Editorial music curation is one of Apple Music’s strong suits, as evidenced by the service’s excellent playlists. Apple is taking that to the next level now, with the release of a list of it 100 best albums of all time. You can find a link to the list in the Apple Music app, but rather annoyingly, the list itself can only be viewed on a webpage, much like the Apple Music Replay collection.

If you ask a hundred people to make a list of their favorite albums, you’ll get 100 different lists. The same is true for Apple Music’s list of 100 best albums. There are plenty of great albums in this list, but you could spend the rest of your life arguing about the order. For example, I think albums such as Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon and Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue should be in the top 10, but you may think they’re fairly placed in the twenties. Another problem with this list is that it appears to be focused on English albums. If you’re a fan of music from other languages or non-English speaking regions, you’re not going to find much representation in Apple Music’s list. Apple hasn’t detailed the exact methodology for this list, but it has offered this explanation: “Assembled with the help of artists and experts, it’s a modern love letter to the records that have shaped the world we live and listen in today.”

What one can’t dispute is that the list includes some top-notch albums. If you enjoy music, you’ll definitely find lots of great albums in Apple Music’s list.

A better way to listen to albums on Apple Music

The Apple Music app is good enough for most people, but it’s not well-suited for people who dislike playlists and prefer listening to albums exclusively. Since Apple’s list is all about music albums, you might want to consider using a third-party Apple Music app instead of the official one. Albums (free, $19/year for premium features) is a great app that lets you keep the focus off playlists and on the album order songs were released in.

While the free tier should be good enough for most, the premium tier includes Last.fm integration, better stats, and improved customization.

Apple Music’s 100 best albums of all time

With that out of the way, here are Apple Music’s 100 best albums of all time, starting from Apple’s favorite and working down. Each album links to Apple Music’s website, where you can sign in and listen as long as you have an active Apple Music subscription.

The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – Lauryn Hill

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Abbey Road – The Beatles

Purple Rain – Prince & Revolution

Blonde – Frank Ocean

Song in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder

good kid, m.A.A.d city (Deluxe Version) – Kendrick Lamar

Back to Black – Amy Winehouse

Nevermind – Nirvana

Lemonade – Beyoncé

Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

OK Computer – Radiohead

The Blueprint – JAY-Z

Highway 61 Revisited – Bob Dylan

21 – Adele

Blue – Joni Mitchell

What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye

1989 (Taylor’s Version) – Taylor Swift

The Chronic – Dr. Dre

Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys

Revolver – The Beatles

Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen

Discovery – Daft Punk

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars – David Bowie

Kind of Blue – Miles Davis

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

Led Zeppelin II – Led Zeppelin

The Dark Side of the Moon – Pink Floyd

The Low End Theory – A Tribe Called Quest


Jagged Little Pill – Alanis Morissette

Ready to Die – Notorious B.I.G.

Kid A – Radiohead

It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back – Public Enemy

London Calling – The Clash

BEYONCÉ – Beyoncé

Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) – Wu-Tang Clan

Tapestry – Carole King

Illmatic – Nas

I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You – Aretha Franklin

Aquemini – Outkast

Control – Janet Jackson

Remain in Light – Talking Heads

Innervisions – Stevie Wonder

Homogenic – Björk

Exodus – Bob Marley and the Wailers

Take Care – Drake

Paul’s Boutique – Beastie Boys

The Joshua Tree – U2

Hounds of Love – Kate Bush

Sign O’ the Times – Prince

Appetite for Destruction – Guns N’ Roses

Exile on Main St. – The Rolling Stones

A Love Supreme – John Coltrane

ANTI – Rihanna

Disintegration – The Cure

Voodoo – D’Angelo

(What’s the Story) Morning Glory? – Oasis

AM – Arctic Monkeys

The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico 

Love Deluxe – Sade

All Eyez on Me – 2Pac

Are You Experienced – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Baduizm – Erykah Badu

3 Feet High and Rising – De La Soul

The Queen Is Dead – The Smiths

Dummy – Portishead

Is This It – The Strokes

Master of Puppets – Metallica

Straight Outta Compton – N.W.A

Trans Europe Express – Kraftwerk


Aja – Steely Dan

The Downward Spiral – Nine Inch Nails

Supa Dupa Fly – Missy Elliott

Un Verano Sin Ti – Bad Bunny

Like a Prayer – Madonna

Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John

Norman Fg Rockwell – Lana Del Rey

The Marshall Mathers LP – Eminem

After the Gold Rush – Neil Young

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ – 50 Cent

Horses – Patti Smith

Doggystyle – Snoop Dogg

Golden Hour – Kacey Musgraves

My Life – Mary J. Blige

Blue Lines – Massive Attack

I Put a Spell on You – Nina Simone

The Fame Monster (Deluxe Edition) – Lady Gaga

Back in Black – AC/DC

Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 – George Michael

Flower Boy – Tyler, The Creator

A Seat at the Table – Solange

Untrue – Burial

Confessions – Usher

Pure Heroine – Lorde

Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine

ASTROWORLD – Travis Scott

Hotel California – Eagles

Body Talk – Robin