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OutKast, R.E.M. present on Rolling Stone Top 500 album list

Atlanta's OutKast kicks off the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Atlanta's OutKast kicks off the Rolling Stone list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Rolling Stone magazine has issued a revamp of its “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” list.

Atlanta’s OutKast kicks things off at No. 500 with 1998’s “Aquemini,” which the magazine credits for “put[ing] the duo’s hometown ‘Hotlanta’ on the rap map.” Because that’s a term we just can’t hear enough.

The duo’s “Stankonia,” with the original Atlanta-based “B.O.B.,” slides in at No. 361. Among the other Georgia showings, R.E.M.’s “Document” hovers in the 460s, “Automatic for the People” lands at No. 249 and “Murmur” hits No. 197. And the B52’s self-titled first album – back in the hyphen days — is at No. 152

I won’t be a spoiler and tell you their No. 1 pick, but suffice to say there are plenty of Beatles and Dylan sightings in the Top 10. It’s also fun to cull through the bottom-dwellers (Boz Scaggs! MGMT!) as you scroll to the top.

Do you agree with the Rolling Stone picks? What would be in your Top 10?

31 comments Add your comment


May 31st, 2012
5:07 pm

but until then, it is him & i… aquemini

Mike R.

May 31st, 2012
5:30 pm

There’s no way any Clash album beats every album by Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. I’m sorry, I just don’t buy it.


May 31st, 2012
6:32 pm

Who gives a f_ _ _ about Rolling Stones’ 500 Greatest Albums List? Music listeners, make your own list!

Two Riders Were Approaching

May 31st, 2012
7:23 pm

London Calling does beat any album by Floyd or Zep. Every top 10 album should be a Dylan album. On my way to the Dylan birthday party at the Earl where my point will be proven.


May 31st, 2012
8:15 pm

Bob Dylan might be the most overrated artist of all time. Great songwriter, but his voice makes me want to find a pair of monkeys to each drag a chalkboard across my toenails…because that would emanate a better sound.

Calvin G. Sims, Sr.

May 31st, 2012
8:40 pm

To each his own, but my top 10 would be:

1 The Beatles – Abbey Road
2. Elton John – Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy
3. Temptation – In a Mellow Mood
4. War – The World Is A Ghetto
5. Willie Nelson – Red Headed Stranger
6. Soundtrack – Various Artists – What Women Want
7. Soundtrack – John Barry – Goldfinger
8. Marvin Gaye – I Want You
9. Michael Jackson – Off The Wall
10. Sade – Lover’s Rock

Go Falcons


May 31st, 2012
8:48 pm

The fact that the highest ranked REM album only comes in at 197 tells me all I need to know about this list.

War Jacket

May 31st, 2012
9:03 pm

Led Zeppelin IV at number 69? Rolling Stone gave them no props when they released their albums so nothing has changed.


May 31st, 2012
9:03 pm

Where is Truckadelic’s ‘Big In Mexico?’

Steve From Dalton

May 31st, 2012
9:14 pm

I picked up the magazine. I do not think greatest hits or live albums should have been included.


May 31st, 2012
9:20 pm

Rolling Stone hasn’t mattered since the ’70s.


May 31st, 2012
9:33 pm

1. The Beatles: The Beatles (white album)
2. Springsteen: Darkness on the Edge of Town
3. Springsteen: Born to Run
4. The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts
5. The Eagles: Hotel California
6. The Clash: London Calling
7. Weezer: Weezer (the blue album)
8. Ramones: Ramones
9. Nirvana: Nevermind
10. Boston: Boston

Chickasaw Mudpuppy

May 31st, 2012
9:44 pm

The Allman Brothers Band album “At Filmore East” is ranked 49th. I would argue ABB is as Georgian as the B 52s.


May 31st, 2012
9:49 pm

“Dark Side of the Moon” at 43? If it’s not in the top ten, there’s no validity to that list.


May 31st, 2012
10:01 pm

Milli Vanilli gets shafted again.

That Dude Devin

May 31st, 2012
10:08 pm


May 31st, 2012
10:10 pm

Right on, Rusty.


May 31st, 2012
10:47 pm

For those of you still lost in music made 30-40 years ago, PBA has devoted their entire evening of programming to a Pink Floyd cover band. Far out, man.


May 31st, 2012
11:19 pm

Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite
Luther Vandross – Forever, For always, For Love
Lionel Richie – Can’t Slow Down
Prince – Purple Rain
Prince – 1999
Prince – Controversy
The Police – Synchronicity
Anita Baker – Sweet Love
Fred Hammond – The Spirit of David
Fred Hammond – The Inner Court
Rick James – Street Songs
The Winans – Tomorrow

Marshall Stacks

June 1st, 2012
10:53 am

This is actually a pretty decent list this time around; and get over the whole “my favorite band (isn’t high enough/is better than that crap) and therefore the list sucks” argument! You didn’t make the list; a group of editors did and for even getting the list assembled, that’s an accomplishment.

Browsing through the list reveals a wide span of genres, artists, and tastes. You’ll forget how many of these albums you’ve heard and liked. Are the usual suspects there? Yes, so Dylan, Beatles and Byrds influenced bands like R.E.M. so they’ll be higher up the list. I’m just glad it’s not 400 terrible albums, 80 mediocre ones, and 20 great ones. And when you consider just how many bad albums are out there, getting 500 in a line is no easy task.

So celebrate by playing some Pogues, Albert King, Zep, Tom Waits, and Miles Davis. They’re all on the list and they’re all great artists. In another 20 years you might see Radiohead or Tribe Called Quest breaking into the top 10. Until then, relax.

LifeLong Atlantan

June 1st, 2012
11:26 am

Great suggestion @atlnative about making our own lists. Can’t put these in a particular order but just thinking about albums that I actually like listening to all the way through. Hard to narrow down to one album on some of the artists but here are Ten from a 36 year old guy:

Teenage Fanclub–Songs From Northern Britain
Explorer’s Club– Freedom Wind
Fountains of Wayne– Self Titled
gin blossoms—New Miserable Experience
The Byrds—Mr. Tambourine Man
Counting Crows—August and Everything After
Weezer—Self Titled (blue album)
r.e.m. —lifes rich pageant
The Beatles—Revolver
The Beach Boys—Pet Sounds

Judge Smails

June 1st, 2012
2:51 pm

How about a sub-category of live albums?
1. Allman Brother Live at Filmore East
2. The Who Live at Leeds
3. The Rolling Stones Get Yer Yayas Out
4. Peter Frampton Framton Comes Alive
5. Johnny Winter And Live
6. Ted Nugent Double Live Gonzo
7. Earth Wind and Fire Live
8. Santana Sacred Fire Live
9. Foghat Live
10. Any Woodstock Live Album ( there are several)


June 1st, 2012
4:56 pm

No. 1 undoubtedly is an album performed by the legendary Billy Shears and the act you’ve known for all these years…….

After all, it was 20 years ago today…..

The Greatest Album of all time by the Greatest Band of all time!!!!

Thank you JPGR


June 1st, 2012
6:04 pm

Actually, it was exactly 45 years ago today…… June 1, 1967, that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play!!!!

13 years means nothing?

June 1st, 2012
9:11 pm

Dark Side of the Moon spends over 13 years on the top 100 selling albums listing and it ends up at 43 – behind the Doors and the Sex Pistols???? WTF?

And I wholeheartedly agree that Zeppelin got the shaft on far too many albums in this list. IV certainly deserved to be higher, but nice to see so many on the list. I do love London Calling, but that high in the list seems a bit much, as does the propensity of Beatles albums.

Though I tire of listening to his current music, I would definitely put Elton John’s Goodbye the Yellow Brick Road a lot higher on the list. The cover art alone, combined with the great concept for the album, the double album factor and the outstanding songs you never ever hear, this album is worth the listen to if you like anything Elton has ever done.

Also great to see such classics from the punk era as Black Flag, the Sex Pistols, DEVO – well, not really punk, the Talking Heads (ok, touching right into new way/eclectic), and the outstanding album “Los Angeles” by X. Their version of Soul Kitchen (by the Doors and produced by Ray Manzeric of the Doors) is worth the purchase as is Johnny Hit and Run Pauline – a classic X song.

And what’s with The Police. Frankly they went downhill fast as a band, but they have at least 3 albums on the list, and not even what I think was their best – Zenyatta Mondatta.

Oh well, what can you do? Nice to see them all and recall a bit of history (what I can remember). Thanks for the note and the link.

Van Halen no respect

June 1st, 2012
9:23 pm

Their first album at #415? Seriously?

Melissa Ruggieri

June 2nd, 2012
1:32 am

Chickasaw: Yep, the Allmans are absolutely Georgia. I didn’t comb through every single entry in the list, which is why I said the ones I mentioned were “among” those from Georgia. But thanks for pointing it out, since ABB deserves the accolades.

a country boy can survive

June 2nd, 2012
9:01 am

Hey Judge, how about The Elvin Bishop Band’s “Raisin’ Hell” album amonst the live album’s “best” list…


June 4th, 2012
1:03 am

Check out my blog for the whole list without having to click on every album link:

Derrick Phillips

June 4th, 2012
6:15 pm

Where are Days of Future Passed and Mr. Fantasy? Lots of good choices,though.


June 7th, 2012
11:04 am

Thanks into this absolutely formidable Neighbourhood!