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10 'Farewell' Tours That Didn't Stick

September 5, 2014

When Mötley Crüe raised the idea of a farewell tour, the band was stunned by their booking agents' reaction. "They said to us, 'This is a good marketing thing,'" says bassist Nikki Sixx. "It really bummed us out." It's hard to fault the Crüe...

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100 Best Debut Albums Ever

March 22, 2013

It was fifty years ago that the Beatles’ released their first album, Please Please Me. In honor of that world-changing LP, we’ve compiled a list of the 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time. A note on how we made the list: Albums got...

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500 Greatest Albums of All Time

May 31, 2012

The RS 500 was assembled by the editors of Rolling Stone, based on the results of two extensive polls. In 2003, Rolling Stone asked a panel of 271 artists, producers, industry executives and journalists to pick the greatest albums of all time. In 2009,...

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500 Greatest Songs

April 7, 2011

By Jay-Z A great song doesn't attempt to be anything — it just is. When you hear a great song, you can think of where you were when you first heard it, the sounds, the smells. It takes the emotions of a moment and holds it for years to come. It...

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100 Greatest Singers

December 2, 2010

There's something a bout a voice that's personal, not unlike the particular odor or shape of a given human body. Summoned through belly, hammered into form by the throat, given propulsion by bellows of lungs, teased into final form by tongue and lips,...

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100 Greatest Artists

December 2, 2010

In 2004 — 50 years after Elvis Presley walked into Sun Studios and cut "That's All Right" — Rolling Stone celebrated rock & roll's first half-century in grand style, assembling a panel of 55 top musicians, writers and industry executives...

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Fall's Hottest Tours and Concerts

September 4, 2012

Summertime is traditionally when the biggest tours hit the road, but apparently a lot of major artists missed the memo this year. Tons of top-level acts are hitting the road this fall – including the Who, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen,...

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100 Greatest Guitarists

November 23, 2011

We assembled a panel of top guitarists and other experts to rank their favorites and explain what separates the legends from everyone else. Featuring Keith Richards on Chuck Berry, Carlos Santana on Jerry Garcia, Tom Petty on George Harrison and more. THE...

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25 Boldest Career Moves in Music

March 18, 2011

From the very beginning of rock & roll musicians have made shocking career moves – from marrying their cousins to shaving their heads in front of hundreds of flashing cameras. Here's a look at the 25 boldest ones of all time. By Andy Green...

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100 Greatest Guitarists: David Fricke's Picks

December 2, 2010

In 2003, I proposed to my editors a special issue devoted to the best and most influential guitarists in rock. They suggested a number – 100 – and the idea of ranking them. I came up with the names, based on my life-long love of the instrument...

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