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Time’s All-Time 100 Albums

By Stereogum / November 14, 2006 - 6:22 pm

The music mavens at the venerable Time magazine have compiled their list of the “ALL-TIME 100″ albums — unranked and broken down by decade. We’re not sure what’s better: that only five albums of the past five years are among their 100 greatest, or that four of those five were by people who were dead before the ’00s even began. Whatever. Anyway, here’s the list in reverse chronological order (via NY Post):

2000s
Hank Williams – The Essential Hank Williams Collection
Kanye West – The College Dropout
Sam Cooke – Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964
Elvis Presley – Elvis: 30 No. 1 Hits
Muddy Waters – The Anthology, 1947 – 1972
Radiohead – Kid A
Outkast – Stankonia
PJ Harvey – Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea
Eminem – The Marshall Mathers LP

1990s
Elvis Presley – Sunrise
Lucinda Williams – Car Wheels On A Gravel Road
Radiohead – OK Computer
The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready To Die
Bob Dylan – Time Out Of Mind
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing…
Oasis – (What’s The Story) Moning Glory
Hole – Live Through This
Mary J. Blige – My Life
Pavement – Slanted And Enchanted
Dr. Dre – The Chronic
U2 – Achtung Baby
Nirvana – Nevermind
R.E.M. – Out Of Time
Various Artists – Phil Spector, Back To Mono (1958-1969)
Garth Brooks – Ropin’ The Wind
James Brown – Star Time
A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory

1980s
Madonna – Like A Prayer
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique
The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses
Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back
N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
R.E.M. – Document
Eric B. And Rakim – Paid In Full
Prince – Sign O’ The Times
U2 – The Joshua Tree
Paul Simon – Graceland
Metallica – Master Of Puppets
Run-DMC – Raising Hell
Bob Marley And The Wailers – Legend
Prince – Purple Rain
Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense
Chuck Berry – The Great Twenty-Eight
Michael Jackson – Thriller
AC/DC – Back In Black

1970s
The Clash – London Calling
Parliament/Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove
The Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
The Eagles – Hotel California
The Ramones – Ramones
Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life
Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run
Patti Smith – Horses
Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger
Al Green – Call Me
Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
David Bowie – The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust
The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street
Stevie Wonder – Talking Book
Jimmy Cliff And Various Artists – The Harder They Come
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Dolly Parton – Coat Of Many Colors
David Bowie – Hunky Dory
Led Zeppelin – IV
Black Sabbath – Paranoid
The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
Carole King – Tapestry
Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
The Who – Who’s Next
Neil Young – After The Gold Rush
Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
John Lennon – Plastic Ono Band
Van Morrison – Moondance

1960s
The Beatles – Abbey Road
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew
Sly & The Family Stone – Stand!
The Band – The Band
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
Johnny Cash – At Folsom Prison
Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul
The Beatles – The Beatles (“The White Album”)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced
Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground And Nico
Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
The Beatles – Revolver
Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
Otis Redding – Otis Blue
The Beatles – Rubber Soul
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
James Brown – Live At The Apollo (1963)
Ray Charles – Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music
Robert Johnson – King Of The Delta Blues Singers

1950s
Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
Little Richard – Here’s Little Richard
Frank Sinatra – Songs For Swingin’ Lovers
Frank Sinatra – In The Wee Small Hours

Head over to Time for there detailed explanations on each choice. What you won’t find are explanations as to why no Pixies, Smiths, or Britney Spears albums appear anywhere on there.