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 :-)

reggae too

marley aside

rock type black artists featured- hendrix, prince,santana.

no james brown, sly, chic, parliament,burning spear

and hey michael jackson thriller not a mention - mind you forgot it for my list too

but it does present a problem vis a vis albums. As type of music, going back to Ska days it's really about singles & there's that whole 'evolution of the album' thing that was very much a rock thing predominantly. Marley's ' Catch A Fire'. was very much a concious decision by Chris Blackwell to be able to push BM worldwide & it worked. The numbers of conventional 'albums' in the reggae field is pretty small, Burning Spear & Culture probably being at the forefront (not sure if those brilliant Scientist albums - Wins The World Cup etc are actually albums or compilations) . I tried to avoid too many Best Of albums or I'd have just nominated Best of Sudio 1 Vols 1-3 and handfuls of Blood & Fire compilations as well as Trojan Box Sets.
I don't think there's any institutional racism in its' poor showing, likewise with Blues to an extent, it's mostly about the release formats.

It was just a suggestion. Took me about four seconds. Mega-galactic thanks to you and Sal who have devoted a couple of weeks and much effort to this project. It shows we can do just about anything we want to if we put our minds to it. Right, bring on the government.

have found the inclination to have contributed. I've never been able to decide what my favourite records are.

Well done to everyone who put this together and to those of you who manned and womanned up to compile your personal Top 100.

As is often the way with these lists the interesting section is before the Top 30.

...130. Shocker.

Almost forgot ... props to all involved. Huge task but really enjoyed looking through all the lists and have made my own list of albums I must listen to.

I'm kind of suprised that only about a dozen of my 100 are in the top 250. Am I that unique?

And you were one of them!

That's surprising as my gut feel first glance suggested about half that!
Not quite so idiosynchratic after all. Doh!

Many thanks for pulling it together. I think it's fascinating.
Of course we are all unique....but having said that, a few other things stuck out from the final list.
- I haven't heard most of them (only about 15% heard, much less voted for), which struck me as very odd given my love for most of the artists represented. Maybe a lot of singles, radio and compilations could account for it.
- My record collection didn't kick in tile #9, and my votes till #10. I feel a spotify subscription coming on finally.
- my list definitely fell in the white boys/guitars camp mentioned above, but through no concious planning or direction, no black artists and very few female artists (usually fronting groups). Can't really apologise for my taste or ear for things though - it was what I like most, I'm not saying I don't like black/female artists at all

just as a matter of interest cos I may be doing a podcast bout him soon, I see that Bryter Layter and Five Leaves Left ranked high whereas 'Pink Moon' just squeezed in. any reason why people rank that album lower than the others?

I've always preferred it but I am a deeply melancholy sod. Not that the other albums are exactly disco

Didn't even give Bryter Later a vote.

From a similarly miserable git.

...to know that I like Pink Moon too. (One of the roughly 4% of the Top 250 that I own!)

The mystery & warmth of Five Leaves Left. Pink Moon feels cold & harsh in comparison. I love it but not as much. It's also very short. In this case, that may be for the best!

that the first two should be so high in the mass consciousness but Pink Moon not so much

are in the top 25! John Martyn does really well, too &, I'd say Joni outperforms Kate!

Five leaves left(for me)opens with two of the most beautiful and engaging songs ever written. Time has told me & River Man. Back to back they are the perfect combination.

That's the main reason why it made my top ten!

The third track Three Hours is equally wonderful & engaging. In fact, it's a struggle to find fault with any of the album.

when your Podcast is out there DFB

All my top 10 (and quite a few of my top 50) are in there except Bob Marley's Natty Dread which didn't figure. Exodus was surprisingly low. Also interesting how little represented U2 are - seem to have faded from popularity although this is the Afterword I suppose...

will be the really interesting list?

Score & count numbers get smaller & quite a few more become 'equal'

I'd like see those "bubbling under" too, if you're feeling sufficiently rested.

if it's not too much trouble.
The lower reaches are often the most interesting bit (fnarr?)

Let everyone digest this list for a little while. I'll post part two in a couple of days.

want to get the interpretative dance section just right. Let us know as soon as it's on youtube.

But I think we could do with a female partner. Are you asking?

Did the Bangles chart?

It looks like the widdlers over-index in discussions on here, compared to the more poppy/folky tastes for the majority.

Too busy keeping the yurt tidy.

I-Spy plenty of prog in that list, though I would be keen to avoid any argument of the 'But we're not prog!' variety.

Appears to have been a lone voice in the dark

voting for Fish Rising - no one listened

had an unexpected air of 'mainstream' given the eclectic choices of most of us. As much as I like the Beatles I refused to put any of their albums in there because none of them rank as favourites these days. Much more interesting music has appeared since their heyday and I honestly believe they appear on there as much for their historical importance as for them being listened to today. However I also concede that by the nature of the list what we are putting down is almost certainly not what we are currently listening to. My biggest disappointment is that as far as I am aware I was the only one nominating Bobby Charles who is possibly one of the greatest songwriters to have come out of New Orleans. Hell, even Dr John would agree with me.

Revolver is an overwhelming winner. Over a third of voters nominated it & it beat second place by nearly a thousand points (which, in turn, beat third by only three hundred). Like it or not, The Beatles are terrifically popular around these parts.

Neither Dr. John nor Bobby Charles can touch them (as much as I love them too - although I didn't vote for Bobby myself).

to that StevieT, he`s a trouble maker and a banjo and fiddle lover. Of course the Beatles deserve to be there.

Only kidding Steve!

Congratulations guys on a gargantuan task and thanks.

How we voted in 2010 (top 10 only) on the old site.

For comparison purposes:

1 OK Computer Radiohead 64 pts
2 Abbey Road The Beatles 56.5
3 The Beatles (White) The Beatles 55.5
3 Exile on Main Street Rolling Stones 55.5
5 Astral Weeks Van Morrison 45
6 The Stone Roses Stone Roses 44.5
7 Hats Blue Nile 43.5
8 Kind of Blue Miles Davis 40
9 The Rise and Fall of Ziggy... David Bowie 39.5
10 Blood on the Tracks Bob Dylan 38.5
11 The Bends Radiohead 34.5
12 The Band The Band 33.5
13 Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts CB The Beatles 33
13 Revolver The Beatles 33
13 London Calling The Clash 33
16 Funeral Arcade Fire 32.5
16 Pet Sounds The Beach Boys 32.5
18 Hissing of Summer Lawns Joni Mitchell 32
19 Born to Run Bruce Springsteen 31.5
20 Aja Steely Dan 30.5
21 Hunky Dory David Bowie 29.5
22 In Rainbows Radiohead 28.5
23 Station to Station David Bowie 27.5
23 Spirit of Eden Talk Talk 27.5
25 King of America Elvis Costello 26
26 Entroducing DJ Shadow 25.5
27 A Hard Day's Night The Beatles 25
28 The Queen is Dead The Smiths 24.5
28 The Holy bible Manic Street Preachers 24.5
30 The Royal Scam Steely Dan 23.5
31 Mezzanine Massive Attack 23
32 Highway 61 Revisited Bob Dylan 22.5
32 Sticky Fingers Rolling Stones 22.5
32 Rumours Fleetwood Mac 22.5
32 Hounds of Love Kate Bush 22.5
32 Meat is Murder The Smiths 22.5
32 Low David Bowie 22.5
32 The Hazards of Love Decemberists 22.5
39 Surf's Up The Beach Boys 22
39 Grand Prix Teenage Fanclub 22
39 Yankee Hotel Foxtrot Wilco 22
39 Bryter Later Nick Drake 22
39 After the Goldrush Neil Young 22
44 Remain in Light Talking Heads 21.5
44 Long Gone Before Daylight The Cardigans 21.5
46 Hejira Joni Mitchell 21
47 Five Leaves Left Nick Drake 19.5
48 Who's Next The Who 19
48 Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd 19
50 One World John Martyn 18.5
51 All Mod Cons The Jam 18
51 If You're Feeling Sinister Belle and Sebastian 18
53 This Nation's Saving Grace The Fall 17
53 Odeley Beck 17
53 Boxer The National 17
56 Setting Sons The Jam 16.5
56 Rumor and Sigh Richard Thompson 16.5
56 Quadrophenia The Who 16.5
56 Sign O The Times Prince 16.5
56 Led Zeppelin 4 Led Zeppelin 16.5
56 Can't Buy a Thrill Steely Dan 16.5
56 The Soft bulletin Flaming Lips 16.5
56 Car Wheels Lucinda Williams 16.5
56 I Want to see the Bright Lights Richard/Linda Thompson 16.5
56 Skylarking XTC 16.5
56 As heard on Radio Vol 2 2 Many Djs 16.5
56 Countdown to Ecstasy Steely Dan 16.5
56 Grace Jeff Buckley 16.5
56 Technique New Order 16.5
56 Imperial bedroom Elvis C. Attractions 16.5
56 Marquee Moon Television 16.5
56 Tunnel of Love Bruce Springsteen 16.5
56 Strangeways The Smiths 16.5
56 Solid Air John Martyn 16.5
75 Doolittle The Pixies 16
75 Going Blank Again Ride 16
75 Back in Black AC/DC 16
75 Hatful of Hollow The Smiths 16
79 Get Happy Elvis C. Attractions 15.5
79 MArcus Garvey Burning Spear 15.5
81 The Clash The Clash 15
81 I'm your Man Leonard Cohen 15
83 Forever Changes Love 14.5
83 Reckoning REM 14.5
83 Selling England by the Pound Genesis 14.5
83 The Yes Album Yes 14.5
87 Songs in the Key of life Stevie Wonder 14
87 Lexicon of Love ABC 14
87 The Village Green Preservation The Kinks 14
87 Liege and Leaf Fairport Convention 14
87 Steve McQueen Prefab Sprout 14
92 All Things Must Pass George Harrison 13.5
92 Grace and Danger John Martyn 13.5
92 Liberty Belle ... Go Betweens 13.5
92 New Boots and Panties Ian Dury 13.5
92 Black Love Afghan Wings 13.5
92 Dusty in Memphis Dusty Springfield 13.5
98 I t Takes a Nation of Millions. Public Enemy 13
98 Physical Graffiti Led Zeppelin 13 99 At my Age Nick Lowe 13
98 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin 13

Almost all of these albums are in today's list, just shuffled about a bit!

I'm guessing fewer people voted on that poll, but I like the way it inverts a lot of the choices on this latest one (Pepper/Revolver, Hissing/Hejira, Ziggy/Hunky)

and that is a good one.
(Hooray, three cheers, slap on the back, can I buy you a pint etc)
I will be reading it thoroughly, and then probably spending a lot of time on Spotify/YouTube/other service, and spending cash at Amazon.
I kept my original list, and can report that 32 of my 100 made it onto the list.
What does this mean?
Nothing at all

And one more observation:
Quadrophenia at 209? I'm surrounded by philistines ;-)

(can you guess which album I chose at number 1?)

...me.

Not one of my 50 is in the top 250, and I only own 11 that are.

I think you could stop someone randomly in the street and get a higher score than that!

...one of the 11 *is* the No.1.

I would have doffed my cap to anything better than 10% given the task. Well done to all concerned. Pats on backs and drinks all round.

Loads of stuff on the list that's off my usual radar but which I shall endeavor to explore in the coming weeks.

Many thanks.

Well done to all involved. It's certainly not as eclectic as I was expecting, and there's a few in the top 10 that didn't even make my top 100, but glad to see Revolver at the top, easily the best Beatles album and the one I turn to when I need a mop top fix.

Shame Costello didn't get a bit nearer the top, but that's just me!

across a plethora of high quality albums.

you gotta be Nick Drake or the Pistols - die young and leave a concise discography

But no Zappa, Yes, Laughing Lenny or Kraftwerk.

Hmmm...

Is that entirely healthy ? What's your collection look like, John Peel's shed ?

No Mike Oldfield?? I always thought he was pretty mainstream, Tubular Bells at least. I must be on my own on that one.

Otherwise, my tastes are pretty well matched on this. Round of applause for putting this all together, folks.

I suspect he'll pop up in the 251 - 500 list. I know I spotted a few TBs and Hergest Ridge as I scrolled through the lists, including my own.

So we now know the most popular Joy Division album is Unknown Pleasures and not Closer. The Beatles continue to endure and the likes of U2 and Radiohead turned out to be flash in the pans and can't sustain previous heights. I fail to see the Stone Roses as worthy of the top 250. Can anyone enlighten me as to their appeal?

I shall now go and investigate some of those that I have missed over the years. It would be interesting to run a poll in 6 months time of those albums that contributors have only heard as a result of this poll that would now make their top 100.

I thought you were mad. I still do but in a good way.

Well done to all concerned. I shall now examine in full and report back .

I've heard almost all of the 250 albums in the list and I thought I was aware of those I haven't heard.

But...

There are five albums/artists there I've simply never heard of.

246 448 69 Love Songs The Magnetic Fields 7
227 475 High Violet The National 9
218 496 HMS Fable Shack 10
175 581 Heart Of The Congos The Congos 9
119 759 Queen Of Denmark John Grant 15

Anyone else feeling old right about now?

a 70s reggae classic

john grant -was a big new thing a couple of years ago

the national , would Americana fit the bill for them, toured Australia a few times but possibly not west coast

fable shack NFI but see sim,ilar query and answer on this thread

At least, not how I understand the term (country for people who like country but don't want you to imagine they like Garth Brooks). 

The National are fairly hard to classify, but if I had to I'd say they were an indie rock band. 

They sing beautiful love songs (possibly about heroin, I couldn't say). HMS Fable is their best album in most people's view. I don't think they troubled the hit parade much (?!)

Very interesting indeed. Good to see two Nick Drake LPs in the top 25.

Whoops - I've just noticed the second page of comments and the Nick Drake discussion above. Pink Moon became popular after the Volkswagen tv ad in the 90s; before that Bryter Later was the most well known. Just recently Five Leaves Left has become popular it seems to me.

I'll tell you why I put Pink Moon at number 3 Drake LPs. I heard all 3 while Nick was alive and Pink Moon was shocking to hear in 1972 as it became apparent that Nick had a serious problem and it was hard to take.

Big, big thanks for doing this, guys. There's going to be a lot of time spent on Spotify checking out some of these albums, and no doubt money spent thereafter.
So if we go back to the votes we should be able to work out who is the most atypical Afterworder, a Mr and Mrs Massive, if you like......

presumably this is in a spread sheet.

I'd be interested in seeing rankings for artists only i.e 3 albums nominated +3 points etc.

quite a few artists prompted divided loyalties.

Might be next week, though.

Do people still listen to this? Still I will try to catch up on some of the stuff I missed which appears to be well liked-Joni Mitchell to get further listening. Oh and Steely Dan. I'm not looking forward to this.

1. Magical Mystery Tour wasn't actually an LP in the UK, was it? I thought it was only an EP (but an LP in the States). So maybe it shouldn't be allowed... and we can sneak an Eric Dolphy album in at no. 238.

2. There are only 3 reggae albums in the list. Oh well.
3. There are only 4 jazz albums in the list (unless I miscounted). A disappointment, but not surprising, I suppose.
4. Every time there is a critics' album poll, the upper reaches of it are always full of Iggy and the Stooges. Our poll (no Stooges album in the top 175) proves what I've always known - that critics like Iggy more than normal record-buyers do.
5. A pity that none of thecheshirecat's obscure Breton folk albums made the Hot 250. Maybe next time.

I flinched at that, too. But the MMT LP was eventually released in the UK in 1976. Then there was the CD, of course. So I think it qualifies.

Jo Whiley, she say 'Who'?

and, because she's a girl, 25 ;-)

Not sure what value the list will serve, but interesting none the less. It did 'force' me to physically go through my LP's and CD's and I found many CD's still in their cellophane wrappers, unopened and unlistened to until now. OK Computer is actually not bad!

I feel exhausted just reading that list - well done for compiling it!

Either I have excellent taste, or I'm dull...
Great work lads.

I recognise twelve of my nominations in the list. I feel offended. Perhaps I call the mods to ask them to remove the list?

would make me look cool, wouldn't it?

You and your team have delivered some service to the world knowledge base.
No doubt the Knighthood and or Nobel Prize await you.

... 47 of the top 250 albums (just under 19%). I suspect in the exalted company of The Afterword I'm at the bottom end the distribution?

I will enjoy reading this and the comments at home this evening

hats off for doing this, did you have to enter all the data by hand or did you copy and paste peoples charts off the screen or something?

Tidying things up took a while (Zappa or Frank Zappa, etc....)

- more copy and paste into Editor (then Word, then Excel), finding and replacing commas, spaces, (anything that seemed to split score from album from artist). It helped when contributors put their lists in that order, but nothing was insurmountable, even when artists were listed by last name first, or when we were given a top 27, 54, 101 or 125, or when... (I'll stop there, I think)
I'd say the real work was done by tiggerlion, in merging albums, agglomerating scores and numbering voters from the 9-10000 total score lines - a truly diligent task.
I think he is getting the praise he deserves for his mighty endeavours. It was exciting to be along for the ride.

I would have had to enter everything by hand & it would have taken me ages. You also solved the definitive article problem, again saving an aeon of time. I can't thank you enough. I owe you a very large drink!

both of you
(and I use this word guardedly)

Smiley thing

I seem to have 148 of them.

Notable by thir absense for me is that there is not a single example of a Christmas Album. They might only get an airing for 4 weeks of the year at most, but I had a couple in my mix that are outstanding records. (Chieftens, Bells of Dublin and Vince Guaraldi Quartet, A Charlie Brown Christmas).

I also wonder why Michael Jackson doesn't creep in with Thriller?

ppppfffft

for what it's worth
3 of my 5 favourite artists are in the top 10 (Clash, Bowie, Fabs) and the other two are well represented (Jam, Smiths)
39 of my 100 are in the 250
I own 176 of the 250
there's 9 albums i haven't heard that i'd very much like to check out
when i was doing the list i discovered I could have chosen around 200 faves
i think i need to lie down now

well done to everyone who put it together
is there any way of working out who the most popular artists are?
i would contribute to a top whatever of Artists/Singles/Films

Yup. That surprised me too. had you asked me a week earlier how many albums I really adored I would have guessed 70-80. When I sat down to work it out, excluding compilations and limiting myself to one album per artist (to make the task easier), I still had well in excess of a hundred records I would have expected to be in my top 50.
So not only do I have a very long list of recommended stuff to check out, I think I will be giving more attention to some of my own music I have been neglecting - a most productive exercise!
I'm still a singles guy at heart though...

Just noticed that Rev Lover got over a thousand more points than anything else.

Well well well, you're feeling fine....

Did anybody have the same top ten as the top ten?

It'll be somebody in a yurt on a confluence of about six leylines. Under a star. Right next to a Nando's.

The answer is 'no'!!

Magnificent work, chaps and a lot of fun to see the list. It's pretty good I would say. Reckon I had about 40 on my list which made your hot 250, which means 60 odd that weren't - wot, no Fogerty, Cooder, or Gallagher, you heathens! But it's in the individual stuff that the real joy is - the subjectivity which is not just about personal taste, but about time, place, experience and everything else. Thanks again.

Well done for completing this Herculean task...both lists are very interesting.
In the Top 250 list I count 75 that I own, but only voted for 25 of them.
In the 250-500 list I own 52 but voted for 17 of them.
Which makes 58 albums voted for by me that didn't even make the Top 500...and I didn't even choose anything obscure (OK, one)!
Most of those altogether 85 albums that I own but didn't vote for were nowhere near getting in my Top 100...some are in fact among my least favourite albums.
(I don't know what any of it means, but those lists are a fascinating read!)

The albums I voted for were representative of those I own (i.e. mostly pop, indie rock with a fair smattering of soul, hip hop and reggae).
On the Top 100 thread someone suggested a separate "Classical Albums" list. I know nothing about this music but I would certainly take an interest in the recommendations of those that do.
A couple of months back I started a thread about less celebrated hip hop albums
http://theafterword.co.uk/content/5-star-hip-hop-albums-1995
where people who liked this music listed some stuff which those who didn't know it but were curious might consider investigating.
There have been similar informal jazz threads.
Perhaps the truth is, lkike classical music,jazz and blues are niche enough to require a separate list to direct the uninitiated?

I started a jazz top albums (excluding Miles Davis) thread in the old place. The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady won.

I think the list probably reflects the Afterword demographics, but good to see Dusty made it. Am really looking forward to watching the Beeb's Dustyfest - although my fellow MoseleyMole can't take that much of her. Obviously I will be going through our records to check how many of the top 250 we have and dust off the ones I haven't listened to in ages. And then there's the 250+....

I just read the whole thing in full for first time. Great work

No Kid A? This cannot be correct surely (checks if yours truly voted for it)?

[edit] it's at 324. When we repeat in 10 yrs time it will be higher ....

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