The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "Definitive 200"

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To coincide with the 2007 Induction ceremony, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released their list of the Definitive 200 Albums that every music lover should own, celebrating classic recordings by favorite iconic and contemporary artists.

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  1. 1.
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
    by The Beatles

  2. 2.
    Dark Side Of The Moon
    by Pink Floyd

  3. 3.
    by Michael Jackson

  4. 4.
    Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)
    by Led Zeppelin

  5. 5.
    The Joshua Tree
    by U2

  6. 6.
    Exile On Main Street [Limited Edition]
    by The Rolling Stones

  7. 7.
    by Carole King

  8. 8.
    Highway 61 Revisited
    by Bob Dylan

  9. 9.
    Pet Sounds
    by The Beach Boys

  10. 10.
    by Nirvana

  11. 11.
    by Pearl Jam

  12. 12.
    Abbey Road
    by The Beatles

  13. 13.
    by Santana

  14. 14.
    by Metallica

  15. 15.
    Born to Run
    by Bruce Springsteen

  16. 17.
    Back in Black
    by Ac/Dc

  17. 18.
    Let It Bleed
    by Rolling Stones

  18. 19.
    by Doors

  19. 20.
    American Beauty
    by Grateful Dead

  20. 21.
    Come On Over
    by Shania Twain

  21. 22.
    Who's Next
    by The Who

  22. 23.
    Songs in the Key of Life
    by Stevie Wonder

  23. 24.
    by Fleetwood Mac

  24. 25.
    The Wall
    by Pink Floyd

  25. 26.
    Jagged Little Pill
    by Alanis Morissette

  26. 27.
    Come Away With Me
    by Norah Jones

  27. 28.
    The Marshall Mathers LP
    by Eminem

  28. 29.
    Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below
    by Outkast

  29. 30.
    The Chronic
    by Dr. Dre

  30. 31.
    Licensed to Ill
    by Beastie Boys

  31. 32.
    Appetite for Destruction
    by Guns N' Roses

  32. 33.
    Wide Open Spaces
    by Dixie Chicks

  33. 34.
    Kind of Blue
    by Miles Davis

  34. 35.
    Hotel California
    by Eagles

  35. 36.
    by Def Leppard

  36. 37.
    Grease (Original 1978 Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    by Olivia Newton-John

  37. 38.
    What's Going On
    by Marvin Gaye

  38. 39.
    The Beatles (The White Album)
    by Beatles

  39. 40.

  40. 41.
    Are You Experienced
    by Jimi Hendrix

  41. 42.

  42. 43.
    by Boston

  43. 44.
    Slippery When Wet
    by Bon Jovi

  44. 45.
    Achtung Baby
    by U2

  45. 46.
    Whitney Houston
    by Whitney Houston

  46. 47.
    Led Zeppelin II
    by Led Zeppelin

  47. 48.
    by Dave Matthews

  48. 49.
    Sticky Fingers
    by Rolling Stones

  49. 50.
    by Green Day

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Created by razor729 on Mar 09, 2007.


Untitled — 6 years ago

The list is not restricted to Rock eventhough it’s published by the R&R HoF. The description simply says, “the Definitive 200 Albums that every music lover should own, celebrating classic recordings by favorite iconic and contemporary artists.” This would make it similar to the MOJOCOLLECTION of albums.

I’m not a consumer of all these genres (specifically rap and most contemporary country and contemporary jazz) so I don’t aspire to “consume” all 200 hundres of these albums and would question the statement “every music lover should own”.

I would rather see the R&R HoF focus on rock…save the jazz, rap, etc. others. I love classic jazz but don’t need to mix a token few big name jazz albums into broader lists.

By sorting the list at the HoF site by genre one can find an interesting list of just ROCK albums. While I own 58% of the entire list I probably own almost all of those listed as rock genre.

While the rankings seem a bit odd (and difficult to do) there are a lot of big name rock albums which I would support as worth consuming. By sorting the list by just their rock genre it’s an interesting list worth consuming (if you like rock). I would expect there are better lists for those more interested in other genres.

I recommend these lists avoid compilations (i.e. the Elvis SUN sessions).

Untitled — 7 years ago

I can see arguments for most of the albums on here (or at least the ones I’m familiar with), but Avril Lavigne? Really?

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