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
80
3 reviews

99.

Erykah Badu - Mama's Gun
November 21, 2000
Critic Score
80
10 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
Indifferent production bogs down about half the songs, but the best tracks are so thrilling that they buoy you through the dullish patches.

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
86
7 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
100
1 review

86.

PJ Harvey - Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
October 24, 2000
Critic Score
76
10 reviews

If there’s such a thing as a buoyant PJ Harvey record, this set of high voltage love songs — Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea — is it.

85.

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

84.

Patti Smith - Horses
November 10, 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
90
5 reviews

The group’s first full-length album, Slanted and Enchanted, is brimming with beautiful pop songs, soured a bit by the rhythmic clamor of harder guitar rock.

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
90
8 reviews

On Björk second solo album, Post, the ex-Sugarcube finds a bizarre and irresistible connecting point between industrial-disco, ambient-trance, and catchy synth pop.

77.

my bloody valentine - loveless
November 4, 1991
Critic Score
90
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
98
8 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
81
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

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

What you take away isn’t a guitar riff but Love’s voice. A thick, reedy instrument that makes her sound like the younger, brattier sister of Johnny Rotten, it stands out like a suited IBM executive at Lollapalooza.

65.

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

63.

Television - Marquee Moon
February 8, 1977
Critic Score
100
4 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
93
9 reviews

59.

Metallica - Master of Puppets
March 3, 1986
Critic Score
98
5 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
80
10 reviews

56.

Arcade Fire - Funeral
September 14, 2004
Critic Score
91
22 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
94
6 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
91
10 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
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