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Saturday, May 16, 2015

The DMDB Top 1000 Albums of All Time


Below is a list of the top 1000 albums of all time, according to Dave’s Music Database. To see more details about the creation and goals of this list, click on the appropriate link below or just head straight to the list.

  • The List
  • How This List Was Created
  • The Lists That Went into Making This List
  • Representing Multiple Genres
  • What Constitutes an Album
  • Why Chronological and Not Ranked
  • Multiple Versions of the Same Album or Work
  • The DMDB 100 (a ranking of just the top 100)
  • Honorable Mention (former DMDB 1000 albums)

  • Pre-
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      Pre-1800’s

    1. Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina (composer): Pop Marcellus Mass classical (w. 1562)
    2. Thomas Tallis (composer): Spem in Alium, Motet for 40 Voices classical (w. 1570)
    3. Claudio Monteverdi (composer): Vespers of the Blessed Virgin classical (w. 1610)
    4. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer): Toccata and Fugue for Organ classical (w. 1708)
    5. George Friedrich Handel (composer): Water Music classical (w. 1717, p. 7/17/1717)
    6. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer): Brandenburg Concertos classical (w. 1719-21)
    7. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer): Cello Suites classical (w. 1717-23)
    8. Antonio Vivaldi (composer): The Four Seasons classical (w. 1725)
    9. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer): St. Matthew Passion classical (1736)
    10. George Friedrich Handel (composer): Messiah classical (w. 1741, p. 9/12/1741)
    11. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer): Goldberg Variations classical (w. 1741)
    12. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer): Mass in B Minor classical (w. 1749)
    13. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer): Symphony No. 35 “Haffner” classical (w. 1782)
    14. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer): Piano Concerto No. 20 classical (w. 1785, p. 2/11/1785)
    15. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer): Piano Concerto No. 21 classical (w. 1785, p. 3/10/1785)
    16. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer): Le Nozze di Figaro (“The Marriage of Figaro”) classical (w. 1786)
    17. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer): Don Giovanni opera (w. 1787, p. 10/29/1787)
    18. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer): Symphony No. 40 classical (w. 1788)
    19. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer): Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” classical (w. 1788)
    20. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer): Requiem classical (w. 1791)
    21. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Piano Sonata No. 14 (“Moonlight”) classical (w. 1798)
    22. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Piano Sonata No 8 (“Pathetique”) classical (w. 1799)

      1800-1899

    23. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Piano Concerto No. 3 classical (w. 1800)
    24. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Piano Sonata No. 23 classical (w. 1805)
    25. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Violin Concerto in D Major classical (w. 1806)
    26. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Symphony No. 3 “Eroica” classical (w. 1806)
    27. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Piano Concerto No. 4 classical (w. 1806)
    28. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Symphony No. 5 classical (w. 1808, p. 12/22/1808)
    29. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral” classical (w. 1808, p. 12/22/08)
    30. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Piano Concerto No. 5 classical (w. 1809, p. 11/28/1811)
    31. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Symphony No. 7 classical (w. 1812, p. 12/8/1813)
    32. Gioacchino Rossini (composer): Il Barbiere di Siviglia (“The Barber of Seville”) opera (w. 1816)
    33. Franz Schubert (composer): Piano Quintet in A Major (“Trout”) classical (w. 1814)
    34. Franz Schubert (composer): Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished”) classical (w. 1822, p. 12/17/1865)
    35. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer): Symphony No. 9 classical (w. 1824, p. 5/7/1824)
    36. Hector Berlioz (composer): Symphonie Fantasique classical (w. 1830)
    37. Vincenzo Bellini (composer): Norma (w. 1831, p. 12/26/1831)
    38. Franz Liszt (composer): Piano Sonata in B Minor classical (w. 1853)
    39. Richard Wagner (composer): Tristan Und Isolde opera (w. 1857-59, p. 6/10/1865)
    40. Richard Wagner (composer): Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) opera (w. 1848-1874)
    41. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (composer): Piano Concerto No. 1 classical (w. 1874, p. 12/24/1874)
    42. Giuseppe Verdi (composer): Requiem Mass classical (w. 1874)
    43. Modest Mussorgsky (composer): Pictures at an Exhibition classical (w. for piano 1874, w. for orchestra 1922 and p. 10/19/1923)
    44. Georges Bizet (composer): Carmen opera (w. 1873-74, p. 3/3/1875)
    45. Johannes Brahms (composer): Symphony No. 4 classical (w. 1885)
    46. Gustav Mahler (composer): Symphony No. 1 in D major (“Titan”) classical (w. 1884-88, p. 11/20/1889)
    47. Antonin Dvorák (composer): Symphony No. 9 in E minor (“From the New World”) classical (w. 1893, p. 5/24/1893)
    48. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (composer): Symphony No. 6 classical (w. 1893, p. 10/28/1893)
    49. Antonin Dvorák (composer): Cello Concerto in B minor classical (w. 1895, p. 2/9/1895)
    50. Giacomo Puccini (composer): La Bohème opera (w. 1896, p. 2/1/1896)
    51. Richard Strauss (composer): Also Sprach Zarathustra classical (w. 1896)

      1900-1929

    52. Giacomo Puccini (composer): Tosca opera (w. 1900, p. 1/14/1900)
    53. Sergey Rachmaninov (composer): Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor classical (w. 1901, p. 11/9/1901)
    54. Claude Debussy (composer): La Mer ballet (w. 1903-05)
    55. Sergey Rachmaninov (composer): Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor classical (w. 1909, p. 11/28/1909)
    56. Igor Stravinsky (composer): L’Oiseau de Feu (The Firebird) ballet (w. 1910, p. 6/25/1910)
    57. Igor Stravinsky (composer): Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) ballet (w. 1913, p. 5/29/1913)
    58. Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): Show Boat (b. 12/27/27, cast rec. 1933, soundtrack released 1951)
    59. Louis Armstrong: The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings box (rec. 1925-28, released 8/22/00)

      1930-1939

    60. Various Artists: Anthology of American Folk Music box (rec. 1923-32, released 1952)
    61. Bessie Smith: The Essential Gx2 (rec. 1923-33, released 9/23/1997)
    62. Charley Patton: Founder of the Delta Blues G (rec. 1929-34, released 1969)
    63. George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/Dubose Heyward (composers): Porgy and Bess opera (w. 1935, b. 9/30/35)
    64. Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings G (rec. 1936-37, released 8/28/90)
    65. Benny Goodman: The Complete Legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert live (rec. 1/16/38)
    66. Béla Bartók (composer): The String Quartets (w. 1908-39) classical

      1940-1949

    67. Woody Guthrie: Dust Bowl Ballads (7/40)
    68. Duke Ellington: The Blanton-Webster Band box (rec. 1939-42, released 10/25/90)
    69. Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): Oklahoma! cast/ST (b. 3/31/43, cast released 12/4/44, ST released 8/1/55)
    70. Béla Bartók (composer): Concerto for Orchestra classical (w. 1944, p. 12/1/44)
    71. Aaron Copland (composer): Appalachian Spring classical (w. 1944, p. 5/45)
    72. Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): Carousel cast/ST (b. 4/19/45, cast released 5/21/45, ST c. 2/25/56)
    73. Bing Crosby: Merry Christmas (aka ‘White Christmas’) (Christmas, released 12/45)
    74. Irving Berlin (composer): Annie Get Your Gun cast/ST (b. 5/16/46, cast released 7/8/46, soundtrack charted 6/10/50)
    75. Al Jolson: Volume 1 (Songs He Made Famous) (c. 1/18/47)
    76. Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (rec. 10/15/47 to 11/21/47)
    77. Cole Porter (composer): Kiss Me, Kate (b. 12/30/48, cast released 1949, soundtrack charted 1/23/54)
    78. Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): South Pacific (b. 4/4/49, cast released 5/9/49, ST released 3/19/58)

      1950-1955

    79. Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (rec. 1/21/49 to 3/9/50)
    80. Frank Loesser (composer): Guys and Dolls cast (b. 11/24/50, rec. 12/3/50, released 1/8/51)
    81. Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): The King and I (b. 3/29/51, cast c. 5/28/51, soundtrack c. 7/21/56)
    82. George & Ira Gershwin (composers): An American in Paris (soundtrack, 10/4/51)
    83. Jane Froman: With a Song in My Heart (c. 3/29/52)
    84. Jackie Gleason: Music for Lovers Only (c. 1/17/53)
    85. Hank Williams: 40 Greatest Hits G (rec. 1947-53, released 1978)
    86. Mario Lanza: The Student Prince (soundtrack, c. 7/10/54)
    87. Frank Sinatra: In the Wee Small Hours (c. 5/28/55)
    88. Erroll Garner: Concert by the Sea live (rec. 9/19/55, c. 3/10/58)
    89. Elvis Presley: The Sun Sessions (aka Sunrise, The Sun Years, or The Sun Collection) archives (rec. 1954-55, released 3/76)

      1956

    90. Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1/16/56)
    91. Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe (composers): My Fair Lady (b. 3/15/56, cast rec. 3/24/56, cast c. 4/28/56, soundtrack c. 10/10/64)
    92. Elvis Presley: Elvis Presley (aka ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’) (3/23/56)
    93. Ella Fitzgerald: Sings the Cole Porter Song Book covers (released 3/27/56)
    94. Harry Belafonte: Calypso (c. 6/16/56)
    95. Duke Ellington: At Newport (live, rec. 7/7/56)
    96. Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus (rec. 3/22/56 to 10/5/56)
    97. Elvis Presley: Elvis (aka ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll No. 2’) (released 10/19/56)
    98. Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners (rec. 12/23/56)

      1957

    99. Little Richard: Here’s Little Richard (3/57)
    100. Elvis Presley: Loving You (soundtrack, released 7/57)
    101. Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim (composers): West Side Story cast/ST (b. 9/26/57, cast c. 3/17/58, ST c. 10/23/61)
    102. Elvis Presley: Elvis’ Christmas Album (10/57)
    103. Buddy Holly & The Crickets: The Chirping Crickets (11/27/57)
    104. Meredith Willson (composer): The Music Man (b. 12/19/57, cast c. 2/24/58, ST c. 8/11/62)
    105. Elvis Presley: Golden Records G (rec. 1956-57, released 3/58)

      1958

    106. Howlin’ Wolf: Moanin’ in the Moonlight G (rec. 1951-58, released 1959)
    107. Johnny Mathis: Johnny’s Greatest Hits (compilation, 3/58)
    108. Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe (composers): Gigi (soundtrack, c. 6/23/58)
    109. Frank Sinatra: Only the Lonely (c. 9/29/58)

      1959

    110. Henry Mancini: The Music from Peter Gunn (soundtrack, c. 2/9/59)
    111. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (rec. 3/2/59 to 4/22/59)
    112. Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um (rec. 5/5/59 to 5/12/59)
    113. Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim (composers): Gypsy cast (b. 5/21/59, cast rec. 5/28/59)
    114. Ornette Coleman: The Shape of Jazz to Come (rec. 5/22/59)
    115. The Kingston Trio: At Large (c. 6/22/59)
    116. Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers): The Sound of Music cast/ST (b. 11/16/59, cast released 11/59, ST released 3/65)
    117. John Coltrane: Giant Steps (rec. 4/1/59 to 12/2/59)
    118. Dave Brubeck: Time Out (12/14/59)

      1960

    119. Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Sketches of Spain (rec. 11/15/59 to 3/10/60)
    120. Muddy Waters: At Newport (live, rec. 7/3/60)
    121. Elvis Presley: G.I. Blues (soundtrack, 10/60)
    122. Bobby “Blue” Bland: Two Steps from the Blues (compilation, rec. 3/12/56 to 11/12/60)
    123. Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner (composers): Camelot (cast, b. 12/3/60)

      1961

    124. Judy Garland: Judy at Carnegie Hall (live, rec. 4/23/61, released 7/10/61)
    125. Elvis Presley: Blue Hawaii (soundtrack, charted 10/23/61)

      1962

    126. Ray Charles: Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (c. 4/21/62)
    127. James Brown: Live at the Apollo, Vol. 1 live (rec. 10/24/62, released 1/63)
    128. Howlin’ Wolf: Howlin’ Wolf (aka ‘The Rockin’ Chair Album’) G (rec. late ‘50s and early ‘60s, released 1962)

      1963

    129. Sam Cooke: Live at the Harlem Square Club (aka “One Night Stand”) (live, rec. 1/12/63)
    130. Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (rec. 1/20/63)
    131. Stan Getz/João Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto (rec. 3/19/63)
    132. The Beatles: Please Please Me (3/22/63)
    133. Andy Williams: Days of Wine and Roses (c. 4/20/63)
    134. Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (5/27/63)
    135. The Beatles: With the Beatles (11/22/63)
    136. Patsy Cline: 12 Greatest Hits G (rec. 1957-63, released 2/4/73)

      1964

    137. Eric Dolphy: Out to Lunch! (rec. 2/25/64)
    138. Jerry Lee Lewis: Live at the Star Club, Hamburg (live, rec. 4/5/64)
    139. The Rolling Stones: England’s Newest Hitmakers (4/16/64)
    140. The Beatles: A Hard Day’s Night (7/10/64)
    141. Bob Dylan: Another Side of Bob Dylan (8/8/64)
    142. Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick (composers): Fiddler on the Roof cast/ST (b. 9/22/64, cast c. 10/31/64, ST c. 10/30/71)
    143. Richard M. Sherman/Robert B. Sherman (composers): Mary Poppins (soundtrack, c. 10/3/64)
    144. B.B. King: Live at the Regal live (rec. 11/21/64, released 1965)
    145. The Beatles: Beatles for Sale (12/4/64)

      1965

    146. The Rolling Stones: No. 2 (aka ‘Now!’) (1/30/65)
    147. John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (2/65)
    148. Bob Dylan: Bringing It All Back Home (3/22/65)
    149. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass: Whipped Cream & Other Delights (c. 5/15/65)
    150. The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man (6/21/65)
    151. The Beatles: Help! (8/6/65)
    152. Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (8/30/65)
    153. Otis Redding: Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (8/65)
    154. Junior Wells: Hoodoo Man Blues (11/65)
    155. The Beatles: Rubber Soul (12/3/65)
    156. The Who: The Who Sings My Generation (12/20/65)
    157. Chuck Berry: The Great Twenty-Eight G (rec. 1955-65, released 1982)

      1966

    158. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers/Eric Clapton: Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (3/66)
    159. The Rolling Stones: Aftermath (4/15/66)
    160. The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (5/16/66)
    161. Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (5/16/66)
    162. Bob Dylan: Live 1966: The Royal Albert Hall Concert (rec. 5/17/66)
    163. The Byrds: Fifth Dimension (7/18/66)
    164. The Mothers of Invention: Freak Out! (7/66)
    165. The Beatles: Revolver (8/5/66)
    166. Simon & Garfunkel: Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (9/66)
    167. The Monkees: The Monkees (c. 10/8/66)
    168. The Beatles: 1962-1966 (aka The Red Album) G (rec. 1962-66, released 4/2/73)

      1967

    169. The Doors: The Doors (1/4/67)
    170. The Monkees: More of the Monkees (1/10/67)
    171. The Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons (1/20/67)
    172. The Byrds: Younger Than Yesterday (2/6/67)
    173. Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (3/10/67)
    174. The Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (3/12/67)
    175. Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow (c. 3/25/67)
    176. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced? (5/12/67)
    177. The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (6/1/67)
    178. Moby Grape: Moby Grape (6/67)
    179. Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign (7/67)
    180. Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (8/5/67)
    181. The Doors: Strange Days (9/25/67)
    182. Galt MacDermot/Gerome Ragni/James Rado (composers): Hair cast/ST (b. 10/17/67, cast c. 8/3/68, c. 4/7/79)
    183. Buffalo Springfield: Again (10/30/67)
    184. The Kinks: Something Else (10/67)
    185. Bob Dylan & The Band: The Basement Tapes archives (rec. 6/67 – 10/67, released 6/26/75)
    186. The Moody Blues: Days of Future Passed (11/11/67)
    187. Cream: Disraeli Gears (c. 11/18/67)
    188. The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (11/27/67)
    189. The Velvet Underground: White Light/White Heat (11/30/67)
    190. Love: Forever Changes (11/67)
    191. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Axis: Bold As Love (12/1/67)
    192. The Who: Sell Out (12/16/67)
    193. Leonard Cohen: The Songs of Leonard Cohen (12/27/67)
    194. Bob Dylan: John Wesley Harding (12/27/67)
    195. Traffic: Mr. Fantasy (12/67)

      1968

    196. The Byrds: The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1/3/68)
    197. Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison live (rec. 1/13/68, released 3/1/68)
    198. Simon & Garfunkel/ Dave Grusin: The Graduate (soundtrack, 1/21/68)
    199. Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul (1/22/68)
    200. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Safe As Milk (2/68)
    201. The Mothers of Invention: We’re Only in It for the Money (3/4/68)
    202. Simon & Garfunkel: Bookends (3/68)
    203. The Zombies: Odessey & Oracle (4/68)
    204. Iron Butterfly: In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida (6/14/68)
    205. The Small Faces: Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (c. 6/23/68)
    206. Cream: Wheels of Fire studio/live (6/68)
    207. The Band: Music from Big Pink (7/1/68)
    208. The Byrds: Sweetheart of the Rodeo (7/22/68)
    209. Big Brother & the Holding Company: Cheap Thrills (8/12/68)
    210. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland (9/16/68)
    211. The MC5: Kick Out the Jams live (rec. 10/30-31/68, c. 3/8/69)
    212. The Beatles: The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (11/22/68)
    213. The Kinks: Village Green Preservation Society (11/22/68)
    214. Van Morrison: Astral Weeks (11/68)
    215. The Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet (12/6/68)
    216. Various Artists: Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (rec. 1965-68, released 9/72)

      1969

    217. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin I (1/12/69)
    218. Blood, Sweat & Tears: Blood, Sweat & Tears (c. 2/1/69)
    219. Johnny Cash: At San Quentin live (rec. 2/24/69, released 6/4/69)
    220. The Grateful Dead: Live/Dead live (rec. 3/2/69, released 11/10/69)
    221. Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis (c. 3/15/69)
    222. Quicksilver Messenger Service: Happy Trails (c. 3/29/69) live
    223. The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground (3/31/69)
    224. Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline (4/9/69)
    225. Sly & the Family Stone: Stand! (c. 4/26/69)
    226. Chicago: Chicago Transit Authority (4/69)
    227. The Flying Burrito Brothers: The Gilded Palace of Sin (c. 5/3/69)
    228. Neil Young: Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (5/14/69)
    229. The Who: Tommy (5/23/69)
    230. Crosby, Stills & Nash: Crosby, Stills & Nash (5/29/69)
    231. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica (6/16/69)
    232. Elvis Presley: From Elvis in Memphis (6/17/69)
    233. Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul (c. 7/12/69)
    234. Blind Faith: Blind Faith (7/21/69)
    235. Fairport Convention: Unhalfbricking (c. 7/26/69)
    236. Various Artists: Woodstock live ST (rec. 8/15-18/69, released 8/70)
    237. The Stooges: The Stooges (c. 8/23/69)
    238. Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left (9/1/69)
    239. Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (c. 9/6/69)
    240. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Green River (c. 9/13/69)
    241. The Band: The Band (9/22/69)
    242. The Beatles: Abbey Road (9/26/69)
    243. King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King (10/10/69)
    244. Frank Zappa: Hot Rats (10/10/69)
    245. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II (10/22/69)
    246. Alexander “Skip” Spence: Oar (10/69)
    247. The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (11/28/69)
    248. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Willy and the Poor Boys (c. 12/13/69)
    249. Fairport Convention: Liege and Lief (12/69)
    250. The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out live (rec. late 1969, released 9/4/70)
    251. Phil Spector (producer), performed by various artists: Back to Mono (rec. 1958-69, released 11/12/91)

      1970

    252. Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys live (rec. 12/31/69 to 1/1/70, c. 5/2/70)
    253. Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water (1/26/70)
    254. Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath (2/13/70)
    255. The Who: Live at Leeds live (rec. 2/14/70, released 5/16/70)
    256. Van Morrison: Moondance (2/28/70)
    257. The Doors: Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Café (c. 3/7/70)
    258. Crosby, Stills & Nash: Déjà Vu (3/11/70)
    259. James Taylor: Sweet Baby James (c. 3/14/70)
    260. Randy Newman: 12 Songs (4/70)
    261. The Beatles: Let It Be (5/8/70)
    262. Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (c. 5/16/70)
    263. Grateful Dead: Workingman’s Dead (6/14/70)
    264. Free: Fire and Water (c. 5/16/70)
    265. The Stooges: Fun House (7/7/70)
    266. Traffic: John Barleycorn Must Die (c. 7/11/70)
    267. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Cosmo’s Factory (c. 7/25/70)
    268. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: 4 Way Street live (rec. June to July 1970, released 4/7/71)
    269. Deep Purple: In Rock (8/1/70)
    270. The Beach Boys: Sunflower (8/21/70)
    271. Velvet Underground: Loaded (8/31/70)
    272. Neil Young: After the Gold Rush (8/31/70)
    273. Black Sabbath: Paranoid (c. 9/19/70)
    274. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin III (10/5/70)
    275. Santana: Abraxas (c. 10/10/70)
    276. Elton John: Tumbleweed Connection (10/30/70)
    277. Grateful Dead: American Beauty (11/1/70)
    278. Nick Drake: Bryter Layter (11/1/70)
    279. Tim Buckley: Starsailor (11/2/70)
    280. Derek and the Dominos: Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (c. 11/21/70)
    281. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice (composers): Jesus Christ Superstar cast (11/21/70)
    282. Cat Stevens: Tea for the Tillerman (11/23/70)
    283. George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (11/27/70)
    284. John Lennon: Plastic Ono Band (12/11/70)
    285. Simon & Garfunkel: Greatest Hits G (rec. 1964-70, released 6/20/72)
    286. The Beatles: 1967-1970 (aka The Blue Album) G (rec. 1967-70, released 4/2/73)

      1971

    287. Janis Joplin: Pearl (1/11/71)
    288. Carole King: Tapestry (2/10/71)
    289. The Allman Brothers Band: At Fillmore East live (rec. 3/12/71 to 3/13/71, released 7/71)
    290. Jethro Tull: Aqualung (c. 3/19/71)
    291. Yes: The Yes Album (3/19/71)
    292. The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers (4/23/71)
    293. The Doors: L.A. Woman (4/29/71)
    294. Leonard Cohen: Songs of Love and Hate (c. 5/1/71)
    295. Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (5/21/71)
    296. Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (c. 6/19/71)
    297. Joni Mitchell: Blue (6/22/71)
    298. Black Sabbath: Master of Reality (c. 8/14/71)
    299. Funkadelic: Maggot Brain (c. 8/14/71)
    300. Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin: The Inner Mounting Flame (rec. 8/14/71)
    301. The Who: Who’s Next (8/14/71)
    302. The Beach Boys: Surf’s Up (8/30/71)
    303. John Lennon: Imagine (9/9/71)
    304. T-Rex: Electric Warrior (9/24/71)
    305. Pink Floyd: Meddle (10/30/71)
    306. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV (11/8/71)
    307. Sly & the Family Stone: There’s a Riot Goin’ On (c. 11/13/72)
    308. Yes: Fragile (11/26/71)
    309. The Rolling Stones: Hot Rocks 1964-71 Gx2 (rec. 1964-71, released 12/15/71)
    310. David Bowie: Hunky Dory (12/17/71)
    311. John Prine: John Prine (12/71)
    312. The Doors: The Best of G (rec. 1966-71, c. 8/8/87)

      1972

    313. Neil Young: Harvest (2/14/72)
    314. Nick Drake: Pink Moon (2/25/72)
    315. Can: Tago Mago (2/72)
    316. Jethro Tull: Thick As a Brick (c. 3/11/72)
    317. The Allman Brothers Band: Eat a Peach studio/live (c. 3/18/72)
    318. Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything? (c. 3/25/72)
    319. Deep Purple: Machine Head (c. 4/8/72)
    320. Big Star: #1 Record (4/72)
    321. The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (5/12/72)
    322. David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (6/6/72)
    323. Randy Newman: Sail Away (c. 6/17/72)
    324. Roxy Music: Roxy Music (c. 7/29/72)
    325. Curtis Mayfield: Superfly ST (7/72)
    326. Deep Purple: Made in Japan (live, rec. 8/15/72 to 8/17/72, c. 4/21/73)
    327. Neil Diamond: Hot August Night (live, 8/24/72)
    328. Yes: Close to the Edge (9/13/72)
    329. Black Sabbath: Vol. 4 (c. 9/23/72)
    330. Genesis: Foxtrot (10/6/72)
    331. Al Green: I’m Still in Love with You (c. 10/21/72)
    332. Stevie Wonder: Talking Book (10/27/72)
    333. Lou Reed: Transformer (11/8/72)
    334. Steely Dan: Can’t Buy a Thrill (c. 12/2/72)
    335. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Clear Spot (c. 12/23/72)
    336. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band: Will the Circle Be Unbroken (c. 12/30/72)
    337. John Denver: Greatest Hits G (rec. 1969-72, released 11/15/73)
    338. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Chronicle G (rec. 1968-72, c. 3/6/76)

      1973

    339. Gram Parsons: G.P. (1/73)
    340. Jimmy Cliff et al: The Harder They Come ST (2/73)
    341. Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (c. 3/17/73)
    342. Roxy Music: For Your Pleasure (3/23/73)
    343. Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy (3/28/73)
    344. John Cale: Paris 1919 (3/73)
    345. Bob Marley & the Wailers: Catch a Fire (4/13/73)
    346. David Bowie: Aladdin Sane (4/13/73)
    347. Eagles: Desperado (4/17/73)
    348. Iggy & the Stooges: Raw Power (c. 4/28/73)
    349. Al Green: Call Me (c. 5/19/73)
    350. Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells (5/25/73)
    351. Steely Dan: Countdown to Ecstasy (7/6/73)
    352. Lou Reed: Berlin (7/73)
    353. Stevie Wonder: Innervisions (8/3/73)
    354. ZZ Top: Tres Hombres (c. 8/4/73)
    355. Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On (8/28/73)
    356. New York Dolls: New York Dolls (c. 9/1/73)
    357. Bruce Springsteen: The Wild, the Innocent, & the E Street Shuffle (9/11/73)
    358. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (c. 9/22/73)
    359. Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (10/5/73)
    360. Genesis: Selling England by the Pound (c. 10/13/73)
    361. Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters (10/13/73)
    362. The Who: Quadrophenia (10/19/73)
    363. Bob Marley/The Wailers: Burnin’ (10/73)
    364. Carpenters: The Singles 1969-1973 G (rec. 1969-73, c. 12/1/73)
    365. Roxy Music: Stranded (c. 12/1/73)
    366. Paul McCartney & Wings: Band on the Run (12/5/73)
    367. Sly & the Family Stone: Greatest Hits/Anthology G (rec. 1968-73)
    368. Neil Young: Tonight’s the Night (rec. 1973, released 7/12/75)
    369. The Modern Lovers: The Modern Lovers (rec. 1973, released 1976)

      1974

    370. Joni Mitchell: Court and Spark (1/17/74)
    371. Gram Parsons: Grievous Angel (c. 2/16/74)
    372. Big Star: Radio City (2/74)
    373. Brian Eno: Here Come the Warm Jets (c. 3/9/74)
    374. Steely Dan: Pretzel Logic (c. 3/30/74)
    375. David Bowie: Diamond Dogs (4/24/74)
    376. Richard & Linda Thompson: I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (4/74)
    377. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Second Helping (c. 5/4/74)
    378. Bad Company: Bad Company (6/26/74)
    379. Neil Young: On the Beach (7/16/74)
    380. Eric Clapton: 461 Ocean Boulevard (c. 7/20/74)
    381. Stevie Wonder: Fulfillingness’ First Finale (7/22/74)
    382. Robert Wyatt: Rock Bottom (7/74)
    383. Jackson Browne: Late for the Sky (9/19/74)
    384. Bob Marley & The Wailers: Natty Dread (10/25/74)
    385. Kraftwerk: Autobahn (11/1/74)
    386. Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (11/18/74)
    387. Supertramp: Crime of the Century (c. 12/7/74)

      1975

    388. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (1/17/75)
    389. Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (2/24/75)
    390. David Bowie: Young Americans (3/7/75)
    391. Earth, Wind & Fire: That’s the Way of the World ST (c. 3/15/75)
    392. Marvin Hamlisch/Edward Kleban (composers): A Chorus Line cast (opened 4/15/75)
    393. Aerosmith: Toys in the Attic (c. 4/26/75)
    394. Elton John: Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (5/19/75)
    395. Eagles: One of These Nights (6/10/75)
    396. Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac (7/11/75)
    397. Bob Marley & the Wailers: Live! (At the Lyceum) live (rec. 7/18/75, released 12/19/75)
    398. Willie Nelson: Red Headed Stranger (c. 7/26/75)
    399. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (8/25/75)
    400. Kiss: Alive! live (9/10/75)
    401. Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (9/15/75)
    402. Brian Eno: Another Green World (9/75)
    403. Patti Smith: Horses (11/8/75)
    404. Peter Frampton: Frampton Comes Alive! (live, rec. 3/24/75 to 11/22/75, c. 1/31/76)
    405. Queen: A Night at the Opera (12/2/75)
    406. Burning Spear: Marcus Garvey (12/12/75)
    407. Parliament: Mothership Connection (12/15/75)
    408. Eagles: Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 G (rec. 1971-75, released 2/17/76)
    409. Big Star: Third/Sister Lovers (rec. 1975, released 7/78)

      1976

    410. Bob Dylan: Desire (1/16/76)
    411. David Bowie: Station to Station (1/23/76)
    412. Kiss: Destroyer (3/15/76)
    413. Boz Scaggs: Silk Degrees (c. 3/20/76)
    414. Rush: 2112 (c. 4/10/76)
    415. Ramones: Ramones (4/23/76)
    416. Aerosmith: Rocks (c. 5/29/76)
    417. Steve Miller Band: Fly Like an Eagle (c. 5/29/76)
    418. Boston: Boston (8/25/76)
    419. Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (9/28/76)
    420. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band: Night Moves (10/1/76)
    421. Abba: Arrival (10/11/76)
    422. Kansas: Leftoverture (c. 11/6/76)
    423. Eagles: The Last Waltz (live, recorded 11/26/76; released April 1978)
    424. James Taylor: Greatest Hits G (rec. 1968-76, c. 12/4/76)
    425. Eagles: Hotel California (12/8/76)
    426. Joni Mitchell: Hejira (c. 12/11/76)
    427. Augustus Pablo: King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown (1976)

      1977

    428. David Bowie: Low (1/14/77)
    429. Pink Floyd: Animals (1/23/77)
    430. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (2/4/77)
    431. Television: Marquee Moon (2/8/77)
    432. Weather Report: Heavy Weather (c. 4/2/77)
    433. The Clash: The Clash (4/8/77)
    434. Kraftwerk: Trans-Europa Express (Trans Europe Express) (c. 4/16/77)
    435. Bob Marley & The Wailers: Exodus (6/3/77)
    436. John Williams (composer): Star Wars (soundtrack, c. 6/18/77)
    437. Styx: The Grand Illusion (7/7/77)
    438. Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True (7/22/77)
    439. Iggy Pop: Lust for Life (c. 9/17/77)
    440. Billy Joel: The Stranger (9/29/77)
    441. Ian Dury: New Boots and Panties!! (9/77)
    442. David Bowie: Heroes (10/14/77)
    443. Steely Dan: Aja (c. 10/15/77)
    444. Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell (10/21/77)
    445. The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (10/28/77)
    446. Thin Lizzy: Live and Dangerous (live, rec. 11/14/76 and 10/28//77)
    447. Ramones: Rocket to Russia (11/4/77)
    448. Various Artists (Bee Gees et al): Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 11/15/77)
    449. Eric Clapton: Slowhand (c. 11/26/77)
    450. Electric Light Orchestra: Out of the Blue (c. 11/26/77)
    451. Wire: Pink Flag (11/77)
    452. Jackson Browne: Running on Empty (12/6/77)
    453. Suicide: Suicide (12/28/77)
    454. The Congos: The Heart of the Congos (1977)

      1978

    455. Pere Ubu: The Modern Dance (1/78)
    456. Van Halen: Van Halen (2/10/78)
    457. Kate Bush: The Kick Inside (2/17/78)
    458. Elvis Costello & The Attractions: This Year’s Model (3/17/78)
    459. Various Artists (including Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta): Grease (soundtrack, 4/14/78)
    460. Cheap Trick: At Budokan (live, rec. 4/78, c. 2/24/79)
    461. Kraftwerk: Die Mensch Maschine (The Man-Machine) (c. 5/13/78)
    462. Bruce Springsteen: Darkness on the Edge of Town (6/2/78)
    463. The Cars: The Cars (6/6/78)
    464. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls (6/9/78)
    465. Talking Heads: More Songs about Buildings and Food (7/14/78)
    466. Dire Straits: Dire Straits (c. 7/22/78)
    467. Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (7/78)
    468. Blondie: Parallel Lines (c. 9/16/78)
    469. Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove (c. 10/7/78)
    470. Billy Joel: 52nd Street (c. 10/28/78)
    471. The Police: Outlandos D’Amour (11/2/78)
    472. The Jam: All Mod Cons (11/3/78)
    473. Steve Miller: Greatest Hits 1974-1978 G (rec. 1974-78, released 11/15/78)

      1979

    474. Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Armed Forces (1/5/79)
    475. Bee Gees: Spirits Having Flown (c. 2/17/79)
    476. Supertramp: Breakfast in America (c. 3/31/79)
    477. Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (6/14/79)
    478. Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Rust Never Sleeps (7/2/79)
    479. AC/DC: Highway to Hell (8/3/79)
    480. Talking Heads: Fear of Music (8/3/79)
    481. Michael Jackson: Off the Wall (8/10/79)
    482. The B-52s: The B-52s (c. 8/11/79)
    483. Led Zeppelin: In Through the Out Door (8/15/79)
    484. Chic: Risqué (c. 8/25/79)
    485. Eagles: The Long Run (9/24/79)
    486. Buzzcocks: Singles Going Steady G (rec. 1977-79, released 9/79)
    487. Gang of Four: Entertainment! (9/79)
    488. The Police: Reggatta de Blanc (10/5/79)
    489. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Damn the Torpedoes (10/19/79)
    490. The Specials: The Specials (10/79)
    491. Public Image Ltd.: Metal Box (aka “Second Edition”) (11/23/79)
    492. Pink Floyd: The Wall (11/30/79)
    493. The Clash: London Calling (12/14/79)

      1980

    494. Rush: Permanent Waves (1/1/80)
    495. Pretenders: Pretenders (1/19/80)
    496. Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Get Happy!! (2/15/80)
    497. Billy Joel: Glass Houses (c. 3/22/80)
    498. Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel (third album) (5/30/80)
    499. Queen: The Game (6/30/80)
    500. X: Los Angeles (6/80)
    501. Echo & the Bunnymen: Crocodile (7/18/80)
    502. Joy Division: Closer (7/18/80)
    503. AC/DC: Back in Black (7/25/80)
    504. Dexy’s Midnight Runners: Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (c. 7/26/80)
    505. David Bowie: Scary Monsters (9/12/80)
    506. Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (c. 9/13/80)
    507. Ozzy Osbourne: Blizzard Of Ozz (c. 9/20/80)
    508. Talking Heads: Remain in Light (10/8/80)
    509. Bruce Springsteen: The River (10/10/80)
    510. The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta (c. 10/11/80)
    511. Barbra Streisand: Guilty (c. 10/11/80)
    512. Dire Straits: Making Movies (10/17/80)
    513. Kenny Rogers: Greatest Hits G (rec. 1969-80, charted 10/18/80)
    514. U2: Boy (10/20/80)
    515. Motörhead: Ace of Spades (c. 11/8/80)
    516. Adam & the Ants: Kings of the Wild Frontier (c. 11/15/80)
    517. John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Double Fantasy (11/17/80)
    518. REO Speedwagon: Hi Infidelity (11/21/80)
    519. The Jam: Sound Affects (11/28/80)
    520. The Clash: Sandinista! (12/12/80)

      1981

    521. Phil Collins: Face Value (2/9/81)
    522. Brian Eno/David Byrne: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (c. 2/21/81)
    523. Rush: Moving Pictures (c. 3/7/81)
    524. Motörhead: No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith live (rec. 3/28/80 to 3/30/81, c. 6/27/81)
    525. Andrew Lloyd Webber/T.S. Eliot (composers): Cats cast (opened 5/11/81)
    526. Foreigner: 4 (7/2/81)
    527. The Go-Go’s: Beauty and the Beat (7/24/81)
    528. Journey: Escape (c. 8/8/81)
    529. The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You (8/30/81)
    530. Steve Earle: Ghost in the Machine (c. 10/10/81)
    531. The Human League: Dare! (10/16/81)
    532. Queen: Greatest Hits G (rec. 1973-81, released 11/3/81)
    533. Men at Work: Business as Usual (11/9/81)
    534. Black Flag: Damaged (12/5/81)

      1982

    535. Richard & Linda Thompson: Shoot Out the Lights (3/15/82)
    536. Duran Duran: Rio (3/29/82)
    537. Asia: Asia (c. 4/3/82)
    538. Iron Maiden: The Number of the Beast (c. 4/10/82)
    539. John Cougar (Mellencamp): American Fool (4/12/82)
    540. Toto: Toto IV (c. 4/24/82)
    541. Roxy Music: Avalon (c. 6/5/82)
    542. Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Imperial Bedroom (7/2/82)
    543. ABC: The Lexicon of Love (c. 7/3/82)
    544. Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (9/20/82)
    545. Dire Straits: Love Over Gold (9/29/82)
    546. Simple Minds: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (10/2/82)
    547. Prince: 1999 (10/27/82)
    548. Donald Fagen: The Nightfly (c. 10/30/82)
    549. Michael Jackson: Thriller (11/30/82)
    550. Violent Femmes: Violent Femmes (11/30/82)
    551. Abba: Gold – Greatest Hits G (rec. 1974-82, c. 10/9/83)

      1983

    552. Def Leppard: Pyromania (1/20/83)
    553. U2: War (2/28/83)
    554. David Bowie: Let’s Dance (4/11/83)
    555. R.E.M.: Murmur (4/11/83)
    556. Various Artists: Flashdance (soundtrack, 4/15/83)
    557. ZZ Top: Eliminator (c. 4/23/83)
    558. Metallica: Kill ‘Em All (5/83)
    559. The Police: Synchronicity (c. 6/17/83)
    560. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble: Texas Flood (c. 7/23/83)
    561. Madonna: Madonna (7/27/83)
    562. U2: Under a Blood Red Sky (recorded live 8/20/83)
    563. Billy Joel: An Innocent Man (c. 8/20/83)
    564. Huey Lewis & The News: Sports (9/15/83)
    565. Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones (9/83)
    566. Lionel Richie: Can’t Slow Down (10/11/83)
    567. Cyndi Lauper: She’s So Unusual (10/14/83)
    568. Culture Club: Colour by Numbers (10/22/83)
    569. Talking Heads: Stop Making Sense (live soundtrack, rec. 12/83, c. 9/22/84)
    570. Bob Marley & the Wailers: Legend G (rec. 1973-83, released 5/8/84)

      1984

    571. Van Halen: 1984 (1/9/84)
    572. Various Artists: Footloose (soundtrack, 1/31/84)
    573. The Smiths: The Smiths (2/20/84)
    574. R.E.M.: Reckoning (4/9/84)
    575. Echo & the Bunnymen: Ocean Rain (5/4/84)
    576. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (6/4/84)
    577. Tina Turner: Private Dancer (c. 6/18/84)
    578. Prince & the Revolution: Purple Rain (soundtrack, 6/25/84)
    579. Sade: Diamond Life (c. 7/28/84)
    580. Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime (7/84)
    581. Metallica: Ride the Lightning (c. 9/29/84)
    582. Hüsker Dü: Zen Arcade (9/84)
    583. U2: The Unforgettable Fire (10/1/84)
    584. Lloyd Cole & The Commotions: Rattlesnakes (10/12/84)
    585. Bryan Adams: Reckless (10/29/84)
    586. The Replacements: Let It Be (10/84)
    587. Madonna: Like a Virgin (11/12/84)
    588. The Smiths: Hatful of Hollow (archives, 11/12/84)
    589. James Brown: Star Time box (rec. 1956-84, released 5/7/91)

      1985

    590. Tears for Fears: Songs from the Big Chair (2/17/85)
    591. Phil Collins: No Jacket Required (2/18/85)
    592. The Smiths: Meat is Murder (c. 2/23/85)
    593. Hüsker Dü: New Day Rising (2/85)
    594. Whitney Houston: Whitney Houston (3/14/85)
    595. Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (5/13/85)
    596. New Order: Low-Life (5/85)
    597. Marillion: Misplaced Childhood (6/17/85)
    598. Prefab Sprout: Steve McQueen (aka “Two Wheels Good”) (c. 6/22/85)
    599. Billy Joel: Greatest Hits Volume I & II G (rec. 1973-85, released 7/2/85)
    600. Sting: The Dream of the Blue Turtles (c. 7/13/85)
    601. The Pogues: Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash (c. 8/17/85)
    602. The Cure: The Head on the Door (c. 9/7/85)
    603. John Cougar Mellencamp: Scarecrow (c. 9/14/85)
    604. Kate Bush: Hounds of Love (c. 9/28/85)
    605. Tom Waits: Rain Dogs (9/30/85)
    606. The Fall: This Nation’s Saving Grace (9/85)
    607. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live 1975/1985 (recorded from 1975 through 9/30/85)
    608. Claude-Michel Schönberg/ Alain Boublil/ Herbert Kretzmer (composers): Les Misérables cast (cast, opened 10/8/85 in London)
    609. Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy (c. 11/30/85)

      1986

    610. Janet Jackson: Control (2/6/86)
    611. Metallica: Master of Puppets (2/24/86)
    612. Prince: Parade (3/31/86)
    613. Anita Baker: Rapture (c. 4/16/86)
    614. Peter Gabriel: So (5/13/86)
    615. Various Artists: Top Gun (soundtrack, 5/20/86)
    616. Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell (5/27/86)
    617. Genesis: Invisible Touch (6/9/86)
    618. The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (6/28/86)
    619. Madonna: True Blue (6/30/86)
    620. R.E.M.: Life’s Rich Pageant (7/28/86)
    621. Paul Simon: Graceland (8/12/86)
    622. Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet (8/18/86)
    623. Steve Earle: Guitar Town (10/7/86)
    624. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Charles Hart/Richard Stigoe (composers): Phantom of the Opera (cast, opened 10/9/86)
    625. Slayer: Reign in Blood (10/28/86)
    626. Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill (11/11/86)
    627. Robert Cray: Strong Persuader (c. 11/15/86)
    628. Journey: Greatest Hits G (recorded 1978-86, released 11/15/88)

      1987

    629. Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded (3/3/87)
    630. U2: The Joshua Tree (3/17/87)
    631. Prince: Sign ‘O’ the Times (3/30/87)
    632. Fleetwood Mac: Tango in the Night (4/13/87)
    633. John Hiatt: Bring the Family (5/29/87)
    634. Whitney Houston: Whitney (c. 6/13/87)
    635. Eric B. & Rakim: Paid in Full (7/9/87)
    636. Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction (7/21/87)
    637. Terence Trent D’Arby: Introducing the Hardline… (c. 7/25/87)
    638. Dinosaur Jr.: You’re Living All Over Me (7/87)
    639. Def Leppard: Hysteria (8/3/87)
    640. New Order: Substance G (recorded 1981-87, released 8/11/87)
    641. Aerosmith: Permanent Vacation (8/18/87)
    642. Michael Jackson: Bad (8/31/87)
    643. Various Artists: Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 9/1/87)
    644. R.E.M.: Document (9/8/87)
    645. The Smiths: Strangeways, Here We Come (9/22/87)
    646. Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel of Love (10/9/87)
    647. INXS: Kick (10/20/87)
    648. George Michael: Faith (11/3/87)

      1988

    649. Pixies: Surfer Rosa (3/21/88)
    650. Tracy Chapman: Tracy Chapman (4/5/88)
    651. Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (4/14/88)
    652. Bobby Brown: Don’t Be Cruel (6/20/88)
    653. Paula Abdul: Forever Your Girl (c. 7/23/88)
    654. Jane’s Addiction: Nothing’s Shocking (8/23/88)
    655. Metallica: …And Justice for All (8/25/88)
    656. New Kids on the Block: Hangin’ Tough (c. 8/27/88)
    657. Talk Talk: Spirit of Eden (9/16/88)
    658. Bon Jovi: New Jersey (9/20/88)
    659. U2: Rattle and Hum (studio/live soundtrack, 10/11/88)
    660. Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (10/88)
    661. R.E.M.: Green (11/8/88)
    662. Fleetwood Mac: Greatest Hits G (recorded 1975-88, released 11/22/88)

      1989

    663. N.W.A.: Straight Outta Compton (1/10/89)
    664. New Order: Technique (1/24/89)
    665. De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising (3/14/89)
    666. Madonna: Like a Prayer (3/21/89)
    667. Bonnie Raitt: Nick of Time (3/21/89)
    668. Soul II Soul: Club Classics, Vol. I (aka “Keep on Movin’”) (4/10/89)
    669. The Pixies: Doolittle (4/18/89)
    670. Tom Petty: Full Moon Fever (4/24/89)
    671. The Cure: Disintegration (5/2/89)
    672. The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (c. 5/13/89)
    673. Beastie Boys: Paul’s Boutique (7/25/89)
    674. Aerosmith: Pump (9/12/89)
    675. Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation 1814 (9/19/89)
    676. Phil Collins: …But Seriously (11/17/89)
    677. U2: Best of 1980-1990 G (recorded 1979-89, released 11/3/98)

      1990

    678. Depeche Mode: Violator (2/22/90)
    679. M.C. Hammer: Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (c. 3/10/90)
    680. Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (3/20/90)
    681. Sinéad O’Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (3/20/90)
    682. Black Crowes: Shake Your Money Maker (c. 3/24/90)
    683. Happy Mondays: Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches (4/90)
    684. Mariah Carey: Mariah Carey (6/12/90)
    685. The La’s: The La’s (6/30/90)
    686. Jane’s Addiction: Ritual de lo Habitual (8/21/90)
    687. Garth Brooks: No Fences (8/27/90)
    688. Queensrÿche: Empire (9/4/90)
    689. Vanilla Ice: To the Extreme (9/10/90)
    690. George Michael: Listen without Prejudice (9/11/90)
    691. Elton John: The Very Best of G (recorded 1970-90, released 11/3/90)
    692. Madonna: The Immaculate Collection (compilation, recorded 1983-90, released 11/13/90)
    693. Enigma: mcmxc a.d. (12/10/90)

      1991

    694. R.E.M.: Out of Time (3/12/91)
    695. Slint: Spiderland (3/27/91)
    696. Boyz II Men: Cooleyhighharmony (4/30/91)
    697. Natalie Cole: Unforgettable: With Love (covers, 6/11/91)
    698. Crowded House: Woodface (7/2/91)
    699. Massive Attack: Blue Lines (8/6/91)
    700. Metallica: Metallica (aka “The Black Album”) (8/12/91)
    701. Pearl Jam: Ten (8/27/91)
    702. Garth Brooks: Ropin’ the Wind (9/2/91)
    703. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik (9/7/91)
    704. Guns N’ Roses: Use Your Illusion I (9/17/91)
    705. Guns N’ Roses: Use Your Illusion II (9/17/91)
    706. Nirvana: Nevermind (9/24/91)
    707. A Tribe Called Quest: The Low-End Theory (9/24/91)
    708. Simply Red: Stars (9/30/91)
    709. Primal Scream: Screamadelica (10/8/91)
    710. Genesis: We Can’t Dance (10/28/91)
    711. Queen: Greatest Hits II G (rec. 1981-91, released 10/30/91)
    712. My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (11/5/91)
    713. U2: Achtung Baby (11/19/91)
    714. Teenage Fanclub: Bandwagonesque (11/19/91)
    715. Michael Jackson: Dangerous (11/26/91)

      1992

    716. Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes (1/13/92)
    717. Eric Clapton: Unplugged (live, recorded 1/16/92; released 8/25/92)
    718. Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works 85-92 G (recorded 1985-92, released 2/12/92)
    719. k.d. lang: Ingénue (3/17/92)
    720. Arrested Development: 3 Years, 5 Months, & 2 Days in the Life of… (3/24/92)
    721. Pavement: Slanted and Enchanted (c. 3/31/92)
    722. Annie Lennox: Diva (c. 4/18/92)
    723. Billy Ray Cyrus: Some Gave All (5/19/92)
    724. Mary Chapin Carpenter: Come on, Come On (6/30/92)
    725. PJ Harvey: Dry (6/30/92)
    726. Mary J. Blige: What’s the 411? (7/28/92)
    727. Alice in Chains: Dirt (9/29/92)
    728. Stone Temple Pilots: Core (9/29/92)
    729. R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (10/6/92)
    730. Rage Against the Machine: Rage Against the Machine (11/3/92)
    731. Whitney Houston/various artists: The Bodyguard (soundtrack, 11/17/92)
    732. Kenny G: Breathless (11/17/92)
    733. Dr. Dre: The Chronic (12/15/92)

      1993

    734. Sting: Ten Summoner’s Tales (3/9/93)
    735. Suede (aka “London Suede”): Suede (c. 3/29/93)
    736. Aerosmith: Get a Grip (4/20/93)
    737. PJ Harvey: Rid of Me (5/4/93)
    738. Janet Jackson: janet. (5/18/93)
    739. Ace of Base: The Sign (aka “Happy Nation”) (6/1/93)
    740. Liz Phair: Exile in Guyville (6/22/93)
    741. U2: Zooropa (7/5/93)
    742. Björk: Debut (7/13/93)
    743. Toni Braxton: Toni Braxton (7/13/93)
    744. Smashing Pumpkins: Siamese Dream (7/27/93)
    745. Sheryl Crow: Tuesday Night Music Club (8/3/93)
    746. Garth Brooks: In Pieces (8/23/93)
    747. Mariah Carey: Music Box (8/31/93)
    748. Counting Crows: August and Everything After (9/14/93)
    749. Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (9/14/93)
    750. Nirvana: In Utero (9/21/93)
    751. Beck: Mellow Gold (9/21/93)
    752. Pearl Jam: Vs. (10/19/93)
    753. Sarah McLachlan: Fumbling Towards Ecstasy (10/22/93)
    754. Wu-Tang Clan: Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers) (11/9/93)
    755. Celine Dion: The Colour of My Love (11/9/93)
    756. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits G (recorded 1977-93, released 11/16/93)
    757. Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (recorded live 11/18/93, released 11/1/94)
    758. Snoop Doggy Dogg: Doggystyle (11/23/93)
    759. Garth Brooks: The Hits G (recorded 1989-93, released 12/13/94)

      1994

    760. Underworld: Dubnobasswithmyheadman (1/24/94)
    761. Green Day: Dookie (2/1/94)
    762. Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (c. 2/26/94)
    763. Nine Inch Nails: The Downward Spiral (3/8/94)
    764. Soundgarden: Superunknown (3/8/94)
    765. Morrissey: Vauxhall and I (3/22/94)
    766. Pink Floyd: The Division Bell (3/30/94)
    767. The Offspring: Smash (4/11/94)
    768. Hole: Live Through This (4/12/94)
    769. Live: Throwing Copper (4/19/94)
    770. Nas: Illmatic (4/19/94)
    771. Blur: Parklife (4/25/94)
    772. Johnny Cash: American Recordings (4/26/94)
    773. Weezer: Weezer (aka “The Blue Album”) (5/10/94)
    774. Beastie Boys: Ill Communication (5/23/94)
    775. Elton John/ Tim Rice/ Hans Zimmer (composers): The Lion King (soundtrack, 6/4/94)
    776. Hootie & the Blowfish: Cracked Rear View (7/5/94)
    777. The Prodigy: Music for the Jilted Generation (c. 7/16/94)
    778. Jeff Buckley: Grace (8/23/94)
    779. Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible (8/29/94)
    780. Boyz II Men: II (8/30/94)
    781. Oasis: Definitely Maybe (8/30/94)
    782. The Notorious B.I.G.: Ready to Die (9/13/94)
    783. Eric Clapton: From the Cradle (covers, 9/13/94)
    784. Suede (aka “London Suede”): Dog Man Star (10/10/94)
    785. Bon Jovi: Cross Road G (recorded 1984-94, released 10/18/94)
    786. Portishead: Dummy (10/18/94)
    787. Eagles: Hell Freezes Over live/studio (11/8/94)
    788. TLC: CrazySexyCool (11/15/94)
    789. Pearl Jam: Vitalogy (12/6/94)

      1995

    790. Leftfield: Leftism (1/30/95)
    791. Shania Twain: The Woman in Me (2/7/95)
    792. PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love (2/28/95)
    793. Jewel: Pieces of You (2/28/95)
    794. Tricky: Maxinquaye (c. 3/4/95)
    795. Radiohead: The Bends (3/13/95)
    796. Tupac Shakur (2pac): Me Against the World (3/14/95)
    797. Björk: Post (5/29/95)
    798. Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (6/13/95)
    799. Michael Jackson: HIStory: Past, Present, and Future Book 1 (1 disc greatest hits, 1 disc studio; released 6/20/95)
    800. Emmylou Harris: Wrecking Ball (9/26/95)
    801. Mariah Carey: Daydream (10/3/95)
    802. Oasis: (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (10/3/95)
    803. No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom (10/10/95)
    804. Smashing Pumpkins: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (10/24/95)
    805. Pulp: Different Class (10/30/95)

      1996

    806. Fugees: The Score (2/12/96)
    807. Tupac Shakur (2pac): All Eyez on Me (2/13/96)
    808. Celine Dion: Falling into You (3/11/96)
    809. Dave Matthews Band: Crash (4/12/96)
    810. Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go (5/20/96)
    811. Beck: Odelay (6/18/96)
    812. Toni Braxton: Secrets (6/18/96)
    813. Sublime: Sublime (7/30/96)
    814. Matchbox 20: Yourself or Someone Like You (10/1/96)
    815. Tool: Ænima (10/1/96)
    816. Spice Girls: Spice (11/4/96)
    817. Belle & Sebastian: If You’re Feeling Sinister (11/18/96)
    818. DJ Shadow: Endtroducing… (11/19/96)

      1997

    819. Daft Punk: Homework (1/20/97)
    820. Erykah Badu: Baduizm (2/11/97)
    821. Elliott Smith: Either/Or (2/25/97)
    822. The Notorious B.I.G.: Life after Death (3/25/97)
    823. Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole (4/7/97)
    824. Andrea Bocelli: Romanza (c. 5/31/97)
    825. Spiritualized: Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (6/14/97)
    826. Radiohead: OK Computer (6/16/97)
    827. Buena Vista Social Club: Buena Vista Social Club (6/21/97)
    828. The Prodigy: Fat of the Land (7/1/97)
    829. Backstreet Boys: Backstreet Boys (U.S. Version, 8/12/97)
    830. Oasis: Be Here Now (8/26/97)
    831. Mariah Carey: Butterfly (9/16/97)
    832. Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind (9/30/97)
    833. The Verve: Urban Hymns (9/30/97)
    834. Shania Twain: Come on Over (11/4/97)
    835. Celine Dion: Let’s Talk about Love (11/15/97)
    836. James Horner (composer): Titanic (soundtrack, 11/18/97)
    837. Garth Brooks: Sevens (11/25/97)
    838. Will Smith: Big Willie Style (11/25/97)

      1998

    839. Air: Moon Safari (1/19/98)
    840. Dixie Chicks: Wide Open Spaces (1/27/98)
    841. Neutral Milk Hotel: In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (2/10/98)
    842. Madonna: Ray of Light (3/3/98)
    843. Massive Attack: Mezzanine (4/20/98)
    844. Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (6/30/98)
    845. Kid Rock: Devil Without a Cause (8/18/98)
    846. Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (8/25/98)
    847. OutKast: Aquemini (9/29/98)
    848. Fatboy Slim: You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (10/12/98)
    849. Garth Brooks: Double Live (live, 11/17/98)
    850. The Offspring: Americana (11/17/98)

      1999

    851. Britney Spears: …Baby One More Time (1/12/99)
    852. Eminem: The Slim Shady LP (2/23/99)
    853. TLC: Fanmail (2/23/99)
    854. Ricky Martin: Ricky Martin (5/11/99)
    855. The Flaming Lips: The Soft Bulletin (5/17/99)
    856. Moby: Play (5/17/99)
    857. Backstreet Boys: Millenium (5/18/99)
    858. Travis: The Man Who (5/24/99)
    859. Blink-182: Enema of the State (6/1/99)
    860. Dido: No Angel (6/1/99)
    861. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication (6/8/99)
    862. Sigur Rós: Ágaetis Byrjun (6/12/99)
    863. Santana: Supernatural (6/15/99)
    864. Destiny’s Child: The Writing’s on the Wall (7/27/99)
    865. Christina Aguilera: Christina Aguilera (8/24/99)
    866. Dixie Chicks: Fly (8/31/99)
    867. The Magnetic Fields: 69 Love Songs (9/7/99)
    868. Creed: Human Clay (9/28/99)
    869. Faith Hill: Breathe (11/9/99)
    870. Celine Dion: All the Way…A Decade of Song (compilation: 1991-99, released 11/13/99)

      2000

    871. D’Angelo: Voodoo (1/11/00)
    872. N Sync: No Strings Attached (3/21/00)
    873. David Gray: White Ladder (5/13/00)
    874. Britney Spears: Oops!...I Did It Again (5/16/00)
    875. Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP (5/23/00)
    876. Nelly: Country Grammar (6/27/00)
    877. Coldplay: Parachutes (7/10/00)
    878. Shaggy: Hotshot (8/8/00)
    879. Madonna: Music (9/19/00)
    880. Radiohead: Kid A (10/3/00)
    881. Linkin Park: Hybrid Theory (10/24/00)
    882. PJ Harvey: Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (10/31/00)
    883. OutKast: Stankonia (10/31/00)
    884. U2: All That You Can’t Leave Behind (10/31/00)
    885. Backstreet Boys: Black & Blue (11/21/00)
    886. Enya: A Day without Rain (11/21/00)
    887. Various Artists: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack, 12/5/00)

      2001

    888. Daft Punk: Discovery (3/13/01)
    889. Destiny’s Child: Survivor (5/1/01)
    890. Tool: Lateralus (5/15/01)
    891. Alicia Keys: Songs in A Minor(6/5/01)
    892. Radiohead: Amnesiac (6/5/01)
    893. The White Stripes: White Blood Cells (7/3/01)
    894. Muse: Origin of Symmetry (7/17/01)
    895. The Strokes: Is This It (7/30/01)
    896. System of a Down: Toxicity (9/4/01)
    897. Bob Dylan: Love and Theft (9/11/01)
    898. Jay-Z: The Blueprint (9/18/01)

      2002

    899. Norah Jones: Come Away with Me (2/26/02)
    900. The Streets: Original Pirate Material (3/25/02)
    901. Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (4/23/02)
    902. Eminem: The Eminem Show (5/26/02)
    903. Avril Lavigne: Let Go (6/4/02)
    904. Nelly: Nellyville (6/25/02)
    905. Maroon 5: Songs about Jane (6/25/02)
    906. Red Hot Chili Peppers: By the Way (7/9/02)
    907. The Flaming Lips: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (7/16/02)
    908. Bruce Springsteen: The Rising (7/30/02)
    909. Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head (8/27/02)
    910. Dixie Chicks: Home (8/27/02)
    911. Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf (8/27/02)
    912. Beck: Sea Change (9/24/02)
    913. Elvis Presley: 30 #1 Hits G (recorded 1956-2002, released 9/24/02)
    914. The Libertines: Up the Bracket (10/21/02)
    915. Justin Timberlake: Justified (11/5/02)
    916. Shania Twain: Up! (11/19/02)

      2003

    917. 50 Cent: Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2/6/03)
    918. Evanescence: Fallen (3/4/03)
    919. Linkin Park: Meteora (3/25/03)
    920. The White Stripes: Elephant (4/1/03)
    921. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever to Tell (4/29/03)
    922. Radiohead: Hail to the Thief (6/10/03)
    923. Beyonce: Dangerously in Love (6/17/03)
    924. Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner (7/21/03)
    925. Muse: Absolution (9/21/03)
    926. OutKast: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (9/23/03)
    927. Dido: Life for Rent (9/30/03)
    928. Michael Jackson: Number Ones (compilation, rec. 1978-2003, released 11/17/03)
    929. Alicia Keys: The Diary of… (12/2/03)

      2004

    930. Franz Ferdinand: Franz Ferdinand (2/9/04)
    931. Norah Jones: Feels Like Home (2/10/04)
    932. Kanye West: The College Dropout (2/10/04)
    933. Scissor Sisters: Scissor Sisters (3/9/04)
    934. Usher: Confessions (3/23/04)
    935. Loretta Lynn: Van Lear Rose (4/27/04)
    936. Keane: Hopes and Fears (5/10/04)
    937. Streets: A Grand Don’t Come for Free (5/10/04)
    938. The Killers: Hot Fuss (6/7/04)
    939. The Arcade Fire: Funeral (9/14/04)
    940. Green Day: American Idiot (9/21/04)
    941. Brian Wilson: Smile (9/28/04)
    942. James Blunt: Back to Bedlam (10/11/04)
    943. Eminem: Encore (11/12/04)
    944. U2: How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (11/23/04)
    945. Kelly Clarkson: Breakaway (11/30/04)

      2005

    946. Antony & The Johnsons: I Am a Bird Now (2/1/05)
    947. Bloc Party: Silent Alarm (2/2/05)
    948. 50 Cent: The Massacre (3/3/05)
    949. Kaiser Chiefs: Employment (3/15/05)
    950. Mariah Carey: The Emancipation of Mimi (4/12/05)
    951. Gorillaz: Demon Days (5/24/05)
    952. Coldplay: X&Y (6/6/05)
    953. Black Eyed Peas: Monkey Business (6/7/05)
    954. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois (7/4/05)
    955. Kanye West: Late Registration (8/30/05)
    956. Nickelback: All the Right Reasons (10/4/05)
    957. Carrie Underwood: Some Hearts (11/15/05)
    958. Madonna: Confessions on a Dance Floor (11/15/05)

      2006

    959. Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (1/23/06)
    960. Gnarls Barkley: St. Elsewhere (5/9/06)
    961. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium (5/9/06)
    962. Dixie Chicks: Taking the Long Way (5/23/06)
    963. Muse: Black Holes & Revelations (7/11/06)
    964. Bob Dylan: Modern Times (8/29/06)
    965. Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveSounds (9/12/06)
    966. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (10/6/06)

      2007

    967. The Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (3/6/07)
    968. LCD Soundsystem: Sound of Silver (3/20/07)
    969. Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare (4/23/07)
    970. Rihanna: Good Girl Gone Bad (6/5/07)
    971. Kanye West: Graduation (9/11/07)
    972. Bruce Springsteen: Magic (10/2/07)
    973. Radiohead: In Rainbows (10/10/07)
    974. Robert Plant & Allison Krauss: Raising Sand (10/23/07)
    975. Alicia Keys: As I Am (11/13/07)

      2008

    976. Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago (2/19/08)
    977. Duffy: Rockferry (3/3/08)
    978. Lil’ Wayne: Tha Carter III (5/13/08)
    979. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes (6/3/08)
    980. Coldplay: Viva La Vida (6/11/08)
    981. Lady Gaga: The Fame (8/19/08)
    982. Kings of Leon: Only by the Night (9/19/08)
    983. TV on the Radio: Dear Science (9/23/08)
    984. Taylor Swift: Fearless (11/11/08)

      2009

    985. Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (1/20/09)
    986. U2: No Line on the Horizon (3/2/09)
    987. Black Eyed Peas: The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (6/3/09)
    988. Susan Boyle: I Dreamed a Dream (11/23/09)

      2010

    989. Eminem: Recovery (6/21/10)
    990. The Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (8/3/10)
    991. Taylor Swift: Speak Now (10/25/10)

      2011

    992. Adele: 21 (1/19/11)
    993. PJ Harvey: Let England Shake (2/15/11)
    994. Michael Bublé: Christmas (10/21/11)

      2012

    995. Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (7/10/12)
    996. Mumford & Sons: Babel (9/21/12)
    997. Taylor Swift: Red (10/22/12)

      2013

    998. Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (5/17/13)

      2014

    999. U2: Songs of Innocence (9/9/2014)
    1000. Taylor Swift: 1989 (10/27/14)



    How This List Was Created:

    When I set out to create this list as the 20th century was drawing to a close, my aim was to compile a “best of the best” list; that is, combine all the other “best-of” lists out there into one. The goal in averaging multiple lists together was to weed out the idiocyncrisies of individual lists and create a more objective, definitive best-of list. Here are links to the lists, chart information, and sales data that went into the creation of the DMDB 1000:

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    Representing Multiple Genres:

    One of the huge bonuses in compiling lots of lists is the better representation of multiple genres of music. Most lists are very skewered toward post-‘50s rock and roll. By pooling lists from multiple sources, the DMDB 1000 represents classical, show tunes, jazz, folk, country, R&B, rock and roll, adult contemporary, pop, rap, and more.

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    Multiple Versions of the Same Album or Work:

    Representing multiple genres poses a challenge, however. There are cases where there are multiple versions of the same work. When that occurred, all versions are compiled into one entry. This possibility most likely occurred in one of three situations:

    1. classical works that are recorded multiple times (example: Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations is listed as being composed by Bach in 1741 and no specific recordings of that work are noted).

    2. cast album recordings that later surfaced as soundtracks as well (example: 1959’s The Sound of Music cast album and 1965’s soundtrack version are listed as one entry under 1959 and credited to writers Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II).
    3. British rock albums in the mid-‘60s that were slightly altered when they hit American shores (example: The Beatles U.K. album With the Beatles was released in the U.S., with some alterations, as Meet the Beatles!. The first release is generally what is listed).
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    What Constitutes an Album:

    In addition to the aforementioned re-definings of what makes an album an album, the DMDB also wanted to be as inclusive as possible in different formats of albums. Some best-of lists, for example, disregard compilations or live recordings and focus only on studio efforts. As such, the DMDB 1000 list contains standard studio albums alongside “specialty albums,” noted by the following codes: compilations (G), box sets (box), live recordings (live), soundtracks (ST), cast albums (cast), various artists collections (VA), classical works (classical), operas (opera), and Christmas recordings (X).

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    Why Chronological and Not Ranked:

    The more inclusive approaches described above diminished the merits of presenting this as a ranked list. Any list generates enough heat about what makes the cut and what doesn’t without a debate over why an album is ranked at #999 instead #998. However, a debate over whether Beethoven’s 5th Symphony is a more important work than Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon is most likely to keep people firmly entrenched in their genre camps. By not focusing on where an album is on the list, the focus becomes, more appropriately, why it makes the list. Since all the albums link to individual DMDB pages, you can check out those justifications for yourself and see if you think the album is list worthy.

    Another benefit of presenting this list chronologically is how it shows the emergence of new public tastes and the development of the album over the years. Combined with the no-genres-excluded approach, this makes for a fascinating observation of how entire musical genres dominated at different times. In a nutshell, one can see the following trends:

    • the dominance of classical works, which would later fit into an album-length format, from the pre-20th century era through the first quarter of the 20th century (Beethoven, Bach)
    • the rise of cast recordings of hugely successful Broadway productions in roughly the second quarter of the 20th century (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
    • the beginnings of “albums” recorded by single artists with the predominace of jazz recordings in the ‘40s and ‘50s (Miles Davis, John Coltrane)
    • the birth of rock & roll in the mid-‘50s (led by Elvis Presley) through to the early-‘60s British Invasion (led by The Beatles)
    • the explosion of the album as a true force in the ‘60s (The Beatles, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones)
    • the development of the album rock format in the late-‘60s and early-‘70s (Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd)
    • the rise of the superstar mega-selling albums of the late-‘70s and early-‘80s (Fleetwood Mac, Michael Jackson, Prince, Bruce Springsteen)
    • the emergence of critically acclaimed indie and experimental albums in the ‘80s (U2, REM, Talking Heads)
    • the move toward albums that seemed to launch their own genres in the ‘90s (Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day)
    • the attempt to keep the album format alive in the 21st century with music that harkens back to earlier decades (The Strokes, The White Stripes)
    It should be acknowledged that listing these albums chronologically is not as easy as it sounds. Even if this were just a list of standard studio efforts, release dates aren’t always available and sometimes an album’s first chart appearance (c.) had to be used. In some cases, neither date was available and an album and it was just listed by year of release. Further complicating the matter was the issue of multiple recordings, such as show tunes or classical works discussed above. In such cases, these works may be listed by various dates including when the album or work was written or composed (w.), first performed (p.), or opened on Broadway (b.).

    Compilations and live albums are listed by the date of recording (rec.) instead of release. For example, The Beatles 1967-1970 is a greatest hits collection that was released in 1973, but recorded from 1967-1970. Its date notation is (rec. 1967-70, released 4/2/73), meaning the album is listed under ‘1970.’

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    Honorable Mention:

    These are albums formerly in the DMDB 1000 which have since been bumped, but are still acknowledged with an honorable mention.

  • Bryan Adams: Waking Up the Neighbours (9/24/91)
  • King Sunny Ade: Juju Music (c. 4/9/83)
  • Aerosmith: Greatest Hits (compilation, rec. 1972-80, c. 11/29/80)
  • Beastie Boys: Check Your Head (4/21/92)
  • Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty (1998)
  • George Benson: Breezin’ (1/6/76)
  • Alban Berg (composer): Violin Concerto (classical, composed 1935)
  • Clint Black: Killin’ Time (5/2/89)
  • Mary J. Blige: My Life (11/29/94)
  • Mary J. Blige: The Breakthrough (12/20/05)
  • Michael Bolton: Time, Love and Tenderness (4/23/91)
  • Boston: Don’t Look Back (c. 9/2/78)
  • Garth Brooks: Garth Brooks (4/21/89)
  • James Brown: Sex Machine live (rec. 6/12/69 to 7/23/70, c. 9/12/70)
  • Jackson Browne: The Pretender (11/10/76)
  • Mariah Carey: #1’s G (rec. 1990-98, released 11/17/98)
  • Johnny Cash: The Essential Johnny Cash (1955-1983) (rec. 1955-83)
  • Ray Charles with various artists: Genius Loves Company (8/31/04)
  • Eric Clapton with B.B. King: Riding with the King (6/13/00)
  • Phil Collins: Hello, I Must Be Going (11/1/82)
  • Sam Cooke: The Man and His Music G (rec. 1951-65, released 2/86)
  • The Corrs: Talk on Corners (10/20/97)
  • Cranberries: No Need to Argue (10/4/94)
  • Christopher Cross: Christopher Cross (c. 2/16/80)
  • Cypress Hill: Cypress Hill (8/9/91)
  • D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (7/3/95)
  • Miles Davis/Gil Evans: Miles Ahead (rec. 5/6/57 to 8/22/57)
  • Edward Elgar (composer): Enigma Variations classical (w. 1899)
  • Duke Ellington: Far East Suite (rec. 12/19–21/66)
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery (11/19/73)
  • Brian Eno: Before and After Science (released 12/77, c. 5/27/78)
  • En Vogue: Funky Divas (3/24/92)
  • Enya: Watermark (9/19/88)
  • Eurythmics: Greatest Hits G (recorded 1983-89; released 5/24/91)
  • Bill Evans Trio: Waltz for Debby (rec. 6/25/61)
  • Bill Evans Trio: Sunday at the Village Vanguard (live, rec. 6/25/61)
  • Gabriel Faure (composer): Requiem (w. 1900)
  • Foo Fighters: Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace (9/25/07)
  • Foreigner: Foreigner (c. 3/26/77)
  • Nelly Furtado: Loose (6/20/06)
  • Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear (12/15/78)
  • Al Green: Let’s Stay Together (c. 2/12/72)
  • Al Green: Greatest Hits (rec. 1970-1974, c. 3/22/75)
  • Jerry Herman (composer): Hello, Dolly! cast (b. 1/16/64)
  • Gustav Holst (composer): The Planets (classical, 1986)
  • Whitney Houston/various artists: Waiting to Exhale (soundtrack, 11/14/95)
  • Incredible String Band: The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter (3/68)
  • Indigo Girls: Indigo Girls (2/28/89)
  • Interpol: Turn on the Bright Lights (8/20/02)
  • Alan Jackson: A Lot about Livin’ and a Little ‘Bout Love (9/30/92)
  • Jamiroquai: Travelling without Moving (9/9/96)
  • R. Kelly: R. (9/29/98)
  • King Crimson: Red (c. 11/23/74)
  • Korn: Follow the Leader (8/18/98)
  • Jonathan Larson (composer): Rent (cast, b. 8/27/96)
  • Limp Bizkit: Significant Other (6/22/99)
  • Limp Bizkit: Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water (10/17/00)
  • Little Feat: Waiting for Columbus (live, rec. 8/4/77)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd: Street Survivors (c. 11/5/77)
  • Magic Sam: West Side Soul (1967)
  • Gustav Mahler (composer): Symphony No. 5 (w. 1902, p. 10/18/1904)
  • Dave Matthews Band: Under the Table and Dreaming (9/27/94)
  • Curtis Mayfield: Curtis (c. 10/3/70)
  • Sarah McLachlan: Surfacing (7/15/97)
  • Metallica: Load (5/20/96)
  • George Michael: Ladies and Gentlemen – The Best of (11/10/98) G
  • Joni Mitchell: Hissing of Summer Lawns (c. 12/6/75)
  • Mötley Crüe: Dr. Feelgood (9/5/89)
  • Oliver Nelson: The Blues and the Abstract Truth (rec. 2/23/61)
  • Willie Nelson: Stardust (c. 5/13/78)
  • Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine (10/13/89)
  • Roy Orbison: For the Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits G (rec. 1956-64, released 1/7/89)
  • The Orb: Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld (4/91)
  • Carl Orff (composer): Carmina Burana (classical work, composed 1936)
  • Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, & Jose Carreras: The Three Tenors in Concert/Mehta (recorded 7/7/90) live
  • Pet Shop Boys: Discography – The Complete Singles Collection G (rec. 1985-91, released 11/5/91)
  • Pink: M!ssundaztood (11/20/01)
  • The Police: Every Breath You Take – The Singles/ (aka ‘The Classics’) G (rec. 1978-1986; released 10/27/86)
  • The Pretty Things: S.F. Sorrow (1968)
  • Prince: Dirty Mind (10/8/80)
  • Rage Against the Machine: Evil Empire (4/16/96)
  • Lou Reed: New York (1/10/89)
  • Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians (classical work, 1978)
  • R.E.M.: Monster (9/27/94)
  • LeAnn Rimes: Blue (7/9/96)
  • Kenny Rogers: The Gambler (c. 12/16/78)
  • Run-D.M.C.: Run-D.M.C. (c. 6/23/84)
  • Sade: Promise (c. 12/21/85)
  • Sade: Best of (compilation, rec. 1984-1994, released 11/12/94)
  • Shakira: Laundry Service (11/13/01)
  • Dmitry Shostakovich (composer): Symphony No. 5 in D minor (classical work, composed 1937)
  • Paul Simon: There Goes Rhymin’ Simon (c. 5/26/73)
  • Frank Sinatra: A Swingin’ Affair (c. 5/27/57)
  • Stephen Sondheim/George Furth (composers): Company (cast, opened 4/6/70)
  • Stephen Sondheim (composer): Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (cast, b. 3/1/79)
  • Sonic Youth: Sister (6/87)
  • Spice Girls: Spice (11/4/97)
  • Bruce Springsteen: Greatest Hits (compilation, rec. 1975-1995, released 2/28/95)
  • Sting: Nothing Like the Sun (c. 10/31/87)
  • Stone Temple Pilots: Purple (5/31/94)
  • George Strait: Blue Clear Sky (c. 5/11/96)
  • Richard Strauss (composer): Der Rosenkavalier classical (w. 1911, p. 1/26/1911)
  • Barbra Streisand: The Broadway Album (covers, c. 11/23/85)
  • Jule Styne/Bob Merrill (composers): Funny Girl cast (b. 3/26/64)
  • Talking Heads: 77 (9/16/77)
  • Randy Travis: Storms of Life (6/6/86)
  • A Tribe Called Quest: People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythms (4/17/90)
  • Van Halen: Van Halen II (c. 4/14/79)
  • Giuseppe Verdi (composer): Aida opera (w. 1871, p. 12/1871)
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice (composers): Evita cast (first released 12/76, first stage production 6/21/78)
  • Wham!: Make It Big (c. 11/10/84)
  • Wilco: Being There (10/29/96)
  • X-Ray Spex: Germ-Free Adolescents (11/78)
  • Dwight Yoakam: Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. (c. 4/19/86)
  • Neil Young: Decade G (rec. 1966-77, c. 11/26/77)
  • Neil Young: Live Rust (11/19/79)
  • Various Artists: Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 box (rec. 1959-1971, released 11/13/92)
  • Various Artists: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (1986)
  • various artists: Pulp Fiction (soundtrack, 9/27/94)

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  • 4 comments:

    1. Hello Dave, thanks for the update.

      One question: i'm actually a pretty big U2 fan, but I really don't see how the new album would be here: almost non-existant sales (due to current market conditions + the apple thing), lack of critical acclaim. It pretty much only has the nr1 at rolling stone year end list in its favor... is that really enough? Best Regards and congrats on the site

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      1. You are absolutely right. Its presence IS debatable and I hemmed and hawed over whether to include it. Ultimately it is there because of 26 million downloads (even if they were against people's will). If treated as sales, that puts 'Songs of Innocence' in the top 50 of all-time best sellers. On a subjective level, though, I am also a huge U2 fan but would rate it as one of their least significant works. Thanks for the feedback and for following the site. - Dave

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      2. Many Thanks for the quick reply :)
        Of course this is your call, but i have to say I totally disagree with downloads being counted as sales: its not even the moral aspect of it... its that those were completely free of charge. Those just can not be considered sales I think

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    2. Even the 2009 U2 album is a bit debatable, but that one had a pretty good performance on charts (another thing the 2014 one lacks), if not huge sales.

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