Another interesting tidbit last week was the publication in the official Vatican newspaper, L’ Osservatore Romano, of the Top Ten Rock And Pop Albums of all time, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. The Beatles’ Revolver got the top spot, MJ’s Thriller made the list (Gott sei dank!), as did Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon, Achtung Baby and Rumours. A few curious inclusions include David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name, Santana’s Supernatural, and Donald Fagan’s The Nightfly. Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory also snuck in there, oddly enough. As for Dylan’s noticeable absence, the article explains:

“Dylan was excluded from the list despite his “great poetic vein” because he paved the way for generations of unprofessional singer-songwriters who have “harshly tested the ears and patience of listeners” with their tormented stories.”

I for one have never shied away from an opportunity for an impromptu desert-island discs list… If I’m being honest, mine would look something like this:

1. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
2. Rock Of Ages – The Band
3. HIStory Vol II – Michael Jackson
4. Use Your Illusion – Guns N Roses
5. From Elvis In Memphis – Elvis Presley
6. Street Legal – Bob Dylan
7. Louder Than Bombs – The Smiths
8. All Things Must Pass – George Harrison
9. This Is Hardcore – Pulp
10. Never A Dull Moment – Rod Stewart

(Many) Others: The Hoople, Achtung Baby, Pinkerton, Tumbleweed Connection, Radio City, Dangerous, Tusk, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Appetite, Revolver, Lola Versus The Powerman, Hard Days Night, Sunflower, Rubber Soul, Tim, Armed Forces, London Calling, Day & Age, Late For Sky, Room On Fire, All Summer Long, Odyssey And Oracle, Hotel California, Nod Is As Good As Wink To A Blind Horse, Jesus Of Cool, Amorica, Crooked Rain Crooked Rain, Mott, Demolition, Exile, Scott 4, Dog Man Star, Bona Drag, Zooropa, etc etc etc

What would yours be?