Karla Clifton Reviews Rolling Stone Magazine’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”

  1. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye
  2. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
  3. Blue, Joni Mitchell
  4. Songs In The Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
  5. Abbey Road, The Beatles
  6. Nevermind, Nirvana
  7. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
  8. Purple Rain, Prince & the Revolution
  9. Blood on the Tracks, Bob Dylan
  10. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Ms. Lauryn Hill
  11. Revolver, The Beatles
  12. Thriller, Michael Jackson
  13. I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin
  14. Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones
  15. It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy
  16. London Calling, The Clash
  17. My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
  18. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
  19. To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar
  20. Kid A, Radiohead
  21. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
  22. Ready To Die, The Notorious B.I.G.
  23. Velvet Underground & Nico, Velvet Underground & Nico
  24. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, The Beatles
  25. Tapestry, Carole King
  26. Horses, Patti Smith
  27. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Wu-Tang Clan
  28. Voodoo, D’Angelo
  29. The White Album, The Beatles
  30. Are You Experienced, Jimi Hendrix
  31. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
  32. Lemonade, Beyonce
  33. Back to Black, Amy Winehouse
  34. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder
  35. Rubber Soul, The Beatles
  36. Off The Wall, Michael Jackson
  37. The Chronic, Dr. Dre
  38. Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan
  39. Remain In Light, Talking Heads
  40. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars, David Bowie
  41. Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones
  42. OK Computer, Radiohead
  43. The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest
  44. Illmatic, Nas
  45. Sign O’ The Times, Prince
  46. Graceland, Paul Simon
  47. Ramones, Ramones
  48. Legend, Bob Marley & the Wailers
  49. Aquemini, Outkast
  50. The Blueprint, Jay-Z
  51. The Great Twenty-Eight, Chuck Berry
  52. Station to Station, David Bowie
  53. Electric Ladyland, Jimi Hendrix
  54. Star Time, James Brown
  55. The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
  56. Exile In Guyville, Liz Phair
  57. The Band, The Band
  58. Led Zeppelin IV, Led Zeppelin
  59. Talking Book, Stevie Wonder
  60. Astral Weeks, Van Morrison
  61. Paid In Full, Eric B. & Rakim
  62. Appetite for Destruction, Guns N Roses
  63. Aja, Steely Dan
  64. Stankonia, Outkast
  65. Live At The Apollo, James Brown
  66. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane
  67. Reasonable Doubt, Jay-Z
  68. Hounds of Love, Kate Bush
  69. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette
  70. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A.
  71. Exodus, Bob Marley & The Wailers
  72. Harvest, Neil Young
  73. Loveless, My Bloody Valentine
  74. The College Dropout, Kanye West
  75. Lady Soul, Aretha Franklin
  76. Super Fly, Curtis Mayfield
  77. Who’s Next, The Who
  78. The Sun Sessions, Elvis Presley
  79. Blonde, Frank Ocean
  80. Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols, The Sex Pistols
  81. Beyonce, Beyonce
  82. There’s A Riot Goin’ On, Sly and the Family Stone
  83. Dusty in Memphis, Dusty Springfield
  84. Back In Black, AC/DC
  85. Plastic Ono Band, John Lennon
  86. The Doors, The Doors
  87. Bitches Brew, Miles Davis
  88. Hunky Dory, David Bowie
  89. Baduizm, Erykah Badu
  90. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young
  91. Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen
  92. Axis: Bold as Love, Jimi Hendrix
  93. Supa Dupa Fly, Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
  94. Fun House, The Stooges
  95. Take Care, Drake
  96. Automatic For The People, R.E.M.
  97. Master of Puppets, Metallica
  98. Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams
  99. Red, Taylor Swift
  100. Music From Big Pink, The Band
  101. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin
  102. The Clash, The Clash
  103. 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul
  104. Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones
  105. At Fillmore East, Allman Brothers Band
  106. Live Through This, Hole
  107. Marquee Moon, Television
  108. When The Pawn…, Fiona Apple
  109. Transformer, Lou Reed
  110. Court and Spark, Joni Mitchell
  111. Control, Janet Jackson
  112. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
  113. The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths
  114. Is This It, The Strokes
  115. good kid, m.A.A.d city, Kendrick Lamar
  116. Disintegration, The Cure
  117. Late Registration, Kanye West
  118. Hotel California, The Eagles
  119. Stand!, Sly & The Family Stone
  120. Moondance, Van Morrison
  121. This Year’s Model, Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  122. The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nails
  123. Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin
  124. Achtung Baby, U2
  125. Paul’s Boutique, Beastie Boys
  126. My Life, Mary J. Blige
  127. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Ray Charles
  128. A Night At The Opera, Queen
  129. The Wall, Pink Floyd
  130. 1999, Prince
  131. Dummy, Portishead
  132. 40 Greatest Hits, Hank Williams
  133. Hejira, Joni Mitchell
  134. The Score, Fugees
  135. The Joshua Tree, U2
  136. Maggot Brain, Funkadelic
  137. 21, Adele
  138. The Immaculate Collection, Madonna
  139. Paranoid, Black Sabbath
  140. Catch a Fire, Bob Marley & the Wailers
  141. Doolittle, Pixies
  142. Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen
  143. The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground
  144. Physical Graffiti, Led Zeppelin
  145. The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem
  146. Parallel Lines, Blondie
  147. Grace, Jeff Buckley
  148. channel ORANGE, Frank Ocean
  149. John Prine, John Prine
  150. Nebraska, Bruce Springsteen
  151. Faith, George Michael
  152. Pretenders, The Pretenders
  153. Rid Of Me, PJ Harvey
  154. Amazing Grace, Aretha Franklin
  155. The Black Album, Jay-Z
  156. Let It Be, The Replacements
  157. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?, Oasis
  158. Mama’s Gun, Erykah Badu
  159. Synchronicity, The Police
  160. Ten, Pearl Jam
  161. Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby, Stills & Nash
  162. Different Class, Pulp
  163. Saturday Night Fever, Various Artists
  164. At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash
  165. Murmur, R.E.M.
  166. 20 Golden Greats, Buddy Holly
  167. Violator, Depeche Mode
  168. Can’t Buy A Thrill, Steely Dan
  169. The Stranger, Billy Joel
  170. Disraeli Gears, Cream
  171. Daydream Nation, Sonic Youth
  172. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel
  173. In Utero, Nirvana
  174. The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff & Various Artists
  175. DAMN., Kendrick Lamar
  176. Fear of a Black Planet, Public Enemy
  177. Every Picture Tells A Story, Rod Stewart
  178. Otis Blue, Otis Redding
  179. Life After Death, The Notorious B.I.G.
  180. Forever Changes, Love
  181. Bringing It All Back Home, Bob Dylan
  182. Sweet Baby James, James Taylor
  183. Brown Sugar, D’Angelo
  184. She’s So Unusual, Cyndi Lauper
  185. Beggar’s Banquet, The Rolling Stones
  186. Blood Sugar Sex Magik, Red Hot Chili Peppers
  187. AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, Ice Cube
  188. Electric Warrior, T. Rex
  189. Dig Me Out, Sleater-Kinney
  190. Tommy, The Who
  191. At Last!, Etta James
  192. Licensed To Ill, Beastie Boys
  193. Willy and the Poor Boys, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  194. Bad, Michael Jackson
  195. Songs of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen
  196. Body Talk, Robyn
  197. Meet the Beatles!, The Beatles
  198. The B-52s, The B-52s
  199. Slanted and Enchanted, Pavement
  200. Diamond Life, Sade
  201. Midnight Marauders, A Tribe Called Quest
  202. Homogenic, Bjork
  203. Pink Moon, Nick Drake
  204. Graduation, Kanye West
  205. Tea for the Tillerman, Cat Stevens
  206. Low, David Bowie
  207. Eagles, The Eagles
  208. Tha Carter III, Lil Wayne
  209. Raising Hell, Run-DMC
  210. The Birth of Soul, Ray Charles
  211. Unknown Pleasures, Joy Division
  212. Wild is the Wind, Nina Simone
  213. The Idler Wheel…, Fiona Apple
  214. Wildflowers, Tom Petty
  215. American Beauty, Grateful Dead
  216. Either/Or, Elliott Smith
  217. Definitely Maybe, Oasis
  218. CrazySexyCool, TLC
  219. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx…, Raekwon
  220. deja vu, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  221. Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
  222. Ray of Light, Madonna
  223. Imagine, John Lennon
  224. Fly, Dixie Chicks
  225. Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Wilco
  226. Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs, Derek & The Dominos
  227. Here’s Little Richard, Little Richard
  228. De La Soul Is Dead, De La Soul
  229. The Ultimate Collection, Patsy Cline
  230. ANTI, Rihanna
  231. Damn the Torpedoes, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
  232. Giant Steps, John Coltrane
  233. Little Earthquakes, Tori Amos
  234. Master of Reality, Black Sabbath
  235. Metallica, Metallica
  236. Discovery, Daft Punk
  237. Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson
  238. Trans Europe Express, Kraftwerk
  239. Criminal Minded, Boogie Down Productions
  240. Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963, Sam Cooke
  241. Blue Lines, Massive Attack
  242. Loaded, The Velvet Underground
  243. Odyssey and Oracle, The Zombies
  244. 808s & Heartbreak, Kanye West
  245. Heaven or Las Vegas, Cocteau Twins
  246. Mama Said Knock You Out, LL Cool J
  247. Love Deluxe, Sade
  248. American Idiot, Green Day
  249. Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston
  250. Singles Going Steady, Buzzcocks
  251. Honky Chateau, Elton John
  252. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!, Devo
  253. The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, Pink Floyd
  254. Head Hunters, Herbie Hancock
  255. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan
  256. Tracy Chapman, Tracy Chapman
  257. Coat of Many Colors, Dolly Parton
  258. The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Joni Mitchell
  259. Pearl, Janis Joplin
  260. Cut, The Slits
  261. Check Your Head, Beastie Boys
  262. Power, Corruption & Lies, New Order
  263. A Hard Day’s Night, The Beatles
  264. Wish You Were Here, Pink Floyd
  265. Wowee Zowee, Pavement
  266. Help!, The Beatles
  267. Double Nickels on the Dime, Minutemen
  268. Sail Away, Randy Newman
  269. Yeezus, Kanye West
  270. Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves
  271. What’s the 411?, Mary J. Blige
  272. White Light/White Heat, Velvet Underground
  273. Entertainment!, Gang of Four
  274. Sweetheart of the Rodeo, The Byrds
  275. Curtis, Curtis Mayfield
  276. The Bends, Radiohead
  277. The Diary of Alicia Keys, Alicia Keys
  278. Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin
  279. MTV Unplugged in New York, Nirvana
  280. Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent
  281. Nilsson Schmilsson, Harry Nilsson




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