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Monday, September 7, 1998 Published at 16:41 GMT 17:41 UK


Entertainment

Revolver draws top slot

1966 album marked start of 'experimental' Beatles

Despite 28 years passing since they split up, the Beatles continue to dominate a poll of the most popular albums of all time.

The Fab Four took four of the top five places in the list of the top 1,000 albums.


[ image: Sgt Pepper: Knocked off its usual top spot in album charts]
Sgt Pepper: Knocked off its usual top spot in album charts
Revolver - released in 1966 - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The White Album (1968) and Abbey Road (1969) take the first, second, third and fifth places respectively in the 'All time top 1,000 albums' to be published by Virgin on Tuesday.

The survey is based on almost 200,000 votes, making it the largest poll ever conducted.

The compilers also took into account all the similar surveys in Britain and the US over the past three years to create a 'poll of polls'.

The Beatles also top a separate list of the Top 50 artists of all time, followed by Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd.

The poll also reveals that the 1970s, now considered as back in vogue for fashion and music, is rock 'n' roll's golden age, with almost a third of all albums coming from that decade.


[ image: Abbey Road was the last Beatles album recorded]
Abbey Road was the last Beatles album recorded
While the dinosaurs of rock still seem to rule the pop world, Nirvana's Nevermind makes the top 1,000 in fourth place while R.E.M's Automatic For the People is in seventh.

Oasis make the chart in ninth place with (What's The Story) Morning Glory?, which tops the chart's All time Top 50 Indie/Punk Albums, while the band come fourth in the list of top 50 artists.

The survey also lists the five All Time Worst Albums, headed by Screaming Lord Sutch's Lord Sutch and His Heavy Friends, and the five All Time Most Consistently Overrated Albums, topped by Dire Straits' Brothers In Arms.

Top 10 Albums

  • 1 Revolver - The Beatles
  • 2 Sgt Pepper - The Beatles
  • 3 The White Album - The Beatles
  • 4 Nevermind - Nirvana
  • 5 Abbey Road - The Beatles
  • 6 Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
  • 7 Automatic for the People - R.E.M
  • 8 The Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
  • 9 (What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
  • 10 The Bends - Radiohead

Top 10 Artists

  • 1 The Beatles
  • 2 Bob Dylan
  • 3 Pink Floyd
  • 4 Oasis
  • 5 David Bowie
  • 6 R.E.M
  • 7 U2
  • 8 Radiohead
  • 9 Rolling Stones
  • 10 Nirvana

Top 5 Soul/R&B Albums

  • 1 What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
  • 2 Thriller - Michael Jackson
  • 3 Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder
  • 4 Otis Blue - Otis Redding
  • 5 Bad - Michael Jackson

Top 5 Indie/Punk Albums

  • 1 (What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis
  • 2 The Bends - Radiohead
  • 3 Never Mind The Bollocks - The Sex Pistols
  • 4 The Stone Roses - Stone Roses
  • 5 OK Computer - Radiohead

Top 5 Most Overrated:

  • 1 Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits
  • 2 Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
  • 3 Hotel California - Eagles
  • 4 Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
  • 5 Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel

Top 5 Worst Albums

  • 1 Lord Sutch and his Heavy Friends - Screaming Lord Sutch
  • 2 Metal Machine Music - Lou Reed
  • 3 Having Fun With Elvis On Stage - Elvis Presley
  • 4 The Transformed Man - William Shatner
  • 5 Initiation - Todd Rundgren





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