Best Albums of All Time

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1Dark 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.

A-ha's albums are great! There's no need to diss other albums to explain why you think the dark side of the moon is the best.

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

Best Band of all times! Best album!

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2Sgt. 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 ...more - frank

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'!

Greatest album ever

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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.

I can't listen to any individual songs on dark side of the moon and the beatles are highly overrated, but led zeppelin IV, what a beautiful album it is. From the powerful riff of "Black Dog" to the head banging fun of "Rock and Roll" to the masterpiece that is "Stairway to Heaven" to the beautifully crazy sound of "Misty Mountain Hop" to the powerfully intense sound of "When the Levy Breaks" Led Zeppelin IV offers some of the best music ever written. I can say for a fact that I could listen to Led Zeppelin IV all the way through on repeat every day for 50 years and never get tired of it. Jimmy Page puts his heart and soul into stairway, John Paul Jones shows up with one of the most powerful bass riffs ever in "When the Levy Breaks," John Bonham kicks it up to 11 in "Four Sticks" and Robert Plant has never sounded like he's had more fun than in "Rock and Roll." In no other album has a band ever pooled all of their talents so well into an album, and I can say that it all works together ...more

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) - MichaellScott

Not the best Zeppelin but still one of my top 15 favorite albums

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4Thriller - Michael Jackson

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

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!

Come on now, it's obvious that Michael Jackson's Thriller Album is the best selling album of all time, it's timeless the songs are excellent and Michael put his all into the production process along with quincy jones and in my opinion it is a cut above any other album that is supposedly claimed to be best selling. Rock on Michael cause you're the best

No.5 come on at least in top 3

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5Abbey Road - The Beatles

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.

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! - elin_m

A remarkable compilation of interesting stories and tales put to equally interesting music

The Beatles are everything

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6Revolver - 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!

I prefer Rubber Soul, but this is good too. - Powerfultekin

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7The 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. - c0mf0rta61ynum6

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.

If you actually understand this album, you'll know that this and dark side of the moon are equally the greatest albums ever. - XoTiC_iB

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8Nevermind - 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!

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

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.

This album changed rock music forever. For the worse. - Nickelstickman

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9A 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 ...more

This album houses more than just the song we all know.

The first song is Death On Two Legs, a song written by Mercury about his manager, who got all of the earnings from their Sheer Heart Attack album. This song has an amazing intro and some vital lyrics.

Then you have Lazing On A Sunday Afternoon, a lovely retro song with a light piano intro. Another mastery from Mercury.

I'm In Love With My Car is a hard rocking song that Roger apparently wrote about the desire for his automobile. Roger sings this song.

You're my best friend is a light hearted song written by Johnny. He wrote it in honour of his wife and still remains a widely recognized anthem today.

39 Is a Sci-Fi folk song written by Dr. May and features him taking the role on lead vocals with his soft voice and magnificent backing vocals from Freddie and Roger.

Sweet Lady is a song written by Mr. May about a relationship. The lyrics, most consider poor quality, but the riff is extremely ...more

Okay, all Queen fans,... I love you (not in a creepy way).
Long live Queen. Long live Freddie Mercury.

I'm sorry, but why did you only mention Freddie? What about Brian, roger or john? There forgotten too much. - gemcloben

Amazing album

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10Ok 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 ...more

If you mean to insult people for only talking about pop, you found the wrong site to do that on. People here actually agree with you - Songsta41

Life changing, revolutionary, and unforgettable - InsertNameHere

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.

One of 3 Radiohead masterpieces; the others being Kid A and In Rainbows. A marker for how far guitar music can go, both emotively and sonically. This should be on any list of great albums.

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?No Jacket Required - Phil Collins

The Contenders

11Pet 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.

This album is timeless. Even while a bunch of music from the era become incredibly dated with all the flower power and peace love and acid nonsense, this album is so pure on honest and beautiful. The lyrics are so relatable, you'd have to be a damn robot to not understand where Brian and Tony Asher were coming from. The harmonies are almost too perfect. I can, and have listened to this recording in a capella so many times because it literally feels as if this was recorded in heaven by angels and every time I listen to it, it's as I an getting a little sneak peak of heaven. Otherworldly. And I haven't even mentioned the brilliant arrangements Brian and the wrecking crew. Honestly if you can make it past track 2 with your head intact, mouth closed and eyes dried, then you simply haven't been listening.

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.

Smiley sounds is better

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12Appetite 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 - i-love-rock-n-roll

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

One of the best hard rock albums of all time! I mean.. Every song of it it's a classic! - BlindGuardianValhalla

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13Rubber Soul - The Beatles

I definitely think it belongs in the top 10, in fact it is my favorite Beatles album after Abbey Road. There are no huge hits on it, but that's kind of why I like it. Each song stands on its own more so than any other Beatles album. It is also the beginning of them changing their musical style, it's kind of a mixture of old Beatles and more progressive Beatles. Incredible album.

On a whim...
And without any real prior knowledge of their collected works...
I started collecting their original albums on vinyl...
And I found...

If ever you could be so clever as to point to the definitive moment all collided and the road for the future was set, then this album is it. More daring than the stones and more crafted than Dylan.

This was the one where we began to lose them!

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14Master 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. - 1029384756

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!

Great, but And Justice For All is better.

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15Rumours - 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!

One great song after another. The one album where you can unquestionably say they wore their hearts on their sleeves...

Five incredibly strong individuals each contributing to a musical whirlwind of passion that created a heart wrenchingly beautiful work of art.

Dreams is everything

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16Who's Next - The Who

The best WHO album by far, been listening to it on and off for thirty odd years. Still brilliant.

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_Acid_Queen

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.

Should be so much higher

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17American 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.

Nothing comes close to this. I am sorry but it just doesn't. People buy into the hype of a lot of the albums above because they get told it is great. But actually sit down and listen to this album a few times. All the songs tell a story like a book it is sheer genius. This is also a band who was about to split up and wrote this about America. What normal people will not admit to seeing about the world Green Day was not scared to show people the world they was living in away from what the media tells you Green Day tells it straight. This may not sound like complete punk but trust me this is as punk as it gets.

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.

It's okay. Ranked far too high.

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18Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Tony Iommi is the master of riffs, with only 2 whole fingers he carved out an entire genre that was heavier and harder than anything else up to that time. Every song on Paranoid is legendary and each has several memorable riffs. Iron man is possibly the most famous riff ever and I don't even think it compares to war pigs or paranoid. Gosh every song is great, fairies wear boots, rat salad, electric funeral, planet caravan, and hand of doom. All great songs.

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

Every one of the 8 songs is amazing and highly influential to a variety of genres

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19Ride 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.

This album has my favorite song by this ban "for who the bell tolls" never listened to the whole thing but I am planning on it!

Deserves to be above Master Of Puppets - VaticanCameos

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20London 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.

Even the worst song on this album (possibly "Lover's Rock") is better than about 80-95% of songs ever rerecorded. The Clash's first four albums are all awesome (Combat Rock is just good, not great) but this is their best. High Points: It is impossible to choose, they are all so good.

Bought this album when I was 14 and it was brand new. Didn't even know what I was getting. I wore out 2 vinyl copies of it over the years, which really is the only way to truly enjoy it. It loses something in the digital domain. Unabashedly, my favorite album of all time.

One of my favorite albums! Might just be the best!

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