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Here is Newspaper Liberation Best Albums 1968-88. It was made by 20 french critics for the paper's 20th birthday.
It was the first list I ever knew, and as I said before, it just shaped my musical tastes and choices for the following years; and I think it's a good one, despite the fact that the time range is rather short (no pre-68 albums, so no Pet Sounds, no Blonde on Blonde, no Sgt Pepper's, no Doors, etc.; and no post-68, so no Nirvana, etc.)
You'll find the usual classics and a few oddities (like French singer Christophe : I'm still wondering who voted for that s....)
All right, no more suspense, here it is (I found it on a blog, so it's not my writing, so I'm not responsible for the inverted names)
1 BEATLES (the) Abbey Road 1969
2 BEATLES (the) The Beatles 1968
3 HENDRIX, Jimi Electric Ladyland 1968
4 ROLLING STONES (the) Let It Bleed 1969
5 LENNON, John Imagine 1971
6 ROLLING STONES (the) Beggars Banquet 1968
7 WONDER, Stevie Songs In The Key Of Life 1976
8 DOORS (the) L.A. Woman 1971
9 GAYE, Marvin What's Going On 1971
10 WHO (the) Tommy 1969
11 JACKSON, Michael Thriller 1982
12 BOWIE, David Ziggy Stardust 1972
13 ROLLING STONES (the) Sticky Fingers 1971
14 CLASH (the) London Calling 1979
15 SEX PISTOLS (the) Never Mind The Bollocks 1977
16 ROLLING STONES (the) Exile On Main Street 1972
17 VAN MORRISON Astral Weeks 1969
18 SIMON, Paul Graceland 1986
19 DYLAN, Bob Blood On The Tracks 1976
20 PRINCE Purple Rain 1984
21 REED, Lou Transformer 1972
22 PRINCE 1999 1982
23 PRINCE Sign O' The Time 1987
24 EAGLES Hotel California 1976
25 LENNON, John Plastic Ono Band 1970
26 DYLAN, Bob Nashville Skyline 1969
27 JOHN, Elton Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1973
28 BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY Cheap Thrills 1968
29 LED ZEPPELIN II 1972
30 WHO (the) Who's Next 1972
31 LED ZEPPELIN IV 1971
32 POLICE (the) Outlandous d'Amour 1978
33 VELVET UNDERGROUND Velvet Underground 1969
34 SPRINGSTEEN, Bruce Born To Run 1975
35 CREEDANCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL Willy And The Poor Boys 1969
36 DAVIS, Miles Bitches Brew 1970
37 YOUNG, Neil Harvest 1972
38 POLICE (the) Regatta De Blanc 1979
39 WONDER, Stevie Talking Book 1972
40 COSTELLO, Elvis This Year's Model 1978
41 PRESLEY, Elvis From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee 1969
42 DEREK AND THE DOMINOS Layla 1970
43 SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE There's A Riot Goin' On 1971
44 PRETENDERS Pretenders 1980
45 FAITHFULL, Marianne Broken English 1979
46 U2 The Joshua Tree 1987
47 PINK FLOYD The Dark Side Of The Moon 1973
48 BUCKLEY, Tim Greetings From L.A. 1974
49 CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG Deja Vu 1970
50 JEFF BECK GROUP (the) Beck-Ola 1969
51 CREAM Wheels Of Fire 1968
52 RITA MITSOUKO (les) The No Comprendo 1986
53 ROXY MUSIC For Your Pleasure… 1973
54 WYATT, Robert Rock Bottom 1974
55 VAN MORRISON Moondance 1970
56 TALKING HEADS Remain In Light 1980
57 HARRISON, George All Things Must Pass 1970
58 MAYFIELD, Curtis Super Fly 1972
59 DEVO Q: Are We Not Men ? A : We Are Devo ! 1978
60 COHEN, LEONARD Songs From A Room 1969
61 BASHUNG, Alain Pizza 1981
62 PINK FLOYD The Wall 1979
63 KINKS Lola 1970
64 GAINSBOURG, Serge L'Homme A La Tête De Chou 1976
65 BAND (the) The Band 1969
66 DAN, Steely Gaucho 1980
67 SPRINGSTEEN, Bruce Born In The USA 1984
68 BROWN, James Sex Machine 1970
69 YOUNG, Neil After The Goldrush 1970
70 GABRIEL, Peter So 1986
71 SUPERTRAMP Breakfast In America 1979
72 J.J. CALE Really 1972
73 SMITH, Patti Horses 1975
74 JOY DIVISION Closer 1980
75 SANTANA Abraxas 1970
76 SUICIDE Suicide 1977
77 REDDING, Otis The Dock Of The Bay 1968
78 IGGY AND THE STOOGES Raw Power 1973
79 DIRE STRAITS Dire Straits 1978
80 STEPPENWOLF Steppenwolf Live 1970
81 FRANKLIN, Aretha Lady Soul 1968
82 MANSET, Gérard Manset 1975
83 KRISTOFFERSON, Kris Me And Bobby Mc Gee 1973
84 MC CARTNEY, Paul Mc Cartney 1970
85 FLEETWOOD MAC Rumours 1977
86 NEWMAN, Randy Sail Away 1972
87 WAILERS (the) Burnin' 1973
88 VEGA, Alan Alan Vega 1980
89 CHRISTOPHE Le Beau Bizarre 1978
90 CALE, John Paris 1919 1973
91 DEVILLE, Mink Cabretta 1977
92 MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA Birds Of Fire 1973
93 CURE (the) Seventeen Seconds 1980
94 KING SUNNY ADE AND HIS AFRICAN BEATS Juju Music 1982
95 DR. FEELGOOD Down By The Jetty 1975
96 WHITE, Tony Joe Homemade Ice Cream 1973
97 JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Bark 1971
98 HALLYDAY, Johnny Flagrand Délit 1971
99 HAYES, Isaac Shaft 1971
100 BEATLES (the) Let It Be 1970
More lists will follow
Some interesting things in there
Don't know if I agree with the Beatles holding down the top 2 spots - even the throwaway 'Let it Be' comes in at #100
You'd think they could have had the superior Replacements album of the same name...
There's strange stuff there - Gaucho from Steely Dan,some obscure Jefferson Airplane album
No 'Queen Is Dead'
It's the result of a vote
The more the voters are, the more the records on top are consensual.
That's probably why the Beatles hold the 2 first places.
As for the Smiths, don't forget that list was made in 1988. Maybe the voters didn't realize at that time the influence that an album like "Queen is dead" would on 90s music.
And more, this list was made by people chosen Libération, a newspaper created in 1968 during the big students' protests. These guys belong to a certain generation that we call in France the sixty-eighters : people who were more or less 20 at that time,often hippie, radical guys who wanted a revolution (like in the Beatles' song)but instead ended up at the head of various newspapers, tv channels, communication firms, etc...
They are in general very nostalgic of the 60's and 70's and don't always understand indie rock or pre-indie stuff like the Smiths, REM, the Replacements, etc..
That's what's funny with lists : a list in itself has its own distinctive features which depend on who made it , where, when and what for...
It's a living proof that collective musical tastes are never written in stone.
That's what makes them so interesting.
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