Top Ten Albums You Must Own


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The Top Ten

Thriller - Michael Jackson
Whoever says this gem is overrated knows nothing about music or their taste in music is pure crap.. Nobody makes albums like the "KING".. The one where every song is adorable and brilliant.. I believe nevermind is the world's most overrated album.. "SLTspirit" is a milestone record, I totally agree but as an album it is highly inconsistent
Any Music collection is incomplete without this masterpiece! Haters keep whining about it cause Nobody does it better when it comes to quality of albums. Its not like an album has two or three good songs but every song has to be a potential chartbuster and this guy knew how to have it that way! If anything is over-rated it has to 'nevermind'. What if it broke grounds for grunge it is not even the best grunge album of all time.. Pearl jam did it better
OMG The King of Pop is the best... Thriller is the best album of all time... Micheal was such an original gifted singer and entertainer... love this album... RIP MJ xoxo


[Newest]There is a reason it pretty much tops every chart ever made! Simply class! For all you haters the numbers don't lie!

2Master of Puppets - Metallica
What metalhead wouldn't own this? None


One of the greatest albums by one of the greatest bands om the history of music. Has the original Metallica feel to it. There's not a person in the world who wouldn't hear at least one song from it. If you don't own it - shame on you!
Definiately the greatest heavy album of all time (and as heavy is the greatest genre, logic demands that this is the best album)


[Newest]Best metal album ever

3Nevermind - Nirvana
People people, where is dark side of the moon, thriller 1, it just makes me hate Michael jackson even more, this is the greatest album of all time
Some body screw this tasteless jerk with his tasteless followers of Pop Music. Where's The Beatles? Where's Pink Floyd? Where's U2? Invincible was Mj's biggest flop, Thriller is over rated and Who the heck is Sarah Brightman?
Haha! Love Nirvana totally deserve to be in top ten, but should be no. 1, Oh well, whatever, NEVERMIND R.I.P. Kurt Cobain, you are god
[Newest]One of the best albums of all time

4Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses
I don't know anyone who doesn't like this album. Sweet Child O' Mine, Welcome to the Jungle, Nightrain, Paradise City, etc.


This is my album and I believe everyone should own by the time they are 25 along with, slippery when wet, new jersey, back in black plus many more including some I probably haven't even heard
This list is a joke. The only top-10 albums that deserve to be there are A Beautiful Lie (30 Seconds to Mars), Thriller (MJ), and Nevermind (Nirvana). Where's American Idiot (Green Day), and The Dark Side of the Moon (Pink Floyd), and Led Zeppelin I?
[Newest]Come on, this is definitely an album if you don't own you should at least hear 50 times! So just buy it!

5HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I - Michael Jackson

6Led Zeppelin IV - Led Zeppelin
Every song is a super-song in this album. you have one of the greatest riffs, an adventure song, stairway to heaven, an easy catchy songs, a super drum song, etc...
This album has everything...the essence of Led Zeppelin. Definitely better than anything Cobain or Nirvana could ever dream of doing.


Everyone should own this album.

7Abbey Road - The Beatles
The people who voted for ANY of the albums above simply voted for them because it's THEIR favorite or because it's "popular" now. Do you see or did you see 80 year old women buying pop albums like Madonna or 30 Seconds to Mars? No. When the Beatles released an album, EVERYONE loved it. Never ever has there been a band or artist that's come anywhere near how amazing the Beatles were.


Things like Abbey Road only happen once a hundred years, a thousand even. It is the finest work by the best musicians of all time.
This is the Beatles best album. From Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds to Twist and Shout, the Beatles gave it their all for this album. The best songs that you'll ever hear are on this one single album!
[Newest]This is only the greatest album of all time and the most celebrated should be 1

8Paranoid - Black Sabbath
Why is so much pop on here. I swear, people need to get over Michael Jackson already, nobody was so obsessed when he was alive. Just like Kurt Cobain and 2pac, he dies, and all of a sudden he's the best artist to ever live. The only differences are Kurt Cobain and 2pac didn't make annoying pop crap music and they actually should be considered to be in top ten of all time, unlike MJ.


If you call your self a true metal or rock fan, you have to own this album! How is all this pop and rap junk ahead of Black Sabbath? You people have know knowledge of music.


9True Blue - Madonna
Catchy, intriguing, great... record! Love it


10Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
Better than the top 3 albums combined. It's an amazing album and a classic.


I know that dark side of the moon is starting to feel like a bandwagon album but its easily Floyds best work.


It's a timeless classic and will never get old... It was on the charts for 15 years which is a record... I listen to it once almost every week... And is the best album to get high to!...
[Newest]This is the greatest album of all time. it is 10 times better than overrated thriller

The Contenders

11The Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
Not the best maiden album. My personal favourite is piece of mind
Better than the 12 above it. Better than the however many below it.
If you are a metalhead or simply just diggin' Hard Rock and Heavy Metal in general, you need this album!
[Newest]I love all the songs in this album.. Should definitely take the time to listen to it.. Up the Irons m/

12Dive - Sarah Brightman

13Ride the Lightning - Metallica
Every song on here is popular and has one of my favorite instrumental song the call of ktula this list has some crappy albums like Michael jackson and Madonna man who cares about pop it make me sick and I have to deal with it because it comes on the radio and I can't even tell if a girl or boy is singing anyways this album has fade to black (my favorite Metallica song) creeping death fight fire with fire and for whom the bell tolls the best Metallica songs and if your a Metallica fan you'll like this album and I like every album but lulu man why do people hate st. anger in my opinion all songs are good but purify and lulu all songs is crap and some don't make sense like on the song cheat on me lou reed says why did I cheat on me what does that mean and junior dad which is 20 min. long is gay. The reason I had this album was because I like lou reed but this album sucked don't get it this and master of puppets is the albums you at least need to own

14Combat Rock - The Clash
Best Band, because they never betrayed theire way of thinking; IĀ'm not marxist, but I believe, like them, in a better world.. "Clash" means true politique

15Another Music In a Different Kitchen - The Buzzcocks

16The Wall - Pink Floyd
One of the greatest album of all time! An album that you have to listen to before you die
The only album that makes you truly feel the authors pain in it.
My favorite album ever.
Absolute perfection. Truly shows the genius of Roger Waters in 2 discs. Mind-blowing.
[Newest]In my opinion, even better than "Dark Side Of The Moon"and that's saying a lot.

17Moving Pictures - Rush
Moving Pictures should be number 1, or number 2 if you wanna put 2112 ahead of it. It is only 3 guys playing instruments, unlike other bands or artists where they have a gazillion or are just 1 stand alone person who doesn't even write their own music. I'm not gunna say any names, but you know who I'm talking' about.
Every. Single. Song. Rocks.

18Inflammable Material - Stiff Little Fingers

19Invincible - Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson is the Ultimate.. His each and every album is better than any one else's. L-O-V-E you forever Michael Jackson, "King of Pop, Rock and Soul", "God of Dance", "King of Music Videos". MJ IS FOREVER.

20Van Halen - Van Halen
Possibly the greatest debut of all time and one of the greatest rock albums of all time.

21Back in Black - AC/DC
really? 49 Million albums sold world wide and this is #31?
One of the greatest hard rock albums ever! A must own not only for an AC/DC fan, but any rock fan!
At least top 5 please

22The White Album - The Beatles

23Nevermind the Bollocks - The Sex Pistols

24Like a Prayer - Madonna
I prefer "True Blue" but this is her most iconic album. A Must Have Album Definitely!


25Heaven Up Here - Echo & the Bunnymen

26Come on Over - Shania Twain
Biggest-selling country album ever by the touching songs of Shania Twain with songs like From This Moment On, You're Still the One, Man! I Feel Like a Woman!


Best selling album from female singer


27American Idiot - Green Day
Simply put, "THE PUNK ROCK OPERA" one and only

28Wheel of Time - Sandra

29Bad - Michael Jackson
Smooth Criminal is in it... AMAZING


30The Eminem Show - Eminem
This is best album ever.

31All Mod Cons - The Jam

32Indestructible - Disturbed

33Dream With Me - Jackie Evancho
Simply amazing performances by a young lady that none of the Billboard Hot100 could even attempt.
The DVD Dream With Me in Concert is remarkable - every song is stunning!
Get the PBS Great Performances "Dream With Me In Concert" album/DVD/Blu-ray recorded at the Ringling Museum, hosted by David Foster. Incomparable performances...
[Newest]If you only get one Jackie album, this is the defining one.

34Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi
great album with the greatest songs like livin on a prayer and wanted dead or alive


35A Night at the Opera - Queen
Not only about the greatest hits, but some hidden gems are in there, too! Seaside Rendezvous, Death On Two Legs, Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, '39, Good Company... Fantastic! A must have.
a lot of the Queen Greatest Hits (1) Album came from a night at the Opera


Really a must have. Even my dad, who for some reason seems to have a grudge against Queen, has this album.

36Sacrament - Lamb of God

37A Beautiful Lie - 30 Seconds to Mars
This is the best rock album of the new millennium, if you don't already have this album or heard this band... Where have you been?
1 word: Fantastic. try to listen to it in the middle of the night. alone...
you'll lose your mind...


This album is a revolution. a mixture of neo prog, alternative rock and metal, so vote 4 it !!!


Everybody needs 30 seconds to Mars, but they don't know it yet. ;)

38All Hope Is Gone - Slipknot

39Tu Veneno - Natalia Oreiro

40Catch a Fire - Bob Marley

41Piya Basanti - K.S. Chithra

42The Blackening - Machine Head
This is one of the best albums ever released. Probably not as good as the follow up Unto The Locust, but still, one of the best albums ever released from any genre.

43Ray of Light - Madonna

44A Little More Personal - Lindsay Lohan

45Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
How is this not #1? It sure should be.


46Homogenic - Bjork
I need to buy it! Probably the only album that will always be ahead of the curve, no matter what year it is or trend that music is following. No other album will leave such an impression that people would feel intimidated to try and recreate it's sound.

47Californication - Red Hot Chili Peppers
This is one of the best albums ever (along with by the way, BSSM, and stadium arcadium). How the hell is Lindsey Logan ahead of this album? This list is bull.

48Phobia - Breaking Benjamin

4918 - Moby

50Violator - Depeche Mode

51OK Computer - Radiohead
A perfectly flawless album. Shows the diversity of Radiohead and their true creativity. Made better if quickly followed by Kid A, which is really the comedown of OK Computer
Michael jackson, 30 seconds to mars, lindsay lohan, madonna, christina aguilera, bon jovi, green day, shania twain and maroon 5 are better than radiohead? Disappointing. At least the beatles and led zep are in the top 10.
Perfect sound creation! Radiohead's albums are better than American musics of now.
[Newest]This album changed my life.

52Reign in Blood - Slayer

53The Power - Vanessa Amorosi

54Symbolic - Death
This is the definitive progressive death metal album, it's a shame chuck isn't with with us
Should be top 5.


55Brave - Jennifer Lopez

56Two Sevens Clash - Culture

57Echoes: The Best of Pink Floyd - Pink Floyd

58Power - Nekrogoblikon

59Black Celebration - Depeche Mode

60Songs About Jane - Maroon 5

61Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1992-2001) - Barenaked Ladies

62The English Riviera - Metronomy

63Toxicity - System of a Down

64Screaming for Vengeance - Judas Priest

65Play - Moby

66Disintegration - The Cure

67Temperature Rising - Tata Young

68Blood Sugar Sex Magik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
7 million people got the right idea


The best album ever!

69Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd

70Worship Music - Anthrax

71Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys

72Sticky Fingers - The Rolling Stones

73Blunderbuss - Jack White

74You Can Dance - Madonna

75The White Room - The KLF

76Confessions on a Dance Floor - Madonna

77Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
What the best album all songs are good crawling won grammy and in the end the greatest rock song ever I have listen also the best band ever all the albums are very good chester's voice is out of the world
How come this album so low under?!
It deserves in top 5! Come on, LINKIN PARK was doing awesome in their first album! The lyrics, and Chester' voice was really cool..
The best album ever made by the best band. Linkin Park always impresses me, definitely #1.



78The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
Who put "the real slim shady" that's the name of a song by eminem. And that song is the worst on this album by far. Check out stan, rember me with sticky from onyx, and drug ballad all great songs and it showed lots of growth as a mc from his classic debut (witch still stands as one of the 10 best debut albums in hip-hop history). He was at his lyrical and emoitonal peak here.
Helloo this should be Number 1!

79It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back - Public Enemy

80Machine Head - Deep Purple

81Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson

82Substance - New Order

83Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel

84Music for the Masses - Depeche Mode

85Death Magnetic - Metallica
This is a very good album, all nightmare long and the unforgiven 3 are the best.

86Live at Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band

87Songs From the Silver Screen - Jackie Evancho
Tough to vote when there are two of her albums on the list (Dream With Me at 85). The PBS Great Performances "Music Of The Movies" concert of this album (also hosted by Jackie), is a delight - more so in my humble opinion than this CD. Keep an eye out for her THIRD PBS special later this year.
Another wonderful collection from this gifted prodigy.. Sure to become a classic of transition for Jackie from child to young lady..
Actually, all of Jackie's albums are a must have. All of them are important parts of the musical history of our era. Can't wait to puchase Awakening.
[Newest]Wonderful collection of songs that highlight Miss Evancho's vocal versatility.


88Stripped - Christina Aguilera
This album is really good. Songs like Fighter, Beautiful, Dirrty, The voice within or Walk away are just unique and amazing!
I love all song

89Nimrod - Green Day
love many of these albums on the list but this is GD at their best


90Perfect Day - Cascada

91Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin

92Hunky Dory - David Bowie

93Agnez Mo - Agnes Monica
The greatest Album
All songs are very good
After you hear it, you will repeat and repeat to hear again
Agnes is amazing
The greatest album from Agnes, you must buy it and hear all song.
The best album forever

94South of Heaven - Slayer

95Hate Crew Deathroll - Children of Bodom

96Screamadelica - Pink Floyd

97Rust In Peace - Megadeth
I know this album might not be for everyone but 121 is insulting and if master of puppets is 3 then this should be above it


One of the most defining moment in thrash metal history

98Real - L'arc~en~Ciel

99The Woman in Me - Shania Twain

100Highway To Hell - AC/DC

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