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1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die is a musical reference book edited by Robert Dimery, released in 2006. It consists of a list of albums released between 1955 and 2005, part of a series from Quintessence Editions Ltd. The book is arranged chronologically, starting with Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours and concluding with Myths of the Near Future by Klaxons.

Each entry in the list is accompanied by a short essay written by a noted music critic. The entries are accompanied by pictures, quotes, and additional information (such as the album's running time and producer). Film soundtracks were excluded unless they consisted fully of original material.


Although the vast majority of the book's recommendations are rock and/or pop albums from the Western world, 1001 Albums also features a selections from world music, R&B, blues, hip hop, country, electronica, and jazz. The rock and pop albums included are also quite diverse, featuring such subgenres as punk, grindcore, heavy metal, alternative rock, progressive rock, easy listening, and 1950s-style rock and roll.


In late 2007, the book was revised and re-issued to include albums from 2006 onwards. The new albums added from these years included Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Christina Aguilera's Back to Basics, Radiohead's In Rainbows, M.I.A.'s Kala and Joanna Newsom's Ys.

Notably, several of the most current albums in the original edition, including Guero, Aha Shake Heartbreak, Arular, and Get Behind Me Satan, were removed. The cover was also changed, with an image of Blondie's Debbie Harry used in place of the images of Kraftwerk and a child wearing headphones that had previously been used in the EU and US respectively.

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