Rolling Stone Top 500: #’s 470-466

470) Juvenile, 400 Degreez

I understand the significance of this album. In the late 90’s this was one of the albums that helped introduce southern rap to the mainstream, letting the nation know that the game was no longer just about New York vs LA. That being said, this is an album that has not aged well and one I will not be listening to again.

If you listen to one song: Ha

469) Manu Chao, Clandestino

This is what I think of when I hear the term “world music.” French born to Spanish parents, Manu Chao sings in multiple languages throughout this outstanding album. The multicultural reggae pop-rock makes for a chill feel-good record with mass appeal. I had not heard of Manu Chao before, and I am glad I finally got a chance to check his music out.

If you listen to one song: Bongo Bong

468) The Rolling Stones, Some Girls

This is a great album from what is arguably the greatest rock band of all time. The album was considered a return to form for the band after a couple of critical disappointments and it is a solid record from top to bottom. The Stones were able to merge the contemporary rhythms of disco with their classic rock beginnings and the result was a hook-filled jammer. Everything from the Stones is worth listening to, but this one is more worthy than most.

If you listen to one song: Beast of Burden

467) Maxwell, BLACKSummers’night

Maxwell had one of the best voices of the 90’s. Then just after the new millennium started, he took an 8 year break. He emerged in 2009 with this gem of an album. The production is great, full of complex grooves and some jazz flourishes. Maxwell’s voice lost none of its soaring smoothness during his time away. This is a brilliant bit of neo-soul.

If you only listen to one song: Pretty Wings

466) The Beach Boys, The Beach Boys Today!

The first Beach Boys album without any of the car and surfing songs that they were known for. Even without those familiar themes, this is a solid album. The production consisted of more complex arrangements than their earlier work and the lyrics became more introspective. The album was split in two parts (fast paced songs on side A, ballads on Side B) and that does set up a listen that is much better suited for vinyl thna digital. That being said, like any Beach Boys album, this is a fun listen.

If you listen to one song: Help Me Rhonda

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