1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is a musical reference book first published in 2005 by Universe Publishing. It compiles writings and information on albums chosen by a panel of music critics to be the most important, influential, and best in popular music between the 1950s and the 2010s. The book was edited by Robert Dimery, an English writer and editor who had previously worked for magazines such as Time Out and Vogue.
|Author||General Editor: Robert Dimery, Preface by Michael Lydon|
|Cover artist||Jon Wainright|
|Publisher||Tristan de Lancey; Universe Publishing (first edition)|
|Media type||Print (Hardback)|
|LC Class||ML156.9 .A18 2006|
Each entry in the book's list of albums is accompanied by a short essay written by a music critic, along with pictures, quotes, and additional information (such as the album's running time and producer). Only albums consisting fully of original material by a particular artist were included, which meant that compilations by various artists, including film soundtracks, were also excluded.
The most recent edition consists of a list of albums released between 1955 and 2017, part of a series from Quintessence Editions Ltd. The book is arranged chronologically, starting with Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours and the most recent edition concluding with I See You by The xx.
In February 2006, Publishers Weekly called the book a "...bookshelf-busting testament to music geeks' mania for lists" and said it "...is about as comprehensive a 'best-of' as any sane person could want." They continued, "For music lovers, it doesn't get much better." The 2006 version had an average rating of 3.92 stars out of 5 on Amazon.com's social cataloging website Goodreads, with 860 ratings as of April 30, 2015. The same 2006 version has an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon.com.
Most of the book's recommendations are rock and pop albums from the Western world. 1001 Albums also features selections from world music, rhythm and blues, blues, folk, hip hop, country, electronic music, and jazz. The rock and pop albums include such subgenres as punk rock, grindcore, heavy metal, alternative rock, progressive rock, easy listening, thrash metal, grunge and rockabilly. Classical and modern art music are excluded.
These artists have the most albums in the 2017 edition.
- 9 albums: David Bowie.
- 7 albums: The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young.
- 6 albums: Morrissey (and The Smiths), Elvis Costello (and The Attractions), The Rolling Stones , Simon And Garfunkel/Paul Simon.
- 5 albums: The Byrds, Brian Eno (and David Byrne), Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, Iggy Pop (and The Stooges), Sonic Youth, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, The Who.
- 4 albums: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Miles Davis, P. J. Harvey, The Kinks, Metallica, Joni Mitchell, Pink Floyd, Radiohead, R.E.M., Steely Dan, Talking Heads, U2, Stevie Wonder.
- 3 albums: Aerosmith, The Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Björk, Black Sabbath, Blur, Tim Buckley, Kate Bush, Ray Charles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Cure, Deep Purple, Dexy's Midnight Runners, The Doors, Nick Drake, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Fall, Peter Gabriel, Marvin Gaye, Emmylou Harris, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Michael Jackson, Kraftwerk, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Van Morrison, My Bloody Valentine, Nirvana, Pet Shop Boys, Pixies, Elvis Presley, Prince (and The Revolution), Public Enemy, Queen, Roxy Music, Frank Sinatra, The Velvet Underground, Kanye West, Wilco, Yes.
Since the release of the book, there have been several albums that had been removed to be replaced by newer recent entries. These include:
Removed in 2008 editionEdit
- Stripped by Christina Aguilera (2002)
- Justified by Justin Timberlake (2002)
- Highly Evolved by The Vines (2002)
- Your New Favourite Band by The Hives (2002)
- Hail to the Thief by Radiohead (2003)
- Frank by Amy Winehouse (2003)
- Feast of Wire by Calexico (2003)
- Permission to Land by The Darkness (2003)
- Youth & Young Manhood by Kings of Leon (2003)
- So Much for the City by The Thrills (2003)
- Get Rich or Die Tryin' by 50 Cent (2003)
- Brian Wilson Presents Smile by Brian Wilson (2004)
- Fly or Die by N.E.R.D (2004)
- Heroes to Zeros by The Beta Band (2004)
- The Libertines by The Libertines (2004)
- Who Killed...... The Zutons? by The Zutons (2004)
- Aha Shake Heartbreak by Kings of Leon (2004)
- Arular by M.I.A. (2005)
- Guero by Beck (2005)
- Get Behind Me Satan by The White Stripes (2005)
Removed in 2010 editionEdit
- Sunshine Hit Me by The Bees (2002)
- Want One by Rufus Wainwright (2003)
- Scissor Sisters by Scissor Sisters (2004)
- Medúlla by Björk (2004)
- Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes by TV on the Radio (2004)
- They Were Wrong, So We Drowned by Liars (2004)
- I Am a Bird Now by Antony and the Johnsons (2005)
- Black Holes and Revelations by Muse (2006)
- Back to Basics by Christina Aguilera (2006)
- Neon Bible by Arcade Fire (2007)
- The Good, the Bad & the Queen by The Good, the Bad & the Queen (2007)
- Myths of the Near Future by Klaxons (2007)
Removed in 2011 editionEdit
- ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down by The Dandy Warhols (1997)
- Post Orgasmic Chill by Skunk Anansie (1999)
- ...Baby One More Time by Britney Spears (1999)
- Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water by Limp Bizkit (2000)
- Hybrid Theory by Linkin Park (2000)
- Chore of Enchantment by Giant Sand (2000)
- Amnesiac by Radiohead (2001)
- Gorillaz by Gorillaz (2001)
- Survivor by Destiny's Child (2001)
- Hot Shots II by The Beta Band (2001)
- Hot Fuss by The Killers (2004)
- Seventh Tree by Goldfrapp (2008)
Removed in 2013 editionEdit
- American IV: The Man Comes Around by Johnny Cash (2002)
- Wonderful Rainbow by Lightning Bolt (2003)
- Street Signs by Ozomatli (2004)
- You Are the Quarry by Morrissey (2004)
- Veckatimest by Grizzly Bear (2009)
- Fever Ray by Fever Ray (2009)
- Sometimes I Wish We Were an Eagle by Bill Callahan (2009)
- Bitte Orca by Dirty Projectors (2009)
- High Violet by The National (2010)
- The Suburbs by Arcade Fire (2010)
Removed in 2016 editionEdit
- Music by Madonna (2000)
- Our Aim Is to Satisfy by Red Snapper (2000)
- The Hour of Bewilderbeast by Badly Drawn Boy (2000)
- The Marshall Mathers LP by Eminem (2000)
- A Little Deeper by Ms. Dynamite (2002)
- The Coral by The Coral (2002)
- Penance Soiree by The Icarus Line (2004)
- All Hope Is Gone by Slipknot (2008)
- Oracular Spectacular by MGMT (2008)
- 21 by Adele (2011)
Removed in 2017 editionEdit
- "Publisher description for 1001 albums you must hear before you die / [edited by] Robert Dimery". Library of Congress. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
- "1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
- Dimery, Robert (June 10, 2016). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die (2016 ed.). Octopus Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-84403-890-9. Archived from the original on 16 April 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
- Dimery, Robert, ed. (2011). 1001 Albums: You Must Hear Before You Die. Preface by Michael Lydon. Octopus. p. 22. ISBN 1-84403-714-2; ISBN 978-1-84403-714-8.
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- "Amazon.com: 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". Amazon.com. 2015-04-30. Retrieved 2015-04-30.
- "44 Albums You No Longer Need to Hear Before You Die". RateYourMusic. Retrieved 2017-11-05.