Explore our CD collection: 100 essential popular albums

The staff at Amos Music Library recently changed our circulation rules for compact discs; now, our CDs can be requested via the catalog to be picked up at any library circulation desk. To celebrate, we've created a list of 100 essential popular albums from our collection. To make our list, we found those albums that appeared on both the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2012) and NME's Top 500 Albums of All Time (2013). The ranking was determined by averaging the album's placement on each list. Most of the albums are owned on CD and can be requested by clicking "Request Item" on the left side of each item's catalog page.

We frequently acquire additional albums, so watch this space for future updates.

  1. The Beatles / Revolver [1966]
  2. The Velvet Underground & Nico [1967]
  3. The Beatles [The White Album, 1968]
  4. Nirvana / Nevermind [1991]
  5. The Rolling Stones / Exile on Main St. [1972]
  6. Marvin Gaye / What's Going On [1971]
  7. The Beatles / Abbey Road [1969]
  8. The Beatles / Rubber Soul [1965]
  9. Patti Smith / Horses [1975]
  10. David Bowie / The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars [1972]
  11. Public Enemy / It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back [1988]
  12. Stevie Wonder / Innervisions [1973]
  13. Bob Dylan / Highway 61 Revisited [1965]
  14. Love / Forever Changes [1967]
  15. Sex Pistols / Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols [1977]
  16. The Rolling Stones / Let It Bleed [1969]
  17. Van Morrison / Astral Weeks [1968]
  18. The Beatles / Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [1967]
  19. Miles Davis / Kind of Blue [1959]
  20. Joni Mitchell / Blue [1971]
  21. Bruce Springsteen / Born to Run [1975]
  22. Bob Dylan / Bringing It All Back Home [1965]
  23. David Bowie / Hunky Dory [1971]
  24. Carole King / Tapestry [1971]
  25. The Rolling Stones / Sticky Fingers [1971]
  26. The Band [1969]
  27. Neil Young / After the Gold Rush [1970]
  28. Dusty Springfield / Dusty in Memphis [1969]
  29. The Clash [1977]
  30. James Brown / At the Apollo [streaming, 1963]
  31. Michael Jackson / Thriller [1982]
  32. The Rolling Stones / Beggars Banquet [1968]
  33. Neil Young / Harvest [1972]
  34. John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band [1970]
  35. Jimi Hendrix / Electric Ladyland [1968]
  36. Jimi Hendrix Experience / Are You Experienced [1967]
  37. Television / Marquee Moon [1977]
  38. The Ramones [1976]
  39. Arcade Fire / Funeral [2004]
  40. Prince & the Revolution / Purple Rain [1984]
  41. Pink Floyd / The Dark Side of the Moon [1973]
  42. Radiohead / The Bends [1995]
  43. Radiohead / OK Computer [1997]
  44. Talking Heads / Remain in Light [1980]
  45. Blondie / Parallel Lines [1978]
  46. Paul Simon / Graceland [1986]
  47. The Smiths / The Queen is Dead [1986]
  48. Stevie Wonder / Songs in the Key of Life [1976]
  49. John Coltrane / A Love Supreme [streaming, 1965]
  50. Pixies / Doolittle [1989]
  51. My Bloody Valentine / Loveless [1991]
  52. The Zombies / Odessey and Oracle [1968]
  53. Johnny Cash / At Folsom Prison [1968]
  54. Aretha Franklin / Lady Soul [1968]
  55. Bruce Springsteen / Darkness on the Edge of Town [1978]
  56. David Bowie / Low [1977]
  57. Lou Reed / Transformer [1972]
  58. Green Day / Dookie [1994]
  59. AC/DC / Back in Black [1980]
  60. Prince / Sign 'O' the Times [1987]
  61. The Beatles / Please Please Me [1963]
  62. Michael Jackson / Off the Wall [1979]
  63. R.E.M. / Automatic for the People [1992]
  64. Bob Marley & the Wailers / Natty Dread [1974]
  65. Dr. Dre / The Chronic [1992]
  66. Sonic Youth / Daydream Nation [1988]
  67. David Bowie / Station to Station [1976]
  68. Eminem / The Marshall Mathers LP [2000]
  69. The Velvet Underground / Loaded [1970]
  70. T. Rex / Electric Warrior [1971]
  71. Jeff Buckley / Grace [1994]
  72. Arctic Monkeys / Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not [2006]
  73. Radiohead / In Rainbows [2007]
  74. Public Enemy / Fear of a Black Planet [1990]
  75. Bob Dylan / Freewheelin' Bob Dylan [1963]
  76. Lauryn Hill / The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill [1998]
  77. Michael Jackson / Bad [1987]
  78. Miles Davis / Bitches Brew [1970]
  79. The Jesus and Mary Chain / Psychocandy [1985]
  80. Jay-Z / The Blueprint [2001]
  81. Elvis Presley [1956]
  82. Oasis / (What's the Story) Morning Glory? [1995]
  83. U2 / The Joshua Tree [1987]
  84. Massive Attack / Blue Lines [1991]
  85. The Cure / Disintegration [1989]
  86. De La Soul / 3 Feet High and Rising [1989]
  87. Nirvana / In Utero [1993]
  88. The Notorious B.I.G. / Ready to Die [1994]
  89. Nas / Illmatic [1994]
  90. Amy Winehouse / Back to Black [2006]
  91. The Beatles / A Hard Day's Night [1964]
  92. Tom Waits / Rain Dogs [1985]
  93. The White Stripes / Elephant [2003]
  94. Bruce Springsteen / Born in the U.S.A. [1984]
  95. Eminem / The Slim Shady LP [1999]
  96. The Kinks / Are the Village Green Preservation Society [1968]
  97. Weezer [The Blue Album, 1994]
  98. Nirvana / MTV Unplugged in New York [1994]
  99. Aretha Franklin / I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You [1967]
  100. Kanye West / The College Dropout [2004]