Annotation

Note: the Official Website directs you to the correct page, but Rolling Stone Magazine has edited the list to reflect the 2012 Rolling Stone Magazines 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, not the 2003 list.

Annotation last modified on 2021-08-23 23:00 UTC.

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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 BeatlesAlbum4.5559
21966Pet SoundsThe Beach BoysAlbum4.4546
31966RevolverThe BeatlesAlbum4.6539
41965Highway 61 RevisitedBob DylanAlbum4.328
51965Rubber SoulThe BeatlesAlbum4.4544
61971What’s Going OnMarvin GayeAlbum4.6538
71972Exile on Main St.The Rolling StonesAlbum4.645
81979London CallingThe ClashAlbum4.2535
91966Blonde on BlondeBob DylanAlbum4.2544
101968The Beatles (“The White Album”)The BeatlesAlbum4.451
111979The Sun SessionsElvis PresleyAlbum + Compilation4.53
121959Kind of BlueMiles DavisAlbum4.552
131967The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoAlbum4.633
141969Abbey RoadThe BeatlesAlbum4.754
151967Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum443
161975Blood on the TracksBob DylanAlbum4.3525
171991NevermindNirvanaAlbum4.4568
181975Born to RunBruce SpringsteenAlbum4.454
191968Astral WeeksVan MorrisonAlbum4.3514
201982ThrillerMichael JacksonAlbum4.455
211970John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono BandAlbum420
221982The Great Twenty‐EightChuck BerryAlbum + Compilation4
231973InnervisionsStevie WonderAlbum531
241963Live at the Apollo, 1962James BrownAlbum + Live4.58
251977RumoursFleetwood MacAlbum4.659
261987The Joshua TreeU2Album4.351
271961King of the Delta Blues SingersRobert JohnsonAlbum + Compilation9
281971Who’s NextThe WhoAlbum4.351
291969Led ZeppelinLed ZeppelinAlbum4.657
301971BlueJoni MitchellAlbum4.4518
311965Bringing It All Back HomeBob DylanAlbum4.4540
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 BowieAlbum4.648
361971TapestryCarole KingAlbum4.1535
371976Hotel CaliforniaEaglesAlbum4.4547
382001The AnthologyMuddy WatersAlbum + Compilation21
391963Please Please MeThe BeatlesAlbum4.0565
401967Forever ChangesLoveAlbum4.4518
411977Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex PistolsSex PistolsAlbum4.737
421967The DoorsThe DoorsAlbum4.5538
431973The Dark Side of the MoonPink FloydAlbum4.886
441975HorsesPatti SmithAlbum4.320
451969The Band (“The Brown Album”)The BandAlbum4.3519
461984Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The WailersBob Marley & The WailersAlbum + Compilation4.355
471965A Love SupremeJohn ColtraneAlbum4.730
481988It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic EnemyAlbum3.3523
491971At Fillmore EastThe Allman Brothers BandAlbum + Live4.527
501957Here’s Little RichardLittle RichardAlbum4.258
511970Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon and GarfunkelAlbum4.2535
521975Greatest HitsAl GreenAlbum + Compilation514
531991The Birth of SoulRay CharlesAlbum + Compilation1
541968Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum3.8548
551956Elvis PresleyElvis PresleyAlbum4.215
561976Songs in the Key of LifeStevie WonderAlbum4.5524
571968Beggars BanquetThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.524
581969Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain Beefheart & His Magic BandAlbum4.2510
591964Meet The Beatles!The BeatlesAlbum4.632
601970Greatest HitsSly & the Family StoneAlbum + Compilation4.56
611987Appetite for DestructionGuns N’ RosesAlbum4.4553
621991Achtung BabyU2Album4.431
631971Sticky FingersThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.4537
641991Back to Mono (1958–1969)Phil SpectorAlbum + Compilation3
651970MoondanceVan MorrisonAlbum4.6529
661971[Led Zeppelin IV]Led ZeppelinAlbum4.7567
671977The StrangerBilly JoelAlbum4.533
681979Off the WallMichael JacksonAlbum4.2534
691972SuperflyCurtis MayfieldAlbum + Soundtrack4.618
701975Physical GraffitiLed ZeppelinAlbum4.2538
711970After the Gold RushNeil YoungAlbum4.922
721984Purple RainPrince and The RevolutionAlbum + Soundtrack4.2536
731980Back in BlackAC/DCAlbum4.4546
741965Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings SoulOtis ReddingAlbum519
751969Led Zeppelin IILed ZeppelinAlbum4.5551
761971ImagineJohn LennonAlbum436
771977The ClashThe ClashAlbum4.2525
781972HarvestNeil YoungAlbum4.620
791991Star TimeJames BrownAlbum + Compilation52
801968Odessey and OracleThe ZombiesAlbum424
811986GracelandPaul SimonAlbum4.6541
821967Axis: Bold as LoveThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum3.938
831967I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love YouAretha FranklinAlbum3.813
841968Lady SoulAretha FranklinAlbum512
851984Born in the U.S.A.Bruce SpringsteenAlbum4.65157
861970Let It BeThe BeatlesAlbum446
871979The WallPink FloydAlbum4.464
881968At Folsom PrisonJohnny CashAlbum + Live4.313
891969Dusty in MemphisDusty SpringfieldAlbum418
901972Talking BookStevie WonderAlbum519
911973Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton JohnAlbum447
92197820 Golden GreatsBuddy HollyAlbum + Compilation5
931987Sign “☮︎” the TimesPrinceAlbum4.1514
941970Bitches BrewMiles DavisAlbum4.933
951969Green RiverCreedence Clearwater RevivalAlbum4.626
961969TommyThe WhoAlbum4.340
971963The Freewheelin’ Bob DylanBob DylanAlbum4.3523
981978This Year’s ModelElvis Costello & The AttractionsAlbum4.6519
991971There’s a Riot Goin’ OnSly & the Family StoneAlbum3.6519
1001955In the Wee Small HoursFrank SinatraAlbum513

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