VH1's '100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll' Ranks the Beatles' 'Revolver' at #1 In All-New Special, Premiering January 15-19 at 10:00 P.M. (ET/PT)

Nirvana, Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye and Jimi Hendrix Round Out the Top Five



Jeff Bridges Hosts Special Which Features Rare Performance Footage

And Interviews With Dozens of Rock's Biggest Stars



Jan 05, 2001, 00:00 ET from VH1

    NEW YORK, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Beatles 1966 album "Revolver," a
 vinyl tour de force that showcased the Fab Four's incredible range of writing,
 singing and instrumental talent in a single collection of fourteen
 unforgettable tunes, tops the list of VH1's "100 Greatest Albums of Rock &
 Roll," premiering Monday, January 15, through Friday, January 19, from
 10:00-11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) each night.  Second on the list is Nirvana's
 grunge-rock masterpiece "Nevermind," followed by the Beach Boys' classic "Pet
 Sounds."  Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" and the Jimi Hendrix Experience's
 "Are You Experienced?" round out the top five.
     Below is the complete list of VH1's "100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll."
 
     1.  The Beatles / REVOLVER
     2.  Nirvana / NEVERMIND
     3.  Beach Boys / PET SOUNDS
     4.  Marvin Gaye / WHAT'S GOING ON
     5.  Jimi Hendrix Experience / ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
     6.  The Beatles / RUBBER SOUL
     7.  Stevie Wonder / SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE
     8.  The Beatles / ABBEY ROAD
     9.  Bob Dylan / BLONDE ON BLONDE
     10.  The Beatles / SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND
     11.  The Beatles / THE BEATLES (a.k.a. The White Album)
     12.  The Rolling Stones / EXILE ON MAIN STREET
     13.  The Who / WHO'S NEXT
     14.  Joni Mitchell / BLUE
     15.  U2 / THE JOSHUA TREE
     16.  Fleetwood Mac / RUMOURS
     17.  Sex Pistols / NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS HERE'S THE SEX PISTOLS
     18.  Prince & the Revolution / PURPLE RAIN
     19.  The Velvet Underground / VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO
     20.  Public Enemy / IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK
     21.  Elvis Presley / SUN SESSIONS
     22.  Bob Dylan / HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED
     23.  Michael Jackson / THRILLER
     24.  The Rolling Stones / LET IT BLEED
     25.  The Clash / LONDON CALLING
     26.  Bob Marley & the Wailers / EXODUS
     27.  Bruce Springsteen / BORN TO RUN
     28.  Patti Smith / HORSES
     29.  Bob Dylan / BLOOD ON THE TRACKS
     30.  Aretha Franklin / I NEVER LOVED A MAN (THE WAY I LOVE YOU)
     31.  Stevie Wonder / INNERVISIONS
     32.  Van Morrison / MOONDANCE
     33.  Simon & Garfunkel / BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER
     34.  James Brown / SEX MACHINE
     35.  Prince / SIGN O' THE TIMES
     36.  Michael Jackson / OFF THE WALL
     37.  Lauryn Hill / THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL
     38.  Eagles / HOTEL CALIFORNIA
     39.  Carole King / TAPESTRY
     40.  Van Morrison / ASTRAL WEEKS
     41.  Aretha Franklin / LADY SOUL
     42.  Guns N' Roses / APPETITE FOR DESTRUCTION
     43.  Led Zeppelin / LED ZEPPELIN
     44.  Led Zeppelin / LED ZEPPELIN II
     45.  Sly & the Family Stone / STAND!
     46.  The Rolling Stones / STICKY FINGERS
     47.  David Bowie / HUNKY DORY
     48.  David Bowie / THE RISE AND FALL OF ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS
          FROM MARS
     49.  Prince / 1999
     50.  Police / SYNCHRONICITY
     51.  Pink Floyd / DARK SIDE OF THE MOON
     52.  Pretenders / PRETENDERS
     53.  Bob Dylan / BRINGING IT ALL BACK HOME
     54.  Ramones / RAMONES
     55.  Parliament / MOTHERSHIP CONNECTION
     56.  Kraftwork / TRANS-EUROPE EXPRESS
     57.  Bee Gees / SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
     58.  Dusty Springfield / DUSTY IN MEMPHIS
     59.  Allman Bros. Band / LIVE AT THE FILLMORE EAST
     60.  The Doors / THE DOORS
     61.  Crosby Stills Nash & Young / DEJA VU
     62.  NWA / STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON
     63.  Curtis Mayfield / SUPERFLY
     64.  Miles Davis / BITCHES BREW
     65.  U2 / ACHTUNG BABY
     66.  Miles Davis / KIND OF BLUE
     67.  The Rolling Stones / BEGGAR'S BANQUET
     68.  Bruce Springsteen / DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN
     69.  The Stooges / RAW POWER
     70.  Al Green / CALL ME
     71.  Led Zeppelin / PHYSICAL GRAFFITTI
     72.  Jimi Hendrix Experience / ELECTRIC LADYLAND
     73.  Jeff Buckley / GRACE
     74.  Beastie Boys / PAUL'S BOUTIQUE
     75.  The Replacements / LET IT BE
     76.  Aretha Franklin / YOUNG GIFTED & BLACK
     77.  James Taylor / SWEET BABY JAMES
     78.  Jimi Hendrix Experience / AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE
     79.  Pearl Jam / TEN
     80.  Elvis Costello / MY AIM IS TRUE
     81.  Otis Redding / OTIS BLUE
     82.  AC/DC / BACK IN BLACK
     83.  Television / MARQUEE MOON
     84.  Paul Simon / GRACELAND
     85.  Santana / ABRAXAS
     86.  The Who / QUADROPHENIA
     87.  Cream / DISRAELI GEARS
     88.  Talking Heads / REMAIN IN LIGHT
     89.  Derek & the Dominos / LAYLA AND OTHER ASSORTED LOVE SONGS
     90.  The Who / TOMMY
     91.  Peter Gabriel / SO
     92.  REM / MURMUR
     93.  Simon & Garfunkel / BOOKENDS
     94.  Radiohead / OK COMPUTER
     95.  Tina Turner / PRIVATE DANCER
     96.  Liz Phair / EXILE IN GUYVILLE
     97.  Ray Charles / MODERN SOUNDS IN COUNTRY AND WESTERN MUSIC
     98.  Jackson Five / ABC
     99.  The B-52s / The B-52s
     100.  Madonna / LIKE A PRAYER
 
     Following in the tradition of VH1's critically acclaimed "100 Greatest"
 hit specials, "100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll" features rare performance
 footage and photos, plus new interviews with the artists themselves, who talk
 about the effect and influence of rock's rich history of LP releases from the
 age of vinyl to the digital CD era.  Jeff Bridges hosts the special, which
 spans from Elvis' earliest Sun Studios recording sessions in the '50s, to the
 rise of the album-as-concept in the freewheeling '60s, through the
 album-oriented music styles that dominated the '70s, and beyond.
     Interviews include Mary J. Blige, Moby, Smokey Robinson, Elvis Costello,
 Art Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Chuck D (Public Enemy), Gwen Stefani and Tony
 Kanal (No Doubt), Henry Rollins, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots), Fred
 Schneider (The B-52's), Elliott Smith, Liz Phair, Robby Krieger (The Doors),
 Hanson, Carole King, Alice Cooper, James Taylor, Kid Rock, Sinead O'Connor,
 Sammy Hagar, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Richie Sambora (Bon
 Jovi), Robin Zander and Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Slash (Guns N Roses), and
 Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads), among others.
     To select the "100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll" of all time, VH1 sent
 ballots to more than 500 musicians and rock journalists.  Among those artists
 casting their votes were Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Neil Finn (Crowded
 House), Roberta Flack, Art Garfunkel, Wyclef Jean, Carole King, Simon LeBon
 and Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran), Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider (The B-52s),
 The Mamas & the Papas' Michelle Phillips, Britney Spears, No Doubt's Gwen
 Stefani and Tony Kanal, and Sly Stone.
 
     Highlighting VH1's "100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll":
     *  The Beatles lead all artists with five albums, each in the top 20.  The
        Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan each placed four LPs on the list, and
        seven other artists each notched three albums in the tally, including
        Led Zeppelin, The Who, Aretha Franklin and Jimi Hendrix.
 
     *  The earliest recording is Elvis Presley's "The Sun Sessions" (recorded
        1954-55 but not released as an album until 1976); the earliest release
        is Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" (1959).  The most recent release is
        Lauryn Hill's "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" (1998).
 
     *  The bulk of the albums on the list were released in the 1970s (42),
        followed by the '60s (29) and the '80s (20).  Seven albums on the list
        were released in the 90s.
 
     *  Women (or groups led by women) accounted for 15 of the top 100,
        including three by Aretha Franklin alone, and releases from Dusty
        Springfield, Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, The Pretenders, Tina Turner,
        Madonna and Lauryn Hill, among others.
 
     *  Eighteen artists or groups made unforgettable first impressions,
        including eponymous debut discs by The Doors, Led Zeppelin, The
        Ramones, The B-52s and The Pretenders, plus The Jimi Hendrix
        Experience's "Are You Experienced?," REM's "Murmur," Patti Smith
        Group's "Horses," Guns N' Roses' "Appetite for Destruction," and Pearl
        Jam's "Ten," among others.
 
     *  Derek and the Dominos' debut release "Layla & Other Assorted Love
        Songs" was the supergroup's only studio recording.
 
     *  The Sex Pistols famously self-destructed after their first studio
        album, "Never Mind the Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols."
 
     VH1's "100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll" debuts on Monday, January 15,
 through Friday, January 19, from 10:00-11:00 p.m. (ET/PT) each night.  On
 Tuesday - Friday, each new premiere installment will be immediately preceded
 by a repeat airing of the previous episodes.  "100 Greatest Albums" will be
 repeated on Saturday, January 20 from 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. (ET/PT), and Sunday,
 January 21 at 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).  The complete schedule for VH1's "100
 Greatest Albums":
 
     Monday, 1/15         10:00 p.m.          # 100 - 81  (premiere)
 
     Tuesday, 1/16        9:00 p.m.           # 100 - 81
                          10:00 p.m.          # 80 - 61  (premiere)
 
     Wednesday, 1/17      8:00 p.m.           # 100 - 81
                          9:00 p.m.           # 80 - 61
                          10:00 p.m.          # 60 - 41  (premiere)
 
     Thursday, 1/18       7:00 p.m.           # 100 - 81
                          8:00 p.m.           # 80 - 61
                          9:00 p.m.           # 60 - 41
                          10:00 p.m.          # 40 - 21  (premiere)
 
     Friday, 1/19         6:00 p.m.           # 100 - 81
                          7:00 p.m.           # 80 - 61
                          8:00 p.m.           # 60 - 41
                          9:00 p.m.           # 40 - 21
                          10:00 p.m.          # 20 - 1  (premiere)
 
     "100 Greatest Albums of Rock & Roll" is a production of VH1.  Executive
 Producer: Lauren Zalaznick; Executive in Charge of Production: Todd Schwartz;
 Senior Supervising Producer: Bernie Kaminski; Producer: Hilary Spiegelman.
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