The Vatican's official newspaper, L' Osservatore Romano
, just published what it calls a "semi-serious" list of the 10 best rock albums of all time
. This is interesting because previously the Church has denounced all rock music. And while L' Osservatore
putting out this list doesn't mean that Pope Benedict is listening to Lady Gaga in the back rooms of St. Peter's, at least they're getting with the program a little. Here is the full list (though the Wall Street Journa
l article from which this comes says only that Revolver
is number one. Consider the rest unordered.The Beatles, Revolver
Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of The Moon
Oasis, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Michael Jackson, Thriller
U2, Achtung Baby
Fleetwood Mac, Rumours
Donald Fagen, The Nightfly
Carlos Santana, Supernatural
Paul Simon, Graceland
David Crosby, If I Could Only Remember My Name
You might wonder where, say, the Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin are, but the answer to that is pretty obvious, as those are clearly the records for sinners. Where is Bob Dylan?
Bob Dylan was excluded from the list despite his "great poetic vein" because he paved the way for generations of unprofessional singer-songwriters who have "harshly tested the ears and patience of listeners" with their tormented stories.
How do you think the Church's list sounds?Via Gawker.