAlbum4.6542
21966RevolverThe BeatlesAlbum4.654
31977Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex PistolsSex PistolsAlbum4.4550
51989The Stone RosesThe Stone RosesAlbum4.335
61966Pet SoundsThe Beach BoysAlbum4.3554
71972The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From MarsDavid BowieAlbum4.657
81967The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoAlbum4.538
91968The Beatles (The White Album)The BeatlesAlbum4.3555
101968Astral WeeksVan MorrisonAlbum416
111965Highway 61 RevisitedBob DylanAlbum4.2534
121991Blue LinesMassive AttackAlbum4.0520
131971Hunky DoryDavid BowieAlbum4.435
141959Kind of BlueMiles DavisAlbum4.55121
151995The BendsRadioheadAlbum4.1532
161991ScreamadelicaPrimal ScreamAlbum3.1517
171979London CallingThe ClashAlbum4.242
181995(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?OasisAlbum3.9528
191967Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandThe BeatlesAlbum4.5567
201988It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic EnemyAlbum3.625
211994Definitely MaybeOasisAlbum4.432
221969Abbey RoadThe BeatlesAlbum4.661
231972TransformerLou ReedAlbum4.225
241966Blonde on BlondeBob DylanAlbum4.357
251972Exile on Main St.The Rolling StonesAlbum4.351
261992Automatic for the PeopleR.E.M.Album3.7530
271969Let It BleedThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.336
281986The Queen Is DeadThe SmithsAlbum4.1532
291968Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum4.254
301967Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum4.148
311974Natty DreadBob Marley & The WailersAlbum3.4518
321975HorsesPatti SmithAlbum4.324
331977Marquee MoonTelevisionAlbum4.219
341977The ClashThe ClashAlbum425
351971BlueJoni MitchellAlbum4.2523
371973The Dark Side of the MoonPink FloydAlbum4.75117
381976Songs in the Key of LifeStevie WonderAlbum4.5532
391975Blood on the TracksBob DylanAlbum4.2527
401995A Northern SoulThe VerveAlbum45
411970John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono BandAlbum422
421979Unknown PleasuresJoy DivisionAlbum4.528
431980Remain in LightTalking HeadsAlbum4.329
441975Born to RunBruce SpringsteenAlbum4.168
451965A Love SupremeJohn ColtraneAlbum4.637
461968Queen of SoulAretha FranklinAlbum + Compilation9
471970After the Gold RushNeil YoungAlbum4.6527
481995Jagged Little PillAlanis MorissetteAlbum4.138
491969Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain Beefheart & His Magic BandAlbum4.311
501990Fear of a Black PlanetPublic EnemyAlbum3.7514
511978All Mod ConsThe JamAlbum48
521977Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound TrackVarious ArtistsAlbum + Soundtrack4.528
531973InnervisionsStevie WonderAlbum533
541984Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The WailersBob Marley & The WailersAlbum + Compilation4.1566
561979Off the WallMichael JacksonAlbum3.8541
571987The Joshua TreeU2Album4.356
581971Who’s NextThe WhoAlbum4.460
591986Licensed to IllBeastie BoysAlbum4.1521
601969Led Zeppelin IILed ZeppelinAlbum4.460
611985Steve McQueenPrefab SproutAlbum211
621977LowDavid BowieAlbum4.424
641977New Boots and Panties!!Ian DuryAlbum3.512
661970SunflowerThe Beach BoysAlbum3.88
671990Pills ’n’ Thrills and BellyachesHappy MondaysAlbum3.1517
681996Second Toughest in the InfantsUnderworldAlbum3.8514
691986GracelandPaul SimonAlbum4.3545
701967Younger Than YesterdayThe ByrdsAlbum3.210
711991Achtung BabyU2Album4.3536
721975Marcus GarveyBurning SpearAlbum35
731984The SmithsThe SmithsAlbum4.517
741968Live At The Apollo - Volume IIJames Brown and The Famous FlamesAlbum + Live9
751995Different ClassPulpAlbum3.817
761967The DoorsThe DoorsAlbum4.5542
771977“Heroes”David BowieAlbum4.1523
781977RumoursFleetwood MacAlbum4.468
791975Live! (Live at the Lyceum)Bob Marley and The WailersAlbum + Live325
801977ExodusBob Marley & The WailersAlbum4.345
811968Beggars BanquetThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.3530
8419731962–1966 (“The Red Album”)The BeatlesAlbum + Compilation4.631
851984TreasureCocteau TwinsAlbum4.1511
861987Sign “☮︎” the TimesPrinceAlbum4.119
871979SpecialsThe SpecialsAlbum3.6520
881982The Lexicon of LoveABCAlbum3.520
891971[Led Zeppelin IV]Led ZeppelinAlbum4.877
901973Raw PowerIggy and The StoogesAlbum3.525
911970LoadedThe Velvet UndergroundAlbum418
921980Kings of the Wild FrontierAdam and the AntsAlbum3.813
931980Searching for the Young Soul RebelsDexys Midnight RunnersAlbum510
941956Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!Frank SinatraAlbum421
951980CloserJoy DivisionAlbum4.325
971991Out of TimeR.E.M.Album3.928
981992ConnectedStereo MC’sAlbum47
991971ImagineJohn LennonAlbum4.0543
1001974This Is Augustus PabloAugustus PabloAlbum7


publishing label:The Guardian (UK newspaper)