500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

The Mothers of Invention, 'Freak Out!'
255/500

255. The Mothers of Invention, 'Freak Out!'

Verve, 1966

A master guitarist and provocateur, Frank Zappa made more than 60 albums, but the first was perhaps the most groundbreaking. The double disc declared the arrival of a visionary weirdo who dabbled in doo-wop, pop-song parody, protest tunes, art rock and avant-garde classical.

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