Onward through the Rolling Stone Top 500 albums of all time list from 50-26th, their are some very strong albums here.
50 Little Richard "Here's Little Richard" This list is quite diverse. A lot depends on your state of mind for the genre at the time. I enjoyed the energy during my listen. "C+" 49 The Allman Brothers Band, 'At Fillmore East' I am a fan of this genre, even though the lyrics of the Allman Brothers have never really stood out to me. "B-" 48 Public Enemy, 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back' Ok. Flavor Flav was annoying. Most interesting part for me was realizing that Nick Harper incorporated two of these songs into a song on his "Double Life" album. "C" 47 John Coltrane, 'A Love Supreme' A little too frantic at times for me "C" 46 Bob Marley and the Wailers, 'Legend' Very accessible reggae. A nice listen. "B+" 45 The Band, 'The Band' Surprisingly, not that big of a fan. "C+" 44 Patti Smith, 'Horses' I can definitely see the influence Smith has had on PJ Harvey, among others. Lyricism and punk energy. Quite good. "B-" 43 Pink Floyd, 'The Dark Side of the Moon' A great flowing album from the first track to the last. "A" 42 The Doors, 'The Doors' Another classic. "B" 41 The Sex Pistols, 'Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols' An ok album. Punk is not my thing though. "C+" 40 Love, 'Forever Changes' A good album. Suprised I never heard it before. Folky, poppy with nice instrumentation. "B-" 39 The Beatles, 'Please Please Me' Strange in that it sounds more like late 50s pop then the "Beatles sound". "C" 38 Muddy Waters, 'The Anthology' I am a blues fan so enjoyed this album. Only knock is that it is an anthology album and there are repetitions of the same blues lick/turnaround on multiple songs. "B-" 37 The Eagles, 'Hotel California' Classic album. "B" 36 Carole King, 'Tapestry' I've heard of Carole King as a songwriter ("Will you love me tomorrow", "You've got a friend", etc) and the singles on this album before, but never the whole thing. Listening to the newer edition with a "Live" second disc...these songs get better a second time around. "B" 35 David Bowie, 'The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars' Not a fan of this album. "C" 34 The Band, 'Music From Big Pink' Decent. "The Weight" is a great song. "B-" 33 Ramones, 'Ramones' Decent. But punk is not my thing. "C+" 32 The Rolling Stones, 'Let It Bleed' The album is bookended between two classic, classic songs "Gimme shelter" and "You can't always get what you want" but the rest of the album is so-so. "B-" 31 Bob Dylan, 'Bringing It All Back Home' It's an ok album for Dylan. "C+" 30 Joni Mitchell, 'Blue' A good album. "B" 29 Led Zeppelin, 'Led Zeppelin' An important album as it was Zeppelin's debut and showcased their raw energy and talent. But the album was definitely not their best IMO and not their most distinct as it borrowed a lot from existing blues. "B" 28 The Who, 'Who's Next' Baba O'Riley, Behind Blue Eyes, Won't get fooled again "A-" 27 U2, 'The Joshua Tree' Another good album. "B" 26 Fleetwood Mac, 'Rumours' So many hits on one album. "A"