It is the reference album of Fleetwood Mac Voices better than To Pimp A Butterfly by Kendrick Lamar? They should Tapestry by Carole King to be ranked higher or lower than Thriller by Michael Jackson?

Rolling Stone magazine has some answers in a new book that is sure to spark conversation – The 500 best albums of all time. That’s where you’ll find Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run conveniently located just ahead Ready to die from The Notorious BIG, respectively at n. 21 and n. 22.

“Each record here is active in some way for different reasons,” said Jon Dolan, editor of reviews for Rolling Stone who helped create the book. “We are really happy, to be honest, with the whole list.”

But if you disagree with the rankings, don’t blame people Rolling Stone. Blame Beyonce, Taylor Swift, Iggy Pop. Nile Rodgers, Questlove, Billie Eilish, Herbie Hancock, Saweetie, Carly Rae Jepsen, Lin-Manuel Miranda and members of Metallica and U2, among dozens of other artists. They were among the judges.

The editors of the book contacted about 500 voters from the world of music: artists, journalists, figures of record labels and Rolling Stone staff members – and asked for their first 50 albums (Stevie Nicks kindly offered 80). They got about 4,000 albums and created a weighted points spreadsheet.

On each page, the artists make a fascinating musical tapestry. Take a section in the lower Top 100: at number 86 is the self-titled debut of The Doors, followed by Brew Whores by Miles Davis, Hunky Dory by David Bowie and, at no. 89, is Baduizm by Erykah Badu, which combines gems of classic rock, jazz, prog-rock and R&B.

“Is there a person who loves all of these things equally? Probably not. But hopefully there are people who may absolutely want to try them all and see what they think, “Dolan said.” That’s the goal: to make connections and be introduced to new things. “

Dolan was impressed with some established artists embracing modern music, such as John Cale of the Velvet Underground defending FKA Twigs and Nicks ranking Harry Styles’ Fine line quite high.

“It’s sweet when these people who have been around aren’t just sucking the younger generation,” she said. “It’s perfect when people vote for things outside their gender and what you’d expect.”

The origins of the book began in 2003 when the magazine released its first list of 500, placing The Beatles Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Gang at number 1. It was a nice Beatles list, with three other Fab Four albums hitting the top 10.

The Beatles’ “Abbey Road” became their best album in the new book. Photo: Pantry

“He had the perspective of a 45-year-old male rock fan who was open-minded, who liked rap a little, but somehow gave him a pat on the head and liked R&B, but it was a little bit. contemptuous of more recent things, “he said.

“We really wanted to break away from that perspective and think that the list could actually have many converging perspectives.”

by Joni Mitchell Blue jumped on the new list, going from number 30 in 2003 to today’s top 10, and Prince and the Revolution’s Purple rain has gone from no. 76 to n. 8. Another great gainer was Lauryn Hill Lauryn Hill’s bad education, which has gone from 300 in 2003 to the Top 10 today.

“Some albums become kind of new classics,” Dolan said. “It’s something that’s evolving and up for grabs. And we wanted to somehow implicate him at least in doing this.

The new list includes more genres other than rock and therefore has pushed some iconic albums down.

Some artists’ catalogs have also changed. by Bob Dylan Blood on the tracks overtook his Blonde On Blonde And State road 61 revisited this time, and the Beatles street of the abbey it became their best album in the book, finished Sergeant Pepper’s lonely hearts club Band, rubber core And Revolver.

“The warmth and the beauty and the sweetness of street of the abbey perhaps in a way it has the better of this sort of cornerstone of sonic inventiveness Revolver because people like to listen to it ”.

There have been some online complaints about the list, just like that The stranger by Billy Joel made the list and no voices of non-western artists, U2 fans might be crazy for it The tree of Joshua dropped from the Top 100 and electronic music fans may complain that there are only eight electronic albums.

But Rolling Stone says the list is a snapshot as the music progresses.

“Because the list is so stylistically diverse and open, I think we’re somehow implying it’s always a work in progress,” he said.

“In 20 years, Rolling Stone, whatever entity it is, it will do it again at some point. – AP

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