500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

Jackson Browne, 'The Pretender'

391. Jackson Browne, 'The Pretender'

Asylum, 1976

Laid-back Southern California folk rock took on new weight with Browne's fourth album. His first wife committed suicide while he was writing these songs, and they became hard-bitten. "Say a prayer for the pretender," he sings, "who started out so young and strong, only to surrender."

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