Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time - Updated in 2012

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  1. Norm Apter

    Norm Apter Well-Known Member In Memoriam Thread Starter

    Worcester, MA
    I just picked this up. I think the last one came out about a decade ago, right?

    I don't care a bit about the ratings and rankings, though many members of this board will be happy to note that the Beatles (still) occupy 4 of the top 10 spots.

    The only reason I picked up a copy is that I'm hoping it might serve as an introduction to some "new" old music.

    Of course, these lists are totally subjective but I have to admit that my jaw dropped to the floor when I saw The Piper at the Gates of Dawn ranked as low as #347. I mean, c'mon, that's even old album, and is it not considered perhaps -- alongside Sgt. Peppers -- to be THE classic of psychedelic music?

    Anybody else pick this up? Its supposed to be on display until July 25, 2012.

    ***oops, title should say 500 greatest albums of all time. Will ask a Gort to change accordingly.
  2. Synthfreek

    Synthfreek I’m a ray of sunshine & bastion of positivity

    Maybe this will help start some discussion about the idiotic actions of Rolling Stone:


    Beach Boys: Sunflower
    Beatles: With the Beatles
    Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded
    David Bowie: ChangesOneBowie
    James Brown: 20 All Time Greatest Hits
    Buena Vista Social Club: Buena Vista Social Club
    Byrds: Greatest Hits
    CCR: Green River
    CCR: Cosmo's Factory
    Def Leppard: Pyromania
    Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left
    Nick Drake: Bryter Layter
    Eminem: The Eminem Show
    Merle Haggard: Branded Man
    PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love
    Jane's Addiction: Ritual de lo Habitual
    Elton John: Elton John
    Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers
    Robert Johnson: King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 2
    Madonna: Music
    Mamas and the Papas: Greatest Hits
    Massive Attack: Mezzanine
    Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill
    No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom
    No Doubt: Rock Steady
    Elvis Presley: The Sun Sessions
    Public Enemy: Yo! Bum Rush the Show
    Rage Against the Machine: The Battle of Los Angeles
    Otis Redding: Live in Europe
    Otis Redding: Dreams to Remember
    Linda Ronstadt: Heart Like a Wheel
    Roxy Music: Country Life
    Roxy Music: Avalon
    Paul Simon: There Goes Rhymin' Simon
    Simon and Garfunkel: Greatest Hits
    Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie
    Bruce Springsteen: Greetings from Asbury Park, N. J.
    Hank Williams: The Complete Hank Williams


    Arcade Fire: Funeral
    Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am
    Beach Boys: Smile
    Manu Chao: Proxima Estacion Esperanza
    Leonard Cohen: Songs of Love and Hate
    CCR: Chronicle Vol. 1
    Bob Dylan: Modern Times
    Green Day: American Idiot
    Merle Haggard: Down Every Road
    PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
    Jay-Z: The Black Album
    Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings
    B. B. King: Live in Cook County Jail
    LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver
    Lil Wayne: Tha Carter III
    Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs
    MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
    M. I. A.: Kala
    My Morning Jacket: Z
    OutKast: Aquemini
    Elvis Presley: Sunrise
    Radiohead: Amnesiac
    Radiohead: In Rainbows
    Raekwon: Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
    Bonnie Raitt: Give It Up
    Boz Scaggs: Boz Scaggs
    Paul Simon: Paul Simon
    Sleater-Kinney: Dig Me Out
    Bruce Springsteen: The Rising
    Stone Roses: The Stone Roses
    Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
    Various Artists: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto
    Kanye West: The College Dropout
    Kanye West: Late Registration
    Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
    White Stripes: White Blood Cells
    Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
    Amy Winehouse: Back to Black
  3. DaveN

    DaveN Music Glutton

    Apex, NC
    Time for MikeB to resurrect his thread! It was one of the most entertaining three weeks on this board!
  4. Stone Turntable

    Stone Turntable Dedicated Follower of Hi-Fi

    New Mexico USA
    "Idiotic" is a little strong for what is inescapably a fickle, transitory, fashionable, and massively arbitrary exercise on canon-making, conspicuous consumption, and shopping advice from a wholly superannuated magazine, but different strokes. The editorial/commercial bias toward the recent is always bound to assassinate many a classic.

    Nevertheless, these supplementary in/out lists are extremely helpful and illuminating — thanks!

    I've highlighted the deletions I think are particularly ill-advised and the additions that I think are particularly worthy. Such things are highly subjective, needless to say. Ixnay on the Ennerway...
  5. moople72

    moople72 Forum Resident

    Too much Kanye
  6. zen

    zen Senior Member

    But they said ALL TIME. :realmad: ;)
  7. Ramos Pinto

    Ramos Pinto New Member

    Southeast US
    There are about a dozen on the deletions list I would keep, but none are singles collections.
  8. Apesbrain

    Apesbrain Forum Resident

    East Coast, USA
    Have to agree with those three. "Stories" is simply a brilliant record. Only Bruce would/could make the statement on 9/11 that is "The Rising". "YHT" is probably the weirdest album I love.
  9. uphoria6

    uphoria6 Senior Member

    Ont. Canada
    Hmm...of the "deleted" I own 21 of the "elevated" I own 23 so I guess I don't care either way...LOL
  10. Aghast of Ithaca

    Aghast of Ithaca Forum Resident

    I'm impressed that Massive Attack's Mezzanine was even in their 500 in the first place.
  11. 905

    905 Senior Member

    St. Louis
    If they have to include comps, they might as well just have CCR's Chronicle vol. 1 instead of any individual albums.
  12. Tangledupinblue

    Tangledupinblue Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Given their replacements and that these lists are supposed to be objective (or near as can be possible in popular music), choosing the above for deletion makes absolutely no sense to me.
  13. daca

    daca Currently on Double Secret Probation

    Pittsburgh, PA

    What a joke, deleting CCR and Simon/Garfunkel, Elton John, for this.
  14. daca

    daca Currently on Double Secret Probation

    Pittsburgh, PA
    I don't normally threadcrap, but when I do, it's when Kayne west has 3 of the "Top 500" Albums of all time.

    Stay thirsty my friends.

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  15. genesisfan

    genesisfan Forum Resident

    Santiago, Chile
    The 2012 list is even more laughable than the previous one

    Within a few years Kayne West and M.I.A will be just as "remembered" as No Doubt or Alanis Morrisette

    Too much of the same overrated stuff like Radiohead.

    Also, the inclusion of Greatest Hits/ Best ofs is plain ridiculous.
    And of couse, no progressive rock

    Stupid and frankly offensive list.
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  16. docwebb

    docwebb Forum Resident

    As much relevance to me as who gets in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame....
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  17. PH416156

    PH416156 Alea Iacta Est

    :laugh: :D
  18. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Handsome, Humble, Genius

    PJ Harvey's To Bring You My Love is still better than any of the newly added albums.
  19. Tangledupinblue

    Tangledupinblue Forum Resident

    London, UK
    Maybe three Kanye West albums is a bit excessive but there's no denying that at least one of them deserve to get in.

    And by virtually any objective standard Radiohead are one of the top 20 rock bands of all time and not including any of their albums would be a travesty.

    I hope this thread isn't going to turn into another of those excuses to bash new(er) music...:sigh:
  20. malcolm reynolds

    malcolm reynolds Handsome, Humble, Genius

    I can think of 200,000 albums that are better than anything by Kayne West. This is my opinion of course.
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  21. Aghast of Ithaca

    Aghast of Ithaca Forum Resident

    I'm a Harvey fan but that's my least favourite of her albums. I'd put Rid Of Me in there instead, or possibly Is This Desire?
  22. Trevor_Bartram

    Trevor_Bartram Forum Resident

    Boylston, MA, USA
    My wife bought it for me. I noticed 'Pipers' and many others that should have been rated higher. At that point RS lost all credibility, their team don't have a clue.
    And how could Avalon get dropped from the list, insane.
    Regards, Trevor.
  23. kinkling

    kinkling Forum Resident

    Boogie Down Productions' Criminal Minded should never have been kicked off if Kanye is still on there (just to join the ranks of those bitching about his overexposure on the list).
  24. genesisfan

    genesisfan Forum Resident

    Santiago, Chile
    I think Radiohead have now 4 or 5 albums on the RS list, right?

    And yet no progressive rock on the list, other than Pink Floyd. Now THAT'S a travesty!

    Dropping Def Leppard - Pyromania and Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie is just an insanity. Those 2 albums were the peak of rock music at the time.

    As for the new music: soon it will be forgotten, after being so much overrated all these years.
  25. JimC

    JimC Well-Known Member

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