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The Top 100 Albums in Rock 'n' Roll History, as judged in a poll of musicians, executives and journalists by VH1:

  1. The Beatles, "Revolver" (1966)

  2. Nirvana, "Nevermind" (1991)

  3. The Beach Boys, "Pet Sounds" (1966)

  4. Marvin Gaye, "What's Going On" (1971)

  5. Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Are You Experienced?" (1967)

  6. The Beatles, "Rubber Soul" (1965)

  7. Stevie Wonder, "Songs in the Key of Life" (1974)

  8. The Beatles, "Abbey Road" (1969)

  9. Bob Dylan, "Blonde on Blonde" (1966)

  10. The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (1967)

  11. The Beatles, "The Beatles" (1968)

  12. The Rolling Stones, "Exile on Main Street" (1972)

  13. The Who, "Who's Next" (1971)

  14. Joni Mitchell, "Blue" (1971)

  15. U2, "The Joshua Tree" (1987)

  16. Fleetwood Mac, "Rumours" (1977)

  17. Sex Pistols, "Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols" (1977)

  18. Prince & the Revolution, "Purple Rain" (1984)

  19. The Velvet Underground, "Velvet Underground & Nico"(1967)

  20. Public Enemy, "Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back" (1988)

  21. Elvis Presley, "Sun Sessions" (1976)

  22. Bob Dylan, "Highway 61 Revisited" (I965)

  23. Michael Jackson, "Thriller" (1982)

  24. The Rolling Stones, "Let it Bleed" (1969)

  25. The Clash, "London Calling" (1980)

  26. Bob Marley & the Wailers, "Exodus" (1977)

  27. Bruce Springsteen, "Born to Run" (1975)

  28. Patti Smith, "Horses" (1975)

  29. Bob Dylan, "Blood on the Tracks" (1975)

  30. Aretha Franklin, "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (1967)

  31. Stevie Wonder, "Innervisions" (1973)

  32. Van Morrison, "Moondance" (1970)

  33. Simon & Garfunkel, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (1970)

  34. James Brown, "Sex Machine" (1970)

  35. Prince, "Sign o' the Times" (1987)

  36. Michael Jackson, "Off the Wall" (1979)

  37. Lauryn Hill,"The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (1998)

  38. Eagles, "Hotel California" (1976)

  39. Carole King, "Tapestry" (1971)

  40. Van Morrison, "Astral Weeks"(1968)

  41. Aretha Franklin, "Lady Soul" (1968)

  42. Guns N'Roses, "Appetite For Destruction" (1987)

  43. Led Zeppelin, "Led Zeppelin" (1969)

  44. Led Zeppelin, "Led Zeppelin II" (1969)

  45. Sly & the Family Stone, "Stand!" (1969)

  46. The Rolling Stones, "Sticky Fingers" (1971)

  47. David Bowie, "Hunky Dory" (1972)

  48. David Bowie, "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" (1972)

  49. Prince, "1999" (1983)

  50. Police, "Synchronicity" (1983)

  51. Pink Floyd, "Dark Side of the Moon" (1973)

  52. The Pretenders, "Pretenders" (1980)

  53. Bob Dylan, "Bringing it All Back Home" (1965)

  54. The Ramones, "Ramones" (1976)

  55. Parliament, "Mothership Connection" (1976)

  56. Kraftwerk, "Trans-Europe Express" (1977)

  57. Bee Gees, "Saturday Night Fever" (1976)

  58. Dusty Springfield, "Dusty in Memphis" (1969)

  59. Allman Brothers Band, "Live at the Fillmore East" (1971)

  60. The Doors, "The Doors" (1967)

  61. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, "Deja Vu"(1970)

  62. NWA, "Straight Outta Compton" (1988)

  63. Curtis Mayfield, "Superfly" (1972)

  64. Miles Davis, "Bitches Brew" (1969)

  65. U2, "Achtung Baby" (1991)

  66. Miles Davis, "Kind of Blue" (1959)

  67. The Rolling Stones, "Beggar's Banquet" (1968)

  68. Bruce Springsteen, "Darkness on the Edge of Town" (1978)

  69. The Stooges, "Raw Power" (t973)

  70. Al Green, "Call Me" (1973)

  71. Led Zeppelin, "Physical Graffitti” (1975)

  72. Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Electric Ladyland" (1968)

  73. Jeff Buckley, "Grace" (1994)

  74. Beastie Boys, "Paul's Boutique" (1989)

  75. The Replacements, "Let It Be" (1984)

  76. Aretha Franklin, "Young, Gifted & Black" (1971)

  77. James Taylor, "Sweet Baby James" (1970)

  78. Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Axis: Bold as Love" (1967)

  79. Pearl Jam, "Ten" (1991)

  80. Elvis Costello, "My Aim is True" (1977)

  81. Otis Redding, "Otis Blue" (1966)

  82. AC/DC, "Back In Black" (1980)

  83. Television, "Marquee Moon" (1977)

  84. Paul Simon, "Graceland" (1986)

  85. Santana, "Abraxas" (1970)

  86. The Who, "Quadrophenia" (1973)

  87. Cream, "Disraeli Gears" (1967)

  88. Talking Heads, "Remain In Light" (1980)

  89. Derek & the Dominos, "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs" (1970)

  90. The Who, "Tommy" (1969)

  91. Peter Gabriel, "So" (1986)

  92. REM "Murmer" (1983)

  93. Simon & Garfunkel, "Bookends" (1968)

  94. Radiohead, "OK Computer" (1997)

  95. Tina Turner, "Private Dancer" (1984)

  96. Liz Phair, "Exile in Guyville" (1993)

  97. Ray Charles, "Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music" (1961)

  98. Jackson Five, "ABC" (1970)

  99. The B-52s, "The B-52s"(1979)

  100. Madonna, "Like a Prayer" (1989)

You may now voice your outrage...


It's interesting to come back and look at this list three years later. I've found most folks rate OK Computer by Radiohead to be the best album of all time, but it's not on this list near the top (it's number 94). I think that there should be a grace period, such as no albums released within a five-year window should be eligible for such a list, as they tend to take up space from real classic albums. I'm glad that they seemed to do this for the above list.

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