500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

Joy Division, 'Closer'
157/500

157. Joy Division, 'Closer'

Factory, 1981

This is one of the most chilling albums ever made, with droning guitars, icy bass lines and stentorian vocals. And that's not even considering the lyrics, about singer Ian Curtis' epilepsy and failing marriage. When Curtis hanged himself at age 23 on May 18th, 1980, Closer officially became the stuff of rock legend.

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