|First posted 11/30/2003; updated 9/23/2020.|
Top 100 Albums
This is not an official Rolling Stone magazine list; rather it is an aggregate of seven major lists published by the magazine. (See the specific links at bottom of page). The best resource for reading more about these albums is Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time book, published in 2005 by Wenner Media, LLC. The list differs slightly from the original 2003, which was updated again in 2012 and a third time in 2020.
Note: you can click on an album title to go to a DMDB page for more about that album. If you click on RS after the album title, that will take you to an online article from one of the Rolling Stone lists.
Also, check out Rolling Stone’s annual picks for album of the year. They have made such picks since 1978. However, the DMDB has expanded the list back to 1965 based on the lists aggregated here.
1. The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (1972) RS
11. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (1968) RS
21. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965) RS
31. Ramones Ramones (1976) RS
41. Aretha Franklin Lady Soul (1968) RS
51. Stevie Wonder Innervisions (1973) RS
61. Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis (1969) RS
71. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (1986) RS
81. Randy Newman Sail Away (1972) RS
91. Beck Odelay (1996) RS
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