RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Here are Rolling Stone‘s picks for the 500 greatest albums of all time, with a check-box to help me keep up with the ones I still need to collect. Their list is updated from time to time, so I’m working the new in with the old.

So far, I've got 108 of 500 (22%). Check 'em off if you like. The boxes only work for me 🙂

A philosophical quibble

Box sets and complications?  I really don’t think that box sets belong here. Albums are snapshots of a time in history which, when viewed as a collage, depict the history of modern music. A collection showcases the artist, but not where that artist was at the time.  Rather than checking off the Hank Williams collection, I’d prefer to collect his albums.  That said, some of these compilations are fantastic!

A little history



1.Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club BandThe Beatles
2.Pet SoundsThe Beach Boys
3.RevolverThe Beatles
4.Highway 61 RevisitedBob Dylan
5.Rubber SoulThe Beatles
6.What's Going OnMarvin Gaye
7.Exile on Main StreetThe Rolling Stones
8.London CallingThe Clash
9.Blonde on BlondeBob Dylan
10.The Beatles (The White Album)The Beatles
11.The Sun SessionsElvis Presley
12.Kind of BlueMiles Davis
13.Velvet Underground and NicoThe Velvet Underground
14.Abbey RoadThe Beatles
15.Are You Experienced?The Jimi Hendrix Experience
16.Blood on the TracksBob Dylan
18.Born to RunBruce Springsteen
19.Astral WeeksVan Morrison
20.ThrillerMichael Jackson
21.The Great Twenty-EightChuck Berry
22.Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon
23.InnervisionsStevie Wonder
24.Live at the Apollo (1963)James Brown
25.RumoursFleetwood Mac
26.The Joshua TreeU2
27.King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 1Robert Johnson
28.Who's NextThe Who
29.Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin
30.BlueJoni Mitchell
31.Bringing It All Back HomeBob Dylan
32.Let It BleedThe Rolling Stones
34.Music From Big PinkThe Band
35.The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From MarsDavid Bowie
36.TapestryCarole King
37.Hotel CaliforniaThe Eagles
38.The Anthology, 1947 - 1972Muddy Waters
39.Please Please MeThe Beatles
40.Forever ChangesLove
41.Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex PistolsThe Sex Pistols
42.The DoorsThe Doors
43.The Dark Side of the MoonPink Floyd
44.HorsesPatti Smith
45.The BandThe Band
46.LegendBob Marley and the Wailers
47.A Love SupremeJohn Coltrane
48.It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic Enemy
49.At Fillmore EastThe Allman Brothers Band
50.Here's Little RichardLittle Richard
51.Bridge Over Troubled WaterSimon and Garfunkel
52.Greatest HitsAl Green
53.The Birth of Soul: The Complete Atlantic Rhythm and Blues Recordings, 1952 - 1959Ray Charles
54.Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix Experience
55.Elvis PresleyElvis Presley
56.Songs in the Key of LifeStevie Wonder
57.Beggars BanquetThe Rolling Stones
58.Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain Beefheart and His Magic Band
59.Meet the BeatlesThe Beatles
60.Greatest HitsSly and the Family Stone
61.Appetite for DestructionGuns n' Roses
62.Achtung BabyU2
63.Sticky FingersThe Rolling Stones
64.Phil Spector, Back to Mono (1958 - 1969)Various Artists
65.MoondanceVan Morrison
66.Led Zeppelin IVLed Zeppelin
67.The StrangerBilly Joel
68.Off the WallMichael Jackson
69.SuperflyCurtis Mayfield
70.Physical GraffitiLed Zeppelin
71.After the Gold RushNeil Young
72.Purple RainPrince
73.Back in BlackAC/DC
74.Otis BlueOtis Redding
75.Led Zeppelin IILed Zeppelin
76.ImagineJohn Lennon
77.The ClashThe Clash
78.HarvestNeil Young
79.Star TimeJames Brown
80.Odessey and OracleThe Zombies
81.GracelandPaul Simon
82.Axis: Bold as LoveThe Jimi Hendrix Experience
83.I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love YouAretha Franklin
84.Lady SoulAretha Franklin
85.Born in the U.S.A.Bruce Springsteen
86.Let It BeThe Beatles
87.The WallPink Floyd
88.At Folsom PrisonJohnny Cash
89.Dusty in MemphisDusty Springfield
90.Talking BookStevie Wonder
91.Goodbye Yellow Brick RoadElton John
92.20 Golden GreatsBuddy Holly
93.Sign 'o' the TimesPrince
94.Bitches BrewMiles Davis
95.Green RiverCreedence Clearwater Revival
96.TommyThe Who
97.The Freewheelin' Bob DylanBob Dylan
98.This Year's ModelElvis Costello
99.There's a Riot Goin' OnSly and the Family Stone
100.In the Wee Small HoursFrank Sinatra
101.Fresh CreamCream
102.Giant StepsJohn Coltrane
103.Sweet Baby JamesJames Taylor
104.Modern Sounds in Country and Western MusicRay Charles
105.Rocket to RussiaRamones
106.Portrait of a Legend 1951 - 1964Sam Cooke
107.Hunky DoryDavid Bowie
108.AftermathThe Rolling Stones
109.LoadedThe Velvet Underground
110.The BendsRadiohead
111.Court and SparkJoni Mitchell
112.Disraeli GearsCream
113.The Who Sell OutThe Who
114.Out of Our HeadsThe Rolling Stones
115.Layla and Other Assorted Love SongsDerek and the Dominos
116.At LastEtta James
117.Sweetheart of the RodeoThe Byrds
118.Stand!Sly and the Family Stone
119.The Harder They Come Original SoundtrackVarious Artists
120.Raising HellRun-DMC
121.Moby GrapeMoby Grape
122.PearlJanis Joplin
123.Catch a FireBob Marley and the Wailers
124.Younger Than YesterdayThe Byrds
125.Raw PowerThe Stooges
126.Riain in LightTalking Heads
127.If You Can Believe Your Eyes and EarsThe Mamas and the Papas
128.Marquee MoonTelevision
129.40 Greatest HitsHank Williams
130.ParanoidBlack Sabbath
131.Saturday Night FeverVarious Artists
132.The Wild, the Innocent and the E Street ShuffleBruce Springsteen
133.Ready to DieThe Notorious B.I.G.
134.Slanted and EnchantedPavement
135.Greatest HitsElton John
136.TimThe Replacements
137.The ChronicDr. Dre
138.RejuvenationThe Meters
139.All That You Can't Leave BehindU2
140.Parallel LinesBlondie
141.Live at the RegalB.B. King
142.Phil Spector, A Christmas Gift for YouVarious Artists
143.Gris-GrisDr. John
144.Straight Outta ComptonN.W.A
145.AjaSteely Dan
146.Surrealistic PillowJefferson Airplane
147.Dreams to Riiber: The Otis Redding AnthologyOtis Redding
148.Deja VuCrosby Stills Nash and Young
149.Houses of the HolyLed Zeppelin
151.Darkness on the Edge of TownBruce Springsteen
152.The B-52'sThe B-52's
153.Moanin' in the MoonlightHowlin' Wolf
154.The Low End TheoryA Tribe Called Quest
155.PretendersThe Pretenders
156.Paul's BoutiqueBeastie Boys
157.CloserJoy Division
158.Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt CowboyElton John
160.Electric WarriorT. Rex
161.The Dock of the BayOtis Redding
162.OK ComputerRadiohead
164.Heart Like a WheelLinda Ronstadt
165.Let's Get It OnMarvin Gaye
166.Imperial BedroomElvis Costello
167.Master of PuppetsMetallica
168.My Aim Is TrueElvis Costello
169.ExodusBob Marley
170.Live at LeedsThe Who
171.The Notorious Byrd BrothersThe Byrds
172.Every Picture Tells a StoryRod Stewart
173.Something/Anything?Todd Rundgren
174.DesireBob Dylan
175.Close to YouThe Carpenters
177.One Nation Under a GrooveParliament/Funkadelic
178.Greatest HitsThe Byrds
179.The Anthology 1961 - 1977Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions
180.The Definitive CollectionAbba
181.The Rolling Stones, Now!The Rolling Stones
182.Natty DreadBob Marley and the Wailers
183.Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac
184.Red Headed StrangerWillie Nelson
185.The StoogesThe Stooges
186.FreshSly and the Family Stone
187.SoPeter Gabriel
188.Buffalo Springfield AgainBuffalo Springfield
189.Happy TrailsQuicksilver Messenger Service
190.From Elvis in MemphisElvis Presley
191.FunhouseThe Stooges
192.The Gilded Palace of SinThe Flying Burrito Brothers
193.DookieGreen Day
194.TransformerLou Reed
195.BluesbreakersJohn Mayall With Eric Clapton
196.Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965 - 1968Various Artists
198.The Best ofLittle Walter
199.Highway to HellAC/DC
200.The Downward SpiralNine Inch Nails
201.Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and ThymeSimon and Garfunkel
202.BadMichael Jackson
203.Wheels of FireCream
204.Dirty MindPrince
206.Tea for the TillermanCat Stevens
207.TenPearl Jam
208.Everybody Knows This Is NowhereNeil Young With Crazy Horse
209.Wish You Were HerePink Floyd
210.Crooked Rain, Crooked RainPavement
211.Tattoo YouThe Rolling Stones
212.Proud Mary: The Best of Ike and Tina TurnerIke and Tina Turner
213.New York DollsNew York Dolls
214.Bo Diddley/Go Bo DiddleyBo Diddley
215.Two Steps From the BluesBobby Bland
216.The Queen Is DeadThe Smiths
217.Licensed to IllBeastie Boys
218.Look-Ka Py PyThe Meters
219.LovelessMy Bloody Valentine
220.New Orleans PianoProfessor Longhair
222.The Neil Diamond CollectionNeil Diamond
223.Howlin' WolfHowlin' Wolf
224.NebraskaBruce Springsteen
225.The Complete Hank WilliamsHank Williams
227.Paid in FullEric B. and Rakim
228.Toys in the AtticAerosmith
229.Nick of TimeBonnie Raitt
230.A Night at the OperaQueen
231.The Kink KroniklesThe Kinks
232.Mr. Tambourine ManThe Byrds
233.BookendsSimon and Garfunkel
234.The Ultimate CollectionPatsy Cline
235.Mr. Excitient!Jackie Wilson
236.The Who Sings My GenerationThe Who
237.Like a PrayerMadonna
238.Can't Buy a ThrillSteely Dan
239.Let It BeThe Replacements
241.Black SabbathBlack Sabbath
242.The Jerry Lee Lewis Anthology: All Killer No Filler!Jerry Lee Lewis
243.Freak Out!The Mothers of Invention
244.Live DeadGrateful Dead
245.Bryter LayterNick Drake
246.The Shape of Jazz to ComeOrnette Colian
247.Automatic for the PeopleR.E.M.
248.Reasonable DoubtJay-Z
249.LowDavid Bowie
250.The RiverBruce Springsteen
251.The Otis Redding Dictionary of SoulOtis Redding
253.Trans-Europe ExpressKraftwerk
254.Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
255.The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation SocietyThe Kinks
256.The Velvet RopeJanet Jackson
257.StardustWillie Nelson
258.American BeautyGrateful Dead
259.Crosby Stills and NashCrosby Stills and Nash
260.Buena Vista Social ClubBuena Vista Social Club
261.Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman
262.Workingman's DeadGrateful Dead
263.The Genius of Ray CharlesRay Charles
264.Child Is Father to the ManBlood, Sweat and Tears
265.Cosmo's FactoryCreedence Clearwater Revival
266.QuadropheniaThe Who
267.There Goes Rhymin' SimonPaul Simon
268.Psycho CandyThe Jesus and Mary Chain
269.Some GirlsThe Rolling Stones
270.The Beach Boys Today!The Beach Boys
271.Going to a Go-GoSmokey Robinson and the Miracles
273.The Slim Shady LPEminem
274.Mothership ConnectionParliament
275.Rhythm Nation 1814Janet Jackson
276.Anthology of American Folk MusicHarry Smith, ed.
277.Aladdin SaneDavid Bowie
278.The Immaculate CollectionMadonna
279.My LifeMary J. Blige
280.Folk SingerMuddy Waters
281.Can't Get EnoughBarry White
282.The CarsThe Cars
283.Five Leaves LeftNick Drake
284.Music of My MindStevie Wonder
285.I'm Still in Love With YouAl Green
286.Los AngelesX
287.Anthi of the SunGrateful Dead
288.Something Else by the KinksThe Kinks
289.Call MeAl Green
290.Talking Heads: 77Talking Heads
291.The Basement TapesBob Dylan and the Band
292.White Light / White HeatThe Velvet Underground
293.Greatest HitsSimon and Garfunkel
294.Kick Out the JamsMC5
295.Meat Is MurderThe Smiths
296.We're Only In It For the MoneyThe Mothers of Invention
297.Weezer (Blue Album)Weezer
298.Master of RealityBlack Sabbath
299.Coat of Many ColorsDolly Parton
300.Fear of a Black PlanetPublic Enemy
301.John Wesley HardingBob Dylan
302.The Marshall Mathers LPEminem
303.GraceJeff Buckley
304.Car Wheels on a Gravel RoadLucinda Williams
306.Songs for Swingin' LoversFrank Sinatra
307.AvalonRoxy Music
308.The Sun Records CollectionVarious Artists
309.Nothing's ShockingJane's Addiction
310.Blood Sugar Sex MagikRed Hot Chili Peppers
311.Unplugged in New YorkNirvana
312.The Miseducation of Lauryn HillLauryn Hill
313.Damn the TorpedoesTom Petty and the Heartbreakers
314.The Velvet UndergroundThe Velvet Underground
315.Surfer RosaPixies
316.Rock SteadyNo Doubt
317.The Eminem ShowEminem
318.Back StabbersThe O'Jays
319.Burnin' Bob Marley and the Wailers
320.Pink MoonNick Drake
321.Sail AwayRandy Newman
322.Ghost in the MachineThe Police
323.Station to StationDavid Bowie
324.The Very Best of Linda RonstadtLinda Ronstadt
325.SlowhandEric Clapton
326.DisintegrationThe Cure
327.Jagged Little PillAlanis Morissette
328.Exile in GuyvilleLiz Phair
329.Daydream NationSonic Youth
330.In the Jungle GrooveJames Brown
331.Tonight's the NightNeil Young
332.Help!The Beatles
333.Shoot Out the LightsRichard and Linda Thompson
334.Wild GiftX
335.Squeezing Out SparksGraham Parker
337.AqualungJethro Tull
338.Cheap ThrillsBig Brother and the Holding Company
339.The Heart of Saturday NightTom Waits
340.DamagedBlack Flag
342.ViolatorDepeche Mode
343.Bat Out of HellMeat Loaf
344.BerlinLou Reed
345.Stop Making SenseTalking Heads
346.3 Feet High and RisingDe La Soul
347.The Piper at the Gates of DawnPink Floyd
348.At Newport 1960Muddy Waters
349.Roger the Engineer (Over Under Sideways Down)The Yardbirds
350.Rust Never SleepsNeil Young and Crazy Horse
351.Brothers in ArmsDire Straits
352.52nd StreetBilly Joel
353.Having a Rave Up With the YardbirdsThe Yardbirds
354.12 SongsRandy Newman
355.Between the ButtonsThe Rolling Stones
356.Sketches of SpainMiles Davis
357.Honky ChateauElton John
358.Singles Going SteadyBuzzcocks
360.Siamese DreamThe Smashing Pumpkins
361.SubstanceNew Order
362.L.A. WomanThe Doors
363.Ray of LightMadonna
364.American RecordingsJohnny Cash
365.Louder Than BombsThe Smiths
366.MottMott the Hoople
367.Is This ItThe Strokes
368.Rage Against the MachineRage Against the Machine
369.Reggatta de BlancThe Police
370.VolunteersJefferson Airplane
371.SirenRoxy Music
372.Late for the SkyJackson Browne
374.The EaglesThe Eagles
375.The Ultimate Collection (1948 - 1990)John Lee Hooker
376.(What's the Story) Morning Glory?Oasis
378.Funky KingstonToots and the Maytals
379.Greetings from Asbury ParkBruce Springsteen
380.SunflowerThe Beach Boys
381.Modern LoversModern Lovers
382.More Songs About Buildings and FoodTalking Heads
383.A Quick One (Happy Jack)The Who
384.PyromaniaDef Leppard
385.Pretzel LogicSteely Dan
386.Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 ChambersWu-Tang Clan
387.Country LifeRoxy Music
388.A Hard Day's NightThe Beatles
389.The End of the InnocenceDon Henley
390.ElephantThe White Stripes
391.The PretenderJackson Browne
392.Willy and the Poor BoysCreedence Clearwater Revival
393.Good Old BoysRandy Newman
394.For Your PleasureRoxy Music
395.Blue LinesMassive Attack
396.EliminatorZZ Top
397.Rain DogsTom Waits
398.AnthologyThe Tiptations
399.CalifornicationRed Hot Chili Peppers
401.(Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd)Lynyrd Skynyrd
402.Dr. John's GumboDr. John
403.Radio CityBig Star
404.Sandinista!The Clash
405.Rid of MePJ Harvey
406.I Do Not Want What I Haven't GotSinead O' Connor
407.Strange DaysThe Doors
408.Time Out of MindBob Dylan
409.461 Ocean BoulevardEric Clapton
410.Pink FlagWire
411.Double Nickels on the DimeMinutemen
412.MezzanineMassive Attack
413.Beauty and the BeatGo-Go's
414.Greatest HitsJames Brown
415.Van HalenVan Halen
416.Mule VariationsTom Waits
418.Band on the RunWings
420.With the BeatlesThe Beatles
421.The "Chirping" CricketsBuddy Holly and the Crickets
422.The Best of the Girl Groups, Volumes 1 and 2Various Artists
423.Greatest HitsThe Mamas and the Papas
424.King of the Delta Blues Singers, Vol. 2Robert Johnson
425.ChangesoneDavid Bowie
426.The Battle of Los AngelesRage Against the Machine
427.Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes Featuring VeronicaThe Ronettes
428.Kid ARadiohead
429.Grievous AngelGram Parsons
430.At BudokanCheap Trick
431.AnthologyDiana Ross and the Supremes
432.SleeplessPeter Wolf
433.Another Green WorldBrian Eno
434.Outlandos D'AmourThe Police
435.To Bring You My LovePJ Harvey
436.Here Come the Warm JetsBrian Eno
437.All Things Must PassGeorge Harrison
438.#1 RecordBig Star
439.In UteroNirvana
440.Sea ChangeBeck
441.Tragic KingdomNo Doubt
442.Boys Don't CryThe Cure
443.Live at the Harli Square Club, 1963Sam Cooke
444.Criminal MindedBoogie Down Productions
445.Rum, Sodomy and the LashThe Pogues
447.Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!Devo
448.In ColorCheap Trick
449.The World Is a GhettoWar
450.Fly Like an EagleSteve Miller Band
451.Back in the USAMC5
453.Ritual de lo HabitualJane's Addiction
454.Getz/GilbertoStan Getz and Joao Gilberto Featuring Antonio Carlos Jobim
455.SynchronicityThe Police
456.Third/Sister LoversBig Star
457.For EverymanJackson Browne
458.John PrineJohn Prine
459.Strictly BusinessEPMD
460.Love It to DeathAlice Cooper
461.How Will the Wolf Survive?Los Lobos
462.Here, My DearMarvin Gaye
463.Tumbleweed ConnectionElton John
464.The BlueprintJay-Z
465.Golden HitsThe Drifters
466.Live Through ThisHole
467.Love and TheftBob Dylan
468.Elton JohnElton John
469.Metal BoxPublic Image Ltd.
471.Heaven Up HereEcho and the Bunnymen
472.HysteriaDef Leppard
473.A Rush of Blood to the HeadColdplay
474.Live in EuropeOtis Redding
475.Tunnel of LoveBruce Springsteen
476.The Paul Butterfield Blues BandThe Paul Butterfield Blues Band
477.The ScoreFugees
478.RadioLL Cool J
479.I Want to See the Bright Lights TonightRichard and Linda Thompson
480.FaithGeorge Michael
481.The SmithsThe Smiths
482.Armed ForcesElvis Costello and the Attractions
483.Life After DeathThe Notorious B.I.G.
484.Branded ManMerle Haggard
485.All Time Greatest HitsLoretta Lynn
486.Maggot BrainFunkadelic
487.Mellon Collie and the Infinite SadnessThe Smashing Pumpkins
489.Guitar TownSteve Earle
490.Entertainment!Gang of Four
491.All the Young DudesMott the Hoople
492.VitalogyPearl Jam
493.That's the Way of the WorldEarth, Wind and Fire
494.She's So UnusualCyndi Lauper
495.New Day RisingHusker Du
497.Yo! Bum Rush the ShowPublic Enemy
498.Tres HombresZZ Top
499.Born Under a Bad SignAlbert King