So, in a desperate attempt to get people to remember to buy CDs (so cute!), the National Association of Record Manufacturers (NARM) has put together a list of the “Definitive 200” albums that you, yes you, should own if you want to call yourself a music fan. And because making lists is really, really hard, they have made complete fools of themselves.
Oh, sure, NARM put Sgt. Pepper’s at No. 1 (the Beatles, pictured, have five of the 200 albums, as do Led Zeppelin), and they placed the compulsory Pet Sounds shout-out a respectable 9th, but it doesn’t take long for the whole thing to go off the rails. Specifically, it goes off the rails at No. 13: Santana’s Supernatural. I mean, that Rob Thomas song was good and everything, but was that entire album better than No. 15, Born to Run? Or Nos. 23, 24, and 25 — Songs in the Key of Life, Rumours, and The Wall, respectively?
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Only thing I can figure is, they’re trying to remind people thatcurrent music can be just as vital as those moldy oldies that everyonekeeps drooling all over. Sure, Rolling Stone magazine might think Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On is the 6th-best album of all time, but the NARM forces know better: It is, in fact, only the 38th best, and the Grease soundtrack can kick its ass! The Clash may have changed the life of music geeks with London Calling, but for us normal people at NARM, it belongs 96th, one spot below Creed’s Human Clay! What do you mean we don’t know what we’re talking about when it comes to good albums? We make the damn things! Sure, we don’t make the music that goes on them… but we invented the jewel case! We know stuff!
Anyhoo. Two more little quibbles with this list and then youguys can have the floor: The first rap album listed comes in at No. 28and is Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP, and the first country album on the chart is Shania Twain’s Come On Overat No. 21. Best as I can tell, this list was ghostwritten by the interns atVH1’s Video Countdown. So c’mon, PopWatchers! Let’s teach these kidsa lesson. Which glaring flaw in their list-making logic infuriates youthe most?