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    Default The Top 20 Albums of All Time

    I saw this article on Yahoo, and thought I'd post here. How many times do these top lists keep getting re-hashed? Hard to believe a Stevie Wonder album is #1. Van Halen I made the list at #14. Here's the list below:
    http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/yra...-time-for-real

    20. Faith - George Michael
    Year: 1987 Units Sold: 10 Million
    SPV: $9.19 Rating (Stars): 4 Grammys Won: 1
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $9.79

    #19. Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses
    Year: 1987 Units Sold: 15 Million
    SPV: $8.81 Rating (Stars): 4 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $9.81

    #18. Purple Rain - Prince
    Year: 1984 Units Sold: 13 Million
    SPV: $8.74 Rating (Stars): 4.75 Grammys Won: 2
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $9.82

    #17. Houses Of The Holy - Led Zeppelin
    Year: 1973 Units Sold: 11 Million
    SPV: $9.10 Rating (Stars): 4.5 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $9.93

    #16. Born In The U.S.A. - Bruce Springsteen
    Year: 1984 Units Sold: 15 Million
    SPV: $8.91 Rating (Stars): 5 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $10.29

    #15. Nevermind - Nirvana
    Year: 1991 Units Sold: 10 Million
    SPV: $10.07 Rating (Stars): 4 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $10.67

    #14. Van Halen - Van Halen
    Year: 1978 Units Sold: 10 Million
    SPV: $10.23 Rating (Stars): 4.25 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $10.84

    #13. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
    Year: 1977 Units Sold: 19 Million
    SPV: $9.52 Rating (Stars): 5 Grammys Won: 1
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $11.47

    #12. The Wall - Pink Floyd
    Year: 1979 Units Sold: 23 Million
    SPV: $10.20 Rating (Stars): 4.75 Grammys Won: 1
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $12.51

    #11. The Joshua Tree - U2
    Year: 1987 Units Sold: 10 Million
    SPV: $11.50 Rating (Stars): 4.5 Grammys Won: 2
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $12.54

    #10. Metallica - Metallica
    Year: 1991 Units Sold: 14 Million
    SPV: $12.08 Rating (Stars): 4.25 Grammys Won: 1
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $13.38

    #9. Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin
    Year: 1971 Units Sold: 10 Million
    SPV: $12.83 Rating (Stars): 4 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $13.60

    #8. Hotel California - Eagles
    Year: 1976 Units Sold: 16 Million
    SPV: $12.00 Rating (Stars): 4.75 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $13.81

    #7. The White Album - The Beatles
    Year: 1968 Units Sold: 19 Million
    SPV: $12.00 Rating (Stars): 5 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $14.39

    #6. Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
    Year: 1971 Units Sold: 23 Million
    SPV: $12.42 Rating (Stars): 5 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $15.44

    #5. Abbey Road - The Beatles
    Year: 1968 Units Sold: 12 Million
    SPV: $14.94 Rating (Stars): 4.25 Grammys Won: 1
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $16.23

    #4. Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
    Year: 1975 Units Sold: 16 Million
    SPV: $14.31 Rating (Stars): 4.75 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $16.38

    #3. Thriller - Michael Jackson
    Year: 1982 Units Sold: 27 Million
    SPV: $13.49 Rating (Stars): 4.5 Grammys Won: 4
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $17.39

    #2. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
    Year: 1973 Units Sold: 15 Million
    SPV: $16.08 Rating (Stars): 5 Grammys Won: 0
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $18.57

    #1. Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder Play Album
    Year: 1976 Units Sold: 10 Million
    SPV: $16.84 Rating (Stars): 5 Grammys Won: 2
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $18.71

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    I just don't understand this thing about our pop culture where we feel the need to "rate" everything. It is so completely subjective; there is just no way any opinion matters more than another. I think it's fair to say some albums hold iconic or historic status, but that would be based on overall sales, plays, references in other aspects of culture, and a general standing-the-test-of time. And even then it's impossible to break it down to just 20.

    Edit: In reading through it again, I see the "scientific" approach this particular list was trying to take. That's cool, and it most definitely hit on many of those iconic albums, but I bet if the list was extended beyond 20 we'd start seeing New Kids On The Block, Spice Girls, and the like.
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    What, no AC/DC - Back In Black??? Nothing by the Rolling Stones???
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    I agree with everything on that list, especially the calculated value per unit base forumla's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    I just don't understand this thing about our pop culture where we feel the need to "rate" everything. It is so completely subjective; there is just no way any opinion matters more than another. I think it's fair to say some albums hold iconic or historic status, but that would be based on overall sales, plays, references in other aspects of culture, and a general standing-the-test-of time. And even then it's impossible to break it down to just 20.

    Edit: In reading through it again, I see the "scientific" approach this particular list was trying to take. That's cool, and it most definitely hit on many of those iconic albums, but I bet if the list was extended beyond 20 we'd start seeing New Kids On The Block, Spice Girls, and the like.
    I hear you, AT. Music isn't sport. But what can you expect from a culture that spawns shows the likes of American Idol, American's Top Model, and what have you? There is a segment of our society that loves to see talent measured against each other so as to have their talent "quantified" (not "qualified").

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewThomas.net View Post
    I bet if the list was extended beyond 20 we'd start seeing New Kids On The Block, Spice Girls, and the like.
    If you click on the .xls spreadsheet the list goes up to #72. VH 1984 also made the list as does many pop artists such as Mariah Carey, etc. That said, the more modern day pop artists have such low staying power that even though they had very high sales, they are lower on the list.

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    I'm glad Grammy awards were not that big of a factor in the formula. So many of the albums on that list didn't win any.
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    Any list that contains George Michael in the Top 20 of something that is the "best" is a joke unless, it's the best album by a fudgepacker.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brett View Post
    Any list that contains George Michael in the Top 20 of something that is the "best" is a joke unless, it's the best album by a fudgepacker.
    That is an unfair statement. In this economy, no job position should be belittled.


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    Quote Originally Posted by vcooper3 View Post

    #10. Metallica - Metallica
    Year: 1991 Units Sold: 14 Million
    SPV: $12.08 Rating (Stars): 4.25 Grammys Won: 1
    Calculated value per unit based on the formula: $13.38
    Don't get why people think this album is so great. It pretty much signaled, in a loud, commercialized way (Unforgiven? Absolute crap...) that Metallica was beginning to go bad..

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    That is an unfair statement. In this economy, no job position should be belittled.


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    the list is void because there is no Steely Dan or Pavement.

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    ALL of you should read the actual article at Yahoo and THEN comment on this. He has a good methodology, in spite of whether or not you agree with any of this.

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    Can't beleive he has Led Zepplin I rated higher II

 

 

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