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Friday, September 28, 2012

Counterbalance – Top 100 Albums

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Counterbalance” is a weekly column featured at PopMatters.com. Writers Jason Mendelsohn and Eric Klinger debate the merits of the top albums of all time. I think they offer the most entertaining and insightful critiques I’ve seen. They work from the rankings at AcclaimedMusic.net. The first post was on September 9, 2010. Number 100 was posted on September 28, 2012. Here are the top 100 with links to the “Counterbalance” postings:

1 The Beach Boys…Pet Sounds (1966)
2 The Beatles…Revolver (1966)
3 Nirvana…Nevermind (1991)
4 The Velvet Underground & Nico…The Velvet Underground & Nico (1967)
5 The Beatles…Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
6 Marvin Gaye…What’s Going On (1971)
7 Bob Dylan…Blonde on Blonde (1966)
8 The Rolling Stones…Exile on Main St. (1972)
9 The Clash…London Calling (1979)
10 Sex Pistols…Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)

11 Bob Dylan…Highway 61 Revisited (1965)
12 The Jimi Hendrix Experience…Are You Experienced? (1967)
13 Radiohead…OK Computer (1997)
14 The Beatles…The Beatles (“White Album”) (1968)
15 Van Morrison…Astral Weeks (1968)
16 David Bowie…The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)
17 Public Enemy…It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
18 Bruce Springsteen…Born to Run (1975)
19 Patti Smith…Horses (1975)
20 The Beatles…Abbey Road (1969)

21 Pink Floyd…The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)
22 The Jimi Hendrix Experience…Electric Ladyland (1968)
23 Bob Dylan…Blood on the Tracks (1975)
24 The Doors…The Doors (1967)
25 Television…Marquee Moon (1977)
26 Prince…Sign ‘O’ the Times (1987)
27 Michael Jackson…Thriller (1982)
28 The Smiths…The Queen Is Dead (1986)
29 The Beatles…Rubber Soul (1965)
30 The Rolling Stones…Beggars Banquet (1968)

31 Led Zeppelin…Led Zeppelin IV (1971)
32 Massive Attack…Blue Lines (1991)
33 The Who…Who’s Next (1971)
34 Arcade Fire…Funeral (2004)
35 Talking Heads…Remain in Light (1980)
36 The Rolling Stones…Let It Bleed (1969)
37 Ramones…Ramones (1976)
38 U2…The Joshua Tree (1987)
39 Miles Davis…Kind of Blue (1959)
40 James Brown…Live at the Apollo (1963)

41 Joy Division…Closer (1980)
42 Stevie Wonder…Innervisions (1973)
43 The Rolling Stones…Sticky Fingers (1971)
44 Neil Young…After the Gold Rush (1970)
45 The Strokes…Is This It (2001)
46 Stevie Wonder…Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
47 The Band…The Band (1969)
48 Joni Mitchell…Blue (1971)
49 Love…Forever Changes (1967)
50 Prince and The Revolution…Purple Rain (1984)

Counterbalance: Year One

51 Sly and the Family Stone…There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)
52 Radiohead…Kid A (2000)
53 R.E.M. …Automatic for the People (1992)
54 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band…Trout Mask Replica (1969)
55 The Stone Roses…The Stone Roses (1989)
56 The Clash…The Clash (1977)
57 Beck…Odelay (1996)
58 Fleetwood Mac…Rumours (1977)
59 Pixies…Doolittle (1989)
60 Guns N’ Roses…Appetite for Destruction (1987)

61 Otis Redding…Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)
62 David Bowie…Hunky Dory (1971)
63 Led Zeppelin…Led Zeppelin II (1969)
64 Joy Division…Unknown Pleasures (1979)
65 R.E.M. …Murmur (1983)
66 Carole King…Tapestry (1971)
67 John Coltrane…A Love Supreme (1965)
68 John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band…John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
69 Jeff Buckley…Grace (1994)
70 Portishead…Dummy (1994)

71 Wilco…Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
72 Sonic Youth…Daydream Nation (1988)
73 Bob Dylan…Bringing It All Back Home (1965)
74 My Bloody Valentine…Loveless (1991)
75 Derek and The Dominos…Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
76 Paul Simon…Graceland (1986)
77 De La Soul…3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
78 Lou Reed…Transformer (1972)
79 Elvis Costello…This Year’s Model (1978)
80 The Band…Music from Big Pink (1968)

81 Aretha Franklin…I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
82 U2…Achtung Baby (1991)
83 The Stooges…Fun House (1970)
84 The Jesus and Mary Chain…Psychocandy (1985)
85 Primal Scream…Screamadelica (1991)
86 Radiohead…The Bends (1995)
87 Oasis… (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995)
88 Miles Davis…Bitches Brew (1970)
89 David Bowie…Low (1977)
90 Iggy and The Stooges…Raw Power (1973)

91 DJ Shadow…Endtroducing… (1996)
92 Kraftwerk…Trans-Europa Express (1977)
93 John Lennon…Imagine (1971)
94 Van Morrison…Moondance (1970)
95 AC/DC…Back in Black (1980)
96 Pixies…Surfer Rosa (1988)
97 Neil Young…Harvest (1972)
98 Led Zeppelin…Physical Graffiti (1975)
99 Pink Floyd…The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (1967)
100 Tom Waits…Swordfishtrombones (1983)


5 comments:

  1. Hi there! I'm also a fan of the Counterbalance column, but just a question: the list that they use is basically a SUM of lists (the acclaimed music list just uses a big bunch of critical lists and put them together for their website)... given that, are you going to count this as an independent list on your website?
    Cheers, a fan of this blog

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    1. Hey, Alberto. Excellent question. I have a database of hundreds of best-of album lists and do include AcclaimedMusic.net in those. As you point out, it is an aggregate itself, which means some lists are getting a little extra boost in my database because they factor in more than one place. I don't have a problem with that, though. It essentially means that the more prominent lists get a little more influence, which seems fair to me.

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    2. Hey, Dave. Fair enough for me, I say!
      Two additional things, by the way: how do you come up with the sales estimates and the ratings that appears on each album's "file"?

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    3. Hello again, Alberto! Unfortunately, there are no definitive worldwide sales figures on albums. I pooled multiple resources to come up with what can be considered estimates at best on the albums. Here's the link to the list of sources: http://whitgunn.freeservers.com/Davemusic/links.html#sales

      I appreciate your interest!

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    4. Great, thanks man... i was just wondering because i thought (and still think) that most of the sales figures for the most recent albums, the albums i saw here from about 2008 to now, seem too low (even with the global decrease of sales, i already saw bigger figures for most of the albums i saw)
      Anyway, keep up the great work :)

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