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Ranking the Best Albums of All Time

Graphiq Logo By Alison O'Brien of Graphiq | Slide 1 of 107: <p>Albums are portfolios of the musical world, allowing an artist to showcase a complete body of work. From the revolutionary pop album "<a href="http://albums-and-singles.prettyfamous.com/l/2620545/Pet-Sounds">Pet Sounds</a>" to the punk-rock defining "<a href="http://albums-and-singles.prettyfamous.com/l/1918501/London-Calling">London Calling</a>" and the timeless "<a href="http://albums-and-singles.prettyfamous.com/l/1913630/Abbey-Road">Abbey Road</a>," each collection immerses the listener fully in the artist's world, extending beyond hit singles and popular tracks. </p><p>Ask anyone their favorite album and you're sure to get a wide range of answers. With so many albums to choose from, which ones are truly the greatest? </p><p>To crown the best albums of all time, <a href="http://www.prettyfamous.com/">PrettyFamous</a>, an entertainment data site by<a href="https://www.graphiq.com/"> Graphiq</a>, ranked all of the albums in its database by Album Score — a customized statistic out of 100 that aggregates album ratings from external sources, including <a href="http://www.allmusic.com/">AllMusic</a>, <a href="http://www.metacritic.com/">Metacritic</a>, <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/">Rolling Stone</a>, <a href="http://pitchfork.com/">Pitchfork</a> and many more. From the ranked albums, only those with a score greater than or equal to 95 were included. It should be noted that these ratings are pulled from an album's Wikipedia page, so in the event that an album does not have a page, or its page does not have ratings, it will not appear on this list.</p><p><a href="http://bands-and-artists.prettyfamous.com/l/1093512/The-Beatles">The Beatles</a> and <a href="http://bands-and-artists.prettyfamous.com/l/893513/Miles-Davis">Miles Davis</a> reign supreme, with six albums from each appearing on the list, solidifying their positions as musical icons for the ages. <a href="http://bands-and-artists.prettyfamous.com/l/128832/The-Rolling-Stones">The Rolling Stones</a> are close behind, with an impressive five albums; and Elvis Presley, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison and The Clash round out the all-star group with four albums each. Shockingly, none of these artists managed to nab the number one spot. </p><p>Whether you are looking to expand your musical horizon or dust off some vinyls and fire up the analog, the following list contains a bonafide collection of some of the most important and influential music to date to fuel your creative inspiration.</p><p>Note: Ties are broken by number of ratings and the year the album was released. Album review excerpts are sourced from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, AllMusic, Sputnik Music, Slant Magazine and others.<br></p>

Ranking the Best Albums of All Time

Albums are portfolios of the musical world, allowing an artist to showcase a complete body of work. From the revolutionary pop album "Pet Sounds" to the punk-rock defining "London Calling" and the timeless "Abbey Road," each collection immerses the listener fully in the artist's world, extending beyond hit singles and popular tracks.

Ask anyone their favorite album and you're sure to get a wide range of answers. With so many albums to choose from, which ones are truly the greatest?

To crown the best albums of all time, PrettyFamous, an entertainment data site by Graphiq, ranked all of the albums in its database by Album Score — a customized statistic out of 100 that aggregates album ratings from external sources, including AllMusic, Metacritic, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork and many more. From the ranked albums, only those with a score greater than or equal to 95 were included. It should be noted that these ratings are pulled from an album's Wikipedia page, so in the event that an album does not have a page, or its page does not have ratings, it will not appear on this list.

The Beatles and Miles Davis reign supreme, with six albums from each appearing on the list, solidifying their positions as musical icons for the ages. The Rolling Stones are close behind, with an impressive five albums; and Elvis Presley, The Velvet Underground, Van Morrison and The Clash round out the all-star group with four albums each. Shockingly, none of these artists managed to nab the number one spot.

Whether you are looking to expand your musical horizon or dust off some vinyls and fire up the analog, the following list contains a bonafide collection of some of the most important and influential music to date to fuel your creative inspiration.

Note: Ties are broken by number of ratings and the year the album was released. Album review excerpts are sourced from Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, AllMusic, Sputnik Music, Slant Magazine and others.

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