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. Part of the 1001 Before You Die series, 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.[1] The book is edited by Robert Dimery, an English writer and editor who had previously worked for magazines such as Time Out and Vogue.[2]

1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
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AuthorRobert Dimery (general editor)
Cover artistJon Wainright
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish
GenreReference work
PublisherTristan de Lancey; Universe Publishing (first edition)
Publication date
2005
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages960 p.
ISBN1-84403-392-9
OCLC224890343
781.64026/6 22
LC ClassML156.9 .A18 2006

Each entry in the book's roughly chronological 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). Compilations of various artists, and most film soundtracks, are excluded.[3]

Selection and sorting methodologyEdit

In the book's introduction, general editor Robert Dimery notes that the selections were also intended to bring attention to gifted songwriters. Joni Mitchell, Elvis Costello and Nick Cave are named as examples. The release dates are chosen from the date the album first released in the artist's home country, and the version is the first one released. In most cases, bonus tracks added for later versions are ignored. The editors also attempted to ensure that each album profiled was still available for purchase. Soundtracks that were not original material from a particular artist were also excluded.[4]

EditionsEdit

The 2005 edition starts with Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours,[4] and ends with Get Behind Me Satan by the White Stripes.[5] As the book has been reissued several times, some albums are removed in each edition to make space for more recent albums.

The 2013 edition ends with The Next Day by David Bowie.[6]

The 2016 edition ends with Blackstar, also by David Bowie.

The 2017 edition ends with Microshift by Hookworms.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

In February 2006, Publishers Weekly called the book a "bookshelf-busting testament to music geeks' mania for lists" and said it was "about as comprehensive a 'best-of' as any sane person could want". The reviewer added: "For music lovers, it doesn't get much better."[8] As of July 24, 2020, the 2006 edition had an average rating of 3.96 stars out of 5 with 1,754 ratings on Amazon.com's social cataloging website Goodreads[9] and 4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon.com.[10]

GenresEdit

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.[3]

ArtistsEdit

 
Neil Young has the most appearances in the 2017 list.

These artists have the most albums in the 2017 edition.

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