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Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Albums of All Time

Entertainment Weekly's Top 100 Albums of All Time

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100.

Ramones - Ramones
April 23, 1976
Critic Score
85
4 reviews

99.

Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun
November 21, 2000
Critic Score
82
7 reviews

A 70s soul homage featuring live musicians and a smooth funk sound that wouldn’t be out of place on a CTI record, Mama's Gun is the female companion to D’Angelo's ”Voodoo,” with which it shares a reactionary pseudo- sophistication that too often substitutes good taste for good tunes.

97.

Dusty Springfield - Dusty in Memphis
March 31, 1969
Critic Score
90
2 reviews

96.

Dixie Chicks - Home
August 27, 2002
Critic Score
80
5 reviews

94.

Beyoncé - B'Day
September 5, 2006
Critic Score
67
16 reviews

93.

N.W.A. - Straight Outta Compton
August 8, 1988
Critic Score
94
4 reviews

92.

Elliott Smith - Either/Or
February 25, 1997
Critic Score
88
6 reviews

89.

Sleater-Kinney - Dig Me Out
April 8, 1997
Critic Score
87
7 reviews

87.

Dolly Parton - Coat of Many Colors
October 4, 1971
Critic Score
85
2 reviews

85.

Tom Waits - Rain Dogs
September 30, 1985
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

84.

Patti Smith - Horses
December 13, 1975
Critic Score
98
5 reviews

83.

James Brown - In the Jungle Groove
August 1, 1986
Critic Score
85
3 reviews

82.

Pavement - Slanted and Enchanted
April 20, 1992
Critic Score
93
4 reviews

81.

Pixies - Doolittle
April 18, 1989
Critic Score
100
6 reviews

80.

Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
October 5, 1973
Critic Score
88
4 reviews

79.

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV
November 8, 1971
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

78.

Björk - Post
June 13, 1995
Critic Score
94
6 reviews

77.

My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
November 4, 1991
Critic Score
93
8 reviews

Loveless ... is simply the most astounding-sounding album produced last year — a collage of voices, looping, and reverberated metallic guitars, and effects guaranteed to convince unprepared listeners their CD players are dying.

76.

Talking Heads - Remain in Light
October 8, 1980
Critic Score
97
7 reviews

75.

Elvis Costello - My Aim Is True
July 22, 1977
Critic Score
95
6 reviews

74.

Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
October 27, 2006
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
It’s precisely Winehouse’s lyrics — smartass, aching, flirty, and often straight-up nasty — that raise this expertly crafted set into the realm of true, of-the-minute originality.

73.

Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come
July 7, 1972
Critic Score
100
2 reviews

72.

Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
July 25, 1989
Critic Score
95
6 reviews

70.

The Stooges - Raw Power
February 7, 1973
Critic Score
100
5 reviews

69.

Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
October 1, 1988
Critic Score
90
5 reviews

67.

Neil Young - After the Gold Rush
September 19, 1970
Critic Score
92
5 reviews

66.

Hole - Live Through This
April 12, 1994
Critic Score
86
6 reviews

65.

Love - Forever Changes
November 1, 1967
Critic Score
97
3 reviews

63.

Television - Marquee Moon
February 8, 1977
Critic Score
100
3 reviews

62.

The Replacements - Let It Be
October 2, 1984
Critic Score
100
4 reviews

61.

De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
March 3, 1989
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

60.

Beck - Odelay
June 18, 1996
Critic Score
94
8 reviews

59.

Metallica - Master of Puppets
March 3, 1986
Critic Score
98
4 reviews

58.

Dr. Dre - The Chronic
December 15, 1992
Critic Score
95
4 reviews

57.

Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor
June 5, 2001
Critic Score
79
9 reviews

56.

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

For the most part, Funeral is a lovely, uplifting, and often pleasingly grandiose whirl through a panoply of sounds.

55.

Nas - Illmatic
April 19, 1994
Critic Score
92
5 reviews

His witty lyrics and gruffly gratifying beats on Illmatic draw listeners into the borough’s lifestyle with poetic efficiency.

54.

R.E.M. - Lifes Rich Pageant
July 28, 1986
Critic Score
90
4 reviews

53.

The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin
May 17, 1999
Critic Score
92
9 reviews

Frontman Wayne Coyne is a natural fabulist, weaving trippy tall tales within the folds of tricky, heartbreakingly frail arrangements.

52.

A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
September 24, 1991
Critic Score
92
3 reviews

Unfortunately, The Low End Theory’s head-trippy hip-hop doesn’t move my rear end on the dance floor — there seems to be little passion at the core. This may be the greatest hip-hop album that will never quicken my pulse.

51.

Chuck Berry - The Great Twenty-Eight
January 1, 1982
Critic Score
100
2 reviews
Original Source: https://ew.com/gallery/top-100-albums/
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