Lauryn Hill scores Apple's best album of all time

Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill has been declared the best album of all time.

The 1998 album took out the top spot on Apple Music's 10 greatest albums.

Hill's debut album outpaced other classic records from Beyoncé, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Nirvana.

"This is my award, but it's a rich, deep narrative, and involves so many people, and so much sacrifice, and so much time, and so much collective love," Hill said after receiving the news.

Hill's album sat atop Michael Jackson's Thriller (1982) at number two and The Beatles' Abbey Road (1969) at number three.

There are only five artists with two albums on the full top 100 list - The Beatles, Wonder, Prince, Radiohead and Beyoncé.

The process started several months ago when the music streaming giant's team of editors and music experts generated a list of candidates from the past 65 years.

Members from Apple Music's internal team submitted their personal lists through the company's voting microsite.

The same voting methodology was used for a select group of external voters that included artists, songwriters, producers and media.

"This list isn't a popularity contest," explained Ebro Darden, global editorial head of hip-hop and R&B at Apple Music. "We challenged everyone to not vote based on your favourites.

"You're invited into the panel because you have music knowledge beyond what you listen to when you're on the elliptical machine."