Full List: Consequence Of Sound’s Top 100 Albums Of All-Time (2022)

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We know you all love to hate when some media company/website decides to put out a definitive list of the best songs of all time or the greatest hip hop albums or alternative songs from the 1990s.

Love to hate because when we see a song or album that we love on their list, we can’t help but feel like we’ve been validated. More often than not, we see all the albums/songs that we don’t agree as the “best” or “greatest” and we can’t wait to tell anyone that will listen why the list got it wrong.

Consequence of Sound recently celebrated their 15 year anniversary and for that celebration they decided to have some fun by having their staff of editors. writers and contributors vote on their “The 100 Greatest Albums of All Time.”

Just like all the other lists of these types, Consequence of Sound lists out their top 100 albums in article form; meaning they name the 100th album at the top, wax poetic for 3-4 paragraphs on why it’s at that position then do the same for the 99th best album and so on and so forth.

Consequence Of Sound’s 100 Best Albums Of All-Time

The problem isn’t the context provided, we love that, but that format doesn’t allow an easy way for readers to view all of those albums in one giant list view. A simple chart so we can see what’s at #17 and #87 with minimum scrolling so we can complain that there’s absolutely no way that Slayer’s Reign in Blood should be above Green Day’s Dookie.

Not to brag, but we’re getting really good at taking these bloated 57,000 word articles and boiling it down to the actual list that people really want to see. Take a look (spoilers ahead):

Consequence Of Sound's Top 100 Albums
Rank Artist Album
1 Prince & The Revolution Purple Rain
2 Fleetwood Mac Rumours
3 The Beatles Abbey Road
4 The Clash London Calling
5 Joni Mitchell Blue
6 The Beach Boys Pet Sounds
7 Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly
8 Radiohead OK Computer
9 Marvin Gaye What’s Going On
10 Nirvana Nevermind
11 Lauryn Hill The Miseducation of Lauryn
12 Bob Dylan Blonde on Blonde
13 The Velvet Underground The Velvet Under
14 The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts
15 David Bowie The Rise and Fall of Ziggy
16 Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band Born to Run
17 Patti Smith Horses
18 Beyoncé Lemonade
19 Talking Heads Remain in Light
20 Kate Bush Hounds of Love
21 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin IV
22 Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life
23 The Rolling Stones Let It Bleed
24 Black Sabbath Paranoid
25 Public Enemy It Takes a Nation of Million
26 The Ramones Ramones
27 Michael Jackson Thriller
28 Missy Elliott Supa Dupa Fly
29 Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon
30 Kanye West My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
31 Metallica Master of Puppets
32 The Beatles The Beatles
33 Rage Against the Machine Rage Against the Machine
34 Wu-Tang Clan Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)
35 Neil Young After the Goldrush
36 Fiona Apple The Idler Wheel Is Wiser
37 OutKast Stankonia
38 Paul Simon Graceland
39 Taylor Swift 1989
40 Pixies Doolittle
41 JAY-Z Reasonable Doubt
42 AC/DC Back in Black
43 Bob Dylan Blood on the Tracks
44 Miles Davis Kind of Blue
45 Lady Gaga The Fame Monster
46 Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral
47 Van Morrison Astral Weeks
48 A Tribe Called Quest The Low End Theory
49 Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Destruction
50 Iggy & The Stooges Raw Power
51 Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison
52 The Strokes Is This It
53 Dr. Dre 2001
54 Joy Division Unknown Pleasures
55 Sly and the Family Stone There’s a Riot
56 David Bowie Hunky Dory
57 The Band Music from Big Pink
58 Nina Simone I Put a Spell on You
59 Nas Illmatic
60 Amy Winehouse Back to Black
61 The Rolling Stones Exile on Main St.
62 Madvillain Madvillainy
63 Tom Waits Rain Dogs
64 The Cure Disintegration
65 Leonard Cohen Songs of Leonard Cohen
66 Madonna Like a Prayer
67 Radiohead In Rainbows
68 Frank Ocean Channel Orange
69 Beastie Boys Paul’s Boutique
70 Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
71 U2 The Joshua Tree
72 My Bloody Valentine Loveless
73 Parliament The Mothership Connection
74 Bob Dylan Highway 61 Revisited
75 Janelle Monáe Dirty Computer
76 The Smiths The Queen Is Dead
77 JAY-Z The Black Album
78 Billy Joel The Stranger
79 The Police Synchronicity
80 Erykah Badu Baduizm
81 Adele 21
82 Peter Gabriel So
83 Pretenders Pretenders
84 Smashing Pumpkins Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
85 Tupac All Eyez on Me
86 Pearl Jam Ten
87 Slayer Reign in Blood
88 Alice Coltrane Journey in Satchidananda
89 Green Day Dookie
90 Alanis Morissette Jagged Little Pill
91 The Who Who’s Next?
92 The Replacements Let It Be
93 TLC CrazySexyCool
94 Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
95 System of a Down Toxicity
96 N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton
97 Fugazi Repeater
98 Lucinda Williams Car Wheels on a Gravel
99 Kamasi Washington Heaven and Earth
100 Jane’s Addiction Nothing’s Shocking

Is it a good list or bad list? I don’t know. Scanning it, COS’ list clearly factors in general popularity and album sales – factors that other lists of this type don’t weight heavily (or at all).

Listen I like Pearl Jam and TLC as much as the next person. Are these two groups personally my favorites? Absolutely. However I’ll be the first to admit that Ten and CrazySexyCool didn’t break any artistic ground or push boundaries, and objectively don’t belong as one of the best hundred albums in the history of music. It doesn’t stop me from really loving on Why Go, Black, Red Light Special and Creep.

Even Consequence mentions how they came to this list allowing joy to be one of the many criterion:

This is a list compiled through hours of debate, frustration, laughter, acquiescence, and epiphany. It’s one that assessed the mercurial value attached to art, from perceptions at the moment of creation, to retrospective consideration, to the impact on ever-evolving fashions. It’s also one that allowed joy to be a factor of greatness.

You get what I’m saying. Anything having to do with music, any list-of-one-hundred anything is going to cause a stir. Even though there’s no argument that Alanis Morrisette had an impact on culture and music in the 1990’s, I’m just not sure her album is the 90th best album of all-time.

Still I 100% support Consequence of Sound’s freedom of opinion.

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