VH-1’s 100 Greatest Albums


VH-1’s 100 Greatest Albums

Y’all know I love lists of music.  I recently found another one, “VH-1’s 100 Greatest Albums”, a small coffee table book for people too lazy to watch cable TV – printed in 2005, edited by Jacob Hoye.  In this book, all quotes about the music come from the TV show “VH-1’s 100 Greatest Albums”.  I think I remember watching at least part of this list go by, sitting in a hotel room somewhere in either California, Nevada or Oregon.

What I really like are lists like this from Japanese music magazines – I figure those lists will really tell me something I don’t already know – but this list?

  1. The Beatles – Revolver
  2. Nirvana – Never Mind
  3. The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  4. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
  5. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Are You Experienced?
  6. The Beatles – Rubber Soul
  7. Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life
  8. The Beatles – Abbey Road
  9. Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
  10. The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Well, certainly Beatles-centric – 4 titles in the Top 10?  VH-1 is an MTV ‘brand’, so I understand the Nirvana title being here.  Somebody who reads British magazines obviously contributed to making this list, hence the Beach Boys and Marvin Gaye titles, albums which only mean something when looked at from afar.  The Jimi Hendrix title is a good choice, I don’t disagree (same with Bob Dylan)…so, a Stevie Wonder title that isn’t “Innervisions”?  And no Rolling Stones?

Some of the albums have quotes from famous people, about what they think of the album that they have nominated for this list, people like Elvis Costello, the guy from Green Day, Chuck D, Liz Phair, Art Garfunkel, Gwen Stefani etc.

  1. The Beatles – The Beatles (the double white album)
  2. The Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street
  3. The Who – Who’s Next
  4. Joni Mitchell – Blue
  5. U2 – The Joshua Tree
  6. Fleetwooc Mac – Rumours
  7. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bullocks
  8. Prince – Purple Rain
  9. Velvet Underground and Nico – Velvet Underground and Nico
  10. Public Enemy – It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back

This is a list made by Americans, isn’t it?  Another Beatles album, finally got The Rolling Stones & The Who (but the wrong album), Joni Mitchell instead of Carole King, an Irish band, the Fleetwood Mac (with girls), a token punk record, more black music and Lou Reed.

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