Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band = Greatest Album of All Time?

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Mar 9 2007, 2h53

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is officially the greatest rock album of all time.

What? WHAT? This baffles me. Sure, it's a good album, and it proves that The Beatles can cover a variety of styles and that Ringo can't do much without the help of his friends. The style explored here would be psychedelic rock, obviously. If you want to find everyone's favorite mop-topped British quartet experimenting with say, hard rock, turn to Helter Skelter off of the sometimes excellent, sometimes not-exactly-fun-to-listen to (Revolution 9, anyone?) White Album.

But I digress. The point of this little rant? I don't think Sgt. Pepper's is the greatest Beatles album of all time, let alone the greatest album in the history of rock and roll. First of all, in my humble opinion, Abbey Road is much better than Sgt. Pepper's. And hey, for that matter, I disagree with a lot of the list.

Dark Side of the Moon at number two? This album, though great, is nowhere near as impressive as Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Number three of The "Definitive 200" really confuses me. How in God's name did Thriller beat out the somewhat cliche choice of (but still worthy) number four - Led Zeppelin IV? Was it just so they could put IV at number four? Do the people who run the Rock and Roll hall of fame really have that terrible of a sense of humor?

I could go on and on about this list. The inclusion of country artists like Shania Twain and The Dixie Chicks as well as rappers like Eminem just does not make sense to me. Isn't this supposed to be the rock and roll definitive 200, not the all-music-genres definitive 200? Not to mention the gross oversights of such bands as the Ramones and The Who.

And for that matter, with the quality music that is continually released, lists like this run the risk of becoming dated quickly. Sure, artists like The Beatles and Led Zeppelin are timeless, but lists like these are not. If one desires to make a Definitive 200 (or a Definitive 56, for that matter), the best way to go about it is to add a disclaimer. The Definitive 200 -INSERT GENRE HERE- Albums of -INSERT TIME PERIOD HERE-.

End rant.

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  • jcjohnson63

    the whole thing is completely subjective.now this may seem like a cop out.but consider that the rock and roll hall of fame people are self congratulating bastards who consider themselves the arbiters of what is and is not rock and roll.record company execs,industry insiders and the rock press(meaning rolling stone)who will tell you what it all means.i put little faith in what lists come out.it's good for a laugh.but i never take these things seriously.and as you stated they can change at the drop of a hat.

    Mar 9 2007, 3h10
  • furirhoran

    I love tha way you hate rinngo... bu t my mom loes your genfer.... kisses and hugs

    Mar 9 2007, 3h10
  • ad_man63

    piper at the gates is shite abbey road is the best beatles album though

    Mar 9 2007, 4h07
  • Kjersti454

    I disagree. I find Sgt. Pepper's to be the greatest Beatles album, not overall though. There I would put as an alternative The Clash - London Calling, Queen - A Night At The Opera +++. Just remember-this is an extremely subjective list, and I guarantee you that these people have taken the numbers of hits on the album in consideration, and quite frankly, Beatlemania has a tendancy to dominate the 60's lists. just remeber this is 100% subjective.

    Mar 9 2007, 20h21
  • greengirlofshiz

    I don't hate Ringo, I just think that if you really listen to the lyrics of With a Little Help from My Friends it's insulting. Considering it was written for Ringo and all. Oh, I think Syd Barret was amazing. I hesitate to starting gushing about his musical genius and whatnot because I don't want to be written off as... hmm, not a fangirl, but someone who worships Syd. Or something. But I do love his stuff - with Pink Floyd and solo. I do know that Sgt. Pepper's is largely considered to be sort of... the masterpiece of the Beatles. And I think it's an excellent album, but personally I think Abbey Road is better.

    Mar 10 2007, 0h00
  • Sushi_DDD

    Two things to be learned from all of this. 1) Music critics talk exclusively out of their asses. Their comments and opinions are only to be taken as humor. 2) Music is completely subjective. Since almost nothing is quantifiable in this field, there will never be any sort of Greatest ever... lists that satisfy everyone.

    Mar 10 2007, 1h58
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