Rolling Stone has published its updated list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Marvin Gaye‘s What’s Going On beat out The Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to take over the top spot.
The American singer-songwriter’s 1971 masterpiece began as a reaction to police brutality, and after half a century, it persists as a timely backdrop to another heated summer.
It is followed by The Beach Boys‘ 1966 album Pet Sounds and Joni Mitchell‘s Blue, released in 1971.
Stevie Wonder‘s Songs in the Key of Life, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and Bob Dylan‘s Blood on the Tracks also find a place in the top 10.
The new 500 list is “less rock-centric,” according to the magazine.
154 albums are new to the 500, and 86 albums from the 21st Century made the list.
“One distinction from the old list is the idea that there’s not one objective history of popular music,” said Rolling Stone‘s Reviews Editor, Jon Dolan.
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