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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141. Eliminator
Eliminator
~ ZZ Top
4.4 out of 5 stars (116 customer reviews)
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Warner Bros / Wea
October 25, 1990
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ZZ Top's ninth studio album truly captured the mood of the times. Released as MTV was learning to crawl, the videos of the Lone Star trio's droll, masculine anthems were staples on the nascent music channel, making the world think that all the women in Tex... Read more

142. Red Headed Stranger
Red Headed Stranger
~ Willie Nelson
4.9 out of 5 stars (150 customer reviews)
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July 4, 2000
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Though this 1975 album cost Willie only $20,000 to record, it handed him the success he'd craved after years as a hit songwriter and modestly successful singer. By blending originals and vintage material, he created a timeless Western saga, one that origin... Read more

143. At Last!
At Last!
~ Etta James
4.7 out of 5 stars (126 customer reviews)
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July 27, 1999
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The R&B queen's classic collection is augmented this time around by a long-overdue digital remastering, plus a few bonus tracks, presumably for those who found the original album a little on the brief side. In addition to James's well-known hits, including "I Just Want to Make Love to You" ... Read more

144. Tea for the Tillerman
Tea for the Tillerman
~ Yusuf/Cat Stevens
4.8 out of 5 stars (220 customer reviews)
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May 23, 2000
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Cat Stevens tends to be lumped in with the early-'70s singer-songwriter school led by ... Read more

145. Time Out
Time Out
~ Dave Brubeck
4.8 out of 5 stars (495 customer reviews)
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March 25, 1997
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Boasting the first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies, the Paul Desmond-penned ... Read more

146. Janet
Janet
~ Janet Jackson
4.6 out of 5 stars (204 customer reviews)
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May 18, 1993
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Why is Janet Jackson's Janet the best Michael Jackson album since Thriller and the best Madonna album since..., well, since ever? Perhaps it's because Michael's kid sister is the only one of these three aerobic video stars with enough smarts to realize that sex, hooks, and beats are all ... Read more

147. Big Willie Style
Big Willie Style
~ Will Smith
3.9 out of 5 stars (329 customer reviews)
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November 25, 1997
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Is Will Smith an important rapper? The kind that deserves the awards, the honors, the accolades that the music industry foists upon him? Well, no. The words ... Read more

148. Sign O the Times
Sign O the Times
~ Prince
4.8 out of 5 stars (198 customer reviews)
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October 25, 1990
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It begins with the insistent drip-drop of a sequencer and ends with some old school R... Read more

149. It Takes a Nation of Millions
It Takes a Nation of Millions
~ Public Enemy
4.8 out of 5 stars (203 customer reviews)
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May 2, 1995
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It Takes a Nation of Millions was the sign that hip-hop had exploded like a grenade. A rap record as abrasive, hardcore, and eloquent as a JFK speech, the 1988 disc is one classic track after another: tense, multilayered, harmonically wild music. Chuck D. declaims like a master preacher ... Read more

150. Blood on the Tracks
Blood on the Tracks
~ Bob Dylan
4.8 out of 5 stars (474 customer reviews)
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June 1, 2004
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Inevitably, when critics praise a new Dylan album, they label it the "best since ... Read more

151. Faith
Faith
~ George Michael
4.6 out of 5 stars (164 customer reviews)
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October 25, 1990
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More from George Michael and Wham! George Michael Photo   Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael ... Read more

152. Cooleyhighharmony (Plus Spanish Tracks)-Boyz II Men
Cooleyhighharmony (Plus Spanish Tracks)-Boyz II Men
~ Boyz II Men
4.6 out of 5 stars (37 customer reviews)
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Motown
November 16, 1993
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With a musical ethos that retooled a rich history of doo-wop harmonies and soulful ballads into a remarkably consistent hit-making machine, Boyz II Men quickly became not only the most popular R... Read more

153. The Black Album
The Black Album
~ Jay-Z
4.1 out of 5 stars (768 customer reviews)
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Roc-A-Fella
November 14, 2003
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If The Black Album is truly Jay-Z's last statement before retirement, he at least goes out near the top of his game. While it probably won't be remembered as his best album, The Black Album is his most personal to date and features some of his most compelling writing. ... Read more

154. The Score
The Score
~ Fugees
4.5 out of 5 stars (153 customer reviews)
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February 13, 1996
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Their remake of "Killing Me Softly" was the hit, but that's only the beginning of the story. A hip-hop trio whose talents reach out into the world of the pop song (Wyclef Jean is a fine guitar player, and Lauryn Hill's a heck of a singer), the Fugees are ... Read more

155. Like a Virgin
Like a Virgin
~ Madonna
4.3 out of 5 stars (178 customer reviews)
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May 22, 2001
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Madonna's second album was her breakthrough, thanks principally to two gimmicky hits: the sinuous "Like a Virgin," with its taboo-busting metaphor for that fresh, clean new-love feeling, and the cutesy, Betty-Boopsy "Material Girl." Most of the rest of the... Read more

156. Led Zeppelin 1
Led Zeppelin 1
~ Led Zeppelin
4.5 out of 5 stars (631 customer reviews)
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June 21, 1994
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As it turned out, Led Zeppelin's infamous 1969 debut album was indicative of the decade to come--one that, fittingly, this band helped define with its decadently exaggerated, bowdlerized blues-rock. In shrieker Robert Plant, ex-... Read more

157. Texas Flood
Texas Flood
~ Stevie Ray Vaughan
4.7 out of 5 stars (184 customer reviews)
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June 23, 2009
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This legendary 1983 debut by the fallen torchbearer of the '80s-'90s blues revival sounds even more dramatic in its remixed and expanded edition. Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar and vocals are a bit brighter and more present on this 14-track CD. And the newly ... Read more

158. Core
Core
~ Stone Temple Pilots
4.5 out of 5 stars (290 customer reviews)
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September 29, 1992
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Though lambasted in some quarters as cynical clones of the then-vaunted "Seattle sound" (in particular, Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam) STP's 1993 debut nonetheless found a considerable following for its potent crunch and sly hooks. While some tracks do se... Read more

159. Highlights From The Phantom Of The Opera: The Original London Cast Recording (1986 London Cast)
Highlights From The Phantom Of The Opera: The Original London Cast Recording (1986 London Cast)
~ Andrew Lloyd Webber
4.6 out of 5 stars (143 customer reviews)
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Polydor / Polygram
October 25, 1990
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Highlight versions of cast recordings are by definition a compromise, and this reduction of Andrew Lloyd Webber's ... 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.)