Type of site
Review aggregator and database
Available inEnglish
OwnerHenrik Franzon[1]
Created byHenrik Franzon[1]
RegistrationForum only, optional and free
LaunchedSeptember 2001; 21 years ago (2001-09)
Current statusActive

Acclaimed Music is a website created by Henrik Franzon, a statistician from Stockholm, Sweden,[1][2][3][4] in September 2001. Franzon has statistically aggregated hundreds of published lists that rank songs and albums into aggregated rankings by year, decade and all-time.[1][2][5][6][7] Lists that are submitted by readers to magazines or websites are excluded from the aggregation.[8] Author Michaelangelo Matos writes that "Franzon's methods are imperfect, but as indicators of overall critical appeal go, it's hard to beat."[2]

As of 2020, the site's aggregated lists name the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds (1966) as the most highly rated album of all time,[9] and Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" (1965) as the most highly rated song of all time.[10][11] Additionally, the Beatles are the most acclaimed band, Dylan is the most acclaimed male solo artist, and Madonna is the most acclaimed female artist.[12]


  1. ^ a b c d Rosoff, Matt (September 12, 2007). "The critics vs. the people". CNET.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Matos, Michaelangelo (March 31, 2004). Prince's Sign O' the Times. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781441191274.
  3. ^ Feldman, Stan (January 10, 2008). "Music Notes:". Star-News. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  4. ^ Keppler, Nick (August 27, 2015). "The Swedish Tax Agent Who Has Aggregated the Best Music of All Time". Mental Floss. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  5. ^ Wyn Jones, Carys (2008). The Rock Canon: Canonical Values in the Reception of Rock Albums. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 27. ISBN 9780754662440.
  6. ^ Gomes, Lee (October 13, 2003). "Stuck on Steppenwolf? Now There Are Ways To Update Your Tastes". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  7. ^ Raftery, Brian (April 3, 2007). "Project X: Tonight We're Gonna Party Like It's 1952". Idolator. Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  8. ^ Franzon, Henrik. "Questions & Answers". Archived from the original on February 13, 2014.
  9. ^ Mendelsohn, Jason; Klinger, Eric (February 3, 2020). "Counterbalance No. 1: The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds'". Popmatters. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  10. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (October 10, 2016). "The Beach Boys' 'Good Vibrations' at 50: A Masterpiece of Emotion as Much as Science". Billboard. Retrieved March 17, 2020.
  11. ^ Buwalda, Peter (January 3, 2019). "Om te beginnen moet het volk z'n muil houden, wat natuurlijk het halve werk is". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  12. ^ "Music - Top Artists". Retrieved March 17, 2020.

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