Friday, April 19, 2013

The Guardian – Top 100 Albums

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The Guardian is a UK newspaper which has published a few best-of lists over the years. Below are their top 100 albums, as determined by aggregating four album-focused lists published from 1997 to 2007. See links to those lists at bottom of page.

1. John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (1965)
2. The Stone Roses: The Stone Roses (1989)
3. Radiohead: The Bends (1995)
4. Oasis: Definitely Maybe (1994)
5. Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
6. Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (1971)
7. Massive Attack: Blue Lines (1991)
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced? (1967)
9. Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run (1975)
10. Primal Scream: Screamadelica (1991)

11. Jeff Buckley: Grace (1994)
12. Fleetwood Mac: Rumours (1977)
13. Patti Smith: Horses (1975)
14. The Doors: The Doors (1967)
15. Joy Division: Closer (1980)
16. Pulp: Different Class (1995)
17. Paul Simon: Graceland (1986)
18. Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
19. Dexy’s Midnight Runners: Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980)
20. Nirvana: Nevermind (1991)

21. The Beatles: Revolver (1966)
22. The Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
23. The Beatles: The Beatles (aka “The White Album”) (1968)
24. Oasis: What’s the Story Morning Glory (1995)
25. R.E.M.: Automatic for the People (1992)
26. The Sex Pistols: Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)
27. David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
28. The Smiths: The Queen Is Dead (1986)
29. The Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (1966)
30. Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)

31. U2: The Joshua Tree (1987)
32. Alanis Morissette: Jagged Little Pill (1995)
33. The Clash: London Calling (1979)
34. The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main Street (1972)
35. Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (1975)
36. The Rolling Stones: Let It Bleed (1969)
37. Lou Reed: Transformer (11/72) 38. Joni Mitchell: Blue (1971)
39. Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
40. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

41. The Pixies: Doolittle (1989)
42. John Lennon: Imagine (1971)
43. Neil Young: After the Gold Rush (1970)
44. Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! (1956)
45. Prince: Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
46. Miles Davis: Kind of Blue (1959)
47. Portishead: Dummy (1994)
48. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1982)
49. Blur: Parklife (1994)
50. Michael Jackson: Off the Wall (1979)

51. Nick Drake: Five Leaves Left (1969)
52. Talking Heads: Fear of Music (1979)
53. Björk: Debut (1993)
54. U2: Achtung Baby (1991)
55. Love: Forever Changes (1967)
56. Television: Marquee Moon (1977)
57. Bee Gees/Various Artists: Saturday Night Fever (soundtrack, 1977)
58. Meat Loaf: Bat Out of Hell (1977)
59. Rod Stewart: Every Picture Tells a Story (1971) 60. The Verve: A Northern Soul (1995)

61. Tricky: Maxinquaye (1995)
62. Kate Bush: Hounds of Love (1985)
63. Elton John: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)
64. Prefab Sprout: Steve McQueen (aka “Two Wheels Good”) (1985)
65. Radiohead: OK Computer (1997)
66. Van Morrison: Astral Weeks (1968)
67. The Beatles: Abbey Road (1969)
68. Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
69. Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (1966)
70. David Bowie: Hunky Dory (1971)

71. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Electric Ladyland (1968)
72. Simon & Garfunkel: Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
73. The Band: The Band (1969)
74. The Prodigy: Fat of the Land (1997)
75. The Verve: Urban Hymns (1997)
76. Public Enemy: Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
77. Queen: A Night at the Opera (1975)
78. The Clash: The Clash (1977)
79. Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band: Trout Mask Replica (1969)
80. Bob Marley & The Wailers: Exodus (1977)

81. Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (1985)
82. The Jam: All Mod Cons (1978)
83. Bob Marley & the Wailers: Legend (compilation, 1984)
84. Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis (1969)
85. Joy Division: Unknown Pleasures (1979)
86. Happy Mondays: Pills ‘N’ Thrills and Bellyaches (1990)
87. Iggy & the Stooges: Raw Power (1973)
88. The Specials: The Specials (1979)
89. Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin II (1969)
90. The Beach Boys: Sunflower (1970)

91. Beck: Odelay (1996)
92. The Smiths: The Smiths (1984)
93. Velvet Underground: Loaded (1970)
94. R.E.M.: Out of Time (1991)
95. Eagles: Hotel California (1976)
96. Madonna: Like a Prayer (1989)
97. Guns N’ Roses: Appetite for Destruction (1987)
98. Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything? (1972)
99. Big Star: Radio City (1974)
100. My Bloody Valentine: Isn’t Anything (1988)


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