20 February

Looking again at the list of critics' favorites, but with the number of placings at spots six through ten placed next to the number of top-five placings... Of those albums that didn't receive more than one top-five placing, one received enough six-through-ten rankings to warrant inclusion in a final list: The Beatles' "white album." Of those that received only two top-five rankings, several improved their position significantly: Exile on Main Street especially, followed by Ziggy Stardust, The Queen Is Dead, and Marquee Moon. Two albums that received three six-through-ten placings (London Calling and Are You Experienced?) also deserve mention.

Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys: 9-2
Meet the Beatles - The Beatles: 1
Rubber Soul - The Beatles: 2
Revolver - The Beatles: 12-2
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles: 5-3
The Beatles - The Beatles: 1-4
If You're Feeling Sinister - Belle and Sebastian: 1
Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath: 1
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie: 2-2
Sex Machine - James Brown: 1
Ride This Train - Johnny Cash: 1
The Clash - The Clash: 2
Kind of Blue - Miles Davis: 2
Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan: 8
Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan: 3-5
The Marshall Mathers L P - Eminem: 1
Angel Dust - Faith No More: 1
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye: 3-5
Dookie - Green Day: 1
Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience: 1-1
Destroyer - Kiss: 1
Trans-Europe Express - Kraftwerk: 1
Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin: 1
Led Zeppelin [IV] - Led Zeppelin: 1-1
Master of Puppets - Metallica: 2
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison: 3-2
Phases and Stages - Willie Nelson: 1
Nevermind - Nirvana: 6
In Utero - Nirvana: 1 
Straight Outta Compton - N W A: 1 
Definitely Maybe - Oasis: 1-2
The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd: 1-1
Doolittle - The Pixies: 1
Lust for Life - Iggy Pop: 1   
The Bends - Radiohead: 2-1
O K Computer - Radiohead: 3
Transformer - Lou Reed: 1
Automatic for the People - R E M: 1-1
Beggars Banquet - The Rolling Stones: 1
Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones: 1-1
Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones: 2-3
Roots - Sepultura: 1
Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols: 3-5
Graceland - Paul Simon: 1
In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra: 1
Horses - Patti Smith: 1-2
The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths: 2-2   
Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen: 1
Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen: 1
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses: 6-2
Fun House - The Stooges: 1
Marquee Moon - Television: 2-2
Heathen Earth - Throbbing Gristle: 1
The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground: 3-4
Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits: 1-1

The albums that placed at positions six through ten, but didn't make the top five of any list, and the number of lists in which they appeared at positions six through ten:

Back in Black - A C/ D C: 1
Dirt - Alice in Chains: 1
Music From Big Pink - The Band: 1
The Band - The Band: 1
Abbey Road - The Beatles: 1
Vol. 4 - Black Sabbath: 1
Hunky Dory - David Bowie: 1
Live at the Apollo - James Brown: 1
The Boatman's Call - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: 1
London Calling - The Clash: 3
Meditations - John Coltrane: 1
This Years Model - Elvis Costello and the Attractions: 1
Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek and the Dominos: 1
Dire Straits - Dire Straits: 1
The Doors - The Doors: 1
Brining It All Back Home - Bob Dylan: 1
Liege and Lief - Fairport Convention: 1
I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You - Aretha Franklin: 1
Repeater - Fugazi: 1
Appetite for Destruction - Guns n' Roses: 1
Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience:3
Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division: 2
Autobahn - Kraftwerk: 1
Led Zeppelin [I] - Led Zeppelin: 1
John Lennon/ Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon/ Plastic Ono Band: 1
Forever Changes - Love: 2
Blue - Joni Mitchell: 1
Illmatic - Nas: 1
Low-Life - New Order: 1
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis: 2
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain - Pavement: 1
Elvis Presley - Elvis Presley: 1
Screamadelica - Primal Scream: 1
The Fat of the Land - The Prodigy: 1
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy: 1
Kid A - Radiohead: 1
The Ramones - The Ramones: 1
Otis Blue - Otis Redding: 1
Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones: 1
Sister - Sonic Youth: 1
Reign in Blood - Slayer: 2
Fresh - Sly and the Family Stone: 1
Is This It - The Strokes: 2
Ænima - Tool: 1
Electric Warrior - T Rex: 1
Achtung Baby - U 2: 2
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground: 1
Catch a Fire - The Wailers: 1
The Who Sell Out - The Who: 1
Who's Next - The Who: 1
After the Gold Rush - Neil Young: 1
Odyssey and Oracle - The Zombies: 1

The final top albums (top-five rankings place an album above any number of six-through-ten rankings):
1. Revolver - The Beatles
2. Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
3. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
4. The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
5. Nevermind - Nirvana
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
7. Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan

7. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
7. Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols
10. The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground
11. Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
12. O K Computer - Radiohead

13. Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones
14. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie
14. The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
14. Marquee Moon - Television
17. Rubber Soul - The Beatles
17. The Clash - The Clash
17. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
17. Master of Puppets - Metallica
17. The Bends - Radiohead
22. The Beatles - The Beatles
23. London Calling - The Clash
24. Are You Experienced? - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Plus a few top sellers to get close to 50:

25. Thriller - Michael Jackson
26. Led Zeppelin [IV] - Led Zeppelin
27. Back in Black - A C/ D C
28. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
29. Boston - Boston
30. Hotel California - The Eagles
31. The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
32. Born in the U S A - Bruce Springsteen
33. Bat Out of Hell - Meat Loaf
34. Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution
35. Abbey Road - The Beatles
36. Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin
37. The Wall - Pink Floyd
38. Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin
39. The Stranger - Billy Joel
40. Tapestry - Carole King
41. Pyromania - Def Leppard
42. Elvis' Christmas Album - Elvis Presley
43. Can't Slow Down - Lionel Richie
44. Like a Virgin - Madonna
45. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) - Van Halen
46. Van Halen - Van Halen
47. Eliminator - Z Z Top

From the list of U K top sellers...
48. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel

And from U S sellers in the period, 1985-1994...
49. Appetite for Destruction - Guns n' Roses
50. The Joshua Tree - U 2.

The Entertainment Weekly list has the Goldberg Variations (the transcription at Rocklist doesn't note which recording, if any, the listmakers referred to) and four compilations not included here. The Guardian had one compilation: Robert Johnson's King of the Delta Blues Singers. However, we should at least note those artists that have compilations in high-selling positions, but which do not have high-selling studio albums or high-ranking critics' favorites: Elton John, Journey, The Steve Miller Band, Kenny Rogers, Aerosmith, James Taylor, Bob Marley, The Doobie Brothers, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Patsy Cline; and in the U K, Queen and ABBA.