Apple Music Reveals ‘100 Best Albums of All Time’ With Lauryn Hill, The Beatles

Lauryn Hill had the top album, with Nirvana, The Beatles, Amy Winehouse, and more hitting the top 10.

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Apple Music has shared the much-anticipated top 10 of its 100 Best Albums of All Time collection. Selections 10-1 include releases from Stevie Wonder, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles, Kendrick Lamar, and more. Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill took the No. 1 spot. “This is my award, but it’s a rich, deep narrative, and involves so many people, and so much sacrifice, and so much time, and so much collective love,” Hill told Apple Music.

The top 10 selection features albums spread across the past 50 years. Nirvana’s landmark sophomore record, 1991’s Nevermind, arrives at No. 9, followed by Amy Winehouse’s second and final album, 2006’s Back to Black. The Deluxe version of Kendrick Lamar’s 2012 classic good kid, m.A.A.d city ranks No. 7 while Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life hits No. 6. The Beatles’ Abbey Road takes the No. 3 spot.

Other entries in the section include Lemonade by Beyoncé, Blonde by Frank Ocean, Purple Rain by Prince & the Revolution, and Thriller by Michael Jackson. Apple has unveiled the 100 Best Albums of All Time list over a series of 10 days. Each new section of the list has arrived with new and exclusive content and Apple Music Radio episodes. Apple Music’s Zane Lowe and Ebro Darden were joined by musician and producer Nile Rodgers and the Grammy-nominated artist Maggie Rogers to reflect on the list in a broadcast for Apple Music.

Apple Music has stated that the list is an editorial effort independent of streaming numbers. It was assembled by a team that includes artists like Maren Morris, Pharrell Williams, J Balvin, Charli XCX, Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Honey Dijon, and Nia Archives, alongside other songwriters, producers, and music industry professionals.

Visit the official Apple Music 100 Best Albums Of All Time website.

Apple Music ‘100 Best Albums’
100. Body Talk, Robyn – Listen on Apple Music.
99. Hotel California, Eagles
98. ASTROWORLD, Travis Scott
97. Rage Against the Machine, Rage Against the Machine
96. Pure Heroine, Lorde – Listen on Apple Music.
95. Confessions, USHER
94. Untrue, Burial
93. A Seat at the Table, Solange
92. Flower Boy, Tyler, The Creator
91. Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, George Michael
90. Back in Black, AC/DC
89. The Fame Monster (Deluxe Edition), Lady Gaga – Listen on Apple Music.
88. I Put A Spell on You, Nina Simone – Listen on Apple Music.
87. Blue Lines, Massive Attack – Listen on Apple Music.
86. My Life, Mary J. Blige – Listen on Apple Music.
85. Golden Hour, Kacey Musgraves – Listen on Apple Music.
84. Doggystyle, Snoop Dogg
83. Horses, Patti Smith
82. Get Rich or Die Tryin’, 50 Cent – Listen on Apple Music.
81. After the Gold Rush, Neil Young
80. The Marshall Mathers LP, Eminem – Listen on Apple Music.
79. Norman F*****g Rockwell!, Lana Del Rey – Listen on Apple Music.
78. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John – Listen on Apple Music.
77. Like a Prayer, Madonna
76. Un Verano Sin Ti, Bad Bunny
75. Supa Dupa Fly, Missy Elliot
74. The Downward Spiral, Nine Inch Nails – Listen on Apple Music.
73. Aja, Steely Dan – Listen on Apple Music.
72. SOS, SZA
71. Trans-Europe Express, Kraftwerk
70. Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A. – Listen on Apple Music.
69. Master of Puppets, Metallica – Listen on Apple Music.
68. Is This It, The Strokes
67. Dummy, Portishead – Listen on Apple Music.
66. The Queens Is Dead, The Smiths
65. 3 Feet High and Rising, De La Soul
64. Baduizm, Erykah Badu – Listen on Apple Music.
63. Are You Experienced, The Jimi Hendrix Experience
62. All Eyez on Me, 2Pac – Listen on Apple Music.
61. Love Deluxe, Sade
60. The Velvet Underground & Nico, The Velvet UndergroundListen on Apple Music.
59. AM, The Arctic Monkeys.
58. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, Oasis
57. Voodoo, D’Angelo
56. Disintegration, The Cure – Listen on Apple Music
55. ANTI, Rihanna
54. A Love Supreme, John Coltrane – Listen on Apple Music
53. Exile On Main Street, The Rolling Stones – Listen On Apple Music
52. Appetite For Destruction, Guns N’ Roses – Listen on Apple Music
51. Sign O’ The Times, Prince
50. Hounds Of Love, Kate Bush
49. The Joshua Tree, U2 – Listen on Apple Music
48. Paul’s Boutique, The Beastie Boys – Listen on Apple Music
47. Take Care, Drake – Listen on Apple Music
46. Exodus, Bob Marley & The Wailers – Listen on Apple Music
45. Homogenic, Bjork
44. Innervisions, Stevie Wonder – Listen on Apple Music
43. Remain In Light, Talking Heads
42. Control, Janet Jackson – Listen on Apple Music
41. Aquemini, Outkast
40. I Never Loved A Man The Way I loved You, Aretha Franklin
39. Illmatic, Nas
38. Tapestry, Carole King – Listen on Apple Music.
37. Enter The Wu-Tang (38 Chambers), The Wu-Tang Clan
36. Beyonce, Beyonce
35. London Calling, The Clash
34. It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back, Public Enemy – Listen on Apple Music
33. Kid A, Radiohead
32. Ready To Die, The Notorious BIG
31. Jagged Little Pill, Alanis Morissette
30. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?, Billie Eilish – Listen on Apple Music
29: Low End Theory, A Tribe Called Quest
28: The Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
27: Led Zepplein II, Led Zepplein
26: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Kanye West
25: Kind of Blue, Miles Davis
24: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars, David Bowie
23: Discovery, Daft Punk
22: Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
21: Revolver, The Beatles – Listen on Apple Music
20. Pet Sounds, The Beach Boys – Listen on Apple Music
19. The Chronic, Dr. Dre – Listen on Apple Music
18. 1989 (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift – Listen on Apple Music
17. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye – Listen on Apple Music
16. Blue, Joni Mitchell
15. 21, Adele
14. Highway 61 Revisited, Bob Dylan
13. The Blueprint, JAY-Z – Listen on Apple Music
12. OK Computer, Radiohead
11. Rumours, Fleetwood Mac
10. Lemonade, Beyoncé
9. Nevermind, Nirvana– Listen on Apple Music
8. Back to Black, Amy Winehouse– Listen on Apple Music
7. good kid, m.A.A.d city (Deluxe Version), Kendrick Lamar– Listen on Apple Music
6. Songs in the Key of Life, Stevie Wonder– Listen on Apple Music
5. Blonde, Frank Ocean
4. Purple Rain, Prince & the Revolution
3. Abbey Road, The Beatles– Listen on Apple Music
2. Thriller, Michael Jackson
1. The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, Lauryn Hill

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