The Stoniest Albums on Rolling Stone's Top 500 List, Plus Two Egregious Omissions

Rolling Stone has updated its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.

Here are our 19 favorite albums on list, plus two that were inexplicably omitted.


24. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Band - the Beatles (1967)

Demoted from the No. 1 spot on the origjnal Rolling Stone albums list, Sgt. Pepper's remains one of the most important, if not the most important, rock album of all time. The music and clever cover were revolutionary. Hinted in the Beatles' previous album Revolver, East Indian motifs and pyschedelic soundscapes dominate the record, which includes "With a Little Help from My Friends" (No. 68, listen above), the trippy "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" and "Within You Without You," and the spectacular album closer, "A Day in the Life." The album was a No. 1 hit around the world. 

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27. Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) - Wu Tang Clan (1993)

Wu-Tang Clan's debut introduced a number of rappers who would go on to to solo fame like Method  Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Ol' Dirty Bastard and producer/DJ RZA. The album, which includes "C.R.E.A.M" (No. 60, listen above) and "Method Man" (No. 69), almost hit the Top 40 at No. 41.


37. The Chronic - Dr. Dre (1992)

Mimicking the Zig-Zag rolling paper pack, the cover features Dre in the circle instead of the bearded Zig-Zag guy. The debut album charted at No. 6 with the single "Nothin' But a 'G' Thing" (listen above) climbing to No. 2. Snoop Dogg is featured and several tracks - "The $20 Sack Pyramid" and "The Roach" - refer to weed.


38. Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan

Dylan's seventh studio album is a double that includes "Rainy Day Woman No. 12 & 35" (No. 3) with the famous "Every must get stoned" chorus (listen above), "Just Like a Woman" (No. 20), "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" and "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands." The album topped out at No. 9 on the album charts.


48. Legend - Bob Marley & the Wailers (1984)

Fourteen of Bob Marley's greatest hits were compiled and released three years after Tuff Gong's death. The album hit No. 5 on the U.S. charts. Listen to it above.


71. Exodus - Bob Marley & the Wailers (1977)

Marley's ninth studio album features the dramatic title track as well as "Jammin'," "Waiting in Vain" and "Three Little Birds." It rose to No. 20. Listen to the album above.

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