500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

John Prine, 'John Prine'

452. John Prine, 'John Prine'

Atlantic, 1971

Prine was a mailman-turned-folk-singer, and his debut is unique in how it views American life with generosity, tolerance and wit. Prine sang about smoking dope ("Illegal Smile"), but his empathy for the old folks with "Hello in There" made most hippie songwriters sound smug.

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