Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Rolling Stone's Top 100 Albums of All Time

First posted 11/30/2003; updated 9/23/2020.

Rolling Stone:

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
2. The Beatles Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) RS
3. The Beatles Abbey Road (1969) RS
4. The Clash London Calling (1979) RS
5. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968) RS
6. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (1971) RS
7. Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (1975) RS
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (1967) RS
9. Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (1975) RS
10. Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (1967) RS

11. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (1968) RS
12. The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (1969) RS
13. The Who Who’s Next (1971) RS
14. Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977) RS
15. The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers (1971) RS
16. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971) RS
17. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (1968) RS
18. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (1966) RS
19. David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972) RS
20. Nirvana Nevermind (1991) RS

21. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (1965) RS
22. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (1966) RS
23. The Beatles Rubber Soul (1965) RS
24. Joni Mitchell Blue (1971) RS
25. Michael Jackson Thriller (1982) RS
26. Patti Smith Horses (1975) RS
27. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977) RS
28. The Band The Band (1969) RS
29. John Lennon Plastic Ono Band (1970) RS
30. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973) RS

31. Ramones Ramones (1976) RS
32. The Doors The Doors (1967) RS
33. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (soundtrack, 1984) RS
34. The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet (1968) RS
35. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979) RS
36. Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home (1965) RS
37. The Clash The Clash (1977) RS
38. Van Morrison Moondance (1970) RS
39. Sly & the Family Stone There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1972) RS
40. Neil Young After the Gold Rush (1970) RS

41. Aretha Franklin Lady Soul (1968) RS
42. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II (1969) RS
43. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984) RS
44. Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978) RS
45. Pretenders Pretenders (1980) RS
46. Elvis Costello My Aim Is True (1977) RS
47. Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow (1967) RS
48. The Beatles Revolver (1966) RS
49. Neil Young Tonight’s the Night (1975) RS
50. The Band Music from Big Pink (1968) RS

51. Stevie Wonder Innervisions (1973) RS
52. Carole King Tapestry (1971) RS
53. U2 The Joshua Tree (1987) RS
54. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica (1969) RS
55. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987) RS
56. Elvis Costello & The Attractions This Year’s Model (1978) RS
57. U2 Achtung Baby (1991) RS
58. Aretha Franklin I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967) RS
59. Television Marquee Moon (1977) RS
60. Stevie Wonder Talking Book (1972) RS

61. Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis (1969) RS
62. David Bowie Hunky Dory (1971) RS
63. Talking Heads Remain in Light (1980) RS
64. John Lennon Imagine (1971) RS
65. The Who Tommy (1969) RS
66. Black Sabbath Paranoid (1970)
67. Jimmy Cliff et al The Harder They Come (soundtrack, 1972) RS
68. Derek and the Dominos Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs (1970) RS
69. Sly & the Family Stone Greatest Hits (1970) RS
70. Velvet Underground Loaded (1970) RS

71. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (1986) RS
72. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (1992) RS
73. Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story (1971) RS
74. Pearl Jam Ten (1991) RS
75. R.E.M. Murmur (1983) RS
76. Prince Dirty Mind (1980) RS
77. New York Dolls New York Dolls (1973) RS
78. Various Artists Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era (compilation: 1965-68) RS
79. Madonna Like a Prayer (1989) RS
80. The Flying Burrito Brothers The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969) RS

81. Randy Newman Sail Away (1972) RS
82. Randy Newman 12 Songs (1970) RS
83. Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
84. Bob Dylan & The Band The Basement Tapes (recorded 1967, released 1975) RS
85. Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York (recorded live 1993, released 1994) RS
86. Creedence Clearwater Revival Willy and the Poor Boys (1969) RS
87. The Rolling Stones Some Girls (1978) RS
88. Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967) RS
89. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Rust Never Sleeps (1979) RS
90. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (1959) RS

91. Beck Odelay (1996) RS
92. Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream (1993) RS
93. James Brown Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, 1962) RS
94. Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life (1976) RS
95. Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (compilation: 1973-83, released 1984) RS
96. Elvis Presley Elvis Presley (aka ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’) (1956) RS
97. Chuck Berry The Great Twenty-Eight (compilation: 1955-64, released 1982) RS
98. Love Forever Changes (1967) RS
99. Paul Simon Graceland (1986) RS
100. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988) RS


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  • 8/27/1987: “The 100 Albums of the Last 20 Years
  • 5/16/1997: “The Definitive Library of the Best Albums Ever Made
  • Dec. 1997: “Top 100 Albums” (German edition of Rolling Stone)
  • 10/17/02: “Reader’s Poll of the 100 Greatest Albums
  • Nov. 2003: “500 Greatest Albums of All Time

    This list was created from the results of a poll of more than 270 artists, producers, industry executives, and journalists.

  • 2005: 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

    This book was based on the 2003 list with slight modifications. Some compilations were eliminated if they repeated material found elsewhere on the list. The two volumes of Robert Johnson’s King of the Delta Blues Singers were also combined in the more readily available Complete Recordings.

  • 5/31/12: “500 Greatest Albums of All Time

    As the website explains, this list was created from the 2003 list and a 2009 survey of 100 experts asked to pick the best albums of the 2000s. Essays (often just a paragraph) accompany each album.

  • 9/22/20: “500 Greatest Albums of All Time

    This fourth edition of the list was started from scratch. More than 300 artists, producers, critics, and music industry people were surveyed, each sending in a list of top 50 albums. The latest version offers 86 albums from the 21st century and 154 albums that didn’t appear on the 2003 or 2012 lists.

Some of the Longest Waits Between Albums

First posted 2/5/2012; last updated 9/22/2020.

This list was originally posted on my Dave’s Music Database Facebook page (Some of the Longest Waits Between Albums) on 2/5/2012 and has been updated several times since. I’m reposting it now in honor of Chuck Berry, whose 38-year vacation puts him in a tie with John Lodge for the longest wait between albums.

Here’s a little history about this list. In March 2012, I penned an article for PopMatters.com (“I Heard You Missed Us – We’re Back!”) on bands who’d had long breaks between albums. At the time, I’d waited five years for a new album from Fish, one of my favorite acts. That month Van Halen ended a 14-year silence and in recent years Guns N’ Roses received a lot of press for its 15-year delay between albums. I ended up with an extensive list of acts who have tried the patience of their fans to the max. Note: I’m only looking at album’s worth of new studio material. That includes “specialty” releases of new material for that act such as covers collections or Christmas recordings, but does not include live albums, compilations, remixes, or other reissues of previously released material. Thanks to DMDB fans who contributed to this list!


Some of the Longest Waits:
  • 38 years: Chuck Berry Rock It (1979), Chuck (2017)
  • 38 years: John Lodge Natural Avenue (1977), 10,000 Light Years Ago (2015)
  • 36 years: The Yardbirds Little Games (1967), Birdland (2003)
  • 35 years: Vashti Bunyan Just Another Diamond Day (1970), Lookingafter (2005)
  • 35 years: The Sonics Sinderella (1980), This Is the Sonics (2015)
  • 34 years: The Stooges Raw Power (1973), The Weirdness (2007)
  • 32 years: New York Dolls Too Much Too Soon (1974), One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (2006)
  • 30 years: Magazine Magic, Murder and the Weather (1981), No Thyself (2011)
  • 28 years: Eagles The Long Run (1979), Long Road Out of Eden (2007)
  • 28 years: The Slits Return of the Giant Slits (1981), Trapped Animal (2009)
  • 28 years: Cat Stevens Back to Earth (1978), An Other Cup (2006)
  • 27 years: Big Star Third/Sister Lovers (1978), In Space (2005)
  • 27 years: Dexy’s Midnight Runners Don’t Stand Me Down (1985), One Day I’m Going to Soar (2012)
  • 25 years: Bauhaus Burning from the Inside (1983), Go Away White (2008)
  • 25 years: Levon Helm Levon Helm (1982), Dirt Farmer (2007)
  • 25 years: Throbbing Gristle Journey Through a Body (1982), Part Two: The Endless Not (2007)
  • 25 years: Roger Waters Amused to Death (1992), Is This the Life We Really Want? (2017)


  • 24 years: The Cars Door to Door (1987), Move Like This (2011)
  • 24 years: Steve Perry For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994), Traces (2018)
  • 24 years: The Who It’s Hard (1982), Endless Wire (2006)
  • 23 years: The Zombies Odessey and Oracle (1968), New World (1991)
  • 22 years: Jeff Lynne Armchair Theatre (1990), Long Wave (2012)
  • 22 years: Mission of Burma Vs. (1982), ONoffON (2004)
  • 22 years: My Bloody Valentine Loveless (1991), MBV (2013)
  • 22 years: The Soft Boys Underwater Moonlight (1980), Nextdoorland (2002)
  • 21 years: The Vaselines Dum-Dum (1989), Sex with an X (2010)

20 Years

  • The Del-Lords Lovers Who Wander (1990), Under Construction (EP, 2010)
  • Devo Smooth Noodle Maps (1990), Something for Everybody (2010)
  • The Feelies Time for a Witness (1991), Here Before (2011)
  • Pink Floyd The Division Bell (1994), Endless River (2014)
  • Steely Dan Gaucho (1980), Two Against Nature (2000)


19 Years

  • Grace Jones Bulletproof Heart (1989), Hurricane (2008)

18 Years

  • Black Sabbath Forbidden (1995), 13 (2013)
  • Faith No More Album of the Year (1997), Sol Invictus (2015)
  • Was (Not Was) Are You Okay? (1990), Boo! (2008)


17 Years

  • Blondie The Hunter (1982), No Exit (1999)
  • The Go-Go’s Talk Show (1984), God Bless the Go-Go’s (2001)
  • Kraftwerk Electric Café (1986), Tour de Force Soundtracks (2003)
  • Steve Miller Band Wide River (1993), Bingo (2010)
  • Squeeze Domino (1998), From the Cradle to the Grave (2015)


16 Years

  • The Beach Boys Stars and Stripes Vol. 1 (1996), That’s Why God Made the Radio (2012)
  • The B-52’s Good Stuff (1992), Funplex (2008)
  • Dr. Dre 2001 (1999), Compton (2015)
  • Gang of Four Shrinkwrapped (1995), Content (2011)
  • Gil Scott-Heron Spirits (1994), I’m New Here (2010)
  • Kansas Somewhere to Elsewhere (2000), The Prelude Implicit (2016)


15 Years

  • Camper Van Beethoven Key Lime Pie (1989), New Roman Times (2004)
  • Electric Light Orchestra Balance of Power (1986), Zoom (2001)
  • Roky Erickson All That May Do My Rhyme (1995), True Love Cast Out All Evil (2010)
  • Foreigner Mr. Moonlight (1994), Can’t Slow Down (2009)
  • Guns N’ Roses The Spaghetti Incident? (1993), Chinese Democracy (2008)
  • Don Henley Inside Job (2000), Cass County (2015)
  • Nitzer Ebb Big Hit (1995), Industrial Complex (2010)
  • Alan Parsons A Valid Path (2004), The Secret (2019)
  • The Rainmakers Skin (1996), 25 On (2011)
  • Shania Twain Up! (2002), Now (2017)


14 Years

  • Accept Predator (1996), Blood of the Nations (2010)
  • Alice in Chains Alice in Chains (1995), Black Gives Way to Blue (2009)
  • David Baerwald Here Comes the New Folk Underground (2002), Hellbound Train (2016)
  • Big Country Driving to Damascus (1999), The Journey (2013)
  • Lindsey Buckingham Out of the Cradle (1992), Under the Skin (2006)
  • Crowded House Together Alone (1993), Time on Earth (2007)
  • D’Angelo Voodoo (2000), Black Messiah (2014)
  • Electric Light Orchestra Zoom (2001), Alone in the Universe (2015)
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer Love Beach (1978), Black Moon (1992)
  • Hooters Out of Body (1993), Time Stand Still (2007)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd Street Survivors (1977), Lynyrd Skynyrd 1991 (1991)
  • New Kids on the Block Face the Music (1994), The Block (2008)
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Universal (1996), History of Modern (2010)
  • The Swans Soundtrack for the Blind (1996), My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (2010)
  • Television Adventure (1978), Television (1992)
  • Van Halen Van Halen III (1998), A Different Kind of Truth (2012)

13 Years

  • Garth Brooks Scarecrow (2001), Man Against Machine (2014)
  • Jane’s Addiction Ritual de lo Habitual (1990), Strays (2003)
  • Tool 10,000 Days (2006), Fear Inoculum (2019)
  • The Who Endless Wire (2006), Who (2019)
  • The Zombies New World (1991), As Far As I Can See… (2004)

12 Years

  • Kate Bush The Red Shoes (1993), Aerial (2005)
  • The Go-Betweens 16 Lovers Lane (1988), The Friends of Rachel Worth (2000)
  • Wire The First Letter (1991), Send (2003)
  • Hole Celebrity Skin (1998), Nobody’s Daughter (2010)
  • The House of Love Audience with the Mind (1993), Days Run Away (2005)
  • Billy Idol Cyberpunk (1993), Devil’s Playground (2005)
  • Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (2004), Full Circle (2016)
  • Polvo Shapes (1997), In Prism (2009)
  • Styx Big Bang Theory (2005), The Mission (2017)


11 Years

  • Boston Life, Love & Hope (2013), Corporate America (2002)
  • ESG ESG (1991), Step Off (2002)
  • Grandmaster Flash Flash Is Back (1998), The Bridge: Concept of a Culture (2009)
  • Heart Desire Walks On (1993), Jupiter’s Darling (2004)
  • Kiss Psycho Circus (1998) Sonic Boom (2009)
  • The Libertines The Libertines (2004), Anthems for Doomed Youth (2015)

  • No Doubt Rock Steady (2001), Push and Shove (2012)
  • Portishead Portishead (1997), Third (2008)
  • The Power Station The Power Station (1985), Living in Fear (1996)
  • The Rolling Stones A Bigger Bang (2005), Blue and Lonesome (2016)
  • Bob Seger It’s a Mystery (1995), Face the Promise (2006)
  • The Verve Urban Hymns (1997), Forth (2008)
  • Scott Walker Climate of Hunter (1984), Tilt (1995)
  • Scott Walker Tilt (1995), The Drift (2006)

10 Years

  • American Music Club San Francisco (1994), Love Songs for Patriots (2004)
  • David Bowie Reality (2003), The Next Day (2013)
  • Bush Golden State (2001), The Sea of Memories (2011)
  • Dinosaur Jr. Hand It Over (1997), Beyond (2007)
  • Eurythmics We Too Are One (1989), Peace (1999)
  • Peter Gabriel Us (1992); Up (2002)
  • Gin Blossoms Congratulations I’m Sorry (1996), Major Lodge Victory (2006)
  • The Human League Secrets (2001), Credo (2011)
  • Journey Raised on Radio (1986), Trial by Fire (1996)
  • The Knack Round Trip (1981), Serious Fun (1991)
  • The Lemonheads Car Button Cloth (1996), The Lemonheads (2006)
  • Matchbox 20 More Than You Think You Are (2002), North (2012)
  • Steve Perry Street Talk (1984), For the Love of Strange Medicine (1994)
  • Sade Lovers Rock (2000), Soldier of Love (2010)
  • Suicide Why Be Blue (1992), American Supreme (2002)
  • Supertramp Free As a Bird (1987), Some Things Never Change (1997)
  • Scott Walker We Had It All (1974), Climate of Hunter (1984)
  • Stevie Wonder Conversation Peace (1995), A Time to Love (2005)
  • Yes Magnification (2001), Fly from Here (2011)

9 Years

  • The Allman Brothers Band Brothers of the Road (1981), Seven Turns (1990)
  • The Allman Brothers Band Where It All Begins (1994), Hittin’ the Note (2003)
  • Leonard Cohen The Future (1992), Ten New Songs (2001)
  • Deep Purple Come Taste the Band (1975), Perfect Strangers (1984)
  • Styx Edge of the Century (1990), Brave New World (1999);

8 Years

  • AC/DC Stiff Upper Lip (2000), Black Ice (2008)
  • Aerosmith Honkin’ on Bobo (2004), Music from Another Dimension! (2012)
  • Berlin 4Play (2005), Animal (2013)
  • Blondie The Curse of Blondie (2003), Panic of Girls (2011)
  • Boston Don’t Look Back (1978), Third Stage (1986)
  • Boston Third Stage (1986), Walk On (1994)
  • Boston Walk On (1994), Corporate America (2002)
  • Camper Van Beethoven New Roman Times (2004), virus_installer.exe (2012)
  • Chicago Chicago XXV: The Christmas Album (1998), XXX (2006)
  • Leonard Cohen Dear Heather (2004), Old Ideas (2012)
  • Fleetwood Mac Time (1995), Say You Will (2003)
  • Michael Jackson Invincible (2001); Michael (2010 – released posthumously; Jackson died in 2009).
  • Mick Jagger Wandering Spirit (1993), Goddess in the Doorway (2001)
  • Modest Mouse We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (2007), Strangers to Ourselves (2015)
  • The Rolling Stones Bridges to Babylon (1997), A Bigger Bang (2005)
  • Rush Test for Echo (1996) Vapor Trails (2002)
  • Sade Love Deluxe (1992), Lovers Rock (2000)
  • Bob Seger Face the Promise (2006), Ride Out (2014)
  • The Smithereens God Save the Smithereens (1999), Christmas with the Smithereens (2007)
  • Stevie Wonder Characters (1987), Conversation Peace (1995)


Still Waiting…
  • 41 years: Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door (1979)
  • 27 years: Billy Joel River of Dreams (1993)
  • 23 years: Genesis Calling All Stations (1997)
  • 22 years: Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
  • 19 years: Mick Jagger Goddess in the Doorway (2001)
  • 18 years: Supertramp Slow Motion (2002)
  • 17 years: The Allman Brothers Band Hittin’ the Note (2003)
  • 17 years: Fleetwood Mac Say You Will (2003)
  • 17 years: Kraftwerk Tour de France Soundtracks (2003)
  • 17 years: Steely Dan Everything Must Go (2003)
  • 16 years: Tears for Fears Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (2004)
  • 15 years: Stevie Wonder A Time to Love (2005)
  • 13 years: Hooters Time Stand Still (2007)

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Friday, September 11, 2020

The World's Top 100+ All-Time Best-Selling Albums

First posted 2/20/2012; last updated 9/11/2020.

World’s Best-Selling Albums:

The Top 100+ Albums

You’d think it would be simple to generate this list; you just count up how many sales each album has and the one with the most is the best-seller and so on, right? Well…

There’s a couple problems. First, on a global scale, there just isn’t any solid means in place for tracking albums. Second, even those official sales measurers (such as the RIAA in the United States) favor more recent albums because of improvements in tracking over the years and simple population growth. Third, albums that preceded official tracking measures don’t even typically show up on all-time best-selling lists.

As a result, the DMDB has compiled what lists it can find to try to generate a worldwide bestsellers list. Click here for a complete list of those sources. In the event of ties, the oldest album is listed first. Click on an album to go to its DMDB page.

Note: One should certainly regard this list with at least some skepticism. Remember, these aren’t official numbers, just estimates. Also, to boost an album’s reputation, even official websites or record companies may inflate numbers. (Iron Butterfly has sold 30 million copies worldwide of In-A-Gada-Da-Vida? Really?) However, it is my opinion that these estimates come much closer to reflecting all-times sales than the official records reflect.

Note: when albums sold the same amount, they are listed by overall DMDB points. Also, this list is slightly over 100 albums to include all those which sold 20 million or more.

1. 72.4 million: Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
2. 50 million: AC/DC Back in Black (1980)
3. 50 million: Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell (1977)
4. 45 million: Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
5. 44.5 million: Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
6. 42.9 million: Eagles Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 (1976)
7. 40.4 million: Grease (soundtrack, 1978)
8. 40 million: Fleetwood Mac Rumours (1977)
9. 40 million: Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
10. 40 million: Shania Twain Come on Over (1997)

11. 38.5 million: Various Artists (Whitney Houston et al) The Bodyguard (soundtrack, 1992)
12. 35.0 million: Michael Jackson Bad (1987)
13. 34.4 million: Abba Gold: Greatest Hits (compilation, 1992)
14. 33 million: Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (1995)
15. 33 million: Celine Dion Falling into You (1996)
16. 32.6 million: Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (1985)
17. 32.33 million: Eagles Hotel California (1976)
18. 32 million: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
19. 32 million: Various Artists Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 1987)
20. 32 million: Michael Jackson Dangerous (1991)

21. 32 million: Mariah Carey Music Box (1993)
22. 31.5 million: The Beatles 1 (compilation, 2000)
23. 31.5 million: Madonna The Immaculate Collection (compilation, 1990)
24. 31.3 million: Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (compilation, 1984)
25. 31 million: Adele 21 26. 31 million: Metallica Metallica (aka “The Black Album”) (1991)
27. 31 million: Celine Dion Let’s Talk about Love (1997)
28. 30.7 million: Pink Floyd The Wall (1979)
29. 30.4 million: Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (1987)
30. 30 million: Nirvana Nevermind (1991)

31. 30 million: The Beatles Abbey Road (1969)
32. 30 million: U2 The Joshua Tree (1987)
33. 30 million: Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
34. 30 million: Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (1984)
35. 30 million: Santana Supernatural (1999)
36. 30 million: the Beatles 1962-1966 (compilation, 1973)
37. 30 million: James Horner (composer) Titanic (soundtrack, 1997)
38. 30 million: Iron Butterfly In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (1968)
39. 30 million: Bee Gees Spirits Having Flown (1979)
40. 29.8 million: The Beatles 1967-1970 (compilation, 1973)

41. 28.5 million: Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
42. 28.3 million: Britney Spears Baby…One More Time (1999)
43. 28 million: Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet (1986)
44. 28 million: Boston Boston (1976)
45. 28 million: Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys (U.S. version, 1997)
46. 27.6 million: Queen Greatest Hits (compilation, 1981)
47. 27.6 million: Spice Girls Spice (1996)
48. 27 million: Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2002)
49. 27 million: Eminem The Eminem Show (2002)
50. 27 million: Elton John Greatest Hits (compilation, 1974)

51. 27 million: Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (2000)
52. 26.45 million: Phil Collins No Jacket Required (1985)
53. 26.3 million: Madonna True Blue (1986)
54. 26 million: Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (soundtrack, 1984)
55. 26 million: Eric Clapton Unplugged (live, 1992)
56. 26 million: Madonna Like a Virgin (1984)
57. 26 million: U2 Songs of Innocence (2014)
58. 25.1 million: Simon & Garfunkel Greatest Hits (compilation, 1972)
59. 25 million: Carole King Tapestry (1971)
60. 25 million: George Michael Faith (1987)

61. 25 million: Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (1985)
62. 25 million: Backstreet Boys Millenium (1999)
63. 25 million: Mariah Carey Daydream (1995)
64. 25 million: Elvis Presley Christmas Album (1957)
65. 24.5 million: Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II (1969)
66. 24.4 million: Phil Collins But Seriously (1989)
67. 24.3 million: Whitney Houston Whitney (1987)
68. 24 million: Backstreet Boys Black & Blue (2000)
69. 23.9 million: Hootie & the Blowfish Cracked Rear View (1994)
70. 23.4 million: ZZ Top Eliminator (1983)

71. 23.35 million: Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)
72. 23 million: Garth Brooks No Fences (1990)
73. 23 million: Ace of Base The Sign (aka “Happy Nation”) (1993)
74. 22.4 million: Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
75. 22.3 million: Queen Greatest Hits 2 (compilation, 1991)
76. 22 million: Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) The Sound of Music (soundtrack, 1965)
77. 22 million: Def Leppard Hysteria (1987)
78. 22 million: Adele 25 (2015)
79. 22 million: Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present, and Future Book 1 (studio album/compilation, 1995)
80. 22 million: Celine Dion All the Way…A Decade of Song (compilation, 1999)

81. 21.5 million: The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
82. 21.4 million: Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II (compilation, 1985)
83. 21.3 million: Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here (1975)
84. 21 million: Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (1983)
85. 21 million: Bon Jovi Cross Road (compilation, 1994)
86. 21 million: Boyz II Men Men II (1994)
87. 21 million: Dido No Angel (1999)
88. 20.4 million: U2 Achtung Baby (1991)
89. 20.4 million: Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (1988)
90. 20 million: The Who Tommy (1969)

91. 20 million: Michael Jackson Off the Wall (1979)
92. 20 million: Blondie Parallel Lines (1978)
93. 20 million: Green Day Dookie (1994)
94. 20 million: MC Hammer Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)
95. 20 million: Supertramp Breakfast in America (1979)
96. 20 million: Usher Confessions (2004)
97. 20 million: The Fugees The Score (1996)
98. 20 million: Tina Turner Private Dancer (1984)
99. 20 million: Shania Twain The Woman in Me (1995)
100. 20 million: Mariah Carey #1’s (compilation, 1998)

101. 20 million: Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (1993)
102. 20 million: Various Artists: Flashdance (soundtrack, 1983)
103. 20 million: Celine Dion The Colour of My Love (1993)
104. 20 million: Aerosmith Get a Grip (1993)
105. 20 million: Ricky Martin Ricky Martin (1999)
106. 20 million: Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again (2000)


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Saturday, August 22, 2020

Acclaimed Music: Albums of the Year

First posted 8/22/2020.

Acclaimed Music:

Albums of the Year

According to Wikipedia, “Acclaimed Music is a website created by Henrik Franzon, a statistician from Stockholm Sweden in September 2001. Franz has statistically aggregated hundreds of published lists that rank songs and albums into aggregated rankings by year, decade, and all-time.” The lists include a ranking of the top 3000 albums, which was last updated 7/15/2018. There are also breakdowns of the top albums by year. This is a list of the top album each year from 1950 to 2018.

Also, check out other album-of-the-year lists here.


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Friday, August 21, 2020

World’s Best-Selling Albums Each Year

Last updated 8/21/2020.

World’s Best-Selling Albums:

The Top Albums

Astonishingly, there is no clearcut resource for worldwide album sales. By pooling together data from various sources (links here), Dave’s Music Database has compiled

Also, check out annual picks for album of the year.


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Monday, August 17, 2020

The DMDB Top 1000 Albums of All Time

Last updated 8/17/2020.

Dave’s Music Database:

The 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.

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    Pre-1800’s

  1. Giovanni Pierluigi Palestrina (composer) Missa Papae Marcelli (Pope Marcellus Mass) (classical, composed 1562)
  2. Claudio Monteverdi (composer) L’Orfeo (Orpheus) (opera, composed 1607, first performed: 2/24/1607)
  3. Claudio Monteverdi (composer) Vespers of the Blessed Virgin (classical, composed 1610)
  4. Claudio Monteverdi L’incoronazione di Poppea (The Coronation of Poppaea) (opera: 1642)
  5. Henry Purcell (composer) Dido and Aeneas (performed 12/1/1687)
  6. George Friedrich Handel (composer) Water Music (classical, composed 1717, performed 7/17/1717)
  7. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer) Brandenburg Concertos (classical, composed 1719-21)
  8. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer) Cello Suites (classical, composed 1717-23)
  9. Antonio Vivaldi (composer) The Four Seasons (classical, composed 1725)
  10. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer) St. Matthew Passion (classical, composed 1736)
  11. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer) Goldberg Variations (classical, composed 1741)
  12. George Friedrich Händel (composer) Messiah (classical, composed 1741, performed 4/13/1742)
  13. Johann Sebastian Bach (composer) Mass in B Minor (classical, composed 1733-1749)
  14. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer) Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro) (opera, composed 1786)
  15. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer) Don Giovanni (opera, composed 1787, performed 10/29/1787)
  16. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer) Symphony No. 40 in G minor (classical, composed 1788)
  17. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer) Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter” (classical, composed 1788)
  18. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer) Piano Concertos (27) (classical, composed 1773-1791)
  19. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer) Requiem Mass in D minor (classical, composed 1791)
  20. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer) Clarinet Concerto in A Major (classical, composed 1791)
  21. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (composer) Die Zauberflote (The Magic Flute) (classical, composed 1791)

    1800-1899

  22. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer) Symphony No. 3 in E-flat “Sinfonia Eroica” (classical, composed 1804)
  23. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer) Violin Concerto in D Major (classical, composed 1806)
  24. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer) Symphony No. 5 (classical, composed 1808, performed 12/22/1808)
  25. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer) Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale” (classical, composed 1808, performed 12/22/1808)
  26. Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” (classical, performed 1/13/1811)
  27. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer) Symphony No. 7 (classical, composed 1812, performed 12/8/1813)
  28. Gioacchino Rossini (composer) Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (opera, composed 1816)
  29. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer) Piano Sonatas (32) (classical, composed 1795-1822)
  30. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer) Symphony No. 9 (classical, composed 1824, performed 5/7/1824)
  31. Ludwig van Beethoven (composer) String Quartets (16) (classical, composed 1798-1826)
  32. Hector Berlioz (composer) Symphonie Fantastique (classical, composed 1830)
  33. Giuseppe Verdi (composer) La Traviata (The Fallen Woman) (opera, composed 1853, performed 3/6/1853)
  34. Richard Wagner (composer) Tristan Und Isolde (opera, composed 1857-59, performed 6/10/1865)
  35. Richard Wagner (composer) Der Ring Des Nibelungen (The Ring Cycle) (opera, composed 1848-1874, performed 8/17/1876)
  36. Modest Mussorgsky (composer) Tableaux d'une Exposition (Pictures at an Exhibition) (classical, composed for piano in 1874, reworked for orchestra in 1922, performed 10/19/1923)
  37. Georges Bizet (composer) Carmen (opera, composed 1873-74, performed 3/3/1875)
  38. Pyotr Il’yich Tchaikovsky (composer) Piano Concerto No. 1 (classical, composed 1875, performed 10/15/1875)
  39. Johannes Brahms (composer) Symphony No. 4 (classical, composed 1885)
  40. Giacomo Puccini (composer) La Bohème (The Bohemian Life) (opera, composed 1896, performed 2/1/1896)

    1900-1929

  41. Giacomo Puccini (composer) Tosca (opera, composed 1900, performed 1/14/1900)
  42. Igor Stravinsky (composer) Le Sacre Du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) (ballet, composed 1913, performed 5/29/1913)
  43. Arthur Collins The King of the Ragtime Singers (compilation: 1902-1916, released 2014)
  44. Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) Show Boat (stage debut: 12/27/27, cast recorded 1933, soundtrack released 1951)
  45. Paul Whiteman Masterpieces (compilation: 1920-27, released 2015)
  46. Louis Armstrong The Complete Hot Five and Hot Seven Recordings (box set, recorded 1925-28, released 8/22/2000)
  47. Henry Burr Anthology: The Original King of Pop (compilation: 1903-28, released 2005)

    1930-1939

  48. Various Artists compiled by Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music (box set, recorded 1923-32, released 1952)
  49. Bessie Smith The Essential (compilation, 1923-33, released 9/23/1997)
  50. Charlie Patton Founder of the Delta Blues (compilation: 1929-34, released 1969)
  51. George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin/Dubose Heyward (composers) Porgy and Bess (opera, composed 1935, stage debut: 9/30/35)
  52. Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings (compilation: 1936-37, released 8/28/90)
  53. Benny Goodman The Complete Legendary Carnegie Hall Concert (live, recorded 1/16/38)
  54. Béla Bartók (composer) The String Quartets (classical, composed 1908-39)

    1940-1949

  55. Woody Guthrie Dust Bowl Ballads (7/40)
  56. Billy Murray Anthology: The Denver Nightingale (compilation: 1903-40, released 2018)
  57. Glenn Miller Glenn Miller & His Orchestra (compilation: 1939-42, charted 3/24/45)
  58. Duke Ellington The Blanton-Webster Band (box set, recorded 1939-42, released 10/25/90)
  59. Benny Goodman Very Best of (compilation: 1934-42, released 11/7/00)
  60. Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) Oklahoma! (stage debut: 3/31/43, cast recording released 12/4/44, soundtrack released 8/1/55)
  61. Glenn Miller Very Best of (compilation: 1939-44, released 2010)
  62. Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) Carousel (stage debut: 4/19/45, cast recording released 5/21/45, soundtrack charted 2/25/56)
  63. Bing Crosby Merry Christmas (aka ‘White Christmas’) (Christmas, released 12/45)
  64. Irving Berlin (composer) Annie Get Your Gun (stage debut: 5/16/46, cast recording released 7/8/46, soundtrack charted 6/10/50)
  65. Al Jolson Volume 1 (Songs He Made Famous) (soundtrack, charted 1/18/47)
  66. Al Jolson Souvenir Album (soundtrack, charted 8/16/1847)
  67. Cole Porter (composer) Kiss Me, Kate (stage debut: 12/30/48, cast recording released 1949, soundtrack charted 1/23/54)
  68. Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) South Pacific (stage debut: 4/4/49, cast released 5/9/49, soundtrack released 3/19/58)
  69. Al Jolson Best of (compilation: 1913-49; released 6/27/1007)

    1950-1959

  70. Miles Davis Birth of the Cool (recorded 1/21/49 to 3/9/50)
  71. Frank Loesser (composer) Guys and Dolls (stage debut: 11/24/50, cast recording: 12/3/50, released 1/8/51)
  72. Guy Lombardo The Band Played On: 25 Number One Hits! (compilation: 1927-50, released 2002)
  73. Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) The King and I (stage debut: 3/29/51, cast recording charted 5/28/51, soundtrack charted 7/21/56)
  74. George & Ira Gershwin (composers) An American in Paris (classical, soundtrack released 10/4/51)
  75. Jane Froman With a Song in My Heart (charted 3/29/52)
  76. Jackie Gleason Music for Lovers Only (charted 1/17/53)
  77. Danny Kaye Hans Christian Anderson (soundtrack, charted 1/17/53)
  78. Hank Williams 40 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1947-53, released 1978)
  79. Mario Lanza The Student Prince (soundtrack, charted 7/10/54)
  80. Frank Sinatra In the Wee Small Hours (charted 5/28/55)
  81. Muddy Waters His Best 1947-55 (includes all of Best of, compilation: 1947-55, released 1997)
  82. Elvis Presley The Sun Sessions (aka Sunrise, The Sun Years, or The Sun Collection) (archives, recorded 1954-55, released 3/76)

    1956

  83. Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1/16/56)
  84. Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe (composers) My Fair Lady (stage debut: 3/15/56, cast recorded 3/24/56, cast album charted 4/28/56, soundtrack charted 10/10/64)
  85. Elvis Presley Elvis Presley (aka Rock ‘N’ Roll) (3/23/56)
  86. Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Song Book (covers, released 3/27/56)
  87. Harry Belafonte Calypso (charted 6/16/56)
  88. Duke Ellington At Newport (live, recorded 7/7/56)
  89. Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus (recorded 3/22/56 to 10/5/56)

    1957

  90. Little Richard Here’s Little Richard (3/57)
  91. Around the World in 80 Days (soundtrack, charted 4/13/57)
  92. Elvis Presley Loving You (soundtrack, released 7/57)
  93. Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim (composers) West Side Story (stage debut: 9/26/57, cast recording charted 3/17/58, soundtrack charted 10/23/61)
  94. Elvis Presley Elvis’ Christmas Album (10/57)
  95. Buddy Holly & the Crickets The Chirping Crickets (11/27/57)
  96. Meredith Willson (composer) The Music Man (stage debut: 12/19/57, cast recording charted 2/24/58, soundtrack charted 8/11/62)
  97. Bing Crosby The Definitive Collection (compilation, 1931-57, released 1/24/2006)

    1958

  98. Johnny Mathis Johnny’s Greatest Hits (compilation: 1956-58, 3/58)
  99. Alan Jay Lerner/Frederick Loewe (composers) Gigi (soundtrack, charted 6/23/58, cast: 1973)
  100. Buddy Holly & The Crickets 20 Golden Greats (compilation: 1956-58, released 2/17/78)

    1959

  101. Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn (soundtrack, charted 2/9/59)
  102. Miles Davis Kind of Blue (recorded 3/2/59 to 4/22/59)
  103. Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um (recorded 5/5/59 to 5/12/59)
  104. Jule Styne/Stephen Sondheim (composers) Gypsy (stage debut: 5/21/59, cast recording: 5/28/59, soundtrack: 12/15/62)
  105. Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come (recorded 5/22/59)
  106. The Kingston Trio At Large (charted 6/22/59)
  107. Dave Brubeck Time Out (released 6/59)
  108. Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (composers) The Sound of Music (stage debut: 11/16/59, cast recording released 11/59, soundtrack released 3/65)
  109. John Coltrane Giant Steps (recorded 4/1/59 to 12/2/59)

    1960

  110. Miles Davis/Gil Evans Sketches of Spain (recorded 11/15/59 to 3/10/60)
  111. Muddy Waters At Newport (live, recorded 7/3/60)
  112. Elvis Presley G.I. Blues (soundtrack, 10/60)
  113. Bobby “Blue” Bland Two Steps from the Blues (compilation: 1956-60, released 11/12/60)
  114. Frederick Loewe/Alan Jay Lerner (composers) Camelot (cast recording, stage debut: 12/3/60, soundtrack: 1967)

    1961

  115. Various Artists Exodus (soundtrack, charted 1/16/1961)
  116. Judy Garland Judy at Carnegie Hall (live, recorded 4/23/61, released 7/10/61)
  117. Elvis Presley Blue Hawaii (soundtrack, charted 10/1/61)
  118. Henry Mancini Breakfast at Tiffany’s (soundtrack, charted 10/9/61)

    1962

  119. Ray Charles Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music (charted 4/21/62)
  120. James Brown Live at the Apollo Volume 1 (live, recorded 10/24/62, released 1/63)
  121. Howlin’ Wolf Moanin’ in the Moonlight/Howlin’ Wolf (aka ‘The Rockin’ Chair Album’) (compilations: 1951-62, released in 1959 and 1962)

    1963

  122. Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club (aka “One Night Stand”) (live, recorded 1/12/63)
  123. Stan Getz/João Gilberto Getz/Gilberto (recorded 3/19/63)
  124. The Beatles Please Please Me (3/22/63)
  125. Bob Dylan The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (5/27/63)
  126. The Beatles With the Beatles (11/22/63)
  127. Patsy Cline 12 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1957-63, released 2/4/73)
  128. Elmore James The Sky Is Crying: The History of (compilation: 1951-63; released 4/6/1993)

    1964

  129. Eric Dolphy Out to Lunch! (recorded 2/25/64)
  130. The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones (aka ‘England’s Newest Hitmakers’) (4/16/64)
  131. The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night (7/10/64)
  132. Richard M. Sherman/Robert B. Sherman (composers) Mary Poppins (soundtrack, released 8/27/64)
  133. Jerry Bock/Sheldon Harnick (composers) Fiddler on the Roof (stage debut: 9/22/64, cast recording charted 10/31/64, soundtrack charted 10/30/71)
  134. B.B. King Live at the Regal (live, recorded 11/21/64, released 1965)
  135. The Beatles Beatles for Sale (12/4/64)
  136. John Coltrane A Love Supreme (recorded 12/9/64, released 2/65)
  137. Chuck Berry The Great Twenty-Eight (compilation: 1955-65, released 1982)

    1965

  138. Bob Dylan Bringing It All Back Home (3/22/65)
  139. Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Whipped Cream & Other Delights (charted 5/15/65)
  140. The Byrds Mr. Tambourine Man (6/21/65)
  141. The Beatles Help! (8/6/65)
  142. Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited (8/30/65)
  143. Otis Redding Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (8/65)
  144. Paul Butterfield Blues Band Paul Butterfield Blues Band (10/65)
  145. Junior Wells with Buddy Guy Hoodoo Man Blues (11/65)
  146. The Beatles Rubber Soul (12/3/65)
  147. The Who The Who Sings My Generation (12/20/65)
  148. Sam Cooke The Man and His Music (compilation: 1951-65, released 2/86)
  149. Roy Orbison For the Lonely - 18 Greatest Hits (compilation: 1956-64, released 1/7/89)
  150. Various Artists Rock Revival Greats (K-Tel compilation: 1954-65, released 1972)

    1966

  151. The Rolling Stones Aftermath (4/15/66)
  152. The Beach Boys Pet Sounds (5/16/66)
  153. Bob Dylan The Royal Albert Hall Concert (The Bootleg Series Volume 4) (live, recorded 5/17/66)
  154. Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde (6/20/66)
  155. The Mothers of Invention Freak Out! (6/27/66)
  156. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers/Eric Clapton Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton (7/22/66)
  157. The Beatles Revolver (8/5/66)
  158. The Monkees The Monkees (charted 10/8/66)
  159. Bob Dylan Greatest Hits (compilation: 1962-66, released 3/27/67)

    1967

  160. The Doors The Doors (1/4/67)
  161. The Monkees More of the Monkees (1/10/67)
  162. The Byrds Younger Than Yesterday (2/6/67)
  163. Aretha Franklin I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (3/10/67)
  164. The Velvet Underground & Nico Velvet Underground & Nico (3/12/67)
  165. Jefferson Airplane Surrealistic Pillow (charted 3/25/67)
  166. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Are You Experienced? (5/12/67)
  167. The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (6/1/67)
  168. Moby Grape Moby Grape (6/67)
  169. Albert King Born Under a Bad Sign (7/67)
  170. Pink Floyd The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (8/5/67)
  171. Byrds Greatest Hits (compilation: 1965-67, released 8/7/67)
  172. The Doors Strange Days (9/25/67)
  173. Galt MacDermot/Gerome Ragni/James Rado (composers) Hair (stage debut: 10/17/67, cast recording charted 8/3/68, soundtrack: 1979)
  174. Buffalo Springfield Again (10/30/67)
  175. The Moody Blues Days of Future Passed (11/11/67)
  176. Cream Disraeli Gears (charted 11/18/67)
  177. The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour (11/27/67)
  178. The Velvet Underground White Light/White Heat (11/30/67)
  179. Love Forever Changes (11/67)
  180. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Axis: Bold As Love (12/1/67)
  181. The Who Sell Out (12/16/67)
  182. Leonard Cohen The Songs of Leonard Cohen (12/27/67)
  183. Bob Dylan John Wesley Harding (12/27/67)

    1968

  184. The Byrds The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1/3/68)
  185. Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison (live, recorded 1/13/68, released 3/1/68)
  186. Simon & Garfunkel/ Dave Grusin The Graduate (soundtrack, 1/21/68)
  187. Aretha Franklin Lady Soul (1/22/68)
  188. The Mothers of Invention We’re Only in It for the Money (3/4/68)
  189. Simon & Garfunkel Bookends (3/68)
  190. The Zombies Odessey & Oracle (4/68)
  191. Iron Butterfly In-a-Gadda-Da-Vida (6/14/68)
  192. The Small Faces Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake (charted 6/23/68)
  193. Cream Wheels of Fire (studio/live, 6/68)
  194. The Band Music from Big Pink (7/1/68)
  195. The Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo (7/22/68)
  196. Big Brother & the Holding Company Cheap Thrills (8/12/68)
  197. The Jimi Hendrix Experience Electric Ladyland (9/16/68)
  198. The MC5 Kick Out the Jams (live, recorded 10/30-31/68, charted 3/8/69)
  199. The Beatles The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (11/22/68)
  200. The Kinks Village Green Preservation Society (11/22/68)
  201. Van Morrison Astral Weeks (11/68)
  202. The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet (12/6/68)
  203. Blood, Sweat & Tears Blood, Sweat & Tears (12/11/68)
  204. Various Artists Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (box set: 1964-68, released 9/72)
  205. Bob Dylan & The Band The Basement Tapes (archives, recorded 1967-68, released 6/26/75)
  206. Ray Charles Anthology (compilation: 1955-68, charted 10/29/88)

    1969

  207. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin I (1/12/69)
  208. Johnny Cash At San Quentin (live, recorded 2/24/69, released 6/4/69)
  209. The Grateful Dead Live/Dead (live, recorded 3/2/69, released 11/10/69)
  210. Dusty Springfield Dusty in Memphis (charted 3/15/69)
  211. Quicksilver Messenger Service Happy Trails (live, charted 3/29/69)
  212. The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground (3/31/69)
  213. Bob Dylan Nashville Skyline (4/9/69)
  214. Sly & the Family Stone Stand! (charted 4/26/69)
  215. Chicago Chicago Transit Authority (4/69)
  216. The Flying Burrito Brothers The Gilded Palace of Sin (charted 5/3/69)
  217. Neil Young Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (5/14/69)
  218. The Who Tommy (5/23/69)
  219. Crosby, Stills & Nash Crosby, Stills & Nash (5/29/69)
  220. Elvis Presley From Elvis in Memphis (charted 6/14/69)
  221. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band Trout Mask Replica (6/16/69)
  222. Isaac Hayes Hot Buttered Soul (charted 7/12/69)
  223. Blind Faith Blind Faith (7/21/69)
  224. Various Artists Woodstock (live soundtrack, recorded 8/15-18/69, released 8/70)
  225. The Stooges The Stooges (charted 8/23/69)
  226. Nick Drake Five Leaves Left (9/1/69)
  227. Miles Davis In a Silent Way (charted 9/6/69)
  228. Creedence Clearwater Revival Green River (charted 9/13/69)
  229. The Band The Band (9/22/69)
  230. The Beatles Abbey Road (9/26/69)
  231. King Crimson In the Court of the Crimson King (10/10/69)
  232. Frank Zappa Hot Rats (10/10/69)
  233. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II (10/22/69)
  234. The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed (11/28/69)
  235. The Rolling Stones Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out (live, recorded 11/28/69, released 9/4/70)
  236. Fairport Convention Liege and Lief (12/69)
  237. Willie Dixon/various artists The Chess Box (compilation: 1951-69, released 1988)
  238. Various Artists produced by Phil Spector Back to Mono (box set: 1958-69, released 11/12/91)

    1970

  239. Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys (live, recorded 12/31/69 to 1/1/70, charted 5/2/70)
  240. Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water (1/26/70)
  241. Black Sabbath Black Sabbath (2/13/70)
  242. The Who Live at Leeds (live, recorded 2/14/70, released 5/16/70)
  243. Van Morrison Moondance (2/28/70)
  244. Crosby, Stills & Nash Déjà Vu (3/11/70)
  245. James Taylor Sweet Baby James (charted 3/14/70)
  246. Randy Newman 12 Songs (4/70)
  247. The Beatles Let It Be (5/8/70)
  248. Miles Davis Bitches Brew (charted 5/16/70)
  249. Deep Purple In Rock (charted 6/3/70)
  250. Grateful Dead Workingman’s Dead (6/14/70)
  251. The Stooges Fun House (7/7/70)
  252. Traffic John Barleycorn Must Die (charted 7/11/70)
  253. Creedence Clearwater Revival Cosmo’s Factory (charted 7/25/70)
  254. Neil Young After the Gold Rush (8/31/70)
  255. Velvet Underground Loaded (8/31/70)
  256. Black Sabbath Paranoid (charted 9/19/70)
  257. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin III (10/5/70)
  258. Santana Abraxas (charted 10/10/70)
  259. Grateful Dead American Beauty (11/1/70)
  260. Nick Drake Bryter Layter (11/1/70)
  261. Tim Buckley Starsailor (11/2/70)
  262. Derek and the Dominos Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (charted 11/21/70)
  263. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice (composers) Jesus Christ Superstar (studio: 11/21/70, stage debut: 10/12/71, soundtrack: 6/30/73)
  264. Cat Stevens Tea for the Tillerman (11/23/70)
  265. George Harrison All Things Must Pass (11/27/70)
  266. John Lennon Plastic Ono Band (12/11/70)
  267. The Who Meaty, Beaty, Big and Bouncy (compilation: 1964-70, released 10/30/71)
  268. Simon & Garfunkel Greatest Hits (compilation: 1964-70, released 6/20/72)
  269. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young So Far (compilation: 1969-7, released 8/19/74)
  270. The Jimi Hendrix Experience The Ultimate Experience (compilation: 1966-70, released 11/92)
  271. The Beatles 1 (compilation: 1962-70, released 11/14/00)

    1971

  272. Janis Joplin Pearl (1/11/71)
  273. Carole King Tapestry (2/10/71)
  274. The Allman Brothers Band At Fillmore East (live, recorded 3/12/71 to 3/13/71, released 7/71)
  275. Jethro Tull Aqualung (charted 3/19/71)
  276. Yes The Yes Album (3/19/71)
  277. The Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers (4/23/71)
  278. The Doors L.A. Woman (4/29/71)
  279. Marvin Gaye What’s Going On (5/21/71)
  280. Rod Stewart Every Picture Tells a Story (charted 6/19/71)
  281. Joni Mitchell Blue (6/22/71)
  282. The Who Who’s Next (8/14/71)
  283. Funkadelic Maggot Brain (charted 8/14/71)
  284. The Beach Boys Surf’s Up (8/30/71)
  285. John Lennon Imagine (9/9/71)
  286. T-Rex Electric Warrior (9/24/71)
  287. Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV (11/8/71)
  288. Sly & the Family Stone There’s a Riot Goin’ On (charted 11/13/72)
  289. Yes Fragile (11/26/71)
  290. The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1964-71 (compilation: 1964-71, released 12/15/71)
  291. David Bowie Hunky Dory (12/17/71)
  292. Janis Joplin Greatest Hits (compilation: 1967-71, charted 7/14/73)
  293. The Doors The Best of (compilation: 1966-71, charted 8/8/87)
  294. Various Artists Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971 (box set: 1959-71, released 11/13/92)

    1972

  295. Neil Young Harvest (2/14/72)
  296. Nick Drake Pink Moon (2/25/72)
  297. Jethro Tull Thick As a Brick (3/3/72)
  298. Deep Purple Machine Head (3/25/72)
  299. Todd Rundgren Something/Anything? (charted 3/25/72)
  300. The Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street (5/12/72)
  301. David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (6/6/72)
  302. Led Zeppelin How the West Was Won (live box set, recorded 6/25/72 and 6/27/72, released 5/27/03)
  303. Jimmy Cliff et al The Harder They Come (soundtrack, released 7/7/72)
  304. Roxy Music Roxy Music (charted 7/29/72)
  305. Curtis Mayfield Superfly (soundtrack, 7/72)
  306. Deep Purple Made in Japan (live, recorded 8/15/72 to 8/17/72, charted 4/21/73)
  307. Neil Diamond Hot August Night (live, recorded 8/24/72, charted 12/9/72)
  308. Yes Close to the Edge (9/13/72)
  309. Stevie Wonder Talking Book (10/27/72)
  310. Steely Dan Can’t Buy a Thrill (11/72)
  311. The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Will the Circle Be Unbroken (10/72)
  312. Lou Reed Transformer (11/8/72)
  313. The Temptations Anthology (compilation: 1964-72, released 8/23/73)
  314. John Denver Greatest Hits (compilation: 1969-72, released 11/15/73)
  315. Creedence Clearwater Revival Chronicle (compilation: 1968-72, charted 3/6/76)

    1973

  316. Gram Parsons G.P. (1/73)
  317. Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon (3/1/73)
  318. Roxy Music For Your Pleasure (3/23/73)
  319. Led Zeppelin Houses of the Holy (3/28/73)
  320. Bob Marley & the Wailers Catch a Fire (4/13/73)
  321. David Bowie Aladdin Sane (4/13/73)
  322. Iggy & the Stooges Raw Power (charted 4/28/73)
  323. Al Green Call Me (charted 5/19/73)
  324. Mike Oldfield Tubular Bells (5/25/73)
  325. ZZ Top Tres Hombres (7/26/73)
  326. Lou Reed Berlin (7/73)
  327. Stevie Wonder Innervisions (8/3/73)
  328. Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On (8/28/73)
  329. New York Dolls New York Dolls (charted 9/1/73)
  330. Various Artists American Graffiti (soundtrack, charted 9/1/73)
  331. Lynyrd Skynyrd Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd (charted 9/22/73)
  332. Elton John Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (10/5/73)
  333. Genesis Selling England by the Pound (charted 10/13/73)
  334. The Who Quadrophenia (10/19/73)
  335. Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run (12/5/73)
  336. Neil Young Tonight’s the Night (recorded 1973, released 7/12/75)
  337. Al Green Greatest Hits (compilation: 1971-73, charted 3/22/75)
  338. The Modern Lovers The Modern Lovers (recorded 1973, released 1976)
  339. Sly & the Family Stone Anthology (includes all of 1970’s Greatest Hits) (compilation: 1968-73, released 1981)

    1974

  340. Joni Mitchell Court and Spark (1/17/74)
  341. Gram Parsons Grievous Angel (charted 2/16/74)
  342. Steely Dan Pretzel Logic (2/20/74)
  343. Big Star Radio City (2/74)
  344. Richard & Linda Thompson I Want to See the Bright Lights Tonight (4/74)
  345. Bad Company Bad Company (6/26/74)
  346. Neil Young On the Beach (7/16/74)
  347. Eric Clapton 461 Ocean Boulevard (charted 7/20/74)
  348. Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness’ First Finale (7/22/74)
  349. Robert Wyatt Rock Bottom (7/74)
  350. Bob Marley & The Wailers Natty Dread (10/25/74)
  351. Kraftwerk Autobahn (11/1/74)
  352. Genesis The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway (11/18/74)
  353. Supertramp Crime of the Century (charted 12/7/74)
  354. Various Artists Atlantic Rhythm & Blues (box set: 1947-74, released 10/15/91)
  355. Aretha Franklin Queen of Soul: The Very Best of (compilation: 1967-74, released 10/17/94)

    1975

  356. Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks (1/17/75)
  357. Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti (2/24/75)
  358. Earth, Wind & Fire That’s the Way of the World (soundtrack, charted 3/15/75)
  359. Aerosmith Toys in the Attic (charted 4/26/75)
  360. Elton John Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (5/19/75)
  361. John Kander & Fred Ebb (composers) Chicago (cast album recorded 6/3/1975; soundtrack released 1/14/2003)
  362. Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac (7/11/75)
  363. Bob Marley & the Wailers Live! (At the Lyceum) (live, recorded 7/18/75, released 12/19/75)
  364. Willie Nelson Red Headed Stranger (charted 7/26/75)
  365. Bruce Springsteen Born to Run (8/25/75)
  366. Kiss Alive! (live, 9/10/75)
  367. Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here (9/15/75)
  368. Brian Eno Another Green World (9/75)
  369. Patti Smith Horses (11/8/75)
  370. Queen A Night at the Opera (11/21/75)
  371. Peter Frampton Frampton Comes Alive! (live, recorded 3/24/75 to 11/22/75, charted 1/31/76)
  372. Parliament Mothership Connection (12/15/75)
  373. Big Star Third/Sister Lovers (recorded 1975, released 7/78)

    1976

  374. Bob Dylan Desire (1/16/76)
  375. David Bowie Station to Station (1/23/76)
  376. Boz Scaggs Silk Degrees (charted 3/20/76)
  377. Rush 2112 (charted 4/10/76)
  378. Ramones Ramones (4/23/76)
  379. Aerosmith Rocks (charted 5/29/76)
  380. Boston Boston (8/25/76)
  381. Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life (9/28/76)
  382. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band Night Moves (10/1/76)
  383. Abba Arrival (10/11/76)
  384. James Taylor Greatest Hits (compilation: 1968-76, released 11/1/76)
  385. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice (composers) Evita (studio album: 11/19/76, stage debut: 6/21/78, soundtrack: 11/12/96)
  386. The Doobie Brothers Best of the Doobies (compilation: 1972-76, released 11/20/76)
  387. Eagles Hotel California (12/8/76)
  388. Neil Young Decade (compilation: 1966-76, charted 11/26/77)
  389. The Supremes Anthology (compilation: 1962-76, released 1986)

    1977

  390. David Bowie Low (1/14/77)
  391. Pink Floyd Animals (1/23/77)
  392. Fleetwood Mac Rumours (2/4/77)
  393. Television Marquee Moon (2/8/77)
  394. Foreigner Foreigner (charted 3/26/77)
  395. The Clash The Clash (4/8/77)
  396. Kraftwerk Trans-Europa Express (Trans Europe Express) (charted 4/16/77)
  397. Bob Marley & The Wailers Exodus (6/3/77)
  398. Styx The Grand Illusion (7/7/1977)
  399. Elvis Costello My Aim Is True (7/22/77)
  400. Talking Heads 77 (9/16/77)
  401. Iggy Pop Lust for Life (charted 9/17/77)
  402. Billy Joel The Stranger (9/29/77)
  403. Steely Dan Aja (10/8/77)
  404. David Bowie Heroes (10/14/77)
  405. Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell (10/21/77)
  406. The Sex Pistols Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (10/28/77)
  407. Ramones Rocket to Russia (11/4/77)
  408. Various Artists (Bee Gees et al) Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 11/15/77)
  409. Eric Clapton Slowhand (charted 11/26/77)
  410. Wire Pink Flag (11/77)
  411. Jackson Browne Running on Empty (12/6/77)
  412. Suicide Suicide (12/28/77)
  413. Elvis Presley 30 #1 Hits (compilation: 1956-77, released 9/24/02)

    1978

  414. Pere Ubu The Modern Dance (1/78)
  415. Van Halen Van Halen (2/10/78)
  416. Elvis Costello & The Attractions This Year’s Model (3/17/78)
  417. Various Artists (including Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta) Grease (soundtrack, 4/14/78)
  418. Cheap Trick At Budokan (live, recorded 4/78, charted 2/24/79)
  419. Kraftwerk Die Mensch Maschine (The Man-Machine) (charted 5/13/78)
  420. Bruce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town (6/2/78)
  421. The Cars The Cars (6/6/78)
  422. The Rolling Stones Some Girls (6/9/78)
  423. Talking Heads More Songs about Buildings and Food (7/14/78)
  424. Dire Straits Dire Straits (charted 7/22/78)
  425. Devo Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo (7/78)
  426. Blondie Parallel Lines (charted 9/16/78)
  427. Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove (charted 10/7/78)
  428. Billy Joel 52nd Street (charted 10/28/78)
  429. The Police Outlandos D’Amour (11/2/78)
  430. The Jam All Mod Cons (11/3/78)
  431. Steve Miller Band Greatest Hits 1974-1978 (compilation: 1974-78, released 11/15/78)
  432. Kenny Rogers The Gambler (charted 12/16/78)
  433. Rod Stewart Greatest Hits (compilation: 1971-78, charted 11/24/79)

    1979

  434. Elvis Costello & the Attractions Armed Forces (1/5/79)
  435. Bee Gees Spirits Having Flown (charted 2/17/79)
  436. Stephen Sondheim (composer) Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street (stage debut: 3/1/79, cast: 1979, soundtrack charted 1/5/08)
  437. Supertramp Breakfast in America (charted 3/31/79)
  438. Joy Division Unknown Pleasures (6/14/79)
  439. Neil Young & Crazy Horse Rust Never Sleeps (7/2/79)
  440. AC/DC Highway to Hell (8/3/79)
  441. Talking Heads Fear of Music (8/3/79)
  442. The B-52s The B-52s (charted 8/4/79)
  443. Michael Jackson Off the Wall (8/10/79)
  444. Led Zeppelin In Through the Out Door (8/15/79)
  445. Eagles The Long Run (9/24/79)
  446. Gang of Four Entertainment! (9/79)
  447. Buzzcocks Singles Going Steady (compilation: 1977-79, released 9/79)
  448. The Police Reggatta de Blanc (10/5/79)
  449. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Damn the Torpedoes (10/19/79)
  450. The Specials The Specials (10/19/79)
  451. Public Image Ltd. Metal Box (aka “Second Edition”) (11/23/79)
  452. Pink Floyd The Wall (11/30/79)
  453. The Clash London Calling (12/14/79)
  454. Aerosmith Greatest Hits (compilation: 1973-79, charted 11/29/80)
  455. Led Zeppelin Remasters (compilation: 1969-79, released 1/1/92)

    1980

  456. Pretenders Pretenders (1/7/80)
  457. Elvis Costello & The Attractions Get Happy!! (2/15/80)
  458. Billy Joel Glass Houses (3/10/80)
  459. Peter Gabriel Peter Gabriel (third album) (5/30/80)
  460. Queen The Game (6/30/80)
  461. X Los Angeles (6/80)
  462. Joy Division Closer (7/18/80)
  463. AC/DC Back in Black (7/25/80)
  464. Dexy’s Midnight Runners Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (charted 7/26/80)
  465. David Bowie Scary Monsters (9/12/80)
  466. Dead Kennedys Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (charted 9/13/80)
  467. Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Ozz (charted 9/20/80)
  468. Claude-Michel Schönberg/ Alain Boublil/ Herbert Kretzmer (composers) Les Misérables (stage debut: 9/22/80, cast: 10/8/85, soundtrack: 12/21/12)
  469. Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits (compilation: 1969-80, released 9/23/80)
  470. The Police Zenyatta Mondatta (10/3/80)
  471. Talking Heads Remain in Light (10/8/80)
  472. Bruce Springsteen The River (10/10/80)
  473. U2 Boy (10/20/80)
  474. John Lennon/Yoko Ono Double Fantasy (11/17/80)
  475. REO Speedwagon Hi Infidelity (11/21/80)
  476. Blondie Best of (compilation: 1976-80, charted 10/30/81)
  477. John Lennon Lennon Legend: The Very Best of (compilation: 1969-80, released 10/27/97)
  478. Frank Sinatra Best of the Best (compilation: 1953-80; released 11/15/2011)

    1981

  479. Styx Paradise Theater (charted 1/31/81)
  480. Phil Collins Face Value (2/9/81)
  481. Rush Moving Pictures (2/12/81)
  482. Motörhead No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith (live, recorded 3/28/80 to 3/30/81, charted 6/27/81)
  483. Foreigner 4 (7/2/81)
  484. Journey Escape (7/17/81)
  485. The Go-Go’s Beauty and the Beat (7/24/81)
  486. The Rolling Stones Tattoo You (8/30/81)
  487. The Police Ghost in the Machine (charted 10/10/81)
  488. The Human League Dare! (10/16/81)
  489. Queen Greatest Hits (compilation: 1973-81, released 11/3/81)
  490. Men at Work Business as Usual (11/9/81)
  491. Barbra Streisand Memories (released as Love Songs in the UK) (compilation: 1974-81, released 11/81)
  492. Black Flag Damaged (12/5/81)
  493. Eric Clapton The Cream of Clapton (compilation: 1966-81, released 3/7/95)
  494. Carpenters The Singles 1969-1981 (includes all of The Singles 1969-1973) (compilation: 1969-81, released 5/23/00)

    1982

  495. Richard & Linda Thompson Shoot Out the Lights (3/15/82)
  496. Asia Asia (3/18/82)
  497. Iron Maiden The Number of the Beast (3/22/82)
  498. Duran Duran Rio (3/29/82)
  499. Toto Toto IV (4/8/82)
  500. John Cougar (Mellencamp) American Fool (4/12/82)
  501. Roxy Music Avalon (charted 6/5/82)
  502. Elvis Costello & The Attractions Imperial Bedroom (7/2/82)
  503. ABC Lexicon of Love (charted 7/3/82)
  504. Bruce Springsteen Nebraska (9/20/82)
  505. Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (10/2/82)
  506. Prince 1999 (10/27/82)
  507. Donald Fagen The Nightfly (charted 10/30/82)
  508. Michael Jackson Thriller (11/30/82)
  509. Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (11/30/82)
  510. Abba Gold – Greatest Hits (compilation: 1974-82, rel. 9/21/92)

    1983

  511. Def Leppard Pyromania (1/20/83)
  512. U2 War (2/28/83)
  513. R.E.M. Murmur (4/11/83)
  514. David Bowie Let’s Dance (4/11/83)
  515. Various Artists Flashdance (soundtrack, 4/15/83)
  516. ZZ Top Eliminator (charted 4/23/83)
  517. Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble Texas Flood (6/13/83)
  518. The Police Synchronicity (charted 6/17/83)
  519. Metallica Kill ‘Em All (7/25/83)
  520. Madonna Madonna (7/27/83)
  521. U2 Under a Blood Red Sky (live, recorded 8/20/83)
  522. Huey Lewis & The News Sports (9/15/83)
  523. Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones (9/83)
  524. Lionel Richie Can’t Slow Down (10/11/83)
  525. Cyndi Lauper She’s So Unusual (10/14/83)
  526. Culture Club Colour by Numbers (10/22/83)
  527. Talking Heads Stop Making Sense (live soundtrack, recorded 12/83, charted 9/22/84)
  528. Bob Marley & the Wailers Legend (compilation: 1973-83, released 5/8/84)

    1984

  529. Van Halen 1984 (1/9/84)
  530. Various Artists Footloose (soundtrack, 1/31/84)
  531. The Smiths The Smiths (2/20/84)
  532. Tina Turner Private Dancer (5/29/84)
  533. Bruce Springsteen Born in the U.S.A. (6/4/84)
  534. Prince & the Revolution Purple Rain (soundtrack, 6/25/84)
  535. Sade Diamond Life (charted 7/28/84)
  536. Minutemen Double Nickels on the Dime (7/84)
  537. Metallica Ride the Lightning (charted 9/29/84)
  538. Hüsker Dü Zen Arcade (9/84)
  539. U2 The Unforgettable Fire (10/1/84)
  540. The Replacements Let It Be (10/2/84)
  541. Bryan Adams Reckless (10/29/84)
  542. Madonna Like a Virgin (11/12/84)
  543. James Brown Star Time (box set: 1956-84, released 5/7/91)

    1985

  544. Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair (2/17/85)
  545. Phil Collins No Jacket Required (2/18/85)
  546. Whitney Houston Whitney Houston (3/14/85)
  547. Dire Straits Brothers in Arms (5/13/85)
  548. New Order Low-Life (5/85)
  549. Sting The Dream of the Blue Turtles (6/1/85)
  550. Marillion Misplaced Childhood (6/17/85)
  551. Prefab Sprout Steve McQueen (aka Two Wheels Good) (charted 6/22/85)
  552. Billy Joel Greatest Hits Volume I & II (compilation: 1973-85, released 7/2/85)
  553. The Pogues Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash (8/5/85)
  554. The Cure The Head on the Door (charted 9/7/85)
  555. John Cougar Mellencamp Scarecrow (charted 9/14/85)
  556. Kate Bush Hounds of Love (charted 9/28/85)
  557. Tom Waits Rain Dogs (9/30/85)
  558. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band Live 1975/1985 (live, recorded from 1975 through 9/30/85, charted 11/22/86)
  559. The Fall This Nation’s Saving Grace (9/85)
  560. various artists Miami Vice (soundtrack, charted 10/12/85)
  561. Sade Promise (11/4/85)
  562. Jesus and Mary Chain Psychocandy (charted 11/30/85)
  563. Dire Straits Money for Nothing (compilation: 1978-85, released 10/17/88)

    1986

  564. Janet Jackson Control (2/6/86)
  565. Metallica Master of Puppets (2/24/86)
  566. Anita Baker Rapture (charted 4/16/86)
  567. Prince Parade (3/31/86)
  568. Peter Gabriel So (5/13/86)
  569. Various Artists Top Gun (soundtrack, 5/20/86)
  570. Run-D.M.C. Raising Hell (5/27/86)
  571. Genesis Invisible Touch (6/9/86)
  572. The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (6/28/86)
  573. Madonna True Blue (6/30/86)
  574. Bon Jovi Slippery When Wet (8/18/86)
  575. Paul Simon Graceland (8/25/86)
  576. Steve Earle Guitar Town (10/7/86)
  577. Andrew Lloyd Webber/Charles Hart/Richard Stigoe (composers) Phantom of the Opera (cast, opened 10/9/86)
  578. The Police Every Breath You Take – The Singles (aka The Classics) (compilation: 1978-1986; released 10/27/86)
  579. Slayer Reign in Blood (10/28/86)
  580. Beastie Boys Licensed to Ill (11/11/86)
  581. Robert Cray Strong Persuader (charted 11/15/86)

    1987

  582. U2 The Joshua Tree (3/17/87)
  583. Prince Sign ‘O’ the Times (3/30/87)
  584. Fleetwood Mac Tango in the Night (4/13/87)
  585. Randy Travis Always and Forever (5/4/87)
  586. Whitney Houston Whitney (6/2/87)
  587. Eric B. & Rakim Paid in Full (7/9/87)
  588. Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction (7/21/87)
  589. Terence Trent D’Arby Introducing the Hardline… (charted 7/25/87)
  590. Def Leppard Hysteria (8/3/87)
  591. New Order Substance (compilation: 1981-87, released 8/11/87)
  592. Aerosmith Permanent Vacation (8/18/87)
  593. Michael Jackson Bad (8/31/87)
  594. Various Artists Dirty Dancing (soundtrack, 9/1/87)
  595. R.E.M. Document (9/8/87)
  596. Paul McCartney All the Best! (compilation: 1970-87, released 9/18/87)
  597. Bruce Springsteen Tunnel of Love (10/9/87)
  598. INXS Kick (10/20/87)
  599. George Michael Faith (11/3/87)
  600. Journey Greatest Hits (compilation: 1978-87, released 11/15/88)
  601. Bee Gees Timeless: The All-Time Greatest Hits (compilation: 1966-87, released 4/21/17)

    1988

  602. Pixies Surfer Rosa (3/21/88)
  603. Tracy Chapman Tracy Chapman (4/5/88)
  604. Bobby Brown Don’t Be Cruel (6/20/88)
  605. Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (6/28/88)
  606. Paula Abdul Forever Your Girl (charted 7/23/88)
  607. Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking (8/23/88)
  608. Metallica …And Justice for All (8/25/88)
  609. Bon Jovi New Jersey (9/20/88)
  610. U2 Rattle and Hum (studio/live soundtrack, 10/11/88)
  611. Sonic Youth Daydream Nation (10/88)
  612. R.E.M. Green (11/8/88)
  613. Fleetwood Mac Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-88, released 11/22/88)
  614. Beach Boys Very Best of (compilation: 1962-88; released 6/30/01)

    1989

  615. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton (1/10/89)
  616. New Order Technique (1/24/89)
  617. Milli Vanilli Girl You Know It’s True (aka All or Nothing) (3/7/89)
  618. De La Soul 3 Feet High and Rising (3/14/89)
  619. Madonna Like a Prayer (3/21/89)
  620. Bonnie Raitt Nick of Time (3/21/89)
  621. Soul II Soul Club Classics, Vol. I (aka Keep on Movin’ (4/10/89)
  622. The Pixies Doolittle (4/18/89)
  623. Tom Petty Full Moon Fever (4/24/89)
  624. Clint Black Killin’ Time (5/2/89)
  625. The Cure Disintegration (5/2/89)
  626. The Stone Roses The Stone Roses (charted 5/13/89)
  627. Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique (7/25/89)
  628. Aerosmith Pump (9/12/89)
  629. Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814 (9/19/89)
  630. Phil Collins …But Seriously (11/17/89)
  631. Van Morrison Best of (compilation: 1965-89, charted 4/7/90)
  632. Eurythmics Greatest Hits (compilation: 1983-89; released 5/24/91)
  633. U2 Best of 1980-1990 (compilation: 1980-89, released 11/3/98)

    1990

  634. M.C. Hammer Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ‘Em (2/12/90)
  635. Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker (2/13/90)
  636. Depeche Mode Violator (2/22/90)
  637. Public Enemy Fear of a Black Planet (3/20/90)
  638. Sinéad O’Connor I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (3/20/90)
  639. Mariah Carey Mariah Carey (6/12/90)
  640. Garth Brooks No Fences (8/27/90)
  641. Vanilla Ice To the Extreme (9/10/90)
  642. Elton John The Very Best of (includes all of 1974’s Greatest Hits) (compilation: 1970-90, released 11/3/90)
  643. Madonna The Immaculate Collection (compilation: 1983-90, released 11/13/90)
  644. Happy Mondays Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches (charted 11/17/90)

    1991

  645. R.E.M. Out of Time (3/12/91)
  646. Slint Spiderland (3/27/91)
  647. Boyz II Men Cooleyhighharmony (4/30/91)
  648. Natalie Cole Unforgettable: With Love (covers, 6/11/91)
  649. Crowded House Woodface (7/2/91)
  650. Massive Attack Blue Lines (8/6/91)
  651. Metallica Metallica (aka “The Black Album”) (8/12/91)
  652. Pearl Jam Ten (8/27/91)
  653. Garth Brooks Ropin’ the Wind (9/2/91)
  654. Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion I (9/17/91)
  655. Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion II (9/17/91)
  656. Nirvana Nevermind (9/24/91)
  657. Red Hot Chili Peppers Blood Sugar Sex Magik (9/24/91)
  658. A Tribe Called Quest The Low-End Theory (9/24/91)
  659. Simply Red Stars (9/30/91)
  660. Tina Turner Simply the Best (compilation: 1973-91, released 10/2/91)
  661. Primal Scream Screamadelica (10/8/91)
  662. Queen Greatest Hits II (compilation: 1981-91, released 10/30/91)
  663. My Bloody Valentine Loveless (11/5/91)
  664. Pet Shop Boys Discography – The Complete Singles Collection (compilation: 1985-91, released 11/5/91)
  665. Teenage Fanclub Bandwagonesque (charted 11/16/91)
  666. U2 Achtung Baby (11/19/91)
  667. Michael Jackson Dangerous (11/26/91)

    1992

  668. Tori Amos Little Earthquakes (1/13/92)
  669. Eric Clapton Unplugged (live, recorded 1/16/92; released 8/25/92)
  670. Aphex Twin Selected Ambient Works 85-92 (compilation: 1985-92, released 2/12/92)
  671. Pavement Slanted and Enchanted (charted 3/31/92)
  672. Lionel Richie Back to Front (compilation: 1977-92, released 5/5/92)
  673. Billy Ray Cyrus Some Gave All (5/19/92)
  674. Garth Brooks The Chase (9/14/92)
  675. Alice in Chains Dirt (9/29/92)
  676. Stone Temple Pilots Core (9/29/92)
  677. R.E.M. Automatic for the People (10/6/92)
  678. Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine (11/3/92)
  679. Various artists (Whitney Houston e al) The Bodyguard (soundtrack, 11/17/92)
  680. Dr. Dre The Chronic (12/15/92)
  681. Prince Very Best of (compilation: 1979-92, released 7/31/01)

    1993

  682. Janet Jackson janet. (5/18/93)
  683. Ace of Base The Sign (aka “Happy Nation”) (6/1/93)
  684. Liz Phair Exile in Guyville (6/22/93)
  685. U2 Zooropa (7/5/93)
  686. Björk Debut (7/13/93)
  687. Toni Braxton Toni Braxton (7/13/93)
  688. Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream (7/27/93)
  689. Sheryl Crow Tuesday Night Music Club (8/3/93)
  690. Garth Brooks In Pieces (8/23/93)
  691. Mariah Carey Music Box (8/31/93)
  692. Counting Crows August and Everything After (9/14/93)
  693. Meat Loaf Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell (9/14/93)
  694. Nirvana In Utero (9/21/93)
  695. Pearl Jam Vs. (10/19/93)
  696. Bryan Adams So Far So Good (compilation: 1982-93, released 11/2/93)
  697. Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang Clan (36 Chambers) (11/9/93)
  698. Celine Dion The Colour of My Love (11/9/93)
  699. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Greatest Hits (compilation: 1977-93, released 11/16/93)
  700. Nirvana MTV Unplugged in New York (recorded live 11/18/93, released 11/1/94)
  701. Snoop Doggy Dogg Doggystyle (11/23/93)
  702. Sade Best of (compilation: 1984-93, released 10/31/94)
  703. Garth Brooks The Hits (compilation: 1989-93: released 12/13/94)

    1994

  704. Green Day Dookie (2/1/94)
  705. Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (charted 2/26/94)
  706. Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral (3/8/94)
  707. Soundgarden Superunknown (3/8/94)
  708. Pink Floyd The Division Bell (3/30/94)
  709. The Offspring Smash (4/11/94)
  710. Hole Live Through This (4/12/94)
  711. Live Throwing Copper (4/19/94)
  712. Nas Illmatic (4/19/94)
  713. Blur Parklife (4/25/94)
  714. Johnny Cash American Recordings (4/26/94)
  715. Weezer Weezer (aka “The Blue Album”) (5/10/94)
  716. Beastie Boys Ill Communication (5/23/94)
  717. Elton John/ Tim Rice/ Hans Zimmer (composers) The Lion King (soundtrack, 6/4/94)
  718. various artists Forrest Gump (soundtrack, 6/28/94)
  719. Hootie & the Blowfish Cracked Rear View (7/5/94)
  720. The Prodigy Music for the Jilted Generation (charted 7/16/94)
  721. Jeff Buckley Grace (8/23/94)
  722. Manic Street Preachers The Holy Bible (8/29/94)
  723. Oasis Definitely Maybe (8/30/94)
  724. Boyz II Men II (8/30/94)
  725. Portishead Dummy (charted 9/3/94)
  726. The Notorious B.I.G. Ready to Die (9/13/94)
  727. Eric Clapton: From the Cradle (covers, 9/13/94)
  728. various artists Pulp Fiction (soundtrack, 9/27/94)
  729. Bon Jovi Cross Road (compilation: 1984-94, released 10/18/94)
  730. Bob Seger Greatest Hits (compilation: 1972-94, released 10/25/94)
  731. Eagles Hell Freezes Over (live/studio, 11/8/94)
  732. Sting Fields of Gold – The Best of (compilation: 1985-94, released 11/8/94)
  733. TLC CrazySexyCool (11/15/94)
  734. Pearl Jam Vitalogy (12/6/94)
  735. Pink Floyd Echoes: The Best of (compilation: 1967-1994, released 11/6/01)
  736. Nirvana Nirvana (Greatest Hits) (compilation: 1988-94, released 10/29/02)
  737. Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits (compilation: 1987-94, released 3/23/04)

    1995

  738. Leftfield Leftism (1/30/95)
  739. Shania Twain The Woman in Me (2/7/95)
  740. Tricky Maxinquaye (2/20/95)
  741. PJ Harvey To Bring You My Love (2/28/95)
  742. Jewel Pieces of You (2/28/95)
  743. Bruce Springsteen Greatest Hits (compilation: 1975-95, released 2/28/95)
  744. Radiohead The Bends (3/13/95)
  745. Björk Post (5/29/95)
  746. Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill (6/13/95)
  747. Emmylou Harris Wrecking Ball (9/26/95)
  748. Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (10/3/95)
  749. Mariah Carey Daydream (10/3/95)
  750. No Doubt Tragic Kingdom (10/10/95)
  751. Janet Jackson Design of a Decade 1986/1996 (compilation: 1986-95, released 10/10/95)
  752. Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (10/24/95)
  753. Pulp Different Class (10/30/95)
  754. Various Artists (Whitney Houston et al) Waiting to Exhale (soundtrack, 11/14/95)

    1996

  755. Fugees The Score (2/12/96)
  756. Tupac Shakur (2pac) All Eyez on Me (2/13/96)
  757. Celine Dion Falling into You (3/11/96)
  758. Manic Street Preachers Everything Must Go (5/20/96)
  759. Beck Odelay (6/18/96)
  760. Toni Braxton Secrets (6/18/96)
  761. LeAnn Rimes Blue (7/9/96)
  762. Tool Ænima (10/1/96)
  763. Matchbox 20 Yourself or Someone Like You (10/1/96)
  764. Spice Girls Spice (11/4/96)
  765. Belle & Sebastian If You’re Feeling Sinister (11/18/96)
  766. DJ Shadow Endtroducing… (11/19/96)

    1997

  767. Daft Punk Homework (1/20/97)
  768. The Notorious B.I.G. Life after Death (3/25/97)
  769. Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole (4/7/97)
  770. Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (6/14/97)
  771. Radiohead OK Computer (6/16/97)
  772. Buena Vista Social Club Buena Vista Social Club (6/21/97)
  773. The Prodigy Fat of the Land (7/1/97)
  774. Sarah McLachlan Surfacing (7/15/97)
  775. Backstreet Boys Backstreet Boys (U.S. Version, 8/12/97)
  776. Oasis Be Here Now (8/26/97)
  777. The Verve Urban Hymns (9/30/97)
  778. Bob Dylan Time Out of Mind (9/30/97)
  779. Shania Twain Come on Over (11/4/97)
  780. Celine Dion Let’s Talk about Love (11/15/97)
  781. James Horner (composer) Titanic (soundtrack, 11/18/97)
  782. Garth Brooks Sevens (11/25/97)
  783. Duran Duran Greatest (compilation: 1980-1997, released 11/3/98)

    1998

  784. Air Moon Safari (1/19/98)
  785. Dixie Chicks Wide Open Spaces (1/27/98)
  786. Neutral Milk Hotel In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (2/10/98)
  787. Madonna Ray of Light (3/3/98)
  788. Massive Attack Mezzanine (4/20/98)
  789. Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel Road (6/30/98)
  790. Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (8/25/98)
  791. Phil Collins Hits (compilation: 1981-98, released 10/5/98)
  792. Fatboy Slim You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby (10/12/98)
  793. George Michael Ladies and Gentlemen – The Best of (compilation: 1984-98, released 11/10/98)
  794. Garth Brooks Double Live (live, 11/17/98)
  795. The Offspring Americana (11/17/98)
  796. Mariah Carey #1’s (compilation: 1990-98, released 11/17/98)
  797. Stevie Wonder The Definitive Collection (compilation: 1962-98, released 10/29/02)

    1999

  798. Britney Spears …Baby One More Time (1/12/99)
  799. Eminem The Slim Shady LP (2/23/99)
  800. TLC Fanmail (2/23/99)
  801. Ricky Martin Ricky Martin (5/11/99)
  802. Moby Play (5/17/99)
  803. The Flaming Lips The Soft Bulletin (5/17/99)
  804. Backstreet Boys Millenium (5/18/99)
  805. Travis The Man Who (5/24/99)
  806. Dido No Angel (6/1/99)
  807. Red Hot Chili Peppers Californication (6/8/99)
  808. Santana Supernatural (6/15/99)
  809. Destiny’s Child The Writing’s on the Wall (7/27/99)
  810. Dixie Chicks Fly (8/31/99)
  811. The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs (9/7/99)
  812. Creed Human Clay (9/28/99)
  813. Celine Dion All the Way…A Decade of Song (compilation: 1991-99, released 11/13/99)

    2000

  814. D’Angelo Voodoo (1/11/00)
  815. N Sync No Strings Attached (3/21/00)
  816. David Gray White Ladder (5/13/00)
  817. Britney Spears Oops!...I Did It Again (5/16/00)
  818. Whitney Houston The Greatest Hits (compilation: 1984-2000 released 5/16/00)
  819. Eminem The Marshall Mathers LP (5/23/00)
  820. Eric Clapton with B.B. King Riding with the King (6/13/00)
  821. Nelly Country Grammar (6/27/00)
  822. Coldplay Parachutes (7/10/00)
  823. Shaggy Hot Shot (8/8/00)
  824. Madonna Music (9/19/00)
  825. Radiohead Kid A (10/3/00)
  826. Linkin Park Hybrid Theory (10/24/00)
  827. Benny Andersson/Björn Ulvaeus (composer) Mamma Mia! (stage debut: 10/17/2000, cast: 2001, soundtrack: 2008)
  828. U2 All That You Can’t Leave Behind (10/31/00)
  829. OutKast Stankonia (10/31/00)
  830. PJ Harvey Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (10/31/00)
  831. Backstreet Boys Black & Blue (11/21/00)
  832. Various Artists O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack, 12/5/00)
  833. Madonna GHV2 (compilation: 1991-2000, released 11/13/01)
  834. U2 Best of 1990-2000 (compilation: 1991-2000; released 11/5/2002)

    2001

  835. Daft Punk Discovery (3/9/01)
  836. Destiny’s Child Survivor (5/1/01)
  837. Tool Lateralus (5/15/01)
  838. Alicia Keys Songs in A Minor (6/5/01)
  839. Radiohead Amnesiac (6/5/01)
  840. The White Stripes White Blood Cells (7/3/01)
  841. The Strokes Is This It (7/30/01)
  842. Björk Verspertine (8/28/01)
  843. System of a Down Toxicity (9/4/01)
  844. Bob Dylan Love and Theft (9/11/01)
  845. Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (9/18/01)
  846. Jay-Z The Blueprint (9/18/01)
  847. Pink M!ssundaztood (11/20/01)

    2002

  848. Norah Jones Come Away with Me (2/26/02)
  849. The Streets Original Pirate Material (3/25/02)
  850. Eminem The Eminem Show (5/26/02)
  851. Avril Lavigne Let Go (6/4/02)
  852. Nelly Nellyville (6/25/02)
  853. Maroon 5 Songs about Jane (6/25/02)
  854. Red Hot Chili Peppers By the Way (7/9/02)
  855. The Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (7/16/02)
  856. Bruce Springsteen The Rising (7/30/02)
  857. Interpol Turn on the Bright Lights (8/20/02)
  858. Coldplay A Rush of Blood to the Head (8/27/02)
  859. Dixie Chicks Home (8/27/02)
  860. Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf (8/27/02)
  861. Beck Sea Change (9/24/02)
  862. The Libertines Up the Bracket (10/21/02)
  863. David Bowie Best of Bowie (compilation: 1969-2002, released 10/22/02)
  864. Various Artists (Eminem et al) 8 Mile (10/29/02)
  865. Justin Timberlake Justified (11/5/02)
  866. Shania Twain Up! (11/19/02)

    2003

  867. 50 Cent Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ (2/6/03)
  868. Evanescence Fallen (3/4/03)
  869. Linkin Park Meteora (3/25/03)
  870. The White Stripes Elephant (4/1/03)
  871. Yeah Yeah Yeahs Fever to Tell (4/29/03)
  872. Beyoncé Dangerously in Love (6/17/03)
  873. Dizzee Rascal Boy in Da Corner (7/21/03)
  874. OutKast Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (9/23/03)
  875. Eagles Very Best of (includes all of 1976’s Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 and 1982’s Greatest Hits Volume 2) (compilation: 1971-2003, released 10/21/03)
  876. R.E.M. In Time – The Best of 1988-2003 (compilation: 1988-2003, released 10/28/03)
  877. Jay-Z The Black Album (11/4/03)
  878. Michael Jackson Number Ones (compilation: 1978-2003, released 11/17/03)
  879. Red Hot Chili Peppers Greatest Hits (compilation: 1989-2003, released 11/17/03)
  880. Alicia Keys The Diary of… (12/2/03)
  881. Johnny Cash The Legend of… (compilation: 1955-2003, released 8/2/05)

    2004

  882. Franz Ferdinand Franz Ferdinand (2/9/04)
  883. Kanye West The College Dropout (2/10/04)
  884. Norah Jones Feels Like Home (2/10/04)
  885. Scissor Sisters Scissor Sisters (3/9/04)
  886. Usher Confessions (3/23/04)
  887. Madvillain Madvillainy (3/23/04)
  888. Loretta Lynn Van Lear Rose (4/27/04)
  889. Keane Hopes and Fears (5/10/04)
  890. Streets A Grand Don’t Come for Free (5/10/04)
  891. The Killers Hot Fuss (6/7/04)
  892. Ray Charles with various artists Genius Loves Company (8/31/04)
  893. The Arcade Fire Funeral (9/14/04)
  894. Green Day American Idiot (9/21/04)
  895. Brian Wilson Smile (9/28/04)
  896. James Blunt Back to Bedlam (10/11/04)
  897. Robbie Williams Greatest Hits (compilation: 1997-2004, released 10/12/04)
  898. Shania Twain Greatest Hits (compilation: 1994-2004, released 11/8/04)
  899. Eminem Encore (11/12/04)
  900. U2 How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb (11/23/04)
  901. Kelly Clarkson Breakaway (11/30/04)

    2005

  902. Antony & The Johnsons I Am a Bird Now (2/1/05)
  903. Jack Johnson In Between Dreams (3/1/05)
  904. 50 Cent The Massacre (3/3/05)
  905. Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (4/12/05)
  906. Gorillaz Demon Days (5/24/05)
  907. Coldplay X & Y (6/6/05)
  908. Black Eyed Peas Monkey Business (6/7/05)
  909. Sufjan Stevens Illinois (7/4/05)
  910. Kanye West Late Registration (8/30/05)
  911. Nickelback All the Right Reasons (10/4/05)
  912. Carrie Underwood Some Hearts (11/15/05)
  913. Eminem Curtain Call: The Hits (compilation: 1999-2005, charted 12/4/05)

    2006

  914. Various Artists High School Musical (TV soundtrack, 1/10/06)
  915. Arctic Monkeys Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (1/23/06)
  916. Red Hot Chili Peppers Stadium Arcadium (5/9/06)
  917. Dixie Chicks Taking the Long Way (5/23/06)
  918. Muse Black Holes & Revelations (7/11/06)
  919. Bob Dylan Modern Times (8/29/06)
  920. Justin Timberlake FutureSex/LoveSounds (9/12/06)
  921. The Killers Sam’s Town (10/3/06)
  922. Amy Winehouse Back to Black (10/6/06)

    2007

  923. The Arcade Fire Neon Bible (3/6/07)
  924. LCD Soundsystem Sound of Silver (3/20/07)
  925. Rihanna Good Girl Gone Bad (6/5/07)
  926. High School Musical 2 (TV soundtrack, 8/14/07)
  927. M.I.A. Kala (8/20/07)
  928. Kanye West Graduation (9/11/07)
  929. Bruce Springsteen Magic (10/2/07)
  930. Radiohead In Rainbows (10/10/07)
  931. Robert Plant & Allison Krauss Raising Sand (10/23/07)
  932. Alicia Keys As I Am (11/13/07)

    2008

  933. Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend (1/28/08)
  934. Jack Johnson Sleep Through the Static (2/1/08)
  935. Bon Iver For Emma, Forever Ago (2/19/08)
  936. Portishead Third (4/29/08)
  937. Lil’ Wayne Tha Carter III (5/13/08)
  938. Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes (6/3/08)
  939. Coldplay Viva La Vida (6/11/08)
  940. Lady Gaga The Fame (8/19/08)
  941. Kings of Leon Only by the Night (9/19/08)
  942. Taylor Swift Fearless (11/11/08)
  943. Beyoncé I Am…Sasha Fierce (11/11/08)

    2009

  944. Animal Collective Merriweather Post Pavilion (1/20/09)
  945. U2 No Line on the Horizon (3/2/09)
  946. Black Eyed Peas The E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) (6/3/09)
  947. Mumford & Sons Sigh No More (10/5/09)
  948. Susan Boyle I Dreamed a Dream (11/23/09)

    2010

  949. Lady Antebellum Need You Now (1/26/10)
  950. Janelle Monáe The ArchAndroid (5/18/10)
  951. The Black Keys Brothers (5/18/10)
  952. Eminem Recovery (6/21/10)
  953. The Arcade Fire The Suburbs (8/3/10)
  954. Katy Perry Teenage Dream (8/24/10)
  955. Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans (10/4/10)
  956. Taylor Swift Speak Now (10/25/10)
  957. Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (11/22/10)

    2011

  958. Adele 21 (1/19/11)
  959. PJ Harvey Let England Shake (2/15/11)
  960. Lady Gaga Born This Way (5/23/11)
  961. Michael Bublé Christmas (10/21/11)
  962. Drake Take Care (11/15/11)

    2012

  963. Lana Del Rey Born to Die (1/27/12)
  964. Bruce Springsteen Wrecking Ball (3/5/12)
  965. Frank Ocean Channel Orange (7/10/12)
  966. Imagine Dragons Night Visions (9/4/12)
  967. Mumford & Sons Babel (9/21/12)
  968. Kendrick Lamar Good Kid m.A.A.d. City (10/22/12)
  969. Taylor Swift Red (10/22/12)

    2013

  970. Justin Timberlake The 20/20 Experience (3/15/13)
  971. Vampire Weekend Modern Vampires of the City (5/14/13)
  972. Daft Punk Random Access Memories (5/17/13)
  973. Kanye West Yeezus (6/18/13)
  974. Arctic Monkeys AM (9/6/13)
  975. Various Artists Frozen (soundtrack, 11/25/13)
  976. Beyoncé Beyoncé (12/13/13)

    2014

  977. Beck Morning Phase (2/21/14)
  978. The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream (3/18/14)
  979. Sam Smith In the Lonely Hour (5/26/14)
  980. Ed Sheeran X (Multiply) (6/20/14)
  981. U2 Songs of Innocence (9/9/2014)
  982. Taylor Swift 1989 (10/27/14)

    2015

  983. Lin-Manuel Miranda (composer) Hamilton (cast album: 2015)
  984. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly (3/15/15)
  985. The Weeknd Beauty Behind the Madness (8/28/15)
  986. Adele 25 (11/20/15)
  987. Chris Stapleton Traveller (11/21/15)

    2016

  988. David Bowie Blackstar (1/15/16)
  989. Rihanna Anti (1/27/16)
  990. Beyoncé Lemonade (4/23/16)
  991. Drake Views (4/29/16)
  992. Frank Ocean Blonde (8/20/16)
  993. Bruno Mars 24K Magic (11/18/16)

    2017

  994. Ed Sheeran ÷ (Divide) (3/3/17)
  995. Kendrick Lamar Damn. (4/14/17)
  996. Lorde Melodrama (6/16/17)
  997. Various Artists The Greatest Showman (soundtrack, 12/8/2017)

    2018

  998. Kacey Musgraves Golden Hour (3/20/18)
  999. Drake Scorpion (6/29/18)

    2019

  1000. Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (3/29/19)

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,” such as compilations, box sets, live recordings, soundtracks, cast albums, various artist collections, classical works, operas, and Christmas recordings.

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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)
Listing albums chronologically is not as easy as it sounds. Even for conventional studio recordings, release dates aren’t always available so sometimes an album’s first chart appearance was used. Classical works are listed by the date they were composed and/or first performed. Dates for cast recordings and soundtracks may include the date a show opened on stage, the date a cast recording was made, and/or the first chart appearance.

Compilations and live albums are listed by the date of recording instead of release. For example, The Beatles’ 1 is a greatest hits collection released in 2001, but it covers 1962-1970 so its date notation is (compilation: 1962-70, released 11/14/2000), 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.