It’s not often that the Rolling Stone updates its ‘best of list’s’, but from the looks of things, that’s exactly whats happened. The Rolling Stone recently shared their updated list for the ‘500 Greatest Albums of All Time‘. The list was originally published in 2003, and saw a few changes in 2012. This year’s list switched things up a bit, as 86 of the 500 albums on the list are from this century. Meanwhile, 154 are completely new additions that weren’t on the 2003 or 2012 versions.
The Rolling Stone was prompted to update its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in an attempt to keep up with modern trends and new genres. After going through the list, it is easy to see they did a pretty good job at doing so. The judges for this new list included “more than 300 artists, producers, critics, and music-industry figures“.
This included big wigs such as Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman. Superstar artists such as Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, & Billie Eilish were asked to cast their vote as well. It should be known that other genres were represented as well, through artists such as Adam Clayton and the Edge of U2, Raekwon of the Wu-Tang Clan, plus Gene Simmons, and Stevie Nicks. Overall, it’s easy to see that the voting for this was done by a pretty solid panel of judges. Now then, let’s get started.
500 Greatest Albums of All Time
The number one spot was swept up by Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On While the second spot is now held by The Beach Boys‘ Pet Sounds. In the third slot, we have Joni Mitchell‘s Blue. It should be noted that the highest ranking Electronic act on the list was Robyn, with Body Talk ranking at #196, which was released in 2010. Other notable acts included names such as Daft Punk, DJ Shadow, and Kraftwerk.
While electronic artists didn’t rank as high on this for my personal taste, it’s nice to see artists who paved the way for the electronic age. When I say this, I am referencing artists like the late David Bowie and Prince, respectively. Some would even go so far as to throw The Beatles into that conversation. Regardless, it’s neat to see artists of all genres & flavors earn the recognition they deserve. If you’re interested in checking out the full list, you can do so here. Enjoy!
H/T – Rolling Stone
If you’re interested, EDMTunes compiled its own list for the ‘Top 20 Albums of the 2010’s‘. You can check that out, here.