Rolling Stone Top 500: #s 490-486

490 — Linda Rondstadt, Heart Like a Wheel

A solid album from Rondstadt, whose voice has always been one of the finest in American pop music. Her career exploded in the 70’s and took some turns through damn near every genre imaginable. This one showcases those fantastic vocals well and is an excellent listen nearly 50 years after its release.

If you listen to one song: You’re No Good

489 — Phil Spector and Various Artists, Back to Mono (1958-1969)

This one kind of feels like cheating. It is a massive 4 disc, 73 track box set of tracks that Phil Spector produced as he was building his iconic Wall of Sound production style. There is a plethora of outstanding tracks here from a variety of artists. My favorite stuff came from The Righteous Brothers and Ike & Tina Turner. A long, but worthwhile, listen.

If you listen to one song — Unchained Melody (Righteous Brothers)

488 — The Stooges, The Stooges

The album that introduced the world to one of the most electrifying frontmen in the history of rock n roll — Iggy Pop. A solid album that introduces a lot of what would make their music iconic for years to come. A garage rock classic that is well worth your time.

If you listen to one song — I Wanna Be Your Dog

487 — Black Flag, Damaged

The first full length album from the hardcore punk pioneers and their first release after Henry Rollins signed on as lead singer. A relentless half hour burst of energy that is as engaging to listen to now as it was when I first listened to it in 1996 when I was 14 years old and found a copy in the drum room of my high school band hall. A killer record for punk fans new and old.

If you listen to one song — Rise Above

486 — John Mayer, Continuum

This was the album that let the world know that the “Your Body is a Wonderland” guy is a much better guitar player than people have him credit for. It kicked off a string of really solid blues/soul records that continues to the present day. An all around good album.

If you listen to one song — Gravity

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