500 Greatest Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Hank Williams, '40 Greatest Hits'
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94/500

94. Hank Williams, '40 Greatest Hits'

Polydor, 1978

When he died on New Year's Day 1953, at age 29, in the back of a Cadillac, Williams was the biggest star in country music. His vocal twang, lovesick ballads and long-gone-daddy romps left their stamp on decades of rock & roll – from Elvis to Dylan to the Replacements to Beck.

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