With the development of a PVC-based material better known as vinyl came the long-playing record, or LP for short. Released in 10-inch and 12-inch formats, to be played at a speed of 33 1/3 turntable revolutions per minute (16 2/3 for spoken word recordings), the LP could hold a lot more music per side. than before. existing shellac records of the same diameters played at 78 rpm. This allowed for the release of single-disc albums as opposed to heavy books—literal albums—filled with the aforementioned shellacs. Thus began the era of the album, which began in the late 1940s and gradually took off thereafter.
Take classical music out of the equation and you could say that artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Miles Davis – the latter of whom released “Kind of Blue” in 1959 – refined the concept of the album by creating LPs as collections of individual tracks but also as the sum of their parts. Then came rock bands like the Beatles and the Who, who took an increasingly calculated and thematic approach to the album format as their sound and style evolved throughout the 1960s. are certainly among most popular rock bands of all time.)
The idea that the studio itself is an instrument culminated with “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” after which the music industry was never the same. Although not necessarily so unique as its reputation suggests, it was this release that cemented the album both as a springboard for singles and a collective experience in its own right.By the 1970s, everyone from David Bowie to Marvin Gaye embraced a similar approach to their material, producing what became known as “concept records” – a trend that continues to this day. artists with the most popular albums.)
To determine the 100 greatest albums of all time, 24/7 Tempo looked at data on chart performance, record sales and critical reception. Considering only the albums listed on Rolling Stone 500 greatest albums of all time, released in September 2020, we developed an index based on three metrics: an album’s performance on the Billboard 200 album charts, giving a week at No. 200 one point, a week at No. 199 two points, and and so on ; the number of certified unit sales in the United States; and an album’s position on Rolling Stone’s Top Albums list. All data has been fully weighted in the index. (Billboard 200 chart performance data is from Billboard and is current as of May 2022. U.S. certified unit sales data is from the Recording Industry Association of America and is also current to May 2022.)
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