Best Albums of All Time

The Contenders: Page 3

41 Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath

I was on my way to add this if I didn't see it - Sabbath

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42 Live at the Apollo - James Brown Live at the Apollo - James Brown V 2 Comments
43 Animals - Pink Floyd Animals - 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.

All 5 songs are so good with dogs being one of my favorites of all time. 17 minutes seems to fly by when I listen to that song

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44 Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin II - Led Zeppelin

Best hard rock album of all time. Every track is a killer. Still remember buying my first copy when it was released and being completely blown away by "Whole Lotta Love" (the song that blew out countless speaker bass cones as well). This one set the standard for all rock albums to follow.

Not only the best Led Zeppelin album, but the best album ever!

Best album ever and the first album ever truly be Metal.

Love this one. But not even close to being Zeppelin's best

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45 White Chocolate - Menowin White 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!

Here's one of those "we're throwing this in to show how cool we are" picks. How many people really sat through this whole album?

This ZERO ahead of The Doors? Um, No.

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46 Fallen - Evanescence Fallen - 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!

This is the third album I vote for, it's great andd he worth it more that the rest

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47 Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd Wish 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.

This is a top ten album, no question about it. This album got me through college. Pink Floyd is among the greatest bands ever assembled. Clearly this list was put together by someone who was hellbent on giving equal time to the more recent bands, none of which are even close to the bands of the 60's and 70's.

Undisputed best album. Not one single note, not one single second on this ultimate masterpiece that does not contribute to its sheer ingenuity...

Underrated, but right there with Dark Side and The Wall.

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48 The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground The Velvet Underground & Nico - The Velvet Underground

For me it was a toss up between this and bridge over troubled water, though I love Simon and garfunkel and there music is just so charming, this album is so out there and creative it had to get the vote, the velvet underground are pure genius and yes this album may not have the mass appeal of Sgt. Pepper but does that mean it's not as good of course not, in fact this album is above and beyond, no one has made music quite like the velvet underground, they shown another side to music, they shown us what music can be, it's amazing what they did with this album and they should be recognised as one of the greats

This is the most influential and greatest album of all time. End of discussion. To have it in the 100s is a disgrace. The album is so far ahead of it's time that we still haven't caught up to it. The blues drone, the proto-punk lyrics and riffs. This album was designed to shock, using overdrive in a way Hendrix would never have imagined and literally creating alternative and noise rock. It's a brutal, maniac genius album, with the only free rock song I've ever heard. European Son

Lou Reed is undoubtedly the greatest songwriter in history, surpassing even the great Bob Dylan in his craft. Reed's borderline insanity and suicidal thoughts are exhibited in every song on this album. Listen to it. Step into a mind filled with madness.

Nico and the Velvet Underground are the dream team

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49 Ten - Pearl Jam Ten - Pearl Jam

If Eddie had taken both barrels instead of Kurt, these guys would be considered the most influential band of the grunge scene.

All the songs that made this album are wonderful

Best grunge album ever made, I would dare to say this album is tied with "London Calling" or "Re"

I would have voted master of puppets or a night at the opera, but this masterpiece deserves better

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50 To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar To Pimp a Butterfly - Kendrick Lamar

This album is amazing. The only song that is even remotely uninteresting was For Free? (Interlude). The production in each song is amazing and it is a lyrical masterpiece.

Wow! What an amazing album this is. Astounding in ever level.

Should be higher. This album is not only sounds great, but has the power to change minds and lives.

It's a modern day masterpiece, and in 10 years, this will surely be a hallmark in rap.

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51 Metallica (Black Album) - Metallica Metallica (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!

Everyone who says that this is a sellout album can't handle anything different than metal, I like the first 4 albums and I liked this one. - DarkSideOfRandy

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52 Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones Exile on Main Street - Rolling Stones

This album is the definition of rock and roll. This easily deserves to be in the top ten. I am disgusted at how low this is.

The best album by a GREAT band. And a double album without a weak song. It should be in the Top 10.

The best of the Stones. Top 20 for sure.

It was only after listening to this album that I knew the definition of rock. I still can't put it into words, but it felt like a train hiting with a sledgehammer. Probably the most honest rock album ever made, and therefore probably the only rock album ever made. Trully amazing.

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

'EARTH SONG'
'THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT US'
'YOU ARE NOT ALONE'
'STRANGER IN MOSCOW'
'SMILE'
'SCREAM'

- 2dm

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

Stranger in Moscow is the best song in the HIStory of music

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54 Reconstruction Site - The Weakerthans Reconstruction Site - The Weakerthans
55 Ray of Light - Madonna Ray 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.

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56 Physical Graffiti - Led Zeppelin Physical 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.

Recently revisited this album, and played it in its entirety near ten times in a week. It stands out in part due to the variety of style and influence. I suspect it is probably my preferred Zep album. Shared some of those ten plays with friends and family and no one, irrespective of musical taste objected. - Myke1

Stunningly diverse with side 3 (vinyl) the standout. They never reached these heights again.

Why is this so low? By far Zeppelin's best work

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57 Let it Bleed - The Rolling Stones Let it Bleed - The Rolling Stones

Best stones album...after Brian's death they locked themselves in the studio and came up the the greatest rock album of all time..the press at the time thought they wouldn't better Beggars Banquet...Let it bleed easily surpasses it.

How can this possibly be the best Rolling Stones album without Brian Jones or Mick Taylor? The songs are good but lacking something...what is it?

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58 The Joshua Tree - U2 The Joshua Tree - U2

Every single song in this album has a deep meaning embodied in itself. It is probably the best album of the greatest mellow rock band and U2's class is reflected in this piece of musical art. I on behalf of all U2 fans across the globe salute these legends who are responsible to bestow us peace of mind and satisfaction of soul

Look honestly this album should be in the top 10. Aside from the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and maybe Pink Floyd or the Stones, U2 is the greatest band, and aside from Achtung Baby, this is the greatest album. The Joshua Tree is full of lyrics that touch your soul in ways others simply don't. This album will understand you more than you understand you.

The greatest alum ever,where else would you find some of the greatest songs ever...This would pass as a best of album for any other band in the world.

Vastly over praised at the time, but criminally underrated since.

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59 American Idiot - Green Day American 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.

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.

Every song on this album is genius. - mmarce445

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

The greatest collection of love songs of all time, I really expected this to be top 10. - Doom

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