Rolling Stone Top 500: #s 440-436

440) Loretta Lynn, Coal Miner’s Daughter

This is a solid, no-frills country album, full of the kind of music that modern country music just doesn’t sound like. Loretta Lynn has a great voice and is a really solid songwriter. This was her 16th album and it contains the title track that would be her trademark song. There is also a really solid version of Conway Twitty’s “Hello Darlin.” From start to finish this is a great country album

If you listen to one song: “Coal Miner’s Daughter”

439) James Brown, Sex Machine

This double album is the best of James Brown’s output and probably the greatest funk record of all time. The first half of the album consists of studio recordings manipulated to sound like live performances while the back half is made up of actual live performances. Live or in the studio, Brown and his rock solid backing band bring the heat on every track. The 10+ minute opening title track grabs hold of you and the rest of the album keeps the ride going. Frankly, this belongs much, much higher on the list.

If you listen to one song: “Get Up ( I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine”

438) Blur, Parklife

Often seen as the 2nd greatest Britpoo band of the 90’s behind Oasis, Blur has put out nothing but solid albums. This was the album that introduced them to the mainstream and it is a great listen. Damon Albarn is a gifted songwriter with a penchant for singalong melodies and compelling stories. Parklife is a fun record and endlessly listenable.

If you listen to one song: Parklife

437) Primal Scream, Screamadelica

This is an important album in the house music explosion of the early 90’s. This is much more than just house music however. Primal Scream put together a bizarre and exciting mix of damn near every genre you could imagine. The result is an album that is both fun and challenging. Definitely worth a listen.

If you listen to one song: Movin On Up

436) 2Pac, All Eyez On Me

This is the last album released by Tupac Shakur before his death. It is just over 2 hours of exactly what you want out of a 2Pac album. There are some great mid-90s hip hop beats, and while hos lyrics might not have been groundbreakingl socially conscious, Shakur was always one of the better rappers around. The album is a good listen and it holds up surprisingly well.

If you listen to one song: California Love

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