Saturday, December 16, 2006


This is a list of albums TIME magazine believe are the "greatest albums of all time". Lots of room for debate in this list... Ones I have are in blue.


The Essential Hank Williams Collection: Turn Back the Years, Hank Williams, Mercury, 2005
The College Dropout, Kanye West , Roc-a-Fella, 2004
Portrait of a Legend 1951 - 1964, Sam Cooke, ABKCO Music & Records, 2003
Elvis: 30 No. 1 Hits, Elvis Presley, BMG/Elvis, 2002
The Anthology, 1947 - 1972, Muddy Waters , Chess, 2001
Kid A, Radiohead, Capitol, 2000
Stankonia, Outkast , LaFace, 2000
Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea,
PJ Harvey, UMG Recordings, 2000
The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem, Interscope, 2000


Sunrise, Elvis Presley, BMG / Elvis, 1999
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams , Universal, 1998
OK Computer, Radiohead, Capitol, 1997
Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan, Sony, 1997
Endtroducing..., DJ Shadow , Mo' Wax, 1996
(What's the Story) Morning Glory, Oasis , Sony, 1995
Live Through This, Hole , Geffen, 1994
My Life, Mary J. Blige , MCA, 1994
Ready to Die, The Notorious B.I.G. , Bad Boy, 1994
Slanted and Enchanted, Pavement , Matador, 1992
The Chronic, Dr. Dre , Death Row/Interscope, 1992
Achtung Baby, U2 , Island, 1991
Nevermind, Nirvana , DGC Records, 1991
Out of Time , R.E.M., Warner Brothers, 1991
Phil Spector, Back to Mono (1958 - 1969), Various Artists , Abkco, 1991
Ropin' The Wind, Garth Brooks, Capitol, 1991
Star Time, James Brown , Polydor, 1991
The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest , Jive, 1991


Like a Prayer, Madonna , Sire/London/Rhino, 1989
Paul's Boutique, Beastie Boys , Capitol, 1989
The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses , Jive, 1989
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy , Def Jam/Columbia, 1988
Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A , Priority, 1988
Document, R.E.M. , I.R.S. Records, 1987

Paid in Full, Eric B. and Rakim , Island, 1987
Sign O' The Times, Prince , Paisley Park, 1987
The Joshua Tree, U2 , Island, 1987
Graceland, Paul Simon , Warner Brothers, 1986
Master of Puppets, Metallica , Elektra/Wea, 1986
Raising Hell, Run-DMC , Arista Records/Profile, 1986
Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers , Island/Tuff Gong, 1984
Purple Rain, Prince , Warner Brothers, 1984
Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads , Warner Brothers/Wea, 1984
The Great Twenty-Eight, Chuck Berry , MCA, 1982
Thriller, Michael Jackson , Sony, 1982
Back in Black, AC/DC , Atlantic, 1980


London Calling, The Clash , Sony, 1979
One Nation Under a Groove, Parliament /Funkadelic , Warner Brothers, 1978
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols, The Sex Pistols , Warner Brothers/Wea, 1977
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac , Warner Brothers, 1977
Hotel California, The Eagles, Elektra/Wea, 1976
Ramones, The Ramones, Sire, 1976
Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder , Motown, 1976
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen , Sony, 1975
Horses, Patti Smith , Arista, 1975
Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson , Sony, 1975
Call Me, Al Green, The Right Stuff, 1973
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John , MCA, 1973
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust , David Bowie, RCA, 1972
Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones , Virgin, 1972
Talking Book, Stevie Wonder, UMG Recordings, 1972
The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff and Various Artists, Island, 1972
Blue, Joni Mitchell , Warner Brothers/Wea, 1971
Coat of Many Colors, Dolly Parton , RCA, 1971
Hunky Dory, David Bowie, RCA, 1971
Led Zeppelin IV (a.k.a. Zoso), Led Zeppelin, Wea International, 1971
Paranoid, Black Sabbath, Warner Brothers, 1971
Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones, Virgin, 1971
Tapestry, Carole King , Ode/A&M, 1971
What's Going On, Marvin Gaye , Motown, 1971
Who's Next, The Who, Mobile Fidelity, 1971
After the Gold Rush, Neil Young , Reprise, 1970
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel , Columbia, 1970
John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band, Apple/EMI, 1970
Moondance, Van Morrison , Warner Brothers/Wea, 1970


Abbey Road,The Beatles,Capitol, 1969
Bitches Brew,Miles Davis,Sony, 1969
Stand!,Sly & the Family Stone,Epic, 1969
The Band,The Band ,Capitol, 1969
Astral Weeks,Van Morrison,Warner Brothers/Wea, 1968
At Folsom Prison,Johnny Cash ,Sony, 1968
Lady Soul,Aretha Franklin ,Atlantic, 1968
The Beatles ("The White Album"),The Beatles ,Capitol, 1968
Are You Experienced,The Jimi Hendrix Experience ,Experience Hendrix, 1967
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You,Aretha Franklin ,Atlantic, 1967
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band,The Beatles ,Capitol, 1967
The Velvet Underground and Nico,The Velvet Underground ,Polydor/Pgd, 1967
Blonde on Blonde,Bob Dylan ,Columbia, 1966
Pet Sounds,The Beach Boys ,DCC, 1966
Revolver,The Beatles ,Capitol, 1966
Highway 61 Revisited,Bob Dylan ,Columbia, 1965
Otis Blue,Otis Redding ,Atlantic, 1965
Rubber Soul,The Beatles ,Capitol, 1965
A Love Supreme,John Coltrane ,Impulse, 1964
Live at the Apollo (1963),James Brown ,Polydor, 1963
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music,Ray Charles ,ABC/Paramount, 1962
King of the Delta Blues Singers,Robert Johnson,Columbia, 1961


Kind of Blue,Miles Davis ,Sony, 1959
Here's Little Richard,Little Richard ,Specialty, 1957
Songs for Swingin' Lovers,Frank Sinatra ,Capitol, 1955
In the Wee Small Hours,Frank Sinatra,Capitol, 1954

SNAVE'S NOTE: Looks like I'm a 60's and 70's kind of guy, all right, at least according to TIME. In this decade so far, I have only one of nine titles, or 11%. For the 90's, I own 8 of 18 titles, or 44%. The 80's make me a 22% guy, with only 4 of 18 titles. I have 18 of the 29 titles mentioned for the 70's, and 12 of the 22 listed for the 60's, for 62% and 55% respectively. However, I think my "best albums" list would look lots different than the one TIME has generated...


Blogger PoliShifter said...

I'm not sure I would trust the opinion of Time on music.

Come to think of it, I'm not sure I'd trust any mainstream publications or media on music.

I don't think one Pink Floyd album was on that list. Not even The Wall or Dark Side of the Moon. No Bob Marley Catch A Fire.

That alone makes me suspicious...

9:15 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Dang, you're right! No Wish You Were Here or Dark Side Of The Moon or Wall (although Meddle is MY favorite Floyd!)

I didn't see The Who's Tommy or Quadrophenia listed, and I certainly believe Creedence Clearwater Revival's Cosmo's Factory should be there.

12:44 AM  
Blogger Elvez73 said...

Yeh, although some great albums are on that list, I have to call into question Time's credentials when they have a friggin Garth Brooks album on there, I love traditional country, ( Hank, Cash, Willie etc.) but that guy was the antichrist. I also question no Pink Floyd and no Tommy or Quadrophenia. I generally like the Rolling Stone top 500 albums that came out in 04, its a little more diverse and comphrensive. As a music geek though I love these lists, endless room for debate and making ones own lists.

8:12 AM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Wow, that's bad. How could they miss those? And I'm sure the more we think about it, the more albums we'll realize were missed.

However, even with those glaring omissions, Time did an ok job.

Snave, we have earily similar tastes. If I went through my music collection and compared it with yours, I think we'd match about 75 - 85%.

8:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These lists are fun but also really maddening. I just think it would be easier if everybody agreed with my choices (ha,ha).

Wow, I'm really missing the boat so far this decade. I didn't even like Kid A...

8:21 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Elvez, Barf Brooks IS the musical antichrist. Or, he's one of them, anyway! I agree that traditional country is good stuff. I recently picked up "Hag", a nice collection of Merle Haggard songs, and it's great fun. I would listen to Buck Owens before I would listen to Barf Brooks any day.

When I was in high school, some fellow music freaks and I would occasionally but a 45 of a song we hated, and then we would "put it out of its misery" by using it for target practice with our .22s, putting it on the turntable and playing it with our pocketknives until little curly vinyl shavings would appear off of the surface, or grinding it around under our feet on concrete. We did this with McCartney's "Silly Love Songs", with "Disco Duck" and with "Boogie Fever", among others. To say my friends and I were passionate about our music back in the early-mid 70s would be an understatement.

At this point in my life, I doubt I would go to Wal-Mart and buy the 5-or-6 disc Brooks collection for $30 just so I could take it out and run over it with my car a few times before lighting it on fire, but the thought has crossed my warped mind a few times. However, $30 for a set of quality drink coasters isn't really that bad, and as long as I was always sure to place the Barf discs recording-side-up, they might serve that purpose well.

9:49 AM  
Blogger Damien said...

Vahooo we're all times people of the year. Wow what a sensationalist cop out by those guys!!!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

I have to agree, Poli. No Pink Floyd, no Janis Joplin, no Mamas and Papas, no Jefferson Starship, and only one Bob Marley, gods of rock? What's up with that?

For country musicians, I'd go Allison Krause, k.d. lang, Roy Orbison... Anyone but Garth Brooks. But if you want to know who I think the country music Antichrist is, Shania Twain and Billy Ray Cyrus fit that bill nicely. Then again, I tend to gravitate more towards bluegrass and zydeco when it comes to country music.

Damien, I have to agree with you about the astounding cowardice of Time magazine this year. If they were considering giving the award to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, why didn't they? After all, Adolf Hitler and Iosef Stalin were former Time Magazine Men of the Year, though they were only technically human.

Finally, where's Moby, A Perfect Circle, Afrika Bambaata, or Tool?

5:52 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

It is truly amazing, the stuff left off of TIME's list. I would agree that lists from someone like Rolling Stone or SPIN magazine are probably more credible...

6:05 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Is it just me, or were all the 2000 entries mostly reissues of older material?

2:45 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Interesting list, yours and Time's. It's always too easy to disagree and notice what they've left off, but I still enjoy looking at lists like that.

5:17 PM  
Blogger Kvatch said...

True much to comment about...too much. I will make one observation, however. They did a piss-poor job on the 80s.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Mandelbrot's Chaos said...

Kvatch, I would've just stopped by saying that they did a piss-poor job. And I can't believe I failed to mention the most irritating rock singer of the last two generations: Scott Stapp, formerly of Creed until they kicked his self-righteous tochis out.

8:58 PM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Brought to you by the same folks who think all of us are the person of the year?

I had some of the older ones but never replaced them with cd's.

6:20 AM  

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