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150 Greatest Albums of All Time


After starting this project in December 2010, Rolling Stone magazine updated their list of the Top 500 Albums of all time. I have chosen to listen to the Top 150, which only changed slightly in the revision. The list below is current as of May 3rd, 2012.
For the complete list of 500 albums, follow this link.

Rolling Stone magazine’s Top 150 Greatest Albums of All Time

  1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band THE BEATLES
  2. Pet Sounds THE BEACH BOYS
  3. Revolver THE BEATLES
  4. Highway 61 Revisited BOB DYLAN
  5. Rubber Soul THE BEATLES
  6. What’s Going On MARVIN GAYE
  7. Exile on Main Street THE ROLLING STONES
  8. London Calling THE CLASH
  9. Blonde on Blonde BOB DYLAN
  10. The White Album THE BEATLES
  11. The Sun Sessions ELVIS PRESLEY
  12. Kind of Blue MILES DAVIS
  13. The Velvet Underground THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO
  14. Abbey Road THE BEATLES
  15. Are You Experienced? THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
  16. Blood On The Tracks BOB DYLAN
  17. Nevermind NIRVANA
  18. Born To Run BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
  19. Astral Weeks VAN MORRISON
  20. Thriller MICHAEL JACKSON
  21. The Great Twenty-Eight CHUCK BERRY
  22. Plastic Ono Band JOHN LENNON
  23. Innervisions STEVIE WONDER
  24. Live At The Apollo JAMES BROWN
  25. Rumours FLEETWOOD MAC
  26. The Joshua Tree U2
  27. King of the Delta Blues Singers ROBERT JOHNSON
  28. Who’s Next THE WHO
  29. Led Zeppelin LED ZEPPELIN
  30. Blue JONI MITCHELL
  31. Bringing It All Back Home BOB DYLAN
  32. Let It Bleed THE ROLLING STONES
  33. Ramones RAMONES
  34. Music From Big Pink THE BAND
  35. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars DAVID BOWIE
  36. Tapestry CAROLE KING
  37. Hotel California THE EAGLES
  38. The Anthology MUDDY WATERS
  39. Please Please Me THE BEATLES
  40. Forever Changes LOVE
  41. Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols THE SEX PISTOLS
  42. The Doors THE DOORS
  43. The Dark Side of the Moon PINK FLOYD
  44. Horses PATTI SMITH
  45. The Band THE BAND
  46. Legend BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS
  47. A Love Supreme JOHN COLTRANE
  48. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back PUBLIC ENEMY
  49. At Fillmore East THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND
  50. Here’s Little Richard LITTLE RICHARD
  51. Bridge Over Troubled Water SIMON AND GARFUNKEL
  52. Greatest Hits AL GREEN
  53. The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic R&B RAY CHARLES
  54. Electric Ladyland JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
  55. Elvis Presley ELVIS PRESLEY
  56. Songs in the Key of Life STEVIE WONDER
  57. Beggar’s Banquet THE ROLLING STONES
  58. Trout Mask Replica CAPTAIN BEEFHEART AND HIS MAGIC BAND
  59. Meet The Beatles THE BEATLES
  60. Greatest Hits SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
  61. Appetite for Destruction GUNS N’ ROSES
  62. Achtung Baby U2
  63. Sticky Fingers THE ROLLING STONES
  64. Back to Mono PHIL SPECTOR
  65. Moondance VAN MORRISON
  66. Led Zeppelin IV LED ZEPPELIN
  67. The Stranger BILLY JOEL
  68. Off The Wall MICHAEL JACKSON
  69. Superfly CURTIS MAYFIELD
  70. Physical Graffiti LED ZEPPELIN
  71. After The Gold Rush NEIL YOUNG
  72. Purple Rain PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION
  73. Back In Black AC/DC
  74. Otis Blue OTIS REDDING
  75. Led Zeppelin II LED ZEPPELIN
  76. Imagine JOHN LENNON
  77. The Clash THE CLASH
  78. Harvest NEIL YOUNG
  79. Star Time JAMES BROWN
  80. Odessey and Oracle THE ZOMBIES
  81. Graceland PAUL SIMON
  82. Axis: Bold As Love JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
  83. I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You ARETHA FRANKLIN
  84. Lady Soul ARETHA FRANKLIN
  85. Born in the U.S.A. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
  86. Let It Be THE BEATLES
  87. The Wall PINK FLOYD
  88. At Folsom Prison JOHNNY CASH
  89. Dusty in Memphis DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
  90. Talking Book STEVIE WONDER
  91. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road ELTON JOHN
  92. 20 Golden Greats BUDDY HOLLY
  93. Sign ‘O’ The Times PRINCE
  94. Bitches Brew MILES DAVIS
  95. Green River CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
  96. Tommy THE WHO
  97. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan BOB DYLAN
  98. This Year’s Model ELVIS COSTELLO
  99. There’s a Riot Goin’ On SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
  100. In The Wee Small Hours FRANK SINATRA
  101. Fresh Cream CREAM
  102. Giant Steps JOHN COLTRANE
  103. Sweet Baby James JAMES TAYLOR
  104. Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music RAY CHARLES
  105. Rocket to Russia RAMONES
  106. Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964 SAM COOKE
  107. Hunky Dory DAVID BOWIE
  108. Aftermath THE ROLLING STONES
  109. Loaded THE VELVET UNDERGROUND
  110. The Bends RADIOHEAD
  111. Court and Spark JONI MITCHELL
  112. Disraeli Gears CREAM
  113. The Who Sell Out THE WHO
  114. Out of Our Heads THE ROLLING STONES
  115. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs DEREK AND THE DOMINOES
  116. At Last! ETTA JAMES
  117. Sweetheart of the Rodeo THE BYRDS
  118. Stand! SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
  119. The Harder They Come ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
  120. Raising Hell RUN DMC
  121. Moby Grape MOBY GRAPE
  122. Pearl JANIS JOPLIN
  123. Catch A Fire BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS
  124. Younger Than Yesterday THE BYRDS
  125.  Raw Power THE STOOGES
  126. Remain In Light TALKING HEADS
  127. If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears THE MAMAS AND THE PAPAS
  128.  Marquee Moon TELEVISION
  129. 40 Greatest Hits HANK WILLIAMS
  130. Paranoid BLACK SABBATH
  131. Saturday Night Fever ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
  132. The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
  133. Ready To Die THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G.
  134. Slanted and Enchanted PAVEMENT
  135. Greatest Hits ELTON JOHN
  136. Tim THE REPLACEMENTS
  137. The Chronic DR. DRE
  138. Rejuvuenation THE METERS
  139. All That You Can’t Leave Behind U2
  140. Parallel Lines BLONDIE
  141. Live at the Regal B.B. KING
  142. A Christmas Gift for You PHIL SPECTOR
  143. Gris-Gris DR. JOHN
  144. Straight Outta Compton N.W.A.
  145. Aja STEELY DAN
  146. Surrealistic Pillow JEFFERSON AIRPLANE
  147. Dreams to Remember THE OTIS REDDING ANTHOLOGY
  148. Deja Vu CROSBY, STILLS , NASH AND YOUNG
  149. Houses of the Holy LED ZEPPELIN
  150. Santana SANTANA

Previously listed and now ommitted:
Darkness on the Edge of Town BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

  1. Your coming up to a good string of records Television, Talking Heads and The Stooges…you need to sit down and get some drinks (Rye/Coke/Ice IMO…maybe some white wine ha) and make an evening out of this..oo. Sorry your blog has become somewhat of a staple in my afternoon deskwarming sessions. I’m revisiting a lot old favourites thanks to you. Hope you don’t mind.

    • Jeff, I’m so glad you’re enjoying it man! And glad you’re doing a bit of revisiting! That’s great! I might just have to buy myself a bottle of rye and sit down and do these bad boys one Saturday afternoon. Its true. Can’t wait!!! Taylor Scaggs also recommended I listen to Television, so I’m excited about that. Thanks for reading man!

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