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Avclub's Artists That Pass the Five-Albums Test

In practically every discussion that's taken place about pop music over the past 40 years, two rubrics have been used to assess an artist's greatness. The first is "popularity," which is the sum total of record sales, radio airplay, television appearances, social-media prominence, bedroom wall posters, and T-shirts worn by attractive high school girls and/or thirtysomething male burnouts. The second rubric is "critical respectability," which is the accumulation of positive record reviews, mentions in other bands' reviews as an important influence. I'd like to humbly suggest a third rubric: the five-albums test.
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required scores: 1, 25, 40, 72, 111 

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Rubber Soul (The Beatles, 1965)
Rubber Soul (The Beatles, 1965)
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Revolver (The Beatles, 1966)
Revolver (The Beatles, 1966)
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Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles, 1967)
Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (The Beatles, 1967)
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The White Album (The Beatles, 1968)
The White Album (The Beatles, 1968)
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Abbey Road (The Beatles, 1969)
Abbey Road (The Beatles, 1969)
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Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin, 1969)
Led Zeppelin (Led Zeppelin, 1969)
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Led Zeppelin II (Led Zeppelin, 1969)
Led Zeppelin II (Led Zeppelin, 1969)
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Led Zeppelin III (Led Zeppelin, 1970)
Led Zeppelin III (Led Zeppelin, 1970)
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Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin, 1971)
Led Zeppelin IV (Led Zeppelin, 1971)
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Houses of the Holy (Led Zeppelin, 1973)
Houses of the Holy (Led Zeppelin, 1973)
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Meddle (Pink Floyd, 1971)
Meddle (Pink Floyd, 1971)
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The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd, 1973)
The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd, 1973)
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Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd, 1975)
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd, 1975)
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Animals (Pink Floyd, 1977)
Animals (Pink Floyd, 1977)
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The Wall (Pink Floyd, 1979)
The Wall (Pink Floyd, 1979)
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Debut (Björk, 1993)
Debut (Björk, 1993)
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Post (Björk, 1995)
Post (Björk, 1995)
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Homogenic (Björk, 1997)
Homogenic (Björk, 1997)
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Vespertine (Björk, 2001)
Vespertine (Björk, 2001)
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Medúlla (Björk, 2004)
Medúlla (Björk, 2004)
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Never for Ever (Kate Bush, 1980)
Never for Ever (Kate Bush, 1980)
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The Dreaming (Kate Bush, 1982)
The Dreaming (Kate Bush, 1982)
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Hounds of Love (Kate Bush, 1985)
Hounds of Love (Kate Bush, 1985)
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The Sensual World (Kate Bush, 1989)
The Sensual World (Kate Bush, 1989)
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The Red Shoes (Kate Bush, 1993)
The Red Shoes (Kate Bush, 1993)
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Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 1969)
Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Neil Young & Crazy Horse, 1969)
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After the Gold Rush (Neil Young, 1970)
After the Gold Rush (Neil Young, 1970)
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Harvest (Neil Young, 1972)
Harvest (Neil Young, 1972)
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On the Beach (Neil Young, 1974)
On the Beach (Neil Young, 1974)
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Tonight's the Night (Neil Young, 1975)
Tonight's the Night (Neil Young, 1975)
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Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen, 1975)
Born to Run (Bruce Springsteen, 1975)
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Darkness on the Edge of Town (Bruce Springsteen, 1978)
Darkness on the Edge of Town (Bruce Springsteen, 1978)
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The River (Bruce Springsteen, 1980)
The River (Bruce Springsteen, 1980)
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Nebraska (Bruce Springsteen, 1982)
Nebraska (Bruce Springsteen, 1982)
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Born in the U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen, 1984)
Born in the U.S.A. (Bruce Springsteen, 1984)
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OK Computer (Radiohead, 1997)
OK Computer (Radiohead, 1997)
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Kid a (Radiohead, 2000)
Kid a (Radiohead, 2000)
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Amnesiac (Radiohead, 2001)
Amnesiac (Radiohead, 2001)
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Hail to the Thief (Radiohead, 2003)
Hail to the Thief (Radiohead, 2003)
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In Rainbows (Radiohead, 2007)
In Rainbows (Radiohead, 2007)
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