"The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" is the title of a 2003 special issue of American magazine Rolling Stone, and a related book published in 2005. The lists presented were compiled based on votes from selected rock musicians, critics, and industry figures, and predominantly feature British and American music from the 1960s and 1970s.
Back in Black, AC/DC - In the middle of album rehearsals, singer Bon Scott went on a drinking spree; he choked on his own vomit and was found dead in the back seat of a car. After two days of mourning, guitarist Malcolm Young called his brother, Angus Young, and they went back to work with replacement vocalist Brian Johnson. The resulting album has the relentless logic of a sledgehammer. Back in Black might be the purest distillation of hard rock ever.
A Christmas Gift for You, Phil Spector - Hands down, the best holiday album in the history of pop music. Originally issued in 1963 under the title A Christmas Gift for You From Philles Records, it wasn't until the Beatles' Apple label reissued it almost a decade later that these gritty girl-group versions of Yuletide classics were really appreciated. Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes melts "Frosty the Snowman" and takes the innocence out of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."