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 twice since I started on those – so far 7 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 The Beatles – Revolver
3 Nirvana – Nevermind
4 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
5 The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
6 The Clash – London Calling
7 Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
8 The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St.
9 Bob Dylan – Blonde on Blonde
10 Radiohead – OK Computer
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 David Bowie – The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars
17 Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
18 Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
19 The Beatles – Abbey Road
20 Patti Smith – Horses
21 Pink Floyd – The Dark Side of the Moon
22 Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks
23 Television – Marquee Moon
24 The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead
25 Michael Jackson – Thriller
26 Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland
27 The Doors – The Doors
28 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV
29 The Beatles – Rubber Soul
30 Prince – Sign ‘O’ the Times
31 Arcade Fire – Funeral
32 Talking Heads – Remain in Light
33 The Rolling Stones – Beggars Banquet
34 Ramones – Ramones
35 The Who – Who’s Next
36 The Rolling Stones – Let It Bleed
37 Radiohead – Kid A
38 Massive Attack – Blue Lines
39 U2 – The Joshua Tree
40 The Strokes – Is This It
41 Joy Division – Closer
42 Pixies – Doolittle
43 R.E.M. – Automatic for the People
44 Prince – Purple Rain
45 The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
46 Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
47 Stevie Wonder – Innervisions
48 James Brown – ‘Live’ at the Apollo
49 Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
50 Love – Forever Changes
51 Joni Mitchell – Blue
52 The Band – The Band
53 Neil Young – After the Gold Rush
54 Beck – Odelay
55 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
56 My Bloody Valentine – Loveless
57 Sly and the Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
58 The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
59 Jeff Buckley – Grace
60 Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
61 Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
62 Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
63 The Clash – The Clash
64 Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica
65 Portishead – Dummy
66 David Bowie – Hunky Dory
67 R.E.M. – Murmur
68 John Lennon – John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
69 Otis Redding – Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul
70 Paul Simon – Graceland
71 Carole King – Tapestry
72 Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
73 Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
74 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
75 De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising
76 Lou Reed – Transformer
77 DJ Shadow – Endtroducing…..
78 John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
79 The Jesus and Mary Chain – Psychocandy
80 U2 – Achtung Baby
81 Derek and The Dominos – Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs
82 Elvis Costello – This Year’s Model
83 Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
84 Primal Scream – Screamadelica
85 The Band – Music from Big Pink
86 The White Stripes – Elephant
87 Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
88 Radiohead – The Bends
89 Radiohead – In Rainbows
90 Sufjan Stevens – Illinois
91 The Stooges – Raw Power
92 Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
93 Neil Young – Harvest
94 John Lennon – Imagine
95 Pixies – Surfer Rosa
96 Tom Waits – Rain Dogs
97 AC/DC – Back in Black
98 The Stooges – Fun House
99 Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
100 David Bowie – Low
101 Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town
102 Van Morrison – Moondance
103 Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You
104 Dusty Springfield – Dusty in Memphis
105 Kraftwerk – Trans-Europa Express/Trans Europe Express
106 Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti
107 Blondie – Parallel Lines
108 Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure
109 Michael Jackson – Off the Wall
110 Pavement – Slanted and Enchanted
111 Oasis – Definitely Maybe
112 N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton
113 Pink Floyd – The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
114 Elvis Presley – Elvis Presley
115 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin
116 Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True
117 Eagles – Hotel California
118 Wu-Tang Clan – Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
119 Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
120 LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
121 Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
122 OutKast – Stankonia
123 Queen – A Night at the Opera
124 The Who – Tommy
125 The Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin
126 Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet
127 Nirvana – In Utero
128 Dr. Dre – The Chronic
129 Jay-Z – The Blueprint
130 Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
131 King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King
132 Black Sabbath – Paranoid
133 Pulp – Different Class
134 Björk – Debut
135 Frank Ocean – Channel Orange
136 Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska
137 Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
138 Pearl Jam – Ten
139 Air – Moon Safari
140 The Allman Brothers Band – At Fillmore East
141 Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
142 Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
143 Bob Marley and The Wailers – Catch a Fire
144 Blur – Parklife
145 Pink Floyd – The Wall
146 Burial – Untrue
147 The Rolling Stones – Aftermath
148 Gang of Four – Entertainment!
149 Leonard Cohen – Songs of Leonard Cohen
150 Bruce Springsteen – Born in the U.S.A.
151 T. Rex – Electric Warrior
152 Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul
153 Neil Young – Rust Never Sleeps
154 Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
155 New York Dolls – New York Dolls
156 Arctic Monkeys – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
157 Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison
158 Daft Punk – Homework
159 The Stooges – The Stooges
160 Kate Bush – Hounds of Love
161 The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
162 Metallica – Master of Puppets
163 Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
164 The Smiths – The Smiths
165 Bob Marley and The Wailers – Natty Dread
166 Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine
167 Nine Inch Nails – The Downward Spiral
168 Pretenders – Pretenders
169 Various Artists – Saturday Night Fever
170 Tricky – Maxinquaye
171 Crosby, Stills, Nash (& Young) – Déjà Vu
172 Suicide – Suicide
173 Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
174 Cream – Disraeli Gears
175 Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
176 Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
177 Gram Parsons – Grievous Angel
178 Creedence Clearwater Revival – Cosmo’s Factory
179 Janis Joplin/Big Brother and The Holding Company – Pearl
180 Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP
181 Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city
182 Jonathan Richman/The Modern Lovers – The Modern Lovers
183 Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
184 Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavilion
185 Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
186 The Specials – Specials
187 The Kinks – The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
188 Bob Marley and The Wailers – Exodus
189 The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
190 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Blood Sugar Sex Magik
191 Sly and the Family Stone – Stand!
192 Lou Reed – Berlin
193 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
194 The Replacements – Let It Be
195 Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night
196 Pavement – Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
197 Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
198 Rod Stewart – Every Picture Tells a Story
199 Jimi Hendrix – Axis: Bold As Love
200 PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
201 The Streets – Original Pirate Material
202 The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground
203 Daft Punk – Discovery
204 Kanye West – The College Dropout
205 Sigur Rós – Agætis Byrjun
206 Marvin Gaye – Let’s Get It On
207 Nas – Illmatic
208 Hüsker Dü – Zen Arcade
209 Prince – 1999
210 A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory
211 The Flying Burrito Brothers – The Gilded Palace of Sin
212 Roxy Music – Roxy Music
213 Belle and Sebastian – If You’re Feeling Sinister
214 The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat
215 Santana – Abraxas
216 Metallica – Metallica (“The Black Album”)
217 The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night
218 Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
219 Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark
220 Björk – Homogenic
221 MC5 – Kick Out the Jams
222 The Doors – L.A. Woman
223 M.I.A. – Kala
224 Can – Tago Mago
225 Public Image Ltd. – Metal Box/Second Edition
226 The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream
227 Robert Wyatt – Rock Bottom
228 Peter Gabriel – So
229 The Who – My Generation/The Who Sings My Generation
230 Kraftwerk – Die Mensch Maschine/The Man Machine
231 Portishead – Third
232 Björk – Post
233 Run-D.M.C. – Raising Hell
234 The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
235 Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention – Hot Rats
236 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
237 Frank Zappa/The Mothers of Invention – Freak Out!
238 Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
239 Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights
240 Van Halen – Van Halen
241 The Chemical Brothers – Dig Your Own Hole
242 Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville
243 Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf
244 David Bowie – “Heroes”
245 Talking Heads – Fear of Music
246 Funkadelic/Parliament – One Nation Under a Groove
247 The Magnetic Fields – 69 Love Songs
248 The Cure – Disintegration
249 Antony and The Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now
250 PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

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

255    The Human League – Dare
269    Joanna Newsom – Ys

274    The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man
278    Elvis Presley – From Elvis in Memphis
290   Frank Sinatra – In the Wee Small Hours
324    Frank Sinatra – Songs for Swingin’ Lovers!
330    Ray Charles – Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music

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