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Best album of all time: Born to Run?

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Bruce Springsteen. the Beatles and U2 dominate in a new US survey to find
the best album. Publisher Tim Zagat surveyed some 10,500 music fans and
found the following to be most popular:

1. Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
2. Abbey Rd – The Beatles
3. Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
4.The Joshua Tree – U2
5. The White Album – The Beatles

Other albums in the top ten included Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue at 6 and Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon at 9.

On his book Zagat told reporters: “I hope there is some controversy. People
can argue until the cows come home over whether Mozart was a better songwriter than Bob Dylan. But just that you are juxtaposing Dylan and Mozart catches you by surprise and makes you think.”

From: CMU

UPDATE
Here is more from the list:

    6. Kind of Blue, Miles Davis

    7. Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen

    8. Revolver, the Beatles

    9. Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd

    10. Achtung Baby, U2

    Here are the Zagat Survey Music Guide’s top albums by genre:

    Blues: Moanin’ in the Moonlight, Howlin’ Wolf

    Classical: Horowitz in Moscow, Vladimir Horowitz

    Country & western: Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Dance: Dance Collection, Donna Summer

    Electronica: Protection, Massive Attack

    Folk: John Prine, John Prine

    Funk: Funkify Your Life, the Meters

    Hip-hop: It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, Public Enemy

    Jazz: Kind of Blue, Miles Davis

    Kids: The Muppet Movie soundtrack

    Musicals: My Fair Lady (Lerner and Loewe)

    New Age: Nouveau Flamenco, Ottmar Liebert

    Pop vocal (contemporary): Thriller, Michael Jackson

    Pop vocal (traditional): Best of the Songbooks, Ella Fitzgerald

    R&B: The Best, Luther Vandross

    Rock (overall): Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen

    Rock (alternative): The Joshua Tree, U2

    Rock (art/experimental): Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd

    Rock (classic): Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen

    Rock (garage/underground): Nuggets: Original Artyfacts, various

    Rock (hard/heavy metal): Master of Puppets, Metallica

    Rock (new wave): This Year’s Model, Elvis Costello

    Rock (oldies): Elvis, Elvis Presley [Ohio.com]

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  • Eric Olsen

    Ah, where to begin? First, I will say it’s not a bad list, though it’s pretty generic. Born to Run isn’t even my favorite Springsteen – The Wild the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle is, I’m fine with Abbey Road and Joshua Tree, but how can you leave the Stones, Dylan, Hendrix, Sinatra, Velvet Underground, Who, Robert Johnson, Bowie, Roxy Music, Billie Holiday, Aretha, and on and on out of the top 10? And Luther Vandross for top R&B – ick, ick, ick – that’s about the worst one I can see. Like I said, not a bad list, but …

  • BRICKLAYER

    And where the heck is Right Said Fred?

  • Eric Olsen

    too sexy to appear

  • http://www.andrewiandodge.com Andrew Ian Dodge

    The gay bloke in RSF admitted on a VH1s “pop years” that he was an Iron Maiden fan in his youth. Rather funny to hear that.

  • Eric Olsen

    there is no way anyone in Right Said Fred is gay – I refuse to believe it

  • http://www.andrewiandodge.com Andrew Ian Dodge

    You were shocked when Rob Halford “outted himself” I bet :p

  • Eric Olsen

    Rock Hudson and Richard Chamberlain too – it’s a gay gay world.

  • http://www.foliage.com/~marks Mark Saleski

    my favorite Springsteen song is probably “Thunder Road”, but i don’t think Born To Run is my favorite album of his….Darkness On The Edge Of Town probably is….

    as far as best album of all time…dang, that’s a tough one.

  • http://fando.blogs.com Natalie Davis

    Woo hoo for that!

    Eric, re: “Born to Run isn’t even my favorite Springsteen – The Wild the Innocent and the E Street Shuffle is” — we converge musically yet again.

    If I understand correctly, the restaurant rankers at Zagat took votes for this list from the general public, so the results do not surprise me any. Luther Vandross, best R&B? Best alternative, U2? (Damn good, but alternative?) Supports my opinions regarding mainstream musical taste and knowledge and my deeply held desire that wider playlists were available via mainstream radio.

  • http://www.andrewiandodge.com Andrew Ian Dodge

    Interesting that Master of Puppets is best metal album. It was not Metallica’s most popular album at all. Its a great album.

    U2 isn’t alternative, they just play good rock. It would be possible to argue they are Christian rock.

    The catagory which Pink Floyd came top is pretty damn daf.

    I got to say my fave Bruce album is Born in the USA. When he drops the touchy-feely bs and rocks out he is damn impressive. John (Cougar) Mellancamp is simillar in this respect.

  • Eric Olsen

    I just realized for the first time that Bruce was Born to Run in the U.S.A.

    My favorite metal is Black Sabbath’s Paranoid, unless you think LZ2 is metal, which I don’t.

  • http://www.andrewiandodge.com Andrew Ian Dodge

    I think my favourite metal album is Number of the Beast by Iron Maiden (or maybe Live After Death). Best Hard Rock album is Physical Graffiti by Led Zep.

  • Eric Olsen

    We’re vibing Nat, it’s only a matter of time before you start defending the administration on the War on Terror. I feel that train a-comin’

  • http://fando.blogs.com Natalie Davis

    Heh. Do not hold your breath waiting.

  • The Theory

    NEVER! The war on terrorism is a joke.

  • David

    I really really really really really really really really really really don’t like U2.

  • The Theory

    wow. shame. thanks for letting us know.

  • http://mcfrank.blogspot.com Chris Arabia

    Right Said Fred’s Smash Hit “I’m too Sexy” was the #100 video of 1992. I love the part when he drives past in a convertible.

    I’d put Electric Lady, Doin it to Death, and Songs in the Key of Life in my Top 10. For that matter, where are Pet Sounds and Beethoven at the Fillmore West?

  • http://www.filteringcraig.com Craig Lyndall

    Master of Puppets can’t be the best metal album of all time. I really don’t like Metallica, but I don’t see how that one could be it anyway. I don’t have an answer at the moment for which one it should be, but I am reminded of the sabbath conversation from a couple of weeks ago.

    Also, U2 is a great band and deserves to be acknowledged, but I might not have put them so high on the list. I might have put the Police before them.

    I would leave the rolling stones off of any list I was creating, but I do realize they are significant.

    Also I assume we aren’t including the classic works like Carmina Burana, etc. That piece of music ranks with any rock album ever created, but probably belongs in a separate conversation.

  • http://www.rodneywelch.blogspot.com/ Rodney Welch

    Blonde on Blonde is the greatest album ever made — I’ve said this many times in the past, but buying the SACD and listening to it (which is what I am doing at this very moment) reminds me of how great.

    And I am pleased to join Eric and Natalie in hailing Wild and Innocent as the best Springsteen. It is an annual tradition in my home to play “Sandy” every year on the fourth of July.

  • http://www.makeyougohmm.com/ TDavid

    Best album of all time? No.

  • Taloran

    Abraxas

  • Eric Olsen

    Pretty hard to argue with Rodney, though best album of all time is really hard to pin down.

    Love that “Wild, Innocent …”!!

    Abraxas is really really great, but might not be EPIC enough for the title.

    Mine would change from moment to moment, at the moment I might pick “Country Life” by Roxy Music, but I know that’s a bit … eccentric.

  • Taloran

    1. Abraxas
    2. Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs
    3. Blow By Blow

  • Taloran

    I really don’t like Springsteen. He’s number 1 on my list of musicians I wish I’d never heard.