It seems unfathomable, but The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has missed out on being included in Entertainment Weekly's
list of the 100 greatest albums of all time.
And no, this isn't some kind of 'each band only gets one album on the list' arrangement: The White Album, Abbey Road and Rubber Soul all placed on the list, and Revolver claimed the top spot. But no Sgt. Peppers? Really? Much of the 100 is pretty predictable (in a good way): a random glance down the list reveals such obvious classics as Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon (#37), Fleetwood Mac's Rumours (#29), The Cure's Disintegration (#47), U2's Achtung Baby (#23), Metallica's Master of Puppets (#59) and Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced? (#26). There are also some deserving slightly more recent albums: Adele's 21 (#17), Jay-Z's The Blueprint (#36), and Arcade Fire's Funeral (#56). But perhaps even more shocking then the Sgt. Peppers absence: Led Zeppelin IV only ranked #79. And there's no Van Halen or Black Sabbath to be seen anywhere!
Here's the top ten:
10. Nirvana, Nevermind
9. The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
8. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
7 Aretha Franklin, Lady Soul
6. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks
5. The Clash, London Calling
4. Michael Jackson, Thriller
3. The Rolling Stones, Exile on Main Street
2. Prince, Purple Rain
1. The Beatles, Revolver