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Rolling Stone names the usual suspects in top 500

Story: Jack Foley

THE usual suspects ruled (or rocked) when US magazine, Rolling Stone, announced its 500 greatest albums of all time, recently, with The Beatles occupying four positions in the top 10 (including number one), and the Stones and Bob Dylan cropping up, too!

The Beatles’ top ten haul includes, rather predictably, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, at number one, followed by Revolver, at three, Rubber Soul, at five, and The Beatles, at ten.

The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds and Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited round off the top five.

The most recent artist to appear in the top 50, however, was Nirvana, with their Nevermind long-player, which means that, according to Rolling Stone journos, only one modern band warrants a place in the hall of fame.

Michael Jackson did, however, make it with his Thriller LP, while U2’s Joshua Tree also crept into the top 30.

There were no mentions for some of today’s biggest and most influential names, however, including rapper, Eminem, or Radiohead.

The Rolling Stones confirmed their reputation as rock ‘n’ roll greats with the inclusion of Exile on Main Street, at number seven, and Let It Bleed, in the top 50.

The full Top 50 is (click on the album names to order them, through Amazon):

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 Street - The Rolling Stones

London Calling - The Clash

Blonde On Blonde - Bob Dylan


The Beatles (The White Album) - The Beatles

The Sun Sessions - Elvis Presley

Kind of Blue - Miles Davis

Velvet Underground And 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

Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon

Innervisions - Stevie Wonder

Live At The Apollo (1963) - James Brown

Rumours - Fleetwood Mac

The Joshua Tree - U2

King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. 1 - Robert Johnson

Who's Next - The Who

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

Blue - Joni Mitchell

Bringing It All Back Home - Bob Dylan

Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones

Ramones - Ramones

Music From Big Pink - The Band

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars - David Bowie

Tapestry - Carole King

Hotel California - The Eagles

The Anthology 1947 – 1972 - Muddy Waters

Please Please Me - The Beatles

Forever Changes - Love

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols

The Doors - The Doors

The Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd

Horses - Patti Smith

The Band - 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 Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band

Here's Little Richard - Little Richard

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