The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was a chart published by music magazine Rolling Stone in November 2003, which listed the 500 greatest albums ever as voted for by music experts. The albums were voted for by a total of 273 experts, which included rock musicians, critics and industry figures, each of whom submitted a list of their favourite 50 albums. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles topped the chart.[1]

Rolling Stone were criticised for not including enough albums from outside of Britain and the United States, as only Trans-Europe Express by Kraftwerk (Germany) and Buena Vista Social Club's eponymous album were featured in the list. In 2005 the list was released as a book with a few slight changes, namely a number of compilation albums being removed to make way for more original releases.

The top 5Edit

  1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
  2. Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
  3. Revolver - The Beatles
  4. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
  5. Rubber Soul - The Beatles

Jimi Hendrix appearancesEdit

All three albums by The Jimi Hendrix Experience studio albums were featured in the top 500; Are You Experienced was voted in at #15, Electric Ladyland made #54 and Axis: Bold as Love was featured at #82.


  1. The RS 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Rolling Stone (November 18th, 2003). Retrieved on July 23rd, 2008.