Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time [2020]

Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time [2020]

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500.

Arcade Fire - Funeral
September 14, 2004
Critic Score
93
19 reviews

The band could have gone for a less direct title, but even then it would have been crystal clear: Funeral captures the agony and even ecstasy of surviving death all around you.

499.

Rufus & Chaka Khan - Ask Rufus
January 19, 1977
Critic Score
80
1 review

498.

Suicide - Suicide
December 28, 1977
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

496.

Shakira - Dónde Están los Ladrones?
September 29, 1998
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

495.

Boyz II Men - II
August 30, 1994
Critic Score
90
3 reviews

493.

Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear
December 15, 1978
Critic Score
84
4 reviews

492.

Bonnie Raitt - Nick of Time
March 21, 1989
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

491.

Harry Styles - Fine Line
December 13, 2019
Critic Score
72
23 reviews
It’s a streamlined, party-ready, primary-colors take on the enduring concept of the rock & roll starman. It’s also as much as fun as anyone short of Bruno Mars is having with a band these days.

490.

Linda Ronstadt - Heart Like a Wheel
November 13, 1974
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

489.

Phil Spector - Back to Mono (1958-1969)
November 12, 1991
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

488.

The Stooges - The Stooges
August 5, 1969
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

487.

Black Flag - Damaged
December 5, 1981
Critic Score
94
3 reviews

486.

John Mayer - Continuum
September 12, 2006
Critic Score
78
8 reviews

484.

Lady Gaga - Born This Way
May 23, 2011
Critic Score
69
24 reviews

Gaga loves overheated cosmic statements for the same reason she loves dance pop and metal guitars – because she hears them as echoes of her twisted rock & roll heart. That's the achievement of Born This Way: The more excessive Gaga gets, the more honest she sounds.

483.

Muddy Waters - The Anthology
August 28, 2001
Critic Score
100
1 review

482.

The Pharcyde - Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde
November 24, 1992
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

480.

Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings
November 18, 2016
Critic Score
83
11 reviews

The Nashville star's most ambitious LP, a range-y two-disc set ditching country's mainstream playbook for the sort of Great Album rock acts used to spit out regularly back in the day.

479.

Selena - Amor Prohíbido
March 13, 1994
Critic Score
88
2 reviews

478.

The Kinks - Something Else by The Kinks
September 15, 1967
Critic Score
97
2 reviews

477.

Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' in the Moonlight
January 1, 1959
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

476.

Sparks - Kimono My House
May 1, 1974
Critic Score
90
1 review

475.

Sheryl Crow - Sheryl Crow
September 24, 1996
Critic Score
88
4 reviews

474.

Big Star - #1 Record
April 1, 1972
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

473.

Daddy Yankee - Barrio Fino
July 13, 2004
Critic Score
80
2 reviews

472.

SZA - Ctrl
June 9, 2017
Critic Score
82
20 reviews

470.

Juvenile - 400 Degreez
November 3, 1998
Critic Score
81
3 reviews

469.

Manu Chao - Clandestino
October 6, 1998
Critic Score
80
1 review

468.

The Rolling Stones - Some Girls
June 9, 1978
Critic Score
98
4 reviews

467.

Maxwell - BLACKsummers'night
July 7, 2009
Critic Score
80
11 reviews
The result is an R&B album about love, not just sex, for grown-ups who know the difference.

464.

The Isley Brothers - 3 + 3
August 7, 1973
Critic Score
96
2 reviews

461.

Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
July 8, 2007
Critic Score
84
20 reviews

For Emma, Forever Ago never turns into a pity party, because Vernon has a light touch, with zero interest in narrative or confessional lyrics.

460.

Lorde - Melodrama
June 16, 2017
Critic Score
91
40 reviews

She has said the album's conceit is a house party and its unfolding dramas; indeed, Pure Heroine's cool snark is now a hotter passion, in its millennial-skeptical way.

459.

Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon: The End of Day
September 15, 2009
Critic Score
70
15 reviews

458.

Jason Isbell - Southeastern
June 11, 2013
Critic Score
85
12 reviews

456.

Al Green - Greatest Hits
April 1, 1975
Critic Score
99
2 reviews

455.

Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley / Go Bo Diddley
Critic Score
100
1 review

454.

Can - Ege Bamyasi
November 1, 1972
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

451.

Roberta Flack - First Take
June 20, 1969
Critic Score
100
1 review
Original Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-of-all-time-1062063/
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1w
A joke of a Top 500 really, wasted places with compilations when respective albums that have songs on those same compilations are already listed, little genre diversity (if you looked deeper at all in the last 20 years, there have been way better albums than nearly 30 of the ones you listed on the Top 100...Drake, Kanye...Taylor Swift? Maybe in the 500 - 400, not anywhere near top 100 in the slightest.

No mention of Tool, no mention of Deftones, no mention of Linkin Park (Meteora and Hybrid Theory are undeniable in their legacy and influence as well as how strong they are conceptually.) There's more room for more influential artists on this list with some tidying up. A lot of wasted space here and questionable positions, needs re-ordering
1mo
Some great new additions, unexpected "outsiders" (e.g. The Raincoats) and necessary corrections ("Sgt. Pepper" isn't the best album ever), but nobody can deny that this updated list was created because of BLM and the fight for diversity. Way more black artists and women on top positions: I am not against it, but it is so obvious. Rolling Stone tries to be more political and modern, but less baby boomer (so... no Deep Purple). Nevertheless, some decisions are really questionable or downright desperate.
1mo
Still no Genesis, no King Crimson, and no Deep Purple, not a single album from these bands, what a joke! freaking ridiculous, as if you leave out Bach, or Mozart from a list of classical music.
1mo
Nice fresh-eyed multi-genre take on this type of list -- especially for Rolling Stone. I keep poring of the list of survey participants wondering who voted Alanis Morrisette and Missy Elliot in the top 100 though. I actually have a soft spot for both albums, but hardly deserve rankings so high above other albums.
1mo
Also... imagine only having four Latin American artists and none of them being in the rock/jazz/folk/electronic genres. It’s like if y’all thought we only do Despacito music🤡
1mo
The order itself is a little wack, but there are very few inclusions I would disagree with. 5/6 perfect adored albums on here
1mo
wow, talking about inclusion..
but drake? really?
(seriously though, although there are a lot of controversial spots in this list, there is no denying that the 10s was the most tradition-crushing musical decade ever.. i mean, look at elvis lol)
1mo
I shouldn’t be so mad because I know most of these rankings are bullshit, but god oh god why Drake and Taylor Swift in the top 100?
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