Rolling Stone “Top 500 Albums of All Time” Review

The Beatles appear in the Top 500 Albums of All Time list 9 times. With Abbey Road placing #5 on the list.

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The Beatles appear in the Top 500 Albums of All Time list 9 times. With Abbey Road placing #5 on the list.

Azwad Ahmed, Editor

  Last week, Rolling Stone Magazine published their list for “The Top 500 Albums of All Time.”

  Rolling Stone Magazine has updated its list for the first time since 2012. The 2020 list sees 154 new entries; 86 albums on the list are from the 21st century. Over 300 musicians, music journalists, and other figures were asked to vote for their Top 50 albums. 

  Musicians such as The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Beyonce, and Michael Jackson make the list. One of the most recent releases on the list comes from Harry Styles, with his 2019 album “Fine Line” placing 491st. At the halfway spot on this list is “Singles Going Steady” by the Buzzcocks. 

  At the number 1 spot comes, “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye. 

  Of course, I do not know every single album on this list. But overall, I agree with the list. The rankings of the albums I do know of are pretty on the point of where I would rank them personally.  However, I do believe that some albums were snubbed from the list. Albums such as, “Trilogy” by The Weeknd, and “2014 Forest Hills Drive” by J.Cole deserve to be on the list due to their impact in the 2010s decade. 

The following list is my favorite albums (in no particular order) from the Top 500 albums of all time by Rolling Stone. 

  • “Beauty Behind the Madness”, The Weeknd
  • “All Eyez On Me”, 2Pac
  • “Confessions”, Usher
  • “To Pimp A Butterfly”, Kendrick Lamar
  • “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”, Billie Eilish
  • “1989”, Taylor Swift
  • “Currents”, Tame Impala
  • “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”, Drake
  • “Madvillain”, MF Doom & Madlib
  • “Yeezus”, Kanye West 
  • “Illmatic”, Nas
  • “Man on the Moon: The End of Day”, Kid Cudi
  • “Bad”, Michael Jackson
  • “Fine Line”, Harry Styles
  • “808’s & Heartbreak”, Kanye West
  • “Anti”, Rihanna
  • “Tha Carter III”, Lil Wayne
  • “Meet the Beatles”, The Beatles 
  • “DAMN.”, Kendrick Lamar
  • “Graduation”, Kanye West
  • “channel ORANGE”, Frank Ocean
  • “21”, Adele
  • “good kid,”, Kendrick Lamar
  • “Take Care”, Drake
  • “Beyonce”, Beyonce
  • “Blonde”, Frank Ocean
  • “Straight Outta Compton”, N.W.A
  • “Lemonade”, Beyonce
  • “Ready to Die”, The Notorious B.I.G.
  • “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, Kanye West
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