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  1. Rolling Stone published their updated top 500 albums list just over a week ago: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/best-albums-of-all-time-1062063/ Here's the list of people who voted, beyond just the magazine staff. Warning: contains Morrissey. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/voters-500-greatest-albums-list-1062225/ Since it came out, people have had lots of complaints about the inclusions and the order (and a lot of laughing at the irrelevance of Rolling Stone as a publication!), and whether it works well as a decent "beginner's guide to The Canon". But most people at least seem to be glad that it's not as focused on white male boomer rock. I find it interesting to to compare the changes in the list since its 2003/2012 version. I found lists someone put together of albums that were on the previous list but are missing from the new one, and albums that were newly added. Wikipedia has some statistics that break down the old and new lists by decade, and by artists with multiple albums. Some of the big changes: Less of the White Boomer Classic Dad Blues-Rock Canon: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, The Kinks, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, U2, Clapton/Cream/Yardbirds/Bluesbreakers, Elvis Costello, Talking Heads, REM, The Doors, and Elton John all lost albums (The Who and The Smiths each lost three!); Frank Zappa and Mott the Hoople are no longer on the list at all due to each losing two albums. Also no Trout Mask Replica. A lot more hip-hop higher up the list. (Kanye West and Kendrick Lamar each gained three albums.) Some more more women (Aretha Franklin, Kate Bush, Blondie, The Breeders, X-Ray Spex, The Slits, Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Fiona Apple all gained albums). Surprisingly, more Britpop! (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was on the previous list; now it's joined by Definitely Maybe, Parklife and Different Class. Still very little jazz. Still very little electronic music. Some really recent pop (Harry Styles, Billie Eilish). Some artists who had albums swapped: Wings' Band on the Run got removed and McCartney's Ram - which seems to have had a big critical reappraisal over the last decade or so - was added (the CORRECT DECISION). Aladdin Sane is out; Scary Monsters is in. Neil Young lost Buffalo Springfield Again but gained On The Beach. And Robert Johnson's The Complete Recordings compilation got replaced by the more historically significant, but less comprehensive, King of the Delta Blues Singers. Stephen Thomas Erlewine posted some comments about the new list, as well as the set of 50 albums that he submitted: https://sterlewine.substack.com/p/rolling-stone-500-greatest-albums Also, here's the ballot that Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys submitted. It looks like he treated the poll with a healthy amount of respect: some real but really obscure stuff, a lot that appears to be completely made up, one Phil Collins album, and this.
  2. Because @Skull Commander mentioned it in the movies thread: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/sep/13/100-best-albums-of-the-21st-century
  3. Spoiler: Ted is on there but Mad Max: Fury Road is not. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/sep/13/100-best-films-movies-of-the-21st-century
  4. How many have you beaten? Me, just the one: Fade to Black. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/18/the-25-hardest-video-games-of-all-time And yeah it's a list, so you'll have your own opinions on harder games, so let's hear 'em.
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