Ranker Challenges Apple Music’s 100 Best Albums List

The fan-voting website Ranker has raised questions about the validity of Apple Music’s recent 100 Best Albums list, prompting users to re-rank the entire list. The results have revealed interesting differences in how music insiders, artists, and experts perceive the greatest albums of all time compared to the fans.

The original “Music 100 Best Albums” list from Apple Music claimed to have been curated with input from artists and experts, serving as a tribute to the records that have influenced today’s music landscape. However, Ranker’s re-ranking process involved over 500 music enthusiasts, resulting in a reconstructed list based on more than 11 thousand votes.

Surprisingly, Lauryn Hill’s “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill,” which topped Apple Music’s list, dropped to 44th place on Ranker’s list. The new number one album according to the fan-voted list is Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours,” which jumped from 11th place on Apple Music’s ranking.

Notable shifts in the rankings include Eagles’ “Hotel California” moving from 99th place to 8th place and Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” climbing from 78th place to 9th place on Ranker’s list. Metallica’s “Master of Puppets,” the sole metal album on Apple Music’s list at 69th place, rose to 19th place on Ranker’s re-ranked list.

To compare the two lists, here are the top 10 albums from Apple Music and Ranker:

Apple Music:
1. Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
2. Michael Jackson – Thriller
3. The Beatles – Abbey Road
4. Prince & the Revolution – Purple Rain
5. Frank Ocean – Blonde
6. Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life
7. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
8. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
9. Nirvana – Nevermind
10. Beyonce – Lemonade

1. Fleetwood Mac – Rumours
2. The Beatles – Abbey Road
3. Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
4. Prince & the Revolution – Purple Rain
5. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
6. Michael Jackson – Thriller
7. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On?
8. Eagles – Hotel California
9. Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
10. The Clash – London Calling

For the full lists of Apple Music’s 100 Best Albums and Ranker’s re-ranked albums, visit their respective platforms.