9 February

To compare differing albums lists, I've sketched out this uniform method of inscribing them in a single list: [name of publication] - [year list was published] - [number of items in the list]. As with the "great books" project, only those lists that cover all music (even if Jazz, Classical, and more are essentially excluded) from all periods (but essentially from the mid-1950's onward, because the album had become dominant by that point) are included. So, with Best Ever Albums and Rocklist as our sources, plus a few direct links, we have in reverse-chronological order:

(Top 500 Albums) Rolling Stone - 2012 - 500

(The 75 Albums Every Man Should Own) Esquire - 2009 - 75

(Top 50 Albums of All Time) Sound and Vision - 2008 - 50


(The 50 Albums That Changed Music) Observer [Guardian's Sunday paper] - 2006 - 50

(100 Greatest Albums Ever) Q - 2006 - 100

(All-Time 100 Albums) Time - 2006 - 100

(50 Most Influential Albums of All Time) Kerrrang! - 2003 - 50

(100 Best Albums) New Musical Express - 2003 - 100

(100 Greatest Albums Ever) Q - 2003 - 100

(Top 500 Albums) Rolling Stone - 2003 - 500

(Top 40 Albums) U S A Today - 2003 - 40

(The Best Albums Ever...Honest!) Sunday Herald - 2001 - 103

(All Time Top 100 Albums) Melody Maker - 2000 - 100

(100 Best Albums Ever) Guardian - 1997 - 100


(100 Greatest CD's) Entertainment Weekly - 1993 - 100

(Top 100 Albums) New Musical Express - 1993 - 100

(The Vulture's 100 Best Albums of All Time) The Times Magazine - 1993 - 100


(All Time 100 Albums) New Musical Express - 1985 - 99

(All Time Top 100 Albums) Sounds - 1985 - 100

(All Time Top 100) New Musical Express - 1974 - 100.

With the Kerrang! lists, there's an implicit genre limitation in addition to those noted above, but since it's not stated we can just treat it as an all-encompassing list; in other words, for those compiling that list, Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, and to a lesser extent the slickly shit that passes for mainstream Rock these days are superior. I'm only including lists by periodicals (thus not the lists by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the B B C, V H 1, Channel 4, the National Association of Recording Merchandisers, and the lists from the book version of the Rolling Stone list and the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles and Albums) and also excluding the lists from e-zines that are fairly young, Consequence of Sound and Slant Magazine. One list from a print publication, Short List, is excluded because it's not dated. A few other lists would be included, but are not available online (Billboard, Blender, Urb). The Time and Vibe lists are only arranged chronologically; so, by the way, is the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, a decent effort if only because of its size, but hampered by its laughable inclusion of many recent British mediocrities.

So which albums are on more of these lists than others? Focusing on the top five of each list, the number of placements for the following albums is so:

Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys: 9
Meet the Beatles - The Beatles: 1
Rubber Soul - The Beatles: 2
Revolver - The Beatles: 12
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles: 5
The Beatles - The Beatles: 1
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
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
The Marshall Mathers L P - Eminem: 1
Angel Dust - Faith No More: 1
What's Going On - Marvin Gaye: 3
Dookie - Green Day: 1
Electric Ladyland - The Jimi Hendrix Experience: 1
King of the Delta Blues Singers - Robert Johnson: 1  
Destroyer - Kiss: 1
Trans-Europe Express - Kraftwerk: 1
Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin: 1
Led Zeppelin [IV] - Led Zeppelin: 1
Master of Puppets - Metallica: 2
Astral Weeks - Van Morrison: 3
Phases and Stages - Willie Nelson: 1
Nevermind - Nirvana: 6
In Utero - Nirvana: 1 
Straight Outta Compton - N W A: 1 
Definitely Maybe - Oasis: 1
The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd: 1
Doolittle - The Pixies: 1
Lust for Life - Iggy Pop: 1   
The Bends - Radiohead: 2
O K Computer - Radiohead: 3
Transformer - Lou Reed: 1
Automatic for the People - R E M: 1
Beggars Banquet - The Rolling Stones: 1
Let It Bleed - The Rolling Stones: 1
Exile on Main Street - The Rolling Stones: 2
The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths: 2
Roots - Sepultura: 1
Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols - The Sex Pistols: 3
Graceland - Paul Simon: 1
In the Wee Small Hours - Frank Sinatra: 1
Horses - Patti Smith: 1  
Darkness on the Edge of Town - Bruce Springsteen: 1
Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen: 1
The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses: 6
Fun House - The Stooges: 1
Marquee Moon - Television: 2
Heathen Earth - Throbbing Gristle: 1
The Velvet Underground and Nico - The Velvet Underground: 3
Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits: 1

The top twelve albums:
1. Revolver
2. Pet Sounds
3. Highway 61 Revisited
4. The Stone Roses
4. Nevermind
6. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
7. Blonde on Blonde
7. The Velvet  Underground and Nico
7. Astral Weeks
7. What's Going On
7. Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols
7. O K Computer