Acclaimed Music

Acclaimed Music is a website created by Henrik Franzon, a statistician from Stockholm, Sweden[1][2] in September 2001. Franzon has statistically aggregated hundreds of published lists that rank songs and albums into aggregated rankings by year, decade and all-time.[1][2][3] Lists that are submitted by readers to magazines or websites are excluded from the aggregation.[4] Author Michaelangelo Matos writes that "Franzon's methods are imperfect, but as indicators of overall critical appeal go, it's hard to beat."[2]
Type of site
Review aggregator and database
Available inEnglish
OwnerHenrik Franzon[1]
Created byHenrik Franzon[1]
RegistrationForum only, optional and free
LaunchedSeptember 2001; 19 years ago (2001-09)
Current statusActive

As of 2020, the site's aggregated lists name the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (1966) as the most highly rated album of all time,[5] and Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" (1965) as the most highly rated song of all time.[6] Additionally, the Beatles are the most acclaimed band, Dylan is the most acclaimed male solo artist, and Madonna is the most acclaimed female artist.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Rosoff, Matt (September 12, 2007). "The critics vs. the people". CNET.
  2. ^ a b c Matos, Michaelangelo (March 31, 2004). Prince's Sign O' the Times. Bloomsbury Publishing.
  3. ^ Wyn Jones, Carys (2008). The Rock Canon: Canonical Values in the Reception of Rock Albums. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 27.
  4. ^ Franzon, Henrik. "Questions & Answers". Archived from the original on February 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Mendelsohn, Jason; Klinger, Eric (February 3, 2020). "Counterbalance No. 1: The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds'". Popmatters. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (October 10, 2016). "The Beach Boys' 'Good Vibrations' at 50: A Masterpiece of Emotion as Much as Science". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  7. ^ "Music - Top Artists".

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