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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Definitive 200 Albums

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Though some of their selections are odd (The Phantom of the Opera? Avril Lavigne?), I have to say they did a really good job at being eclectic. Everyone from Jay-Z to the Beatles to Shania Twain to U2 to Kenny G.

I'm pleasantly surprised that all three of the Dixie Chicks' first three albums are on the list, though their recent one is their best yet.


1 BEATLES SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND 1967 Rock
2 PINK FLOYD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON 1973 Rock
3 MICHAEL JACKSON THRILLER 1982 Pop
4 LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN IV 1971 Rock
5 U2 JOSHUA TREE 1987 Rock
6 ROLLING STONES EXILE ON MAIN STREET 1972 Rock
7 CAROLE KING TAPESTRY 1971 Adult Contemporary
8 BOB DYLAN HIGHWAY '61 REVISITED 1965 Rock
9 BEACH BOYS PET SOUNDS 1966 Rock
10 NIRVANA NEVERMIND 1996 Rock
11 PEARL JAM TEN 1991 Rock
12 BEATLES ABBEY ROAD 1969 Rock
13 SANTANA SUPERNATURAL 1999 Rock
14 METALLICA METALLICA 1991 Rock
15 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BORN TO RUN 1984 Rock
16 PRINCE PURPLE RAIN 1984 Pop
17 AC/DC BACK IN BLACK 1980 Rock
18 ROLLING STONES LET IT BLEED 1969 Rock
19 DOORS DOORS 1967 Rock
20 GRATEFUL DEAD AMERICAN BEAUTY 1970 Rock
21 SHANIA TWAIN COME ON OVER 1997 Country
22 WHO WHO'S NEXT 1971 Rock
23 STEVIE WONDER SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE 1976 R&B
24 FLEETWOOD MAC RUMOURS 1977 Pop
25 PINK FLOYD WALL 1979 Rock
26 ALANIS MORISSETTE JAGGED LITTLE PILL 1995 Pop
27 NORAH JONES COME AWAY WITH ME 2002 Pop
28 EMINEM MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2000 Rap
29 OUTKAST SPEAKERBOXX-LOVE BELOW 2003 R&B
30 DR. DRE CHRONIC 1992 Rap
31 BEASTIE BOYS LICENSED TO ILL 1986 Rap
32 GUNS 'N ROSES APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION 1987 Rock
33 DIXIE CHICKS WIDE OPEN SPACES 1998 Country
34 MILES DAVIS KIND OF BLUE 1959 Jazz
35 EAGLES HOTEL CALIFORNIA 1976 Rock
36 DEF LEPPARD HYSTERIA 1987 Rock
37 SOUNDTRACK GREASE 1980 Soundtrack
38 MARVIN GAYE WHAT'S GOING ON 1971 R&B
39 BEATLES WHITE ALBUM 1968 Rock
40 SOUNDTRACK SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER 1977 Soundtrack
41 JIMI HENDRIX ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? 1967 Rock
42 BEATLES REVOLVER 1966 Rock
43 BOSTON BOSTON 1976 Rock
44 BON JOVI SLIPPERY WHEN WET 1986 Rock
45 U2 ACHTUNG BABY 1991 Rock
46 WHITNEY HOUSTON WHITNEY HOUSTON 1985 R&B
47 LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN II 1969 Rock
48 DAVE MATTHEWS BAND CRASH 1996 Rock
49 ROLLING STONES STICKY FINGERS 1971 Rock
50 GREEN DAY DOOKIE 1994 Rock
51 LED ZEPPELIN HOUSES OF THE HOLY 1973 Rock
52 JONI MITCHELL BLUE 1971 Rock
53 ELVIS PRESLEY ELVIS PRESLEY AT SUN 2004 Rock
54 AEROSMITH TOYS IN THE ATTIC 1975 Rock
55 LAURYN HILL MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL 1998 R&B
56 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BORN IN THE U.S.A. 1984 Rock
57 50 CENT GET RICH OR DIE TRYIN' 2003 Rap
58 AC/DC HIGHWAY TO HELL 1979 Rock
59 NOTORIOUS B.I.G. LIFE AFTER DEATH 1997 Rap
60 VAN HALEN VAN HALEN 1978 Rock
61 GREEN DAY AMERICAN IDIOT 2004 Rock
62 BLACK SABBATH PARANOID 1975 Rock
63 EMINEM EMINEM SHOW 2000 Rap
64 JEWEL PIECES OF YOU 1995 Pop
65 COLDPLAY RUSH OF BLOOD TO THE HEAD 2002 Pop
66 MEATLOAF BAT OUT OF HELL 1977 Rock
67 USHER CONFESSIONS 2004 R&B
68 KID ROCK DEVIL WITHOUT A CAUSE 1998 Rock
69 GEORGE HARRISON ALL THINGS MUST PASS 1970 Pop
70 BILLY JOEL STRANGER 1977 Pop
71 EAGLES HELL FREEZES OVER 1994 Rock
72 VAN MORRISON MOONDANCE 1970 Rock
73 REM AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE 1992 Pop
74 PHIL COLLINS NO JACKET REQUIRED 1985 Pop
75 METALLICA MASTER OF PUPPETS 1986 Rock
76 FAITH HILL BREATHE 1999 Country
77 JOHNNY CASH AT FOLSOM PRISON 1971 Country
78 JOHN COLTRANE LOVE SUPREME 1964 Jazz
79 PINK FLOYD WISH YOU WERE HERE 1975 Rock
80 MICHAEL JACKSON OFF THE WALL 1979 Pop
81 MARVIN GAYE LET'S GET IT ON 1973 R&B
82 BOB SEGER NIGHT MOVES 1976 Rock
83 PAUL SIMON GRACELAND 1986 Pop
84 LINKIN PARK HYBRID THEORY 2000 Rock
85 PRINCE 1999 1983 Pop
86 DEF LEPPARD PYROMANIA 1983 Rock
87 JANET JACKSON CONTROL 1986 R&B
88 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS BLOOD SUGAR SEX MAGIK 1991 Rock
89 DIRE STRAITS BROTHERS IN ARMS 1985 Rock
90 TUPAC ALL EYEZ ON ME 1996 Rap
91 MATCHBOX TWENTY YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU 1996 Pop
92 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS CALIFORNICATION 1999 Rock
93 LED ZEPPELIN PHYSICAL GRAFFITI 1975 Rock
94 NELLY COUNTRY GRAMMAR 2000 Rap
95 CREED HUMAN CLAY 1999 Rock
96 CLASH LONDON CALLING 1979 Rock
97 CELINE DION FALLING INTO YOU 1996 Adult Contemporary
98 NEIL YOUNG HARVEST 1968 Rock
99 SOUNDTRACK DIRTY DANCING 1987 Soundtrack
100 DIXIE CHICKS HOME 2002 Country
101 TOM PETTY FULL MOON FEVER 1989 Rock
102 VAN HALEN 1984 1984 Rock
103 SOUNDTRACK TITANIC 1997 Soundtrack
104 CROSBY STILLS & NASH DEJA VU 1970 Rock
105 TLC CRAZYSEXYCOOL 1999 R&B
106 BECK ODELAY 1994 Rock
107 KENNY G BREATHLESS 1992 Adult Contemporary
108 NWA. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON 1989 Rap
109 SEX PISTOLS NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS 1977 Rock
110 BEATLES RUBBER SOUL 1965 Rock
111 RADIOHEAD O.K. COMPUTER 1993 Rock
112 SIMON & GARFUNKEL BRIDGE OVER TROUBLE WATER 1970 Adult Contemporary
113 DIXIE CHICKS FLY 1999 Country
114 METALLICA AND JUSTICE FOR ALL 1988 Rock
115 MICHAEL JACKSON DANGEROUS 1992 Pop
116 MARIAH CAREY DAYDREAM 1995 Pop
117 SOUNDTRACK TOP GUN 1999 Soundtrack
118 ELTON JOHN GOODBYE YELLOW BRICK ROAD 1973 Pop
119 POLICE SYNCHRONICITY 1983 Rock
120 NO DOUBT TRAGIC KINGDOM 1995 Pop
121 ROLLING STONES BEGGAR'S BANQUET 1967 Rock
122 R KELLY R 1998 R&B
123 TOOL LATERALUS 2001 Rock
124 OASIS WHAT'S THE STORY MORNING GLORY 1995 Rock
125 BOB MARLEY EXODUS 1977 Reggae
126 JOURNEY ESCAPE 1981 Rock
127 CHRISTINA AGUILERA CHRISTINA AGUILERA 1999 Pop
128 JAY-Z BLUEPRINT 2001 Rap
129 ALICIA KEYS DIARY OF ALICIA KEYS 2003 R&B
130 SOUNDTRACK O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? 2000 Soundtrack
131 CARS CARS 1978 Pop
132 ENYA DAY WITHOUT RAIN 2000 Adult Contemporary
133 NATALIE COLE UNFORGETTABLE WITH LOVE NATALIE COLE 1991 R&B
134 SOUNDTRACK FOOTLOOSE 1984 Soundtrack
135 LIONEL RICHIE CAN'T SLOW DOWN 1983 Pop
136 SARAH MCLACHLAN SURFACING 1997 Adult Contemporary
137 BONNIE RAITT NICK OF TIME 1989 Rock
138 METALLICA RIDE THE LIGHTNING 1984 Rock
139 SHERYL CROW TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB 1993 Pop
140 FRANK SINATRA IN THE WEE SMALL HOURS 1954 Standards
141 EARTH WIND FIRE GRATITUDE 1975 R&B
142 ZZ TOP ELIMINATOR 1983 Rock
143 WILLIE NELSON RED HEADED STRANGER 1975 Country
144 JOHN LENNON IMAGINE 1971 Rock
145 TONI BRAXTON TONI BRAXTON 1993 R&B
146 ETTA JAMES AT LAST 1961 Blues
147 ELVIS PRESLEY ELVIS PRESLEY 1956 Rock
148 CAT STEVENS TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN 1970 Pop
149 SMASHING PUMPKINS MELLON COLLIE & THE INFINITE SADNESS 1995 Rock
150 DAVE BRUBECK TIME OUT 1959 Jazz
151 JANET JACKSON JANET 1993 R&B
152 QUEEN A NIGHT AT THE OPERA 1975 Rock
153 OZZY OSBOURNE BLIZZARD OF OZZ 1980 Rock
154 WILL SMITH BIG WILLIE STYLE 1997 Rap
155 PRINCE SIGN OF THE TIMES 1987 Pop
156 PUBLIC ENEMY IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK 1988 Rap
157 BOB DYLAN BLOOD ON THE TRACKS 1975 Rock
158 GEORGE MICHAEL FAITH 1987 Pop
159 BOYZ II MEN COOLEYHIGHHARMONY 1993 R&B
160 DESTINY'S CHILD WRITING'S ON THE WALL 1999 R&B
161 JAY-Z BLACK ALBUM 2003 Rap
162 AVRIL LAVIGNE LET GO 2002 Pop
163 FUGEES SCORE 1996 R&B
164 MADONNA LIKE A VIRGIN 1984 Pop
165 LED ZEPPELIN LED ZEPPELIN 1969 Rock
166 STEVIE RAY VAUGHN TEXAS FLOOD 1983 R&B
167 STONE TEMPLE PILOTS CORE 1992 Rock
168 ORIGINAL CAST PHANTOM OF THE OPERA 1988 Soundtrack
169 JETHRO TULL AQUALUNG 1971 Rock
170 TUPAC ME AGAINST THE WORLD 1995 Rap
171 DAVID BOWIE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST 1972 Rock
172 SHAKIRA LAUNDRY SERVICE 1998 Pop
173 SOUNDTRACK FORREST GUMP 2001 Soundtrack
174 AL GREEN CALL ME 1973 R&B
175 CURTIS MAYFIELD SUPERFLY 1972 R&B
176 LIVE THROWING COPPER 1994 Rock
177 GEORGE BENSON BREEZIN' 1976 Jazz
178 WHITE STRIPES WHITE BLOOD CELLS 2001 Rock
179 LYNYRD SKYNYRD PRONOUNCED LEH-NERD SKIN-ERD 1973 Rock
180 SADE DIAMOND LIFE 1984 Adult Contemporary
181 FLEETWOOD MAC FLEETWOOD MAC 1975 Pop
182 PAUL MCCARTNEY & WINGS BAND ON THE RUN 1973 Rock
183 BEYONCE DANGEROUSLY IN LOVE 2003 R&B
184 ANITA BAKER RAPTURE 1986 R&B
185 NAS IIIMATIC 1994 Rap
186 BARBARA STREISAND A STAR IS BORN 1976 Soundtrack
187 EARTH WIND FIRE THAT'S THE WAY OF THE WORLD 1975 R&B
188 ANITA BAKER RHYTHM OF LOVE 1994 R&B
189 JAY-Z IN MY LIFETIME VOL 1 1997 Rap
190 LL COOL J MAMA SAID KNOCK YOU OUT 1990 Rap
191 STEELY DAN AJA 1991 Rock
192 WILLIE NELSON STARDUST 1978 Country
193 ARETHA FRANKLIN SPARKLE 1976 R&B
194 ANDREA BOCELLI ANDREA 2004 Classical
195 BOB DYLAN BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME 1965 Rock
196 LUTHER VANDROSS NEVER TOO MUCH 1981 R&B
197 U2 ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND 2000 Rock
198 RUSH 2112 1976 Rock
199 OUTKAST AQUEMINI 1998 R&B
200 GRAND FUNK RAILROAD WE'RE AN AMERICAN BAND 1973 Rock

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Updated On: 3/14/07 at 06:10 PM
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Terrible list. Alanis Morrisette and Creed but no Velvet Underground or Talking Heads? That's WRONG.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
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Certainly an interesting list.
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I really kinda hate that Shania Twain (21), Eminem (28, 63), Kid Rock (68 ), Faith Hill (76), Linkin Park (84), Nelly (94), Kenny G (107), and R Kelly (122) are all ahead of Bob Marley (125).
"One no longer loves one's insight enough once one communicates it."

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And Enya is on the list, for God's sake!
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body
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kid rock?

give me a break
"Picture "The View," with the wisecracking, sympathetic sweethearts of that ABC television show replaced by a panel of embittered, suffering or enraged Arab women" -the Times review of Black Eyed
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I think they got a lot of the albums right, but the order in a lot of places is just crap.
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Wait, so Will Smith, Andrea Boccelli, Enya, Kid Rock, Dave Matthews, Linkin Park, Shania Twain, Kenny G, Beyonce, Usher and the soundtracks from Top Gun and Forrest Friggin Gump make it, but Sly and The Family Stone, James Brown, Janis Joplin, Ray Charles, George Clinton, Coltrane, Otis Redding, Gladys Knight, Run DMC, and The Velvet Underground don't????

What an embarassingly idiotic list.

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In contrast, here's the top 200 of Roling Stones's 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time:

1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles

2. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys

3. Revolver, The Beatles

4. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan

5. Rubber Soul, The Beatles

6. What's Going On, Marvin Gaye

7. Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones

8. London Calling, The Clash

9. Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan

10. The Beatles ("The White Album"), The Beatles

11. The Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley

12. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis

13. Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground

14. Abbey Road, The Beatles

15. Are You Experienced?, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

16. Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan

17. Nevermind, Nirvana

18. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

19. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison

20. Thriller, Michael Jackson

21. The Great Twenty-Eight, Chuck Berry

22. Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon

23. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder

24. Live at the Apollo (1963), James Brown

25. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac

26. The Joshua Tree, U2

27. King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 1, Robert Johnson

28. Who's Next, The Who

29. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin

30. Blue, Joni Mitchell

31. Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan

32. Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones

33. Ramones, Ramones

34. Music From Big Pink, The Band

35. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, David Bowie

36. Tapestry, Carole King

37. Hotel California, The Eagles

38. The Anthology, 1947 - 1972, Muddy Waters

39. Please Please Me, The Beatles

40. Forever Changes, Love

41. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Sex Pistols

42. The Doors, The Doors

43. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd

44. Horses, Patti Smith

45. The Band, The Band

46. Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers

47. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane

48. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy

49. At Fillmore East, The Allman Brothers Band

50. Here's Little Richard, Little Richard

51. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel

52. Greatest Hits, Al Green

53. The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings, 1952 - 1959, Ray Charles

54. Electric Ladyland, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

55. Elvis Presley, Elvis Presley

56. Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder

57. Beggars Banquet, The Rolling Stones

58. Trout Mask Replica, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band

59. Meet the Beatles, The Beatles

60. Greatest Hits, Sly and the Family Stone

61. Appetite for Destruction, Guns n' Roses

62. Achtung Baby, U2

63. Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones

64. Phil Spector, Back to Mono (1958 - 1969), Various Artists

65. Moondance, Van Morrison

66. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin

67. The Stranger, Billy Joel

68. Off the Wall, Michael Jackson

69. Superfly, Curtis Mayfield

70. Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin

71. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young

72. Purple Rain, Prince

73. Back in Black, AC/DC

74. Otis Blue, Otis Redding

75. Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin

76. Imagine, John Lennon

77. The Clash, The Clash

78. Harvest, Neil Young

79. Star Time, James Brown

80. Odessey and Oracle, The Zombies

81. Graceland, Paul Simon

82. Axis: Bold as Love, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

83. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin

84. Lady Soul, Aretha Franklin

85. Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen

86. Let It Be, The Beatles

87. The Wall, Pink Floyd

88. At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash

89. Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield

90. Talking Book, Stevie Wonder

91. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John

92. 20 Golden Greats, Buddy Holly

93. Sign 'o' the Times, Prince

94. Bitches Brew, Miles Davis

95. Green River, Creedence Clearwater Revival

96. Tommy, The Who

97. The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan

98. This Year's Model, Elvis Costello

99. There's a Riot Goin' On, Sly and the Family Stone

100. In the Wee Small Hours, Frank Sinatra

101. Fresh Cream, Cream

102. Giant Steps, John Coltrane

103. Sweet Baby James, James Taylor

104. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Ray Charles

105. Rocket to Russia, Ramones

106. Portrait of a Legend 1951 - 1964, Sam Cooke

107. Hunky Dory, David Bowie

108. Aftermath, The Rolling Stones

109. Loaded, The Velvet Underground

110. The Bends, Radiohead

111. Court and Spark, Joni Mitchell

112. Disraeli Gears, Cream

113. The Who Sell Out, The Who

114. Out of Our Heads, The Rolling Stones

115. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, Derek and the Dominos

116. At Last, Etta James

117. Sweetheart of the Rodeo , The Byrds

118. Stand!, Sly and the Family Stone

119. The Harder They Come Original Soundtrack, Various Artists

120. Raising Hell, Run-DMC

121. Moby Grape, Moby Grape

122. Pearl, Janis Joplin

123. Catch a Fire, Bob Marley and the Wailers

124. Younger Than Yesterday, The Byrds

125. Raw Power, The Stooges

126. Remain in Light, Talking Heads

127. If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears, The Mamas and the Papas

128. Marquee Moon, Television

129. 40 Greatest Hits, Hank Williams

130. Paranoid, Black Sabbath

131. Saturday Night Fever, Various Artists

132. The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle, Bruce Springsteen

133. Ready to Die, The Notorious B.I.G.

134. Slanted and Enchanted, Pavement

135. Greatest Hits, Elton John

136. Tim, The Replacements

137. The Chronic, Dr. Dre

138. Rejuvenation, The Meters

139. All That You Can't Leave Behind, U2

140. Parallel Lines, Blondie

141. Live at the Regal, B.B. King

142. Phil Spector, A Christmas Gift for You, Various Artists

143. Gris-Gris, Dr. John

144. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A

145. Aja, Steely Dan

146. Surrealistic Pillow, Jefferson Airplane

147. Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology, Otis Redding

148. Deja Vu, Crosby Stills Nash and Young

149. Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin

150. Santana, Santana

151. Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen

152. The B-52's, The B-52's

153. Moanin' in the Moonlight, Howlin' Wolf

154. The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest

155. Pretenders, The Pretenders

156. Paul's Boutique, Beastie Boys

157. Closer, Joy Division

158. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy, Elton John

159. Alive, Kiss

160. Electric Warrior, T. Rex

161. The Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding

162. OK Computer, Radiohead

163. 1999, Prince

164. Heart Like a Wheel, Linda Ronstadt

165. Let's Get It On, Marvin Gaye

166. Imperial Bedroom , Elvis Costello

167. Master of Puppets, Metallica

168. My Aim Is True, Elvis Costello

169. Exodus, Bob Marley

170. Live at Leeds, The Who

171. The Notorious Byrd Brothers, The Byrds

172. Every Picture Tells a Story, Rod Stewart

173. Something/Anything?, Todd Rundgren

174. Desire, Bob Dylan

175. Close to You, The Carpenters

176. Rocks, Aerosmith

177. One Nation Under a Groove, Parliament/Funkadelic

178. Greatest Hits, The Byrds

179. The Anthology 1961 - 1977, Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions

180. The Definitive Collection, Abba

181. The Rolling Stones, Now!, The Rolling Stones

182. Natty Dread, Bob Marley and the Wailers

183. Fleetwood Mac, Fleetwood Mac

184. Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson

185. The Stooges, The Stooges

186. Fresh, Sly and the Family Stone

187. So, Peter Gabriel

188. Buffalo Springfield Again, Buffalo Springfield

189. Happy Trails, Quicksilver Messenger Service

190. From Elvis in Memphis, Elvis Presley

191. Funhouse, The Stooges

192. The Gilded Palace of Sin, The Flying Burrito Brothers

193. Dookie, Green Day

194. Transformer, Lou Reed

195. Bluesbreakers, John Mayall With Eric Clapton

196. Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965 - 1968, Various Artists

197. Murmur, R.E.M.

198. The Best of, Little Walter

199. Highway to Hell, AC/DC

200. The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nails


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The purpose of these lists is to cause arguments. Seems like this list will do that nicely, thanks.

And one thing worth noting: This list of "Definitive" albums is not meant to be the best or most influential, but oddly, the 200 albums that every music fan should own. So, if you are not a JAZZ fan and you own only a few Jazz CDs, they are saying you should own Miles Davis Kind of Blue-- well they got that one right.

What happens though is you get a list like this-- full of mediocre albums that are the genre-busters. Dixie Chicks are in NO WAY the best country artists, but if you're a rock fan curious about country, they are probably the ones to try.

Yet still, there is a lot of crap on this list. But every time a list like this came out, people would come to the record store I worked at with list in hand buying some of the recommended albums. SO it's a good thing- expanding people's minds and tastes.
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I'm not crazy about either of those lists; they both seem to be missing some pretty important albums, and their orders are pretty screwed up IMO. At least the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has U2 in the top 5, though.
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But--

I do think it's unfair to weigh "best of" compilations against actual albums on Rolling Stone's list. IT took Chuck Berry 20 some years to rack up his "Great 28" spread across dozens of really mediocre albums. Can you really compare that to Thriller?
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Well, the Dixie Chicks aren't really through-and-through country to begin with. Their first album is certainly country, but Home is definitely more bluegrass and Taking the Long Way is much more soft rock than country.
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But would you omit one of the most seminal figures in rock 'n roll history like Chuck Berry, so you can include albums by Will Smith or Kenny G or soundtracks that compile a bunch of totally unrelated artists and songs like Top Gun or Titanic? 45s, not albums were the name of the game back in the early 50s and none of the founders of rock 'n roll during that period were focused on creating the sorts of full length musical suites and concept albums that that began to define the genre in the 60s and 70s with masterpieces from The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Marvin Gaye. Part of that was the technology -- the long playing album didn't become the standard in the industry until the late 50s after Berry's heyday. Not including him because of factors totally out of his control seems a bit short-sighted and also robs him of his proper place in the pantheon of important rock n' roll artists.

You can make that argument against including "Best of" albums by artists who emerged in the 70s, 80s and beyond, but it's unfair to do that with the 50s work of artists like Elvis, Berry, Ray Charles, Little Richard et al (let alone seminal early blues artists like Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters who were the real architects of the genre and were making records back in the days of the 78, before anything resembling an "album" had even been invented yet).


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I find Rolling Stone's list much, much, much closer to my personal tastes and opinions, but I also remember that music is subjective. Not everyone is gonna like what I like, which is fine... there are a lot of albums I would but on there that they didn't list. But I think in many cases in which people make lists that are supposed to be "definitive" (a la AFI's constant rankings of everything film related) it would be a much better idea to list the albums alphabeticly and not try to presume what is "better." It's silly to do other wise. I do like that they encourage debate, which is always healthy. But better to debate what did and didn't make the list than the actual rankings, which are bizzare at best. And why is the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame" including music that is not rock n' roll? Isn't that out of their jurisidiction? And wouldn't it be more interesting to try to pin down what, exactly, *are* the most influencial, groundbreaking albums, rather than diluting the collection to what "every music fan should own" which is oh so generic?
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JohnPopa
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Creed is on this list.

Thus it is invalid.
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Raviolisun
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Creed is on this list.

Thus it is invalid.


That's exactly what I thought.
One time, Patti LuPone punched me in the face...


It was awesome.
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Marquise
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Oh please, these lists don't mean a thing in the grand scope of things. It's beyond me why people even care. You like what you like, they like what they like...blah, blah, blah. Lists are for nerds and the eternally bored.
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sweetestsiren
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I automatically disregard any top albums list that doesn't have The Clash's London Calling in the top 10, or 20 at the lowest. 96??!!
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JohnPopa
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Lists are for nerds and the eternally bored.

Unlike, say, message boards.
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munkustrap178
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THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO is one of the best albums ever...it's horrid that it didn't make the cut.

Though, that list was published for commercial purposes.
"If you are going to do something, do it well. And leave something witchy." -Charlie Manson
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AC126748
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In my book, VU&N is the best album ever.
"You travel alone because other people are only there to remind you how much that hook hurts that we all bit down on. Wait for that one day we can bite free and get back out there in space where we belong, sail back over water, over skies, into space, the hook finally out of our mouths and we wander back out there in space spawning to other planets never to return hurrah to earth and we'll look back and can't even see these lives here anymore. Only the taste of blood to remind us we ever existed. The earth is small. We're gone. We're dead. We're safe." -John Guare, Landscape of the Body