Rolling Stone’s “Top 500 Album List” Revised to My Tastes
Rolling Stone magazine put out a list of the 500 Best Albums of all-time back in 2003. Then in 2012, they updated their list and this week the music magazine released their 2020 version of the list and once again, I struggle with it.
If this was a list that truly studied album releases and selected THE absolute best in quality based on criteria that made sense, I could accept it. But it isn't.
"...we received and tabulated Top 50 Albums lists from more than 300 artists, producers, critics, and music-industry figures (from radio programmers to label heads, like Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman). The electorate includes Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish; rising artists like H.E.R., Tierra Whack, and Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail; as well as veteran musicians, such as Adam Clayton and the Edge of U2, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, Gene Simmons, and Stevie Nicks." -Rolling Stone
The big problem I have with the list is that it's totally subjective and it mixes tastes and genre. It's really a mish-mash of different people and their very different tastes. That's "what made rebooting the RS 500 fascinating and fun," according to the magazine's writers. Again, I disagree because I think it just makes the list frustrating.
So, I decided to pull a "Thomas Jefferson" and stick with Rolling Stone's Top 50, but remove the ones I disagree with. I also did a little rearranging.
So, here's my Top 10 Albums, with some assistance from Rolling Stone magazine.
10. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
9. London Calling - The Clash
8. Thriller Michel Jackson
7. Revolver - The Beatles
6. Prin ce and the Revolution - Purple Rain
5. Nirvana - Nevermind
4. Abbey Road - The Beatles
3. Rumors - Fleetwood Mac
2. Tapestry - Carole King
1. Sgt. Peppers - Beatles