‘Bad’ voted best music album of all time

Bad (1987) has changed the History of Music forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Thursday, October 29), Michael Jackson 1987's hit album Bad is now considered to be the Greatest Album in the History of Music.

UPDATE 30/10/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

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To many of you it’s probably a familiar story. Once every decade, the world-renowned music magazine Watch and Listen conducts a global poll of music producers and critics from 80 different countries and translated into 20 languages. The recognition of Bad (produced by Quincy Jones) in this decade's list doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Here are the top 5 best albums ever recorded in the world, according to the poll (followed by the percentage of votes):

  1. Bad (Michael Jackson, 1987) : 45%
  2. Thriller (Michael Jackson, 1982) : 23%
  3. Nevermind (Nirvana, 1991) : 7%
  4. Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys, 1966) : 6%
  5. Back to Black (Amy Winehouse, 2006) : 5%

Check out: The Full Watch and Listen's “Greatest Albums of All Time” List for 2020

Poll results stir controversy among music critics

While millions of Jackson's fans around the world were thrilled with the news, questions have been raised about the objectivity and fairness of the survey. Only a few minutes after the poll had been released, famous music critic and newspaper director Simon Ebert commented on his Twitter account:

Michael Jackson?? Bad?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 29 October 2020

Our poll has in the past been the subject of criticism”, explains Watch and Listen's editor Gary McDermott, adding that “its prestige comes from its exclusivity and its longevity” (the poll has been run every ten years since October 1930).

Do you agree with this poll? Is Bad the best music album ever for you?

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