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Old Mar 07, 2003, 09:44 AM   #1
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Default Most favourably-critized rock albums

20TH CENTURY'S MOST FAVOURABLY
CRITICIZED ROCK ALBUMS


Hello music lovers and list freaks!

My name is Henrik Franzon and I'm from Stockholm. I have a very bad conscience cause I've been sitting on a whole bunch of lists for quite a
long time. But here I am writing to you, finally.

In 1994, I came over a couple of best albums lists and put together an ultimate list out of these. When I discovered Julian's rock lists page I was overjoyed. But I also became frustrated, I didn't find any easy way to compile all lists. For example, I didn't want the UK artists to climb in the ultimate list just because I came over a new list from a UK magazine, and how
would I compare new albums with old ones, they didn't have a chance to be in the old lists that I already had.

I started working as a statistician in 1997 and I've always been very fascinated by lists of all kind. After a couple of months I became familiar
with the statistical package SAS, and after a while I started thinking if it could be possible to write a programme that took all parameters I've been thinking about into account. After many months of work I recently became satisfied with my program, and the results are attached.

I have only included lists from critics and other people working with music, so therefore I use the term "most favourably criticized". All readers lists and even the Virgin top 1000 have been neglected. On the other hand I have included both all-time lists and best-of-year lists. In the album lists I have excluded jazz artists and vocal artists like Frank Sinatra. I would gladly have included them, but since most lists are compiled by rock critics these artists would be underestimated. All kinds of greatest hits albums are also omitted. For the singles lists I have excluded singles that have been released after the artist's next album release. Examples of singles excluded according to the rule are Bowie's "Life on Mars" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free
Bird".

Of course I've been thinking of why I've been doing this and what I want to do with it. But I just want to share my lists with anyone who's interested. Unfortunately, I don't have a homepage, so feel free to present them on
your pages if you want to.

The albums in the all-time top 10 albums list is incredibly equal when taking all lists into account. One new list can actually change the top 10 dramatically. The top 30 lists from US, UK and the rest of the world on page 17 give an indication of this. I find it very interesting to divide the criticism in world parts. See for example that the US and UK critics' opinion
differ much more regarding the 80's and 90's albums. That's why e.g. Stone Roses, Oasis and Lauryn Hill don't reach so high in the all-time list. It's also interesting to see that some UK artists are more favourized in the US and vice versa. For the decade lists, I have not divided the singles lists in world parts, the lists are too few, e.g. the 50's lists are almost only based on US critics lists.

To find your own favourite artists I recommend a look at the 500 best albums and singles sorted by artist. This is also the ultimate guide to what to go for when you want to discover a new artist. I hope you'll find your favourites here!

If you want more information about how my programmes work or have any kind of questions, please don't hesitate to contact me, I'll be happy to answer you.

Below you will find lists that I've found on the internet. Lists that cannot be found on the net anymore are attached. Lists that I've found somewhere else (mostly Swedish lists) will be sent to you later.

All Music Guide best albums from each year e.g.
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/x.dll?p=amg&sql=E1969
(a very good year)

Infoplease.com must-have recordings
http://www.infoplease.com/ipea/A0150519.html

Max magazin (Germany) top 50 albums of all time 1997, international jury of 50
experts.
http://www.max.de/inhalt/9704/top50/top50_1.html

Soundi magazine (Finland) top 50 albums of all time 1997
http://www.aanekoski.fi/kirjasto/soundi.htm

Showbizz (Brazil) Discoteca Básica top 100 CD's, April(?) '99 issue.

I think only albums before the 90's have been taken into consideration. In the November issue a 100 best albums of the 90's is presented, but I can't find it on the net.
http://www.uol.com.br/showbizz/arquivo.html

Amazon.com best music by decade top 10 album lists
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/su...-best-of-centu
ry.html/

Amazon.com top 100 editors' picks from 1999
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/su...est-1-100.html

"Th e Seventies Reconsidered: 50 Essential Albums of the Decade" by Steve Pond
Essay for the 1990 Rolling Stone Seventies retrospective issue.
http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/8678/50essent.html

Panorama Musikk (Norway) best albums and singles of the year 1970-99
http://www.panorama.no/arslister.html

Toronto Sun 25 BEST CONCERTS, FLICKS, ALBUMS, THEATRE AND TV from the last 25
years (1996).
http://www.acmi.canoe.ca/TorSunHistory/showbiz.html

Pause And Play (USA)
Songs and albums have been inducted into a Pause & Play time capsule.
http://www.pauseandplay.com/vault.htm

100 Best Albums (1975-1995) Compiled by The BigO Crew
http://www.asia-online.com.sg/bigo/j...ulytop100.html

Iguana magazine (Sweden) 25 best albums of the 90's
http://www.renvall.se/start/97vote.html

Viceversa magazine (Italy) 100 albums of all time 1996?
http://www.landscape.it/viceversa/th...ry/rock100.htm

Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame 500 songs that shaped rock and roll
http://www.rockhall.com/exhibits/songs.html

VH1's list of the 100 greatest rock 'n' roll songs, which polled 700
music-industry professionals (USA).
http://www.beer.com/news/ent/mus/200...270492745.html

Best regards
Henrik

Source:

http://spice.dotmusic.com/forums/Mes...D=296609&Id=69

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I'm going to move this to Not Only A Northern Song, because it doesn't just pertain to the Beatles.
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Old Mar 07, 2003, 09:58 AM   #3
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THE 100 MOST FAVOURABLY CRITICIZED ROCK ALBUMS FROM 1900 TO 1999

PLACE ARTIST ALBUM YEAR

1 BOB DYLAN BLONDE ON BLONDE 1966
2 THE BEATLES SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND 1967
3 THE ROLLING STONES EXILE ON MAIN ST 1972
4 NIRVANA NEVERMIND 1991
5 THE BEACH BOYS PET SOUNDS 1966
6 SEX PISTOLS NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS - HERE'S THE SEX PISTOLS 1977
7 THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO 1967
8 THE BEATLES REVOLVER 1966
9 BOB DYLAN HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED 1965
10 MARVIN GAYE WHAT'S GOING ON 1971
11 VAN MORRISON ASTRAL WEEKS 1968
12 THE CLASH LONDON CALLING 1979
13 THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? 1967
14 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BORN TO RUN 1975
15 DAVID BOWIE THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS 1972
16 THE BEATLES THE BEATLES 1968
17 THE BEATLES RUBBER SOUL 1965
18 THE ROLLING STONES BEGGAR'S BANQUET 1968
19 THE BEATLES ABBEY ROAD 1969
20 THE DOORS THE DOORS 1967
21 THE BAND THE BAND 1969
22 TELEVISION MARQUEE MOON 1977
23 PRINCE SIGN 'O' THE TIMES 1987
24 PUBLIC ENEMY IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK 1988
25 BOB DYLAN BLOOD ON THE TRACKS 1975
26 PATTI SMITH HORSES 1975
27 RADIOHEAD OK COMPUTER 1997
28 THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ELECTRIC LADYLAND 1968
29 THE ROLLING STONES LET IT BLEED 1969
30 PINK FLOYD THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON 1973
31 THE CLASH THE CLASH 1977
32 LED ZEPPELIN IV 1971
33 JAMES BROWN LIVE AT THE APOLLO 1962
34 THE WHO WHO'S NEXT 1971
35 TALKING HEADS REMAIN IN LIGHT 1980
36 STEVIE WONDER INNERVISIONS 1973
37 R.E.M. AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE 1992
38 JOY DIVISON CLOSER 1980
39 CAPTAIN BEEFHEART AND HIS MAGIC BAND TROUT MASK REPLICA 1969
40 NEIL YOUNG AFTER THE GOLDRUSH 1970
41 PRINCE AND THE REVOLUTION PURPLE RAIN 1984
42 U2 THE JOSHUA TREE 1987
43 LOVE FOREVER CHANGES 1967
44 BOB DYLAN BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME 1965
45 JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND JOHN LENNON/PLASTIC ONO BAND 1970
46 JONI MITCHELL BLUE 1971
47 DAVID BOWIE HUNKY DORY 1971
48 OTIS REDDING OTIS BLUE 1965
49 THE ROLLING STONES STICKY FINGERS 1971
50 BECK ODELAY 1996
51 THE SMITHS THE QUEEN IS DEAD 1986
52 DEREK AND THE DOMINOS LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS 1970
53 ELVIS COSTELLO THIS YEAR'S MODEL 1978
54 ELVIS COSTELLO MY AIM IS TRUE 1977
55 MASSIVE ATTACK BLUE LINES 1991
56 SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE THERE'S A RIOT GOIN' ON 1971
57 RAMONES RAMONES 1976
58 JOHN LENNON IMAGINE 1971
59 MICHAEL JACKSON THRILLER 1982
60 FLEETWOOD MAC RUMOURS 1977
61 STEVIE WONDER SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE 1976
62 DAVID BOWIE LOW 1977
63 THE STONE ROSES THE STONE ROSES 1989
64 THE BAND MUSIC FROM BIG PINK 1968
65 LED ZEPPELIN II 1969
66 R.E.M. MURMUR 1983
67 VAN MORRISON MOONDANCE 1970
68 ROD STEWART EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY 1971
69 TRICKY MAXINQUAYE 1995
70 PRETENDERS PRETENDERS 1980
71 CAROLE KING TAPESTRY 1971
72 PAUL SIMON GRACELAND 1986
73 NEIL YOUNG TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT 1975
74 LOU REED TRANSFORMER 1972
75 NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE RUST NEVER SLEEPS 1979
76 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN 1978
77 JOY DIVISON UNKNOWN PLEASURES 1979
78 DE LA SOUL 3 FEET HIGH AND RISING 1989
79 ROXY MUSIC FOR YOUR PLEASURE 1973
80 U2 ACHTUNG, BABY 1991
81 STEVIE WONDER TALKING BOOK 1972
82 OASIS (WHAT'S THE STORY) MORNING GLORY? 1995
83 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BORN IN THE U.S.A. 1984
84 PORTISHEAD DUMMY 1994
85 THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION WE'RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY 1968
86 THE WAILERS CATCH A FIRE 1972
87 TOM WAITS SWORDFISHTROMBONES 1983
88 THE SMITHS THE SMITHS 1984
89 IGGY AND THE STOOGES RAW POWER 1973
90 BLONDIE PARALLEL LINES 1978
91 JONI MITCHELL COURT AND SPARK 1974
92 GRAM PARSONS GRIEVOUS ANGEL 1974
93 THE STOOGES FUN HOUSE 1970
94 JEFFERSON AIRPLANE SURREALISTIC PILLOW 1967
95 DUSTY SPRINGFIELD DUSTY IN MEMPHIS 1969
96 MARVIN GAYE LET'S GET IT ON 1973
97 ARETHA FRANKLIN LADY SOUL 1968
98 THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN PSYCHOCANDY 1985
99 IGGY POP LUST FOR LIFE 1977
100 THE BYRDS YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY 1967
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Great work, Wolf! I'll have to make some time to visit al of those sites.
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The lists are still impressive, Wolf. Thanks for posting them. [img]graemlins/thumbsup2.gif[/img]
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Thanks Bearkat. I must stress though that these lists were compiled by Henrik Franzon from Sweden, I just did a copy and paste job!

This is how it looks if only magazines from North America would have been taken into consideration:

CRITICS FROM USA AND CANADA

PLACE ARTIST SINGLE YEAR

1 THE ROLLING STONES EXILE ON MAIN ST 1972
2 NIRVANA NEVERMIND 1991
3 BOB DYLAN BLONDE ON BLONDE 1966
4 THE BEATLES SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND 1967
5 SEX PISTOLS NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS - HERE'S THE SEX PISTOLS 1977
6 THE BEACH BOYS PET SOUNDS 1966
7 THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ARE YOU EXPERIENCED? 1967
8 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BORN TO RUN 1975
9 THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO 1967
10 VAN MORRISON ASTRAL WEEKS 1968
11 THE CLASH LONDON CALLING 1979
12 BOB DYLAN HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED 1965
13 THE BEATLES ABBEY ROAD 1969
14 PUBLIC ENEMY IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK 1988
15 THE BAND THE BAND 1969
16 PINK FLOYD THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON 1973
17 THE WHO WHO'S NEXT 1971
18 DEREK AND THE DOMINOS LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS 1970
19 THE ROLLING STONES LET IT BLEED 1969
20 R.E.M. MURMUR 1983
21 BOB DYLAN BLOOD ON THE TRACKS 1975
22 THE BEATLES THE BEATLES 1968
23 THE BEATLES REVOLVER 1966
24 MARVIN GAYE WHAT'S GOING ON 1971
25 U2 THE JOSHUA TREE 1987
26 ELVIS COSTELLO MY AIM IS TRUE 1977
27 STEVIE WONDER INNERVISIONS 1973
28 BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN BORN IN THE U.S.A. 1984
29 VAN MORRISON MOONDANCE 1970
30 THE BEATLES RUBBER SOUL 1965
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