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Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Albums

Name the musical acts that recorded the greatest albums of all time, according to Rolling Stones (2012).
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First submittedSeptember 3, 2013
Last updatedOctober 21, 2013
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Album
Artist
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band
The Beatles
Pet Sounds
The Beach Boys
Revolver
The Beatles
Highway 61 Revisited
Bob Dylan
Rubber Soul
The Beatles
What's Going On
Marvin Gaye
Exile on Main St.
The Rolling Stones
London Calling
The Clash
Blonde on Blonde
Bob Dylan
___ _______ (White Album)
The Beatles
Sunrise
Elvis Presley
Kind of Blue
Miles Davis
___ ______
__________ & Nico
The Velvet Underground
Abbey Road
The Beatles
Are You Experienced
The Jimi Hendrix
Experience
Blood on the Tracks
Bob Dylan
Nevermind
Nirvana
Born to Run
Bruce Springsteen
Astral Weeks
Van Morrison
Thriller
Michael Jackson
The Great Twenty-Eight
Chuck Berry
The Complete Recordings
Robert Johnson
The Plastic Ono Band
John Lennon
Innervisions
Stevie Wonder
Live at the Apollo
James Brown
Rumours
Fleetwood Mac
The Joshua Tree
U2
Who's Next
The Who
___ ________ (I)
Led Zeppelin
Blue
Joni Mitchell
Bringing It All Back Home
Bob Dylan
Let It Bleed
The Rolling Stones
_______
The Ramones
Music From Big Pink
The Band
The Rise and Fall of
Ziggy Stardust ...
David Bowie
Tapestry
Carole King
Hotel California
The Eagles
The Anthology
Muddy Waters
Please Please Me
The Beatles
Forever Changes
Love
Never Mind the Bollocks …
The Sex Pistols
___ _____
The Doors
The Dark Side of the Moon
Pink Floyd
Horses
Patti Smith
___ ____
The Band
Legend
Bob Marley
and the Wailers
A Love Supreme
John Coltrane
It Takes a Nation of
Millions to Hold Us Back
Public Enemy
At The Fillmore East
The Allman
Brothers Band
Here's ______ _______
Little Richard
Album
Artist
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Simon and Garfunkel
Greatest Hits
Al Green
Meet ___ _______
The Beatles
The Birth of Soul
Ray Charles
Electric Ladyland
The Jimi Hendrix
Experience
_____ _______
Elvis Presley
Songs in the Key of Life
Stevie Wonder
Beggars Banquet
The Rolling Stones
Chronicle Vol. 1
Creedence
Clearwater Revival
Trout Mask Replica
Captain Beefheart
Greatist Hits
Sly and the Family Stone
Appetite For Destruction
Guns N' Roses
Achtung Baby
U2
Sticky Fingers
The Rolling Stones
Back To Mono (1958-1969)
Phil Spector
Moon Dance
Van Morrison
Kid A
Radiohead
Off The Wall
Michael Jackson
___ ________ (IV)
Led Zeppelin
The Stranger
Billy Joel
Graceland
Paul Simon
Superfly
Curtis Mayfield
Physical Graffiti
Led Zeppelin
After the Gold Rush
Neil Young
Star Time
James Brown
Purple Rain
Prince
Back in Black
AC/DC
Otis Blue
Otis Redding
___ ________ (II)
Led Zeppelin
Imagine
John Lennon
___ _____
The Clash
Harvest
Neil Young
Axis: Bold As Love
The Jimi Hendrix
Experience
I Never Loved a Man
the Way I Love You
Aretha Franklin
Lady Soul
Aretha Franklin
Born in the U.S.A.
Bruce Springsteen
The Wall
Pink Floyd
At Folsom Prison
Johnny Cash
Dusty In Memphis
Dusty Springfield
Talking Book
Stevie Wonder
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Elton John
20 Golden Greats
Buddy Holly
Sign 'O' The Times
Prince
40 Greatest Hits
Hank Williams
Bitches Brew
Miles Davis
Tommy
The Who
The Freewheelin' ___ _____
Bob Dylan
This Year's Model
Elvis Costello
There's A Riot Goin' On
Sly and the Family Stone
Odessey and Oracle
The Zombies
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level 66
Sep 4, 2013
It's funny that there is nothing other than rock records post 1990. Do they not have any respect for classic records from Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Electronica, Pop, etc... for the past 23 years? I would think whether you are a fan of hip hop or not that Dr Dre's "The Chronic" or NWA's "Straight Outta Compton" would make the list.
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level 66
Sep 1, 2014
I agree so much!! I wasn't precisely thinking of hip hop since I don't know much about it, but still, it seems like the time past makes old albums seem better than new ones for some reason. Nostalgia and stuff I guess
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level 43
Apr 18, 2016
I'd add 'Illmatic' by Nas to that list as well
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level 60
Apr 19, 2016
There are barely any records post-1990, including rock. There's one from Nirvana, one from Radiohead, and one U2 album from 1990 itself. First, Rolling Stone always had a critical bias towards music from the 50's-70's because that is when it's egotistical founder and editor-in-chief, Jann Wenner, came of age. That's the music he favors, so that is what is counted. Second, the list is compiled by "experts," most of whom are established (i.e., older) writers and artists, so their tastes skew older. Bruce Springsteen, Elton John...they don't know Nas's music. It's not they're trashing him; it's that the people's whose opinions are consulted for this list are unfamiliar with him.
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level 65
Sep 18, 2017
The list is rather heavily skewed, that's true, but all the albums and artists and genres in this thread, and quite a few other post-1990 albums, do appear on the full list (Top 500).
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level 48
Sep 5, 2013
Odd that you have "The Doors" showing as the name of the self-titled album for The Doors, but for The Ramones self-titled, the album name is "_______"?
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level ∞
Sep 5, 2013
Fixed
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level 69
Oct 18, 2013
Only 18% for Curtis Mayfield? That's ruined my Friday.
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level 60
Oct 18, 2013
As a recovering Rolling Stone subscriber, I feel I should state at the fore that these lists are nothing to get annoyed about. RS has had the same stubborn critical biases for 46 years, and nothing's going to change until Jann Wenner is dead. It's terrible.
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level 33
Oct 18, 2013
Ditto.
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level 76
Oct 18, 2013
CCR's entry should read 'Chronicle, Vol. 1', not Chronicles.
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level 77
Oct 20, 2013
Yeah, I know music is all subjective and personal and crap. And that these lists are always going to be arbitrary BS and probably meant to provoke more than definitively answer anything. And I know the editors of Rolling Stone are old out-of-touch fuddy duddys. But personally I say any list of greatest albums that does not include a minimum of 2-3 of these albums, and 4-5 would be better, is an abysmal failure. Get over the Beatles already.
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level 68
Sep 2, 2018
Pretty Hate Machine or The Downward Spiral, at the very least, deserve to be on here. I would also put Antichrist Superstar by Marilyn Manson on the list from that genre.
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level 77
Dec 1, 2018
The Fragile is, for my money, the greatest album ever recorded by anyone. I'd also rank With Teeth and Hesitation Marks over Pretty Hate Machine (and I might like WT more than TDS). But I love Pretty Hate Machine, even if it seems a bit dated now.
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level 76
Oct 20, 2013
Dear Quizmaster, please change "Chronicles Vol. 1" to "Chronicle, Vol. 1" - not plural - for some reason it drives me crazy when an obvious mistake is not addressed! Thank you!!
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level ∞
Oct 21, 2013
You must not go on the internet very often!
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level 76
Oct 21, 2013
Yeah, I know, I have no life...that's why I'm here!!
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level 82
Apr 18, 2016
On the same grounds.. "Greatist" should be changed (of the artist: Sly and the...).
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level 76
Apr 18, 2016
You're right, don't know how I missed that one! Greatist Hits should be Greatest Hits. Thank you.
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level 73
Jan 23, 2014
Wow...Captain Beefheart but no Queen? Sigh...Rolling Stone...you suck
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level 82
May 26, 2014
Kill me now. I forgot about Led Zeppelin. Also confused Dylan and Bowie as usually. One is D.B. and the other one is B.D. Others I forgot and shouldn't have (in my opinion, not yours): The Doors, Neil Young, The Ramones.
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level 83
Jul 16, 2015
Had less than a minute left when I finally remembered who did the Joshua Tree album. *Hangs head in shame*
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level 72
Apr 18, 2016
Rolling Stone magazine is called Rolling Stone (not Stones! - they're a pop group)
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level 76
Apr 18, 2016
With all the blanks and "greatest hits" type of clues, this was basically just typing every singer and band I could remember.
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level 79
Apr 18, 2016
Of all the artists they put on these BS lists, I am surprised they got very few of the "greats" from the early days that started the ball rolling toward rock and roll. I was surprised especially by the absence of John Lee Hooker among others. B.B. King should be on here somehow. Surprised by no Clapton (from Cream or on his own).
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level 60
Apr 19, 2016
Those artists didn't make albums though. They are famous for their live performances, and they released singles here and there. I do think the inclusion of "greatest hits" on this list is kind of ridiculous to start with, as those are not actually albums. In any event, you'll be happy to know Rolling Stone has also released a "100 Greatest Artists" list, and it includes John Lee Hooker, Fats Domino, Howlin' Wolf, Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone...a of the early greats whose music preceded the album era.
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level 61
Dec 29, 2016
When the title of the album is simply the name of the band, that's not very much to go on.
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level 68
Jan 28, 2017
Well, I came into this quiz knowing this list would be terrible (because nobody knows less about music than Rolling Stone magazine), but they still managed to disappoint me with how awful it was somehow.
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level 65
Sep 19, 2017
After just going over this in Survey of World Music, I am thoroughly dissapointed in myself for missing Kind of Blue
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level 48
Jan 17, 2019
Rolling Stone is a joke and will always be a joke. Their absolutely blatant bias to 60s music like The Beatles and Bob Dylan (both incredible acts) is woeful. Now, the Beatles are one of the most revolutionary bands of all time, but they have 23 SONGS IN THE TOP 500, which is really quite ridiculous. They also have this built in hatred of both Pink Floyd and Queen. They placed Bohemian Rhapsody at no 166 of all time, the only Queen song to make the top 500, placed Freddie Mercury at no 18 of best singers, and put Pink Floyd and Queen at no 51 and 52 respectively, clearly to not disturb their precious top 50. I could go on for ages about how absurdly biased they are but I really don't think I need to it is that obvious.
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level 67
Mar 14, 2019
There's no Queen :(