Marvin Gaye tops new Rolling Stone list of 500 best albums

Marvin Gaye Tops New Rolling Stone List Of 500 Best Albums

Seventeen years after first publishing “500 Greatest Albums of All Time,” Rolling Stone magazine announced that it is giving the list a major update, making it “less rock-centric” in the process.

Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” replaced the Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in the top spot. Here’s video of the title song from Gaye’s album:

“When we first published the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in December 2003,” the magazine said, “Amy Winehouse was still three years from releasing ‘Back to Black,’ and … many of today’s top musicians (and fans) weren’t in middle school yet.”

For Rolling Stone’s full list of 500 albums, go here.

The list now features 154 new albums not previously on the 500 list and 86 albums from this century. The change represents a massive shift for the magazine, moving to recognize more contemporary albums and a wider range of tastes.

Among the standouts are the addition of two Prince albums to the top 50, “Sign O’ the Times” at 45 and “Purple Rain” at No. 8.

“The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” jumped more than 300 spots to now sit at no. 10 on the list.

The revamp was a year-long process, the magazine said, and more than 300 artists, journalists and industry figures voted and helped determine the new list, including stars like Beyoncé, Carly Rae Jepsen and members of U2.

Voters submitted ballots ranking their 50 favorite albums of all time, and the magazine tabulated the votes. More than 3,000 albums received at least one vote.


Having a popular album doesn’t guarantee a Grammy win for album of the year — sometimes, not even a nomination.

Here are 10 top-selling albums that didn’t win a Grammy for album of the year: