500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

Otis Redding, 'The Dock of the Bay'
161/500

161. Otis Redding, 'The Dock of the Bay'

Atlantic, 1968

Redding recorded his Monterey Pop-inspired "soul-folk" experiment "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" four days before he died in a plane crash. The posthumous album guitarist Steve Cropper compiled out of unreleased sessions is essential soul.

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