500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

Grateful Dead, 'American Beauty'

261. Grateful Dead, 'American Beauty'

Warner Bros., 1970

The Dead were never better in the studio than on the down-home stoner country of American Beauty. Released just six months after the folky classic Workingman's Dead [see No. 264], it has some of the band's most beloved songs, including "Box of Rain" and "Friend of the Devil."

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