Yes, I can take umbrage when I see a list that elevates someone I don’t respect/like or disrespects my idols. Guilty as charged.
Seems I’m not alone, though. The “puffed-up pontificators” at Entertainment Weekly appear to have deeply offended Joel Rubinoff with their list of Top 100 Albums, at least judging by his You Call This a List? rant in the Toronto Star.
Rubinoff’s Exhibit A is that the “whims of personality and ego” omitted Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Not just from the Top 10, but altogether. He has many other issues, but that’s the big one.
By the way, here’s the Top 10:
1. Beatles, Revolver
2. Once-Again-Known-As-Prince, Purple Rain
3. Stones, Exile
4. MJ, Thriller
5. The Clash, London Calling
6. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks
7. Aretha, Lady Soul
8. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
9. Beach Boys, Pet Sounds
10. Nirvana, Nevermind
I mean, chill out Joel. It’s not that different from many other lists I’ve seen - and commented on. Yes, I agree that leaving out Pepper’s is crazy. But frankly, I don’t care whether Blood on the Tracks outranks Highway 61 Revisited. Like, they’re both good, right?
Perhaps the folks at EW were “determined to stoke debate” by going “out of their way … to tick of readers.” Fair enough.
As Mr. Rubinoff admits, it’s a classic marketing ploy, and it works, cause it’s got people talkin’.
Take it easy, Joel. At least the Beatles hold down top spot on the list. For now, anyway. Tomorrow never knows.