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Apple Music Unveils ‘100 Best Albums of All Time’ List


Apple Music has released its highly anticipated list of the ‘100 Best Albums of All Time,’ showcasing a diverse array of musical talent spanning several decades and genres. Topping the list is Lauryn Hill’s iconic album “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” followed by Michael Jackson’s legendary “Thriller” and The Beatles’ classic “Abbey Road.”

Top Ten Highlights

  1. Lauryn Hill — The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill: This seminal work, released in 1998, is praised for its profound impact on hip-hop and R&B, blending soul, reggae, and rap.
  2. Michael Jackson — Thriller: Jackson’s 1982 masterpiece remains the best-selling album of all time, featuring hits like “Billie Jean” and “Beat It.”
  3. The Beatles — Abbey Road: Known for its innovative production and the iconic cover photo, “Abbey Road” is a benchmark in rock history.
  4. Prince & The Revolution — Purple Rain: This 1984 soundtrack album includes some of Prince’s most famous tracks, such as “When Doves Cry” and “Let’s Go Crazy.”
  5. Frank Ocean — Blonde: Ocean’s 2016 album is celebrated for its introspective lyrics and genre-defying sound.
  6. Stevie Wonder — Songs in the Key of Life: Released in 1976, this double album is lauded for its ambitious scope and rich musicality.
  7. Kendrick Lamar — Good Kid, m.A.A.d City: Lamar’s 2012 concept album details his experiences growing up in Compton and is praised for its narrative and production.
  8. Amy Winehouse — Back to Black: Winehouse’s 2006 album is noted for its raw emotion and fusion of jazz, soul, and R&B.
  9. Nirvana — Nevermind: This 1991 release propelled the grunge movement into the mainstream, mainly due to the success of “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
  10. Beyoncé — Lemonade: Beyoncé’s 2016 visual album addresses themes of infidelity, race, and feminism, solidifying her status as a cultural icon.

Notable Entries

  • Adele — 21 (#15): Adele’s sophomore album is recognised for its powerful vocals and emotional depth.
  • Taylor Swift — 1989 (Taylor’s Version) (#18): Swift’s re-recorded version of her pop breakthrough album signifies her reclaiming artistic control.
  • Kanye West — My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (#26): Often hailed as West’s magnum opus, this album is noted for its maximalist production and introspective lyrics.
  • Billie Eilish — WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? (#30): Eilish’s debut album is celebrated for its dark, minimalist sound and innovative production.

Genre Diversity

The list reflects a wide range of genres, from the jazz influence of Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” (#25) to the electronic beats of Daft Punk’s “Discovery” (#23). Hip-hop is well represented with classics like Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” (#19) and modern hits such as Travis Scott’s “ASTROWORLD” (#98). Rock and alternative music also feature prominently with Radiohead’s “OK Computer” (#12) and The Clash’s “London Calling” (#35).

Legacy and Impact

Including both timeless classics and contemporary masterpieces highlights the evolving nature of music and its impact on culture and society. This list not only celebrates the achievements of established legends but also acknowledges the groundbreaking work of newer artists.


Apple Music’s ‘100 Best Albums of All Time’ list is a testament to the enduring power of music across different eras and styles. It guides listeners to explore influential albums that have shaped the music landscape and continue to resonate with audiences worldwide.

For the complete list, visit Apple Music.

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