At number 451 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest albums of all time is “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse. The list from 460 to 451 is as follows:
- 460 – “Live Through This” by Hole (1994)
- 459 – “Golden Hits” by The Drifters (1968)
- 458 – “Tumbleweed Connection” by Elton John (1970)
- 457 – “Z” by My Morning Jacket (2005)
- 456 – “Here, My Dear” by Marvin Gaye (1978)
- 455 – “How Will the Wolf Survive?” by Los Lobos (1984)
- 454 – “Love It to Death” by Alice Cooper (1971)
- 453 – “Strictly Business” by EPMD (1988)
- 452 – “John Prine” by John Prine (1971)
- 451 – “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse (2007)
The only one of these albums that I own is Back to Black, although at least I have heard of some of the other artists in the list, and even own other albums by Elton John and Marvin Gaye, and individual songs by The Drifters, Los Lobos and Alice Cooper. I have absolutely no idea who Hole, EPMD, My Morning Jacket or John Prine are.
Back to Black is a great album, and I highly recommend it. I am surprised it is this low in the list of 500 Greatest Albums, I actually expected it to be much higher. There are many good songs on this album, including the title track, Rehab, Love is a Losing Game and Valerie. The one I have chosen to share here is You Know I’m No Good.
For me, the main downside of listening to this great album is the sadness I feel that Amy Winehouse died so tragically early, at the age of 27. After this album was released, her life went into a downward spiral of initially hard drug and then alcohol addiction. She was found dead in her apartment in July 2011 from alcohol intoxication. This album clearly illustrates what a great talent she was, and what a loss her death was to the music industry.