I’m sure that everyone has seen lists before like this. I’ve never found one that was useful, or in any way represented my opinions.
Today, however, I found a list that at least interested my inner numbers geek. Yahoo! music has a post on what they think are the 20 best albums of all time based on sales numbers, critical reviews and a "staying power" variable that measures long term popularity to hit records. In other words, Hootie and Blowfish might have had a huge album, but you would be willing to part with it today for a dollar, whereas no one is going to pry your Dark Side of the Moon album out of your hands. (This goes especially true if your initials are BF).
I don’t want to steal Yahoo’s! thunder, so click to see the list. I will tell you that you are stoked if you are receiving royalties from Led Zeppelin. These aren’t my favorite 20 albums, but I do respect the attempt at trying to arrive at it mathematically while still having some quality control in the mix.