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NOTE: A new revision of this list was published on September 22, 2020. Please update this page to reflect the changed rankings.

Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 500 Greatest Albums of all time. First begun in 2003, a new list was issued in 2012, this time considering albums released during the 2000s. A third revision came out in 2020, considering albums released during the 2010's and placing greater focus on works by female artists, artists of color, and artists from previously underrepresented genres (most notably hip-hop). Albums (and artists) that have not yet been added to TV Tropes are listed in Red Markup; we would appreciate it if tropers would scroll through the list and add these pages.

The more recent 2012 list replaced 38 albums on the 2003 list, either with newer albums or with albums done by similar artists in the genre, and the 2020 list replaced an even greater number of albums, adding back in some albums that were dropped in 2012 and incorporating 154 albums that weren't on either the 2003 or 2012 editions. For the 2003 release, Rolling Stone compiled 273 weighted top-fifty lists by various artists, producers, industry executives and journalists; the magazine editors then used those lists to assign each featured album to a spot according to its popularity. The 2012 list is more revision-based, with 100 experts either changing some selections or adding new ones. These experts include artists who are in the list, though the majority tend to be artists, record producers, or even critics who do not make an appearance. The 2020 list meanwhile polls "more than 300 artists, producers, critics, and music-industry figures;" the greater focus on artist opinions thus allows for a more thorough view of what is considered "great" by offering perspectives from the people who make the works themselves.


Of note is that the list is not limited solely to studio albums; the list also includes greatest hits albums, rarities compilations, and live albums that have been heavy subjects of acclaim and/or popularity over the years. Whether or not this has a positive or negative effect on the list is up for debate, but the fact that it prioritizes influence rather than subjective quality does add credence given the number of non-studio albums that have acted as gateways for various musicians when they were starting out or seeking to reinvent themselves.

The results tend to favor "testosterone-fueled vintage rock", according to one reporter. Various demographics do remain underrepresented; female solo artists or bands with female artists only account for about 10% of the additions, and contributions made by minorities such as Hispanics and Latinos, Asians, and even non-British Europeans remain few and far-between— in fact, the entirety of the albums in the latest list are sung in English (when they're not instrumental). The selections have also been criticized as putting too much emphasis on rock and all its subgenres, and thus designate the positions to mostly white American musicians or British musicians. Moreover, the newer artists included in the 2012 revision remain at the bottom, while the top 50 seems to favor deceased artists, artists who are revered by consensus, or older albums that have since had a chance to be Vindicated by History.


Nevertheless, even younger critics maintain that despite the racial, generational, and gender bias, most albums on this list do remain worthy of the title "great." In addition, most albums aren't ranked based on the quality of their music, but their importance and influence in the Western music canon. It's also important to keep in mind that most of the experts who contributed to the 2003 and 2012 lists are Baby Boomers; rock and its subgenres maintained their identity and their way to connect to the world.

By no means is this a definitive list, but it's an important guideline to view how these influential artists continue to shape the future of popular music to this day.

Note: This is the 2012 version of the list; because of how recent the 2020 edition is, everything below here does not accurately reflect the current standings. The list will be updated to reflect the new rankings.

  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles
  2. Pet SoundsThe Beach Boys
  3. RevolverThe Beatles
  4. Highway 61 RevisitedBob Dylan
  5. Rubber SoulThe Beatles
  6. What's Going OnMarvin Gaye
  7. Exile on Main St.The Rolling Stones
  8. London CallingThe Clash
  9. Blonde on BlondeBob Dylan
  10. The White AlbumThe Beatles
  11. The Sun SessionsElvis Presleynote 
  12. Kind of BlueMiles Davis
  13. The Velvet Underground & NicoVelvet Underground
  14. Abbey RoadThe Beatles
  15. Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  16. Blood on the TracksBob Dylan
  17. NevermindNirvana
  18. Born to RunBruce Springsteen
  19. Astral WeeksVan Morrison
  20. ThrillerMichael Jackson
  21. The Great Twenty EightChuck Berry
  22. The Complete RecordingsRobert Johnson
  23. John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon
  24. InnervisionsStevie Wonder
  25. Live at the ApolloJames Brown
  26. RumoursFleetwood Mac
  27. The Joshua TreeU2
  28. Who's NextThe Who
  29. Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin
  30. BlueJoni Mitchell
  31. Bringing It All Back HomeBob Dylan
  32. Let It BleedThe Rolling Stones
  33. RamonesThe Ramones
  34. Music From Big PinkThe Band
  35. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from MarsDavid Bowie
  36. TapestryCarole King
  37. Hotel CaliforniaEagles
  38. The Anthology (1947–1972)Muddy Waters
  39. Please Please MeThe Beatles
  40. Forever ChangesLove
  41. Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex PistolsSex Pistols
  42. The DoorsThe Doors
  43. The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd
  44. HorsesPatti Smith
  45. ''The Band' – The Band
  46. LegendBob Marley And The Wailers
  47. A Love SupremeJohn Coltrane
  48. It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic Enemy
  49. At Fillmore EastThe Allman Brothers Band
  50. Here's Little RichardLittle Richard
  51. Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon & Garfunkel
  52. Greatest Hits Al GreenAl Green
  53. With the BeatlesThe Beatles
  54. The Birth Of Soul The Complete Atlantic Rhythm And Blues RecordingsRay Charles
  55. Electric Ladyland – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  56. Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
  57. Songs in the Key of LifeStevie Wonder
  58. Beggars BanquetThe Rolling Stones
  59. Chronicle AlbumCreedence Clearwater Revival
  60. Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain Beefheart and His Magic Band
  61. Greatest Hits Sly StoneSly and the Family Stone
  62. Appetite for DestructionGuns N' Roses
  63. Achtung BabyU2
  64. Sticky FingersThe Rolling Stones
  65. Back To MonoPhil Spector
  66. MoondanceVan Morrison
  67. Kid ARadiohead
  68. Off the WallMichael Jackson
  69. Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin
  70. The Stranger AlbumBilly Joel
  71. GracelandPaul Simon
  72. Superfly AlbumCurtis Mayfield
  73. Physical GraffitiLed Zeppelin
  74. After the Gold Rush - Neil Young
  75. Star TimeJames Brown
  76. Purple RainPrince and the Revolution
  77. Back in BlackAC/DC
  78. Otis BlueOtis Redding
  79. Led Zeppelin IILed Zeppelin
  80. ImagineJohn Lennon
  81. The Clash AlbumThe Clash
  82. Harvest AlbumNeil Young
  83. Axis: Bold as Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  84. I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love YouAretha Franklin
  85. Lady SoulAretha Franklin
  86. Born In The USABruce Springsteen
  87. The WallPink Floyd
  88. At Folsom PrisonJohnny Cash
  89. Dusty In MemphisDusty Springfield
  90. Talking BookStevie Wonder
  91. Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John
  92. TwentyGoldenGreatsBuddy Holly and the Crickets
  93. Sign '☮' the TimesPrince
  94. FortyGreatestHitsHank Williams
  95. Bitches BrewMiles Davis
  96. TommyThe Who
  97. The Freewheelin' Bob DylanBob Dylan
  98. This Year's ModelElvis Costello
  99. Theres A Riot Goin OnSly and the Family Stone
  100. Odessey and OracleThe Zombies
  101. In the Wee Small HoursFrank Sinatra
  102. Fresh CreamCream
  103. Giant StepsJohn Coltrane
  104. Sweet Baby JamesJames Taylor
  105. Modern Sounds in Country and Western MusicRay Charles
  106. Rocket to RussiaRamones
  107. Portrait Of A LegendSam Cooke
  108. Hunky DoryDavid Bowie
  109. AftermathThe Rolling Stones
  110. LoadedVelvet Underground
  111. The BendsRadiohead
  112. If You Can Believe Your Eyes And EarsThe Mamas & the Papas
  113. Court And SparkJoni Mitchell
  114. Disraeli GearsCream
  115. The Who Sell OutThe Who
  116. Out of Our HeadsThe Rolling Stones
  117. Layla and Other Assorted Love SongsDerek and the Dominos
  118. Late RegistrationKanye West
  119. At LastEtta James
  120. Sweetheart Of The RodeoThe Byrds
  121. Stand!Sly and the Family Stone
  122. The Harder They ComeJimmy Cliff
  123. Raising HellRun–D.M.C.
  124. Moby Grape AlbumMoby Grape
  125. PearlJanis Joplin
  126. Catch a FireBob Marley and the Wailers
  127. Younger Than YesterdayThe Byrds
  128. Raw PowerThe Stooges
  129. Remain in LightTalking Heads
  130. Marquee MoonTelevision
  131. ParanoidBlack Sabbath
  132. Saturday Night Fever – Various Artists
  133. The Wild The Innocent And The E Street ShuffleBruce Springsteen
  134. Ready to DieThe Notorious B.I.G.
  135. Slanted And EnchantedPavement
  136. Greatest Hits Elton JohnElton John
  137. TimThe Replacements
  138. The ChronicDr. Dre
  139. Rejuvenation AlbumThe Meters
  140. Parallel LinesBlondie
  141. Live At The RegalB.B. King
  142. A Christmas Gift For You From Phil SpectorPhil Spector
  143. Gris GrisDr John
  144. Straight Outta ComptonN.W.A.
  145. Aja - Steely Dan
  146. Surrealistic PillowJefferson Airplane
  147. Deja Vu AlbumCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  148. Houses of the HolyLed Zeppelin
  149. Santana1969Santana
  150. Darkness On The Edge Of TownBruce Springsteen
  151. FuneralArcade Fire
  152. The B52s AlbumThe B-52s
  153. The Low End TheoryA Tribe Called Quest
  154. Moanin' in the MoonlightHowlin' Wolf
  155. PretendersThe Pretenders
  156. Paul's BoutiqueBeastie Boys
  157. CloserJoy Division
  158. Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt CowboyElton John
  159. Alive MusicKiss
  160. Electric Warrior - T. Rex
  161. The Dock Of The BayOtis Redding
  162. OK ComputerRadiohead
  163. Nineteen Ninety NinePrince
  164. The Very Best Of Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
  165. Lets Get It OnMarvin Gaye
  166. Imperial BedroomElvis Costello
  167. Master of PuppetsMetallica
  168. My Aim Is TrueElvis Costello
  169. Exodus (album)Bob Marley And The Wailers
  170. Live At LeedsThe Who
  171. The Notorious Byrd BrothersThe Byrds
  172. Every Picture Tells A StoryRod Stewart
  173. Something/Anything?Todd Rundgren
  174. DesireBob Dylan
  175. Close To YouCarpenters
  176. Rocks AlbumAerosmith
  177. One Nation Under a GrooveFunkadelic
  178. The Anthology Curtis MayfieldCurtis Mayfield And The Impressions
  179. The Definitive CollectionABBA
  180. The Rolling Stones No. 2The Rolling Stones
  181. Natty DreadBob Marley And The Wailers
  182. Fleetwood Mac AlbumFleetwood Mac
  183. Red Headed StrangerWillie Nelson
  184. The Immaculate CollectionMadonna
  185. The Stooges (Album)The Stooges
  186. FRESHAlbumSly and the Family Stone
  187. SoPeter Gabriel
  188. Buffalo Springfield AgainBuffalo Springfield
  189. Happy TrailsQuicksilver Messenger Service
  190. From Elvis in MemphisElvis Presley
  191. Fun HouseThe Stooges
  192. The Gilded Palace Of SinThe Flying Burrito Brothers
  193. DookieGreen Day
  194. TransformerLou Reed
  195. Blues BreakersJohn Mayall And The Bluesbreakers
  196. Nuggets Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era – Various Artists
  197. MurmurR.E.M.
  198. The Best Of Little WalterLittle Walter
  199. Is This ItThe Strokes
  200. Highway to HellAC/DC
  201. The Downward SpiralNine Inch Nails
  202. Parsley Sage Rosemary And ThymeSimon & Garfunkel
  203. BadMichael Jackson
  204. Modern Times AlbumBob Dylan
  205. Wheels Of FireCream
  206. Dirty Mind - Prince
  207. AbraxasSantana
  208. Tea For The TillermanCat Stevens
  209. TenPearl Jam
  210. Everybody Knows This Is NowhereNeil Young and Crazy Horse
  211. Wish You Were HerePink Floyd
  212. Crooked Rain Crooked RainPavement
  213. Tattoo YouThe Rolling Stones
  214. Proud Mary The Best Of Ike And Tina TurnerIke and Tina Turner
  215. New York Dolls AlbumNew York Dolls
  216. Bo Diddley Go Bo DiddleyBo Diddley
  217. Two Steps From The BluesBobby Bland
  218. The Queen Is DeadThe Smiths
  219. Licensed to IllBeastie Boys
  220. Look Ka Py PyThe Meters
  221. LovelessMy Bloody Valentine
  222. New Orleans PianoProfessor Longhair
  223. WarU2
  224. The Neil Diamond CollectionNeil Diamond
  225. American IdiotGreen Day
  226. Nebraska AlbumBruce Springsteen
  227. DoolittleThe Pixies
  228. Paid in FullEric B. & Rakim
  229. Toys In The AtticAerosmith
  230. Nick Of TimeBonnie Raitt
  231. A Night at the OperaQueen
  232. The Kink KroniklesThe Kinks
  233. Mr. Tambourine ManThe Byrds
  234. Bookends AlbumSimon & Garfunkel
  235. The Ultimate Collection Patsy ClinePatsy Cline
  236. Mr ExcitementJackie Wilson
  237. My GenerationThe Who
  238. The Howlin' Wolf AlbumHowlin' Wolf
  239. Like a PrayerMadonna
  240. Cant Buy A ThrillSteely Dan
  241. Let It Be The Replacements AlbumThe Replacements
  242. Run–D.M.C. (Album)Run–D.M.C.
  243. Black SabbathBlack Sabbath
  244. The Marshall Mathers LPEminem
  245. All Killer No Filler The AnthologyJerry Lee Lewis
  246. Freak OutThe Mothers of Invention
  247. Live DeadGrateful Dead
  248. The Shape of Jazz to ComeOrnette Coleman
  249. Automatic for the PeopleR.E.M.
  250. Reasonable DoubtJay-Z
  251. LowDavid Bowie
  252. The BlueprintJay-Z
  253. The RiverBruce Springsteen
  254. Complete And Unbelievable The Otis Redding Dictionary Of SoulOtis Redding
  255. Metallica AlbumMetallica
  256. Trans-Europe ExpressKraftwerk
  257. Whitney Houston AlbumWhitney Houston
  258. The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation SocietyThe Kinks
  259. The Velvet RopeJanet Jackson
  260. Stardust AlbumWillie Nelson
  261. American BeautyGrateful Dead
  262. Crosby Stills And Nash Album - Crosby, Stills & Nash
  263. Tracy Chapman AlbumTracy Chapman
  264. Workingmans DeadGrateful Dead
  265. The Genius Of Ray CharlesRay Charles
  266. Child Is Father To The ManBlood Sweat And Tears
  267. QuadropheniaThe Who
  268. Paul Simon AlbumPaul Simon
  269. PsychocandyThe Jesus and Mary Chain
  270. Some GirlsThe Rolling Stones
  271. The Beach Boys Today!The Beach Boys
  272. Dig Me OutSleater-Kinney
  273. Going To A Go GoSmokey Robinson And The Miracles
  274. NightbirdsLabelleArtist
  275. The Slim Shady LPEminem
  276. Mothership Connection - Parliament
  277. Rhythm Nation 1814Janet Jackson
  278. Anthology Of American Folk Music – Various Artists
  279. Aladdin SaneDavid Bowie
  280. All That You Can't Leave BehindU2
  281. My LifeMary J. Blige
  282. Folk SingerMuddy Waters
  283. Cant Get EnoughBarry White
  284. The Cars AlbumThe Cars
  285. Music Of My MindStevie Wonder
  286. Im Still In Love With YouAl Green
  287. Los Angeles AlbumX
  288. Anthem of the SunGrateful Dead
  289. Something Else by the KinksThe Kinks
  290. Call MeAl Green
  291. Talking Heads: 77Talking Heads
  292. The Basement TapesBob Dylan And The Band
  293. White Light/White HeatVelvet Underground
  294. Kick Out the JamsMC5
  295. Songs of Love and HateLeonard Cohen
  296. Meat Is MurderThe Smiths
  297. We're Only in It for the MoneyThe Mothers of Invention
  298. The College DropoutKanye West
  299. The Blue AlbumWeezer
  300. Master of RealityBlack Sabbath
  301. Coat of Many ColorsDolly Parton
  302. Fear of a Black PlanetPublic Enemy
  303. John Wesley HardingBob Dylan
  304. GraceJeff Buckley
  305. Car Wheels On A Gravel RoadLucinda Williams
  306. OdelayBeck
  307. A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles
  308. Songs for Swingin' Lovers!Frank Sinatra
  309. Willy and the Poor BoysCreedence Clearwater Revival
  310. Blood Sugar Sex MagikRed Hot Chili Peppers
  311. The Sun Records Collection – Various Artists
  312. Nothings ShockingJane's Addiction
  313. MTV Unplugged in New YorkNirvana
  314. The Miseducation of Lauryn HillLauryn Hill
  315. Damn The TorpedoesTom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  316. The Velvet Underground 1969Velvet Underground
  317. Surfer RosaThe Pixies
  318. Back StabbersThe O Jays
  319. Burnin'Bob Marley and the Wailers
  320. AmnesiacRadiohead
  321. Pink MoonNick Drake
  322. Sail AwayRandy Newman
  323. Ghost In The MachineThe Police
  324. Station to StationDavid Bowie
  325. SlowhandEric Clapton
  326. DisintegrationThe Cure
  327. Exile in GuyvilleLiz Phair
  328. Daydream NationSonic Youth
  329. In The Jungle GrooveJames Brown
  330. Tonights The NightNeil Young
  331. Help!The Beatles
  332. Shoot Out The LightsRichard And Linda Thompson
  333. Wild GiftX
  334. Squeezing Out SparksGraham Parker
  335. SuperunknownSoundgarden
  336. In RainbowsRadiohead
  337. AqualungJethro Tull
  338. Cheap ThrillsBig Brother and the Holding Company
  339. The Heart of Saturday NightTom Waits
  340. Damaged - Black Flag
  341. PlayMoby
  342. ViolatorDepeche Mode
  343. Bat Out of HellMeat Loaf
  344. BerlinLou Reed
  345. Stop Making SenseTalking Heads
  346. Three Feet High And RisingDe La Soul
  347. The Piper at the Gates of DawnPink Floyd
  348. At Newport 1960Muddy Waters
  349. The Black AlbumJay-Z
  350. Roger the EngineerThe Yardbirds
  351. Rust Never SleepsNeil Young and Crazy Horse
  352. Brothers in ArmsDire Straits
  353. My Beautiful Dark Twisted FantasyKanye West
  354. Fifty Second StreetBilly Joel
  355. Having a Rave UpThe Yardbirds
  356. Twelve SongsRandy Newman
  357. Between the ButtonsThe Rolling Stones
  358. Sketches of SpainMiles Davis
  359. Honky ChateauElton John
  360. Singles Going SteadyBuzzcocks
  361. StankoniaOutkast
  362. Siamese DreamThe Smashing Pumpkins
  363. Substance (New Order Album)New Order
  364. L.A. WomanThe Doors
  365. Rage Against The Machine AlbumRage Against the Machine
  366. American RecordingsJohnny Cash
  367. Ray of LightMadonna
  368. Eagles AlbumEagles
  369. Louder Than BombsThe Smiths
  370. MottMott the Hoople
  371. Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm NotArctic Monkeys
  372. Reggatta De BlancThe Police
  373. Volunteers AlbumJefferson Airplane
  374. Siren AlbumRoxy Music
  375. Late For The SkyJackson Browne
  376. PostBjörk
  377. The Ultimate Collection John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker
  378. (What's the Story) Morning Glory?Oasis
  379. CrazysexycoolTLC
  380. FunkyKingstonToots And The Maytals
  381. SMiLEThe Beach Boys
  382. The Modern Lovers AlbumThe Modern Lovers
  383. More Songs About Buildings and FoodTalking Heads
  384. A Quick OneThe Who
  385. Love And TheftBob Dylan
  386. Pretzel LogicSteely Dan
  387. Enter The Wu Tang 36 ChambersWu-Tang Clan
  388. The Indestructible Beat Of Soweto – Various Artists
  389. The End Of The InnocenceDon Henley
  390. ElephantThe White Stripes
  391. The PretenderJackson Browne
  392. Let It BeThe Beatles
  393. KalaM.I.A.
  394. Good Old BoysRandy Newman
  395. Sound Of SilverLCD Soundsystem
  396. For Your PleasureRoxy Music
  397. Blue LinesMassive Attack
  398. EliminatorZZ Top
  399. Rain DogsTom Waits
  400. Anthology The TemptationsThe Temptations
  401. CalifornicationRed Hot Chili Peppers
  402. IllmaticNas
  403. Pronounced Lehnerd SkinnerdLynyrd Skynyrd
  404. Dr Johns GumboDr John
  405. Radio CityBig Star
  406. Rid of MePJ Harvey
  407. Sandinista!The Clash
  408. I Do Not Want What I Havent GotSinéad O'Connor
  409. Strange DaysThe Doors
  410. Time Out of MindBob Dylan
  411. FourSixOneOceanBoulevardEric Clapton
  412. Pink FlagWire
  413. Double Nickels On The DimeMinutemen
  414. Beauty And The BeatThe Go-Go's
  415. Van Halen AlbumVan Halen
  416. Mule VariationsTom Waits
  417. BoyU2
  418. Band on the RunWings
  419. DummyPortishead
  420. The Chirping CricketsBuddy Holly and the Crickets
  421. The Best Of The Girl Groups – Various Artists
  422. Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring VeronicaThe Ronettes
  423. Anthology Diana RossDiana Ross And The Supremes
  424. The RisingBruce Springsteen
  425. Grievous AngelGram Parsons
  426. At BudokanCheap Trick
  427. Sleepless AlbumPeter Wolf
  428. Outlandos d'AmourThe Police
  429. Another Green WorldBrian Eno
  430. Vampire Weekend AlbumVampire Weekend
  431. Stories from the City, Stories from the SeaPJ Harvey
  432. Here Come the Warm JetsBrian Eno
  433. All Things Must PassGeorge Harrison
  434. #1 RecordBig Star
  435. In UteroNirvana
  436. Sea ChangeBeck
  437. Tha Carter IIILil Wayne
  438. Boys Dont Cry AlbumThe Cure
  439. Live At The Harlem Square Club 1963Sam Cooke
  440. Rum Sodomy And The LashThe Pogues
  441. Suicide AlbumSuicide
  442. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!Devo
  443. In ColorCheap Trick
  444. The World Is A GhettoWar Band
  445. Fly Like An EagleSteve Miller Band
  446. Back In The USAMC5
  447. Getz GilbertoStan Getz And Joao Gilberto
  448. SynchronicityThe Police
  449. Third Sister LoversBig Star
  450. For EverymanJackson Browne
  451. Back to BlackAmy Winehouse
  452. John PrineJohn Prine
  453. Strictly BusinessEPMD
  454. Love It to DeathAlice Cooper
  455. How Will The Wolf SurviveLos Lobos
  456. Here My DearMarvin Gaye
  457. Z AlbumMy Morning Jacket
  458. Tumbleweed ConnectionElton John
  459. The Drifters Golden HitsThe Drifters
  460. Live Through ThisHole
  461. Metal BoxPublic Image Ltd.
  462. Document - R.E.M.
  463. Heaven Up HereEcho & the Bunnymen
  464. Hysteria AlbumDef Leppard
  465. 69 Love SongsThe Magnetic Fields
  466. A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay
  467. Tunnel Of LoveBruce Springsteen
  468. The Paul Butterfield Blues BandThe Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  469. The ScoreThe Fugees
  470. Radio LL Cool JLL Cool J
  471. I Want To See The Bright Lights TonightRichard and Linda Thompson
  472. Faith George MichaelGeorge Michael
  473. The Smiths AlbumThe Smiths
  474. Proxima Estacion EsperanzaManu Chao
  475. Armed ForcesElvis Costello and the Attractions
  476. Life After DeathThe Notorious B.I.G.
  477. Down Every RoadMerle Haggard
  478. All Time Greatest Hits Loretta LynnLoretta Lynn
  479. Maggot BrainFunkadelic
  480. Only Built 4 Cuban LinxRaekwon
  481. VoodooD Angelo
  482. Guitar TownSteve Earle
  483. EntertainmentGang of Four
  484. All The Young DudesMott the Hoople
  485. VitalogyPearl Jam
  486. Thats The Way Of The WorldEarth, Wind & Fire
  487. Shes So UnusualCyndi Lauper
  488. New Day RisingHüsker Dü
  489. DestroyerKiss
  490. Tres HombresZZ Top
  491. Born Under A Bad SignAlbert King
  492. Touch AlbumEurythmics
  493. Yankee Hotel FoxtrotWilco
  494. Oracular SpectacularMGMT
  495. Give It UpBonnie Raitt
  496. Boz Scaggs AlbumBoz Scaggs
  497. White Blood CellsThe White Stripes
  498. The Stone Roses AlbumThe Stone Roses
  499. Live In Cook County JailB.B. King
  500. AqueminiOutKast

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Alternative Title(s): Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time


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