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My Top 150 Albums – The Last.Fm List

In 2008, I joined last.fm, a music website (and app) that keeps track of the music I listen to on my computer and my smartphone (excluding Youtube videos), and also makes recommendations based on my listening habits.  Below are the top 150 albums I’ve listened to between 2008 and today (2/6/2022), based on last.fm‘s calculations.  I’ve listed the albums in order of frequency and have included a genre description (usually borrowed from Wikipedia).

After classical music (26 out of 150 albums), the genre I listen to the most is “indie rock” (20 albums). This term originated as a way to identify artists whose music was released by independent record labels, although it has now expanded to describe a brand of alternative rock music.  I’m not sure how alternative rock and indie rock differ.  If someone wants to explain in the comments, that would be great.  (For example, does an “indie rock” band stop being “indie rock” if it is signed to a major record label, even if the style of music they play remains basically the same?)

I also listen to music that is categorized as “indie pop” (eight albums) and “indie folk” (six albums) (including some overlap with “indie rock”).  Once again, I’m not sure I understand how the nature of the company distributing the music tells us anything about the music itself, other than to say that it differs (but how?) from mainstream rock, pop, and folk music.  Other big categories are jazz (18 albums), alternative rock (15 albums), blues (13 albums), and rhythm & blues (R&B) (13 albums).  The artists with the most albums on  the list are The New Pornographers and Aimee Mann, with five albums each.

Some caveats:
(1) These are not necessarily my favorite albums.  They are the albums I’ve listened to the most. Many of my favorite artists are not represented on this list.
(2) This is all music that I personally own – I don’t use Spotify, Pandora or other streaming services.
(3) I rarely listen to an entire album at once, so these ratings mean that I have listened to tracks from the album, not necessarily the entire album.
(4) I often listen to my music in “shuffle” mode. This means that albums with more tracks are more likely to be played, which biases the list in favor of the albums with the most tracks.  This also means that there is a bias in favor of albums with shorter tracks and against albums with longer ones.
(5) This list does not take into account CDs that I have played on my CD players at home and in my car.

  1. Antisocialites (2017) – Alvvays [indie pop]
  2. Challengers (2007) – The New Pornographers [indie rock]
  3. Memorial Collection (rec. 1955-1959) – Buddy Holly [rock & roll]
  4. Shostakovich: The String Quartets (2000) – Emerson String Quartet [classical]
  5. Debussy: Images, Etudes (2000) – Jean-Yves Thibaudet [classical]
  6. Complete Decca Recordings (rec. 1937-1939) – Count Basie [jazz]
  7. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (1962) – Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus/Otto Klemperer [classical]
  8. Together (2010) – The New Pornographers [indie rock]
  9. The Man and His Music (rec. 1956-1964) – Sam Cooke [soul/R&B]
  10. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards (2006) – Tom Waits [experimental/rock/jazz/blues]
  11. Art Angels (2015) – Grimes [dream pop/electronic]
  12. Chopin: 24 Preludes, Piano Sonata #2 (2000) – Evgeny Kissin [classical]
  13. Whiteout Conditions (2017) – The New Pornographers [indie rock]
  14. The Singles (rec. 1969-1993) – David Bowie [art rock/pop]
  15. Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2014) – Courtney Barnett [indie rock]
  16. Lost in Space (2002) – Aimee Mann [pop/rock]
  17. The Guitar Song (2009) – Jamey Johnson [country]
  18. Couperin: Les Nations (1965) – Quadro Amsterdam [classical]
  19. Alvvays (2013) – Alvvays [indie pop]
  20. No Direction Home: Bootleg Series Volume 7 (rec. 1959-1966) – Bob Dylan [folk/folk rock]
  21. New Moon (2007) – Elliott Smith [indie folk/lo-fi]
  22. Ligeti: Works for Piano (1997) – Pierre-Laurent Aimard [classical]
  23. The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson (rec. 1954-1964) – Sonny Boy Williamson [blues]
  24. Twin Cinema (2005) – The New Pornographers [indie rock]
  25. Bach: Mass in B minor (1977) – Bach-Collegium Stuttgart/Helmuth Rilling [classical]
  26. Gluck: Orphée et Eurydice (French version by Hector Berlioz) (1996) – San Francisco Opera/Donald Runnicles [classical]
  27. The Suburbs (2010) – Arcade Fire [indie rock]
  28. The Early Years (rec. 1940-1947) – Bill Monroe [country/bluegrass]
  29. Britten: Peter Grimes (1978) – Royal Opera House Covent Garden/Colin Davis [classical]
  30. The Blanton-Webster Band (rec. 1942-1944) – Duke Ellington [jazz]
  31. Visions (2012) – Grimes [dream pop/electronic]
  32. West Side Story (1957) – Original Broadway Cast [classical/show tunes]
  33. The Great Twenty-Eight (rec. 1955-1964) – Chuck Berry [rock & roll]
  34. Cross Country Tour (rec. 1958-1961) – Ahmad Jamal Trio [jazz]
  35. Imperial Bedroom (1982) – Elvis Costello & the Attractions [new wave/power pop]
  36. It’s Blitz! (2009) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs [synth-punk/alternative pop]
  37. The Ultimate Collection (rec. 1959-1970) – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles [soul/R&B]
  38. Mozart: The Ten Celebrated String Quartets (1997) – The Franz Schubert Quartet [classical]
  39. Rameau: Castor et Pollux (1994) – English Bach Festival Baroque Orchestra/Charles Farncombe [classical]
  40. Piano Solos: Turn On The Heat (rec. 1927-1941) – Fats Waller [jazz]
  41. The Complete Aladdin Sessions (rec. 1942-1948) – Lester Young [jazz]
  42. Bachelor No. 2 (1999) – Aimee Mann [pop/rock]
  43. 69 Love Songs (1999) – The Magnetic Fields [indie pop/chamber pop]
  44. Burn Your Fire for No Witness (2014) – Angel Olsen [indie rock/indie folk]
  45. Music of the Crusades (1971) – Early Music Consort of London/David Munrow [classical]
  46. Stravinsky: The Rake’s Progress (1996) – Chorus and Orchestra de l’Opera Lyon/Kent Nagano [classical]
  47. Poet of the Blues (rec. 1950-1954) – Percy Mayfield [blues]
  48. Tommy (1969) – The Who [hard rock]
  49. Afrocubism (2010) – Afrocubism [world/Latin/mande]
  50. The ArchAndroid (2010) – Janelle Monáe [progressive soul/alternative R&B]
  51. Whatever (1993) – Aimee Mann [pop/rock]
  52. Have a Little Faith (1993) – Bill Frisell [jazz]
  53. The Genius of the Electric Guitar (rec. 1939-1941) – Charlie Christian [jazz]
  54. The Hazards of Love (2009) – The Decemberists [folk rock/progressive rock]
  55. Tippett: A Child of Our Time (1991) – City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/ Michael Tippett [classical]
  56. The Band (1969) – The Band [roots rock/Americana]
  57. I’m With Stupid (1995) – Aimee Mann [pop/rock]
  58. Girls Girls Girls (rec. 1977-1986) – Elvis Costello [new wave/power pop]
  59. Beautiful Creature (1999) – Juliana Hatfield [alternative rock]
  60. Speakerboxx/The Love Below (2004) – OutKast [hip hop]
  61. Singles Collection: The London Years (rec. 1963-1970) – The Rolling Stones [rock/blues/pop]
  62. Blind Lemon Jefferson (rec. 1925-1929) – Blind Lemon Jefferson [blues]
  63. Egyptology (1997) – World Party [alternative rock/indie pop]
  64. Schumann: Kreisleriana, Carnaval (1995) – Mistsuko Uchida [classical]
  65. MASSEDUCTION (2017) – St. Vincent [art rock]
  66. Hide Away: The Best of Freddie King (rec. 1956-1970) – Freddie King [blues]
  67. Bolcom: Songs of Innocence and Experience (2004) – University of Michigan School of Music Symphony Orchestra/ Leonard Slatkin [classical]
  68. Mucho Macho Machito and His Afro-Cuban Salseros (1948-1949) – Machito & His Afro-Cubans [jazz/Latin]
  69. Stockhausen: Stimmung (1984) – Singcircle/Gregory Rose [classical]
  70. The Very Best of (rec. 1967-1969) – Aretha Franklin [soul/R&B]
  71. Trout Mask Replica (1969) – Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band [avant-garde/experimental rock]
  72. Forever Changes (1967) – Love [psychedelic rock]
  73. MAYA (2010) – M.I.A. [hip hop]
  74. Volume One (2008) – She & Him [indie pop/alternative country]
  75. Embryonic (2009) – The Flaming Lips [neo-psychedelia/alternative rock]
  76. The Soft Bulletin (1999) – The Flaming Lips [neo-psychedelia/alternative rock]
  77. The Number One Hits (rec. 1956-1969) – Elvis Presley [rock & roll]
  78. Schubert: Die Winterreise (1983) Haken Hagegard & Thomas Schuback [classical]
  79. That Lonesome Song (2008) – Jamey Johnson [country]
  80. The Classic Cobra Recordings (rec. 1956-1958) – Otis Rush [blues]
  81. Cadence Classics: Their 20 Greatest Hits (rec. 1957-1960) – The Everly Brothers [country rock]
  82. LIFTED or The Story Is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground (2002) – Bright Eyes [indie rock/indie folk]
  83. Beautiful Garbage (2001) – Garbage [alternative rock/trip hop]
  84. Who Is Jill Scott? (Words and Sounds Vol. 1) (2000) – Jill Scott [neo-soul/R&B]
  85. Uh Huh Her (2004) – PJ Harvey [alternative rock/art rock]
  86. Gold (2001) – Ryan Adams [alternative country/indie rock]
  87. Greatest Hits (rec. 1962-1967) – The Righteous Brothers [pop/soul]
  88. Closer (1980) – Joy Division [post-punk/gothic rock]
  89. Hot Fives & Sevens, Vol. 4 (Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines) (rec. 1928-1929) – Louis Armstrong [jazz]
  90. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! (2007) – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds [alternative rock]
  91. I and Love and You (2009) – The Avett Brothers [indie folk]
  92. Complete Chess Recordings (rec. 1950-1959) – Jimmy Rogers [blues]
  93. Riley: Salome Dances for Peace (1989) – Kronos Quartet [classical]
  94. Middle Cyclone (2008) – Neko Case [indie rock/alternative country]
  95. Schoenberg: Gürrelieder (2001) – Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Simon Rattle [classical]
  96. Alice (2002) – Tom Waits [experimental/rock/jazz/blues]
  97. Body and Soul (rec. 1939-1956) – Coleman Hawkins [jazz]
  98. Blonde on Blonde (1966) – Bob Dylan [folk rock]
  99. SMiLE (2004) – Brian Wilson [orchestral pop]
  100. 25th Anniversary (rec. 1939-1964) – Judy Garland [pop standards/show tunes]
  101. No Boundaries (1996) – Natalie MacMaster [world/Celtic]
  102. Flood (1990) – They Might Be Giants [alternative rock/power pop]
  103. Freetown Sound (2016) – Blood Orange [alternative R&B/experimental jazz]
  104. Offenbach: Les Contes d’Hoffmann (1950) – Choeur et Orchestre du Theatre National de l’Opera-Comique/Andre Cluytens [classical]
  105. Bartók: Six String Quartets (1988) – Emerson String Quartet [classical]
  106. In Exile Deo (2004) – Juliana Hatfield [alternative rock]
  107. The College Dropout (2004) – Kanye West [hip hop]
  108. Cripple Crow (2005) – Devendra Banhart [psychedelic folk]
  109. Galore: The Singles (rec. 1987-1997) – The Cure [gothic rock/post-punk]
  110. Electric Version (2003) – The New Pornographers [indie rock]
  111. Malibu (2016) – Anderson .Paak [soul/R&B/hip hop]
  112. Pure Comedy (2017) – Father John Misty [indie rock/indie folk]
  113. This World Is Not My Home (rec. 1985-1987) – Lone Justice [cowpunk/country rock]
  114. Próxima Estación: Esperanza (2001) – Manu Chao [worldbeat/Latin alternative]
  115. Toxicity (2001) – System of a Down [alternative metal]
  116. 16 Greatest Hits (rec. 1965-1968) – The Mamas & the Papas [folk rock]
  117. Before Today (2010) – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti [lo-fi/hypnagogic pop]
  118. Midnite Vultures (1999) – Beck [funk rock/R&B]
  119. The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (rec. 1945-1948) – Charlie Parker [jazz]
  120. A Town Called Addis (2008) – Dub Colossus [world/dub/reggae]
  121. Dusty In Memphis (1968) – Dusty Springfield [pop/soul/R&B]
  122. New Amerykah, Pt. 1 (4th World War) (2008) – Erykah Badu [neo-soul/funk/R&B]
  123. Adams: The Death of Klinghoffer (1992) – Lyon National Opera Orchestra & London Opera Chorus/Kent Nagano [classical]
  124. Segundo (2000) – Juana Molina [world/folktronica]
  125. Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out (2005) – Petra Haden [indie rock]
  126. Kid A (2000) – Radiohead [experimental rock/electronica]
  127. Verve Jazz Masters 34 (rec. 1944-1962) – Coleman Hawkins [jazz]
  128. With the Beatles (1963) – The Beatles [pop/R&B/rock & roll]
  129. Beethoven: The Late String Quartets (1992) – Tokyo String Quartet [classical]
  130. Summer Sun (2003) – Yo La Tengo [indie rock/dream pop]
  131. Mental Illness (2017) – Aimee Mann [pop/rock]
  132. Armchair Apocrypha (2007) – Andrew Bird [indie rock]
  133. For Emma, Forever Ago (2007) – Bon Iver [indie folk/indie pop/indie rock]
  134. Stravinsky: The Great Ballets (1963, 1973) – London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernard Haitink [classical]
  135. Let England Shake (2011) – PJ Harvey [folk rock]
  136. Anthology (rec. 1960-1972) – Ray Charles [soul/R&B]
  137. Dear Science (2008) – TV on the Radio [art rock/indie rock]
  138. The Buddy Holly Collection (rec. 1954-1959) – Buddy Holly [rock & roll]
  139. Le Quintette du Hot Club de France (rec. 1934-1940) – Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli [jazz]
  140. The Fat Man – 25 Classic Performances (rec. 1949-1961) – Fats Domino [rock & roll/R&B]
  141. Good News For People Who Love Bad News (2004) – Modest Mouse [indie rock]
  142. Third (2008) – Portishead [trip hop/alternative rock]
  143. White Blood Cells (2001) – The White Stripes [garage rock/alternative rock]
  144. Goodbye Jumbo (1990) – World Party [alternative rock/indie pop]
  145. King of the Blues Guitar (rec. 1966-1969) – Albert King [blues]
  146. The Information (2006) – Beck [alternative rock]
  147. The Definitive Blind Willie McTell (rec. 1929-1933) – Blind Willie McTell [blues]
  148. My Maudlin Career (2009) – Camera Obscura [indie pop]
  149. The Crane Wife (2006) – The Decemberists [indie rock/progressive folk]
  150. Sleep Well Beast (2017) – The National [indie rock/art rock]

Permanent Records: The Updated Albums List

I’ve added three more “best albums of all time” lists to the best albums meta-list.  Thanks to Make Lists, Not War reader Keith Nutter for the update suggestions.  As before, the meta-lists includes every album on at least three of the original source lists.

Here are the links to the updated lists:
Best Albums of All Time – Ranked
Best Albums of All Time – Chronological
Best Albums of All Time – By Artist

In addition to rearranging the meta-list somewhat, the new lists added 35 new albums and 14 new artists.  Here are the new-to-the-list artists:

  • The Avalanches
  • Beyoncé
  • Dave Brubeck
  • Daft Punk
  • Fleet Foxes
  • GZA
  • Lorde
  • Madvillain
  • M.I.A.
  • Mobb Deep
  • Slowdive
  • Solange
  • Talk Talk
  • Vampire Weekend

The latest update has increased the number of recent albums on the meta-list, which is heavily weighted towards music of the 1960s and 1970s.  Here are the 15 albums on the meta-list from 2010 on.

  • Kanye West  My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
  • Arcade Fire  The Suburbs (2010)
  • Adele  21 (2011)
  • PJ Harvey  Let England Shake (2011)
  • Kendrick Lamar  good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012)
  • Frank Ocean  Channel Orange (2012)
  • Kanye West  Yeezus (2013)
  • Vampire Weekend  Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
  • Kendrick Lamar  To Pimp a Butterfly (2015)
  • Sufjan Stevens  Carrie & Lowell (2015)
  • David Bowie  Blackstar (2016)
  • Frank Ocean  Blond (2016)
  • Beyoncé  Lemonade (2016)
  • Solange  A Seat at the Table (2016)
  • Lorde  Melodrama (2017)

 

Classic Hits: The Updated Classical Music Lists

I’ve added two more lists to the classical music meta-lists.  This has added more than a dozen new pieces of music and three new-to-the-list composers:

  • Henryk Wieniawski (Poland, 1835-1880)
  • Umberto Giordano (Italy, 1867-1948)
  • Henri Dutilleux (France, 1916-2013)

The links to the updated lists are here:
Best Classical Music – Ranked
Best Classical Music – Chronological
Best Classical Music – By Composer
Best Classical Music – By Type of Composition

The full meta-list contains 656 pieces of music (659 if you count Wagner’s Ring cycle as 4 instead of 1.)  That’s a lot of music.  For those who may be intimidated by such a large list, I’ve created a miniature version that contains fewer than 70 compositions (see below).  This list includes only those pieces of music on at least 10 of the original source lists.  It is an odd and fairly conservative list.  The Germans and Austrians dominate. Most of the music is symphonic, with a number of operas, but there is very little chamber music and only one piece of solo piano music.  The vast majority of the music comes from the Classical and Romantic periods (roughly 1750-1900), with nothing from the Renaissance and nothing from any composers born in the 20th Century.  There in no Chopin (!?!), no Liszt, no Shostakovich, and only one work by an American composer.  But it is an interesting list nonetheless, and contains some of the best known, most popular, and most highly-regarded pieces of classical music ever written.  I’ve organized it by composer, with the composers listed in chronological order by date of birth.  For composers with more than one piece on the list, I’ve listed the compositions in chronological order. Enjoy.

Best Classical Music: Works on 10 or More of the Original Source Lists

Antonio Vivaldi (Italy, 1678-1741)

  • The Four Seasons (1725)

Johann Sebastian Bach (Germany, 1685-1750)

  • Cello Suites (approx. 1717-1723)
  • Brandenburg Concertos (1721)
  • St. Matthew Passion (1727)
  • Goldberg Variations (1741)
  • Mass in B minor (1749)

George Frideric Handel (Germany, 1685-1759)

  • The Water Music (1717)
  • Messiah (1741)

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Austria, 1756-1791)

  • Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor (1785)
  • Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major (1785)
  • The Marriage of Figaro (1786)
  • Serenade No. 13 in G major “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” (1787)
  • Symphony No. 40 in G minor (1788)
  • Symphony No. 41 in C major “Jupiter” (1788)
  • The Magic Flute (1791)
  • Clarinet Concerto in A major (1791)
  • Requiem (1792)

Ludwig van Beethoven (Germany, 1770-1827)

  • Piano Sonata No. 14 in C# minor “Moonlight” (1801)
  • Symphony No. 3 in Eb major “Eroica” (1804)
  • Violin Concerto in D major (1806)
  • Symphony No. 5 in C minor (1808)
  • Symphony No. 6 in F major “Pastoral” (1808)
  • Symphony No. 7 in A major (1812)
  • Symphony No. 9 in D minor “Choral” (1824)
  • String Quartet No. 14 in C# minor (1826)

Gioachino Rossini (Italy, 1792-1868)

  • The Barber of Seville (1816)

Franz Schubert (Austria, 1797-1828)

  • Piano Quintet in A major “The Trout” (1819)
  • Symphony No. 8 in B minor “Unfinished” (1822)
  • String Quintet in C major (1828)

Hector Berlioz (France, 1803-1869)

  • Symphonie Fantastique (1829)

Felix Mendelssohn (Germany, 1809-1847)

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Overture (1826)
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Incidental Music (1842)

Robert Schumann (Germany, 1810-1856)

  • Piano Concerto in A minor (1845)

Richard Wagner (Germany, 1813-1883)

  • Der Ring des Nibelungen: 1. Das Rheingold (1854)
  • Der Ring des Nibelungen: 2. Die Walküre (1856)
  • Der Ring des Nibelungen: 3. Siegfried (1871)
  • Der Ring des Nibelungen: 4. Götterdämmerung (1874)

Giuseppe Verdi (Italy, 1813-1901)

  • La Traviata (1853)
  • Requiem (1874)

Anton Bruckner (Austria, 1824-1896)

  • Symphony No. 7 in E major (1881-1883, revised 1885)

Johannes Brahms (Germany, 1833-1897)

  • A German Requiem (1865-1868)
  • Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
  • Symphony No. 3 in F major (1883)
  • Symphony No. 4 in E minor (1884-1885)

Georges Bizet (France, 1838-1875)

  • Carmen (1874)

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russia, 1840-1893)

  • Piano Concerto No. 1 in Bb minor (1874-1875; revised 1879 and 1888)
  • Swan Lake (1875-1876)
  • Symphony No. 5 in E minor (1888)
  • The Nutcracker (1892)
  • Symphony No. 6 in B minor “Pathetique” (1893)

Antonín Dvořák (Czech Republic, 1841-1904)

  • Symphony No. 9 in E minor “From the New World” (1893)
  • Cello Concerto in B minor (1894-1895)

Edvard Grieg (Norway, 1843-1907)

  • Piano Concerto in A minor (1868)
  • Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 (1888)
  • Peer Gynt Suite No. 2 (1891)

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (Russia, 1844-1908)

  • Scheherazade (1888)

Edward Elgar (UK, 1857-1934)

  • Cello Concerto in E minor (1919) (on 10 lists)

Gustav Mahler (Czech Republic, 1860-1911)

  • Symphony No. 5 in C# minor (1901-1902)
  • Symphony No. 9 in D major (1910)

Claude Debussy (France, 1862-1918)

  • Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (1894)
  • La Mer (1903-1905)

Richard Strauss (Germany, 1864-1949)

  • Also Sprach Zarathustra (1896)

Sergei Rachmaninoff (Russia, 1873-1943)

  • Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor (1900-1901)

Béla Bartók (Hungary, 1881-1945)

  • String Quartet No. 4 in C major (1927)
  • Concerto for Orchestra (1943)

Igor Stravinsky (Russia, 1882-1971)

  • The Rite of Spring (1913)

George Gershwin (US, 1898-1937)

  • Rhapsody in Blue (1924)

 

Thank You, Next: The Best of 2021

I’ve published meta-lists of the best films, albums, TV shows, and books of 2021.  I made these lists by combining numerous “best of” lists I found online.  Here are the links:

Best Films of 2021
Best TV Shows of 2021
Best Music of 2021
Best Books of 2021

The most popular and the most critically-acclaimed rarely line up and 2021 was no exception.  There was very little overlap between the bestselling films, books and music and the critics’ favorites.  An exception was television, where the critics and audiences seemed to appreciate the same shows.

For example, the top grossing movies globally were:

  1. Spider-Man: No Way Home (US, Jon Watts)
  2. The Battle at Lake Changjin (China, Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark & Dante Lam)
  3. Hi, Mom (China, Jia Ling)
  4. No Time to Die (UK/US, Cary Joji Fukunaga)
  5. F9 (US, Justin Lin)
  6. Detective Chinatown 3 (China, Chen Sicheng)
  7. Venom: Let There Be Carnage (US, Andy Serkis)
  8. Godzilla vs. Kong (US, Adam Wingard)
  9. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (US, Destin Daniel Cretton)
  10. Eternals (US, Chloé Zhao)

But the top critically-acclaimed films were:

1. Licorice Pizza (US, Paul Thomas Anderson)
2. Drive My Car
(Japan, Hamaguchi Ryūsuke)
3. The Power of the Dog (UK/US/New Zealand, Jane Campion)
4. Dune (US, Denis Villeneuve)
5. The Souvenir Part II (UK, Joanna Hogg)
6. The French Dispatch
(US, Wes Anderson)
7. Summer of Soul (US, Ahmir Khalib Thompson)
8. The Worst Person in the World (Norway, Joachim Trier)
9. Petite Maman (France, Céline Sciamma)
10. The Velvet Underground
(US, Todd Haynes)
11. The Card Counter (US, Paul Schrader)
12. Annette (France, Leos Carax)
13. The Green Knight (US/Canada, David Lowery)
14. The Lost Daughter (US, Maggie Gyllenhaal)

The most popular songs of the year were:

  1. Save Your TearsThe Weeknd ft. Ariana Grande
  2. MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)Lil Nas X
  3. LevitatingDua Lipa feat. Da Baby
  4. Blinding LightsThe Weeknd 
  5. drivers license Olivia Rodrigo
  6. good 4 uOlivia Rodrigo
  7. Kiss Me MoreDoja Cat ft. Sza 
  8. StayThe Kid Laroi ft. Justin Bieber
  9. PositionsAriana Grande
  10. PeachesJustin Bieber ft. Daniel Caesar & Giveon

But the most critically-acclaimed albums were:

  1. Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, and the London Symphony OrchestraPromises
  2. Tyler, the CreatorCall Me if You Get Lost
  3. Dry CleaningNew Long Leg
  4. LowHey What
  5. Little SimzSometimes I Might Be Introvert
  6. Arlo ParksCollapsed in Sunbeams
  7. Olivia RodrigoSour
  8. The Weather StationIgnorance
  9. Japanese BreakfastJubilee
  10. TurnstileGlow On

For books, the story was similar.  Here are the year’s bestsellers (book published in 2021):

  1. Dog Man: Mothering Heights. By Dav Pilkey
  2. The Four Winds. By Kristin Hannah
  3. American Marxism. By Mark R. Levin
  4. The Last Thing He Told Me. By Laura Dave
  5. The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse. By Charlie Mackesy
  6. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Big Shot. By Jeff Kinney
  7. A Court of Silver Flames. By Sarah J. Maas
  8. The Judge’s List. By John Grisham
  9. Twelve and a Half. By Gary Vaynerchuk
  10. The Real Anthony Fauci. By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

The list of top critically-acclaimed books is very different:

1, Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty.  By Patrick Radden Keefe
2. Harlem Shuffle. By Colson Whitehead
3. Detransition, Baby. By Torrey Peters
4. Great Circle. By Maggie Shipstead
5. Crying in H Mart: A Memoir.  By Michelle Zauner
6. How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America.  By Clint Smith
7. A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance.  By Hanif Abdurraqib
8. Crossroads.  By Jonathan Franzen  
9. Hell of a Book. By Jason Mott
10. Cloud Cuckoo Land. By Anthony Doerr
11. No One Is Talking About This. By Patricia Lockwood
12. The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois.  By Honorée Fanonne Jeffers
13. Klara and the Sun.  By Kazuo Ishiguro
14. The Prophets.  By Robert Jones Jr.
15. Afterparties: Stories. By Anthony Veasna So

101 Favorite Cover Songs

The list focuses on pop, rock, R&B, country, and folk. I excluded classical, jazz, and blues covers, except in few cases where pop, rock or country artists covered a jazz standard or blues song.  The list is presented in chronological order.

  1.  That’s All Right (1954) – Elvis Presley.
    Original: Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup (1946).


2. Mystery Train
(1955) – Elvis Presley.
    Original: Junior Parker (1953).

 

3.  Hound Dog (1956) – Elvis Presley.
Original: Big Mama Thornton (1953).


4.  Twist and Shout
(1963) – The Beatles.
Originals: Top Notes (1961); The Isley Brothers (1962).


5.  Long Tall Sally
(1964) – The Beatles.
Original: Little Richard (1956).


6.  Not Fade Away
(1964) – The Rolling Stones.
Original: Buddy Holly (1957).


7.  It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
(1966) – Them.
Original: Bob Dylan (1965).


8.  Try a Little Tenderness
(1966) – Otis Redding
Originals: Ray Noble & His Orchestra (1932); Bing Crosby (1933).


9.  Respect
(1967) – Aretha Franklin.
Original: Otis Redding (1965).


10.  Alabama Song
(1967) – The Doors.
Original: Lotte Lenya (1930).


11.  All Along the Watchtower
(1968) – Jimi Hendrix.
Original: Bob Dylan (1967).


12.  I Put a Spell on You
(1968) – Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Original: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1956).


13. I Ain’t Superstitious
(1968) – Jeff Beck Group (w/ Rod Stewart).
Original: Howlin’ Wolf (1961).


14. With a Little Help From My Friends
(1969) – Joe Cocker.
Original: The Beatles (1967).


15. I Heard It Through the Grapevine
(1970) – Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Originals: Gladys Knight & the Pips (1967); Marvin Gaye (1968).


16. Proud Mary
(1970) – Ike & Tina Turner.
Original: Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969).


17. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
(1971) – Carole King.
Original: The Shirelles (1960).


18.  (I Know) I’m Losing You
(1971) – Rod Stewart.
Original: The Temptations (1966).


19.  One Way Out
(1972) – The Allman Brothers.
Originals: Elmore James (1960); Sonny Boy Williamson II (1961).


20.  Baby Don’t You Do It
(as Don’t Do It) (1972) – The Band.
Original: Marvin Gaye (1964).


21.  Baby Don’t You Do It
(1972) – The Who.
Original: Marvin Gaye (1964).


22. America
(1972) – Yes.
Original: Simon & Garfunkel (1968).


23. Take Me Home, Country Roads
(1973) – Toots and the Maytals.
Original: John Denver (1971).


24.  Willin’
(1974) – Linda Ronstadt.
Original: Little Feat (1971).


25. Angel from Montgomery
(1974) – Bonnie Raitt.
Original: John Prine (1971).


26.  Love Hurts
(1974) – Gram Parsons (w/ Emmylou Harris).
Original: The Everly Brothers (1960).


27.  I Shot the Sheriff
(1974)– Eric Clapton.
Original: Bob Marley & the Wailers (1973).


28.  When Will I Be Loved
(1975) – Linda Ronstadt.
Original: The Everly Brothers (1960).


29.  Stand by Me
(1975) – John Lennon.
Original: Ben E. King (1961).


30.  The Acid Queen
(1975) – Tina Turner.
Original: The Who (1969).


31.  Gloria
(1975) – Patti Smith.
Original: Them (1964).


32.  Runaway
(1977) – Bonnie Raitt.
Original: Del Shannon (1961).


33.  She’s Not There
(1977) – Santana.
Original: The Zombies (1964).


34.  Cocaine
(1977) – Eric Clapton.
Original: J.J. Cale (1976).


35.  (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
(1978) – Devo.
Original: The Rolling Stones (1965).


36.  Take Me to the River
(1978) – Talking Heads.
Original: Al Green (1974).


37.  I’m Gonna Love You Too
(1978) – Blondie.
Original: Buddy Holly (1957).


38.  Money
(1979) – The Flying Lizards.
Original: Barrett Strong (1959).


39.  I Want You Back
(1979) – Graham Parker.
Original: The Jackson Five (1969).


40.  Downtown
(1979) – The B-52’s.
Original: Petula Clark (1964).


41.  I Fought the Law
(1979) – The Clash
Originals: The Crickets (1960); Bobby Fuller Four (1965).


42.  Stop Your Sobbing
(1979) – Pretenders.
Original: The Kinks (1964).


43.  Tears of a Clown
(1979) – The English Beat.
Original: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (1967).


44.  In the Midnight Hour
(1980) – Roxy Music.
Original: Wilson Pickett (1965).


45.  It’s Bad For Me
(1980) – The Roches.
Original: Ray Noble and His Orchestra (1933).


46.  Jealous Guy
(1981) – Roxy Music.
Original: John Lennon (1971).


47.  Absolutely Sweet Marie
(1983) – Jason and the Scorchers.
Original: Bob Dylan (1966).


48.  Baby It’s You
(1984) – Elvis Costello & Nick Lowe.
Original: The Shirelles (1961).


49.  Jersey Girl
(1984) – Bruce Springsteen
Original: Tom Waits (1980).


50.  I Got You Babe
(1985) – UB40 with Chrissie Hynde.
Original: Sonny & Cher (1965).


51.  Jump
(1985) – Aztec Camera.
Original: Van Halen (1984).


52.  Suspicious Minds
(1986) – Fine Young Cannibals.
Originals: Mark James (1968); Elvis Presley (1969).


53.  Venus
(1986) – Bananarama.
Original: Shocking Blue (1969).


54.  Peace Train
(1987) – 10,000 Maniacs.
Original: Cat Stevens (1971).


55.  Cupid
(1988) – Graham Parker.
Original: Sam Cooke (1961).


56.  Sweet Thing
(1988) – The Waterboys.
Original: Van Morrison (1968).                          


57.  I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
(1988) – Cowboy Junkies.
Original: Hank Williams (1949).

58.  Walking After Midnight (1988) – Cowboy Junkies.
Original: Patsy Cline (1957).

 

59.  Sweet Jane (1988) – Cowboy Junkies.
Original: The Velvet Underground (1970).

 

60.  Lock, Stock & Teardrops (1988) – k.d. lang.
Original: Roger Miller (1963).


61.  Stand By Your Man
(1989) – Lyle Lovett.
Original: Tammy Wynette (1968).


62.  On Broadway
(1989) – Neil Young.
Original: The Drifters (1963).


63.  Just Like Heaven
(1989) – Dinosaur Jr.
Original: The Cure (1987).


64.  I Can See Clearly Now
(1990) Hothouse Flowers.
Original: Johnny Nash (1971).


65.  All Come True
(1990) – Rosanne Cash.   
Original: World Party (1986).


66.  Hey, Good Lookin’
(1990) – Buckwheat Zydeco (w/ Dwight Yoakum)
Original: Hank Williams (1951).


67.  Nothing Compares 2 U
(1990) – Sinead O’Connor
Original: Prince (1985).


68.  Androgynous
(1991) – Crash Test Dummies.
Original: The Replacements (1984).


69.  Mama Told Me Not to Come
(1991) – The Wolfgang Press.
Originals: Eric Burdon (1966); Three Dog Night (1970).


70.  Wild Horses
(1992) – The Sundays.
Original: The Rolling Stones (1971).


71.  Truckin’
(1992) – Dwight Yoakum.
Original: Grateful Dead (1970).


72.  Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon
(1992) – Urge Overkill.
Original: Neil Diamond (1967).


73.  Tenderness on the Block
(1992) – Shawn Colvin.
Original: Warren Zevon (1978).


74.  Something in the Air
(1993) – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Original: Thunderclap Newman (1969).


75.  Hallelujah
(1994) – Jeff Buckley.
Original: Leonard Cohen (1984).


76.  The Man Who Sold the World
(1994) – Nirvana.
Original: David Bowie (1970).


77.  Baby, Now That I’ve Found You
(1995) – Alison Krauss.
Original: The Foundations (1967).


78.  Our Little Angel
(1995) – Rosanne Cash.
Original: Elvis Costello (1986).


79.  Wrecking Ball
(1995) – Emmylou Harris.
Original: Neil Young (1989).


80.  Black Hole Sun
(1997) – Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme.
Original: Soundgarden (1993).


81.  Sleep Walk
(1998) – The Brian Setzer Orchestra.
Original: Santo and Johnny (1959).


82.  One
(1999) – Aimee Mann.
Originals: Harry Nilsson (1968); Three Dog Night (1968).


83.  Burning Down the House
(1999) – Tom Jones and the Cardigans.
Original: Talking Heads (1983).


84.  Travelin’ Prayer
(1999) – Dolly Parton.
Original: Billy Joel (1973).


85.  I Want You to Want Me
(2000) – Dwight Yoakum.
Original: Cheap Trick (1977).


86.  One
(2000) – Johnny Cash.
Original: U2 (1991).


87.  I Won’t Back Down
(2000) – Johnny Cash.
Original: Tom Petty (1989).

88.  Trouble Man (2000) – Rickie Lee Jones.
Original: Marvin Gaye (1972).


89.  Barrytown
(2000) – Ben Folds Five.
Original: Steely Dan (1974).


90.  Wish You Were Here
(2000) – Wyclef Jean.
Original: Pink Floyd (1975).


91.  Take Care
(2003) – Yo La Tengo.
Original: Big Star (1978).


92.  I’m So Excited
(2004) – Le Tigre.
Original: The Pointer Sisters (1982).


93.  Bird on a Wire
(2004) – k.d. lang.
Original: Leonard Cohen (1969).


94.  Sunrise
(2005) – Petra Haden.
Original: The Who (1967).


95.  Handle with Care
(2006) – Jenny Lewis, et al.
Original: The Traveling Wilburys (1987).


96.  Killing the Blues
(2007) – Robert Plant and Alison Krauss
Original: John Prine (1979).


97.  Come On Up to the House
(2009) – Sarah Jarosz,
Original: Tom Waits (1999).


98.  Ring Them Bells
(2011) – Sarah Jarosz.
Original: Bob Dylan (1989).


99.  Words of Love
(2011) – Patti Smith.
Original: Buddy Holly (1957).


100.  The Great Curve
(2018) – Angelique Kidjo.
Original: Talking Heads (1980).


101.  Go Where You Wanna Go
(2018) – Jakob Dylan and Jade Castrinos
Original: The Mamas and the Papas (1965).

What are your favorite cover songs? Please share in the comments!

Sound Effects: The Updated Album Meta-Lists

I’ve updated the Best Albums meta-lists to include the most recent Rolling Stone list of the 500 best albums. I also added the new albums from the latest edition of 1001 Recordings to Listen to Before You Die. The meta-lists include every album on three or more of the 35+ original source lists. Here are the links:

Best Albums of All Time – Ranked
Best Albums of All Time – Chronological
Best Albums of All Time – By Artist

Please forgive me for failing to update the number of lists the album is on in the Chronological and By Artist lists (provided in parentheticals). I’ll get to this eventually.

There are 27 new artists on the updated meta-lists:

1. Adele
2. Animal Collective
3. Anita Baker
4. Mary J. Blige
5. Boogie Down Productions
6. Cocteau Twins
7. Ornette Coleman
8. Earth, Wind & Fire
9. Elbow
10. Herbie Hancock
11. Howlin’ Wolf
12. Ice Cube
13. Janet Jackson
14. Kendrick Lamar
15. Cyndi Lauper
16. LL Cool J
17. Lynryd Skynyrd
18. George Michael
19. Charles Mingus
20. Motörhead 
21. Neutral Milk Hotel
22. Frank Ocean
23. Raekwon
24. Toots & the Maytals
25. Gillian Welch
26. Hank Williams
27. X-Ray Spex

The artists with the most albums on the meta-list are familiar names:

1. Bob Dylan: 11 albums
2. The Beatles: 10 albums
3. The Rolling Stones: 8 albums
4. Led Zeppelin: 7 albums
5. Bruce Springsteen: 6 albums
6. Neil Young: 6 albums
7. David Bowie: 5 albums
8. Jimi Hendrix: 5 albums
9. R.E.M.: 5 albums
10. U2: 5 albums
11. The Who: 5 albums

The Best of 2020: Films, TV, Music & Books

I’ve published the year-end meta lists for movies, TV, books and music. Here are the links:

Best Films of 2020
Best TV Shows of 2020
Best Music of 2020
Best Books of 2020

If you’re interested in my personal favorites from the year, I’ve set them out below. As you can see, I don’t normally focus on the most recent releases, but tend to watch, read, and listen to items from various time periods.

Favorite films watched in 2020:

Rated 10/10
The Life of Oharu (Japan, 1954) Dir: Kenji Mizoguchi
Cleo from 5 to 7 (France, 1962) Dir: Agnes Varda
Night of the Living Dead (US, 1968) Dir: George Romero
Songs from the Second Floor (Sweden, 2000) Dir: Roy Andersson
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (US, 2020) Dir: Charlie Kaufman

Rated 9/10
Au hasard Balthazar (France, 1966) Dir: Robert Bresson
Z (France, 1969) Dir: Costa-Gavras
W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism (Yugoslavia, 1971) Dir: Dusan Makavejev
The Passenger (Italy/France, 1975) Dir: Michelangelo Antonioni
Stalker (USSR, 1979) Dir: Andrei Tarkovsky
Paris, Texas (Germany/US, 1984) Dir: Wim Wenders
Come and See (USSR, 1985) Dir: Elem Klimov
Uncut Gems (US, 2019) Dir: Joshua & Ben Safdie
American Factory (US, 2019) Dir: Julia Reichert & Steven Bognar

Favorite books read in 2020:

The Faerie Queen (UK, 1590, 1596). By Edmund Spenser
King Lear (UK, 1605). By William Shakespeare
Tartuffe (France, 1664). By Moliere
Paradise Lost (UK, 1667). By John Milton
Two Treatises of Government and A Letter Concerning Toleration (UK, 1669). By John Locke
The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches (Japan, 1702). By Matsuo Basho
The Genius of the Later English Theater (UK, 1962). Edited by Sylvan Barnet
A Thousand Acres (US, 1991). By Jane Smiley.
Time’s Arrow (UK, 1991). By Martin Amis
Jazz (US, 1992). By Toni Morrison
Operation Shylock (US, 1993). By Philip Roth

Favorite TV shows watched in 2020:

The Queen’s Gambit
Unorthodox
Shtisel
Atypical
Call My Agent
Lovesick


Albums listened to most frequently in 2020

Father John Misty Pure Comedy (2017)
Bob DylanNo Direction Home: Bootleg Series Vol. 7
WaxahatcheeOut in the Storm (2017)
Charlie Musselwhite Sanctuary (2004)
Blind Lemon Jefferson Blind Lemon Jefferson (1925-1929)
David Bowie The Singles 1969-1993
PJ HarveyLet England Shake (2011)
St. Vincent Masseduction (2017)
Big Thief U.F.O.F. (2019)
KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo (2018)
Steely DanCan’t Buy A Thrill (1972)
T-Bone WalkerThe Complete Imperial Recordings (1950-1954)
The New PornographersTwin Cinema (2005)
Brittany Howard Jaime (2019)
John Dowland Farewell, Unkind – Songs and Dances (2007) (Joel Cohen & Boston Camerata)
Count BasieComplete Decca Recordings (1937-1939)

Dear Rolling Stone: Some Suggestions for Your Next List

Rolling Stone magazine has published three different versions of its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list: in 2003, 2012, and 2020. There are a total of 691 albums on the combined lists and quite a few of them are on my personal list of favorite albums. But I found 126 albums on my list that were not on any of the Rolling Stone lists – many of them from artists who are not on any of the lists – that I think merit consideration for the next list. (If you want to see the full list of my five-star albums (including classical music), go HERE.)

NOTE 1: This is not a meta-list: these albums don’t represent anything but my personal opinions.

NOTE 2: If the artists on my list is on one or more of the Rolling Stone lists, but with a different album (or albums), I have placed an asterisk next to the selection. This means that if there is no asterisk, none of the three Rolling Stone lists has any albums by the artist.

  1. Various Artists – Ken Burns Jazz (rec. 1917-1995)
  2. Bessie Smith – The Collection (rec. 1923-1933)
  3. Louis Armstrong – The Complete Hot Fives and Hot Sevens (rec. 1924-1929)
  4. Lonnie Johnson – Steppin’ on the Blues (rec. 1925-1932)
  5. Jelly Roll Morton – Birth of the Hot (rec. 1926-1927)
  6. Blind Blake – Ragtime Guitar’s Foremost Fingerpicker (rec. 1926-1930)
  7. Fats Waller – Piano Solos: Turn on the Heat (rec. 1927-1941)
  8. Various Artists – An Anthology of Big Band Swing (rec. 1930-1955)
  9. Art Tatum – Piano Starts Here (rec. 1933, 1949)
  10. Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli – The Quintessential Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli: Le Quintette du Hot Club de France (rec. 1934-1940)
  11. Duke Ellington – Never No Lament: The Blanton-Webster Band (rec. 1940-1942)
  12. Charlie Parker – The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes (rec. 1944-1948)
  13. Charlie Parker – Yardbird Suite: The Ultimate Collection (rec. 1944-1953)
  14. Miles Davis – Birth of the Cool (rec. 1949-1950)*
  15. Bud Powell – The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (rec. 1949-1951)
  16. T-Bone Walker – The Complete Imperial Recordings (rec. 1950-1954)
  17. Elmore James – The Sky Is Crying: The History of Elmore James (rec. 1951-1961)
  18. Art Tatum – The Complete Pablo Solo Masterpieces (rec. 1953-1956)
  19. Jimmy Reed – Big Boss Blues (rec. 1953-1961)
  20. Sarah Vaughan – Sarah Vaughan (with Clifford Brown) (1954)
  21. Various Artists – Atlantic & Atco Remasters Series: Sampler One (rec. 1954-1958)
  22. Sonny Rollins – Saxophone Colossus (1956)
  23. Thelonious Monk – Brilliant Corners (1956)
  24. Nat “King” Cole – After Midnight: The Complete Session (1956)
  25. Otis Rush – The Essential Otis Rush: The Classic Cobra Recordings (rec. 1956-1958)
  26. Original Broadway Cast – West Side Story (1957)
  27. Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (rec. 1957, rel. 2005)
  28. The Everly Brothers – Cadence Classics: Their 20 Greatest Hits (rec. 1957-1960)
  29. Cannonball Adderley – Somethin’ Else (1958)
  30. Champion Jack Dupree – Blues From the Gutter (1958)
  31. Stan Getz & J.J. Johnson – Stan Getz and J.J. Johnson at The Opera House (1958)
  32. The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out (1959)
  33. Miles Davis – Porgy and Bess (1959)*
  34. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – The Ultimate Collection (rec. 1959-1972)*
  35. Art Farmer & Benny Golson – Meet the Jazztet (1960)
  36. Wes Montgomery – The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery (1960)
  37. Hank Mobley – Soul Station (1960)
  38. Freddie King – Hide Away: The Best of Freddy King (rec. 1960-1966)
  39. Etta James – The Sweetest Peaches: The Chess Years, Part 1 (rec. 1960-1966)*
  40. Bill Evans – Sunday at the Village Vanguard (1961)
  41. Bill Evans – Waltz for Debby (1961)
  42. John Coltrane – My Favorite Things (1961)*
  43. Dexter Gordon – Go (1962)
  44. Lee Morgan – The Sidewinder (1964)
  45. Joe Henderson – Inner Urge (1965)
  46. Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil (1965)
  47. Sun Ra – The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra (1965)
  48. The Beatles – Past Masters: Vol. 2 (rec. 1965-1970)*
  49. Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series Vol. 4: Live 1966 – The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert (rec. 1966, rel. 1998)*
  50. Larry Young – Unity (1966)
  51. Various Artists – Chicago/The Blues/Today! (1966)
  52. Albert King – King of the Blues Guitar (rec. 1966-1968)*
  53. Jefferson Airplane – The Worst of Jefferson Airplane (rec. 1966-1970)*
  54. Janis Joplin – Greatest Hits (rec. 1966-1970)*
  55. The Velvet Underground – Peel Slowly and See (rec. 1966-1970)*
  56. Aretha Franklin – The Very Best of Aretha Franklin: The ’60s (rec. 1967-1970)*
  57. Various Artists – Tropicália: A Brazilian Revolution in Sound (rec. 1968-1970)
  58. Hound Dog Taylor – Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers (1971)
  59. Dave Holland – Conference of the Birds (1973)
  60. Yes – Yessongs (1973)*
  61. Yes – Tales From Topographic Oceans (1973)*
  62. Joe Pass – Virtuoso (1974)
  63. Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir – Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares (1975)
  64. Renaissance – Live at Carnegie Hall (1976)
  65. Albert Collins – Ice Pickin’ (1978)
  66. The Roches – The Roches (1979)
  67. Talking Heads – Fear of Music (1979)*
  68. Dire Straits – Making Movies (1980)*
  69. The Roches – Keep On Doing (1982)
  70. Paul Simon – Hearts and Bones (1982)*
  71. Orchestra Baobab – Pirates Choice (1982)
  72. Elvis Costello – King of America (1986)*
  73. Alison Krauss – Now That I’ve Found You (rec. 1987-1994)
  74. k.d. lang – Shadowland (1988)
  75. The Sundays – Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (1990)
  76. They Might Be Giants – Flood (1990)
  77. World Party – Goodbye Jumbo (1990)
  78. Rosanne Cash – Interiors (1990)
  79. Van Morrison – Enlightenment (1990)*
  80. Throwing Muses – The Real Ramona (1991)
  81. R.E.M. – Out of Time (1991)*
  82. Master Musicians of Jajouka – Apocalypse Across the Sky (1992)
  83. Aimee Mann – Whatever (1993)
  84. Letters to Cleo – Aurora Gory Alice (1994)
  85. Various Artists – Party Girl Soundtrack (1995)
  86. Garbage – Garbage (1995)
  87. Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball (1995)
  88. Aimee Mann – I’m With Stupid (1995)
  89. Sarah McLachlan – Surfacing (1997)
  90. The Sundays – Static & Silence (1997)
  91. John Scofield – A Go Go (1998)
  92. Garbage – Version 2.0 (1998)
  93. Jim Hall & Pat Metheny – Jim Hall & Pat Metheny (1999)
  94. Wilco – Summerteeth (1999)*
  95. Greg Osby – Invisible Hand (2000)
  96. Shelby Lynne – I Am Shelby Lynne (2000)
  97. Mariza – Fado em Mim (2000)
  98. Buddy Guy – Sweet Tea (2001)
  99. Macy Gray – The Id (2001)
  100. Jason Moran – Black Stars (2001)
  101. Sleater-Kinney – One Beat (2002)*
  102. The New Pornographers – Electric Version (2003)
  103. Petra Haden – Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out (2005)
  104. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois (2005)
  105. The Hold Steady – Boys and Girls in America (2006)
  106. Camera Obscura – Let’s Get Out of This Country (2006)
  107. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible (2007)*
  108. The New Pornographers – Challengers (2007)
  109. Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová – Once: Music From the Motion Picture (2007)
  110. PJ Harvey – White Chalk (2007)*
  111. Los Campesinos! – Hold On Now, Youngster… (2008)
  112. Tune-Yards – Bird-Brains (2009)
  113. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (2010)*
  114. Superchunk – Majesty Shredding (2010)
  115. Dengue Fever – Cannibal Courtship (2011)
  116. Tom Waits – Bad As Me (2011)*
  117. Yuck – Yuck (2011)
  118. The Decemberists – The King Is Dead (2011)
  119. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (2011)*
  120. Grimes – Visions (2012)
  121. The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers (2012)
  122. Frightened Rabbit – Pedestrian Verse (2013)
  123. Alvvays – Alvvays (2014)
  124. Angel Olsen – My Woman (2016)
  125. Alvvays – Antisocialites (2017)
  126. Angélique Kidjo – Remain in Light (2018)

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Lists: An Analysis

Over the past 20 years, Rolling Stone magazine has published three different versions of a list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The first list came out in 2003, followed by a revised list in 2012, and then a complete overhaul that was just published in September 2020. (You can find the 2020 version HERE.) I looked in vain for an analysis of the three lists online, so I decided to do it myself. The results are below. I have organized all the album lists in chronological order and the artist lists in alphabetical order. If you notice any mistakes, please let me know.

Some initial observations of the changes in the 2020 list:

(1) It looks like the 2020 listers were trying to avoid compilation albums whenever possible, which seems like a good policy, at least for artists who recorded after the mid-1950s. I do think it was a mistake to remove Harry Smith’s Anthology of American Folk Music, however, which is a foundational document for so many folk, blues and rock styles.

(2) I welcome the inclusion of some prog rock (which Rolling Stone has generally eschewed), particularly Close to the Edge (1972) by Yes. I was also glad to see two new African artists on the list (King Sunny Adé and Fela Kuti) and five new jazz additions (Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock, and Alice Coltrane). After mostly ignoring Spanish-language or Latinx music in its previous two lists (with Santana as – I think – the only exception), the 2020 list makes amends by adding Selena, Shakira, Daddy Yankee, Bad Bunny, and Rosalia. Although the majority of the new additions were recent releases, there were some surprising blasts from the past, including Laura Nyro’s Eli and the 13th Confession (1968) and Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson (1972). For those of us veterans of the rock vs. disco battles of the 1970s, it is nice to see Rolling Stone finally acknowledging the importance of artists like Chic, Rufus, and Donna Summer. And on the other side of that coin, the 2020 list includes several lesser-known punk bands of the late 70s, including The Raincoats, The Slits and X-Ray Spex. Fellow alternative and indie rock/pop fans will appreciate the addition of artists like Arcade Fire, Belle and Sebastian, Neutral Milk Hotel, Bon Iver, Fiona Apple, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Yo La Tengo.

(3) On the omission side, we’ve lost all the Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention albums, which feels like a significant loss. And we lost several important blues artists: Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Little Walter, Professor Longhair, John Mayall, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Also dropped were several classic 60’s rock mainstays, including The Mamas and the Papas, Buffalo Springfield, Blood, Sweat and Tears, and Neil Diamond. I miss alternative country guys Gram Parsons and Steve Earle, as well as some R&B stalwarts (Jackie Wilson, Labelle, The O’Jays) and the inimitable War, but it’s difficult to feel bad about the loss of Don Henley or Moby. Although the 2020 list still includes four albums by the Who, I do take personally the omission of my favorite, 1973’s Quadrophenia.

(4) Not This One but That One. In a number of cases, an artist with a single album on the 2012 list is represented by a different single album on the 2020 list:
— Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006) replaced by AM (2013)
— Leonard Cohen: Songs of Love And Hate (1971) replaced by Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
— Manu Chao: Proxima Estacion Esperanza (2001) replaced by Clandestino (1998)
— M.I.A.: Kala (2007) replaced by Arular (2005)
— Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend (2008) replaced by Modern Vampires of the City (2013)

THE NUMBERS

Albums
Albums on all three lists:                                    318
Albums on 2003 and 2012, but not 2020:     145
Albums on 2003 only:                                           29
Albums on 2012 only:                                           17
Albums on 2012 and 2020, but not 2003:        19
Albums on 2003 and 2020, but not 2012:          7
Albums on 2020 only:                                        156

Artists
Artists on all three lists:                                       207
Artists on 2003 and 2012, but not 2020:            41
Artists on 2003 only:                                                2
Artists on 2012 only:                                                3
Artists on 2012 and 2020, but not 2003:              7
Artists on 2003 and 2020, but not 2012:              2
Artists on 2020 only:                                           105

ALBUMS ON 2003, 2012 & 2020 LISTS

  1. Hank Williams – 40 Greatest Hits (rec. 1947-1952, rel. 1978)
  2. Muddy Waters – The Anthology (rec. 1947-1972, rel. 2001)
  3. Sam Cooke – Portrait of a Legend (rec. 1951-1964, rel. 2003)
  4. Ray Charles – The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings (rec. 1952-1959, rel. 1991)
  5. Elvis Presley – The Sun Sessions (rec. 1954-1955, rel. 1976)
  6. Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours (1955)
  7. Patsy Cline – The Ultimate Collection (rec. 1955-1961, rel. 2000)
  8. Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight (rec. 1955-1965, rel. 1982)
  9. Jerry Lee Lewis – All Killer, No Filler: The Anthology (rec. 1955-1985, rel. 1993)
  10. Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley (1956)
  11. Buddy Holly & the Crickets – 20 Golden Greats (rec. 1956-1958, rel. 1978)
  12. James Brown – Star Time (rec. 1956-1984, rel. 1991)
  13. Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard (1957)
  14. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley/Go Bo Diddley (1958)
  15. Various Artists – Phil Spector: Back to Mono (rec. 1958-1969, rel. 1991)
  16. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (1959)
  17. Howlin’ Wolf – Moanin’ in the Moonlight (1959)
  18. Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959)
  19. John Coltrane – Giant Steps (1960)
  20. Ike and Tina Turner – Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina Turner (rec. 1960-1975, rel. 1991)
  21. Etta James – At Last! (1961)
  22. Ray Charles – Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (1962)
  23. Merle Haggard – Down Every Road (rec. 1962-1994, rel. 1996)
  24. Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963)
  25. James Brown – Live at the Apollo (1963)
  26. Sam Cooke – Live at the Harlem Square Club (rec. 1963, rel. 1985)
  27. Various Artists – Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From the First Psychedelic Era (rec. 1963-1968, rel. 1972, 1998)
  28. The Ronettes – Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes (1964)
  29. The Beatles – Meet the Beatles! (1964)
  30. The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
  31. The Temptations – Anthology (rec. 1964-1972, rel. 1973)
  32. Diana Ross and the Supremes – Anthology (rec. 1964-1971, rel. 1974)
  33. Bob Dylan- Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
  34. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
  35. The Beatles – Help! (1965)
  36. The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
  37. John Coltrane – A Love Supreme (1965)
  38. Otis Redding – Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)
  39. B.B. King – Live at the Regal (1965)
  40. The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)
  41. The Beach Boys – Today! (1965)
  42. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – Going to a Go Go (1965)
  43. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds (1966)
  44. The Beatles – Revolver (1966)
  45. Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde (1966)
  46. Otis Redding – Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul (1966)
  47. The Rolling Stones – Aftermath (1966)
  48. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  49. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
  50. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced? (1967)
  51. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold as Love (1967)
  52. Love – Forever Changes (1967)
  53. The Doors – The Doors (1967)
  54. Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
  55. Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding (1967)
  56. Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow (1967)
  57. Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
  58. Cream – Disraeli Gears (1967)
  59. The Who – Sell Out (1967)
  60. Bob Dylan and the Band – The Basement Tapes (rec. 1967-1968, 1975, rel. 1975)
  61. Sly and the Family Stone – Greatest Hits (rec. 1967-1969, rel. 1970)
  62. The Beatles – The Beatles [White Album] (1968)
  63. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
  64. The Band – Music From Big Pink (1968)
  65. Big Brother and the Holding Company – Cheap Thrills (1968)
  66. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland (1968)
  67. The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet (1968)
  68. The Zombies – Odessy and Oracle (1968)
  69. Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul (1968)
  70. Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison (1968)
  71. The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)
  72. Dr. John – Gris-Gris (1968)
  73. The Kinks – Something Else by the Kinks (1968)
  74. The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1968)
  75. The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)
  76. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin (1969)
  77. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (1969)
  78. Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed (1969)
  79. The Band – The Band (1969)
  80. The Stooges – The Stooges (1969)
  81. Sly & the Family Stone – Stand! (1969)
  82. Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis (1969)
  83. The Who – Tommy (1969)
  84. The Flying Burrito Bros – The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969)
  85. Elvis Presley – From Elvis in Memphis (1969)
  86. The Meters – Look-Ka Py Py (1969)
  87. Neil Young with Crazy Horse – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
  88. The Kinks – The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1969)
  89. Crosby, Stills & Nash – Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969)
  90. MC5 – Kick Out the Jams (1969)
  91. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy and the Poor Boys (1969)
  92. The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground (1969)
  93. John Lennon – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
  94. George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (1970)
  95. Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
  96. Van Morrison – Moondance (1970)
  97. Neil Young – After the Gold Rush (1970)
  98. The Beatles – Let It Be (1970)
  99. Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (1970)
  100. James Taylor – Sweet Baby James (1970)
  101. The Velvet Underground – Loaded (1970)
  102. Derek and the Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
  103. Black Sabbath – Black Sabbath (1970)
  104. Black Sabbath – Paranoid (1970)
  105. Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young – Déjà Vu (1970)
  106. The Who – Live at Leeds (1970)
  107. The Stooges – Fun House (1970)
  108. Santana – Abraxas (1970)
  109. Cat Stevens – Tea for the Tillerman (1970)
  110. Grateful Dead – American Beauty (1970)
  111. Grateful Dead – Workingman’s Dead (1970)
  112. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (1971)
  113. Carole King – Tapestry (1971)
  114. Joni Mitchell – Blue (1971)
  115. The Who – Who’s Next (1971)
  116. Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East (1971)
  117. Black Sabbath – Master of Reality (1971)
  118. Dolly Parton – Coat of Many Colors (1971)
  119. Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)
  120. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
  121. John Lennon – Imagine (1971)
  122. David Bowie – Hunky Dory (1971)
  123. Sly and the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)
  124. Janis Joplin – Pearl (1971)
  125. Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story (1971)
  126. T. Rex – Electric Warrior (1971)
  127. Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (1971)
  128. John Prine – John Prine (1971)
  129. Al Green – Greatest Hits (rec. 1971-1975, rel. 1975)
  130. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (1972)
  131. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars (1972)
  132. Curtis Mayfield – Superfly (1972)
  133. Neil Young – Harvest (1972)
  134. Lou Reed – Transformer (1972)
  135. Steely Dan – Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972)
  136. Todd Rundgren – Something/Anything? (1972)
  137. Stevie Wonder – Talking Book (1972)
  138. Various Artists (incl. Jimmy Cliff) – The Harder They Come: Original Soundtrack (1972)
  139. Stevie Wonder – Music of My Mind (1972)
  140. Al Green – I’m Still in Love with You (1972)
  141. Nick Drake – Pink Moon (1972)
  142. Randy Newman – Sail Away (1972)
  143. Eagles – Eagles (1972)
  144. Elton John – Honky Chateau (1972)
  145. Big Star – #1 Record (1972)
  146. The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers (rec. 1972-1973, rel. 1976)
  147. ABBA – The Definitive Collection (rec. 1972-1982, rel. 2001)
  148. Bob Marley – Legend (rec. 1972-1983, rel. 1984)
  149. Stevie Wonder – Innervisions (1973)
  150. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
  151. Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
  152. Bob Marley and the Wailers – Catch a Fire (1973)
  153. Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, the Innocent, and the E. Street Shuffle (1973)
  154. Led Zeppelin – Houses of the Holy (1973)
  155. Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On (1973)
  156. New York Dolls – New York Dolls (1973)
  157. Al Green – Call Me (1973)
  158. Toots and the Maytals – Funky Kingston (1973)
  159. Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure (1973)
  160. Lynyrd Skynyrd – (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘Nérd ‘Skin-‘Nérd) (1973)
  161. Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark (1974)
  162. Big Star – Radio City (1974)
  163. Brian Eno – Here Come the Warm Jets (1974)
  164. Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974)
  165. Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
  166. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (1975)
  167. Patti Smith – Horses (1975)
  168. Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)
  169. Kiss – Alive! (1975)
  170. Queen – A Night at the Opera (1975)
  171. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here (1975)
  172. Parliament – The Mothership Connection (1975)
  173. Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night (1975)
  174. Brian Eno – Another Green World (1975)
  175. Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s the Way of the World (1975)
  176. Ramones – Ramones (1976)
  177. The Eagles – Hotel California (1976)
  178. Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
  179. David Bowie – Station to Station (1976)
  180. Aerosmith – Rocks (1976)
  181. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)
  182. Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
  183. Billy Joel – The Stranger (1977)
  184. The Clash – The Clash (1977)
  185. Ramones – Rocket to Russia (1977)
  186. Television – Marquee Moon (1977)
  187. Steely Dan – Aja (1977)
  188. Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True (1977)
  189. Bob Marley & Wailers – Exodus (1977)
  190. Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger (1977)
  191. Various Artists (incl. Bee Gees) – Saturday Night Fever (Original Soundtrack) (1977)
  192. David Bowie – Low (1977)
  193. Kraftwerk – Trans-Europe Express (1977)
  194. Wire – Pink Flag (1977)
  195. Suicide – Suicide (1977)
  196. Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model (1978)
  197. Blondie – Parallel Lines (1978)
  198. Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978)
  199. Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove (1978)
  200. The Rolling Stones – Some Girls (1978)
  201. The Cars – The Cars (1978)
  202. Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978)
  203. Van Halen – Van Halen (1978)
  204. Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978)
  205. Big Star – Third/Sister Lovers (1978)
  206. Marvin Gaye – Here, My Dear (1978)
  207. Michael Jackson – Off the Wall (1979)
  208. The Clash – London Calling (1979)
  209. Pink Floyd – The Wall (1979)
  210. The B52’s – The B-52’s (1979)
  211. Gang of Four – Entertainment! (1979)
  212. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes (1979)
  213. Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps (1979)
  214. Buzzcocks – Singles Going Steady (1979)
  215. AC/DC – Back in Black (1980)
  216. Talking Heads – Remain in Light (1980)
  217. The Pretenders – Pretenders (1980)
  218. Joy Division – Closer (1980)
  219. Prince – Dirty Mind (1980)
  220. X – Los Angeles (1980)
  221. The Clash – Sandanista! (1980)
  222. The Go-Gos – Beauty and the Beat (1981)
  223. Black Flag – Damaged (1981)
  224. Michael Jackson – Thriller (1982)
  225. Prince – 1999 (1982)
  226. Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska (1982)
  227. R.E.M. – Murmur (1983)
  228. Run-DMC – Run D.M.C. (1983)
  229. The Police- Synchronicity (1983)
  230. Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual (1983)
  231. Madonna – The Immaculate Collection (rec. 1983-1990, rel. 1990)
  232. Minutemen – Double Nickels on the Dime (1984)
  233. The Replacements – Let It Be (1984)
  234. Los Lobos – How Will the Wolf Survive? (1984)
  235. Prince – Purple Rain (1984)
  236. Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
  237. Hüsker Dü – New Day Rising (1985)
  238. Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston (1985)
  239. Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms (1985)
  240. Tom Waits – Rain Dogs (1985)
  241. Paul Simon – Graceland (1986)
  242. Run DMC – Raising Hell (1986)
  243. Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986)
  244. Peter Gabriel – So (1986)
  245. The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (1986)
  246. Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill (1986)
  247. U2 – The Joshua Tree (1987)
  248. Guns ‘N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)
  249. Prince – Sign o’ the Times (1987)
  250. Michael Jackson – Bad (1987)
  251. Eric B. and Rakim – Paid in Full (1987)
  252. George Michael – Faith (1987)
  253. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
  254. N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton (1988)
  255. Tracy Chapman – Tracy Chapman (1988)
  256. Pixies – Surfer Rosa (1988)
  257. Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)
  258. Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (1989)
  259. Pixies – Doolittle (1989)
  260. Bonnie Raitt – Nick of Time (1989)
  261. Madonna – Like a Prayer (1989)
  262. Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989)
  263. The Cure – Disintegration (1989)
  264. De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
  265. Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
  266. Depeche Mode – Violator (1990)
  267. Sinéad O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990)
  268. Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)
  269. U2 – Achtung Baby (1991)
  270. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory (1991)
  271. Pearl Jam – Ten (1991)
  272. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (1991)
  273. Metallica – Metallica (The Black Album) (1991)
  274. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991)
  275. Massive Attack – Blue Lines (1991)
  276. R.E.M. – Automatic for the People (1992)
  277. Dr. Dre – The Chronic (1992)
  278. Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine (1992)
  279. Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted (1993)
  280. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993)
  281. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993)
  282. PJ Harvey – Rid of Me (1993)
  283. Nirvana – In Utero (1993)
  284. Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville (1993)
  285. Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die (1994)
  286. Green Day – Dookie (1994)
  287. Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral (1994)
  288. Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994)
  289. Mary J. Blige – My Life (1994)
  290. Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album) (1994)
  291. Jeff Buckley – Grace (1994)
  292. Nirvana – Unplugged in New York (1994)
  293. TLC – CrazySexyCool (1994)
  294. Nas – Illmatic (1994)
  295. Portishead – Dummy (1994)
  296. Hole – Live Through This (1994)
  297. Björk – Post (1995)
  298. Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995)
  299. Beck – Odelay (1996)
  300. Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt (1996)
  301. Fugees – The Score (1996)
  302. The Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death (1997)
  303. Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
  304. Janet Jackson – The Velvet Rope (1997)
  305. Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
  306. Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998)
  307. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  308. Madonna – Ray of Light (1998)
  309. Eminem – The Slim Shady LP (1999)
  310. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication (1999)
  311. Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
  312. D’Angelo- Voodoo (2000)
  313. Outkast – Stankonia (2000)
  314. The Strokes – Is This It? (2001)
  315. Jay-Z – The Blueprint (2001)
  316. Bob Dylan – Love and Theft (2001)
  317. Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
  318. The White Stripes – Elephant (2003)

ALBUMS ON 2003 and 2012 LISTS, BUT NOT 2020 LIST

  1. Various Artists – Anthology of American Folk Music (rec. 1926-1933, rel. 1952)
  2. John Lee Hooker – The Ultimate Collection (rec. 1948-1990, rel. 1991)
  3. Professor Longhair – New Orleans Piano (rec. 1949, 1953, rel. 1972)
  4. Various Artists – The Sun Records Collection (rec. 1950-1958, rel. 1994)
  5. Little Walter – The Best of Little Walter (rec. 1952-1955, rel. 1958)
  6. The Drifters – Golden Hits (rec. 1954-1964, rel. 1968)
  7. Frank Sinatra – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)
  8. Bobby Bland – Two Steps From the Blues (rec. 1956-1960, rel. 1961)
  9. Jackie Wilson – Mr. Excitement! (rec. 1956-1975, rel. 1992)
  10. The Crickets (feat. Buddy Holly) – The “Chirping” Crickets (1957)
  11. Ray Charles – The Genius of Ray Charles (1959)
  12. Muddy Waters – At Newport 1960 (1960)
  13. Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain (1960)
  14. Howlin’ Wolf – Howlin’ Wolf (rec. 1959-1962, rel. 1962)
  15.  Various Artists – The Best of the Girl Groups, Vols. 1 and 2 (rec. 1960-1965, rel. 1990)
  16. Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions – The Anthology (rec. 1961-1977, rel. 1992)
  17. Various Artists – A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (1963)
  18.  The Beatles – Please Please Me (1963)
  19. Stan Getz and João Gilberto – Getz/Gilberto (1964)
  20. Muddy Waters – Folk Singer (1964)
  21. Loretta Lynn – All Time Greatest Hits (rec. 1964-1978, rel. 2002)
  22. The Rolling Stones- Out of Our Heads (1965)
  23. The Who – The Who Sings My Generation (1965)
  24. The Yardbirds – Having a Rave Up With the Yardbirds (1965)
  25. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band (1965)
  26. The Rolling Stones – The Rolling Stones, Now! (1965)
  27. The Mamas and the Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears (1966)
  28. Cream – Fresh Cream (1966)
  29. John Mayall – Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966)
  30.  The Mothers of Invention – Freak Out! (1966)
  31. The Yardbirds – Roger the Engineer (1966)
  32. The Who – A Quick One (Happy Jack) (1966)
  33. Simon and Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme (1966)
  34. Albert King – Born Under a Bad Sign (rec. 1966-1967, rel. 1967)
  35. Moby Grape – Moby Grape (1967)
  36. Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield Again (1967)
  37. The Rolling Stones – Between the Buttons (1967)
  38. The Doors – Strange Days (1967)
  39. The Byrds – Younger Than Yesterday (1967)
  40. Linda Ronstadt – The Very Best of Linda Ronstadt (rec. 1967-1995, rel. 2002)
  41. Otis Redding – The Dock of the Bay (1968)
  42. Cream – Wheels of Fire (1968)
  43. The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)
  44. Blood, Sweat and Tears – Child Is Father to the Man (1968)
  45. Mothers of Invention – We’re Only in It for the Money (1968)
  46. Simon and Garfunkel – Bookends (1968)
  47. Grateful Dead – Anthem of the Sun (1968)
  48. Neil Diamond – The Neil Diamond Collection (rec. 1968-1972, rel. 1999)
  49. Santana – Santana (1969)
  50. Captain Beefheart – Trout Mask Replica (1969)
  51. Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails (1969)
  52. Grateful Dead – Live/Dead (1969)
  53. Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers (1969)
  54. James Brown – In the Jungle Groove (rec. 1969-1971, rel. 1986)
  55. The Carpenters – Close to You (1970)
  56. MC5 – Back in the USA (1970)
  57. Elton John – Tumbleweed Connection (1970)
  58. Randy Newman – 12 Songs (1970)
  59. Elton John – Greatest Hits (rec. 1970-1974, rel. 1974)
  60. The Doors – L.A. Woman (1971)
  61. Alice Cooper – Love It to Death (1971)
  62.  Jethro Tull – Aqualung (1971)
  63. The Kinks – The Kink Kronikles (1972)
  64. The O’Jays – Back Stabbers (1972)
  65. Dr. John – Dr. John’s Gumbo (1972)
  66. Mott the Hoople – All the Young Dudes (1972)
  67. War- The World Is a Ghetto (1972)
  68. The Rolling Stones – Tattoo You (rec. 1972-1981, rel. 1981)
  69. Sly and the Family Stone – Fresh (1973)
  70. The Wailers – Burnin’ (1973)
  71. Jackson Browne – For Everyman (1973)
  72.  The Stooges – Raw Power (1973)
  73. ZZ Top – Tres Hombres (1973)
  74.  Paul McCartney and Wings – Band on the Run (1973)
  75. Mott the Hoople – Mott (1973)
  76. Lou Reed – Berlin (1973)
  77. The Who – Quadrophenia (1973)
  78. David Bowie – Aladdin Sane (1973)
  79. Tom Waits – The Heart of Saturday Night (1974)
  80. Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel (1974)
  81. Jackson Browne – Late for the Sky (1974)
  82. Barry White – Can’t Get Enough (1974)
  83. Labelle – Nightbirds (1974)
  84. The Meters – Rejuvenation (1974)
  85. Steely Dan – Pretzel Logic (1974)
  86. Eric Clapton – 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974)
  87. Bob Marley and the Wailers – Natty Dread (1974)
  88. Randy Newman – Good Old Boys (1974)
  89. Elton John- Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (1975)
  90. Roxy Music – Siren (1975)
  91. Aerosmith – Toys in the Attic (1975)
  92. Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac (1975)
  93. Bob Dylan – Desire (1976)
  94. Steve Miller Band – Fly Like an Eagle (1976)
  95. Jackson Browne – The Pretender (1976)
  96.  Kiss – Destroyer (1976)
  97. Cheap Trick – In Color (1977)
  98. Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell (1977)
  99. Eric Clapton – Slowhand (1977)
  100. Talking Heads – Talking Heads: 77 (1977)
  101. Cheap Trick – At Budokan (1978)
  102. Billy Joel – 52nd Street (1978)
  103. The Police – Outlandos D’Amour (1978)
  104. Willie Nelson – Stardust (1978)
  105. The Cure – Boys Don’t Cry (rec. 1978-1979, rel. 1980)
  106. The Police – Regatta de Blanc (1979)
  107. Graham Parker – Squeezing Out Sparks (1979)
  108. AC/DC – Highway to Hell (1979)
  109. Public Image, Ltd. – Metal Box (1979)
  110. Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Armed Forces (1979)
  111. Bruce Springsteen – The River (1980)
  112. U2 – Boy (1980)
  113. Echo and the Bunnymen – Heaven Up Here (1981)
  114. X – Wild Gift (1981)
  115. The Police – Ghost in the Machine (1981)
  116. New Order – Substance (rec. 1981-1987, rel. 1987)
  117. Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Imperial Bedroom (1982)
  118. Richard and Linda Thompson – Shoot Out the Lights (1982)
  119. Eurythmics – Touch (1983)
  120. ZZ Top – Eliminator (1983)
  121. U2 – War (1983)
  122. The Smiths – Louder Than Bombs (rec. 1983-1987, rel. 1987)
  123. The Smiths – The Smiths (1984)
  124. Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (1984)
  125. The Replacements – Tim (1985)
  126. The Pogues – Rum Sodomy & the Lash (1985)
  127. LL Cool J – Radio (1985)
  128. The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy (1985)
  129. The Smiths – Meat Is Murder (1985)
  130. Steve Earle – Guitar Town (1986)
  131. R.E.M. – Document (1987)
  132. Def Leppard – Hysteria (1987)
  133. Bruce Springsteen – Tunnel of Love (1987)
  134. Jane’s Addiction – Nothing’s Shocking (1988)
  135. EPMD – Strictly Business (1988)
  136. Don Henley – The End of the Innocence (1989)
  137. Pearl Jam – Vitalogy (1994)
  138. Johnny Cash – American Recordings (1994)
  139. Soundgarden – Superunknown (1994)
  140. Bob Dylan – Time Out of Mind (1997)
  141. Tom Waits – Mule Variations (1999)
  142. Moby – Play (1999)
  143. U2 – All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000)
  144. Peter Wolf – Sleepless (2002)
  145. Beck – Sea Change (2002)

ALBUMS ON 2003 LIST ONLY

  1. Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 2 (rec. 1936-1937, rel. 1970)
  2. Hank Williams- The Complete Hank Williams (rec. 1946-1952, rel. 1998)
  3. James Brown – 20 All-Time Greatest Hits (rec. 1956-1976, rel. 1991)
  4. Otis Redding – Dreams to Remember: The Otis Redding Anthology (rec. 1960-1967, rel. 1998)
  5. The Beatles – With the Beatles (1963)
  6. Simon and Garfunkel – Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits (rec. 1964-1969, rel. 1972)
  7. The Byrds – The Byrds’ Greatest Hits (rec. 1965-1966, rel. 1967)
  8. The Mamas & the Papas – Greatest Hits (rec. 1966-1968)
  9. Otis Redding – Live in Europe (1967)
  10. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (1969)
  11. Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left (1969)
  12. David Bowie – ChangesOneBowie (rec. 1969-1976, rel. 1976)
  13. The Beach Boys – Sunflower (1970)
  14. Elton John – Elton John (1970)
  15. Nick Drake – Bryter Layter (1971)
  16. Paul Simon – There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (1973)
  17. Bruce Springsteen – Greetings From Asbury Park N.J. (1973)
  18. Roxy Music – Country Life (1974)
  19. Def Leppard – Pyromania (1983)
  20. Public Enemy – Yo! Bum Rush the Stage (1987)
  21. Jane’s Addiction – Ritual De Lo Habitual (1990)
  22. No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom (1995)
  23. PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love (1995)
  24. Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (1995)
  25. Buena Vista Social Club – Buena Vista Social Club (1997)
  26. Rage Against the Machine – The Battle of Los Angeles (1999)
  27. Madonna – Music (2000)
  28. No Doubt – Rock Steady (2001)
  29. Eminem – The Eminem Show (2002)

ALBUMS ON 2012 LIST ONLY

1. The Complete Recordings – Robert Johnson (rec. 1936-37, rel. 1990)
2. The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions (rec. 1965-1971, rel. 2011)
3. Boz Scaggs – Boz Scaggs (1969)
4. B.B. King – Live in Cook County Jail (1971)
5. Leonard Cohen – Songs of Love And Hate (1971)
6. Bonnie Raitt – Give It Up (1972)
7. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Chronicle, Vol. 1 (1976)
8. Manu Chao – Proxima Estacion Esperanza (2001)
9. The White Stripes – White Blood Cells (2001)
10. Radiohead – Amnesiac (2001)
11. Bruce Springsteen – The Rising (2002)
12. My Morning Jacket – Z (2005)
13. Bob Dylan – Modern Times (2006)
14. Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (2006)
15. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular (2007)
16. M.I.A. – Kala (2007)
17. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend (2008)

ALBUMS ON 2003 AND 2020 LISTS BUT NOT 2012 LIST

  1. Robert Johnson – King of the Delta Blues Singers (rec. 1936-1937; rel. 1961)
  2. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory (1970)
  3. Linda Ronstadt – Heart Like a Wheel (1974)
  4. Roxy Music – Avalon (1982)
  5. Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill (1995)
  6. Boogie Down Productions – Criminal Minded (1987)
  7. Massive Attack – Mezzanine (1998)

ALBUMS ON 2012 AND 2020 LISTS BUT NOT 2003 LIST

  1. Paul Simon – Paul Simon (1972)
  2. Various Artists – The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (1985)
  3. The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (1989)
  4. Radiohead – The Bends (1995)
  5. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx (1995)
  6. Sleater-Kinney – Dig Me Out (1997)
  7. Outkast – Aquemini (1998)
  8. The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs (1999)
  9. PJ Harvey – Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea (2000)
  10. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)
  11. Jay-Z – The Black Album (2003)
  12. Green Day – American Idiot (2004)
  13. Kanye West – The College Dropout (2004)
  14. Kanye West – Late Registration (2005)
  15. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black (2006)
  16. Radiohead – In Rainbows (2007)
  17. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver (2007)
  18. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter III (2008)
  19. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)

ALBUMS ON 2020 LIST BUT NOT ON 2003 OR 2012 LISTS

  1. Billie Holiday – Lady in Satin (1958)
  2. Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um (1959)
  3. Nina Simone – Wild Is the Wind (1966)
  4. Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
  5. The Beach Boys – Wild Honey (1967)
  6. The Four Tops – Reach Out (1967)
  7. Laura Nyro – Eli & the 13th Confession (1968)
  8. Roberta Flack – First Take (1969)
  9. Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul (1969)
  10. King Sunny Adé – The Best of the Classic Years (rec. 1969-1974, rel. 2003)
  11. Curtis Mayfield – Curtis (1970)
  12. James Brown – Sex Machine (1970)
  13. Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson (1971)
  14. Bill Withers – Just As I Am (1971)
  15. Loretta Lynn – Coal Miner’s Daughter (1971)
  16. Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidanada (1971)
  17. Paul and Linda McCartney – Ram (1971)
  18. Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace (1972)
  19. Bill Withers – Still Bill (1972)
  20. Aretha Franklin – Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
  21. Can – Ege Bamyasi (1972)
  22. Yes – Close to the Edge (1972)
  23. Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (1973)
  24. The Isley Brothers – 3 + 3 (1973)
  25. Sparks – Kimono My House (1974)
  26. Neil Young – On the Beach (1974)
  27. Joni Mitchell – The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975)
  28. Fela Kuti and Africa 70 – Expensive Shit (1975)
  29. Donna Summer – Bad Girls (1975)
  30. Joni Mitchell – Hejira (1976)
  31. Blondie – Blondie (1977)
  32. Rufus (ft. Chaka Khan) – Ask Rufus (1977)
  33. X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents (1978)
  34. The Raincoats – The Raincoats (1979)
  35. The Slits – Cut (1979)
  36. Chic – Risqué (1979)
  37. Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1980)
  38. Motörhead – Ace of Spades (1980)
  39. Diana Ross – Diana (1980)
  40. David Bowie – Scary Monsters (1980)
  41. Rush – Moving Pictures (1981)
  42. Luther Vandross – Never Too Much (1981)
  43. New Order – Power, Corruption & Lies (1983)
  44. Sade – Diamond Life (1984)
  45. Kate Bush – Hounds of Love (1985)
  46. Janet Jackson – Control (1986)
  47. Anita Baker – Rapture (1986)
  48. Pet Shop Boys – Actually (1987)
  49. Lucinda Williams – Lucinda Williams (1988)
  50. Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine (1989)
  51. Tom Petty – Full Moon Fever (1989)
  52. Ice Cube – AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1990)
  53. Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas (1990)
  54. Sonic Youth – Goo (1990)
  55. Boyz II Men – II (1991)
  56. Primal Scream – Screamadelica (1991)
  57. LL Cool J – Mama Said Knock You Out (1991)
  58. De La Soul – De La Soul Is Dead (1991)
  59. Tori Amos – Little Earthquakes (1992)
  60. Sade – Love Deluxe (1992)
  61. Beastie Boys – Check Your Head (1992)
  62. Mary J. Blige – What’s the 411? (1992)
  63. The Pharcyde – Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde (1992)
  64. The Breeders – Last Splash (1993)
  65. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle (1993)
  66. A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders (1993)
  67. Tom Petty – Wildflowers (1994)
  68. Oasis – Definitely Maybe (1994)
  69. Selena – Amor Prohibido (1994)
  70. Blur – Parklife (1994)
  71. Pavement – Wowee Zowee (1995)
  72. GZA – Liquid Swords (1995)
  73. Mobb Depp – The Infamous (1995)
  74. Pulp – Different Class (1995)
  75. D’Angelo – Brown Sugar (1995)
  76. Aaliyah – One in a Million (1996)
  77. 2Pac – All Eyez on Me (1996)
  78. Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996)
  79. Sheryl Crow – Sheryl Crow (1996)
  80. DJ Shadow – Endtroducing (1996)
  81. Shania Twain – Come on Over (1997)
  82. Yo La Tengo – I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One (1997)
  83. Erykah Badu – Baduizm (1997)
  84. Björk – Homogenic (1997)
  85. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott – Supa Dupa Fly (1997)
  86. Elliott Smith – Either/Or (1997)
  87. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)
  88. Manu Chao – Clandestino (1998)
  89. Juvenile – 400 Degreez (1998)
  90. Shakira – Dónde Están los Ladrones (1998)
  91. Kelis – Kaleidoscope (1999)
  92. The Roots – Things Fall Apart (1999)
  93. Destiny’s Child – The Writing’s on the Wall (1999)
  94. Fiona Apple – When the Pawn… (1999)
  95. Dixie Chicks – Fly (1999)
  96. Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun (2000)
  97. Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele (2000)
  98. Daft Punk – Discovery (2001)
  99. Gillian Welch – Time (The Revelator) (2001)
  100. 50 Cent – Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2002)
  101. OutKast – Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (2003)
  102. Alicia Keys – The Diary of Alicia Keys (2003)
  103. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Fever to Tell (2003)
  104. Daddy Yankee – Barrio Fino (2004)
  105. Madvillain – Madvillainy (2004)
  106. Brian Wilson – Smile (2004)
  107. Usher – Confessions (2004)
  108. Arcade Fire – Funeral (2004)
  109. Fiona Apple – Extraordinary Machine (2005)
  110. Lil Wayne – Tha Carter II (2005)
  111. Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)
  112. M.I.A. – Arular (2005)
  113. John Mayer – Continuum (2006)
  114. My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade (2006)
  115. J Dilla – Donuts (2006)
  116. Kanye West – Graduation (2007)
  117. Britney Spears – Blackout (2007)
  118. Kanye West – 808s & Heartbreak (2008)
  119. Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago (2008)
  120. Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon: The End of the Day (2009)
  121. Maxwell – BLACKsummers’night (2009)
  122. Robyn – Body Talk (2010)
  123. Drake – Take Care (2011)
  124. Adele – 21 (2011)
  125. Lady Gaga – Born This Way (2011)
  126. Eric Church – Chief (2011)
  127. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (2012)
  128. Kendrick Lamar, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’ (2012)
  129. Fiona Apple – The Idler Wheel… (2012)
  130. Taylor Swift – Red (2012)
  131. Beyoncé – Beyoncé (2013)
  132. Daft Punk – Random Access Memories (2013)
  133. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
  134. Arctic Monkeys – AM (2013)
  135. Kanye West – Yeezus (2013)
  136. Jason Isbell – Southeastern (2013)
  137. Taylor Swift – 1989 (2014)
  138. D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah (2014)
  139. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)
  140. The Weeknd – Beauty Behind the Madness (2015)
  141. Drake – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (2015)
  142. Tame Impala – Currents (2015)
  143. Beyoncé – Lemonade (2016)
  144. Frank Ocean – Blond (2016)
  145. Rihanna – Anti (2016)
  146. Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings (2016)
  147. Solange – A Seat at the Table (2016)
  148. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN (2017)
  149. Lorde – Melodrama (2017)
  150. SZA – Ctrl (2017)
  151. Bad Bunny – X 100pre (2018)
  152. Rosalía – El Mal Querer (2018)
  153. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (2018)
  154. Harry Styles – Fine Line (2019)
  155. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell (2019)
  156. Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (2019)

ARTISTS

Artists on 2003 list only

  1. Buena Vista Social Club
  2. No Doubt

Artists on 2012 List only

  1. MGMT
  2. My Morning Jacket
  3. Boz Scaggs

Artists on 2012 and 2020 Lists but not 2003 List

  1. LCD Soundsystem
  2. Lil Wayne
  3. The Magnetic Fields
  4. Raekwon
  5. The Stone Roses
  6. Wilco
  7. Amy Winehouse

Artists on 2003 and 2020 Lists but not 2012 List

1. Boogie Down Productions
2. Alanis Morissette

Artists on 2003 and 2012 Lists but not 2020 List

  1. Alice Cooper
  2. Blood, Sweat and Tears
  3. Bobby Bland
  4. Jackson Browne
  5. Buffalo Springfield
  6. The Carpenters
  7. Def Leppard
  8. Neil Diamond
  9. The Drifters
  10. Steve Earle
  11. Echo and the Bunnymen
  12. EPMD
  13. Eurythmics
  14. Stan Getz and João Gilberto
  15. Don Henley
  16. John Lee Hooker
  17. The Jesus and Mary Chain
  18. Jethro Tull
  19. Albert King
  20. Labelle
  21. Little Walter
  22. The Mamas and the Papas
  23. John Mayall
  24. Paul McCartney and Wings
  25. Moby
  26. Moby Grape
  27. The Mothers of Invention
  28. Mott the Hoople
  29. The O’Jays
  30. Graham Parker
  31. Gram Parsons
  32. The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  33. The Pogues
  34. Professor Longhair
  35. Public Image, Ltd.
  36. Soundgarden
  37. War
  38. Barry White
  39. Jackie Wilson
  40. Peter Wolf
  41. The Yardbirds

Artists on 2020 List but not on 2003 or 2013 Lists

  1. 2Pac
  2. 50 Cent
  3. Aaliyah
  4. Adele
  5. Tori Amos
  6. Fiona Apple
  7. Arcade Fire
  8. Erykah Badu
  9. Bad Bunny
  10. Anita Baker
  11. Belle and Sebastian
  12. Beyoncé
  13. Blur
  14. Bon Iver
  15. Boyz II Men
  16. The Breeders
  17. Kate Bush
  18. Can
  19. Mariah Carey
  20. Chic
  21. Eric Church
  22. Cocteau Twins
  23. Alice Coltrane
  24. Sheryl Crow
  25. Kid Cudi
  26. Daddy Yankee
  27. Daft Punk
  28. Lana Del Rey
  29. Destiny’s Child
  30. Dixie Chicks
  31. DJ Shadow
  32. Drake
  33. Billie Eilish
  34. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott
  35. Roberta Flack
  36. The Four Tops
  37. Ghostface Killah
  38. GZA
  39. Jason Isbell
  40. Lady Gaga
  41. Herbie Hancock
  42. Isaac Hayes
  43. Billie Holiday
  44. Ice Cube
  45. The Isley Brothers
  46. J Dilla
  47. Juvenile
  48. Kelis
  49. Alicia Keys
  50. King Sunny Adé
  51. Fela Kuti and Africa 70
  52. Kendrick Lamar
  53. Miranda Lambert
  54. LL Cool J
  55. Lorde
  56. Madvillain
  57. Maxwell
  58. John Mayer
  59. Charles Mingus
  60. Mobb Depp
  61. Motörhead
  62. My Chemical Romance
  63. Kacey Musgraves
  64. Neutral Milk Hotel
  65. Harry Nilsson
  66. Laura Nyro
  67. Frank Ocean
  68. Pet Shop Boys
  69. The Pharcyde
  70. Primal Scream
  71. Pulp
  72. The Raincoats
  73. Rihanna
  74. Robyn
  75. Rosalía
  76. Diana Ross
  77. The Roots
  78. Rufus (ft. Chaka Khan)
  79. Rush
  80. Sade
  81. Selena
  82. Shakira
  83. Nina Simone
  84. The Slits
  85. Elliott Smith
  86. Snoop Doggy Dogg
  87. Solange
  88. Sparks
  89. Britney Spears
  90. Harry Styles
  91. Donna Summer
  92. Taylor Swift
  93. SZA
  94. Tame Impala
  95. Shania Twain
  96. Usher
  97. Luther Vandross
  98. The Weeknd
  99. Gillian Welch
  100. Brian Wilson
  101. Bill Withers
  102. X-Ray Spex
  103. Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  104. Yes
  105. Yo La Tengo

 

More Music of the Decade: Jazz, World & Classical

I’ve gone through the “Best Music – Year by Year” meta-lists from 2010-2019 and separated out the best in jazz, world music, and classical.  You can add these to the meta-lists of the best music (albums), best songs, best books, and best films of the 2010s decade.

Here are the links:

Best Jazz Albums of the 2010s
Best World Music of the 2010s
Best Classical Music of the 2010s