Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sales v critics v fans 2.2: Critics top 100 albums of all time - artists

What artists do the critics like - and how does that compare with the best seller list?

Unsurprisingly, the critics are not as enamoured with soundtracks as the album buying public. In fact there are no soundtracks on the critics list. Another difference - there are very few greatest hits collections or anthologies in the critics list.

1. The Beatles - 6 entries

No surprise that the Beatles are #1 - but Please Please Me is an interesting inclusion.

Revolver (#1 overall)
White Album (#2 overall)
Abbey Road
Rubber Soul
Sgt Pepper
Please Please Me

2. The Rolling Stones - 5 entries

A fitting acknowledgement of an incredible creative period from 1968 to 1978

Exile on Main Street (#3 overall)
Beggars Banquet
Let It Bleed
Sticky Fingers
Some Girls

3. Bob Dylan - 4 entries

Another incredible creative decade - from 1965 to 1975

Blood on the Tracks
Highway 61 Revisited
Blonde on Blonde
Bringing it All Back Home

4. David Bowie - 3 entries

Ziggy Stardust
Hunky Dory

5.= - 2 entries

Now things really open up...

Blur, Elvis Presley, Joy Division, Michael Jackson, Nirvana, The Band, The Clash, U2

Everyone else - 1 entry

Some very worthy inclusions here. Surprising that Led Zep, Floyd, Radiohead, Neil Young don't record more entries. Tall poppy syndrome?

Al Green
Amy Winehouse
Arcade Fire
Arctic Monkeys
Aretha Franklin
Beastie Boys
Bob Marley and the Wailers
Bruce Springsteen
Carole King
Chuck Berry
Daft Punk
Dusty Springfield
Fleetwood Mac
Guns N' Roses
James Brown
Jimi Hendrix Experience
John Lennon
Johnny Cash
Joni Mitchell
Kanye West
Lauryn Hill
LCD Soundsystem
Led Zeppelin
Marvin Gaye
Miles Davis
Muddy Waters
My Bloody Valentine
Neil Young
Otis Redding
Patti Smith
Paul Simon
Pink Floyd
PJ Harvey
Primal Scream
Prince and the Revolution
Public Enemy
Robert Johnson
Sly and the Family Stone
Sonic Youth
Stevie Wonder
Talking Heads
The Beach Boys
The Notorious B.I.G.
The Sex Pistols
The Smiths
The Stone Roses
The Strokes
The Velvet Underground & Nico
The Who
Van Morrison
Wu-Tang Clan

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