okay, whoever made this list is a: british, b: favors pop and c. is quite young or really quite out of it.
there’s nice music on this list but what about parliament funkadelic? what about ornette coleman? what about sly stone’s album “there’s a riot goin’ on” or “fresh”? what about edwin hawkins “oh happy day”? that album changed the world! what about the pixies, people? the freakin’ pixies! without that band, there’d be no grunge. come on, pilgrim. (get it? ha-ha.)
a little more objectivity when compiling this list would have been nice. but i suppose you have to look at these “definitive” declarations from such authoritative sources with one eye…
1) Virgin IS a British company so there probably is a Brit slant to the list2) Supposedly this was just composed of Virgin customers so there SHOULDN’T be a pop bias necessarily3) Sly appears on plenty of critics lists but my guess is that most “average Joes” like STAND or GREATESTHITS better.
I’m a pretty big gospel listener (see my lists) but I’ve yet to hear the ALBUM from Edwin Hawkins…just the single everybody knows.
The Pixies is kind of a surprising omission.
The problem with album lists that omit greatest hits albums is that whole genres of music are “singles-based”:
Without the ‘greatest hits’ restriction, I can’t imagine there wouldn’t be anthologies from Phil Spector’s girl groups, the Temptations, Supremes, the Miracles, Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, Bing Crosby, and Tony Bennett just off the top of my head.