The Guardian 100 Best Albums Ever

~ Release group series

Annotation

As appeared in The Guardian - UK daily broadsheet newspaper, on September 19th 1997.

As voted for by a panel of judges including Artists, Critics & DJ's from around the world.

Annotation last modified on 2020-12-14 16:55 UTC.

Release Groups

#YearTitleArtistTypeRatingReleases
11971What’s Going OnMarvin GayeAlbum4.6538
21966RevolverThe BeatlesAlbum4.6539
31977Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex PistolsSex PistolsAlbum4.737
41991NevermindNirvanaAlbum4.4568
51989The Stone RosesThe Stone RosesAlbum4.331
61966Pet SoundsThe Beach BoysAlbum4.4547
71972The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From MarsDavid BowieAlbum4.648
81967The Velvet Underground & NicoThe Velvet Underground & NicoAlbum4.633
91968The Beatles (“The White Album”)The BeatlesAlbum4.451
101968Astral WeeksVan MorrisonAlbum4.3514
111965Highway 61 RevisitedBob DylanAlbum4.328
121991Blue LinesMassive AttackAlbum420
131971Hunky DoryDavid BowieAlbum4.3532
141959Kind of BlueMiles DavisAlbum4.552
151995The BendsRadioheadAlbum4.327
161991ScreamadelicaPrimal ScreamAlbum315
171979London CallingThe ClashAlbum4.2535
181995(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?OasisAlbum3.9525
191967Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandThe BeatlesAlbum4.5560
201988It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us BackPublic EnemyAlbum3.3523
211994Definitely MaybeOasisAlbum4.4522
221969Abbey RoadThe BeatlesAlbum4.754
231972TransformerLou ReedAlbum4.225
241966Blonde on BlondeBob DylanAlbum4.2544
251972Exile on Main St.The Rolling StonesAlbum4.645
261992Automatic for the PeopleR.E.M.Album425
271969Let It BleedThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.531
281986The Queen Is DeadThe SmithsAlbum4.427
291968Electric LadylandThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum3.8548
301967Are You ExperiencedThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAlbum443
311974Natty DreadBob Marley & The WailersAlbum3.617
321975HorsesPatti SmithAlbum4.320
331977Marquee MoonTelevisionAlbum4.3517
341977The ClashThe ClashAlbum4.2525
351971BlueJoni MitchellAlbum4.4518
361994DummyPortisheadAlbum4.314
371973The Dark Side of the MoonPink FloydAlbum4.886
381976Songs in the Key of LifeStevie WonderAlbum4.5524
391975Blood on the TracksBob DylanAlbum4.3525
401995A Northern SoulThe VerveAlbum45
411970John Lennon/Plastic Ono BandJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono BandAlbum420
421979Unknown PleasuresJoy DivisionAlbum4.4525
431980Remain in LightTalking HeadsAlbum4.427
441975Born to RunBruce SpringsteenAlbum4.454
451965A Love SupremeJohn ColtraneAlbum4.730
461968Queen of SoulAretha FranklinAlbum + Compilation9
471970After the Gold RushNeil YoungAlbum4.922
481995Jagged Little PillAlanis MorissetteAlbum4.1536
491969Trout Mask ReplicaCaptain Beefheart & His Magic BandAlbum4.2510
501990Fear of a Black PlanetPublic EnemyAlbum413
511978All Mod ConsThe JamAlbum47
521977Saturday Night Fever: The Original Movie Sound TrackVarious ArtistsAlbum + Soundtrack522
531973InnervisionsStevie WonderAlbum531
541984Legend: The Best of Bob Marley and The WailersBob Marley & The WailersAlbum + Compilation4.355
551995GarbageGarbageAlbum4.3531
561979Off the WallMichael JacksonAlbum4.2535
571987The Joshua TreeU2Album4.351
581971Who’s NextThe WhoAlbum4.351
591986Licensed to IllBeastie BoysAlbum4.1518
601969Led Zeppelin IILed ZeppelinAlbum4.5551
611985Steve McQueenPrefab SproutAlbum10
621977LowDavid BowieAlbum4.3522
631995MaxinquayeTrickyAlbum4.28
641977New Boots and Panties!!Ian DuryAlbum512
651976RamonesRamonesAlbum4.0515
661970SunflowerThe Beach BoysAlbum3.87
671990Pills ’n’ Thrills and BellyachesHappy MondaysAlbum2.7515
681996Second Toughest in the InfantsUnderworldAlbum4.3512
691986GracelandPaul SimonAlbum4.641
701967Younger Than YesterdayThe ByrdsAlbum410
711991Achtung BabyU2Album4.431
721975Marcus GarveyBurning SpearAlbum5
731984The SmithsThe SmithsAlbum4.5516
741968Live at the ApolloJames Brown and The Famous FlamesAlbum + Live7
751995Different ClassPulpAlbum3.8510
761967The DoorsThe DoorsAlbum4.5538
771977“Heroes”David BowieAlbum4.321
781977RumoursFleetwood MacAlbum4.659
791975Live!Bob Marley & The WailersAlbum + Live3.3522
801977ExodusBob Marley & The WailersAlbum4.7533
811968Beggars BanquetThe Rolling StonesAlbum4.524
821995TimelessGoldieAlbum410
831989DoolittlePixiesAlbum4.423
8419731962–1966 (“The Red Album”)The BeatlesAlbum + Compilation4.6521
851984TreasureCocteau TwinsAlbum3.9510
861987Sign “☮︎” the TimesPrinceAlbum4.1514
871979SpecialsThe SpecialsAlbum418
881982The Lexicon of LoveABCAlbum3.815
891971[Led Zeppelin IV]Led ZeppelinAlbum4.7567
901973Raw PowerIggy and The StoogesAlbum3.417
911970LoadedThe Velvet UndergroundAlbum4.1514
921980Kings of the Wild FrontierAdam and the AntsAlbum412
931980Searching for the Young Soul RebelsDexys Midnight RunnersAlbum510
941956Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!Frank SinatraAlbum517
951980CloserJoy DivisionAlbum4.522
961980PretendersPretendersAlbum4.522
971991Out of TimeR.E.M.Album3.924
981992ConnectedStereo MC’sAlbum55
991971ImagineJohn LennonAlbum436
1001974This Is Augustus PabloAugustus PabloAlbum6