The Top 100 Albums in the Rick Rubin Extended Universe, Ranked

These are not Rick Rubin’s albums. To whatever extent he was involved in their creation, they belong, as they always have, to the artists who actually did the work to create them. That’s the way the man would like it. “I never wanted the records I do to sound like my records,” he’s said. “I want a thread running through the records that’s about the artists, not about me. I think my recordings are honest, almost documentary-like, explorations of who the artists are.” For better and worse, here are 100 real ones…


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