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Encyclopedia > The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
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The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003. 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. Several music genres were featured in the list, including rock, blues, jazz, hip hop, and combinations thereof. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1000x1162, 801 KB) http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1000x1162, 801 KB) http://www. ... This article is about the magazine. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Musical genres are categories which contain music which share a certain style or which have certain elements in common. ... Rock is a form of popular music with a prominent vocal melody accompanied by guitar and drums. ... The blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that typically follows a twelve-bar structure. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans at around the start of the 20th century. ... 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. ...


The list was released in book form in 2005, with an introduction written by Steven Van Zandt. The book's list was slightly different, with the addition of such albums as Aquemini by OutKast. The order was also rearranged, with Chuck Berry's The Great Twenty-Eight being lower on the list. See also: 2005 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 2005 Record labels established in 2005 other events of 2005 list of years in music 2000s in music January 1 - In most of Europe, copyright expired on a number of classic pop and rock and roll songs recorded in 1954... 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. ... Aquemini is a 1998 album by hip hop group OutKast (Big Boi, André Benjamin). ... OutKast is a multi-Grammy American hip hop duo based out of Atlanta, Georgia. ... Charles Edward Anderson Chuck Berry (born October 18, 1926) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... The Great Twenty-Eight is the definitive Greatest Hits album by classic rock and roller Chuck Berry. ...


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. The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Jim DeRogatis (born 1964 in Jersey City, New Jersey) is a U.S. music critic. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Sgt. ...


A clear limit of the list is that, as other similar lists from Rolling Stone, it suffers from a strong bias towards British and American artists, and only one album produced in a non-English speaking country is included in it: "Trans-Europe Express", by the German band Kraftwerk (#253). Kraftwerk (pronounced [], German for power station) is a German musical group which has made significant contributions to the development of experimental and electronic music. ...


An interesting note is that there are only six songs from any album in the top 10 albums that appear in the top 100 of Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time: "Like a Rolling Stone" (#1), "What's Going On" (#4), "London Calling" (#15), "In My Life" (#23), "God Only Knows" (#25), and "A Day in the Life" (#26). The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time was the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2004. ... Music sample: Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone ( file info) — 30 seconds (of 6:10) Problems listening to the file? See media help. ... Whats Going On is a 1971 hit single by Marvin Gaye for the Motown label, and the title track from his groundbreaking 1971 LP Whats Going On. ... London Calling is the hit song off the album of the same name (London Calling, 1979) by the U.K. punk/rock band The Clash; it is also the albums first track. ... In My Life is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. ... God Only Knows is one of the most widely recognized songs by the American pop band The Beach Boys. ... A Day in the Life is a song composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and recorded for The Beatles album Sgt. ...

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Top Ten Albums

  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 Beatles

For other uses, see Sgt. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Pet Sounds 40th Anniversary CD+DVD (Limited Edition Fuzzy Package). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For the album by The Haunted, see rEVOLVEr. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... Highway 61 Revisited, widely regarded as one of the greatest albums ever, was the sixth album released by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Rubber Soul is the sixth album by English rock band The Beatles, first released in December 1965. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... Whats Going On is an album by American soul singer Marvin Gaye. ... Marvin Gaye (born Marvin Pentz Gay, Jr. ... Exile on Main Street is a 1972 (see 1972 in music) album by the rock and roll band The Rolling Stones. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... London Calling, a double album released by The Clash in December, 1979, in the UK and the first week of January 1980 in the US, marked the bands critical and commercial breakthrough. ... The Clash were an English rock band active from 1976 to 1986. ... Blonde on Blonde is the seventh album by rock legend Bob Dylan, released by Columbia Records in 1966. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... The Beatles is the ninth official album by The Beatles, a double album released in 1968. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ...

Artists with the most albums in the list

The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman, May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, musician, and poet who has been a major figure in popular music for five decades. ... Rolling Stones redirects here. ... Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American rock singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... The Who are an English rock band who first came to prominence in the 1960s and grew to be considered one of the greatest and most influential rock n roll bands of all time. ... David Bowie (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English Grammy Winning singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor, producer, arranger and audio engineer whose work spans more than four decades. ... Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE[1][2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... For the bands 1969 self-titled debut album, see Led Zeppelin (album). ... Pink Floyd are an English rock band that earned recognition for its psychedelic rock music, and, as they evolved, for their avant-garde progressive rock music. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... Neil Percival Young OM (born November 12, 1945, Toronto, Ontario) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist and film director who grew up during his teen years in Winnipeg, Manitoba. ... Otis Ray Redding, Jr. ... Robert Nesta Marley, OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ... This article is about the Irish rock band. ...

Number of albums from each decade

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Trivia

The accounting firm Ernst & Young devised a point system to weight votes for 1,600 submitted titles.[1] Ernst & Young is one of the largest professional services firms in the world, and a Big 4 accountancy firm, along with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu (Deloitte) and KPMG. Ernst & Young is a global partnership of many member firms, with the largest member being the American firm. ...


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
  • The list on Rhino.com
  • Best Ever Albums - The Greatest Music Albums of All Time music portal featuring numerous greatest album charts

References

  1. ^ "It's Certainly a Thrill: Sgt. Pepper Is Best Album", USA Today, November 17, 2003.

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