Vatican newspaper releases list of top ten albums: Fleetwood Mac! Pink Floyd! ... Oasis?

L’ Osservatore Romano, the official newspaper of the Vatican in Italy, has released its official list of all-time top ten albums, and there is nary a children’s choir nor a Pat Boone best-of to be found.

Amongst the papal state’s surprisingly secular picks? The Beatles’ Revolver (holding the no. 1 spot), Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of The Moon, Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, whose “illuminating simplicity and musical thrust” they hail. Also: U2’s Achtung Baby, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours,  Donald Fagen of Steely Dan fame’s The Nightfly, Carlos Santana’s Supernatural, Paul Simon’s Graceland and David Crosby’s If I Could Only Remember My Name.

Even Bob Dylan’s recent Christmas-themed efforts couldn’t get him shortlisted, however; article authors Giuseppe Fiorentino and Gaetano Vallini excluded him on the grounds that generations of less-talented Dylan acolytes have “harshly tested the ears and patience of listeners with their inferior imitations, thinking that their tortured meanderings might interest somebody.” Tough toke, Bobby Zimmerman.

Does 82-tear-old Pope Benedict XVI personally approve? He is nominated alongside Oasis for a Brit music award—he for Classical Brit, they for best album of the last 30 years. Alas, the ceremonies are held separately, so it is unlikely the twain shall physically meet.

What do you think, readers—are the Vatican paper’s picks divinely right, or holy crap? For Santana, we would vote his 1970 classic Abraxas over the Rob Thomas-noodling Supernatural any day; then again, we are but mere heathen mortals. And perhaps the Church does not approve of his Wiccan muse?

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  • Menchy

    Hahahahaha. “Divinely right or holy crap” That killed me.

  • Katja

    LOL. It amazes me what the Vatican sticks its nose into, and I’ve been a Catholic my whole life. I agree about the Santana album (sometimes you really have to take what the Vatican says with a grain of salt), but I’m delighted they included Thriller!

  • crispy

    Somehow I doubt Roger Waters will be pleased with this “honor.”

  • cameobrooch

    Misleading article. L’Osservatore Romano reports on the Vatican, but it does not necessarily adhere to the Church’s stance on topics. Therefore, this list should not be interpreted as being the Church’s or the Pope’s top ten albums, nor should it be assumed that the Church or the Pope has endorsed the albums.

    • James

      That would make more sense.

  • chris

    I’m just glad Taylor Swift isn’t on there.

    • Shannon


  • Ambient Lite

    What, no Gregorian Chant?

    • Mat Cendana

      Yeah, one of Enigma’s albums here would have been great. And I’m a Sunni Muslim.

      Oasis?! But I’m not complaining too much – my two favourite albums are here.. Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours. The Vatican’s cool!:-)

  • Jeff E.

    Great — the Vatican approves of Pink Floyd? Now I have to find a NEW “Devil’s Music” to listen to… darn you, L’Osservatore Romano… darn you straight to Heck!

  • Joe C

    The previous Pope liked ‘Back in Black’ so I guess they changed the Vatican playlist…

    • Steve

      hi here my secular songs

  • Joe C

    Leah, I still am annoyed at your less than enthusiastic reception to Mariah’s ‘Memoirs’ last year; I am confident you will see the light eventually on that. I agree with you wholeheartedly on your Santana comment on this post however; that horrible ‘Smooth’ song, which was perhaps the most annoying song of the 90’s, dragged down that whole CD. Jack Bauer should use that song to torture terrorists on ’24′; they’d tell him everything before the first commercial break…

  • Diego Sierra

    oasis FTW!!!

    • José Páez

      oasis is epic!

  • Dynomoose

    Of course they picked Thriller. Those pederasts need to stick together.

    • yo momma

      Everything for a good joke isnt? MJ was innocent. The FBI fallowed him and searched his houses and personal computers for 12 moth**years and guess what they found: ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. But, please, Keep going on being an ignorant retarded, be my guest.

  • Mack

    Wooo Fleetwood Mac got in there, they are so deserving of it. Stevie, Mick, Lindsay, John and christine. Tusk cleans up. Play it loud with good bass and you will not find a better song

  • Kate

    Absolutely Oasis in best album! how is that a “?” at all? That album is ALWAYS listed in the top tens.

  • sean Connor

    This is some sorta hoax right ? David Crosby`s If Only was about drugs and how he couldnt even remember his name he was so Stoned. The Dark Side of the Moon had No Answers to the problems it highlited. Michael Jackson was a Pedeophile. Carlos believes in a god that the Catholic Church doesnt….etc, etc.
    And then they go on to comment about Bob Dylan and why he wasnt on the list. He should have been #1 with the Album Slow Train`s A Coming for his profession in it about his Belief in Christ . I could go on and write a whole long dissertation on this subject, but i have children to tend too. God Help the Catholic Church for it seems that it too has had been misled by the culture and the Evil One.

  • Mike Bruce

    Thank you, thank you, someone has finally given the David Crosby album (belated) recognition that it so deserves. To me, the mood and atmosphere of this work captivates the the surreal haze of its’ time, truly an exceptional production of cerebal travel.It will take you to that “new frontier”.

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