500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

Lou Reed, 'Berlin'
157/500

157. Lou Reed, 'Berlin'

RCA, 1973

Reed followed up his breakthrough album, Transformer, with "my version of Hamlet." A bleak song cycle about an abusive, drug-fueled relationship, it's hugely ambitious but also one of the darker records ever made – slow, druggy and heavily orchestrated by producer Bob Ezrin.

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