En 1988, le quotidien Libération faisait le point sur les disques qui avaient alors marqué l’histoire du Rock : 1968-1988, l’album de nos 20 ans. 1988, pour le passage de témoin entre le vinyle et le CD, 1968 pour l’avènement du concept “album” au profit du single (discutable au regard des disques sortis durant les 3 années auparavant).

Ce hors série est un véritable essai de discothèque idéale, même si la période exclut le Sgt Pepper’s des Beatles, ou le Nevermind de Nirvana. Néanmoins, la tentative de classement reste on en peut plus crédible. Le quotidien avait alors réuni un parterre de connaisseurs au dessus de toute légitimité : Philippe Manoeuvre, Bayon, Marie-France Brière, Patrice Blanc-Francard, Philippe Labro, Yves Bigot, Michel Drucker, José Artur, Serge Loupien, Serge July, Pierre Lescure, Claude Villers, Philippe Paringaux, Bernard Lenoir, François Jouffa, et plusieurs autres encore…

Découvrons donc le classement des 100 plus grands disques de cette période :

100 – BEATLES (the) Let It Be 1970

99 – HAYES, Isaac Shaft 1971

98 – HALLYDAY, Johnny Flagrant Délit 1971

97 – JEFFERSON AIRPLANE Bark 1971

96 – WHITE, Tony Joe Homemade Ice Cream 1973

95 – DR. FEELGOOD Down By The Jetty 1975

94 – KING SUNNY ADE AND HIS AFRICAN BEATS Juju Music 1982

93 – CURE (the) Seventeen Seconds 1980

92 – MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA Birds Of Fire 1973

91 – DEVILLE, Mink Cabretta 1977

90 – CALE, John Paris 1919 1973

89 – CHRISTOPHE Le Beau Bizarre 1978

88 – VEGA, Alan Alan Vega 1980

87 – WAILERS (the) Burnin’ 1973

86 – NEWMAN, Randy Sail Away 1972

85 – FLEETWOOD MAC Rumours 1977

84 – MC CARTNEY, Paul Mc Cartney 1970

83 – KRISTOFFERSON, Kris Me And Bobby Mc Gee 1973

82 – MANSET, Gérard Manset 1975

81 – FRANKLIN, Aretha Lady Soul 1968

80 – STEPPENWOLF Steppenwolf Live 1970

79 – DIRE STRAITS Dire Straits 1978

78 – IGGY AND THE STOOGES Raw Power 1973

77 – REDDING, Otis The Dock Of The Bay 1968

76 – SUICIDE Suicide 1977

75 – SANTANA Abraxas 1970

74 – JOY DIVISION Closer 1980

73 – SMITH, Patti Horses 1975

72 – J.J. CALE Really 1972

71 – SUPERTRAMP Breakfast In America 1979

70 – GABRIEL, Peter So 1986

69 – YOUNG, Neil After The Goldrush 1970

68 – BROWN, James Sex Machine 1970

67 – SPRINGSTEEN, Bruce Born In The USA 1984

66 – DAN, Steely Gaucho 1980

65 – BAND (the) The Band 1969

64 – GAINSBOURG, Serge L’Homme A La Tête De Chou 1976

63 – KINKS Lola 1970

62 – PINK FLOYD The Wall 1979

61 – BASHUNG, Alain Pizza 1981

60 – COHEN, Leonard Songs From A Room 1969

59 – DEVO Q: Are We Not Men ? A : We Are Devo ! 1978

58 – MAYFIELD, Curtis Super Fly 1972

57 – HARRISON, George All Things Must Pass 1970

56 – TALKING HEADS Remain In Light 1980

55 – VAN MORRISON Moondance 1970

54 – WYATT, Robert Rock Bottom 1974

53 – ROXY MUSIC For Your Pleasure… 1973

52 – RITA MITSOUKO (les) The No Comprendo 1986

51 – CREAM Wheels Of Fire 1968

50 – JEFF BECK GROUP (the) Beck-Ola 1969

49 – CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG Deja Vu 1970

48 – BUCKLEY, Tim Greetings From L.A. 1974

47 – PINK FLOYD The Dark Side Of The Moon 1973

46 – U2 The Joshua Tree 1987

45 – FAITHFULL, Marianne Broken English 1979

44 – PRETENDERS Pretenders 1980

43 – SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE There’s A Riot Goin’ On 1971

42 – DEREK AND THE DOMINOS Layla 1970

41 – PRESLEY, Elvis From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee 1969

40 – COSTELLO, Elvis This Year’s Model 1978

39 – WONDER, Stevie Talking Book 1972

38 – POLICE (the) Regatta De Blanc 1979

37 – YOUNG, Neil Harvest 1972

36 – DAVIS, Miles Bitches Brew 1970

35 – CREEDANCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL Willy And The Poor Boys 1969

34 – SPRINGSTEEN, Bruce Born To Run 1975

33 – VELVET UNDERGROUND Velvet Underground 1969

32 – POLICE (the) Outlandous d’Amour 1978

31 – LED ZEPPELIN IV 1971

30 – WHO (the) Who’s Next 1972

29 – LED ZEPPELIN II 1972

28 – BIG BROTHER AND THE HOLDING COMPANY Cheap Thrills 1968

27 – JOHN, Elton Goodbye Yellow Brick Road 1973

26 – DYLAN, Bob Nashville Skyline 1969

25 – LENNON, John Plastic Ono Band 1970

24 – EAGLES Hotel California 1976

23 – PRINCE Sign O’ The Time 1987

22 – PRINCE 1999 1982

21 – REED, Lou Transformer 1972

20 – PRINCE Purple Rain 1984

19 – DYLAN, Bob Blood On The Tracks 1976

18 – SIMON, Paul Graceland 1986

17 – VAN MORRISON Astral Weeks 1969

16 – ROLLING STONES (the) Exile On Main Street 1972

15 – SEX PISTOLS (the) Never Mind The Bollocks 1977

14 – CLASH (the) London Calling 1979

13 – ROLLING STONES (the) Sticky Fingers 1971

12 – BOWIE, David Ziggy Stardust 1972

11 – JACKSON, Michael Thriller 1982

10 – WHO (the) Tommy 1969

9 – GAYE, Marvin What’s Going On 1971

8 – DOORS (the) L.A. Woman 1971

7 – WONDER, Stevie Songs In The Key Of Life 1976

6 – ROLLING STONES (the) Beggars Banquet 1968

5 – LENNON, John Imagine 1971

4 – ROLLING STONES (the) Let It Bleed 1969

3 – HENDRIX, Jimi Electric Ladyland 1968

2 – BEATLES (the) The Beatles 1968

1 – BEATLES (the) Abbey Road 1969