Best Albums of All Time – By Artist

In the list below, I have taken my “Best Albums of All Time” list and organized it by performing artist/musician, in alphabetical order.  The date is generally the date of first release (usually US or UK).  In the case of compilations, I have used recording dates instead of release dates.

Although the 35+ original source lists I used to compile this meta-list were usually labeled “Best Albums” or “Best Music”, they focused primarily on various forms of rock and pop, as well as rhythm & blues, soul, funk, hip hop, and singer/songwriter.  There is a little bit of jazz, blues, and country.

To see the other best albums lists, click on the links below:

Best Albums of All Time: Ranked
Best Albums of All Time: Chronological

AC/DC
Highway to Hell (1979) (on 3 lists)
Back in Black
(1980) (on 23 lists)
acdc performing

Adele
21 (2011) (on 3 lists)

Aerosmith
Toys in the Attic (1975) (on 9 lists)
Rocks (1976) (on 3 lists)
Pump (1989) (on 3 lists)
aerosmith

Air
Moon Safari (1998) (on 5 lists)
Air_(band)_playing_in_2010

Alice in Chains
Dirt (1992) (on 6 lists)
alice in chains

The Allman Brothers Band
At Fillmore East (1971) (on 8 lists)
allman brothers band

Tori Amos
Little Earthquakes (1992) (on 4 lists)
tori amos

Animal Collective
Merriweather Post Pavilion (2009) (on 3 lists)

Photo by Kyle Gustafson

Aphex Twin
Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (1992) (on 5 lists)
aphex twin

Arcade Fire
Funeral (2004) (on 6 lists)
the Arcade Fire

Arctic Monkeys
Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not (2006) (on 3 lists)
ARCTICMONKEYS
Jenn Five/NME

A Tribe Called Quest
The Low End Theory (1991) (on 8 lists)
Midnight Marauders (1993) (on 3 lists)
a tribe_called_quest

Bad Company
Bad Company (1974) (on 4 lists)
Bad Company

Erykah Badu
Mama’s Gun (2000) (on 3 lists)
erykah badu

Anita Baker
The Rapture (1987) (on 3 lists)

The Band
The Basement Tapes (rec. 1967-1975, rel. 1975) (with Bob Dylan) (on 4 lists)
Music from Big Pink (1968) (on 14 lists)
The Band (1969) (on 19 lists)
The-Band

The Beach Boys
Today (1965) (on 3 lists)
Pet Sounds
(1966) (on 32 lists)
Sunflower (1970) (on 3 lists)
Surf’s Up (1971) (on 4 lists)
the beach boys

Beastie Boys
Licensed to Ill (1986) (on 9 lists)
Paul’s Boutique (1989) (on 12 lists)
Ill Communication (1994) (on 3 lists)
beastie boys

The Beatles
With the Beatles (1963) (on 4 lists)
Meet the Beatles (1964) (on 3 lists)
A Hard Day’s Night (1964) (on 9 lists)
Help! (1965) (on 3 lists)
Rubber Soul (1965) (on 30 lists)
Revolver (1966) (on 35 lists)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) (on 33 lists)
The Beatles [The White Album] (1968) (on 34 lists)
Abbey Road (1969) (on 29 lists)
Let It Be (rec. 1968-1970, rel. 1970) (on 3 lists)
the beatles live

Beck
Odelay (1996) (on 14 lists)
beck

The Bee Gees 
Saturday Night Fever (1977) (with other artists) (on 10 lists)
the bee gees

Belle & Sebastian
If You’re Feeling Sinister (1996) (on 3 lists)
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Chuck Berry
The Great Twenty-Eight (rec. 1955-1965) (on 5 lists)
chuck berry

The B-52s
The B-52’s (1979) (on 5 lists)
B-52s

Big Star
#1 Record (1972) (on 3 lists)
Radio City
(1974) (on 6 lists)
Third/Sister Lovers (1978) (on 7 lists)
big star

Björk
Debut (1993) (on 3 lists)
Post (1995) (on 4 lists)
Homogenic (1997) (on 3 lists)
Icelandic Singer Bjork Makes Debut In Shanghai

Black Flag
Damaged (1981) (on 5 lists)
black flag

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath (1970) (on 4 lists)
Paranoid (1970) (on 10 lists)
Volume 4 (1972) (on 3 lists)
black sabbath

Mary J. Blige
My Life (1994) (on 3 lists)

Blind Faith
Blind Faith (1969) (on 6 lists)
blind faith

Blondie
Parallel Lines (1978) (on 9 lists)
blondie

Blur
Parklife (1994) (on 9 lists)
blur

Bon Jovi
Slippery When Wet (1986) (on 7 lists)
bon jovi

Boogie Down Productions (feat. KRS-One)
Criminal Minded (1987) (on 3 lists)

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill

Boston

Boston (1976) (on 3 lists)

David Bowie
Hunky Dory (1971) (on 20 lists)
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars (1972) (on 32 lists)
Young Americans (1975) (on 3 lists)
Station to Station (1976) (on 5 lists)
Low (1977) (on 6 lists)
Heroes (1977) (on 5 lists)
Ziggy Plays Guitar

James Brown
Star Time (rec. 1956-1984) (on 5 lists)
Live at the Apollo (1963) (on 15 lists)
Sex Machine (1970) (on 3 lists)
james brown

Jeff Buckley
Grace (1994) (on 16 lists)
jeff buckley

Tim Buckley
Starsailor (1970) (on 3 lists)
tim buckley

Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield Again (1967) (on 4 lists)
buffalo springfield

Kate Bush
Hounds of Love (1985) (on 9 lists)
kate bush

Buzzcocks
Singles Going Steady (rec. 1977-1979) (on 3 lists)
buzzcocks

The Byrds
Mr. Tambourine Man (1965) (on 5 lists)
Younger than Yesterday (1967) (on 6 lists)
The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968) (on 9 lists)
Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968) (on 4 lists)
the byrds performing

Can
Tago Mago (1971) (on 4 lists)
can in concert

Captain Beefheart
Trout Mask Replica (1969) (on 15 lists)
Clear Spot (1972) (on 3 lists)
captain-beefheart

The Cars
The Cars (1978) (on 3 lists)
the cars live

Johnny Cash
At Folsom Prison (1968) (on 10 lists)
johnny cash

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
The Boatman’s Call (1997) (on 4 lists)
nick cave

Tracy Chapman
Tracy Chapman (1988) (on 4 lists)
tracy-chapman

Ray Charles
Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music (1962) (on 6 lists)
Ray Charles, Milano 1967

Cheap Trick
Cheap Trick at Budokan (1978) (on 4 lists)
cheap-trick-live

The Chemical Brothers
Dig Your Own Hole (1997) (on 3 lists)
the-chemical-brothers

Chic 
C’est Chic (1978) (on 3 lists)
Risqué (1979) (on 3 lists)
Pop Group Chic

Chicago
Chicago Transit Authority (1969) (on 6 lists)
chicago (band)

Eric Clapton
Slowhand (1977) (on 3 lists)
eric clapton 1977

Gene Clark
No Other (1974) (on 3 lists)
gene clark

The Clash
The Clash (1977) (on 15 lists)
London Calling (1979) (on 29 lists)
Sandanista! (1980) (on 4 lists)
The Clash (1)

Cocteau Twins
Heaven or Las Vegas (1990) (on 3 lists)

Leonard Cohen
Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967) (on 5 lists)
Songs of Love and Hate (1971) (on 6 lists)
I’m Your Man (1988) (on 3 lists)
leonard cohen

Coldplay
Parachutes (2000) (on 5 lists)
A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) (on 6 lists)
coldplay

Ornette Coleman
The Shape of Jazz to Come (1959) (on 3 lists)

John Coltrane
Giant Steps (1960) (on 5 lists)
A Love Supreme (1965) (on 10 lists)
john coltrane

Sam Cooke
Portrait of a Legend (rec. 1951-1964, rel. 2003) (on 3 lists)
Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963
(rec. 1963, rel. 1985) (on 4 lists)
Sam Cooke

Elvis Costello
My Aim is True (1977) (on 11 lists)
This Year’s Model (1978) (on 9 lists)
Armed Forces (1979) (as Elvis Costello & the Attractions) (on 5 lists)
Imperial Bedroom (1982) (on 3 lists)
elviscostello

The Crickets (featuring Buddy Holly)
The “Chirping” Crickets (1957) (on 4 lists)
CLH1.CA.Oe.0919.sullivan3.O.1

Counting Crows
August and Everything After (1993) (on 3 lists)
counting crows

Cream
Disraeli Gears (1967) (on 10 lists)
cream

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Green River (1969) (on 7 lists)
Willie and the Poor Boys (1969) (on 3 lists)
creedence-clearwater-revival

Crosby, Stills & Nash/Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) (on 4 lists)
Déjà Vu (1970) (on 6 lists)
CSNY

Crowded House 
Woodface (1991) (on 3 lists)
crowdedhouse-

The Cure
Disintegration (1989) (on 7 lists)
the cure

D’Angelo
Brown Sugar (1995) (on 3 lists)
Voodoo
(2001) (on 3 lists)
d'angelo

Miles Davis
Kind of Blue (1959) (on 18 lists)
Sketches of Spain (1960) (on 5 lists)
In a Silent Way (1969) (on 5 lists)
Bitches Brew (1970) (on 12 lists)
miles davis

Dead Kennedys
Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980) (on 3 lists)
Dead-Kennedys

Deep Purple
Machine Head (1972) (on 3 lists)
deep purple

Def Leppard
Pyromania (1983) (on 3 lists)
Hysteria
(1987) (on 5 lists)
def-leppard

De La Soul
3 Feet High and Rising (1989) (on 7 lists)
de-la-soul

Derek & the Dominoes
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) (on 13 lists)
derek and the dominoes

Devo
Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (1978) (on 4 lists)
(L to R) Bob2 with Gibson L6-S Custom, Bob1 with LaBaye 2x4 “Six”, Jerry Casale with modified Gibson Ripper, August 1979

Dexy’s Midnight Runners
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980) (on 4 lists)
dexys midnight runners

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms (1985) (on 11 lists)
Dire_Straits_1985

Dizzee Rascal
Boy in Da Corner (2003) (on 3 lists)
Dizzee_Rascal

DJ Shadow
Endtroducing… (1996) (on 8 lists)
dj shadow

The Doors
The Doors (1967) (on 23 lists)
Strange Days (1967) (on 4 lists)
Morrison Hotel (1970) (on 3 lists)
L.A. Woman (1971) (on 6 lists)
the doors

Nick Drake
Five Leaves Left (1969) (on 6 lists)
Bryter Layter (1970) (on 4 lists)
Pink Moon (1972) (on 6 lists)
nick drake

Dr. Dre
The Chronic (1992) (on 7 lists)
dr dre

Dr. John
Gris Gris (1968)
dr john

Duran Duran
Rio (1982) (on 4 lists)
DURAN DURAN STOCK IMAGE

Bob Dylan
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963) (on 3 lists)
Bringing It All Back Home
(1965) (on 17 lists)
Highway 61 Revisited (1965) (on 25 lists)
Blonde on Blonde (1966) (on 23 lists)
The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4: Bob Dylan Live 1966: The “Royal Albert Hall” Concert (rec. 1966, rel. 1998) (on 3 lists)
John Wesley Harding (1967) (on 3 lists)
The Basement Tapes (rec. 1967-1968, rel. 1975) (with The Band) (on 3 lists)
Blood on the Tracks (1975) (on 23 lists)
Desire (1976) (on 4 lists)
Time Out of Mind (1997) (on 6 lists)
Love and Theft (2001) (on 3 lists)
bob dylan

The Eagles
Eagles (1972) (on 3 lists)
Hotel California (1976) (on 13 lists)
the eagles

Earth, Wind & Fire
That’s the Way of the World (1975) (on 3 lists)

Photo by Tony Barnard.

Elbow 
The Seldom Seen Kid (2008) (on 3 lists)

Eminem
The Slim Shady LP (1999) (on 3 lists)
The Marshall Mathers LP
(2000) (on 5 lists)
eminem

Brian Eno
Here Come the Warm Jets (1974) (on 5 lists)
Another Green World (1975) (on 7 lists)
brian eno

Eric B. & Rakim
Paid in Full (1987) (on 4 lists)
eric-b-rakim

Donald Fagen
The Nightfly (1982) (on 4 lists)
donald fagen

Fairport Convention
Liege and Leaf (1969) (on 5 lists)
fairport convention

The Flaming Lips
The Soft Bulletin (1999) (on 5 lists)
flaming lips

Fleetwood Mac
Rumours (1977) (on 28 lists)
Fleetwood Mac Photo by Bill Hansen
photo by Bill Hansen

The Flying Burrito Brothers
The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969) (on 6 lists)
flying burrito brothers

Aretha Franklin
I Never Loved a Man the Way that I Love You (1967) (on 10 lists)
Lady Soul (1968) (on 9 lists)
Young, Gifted & Black (1972) (on 3 lists)
Amazing Grace (1972) (on 3 lists)
aretha-franklin

Fugees
The Score (1996) (on 5 lists)
The Fugees performing live

Funkadelic
Maggot Brain (1971) (on 6 lists)
One Nation Under a Groove (1978) (on 4 lists)
funkadelic

Peter Gabriel
So (1986) (on 9 lists)
peter gabriel

Serge Gainsbourg
Histoire de Melody Nelson (1971) (on 5 lists)
serge gainsbourg

Gang of Four
Entertainment! (1979) (on 7 lists)
gang_of_four

Marvin Gaye
What’s Going On (1971) (on 28 lists)
Let’s Get It On (1973) (on 5 lists)
Here, My Dear (1978) (on 3 lists)
marvin gaye

Stan Getz
Getz/Gilberto (1964) (with Joao Gilberto) (on 3 lists)
stan getz

The Go-Go’s 
Beauty and the Beat (1981) (on 3 lists)
go-go's

Grateful Dead
Live/Dead (1969) (on 4 lists)
American Beauty (1970) (on 9 lists)
Workingman’s Dead (1970) (on 5 lists)
The Grateful Dead At the Family Dog

Al Green
Call Me (1973) (on 7 lists)
al green

Green Day
Dookie (1994) (on 7 lists)
American Idiot (2004) (on 5 lists)
green day

Guns n’ Roses
Appetite for Destruction (1987) (on 18 lists)
guns n roses
Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage/Getty

Herbie Hancock
Head Hunters (1973) (on 3 lists)

George Harrison
All Things Must Pass (1970) (on 7 lists)
george-harrison-1971

P.J. Harvey
Rid of Me (1993) (on 4 lists)
Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000) (on 8 lists)
pj harvey

Isaac Hayes
Hot Buttered Soul (1969) (on 3 lists)
Shaft (1971) (on 3 lists)
isaac hayes

Jimi Hendrix
Are You Experienced? (1967) (as The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (on 29 lists)
Axis: Bold As Love (1968) (as The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (on 7 lists)
Electric Ladyland
(1968) (as The Jimi Hendrix Experience) (on 23 lists)
Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (rec. 1967, rel. 1970) (on 4 lists)
Band of Gypsys (1970) (on 3 lists)jimi hendrix

Lauryn Hill
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998) (on 12 lists)
lauryn hill

Hole
Live Through This (1994) (on 7 lists)
hole 1994

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston (1985) (on 3 lists)
Various

Howlin’ Wolf
Moanin’ in the Moonlight (rec. 1951-1959, rel. 1959) (on 3 lists)

Photo by Ernest Withers.

Hüsker Dü
Zen Arcade (1984) (on 5 lists)
New Day Rising (1985) (on 6 lists)
Husker_Du1
Photo by Steve Hengstler

Ice Cube
AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted (1990) (on 3 lists)

The Incredible String Band
The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (1968) (on 4 lists)
Incredible-String-Band

The Isley Brothers
3 + 3 (1973) (on 3 lists)
isley brothers

Janet Jackson
Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) (on 3 lists)

Michael Jackson
Off the Wall (1979) (on 16 lists)
Thriller (1982) (on 27 lists)
Bad (1987) (on 3 lists)
michael-jackson

The Jam
All the Mod Cons (1978) (on 4 lists)
the jam

Jane’s Addiction
Nothing’s Shocking (1988) (on 4 lists)
Ritual de lo Habitual (1990) (on 5 lists)
jane's addiction

Jay-Z
Reasonable Doubt (1996) (on 3 lists)
The Blueprint
(2001) (on 5 lists)
jay-z

Jefferson Airplane
Surrealistic Pillow (1967) (on 5 lists)
jefferson airplane

The Jesus & Mary Chain
Psychocandy (1985) (on 8 lists)
the-jesus-mary-chain

Jethro Tull
Aqualung (1971) (on 6 lists)
jethro tull

Billy Joel
The Stranger (1977) (on 4 lists)
billy joel

Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973) (on 15 lists)
elton john

Robert Johnson
The Complete Recordings (rec. 1936-1937) (on 4 lists)
robert johnson

Janis Joplin
Cheap Thrills (1968) (with Big Brother & the Holding Company) (on 3 lists)
Pearl
(1971) (on 8 lists)
janis joplin

Joy Division
Unknown Pleasures (1979) (on 11 lists)
Closer (1980) (on 12 lists)
joy division

B.B. King
Live at the Regal (1965) (on 3 lists)
B.B. King performs during a 1960 concert. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Carole King
Tapestry (1971) (on 16 lists)
carole king

King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) (on 6 lists)
King_Crimson

The Kinks
Something Else by the Kinks (1967) (on 3 lists)
The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
(1968) (on 9 lists)
the kinks

Kiss
Alive! (1975) (on 3 lists)
Destroyer
(1976) (on 3 lists)
kiss.jpg

Kraftwerk
Trans-Europe Express (1977) (on 8 lists)
kraftwerk

Kendrick Lamar 
To Pimp a Butterfly (2015) (on 3 lists)

PA Photos

Cyndi Lauper
She’s So Unusual (1983) (on 3 lists)

Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

LCD Soundsystem
Sound of Silver (2007) (on 3 lists)
lcd soundsystem

Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin (1969) (on 14 lists)
Led Zeppelin II (1969) (on 16 lists)
Led Zeppelin III (1970) (on 8 lists)
[Led Zeppelin IV] (1971) (on 31 lists)
Houses of the Holy (1973) (on 9 lists)
Physical Graffiti (1975) (on 17 lists)
In Through the Out Door (1979) (on 3 lists)
Led-Zeppelin

John Lennon
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970) (on 13 lists)
Imagine (1971) (on 12 lists)
john lennon

Leftfield
Leftism (1995) (on 3 lists)
leftfield

Little Richard
Here’s Little Richard (1957) (on 6 lists)
little richard

LL Cool J
Mama Said Knock You Out (1990) (on 3 lists)

Love
Forever Changes (1967) (on 17 lists)
Love

Lynyrd Skynyrd
(Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd) (1973) (on 3 lists)

Photo by Richard Mccaffrey.

Madonna
Like a Prayer (1989) (on 5 lists)
Ray of Light (1998) (on 4 lists)
The Immaculate Collection (rec. 1983-1990) (on 3 lists)
madonna

The Magnetic Fields 
69 Love Songs (1999) (on 5 lists)
The Magnetic-fields-in-concert

Manic Street Preachers
The Holy Bible (1994) (on 3 lists)
Everything Must Go
(1996) (on 6 lists)
manic street preachers

Bob Marley & the Wailers
Catch a Fire (1973) (on 4 lists)
Natty Dread (1974) (on 4 lists)
Exodus 
(1977) (on 9 lists)
Legend (rec. 1972-1983) (on 9 lists)
bob marley

John Martyn
Solid Air (1973) (on 4 lists)
john martyn

Massive Attack
Blue Lines (1991) (on 12 lists)
Mezzanine (1998) (on 3 lists)
massive-attack

John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers
Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (1966) (on 3 lists)
john mayall and eric clapton

Curtis Mayfield
Super Fly (1972) (on 4 lists)
curtis mayfield

MC5
Kick out the Jams (1969) (on 3 lists)
mc5

Paul McCartney & Wings
Band on the Run (1973) (on 6 lists)
Wings Perform In Arles

Kate & Anna McGarrigle
Kate & Anna McGarrigle (1975) (on 4 lists)
Kate_and_Anna_McGarrigle

Meat Loaf
Bat out of Hell (1977) (on 7 lists)
meat loaf

Mercury Rev
Deserter’s Songs (1998) (on 3 lists)
Mercury_rev

Metallica
Kill ‘Em All (1983) (on 3 lists)
Master of Puppets (1986) (on 11 lists)
…And Justice for All (1988) (on 3 lists)
Metallica [Black Album] (1991) (on 12 lists)
Photo of James HETFIELD and Kirk HAMMETT and METALLICA

The Meters
Look-Ka Py Py (1969) (on 3 lists)
the meters live

MGMT
Oracular Spectacular (2007) (on 3 lists)
MGMT live

George Michael
Faith (1987) (on 3 lists)

Charles Mingus
Mingus Ah Um (1959) (on 3 lists)

Minutemen
Double Nickels on the Dime (1984) (on 9 lists)
minutemen

Joni Mitchell
Blue (1971) (on 18 lists)
Court and Spark (1974) (on 11 lists)
The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975) (on 4 lists)
Hejira (1976) (on 3 lists)
joni mitchell

Moby
Play (1999) (on 5 lists)
Moby

Moby Grape
Moby Grape (1967) (on 5 lists)
Moby_Grape

The Modern Lovers
The Modern Lovers (rec. 1971-1973, rel. 1976) (on 6 lists)
MODERN-LOVERS

The Monks
Black Monk Time (1966) (on 4 lists)
the monks

The Moody Blues
Days of Future Passed (1967) (on 3 lists)
the-moody-blues

Alanis Morissette
Jagged Little Pill (1995) (on 9 lists)
alanis morissette

Van Morrison
Astral Weeks (1968) (on 23 lists)
Moondance (1970) (on 15 lists)
It’s Too Late To Stop Now (1974) (on 4 lists)
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Motörhead 
Ace of Spades (1980) (on 3 lists)

Muddy Waters
The Anthology: 1947-1972 (rec. 1947-1972) (on 3 lists)
At Newport 1960
(1960) (on 3 lists)
muddy waters

My Bloody Valentine
Loveless (1991) (on 11 lists)
my bloody valentine

Nas
Illmatic (1994) (on 7 lists)
nas live

Willie Nelson
Red Headed Stranger (1975) (on 4 lists)
Stardust (1978) (on 3 lists)
Willie_Nelson_1978

Neu!
Neu ’75 (1975) (on 3 lists)
neu!

Neutral Milk Hotel
In the Aeroplane over the Sea (1998) (on 3 lists)

Randy Newman
12 Songs (1970) (on 3 lists)
Sail Away
(1972) (on 3 lists)
Good Old Boys
(1974) (on 4 lists)
randy newman

New Order
Technique (1989) (on 3 lists)
NewOrder

New York Dolls
New York Dolls (1973) (on 7 lists)
New York Dolls

Harry Nilsson
Nilsson Schmilsson (1971) (on 3 lists)
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Nine Inch Nails
The Downward Spiral (1994) (on 9 lists)
nine inch nails

Nirvana
Nevermind (1991) (on 32 lists)
In Utero (1993) (on 10 lists)
MTV Unplugged in New York (1994) (on 6 lists)
nirvana

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (1972) (on 3 lists)
nitty gritty dirt band

The Notorious B.I.G.
Ready to Die (1994) (on 6 lists)
the notorious big
Photo: David Corio/Redferns/Getty

N.W.A.
Straight Outta Compton (1988) (on 12 lists)
nwa-live-in-concert

Laura Nyro
Eli & the Thirteenth Confession (1968) (on 3 lists)
lauranyro

Oasis
Definitely Maybe (1994) (on 12 lists)
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) (on 15 lists)
oasis

Frank Ocean 
Channel Orange (2012) (on 3 lists)

Mike Oldfield
Tubular Bells (1973) (on 3 lists)
mike oldfield

OutKast
Aquemini (1998) (on 4 lists)
Stankonia (2000) (on 7 lists)
2006 VH1 Hip Hop Honors - Show

Pantera
Vulgar Display of Power (1992) (on 3 lists)
pantera live

Parliament
Mothership Connection (1975) (on 6 lists)
georgeclinton-mothership-tour

Graham Parker 
Squeezing Out Sparks (1979) (on 3 lists)
graham parker

Gram Parsons
G.P. (1973) (on 8 lists)
Grievous Angel (1974) (on 8 lists)
gram parsons

Dolly Parton
Coat of Many Colors (1971) (on 5 lists)
Dolly-Parton

Pavement
Slanted and Enchanted (1992) (on 8 lists)
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (1994) (on 4 lists)
pavement

Pearl Jam
Ten (1991) (on 18 lists)
pearl jam

Pere Ubu
The Modern Dance (1978) (on 5 lists)
pere ubu

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Damn the Torpedoes (1979) (on 3 lists)
tom-petty

Liz Phair
Exile in Guyville (1993) (on 6 lists)
liz phair

Pink Floyd
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) (on 7 lists)
The Dark Side of the Moon (1973) (on 27 lists)
Wish You Were Here (1975) (on 16 lists)
The Wall (1979) (on 15 lists)
Pink Floyd

Pixies
Surfer Rosa (1988) (on 5 lists)
Doolittle (1989) (on 14 lists)
the pixies

The Pogues
Rum, Sodomy & the Lash (1985) (on 4 lists)
the pogues

The Police
Regatta de Blanc (1979) (on 3 lists)
Synchronicity
(1983) (on 10 lists)
the police

Iggy Pop (see also The Stooges)
Lust For Life (1977) (on 4 lists)
Iggy Pop Performs Live

Portishead
Dummy (1994) (on 12 lists)
Third (2008) (on 3 lists)
portishead

Prefab Sprout
Steve McQueen (1985) (on 6 lists)
prefab sprout

Elvis Presley
The Sun Sessions (rec. 1953-1955) (on 9 lists)
Sunrise
(rec. 1953-1955) (on 3 lists)
Elvis Presley (1956) (on 6 lists)
From Elvis in Memphis (1969) (on 3 lists)
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The Pretenders
Pretenders (1980) (on 10 lists)
pretenders

Primal Scream
Screamadelica (1991) (on 12 lists)
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Prince
Dirty Mind (1980) (on 4 lists)
1999 (1982) (on 8 lists)
Purple Rain (1984) (as Prince & the Revolution) (on 23 lists)
Sign o’ the Times (1987) (on 18 lists)
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John Prine
John Prine (1971) (on 4 lists)
john prine

The Prodigy
The Fat of the Land (1997) (on 7 lists)
the prodigy
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Public Enemy
It Takes A Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) (on 20 lists)
Fear of a Black Planet (1990) (on 9 lists)
Public Enemy Performing Live

Public Image, Ltd.
Metal Box (1979)/Second Edition (1980) (on 10 lists)
public image ltd

Pulp
Different Class (1995) (on 6 lists)
pulp

Queen
A Night at the Opera (1975) (on 13 lists)
queen

Radiohead
The Bends (1995) (on 14 lists)
OK Computer (1997) (on 22 lists)
Kid A (2000) (on 12 lists)
In Rainbows (2007) (on 3 lists)
radiohead

Raekwon
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… (1995) (on 3 lists)
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Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine (1992) (on 8 lists)
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Bonnie Raitt
Nick of Time (1989) (on 3 lists)
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Ramones
Ramones (1976) (on 25 lists)
Rocket to Russia (1977) (on 4 lists)
Ramones
Photo by Roberta Bayley

Otis Redding
Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965) (on 15 lists)
Historic Performances Recorded at the Monterey International Pop Festival (rec. 1967, rel. 1970) (on 4 lists)
otis redding

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991) (on 12 lists)
Californication (1999) (on 5 lists)
red hot chili peppers

Lou Reed
Transformer (1972) (on 14 lists)
Berlin (1973) (on 3 lists)
Lou_Reed

R.E.M.
Murmur (1983) (on 12 lists)
Life’s Rich Pageant (1986) (on 3 lists)
Document (1987) (on 4 lists)
Out of Time (1991) (on 7 lists)
Automatic for the People (1992) (on 20 lists)
r.e.m.

The Replacements
Let It Be (1984) (on 10 lists)
the replacements

The Rolling Stones
Aftermath (1966) (on 5 lists)
Beggar’s Banquet (1968) (on 16 lists)
Let It Bleed (1969) (on 23 lists)
Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out! (1970) (on 3 lists)
Sticky Fingers (1971) (on 22 lists)
Exile on Main St. (1972) (on 29 lists)
Some Girls (1978) (on 8 lists)
Tattoo You (1981) (on 4 lists)
The Rolling Stones

Roxy Music
Roxy Music (1972) (on 4 lists)
For Your Pleasure (1973) (on 11 lists)
Avalon (1982) (on 3 lists)
roxy music

Todd Rundgren
Something/Anything? (1972) (on 6 lists)
A Wizard, A True Star (1973) (on 3 lists)
todd rundgren

Run-D.M.C.
Run-D.M.C. (1984) (on 3 lists)
Raising Hell
(1986) (on 8 lists)
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Rush
Moving Pictures (1981) (on 3 lists)
rush

Santana
Abraxas (1970) (on 9 lists)
santana

Sepultura
Roots (1996) (on 3 lists)
Sepultura

The Sex Pistols
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977) (on 28 lists)
sex pistols

Sigur Rós
Ágætis byrjun (1999) (on 3 lists)
Sigur Ros

Paul Simon
Paul Simon (1972) (on 3 lists)
Graceland
(1986) (on 19 lists)
paul simon

Simon & Garfunkel
Bookends (1968) (on 5 lists)
Bridge over Troubled Water (1970) (on 16 lists)
simonandgarfunkel

Frank Sinatra
In the Wee Small Hours (1955) (on 3 lists)
Songs for Swingin’ Lovers
(1956) (on 6 lists)
frank sinatra

Slayer
Reign in Blood (1986) (on 4 lists)
slayer

Sleater-Kinney
Dig Me Out (1997) (on 3 lists)
sleater-kinney

The Slits
Cut (1979) (on 3 lists)
the slits

Sly & the Family Stone
Stand! (1969) (on 9 lists)
There’s a Riot Going On (1971) (on 10 lists)
sly and the family stone

The Smashing Pumpkins
Siamese Dream (1993) (on 10 lists)
Mellon Collie & the Infinite Sadness (1995) (on 7 lists)
Paul Natkin Archive

Elliott Smith
Either/Or (1997) (on 5 lists)
elliott smith

Patti Smith
Horses (1975) (on 21 lists)
patti smith

The Smiths
Hatful of Hollow (rec. 1983-1984) (on 4 lists)
The Smiths (1984) (on 8 lists)
Meat Is Murder (1985) (on 3 lists)
The Queen is Dead (1986) (on 21 lists)
the smiths

Sufjan Stevens
Illinois (2005) (on 3 lists)
Sufjan_Stevens

Sonic Youth
Sister (1987) (on 3 lists)
Daydream Nation
(1988) (on 11 lists)
sonicyouth

Soundgarden
Superunknown (1994) (on 10 lists)
soundgarden

The Specials
The Specials (1979) (on 3 lists)
the specials

Phil Spector (with various artists)
Phil Spector: Back to Mono (rec. 1958-1969) (on 4 lists)
Phil-Spector

Spiritualized
Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997) (on 4 lists)
spiritualized

Dusty Springfield
Dusty in Memphis (1969) (on 14 lists)
dusty springfield

Bruce Springsteen
The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle (1973) (on 3 lists)
Born to Run
(1975) (on 26 lists)
Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) (on 12 lists)
The River (1980) (on 3 lists)
Nebraska (1982) (on 6 lists)
Born in the U.S.A. (1984) (on 10 lists)
Bruce Springsteen

Steely Dan
Can’t Buy a Thrill (1972) (on 3 lists)
Countdown to Ecstasy
(1973) (on 5 lists)
Pretzel Logic (1974) (on 3 lists)
Aja (1977) (on 7 lists)
Steely-Dan

Stereolab
Emperor Tomato Ketchup (1996) (on 3 lists)
stereolab

Rod Stewart
Every Picture Tells a Story (1971) (on 7 lists)
Rod On Song

The Stone Roses
The Stone Roses (1989) (on 16 lists)
the-stone-roses

The Stooges (see also Iggy Pop)
The Stooges (1969) (on 5 lists)
Fun House (1970) (on 11 lists)
Raw Power (1973) (as Iggy & the Stooges) (on 13 lists)
the stooges

The Streets
Original Pirate Material (2002) (on 3 lists)
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The Strokes
Is This It (2001) (on 10 lists)
the strokes

Suede 
Dog Man Star (1994) (on 3 lists)
Suede 2010

Suicide
Suicide (1977) (on 5 lists)
Suicide

System of a Down
Toxicity (2001) (on 5 lists)
system of a down

Talking Heads
More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978) (on 4 lists)
Fear of Music (1979) (on 3 lists)
Remain In Light
(1980) (on 15 lists)
Stop Making Sense (1984) (on 3 lists)
talking heads
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James Taylor
Sweet Baby James (1970) (on 7 lists)
james taylor

Television
Marquee Moon (1977) (on 18 lists)
television

Thin Lizzy
Live and Dangerous (1978) (on 3 lists)
Thin-Lizzy

Richard & Linda Thompson
I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (1974) (on 8 lists)
Shoot Out the Lights (1982) (on 3 lists)
richard and linda thompson

TLC
CrazySexyCool (1994) (on 3 lists)
TLC live
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Toots & the Maytals 
Funky Kingston (1975) (US version) (on 3 lists)

T. Rex
Electric Warrior (1971) (on 7 lists)
t.rex

Tricky
Maxinquaye (1995) (on 5 lists)
tricky

Tina Turner
Proud Mary: The Best of Ike & Tina Turner (rec. 1960-1976) (on 3 lists)
Private Dancer
(1984) (on 4 lists)
tina turner

U2
War (1983) (on 5 lists)
The Unforgettable Fire (1984) (on 6 lists)
The Joshua Tree (1987) (on 22 lists)
Achtung Baby (1991) (on 20 lists)
All That You Can’t Leave Behind (2000) (on 3 lists)
u2

Van Halen
Van Halen (1978) (on 7 lists)
Musical Group Van Halen Performing

The Velvet Underground
The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) (on 28 lists)
White Light/White Heat (1968) (on 4 lists)
The Velvet Underground (1969) (on 12 lists)
Loaded (1970) (on 3 lists)
the velvet underground

The Verve
A Northern Soul (1995) (on 3 lists)
Urban Hymns
(1997) (on 8 lists)
verve

Violent Femmes
Violent Femmes (1983) (on 3 lists)
Violent Femmes
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Tom Waits
Swordfishtrombones (1983) (on 7 lists)
Rain Dogs (1985) (on 9 lists)
tom waits

Scott Walker
Scott 4 (1969) (on 5 lists)
scott walker

Weezer
Weezer [Blue Album] (1994) (on 5 lists)
Weezer

Gillian Welch
Time (The Revelator) (2001) (on 3 lists)

Kanye West
The College Dropout (2004) (on 5 lists)
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010) (on 4 lists)
kanye west

The White Stripes
White Blood Cells (2001) (on 4 lists)
Elephant (2003) (on 5 lists)
the white stripes

The Who
The Who Sell Out (1967) (on 6 lists)
Tommy (1969) (on 14 lists)
Live at Leeds (1970) (on 3 lists)
Who’s Next (1971) (on 24 lists)
Quadrophenia (1973) (on 7 lists)
the who

Wilco
Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2001)
Wilco

Hank Williams
40 Greatest Hits (rec. 1947-1952) (on 3 lists)

Lucinda Williams
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (1998) (on 6 lists)
lucinda-williams

Amy Winehouse
Back to Black (2006) (on 5 lists)
amy winehouse

Wire
Pink Flag (1977) (on 6 lists)
Wire

Stevie Wonder
Music of My Mind (1972) (on 3 lists)
Talking Book
(1972) (on 9 lists)
Innervisions (1973) (on 17 lists)
Songs in the Key of Life (1976) (on 19 lists)
stevie wonder

Wu-Tang Clan
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1993) (on 8 lists)
Wu-Tang-Clan

Robert Wyatt
Rock Bottom (1974) (on 5 lists)
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X
Los Angeles (1980) (on 3 lists)
Wild Gift
(1981) (on 5 lists)
X live

X-Ray Spex
Germfree Adolescents (1978) (on 3 lists)

XTC
Skylarking (1986) (on 3 lists)
XTC live

Yes
Fragile (1971) (on 4 lists)
Close to the Edge (1972) (on 3 lists)
yes live

Neil Young
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969) (on 3 lists)
After the Goldrush
(1970) (on 19 lists)
Harvest (1972) (on 10 lists)
On the Beach (1974) (on 4 lists)
Tonight’s the Night (1975) (on 10 lists)
Rust Never Sleeps (1979) (on 7 lists)
young høyde

Frank Zappa
Freak Out! (1966) (with The Mothers of Invention) (on 3 lists)
We’re Only In It For the Money (1968) (with The Mothers of Invention) (on 4 lists)
Hot Rats (1969) (on 3 lists)
frank zappa