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

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

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350.

Stevie Wonder - Music of My Mind
March 3, 1972
Critic Score
80
4 reviews

349.

MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
February 1, 1969
Critic Score
100
1 review

348.

Gillian Welch - Time (The Revelator)
July 31, 2001
Critic Score
77
6 reviews

347.

GZA - Liquid Swords
November 7, 1995
Critic Score
88
3 reviews

346.

Arctic Monkeys - AM
September 9, 2013
Critic Score
81
41 reviews

The Monkeys keep on evolving ... their fifth LP is this quintessentially English retro-rock band's most American-sounding record, especially rhythmically.

344.

Toots & The Maytals - Funky Kingston
March 7, 1972
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

342.

The Beatles - Let It Be
May 8, 1970
Critic Score
75
8 reviews

340.

Snoop Doggy Dogg - Doggystyle
November 23, 1993
Critic Score
82
3 reviews

338.

Brian Eno - Another Green World
September 1, 1975
Critic Score
99
6 reviews

337.

Bob Dylan - John Wesley Harding
December 27, 1967
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

336.

Roxy Music - Avalon
May 28, 1982
Critic Score
87
3 reviews

334.

Santana - Abraxas
September 1, 1970
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

333.

Bill Withers - Still Bill
May 1, 1972
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

332.

Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley
March 23, 1956
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

331.

Madonna - Like a Prayer
March 21, 1989
Critic Score
88
6 reviews

Like a Prayer is proof not only that Madonna should be taken seriously as an artist but that hers is one of the most compelling voices of the Eighties.

330.

The Rolling Stones - Aftermath
April 15, 1966
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
It's blues-rock flower power, but all the flowers are painted black, with Brian's marimba and dulcimer adding color to these tough, lean, desperately lonely songs.

329.

DJ Shadow - Endtroducing...
November 19, 1996
Critic Score
96
8 reviews

328.

Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
May 14, 2013
Critic Score
83
43 reviews

Vampire Weekend have gotten better at just about everything they do.

327.

The Who - Live at Leeds
May 16, 1970
Critic Score
100
1 review

326.

Prince - Dirty Mind
October 8, 1980
Critic Score
99
6 reviews

325.

Jerry Lee Lewis - All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology
May 18, 1993
Critic Score
100
1 review

324.

Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head
August 27, 2002
Critic Score
80
14 reviews

323.

The Clash - Sandinista!
December 12, 1980
Critic Score
83
3 reviews

322.

Elvis Presley - From Elvis In Memphis
June 1, 1969
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

321.

Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
August 30, 2019
Critic Score
87
35 reviews

The long-awaited Norman Fucking Rockwell is even more massive and majestic than everyone hoped it would be. Lana turns her fifth and finest album into a tour of sordid American dreams, going deep cover in all our nation’s most twisted fantasies of glamour and danger.

320.

X - Los Angeles
April 26, 1980
Critic Score
100
1 review

318.

Janet Jackson - The Velvet Rope
October 7, 1997
Critic Score
74
5 reviews

317.

Billie Holiday - Lady in Satin
June 1, 1958
Critic Score
90
1 review

316.

The Who - The Who Sell Out
December 15, 1967
Critic Score
97
3 reviews

315.

ROSALÍA - EL MAL QUERER
November 2, 2018
Critic Score
84
7 reviews

Rosalía’s new album, El Mal Querer, is less rigorous than its predecessor, though even easier to like.

314.

Aaliyah - One in a Million
August 27, 1996
Critic Score
77
3 reviews

312.

Solange - A Seat at the Table
September 30, 2016
Critic Score
88
29 reviews
In a volatile world increasingly defined by the brash and the crude, Solange's packaging of brutal honesty in tender, harmony-rich murmurs is both beautiful and radical.

311.

Neil Young - On The Beach
July 16, 1974
Critic Score
96
4 reviews

310.

Wire - Pink Flag
December 1, 1977
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

309.

Joy Division - Closer
July 18, 1980
Critic Score
97
7 reviews

The music of Joy Division — an art-minded English postpunk band that initially struck reviewers as a tuneful version of PiL — sets forth an even more indelible vision of gloom. In fact, it's a vision so steeped in deathly fixations that it proved fatal.

308.

Brian Eno - Here Come the Warm Jets
January 1, 1974
Critic Score
94
4 reviews

307.

Sam Cooke - Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964
June 17, 2003
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

306.

Al Green - I'm Still in Love with You
October 23, 1972
Critic Score
98
3 reviews

305.

KISS - Alive!
September 10, 1975
Critic Score
95
2 reviews

304.

Bill Withers - Just As I Am
May 1, 1971
Critic Score
97
3 reviews

303.

ABBA - The Definitive Collection
November 2, 2001
Critic Score
93
3 reviews

302.

Neil Young - Tonight's The Night
June 20, 1975
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

301.

New York Dolls - New York Dolls
July 27, 1973
Critic Score
90
2 reviews
Original Source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-of-all-time-1062063/
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3mo
Drake and taylor swift lol.
3mo
Shit list like Beyonce on it is fucking terrible and rubber soul should be a top 5 just because of the racism in 2020 they made all the black artists who don't deserve it and I'm talking about Jay Z and Beyonce not gods like James Brown and Hendrix as I love them and they are two of my all time favourite artists especially Hendrix. But this is ridiculous Rolling Stone is Dead
5mo
No Marvin Gaye did actually earn #1.It is clear you have no idea how hot that album was and still is. It wasn't just BLM. That album was dam smoking hot. Everyone loved that album and it didn't matter if you were black or white. The reason is it was dam good music. As far as I'm concerned,no one will ever touch that man musical genius.
9mo
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
10mo
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.
10mo
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.
10mo
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.
10mo
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🤡
10mo
The order itself is a little wack, but there are very few inclusions I would disagree with. 5/6 perfect adored albums on here
10mo
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)
10mo
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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