Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums List Is Rough

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  • Did you know beyoncé's lemonade is #32 on this list? Well deserved queen check out that masterpiece

    Talel AmriTalel AmriTunti sitten
  • No albums by Swans, Ween, Coil, Igorrr, The Residents, Stereolab, Boredoms, and many more. Rolling Stone have never been right about anything. In fact, extremely few music critics have been right about anything.

    James Guillory, HumanslayerJames Guillory, HumanslayerTunti sitten
  • no aphex twin, no king crimson? im out.

    Jonas CJonas CTunti sitten
  • S P O R T S

    HeyChungusHeyChungus2 tuntia sitten
  • I think it's a little difficult with compilations. If the comp in question was kind an event in and of itself when it dropped (my memory of the time is that Madonna's "Immaculate Collection" definitely falls into this category), then I don't mind it being on a list like this. If it's just some completely generic, anonymous "best of" crap that the average individual can't remember ever having existed, then that's stupid and it should be left off. But I mean, yeah, just looking at the numbers online, this Madonna comp sold like 30 million copies worldwide, and is her top selling release. One could well make the case that it's her most iconic release.

    macaroni italicmacaroni italic2 tuntia sitten
  • these lists became boring years ago and make my eyes roll. my gripe is that these lists exist and can't even be bothered reading it. Who cares where the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Floyd etc are placed on them? There don't need any more plaudits. Also increasingly irrelevant, i'd argue as the increasing and sheer weight of music it's difficult to compile them in a meaningful order not helped by comparing an album 30/40/50 years older than a more recent one that hasn't had the chance to grow into become revered as these things can take time.

    Martin FarnworthMartin Farnworth4 tuntia sitten
  • This guy wreaks of corduroy and bad breath

    Caleb TainterCaleb Tainter4 tuntia sitten
  • Talking about bands with stereo in their name, there isn't a single stereo lab album in that list. Instead we have a harry styles album. Are you fucking kidding me

    Flamer LamerFlamer Lamer7 tuntia sitten
  • The fact that album.wav is on there instead of album2.wav is honestly such a travesty

    SclonderSclonder8 tuntia sitten
  • I’ll have an awful lot of things to say about this list, but I’ll just say that there is no Trout Mask Replica and that’s a shame

    Giorgio LucariniGiorgio Lucarini9 tuntia sitten
  • They got rid of 154 albums from the 2012 edition to make room for people like Kanye who has the third most albums on the list. I don’t get it.

    Daniel MorganDaniel Morgan10 tuntia sitten
  • thank you...compilations should have there own list

    June NelsonJune Nelson10 tuntia sitten
  • My thoughts: #402 is an African album. There is a lot of jazz albums on the list. Did they put every Kanye West album on this list? I believe I just own three albums from this list. These writers don't seem to listen to modern blues, EDM, metal or disco.

    orlock20orlock2011 tuntia sitten
  • Rolling Stone is getting demented.

    Martijn de GraafMartijn de Graaf11 tuntia sitten
  • Can't belive ELO isn't on a single one of Rolling Stones top 500 albums lists

    XanderTheOkXanderTheOk12 tuntia sitten
  • Lol this is what happens when you try to pander to a new generation. Nothing wrong with new music, but it needs years to settle into classic status. Most will not be remembered. It's staying power that should be the deciding factor on a 500 greatest album list of all time, so all records from the past 10-15 years are excluded by default. Maybe they will make it later, but give it time to see.

    MatMat13 tuntia sitten
  • Clearly payola has taken another form....... Drake on a 500 greatest albums list. Can probably name 500 better rappers than dude.

    Joe LucasJoe Lucas14 tuntia sitten
  • The fact that rodeo isn’t in here shows how underrated the album still is to this day

    Jim BeenJim Been14 tuntia sitten
  • Joshua Tree should be in top 50. It's the blueprint to indie rock as we know it today. Also, every band copies 'something' from that record at some point.

    Tunes I DigTunes I Dig16 tuntia sitten
  • ngl if this was my list i would've put Palaye Royale's The Bastards on there but since it's literally from this year I can see why it didn't make it

    honey! the kids are vampireshoney! the kids are vampires17 tuntia sitten
  • I'm going to read the list now and if The Black Parade isn't on there but Harry Styles is- I will literally screech edit: it's #361 but why tf is eminem higher than them bruh edit again: ok but like just realized there's no placebo even though those first two albums were literally amazing bruh-

    honey! the kids are vampireshoney! the kids are vampires17 tuntia sitten
  • was teenage dream on the list???

    Liam BloomerLiam Bloomer19 tuntia sitten
  • Disappointed you didn't do the robot voice the whole video.

    Christopher SmithChristopher Smith19 tuntia sitten
  • Bruh How is RINGO not in the top 10

    [The] Purpl3 Pproject Official[The] Purpl3 Pproject Official21 tunti sitten
    • And wasn’t Pets Get It On a Marvin Gaye album not The Rolling Stones

      [The] Purpl3 Pproject Official[The] Purpl3 Pproject Official21 tunti sitten
  • It seems like the editors of the list just picked an artist at random and chose the first album that came to mind. It doesn’t bother me at all that the list is mostly western music. Rolling Stone is a historically rock publication so it’s cool. I just think people get hung up on the name of the list when it really doesn’t matter. If XXL did a list of the “Greatest Albums of All Time” and put all rap, I don’t think anyone would care. Rolling Stone just gave into the pressure it got when it released the 2003 list.

    Winston Leg-ThighWinston Leg-Thigh22 tuntia sitten
  • So, is it that they have to cater to this demographic of younger people who don't care about anything other than current pop culture to stay afloat with clicks?

    Jermy HopkisnJermy Hopkisn22 tuntia sitten
  • There were a couple improvements they made but most of their updated list just seems like they're pandering to modern audiences and also why are there greatest hits collections

    Sean SchaeferSean Schaefer22 tuntia sitten
  • this list is a joke.

    Cheeki BreekiCheeki BreekiPäivä sitten
  • Graduation is dated???????????? You're telling me that you think Graduation sounds like a dated record? What?

    Jazz59107Jazz59107Päivä sitten
  • *The Biggest Problem I have with the List-* *"WHERE IS THE EMINEM SHOW?*

    Random PersonRandom PersonPäivä sitten
  • Why isn't Die Lit on there

    Piotr RomańskiPiotr RomańskiPäivä sitten
  • I get your point about Fiona, but compared to "Red" by Taylor Swift in #99, Extraordinary Machine should not be the one to be pointed out. I mean, Taylor sold over 7 milion with this record and does anybody (not a fan and not a country listener) remember a song from it? does anybody listen to it? does any artist really (and I mean REALLY) go to this record to be inspired? lol that's when I understanding why "folklore" is the most overrated album of the year. ugh.

    Welson OliveiraWelson OliveiraPäivä sitten
  • it's a list with good albums but in really weirds places - and Harry, Lana and Billie here just proves it's a popularity contest.

    Welson OliveiraWelson OliveiraPäivä sitten
  • Rolling Stone is racist. Thriller deserves to be #1

    sowmya s.devansowmya s.devanPäivä sitten
  • Even better, when you go album by album and read each little description given it gets pretty clear that the lower the number the more they don't know what the album even is.

    Cameron DodgeCameron DodgePäivä sitten
  • I don't know what to feel about the Immaculate Collection in here. Of course is a compilation of greateast hits, but there's some things to be considered here 1. Madonna re-recorded/made a new mix for almost all of the songs on this compilation (excluding Lucky Star), so it's not just a lot of songs from other albuns put together on one place, it's almost a new body of work 2. This album contains Justify My Love, that started a gigantic debate over women sexuality on music, got her video banned from MTV and made it the most sold video single in history (also the first) 3. Is, to this day, the most sold compilation album from a female artist. So, I do think there's some logic on putting this one on the list

    David LuisDavid LuisPäivä sitten
  • I think some of the weirdness, especially towards the bottom, comes from the voting method (which I’m not a huge fan of). If like 5 rank Harry Styles highly enough he’ll make it onto the list. It also creates some awkward incentives in terms of voting.

    Jaxzan ProditorJaxzan ProditorPäivä sitten
  • i will say tho, putting "Songs in the Key of Life" in the Top 10 is fuckin' right, that's one of the greatest albums ever recorded

    Moony MoonMoony MoonPäivä sitten
  • Not a valid list without Skinny Puppy, Kate Bush, or Alien Sex Fiend, come on Rolling Stone.

    Ray GaerRay GaerPäivä sitten
  • Criticizes the list for not including enough South American and African music and only focusing on Anglocentric music. .. Melon, take a look in the mirror. How much time do you spend on your channel on this type of music?

    eatattheaftereatattheafterPäivä sitten
  • A list of the top 500 albums that doesn't have Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness on it cannot be taken seriously.

    Brett ManieBrett ManiePäivä sitten
  • What are your thoughts on the National Recording Registry?

    Sean RamsdellSean RamsdellPäivä sitten
  • Rolling stones jojo pt5 if you know you know

    Mohamed HajiMohamed HajiPäivä sitten
  • This list is not a credible list of the best music.

    Leo K2KLeo K2KPäivä sitten
  • The lack of metal and prog albums makes this list invalid. Also love how the comments here say how King Crimson should be on the list: BECAUSE THEY SHOULD

    Kyle JohnsonKyle JohnsonPäivä sitten
  • They didn't put Animals by Pink Floyd anywhere on the list.

    kurtswechkurtswechPäivä sitten
  • 808s was trash melon!

    chuck wagonchuck wagonPäivä sitten
  • Let's make our own list then.

    Arturo VerdinArturo VerdinPäivä sitten
  • I'm just mostly amused that Kanye West's highest ranking album is MBDTF at around 14. 6/10

    Camron FrittsCamron FrittsPäivä sitten
  • Any Tool on there?

    The Hidden HandThe Hidden Hand2 päivää sitten
    • Not a single Tool album!

      Cubehead666Cubehead666Päivä sitten
  • How is LZ II overrated? Eat my bungus song-boy

    Jacob LasswellJacob Lasswell2 päivää sitten
  • I was shocked to see Billie Eilish's When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? on the list. It's a fine album, but way too recent to be considered amongst the 500 greatest.

    Jesse BurgenerJesse Burgener2 päivää sitten
  • Not enough metal 0/10

    BigBoss HayabusaBigBoss Hayabusa2 päivää sitten
  • Anthony "butt hurt more jazz" Fantano.

    xwhite2020xwhite20202 päivää sitten
  • I was getting ready to hear him shit on MBDTF for being in the 14th spot

    Concept_nothing 818Concept_nothing 8182 päivää sitten
  • Ok, you just started with Harry Styles and i already new that list is BULLSHIT!!!!! Won't base my music criteria on that bullshit list...i suspect the woke agenda has to do with it.

    calinfus80scalinfus80s2 päivää sitten
  • Anthony, u can’t expect Forced Witness to make #1

    T.R. FoussardT.R. Foussard2 päivää sitten
  • i don't really have a problem with compilations being on lists like this bc they usually serve to represent a legendary artist who's more known for a wealth of singles than any specific classic album

    LordLucario99LordLucario992 päivää sitten
  • Agree with all yer complaints. Plus Sheryl Crow, Daddy Yankee, Bon Iver, Britney Spears, Usher, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Lil Wayne, My Chemical Romance, Shania Twain, Yeezus, John Mayer, ugh! Also What's Going On -- Gaye made at least several albums better than that. In Epworth's book on 1971 - Never A Dull Moment: "Some writers in the broadsheets compared Gaye to Ellington. If so, it was the rather stiff, sanctimonious Ellington who was always trying to get into the concert hall rather than Ellington the genius of the dance hall. No white artist would have dared serve up anything quite as stagy as a track like “Save the Children.” Had they done so, they would have been ripped apart for their pains, probably by the same critics who hailed Gaye’s song, as his official biographer and collaborator David Ritz later did, as “a socioreligious work of astounding originality.” Vince Aletti, the man Rolling Stone used to call when the magazine wanted to cover soul, broadly approved, but even he said that the lyrics were “hardly brilliant” and pointed out that its continuity of mood, which was itself quite unusual, was in danger of being boring." While I may not quite agree to the extent of label boss and father-in-law Berry Gordy’s assessment that it was dangerously retrograde coctail jazz, and “the worst piece of crap I ever heard,” I think it’s overall meandering noodly vibe reflects the reality that after the single “What’s Going On” was released, the rest of the album was recorded in a rush. Gaye’s desire to address his brother’s experience in Vietnam was admirable, but the result felt detached. Understandable coming from a man operating in a cloud of cocaine. He was consuming so many drugs that he had delusions of grandeur that he could seriously try out for the Detroit Lions, despite the fact that Gaye had never played a game of football in his life. Another flawed, cocaine-fueled album was Sly & the Family Stone’s There’s A Riot Goin’ On. However, at least, in its fractured state, the music sounded as genuinely shattered as Stone must have felt, compared to the smooth lounge music of Gaye’s album.

    FastnbulbousFastnbulbous2 päivää sitten
  • Pink Moon not being anywhere near the Top 50 is just disrespectful

    Lucas MotaLucas Mota2 päivää sitten
  • You're a Beatles fan eh? What's your favourite album? - I would have to say "The Best of the Beatles." -Alan Partridge

    Andrew HaddowAndrew Haddow2 päivää sitten
  • Graduation is a nostalgia pick i bet

    Un7uckyUn7ucky2 päivää sitten
  • hotel california.. lmao

    Shane HaganShane Hagan2 päivää sitten
  • Beach House Teen Dream missed the list smh

    CarvalahmCarvalahm2 päivää sitten
  • “I give this list a light 5” TRANSITION!!!

    Sean HummelSean Hummel2 päivää sitten
  • The best album of all time is Crazy Hits by Crazy Frog, this is the truth

    kolim jonekolim jone2 päivää sitten
  • We gonna ignore zeppelin not having a single album in the top 50?!

    floopstuhfloopstuh2 päivää sitten
  • I'm just glad Miley Cyrus and her dead petz retained its spot at number 1. I know she is a Rolling Stone/media darling and all, but it's well deserved if were being objective.

    ConnorConnor2 päivää sitten
  • K.west: 6 albums 2030 greatest albums: K.west, 12 albums. T.swift: 8 albums.

    LohengrinLohengrin2 päivää sitten
  • Definitely questioning why the Melon wasn't among the journalists polled for this, he has a much larger and diverse audience/span of listening than most of the critics chosen probably

    SuperSlimSuperSlim2 päivää sitten
  • Legião Urbana’s “As quatro estações” should 100% be one of the greatest albums of all times as way as their second album “Dois”

    Enter FilEnter Fil2 päivää sitten
  • Where is techno, dubstep, IDM? Rolling Stones just like Melon..

    NikolaiNikolai2 päivää sitten
  • The stooges next to Harry styles offends me way more than it should

    ridlem3thisridlem3this2 päivää sitten
  • Can't believe Necro - I Need Drugs didn't land at #1. Insanity

    Pedal SciencePedal Science2 päivää sitten
  • 2:44 I can't believe ex one hundred pre is featured on the list. Gotta give it up to Nefarious Hare.

    Dead Children PlayingDead Children Playing2 päivää sitten
  • Lol this is an insulting list.

    dusty48dusty482 päivää sitten
  • Having any compilations is in itself absurd.

    Trevor BarreTrevor Barre3 päivää sitten
  • Anyone here wanting more awesome likeminded music not included in Rolling Stone go check out Vitral - Asíntota right now. Kick ass proggy experimental stuff from 2016 already becoming a classic in itself.

    RevenantRoad RecordsRevenantRoad Records3 päivää sitten
  • Right on. More linguistic and geograpical diversity on this list would have been cool

    Alejandro González CastilloAlejandro González Castillo3 päivää sitten
  • Ridiculous list. What a joke.

    Linda LLinda L3 päivää sitten
  • Hotel California is not generic country, rock, pop. It’s skillful, well written, unique classic rock

    Noah LasherNoah Lasher3 päivää sitten
  • Thank you finally someone said the hotel California is overrated as f*** stop connecting it to the hippies hotel California is even psychedelic rock song and a album!!!!!!!!!!

    Victor hirshVictor hirsh3 päivää sitten
  • Biggest gripe is of course number 1. Come on. Important message, yes - Good title track, yes, One of the greatest in soul, yes. But as an album - no.

    makebastesengreatagainmakebastesengreatagain3 päivää sitten
  • My friend and I decided that Rolling Stone was over when Elliott Smith's death wasn't included in their 2000's in review

    EuphoniaPoochEuphoniaPooch3 päivää sitten
  • Make your 500 list, I know you have your ratings on an Excel sheet, update some then make a video.

    Andrey LucasAndrey Lucas3 päivää sitten
  • Pet sounds got snubbed again

    Thatcher GamingThatcher Gaming3 päivää sitten
  • 500: Arcade Fire - Funeral 491: Harry Styles - Fine Line Okay

    qopoy dnonqopoy dnon3 päivää sitten
  • Dark Side of the Moon at 55? How the fuck is an album that charted 741 consecutive weeks not in the top 10?

    TheFabulousRBKTheFabulousRBK3 päivää sitten
  • Graduation is dated and one of Kanye’s worst? No way man I think it aged very well (though I see your point about 808s having more influence) and I think it’s by far his best record.

    BeeBwakkaBeeBwakka3 päivää sitten
  • > NO King Crimson > NO Frank Zappa > CLOSE TO THE EDGE is BARELY on it > Hard Day’s Night over fucking WISH YOU WERE HERE lolment list

    VincenzoAureoVincenzoAureo3 päivää sitten
    • I knew there was no way he could make this video without mentioning Drake being on the list lol

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnon3 päivää sitten
  • Hey Cheesony Fontina, you should do your best 500 records of all time. I agree that rollings stones ratings is shut pure basofia.

    Santo SaviniSanto Savini3 päivää sitten
  • Some overprentence guy didn't win Xmas again

    crusader7by5creationcrusader7by5creation3 päivää sitten
  • The Band’s Music From Big Pink is at #100. Taylor Swift’s Red is #99. Rubber Soul is #35. Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black is #33 and Beyoncé’s Lemonade is #32. The Beatles’ Revolver is #11. Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is #10. This is what happens when you focus on diversity instead of talent. You get nonsense.

    Chris SerpicøChris Serpicø3 päivää sitten
  • Personally, I don't think any albums made within 10, maybe even 15 years ago belong on a "gReAteST ALbuMs oF alL tImE!!!" list. Neither do compilations or greatest hits collections. None of this is surprising, though. Rolling Stone has always been a joke.

    David BabbDavid Babb3 päivää sitten
  • It’s a big list, looks like they just tried to make a lot of people happy and ended up pissing Anthony off.

    Little NickyLittle Nicky3 päivää sitten
  • no prodigy? fat of the land is one of the most important dance albums of all time no cap

    aü dé lá t¡ŝmaü dé lá t¡ŝm3 päivää sitten
  • This list is stupid. The fact that Ege Bamyasi by Can is so low absolutely blows my mind. Also Death Grips isn't on the list so I'm mad. Also, does Billie Elish seriously deserve a spot on the top 500 "best albums of all time"? Yes it is immensely popular, but I don't think it's "of all time" great, and the fact that all of the albums below it on the list are better.

    Caston AdamsCaston Adams3 päivää sitten
  • Alanis Morissette definitely deserves the 69. :D

    Double ThomasDouble Thomas3 päivää sitten
  • Can't wait to scroll through their new list which takes ages because every page has like two hundred ads.

    MikeDinduMikeDindu3 päivää sitten
  • The whole quota of location for the sake of inclusion is silly. The only criteria should be that it's great.

    duckduckmooseduckduckmoose3 päivää sitten