Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Definitive 200

The National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame have put together a list of 200 albums that should be in every music collection. As NARM president Jim Donio puts it, they are "albums that have consistently excited record buyers over the years and those that have the potential for continued success based on enduring popularity.... The inevitable debate about the 200 must-own albums will underscore just how much the music and the art form mean to everyone." Take a look at the list below, presented in ranked order, and enjoy videos from a number of artists whose work made the cut. From Sgt. Pepper to We're an American Band: these are their 200 definitive albums of the rock era.


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57. Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
Get Rich Or Die Tryin'
~ 50 Cent
3.7 out of 5 stars (1,342 customer reviews)
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February 6, 2003
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He’s been shot nine times. Incarcerated. And stabbed up and down. And that’s only what’s happened on 50 Cent’s down time. Hands down, 50 Cent is the biggest buzz emcee since Eminem (who just happens to be his label CEO), and Get Rich also features Dr. Dre on production, ... Read more

58. Highway to Hell
Highway to Hell
~ AC/DC
4.6 out of 5 stars (503 customer reviews)
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Epic
February 18, 2003
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What Highway to Hell has that Back in Black doesn't is Bon Scott, AC/DC's original lead singer who died just months after this album was released. Scott had a rusty, raspy, scream of a voice, like he might break into a coughing fit at any moment. In other words, ... Read more

59. Life After Death
Life After Death
~ Notorious B.I.G.
4.4 out of 5 stars (383 customer reviews)
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Bad Boy
March 25, 1997
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The King of Brooklyn, Biggie Smalls, busted through with an instant hip-hop classic on his first album, ... Read more

60. American Idiot
American Idiot
~ Green Day
4.0 out of 5 stars (2,304 customer reviews)
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September 21, 2004
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For its first new set of music since 2000's Warning, Green Day tears up the blueprint and comes up with something unexpected: a punk rock concept album built around elaborate melodies, odd tempo changes, and a collection of songs that freely reference classic rock warhorses like the Beatles and ... Read more

61. Paranoid
Paranoid
~ Black Sabbath
4.6 out of 5 stars (633 customer reviews)
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Warner Bros.
October 25, 1990
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Though most of Black Sabbath's classic material from this album (... Read more

62. The Eminem Show
The Eminem Show
~ Eminem
4.4 out of 5 stars (1,234 customer reviews)
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Interscope Records
May 26, 2002
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Any lingering doubts as to the depth of Eminem's skills or his potential for raw yet compelling honesty are dispelled on ... Read more

63. Pieces of You
Pieces of You
~ Jewel
4.1 out of 5 stars (419 customer reviews)
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Atlantic
February 28, 1995
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Jewel's debut album, Pieces of You, reveals a special voice--strong and focused on both the whispery verses and the hooky choruses. The recording also exposes an unfortunate tendency to present trite, hackneyed sentiments as if they were oracular visions from a young prophet to a jaded world. For the ... Read more

64. A Rush of Blood to the Head
A Rush of Blood to the Head
~ Coldplay
4.4 out of 5 stars (1,113 customer reviews)
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Parlophone
August 27, 2002
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Coldplay required a lifetime to make their wonderfully assured debut, ... Read more

65. Bat out of Hell
Bat out of Hell
~ Meat Loaf
4.3 out of 5 stars (419 customer reviews)
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January 30, 2001
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Overwrought and undeniable, Meat Loaf's Bat out of Hell remains both one of rock's biggest--and least likely--hit albums. The byproduct of a partnership between beefy singer Marvin Lee "Meat Loaf" Aday and fellow journeyman/National Lampoon Road Show cast member Jim Steinman, Bat out of Hell met 1977's vaunted Year ... Read more

66. Confessions
Confessions
~ Usher
3.8 out of 5 stars (832 customer reviews)
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La Face
October 5, 2004
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A CD is always more compelling when you know it's lifted from the artist's autobiography, and that's certainly the case with ... Read more

67. Devil Without A Cause
Devil Without A Cause
~ Kid Rock
4.0 out of 5 stars (549 customer reviews)
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Lava
August 18, 1998
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It's fitting that the Kid Rock revival got started when the Beastie Boys featured him in their ... Read more

68. All Things Must Pass [DIGI-PAK EDITION]
All Things Must Pass [DIGI-PAK EDITION]
~ George Harrison
4.7 out of 5 stars (654 customer reviews)
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GN Records / Capitol Records
April 9, 2001
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69. Hell Freezes Over
Hell Freezes Over
~ Eagles
4.6 out of 5 stars (305 customer reviews)
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Geffen
April 8, 1994
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Indeed, there were many who thought that it would take an event as cataclysmic as the one described in the album title to get these seminal '70s soft-rockers back together. But here they are, revisiting some of their most beloved tunes as well as four new ... Read more

70. Automatic for the People
Automatic for the People
~ R.E.M.
4.7 out of 5 stars (430 customer reviews)
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Warner Bros.
October 6, 1992
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Continuing to specialize in the art of curve-throwing, R.E.M. followed up its 1991 smash, ... Read more

71. No Jacket Required
No Jacket Required
~ Phil Collins
4.4 out of 5 stars (142 customer reviews)
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Atlantic
October 25, 1990
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By the time he released his third solo album, Phil Collins had become a near-ubiquitous presence on the radio, thanks to his increasingly mainstream work with Genesis, his own chart hits, and his indelible production stamp on other artists' albums. ... Read more

72. Breathe
Breathe
~ Faith Hill
3.8 out of 5 stars (358 customer reviews)
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November 9, 1999
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From the suggestive series of photos in the CD's packaging to the aerobicized dance-floor workouts within, Faith Hill refuses to concede an inch of crossover dominance to ... Read more

73. At Folsom Prison
At Folsom Prison
~ Johnny Cash
4.8 out of 5 stars (384 customer reviews)
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Sony
October 19, 1999
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Johnny Cash had been breaking new ground for a decade when ... Read more

74. A Love Supreme
A Love Supreme
~ John Coltrane
4.7 out of 5 stars (377 customer reviews)
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April 19, 2003
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A Love Supreme is a suite about redemption, a work of pure spirit and song, that encapsulates all the struggles and aspirations of the 1960s. Following hard on the heels of the lyrical, swinging Crescent, A Love Supreme heralded Coltrane's search for spiritual and musical freedom, as expressed through ... Read more

75. Off the Wall
Off the Wall
~ Michael Jackson
4.8 out of 5 stars (502 customer reviews)
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October 16, 2001
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Given the pace of Michael Jackson's post-Thriller release schedule, it's striking that Off the Wall appeared between two albums with his brothers, Destiny (1978) and Triumph (1980), on which the twentysomething phenomenon was also fully engaged. Aided by richly detailed but not overdone production, Off the Wall redefined how ... Read more

76. Let's Get It On (Remastered)
Let's Get It On (Remastered)
~ Marvin Gaye
4.8 out of 5 stars (93 customer reviews)
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Motown Records
April 14, 2003
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Marvin Gaye's 1973 album, Let's Get It On, is a marvel of sexual blandishment every bit the artistic equal of, say, John Donne's best seduction poems. The difference, though, is that the poetry here isn't in the verse--which gets a trifle clichéd--but in the supple pulse of the grooves ... Read more

77. Night Moves [Remastered]
Night Moves [Remastered]
~ Bob Seger
4.7 out of 5 stars (125 customer reviews)
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Capitol
April 7, 1999
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After more than 10 years working the Midwest club circuit, Detroit's Bob Seger hit mainstream American paydirt with this distillation of working-class values and juke-joint rock ... Read more

78. Graceland
Graceland
~ Paul Simon
4.7 out of 5 stars (206 customer reviews)
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Rhino Records
July 27, 2004
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The melding of South African styles and Simon's trademark sensibility made for one of the most intriguing albums--not to mention commercial hits--of the '80s. At once lively, thoughtful, gorgeous, and tough, ... Read more

79. Hybrid Theory
Hybrid Theory
~ Linkin Park
4.3 out of 5 stars (1,946 customer reviews)
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October 24, 2000
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It may be too cynical to assume Hybrid Theory changed its name to Linkin Park in order to appear right next to ... Read more

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Merely to have one title on a list of the 200 all-time greatest albums is quite an achievement in itself. To have the consistency of output to gain two, three, or four--that puts you a step beyond.

But only two acts managed to score five or more spots in the Definitive 200. Is it any surprise they are the Beatles (five as a group, three as solo artists--and four titles in the top 50) and Led Zeppelin?

So--what do you think of the picks? Did they get them right? Are there any glaring omissions? We've set up a discussion board where you can let us know what would have made your list.

Note: This list's release has been timed to coincide with the 2007 inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Two honorees--R.E.M. and Van Halen--also have albums in the Definitive 200.

(This year's inductees also include Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Patti Smith, and the Ronettes.)