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Encyclopedia > Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, Magazine Cover, November 2003.

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003.[1] The list was based on the votes of 273 rock musicians, critics and industry figures, each of whom submitted a weighted list of 50 albums. Various music genres were featured in the list, including pop, rock, metal, punk, soul, blues, folk, jazz, hip hop, and combinations thereof. The accounting firm Ernst & Young devised a point system to weigh votes for 1,600 submitted titles.[2] This article is about the music magazine. ... This article is about the magazine. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... This article is about the genre. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Heavy metal music. ... Punk Rock is an anti-establishment music movement that began about 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified by The Ramones,the Misfits, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... Blues music redirects here. ... Folk song redirects here. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Ernst & Young is one of the largest professional services firms in the world, and one of the Big Four auditors, along with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte) and KPMG. Ernst & Young is a global organization consisting of many member firms. ...


The list was released in book form in 2005, with an introduction written by Steven Van Zandt. The book's list was slightly different, explained in the editor's foreword as the removal of some compilation albums and the consolidation of the two LPs of Robert Johnson's King of the Delta Blues Singers into The Complete Recordings, making room for 8 additional albums on the list. Steven Van Zandt (born November 22, 1950) is an American musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, and radio disc jockey, who frequently goes by the stage names Little Steven or Miami Steve. ... Robert Johnson, born Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) is among the most famous of Delta blues musicians. ...


The list's apparent generational bias toward the 1960s and 1970s prompted a response. Following the publicity surrounding the list, rock critic Jim DeRogatis, a former Rolling Stone editor, published Kill Your Idols: A New Generation of Rock Writers Reconsiders the Classics (ISBN 1-56980-276-9) in 2004. This featured a number of younger critics arguing against the magazine's high evaluation of various "classic" albums, including DeRogatis taking on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which had been Rolling Stone's top choice. Jim DeRogatis (born 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is a U.S. music critic. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ...


As with other similar lists from Rolling Stone, it is almost totally made up of the output of American and British artists. Only two albums produced in a non-English speaking country are included in it: Trans-Europe Express, by the German band Kraftwerk (#253) and the Cuban production Buena Vista Social Club (#260). Trans-Europe Express is the English language version of a 1977 music album by German band Kraftwerk (see 1977 in music). ... Kraftwerk (pronounced [], German for power station) is a German musical group from Düsseldorf that has made immense contributions to the development of improvisational rock and electronic music, most notably within the latter categorys sub-genres which later became known as synthpop, electro, techno, house and IDM. Early musical... The Buena Vista Social Club was a members club in Havana, Cuba that held dances and musical activities, becoming a popular location for musicians to meet and play during the 1940s. ...


The list also includes many compilations such as "greatest hits" collections and soundtracks.

Contents

Top Ten Albums

  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (1967)
  2. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys (1966)
  3. Revolver, The Beatles (1966)
  4. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan (1965)
  5. Rubber Soul, The Beatles (1965)
  6. What's Going On, Marvin Gaye (1971)
  7. Exile on Main St., Rolling Stones (1972)
  8. London Calling, The Clash (1979)
  9. Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan (1966)
  10. The Beatles (The White Album), The Beatles (1968)

For other uses, see Sgt. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Pet Sounds is a 1966 album recorded by American pop group the Beach Boys. ... The Beach Boys are an American rock and roll band. ... The Beatles U.S. chronology Alternate cover Cover of the original 1966 U.S. LP Back cover Back cover of the original 1966 UK LP. The main photo was edited in separate parts for the booklet of the 1988 Compact Disc release. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Highway 61 Revisited is Bob Dylans sixth studio album, released in 1965 by Columbia Records. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... The Beatles U.S. chronology Alternate cover Cover of the original 1965 U.S. LP, with a different colour saturation (see below) Back cover Back cover of the original 1965 UK LP Rubber Soul is the sixth album by The Beatles, first released in December 1965. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Whats Going On is an album by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Exile on Main St. ... This article is about the rock band. ... This article is about the album. ... This article is about the English punk rock band. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the recording artist. ... The White Album redirects here. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...

Artists with the most albums in the list

The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Springsteen redirects here. ... The Who are a British rock band that first formed in 1964, and grew to be considered one of the greatest[1] and most influential[2] bands in the world. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... David Bowie (pronounced ) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, producer, arranger, and audio engineer. ...

Number of albums from each decade

  • 1950s or before - 29 albums (5.8%)
  • 1960s - 126 (25.2%) (with 7 of the top 10)
  • 1970s - 183 (36.6%) (with the other 3 of the top 10)
  • 1980s - 88 (17.6%)
  • 1990s - 61 (12.2%)
  • 2000s - 13 (2.6%)

The 1950s decade refers to the years 1950 to 1959 inclusive. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... (Redirected from 1990s in music) 1990 in music International trends Barbadian artists like Gabby, Spice and Square One bring a new sound to Trinidadian soca Mari Boines Gula Gula, and its titular hit single, bring Sami joik-based folk to popular attention Paradise Lost emerges at the forefront of... (Redirected from 2000s in music) 2000 in music International trends Pop albums dominate the charts and set records for sales - N Sync (No Strings Attached), Britney Spears (Oops!... I Did It Again), Nelly (Country Grammar), Backstreet Boys (Black & Blue), Creed (Human Clay), Destinys Child (The Writings on the...

See also

The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. ...

External links

  • The list on the Rolling Stone website.
  • MusicChain - RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
  • The list on Rhino.com
  • BestEverAlbums.com - this list and many other greatest album charts.

References

  1. ^ Levy, Joe; Steven Van Zandt [2005] (2006). Rolling Stone The 500 Greatest Album of All Time, 3rd edition, London: Turnaround. ISBN 1932958614. OCLC 70672814. 
    Related news articles:
    • "The RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" (December 11, 2003). Rolling Stone (Special Collectors Issue). San Francisco, California: Straight Arrow. ISSN 0035-791X. OCLC 1787396. Retrieved on 2008-01-08. 
    • The RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Special Collectors Issue. Rolling Stone (2003-11-18). Retrieved on 2008-01-08.
  2. ^ "It's Certainly a Thrill: Sgt. Pepper Is Best Album", USA Today, November 17, 2003.

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