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The 500 Greatest Albums of All Times

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From the editors of Rolling Stone magazine comes a new book, The 500 Greatest Albums of All Timea tribute to the finest popular music of all time. Whether youre looking for advice to round out your music collection or just inspiration for a heated argument, Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time is the essential guide to the best music of modern times from the wor ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 16th 2005 by Wenner Books (first published October 24th 2005)
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Jan 27, 2008 Varmint rated it did not like it
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
May 20, 2012 Steven Peterson rated it liked it
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
Oct 15, 2007 Kev D'Olivo rated it liked it
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
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
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
Jul 06, 2016 Michael rated it liked it
Meh, Rolling Stone magazine sucks ass.
May 16, 2011 Thomas rated it liked it
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
Excellent pictures of artist. Excellent album cover pictures.
Dustin C.
An argument starter!
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