500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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

Wire, 'Pink Flag'

412. Wire, 'Pink Flag'

Harvest, 1977

This first-generation U.K. punk band made sparse tunes that erupted in combustible snippets on its 21-track debut album. The curt mania of "12XU" had a massive influence on hardcore punk, and bands like Sonic Youth and R.E.M. took to the arty blurt of songs like "Strange" and "Ex Lion Tamer."

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