On March 6, 2007, NARM (the National Association of Recording Merchandisers) and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame revealed their Definitive 200 “list of 200 albums and soundtracks that should be in every music collection” (NARM press release). “The albums and their rankings…were determined by a committee comprising a cross-section of NARM member music retailers” (MarketWatch.com). Established in 1958, NARM “is a not-for-profit trade association that serves the music retailing community in the areas of networking, advocacy, information, education and promotion…[Members] operate 7,000 storefronts that account for almost 85 percent of the music sold in the U.S. market” (Definitive200.com/NARM.html – broken link).
Albums are in rank order, with the #1 album being the top left corner, #2 to its immediate right, etc. Hover your mouse over an album for the name of the album, the recording act, its year of release. Click on an album to go to its DMDB page.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame/ NARM’s Definitive Albums