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Many publications and organizations have tried to determine the albums considered the greatest ever. Those listed below have all have been frequently cited as among the greatest albums of all time by several publications and notable surveys, be it a popular poll or critics' poll.

None of these citations should be viewed as scientific. Many of these sources focus on albums appealing to middle-aged white American males that dismiss genres that aren't classic rock. Most implicitly consider only currently popular genres, with Wikipedia:classical music, Wikipedia:opera, Wikipedia:jazz, and other categories given short shrift. Wikipedia:USA Today noted that Wikipedia:Rolling Stone magazine's Wikipedia:The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time "is weighted toward testosterone-fueled vintage rock", with only a "smattering of country (Wikipedia:Johnny Cash), jazz (Wikipedia:Miles Davis) and seminal blues (Wikipedia:Howlin' Wolf)."[1] There are often problems with vote stacking or skewed demographics; Internet-based surveys have a self-selecting audience. The methodology of some surveys may be questionable. Sometimes voters were asked to select albums from a limited list of entries.

Wikipedia:Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) by Wikipedia:The Beatles is the canonical example of what is typically cited as the best album of all time. It was ranked number one by Rolling Stone,[2] The Definitive 200 by the Wikipedia:National Association of Recording Merchandisers,[3] and others.

SummaryEdit

Below is a summary of the rank of 23 albums on 16 published lists of the greatest albums of all time. The albums selected are those with the highest average rank.[4] Albums which were released after a particular list was published are designated by an Wikipedia:asterisk.

Rank Album Mo 1995 [5] Grd 1997 [6] Virg 2000 [7] MM 2000 [8] VH1 2001 [9] NME 2003 [10] RS 2005 [11] Ch4 2005 [12] ABC 2006 [13] Gui 2006 [14] Q 2006 [15] HF 2007 [16] SV 2008 [17] CS 2010 [18] NME 2013 [19] Avg [20]
1 Revolver, Wikipedia:The Beatles (1966) 3 2 1 6 1 5 3 10 13 3 4 42 1 40 2 9.1
2 Wikipedia:Nevermind, Nirvana (1991) 33 4 17 3 2 19 17 3 6 6 3 10 13 32 11 11.9
3 The Beatles ("The White Album") (1968) 19 9 5 4 11 24 10 12 12 13 17 39 30 22 9 15.7
4 Wikipedia:Pet Sounds, Wikipedia:The Beach Boys (1966) 1 6 18 11 3 3 2 33 22 18 9 23 2 26 18.5
5 Wikipedia:Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (1967) 51 19 3 10 1 7 5 2 19 1 6 8 87 28.1
6 Wikipedia:Exile on Main St., Wikipedia:The Rolling Stones (1972) 4 25 35 23 12 52 7 42 42 34 6 15 46 24 31.2
7 Wikipedia:London Calling, Wikipedia:The Clash (1979) 23 17 37 28 12 8 44 26 12 20 96 12 3 39 31.8
8 What's Going On, Wikipedia:Marvin Gaye (1971) 6 1 39 24 4 27 6 78 57 32 38 36 19 25 32.9
9 Thriller, Wikipedia:Michael Jackson (1982) 64 23 20 4 35 3 4 131 35.5
10 Wikipedia:The Velvet Underground & Nico, Wikipedia:The Velvet Underground (1967) 9 8 13 12 19 9 13 46 100 55 42 10 5 5 36.5
11 Wikipedia:Rumours, Wikipedia:Fleetwood Mac (1977) 78 31 16 26 62 20 29 25 24 42 58 51 38.5
12 Wikipedia:Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, Wikipedia:Sex Pistols (1977) 22 3 29 10 17 10 41 31 43 16 109 38 41.5
13 Wikipedia:The Dark Side of the Moon, Wikipedia:Pink Floyd (1973) 37 9 51 43 5 1 8 15 2 14 7 132 41.8
14 Wikipedia:The Wall, Wikipedia:Pink Floyd (1979) 30 87 14 36 65 25 38 42.1
15 Wikipedia:OK Computer, Wikipedia:Radiohead (1997) * 4 20 94 16 162 1 3 4 1 111 49 10 20 42.6
16 Wikipedia:Born to Run, Wikipedia:Bruce Springsteen (1975) 41 44 20 27 18 37 54 84 15 15 18 6 85 44.4
17 Wikipedia:Led Zeppelin IV, Wikipedia:Led Zeppelin (1971) 99 89 42 45 69 17 7 17 4 4 9 13 106 48.2
18 Wikipedia:Blonde on Blonde, Wikipedia:Bob Dylan (1966) 8 24 33 9 9 52 71 36 2 11 62 51.3
19 Purple Rain, Prince and The Revolution (1984) 72 18 76 61 73 16 50 50 91 56.3
20 Wikipedia:The Queen Is Dead, Wikipedia:The Smiths (1986) 28 10 1 8 216 20 49 9 12 1 56.8
21 Wikipedia:The Joshua Tree, Wikipedia:U2 (1987) 57 25 15 27 2 10 11 5 38 34 424 58.9
22 Wikipedia:Appetite for Destruction, Wikipedia:Guns N' Roses (1987) 137 42 62 9 73 26 32 35 194 67.8
23 Wikipedia:Back in Black, Wikipedia:AC/DC (1980) 107 62 82 72 77 25 80 17 21 29 197 69.9


See alsoEdit

Wikipedia:Template:Considered the best


External linksEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. Template:Cite news
  2. "News". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/5938174/the_rs_500_greatest_albums_of_all_time/print. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  3. "Definitive 200". Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Archived from the original on June 8, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070608144112/http://www.rockhall.com/pressroom/definitive-200/. 
  4. Wikipedia:Methodology: albums which are not ranked on a particular list are assigned a rank one higher than the highest-ranked album for that list (e.g., albums which are not ranked on a list of 100 albums are assigned a rank of 101). Lists which were published before an album was released are not included in averaging.
  5. Mo = Mojo's 100 Greatest Albums of All Time. Mojo Magazine, 1995.
  6. Grd = The Guardian's 100 Best Albums Ever. Wikipedia:The Guardian, 1997.
  7. Virg = Wikipedia:Virgin All-Time Top 1000 Albums, 2000
  8. MM = Melody Maker's 100 Greatest Music Albums. Wikipedia:Melody Maker, 2000.
  9. VH1 = Wikipedia:VH1's 100 Greatest Music Albums, 2001
  10. NME = NME's 100 Best Albums of All Time. Wikipedia:NME, 2003.
  11. RS = The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Wikipedia:Rolling Stone, 2005.
  12. Ch.4 = Channel 4's 100 Greatest Albums. Channel 4, 2005.
  13. ABC = ABC's Top 100 Albums. Wikipedia:Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2006.
  14. Gui = Greatest 100 Albums of All Time by The Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums with Wikipedia:NME, 2006
  15. Q = Q's 100 Greatest Albums Ever. Q, 2006.
  16. HF = The Definitive 200 Albums of All Time. Wikipedia:Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 2007.
  17. SV = The Top 50 Albums of All Time by Wikipedia:Sound & Vision Magazine, 2008
  18. CS = Top 100 Albums Ever by Wikipedia:Consequence of Sound, 2010
  19. NME = The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Wikipedia:NME, 2013.
  20. Avg = Average rank. Albums which are not ranked on a particular list are assigned a rank one higher than the highest-ranked album for that list (e.g., albums which are not ranked on a list of 100 albums are assigned a rank of 101).


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