Mulling over Rolling Stone’s list of “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, Wall St Journal pop writer Jim Fusilli detects a lack of balance:
The magazine doesn’t publish the criteria for judging what makes an album great, nor does it explain why it chooses 500 instead of 50, or 50,000, but the usual suspects fill out the top 10 slots: four albums by the Beatles, including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” at No. 1; two by Bob Dylan; and one each by the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye and the Rolling Stones, all released between 1965 and 1972. Rounding out the top 10 is the Clash’s “London Calling,” the youngster of the bunch: It was issued in the U.S. in early 1980. This affinity for music of an ever-distant past may provide comfort for generationally biased boomer-era rock fans, but for the rest of us, it reinforces the fiction that popular music reached its zenith four decades ago.
Meanwhile, as the world and its nephew celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, the rest of us take refuge in Randy Newman’s song about dinosaurs.