Bruce Springsteen's 1975 breakthrough album "Born To Run" (Columbia) ranks No. 1 on the most popular albums list in Zagat Survey's first Music Guide.
Bruce Springsteen's 1975 breakthrough album "Born To Run" (Columbia) ranks No. 1 on the most popular albums list in Zagat Survey's first Music Guide. Best known for its surveys of restaurants, hotels and other leisure pursuits in major cities, Zagat queried more than 10,000 listeners to create a list of the 1,000 top albums of all time, as well as dozens of other tallies across more than 20 genres and eight decades of music.
Four albums by the Beatles, two by U2, another by Springsteen and releases by Miles Davis and Pink Floyd round out Zagat's top-10 most popular albums.
"Born To Run," which peaked at No. 3 and spent 110 weeks on Billboard's album chart, is also on top of the rock and classic rock lists and No. 5 on Zagat's overall quality tally. Springsteen & the E Street Band rank eighth on the list of most influential artists, which is led by the Beatles.
Davis' 1959 release "Kind of Blue" (Columbia/Legacy), No. 6 on the most popular list, is the No. 1 album for overall quality and the top jazz album.
The top hip-hop album is Public Enemy's 1988 classic "It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back" (Def Jam). The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's 1972 set "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" leads country albums, Massive Attack's "Protection" ranks as the favorite electronica set and Howlin' Wolf's "Moanin' in the Moonlight" is at the front of the blues class.
"We knew this survey would be especially challenging since musical taste is so personal and top picks of all time stir passionate arguments," publishers Tim and Nina Zagat say in a statement. "To our delight, participants showcased their tastes with a depth of knowledge that stands up to the most critical musical ear -- these are people who know chapter and verse on their preferred genres and they avidly shared memories and associations that their favorite recordings evoke."
The Zagat survey found that fans listen to music 24 hours each week, more than five of which is conducted on computers and MP3 players. Participants spend an average $343 per year on music to stock an average collection of 516 titles; 53% download music from the Internet and 55% burn their own CDs.
Here is the top-10 of the Zagat Survey Music Guide's most popular albums list:
1. "Born To Run," Bruce Springsteen
2. "Abbey Road," the Beatles
3. "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," the Beatles
4. "The Joshua Tree," U2
5. "The White Album," The Beatles
6. "Kind of Blue," Miles Davis
7. "Darkness on the Edge of Town," Bruce Springsteen
8. "Revolver," the Beatles
9. "Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd
10. "Achtung Baby," U2
Here are the Zagat Survey Music Guide's top albums by genre:
Blues: "Moanin' in the Moonlight," Howlin' Wolf
Classical: "Horowitz in Moscow," Vladimir Horowitz
Country & Western: "Will the Circle Be Unbroken," Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Dance: "Dance Collection," Donna Summer
Electronica: "Protection," Massive Attack
Folk: "John Prine," John Prine
Funk: "Funkify Your Life," the Meters,
Hip-Hop: "It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back," Public Enemy
Jazz: "Kind of Blue," Miles Davis,
Kids: "The Muppet Movie" soundtrack
Musicals: "My Fair Lady" (Lerner and Loewe)
New Age: "Nouveau Flamenco," Ottmar Liebert
Pop Vocal (Contemporary): "Thriller," Michael Jackson
Pop Vocal (Traditional): "Best of the Songbooks," Ella Fitzgerald
R&B: "The Best," Luther Vandross
Rock (Overall): "Born To Run," Bruce Springsteen
Rock (Alternative): "The Joshua Tree," U2
Rock (Art/Experimental): "Dark Side of the Moon," Pink Floyd
Rock (Classic): "Born to Run," Bruce Springsteen
Rock (Garage/Underground): "Nuggets: Original Artyfacts," various
Rock (Hard/Heavy Metal): "Master of Puppets," Metallica
Rock (New Wave): "This Year's Model," Elvis Costello
Rock (Oldies): "Elvis," Elvis Presley