Results? The Albums Everyone Can Love

Nov 18, 2013

A while back (a long while back), Bob Boilen and I were sitting around the office, chatting like we do about music and life, and got to wondering: Is it possible to come up with a top ten list of albums that everyone can agree on?

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Here's that list with the percentages included:

Top 10 Most-Loved (Ignoring Those Who Haven't Heard)
1. The Beatles: Revolver (92 percent love)
2. The Beatles: Abbey Road (91 percent)
3. Otis Redding: Otis Blue (90 percent)
4. Miles Davis: Kind Of Blue (89 percent)
5. Johnny Cash: Live At Folsom Prison (89 percent)
6. The Beatles: Rubber Soul (89 percent)
7. Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (88 percent)
8. Marvin Gaye: What's Going On (88 percent)
9. Sam Cooke: Portrait Of A Legend (88 percent)
10. The Beatles: The White Album (87 percent)

Again, here's the list with percentages:

Top 10 Most-Loved Albums By Women (Ignoring Those Who Haven't Heard)
1. Etta James: At Last (86 percent love)
2. Billie Holiday: The Ultimate Collection (83 percent)
3. Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (80 percent)
4. The Supremes: Where Did Our Love Go (79 percent)
5. Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings The Flood (76 percent)
6. Joni Mitchell: Blue (73 percent)
7. Carole King: Tapestry (72 percent)
8. Dusty Springfield: Dusty In Memphis (71 percent)
9. Joni Mitchell: Court And Spark (69 percent)
10. Janis Joplin: Pearl (68 percent)

Here's the list with percentages:

Top 10 Least-Loved (Ignoring Those Who Haven't Heard)
1. MC Hammer: Please Hammer, Don't Hurt 'Em (12 percent love)
2. Whitney Houston: The Bodyguard Soundtrack (15 percent)
3. Lil' Wayne: Tha Carter III (18 percent)
4. Usher: Confessions (18 percent)
5. Whitney Houston: Whitney (23 percent)
6. Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet (23 percent)
7. Beyonce: Dangerously In Love (25 percent)
8. Jewel: Pieces Of You (26 percent)
9. Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation 1814 (27 percent)
10. TLC: Crazysexycool (28 percent)

And the list, again, with percentages:

Top 10 Least-Heard Albums
1. Shuggie Otis: Inspiration Information (82 percent haven't heard)
2. Solomon Burke: Don't Give Up On Me (82 percent)
3. The Knife: Silent Shout (73 percent)
4. XTC: Drums And Wires (73 percent)
5. Charles Mingus: Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus (71 percent)
6. Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul (70 percent)
7. Glenn Gould: Goldberg Variations (70 percent)
8. Robyn: Body Talk (69 percent)
9. Fugazi: The Argument (69 percent)
10. Deerhunter: Microcastle (69 percent)