Best Albums of All Time

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The Top Ten

Thriller - Michael Jackson
Come on it doesn't deserve 32% it deserves 101%

Even after 30 yrs of its release, it still remains the largest selling album released in history
I am speechless to describe how much I like this album in fact each and every album and single he released in his life

Mike rocks forever!
I've been searching for "best songs ever made" lately, and I was terribly disappointed to see that on so many lists there is no Michael Jackson! This is outrageous! One of the best pop singers in the world deserves more than that. This is the man that made a dancing and singing revolution, a man who was years ahead of his time, a man who amazed the world with his voice, performance, songs... This man was and always will be a GENIUS! He deserves to be number 1
The most amazing thing about Thriller is that there were only nine songs on the album but they were all completely incredible. No to mention that the album was on the billboard charts the last three years in over ten different countries. Who else can say that?
Concerts of his impersonators are selling millions in tickets. AMAZING. The king of pop title is deserved.
[Newest]Best album all time no questions
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2Dark Side of the Moon - Pink Floyd
Thriller: over-rated...
Becoming: Who in gods name is sarah geronimo and why the hell is she on this list.
A-ha: 80's band that never made a good album in their life. '

I think it is obvious that Dark Side of the Moon is a timeless album, a true classic, that is far superios to any other albums on this list. Definitely should be Number 1.
This album was on the charts for like 100 years straight... It's gotta be #1.
Its deep and sounds amazing nothing like it. The songwriting as has meaning and the album as a whole feels like it was written with more of a purpose then just to make people dance but instead to make them think. Its crazy money gets played on the radio when its about corporate greed
[Newest]No explanation needed. Best album ever made, period.
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3Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO) - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin IV was, is and always will be a timeless masterpiece. It set a standard for rock music which still has never been equaled or surpassed. It had a genius marketing campaign: the album has no official pronounceable title, the band or label name was not printed on the cover, only the song listing, mysterious pictures of an old hermit and the lyrics for "Stairway to Heaven", signifying that names don't matter, only the music. The production quality is crystal clear and even Led Zeppelin themselves couldn't replicate this sound afterwards and every song is a masterpiece although the side 2 of the album is often overlooked. It's one of the best selling albums of all time and is the 3rd best-selling album in the USA. If this album doesn't rank as the best, or at least one of the top ten, I seriously question the musical taste of the people here.
Its really impossible to choose an actual "number one" album, but this is a good pick, stairway to heaven is the greatest sounding solo of all time, and the song doesn't use any percusion or bass for the first few minutes but its still so great people will listen to the whole 8 or 9 minutes it is! Then its got rock and roll which is top 10 favorite rock songs for me, incredible, when the levee breaks is a great example of how zeppelin could turn a nonsingle cover song into a timeless hard rock classic, then they could had an acoustic song like going to California and made it amazing, not to mention this is one of the best selling albums by any artist from any genre EVER, all in all great album
(there are too many great albums out there to choose, this actually isn't even my favorite zeppelin album, its third behind Led Zeppelin II and houses of the holy)


I don't understand what kind of people like metallica, Zoso got "Stairway to Heaven, " "Rock And Roll, " and "Black Dog. " This album without doubt should be in the top three.


[Newest]The best led Zeppelin album, have it on vinyl.

4Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Sgt. Pepper made an artistic statement in a music that was NEVER considered art before. Language, fashion, artistic awareness and MUSIC ITSELF changed dramatically after it's release! Sgt. Pepper was a McCartney concept where by The Beatles took on an alter persona... This, in McCartney's mind, would "free" them from any / all "molds" created by the band prior... Lending a unique objectivity and experimentation to their process. The result WAS and REMAINS a landmark MASTERPIECE! The FIRST true "concept" album for sure! Of course the production, performances and COMPOSITIONS were WAY BEYOND "state of the art"! Beautiful, creative, melodic, defiant, edgy and GROUND BREAKING! How The Beatles "love to turn you on"!... Funny side note: did you know that Meter Maids were NEVER called Meter Maids until "Lovely Rita"?... Did you know on "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" recording tape was actually CUT and randomly put back together to create the beautifully chaotic organ sweeps? (no synths... Just their imaginations w some help from George Martin / Producer)... Did you know that "A Day In The Life" started out as 2 separate songs and that during the HUGE climax the FULL orchestra was directed by McCartney to "just play what you feel"? Did you know that "Penny Lane" AND Strawberry Fields Forever" were BOTH recorded with intentions of being on Sgt. Pepper! The record company was pressuring The Beatles for a FAST release so they released "Penny" and "Strawberry" early to appease the record label! WOW... Must be nice to have the confidence to omit THOSE 2 TRACKS! Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is BRILLIANT on so MANY levels... Dim the lights, grab some headphones and "sit back and let the evening GO"!


This album is the one that changed the face of music more than any other album. It virtually created the term "art rock" and brought rock to be respected. The innovation on this album led to practically every other album on this list. Whether it be the studio amazement on "Dark Side Of The Moon" or even the work with the orchestra on "S&M" The Beatles started it all here. If you wanna hear good work with an orchestra, then listen to "A Day In The Life. " You'll get some good playing there. Without Sgt Pepper, rock as we know it wouldn't even exist.
Sgt. Pepper's lonely Hearts Club Band was a pioneer. The music can never be duplicated due to the sound systems they created. Not even great music engineers can figure out how they created these sounds. Also, not only did it have smash hits like sgt. Pepper's, lucy in the sky with diamonds, a day in the life, but also other cracking songs. Every song on this album was just a masterpiece! And in one word, this album is just 'INCOMPARABLE'!
[Newest]The best band of all time and still!
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5Nevermind - Nirvana
What's wrong with you people? Nevermind on 14th? Kurt Cobain's amazing voice coupled with Krist Novoselic & Dave Grohl... This is THE BEST ALBUM EVER MADE.. Have some respect for REAL MUSIC PEOPLE!
Best there was, best there is and judging by all the crap released in recent years... The best there EVER will be. Kurt single handedly changed the landscape of music.
Nirvana changed the whole music scene with this album! People are still listening to this today, and will be forever more. This should be in the top 5 at least. NIRVANA FOREVER
[Newest]Greatest most sincere and passionate voice ever

6Abbey Road - The Beatles
Fall Out Boy and Five's Greates Hits before this work of genius? Can't believe it, this is a masterpiece and should easily be in top 10!


This is my second favorite album, My first being one that I like that everyone would hate. Also that one doesn't stand the test of time like this one does. This album is truly a masterwork that only gets better with repeated listens. It has flows perfectly, and is far more versatile and emotionally balanced than Sgt. Pepper. This album is too perfect showing how awesome the Beatles truly are.
A remarkable compilation of interesting stories and tales put to equally interesting music
[Newest]Actually better than sgt pepper in my opinion

7A Night at the Opera - Queen
I seriously am in love with Freddie mercury. But when voting on these things they have so many of my favorite bands. I love... Wait for it Nirvana, Beetles, Guns N Roses, Green day, Metallica. AC DC and muse if you had trouble keeping up don't worry! Your not alone that's me too! But queen really speaks to me you know. They got me through some hard times and Honestly, I don't really feel like typing much more but if you really wanna hear about it go to top of the page where it has all the other things you can choose from. Go to most popular choose best singers of all time then go to freddie mercury number 2 OHYEAH! Then go to more comments about freddie mercury go to newest and look for the really super long one compared to all the others and that's me. Sorry I'm a really bad blabbermouth I'll go on and on and on about nothing in particular... Kinda like I am now. Okay so yeah just a recap love freddie mercury a lot kinda confused about what I like outside of queen but for me that's saying something so yeah. VOTE FOR FREDDIE! Ok bye!
Okay, all Queen fans,... I love you (not in a creepy way).
Long live Queen. Long live Freddie Mercury.
This album is truly one of the greats, not just the best Queen album but one of the best albums of the 20th century. The album starts with 'Death on two legs (dedicated to... ) the song written by Queen's frontman Freddie Mercury and is believed to shown the band's hatred to their first producers Trident. Next was the short but sweet lazing on a Sunday afternoon also written by Mercury. Also on the album was Taylor's I'm in love with my car, Deacon's You're my best friend, May's '39, sweet lady, the stunning The prophet's song and Good Company. As well as Death on two legs and lazing on a Sunday afternoon Mercury also wrote Seaside rendezvous, love of my life and their first UK number 1 single Bohemian Rhapsody. This album truly set their careers off with probably the most famous album covers next to the Beatle's Abby Road. Amazing album.
[Newest]All I need to say is bohemian rhapsody

8The Wall - Pink Floyd
You can never really treat this album as a series of songs, that you can skip through and listen to at ease. You have to start from the beginning, and then work your way through the whole thing. It tells such a shocking, sad tale, about a descent into pure madness. I've never heard anything so emotionally involved or so incredible in my life. They took music, and they turned it into a real work of art. It's timeless and ageless; and if you haven't heard it before, if ever you have a couple of hours on your hands, just pop it in, shut your eyes, and listen to its story.
Possibly one of the very few albums on this list based on actual events, The Wall dives into the isolated life of a rock star who endured a cheating wife, abusive school teachers, an overprotective mother, and his father dying in World War II. Pink winds up building a metophorical "wall" in order to keep the world around him out. Containing some of Pink Floyd's grandest songs (Another Brick in the Wall, Young Lust, Hey You, Run Like Hell, The Trial, and of course, Comfortably Numb), The Wall is an album you truly have to listen to from beginning to end in order to get the story of it all.


The second of Pink Floyd on this list. While I do enjoy "The Dark Side of the Moon" very much, there is nothing like "The Wall", especially if you've seen the movie. There is no other album that screams a story like this one, it is over-flowed by inspiration combined with Water's exceptional writing skills and Gilmour's guitar.
[Newest]Most emotional, depressing and touching album of all time. And of course one of the best.

9Revolver - The Beatles
1. "Taxman" - stunning opening about 95% taxes
2. "Eleanor Rigby" - orchestra awesome
3. "I'm Only Sleeping" - sleepy acoustic
4. "Love You To" - eastern-sounding: sitars, tabla
5. "Here, There and Everywhere" - really good
6. "Yellow Submarine" - very good
7. "She Said She Said" - awesome rock guitars
8. "Good Day Sunshine" - nice piano
9. "And Your Bird Can Sing" - absolute rocker
10. "For No One" - good
11. "Doctor Robert" - interesting medicines
12. "I Want to Tell You" - nice song
13. "Got to Get You into My Life" - jazzy
14. "Tomorrow Never Knows" - make you feel stoned
This song has the experimentation and unity of Sgt. Peppers, but each song can also stand on its own, as its own entity.
This happened in 66' when bands were still into the old pop rock that the Beatles also set a standard for! In the revolutionary 60's things changed in months. This set a goal to surpass. And yet no one can beat it but the beatles themselves. This wasn't commercialized like sgt. Peppers. This was crazy stuff in 66'. The album is meant to be cool. I mean for once they are wearing sunglasses indoors. They are using SG's. They aren't being cute with pop rock. They are now physcedelic!
[Newest]Best album ever, fell in love with the Beatles 20 years ago and this album stands out above anything else. Start to finish a masterpiece. Tomorrow never knows sounds like it was made in the 90's yet its nearly 50 years old. Genius, best band best album, timeless. Sam priest

10White Chocolate - Menowin
I was curious and bought the album and it was a good move :) Its great! His accent is cute :)
On Saturday I had the pleasure to visit the concert in Flensburg (Ger). It was G R E A T. Menowin made jokes with us, he went around the fans and he sang in a way, I've still got mountains of feelings in my heart!
Best Album ever! Each and every song is just incredible!
[Newest]* This is album is amazing *

The Contenders

11Appetite for Destruction - Guns N Roses
Of course the best album ever by the best band. No 1 because...
Paradise city
Sweet child o' mine
Welcome to the jungle
Night train


Why in the hell is this not higher on this list! Should be number 1... I was surprised this wasn't in AT LEAST the top 10... I'm glad that S&M made it on the top ten though... This, Back in Black, Master of Puppets, Blizzard of Ozz, they all need in the top 10... This album is clearly deserving of a place in the top 10! Has so many many many great songs on it...
Pretty much my top 5 favorite songs of all time are all off this album! Not a single filler song, I could listen to it over and over all day long. Greatest debut album of all time and it contains at least 3 songs which belong on a list of the top 10 rock songs of all time. Oh, and slash is a god
[Newest]This should be in the top 5, this is awesome

12Pet Sounds - The Beach Boys
Please, please explain to me how Nirvana is in front of the Beach Boys. "Pet Sounds" remains as the greatest album of all time; while other works like the Beatles' "Seargent Pepper" and Led Zeppelin IV have become somewhat cliche, Pet Sounds stands as something different. I don't like the argument that just because an album was the "foundation" for other albums that followed means that album was greater. Pet Sounds is special because, not only was it never replicated, nobody even tried to replicate it! Brian Wilson's genius will not be matched and has not been matched by anyone, and those who try soon figure out why it is an impossible task to complete.
Pretty much the first pop album to actually make a mark on music on a positive manner that wasn't just made to sell music. Sucks that so many albums are in front of it.
This is how it goes...
pet sounds is the best album ever.
Brian Wilson is the greatest mind in pop music history.
[Newest]A Sonic Symphony For the Ages

13Hybrid Theory - Linkin Park
Great album, but guys, stop hating on Living Things and saying "why won't LP return to their roots" because you know that they definitely won't make a Hybrid Theory 2.
One of the best album ever created.
It deserves to be at number 1..
Thanks Linkin Park for existing
20 IS a little low for the best album by the most popular band on the planet. Has sold 29 million copies since 2000. BIG DEAL. Songs awesome. Style awesome. Mike shinoda awesome. Ches ben awesome. And in the end it doesn't even matter?
[Newest]This is like the only album where EVER SINGLE SONG is listenable. Most other albums have like 4 or 5 hit song but damn... Every single son is good.

14Dreamboat Annie - Heart
Absolute classic and a gem of an original album.
This is one of the Best Albums ever recorded.

15S&M - Metallica
Metallica are an inspiration to all musical aspects, S&M blows your mind as it sets the scene for those who enjoy metallica, and for those orchestral fans, utterly amazing album with two amazing extra track... -human and No Leaf Clover
Yeah! Its number 1 to me. This is why Metallica is such a great band... There studio albums and live recordings are equally good.
One, Sad but true, master of puppets, enter sandman and of course nothing else matters are few great songs in this album.
Let's think here for a second... What's the second highest selling album of all time behind Thriller? Back in black. I want to know where that is on here.

16London Calling - The Clash
London Calling is the best album ever created (Followed by Pet sounds), no matter genre! It opened so many doors for other bands like the suicide machines and Operation ivy. The way they mixed funk, ska, punk and classic rock was unique back then, and still is.
Punk rock hit it's pinnacle with this one.

Now would be a time to make some honorable mentions - Groups that just missed the cut: Van Halen, Rush, The Who, The Rolling Stones (I was even considering Johnny Cash).
21 is disgrace. In my opinion it is #1, but I don't mind that. It is sad that a lot of the albums that are above this one, are. Thriller really doesn't deserver the number 1 spot. And no Dylan here?


[Newest]Just perfect, a album of complexity and pure rock, a band, founded in the punk explosion 1977, and today still the best ever existed! Better is impossible!

17Rubber Soul - The Beatles
On a whim...
And without any real prior knowledge of their collected works...
I started collecting their original albums on vinyl...
And I found...
This album should be way higher!

18Master Of Puppets - Metallica
I can't believe master of puppets is 73 on this list. Should be first n following it, ride the lightning, and justice for all, kill em all, black album, n that's just the top 5, then reign in blood, rust in peace, the years of decay, ironbound, vulgar display of power, cowboys from hell, the list goes on n on..
The music on this album is unlike anything else ever been written or will be written. The music is like nothing I've ever heard, and this album blew me away. Master of Puppets transcends music altogether.


Master of Puppets is surely a top 10 choice, and top 3 amongst the picks here, it is the best, most influential and amongst the best selling metal albums of all time!

19Number of the Beast - Iron Maiden
oh, I could name so many great things about this album no, masterpiece. and only 41st place? what a shame. invaders starts with an incredible riff and depicts the slaughters of the saxons in the olden days. #2 is about the movie"children of the damned"it is slow and melodic until a vocal genius by the name of bruce dickinson speeds up the tempo. the next two songs are nowhere near as amazing but still great. Then we get to the rock anthem"the number of the beast"which will knock any true metal lover of his/her feet. with a complex and insane riff followed by bruce dickinsons beautiful voice it is one of the most outstanding songs on this album. next is "run to the hills"with its remarkable drums which stands out over all of adrians glorious guitar work. now is my only problem with this album "Gangland"it is by all means not a bad song but it is so out of place in this wondorous album. finally is the single most influencial and beautiful and... oh just listen to it. it is call "hallowed be thy name"and starts of slow with bruces voice, almost a whisper in the background. it slowly builds up and up until BAM! the greatest guitar solo I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.

if you have taken the time to read all of this. you must be a fan of iron maiden or your really bored. either way



This is the greatest metal album ever (yes, even better than Master of Puppets) and my personnal favorite album of all time. Hallowed be thy Name is without a doubt the best song on the album and the greatest metal song OF ALL TIME! Now this is a Masterpiece.


with tracks like hallowed be thy name and number of th beast this is the greates album of all time, and michael jackson? please


It's the best heavy metal album ever excepr Metallica's Master Of Puppets

20Who's Next - The Who
Can't understand how this is 35, this album helped rock to become what it is today. Best album by the Who, and by far one of the best albums of all time.


The best WHO album by far, been listening to it on and off for thirty odd years. Still brilliant.
The best album ever. I still get goosebumps every time I hear the ending of "Won't Get Fooled Again", and I have been listening to it for 40 years.

21Ride the Lightning - Metallica
Fade to Black, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death... this is easily the best metal album ever
Breaking Benjamin gets ahead of Metallica. Haha, my life is over.
The most brilliant and exquisit album ever! All tracks are amazing on this one, and the best song ever, "Fade to Black" is from this album.


[Newest]Fade to Black, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death, three best songs ever and all on the same album!

22Back in Black - AC/DC
I am in complete utter shock that this is only at number 35. This should be in top 3, along with Pink Floyd and the Beatles. It is the second best selling album in HISTORY from the WORLD'S most badass rock n roll band! With great songs like hells bells, shoot to thrill, you shook me all night long, and of course, back in black, it is a sin that this is below sarah geronimo and gackt, whoever they are. Vote this please!
Best Album ever and second best selling album worldwide. There's no bad song on it. On the contrary. Hits like "Shoot To Thrill", "Back In Black", "You Shook Me All Night Long", "Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" and the greatest song of all time "Hell's Bells". New singer Brian Johnson made a really good job. Back In Black is a real tribute for the death singer Bon Scott.
Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution, Rock And Roll will survive!
this should be in the top ten or top 5 or 1 best album of all time I love I love it I love it its like the perfect album better than most albums you like or know
[Newest]Second best selling album of all time. enough said

23The Fame Monster - Lady Gaga
Honestly, one of my favorite albums of all time. Lady Gaga went into great detail and hard work in this album. I appreciate any album that has a dedicated background to it for their fans. She's such a great role model and this album is practically flawless.
One of the greatest pop records of all time. The album can listened from start to finish without skipping a single track, every track is unique and catchy. With this album Gaga proved to the world that she's here to stay. I wish they had released more singles off it, like Monster, which would have ruled the radio. The Fame Monster is a masterpiece that will remembered for many, many years to come.
This album/EP is a landmark in the evolution of dance pop we have today. Bad romance type synths could be heard in most songs from that point forward (see rihannas cake remix) and overall its a masterpiece.
IT was à masterpiece
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24Fallen - Evanescence
I think it is the album of Evanescence and it consists of all of my favourite songs like Bring me To Life, My Immortal and Tourniquet. The Open Door and Evanescence are also too good. Please vote it to take a better position. It can go to the top
Epic album... All songs are perfect...

25Metallica (Black Album) - Metallica
How is this album on 23rd.? Come on American idiot on 13th really? Go and check any official List there is no American idiot on it and metallica's black album comes before nirvana's never mind there is something really wrong with this list metallica rocks and this album proved it. M/
Metallica should be at least number 10. I mean, come on! This is one of the greatest albums of all time let alone in heavy metal! That album has five, FIVE, number one singles, which is pretty hard to do now. Metallica is one of the most inspiring bands out there.
This is one of the best albums ever! Metallica are overall one of the greatest metal bands in the history of music and this is one of there top albums! This well deserves to be at least in the top 10!
[Newest]28 you must be kidding...this should definitely be in top 10

26Ten - Pearl Jam
If Eddie had taken both barrels instead of Kurt, these guys would be considered the most influential band of the grunge scene.
Best grunge album ever made, I would dare to say this album is tied with "London Calling" or "Re"
All the songs that made this album are wonderful
I don't know how this isn't in the top 20. Several number 1 hits came from it, like Jeremy and alive. It was 13x platinum, making it one of the most purchased albums. All in all, hands down amazing

27American Idiot - Green Day
American idiot. The 2nd best album of all time after thriller. 5 superhit singles rest 8 superb songs with different creativity, art, music and lyrics. And if you're are saying HYBRID THEORY sold 30 million copies, its wrong. The true value is 24 million but american idiot sold 14 million copies. I accept that but there was different time. At that time internet was not so popular so people just buy the album. But almost after 5 years when american idiot was released the internet was popular in all over the world, so people around the world did not need to buy a copy from a shop. AND IN ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE american idiot was ranked 22 best album of decade but in reader's choice it was at rank.1. And in both two list there was no hybrid theory or meteora of linkin park. IN KERRANG MAGAZINE american idiot was ranked 5 at best album of all time. And the songs are amazing in AI.
American Idiot came out at a time when people where afraid to speak out due to 9/11. Green Day didn't care about what people where and wheren't supposed to say, they released the album filled with rage and disappointment about America and it's politics anyway.
The storyline throughout the whole album is appealing to the youth as everybody can find something to identify with. And with a mix of angry rock songs like "American Idiot" to emotional ballads like "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" and "Wake Me Up When September Ends" I don't see how this can't be considered the greatest album of all time.
Even if it's almost 6 years since it first came out it is still current with a now on going Broadway play.
That, for me, makes American Idiot the obvious choice on this list.
Every song connects to one another and it forms something that is so awesome. An amazing story about a angst punk kid's life (JOS) and how he felt throughout all of it. His girlfriend telling him he became all that he hates "You're not the Jesus of Suburbia. The St. Jimmy is a thing made up of your father's rage and your mother's love. You're not the idiot America! " basically I really can't briefly describe this album!
[Newest]This needs to be in the top ten. The album is pure genius, and you can listen to it over and over again, and it never gets old. LONG LIVE Green Day.
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28Meteora - Linkin Park
This album is the best achievement in psychology, in my opinion. It helped me to get rid of depression originating in the very beginning of my life. I also love the set of songs from it that became popular.
This album is amazing better then their first one. Songs like faint, numb, and breaking the habit makes this album my favorite. But if I had to pick a second it would either be American idiot by Green Day or Pink Floyd the wall.
Meteora is one of the finest album ever made in the history of rock genre and best given by linkin park it should be at top position

29Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
A band in turmoil producing amazing songs. Never heard an album that clearly demonstrates the emotion of the writers in each and every song. Masterpiece!
This needs to be on the list. 8th best selling album of all time.
Awesome in every way -- many, many major hits

30HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I - Michael Jackson


Seriously. This album should be at the 2nd place. I totally agree with the first one. It had to be THRILLER. But the 2nd one it should have been this. Have you all forgotten Michael's THEY don't CARE ABOUT US, YOU ARE NOT ALONE... Pretty sad
This album is so underrated.

31Ok Computer - Radiohead
Gotta love the ignorance of all these pop-culture-cozy blockheads who think that Lady Gaga or Justin Timberlake are "OMGosh the greatest thing ever to grace music. " Every list on this site is just a bunch of modern-day junkies with sheltered music tastes chalking out their favorite new pop album. I'm not one to be so pessimistic, but lists like these just make me lose faith in humanity.
Now, to my point. OK Computer, even from the most objective of standpoints, is THE definitive art-rock treatise, and on any short list of the greatest albums ever made, a must-inclusion (and not at #93, please). I don't think people actually understand how revolutionary this album was to the face of music. All the sounds harvested in this album, the spacey, high-strung, compact electronics, set the tone for the future of rock. The album garnered tremendous underground success, and although it didn't go over as well with the mainstream industry, it's still the standard by which all alternative rock albums should be measured against--as any good critic will tell you. Thom Yorke's vocals are eerie, frantic, and at times sleep-inducing. The FX are simply mind-boggling, from the searing guitar riff of "Paranoid Android" to the nightmarish "Exit Music (for a film). "
Don't agree with me? Just watch. Watch and wait. Given another 15-20 years, and this WILL be widely-considered the greatest albums since Sgt. Peppers and Dark Side of the Moon.
this is the greatest album of all time, no question. it is as close to perfect as humanly possible and maybe even past that. not only is it flawless, but the music trandsends that of any other work ever to come out.
Life changing, revolutionary, and unforgettable


[Newest]The people who voted for lady gaga over radiohead should lie down in a dark room and listen to Ok Computer in its entirety because it will change their life.

32White Album - The Beatles
It's called the "White Album" only because the album had the "Beatles" spelled out and that was it on a white background.
The White Album is truly a great album! I love it so much. All of The Beatles albums are the best!
an amazing album in the top 5 most likely of all time albums...
[Newest]This album stinks. Some of the songs are true masterpieces but most of them are bad.

33Paranoid - Black Sabbath
This album was the most influential album on metal. It completely changed music forever
This album had all or their biggest hits, Iron Man, War Pigs, Paranoid
Nirvana, Linkin' Park and Green Day added nothing to the history of music. This did, a lot. Deserves a higher place than No. 23.

34Mars - Gackt
The best album of all! Even though every album of Gackt is absolutely awesome. His voice is so full of emotions that you will get gosebumps everytime you here him sing... Also his variety of songs is incredible wide... his ballads are as wonderful as his rock songs.
This is a great gackt album... I love it... 'cause he is a great singer... I love him so much, he always moves us with his songs, in particular with this album
ohh mars is a great album. gackt is great singer. he is perfect.
[Newest]Amaing album! I will never get tired of gackts music or x japans music and l'arc en ciel! ~ they know real music!

35Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen
Born to Run 44?
What the hell who votes here anyway? This is the most legendary album. All 8 tracks are brilliant songs, especially Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Night, Backstreets, Born to Run, She's the One, Meeting Across the River and the epic final-Jungleland. This album makes every other album look poor, this is the greatest thing in the history of the world and it's 44?
Oh my god. It's pretty obvious what kinds of people vote here if BORN TO RUN ISN'T IN THE TOP 10! Go and listen to this album before you vote. Stuff like Linkin Park is crap compared to this.
Ridiculous to have this so low! Madonna?

36The Eminem Show - Eminem
Want to get pumped up? Listen to the most amazing song on the album, 'Till I Collapse.
Want to laugh? Listen to Without Me.
Want to be grossed out? Listen to Drips.
THE BEST RAP ALBUM OF ALL TIME I'm sad that people look at hiphop as a bad genre when rappers like eminem have more talent that most of the bands ahead of him on this list.
WHAT? This is at 44! It deserves to be in top 5! This is the best album ever made! Hats off to king of rap.very meaningful songs.
[Newest]This deserves #1! It's the best rap album of all time!

37Rust In Peace - Megadeth
63 is just sinful. Say what you want about Dave Mustaine's wild accusations when he's given a mic / twitter account, but this album is a classic thrash metal album. I think this deserves to be in at least the top 20 albums of all time because it was so jam - packed with great metal hits that it should be considered throughout all genres for best.
One of the best metal albums of all time. I'm surprised it's this low, should be higher than some of the other bands on here such as linkin park and green day.
Oh come on this is MEGADETH'S greatest album it deserves top 10 at least
[Newest]Its 53 come on best thrash metal album ever how linkin park is higher than megadeth music is dead

38Songs In the Key of Life - Stevie Wonder
This has some of the most beautiful music ever written on it. I find it incredible that it isn't on here already.


39The Doors - The Doors
Alright. I am very confused as to why the doors are way down at number 39. Honestly people, do you really prefer shania twain and linkin park? This is ridiculous. The Doors album, The Doors is probably the single best debut albums for a band ever. Every song has it's own little twist and every song is absolutely in every way a piece of art.

"If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite. " How Jim coined their name. This band is indefinitely one of the most important bands earth has ever experienced, and honestly should not be this low on the list.
36 as a position for this sheer masterpiece is justification that humans have totally lost touch in music. But then again, you have to be at Jim's level to understand.
Such a good album! Not a bad song on there!

40Tommy - The Who
This album is absolutly amazing. Pete Townshend was in top form when he wrote this magnificent rock opera (that's right, ROCK OPERA) and it still endures today as being one of the most original concepts in all of music.
The greatest concept album of all time and I love concepts especially the 'Rock opera' concept!
Tommy 34th? This is the best thing I've ever heard in my life

41Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi
28 million records baby! Deserves to be in the top 10! People have only heard prayer, bad name and dead or alive, which are their masterpieces! But when you hear the whole album including Never say goodbye, Raise your hands, I'd die for you and wild in the streets, you will understand how truly amazing this album is! It was due to this album Bon Jovi became famous and till today in 2012, have maintained their popularity! They got a younger fan base with Crush and an country rock fan base with Lost Highway! Incredible!
Slippery When Wet defined the 80's! Bon Jovi's career at this time was in full swing as many other bands were as well but unlike the "others" listed above Bon Jovi did not follow the downward spiral of "sex, drugs and rockn'roll" no instead they chose a path of example and inspiration. For these reasons and many others this album certainly deserves more credit than it is receiving here. It represents not only an entire album of unforgettable music and lyrics that defined a generation.
You Give Love A Bad Name, Livin On A Prayer, Wanted Dead Or Alive...
Nothing left to say


[Newest]Nothing better than Bon Jovi

42Into A Secret Land - Sandra

43Hunting High and Low - A-ha
I just like this album... Although it took me so long to find out how good it is...


44Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin
So so underrated album from most underrated band. Listen guys take this higher it deseves more.

45What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
All I can say is get this album it will change your life and it will change the way you listen to music. It is without doubt the greatest album of all time
This guy was way way way way way ahead of his time
Again, great song after great song. Writing, performance, and production. Just perfect. And lyrics actually talking about subjects that affect us all.

462112 - Rush
Nothing like 2112 was ever heard before. The mixture of metal (for the time) prog in an expansive narrative was unique. 2112 is both explosive melodic and full of virtuoso playing, from the worlds greatest rock trio. Sure others have pushed this technique (maiden dream theater etc) but rush did it first, with the trend setting and groundbreaking 2112.
Epic have you heard something for nothing? The temples of syrinx it is pro! Rush is such a talented group of guys! Bass the guitar and Neil's drumming! It is amazing
2112 is the second best song ever (behind Free Bird) and this is a insanely good album, deserves 1st places. All the song are pure perfection. Man I love this album.


47Powerslave - Iron Maiden
Not only is the best album of the band, but also created a trend in heavy metal music. Along with Piece of Mind, one of the best albums of music history.
All the musicians on this album makes a huge job, especially Steve Harris notes. A historical record, no doubt.
Up the Irons!
This album truly defines what Metal is all about. Every song is epic, every riff is a masterpiece. Bruce Dickinson at his vocal best. Absolutely mind blowing album. Deserves to be in the 10 for sure
66 r you kidding me?

48True Blue - Madonna
Everything about Madonna is so intriguing. True Blue is one of the most successful albums of history, and one of the Queen's very best. Papa Don't Preach, Open Your Heart, Live To Tell, La Isla Bonita... such songs are not merely hits but masterpieces, immoratal musical achievemments. Perfection.
Just because Michael Jackson died, it doesn't make him the best artist of all time. People, please stop giving him a pity vote! Madonna was a true artist. She wrote her songs, created her own music, directed her own videos, organized her tours. MJ was good, but NOTHING compared to a great artist like MADONNA.
Oh come'n, the king of pop is not here anyway. Why not give importance to the living. The queen is still here. You might certainly regret if she die too. Surely that's what would you feel if that happens. (i know)

49Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
It's a shame that more people haven't heard the magic that is 'Highway 61'. It can only be described as, quite frankly, one of those albums that changed everything. Without this album, as well as 'Bringing It All Back Home', Dylan essentially invented modern rock music as it is today.


I hate my generation. MJ dies and becomes the greatest thing since the wheel, he's overrated one of the greatest entertainers ever yes but his songs are par. The fact that Highway 61 is this low is crap it is ranked #4 of the all time records according to rolling stones magazine. I know this list is crap because Sgt Pepper and pet sounds are also two of the most important albums ever but not in the top ten.
No opinion, it is one of the best albums ever made. Look at the song cycle, all on one lp, amazing.

50Anastacia - Anastacia
Baby you're the greatest and this album is fantastic!
It's the best album ever heard, great sprock and a an unique voice. Without any doubt it is the greatest album ever released.


51Ray of Light - Madonna
Shame to the people who say pop music is shallow. This album written and produced by Madonna along with William Orbit is amazing and influenced the mainstream by bringing electronic music into its work. This album deals with themes of motherhood, loneliness, selfishness and death. The vocals are Madonna's strongest and compositions range from trip hop inspired ballads to techno/drum and bass lite dance songs. This pop album is worlds better than Thriller.
Madonna's Ray of Light is purely and simply, a work of art. Just listen to it and be engulfed in its ambience and artistry. Certainly an emotional, mature, and introspective album. Definitely some of Madonna's best work.

52Let it Bleed - The Rolling Stones

53Phobia - Breaking Benjamin
Every song is awesome
Every song in this album is great -including-diary of jane, breath, had enough and others

54BloodSugarSexMagik - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Amazing album. It have everything. From punk, over rock to funk and pop
its the best album I've ever lisin 2. it has so many styles of music.


It is a Rock, Funk, Rap style. With a fantastic bassist, a very young and exotic guitarrist, and with a lyrics full of sexual content... It invites you to move, dance, jump and shout. It's Funky Style.
I personally think that Californication, but Blood Sugar Sex Magik is not far behind at all. I'm listening to it right now!

55Live at the Apollo - James Brown
Laugh out loud no comments

56Come on Over - Shania Twain
Shania is just so amazing, I only discovered her songs recently but she is just amazing. I am so glad I came across her because wow, she is just so talented and amazing. All her songs are amazing and I love her so much. My favorite song by her is totally that don't impress me much, this song is just the best and it is so catchy. Shania put country-pop on new level with this album.
And the singer herself, she's so amazing and very sexy.
The Best selling country album of all time. Record sales of 39 million world withe. The best selling album by a female of all time.

57Nightmare - Avenged Sevenfold
Easily one of the greatest albums of all time
This is Jimmy's legacy, fiction and save me were his masterpieces.
A7x did an amazing job with very thing on this albu but some of the lyrics are unforgettable.
To the anger and hate of "god hates us"
To the sorrow of "so far away"
"Danger line" a beautiful song about the horrors of war when you actually get shot.

58Stripped - Christina Aguilera
All genre in here and very deep meaning in the lyrics, and christina so amazing in the albums, I hope you vote for this albums "greatest albums all of times"
From "Dirrty" to "Walk Away" to "Can't Hold Us Down" to "Impossible" to "Beautiful" to "The Voice Within" to "I'm OK" to my favorite song of all time, "Fighter" this album was groundbreaking!

53! Most talented female of all time

59Brand New Eyes - Paramore
I love this album so much. I realize it's not a legendary album or a very famous/mainstream one either so it will probably never get to the top but it is definitely one the best albums I've ever heard. All the songs were unique but the album was organized very well, it's really relatable, it was really emotional too but it wasn't whiney at the slightest and lyrically wow it's just perfect. I just want to inject this album into my bloodstream

60Like a Prayer - Madonna
Classic album from classic Madonna. Hits "Like A Prayer", "Express Yourself" and "Cherish" are still very important


Great mix of pop hits and ballads! I personally love Dear Jessie and Oh Father.

61Van Halen - Van Halen
Infectious, melodic, and ear blistering! Still has me in awe. It's impact on the future guitar slingers alone makes it a top 20, and the fact most if these sings are known and loved by most put in top 10!
For grab your *****, EXCITEMENT,non-cerebral,kick ass guitar,no pretense,straight ahead ummm ROCK AND ROLL..don't overlook this one!
This album opened the gate for finger tapping explosive guitar solos.

62Operation: Mindcrime - Queensrÿche
Greatest rock concept/opera album ever. Every track is blistering to the senses on this well-produced album, complete with choir and orchestra undertones. Ranked #34 on Kerrang! Magazine's list.
This is the definitive prog metal album from a highly underrated band
Really love this one... Empire's silent lucidty is billant!

63Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Comparing this album with all others at that time, very few people really understood he was so advanced.
Everything he played in this album is really the basic from which all others started from. He was really the corner-stone
In rock music and guitar playing.
The low position of this album simply explain how poorly recognized he was at that time by the mass people. A Genius is not always immediately understood.
Hendrix showed NO FEAR in music, visual performance and hard playing and was step ahead of his time twisting his guitar over boundaries.
What this is top 5

6421 - Adele
I like her music her lyrics makes a lot of sense if you just listen to the words.
Best album ever- simple as that.

65Dangerous - Michael Jackson
Its Michael jackson and what more do you need? Give into me, who is it, remember the time, dangerous! Greatest songs of the 90s. Anybody who can be discreet enough to see through an artist with his art will love this classic album
Always the king of pop

66Reconstruction Site - The Weakerthans

67Plastic Ono Band - John Lennon

68Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
The greatest punk album of all time. This is THE album of the people. Even though it's rough around the edges, without it, music as we know it wouldnt exist

69The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
This album had to be number one it talks about death which I don't think any other band could have done the theatrical of this album was so amazing especially the songs welcome to the black parade and famous last words... I am not afraid to keep on living, I am not afraid to walk this world alone my chemical romance is the best alternative rock band I love Gerard way, Mikey way, frank iero, and ray toro they are so hot seriously start listening to this band they change lives in a good way My Chemical Romance for life!
I expected this to be in the top 10... It doesn't even make top 135.. One of the greatest albums of all time in my opinion... I've heard top to bottom.. From Abbey Road to I am.. Sasha Fierce
there is no band that saves more life in the world!
they have such an big effect on people that's almost unbelievable


70City of Evil - Avenged Sevenfold
This is THE best A7X albums ever, EVER! But I think this should tie with the "avenged sevenfold" album because that's also amazing.
City of Evil should be higher than NO. 1
Has some of my favourite songs from my favourite band with some of the best drumming and guitar they've played a7x foREVer
This album almost make me like a beast! This album just like the symbol of "GO TO DEATH"

71Your Favorite Weapon - Brand New

72The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie
This album was a masterpiece production. The album cover appropriately noted "to be played at maximum volume". Should have made the top 10.
One of the best albums ever.
Shame it's only here.

73Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs - Derek and the Dominos

74Ganging Up On the Sun - Guster

75Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
The beginning of heavy metal.
I was on my way to add this if I didn't see it


76The '59 Sound - The Gaslight Anthem

77Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
What? Wish You Were Here at 77? I don't believe this. Literally every song (Shine On You Crazy Diamond 1-9, Welcome To The Machine, Have A Cigar, Wish You Were Here) is awesome and this album is my most favorite album after Dark Side Of The Moon. This album deserves to be in the Top 20, to say the least. I don't know why it's so down below.
Undisputed best album. Not one single note, not one single second on this ultimate masterpiece that does not contribute to its sheer ingenuity...
Best album of all time. Second would be 2112

78Confessions On A Dance Floor - Madonna

79The Sufferer & The Witness - Rise Against

80Sha Sha - Ben Kweller

81Toxicity - System of a Down
Every song has a message that it reveals, and most songs are underrated because of the album's singles.
This should be much higher people, vote!
This and Lateralus are the best! Lateralus isn't even on this list though! And Lateralus is probably BETTER than Toxicity!


I don't understand how this is so low and lateralus isn't even on the list.


[Newest]Toxicity < Meteora? You're joking right?

82Adema - Adema

83In Rainbows - Radiohead
I think we all know this should be much higher on the list.
I love radio head


Radiohead's most emotional album

84A Thousand Suns - Linkin Park
This is one album with a great message. Mainly hated because of its electronic sound, but actually is a legendary album. This album would be one of the last things I would call "mainstream", as called by many of the fanboys of Linkin Park. OK, LP were diverted from their original genre, but this doesn't mean this was bad. This was actually meaningful music.
The Catalyst, Waiting for the End, When they come for me, Burning in the Skies, Wretches and Kings, The Messenger, Iridescent, Robot Boy and Blackout, all were excellent songs, not to mention the interludes and the featured speeches of Oppenheimer and Martin Luther King, and that one by Mario Savio in "Wretches and Kings".
This is the most hated album of the band, but it's the best. Just listen with good headphones, the lyrics are fantastic, the sound is innovative and complex. The conception of nuclear war is genius, listen songs like The Catalyst (my favorite of all the songs from all artists) Iridescent, Waiting For the End. Linkin Park fans unfortunately do not value this masterpiece, the best job of band. This deserves better placement, I vote for A Thousand Suns.

85Blonde on Blonde - Bob Dylan

86Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin's masterpiece. The best double album of all time because many successful bands of the '80s spent all their time redoing 5 songs on this album over and over again. Better than any other Led Zeppelin album and way better than any new cruddy artists work.

87The Poison - Bullet for My Valentine

88Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
Man, this is literally one of the best albums of all time how is this not at least within the top 3, and even more to the point, how did things like Michael jackson, lady gaga and other albums that are near 20th place get in front of JOY DIVISION has the world gone insane!

89Only Revolutions - Biffy Clyro
How is Adele ahead of Biffy?! What the freak?!

90All Eyez on Me - 2Pac
Every single track was amazing and diverse in nature. It has a lot of top songs which defined Tupac's career
"The Only One Scared Of Death Is The One That Didn't Contribute Enough In Life"-Makaveli The Don Killuminati


This is one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time! This is tupacs best album by far! This should be in the top 20 but gangsta rap isn't as popular as pop and other types of music.
This is one of the greatest rap albums of all time by one of the greatest rappers who touched the mic. His lyrics were very deep, he brought emotion to hip hop and at the same time was a thug raised by the streets. He was a true inspiration! The greatest rapper of all time! Rest in peace Tupac!

91Discovery - Daft Punk
One of the greatest albums of all time in my opinion. Even though most people would consider this album to be electronic, there is at least one song for everybody. Whether you like Classic Rock, or Dubstep, or Country, or Jazz, there is bound to be a song you'll like on this LP.
Seriously, just about every song on this album is a masterpiece, and if you're an American you've probably heard all of them.
Genre defining stuff with this album.

92Electric Ladyland - Jimi Hendrix
The king of the guitar at his best. All Along The Watchtower, Crosstown Traffic, Voodoo Chile. This album is electric, energetic, original, full of virtuoso Hendrix performances. This is the best album ever produced!

93Goodbye Yellow Brick Road - Elton John
Elton's firt double LP (17 Songs! ). Creates great suspense within it. Some of the best Songs of all times.

94Construct - Dark Tranquillity

95Wayah - Amr Diab
The best all the time
Amr Diab the best
No thing but amr diab best in every thing

96Tonight: Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand

97A Rush of Blood to the Head - Coldplay
A lot of the albums above this, they just have two or three standout songs. This should be in the top ten because every track is a classic and is worth listening to.
This is the best thing that Coldplay has ever done and if anyone would give it a chance it would make my day. People that say that this band sucks have not listened to this album. Give it a go!
Number one. Best album ever. So much emotion, so much great instrumentation, so much great everything. This is what made Coldplay famous. 11 perfect songs from the best band ever, in my opinion.
Variational like Blur - Think Tank

98Casually Dressed & Deep In Conversation - Funeral for a Friend

99Somewhere in Time - Iron Maiden

100The Marshall Mathers LP - Eminem
This album has it all. At a time when Eminem was getting criticised for all his controversy from his first album. So what does he do, make an even more controversial album and it became an instant success. How can a diamond album that sold nearly 2 million copies in its first week be this low. The whole album is packed with genius songs and lyrics and it was an album that told everyone to shut up and listen because Em couldn't care less. A masterpiece
This needs to be higher, no diamond album should be rated this low, with meaningful tracks like Stan and songs to show off em's skills like the real slim shady, this album is the complete package.
You can't talk classics without bringing up eminem
[Newest]This is truly what started Eminem's career as a rapper. Why isn't this album higher up on the list?

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