Best Albums of All Time

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21Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan

Being from Minnesota, my wife and I love to travel up Highway 61. If you saw how beautiful Lake Superior is, you would know where the inspiration for a lot of Dylan's songwriting comes from. We were in a gift store along Highway 61 in Two Harbors, Minn., one evening about seven years ago and the storekeeper had a guest book people could sign. My wife and I signed it and noticed the name "Bob Dylan" about five places ahead of ours. I asked the store owner if he had been in here and obviously not being a huge fan, she said, "Well, what does he look like? " My wife laughed and said, "I guess he would kind of look like an old hippie". The store owner said someone fitting that description had been in the store about a half hour before. I'm kind of skeptical because I really don't know that Dylan would sign a guest book and if he did, he probably wouldn't sign it as Dylan. Still, he's eccentric enough that you can ever be totally sure.

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.

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

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22White 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!

I liked this album. It was not bad by any means. I do have one problem with it, and that is that it's boring as hell. Still, I give this album a 6/10 at best. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band was way better.

One of the best Beatles Albums. Takes more than one listening to pass judgement

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23Born 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?

This isn't an argument at all this is the greatest album of all time. If anything is better it is Darkness on the Edge of Town. I don't even want to get into this, there is too much to write. If you haven't listened to it then please play it through and listen to the lyrics.

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.

Just strap your hands across my engines

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24The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance

This album brings back such bittersweet memories. While I can't say I'm too proud of some of its fans, My Chemical Romance is my favorite band, and I'm typing this in 2015, two years after their break-up. This album is a masterpiece. The lyrics, the instrumentation, just the feeling you get from listening to it - it's beautiful. There's one song in the whole album that I ain't crazy about (House of Wolves). Pretty much all the songs are packed with raw, real emotion, and that's not something that can be said of the vast majority of albums above. I am Yucca Sherbert (sorry if that doesn't make sense), and this is my favorite album of all time.

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

This album is a masterpiece. Truly spectacular. It tells a story, and it's about death, but they make it work. They put it all together in away I don't think any other band would be able to. I don't understand how it's not in the top ten.

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25Meteora - 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.

Meteora is legendary. I'm not a fan of Linkin Park but some people say "old music is better and the classics are the best" they're wrong. In my personal opinion Meteora is a lot better than a lot of the stuff in front of it. Linkin Park itself needs as much attention as nirvana (who were completely garbage). Every song in this album is great but in Nevermind the only reason they could sell out of it was smells like teen spirit

I have no idea why people like though band so much. It isn't good at all. People think that it brought a new era to music and they're for some reason ranked in the top ten of best bands of all time when none of their albums are in the top 500 on Rolling Stones top 500 albums, and not in the top 100 on best bands of all time in the many lists I have looked at. Linkin Park is probably the most overrated album of all time.

Linkin Park's last great album - marmalade_skies

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26Songs 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. - dylanllama

Nothing comes close to this are you kidding. There are a lot of fantastic albums that deserve to be up here, but Songs In the Key of Life is the musical masterpiece of the century... come on people. I'll stand for nothing less than Top 10

Still not high enough, but higher than last time. Thanks to those who are giving Stevie the genius his due!

27 better albums? I don't think so!

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27Number 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... ...more - cyraxbot

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

Just about the only album I can actually listen to without skipping a song. Most of the albums up the top were FULL of fillers. 1) Number of the Beast 2) Master of puppets 3) Powerslave 4) Paranoid 5) Piece of Mind Maiden

Best iron maiden album ever every song on here is brilliant.

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28Are You Experienced - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

You know what's great about this list? They don't make albums anymore. Therefore, you don't have Carrie Underwood, Jackie Evancho, or any of the other reality stars that you see on virtually every other top ten list. To say it's refreshing is the biggest understatement I've ever made on one of these sites.

Perhaps this requires an acquired taste, but for my money, this is absolutely a top ten album. How can Jimi be considered the greatest guitarist ever, but his album is not in the top 20 (at least). Doesn't make sense.

Hendrix showed NO FEAR in music, visual performance and hard playing and was step ahead of his time twisting his guitar over boundaries.

Should be higher

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29Operation: Mindcrime - Queensr├┐che

Prof Metal fans, go vote for Images and Words, and Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory by Dream Theater. As I am writing this Images and Words is number 269, and Scenes From A Memory is number 426, they both deserve to be WAY higher, especially Scenes

This is the definitive prog metal album from a highly underrated band

Nice to see my pick this high (35th). As a metalhead I'm pleased to see the popular metal albums high, but this is without a doubt the best in my opinion. Every song is killer and the plot is really interesting if you actually follow it.

Tells a story throughout the album

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30The 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

Needs to be top 10. For hip hop. This list can't be only filled with old rock albums.

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31Rust 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.

This is everything an album needs to be perfect. Never before or since Rust in Peace has there been a metal album to match its pure greatness. The album cover, song duration, musicianship, lyrics, and everything else packed into this album is as good as it gets for metal. - surgeonsanic

Best album in my mind

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32The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars - David Bowie

Dude it's ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars. This thing is a masterpiece among filth and trash. Top 5 now

#85?!?! How is that possible? So far, it's probably the most significant album in my musical evolution, after Pet Sounds. - PetSounds

This album was a masterpiece production. The album cover appropriately noted "to be played at maximum volume". Should have made the top 10.

Should be number 2, after Talking Heads Fear of Music

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33In Rainbows - Radiohead

I think we all know this should be much higher on the list.

OK Computer is an album of its time, In Rainbows is an album that transcends time. The textures, the muddiness, the loving and personal lyrics. It combines Radiohead at their most electronic, rocky, orchestral, sensual, heartfelt, dangerous, joyful, and real.

Recently purchased this on vinyl, never heard it before, and it honestly is now one of my favourite albums ever written.

Radiohead is so overrated I think they are terrible

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34Back 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

How is this album not in the top 5. It is the second best selling albumin world history. Brian Johnson's vocals are mind blowing and Angus Young's guitar skills are legendary. Truly disappointing

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352112 - Rush

THE MOST UNDERRATED GROUP EVER. Yes, I was yelling and standing on top of my desk when I typed that. For my money, this is absolutely a top ten album of all time. I love this group and this is their best album.

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

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.

Moving pictures was better

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36What'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

Without question, this is a top ten effort. You can listen to this album start to finish. Many of the issues still relevant today. This is a timeless effort.

Again, great song after great song. Writing, performance, and production. Just perfect. And lyrics actually talking about subjects that affect us all.

The most sublime album ever made - RecklessGreed

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37Tommy - 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.

Although I never forgot about them (how can you? Their songs are still played all over on commercials, movies and T.V. shows) I have been giving the Who more listening time lately, they may just be the greatest rock band of all time, especially if you consider how they sounded live. I Could argue for the Who or Led Zep or the Beatles all day long, but each member of the Who was an amazing talent all by himself. Listen to "won't get fooled again in the concert for New York after 9/11--they outrocked all the newer bands by a mile, they are the real deal

The greatest concept album of all time and I love concepts especially the 'Rock opera' concept!

A phenomenal work spoilt by the quality of the original recording.

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38Dear Agony - Breaking Benjamin

So so underrated album from most underrated band. Listen guys take this higher it deseves more.

This is a good album but it should NOT be this high up the list

I will not bow my favorite song from them

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39Fallen - 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...

Really awesome album. Amy's beautiful voice and Ben's guitar is very amazing. Ev' Rocks!

Evanescence is amazing! - samycat

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40Animals - Pink Floyd

For those who haven't heard it, give it a listen, then give Dark Side of the Moon a try. If you don't love these when you're young, you'll grow to love them when you're older. I grew up on AC/DC (was at the Back in Black live concert), Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Queen, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Billy Joel and loved them all--in their Day. The only music that seems to have serious holding power over the generations is the Beatles and Pink Floyd. While Elvis may be the king of Rock n Roll and MJ the king of Pop, Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon is still selling over a 1/2 million copies annually and has been for almost 50 years. NO OTHER ALBUM can claim this. While the Beatles and a very small number of other artists do this over all albums combined, clearly a single album with that staying power transcends fads and fashion through pure musicality and speaking to the human condition in the worldwide audience. People can argue opinions forever, but when an album never stops selling at ...more

Being a Pink Floyd fan I'm happy to see that both DSOTM and The Wall are included in the top 10, although I'm very disappointed to find Animals so far down on the list. I strongly believe that this album is severely underrated. This is personally my favourite Pink Floyd album. The combination of Roger Water's straightforward, no B.S. lyrics about politics, society and censorship, with the incredibly creative and progressive music by the rest of the group make this a perfect album. There is simply nothing else like it. If you've never listened to it I strongly recommend you do.

I really love this album. Dark Side of the Moon rightfully takes the number 1 spot, but Animals deserves to be in the top 20 at least in my opinion. Dogs is one of PF's greatest songs, with amazing vocals and guitar from Gilmour. It is the stand out song on this album but Sheep and Pigs are also great. The overall message of this song really enhances the experience as well.

Why is this so, and how did so much garbage like linkin park and that evanescence or whatever get ahead of it?!?

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