Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has been named one of the greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone.
Released in 1998, the breakout debut from the former Fugees frontwoman lands at No. 10 on the magazine’s prestigious list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, the highest placement for a rap album.
Hill wrote, produced, and arranged the Grammy-winning project, which spawned standouts like “Ex-Factor,” “Doo Wop (That Thing),” and “To Zion,” with collaborators like John Legend, D’Angelo, and Mary J. Blige.
“Miseducation’s musical legacy is just as deep; at a time when pop was becoming increasingly slick and digitized in the go-go Nineties, here was an album that showed the commercial appeal of a rawer sound,” writes Rolling Stone.
Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On was crowned No. 1, while Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life lands at No. 4. Prince and the Revolution’s Purple Rain sits at No. 8. Other top 20 placements include Michael Jackson’s Thriller (No. 12), Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (No. 15), Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (No. 17), and Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (No. 19).
The Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die comes in at No. 22, followed by Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) at No. 27, and D’Angelo’s Voodoo at No. 28.
Although it was only released in 2016, Beyoncé’s LEMONADE is the most recent entry in the top 40. The “heartbreak masterpiece” ranks at No. 32. “All hail the queen,” writes Rolling Stone, who calls the album “her most expansive and personal statement.”
Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time was originally published in 2003. This year, the magazine remade the list from scratch by tabulating Top 50 Albums lists from more than 300 artists, producers, critics, and music-industry figures including Beyoncé, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, H.E.R., Tierra Whack, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ella Mai, Saweetie, and more.