Rolling Stone courts controversy with ‘30 Greatest EDM Albums Of All Time’ list

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If there’s a surefire way to raise the ire of music fans, presenting a list of the ‘Greatest’ anything is it. Long-standing U.S. magazine Rolling Stone has waded into the deep end with its 30 Greatest EDM Albums Of All Time list this week, and the stream of comments suggest not everyone is on the same page. “Superstars like Skrillex and Deadmau5 have helped make electronic dance music bigger than ever this year,” reads the list’s opening salvo, “but party people around the world have been getting down to programmed beats for decades before those guys showed up.” The countdown has inspired some furious keyboard-bashing for including a host of compilations, best-of collections and LPs considered to be ‘lesser’ achievements that ‘X’ or ‘Y’. Then there’s the guaranteed pot-stirrer: Madonna’s 1998 effort Ray Of Light higher than The Orb, Orbital or LCD Soundsystem.

Earlier this year, U.K. impresario Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs mused to FACT Mag, “It seems that there have been very few albums in dance music history that have stood the test of any time at all. It’s always been about individual tracks.” For its top ten, Rolling Stone has given the nod to three enduring acts who have proven they know how to make a complete LP: The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and The Prodigy. While an excellent compilation of his production work, eyebrows have been raised at Carl Craig’s Sessions at #4 and a Trax Records 20th Anniversary Collection in the #7 spot. But that’s just minor quibbling compared to the firestorm you inspire when you award 14th place to a Skrillex EP comprising just seven tracks. You can see the countdown, from #30 to #1, below, or head to the Rolling Stone site to see the full story.

Rolling Stone’s Greatest EDM Albums Of All Time:

30. Various Artists, ‘Make ‘Em Mokum Crazy’ (Mokum, 1996)
29. Deadmau5, ‘4×4=12’ (Ultra Math, 2011)
28. The Orb, ‘The BBC Sessions 1991-2001’ (Island, 2008)
27. Orbital, ‘20’ (Rhino, 2009)
26. 4 Hero & DJ Marky, ‘Kings of Drum + Bass’ (BBE, 2010)
25. Sasha & John Digweed, ‘Northern Exposure’ (Ultra, 1997)
24. Justice, ‘†’ (Ed Banger, 2007)
23. Paul Oakenfold, ‘Tranceport’ (Kinetic, 1998)
22. LCD Soundsystem, ‘Sound of Silver’ (Capitol/EMI, 2007)
21. Madonna, ‘Ray of Light’ (Maverick, 1998)
20. The Avalanches, ‘Since I Left You’ (Modular, 2001)
19. Underworld, ‘Anthology, 1992-2002’ (JBO/V2, 2003)
18. Michael Mayer, ‘Immer’ (Kompakt, 2002)
17. Aphex Twin, ‘The Richard D. James Album’ (Warp, 1996)
16. Various Artists, ‘Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story’ (2006)
15. Fatboy Slim, ‘You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby’ (Astralwerks, 1998)
14. Skrillex, ‘Bangarang’ EP (Big Beat/Atlantic, 2011)
13. Basement Jaxx, ‘Remedy’ (Astralwerks, 1999)
12. Various Artists, ‘True Spirit, Vol. 1’ (Tresor, 2010)
11. Burial, ‘Untrue’ (Hyperdub, 2007)
10. Kraftwerk, ‘Computer World’ (Warner Bros., 1981)
9. The Prodigy, ‘Music for the Jilted Generation’ (XL, 1994)
8. Daft Punk, ‘Discovery’ (Virgin, 2001)
7. Various Artists, ‘Trax Records: The 20th Anniversary Collection’ (Casablanca Trax, 2004)
6. 2 Many DJs, ‘As Heard on Radio Soulwax Vol. 2’ (PIAS, 2002)
5. Moby, ‘Play’ (V2, 1999)
4. Carl Craig – ‘Sessions’ (K7, 2008)
3. Juan Atkins – ‘20 Years Metroplex: 1985-2005’ (Tresor, 2005)
2. The Chemical Brothers – ‘Dig Your Own Hole’ (Astralwerks, 1997)
1. Daft Punk – ‘Homework’ (Virgin, 1997)

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