Marvin Gaye’s album “What’s Going On” took first place in the magazine’s review of the 500 best albums list.
Seventeen years after first publishing “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” Rolling Stone magazine announced that it will give the list a major update, making it “less rock-focused” in the process.
“When we first released the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in December 2003, Amy Winehouse was still three years away from releasing Back to Black, and Kendrick Lamar’s good son, MaAd City, was almost a decade away. away; many of today’s best musicians (and fans) weren’t in high school yet, “the magazine said in an article announcing the update.
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Our list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was originally published in 2003, with a slight update in 2012. But no list is definitive — tastes change, new genres emerge, the history of music keeps being rewritten. So we decided to remake our greatest albums list from scratch. The electorate includes Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, and Billie Eilish; rising artists like H.E.R., Tierra Whack, and Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail; as well as veteran musicians, such as Adam Clayton and the Edge of U2, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, Gene Simmons, and Stevie Nicks. Check out the new #RS500Albums at the link in our bio.
The chart now includes 154 new albums that weren’t previously on the 500 chart and 86 albums of this century. The change represents a massive shift for the magazine, moving to recognize more contemporary albums and a wider range of tastes.
Notable highlights include the addition of two Prince albums to the top 50, “Sign O ‘the Times” at 45 and “Purple Rain” at no. 8. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” jumped over 300 places to sit now at no. 10 on the list.
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Remaking #RS500Albums has been fascinating and fun; 86 of the albums on the list are from this century, and 154 are new additions that weren’t on the 2003 or 2012 versions. The classics are still the classics, but the canon keeps getting bigger and better. Head to the link in our bio for the new list.
Marvin Gaye replaces The Beatles at No. 1
Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” replaced The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in first place.
“A distinction from the above list is the idea that there is no objective history of popular music,” said Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone Reviews editor, in a statement. “I think it’s an honest reflection of what the taste is like now,” said the editor.
The renewal was a year-long process, the magazine said, and more than 300 artists, journalists and industry figures voted and helped determine the new roster, including stars such as Beyoncé, Carly Rae Jepsen and members of U2.
Voters submitted ballots ranking their 50 favorite albums of all time, and the magazine tabulated the votes. More than 3,000 albums received at least one vote, he said. Get to know the complete list by CLICKING HERE!
The new list now includes more modern classics, including albums like Beyoncé’s self-titled, Frank Ocean’s “Blond,” and Adele’s “21.” Do you agree with the first place? o What other album do you think should be at number one?