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This list originally aired on cable network television’s VH1. For more details, check out the book VH1: 100 Greatest Albums book, edited by Jacob Hoye and published in 2003. Hoye offers commentaries on all the albums as well as the accurate list. In the introduction, this explanation of the project is offered: “VH1 sent ballots out to over 700 musicians, from Art Garfunkel to Britney Spears; songwriters, disc jockeys, radio programmers, and critics…The votes were calculated and the albums were ranked, producing the following list,” which DMDB is presenting below, including links to DMDB album pages.

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 to get the name of the album and the recording act. You can also click on an album to link to its DMDB page. Enjoy!

VH1’s 100 Greatest Albums

Revolver: The Beatles Nevermind: Nirvana Pet Sounds: Beach Boys What's Going On: Marvin Gaye Are You Experienced?: The Jimi Hendrix Experience Rubber Soul: The Beatles Songs in the Key of Life: Stevie Wonder Abbey Road: The Beatles Blonde on Blonde: Bob Dylan Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Beatles (1967)
The Beatles (aka “The White Album”): The Beatles Exile on Main Street: The Rolling Stones Who’s Next: The Who Blue: Joni Mitchell The Joshua Tree: U2 Rumours: Fleetwood Mac Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the…: Sex Pistols Purple Rain: Prince & the Revolution Velvet Underground & Nico: Velvet Underground & Nico It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back: Public Enemy
The Sun Sessions: Elvis Presley Highway 61 Revisited: Bob Dylan Thriller: Michael Jackson Let It Bleed: The Rolling Stones London Calling: The Clash Exodus: Bob Marley and the Wailers Born to Run: Bruce Springsteen Horses: Patti Smith Blood on the Tracks: Bob Dylan I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You: Aretha Franklin
Innervisions: Stevie Wonder Moondance: Van Morrison Bridge Over Troubled Water: Simon and Garfunkel (1970) Sex Machine: James Brown Sign 'O' the Times: Prince Off the Wall: Michael Jackson The Miseducation of…: Lauryn Hill Hotel California: Eagles Tapestry: Carole King Astral Weeks: Van Morrison
Lady Soul: Aretha Franklin Appetite for Destruction: Guns N' Roses Led Zeppelin I: Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II: Led Zeppelin Stand!: Sly & The Family Stone (1969) Sticky Fingers: The Rolling Stones Hunky Dory: David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: David Bowie 1999: Prince Synchronicity: The Polie
Dark Side of the Moon: Pink Floyd Pretenders: Pretenders Bringing It All Back Home: Bob Dylan Ramones: Ramones Mothership Connection: Parliament Trans Europa Express: Kraftwerk Saturday Night Fever (Soundtrack): Various Artists/Bee Gees Dusty in Memphis: Dusty Springfield Live at Fillmore East: The Allman Brothers Band The Doors: The Doors
Déjà Vu: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Straight Outta Compton: NWA Superfly: Curtis Mayfield Bitches Brew: Miles Davis Achtung Baby: U2 Kind of Blue: Miles Davis Beggars Banquet: The Rolling Stones Darkness on the Edge of Town: Bruce Springsteen Raw Power: Iggy & The Stooges Call Me: Al Green
Electric Ladyland: The Jimi Hendrix Experience Grace: Jeff Buckley Paul’s Boutique: Beastie Boys Let It Be: Replacements Sweet Baby James: James Taylor Axis: Bold As Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience Ten: Pearl Jam
Otis Blue: Otis Redding (1965) Back in Black: AC/DC Marquee Moon: Television Graceland: Paul Simon Abraxas: Santana Quadrophenia: The Who Disraeli Gears: Cream Remain in Light: Talking Heads Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs: Derek and the Dominos Tommy: The Who
So: Peter Gabriel Murmur: R.E.M. Bookends: Simon & Garfunkel OK Computer: Radiohead Private Dancer: Tina Turner Exile in Guyville: Liz Phair Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music: Ray Charles (1962) ABC: The Jackson 5 The B ‘52s: The B ‘52s Like a Prayer: Madonna

This page last updated March 3, 2010.