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Monday, March 26, 2012

The Top 100 Albums According to the BBC








Over the years, the BBC has released a few best-of album lists. When averaged together into an aggregate list, here are the resulting top 100 albums of all-time according to the BBC:





1. The Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
2. The Beatles: The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
3. U2: The Joshua Tree (1987)
4. Radiohead: OK Computer (1997)
5. Oasis: Definitely Maybe (1994)
6. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
7. The Verve: Urban Hymns (1997)
8. The Beatles: Revolver (1966)
9. Oasis: What's the Story Morning Glory (1995)
10. R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (1992)





11. The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
12. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (1975)
13. Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
14. The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)
15. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)
16. The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (1986)
17. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (1975)
18. The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (1966)
19. Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (1971)
20. David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)





21. Van Morrison: Astral Weeks (1968)
22. Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
23. The Clash: London Calling (1979)
24. The Who: Who’s Next (1971)
25. Paul Simon: Graceland (1986)
26. Kate Bush: Hounds of Love (1985)
27. Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
28. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (1975)
29. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland (1968)
30. Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell (1977)





31. Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells (1973)
32. Blur: Parklife (1994)
33. Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
34. The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (1989)
35. Radiohead: The Bends (1995)
36. Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)
37. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)
38. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (1959)
39. Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (1995)
40. Massive Attack: Blue Lines (1991)





41. The Beatles: Rubber Soul (1965)
42. The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (1972)
43. Primal Scream: Screamadelica (1991)
44. Pink Floyd: The Wall (1979)
45. Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (1985)
46. U2: Achtung Baby (1991)
47. Queen: A Night at the Opera (1975)
48. Joni Mitchell: Blue (1971)
49. Joy Division: Closer (1980)
50. The Pixies: Doolittle (1989)





51. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced? (1967)
52. Leftfield: Leftism (1995)
53. Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (1966)
54. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II (1969)
55. Dido: No Angel (1999)
56. Pulp: Different Class (1995)
57. Madonna: Ray of Light (1998)
58. Jeff Buckley: Grace (1994)
59. Spice Girls: Spice (1996)
60. Portishead: Dummy (1994)





61. Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
62. The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (1969)
63. R.E.M.: Out of Time (1991)
64. The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night (1964)
65. Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure (1973)
66. Love: Forever Changes (1967)
67. David Bowie: Hunky Dory (1971)
68. Lou Reed: Transformer (1972)
69. AC/DC: Back in Black (1980)
70. Nick Drake: Bryter Layter (1970)





71. John Lennon: Imagine (1971)
72. Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (1975)
73. The Clash: The Clash (1977)
74. The Band: The Band (1969)
75. Carole King: Tapestry (1971)
76. Prince: Sign 'O' the Times (1987)
77. Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (1979)
78. George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (1970)
79. Patti Smith: Horses (1975)
80. Television: Marquee Moon (1977)





81. Eagles: Hotel California (1976)
82. Blondie: Parallel Lines (1978)
83. Paul McCartney & Wings: Band on the Run (1973)
84. The Prodigy: The Fat of the Land (1997)
85. Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
86. David Bowie: Aladdin Sane (1973)
87. Oasis: Be Here Now (1997)
88. Scissor Sisters: Scissor Sisters (2004)
89. Coldplay: X & Y (2005)
90. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (1984)





91. The Strokes: Is This It (2001)
92. Madonna: Like a Prayer (1989)
93. Madonna: Confessions on a Dance Floor (2005)
94. Coldplay: Parachutes (2000)
95. Neil Young: Harvest (1972)
96. Michael Jackson: Bad (1987)
97. Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go (1996)
98. Green Day: American Idiot (2004)
99. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica (1969)
100. David Gray: White Ladder (2000)






Resources and Related Links:
  • BBC News The Music of the Millenium (1/24/98)

    Top 100 ranked list. No commentary.

  • BBC News Top 50 Albums of Last 50 Years (6/02).

    Ranked list. No commentary. Link goes to an article about the list and includes a dead link which supposedly links to the entire list.

  • BBC Radio 2 Music Club Top 100 Albums (8/28/06)

    Top 100 ranked list of voters’ favorite #1 albums on the UK Album Chart, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the UK album chart.

  • Stuart Maconie’s Critical List (2006)

    BBC radio show in which Maconie presented albums which he suggested every popular music aficionado should have in their collections.


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