Rolling Stone Top 500: #s 445-441

445) Yes, Close to the Edge

This is a prog-rock classic. The album is a fantastic combination of complex instrumentation and solid vocals. The opening track is a masterpiece, almost 19 minutes of the best kind of musical madness.

If you listen to one song: Siberian Khatru

444) Fiona Apple, Extraordinary Machine

Fiona Apple has always been deeply intriguing as an artist. She is a great vocalist, a talented lyricist, and an amazing composer. This album, in spite of its troubled road to release, is a damn good breakup record. The album is unique. It’s fun. It’s dark. It is even occasionally nonsense. But above all else, it is really fucking good.

If you listen to one song: Better Version Of Me

443) David Bowie, Scary Monsters

Everything David Bowie put out is worth listening to, but this is one of his better albums. Released just after the Berlin trilogy, Scary Monsters is a more straight up rock n roll record than the material that preceded it. The album features some of Bowie’s best vocals and manages to fold his glam, dance pop, and disco leanings into some fantastic music.

If you listen to one song: Ashes to Ashes

442) The Weekend, Beauty Behind The Madness

This is an interesting album. After listening to it a few times, I’m still not sure if I like it. There are some definite standout tracks, like “Can’t Feel My Face,” and there are spots of really slick production. Overall though, the album is too disjointed to be a true classic.

If you listen to one song: Can’t Feel My Face

441) Britney Spears, Blackout

This album is fine for what it is. It is a solid dance pop album, with some fantastic beats in spots. Spears’ limitations as a vocalist show however. She lacks the chops of Lady Gaga or Madonna, both of whom do this style of music so much better.

If you listen to one song: Gimme More

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