Entertainment Weekly Top 100 All Time List Lacks Girl Power

July 3, 2013 | 0

EW_GreatestWhy do we pay attention to “best of” lists? Yeah, we know they are stupid and don’t really mean anything. But they are as irresistible as a car wreck on the side of the road. We can’t help looking.

This week, Entertainment Weekly weighs in on the greatest all-time films, television shows, books and albums.

It’s no surprise that most of the women on the album list fall to the back of the pack (10 out of 17 are bunched together near the bottom at 74-100) or that soul and neo soul singers Aretha and Adele fare best. Edgier artists – Bjork, Hole and PJ Harvey – appear, but just barely.

Female artists are in bold, mixed bands, italicized. Here’s EW’s take on the best albums of all time, by the numbers.

Score:

Female artists – 17
Mixed gender bands – 5

Read – and then discuss. It’s what they want.

 

100. Ramones, Ramones

99. Erykah Badu, Mama’s Gun

98. Queens of the Stone Age, Songs for the Deaf

97. Dusty Springfield, Dusty in Memphis

96. Dixie Chicks, Home

95. Various Artists, Saturday Night Fever

94. Beyonce, B’Day

93. N.W.A. Straight Outta Compton

92. Elliott Smith, Either/Or

91. Sly and the Family Stone, There’s a Riot Goin’ On

90. The White Stripes, White Blood Cells

89. Sleater-Kinney, Dig Me Out

88. New Order, Power, Corruption and Lies

87. Dolly Parton, Coat of Many Colors

86. PJ Harvey, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea

85. Tom Waits, Rain Dogs

84. Patti Smith, Horses

83. James Brown, In the Jungle Groove [anthology]

82. Pavement, Slanted and Enchanted

81. Pixies, Doolittle

80. Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

79. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV

78. Bjork, Post

77. My Bloody Valentine, Loveless

76. Talking Heads, Remain in Light

75. Elvis Costello, My Aim is True

74. Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

73. Various Artists,The Harder They Come

72. Beastie Boys, Paul’s Boutique

71. The Kinks, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society

70. Iggy and the Stooges, Raw Power

69. Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation

68. Public Enemy, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back

67. Neil Young, After the Gold Rush

66. Hole, Live Through This

65. Love, Forever Changes

64. Nine Inch Nails, The Downward Spiral

63. Television, Marquee Moon

62. The Replacements, Let It Be

61. De La Soul, 3 Feet High and Rising

60. Beck, Odelay

59. Metallica, Master of Puppets

58. Dr. Dre, The Chronic

57. Alicia Keys, Songs in A Minor

56. Arcade Fire, Funeral

55. Nas, Illmatic

54. R.E.M., Lifes Rich Pageant

53. The Flaming Lips, The Soft Bulletin

52. A Tribe Called Quest, The Low End Theory

51. Chuck Berry, The Great Twenty-Eight [anthology]

50. The Smiths, The Queen is Dead

49. LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver

48. Outkast, Stankonia

47. The Cure, Disintegration

46. The Beatles, Rubber Soul

45. Radiohead, OK Computer

44. Michael Jackson, Off the Wall

43. Madonna, Madonna

42. AC/DC, Back in Black

41. Eminem, The Marshall Mathers LP

40. John Lennon, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

39. The Who, Who’s Next

38. The Velvet Underground, The Velvet Underground & Nico

37. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon

36. Jay-Z, The Blueprint

35. The Rolling Stones, Some Girls

34. David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

33. Wu-Tang Clan, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)

32. Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction

31. The Notorious B.I.G., Ready to Die

30. Otis Redding, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul

29. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours

28. Lauryn Hill, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

27. Bob Dylan, Highway 61 Revisited

26. Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced

25. Bob Marley and the Wailers, Catch a Fire

24. Daft Punk, Discovery

23. U2, Achtung Baby

22. The Beatles, Abbey Road

21. Stevie Wonder, Innervisions

20. The Rolling Stones, Beggars Banquet

19. Al Green, Call Me

18. Paul Simon, Graceland

17. Adele, 21

16. Elvis Presley, Sunrise [anthology]

15. Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run

14. Johnny Cash, At Folsom Prison

13. Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On

12. The Beatles, The White Album

11. Joni Mitchell, Blue

10. Nirvana, Nevermind

9. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds

8. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

7. Aretha Franklin, Lady Soul

6. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks

5. The Clash, London Calling

4. Michael Jackson, Thriller

3. The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street

2. Prince, Purple Rain

1. The Beatles, Revolver

 

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