According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Wednesday, January 26), Michael Jackson 1982's hit album Thriller is now considered to be the Greatest Album in the History of Music.
UPDATE 27/01/2022 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Top 100 music albums of all time
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 Thriller (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):
- Thriller (Michael Jackson, 1982) : 45%
- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles, 1967) : 21%
- Nevermind (Nirvana, 1991) : 7%
- Pet Sounds (The Beach Boys, 1966) : 6%
- Back to Black (Amy Winehouse, 2006) : 5%
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?? Thriller?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 26 January 2022
“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 January 1932).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Thriller the best music album ever for you?
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