Rolling Stone Top 500: #s 430-425

430) Elvis Costello, My Aim Is True

This is Costello’s debut album. He certainly didn’t take long to establish himself as one of rock n roll’s most gifted songwriters. Always clever with his phrasing, Costello presents some excellent lyrical work here. The music is a mixture of all sorts of influences, you can hear the influence of everythig from rockabilly to blues to punk to pop. This is a solid album from start to finish as Costello crashes into the scene more or less fully formed.

If you listen to one song: Allison

429) The Four Tops, Reach Out

The Four Tops were a solid singing group. Reach Out is a classic Motown record. There is a mixture of originals and covers, all done excellently with vocals full of soul.

If you listen to one song: Reach Out I’ll be There

428) Husker Du, New Day Rising

This is a pretty solid mid-80s punk record, but what really stands out about it 35+ years after its release is the realization of the impact that the band had on future artists. There is a whole lot of Nirvana in this record. It is a great album in its own right, full of killer tracks from start to finish.

If you listen to one song: The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill

427) Al Green, Call Me

This is a fantastic soul record. Al Green is one of the best vocalists of all time and he gives some really great performances here. What surprised me most about this album was how eclectic it was. It is very much a soul album, but it includes really interesting covers of tracks from Willie Nelson and Hank Williams, making the album just a little more fantastic.

If you listen to one song: Call Me (come back home)

426) Lucinda Williams, Lucinda Williams

In the late 80’s, Williams was hard to classify, and this fantastic album shows just why that is. The album is part rock, part blues, part pop, and a little bit country. It is a damn compelling listen and it probably should be higher on the list. Williams is a great vocalist, full of passion, and a damn good songwriter.

If you listen to one song: Passionate Kisses

425) Paul Simon, Paul Simon

Paul Simon has been a brilliant songwriter throughout his career, telling vivid stories in his lyrics. This is his first solo album after dissolving his partnership with Art Garfunkel, and he is clearly enjoying his new phase as a solo artist. The album is a melting pot of influences, everything from pop to jazz to latin music to reggae can be found in bits and pieces.

If you listen to one song: Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard

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