‘Équinoxe’ voted best music album of all time

Équinoxe (1978) has changed the History of Music forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Thursday, December 14), Jean Michel Jarre 1978's hit album Équinoxe is now considered to be the Greatest Album in the History of Music.

UPDATE 15/12/2017 : 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 Équinoxe 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. Équinoxe (Jean Michel Jarre, 1978) : 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 2017

Poll results stir controversy among music critics

While millions of Jarre'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:

Jean Michel Jarre?? Équinoxe?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 14 December 2017

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 December 1927).

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

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