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Top 10 greatest music albums of all time

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Apple Music has revealed their list of the 100 best and most influential albums ever made. The top 10 albums are true masterpieces that changed music forever.

Here are the top 10 greatest albums of all time:

1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill (1998)

In just one solo album, Lauryn Hill established herself as a once-in-a-generation talent whose incisive, stunningly raw lyrics and effortless blend of R&B, rap, soul and more reshaped music in her image. A spiritual, socially conscious and exquisitely crafted body of work, The Miseducation… provided a soundtrack to the very specific experience of being Black, talented and female in the 90s.

2. Thriller by Michael Jackson (1982)

It’s hard to overstate Thriller’s seismic impact on music and pop culture. Michael Jackson’s sixth solo album was a blockbuster smash that shattered records with seven hit singles. But just as importantly, the music videos for tracks like “Billie Jean” and the title track revolutionized the art form. Thriller redefined the entire scope of what a pop album can achieve.

3. Abbey Road by The Beatles (1969)

The Beatles said farewell with their 11th studio album Abbey Road, a collection that showcased their unparalleled pop songwriting at its most powerful and cohesive. From the opening guitar riff on “Come Together” to the iconic suite on Side 2, the band crafted an ageless work that speaks to every human emotion and life experience across generations and genres.

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4. Purple Rain by Prince & The Revolution (1984)

Following the massive success of songs like “When Doves Cry,” Prince’s Purple Rain cemented his place as one of the most unique and recognizable voices in pop music. Blending influences from funk, rock, R&B and more, the album’s perfectly sequenced hits like “Let’s Go Crazy” showed Prince’s unmatched ability to merge the sacred and profane into a distinctly Minneapolis sound.

5. Blonde by Frank Ocean (2016)

Though it clocks in at just one hour across 17 tracks, Frank Ocean’s Blonde contains a sprawling palette of thoughts and ideas that cement him as a generational talent. Ocean fearlessly blazed his own creative trail, crafting an unpredictable, layered and precise album that reverberated throughout the 2010s. Blonde is a statement on the virtues of artistic individuality.

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6. Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder (1976)

At the peak of his popularity in the mid-70s, Stevie Wonder crafted an ambitious, deeply personal magnum opus – the iconic double album Songs in the Key of Life. Blending funk, soul and R&B with his signature melodies and harmonica work, the 90-minute album formed an entire musical worldview into Wonder’s spirit, perspective and unmatched artistry over 21 tracks.

7. good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar (2012)

With the blessings of West Coast rap legends like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar staked his claim as the future of hip-hop with his seminal good kid, m.A.A.d city. His vivid storytelling abilities and thoughtful social commentary marked him as this generation’s most accomplished writer in the genre. On meticulous tracks, he deftly carried the legacy of gangsta rap into the modern age.

8. Back to Black by Amy Winehouse (2006)

Amy Winehouse sang with a jazzy, timeless vocal style on her breakthrough Back to Black. But her lyrics about heartbreak came from a very modern, self-effacing millennial perspective full of attitude. While honoring classic jazz and soul, Winehouse pushed the genres forward with her addition of contemporary rap-inspired brashness and flair. The result was a peerless blend of retro and modern.

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9. Nevermind by Nirvana (1991)

With its opening track “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana’s second album Nevermind achieved the unthinkable – it made punk rock and grunge into mainstream pop culture. The album upended the music industry and struck a generational chord, with frontman Kurt Cobain becoming an unwitting voice for disillusioned youth. Its raw, gritty sound kicked against the polished pop of the day.

10. Lemonade by Beyoncé (2016)

Beyoncé’s genre-obliterating sixth album Lemonade is a vivid personal statement released at a difficult time in her life. It runs the gamut of emotions – furious, defiant, anguished, vulnerable, experimental, muscular, triumphant, humorous and brave. Every second deserves close examination as Beyoncé lays bare her soul over groundbreaking musical backdrops, redefining what a pop album can be.

 

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