250 Most Acclaimed Albums

The point behind this list item is to listen to the 250 most acclaimed albums as worked out by Acclaimed Music.

Note: This list has been updated three times since I started on those – so far 12 have been blogged and since fallen out of the list. All of those blogged prior to an update will still feature the number from when they were written up (unless it was before the 2014 update, I actually changed those)

1 – The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
2 – Nirvana – Nevermind
3 – The Beatles – Revolver
4 – The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
5 – Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
6 – The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
7 – The Clash – London Calling
8 – Radiohead – OK Computer
9 – Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde
10 – The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.
11 – Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
12 – Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks – Here’s the Sex Pistols
13 – The Beatles – The Beatles (“White Album”)
14 – Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
15 – Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
16 – Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
17 – Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
18 – Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
19 – David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
20 – The Beatles – Abbey Road
21 – Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
22 – Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
23 – Michael Jackson – Thriller
24 – Arcade Fire – Funeral
25 – Patti Smith – Horses
26 – Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
27 – The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
28 – Television – Marquee Moon
29 – Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
30 – Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times
31 – Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
32 – The Beatles – Rubber Soul
33 – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
34 – The Strokes – Is This It
35 – Radiohead – Kid A
36 – The Doors – The Doors
37 – Talking Heads – Remain in Light
38 – The Who – Who’s Next
39 – The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
40 – U2 – The Joshua Tree
41 – Ramones – Ramones
42 – The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed
43 – Massive Attack – Blue Lines
44 – James Brown – ‘Live’ at the Apollo
45 – Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
46 – R.E.M. – Automatic for the People
47 – Prince – Purple Rain
48 – Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
49 – Joni Mitchell – Blue
50 – Beck – Odelay
51 – Pixies – Doolittle
52 – John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
53 – The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
54 – My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
55 – Joy Division – Closer
56 – Love – Forever Changes
57 – The Band – The Band
58 – Jeff Buckley – Grace
59 – Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
60 – Neil Young – After the Gold Rush
61 – Sly and the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
62 – Portishead – Dummy
63 – Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
64 – Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
65 – Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
66 – Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
67 – The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
68 – The Clash – The Clash
69 – Carole King – Tapestry
70 – R.E.M. – Murmur
71 – Paul Simon – Graceland
72 – David Bowie – Blackstar
73 – De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising
74 – Otis Redding – Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul
75 – David Bowie – Hunky Dory
76 – Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica
77 – John Lennon – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
78 – Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
79 – DJ Shadow – Endtroducing…..
80 – Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
81 – The White Stripes – Elephant
82 – U2 – Achtung Baby
83 – Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
84 – Radiohead – The Bends
85 – Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
86 – The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
87 – Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
88 – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
89 – Derek and The Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
90 – Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
91 – Radiohead – In Rainbows
92 – Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model
93 – The Band – Music from Big Pink
94 – Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
95 – Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
96 – Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
97 – N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton
98 – Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis
99 – Lou Reed – Transformer
100 – Nirvana – In Utero
101 – Van Morrison – Moondance
102 – Neil Young – Harvest
103 – Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
104 – The Stooges – Fun House
105 – Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
106 – John Lennon – Imagine
107 – Primal Scream – Screamadelica
108 – Eagles – Hotel California
109 – OutKast – Stankonia
110 – The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
111 – Oasis – Definitely Maybe
112 – Blondie – Parallel Lines
113 – Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
114 – Frank Ocean – Blonde
115 – Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
116 – AC/DC – Back in Black
117 – Kraftwerk – Trans-Europa Express/Trans Europe Express
118 – Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
119 – LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
120 – Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
121 – Dr. Dre – The Chronic
122 – David Bowie – Low
123 – Pixies – Surfer Rosa
124 – Jay-Z – The Blueprint
125 – Beyoncé – Lemonade
126 – The Stooges – Raw Power

127 – Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
128 – Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
129 – Pulp – Different Class
130 – Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet
131 – Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True
132 – The Who – Tommy
133 – Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley
134 – The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East
135 – Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.
136 – Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
137 – Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure
138 – Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
139 – Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
140 – Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
141 – Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
142 – Pearl Jam – Ten
143 – Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul
144 – Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
145 – Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison
146 – Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
147 – Queen – A Night at the Opera
148 – Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
149 – Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
150 – Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
151 – Air – Moon Safari
152 – Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
153 – Pretenders – Pretenders
154 – King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
155 – The Rolling Stones – Aftermath
156 – Bob Marley and The Wailers – Catch a Fire
157 – Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young) – Déjà Vu
158 – Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps
159 – Björk – Debut
160 – Black Sabbath – Paranoid
161 – Various Artists – Saturday Night Fever
162 – Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
163 – Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
164 – Blur – Parklife
165 – Daft Punk – Homework
166 – Pink Floyd – The Wall
167 – Solange – A Seat At The Table
168 – Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
169 – Nas – Illmatic
170 – T. Rex – Electric Warrior
171 – Gang of Four – Entertainment!
172 – Tricky – Maxinquaye
173 – The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
174 – Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
175 – Metallica – Master of Puppets
176 – PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
177 – Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
178 – Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
179 – Burial – Untrue
180 – New York Dolls – New York Dolls
181 – Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
182 – Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
183 – Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
184 – The Smiths – The Smiths
185 – The Kinks – The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
186 – Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
187 – Kanye West – Yeezus
188 – The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
189 – Björk – Homogenic
190 – The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
191 – Bob Marley and The Wailers – Natty Dread
192 – Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
193 – Sly and the Family Stone – Stand!
194 – A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory
195 – Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark
196 – The Stooges – The Stooges
197 – Björk – Post
198 – The Specials – Specials
199 – The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
200 – Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
201 – Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
202 – Janis Joplin/Big Brother and The Holding Company – Pearl
203 – Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine
204 – Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night
205 – The Replacements – Let It Be
206 – Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story
207 – Prince – 1999
208 – Jonathan Richman/The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
209 – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory
209 – Bob Marley and The Wailers – Exodus
210 – Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
211 – Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
212 – Suicide – Suicide
213 – PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
214 – Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
215 – Santana – Abraxas
216 – Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
217 – Daft Punk – Discovery
218 – Kanye West – The College Dropout
219 – Metallica – Metallica (“The Black Album”)
220 – Cream – Disraeli Gears
222 – The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night
223 – Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade
224 – Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel
225 – Run-D.M.C. – Raising Hell
226 – Portishead – Third
227 – The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die
228 – MC5 – Kick Out the Jams
229 – The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin
230 – The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
231 – Sigur Rós – Agætis Byrjun
232 – The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
233 – Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold As Love
234 – Peter Gabriel – So
235 – Big Brother and The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills
236 – Hole – Live Through This

237 – Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
238 – The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
239 – Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
240 – Lorde – Melodrama
241 – Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
242 – Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
243 – Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights
244 – Public Image Ltd. – Metal Box/Second Edition
245 – LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
246 – The xx – xx
247 – Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
248 – M.I.A. – Kala
249 – Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes

250 – Van Halen – Van Halen

And now those albums that have been blogged about and are now outside the Top 250:

251  The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
252 – Kraftwerk – Die Mensch Maschine/The Man Machine
255 – Lou Reed – Berlin
258 – The Who – My Generation/The Who Sings My Generation
261 – Can – Tago Mago
263 – Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
270  The Human League – Dare

273 – The Doors – L.A. Woman
277 – Roxy Music – Roxy Music
284  Elvis Presley – From Elvis in Memphis
289  Antony and The Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now
291  Frank Sinatra – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!
293  Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours
297  Ray Charles – Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

293  The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
347  Frank Zappa – Hot Rats

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