It's Tuesday, so it must be time for a Friday list. In a convoluted Liz-logic sort of way this does make sense, see, because I won't be here Friday so we need to make hay while the sun shines, carpe diem, gather rosebuds and whatnot. So, on this browser page it's Friday and we're in list mode.
I saw Time's all-time top 100 album list last week, but we were so busy getting ready for TomKat that it would've been lost in the shuffle. It's worth a look, but IMHO there's a lot amiss with this list.
The albums aren't ranked, but divided by decade. I guess we're meant to draw some kind of conclusion from the fact that of the nine albums listed as 2000s releases, four are compilations of older artists (Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Elvis and Sam Cooke). Kanye West is there, but what about Jay-Z? More troubling -- while the Beatles make the list five times (deservedly), the compilers totally shut out Pink Floyd, the Doors and Guns N' Roses. Rest assured, Dolly Parton and Fleetwood Mac both made it. And Courtney Love's band Hole.
Time also excluded some of the more obscure albums included in other lists. Both The Zombies and the group Love are included in Rolling Stone's top 100; New Music Express's list centers on alternative acts and VH1's list sticks to the classics, but seems to have a more diverse spread including Lauryn Hill and The Police.
I'm pretty fixated on the Pink Floyd shut out. "Dark Side of the Moon" and "The Wall" are both overplayed, but both undeniably ground-breaking albums that rocked. And that's to say nothing of "Meddle," or "Wish You Were Here" or "Animals" or "Obscured by Clouds." Not that I'm a fan or anything.
Have a look at the list, then tell me what you think is missing.