The Past Archives All-Time Greatest Albums Survey

In the  third edition of his "All-Time Top 1000 Albums" book, author Colin Larkin asserts that "it has been compiled from more than 200,000 votes collected by Internet, fax and post from as wide a range of people as possible: journalists who write about music every week, music critics who know the score, and above all, the fans who listen because they love it". PastArchives knows of nobody whose vote is among those 200,000, and so in the spirit of independence and impatience at having to sit around until the next edition for Larkin to confirm that "Revolver" is still the greatest album of all time, we propose to poll our constituents. What we'd like is for you to send us a list of your all-time favourite albums, in order of merit (that bit's imperative!), up to a maximum of a top 100. Please send your contributions and cogitations to PastArchives@hotmail.com

Thanks to the following for their contributions:

Michael McCormack, top 40, added 4 March 2001

Joshua Raisen, top 100, added 15 July 2001

TGRAHA, top 100, added 15 September 2001

Dermot Cronin, top 8, added 9 December 2001

Geir Hongrĝ, top 100, added 12 January 2002

Douglas King, top 25, added 26 January 2002

Paul Green, top 50, added 3 March 2002

PastArchives, top 100, added 10 March 2002, revised 2 November 2003

Harm Grünhagen, top 25, added 23 July 2002

Tony Rigby, top 10, added 11 August 2002

Christian Hansen, top 40, added 17 August 2002

David Whitaker, top 100, added 12 October 2002

Paul Imison, top 21, added 26 April 2003

Brendan Foster, top 50, added 18 October 2003

Stephen Parker, top 100, added 2 November 2003

Edd S. Hurt, top 40, added 10 July 2004

Dave Bain, top 25, added 10 July 2004

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BEATLES Abbey Road

2  

BEATLES Revolver

3  

BEATLES The Beatles

4  

Automatic For The People

5  

DYLAN Blood On The Tracks

6  

Nevermind

7  

FLOYD Dark Side Of The Moon

8  

Sign 'O' The Times

9  

CLASH London Calling
BEATLES Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
BEACH BOYS Pet Sounds
VELVET UNDERGROUND The Velvet Underground
PISTOLS Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols
DYLAN Highway 61 Revisited
Murmur
OK Computer
Slanted And Enchanted
1977
VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO The Velvet Underground & Nico
Close To The Edge
YOUNG On The Beach
STONE ROSES The Stone Roses
Another Green World
SPRINGSTEEN Born In The U.S.A.
CLASH The Clash
Parachutes
Forever Changes
ROLLING STONES Exile On Main St
ATTACK Blue Lines
Skylarking
MUSIC Stranded
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE Electric Ladyland
BEATLES Rubber Soul
The Bends
DYLAN Blonde On Blonde
STAR Third/Sister Lovers
YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE Rust Never Sleeps
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
REED Berlin
ZOMBIES Odyssey & Oracle
Doolittle
YOUNG Tonight's The Night
Hotel California
Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
ROLLING STONES Let It Bleed
Dummy
KING Tapestry
AMOS Little Earthquakes
The Sophtware Slump
Pink Flag
ROLLING STONES Beggars Banquet
BOWIE Station To Station
STREETS Original Pirate Material
WEDDING PRESENT Bizarro
STREET PREACHERS The Holy Bible
A Trick Of The Tail
MORRISON Astral Weeks
WHO Who's Next
MAC Rumours
ROLLING STONES Sticky Fingers
BEATLES Please Please Me
BYRDS The Notorious Byrd Brothers
STOOGES Funhouse
BOWIE The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars
PHAIR Exile In Guyville
HEAD The Magical World Of The Strands
Marquee Moon
Selling England By The Pound
Moon Safari
Parklife
BEATLES A Hard Day's Night
YOUTH Sister
CALE Fragments Of A Rainy Season
Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space
Wowee Zowee
Out Of Time
DYLAN Bringing It All Back Home
In Utero
Reckoning
JOHN Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboy
FLOYD Animals
The Joshua Tree
GRAM PARSONS Grievous Angel
SMITHS The Queen Is Dead
SMITH Horses
JOHN Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
BLOODY VALENTINE Loveless
& GARFUNKEL Bridge Over Troubled Water
FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS The Gilded Palace Of Sin
HOUSE Woodface
& GARFUNKEL Bookends
McCARTNEY & WINGS Band On The Run
DRAKE Bryter Layter
YOUNG Harvest
VELVET UNDERGROUND White Light/White Heat
FAGEN The Nightfly
BEACH BOYS Sunflower
The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
MORISSETTE Jagged Little Pill
GARDEN Affirmation
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