Afterword Top 250 Albums - The Results

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The results are in. It was madfox’s idea. The thread calling for votes has had the most comments in the era of The Afterword to date. Salwarpe created & populated a spreadsheet & I mangled the numbers.

The thread for the votes is here:
http://theafterword.co.uk/content/afterword-top-100-albums

152 Afterworders voted for 4934 different albums.

The first number is album rank, the second points scored. Then, there is the album title & the artist. The final number is the number of times that album was nominated.

250 447 Tapestry Carole King 9
249 447 Every Picture Tells A Story Rod Stewart 11
248 448 High Land, Hard Rain Aztec Camera 9
247 448 Real Life Magazine 11
246 448 69 Love Songs The Magnetic Fields 7
245 449 Songs of Leonard Cohen Leonard Cohen 8
244 451 In The Land of the Pink and Grey Caravan 9
243 453 The Soft Bulletin The Flaming Lips 9
242 453 Colossal Youth Young Marble Giants 7
241 454 Cupid & Psyche '85 Scritti Politti 12
240 459 Abraxas Santana 7
239 460 Ocean Rain Echo & The Bunnymen 8
238 461 Magical Mystery Tour The Beatles 7
237 464 Transformer Lou Reed 11
236 464 Pink Moon Nick Drake 9
235 465 Goodbye Jumbo World Party 12
234 466 Parklife Blur 12
233 468 Rickie Lee Jones Rickie Lee Jones 9
232 468 Live & Dangerous Thin Lizzy 10
231 469 Soul Mining The The 8
230 470 Meddle Pink Floyd 7
229 472 3+3 The Isley Brothers 9
228 474 Loaded The Velvet Underground 9
227 475 High Violet The National 9
226 480 I’m Your Man Leonard Cohen 10
225 486 English Settlement XTC 11
224 487 Fleet Foxes Fleet Foxes 7
223 489 King Of America The Costello Show 8
222 490 Back In Black AC/DC 10
221 491 Sandinista! The Clash 10
220 492 Definitely Maybe Oasis 11
219 494 Tago Mago Can 9
218 496 HMS Fable Shack 10
217 499 Exodus Bob Marley & The Wailers 9
216 500 Can't Buy A Thrill Steely Dan 8
215 500 Achtung Baby U2 12
214 510 It's A Shame About Ray The Lemonheads 8
213 511 Talking Book Stevie Wonder 11
212 512 The Notorious Byrd Brothers The Byrds 7
211 514 Dire Straits Dire Straits 10
210 514 Truelove's Gutter Richard Hawley 8
209 516 Quadrophenia The Who 11
208 522 Caravanserai Santana 7
207 523 Veedon Fleece Van Morrison 8
206 524 East Side Story Squeeze 11
205 526 Animals Pink Floyd 10
204 528 Blood & Chocolate Elvis Costello & The Attractions 9
203 529 Grace and Danger John Martyn 7
202 531 Scott 4 Scott Walker 14
201 532 Hot Rats Frank Zappa 8
200 532 Deserter's Songs Mercury Rev 10
199 533 Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds 11
198 534 Songs for Swingin’ Lovers Frank Sinatra 11
197 535 Stranded Roxy Music 9
196 536 Aerial Kate Bush 12
195 536 Harvest Neil Young 14
194 537 Nebraska Bruce Springsteen
 9
193 538 The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway Genesis 8
192 539 The Holy Bible Manic Street Preachers 9
191 544 Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots The Flaming Lips 10
190 544 The Village Green Preservation Society The Kinks 12
189 547 Songs From Northern Britain Teenage Fanclub 10
188 547 The Yes Album Yes 8
187 552 Plastic Ono Band John Lennon 10
186 558 Technique New Order 10
185 560 Help! The Beatles 11
184 563 Green R.E.M. 12
183 563 Kilimanjaro The Teardrop Explodes 9
182 565 Live! Bob Marley & The Wailers 12
181 569 The Last Record Album Little Feat 9
180 571 Raw Power Iggy & the Stooges 11
179 572 LA Woman The Doors 9
178 574 The Seldom Seen Kid Elbow 8
177 579 Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs Derek and the Dominos 9
176 579 Jordan: The Comeback Prefab Sprout 10
175 581 Heart Of The Congos The Congos 9
174 581 Ram Paul & Linda McCartney 12
173 582 The Wild,The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle Bruce Springsteen 9
172 584 The La's The La's 12
171 589 Surfer Rosa Pixies 8
170 589 Black Sea XTC 11
169 595 Wrecking Ball Emmylou Harris 11
168 596 "Heroes" David Bowie 10
167 601 Something/Anything Todd Rundgren 12
166 602 Something Else By The Kinks The Kinks 9
165 604 Low Life New Order 9
164 605 Together Alone Crowded House 13
163 607 Déjà Vu Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young 13
162 612 Nevermind Nirvana 16
161 615 In My Tribe 10, 000 Maniacs 12
160 619 The Kick Inside Kate Bush 13
159 620 A Wizard A True Star Todd Rundgren 8
158 621 Kimono My House Sparks 11
157 623 Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John 10
156 623 A Love Supreme John Coltrane 10
155 626 Two Sevens Clash Culture 12
154 627 No Other Gene Clark 10
153 647 For Your Pleasure Roxy Music 11
152 652 In a Silent Way Miles Davis 11
151 653 Tusk Fleetwood Mac 14
150 656 The Man Machine Kraftwerk 14
149 658 Moon Safari Air 10
148 658 The Wall Pink Floyd 8
147 660 Setting Sons the Jam 11
146 661 New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) Simple Minds 14
145 665 It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back Public Enemy 11
144 669 Don't Stand Me Down Dexys Midnight Runners 10
143 669 The Köln Concert Keith Jarrett 10
142 671 Woodface Crowded House 12
141 671 Dog Man Star Suede 11
140 673 Coles Corner Richard Hawley 13
139 674 Screamadelica Primal Scream 12
138 677 My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts Brian Eno & David Bryne 10
137 678 Funeral Arcade Fire 13
136 678 Sound Affects The Jam 12
135 678 Rain Dogs Tom Waits 12
134 680 Car Wheels On A Gravel Road Lucinda Williams 12
133 683 Led Zeppelin III Led Zeppelin 11
132 686 My Aim Is True Elvis Costello 12
131 692 Moondance Van Morrison 13
130 695 Dixie Chicken Little Feat 12
129 697 Are You Experienced The Jimi Hendrix Experience 12
128 700 Beggars Banquet Rolling Stones 13
127 701 Stop Making Sense Talking Heads 14
126 712 A Walk Across The Rooftops The Blue Nile 10
125 714 The Doors The Doors 13
124 719 Surf’s Up The Beach Boys 10
123 721 Murmur R.E.M. 15
122 742 Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not The Arctic Monkeys 13
121 750 Rum, Sodomy & The Lash The Pogues 14
120 752 Loveless My Bloody Valentine 12
119 759 Queen Of Denmark John Grant 15
118 762 Pretzel Logic Steely Dan 14
117 767 Apple Venus Vol. 1 XTC 14
116 769 Aladdin Sane David Bowie 13
115 770 Band on the Run Paul McCartney & Wings 15
114 780 Blue Lines Massive Attack 13
113 781 Heartbreaker Ryan Adams 13
112 785 Swordfishtrombones Tom Waits 15
111 789 The Bends Radiohead 16
110 790 Reckoning R.E.M. 14
109 795 Selling England By The Pound Genesis 13
108 796 Meat is Murder The Smiths 12
107 801 The Velvet Underground & Nico The Velvet Underground 18
106 817 The Specials The Specials 17
105 822 Remain in Light Talking Heads 14
104 825 Fear of Music Talking Heads 14
103 835 Desire Bob Dylan 18
102 837 One World John Martyn 13
101 838 Disintegration The Cure 13
100 838 The Undertones The Undertones 15
99 843 Grand Prix Teenage Fanclub 13
98 844 The Hazards of Love The Decemberists 15
97 848 This Year's Model Elvis Costello & the Attractions 14
96 849 August & Everything After Counting Crows 13
95 850 I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight Richard & Linda Thompson 13
94 851 Time (The Revelator) Gillian Welch 16
93 851 Bridge Over Troubled Water Simon & Garfunkel 18
92 856 Close To The Edge Yes 12
91 857 Electric Warrior T.Rex 16
90 862 Life's Rich Pageant R.E.M. 12
89 864 Fisherman’s Blues The Waterboys 18
88 881 Gold Ryan Adams 14
87 892 Sign O' The Times Prince 14
86 893 Gaucho Steely Dan 12
85 894 Imperial Bedroom Elvis Costello & The Attractions 13
84 894 Horses Patti Smith 15
83 897 Court And Spark Joni Mitchell 18
82 904 The Clash The Clash 16
81 908 Skylarking XTC 15
80 915 Dummy Portishead 19
79 921 Mezzanine Massive Attack 13
78 923 Searching for the Young Soul Rebels Dexys Midnight Runners 16
77 923 Steve McQueen Prefab Sprout 16
76 936 The Lexicon Of Love ABC 17
75 941 All Things Must Pass George Harrison 14
74 952 Everbody Knows This Is Nowhere Neil Young with Crazy Horse 14
73 978 The Royal Scam Steely Dan 15
72 988 In Rainbows Radiohead 14
71 990 Grace Jeff Buckley 17
70 1013 Led Zeppelin II Led Zeppelin 18
69 1015 Let It Bleed The Rolling Stones 21
68 1066 Closer Joy Division 18
67 1078 Songs in the Key of Life Stevie Wonder 18
66 1080 Get Happy!! Elvis Costello & The Attractions 16
65 1083 Countdown To Ecstacy Steely Dan 17
64 1107 All Mod Cons The Jam 19
63 1118 The Hissing of Summer Lawns Joni Mitchell 20
62 1120 Kind of Blue Miles Davis 26
61 1133 Different Class Pulp 19
60 1135 Automatic for the People R.E.M. 21
59 1137 Bringin' It All Back Home Bob Dylan 18
58 1144 Dusty in Memphis Dusty Springfield 20
57 1152 Hounds of Love Kate Bush 20
56 1165 Who's Next The Who 22
55 1174 Rattlesnakes Lloyd Cole and the Commotions 20
54 1182 A Hatful of Hollow The Smiths 21
53 1185 Dare! The Human League 24
52 1189 New Boots & Panties!! Ian Dury 26
51 1195 On The Beach Neil Young 18
50 1197 Station to Station David Bowie 20
49 1213 The Queen is Dead The Smiths 28
48 1227 Marquee Moon Television 29
47 1233 Hats The Blue Nile 17
46 1246 The Nightfly Donald Fagen 20
45 1271 Trans-Europe Express Kraftwerk 23
44 1275 Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin 23
43 1291 Sticky Fingers The Rolling Stones 23
42 1297 Forever Changes Love 24
41 1305 Blue Joni Mitchell 22
40 1313 After The Gold Rush Neil Young 20
39 1339 Spirit of Eden Talk Talk 21
38 1370 Darkness On The Edge Of Town Bruce Springsteen 21
37 1381 Innervisions Stevie Wonder 26
36 1398 Doolittle Pixies 21
35 1402 Unknown Pleasures Joy Division 22
34 1404 Low David Bowie 21
33 1408 Graceland Paul Simon 26
32 1410 Hejira Joni Mitchell 19
31 1410 Astral Weeks Van Morrison 22
30 1416 Never Mind The Bollocks The Sex Pistols 23
29 1479 OK Computer Radiohead 29
28 1489 Abbey Road The Beatles 36
27 1500 Led Zeppelin IV Led Zeppelin 24
26 1524 Parallel Lines Blondie 28
25 1535 Aja Steely Dan 22
24 1546 A Hard Day's Night! The Beatles 23
23 1561 Five Leaves Left Nick Drake 23
22 1582 Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles 25
21 1587 Electric Ladyland The Jimi Hendrix Experience 24
20 1629 Rubber Soul The Beatles 25
19 1674 Pet Sounds The Beach Boys 26
18 1674 Bryter Later Nick Drake 27
17 1701 Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan 27
16 1717 The Band The Band 26
15 1777 Solid Air John Martyn 29
14 1793 What’s Goin’ On Marvin Gaye 30
13 1810 Born To Run Bruce Springsteen 27
12 1844 Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan 23
11 1882 Wish You Were Here Pink Floyd 29
10 1940 Rumours Fleetwood Mac 29
9 1976 The Dark Side of The Moon Pink Floyd 31
8 2031 Exile on Main Street The Rolling Stones 30
7 2109 The Stone Roses The Stone Roses 29
6 2117 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars David Bowie 27
5 2120 London Calling The Clash 31
4 2337 Blood On The Tracks Bob Dylan 39
3 2758 Hunky Dory David Bowie 35
2 3021 The Beatles (The White Album) The Beatles 39
1 4040 Revolver The Beatles 56

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of these figures, but we are only human, so expect a 3% error rate.

Comments

I didn't contribute to this, but I'm tempted to go through them in order - an album a day - then write a review of each in 140 characters or less on Twitter.

It's a really good list, actually. And I don't even like lists. Lots on there that I like, some that I don't, but it's proof that a lot of the music that you'd think was the "orthodoxy" on here isn't, really. Great stuff - ta to Tigger and chums.

however you cut it every top 20 albums poll is pretty much Q Magazine-tastic

Does rather have the metallic tang of committee about it, although I'm sure Q would have crow-barred more Beatles, Radiohead and Oasis records into the top 10.

Chimney will be demanding a recount!

There seem to be some artists with more than one record on this list. I don't get it ;-)

I don't expect Gallagher appreciation from this place, or much of the music I like! Good to see the Roses do so well though.

Congrats to the compilers for a labour worthy of Hercules himself.

I do think the list is as orthodox as a Q one in its own way. It's very safe and middle of the road. There aren't many surprises, but I guess you're always going to get common denominators with 500+ responses.

What a brilliant idea. It's been loads of fun seeing what everyone has come up with, and a really challenge to nail down your own top 100.

Top 100 films next?! I kid, I kid.

hare here?

Thanks to tigs and salwarpe for all their efforts. Further to my comment on the other thread about listening to the top ten albums I'd not bothered with before, I now have no less than 3 Dylan ones on my to-do list!

Well done to all concerned. Now go and have a well deserved pint and a little lie down.

bursting with intrigue and fact.

One of which is the first album created this century, listed from the bottom, is at No. 72.

Means nought of course given the user base here and the number of forms filled in, as it were.

Kidding. Demand for a recount recanted.
Sterling work chaps.

The one omission that I'm kind of surprised by is that the Beach Boys' Smile isn't anywhere on this list. Now that I think of it, I'm not sure I recall anyone putting Smile on their list. Huh. Not sure how to explain that except that maybe it not an album people feel passionately about or grew up with?

Also surprised by the high placement of the Blondie record, Parallel Lines. Don't get me wrong: I like the album, it was No. 47 on my own list. But is it really a better album than Abbey Road or OK Computer or Hejira or Graceland? On my own list, I ranked it higher than Kid A, when, in hindsight, I think I would now switch that order. But I wonder if people really think Parallel Lines is that great? Or were people trying to achieve some gender balance by listing it so high? Or do people just have a massive crush on Debbie Harry. ;) Like I said, I like the album a lot, I'm just surprised to see it so high up there.

Split between The Beach Boys version & Brian Wilson. Even added together, it wouldn't have made the top 250.

But is there actually a proper 'Smile' out there? The box set, the Smile Sessions 2 CD \ 1CD. The real Smile is still in pieces in Brian Wilson's head. My personal favourite is the Purple Chick Reconstruction in line with the Brian Wilson's Smile album

Maybe I'm over thinking things though

how the hell did that get in there?

No 'world" albums and surpriised misty in roots didn't make it but awesome effort folks

now for the spotify list with classic track per each album.

Ram was high on my list.

hey that's just me - you obviously got the numbers Martha.

Didn't get around to adding my list but I am quite surprised by the amount of albums I might also have voted for. Good to see counting crows at 96.

Up to 100 albums each? I thought you were crazy. Well done!

Thanks all for sorting out. I wonder how many people, like me, just listed stuff as they remembered it, so what I've ranked at 96 (Who's Next) is easily as good for me as what's at 21 (Rubber Soul).

was as valid a method of ranking the albums as any. At least, I think so. If you asked me to vote today, I'm sure a number of the albums would be different but the order would be almost incomparable.

Who the hell are Fable Shack and why have I never heard of them? Off to look them up now.

Edit: oh.

The band is Shack, the album is HMS Fable. And it's brilliant.

I think it's the only one on the list that I've never heard of.

Its a fabulous album.

Cutting & pasting led to the numbers and the title/artist interface being less clear than I intended.

As with many of these polls/lists, it is the lower echelons of the chart that provokes most interest, for me anyway. No. 96 is the first record I don't possess. I must(re)visit Todd, Frank, the Feat and even (maybe) Yes, though I will not be persuaded about Oasis - perhaps it's my age, but I'd rather listen to The Beatles, Slade and T-Rex, rather than a tribute band.

Splendid suggestion re films, Bingo, but maybe you should just limit it to 50 in order to reduce your workload a little!?!

Got my list made and ready to go.

For some reason I have the feeling that films would be tougher than albums.

I think this was due to less of an emotional attachment to film. Still not easy though. Books is the one I think I'd find damn near impossible.

Books - it's just unthinkable. It would be like choosing between children. Many, many children.

I mean how can one choose between Doggy Style and Cowgirl. Impossible!

Let's do books!

albums by black artists

What's Goin On leading placegetter.

for example?

I, like you, care a lot about this issue. Personally, I think these sorts of polls have solidified the 'white boys & guitars' vote over decades. Black artists, bar a few, not the same. There are loads of great R'n'B albums in the sixties, which are often perceived as a few hits & filler.

I'm really gratified by the female presence. Joni's recent box set has obviously triggered a few more votes.

may have missed Love too

was a quick scan - might be able to push up to 20 which would make it about 8%

but is it really that important?

It's all music at the end of the day.

it was an observation. I find it interesting that given the fundamental influence of black musicians on music and popular culture that less than 8% of the top 250 albums come from black artists.
It's not a criticism, people vote for what they like .

R'n'B = singles. For example, I love loads of Stax & Motown albums of the sixties released before the iconic seventies ones (well-represented in this list) and I love them as whole 'albums'.

Generally all the music I love was created as a single, dating back to Louis Armstrong's Hot Five.

I'd rather have a compilation album of *any* soul/R&B artist than *any* album that artist ever made. A Marvin complete singles against the What's Goin' On? No contest for me. The singles every time.

There isn't an album by Allen Toussaint or Lee Dorsey that I'd have in my top 100 albums but if there was such a thing as the complete Toussaint/Dorsey sessions then that would be in my top 5.

There are numerous R'n'B albums dating back to the sixties, designed to be listened to in two twenty minute chunks. Stax released 20 on the same day, including Hot Buttered Soul, one of the ultimate 'album' LPs. The recent Atlantic box set of twenty albums is chock of full of wonderful music never released on a single. Aretha's catalogue is best enjoyed on album, in my view. Her twenty greatest hits merely touches the surface. Norman Whitfield's Temptations released fantastic 'album' LPs from the late sixties.

In the modern era, Rap is best represented on CD (often too long for my attention span, but you get the point). And so on...

A few years ago after some research I bought - Holy Cow!: The Very Best of Lee Dorsey. In fact it is also close to being a Best of... Allen Toussaint. Well worth checking out.

5 albums by black artists in the Top 100.

White man's guilt means that your fourth or fifth choice (or 75-100 maybe) will include a black artist so you don't look like a big old racist

When I realised that Hendrix and Bob Marley were the virtually only black artists represented in my list.

But then I looked again and saw Robert Johnson, Albert King and a few others.

big old racist :-)

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