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Beatles' Pepper tops album poll - discuss
« on: April 06, 2007, 11:43:02 am »

Beatles' Pepper tops album poll

The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been voted the best Number One album of all time by the British public.

The seminal record, released in 1967, topped the poll to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UK album chart.

"It revolutionised music and what we expect from an album," said Radio 2's Simon Mayo, which broadcast the full run-down of the top 100 albums.

Just 201 votes separated Sgt Pepper and Michael Jackson's Thriller, in second.

The Beatles had a total of four albums in the top 10, with Revolver at six, Abbey Road at eight and The Beatles - also known as The White Album - at 10.

Best of the rest

Only one album from the last 20 years featured in the top 10 - and that was U2's The Joshua Tree, from 1987, which came third.

The rest of the places were taken by a string of mid-70s records. Fourth was Fleetwood Mac's Rumours and fifth was Pink Floyd's Wish You Were Here.

1: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
2: Thriller - Michael Jackson
3: The Joshua Tree - U2 (above)
4: Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
5: Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
6: Revolver - The Beatles
7: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
8: Abbey Road - The Beatles
9: A Night At The Opera - Queen
10: The Beatles - The Beatles
Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water came in seventh, and Queen's A Night At The Opera came ninth.

Over 220,000 people voted in the poll, through websites for both the official charts and Radio 2.

In all, there have been 787 Number One albums, from Frank Sinatra's Songs For Swingin' Lovers - which headed the first ever chart in 1956 - to Christina Aguilera's Back To Basics, the most recent new best seller.

The most recent release to make it into the top 100 was Madonna's Confessions On A Dancefloor, at Number 37, which charted in November last year. Coldplay's X&Y and Gorillaz' Demon Days, both which topped the chart last June, were also included.

"With over 220,000 votes received from the great British public, this is the most definitive record of the nation's favourite albums to date," said Darren Haynes of the Official UK Charts Company.

Because several iconic albums never made it to Number One in the album chart, a "best of the rest" category was also included in the poll.

This was topped by the Pink Floyd album Dark Side Of The Moon - which only made it to Number Two on its release in 1973.

"The list of Number One albums is instantly interesting because it highlights the fact that such classics as Dark Side Of The Moon, Bat Out Of Hell, Ziggy Stardust and Hotel California failed to reach the Number One slot," said Mr Haynes.
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Re: Beatles' Pepper tops album poll - discuss
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2007, 12:24:30 pm »

I did a study of 'evergreen' albums once, i.e. albums that continued to sell over the years, and everything listed here was way up there too. Mine wasn't a poll, it was a purely mechanical calculation of number of platinum certifications multiplied by the number of years out there- to deal with the way the business took to pumping stuff into the channel. My numbers for those were:

594: The Beatles - The Beatles (white album)
494: Thriller - Michael Jackson
432: Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
374: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
352: Abbey Road - The Beatles
186: Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
175: Revolver - The Beatles
156: Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
140: The Joshua Tree - U2 (above)
(n/a): A Night At The Opera - Queen (wasn't in RIAA database!?!)

Here's what my Top 40 was. Notice an important difference?
675 Eagles, Eagles Greatest Hits
660 Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV
594 The Beatles, The Beatles (White Album)
506 Pink Floyd, The Wall
494 Michael Jackson, Thriller
432 Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
420 The Beatles, The Beatles 1967-1970
420 Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon
405 Elton John, Greatest Hits
400 Boston, Boston
399 AC/DC, Back In Black
392 The Beatles, The Beatles 1962-1966
390 Led Zeppelin, Physical Graffiti
384 Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II
375 Eagles, Hotel California
374 The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
360 Bee Gees, Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack
352 The Beatles, Abbey Road
336 Billy Joel, Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II
324 Various, Great Band Era
324 Journey, Frontiers
312 Meat Loaf, Bat Out Of Hell
308 Led Zeppelin, Houses Of The Holy
300 Carole King, Tapestry
290 Simon & Garfunkel, Simon & Garfunkel's Greatest Hits
275 James Taylor, James Taylor's Greatest Hits
258 Elvis Presley, Elvis's Golden Records, Volume 1
256 Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin I
255 Bruce Springsteen, Born In The U.S.A.
252 Patsy Cline, Greatest Hits
252 Kenny Rogers, Kenny Rogers' Greatest Hits
250 Doobie Brothers, Best Of The Doobies
230 Van Halen, Van Halen
221 Prince & The Revolution, Purple Rain Soundtrack
217 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Deja Vu
216 The Beatles, Rubber Soul
216 Billy Joel, The Stranger
215 Johnny Mathis, Merry Christmas
210 Guns'N Roses, Appetite For Destruction
208 Whitney Houston, Whitney Houston

Mine has AC/DC and Led Zeppelin!  Twisted Evil  (not to mention GnR and Van Halen)
Heavy music. It's what's for dinner.
And the thing is, Led Zep 4 outpulled everything on their list as far as sustained sales volume went, even though there's a lot of correlation. I really can't see Thriller being more significant than Zep 4, so to me this is a silly oversight.

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2007, 12:31:00 pm »

Maybe I'm a little slow - but can you go into further detail on your numbers and how they interrelate?


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Re: Beatles' Pepper tops album poll - discuss
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2007, 03:40:01 pm »

x+y*(z- AB2/xy)* 2.1564432 = Beatles


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Re: Beatles' Pepper tops album poll - discuss
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2007, 06:44:31 pm »

I came up with the number nine  Rolling Eyes
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