Springsteen Betters Beatles in Survey
Reuters reports that Zagat's new 332-page guide calculates ratings from more than 10,500 music fans. "Born to Run" took the No. 1 spot, followed, in order, by the Fab Four's "Abbey Road" and "Sgt. Pepper."
The list came about after respondents whittled down a list of 2,500 titles previously compiled by music industry specialists. The guidebook publisher, best known for its populist restaurant listings, then asked those participating to list their five favorite albums and then rate other albums on a 30-point scale.
Survey participants applauded Springsteen's 1975 breakthrough album for its "cinematic vision of American teen-age romanticism" and its "promise of the endless Saturday night," according to Reuters, while "Abbey Road" was praised by one fan as "the Sistine Chapel of rock 'n' roll."
Rounding out the "most popular" top 10 list are U2's "The Joshua Tree," the Beatles' "The White Album," Miles Davis's "Kind of Blue," Springsteen's "Darkness on the Edge of Town," The Beatles' "Revolver," Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" and U2's "Achtung Baby."
Agree or disagree? That's the point. "I hope there is some controversy," publisher Tim Zagat tells Reuters.
"People can argue until the cows come home over whether Mozart was a better songwriter than Bob Dylan, but just that you are juxtaposing Dylan and Mozart catches you by surprise and makes you think."
In related music news, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced Tuesday that its 46th annual Grammy ceremony will take place at Los Angeles's Staples Center on Feb. 8. (That means New York loses out. Both cities vie heavily to play host to the music industry's big event.)
Nominees will be announced Dec. 4.