NME says the best of the decade was Is This It by The Strokes.
Rolling Stone magazine says the best ever was the Beatles’ Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band.
What do you say?
Well, welcome to the Listening Room’s second readers’ poll.
Earlier this month we asked our readers to give us their lists of the greatest guitat players. Today we’re asking you all to give us your list of the greatest albums. Consider it a tribute to a dying art form — to the end of an era, when CDs, vinyl and tapes no longer seem to matter. Except to us here at the Listening Room, of course.
As we told you in our first poll, this is hardly scientific. We simply want to see where our readers and colleagues place the music they’ve been exposed to. Rolling Stone, in its list of the top 500 albums, put the Beatles on top. NME did a more contemporary listing and gave you the top albums of this decade. We’re letting you decide.
And, no, we’re not asking for the list of greatest rock albums. We’re asking for your list of greatest albums. My own list includes Marvin Gaye, just as it includes Radiohead and Led Zeppelin — and it came damned close to including Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
It really is an open contest. As we did last time, we’ll tabulate the lists you submit, which should include 5 to 10 albums you consider noteworthy, musicially influential, or that you simply enjoy. We’ll total them up and see which gets the most votes.
So, submit your votes in the comments section below, or visit us on Twitter (https://twitter.com/jfitzgibbon or http://twitter.com/dianacostello) or simply email us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ll give you the results in about a week.
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