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RZA’s dirt-encrusted production took hip-hop back to its grimy New York basics after LA’s sun-blasted melodiousness had turned the genre into pop, and the Babel of lyrical styles from the then masked emcees returned some mystique to a music that was lacking those essential qualities. The Top 40 Best-Selling Studio Albums of All Time Paul Gambaccini has revealed the Top 40 best-selling studio albums ever, on Radio 2's Pick of the Pops, to mark the first ever National Album Day . 34. It’s beautiful (the stirring ‘Alone Again, Or’), threatening (‘A House Is Not A Motel’), paranoid and, most of all, magnificent. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. 65. 81. Oasis’ breakthrough album claimed Britpop for the lads and primed the band for Knebworth with such timeless anthems as ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’. 35. This list ranks what are, in my opinion, the 100 greatest rock albums ever made. 71. Now credited with inventing post-rock, its hushed-tones cognoscenti-led reputation seems to grow every single year. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Van Morrison, ‘Astral Weeks’ (1968) Warner Bros. 100 Greatest Albums of All Time . In 1983, ‘Murmur’ placed REM at the vanguard of American indie, a position they only relinquished when they finally called it a day in 2011. 33. 500 Greatest Albums List (2003) Rolling Stone’s original list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was originally published in 2003 (with a slight update in 2012). Screeching and visceral, raw with fury and full of desire, it’s chaotic poetry. Signing to a major label didn’t cost Sonic Youth their soul, ‘Goo’ and ‘Dirty’ are both loftily-ranked in the alt.rock pantheon -but their last album before signing to Geffen is still their most revered. Ecstatic suicides, carrot-flower kings and semen-stained mountaintops. 1.The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead (1986). The Strokes, Is This It (2001) Rough Trade. Don Henley originally complained about the album as … 30. Radiohead, ‘The Bends’ (1995) Parlophone. 19. Carl Barât: “Lou Reed is a hero because he wasn’t very good looking and dressed like a girl but it didn’t matter. In the run-up to the release of Blur’s second album Damon Albarn declared “If punk was about getting rid of hippies then I’m getting rid of grunge.” He may not have succeeded but ‘Modern Life’ did signal an exhilarating new chapter for British music in a period where America dominated. 7. 31. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. It is one of those select few albums which seem to transcend its influences, working them into something singular and new. I reckon I’d have been about 11, so I never realised it was a seminal record or anything. Blood on the Tracks by Bob Dylan. Considered the ultimate achievement of recorded music at the time, the gleam has dulled on ‘Pepper’s…’ medals over time, its psychedelic visuals and flower power sentiments turned corny at the edges. Joy Division, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ (1979) Factory. The Best Pop Albums of All Time. He made the mundane seem epic. Bee Gees -- "Saturday Night Fever" (Soundtrack), 19. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Amy Winehouse, ‘Back To Black’ (2006) Island. Morrissey and Marr compliment each other perfectly. Since that point, the lead has only widened. The loose, narcotic roll of chateau Nellcote’s sweltering cellar infected ‘Exile…’ and gave it its arcane, subterranean voodoo; the double set splurge of an assured band at its peak, coasting on a creative high. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, Sound Of Silver (2007)Capitol. Love’s third and best album replaced garage rock snarl with baroque strings and acoustic guitars, but the resulting sweetness did little to mask the air of menace within. 99. BestEverAlbums.com brings together over 40,000 charts and calculates an overall ranking of the best albums of all time. The most striking aspect of Public Enemy’s second LP is how it still sounds like the future. The Beatles -- "The Beatles 1962-1966", 26. Madonna – The Immaculate Collection. Epic in every sense of the word, ‘Daydream Nation’ was hailed as a work of undiluted genius upon its release, age has not withered it a jot. My Bloody Valentine, ‘Loveless’ (1991) Creation. Linkin Park's debut studio album "Hybrid Theory" landed in the Record Industry Association of America's top 50 best-selling albums of all time ahead of its 20th anniversary in October. Simon & Garfunkel -- "Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits", 31. Kraftwerk, ‘Trans-Europe Express’ (1977) Kling Klang. A list by Mr_1337 [List53141] | | +4. BestEverAlbums.com brings together over 40,000 charts and calculates an overall ranking of the best albums of all time. There have been plenty list available that rank the top 100 greatest albums of all time. 85. Forget the glitter, the Spiders, the weird eyes, it was Bowie’s incredible song-writing gifts on ‘Hunky Dory’ that convinced us he was beamed from the stars. 'Awaken, My Love!' The list is based on the albums' influence on music to come, quality of the music and lyrics, originality, and importance. 82. 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It is a state-of-the-nation address which seems impervious to the passage of years. 16. Iggy & The Stooges, ‘Raw Power’ (1973) Columbia. It’s no coincidence that great bands and artists have some of the best debut albums of all time. The Sex Pistols, ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ (1977) Virgin. 36. So I bought ‘Surfer Rosa’ because of that. There were moments of greatness throughout the subsequent six albums, but it all came to a head with The Dark Side Of The Moon. No sales figures can convey the gut-punch excitement of ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’. It’s no coincidence that great bands and artists have some of the best debut albums of all time. 67. A list by Mr_1337 [List53141] | | +4. 10. Released two months after singer Ian Curtis’ suicide, it’s almost impossible to untangle ‘Closer’ from the events that surrounded it. 24. 40. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye. The whole package sparked a shift in music, putting intensity, grandiosity and scale of ambition back on the agenda, and introducing nu-folk boom. Their new sound spurred on their breakthrough, inspiring women across the world. There would be no American music as we know it without the contributions of Black artists. It’s because ‘Rumours’ travels the entire breadth of human emotion and at the heart of the record lies all the elements of an addictive rock’n’roll soap opera that never ceases to fascinate its fans. The RS 500 was assembled by the editors of Rolling Stone, based on the results of two extensive polls. It’s been mastered very high in the mix, so it leaps out of the speakers at you.”. It’s the one unbroken link that takes you from Richard Hell to The Ramones to Joy Division to The Jesus & Mary Chain to OMD to Pulp to The Strokes to whatever’s happening a week next Tuesday. 68. ‘Astral Weeks’ is so sharp that it takes one breath between sanity and madness. ‘Horses’ roared with hunger. 49. ‘Debut’ achieved the remarkable feat of turning an idiosyncratic vocalist from a feted cult band into a significant global pop star, without losing one iota of the experimental mindset and creative cool that made her so special. Every now and then, an album comes along that we can all agree upon. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, Oasis, ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’, The Sex Pistols, ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’, Wu-Tang Clan, ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)’, David Bowie, ‘The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars’, Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’, Arctic Monkeys, ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, Public Enemy, ‘It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back’, The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground & Nico. At first glance it read like a particularly morbid edition of Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, but ‘Aeroplane…’ crystallizes the no-fi psych-folk ethos of the Elephant 6 collective that Mangum emerged from. 15. And here was an album that managed to utterly encapsulate the baggy Madchester scene of the moment and that would continue to influence bands to this day. It hasn’t stood the test of time like 1998’s ‘Mezzanine’ but it’s this debut record that marked the invention of trip-hop and the birth of the Bristol movement. Nicky Wire: “That was the album when The Smiths really nailed it for me. BestEverAlbums.com brings together over 40,000 charts and calculates an overall ranking of the best albums of all time. But that was just in … The Clash managed to transcend all kinds of music.”. Check out the best-selling albums of all time: 49. 46. In every sense, ‘Pet Sounds’ was a bar-raising record, something which was more complex and sophisticated than anything the Beach Boys – or any of their peers – had previously attempted, an album which represented rock music moving on from adolescent whimsies and into a rich new maturity. Bob Dylan, ‘Highway 61 Revisited’ (1965) Columbia. On this follow-up their creativity peaked, full of powerful blasts of paranoid, drug-fuelled mayhem. Cee Lo Green: “Iggy Pop is the ultimate American icon, like the anti-working class hero, this drugged-up rebel kid with too much energy who’s thumbing his nose at the world. Custom chart of the greatest albums of all-time, as voted by RYM users; include Live or archival releases. Steve Miller Band -- "Greatest Hits 1974-1978", 34. But she knew that to fully convey the horror of that bloody string that ties history together required a level of strength and depth as a writer that would take years to accomplish. The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time A definitive ranking voted and debated by our editors, staff writers, and contributors . The Band, ‘The Band’ (1969) Capitol. Before ‘Get Lucky’ there was this: a house masterpiece that became to dance music what Romeo and Juliet is to tragic love stories. In fact, one of their songs, ‘Ohio Heat’, was named after the time when one of our road crew got a text message from… well, let’s call it a young lady.”. As voted for by a panel of judges including Artists, Critics & DJ's from around the world. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Songs such as ‘Reel Around The Fountain’ and debut single ‘Hand In Glove’ shine through the slightly tinny production (hey, it was the ’80s), setting the first marker of a generation-defining career. Everything was bigger, brighter and more resigned to the grave. Nirvana, ‘In Utero’ (1993) DGC. Neil Young ‘Harvest’ (1972) Reprise. Miles Davis, ‘Kind Of Blue’ (1959) Columbia. Greatest debut album of all time and it contains at least 3 songs which belong on a list of the top 10 rock songs of all time. 98. Though it sold poorly on its initial release, this has since become arguably the most influential rock album of all time. With the help Brian Eno, he wound this into an album of driving polyrhythms fired with an ecstatic fervour, nowhere better than on the modern spiritual ‘Once In A Lifetime’. Shirlaine Forrest // Getty Images #100. GREATEST OF ALL TIME BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS 21. The answer, of course, is totally subjective. In 1959, twenty years before hip-hop provided a real voice for voiceless African-Americans, Miles Davis stood proud. The 40 best albums to listen to in lockdown, from Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ to Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Some records are so good that they can change your life. The Beatles, ‘The Beatles’ (1968)Apple. Shedding the distortion of their debut, ‘Live Through This’ ventured into unexpectedly gentle territory with acoustic track ‘Softer, Softest’. PJ Harvey had always wanted to make an album about war. Capturing Kanye as his ego went supernova, the whole album is layered thick with bold megalomaniac statements, but ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ is not just West’s most accomplished and well rounded album to date but also the perfect balance between his pop brilliance and boundary pushing tendencies. The Beatles -- "The Beatles 1967-1970", 11. 1 / 100. Michael Jackson: Thriller. The underlying thing that tied it all together was their commitment. Listen to the album. Its romantic depiction of small-town America – all fresh faced girls next door, drinking beers in parking lots, classic cars and broken hearts – has never been bettered. 9. Super Furry Animals, ‘Radiator’ (1997) Creation. 51. Queens Of The Stone Age ‘Songs For The Deaf’ (2002) Interscope. ‘Different Class’ is the sound of Pulp smuggling some deeply subversive truths into our record players. Dave Maclean, Django Django: “I remember going into Our Price with my mum and asking the guy for some Public Enemy; I was used to ’60s music in my folks’ LP collection, and that was mind-expanding enough, but this felt like my music, speaking for my generation, and it blew my tiny, Scottish head.”. Oasis’ debut album came from a background of grit and graft, lager-splashed hedonism and domestic battles far more troubling than any French festival guitar-smashing that would estrange the Gallagher brothers later in life. 32. The catalyst for her then rapidly increasing fame, and therefore increasing media scrutiny, ‘Back To Black’ ensured Winehouse’s legacy would be more than just unpalatable column inches. PJ Harvey, ‘Let England Shake’ (2011) Island. Top Five Great Albums of the 1970's. There was a time when Radiohead listeners didn’t need to train their ear in order to appreciate their work. Matchbox Twenty -- "Yourself or Someone Like You", Read our full mailing list consent terms here, 47. Lauryn Hill, ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’ (1998) Ruffhouse/Columbia. This chart consists of 50 entries and the top-ranked entry in this chart is Revolver by The Beatles. What distinguishes it as the greatest ever made? The Clash, ‘London Calling’ (1979) CBS/Epic/Legacy. The Libertines’ graceful romanticism has never shone brighter. It may have inspired legions of rubbish EDM imitators, but classics like ‘One More Time’, ‘Digital Love’ and ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger’ make ‘Discovery’ the real deal. 28. Adele 1 21 Adele 2 The Sound Of Music Soundtrack 3 Thriller Michael Jackson 4 Fearless Taylor Swift 5 Born In The U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 6 But she seems to need those bits to vault up to the high points. While it’s easy to feel like you know every beat of ‘Revolver’ or ‘Abbey Road’, ‘The White Album’ remains The Beatles’ dark continent, vast enough to retain some mystery, varied enough to still surprise. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles. Depending on who you believe, either a monument to the pretension of a pop band overreaching itself, or a beguiling if flawed experiment that reveals itself in a thousand lush layers. Over the years, it's been the most widely read — and argued over — feature in the history of the magazine (last year, the RS 500 got over 63 million views on the site). In 2018, The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971—1975) surpassed Michael Jackson’s Thriller as the best selling album of all time in the United States. Tweet. The top ranked albums in the Overall Chart are 1 - OK Computer by Radiohead, 2 - The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd, 3 - Abbey Road by The Beatles, 4 - Revolver by The Beatles, 5 - Sgt. Blur, ‘Parklife’ (1994) Food. 25. Britney Spears -- "...Baby One More Time", 28. Marvin Gaye, ‘What’s Going On’ (1971) Tamla. These days always close to the top of any list of the best albums of all time, OK Computer is the album that took Radiohead far into the mainstream, while retaining rockist cred. It's so consistent though, and the timing and order of which the songs are in is perfect. 80. Suede, ‘Suede’ (1993) Nude. Having wrestled creative control of his career from Motown, Wonder was at the peak of his powers as both a performer and songwriter; his transition from child hitmaker to experimental adult artist was complete. Oasis, ‘Definitely Maybe’ (1994) Creation. 70. For one thing, timelessness. So with their second album they disowned their yobbish tearaway offspring and crafted something classier; an epic of grit and grandeur, a cathedral of trash. What is the greatest music album of all time? The King of Pop reigns atop the all-time list of best-selling albums. Janelle Monáe: “She was speaking from so many angles – she tied in love, she tied in her love for hip-hop, and it was the first time I saw a black woman who was absolutely cheering to listen to, putting an album together that was a classic, and that every young girl should listen to.”. The 20 best pop albums of all time have touched hearts around the world, represented cultural eras and, invariably, sound fresh to this day. The Top 50 Albums of All Time is a chart from Sound & Vision Magazine, created in 2010. Joy Division, ‘Closer’ (1980) Factory. Wu-Tang Clam, ‘Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chamblers)’ (1993) Loud. 1: 1. Alanis Morisette -- "Jagged Little Pill", 16. The Beatles, ‘Sgt. 87. The Beatles, ‘Rubber Soul’ (1965) Parlophone. Oasis, ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ (1995) Creation. Kenny Rogers -- "Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits", 39. The sleeve said it all: space-age technology turned on its side. 59. 69. ‘Radio Free Europe’ was their fuzzed up rallying cry and ‘Perfect Circle’ a sign of bounteous alt.balladry to come as ‘Murmur’ slowly became a cultural bellow. 76. Blondie, ‘Parallel Lines’ (1978) Chrysallis. Few artists ever capture a moment like this, hooked around the story of a stoner losing a wedge down the back of the TV. Kanye West, ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ (2010) Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. Listen to the album . Are you sure you want to delete this comment? New Order – Substance. The Stones’ dark high-point is so wrapped in mythology and cult enigma it’s as if the Devil himself was on the desk. Noisier than punk, funk only in the most technical sense and with Chuck’s righteous sloganeering spliced between Flavor’s manic cackles and declamations, it redefined the possibilities for rap, rock, soul and beyond. Matlock, Jones and Cook were always better than the “turn up, plug in and play” punk rubric would imply, but Rotten’s performances of some scabrous songs left everyone else playing catch-up. 36. Nowadays, it is just the baptismal font of hipness. The world's defining voice in music and pop culture since 1952. Kate Bush ‘Hounds Of Love’ (1985) EMI. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. I felt like it would succeed to the point where we would be able to make another record. Arctic Monkeys, ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’ (2006) Domino. Love, ‘Forever Changes’ (1967) Elektra. 95. Pixies, ‘Surfer Rosa’ (1988) 4AD. Thus began the most fruitful musical period in The Stones’ long history. Solidifying his status as the greatest songwriter of the 20th century™, it kicked off with the monumental ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ and ended with him harking back to his acoustic roots with the epic ‘Desolation Row’. 94. GREATEST OF ALL TIME BILLBOARD 200 ALBUMS 21. 73. Seamlessly gelling the coldness of machines with the hot thrum of rock’n’roll, James Murphy’s finest hour finds him squealing and wailing like a crazed party animal given access to the control room of electronic music. Custom chart of the greatest albums of all-time, as voted by RYM users; include Live or archival releases. ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ might have initially been performed by The Shirelles, but it was the brainchild of one Carole King. Young was in his mid 20s, but wrote and sang like a man who’d already seen too much. 29. The Malian artist made his best album at the age of 53, his playing and duets with female singers conveying a sense of spontaneity that belied his deep craft. 5. Primal Scream, ‘Screamadelica’ (1991) Creation. The Beatles, ‘Abbey Road’ (1969) Apple. The Montreal collective’s debut saw them contemplating nothing smaller than life and death itself. As appeared in The Guardian - UK daily broadsheet newspaper, on September 19th 1997. 93. Today the likes of ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘A Day In The Life’ endure for their melodic brilliance. Hot on the heels of two of the greatest albums ever made, this sprawling double-LP confirmed Dylan’s status as his generation’s superlative songsmith. The album was voted number two on our rebooted 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, the spot it held in 2003. Neutral Milk Hotel, ‘In The Aeroplane Over The Sea’, Queens Of The Stone Age ‘Songs For The Deaf’, The Streets ‘A Grand Don’t Come For Free’, Lauryn Hill, ‘The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill’, The Beatles, ‘Sgt. See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions. The band never got higher than the summer of 1991, which they spent holed up in a studio with a mountain of drugs and heads full of music that would combine acid house and rave culture with good ol’ fashioned gospel, blues and the sort of guitar licks that would put a smile across Keith Richards’ craggy face. As the Purple One himself might put it, it’s close 2 genius. 88. 3. ‘Robots’. Finally, here is a much-needed list of argument-starting top 100 seminal and influential albums of all time. Patti Smith, ‘Horses’ (1975) Arista. 42. Eagles -- "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)", • How much the best paid workers in 20 professions earn• Seven outdated men’s style ‘rules’ that you can now ignore• 16 skills that are hard to learn but will pay off forever. It was horrible, but Sound Effected Records was its crown jewel. Guns N' Roses -- "Appetite for Destruction", 10. REM, ‘Murmur’ (1983) IRS. 11. It may not be the album with the most hit songs. Bob Dylan, ‘Blonde On Blonde’ (1966) Columbia. Roxy Music’s second album is the pinnacle of English art rock, mixing pop sensibilities with a brash experimental spirit, its songs about new dance crazes and inflatable doll lust attracting attention from devotees such as Morrissey. The top ranked albums in the Overall Chart are 1 - OK Computer by Radiohead, 2 - The Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd, 3 - Abbey Road by The Beatles, 4 - Revolver by The Beatles, 5 - Sgt. Pulp, Different Class (1995) Island. To follow through on that sort of transformation so convincingly is just amazing.”. 96. 45. Sitting midway between The Beatles’ fresh-faced beginnings and their druggier experimental indulgences, ‘Rubber Soul’ subtly shed the group’s old, squeaky clean skin on an exciting stepping stone to wilder innovations. Bowie created Ziggy to be the perfect rock star, a cocaine-skinny humanoid alien, charisma down to his bones and suitably adored by the fan armies depicted in the timeless ‘Ziggy Stardust’ song. on September 15, 2010, 11:30am. Since the first ... #100. ‘Sound Of Silver’ is humanism made to sound superhuman. – sleeping subconscious: immersive and impressionistic, ‘Come In Alone’ and ‘To Here Knows When’ sounded as if they were being beamed in from another plane of consciousness. I went back and gave him the money because I was like, ‘This is awesome’”. Emerging from a period of druggy reclusiveness and readings into occultism, Grail myths and the Third Reich, the triple-whammy of glam, funk and futurism would hold equal sway over Bowie’s Thin White Duke album. 24. 53. It is based on weighted votes from selected musicians, critics, and industry figures. Their debut made them brat-rap anti-heroes, but this follow-up was a rare record – iconoclastic without an ounce of calculation, startlingly innovative because its makers were just pleasing themselves. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. ‘Raw Power’ is probably the best Stooges album, because it’s so loud. But it’s on a harrowing tale of heroin abuse, the acoustic ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’, that we hear the real Young –raw and unflinchingly honest. Rough Trade. The 25 Best-Selling Albums of All Time 1. A benchmark of claustrophobia and creeping unease, it feels like there’s hardly any room to breathe on Joy Division’s 1979 debut – as though the austere machinery that propels the album along is sucking all the oxygen out of your lungs. ‘Metropolis’. The lyrics on the song Time are incredible. The list is based on the albums' influence on music to come, quality of the music and lyrics, originality, and importance. Bob Dylan, ‘Bringing It All Back Home’ (1965) Columbia. 66. Platinum record for Michael Jackson's Thriller (1982), the best-selling album … © 2017. Whitney Houston -- "The Bodyguard" (Soundtrack), 15. The album that exposed the QOTSA as a gargantuan rock force. 60. Though it sold poorly on its initial release, this has since become arguably the most influential rock album of all time. Just over a year after its release the band was over – the closing suite of merged songs dominating side two was a fittingly staggering swansong for this most peerless of bands. ‘Ziggy Stardust…’ demands to be engaged with from start to finish. If the preceding ‘Modern Life Is Rubbish’ had seen Blur declare war on grunge and meathead American rock, ‘Parklife’ saw them perfect the sound that would put Britain back in the middle of the mid-‘90s cultural map. Carole King, ‘Tapestry’ (1971) Ode. Blur – The Best Of. Bruce Springsteen -- "Bruce Springsteen & E Street Band Live 1975-'85", 35. Bob Dylan, ‘Blood On The Tracks’ (1975) CBS. The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) Verve. What makes this list different is that it compiles and aggregates data from other best of lists, including both critics lists such as Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums books and fan polls such as Q magazine’s 100 Greatest Albums Ever poll. 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