Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – Intro

Well, this seemed like a good idea at the time…

While listening to one of America’s funniest people, Bill Burr, on his podcast earlier this week, his guest mentioned something that took me back to my college days.  Back in 2003, Rolling Stone magazine released their list of the 500 best albums in “rock n’ roll” history.  Now, there are air quotes there because any list that features Public Enemy, Madonna, and Whitney Houston is not exclusively rock, clearly.

The funny thing is that as I look back I realize that if I am being honest with myself I didn’t know almost half of those records when I read that list fifteen years ago – so I decided to go back and re-read the list, but this time devote roughly a week to each album, giving it repeated listens and taking note of the goodness (and badness) of them.  What has aged well?  What sounds so bad that I can’t believe it was ever considered good?  What is just so outside my realm of comfort (or maybe just over my head) that I just can’t appreciate it, as much as the editors of RS and their impressive panel of judges want me to?

Yes, this will take roughly 9 ½ years to finish, if my interest/lifetime makes it that long.  Surely it will outlive this blog, and one can only hope it will outlast Justin Bieber’s relevance (is he still relevant?).  Again, this seemed like a good idea at the time, and I invite you to come along with me as I explore some of the (allegedly) greatest music recorded in the 20th century.

First up, later this week: #500, Touch by The Eurythmics.