The list author says: "When I think about the best albums in rock, the lens opens much, much wider, but influential is another thing entirely. Was "Blonde on Blonde" a great album? Many people agree that it is, and probably influential to many, but Dylan had already set the template with "Bringing it All Back Home." How about "Thriller", or "Nevermind", or "Who's Next", or plenty of other hugely popular or respected albums? My point is that to be influential, an album must change the way people make music, or perceive music. There are plenty of stone classics that weren't influential in the sense that they changed much. They are on another list, and no disrespect is meant for just being a great album. I don't think any of the albums in my list were made with the intention of shifting paradigms. It just happened, and often, years after the album was released. Oh well, here goes: Not in any real order."
"Is the music earth shattering? Not really. But before this album, music was all about singles, and only about singles. This was the album as statement. All killer-no filler, but they'd do it even better in a couple years. This is where Beatlemania really begins."
"Folk becomes rock and rock becomes folk. So many have followed that I won't even begin. Love him or not, the mythology starts here and artists from Van Morrison to Prince have drunk from the cup of mysterious artiste."
"Performance matters. Heart and soul matters. Intensity matters. This album would influence just about every British mod band, every soul singer, and every rap artist that ever was. Even if they never heard it."
"Bang! What they started with "With the Beatles" comes to fruition here. Two important things; after this, the single will be of secondary importance, and rock music will now be taken seriously. They made better albums, but this one was a meteor that shook the Western world."
"If a supposedly simple all-American group like the Beach Boys can put something this forward-looking, this well arranged, this touching (in pre-Sgt. Pepper's 1966)then what else is going to be in store. They would never reach this peak again, but then again, few have."
"Yes, their second album was even better, but after this dropped, just about everybody wanted to get back to roots. The entire alt-country/no depression movement started here, as well as the idea that musical predecessors were a well to be drunk from."
"Didn't sell much at all, but it slowly began to have its effect, especially on rockers who had a secret desire wear Nudie suits, and country boys who wanted to stretch out and rock a bit. Started a trend that never went away."
"Outlaw country owes plenty to the man in black. So many rockers have used Johnny Cash as a model, he should have copyrighted black apparel. No need, his work had meaning till the day he passed from this earth."