TIME’s top 100 Albums

So TIME Magazine has come up with its list of the best 100 albums, cutely called “The All-TIME 100 Albums.” While it’s no Rolling Stone, just for the heck of it, here’s the list with the ones I own on LP and/or CD in bold. Not surprisingly, most of my albums come from the 60s (11) and 70s (14) but only three from the 1980s on??? At least four of my desert island discs are on the list.

I’ll leave you to ponder the omissions and the occasional odd entries (e.g., Time Out of Mind instead of Blood on the Tracks), along with the fact the 2000s seem pretty heavy on compilations of music that predates the decade.


The Essential Hank Williams Collection: Turn Back the Years, Hank Williams
The College Dropout, Kanye West
Portrait of a Legend 1951 – 1964, Sam Cooke
Elvis: 30 No. 1 Hits, Elvis Presley
The Anthology, 1947 – 1972, Muddy Waters
Kid A, Radiohead
Stankonia, Outkast
Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea, PJ Harvey
The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem


Sunrise, Elvis Presley
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Lucinda Williams
OK Computer, Radiohead
Time Out of Mind, Bob Dylan
Endtroducing…, DJ Shadow
(What’s the Story) Morning Glory, Oasis
Live Through This, Hole
My Life, Mary J. Blige
Ready to Die, The Notorious B.I.G.
Slanted and Enchanted, Pavement
The Chronic, Dr. Dre
Achtung Baby, U2
Nevermind, Nirvana
Out of Time, R.E.M.
Phil Spector, Back to Mono (1958 – 1969), Various Artists
Ropin’ The Wind, Garth Brooks
Star Time, James Brown
The Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest


Like a Prayer, Madonna
Paul’s Boutique, Beastie Boys
The Stone Roses, The Stone Roses
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Public Enemy
Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A
Document, R.E.M.
Paid in Full, Eric B. and Rakim
Sign O’ The Times, Prince
The Joshua Tree, U2
Graceland, Paul Simon
Master of Puppets, Metallica
Raising Hell, Run-DMC
Legend, Bob Marley and the Wailers
Purple Rain, Prince
Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads
The Great Twenty-Eight, Chuck Berry
Thriller, Michael Jackson
Back in Black, AC/DC


London Calling, The Clash
One Nation Under a Groove, Parliament/Funkadelic
Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols, The Sex Pistols
Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
Hotel California, The Eagles

Ramones, The Ramones
Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder
Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

Horses, Patti Smith
Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson
Call Me, Al Green
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John
The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust, David Bowie
Exile on Main Street, The Rolling Stones
Talking Book, Stevie Wonder

The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff and Various Artists
Blue, Joni Mitchell
Coat of Many Colors, Dolly Parton
Hunky Dory, David Bowie
Led Zeppelin IV (a.k.a. Zoso), Led Zeppelin
Paranoid, Black Sabbath
Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones
Tapestry, Carole King

What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye
Who’s Next, The Who
After the Gold Rush, Neil Young
Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel

John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band
Moondance, Van Morrison


Abbey Road, The Beatles
Bitches Brew, Miles Davis

Stand!, Sly & the Family Stone
The Band, The Band
Astral Weeks, Van Morrison

At Folsom Prison, Johnny Cash
Lady Soul, Aretha Franklin
The Beatles (“The White Album”), The Beatles
Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Aretha Franklin
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
The Velvet Underground and Nico, The Velvet Underground
Blonde on Blonde, Bob Dylan
Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys
Revolver, The Beatles
Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
Otis Blue, Otis Redding
Rubber Soul, The Beatles
A Love Supreme, John Coltrane

Live at the Apollo (1963), James Brown
Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music, Ray Charles
King of the Delta Blues Singers, Robert Johnson


Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
Here’s Little Richard, Little Richard
Songs for Swingin’ Lovers, Frank Sinatra
In the Wee Small Hours, Frank Sinatra

Music is a world within itself
With a language we all understand

“Sir Duke,” Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life

1 comment to TIME’s top 100 Albums

  • The omission of Blood on the Tracks is pretty glaring. Not sure how they missed that one, as it is typically in the top ten of published lists of ‘greatest albums’.