100 Best Albums: Apple Music Names The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill The Best Album Of All Time

by Grace Somes
Lauryn Hill || Image credit: @mslaurynhill

Upon receiving the news, Lauryn Hill told Apple Music, “This is my award, but it’s a rich, deep narrative, and involves so many people, and so much sacrifice, and so much time, and so much collective love.”

Apple Music has proudly unveiled its 100 Best Albums of All Time, a diverse and inclusive list of the greatest records ever made. This celebratory compilation was meticulously crafted by Apple Music’s team of experts in collaboration with a select group of artists, songwriters, producers, and industry professionals representing a wide spectrum of genres and styles. 

It’s important to note that this list is an editorial declaration, completely independent of any streaming tracks on Apple Music, ensuring its objectivity and integrity.

The music streaming giant revealed today, May 22, its list of the first ten best albums ever. Lauryn Hill’s legendary “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” from 1998 took the number #1 spot.

The Beatles, Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Amy Winehouse, Frank Ocean, and Nirvana were among the artists whose albums were swallowed by Hill’s debut.


With a countdown celebration that starts today and will feature 10 albums every day for the next ten days, Apple Music is bringing its 100 Best Albums to life.  

On the last day, a broadcast radio special will reveal Apple Music’s top 10 albums of all time, capping the countdown.

Additional features include a brand-new 100 Best microsite, fresh and exclusive content, special Apple Music Radio episodes, and more. 


See the complete set of Apple Music Best 100 below:

  1. “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” by Lauryn Hill
  2. “Thriller” by Michael Jackson
  3. “Abbey Road” by The Beatles
  4. “Purple Rain” by Prince and The Revolution
  5. “Blonde” by Frank Ocean
  6. “Songs in the Key of Life” by Stevie Wonder
  7. “good kid, m.A.A.d city (Deluxe Version)” by Kendrick Lamar
  8. “Back to Black” by Amy Winehouse
  9. “Nevermind” by Nirvana
  10. “Lemonade” by Beyonce
  11. “Rumors” by Fleetwood Mac
  12. “OK Computer” by Radiohead
  13. “The Blueprint” by JAY-Z
  14. “Highway 61 Revisited” by Bob Dylan
  15. “21” by Adele
  16. “Blue” by Joni Mitchell
  17. “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye
  18. “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” by Taylor Swift
  19. “The Chronic” by Dr. Dre
  20. “Pet Sounds” by The Beach Boys
  21. “Revolver” by The Beatles
  22. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen
  23. “Discovery” by Daft Punk
  24. “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars” by David Bowie
  25. “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis
  26. “My Beautify Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West
  27. “Led Zeppelin II” by Led Zeppelin
  28. “The Dark Side of the Moon” by Pink Floyd
  29. “The Low End Theory” by A Tribe Called Quest
  31. “Jagged Little Pill” by Alanis Morissette
  32. “Ready to Die” by The Notorious B.I.G.
  33. “Kid A” by Radiohead
  34. “It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back” by Public Enemy
  35. “London Calling” by The Clash
  36. “BEYONCE” by Beyonce
  37. “Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)” by Wu-Tang Clan
  38. “Tapestry” by Carole King
  39. “Illmatic” by Nas
  40. “I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” by Aretha Franklin
  41. “Aquemini” by Outkast
  42. “Control” by Janet Jackson
  43. “Remain in Light” by Talking Heads
  44. “Innervisions” by Stevie Wonder
  45. “Homogenic” by Bjork
  46. “Exodus” by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  47. “Take Care” by Drake
  48. “Paul’s Boutique” by Beastie Boys
  49. “The Joshua Tree” by U2
  50. “Hounds of Love” by Kate Bush
  51. “Sign O’the Times” by Prince
  52. “Appetite for Destruction” by Guns N’ Roses
  53. “Exile on Main St.” by The Rolling Stones
  54. “A Love Supreme” by John Coltrane
  55. “ANTI” by Rihanna
  56. “Disintegration (Remastered)” by The Cure
  57. “Voodoo” by D’Angelo
  58. “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory” by Oasis
  59. “AM” by Arctic Monkeys
  60. “The Velvet Underground and Nico (45th Anniversary Edition)” by Velvet Underground & Nico
  61. “Love Deluxe” by Sade
  62. “All Eyez on Me” by 2Pac
  63. “Are You Experienced?” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  64. “Baduizm” by Erykah Badu
  65. “3 Feet High and Rising” by De La Soul
  66. “The Queen Is Dead” by The Smiths
  67. “Dummy” by Portishead
  68. “Is This It” by The Strokes
  69. “Master of Puppets (Remastered)” by Metallica
  70. “Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A
  71. “Trans-Europe Express” by Kraftwerk
  72. “SOS” by SZA
  73. “Aja” by Steely Dan
  74. “The Downward Spiral” by Nine Inch Nails
  75. “Supa Dupa Fly” by Missy Elliott
  76. “Un Verano Sin Ti” by Bad Bunny
  77. “Like A Prayer” by Madonna
  78. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” by Elton John
  79. “Norman F****** Rockwell!” by Lana Del Rey
  80. “The Marshall Mathers LP” by Eminem
  81. “After the Gold Rush” by Neil Young
  82. “Get Rich or Die Tryin'” by 50 Cent
  83. “Horses” by Patti Smith
  84. “Doggystyle” by Snoop Dogg
  85. “Golden Hour” by Kacey Musgraves
  86. “My Life” by Mary J. Blige
  87. “Blue Lines” by Massive Attack
  88. “I Put a Spell on You” by Nina Simone
  89. “The Fame Monster (Deluxe Edition)” by Lady Gaga
  90. “Back in Black” by AC/DC
  91. “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1” by George Michael
  92. “Flower Boy” by Tyler, The Creator
  93. “A Seat at the Table” by Solange
  94. “Untrue” by Burial
  95. “Confessions” by Usher
  96. “Pure Heroine” by Lorde
  97. “Rage Against the Machine” by Rage Against the Machine
  98. “ASTROWORLD” by Travis Scott
  99. “Hotel California” by The Eagles
  100. “Body Talk” by Robyn

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