Best Albums of All Time

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The Top Ten

1
Dark 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
[Newest]No opinion required... This album speaks for itself. All you have to do is listen!
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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 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"!

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'!
[Newest]Brilliant. Not my absolute favorite album but it's one of them. I can defiantly see why people think this is the best album ever made.
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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)

MichaellScott

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.

mobrules

[Newest]Every song on this is a true Zeppelin classic. Dark Side of the Moon is definitely the greatest album of all time. I voted for this because it deserves number 2

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!
100 millions copies sold and still growing! That is amazing! Only one artist in the world can do that! THAT'S ONLY YOU MICHAEL JACKSON! :) I am so impressed with the sounds and all the songs from Wanna Be Starting Something to PYT to the title track THRILLER! :)
LONG LIVE THE KING OF POP!
[Newest]Highly overrated album that is essentially nothing but Dance Pop with a good backbeat.
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5Abbey 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!

elin_m

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]My favourite band of all time and one of my favourite albums of all time. The Beatles forever! I love the second half of this album as equally as the first! Long live the Beatles!

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 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!
This song has the experimentation and unity of Sgt. Peppers, but each song can also stand on its own, as its own entity.
[Newest]Definitely in my top 5 favourite albums of all time. Slightly underrated though. The Beatles are amazing!

7Nevermind - 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]Every single song is great on this album
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8A 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).
Queen haters,... YOU ARE EVIL! WHAT'S THERE NOT TO LOVE?!
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

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]I love queen but I think Lynyrd Skynyrd and Boston deserve spots too

9Pet 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.
THE END.
[Newest]Was the album that influenced the Beatles to do Sgt. Peppers lonely hearts club band.

10The 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.
[Newest]This album is awe-inspiring. It is not, however, the 9th greatest album ever made.

The Contenders

11Rubber 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...
I REALLY LOVE RUBBER SOUL!
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.
My absolute favourite album! Very underrated in my opinion with some very underrated songs like 'You won't see me' and 'I'm looking through you' which are just amazing!

SuzDav

[Newest]An amazing flow to this album!

12Ok 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

InsertNameHere

[Newest]Overrated but still very good.

13Appetite 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
[Newest]Guns and roses is just about the worst band ever created on the face of the earth. Their music is total crap, and this album is just the cherry on top of the sundae. This album ruined rock music

14Rumours - 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.
Amazing group, amazing album. Should be in the top ten.

15Who'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_Acid_Queen

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.
[Newest]Oh man this is some good stuff right here...

16Master 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!
[Newest]19TH! This world is messed up!


17Paranoid - 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.

18Highway 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.

ybothermatt

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.
It's sad to see Linkin Park, Green Day and My Chemical Romance above Bob Dylan. Highway 61 has one of the greatest songs of all time and some other great songs to back that up
[Newest]Bob Dylan sounds like someone ran him over with a car before he sang... In other words pretty awful
If he sang like Aretha his songwriting wouldn't work. Would you rather it be th most beautiful voice ever telling you about the hardships of living on the streets?

EGBrett


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.
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.

Nintendonix

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

20White Album - The Beatles
The White Album is truly a great album! I love it so much. All of The Beatles albums are the best!
It's called the "White Album" only because the album had the "Beatles" spelled out and that was it on a white background.
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.

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