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Rolling Stone Have Updated Their Best 500 Albums List, With Marvin Gaye Taking The Top Spot

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Rolling Stone has published a new edition of their Top 500 Albums of All-Time list. The most notable difference between it and its original 2003 version is a significant increase in the amount of records by women and people of colour in its top spots.

The list’s original top five included three albums by The Beatles alone, punctuated by The Beach Boys‘ Pet Sounds at the #2 spot and Bob Dylan‘s Highway 61 Revisited at #4. Marvin Gaye’s 1971 opus What’s Going On, which originally appeared at #6 on the list, now sits at the #1 spot.

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New additions to the top 10 list include Joni Mitchell‘s Blue at #3, Stevie Wonder‘s Songs in the Key of Life at #5, Nirvana‘s Nevermind at #6, Fleetwood Mac‘s Rumours at #8, Prince and the Revolution‘s Purple Rain at #9 and Lauryn Hill‘s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill at #10.

The new list was formulated with input from 300 musicians, producers, journalists and other music industry figures. Artists involved in the voting process included Beyoncé, Wayne Coyne, Billie Eilish, Carly Rae Jepsen, Adam Horovitz, Stevie Nicks, Raekwon, Kevin Shields, Robert Smith and many more. You can see the full list of voters here.

Check out the updated top 50 below. You can see the full, new Top 500 list here, and the 2003 version here.

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Rolling Stone’s Top 50 Albums of All Time (2020)

1. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

2. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds


3. Joni Mitchell – Blue


4. Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life


5. The Beatles – Abbey Road


6. Nirvana – Nevermind


7. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours


8. Prince and the Revolution – Purple Rain


9. Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks


10. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill


11. The Beatles – Revolver


12. Michael Jackson – Thriller


13. Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You


14. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street


15. Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back


16. The Clash – London Calling


17. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy


18. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited


19. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly


20. Radiohead – Kid A


21. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run


22. The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die


23. The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground


24. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band


25. Carole King – Tapestry


26. Patti Smith – Horses


27. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)


28. D’Angelo – Voodoo


29. The Beatles – White Album


30. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?


31. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue


32. Beyoncé – Lemonade


33. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black


34. Stevie Wonder – Innervisions


35. The Beatles – Rubber Soul


36. Michael Jackson – Off the Wall


37. Dr. Dre – The Chronic


38. Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde


39. Talking Heads – Remain in Light


40. David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars


41. The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed


42. Radiohead – OK Computer


43. A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory


44. Nas – Illmatic


45. Prince – Sign O’ the Times


46. Paul Simon – Graceland


47. Ramones – Ramones


48. Bob Marley and the Wailers – Legend


49. OutKast – Aquemini


50. Jay-Z – The Blueprint

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