List of all albums with a perfect 10 rating

List of all albums with a perfect 10 rating

In 1995 Ryan Schreiber spawned one of the most extensive and interesting independent music blogs of all time: Pitchfork.

What began as a space to review records and singles that I was learning while working in a vinyl store, eventually became a broader spectrum of music of almost all kinds, which would grow to become “the music site” of everyone, until absorbed by the publishing giant Condé Nast.

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Today, 25 years after starting his journey, Pitchfork makes an interesting count of all the ratings it has given or at least the most popular, the strangest and those that have even received re-releases within its entire history.

For example, did you know that the only album in Pitchfork’s 25-year history to receive a 9.9 was the ‘The Complete Motown Singles, Vol. 7: 1967’? Or that the first 5 years of his career was the same Ryan who reviewed all the records purely for sport, until the team grew and furthermore, their reviews are so important that bands like Arcade Fire, Bon Iver y Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! Do they recognize that if they hadn’t been reviewed by them, they probably wouldn’t have reached the level of fame they did?

There is so much history around Pitchfork! And here, we leave you the most important releases that they reviewed (including obvious to Kanye West with his ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’) and other re-releases that, without owing or fearing it, reached the precious and rare 10 rating:

Records that received a 10 rating on the day of their release

12 Rods – Gay? (1996)
Walt Mink – The product (1996)
Amon Tobin – Do-it-yourself (1997)
Radiohead – OK Computer (1997)
Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I See a Darkness (1999)
Flaming Lips – The Soft Bulletin (1999)
Radiohead – Kid A (2000)
…And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead – Source Tags and Codes (2002)
Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (2002)
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
Fiona Apple – Fetch the Bolt Cutters (2020)

Relays that received a 10 rating

Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works Volume II (1994)
A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm (1990)
William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops (2002)
The Band – The Band (1969)
The Beach Boys – The Smile Sessions (2011)
Beastie Boys – Paul’s Boutique (1989)
The Beatles – Abbey Road (1969)
The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour (1967)
The Beatles – Revolver (1966)
The Beatles – Rubber Soul (1965)
The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
The Beatles – The Beatles (1968)
Bikini Kill – The Singles (1998)
Björk – Homogenic (1997)
Björk – Post (1995)
Boards of Canada – Music Has the Right to Children (1998)
David Bowie – Heroes (1977)
David Bowie – Low (1977)
Glenn Branca – The Ascension (1981)
James Brown – Live at the Apollo (1963)
Kate Bush – Hounds of Love (1985)
Can – Tago Mago (1971)
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band – Trout Mask Replica (1969)
The Clash – London Calling (1979)
Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas (1990)
Alice Coltrane – Journey in Satchidananda (1971)
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters (1965)
John Coltrane – The Olatunji Concert: The Last Live Recording (1967)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – This Year’s Model (1978)
The Cure – Disintegration (1989)

D’Angelo – Voodoo (2000)
Miles Davis – Kind of Blue (1959)
Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain (1960)
Miles Davis – The Complete Birth of the Cool (1957)
De La Soul – 3 Feet High and Rising (1989)
The Dismemberment Plan – Emergency & I (1999)
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing… (1996)
Dr. Dre – The Chronic (1992)
Bob Dylan – Blood on the Tracks (1975)
Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series – Vol. 4: Live 1966: The Royal Albert Hall Concert (1998)
Brian Eno – Another Green World (1975)
The Fall – This Nation’s Saving Grace (1985)
Fleetwood Mac – Rumours (1977)
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain (1971)
Serge Gainsbourg – Melody Nelson story (1971)
Galaxy 500 – On Fire (1989)
Ghostface Killah – Supreme Clientele (2000)
Glenn Gould – Bach: The Goldberg Variations (1955)
Grateful Dead – American Beauty (1970)

Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction (1987)
GZA – Liquid Swords: Chess Box Deluxe Edition (1995)
Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters (1973)
PJ Harvey – Rid of Me (1993)
Hole – Live Through This (1994)
J Dilla – Donuts (45 Box Set) (2006)
Michael Jackson – Off the Wall (1979)
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures (1979)
Joy Division – Closer (1980)
Carole King – Tapestry (1971)
King Crimson – In the Court of the Crimson King (1969)
KISS – Alive! (1975)
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II (1969)
Led Zeppelin – Physical Graffiti (1975)
Metallica – Master of Puppets (1986)
Metallica – Ride the Lightning (1984)
Joni Mitchell – Blue (1971)
Joni Mitchell – Court and Spark (1974)
Joni Mitchell – The Hissing of Summer Lawns (1975)
Mobb Deep – The Infamous (1995)
Modest Mouse – The Lonesome Crowded West (1997)
Van Morrison – Astral Weeks (1968)
My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything (1988)
In the – Illmatic (1994)
Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (1998)
Nirvana – In the Uterus (1993)
Nirvana – Nevermind (1991)
Pavement – Crooked Rain – Crooked Rain: LA’s Desert Origins (1994)
Pavement – Quarantine the Past (2010)
Liz Phair – Girly-Sound to Guyville: The 25th Anniversary Box Set (1993)
Pink Floyd – Animals (1977)
The Pixies – Doolittle (1989)
Prince – 1999 (1982)
Prince – Dirty Mind (1980)
Prince – Sign o’ the Time (1987)
Prince / The Revolution – Purple Rain (1984)
Public Enemy – It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
Public Enemy – Fear of a Black Planet (1990)
Public Image Ltd – Metal Box (1979)
Otis Redding – Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul (1965)
The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die (1994)
R.E.M. – Murmur (1983)
R.E.M. – Reckoning (1984)
Radiohead – The Bends (1995)
The Replacements – Let It Be (1984)
The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main St (1972)
The Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers (1971)
Roxy Music – For Your Pleasure (1973)
Nina Simone – In Concert (1964)
Slint – Spiderland (1991)
The Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream (1993)
The Smiths – Hatful of Hollow (1984)
The Smiths – The Queen Is Dead (1986)
Elliott Smith – Either/Or (1997)
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation (1988)

The Stone Roses – The Stone Roses (1989)
Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (1975)
Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska (1982)
Spiritualized – Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space (1997)
Steely Dan – Just (1977)
Talking Heads – Fear of Music (1979)
Talking Heads – Remain in the Light (1980)
Talk Talk – Laughing Stock (1991)
Talk Talk – Spirit of Eden (1988)
Television – Marquee Moon (1977)
Throbbing Gristle – 20 Jazz Funk Greats (1979)
Various Artists – No Thanks!: The 70s Punk Rebellion (2003)
The Velvet Underground – Loaded (1970)
The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat (1968)
Weezer – Pinkerton (1996)
Weezer – Weezer (Blue Album) (1994)
The Who – Odds & Sods (1974)
Wire – Pink Flag (1977)
Wire – Chairs Missing (1978)
Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
X-Ray Spex – Germfree Adolescents (1978)
Ecstasy – English Settlement (1982)
Neil Young – After the Gold Rush (1970)
Neil Young – Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)
Neil Young – Tonight’s the Night (1975)

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List of all albums with a perfect 10 rating