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Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums of All Time" magazine cover, November 2003.

The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the cover story of a special issue of Rolling Stone magazine published in November 2003.[1] The list was based on the votes of 273 rock musicians, critics and industry figures, each of whom submitted a weighted list of 50 albums. Various music genres were featured in the list, including pop, hip hop, rock, country, ska, punk, heavy metal, soul, blues, folk, jazz, and combinations thereof. The accounting firm Ernst & Young devised a point system to weigh votes for 1,600 submitted titles.[2]

The list was released in book form in 2005, with an introduction written by Steven Van Zandt. The book's list was slightly different, explained in the editor's foreword as the removal of some compilation albums and the consolidation of the two LPs of Robert Johnson's King of the Delta Blues Singers into The Complete Recordings, making room for eight additional albums on the list.

The list also includes a few compilations, "greatest hits" collections and soundtracks.


Top 10 albums

Position Album Name Artist Release date
Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles September 1967
Pet Sounds The Beach Boys May 1966
Revolver The Beatles August 1966
Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan August 1965
Rubber Soul The Beatles December 1965
What's Going On Marvin Gaye May 1971
Exile on Main St. The Rolling Stones May 1972
London Calling The Clash December 1979
Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan May 1966
The Beatles (also known as The White Album) The Beatles November 1968


Artists with the most albums in the list

(Numbers in parentheses represent actual number of studio albums by the artist while the other represents the number published by artist as the list was being decided. Actual number is subject to change without update.)

  • 11 The Beatles (with 4 in the top 10) – 10 of their 12 studio albums along with U.S. exclusive Meet The Beatles! (12)[3]
  • 10 Bob Dylan (with 2 in the top 10) – 10 of his 31 studio albums (34)
  • 10 The Rolling Stones (with 1 in the top 10) – 10 of their 21 studio albums (25)
  • 8 Bruce Springsteen – 8 of his 12 studio albums (16)
  • 7 The Who – 6 of their 10 studio albums (11); 1 live album
  • 6 David Bowie – 5 of his 22 studio albums (25); 1 compilation album
  • 6 Elton John – 5 of his 27 studio albums (29); 1 compilation album
  • 5 Led Zeppelin – 5 of their 9 studio albums
  • 5 Neil Young - 5 of his 29 studio albums;(33)
  • 5 The Byrds - 4 of their 12 studio albums; 1 compilation album
  • 5 U2 – 5 of their 10 studio albums (12)
  • 5 Bob Marley and the Wailers - 4 of their 15 studio albums; 1 compilation album

Number of albums from each decade

See also


  1. ^ Levy, Joe; Steven Van Zandt (2006) [2005]. Rolling Stone The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (3rd ed.). London: Turnaround. ISBN 1932958614. OCLC 70672814. 
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  2. ^ "It's Certainly a Thrill: Sgt. Pepper Is Best Album", USA Today, November 17, 2003.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "It's Beatlemania on all-time-best rock album list ", USA Today, November 17, 2003.

External links

  • The list on the Rolling Stone website.



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