Marvin Gaye's classic WHAT'S GOING ON has beaten records by Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder to be voted the best black album of all time.

The SEXUAL HEALING singer's 1971 disc topped the chart of the 100 greatest albums by black artists - compiled by British newspaper NEW NATION and chosen by black artists, DJs and music industry experts.

Jackson's OFF THE WALL came second - followed by Public Enemy's IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK in third place, and Wonder's SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE in fourth.

Rapper Nas rounded off the top five with his debut album ILLMATIC.

New Nation editor MICHAEL EBODA says, "The biggest surprise, considering how far he has distanced himself from the black community in terms of his colour, is Michael Jackson.

"He has two albums in the Top 10, but both recorded before Jacko went so Wacko."

The top 10 black albums are as follows:

1. WHAT'S GOING ON - MARVIN GAYE

2. OFF THE WALL - MICHAEL JACKSON

3. IT TAKES A NATION OF MILLIONS TO HOLD US BACK - PUBLIC ENEMY

4. SONGS IN THE KEY OF LIFE - STEVIE WONDER

5. ILLMATIC - NAS

6. THRILLER - MICHAEL JACKSON

7. CATCH A FIRE - BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS

8. READY TO DIE - NOTORIOUS BIG

9. STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON - NWA

10. THE MISEDUCATION OF LAURYN HILL - LAURYN HILL.

29/06/2004 13:52