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Monday, February 28, 2011

Q Magazine's Top 100 Albums of All Time

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Q magazine is a British magazine that has been around since the mid-‘80s. While its U.S. counterparts seem dead-set on always putting a scantily clad babe on their covers or shoving in non-musical content that supposedly fits the same demographic, Q is all music. Over the years, they’ve put out a number of best-of-all-time album lists. I’ve averaged 23 of them together (see the links at the bottom of the page) for a ranking you won’t find in any of their magazines.

Also, check out Q’s annual picks for album of the year. They have made such picks just since 1999, although they’ve done end-of-year lists since 1986. However, by looking at the consolidated lists described above, the list has been expanded back to 1965.

1. OK Computer: Radiohead (1997)
2. Definitely Maybe: Oasis (1994)
3. The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (1989)
4. Nevermind: Nirvana (1991)
5. Screamadelica: Primal Scream (1991)
6. Parklife: Blur (1994)
7. Urban Hymns: The Verve (1997)
8. The Queen Is Dead: The Smiths (1986)
9. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the…: Sex Pistols (1977)
10. (What’s the Story) Morning Glory: Oasis (1995)

11. The Bends: Radiohead (1995)
12. Dark Side of the Moon: Pink Floyd (1973)
13. London Calling: The Clash (1979)
14. Achtung Baby: U2 (1991)
15. Automatic for the People: R.E.M. (1992)
16. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: David Bowie (1972)
17. Blue Lines: Massive Attack (1991)
18. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Beatles (1967)
19. Revolver: The Beatles (1966)
20. The Joshua Tree: U2 (1987)

21. A Rush of Blood to the Head: Coldplay (2002)
22. Appetite for Destruction: Guns N' Roses (1987)
23. Led Zeppelin IV: Led Zeppelin (1971)
24. Everything Must Go: Manic Street Preachers (1996)
25. Different Class: Pulp (1995)
26. Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones (1969)
27. Grace: Jeff Buckley (1994)
28. Hounds of Love: Kate Bush (1985)
29. Fat of the Land: The Prodigy (1997)
30. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back: Public Enemy (1988)

31. A Night at the Opera: Queen (1975)
32. The Holy Bible: Manic Street Preachers (1994)
33. Hunky Dory: David Bowie (1971)
34. In Utero: Nirvana (1993)
35. Wish You Were Here: Pink Floyd (1975)
36. Pet Sounds: Beach Boys (1966)
37. Ten: Pearl Jam (1991)
38. Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
39. Sign 'O' the Times: Prince (1987)
40. Dummy: Portishead (1994)

41. Violator: Depeche Mode (1990)
42. Metallica (aka ‘The Black Album’): Metallica (1991)
43. Is This It: The Strokes (2001)
44. The Beatles (aka “The White Album”): The Beatles (1968)
45. Exile on Main Street: The Rolling Stones (1972)
46. Astral Weeks: Van Morrison (1968)
47. Parachutes: Coldplay (2000)
48. Dig Your Own Hole: Chemical Brothers (1997)
49. Blood on the Tracks: Bob Dylan (1975)
50. Jagged Little Pill: Alanis Morissette (1995)

51. Doolittle: Pixies (1989)
52. Closer: Joy Division (1980)
53. Rumours: Fleetwood Mac (1977)
54. Thriller: Michael Jackson (1982)
55. What's Going On: Marvin Gaye (1971)
56. Ray of Light: Madonna (1998)
57. Odelay: Beck (1996)
58. Word Gets Around: Stereophonics (1997)
59. Disintegration: The Cure (1989)
60. Play: Moby (1999)

61. Abbey Road: The Beatles (1969)
62. Kid A: Radiohead (2000)
63. Rubber Soul: The Beatles (1965)
64. The Wall: Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
65. Electric Ladyland: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
66. Unknown Pleasures: Joy Division (1979)
67. Californication: Red Hot Chili Peppers (1999)
68. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness: Smashing Pumpkins (1995)
69. Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake: The Small Faces (1968)
70. Physical Graffiti: Led Zeppelin (1975)

71. Who’s Next: The Who (1971)
72. The Specials: The Specials (1979)
73. The Wall: Pink Floyd (1979)
74. Origin of Symmetry: Muse (2001)
75. Dare!: The Human League (1981)
76. All Mod Cons: The Jam (1978)
77. Are You Experienced?: The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
78. Music for the Jilted Generation: The Prodigy (1994)
79. Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches: Happy Mondays (1990)
80. Leftism: Leftfield (1995)

81. The Marshall Mathers LP: Eminem (2000)
82. The Man Who: Travis (1999)
83. Loveless: My Bloody Valentine (1991)
84. The Number of the Beast: Iron Maiden (1982)
85. Out of Time: R.E.M. (1991)
86. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: Lauryn Hill (1998)
87. The Chronic: Dre Dre (1992)
88. Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea: PJ Harvey (2000)
89. 3 Feet High and Rising: De La Soul (1989)
90. Sticky Fingers: The Rolling Stones (1971)

91. Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not: Arctic Monkeys (2006)
92. Village Green Preservation Society: The Kinks (1968)
93. Black Holes & Revelations: Muse (2006)
94. Demon Days: Gorillaz (2005)
95. White Blood Cells: The White Stripes (2001)
96. For Your Pleasure: Roxy Music (1973)
97. In Rainbows: Radiohead (2007)
98. Up the Bracket: The Libertines (2002)
99. Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan (1965)
100. Bryter Layter: Nick Drake (1970)


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