Rolling Stone Top 500: #’s 485-481

485) Richard and Linda Thompson, I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight

I had never heard of this duo before, and I was missing out. This is a damn good folk-rock album. Linda’s voice is oddly enticing and Richard’s guitar playing is solid and fanciful. I look forward to checking out more of their output.

If you only listen to one song: The Calvary Cross

484) Lady Gage, Born This Way

It is impossible to not have heard of Lady Gaga and the title track from this album was inescapable 10 or so years ago. This is a solid album full of huge songs designed to fill the areans and stadiums where her spectacle of a stage show is put on. In spite of the oversized production, crazy costumes, and acidtrip music videos, Lady Gaga is in fact an incredibly gifted songwriter with a hell of a voice. This is a solid listen top to bottom that should maybe be higher on the list.

If you listen to one song: You And I

483) Muddy Waters, The Anthology

Muddy Waters is a bonafide legend in the worlda of both Delta Blues and Chicago Blues. He also inspired countless rock n roll bands that emerged in the 50s and 60s. This is a great compilation for those who love the blues or just want to discover the origins of their favorite rock band. There is not a wasted track in the bunch.

If you listen to one song: Mannish Boy

482) The Pharcyde, Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde

The Pharcyde was one of the premier groups of the alternative hip-hop scene in the early 90s. This is a damn cool album from start to finish. The jazzy arrangements and playful lyrics provide a nice juxtaposition to the gangsta rap that was coming into prominence at the time of its realese.

If you listen to one song: Passing Me By

481) Belle and Sebastian, If You’re Feeling Sinister

The 2nd album from indie-pop icons Belle and Sebastian is a fantastic listen that holds up 25 years later. I have seen this one on a lot of lists of the best albums of the 90’s and those accolades are well-deserved. Full of gorgeous chamber-folk arrangements and insightful lyrics, it is an album worth revisiting often.

If you listen to one song: Get Me Away From Here, I’m Dying

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