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Is Prince's 'Purple Rain' 2nd best album ever? Yes, says Entertainment Weekly

Posted by: Jon Bream under Music, Theater, Culture, Minnesota musicians, Seen elsewhere: Neat stuff, Television Updated: June 27, 2013 - 5:21 PM



Entertainment Weekly has published the list to end all lists: The 100 All-Time Greatest – movies, TV shows, albums, novels, plays, etc.

Prince’s “Purple Rain” is ranked No. 2, behind only the Beatles’ “Revolver.” Debate amongst yourselves. We’re just delivering the information. EW asks if “Purple Rain” is the “sexiest album ever”? You might ask where is “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” ? Not on the EW list.

As for other Minnesotans, Bob Dylan checks in at No. 6 with “Blood on the Tracks” and at 27 with “Highway 61 Revisited” while the Replacements’ “Let It Be” lands at No. 62.

On the sidebar chart of 10 Biggest Heartbreaker songs, two were penned by Minnesotans: Dan Wilson co-wrote No. 5 “Someone Like You” with Adele, and Prince penned “Nothing Compares 2 U,” rated No. 9 as sung by Sinead O’Connor. On the 10 Greatest Dance Jam list, Prince's "Kiss" is No. 2, behind Beyonce's "Crazy in Love."

On the greatest plays of past 100 years list, August Wilson’s “Fences” rated No. 5 and his “Piano Lesson” placed 48. “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller was No. 1.

In TV, the Minneapolis-based “Mary Tyler Moore Show” shows up at No. 4, with “The Wire” topping the list.

In a list of 10 Greatest Graphic Novels, Neil Gaiman's "Sandman" ranks No. 4.

I think it’s safe to speculate that Gen X critics, for better or worse, dominated the judging.



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