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    BICTH
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    terrible update, 3/4 of the new entries can barely be called competent albums, but it’s good to see more female artists represented, especially hounds of love deservedly debuting in the top 100

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    Wanda
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    Not much to say as I have heard only a few of these, but Post making it over Vespertine or even Vulnicura is a terrible choice.

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    Rickety-old-Thot
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    This is a mixed bag list. Very pandering, very populist. But some nice new entries. It does reflect the brand Rolling Stone has become.

    best albums of 2020: Fetch The Bolt Cutters, Set My Heart On Fire Immediately, What’s Your Pleasure, Run The Jewels 4, St Cloud, Grae, The Descendants of Cain

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    Brenda Meeks
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    RS did a sufficient job with this list 👏🏾

    Marvin being #1 is an inspired choice.

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    epiphany
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    No The Suburbs and Funeral ranked #500. A crime indeed.

    But I love modern music and female artists make it into their list. We need such diversity and they serve it.

    Currently digging :

    * Joji - Nectar
    * Sufjan Steven - The Ascension
    * Marsicans - Ursa Major
    * Holly Humberstone - Falling Asleep At The Wheel
    * Rich Brian - 1999

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    Adele
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    Taylor Swift + Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time = BARF!

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    Roger Federer
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    Taylor Swift + Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time = BARF!

    Should i laugh on this joke?

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    Keth
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    Overall, a pretty decent list. What’s Going On is just as relevant today as it was in the early 70s so I won’t argue it’s placement as number one. I still listen to that record to this day.

    I know people adore Pet Sounds but it’s not a top ten album for me. Now, Blue I do adore and I am surprised by it’s top 3 slot. I would move Thriller and Born to Run into the top ten, replacing Pet Sounds and Nevermind. And Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue is definitely one of my desert island discs. Like I said, I adore Blue but I would move it to somewhere in the top twenty to make room for Kind of Blue. Tough one.

    Finally, the one album that didn’t make the top 500 but belongs, even if it’s at #500, would be Cosmo’s Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Unless I overlooked it when reviewing the list, it deserves a mention.

    One more finally – thank God my favorite Beatles record Abbey Road scored higher than Sgt. Pepper’s. Rubber Soul should also have been higher.

    Fun way to start the morning. I do love my music.

    1 | Marvin Gaye | What’s Going On | 1971
    2 | The Beach Boys | Pet Sounds | 1966
    3 | Joni Mitchell | Blue | 1971
    4 | Stevie Wonder | Songs in the Key of Life | 1976
    5 | The Beatles | Abbey Road | 1969
    6 | Nirvana | Nevermind | 1991
    7 | Fleetwood Mac | Rumours | 1977
    8 | Prince and the Revolution | Purple Rain | 1984
    9 | Bob Dylan | Blood on the Tracks | 1975
    10 | Lauryn Hill | The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill | 1998
    11 | The Beatles | Revolver | 1966
    12 | Michael Jackson | Thriller | 1982
    13 | Aretha Franklin | I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You | 1967
    14 | The Rolling Stones | Exile on Main St. | 1972
    15 | Public Enemy | It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back | 1988
    16 | The Clash | London Calling | 1979
    17 | Kanye West | My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy | 2010
    18 | Bob Dylan | Highway 61 Revisited | 1965
    19 | Kendrick Lamar | To Pimp a Butterfly | 2015
    20 | Radiohead | Kid A | 2000
    21 | Bruce Springsteen | Born to Run | 1975
    22 | The Notorious B.I.G. | Ready to Die | 1994
    23 | The Velvet Underground & Nico | The Velvet Underground & Nico | 1967
    24 | The Beatles | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band | 1967
    25 | Carole King | Tapestry | 1971
    26 | Patti Smith | Horses | 1975
    27 | Wu-Tang Clan | Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) | 1993
    28 | D’Angelo | Voodoo | 2000
    29 | The Beatles | The Beatles (White Album) | 1968
    30 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Are You Experienced? | 1967
    31 | Miles Davis | Kind of Blue | 1959
    32 | Beyoncé | Lemonade | 2016
    33 | Amy Winehouse | Back to Black | 2006
    34 | Stevie Wonder | Innervisions | 1973
    35 | The Beatles | Rubber Soul | 1965
    36 | Michael Jackson | Off the Wall | 1979
    37 | Dr. Dre | The Chronic | 1992
    38 | Bob Dylan | Blonde on Blonde | 1966
    39 | Talking Heads | Remain in Light | 1980
    40 | David Bowie | The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust | 1972
    41 | The Rolling Stones | Let It Bleed | 1969
    42 | Radiohead | OK Computer | 1997
    43 | A Tribe Called Quest | The Low End Theory | 1991
    44 | Nas | Illmatic | 1994
    45 | Prince | Sign O’ the Times | 1987
    46 | Paul Simon | Graceland | 1986
    47 | Ramones | Ramones | 1976
    48 | Bob Marley and the Wailers | Legend | 1984
    49 | OutKast | Aquemini | 1998
    50 | Jay-Z | The Blueprint | 2001

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    Forgot to say in my post, but I’m glad no Justin Bieber albums made the cut. If they had, I’ve flipped a lid. Also, I wish they could’ve put at least one Genesis album on the list, like the seminal The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway. Greatest concept album of all time and greatest album of all the 1970s, in my opinion.

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    Briana Breeze
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    Solid list. Nice surprises with the following artists:

    Sade (do not get enough credit)

    Aaliyah (her last album could have been listed as well)

    Mariah Carey (genuinely surprised with her being included. I would have put Butterfly or Daydream on there too)

    Sheryl Crow (another nice surprise)

    Fiona Apple (would have included her debut as well)

    Mary J. Blige (was What’s the 411? Included in other versions of this list?)

    Maxwell (would have put his debut on there though Blacksummersnight is solid)

    Chaka Khan’s work with Rufus is cool

    Just some of my faves.

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    Robofaust
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    Is it good to have females represented on this list because they were previously ignored, or is it good to add them as a matter of inclusivity, regardless of the quality of their art?

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    Robofaust
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    Joni Mitchell ranked that high is a travesty, it invalidates the entire list. Seems to be the clear result of trying to mix art with politics, which is never a good thing.

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    I disagree that it’s a good thing to see more female artists represented; seems pretty obvious that the decision was political, and politics always wrecks art.  They invalidate the entire list by doing so.

    It’s great to see Lauryn Hill in the top 10 – that’s entirely appropriate – but Joni Mitchell and Patti Smith have no business in the top 50, especially ranked ahead seminal albums like 36 Chambers, Dark Side of the Moon, The Chronic, Led Zeppelin IV, and Illmatic.  In case you disagree, I’ll remind you that they ranked Taylor Swift inside of the top 100 (and ahead of Three Feet High and Rising, The Downward Spiral, and A Night at the Opera).  There’s simply no way to defend that.

    Other noteworthy travesties on the list include:

    -ranking It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back above Fear of a Black Planet.

    -The Beatles will obviously be a cornerstone of this list, but five albums in the top 50?!  Just to begin with, Rubber Soul should not be ranked above The Wall…

    -putting Nevermind in the top 10 does not make up for the absence of Dirt or Badmotorfinger in the top 100…

    -Bon Iver appears near the end of the list, and I don’t believe that I saw Built To Spill anywhere on it.  Both of those artists should have albums ranking ahead of hundreds of others on the list…

     

    And while I’m at it, some good things to say:

    -What’s Going On at #1 seems like a good choice.

    -Voodoo in the top 30?  Hell yeah!

    -Ready to Die at 22?  Mhmm, yessir, more of that please.

    -Kid A at 20?  Good call.

     

    …a’ight, said my piece, now go ahead and tear me a new one if you please…

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    Loving that 3 of my all time favorite albums rank higher than they had previously: Fleetwood Mac’s RUMOURS, Carole King’s TAPESTRY and Dolly Parton’s COAT OF MANY COLORS. I really like Beyonce’s LEMONADE being on the list but #32 is an extremely high ranking for the effort and have to shake my head at it. Taylor Swift on the list at all is the worst thing going on especially with a top 100 entry.

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    Roger Federer
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    I think this is a very good list and all artists deserved their position. I really like how Rolling Stones put Taylor Swift in top 100 with RED. they clear understand the meaning of her beautiful album.

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