The All-TIME 100 Albums
All-TIME 100 Albums
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By JOSH TYRANGIEL AND ALAN LIGHT  Published: Monday, November 13, 2006
So here's how we chose the albums for the All-TIME 100. We researched and listened and agonized until we had a list of the greatest and most influential records ever - and then everyone complained because there was no Pink Floyd on it. And that's exactly how it should be. We hope you'll treat the All-TIME 100 as a great musical parlor game. Read and listen to the arguments for the selections, then tell us what we missed or got wrong. Or even possibly what we got right.
The Complete List
2000s
Album Artist Label/Year Released
The Essential Hank Williams Collection: Turn Back the Years Hank Williams Mercury, 2005
The College Dropout Kanye West Roc-a-Fella, 2004
Portrait of a Legend 1951 - 1964 Sam Cooke ABKCO Music & Records, 2003
Elvis: 30 No. 1 Hits Elvis Presley BMG/Elvis, 2002
The Anthology, 1947 - 1972 Muddy Waters Chess, 2001
Kid A Radiohead Capitol, 2000
Stankonia Outkast LaFace, 2000
Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea PJ Harvey UMG Recordings, 2000
The Marshall Mathers LP Eminem Interscope, 2000
1990s
Album Artist Label/Year Released
Sunrise Elvis Presley BMG / Elvis, 1999
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road Lucinda Williams Universal, 1998
OK Computer Radiohead Capitol, 1997
Time Out of Mind Bob Dylan Sony, 1997
Endtroducing... DJ Shadow Mo' Wax, 1996
(What's the Story) Morning Glory Oasis Sony, 1995
Live Through This Hole Geffen, 1994
My Life Mary J. Blige MCA, 1994
Ready to Die The Notorious B.I.G. Bad Boy, 1994
Slanted and Enchanted Pavement Matador, 1992
The Chronic Dr. Dre Death Row/Interscope, 1992
Achtung Baby U2 Island, 1991
Nevermind Nirvana DGC Records, 1991
Out of Time R.E.M. Warner Brothers, 1991
Phil Spector, Back to Mono (1958 - 1969) Various Artists Abkco, 1991
Ropin' The Wind Garth Brooks Capitol, 1991
Star Time James Brown Polydor, 1991
The Low End Theory A Tribe Called Quest Jive, 1991
1980s
Album Artist Label/Year Released
Like a Prayer Madonna Sire/London/Rhino, 1989
Paul's Boutique Beastie Boys Capitol, 1989
The Stone Roses The Stone Roses Jive, 1989
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Public Enemy Def Jam/Columbia, 1988
Straight Outta Compton N.W.A Priority, 1988
Document R.E.M. I.R.S. Records, 1987
Paid in Full Eric B. and Rakim Island, 1987
Sign O' The Times Prince Paisley Park, 1987
The Joshua Tree U2 Island, 1987
Graceland Paul Simon Warner Brothers, 1986
Master of Puppets Metallica Elektra/Wea, 1986
Raising Hell Run-DMC Arista Records/Profile, 1986
Legend Bob Marley and the Wailers Island/Tuff Gong, 1984
Purple Rain Prince Warner Brothers, 1984
Stop Making Sense Talking Heads Warner Brothers/Wea, 1984
The Great Twenty-Eight Chuck Berry MCA, 1982
Thriller Michael Jackson Sony, 1982
Back in Black AC/DC Atlantic, 1980
1970s
Album Artist Label/Year Released
London Calling The Clash Sony, 1979
One Nation Under a Groove Parliament / Funkadelic Warner Brothers, 1978
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols The Sex Pistols Warner Brothers/Wea, 1977
Rumours Fleetwood Mac Warner Brothers, 1977
Hotel California The Eagles Elektra/Wea, 1976
Ramones The Ramones Sire, 1976
Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder Motown, 1976
Born to Run Bruce Springsteen Sony, 1975
Horses Patti Smith Arista, 1975
Red Headed Stranger Willie Nelson Sony, 1975
Call Me Al Green The Right Stuff, 1973
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John MCA, 1973
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust David Bowie RCA, 1972
Exile on Main Street The Rolling Stones Virgin, 1972
Talking Book Stevie Wonder UMG Recordings, 1972
The Harder They Come Jimmy Cliff and Various Artists Island, 1972
Blue Joni Mitchell Warner Brothers/Wea, 1971
Coat of Many Colors Dolly Parton RCA, 1971
Hunky Dory David Bowie RCA, 1971
Led Zeppelin IV (a.k.a. Zoso) Led Zeppelin Wea International, 1971
Paranoid Black Sabbath Warner Brothers, 1971
Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones Virgin, 1971
Tapestry Carole King Ode/A&M, 1971
What's Going On Marvin Gaye Motown, 1971
Who's Next The Who Mobile Fidelity, 1971
After the Gold Rush Neil Young Reprise, 1970
Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon and Garfunkel Columbia, 1970
John Lennon Plastic Ono Band Apple/EMI, 1970
Moondance Van Morrison Warner Brothers/Wea, 1970
1960s
Album Artist Label/Year Released
Abbey Road The Beatles Capitol, 1969
Bitches Brew Miles Davis Sony, 1969
Stand! Sly & the Family Stone Epic, 1969
The Band The Band Capitol, 1969
Astral Weeks Van Morrison Warner Brothers/Wea, 1968
At Folsom Prison Johnny Cash Sony, 1968
Lady Soul Aretha Franklin Atlantic, 1968
The Beatles ("The White Album") The Beatles Capitol, 1968
Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience Experience Hendrix, 1967
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You Aretha Franklin Atlantic, 1967
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles Capitol, 1967
The Velvet Underground and Nico The Velvet Underground Polydor/Pgd, 1967
Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan Columbia, 1966
Pet Sounds The Beach Boys DCC, 1966
Revolver The Beatles Capitol, 1966
Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan Columbia, 1965
Otis Blue Otis Redding Atlantic, 1965
Rubber Soul The Beatles Capitol, 1965
A Love Supreme John Coltrane Impulse, 1964
Live at the Apollo (1963) James Brown Polydor, 1963
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music Ray Charles ABC/Paramount, 1962
King of the Delta Blues Singers Robert Johnson Columbia, 1961
1950s
Album Artist Label/Year Released
Kind of Blue Miles Davis Sony, 1959
Here's Little Richard Little Richard Specialty, 1957
Songs for Swingin' Lovers Frank Sinatra Capitol, 1955
In the Wee Small Hours Frank Sinatra Capitol, 1954


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