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.
avg. score: 64 of 200 (32%)
required scores: 1, 25, 40, 72, 111