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The 500 Greatest Albums of All Times

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Now in paperback, a lush and lavish tribute to the greatest music of the last fifty years by the ultimate authority on rock & roll -- Rolling StoneIn the continuing tradition of Rolling Stone's in-depth coverage of the legends of music comes the paperback version of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Compiled by the editors of Rolling Stone and a celebrity panel of ne
Paperback, 224 pages
Published October 24th 2006 by Wenner Books (first published October 24th 2005)
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Jan 27, 2008 Varmint rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Found this lying on the table at my dentists. Never understood the whole epic mythos surrounding Rolling Stone. It's just a magazine for people so insecure they need to be told what music to like.
Steven Peterson
Any publication that promises to deliver the 500 Greatest Albums of All. Time is going to face a lot of questions. Fans of one group or another that don't make the list are going to be aggrieved. Or people will disagree about how high or how low a selected work rates. If nothing else these simple facts are going to lead to people discussing this compilation of the best albums of all time.

For one thing, it is simply fun to see how many albums one recalls are listed. It is cool for me to recognize
Kev D'Olivo
I'll admit i haven't read every word, but I'm pretty sure i've covered most of it. This is probably the only cofee table book i will ever pay much attention to but it offeres really interesting details about how albums were made and what was going on behind the scenes of some of the greatest music from the 20th century. The rankings in it really are not that good though. Theres no way in hell Sgt. Peppers is a better album than Revolver.
Sep 29, 2007 Christian rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: rock fans who don't have Internet access; if you need a red musical coffee table book
The list is interesting, the essays (for the top-rated albums) spark discussion -- although more comprehensive info can be found at Wikipedia -- but the fact of the matter is that the book doesn't really need to exist physically, as it is available in its entirety at
Jim Townsend
Mar 08, 2010 Jim Townsend rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was one of those "impulse borrows" from the local library. A redundant coffee-table book version of an article and list readily available at, it is a purely subjective ranking of what the musicians, writers, producers, industry insiders, and other critics who voted for them think are the greatest albums of all time. I went through my CD collection and found that I own only 96 of them; including the top seven; nine of the top ten; and ten of the top twelve. ...more
Meh, Rolling Stone magazine sucks ass.
May 16, 2011 Thomas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun coffee table book and gets page turns from guests. The list is clearly subjective based on the Rolling [*yawn*] Stone perspective and I can't say I really agree with the ordering at all. Nonetheless, all 500 are great albums and it's fun to look at the original cover art alongside short, interesting blurbs.
Crystal Scott
Jul 14, 2012 Crystal Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent pictures of artist. Excellent album cover pictures.
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An argument starter!
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