The Beatles landmark album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band has been named the best of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
The classic 1967 LP is one of four by John, Paul, George and Ringo that make the Top 10 in the US magazine’s list of 500 greatest rock records, as chosen by 273 musicians, critics, fans and historians.
The Fab Four have three other albums in the top 10 – Revolver at number three, Rubber Soul at number five and the White Album at number 10.
“Sgt Pepper is an unsurpassed adventure in concept, sound, songwriting and studio technology. No other pop record of that era, or since, has had such an immediate or titanic effect,” said writer Anthony DeCurtis, who helped compile the chart.
The Rolling Stones had one album on the Top 10 – Exile on Main Street, at number seven.
The Beach Boys were at number two with Pet Sounds.
Elvis Presley is at number 11 with his collection of early rockabilly tunes, The Sun Sessions.
Bob Dylan has two albums in the top ten: Highway 61 Revisited at four and Blonde on Blonde at nine.
Motown’s top entry is Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On at six.
Bruce Springsteen comes in at 18 with Born to Run.
The top solo female singer to make it is Joni Mitchell with Blue at number 30.
The newest entry on the Top 500 is the White Stripes’ Elephant at 391.
The 500th best album of all time is The Eurythmics’ Touch.