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The 50 Coolest Albums ever

Popular music has always been inextricably linked to the notion of cool. Whether that be looking cool, sounding cool or by not giving a flying fig about anything else and doing exactly as you please (very cool). Sometimes, it has been all three.

And while cool can often be a spurious and amorphous object, some elements endure. What we have for you here, therefore, are the 50 coolest albums of all time. A contentious claim? No doubt. But we assure you, your record/MP3 collection is seriously lacking in kudos without these 50 records.

What have we missed? Any glaring howlers? Come on, folks, let us know below. Let the mud-slinging begin…

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