Joni Mitchell Among Canadians On '500 Best Albums Of All Time' List


Rolling Stone has published its latest list of the “500 Best Albums of All Time” – and 10 Canadian acts made the cut.

Joni Mitchell’s 1971 release Blue came in at No. 3. It was described as her “masterpiece” and “what might be the ultimate breakup album and setting a still-unmatched standard for confessional poetry in pop music.”

Mitchell’s album ranked one spot behind Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys. At No. 1 is Marvin Gaye’s 1971 collection What’s Going On, which Rolling Stone praised as “one of the most important and influential LPs ever made.”

Blue is one of four albums by Mitchell that made the Rolling Stone list – Hejira ranked No. 133, Court and Spark is at No. 110 and The Hissing of Summer Lawns is No. 258.

Nine other Canadian acts have albums worthy of the list. Six releases from Neil Young are included: After the Gold Rush (No. 90), Harvest (No. 72), Rust Never Sleeps (No. 296), On The Beach (No. 311), Tonight’s the Night (No. 302) and Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (No. 407).

Also ranking are The Band’s Music From Big Pink (No. 100) and The Band (No. 57) and two albums by Drake – Take Care (No. 95) and If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late (No. 367). 

Canadians with single entries on the list are Alanis Morissette - Jagged Little Pill (No. 69), Leonard Cohen - Songs of Leonard Cohen (No. 195), Shania Twain - Come on Over (No. 300), Rush - Moving Pictures (No. 379) and The Weeknd - Beauty Behind the Madness (No. 442). 

Arcade Fire just made the cut, earning the No. 500 spot for its 2004 debut Funeral.

Check out the full list here.

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