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Website / Acclaimed Music

Go To is a unique website and indeed a compendium of all music.

Created by Swedish tax collector Henrik Franzon in 2003, the site compiles several critics' lists from around the world to find the consensus choices for the best songs/albums of all time. It seems a daunting task, but Henrik makes it look easy. Hardcore fans of the bands in question should not be surprised by the results. Has an existing forum as well, for discussion of music among other things, noted for its occasional user polls of favorite music for any given point in time.


Now has a list for the all time top albums on This Very Wiki.

As of the 2020 site update:

Top 20 Songs:

  1. Bob Dylan — "Like a Rolling Stone"
  2. Nirvana — "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
  3. The Beatles — "A Day in the Life"
  4. The Beach Boys — "Good Vibrations"
  5. Chuck Berry — "Johnny B. Goode"
  6. Aretha Franklin — "Respect"
  7. The Ronettes — "Be My Baby"
  8. Marvin Gaye — "What’s Going On"
  9. Marvin Gaye — "I Heard It Through The Grapevine"
  10. The Rolling Stones — "(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction"
  11. Michael Jackson — "Billie Jean"
  12. Elvis Presley — "Heartbreak Hotel"
  13. Bruce Springsteen — "Born to Run"
  14. The Who — "My Generation"
  15. Joy Division — "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
  16. The Beach Boys — "God Only Knows"
  17. Otis Redding — "(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay"
  18. OutKast — "Hey Ya"
  19. The Sex Pistols — "Anarchy In The U.K."
  20. M.I.A. — "Paper Planes"

Top 20 Albums:

  1. The Beach BoysPet Sounds
  2. NirvanaNevermind
  3. The BeatlesRevolver
  4. The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground & Nico
  5. Marvin GayeWhat's Going On
  6. The BeatlesSgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
  7. The ClashLondon Calling
  8. RadioheadOK Computer
  9. Bob DylanBlonde on Blonde
  10. The Rolling StonesExile on Main St.
  11. Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited
  12. Sex PistolsNever Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
  13. The BeatlesThe White Album
  14. The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAre You Experienced
  15. Van MorrisonAstral Weeks
  16. Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run
  17. Kendrick LamarTo Pimp a Butterfly
  18. Public EnemyIt Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
  19. David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
  20. The BeatlesAbbey Road

Top 20 Artists:

  1. The Beatles
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. The Rolling Stones
  4. David Bowie
  5. Bruce Springsteen
  6. Radiohead
  7. Neil Young
  8. Led Zeppelin
  9. Prince
  10. The Beach Boys
  11. R.E.M.
  12. Elvis Presley
  13. Kanye West
  14. The Who
  15. U2
  16. Miles Davis
  17. The Velvet Underground
  18. Nirvana
  19. The Clash
  20. Jimi Hendrix

Acclaimed Music contains examples of:

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: There is a sub-forum for movies, as well as one for "General Discussion".
  • Fan Community Nickname: The forum users are called "AMers".
  • The Generation Gap: Illustrated by the 2020 Albums poll. The results of the poll from users under forty and forty and older were displayed alongside the main list. OK Computer won the under-40 (and overall) vote, while Ziggy Stardust won with the forty-plus crowd. The over-forties also contributed to the lowering of many contemporary rap and R&B albums ranked highly in the previous poll.
  • Needs More Love: In-Universe. Could well be the rallying cry behind any nomination for the forums' various tournaments but particularly the Moderately Acclaimed/Unacclaimed polls. May result in strong Critical Dissonance if a forum consensus emerges in favor of a work perceived as having experienced an unjust Critical Backlash or rejected by the artist needing to be Rescued from the Scrappy Heap.
  • Quality by Popular Vote:
  • Rock is Authentic, Pop is Shallow: Zig-zagged. There is still a bit of a rock bias, but with the rise of new genres in the 2010's and an influx of younger users, pop and rap have been getting their fair due as of late.
  • Shown Their Work: The AMers know their stuff when it comes to researching the artists and albums. It almost functions like a listening club for musical enthusiasts.
  • Top Ten List: ...and top 100, top 1000, top any other number you should care to mention. The raison d'être of the main site and a key point of discussion on the forums to the point that Obsessed Are the Listmakers, especially when all-time polls are held.


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